Life in 19th century Australia overflows with hardship . . . Will Jayne have the courage to find the answers?
Lauren Compton is releasing a brand new historical fiction book, and it’s a treasure for fans of Christian stories that encourage and inspire. In this post, I’ll be sharing my review and an excerpt from the book as well as an amazing giveaway!
About the Book
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Page Count: 276
Age Range: 12-18
Series: Book 1 of The JOY Series
Mysterious strangers, a Scripture verse, and a threat.
“Reids never give up.” The words once held so much truth. But at eighteen, Jayne Reid is beginning to wonder if she can live up to that standard.
When puzzling strangers appear and odd things start to happen, Jayne and her two younger sisters must find a solution—or lose everything.
What mystery lurks in the shadows of the Australian bush? Who is the man in town who thinks he can buy and bully anyone he wishes? And is it all somehow connected to their new farmhand?
Journey with Jayne as she struggles to change fear into boldness and boldness into a trusting relationship with her Heavenly Father. What adventure lies ahead?
The JOY Series
The JOY Series follows three sisters on a quest to keep their parents’ legacy and dreams alive. Loaded with 19th century Australian adventure, it’s a series full of intrigue, adventure, and faith for ages 12 and up!
Jayne’s Endeavour is a sweet story of joy, trust, hope, and family. I enjoyed reading the 19-century tale of Australian farm life.
Initially, I was drawn to this book by the series title: The JOY Series. While this book didn’t fit that in quite the way I expected, it fit it in an even deeper way. The struggles of the girls, their dependence on God, and the bits of mystery and danger throughout the book wove together into an encouraging and inspiring story. I can’t wait to read how some of the additional plot threads are tied up in future books in the series.
I recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and clean Christian books with a hint of mystery.
And the cover is stunning and gorgeous!
“I’ve been hoping all morning that you’d come. I’d nearly given up hope, but here you are. Just spotted you this very instant,” said Mrs Arthur, gasping to catch her breath.
Jayne didn’t have time to respond before she was being hurried along to a more secluded spot near the wall, wondering what she might have done to arouse the talkative woman’s attention. Bracing herself, Jayne waited for Mrs Arthur to say her piece. She didn’t have to wait long.
“You know that new worker of yours? The one Mrs O’Donnell told me about.” Mrs Arthur looked around, then leaned her stout body closer. “Tall, dark hair, Irish brogue?”
Though she wanted to roll her eyes, Jayne gave the expected nod. It wasn’t as if she owned a large station with a dozen farm hands. But if she had information, this auburn-haired woman would find some way to proclaim it. Sometimes she wondered why Mam had invested so much time in Mrs Arthur, but that was Mam—loving the hard to love.
“Well he came into the hotel when I was working yesterday, just as nice as pie and sly as a fox. And do you know what he did?” Mrs Arthur paused for effect.
Jayne fought a grimace. Whether or not she wanted to know, she was about to be enlightened.
About the Author
Lauren Compton lives in Australia on a sheep farm—surrounded by mountains and plenty of Aussie wildlife! From a young age she has loved books and writing-related things (yep, that includes spending ages in the writing supplies department!). Now she has embarked on a mission to write books that both entertain AND encourage. Her desire is to weave stories that point readers to her Heavenly Father while at the same time being a whole lot of fun!
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