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Brothers Path by Martha KennedyBrothers Path by Martha Kennedy

In 1524 to 1531 times were tough in a small village near Zürich, in Switzerland.  It was the time of the Protestant Reformation.  Much like the bloody Spanish inquisition and the Christian crusades, it was a struggle for religious freedom.

‘The Brothers Path’ tells the struggles of the Schneebeli family.  The book begins with the birth and death of Rudolf and his mother.  The six brothers are left to navigate the tumultuous times.  We witness each brother’s journey to work and raise their families or take other paths, while also trying to stay alive.  Some embrace the Protestant religion, one becomes a priest, staying in the Catholic religion but none come out unaffected by the Reformation!

I didn’t know about this other religious struggle in history.  I love to read and learn about different places, periods and struggles in history so this book was a great read for me.  Some of this book is hard to read, it’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion however, the characters are well drawn out and you can’t help needing to follow them to their fates.  At times I felt like I was their struggling along side. A very memorable novel that will stay with me. Recommended for historical fiction lovers.

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About Martha KennedyBrothers Path by Martha Kennedy

Award winning author, Martha Kennedy has published three works of historical fiction. Her first novel, Martin of Gfenn, which tells the story of a young fresco painter living in 13th century Zürich, was awarded the Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society Indie Review and the BRAG Medallion from IndieBRAG in 2015.

Her second novel, Savior, also an BRAG Medallion Honoree (2016), tells the story of a young man in the 13th century who fights depression by going on Crusade. Her newest novel, The Brothers Path, a loose sequel to Savior, looks at the same family three hundred years later as they find their way through the Protestant Reformation.

Kennedy has also published many short-stories and articles in a variety of publications from the Denver Post to the Business Communications Quarterly.

Kennedy was born in Denver, Colorado and earned her undergraduate degree in American Literature from University of Colorado, Boulder and her graduate degree in American Literature from the University of Denver. She has taught college and university writing at all levels, business communication, literature and English as a Second Language.

For many years she lived in the San Diego area, most recently in Descanso, a small town in the Cuyamaca Mountains. She has recently returned to Colorado to live in Monte Vista in the San Luis Valley.

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To learn more about Kennedy’s award-winning novels, Martin of Gfenn and Savior,check out her Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/martha_ann_kennedy

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Written In the Ashes by K. Hollan Van ZandtWritten In the Ashes by K. Hollan Van Zandt

In the 5th century, Hannah, a sheep herder is taken from her father in Sinai and is taken into the slave trade to be sold in Alexandria, Egypt.  She was bought by Tarek, a young man, still living with his father, Alizar.  Alizar was a pagan and alchemist.  Tarek hid Hannah in his room but Alizar discovered her quite quickly and took her from Tarek and treated her kindly.  

Alizar freed her from her irons had a doctor come and tend to her wounds that the slave traders inflicted.  He treated her very kindly and recognized her intelligence. She lived with him and Tarek but not not totally free from danger. 

This was a time when Christianity was still in its infancy and there were men, called the Parabolani that went after anyone they believed were pagans.

Later, Alizar brought Hannah to the Great Library of Alexandria to sing and she becomes fast friends with Hypatia and other pagans who work there to preserve important art and scrolls.  Hannah decided to work with them and became comfortable in her enriched life. She also helped to unite the fractured pieces of the Emerald Tablet which was seen as the last hope for pagans to live in peace.

Full of adventure, danger, romance, history, and strong female characters, Written In the Ashes has something for just about everyone! I read and reviewed it back in 2012 as a self published novel and loved it.  Now it has been picked up by a new Harper Collins division, Legends.  It has been newly revised and edited and I still love it!  K. Hollan Van Zandt’s writing reminds of Michelle Moran, one of my favorite historical fiction authors.  Written In the Ashes remains one of my top five novels of all times!  It is a must read for historical fiction fans! 


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About K. Hollan Van ZandtWritten In the Ashes by K. Hollan Van Zandt

Kaia Van Zandt is a celebrated author and teacher whose novel, Written in the Ashes, chronicles the events that led up to the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria, Egypt. Kaia’s spiritual journey began at age 14 when she founded the youth division of the Humane Society of the United States. Then as a junior in high school, she traveled to the Earth Summit in Brazil, where she taught meditation, and was given the opportunity to work with world leaders on the challenges facing humanity and the planet today, an experience that profoundly influenced her work.

She’s a graduate of Antioch University, where she focused on the intersection between the ancient Goddess traditions and modern culture. Her fascination with healing-both personally and collectively – led her to yoga. During her career she’s worked with thought leaders like Marci Shimoff and Deepak Chopra, actors like Ashley Judd, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Garry Shandling, as well as Sony ImageWorks, UCLA Medical, and the San Francisco 49ers. Her beloved writing mentor is bestselling novelist/humorist, Tom Robbins.

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Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Sarah BatesLost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Sarah Bates

Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (February 15, 2016)
Category: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Tour Dates: Oct/Nov, 2016
ISBN: 978-1634910262
Available in: Print & ebook,  420 Pages

The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton


From award winning author, Sarah Bates, Johnstown, New York, 1823: It is a time when a wife’s dowry, even children, automatically becomes her husband’s property. Slavery is an economic advantage entrenched in America but rumblings of abolition abound.

For Elizabeth Cady to confront this culture is unheard of, yet that is exactly what she does. Before she can become a leader of the women’s rights movement and prominent abolitionist, she faces challenges fraught with disappointment. Her father admires her intellect but says a woman cannot aspire to the goals of men. Her sister’s husband becomes her champion–but secretly wants more. Religious fervor threatens to consume her.

As she faces depression and despair, she records these struggles and other dark confidences in diaries. When she learns the journals might fall into the wrong hands and discredit her, she panics and rips out pages of entries that might destroy her hard-fought reputation. Relieved, she believes they are lost to history forever.

But are they? Travel with Elizabeth into American history and discover a young woman truly ahead of her time.

My Thoughts, Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Sarah Bates

Elizabeth Cady was not like other girls growing up in 19th century Johnstown, New York.  She hated working on her embroidery sample and didn’t understand why she couldn’t take part in more intellectual pursuits like talking about law with her father’s law students. Her father wished, often out loud, that she was a boy.

When it came time for her coming out, she wouldn’t do it.  Sure, she liked boys but wanted one who would be more her intellectual equal and agree with her that women should have the same rights men had.  She also believed that all slaves should be free with all the same rights and liberties as whites.

Though it was rare that a father would agree to further a daughter’s education, her father did so, reluctantly, at the urging of Elizabeth’s brother in-law. Elizabeth attended and graduated the Emma Willard’s Troy Female Seminary.

At age 25 she finally met the man she thought of as her equal, Henry Brewster Stanton. 

The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton covers Elizabeth’s childhood and young adulthood, before she becomes a suffragette. I would have liked the book to go on and cover her suffragette years or perhaps a sequel.  However, as Sarah Bates, has pointed out, Elizabeth’s time as a suffragette is well documented.  So, she chose to cover the earlier years.

I thought the book ended a bit abruptly but that is a small quibble. Sarah Bates painted a vivid portrait of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, with the stroke of her pen. I felt transported to the time and place and even became a close friend.  The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton is a must read for historical fiction readers.  It has really made me hungry for more and Sarah Bates recommended two books that may just satisfy that need.

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About Sarah BatesLost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates worked as an advertising copywriter for ten years then as a freelance writer.  Her clients included a book packager, the local chamber of commerce, a travel newsletter and a weekly newspaper where she covered business and schools.

Her short fiction has appeared in the Greenwich Village Literary Review, the San Diego North County Times (now the Union-Tribune) and the literary magazine Bravura. She is the author of Twenty-One Steps of Courage, an Army action novel published in 2012 and co-author of the 2005 short story collection, Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories by Wild Women.

She is the winner of Military Category, for Twenty-One Steps of Courage, Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2013) and 2nd Place Finalist, The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Unpublished Novel- Category, San Diego Book Awards (2015)

Bates was an English Department writing tutor at Palomar College in California for ten years. She continues to privately tutor both academic and creative writing students and is writing a new novel. Sarah Bates lives in Fallbrook, California.

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