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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Blog tour stop for Wind of the Spirit by J. M. Hochstetler

Blog tour for Wind of the Spirit by J. M. Hochstetler... brought to you by Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours.

About the author:

J. M. Hochstetler writes stories that always involve some element of the past and of finding home. Born in central Indiana, the daughter of Mennonite farmers, she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Germanic languages. She was an editor with Abingdon Press for twelve years and has published four novels. Daughter of Liberty (2004), Native Son (2005), and Wind of the Spirit (March 2009), the first three books of the critically acclaimed American Patriot Series, are set during the American Revolution. One Holy Night, a retelling of the Christmas story set in modern times, is the 2009 Christian Small Publishers Fiction Book of the Year and a finalist for the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Long Contemporary Book of the Year.

Hochstetler is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Christian Authors Network, Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, Nashville Christian Writers Association, and Historical Novels Society. She and her husband live near Nashville, Tennessee.

You can find Joan online at or at this book’s blog

About the book:

Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness.

Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms?

My review:

People who love historical fiction with intense romantic themes and who find tribal culture fascinating will love this book. Wind of the Spirit carries you away--literally--to another time and place. The perfect combination of descriptive setting and emotive wording pulled me into the story, and the gripping scenes kept me turning the pages. The cool thing was that the tension in the story kept building while educating me about history at the same time. The romance is so well done and so beautifully written that I wouldn't change a thing. The author shows love as a holy experience. . . when it occurs the way God intended. Not many books have captivated me like this one. Wind of the Spirit is filled with delicious conflict, plus it's honest, and edgy. Wonderful story!

1 comment:

Carole said...

I appreciated your review of Wind of the Spirit, Michelle. I recently read the first book in this series, Daughter of Liberty, and would have to say that it is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The only negative was that the print was too small for me to read comfortably, so I'm going to have to wait until Native Son comes out in a slightly larger font in 2011 or on Kindle. But I can't wait to read the rest of Joan's excellent series.

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