About the Book
Book: Lost in the Storm
Author: Tamera Lynn Kraft
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2019
Will war bring them love or will they be Lost in the Storm!
Lavena, a journalist during the Civil War, wants to become a war correspondent. She finally gets her chance, but there’s a catch. She has to get an interview from a war hero who has refused to tell his story to every other journalist, and she has to accomplish this impossible task in a month or she’ll lose her job.
Captain Cage, the war hero, has a secret that will destroy his military career and reputation. Now, a new journalist is trying to get him to tell what he’s been hiding. He wants to ignore her, but from the moment she came into camp, he can’t get her out of his mind.
Leading up to the turbulent Battles for the city of Chattanooga, will Lavena and Cage find the courage to love and forgive, or will they be swept away by their past mistakes that don’t want to stay buried?
Meet the Ladies of Oberlin, the causes they’re willing to fight for, and the men who capture their hearts.
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This story is one of the best I have read from this author. She has surpassed my expectations of an historical novel and achieved an epic journey about the Civil War. There is so much I want to share but I can’t without giving the story away. This should be turned into a movie right away. With details that jump off the pages I felt like I was on the battlefield with the men. You can hear bullets flying by your ear and cannons going off that make you jump. It was very vividly described. The author does a great job of describing injuries but not in a way that would be uncomfortable to read about.
Lavena is a woman on a mission. She wants to be a war correspondent and somehow talks her boss into letting her join a group of men who are on the battlefield. She wants to write a story that will secure her position at the newspaper. The author gives details of the time period that shows how thorough her research was. I loved the danger that exploded across the pages and how the author weaves faith in characters. Lavena is still harboring something from her past about her father. Her refusal to forgive him is holding her back from trusting God.
I loved reading about Captain Cage and how much he wanted to protect his men as well as Lavena. He holds a secret that could destroy his career. The author uses Captain Cage as a perfect example of someone who thinks their sin is too big for God to forgive. His guilt follows him everywhere and he doesn’t think he can ever forgive himself. I loved how humble he was and how he wanted to be set free from the burden he has carried.
The story is filled with danger, secrets, spies and a great lesson in forgiveness. As you read the story you will realize that God doesn’t think of one sin worse than another. We all sin and I loved how the author pointed out that we shouldn’t judge others. I remember the story in the Bible where Jesus says, “ Ye without sin, cast the first stone.” Don’t miss this epic adventure where forgiveness and trust become the focal point to lead several characters back to God.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
About the Author
Award winning author Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. Alice’s Notions, Red Sky Over America, Lost in the Storm, Resurrection of Hope, and Soldier’s Heart are among her published works.
Tamera been married for 40 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren. She has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
More from Tamera
History is my Passion
I love to read all genres of Christian fiction, but when I go to write, it always ends up being a Christian historical. The reason for that is I have a passion for history. I love to read about historical events, and frequently, I begin wondering what it would be like to live through those chaotic events in history. Out of that thought process, my characters and my stories take on a life of their own.
For instance, my series, Ladies of Oberlin, came out of reading about the great Christian women who advance social and spiritual movements in the late 1800s. I found over and over that the common denominator of these women was they all had a connection with Oberlin College, the first college that allow women and black to receive degrees alongside white men before the Civil War. I gained a treasure trove of research from a college only an hour away from where I lived.
As I researched Oberlin, I found out it was in the middle of every social and spiritual movement of the time. Charles Finney, the fiery Second Great Awakening evangelist, was the president of the college. Ninety percent of missionaries sent overseas between 1860 and 1900 were graduates of the college. Many of the women’s suffrage leaders, women’s educational leaders, women doctors and scholars, abolitionists, and prohibitionist leaders were from Oberlin College. At that point, I knew I wanted to tell their stories in my novels. I decided to write three stories covering three college roommates.
My first novel in the series set shortly before the Civil War was Red Sky Over America, the story of America Leighton, a woman abolitionist who was studying to become a missionary in China. She decided she couldn’t make a stand for the Gospel in China until she confronted her father to free his slaves. To make things more interesting, her love interest has plans of his own in Kentucky. The results were explosive as you can imagine.
The second in the series, released August first, is Lost in the Storm set during the Civil War. Lavena Falcon is determined to be an independent woman who advances the causes she believes in by being a journalist. Her greatest desire is to travel to where the heroic Ohio Seventh Regiment is fighting and report about these brave men. The problem is if she doesn’t get an interview with an illusive captain who doesn’t want to talk to reporters, she’ll lose her job. It doesn’t help that she’s attracted to him.
The third novel, due to release late next year, is set shortly after the Civil War in Northeast Ohio. Betsy Teagan’s husband is back from the war, but things aren’t going according to plan. He is haunted by the war and finds solace in the local saloon drinking himself into oblivion. She tries everything to help him including protesting in front of the bar.
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To celebrate her tour, Tamera is giving away the grand prize package of a a $25 gift certificate and 3 paperbacks: Red Sky Over America, Lost in the Storm, and Forks in the Road!!
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