24 August 2011

Diana's Corner - An Ocean Away by Lisa Harris


An Ocean Away







An Ocean Away by Lisa Harris


Book Review by Diana Flowers
4 stars~ ****

An African Adventure!





Lisa Harris immediately sweeps us away on an exciting adventure to the wilds of Africa, a beautiful and majestic place, but one fraught with many dangers as well. Lizzie MacTavish loves her life as a missionary to the people of southern Africa, serving the natives along the banks of the Zambezi River. From the time she could walk, Lizzie has lived among the natives, learning their language and customs, and teaching them of God's love. Even when a tragedy befalls Lizzie and she loses both of her parents, her desire is to stay and work amongst those she has grown to love as family.

Andrew Styles is a man on a mission, and he has come on behalf of Lizzie's aunt and uncle to persuade her to return to New York, an assignment that proves to be very difficult for him. Soon a tribal war ensues, and Lizzie and Andrew must help move her people to a safer location. In transit, a hippo overturns their boat, and Andrew almost loses Lizzie. When she is attacked by someone in the jungle, Lizzie and Andrew begin to question whether it was really a hippo attack that caused their boat to capsize or was it a person? Who would want Lizzie out of the way and why?

Finally, out of necessity, Lizzie leaves her beloved Rhodesia to live in New York with her aunt and uncle, a place where she feels she doesn't belong; a place of secrets. Her heart longs to return to Africa, and Andrew fights within himself, concerning the call from God that he left behind years earlier. Soon it appears that Lizzie is no longer safe even in New York and Andrew fights to protect her and find out why someone wants her out of the picture. Is there any hope for Lizzie and Andrew, who belong to two different worlds, for Lizzie knows she must return to her beloved Africa.

Lisa Harris, herself a missionary in Mozambique, takes us on an exciting journey from page one...with wild elephants, warring tribes, dangerous hippos, mystery and romance all rolled into one! Her descriptive writing makes one feel as though they are right there. Loved it!

Available for purchase through Amazon and CBD. An Ocean Away was published by Summerside Press, March 2011.


Giveaway:  Lisa is giving away a copy of An Ocean Away.  Leave a comment with your email address to enter. Drawing will be this weekend.

28 comments:

  1. An Ocean away sounds like a good read. Lisa is a new author to me and I'm looking forward to reading her books.

    Blessings,
    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  2. Welcome, Judy! One aspect I loved about Lisa's An Ocean Away, is that it was realistically descriptive; from the scenery to the characters, because Lisa lives in Africa and she writes what she knows! Fascinating!

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  3. Thanks so much for the review, Diana! Appreciate your taking the time to share.

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  4. You are quite welcome, Lisa. I love taking the time sharing really good books!

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  5. I love to learn of missionary endeavors, especially by Lisa. Please enter me.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  6. Welcome to Overcoming Through Time, Linda, and count yourself officially entered!

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  7. a great posting...thanks for the chance to read lisa's novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  8. Thank you so much, Karen! Good luck to you!

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  9. I love adventure books! shondaet@gmail.com

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  10. Well, Shonda, you are sure to love An Ocean Away then...plenty of adventure! Thanks for coming over!

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  11. This sounds like a great book. Would love to win it, thanks for the chance. But most of all thank you Lisa for obeying God's call. Just the thought of all you are doing for Christ is a blessing to me.

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  12. oops forgot my email....tsmathews61@gmail.com (I think Diana could find me if I do win). haha

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  13. Teresa, I agree that Lisa is such a blessing...to us all...what a wonderful work she is doing! And yes, girl, I WILL find you! hehe

    This comment is for my sis-in-law who isn't able to leave a comment on here:

    What an exciting book! I would love to read this!

    ~Barbara Smith

    thatoldgal@gmail.com

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  14. Someone else who had read Lisa's previous books shared that she writes powerful stories! This new book sounds like it will move people's hearts. Thanks for the great review, Diana!

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  15. My pleasure, Carrie! I unfortunately have not had the pleasure of reading Lisa's previous books, a situation that I plan to remedy. But, oh, that tumbling TBR stack of mine...I wish I had two heads for reading books.:)

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  16. Thanks for your sweet words, ladies. And a second head might not be a bad idea, Diana, to get twice as much reading done. LOL I'm forever behind with getting to everything that I want to read.

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  17. I think this sounds like a good and original book. Diana and I do have a bit the same taste in books, so if she likes it then I'm sure I will like it too!
    Diana knows how to find me if I win :)

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  18. Yes, we do tend to like alot of the same books, but Marian, how am I supposed to find you?...you're An Ocean Away! LOL Sorry, I couldn't resist that one.:) And for those of you who don't get it, Marian lives in Holland. So that was just one of my corny puns...

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  19. I think I should win this book... as I'm An Ocean Away. LOL

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  20. Lol! Marian, you do make a valid point!

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  21. I've read Blood Ransom and just started Blood Covenant today. Blood Ransom was a really good adventure and while I'm not far in Blood Covenant, so far, so good!

    I'd love to be entered in a chance to win. thanks! :-)

    ~ Katie
    agirlslegacy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Hi, Katie! Count yourself officially entered!

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  23. This is a new author to me, but storyline is very intrigueing. I am going to have to add her on my author/book wish list. Since I received a Nook for Mother's Day, I find myself reading more and more, but there is something about holding that book in my hands that I can't get over completely. Would love to win a copy of this one. Thank you for your generosity. God Bless! donnaeharmon@yahoo.com

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  24. Welcome to OTT, Donna! I'm with you...I SO love my Kindle, but there is still the feel and smell of a book that an avid reader just can't escape! Thank you for coming over to comment and I will throw your name in the hat!

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  25. Terry Polk tried to enter giveaway and her comment wouldn't show up. So be assured, Terry, you are entered! Thank you for your persistency!

    terrypolk@charter.net

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  26. What an intriguing book. I love historicals and the added element of suspense makes this all the stronger.
    beth@bethvogt.com

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  27. I agree, Beth, and I love the way Lisa describes the setting and the people of Africa...so realistic I felt as though I were watching a good movie!

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  28. Congrats to our two winners of An Ocean Away...karenk and Beth Vogt! I will be sending you an email! Thanks to all who came by to comment!

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