06 July 2013

Marian Baay reviews SHELTERING ARMS by Joette Baldwin

Sheltering Arms

By Joette Baldwin

Reviewed by Marian Baay

This is the story of Renée Chastain Harris, a woman who lived at Rose Hill Plantation, Virginia during the Civil War. The year 1863 was going to be a difficult year for Renée with her husband and son away fighting in the war.

People who know me will attest to the fact that I’m not easily impressed. But Joette Baldwin did it!—she impressed me with her rich descriptions that spoke to my imagination. After I finished this story I felt like I had been back in time and met the people at Rose Hill. I had cheered for Renée in her glorious years and wept with her in her moments of sorrow.

I think Joette gave us a good look at how life for ordinary people could have been during the Civil War. Well done, Joette!

GIVEAWAY: Joette is giving away a PDF copy of her wonderful story to one lucky commenter who leaves a comment and email address.

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You can buy this novella at Amazon.
And you can also find the other stories in the Cry of Freedom Series at Amazon.

54 comments:

  1. I would love to read this sounds really good.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Good luck in the drawing, Diana!

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    2. Good luck Diana!

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  2. Looking forward to reading Joette's story! Thanks for the great review, Marian!

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    1. Thanks Carrie :-) I'm thrilled and deeply honored by Marian's beautifully written review!

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  3. What a great cover and the book sounds wonderful! Nice job, MARIAN!!

    And congrats to JOETTE on the release of her new novella and a thank you for being with us on OWG!

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    1. I agree, Joette did a wonderful job on the cover!!

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    2. Dear Diana and Marian, Thanks to both of you for your kind words!!!

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  4. i would really love to win this book, thanks
    jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. The best of luck Shirley!

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  5. i would love to read this also. ida davis email is houswife@gmail.com thanks and God bless

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  6. What an excellent review, Marian! Joette did a wonderful job with the story. I really enjoyed reading it and am fairly sure that anyone who likes the historical aspect of romance will enjoy it, too. Your review is stellar! Joy Ross Davis

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, JOY.

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    2. Dear Joy and Marian, love you guys!!!

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  7. Another fine review, Marian - I definitely would enjoy reading Joette's book. I'm not familiar with her writing. That cover is exquisite! Thanks for this great giveaway and the chance to win a wonderful read.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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    1. This is Joette's debut, Barbara. She really did a great job with this story. And she also designed the cover. A very talented woman. :)

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    2. Good luck with the drawing Barbara and many thanks for the compliment about the cover. My sister Rosy and I designed it in a 3D program :-)

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  8. My DAUGHTER is not easily impressed??!! I really need to read this story MARIAN. You have made me want to add to my "pressed downed, shaken together and running over" TBR Stack! :)

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    1. Mom didn't know that? *shocked*

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    2. Dear Teresa, God bless you and your wonderful daughter :-)

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  9. sounds like a wonderful book thanks for the chance to win a copy

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Good luck and God bless Apple Blossom!

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  10. Beautiful cover and wonderful review!

    wendyshoults(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Great review! Would love to win this book! Please enter me in your giveaway!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. The best of luck Barbara!

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  12. Intriguing review, MARIAN. I will be interested in reading this one. Hope you are enjoying some nice weather in your part of the world :) Are you still on your 'break'?

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    1. Yes, we had a very nice day.
      A break? What is that? LOL
      I'm writing my first story, Anne. :)

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    2. Hi Anne, there aren't enough good things to say about Marian's review, it's fantastic!!! I can't wait to read her first story :-)

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  13. I love this series and love to continue reading the next installment! Thanks
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Good luck Amy! I'm very honored to be included in the "Cry of Freedom" anthology. All the stories I've read so far have been outstanding...

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  14. Well MARIAN, I am very impressed that you were so impressed! That's a great recommendation my friend!! :) I love the cover also, so beautiful!!!

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    1. Well Noela, I'm impressed because I impressed you by being impressed. :P

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    2. Dear Noela and Marian, I'm impressed by both of you, you're very sweet :-)

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    3. These comments are very impressive! :D JOETTE probably thinks--what crazy people contribute to this blog! lol We are uh...a bit different. :P

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  15. OK, let try this again--don't know why, but the iPad doesn't seem to like making posts on this blog--just disappears! ;-)
    Great review--this sounds like another great book in this series and I'm pleased that Murray included several newly published authors too! It would be fun to win a copy of this book, so please throw me into the mix! Thanks!
    Vicki
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Glad to see you were finally able to post, Vicki. I can't post on the blog from my Kindle either. It's not an iPad of course, but it's also a mobile device.
      Your name is in the hat.

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    2. The best of luck Vicki :-) As a first time author I'm deeply indebted to Murray for giving me this rare opportunity!

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  16. Love the cover and would love to win a copy this book.

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    1. Good luck in the drawing, Juanita!

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    2. Many thanks for your compliment about the cover Juanita. Wishing you the best of luck in the drawing :-)

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  17. I love Civil War stories and would love to win this one. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. The winner is Barbara Thompson.
    Congrats!!

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  19. Oh, shucks. I am too late again. I guess I will look forward to another contest someday. This one sounded excellent. Please don't wait too long to give us another chance to win ! Thanks most sincerely, Mary Lou K
    flowersmarylou85@gmail.com

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  20. I am so sad I was too late for this. When they were finally giving a PDF. Sounds good. Can't imagine going what they went through right in their yaards. WW11 was bad enough with all the Americans were doing to help with all they could, and worrying about their loved ones. My oldest brother served ther, several brother-in-laws and lots of friends. My dad worked in a shipyard yard in Houston. We moved there for 2 years fro a small town. Love you all. Maxie

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