The Shepherd’s Wife

Co-narrated with Rachel Botchan..

 

Can she discover the purpose of the life she’s been given?

Yeshua of Nazareth has two sisters: Damaris, married to a wealthy merchant’s son, and Pheodora, wed to a simple shepherd from Bethlehem. Damaris can’t understand why her younger sister settled for such a poor existence, but she does what she can to share her abundance. When her husband is invited to join the Pharisees, she is excited by the opportunity to elevate the family’s status, even though some aspects of the lifestyle seem contrary to what she has always been taught.

Pheodora has long felt inadequate compared to her beautiful sister but has no regrets about the life she chose. When Pheodora’s husband is unexpectedly thrown into debtors’ prison, she is shocked to learn that a loan from her generous sister would jeopardize her brother-in-law’s religious aspirations. Forced to pin her hopes on two she-goats whose spotless white offspring could be sold for an upcoming Yom Kippur sacrifice, Pheodora must struggle to keep the animals – and her family – alive.

When horrific reports about Yeshua reach the sisters in Nazareth, Pheodora and Damaris each grapple with their relationships to God, their radical brother, and their own questioning hearts.

©2020 Angela Hunt (P)2020 Recorded Books

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New Review:

STEALING HOMESweet Magnolias, Book 1

by Sherryl Woods | Read by Stina Nielsen

Fiction • 11.5 hrs, • Unabridged • © 2020

Small-town goings-on in Serenity, South Carolina, take on new life with narrator Stina Nielsen. She introduces listeners to Maddie Townsend, whose husband, Bill, has left her for his 24-year-old pregnant girlfriend. Nielsen gives Maddie a wistful, sincere voice that will elicit approval of her determination to start fresh. As Maddie starts a business with her two best friends, the “Sweet Magnolias,” she deals with her son’s baseball tribulations and her attraction to his coach. Nielsen uses a Southern twang for some of the secondary characters and creates age-appropriate voices for Maddie’s three kids. Overall, her narration captures the joys and constraints of small-town life. Woods’s story of regret and growth unfolds in splendid measure, courtesy of Nielsen’s warmhearted reading. C.A. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2020]

Trade Ed. • Dreamscape • 2020

DD ISBN 9781662009648 $34.99

 

Library Ed. • Dreamscape • 2020

 

https://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/187476/stealing-home-by-sherryl-woods-read-by-stina-nielsen/

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From the author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book The Kingdom of Little Wounds comes a gorgeously told tale of belonging, sacrifice, fear, hope, and mortality.

An award-winning author tells of a mermaid who leaves the sea in search of her landish mother in a captivating tale spun with beautiful prose, lush descriptions, empathy, and keen wit.

Blood calls to blood; charm calls to charm.
It is the way of the world.
Come close and tell us your dreams.

Sanna is a mermaid – but she is only half seavish. The night of her birth, a sea-witch cast a spell that made Sanna’s people, including her landish mother, forget how and where she was born. Now Sanna is sixteen and an outsider in the seavish matriarchy, and she is determined to find her mother and learn who she is. She apprentices herself to the witch to learn the magic of making and unmaking, and with a new pair of legs and a quest to complete for her teacher, she follows a clue that leads her ashore on the Thirty-Seven Dark Islands. There, as her fellow mermaids wait in the sea, Sanna stumbles into a wall of white roses thirsty for blood, a hardscrabble people hungry for miracles, and a baroness who will do anything to live forever.

©2020 Susann Cokal, original book published by Candlewick Press (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Don’t miss this powerful memoir from a passionate advocate for Children’s Rights!

 

An empowering memoir of resilience and redemption, and the rage that helped a girl escape the darkness of a harrowing childhood.

Born to a violently dysfunctional home in working-class Denmark, Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her three older brothers were bounced between foster care and state-run institutions, then back again to their chemically dependent mother and sadistic stepfather. For Lisbeth, it was a childhood without perimeters. It was blighted by poverty, sexual abuse, neglect, betrayal, and further victimization by the broken Danish social services system that forced Lisbeth to live where and how it saw fit. Coming of age with a myriad of fears and emotional disorders, Lisbeth had three things that would become driving forces in her life: she was extraordinarily bright, extremely willful, and exceptionally angry.

From hell to liberation, this is Lisbeth’s emotional and galvanizing memoir told in two voices: that of a young girl who was unwanted, challenged, and defiant, and that of a woman who channeled her rage into a positive force as a passionate advocate for children’s rights. Whatever darkness defines the past, it can be used to change the future. Lisbeth’s heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting journey is proof.

©2011 Lisbeth Zornig Andersen. Translation © 2020 by Mark Mussari. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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New From Dreamscape Media….

When fun-loving artist Willow West meets buttoned-up George Emerson, it’s not exactly love at first sight – more like an intriguing project at first sight. Willow makes it her mission to get the obsessive-compulsive, newly retired English teacher to loosen up and embrace life, but even she has to admit it seems like a lost cause.

A confirmed bachelor, George vacillates between irritation and attraction whenever Willow is around‚ which to him seems like all too often. He’s not interested in expanding his horizons or making new friends; it just hurts too much when you lose them. But as the summer progresses, George feels his defenses crumbling. The question is‚ will his change of heart be too late for Willow?

©2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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New from Brilliance Publishing… NVK

HER SECRET MUST BE KEPT FOR ALL ETERNITY. 

Set in the otherworldly megalopolis that is today’s Shanghai, Temple Drake’s suspenseful first novel blends the gothic, the erotic, and the supernatural as it charts an intense and dangerous affair. 

One night in 2012, executive Zhang Guo Xing takes a group of European clients to a fashionable nightclub in Shanghai. While there, he meets a strikingly beautiful young Western woman called Naemi Vieno Kuusela. The physical attraction between them proves irresistible, and they embark on an intoxicating affair. But Naemi is not what she appears to be…

To Zhang’s surprise, she veers between passion and wariness, conducting the relationship entirely on her own terms. He feels driven to find out more about her, and is swiftly drawn into a web of intrigue, mystery, and horror. Is she a ghost? A demon? Do the living dead walk the streets of twenty-first century Shanghai?

Written in spare, high-octane prose, NVK is the first in a series of dark, hypnotic novels that explore the roots of desire and the cruel costs of immortality.

©2019 Temple Drake. Poetry excerpts by Hsiang Kao and Po Chu-I. Translated by N.L. Smith and R.H. Kotewall in A Book of Chinese Verse, 1962. Bilingual English-Chinese edition © Hong Kong University Press, 1990. Poetry excerpt from “Elsewhere” by David Harsent, from the collection Night (London: Faber & Faber, 2011). © David Harsent, 2011. Published with permission of Faber and Faber Ltd. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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