Friday, August 9, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Alone Yet Not Alone

 Alone Yet Not Alone (the book)
Written by: Tracy Leininger Craven
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Paperback: 148 pages

Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America's new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian War and the devastating raid known as the Penn's Creek Massacre.

The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by the Delaware tribe. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.

Rich in historical details, Alone Yet Not Alone is an inspirational, true story of a family caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War.

We received a copy of Alone Yet Not Alone for review purposes, please see disclosure statement at the bottom of this post.  

I love historical fiction!  My kids do as well, so I was excited to review this book set during the French and Indian War.  This was a well-written book for 8-12 year old children.  I read it first and it took me 2 nights before bedtime.  I gave it to my children and they both devoured it in the same night. 

I was a bit concerned while reading this book, because I wasn't sure how it would address the actual massacres that took place during this time (See Tera's thoughts below).  The author, Tracy Leininger Craven does an awesome job of painting a description of a horrific event without going into horrific detail.  I love that the author is a descendant/relative of the main character, Barbara Leninger.  

This story has you on the edge of your seat.  What struck me most was the story of faith that is interwoven throughout the entire story.  When we have nothing left to cling to in this life, God is still there with us. If we hide His word in our heart, that will never leave us either.   The ending had me in tears! 

Here's what my kids thought in their own words:
Tera's thoughts:  I very much enjoyed the book, Alone Yet Not Alone.  I felt that the book had just enough intensity to appeal to a 6th-7th grade level.  I like the fact that the author, Tracy Leininger Craven, captured just the right amount of description to suit her audience.  For example, she didn't dwell on certain unpleasant scenes.  I also felt that I could enjoy the description there was, like how a person thought or felt, but still be delighted in the reality of a true story.

Daniel's thoughts:  Really cool book.  Heartwarming story that encouraged one girl's faith in God.  Really adventurous with the escapes.  Romantic stuff not gushy.  I like the part where Barbara was talking about her faith to Galasko.  

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Coming to movie theaters on SEPTEMBER 27, 2013!

Note:  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they filmed part of this film at Fort Loudoun, which is one of our favorite historical places to visit!  

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