Publication Date: January 14, 2015
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: Book Two, The Puritan Chronicles
Genre: Historical Fiction
The fugitive pair soon finds solace-and a mutual attraction-among the escapee's Algonquin friends until two men from Daniel's dark past hunt them down. After Mary is captured and returned home to await trial, a tragedy takes the life of her younger sister, revealing a dark secret Mary's father has kept for months. But just as Mary learns she is pregnant, she makes a horrifying discovery about Daniel that changes everything and prompts her to develop an unlikely bond with his mother, Rebecca, who soon saves Mary from a shocking fate. It is not until years later that her daughter, Kezia, finally learns the truth about her biological father and family.
Letters to Kezia shares a courageous woman's journey through a Puritan life and beyond as she struggles with adversity and betrayal, and discovers that loyalty can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
The strength of this book is in its characters and the relationships between them. I did not read the first book, but I was very moved by historical personage Rebecca Eames when she eventually appeared in this novel. She was portrayed as an admirable woman. I also really liked the protagonist, Mary Case, who was very genuine in her struggle to survive while still trying to be a decent human being.
Letters to Kezia was a compelling page turner that caused me to stay up well past my bedtime. I was glad that readers only see brief excerpts from the letters because epistolary novels tend to lack immediacy. The novel is mostly told as a long flashback. It's very understandable that Mary was unable to speak about her past. That's what makes the letters narrative framework necessary. She couldn't just tell her daughter, Kezia, the story. It would have been too upsetting emotionally for Mary, and it would also have been harder for Kezia to deal with. So the narrative format did work for me.
Readers who love dogs may find a couple of scenes in this novel too troubling to read. There was one scene in particular that I found very cruel from an emotional standpoint to male protagonist Daniel Eakins' loyal dog. So consider yourselves warned.
I also have to admit that I found all the major plot developments predictable. There were no surprises for me. As a reader, it's not always necessary for me to be surprised. I was invested in the characters, and that carried me through the book. For the most part, I enjoyed reading Letters to Kezia very much.
I would like to thank Peni Jo Renner for the free copy of this book which I received through this blog tour.
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About the Author
PENI JO RENNER is the author of the IPPY award-winning novel, Puritan Witch: the Redemption of Rebecca Eames. Originally from North Dakota, Peni now lives with her husband in Maryland where she is currently researching for the third book in the Puritan Chronicles series.
For more information please visit the Puritan Witch Website and Facebook Page. You can also follow Peni Jo Renner on Twitter.
Letters to Kezia Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, March 9
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Guest Post at What Is That Book About
Tuesday, March 10
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Wednesday, March 11
Guest Post at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Thursday, March 12
Guest Post at Mythical Books
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Friday, March 13
Review at Just One More Chapter
Review at Peeking Between the Pages
Monday, March 16
Interview at Becky on Books
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Tuesday, March 17
Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
Wednesday, March 18
Review at Quirky Book Reviews
Thursday, March 19
Review at Book Nerd
Interview at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Friday, March 20
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Review at Bibliophilia, Please
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, March 23
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Friday, March 27
Review at Book Babe