A literary journey exploring the clash between reason and faith, and the power of hope and love.
I love Novel Publicity Tours and their books tend to be some of my favorites of the year. Those that read my blog tend to be in love with everything I suggest and review but after becoming involved in so many projects I decided to do what many of us bigger book blogs do and take on some more professional readers to guest review! “Cabin Goddess Minion Reviewers*, as I so lovingly have named my group will be featured up to four times a month. Today my first minion review is from Jamie Keller. I highly respect this woman and since meeting through a special Christmas cookie exchange with other Rose Pressey fans we have become fast friends. If you are interested in reviewing on Cabin Goddess, get with me later (social media and email are on the sidebar). For now, let’s get jiggy with this great review.
After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light-two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.
Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena's plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.
These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena's home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself "The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky." A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.
But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever... and perhaps their world as well
I read the entire book in one sitting. The book started off a little hard to follow with the prologue, but as I continued to read the book, I became very engrossed in the story. At times it was a little confusing because there was so much to the back story of the characters, but this made the book all the more interesting.
A story about fear, guilt, difference of religion, dealing with death, reconciliation and the fear of differences between cultures.
This story seems to parallel what is going on in our world today, right down to the wars over religion and the fear of other cultures, our similarities, and our differences.
The Daughter Of The Sea and The Skyis a wonderful story about a small girl who in fleeing from her fears and sense of guilt. In doing this, she ultimately brings a mother and a daughter together, brings together a couple, and brings together two separate worlds. She shows them that perhaps they are not so different from each other.
Kailani, a sweet, misguided little girl who seeks shelter with the “soulless”. She feels that that she must do penance because she cannot feel the “Wind”. She ultimately brings two worlds together.
Helena, a young woman grieving for her deceased father and angry with her mother. She is confused as to what she wants to do with her life. She is feeling lost. She helps rescue Kailani.
Jason, a scientist who is a close friend of Helena’s from childhood. He rescues Kailani from the ocean. He is very practical, yet is willing to go beyond his comfort zone.
Martha, Helena’s mother who is also trying to find herself.
Benjamin, overzealous, misguided, extremist, religious
Sebastian, runs the farm where Martha, Jason, Helena, Kailani, and Benjamin ultimately go to find themselves
Jamie rating is 4 1/2 ★’s
Jamie Keller is the newest member to the Cabin Goddess Minion Reviewers. She is a Certified NY State teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education and English. She lives with her husband of 13 years in Lockport, NY with her three cats…Mitten, Mouser and Blaze.
Jamie loves to read and will pretty much read anything if it stands still long enough, minus the major horror (But she knows Kriss has those covered). Her favorite authors are Rose Pressey, Laura Ingalls Wilder, J.K. Rowling and Julie Cambell Tatham.
For fun she plays D&D with a group of friends who have been playing for over 20 years together.
And now for the Cabin Goddess contribution, Seafoam candy! I picked this for two reasons, one is obvious. The title has Sea and Sky. Sea foam is all about licked air of sugary goodness! It needs to be airy and light. The other is because Jamie’s husband made me a batch last Christmas and .. OMG, we fell in love. I have never had it till she made some! She made a few others too, but this Seafoam Candy is a favorite! I have just made my first batch this last weekend!
This type of candy is known as Sponge Candy in Buffalo, NY. It is considered a local specialty in the area, and in Buffalo, it is always made with chocolate on the outside with a yellow, crunchy interior. The candy pieces can vary slightly in shape and size. This candy is known by various names around the world, such as Sponge Candy, Hokey pokey, puff candy, cinder toffee, sponge toffee or candy, molasses puffs, fairy candy, and seafoam.
Serves: 9x13-inch panfull
1 cup light brown sugar (or granulated sugar)
1 cup dark corn syrup (i use karo)
1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips *see note
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP baking soda
Combine sugar,syrup and vinegar in a large deep saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly scraping the sides as you go, until sugar dissolves.
Continue cooking WITHOUT stirring until 300^ on candy thermometer.
Remove quickly and stir in soda(it will foam up high), mix well and pour straight away into a buttered 9x13-inch baking pan or spread out on buttered jelly roll pan. The pan is actually easier for your first couple of times. I like using it because it also gets thicker peaces.
I have been out of dark corn syrup before and made it with light corn syrup, it did not work. So next time if I have to substitute I tried packed brown sugar. To convert use the ratio of 1-cup of dark corn syrup, substitute 1-cup of packed brown sugar and ¼ cup water.
You can also eat it straight but we like it with chocolate and that is how it is traditionally found. if you desire you can also use white chips, butterscotch chips or mint chips to dip in or spread on the hot candy in the pan and to coat the top and sprinkle with nuts before it cools.
The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.
Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.
There Comes a Prophet, published in July 2012, was the first novel in this new stage of life. His second, Along the Watchtower, came out in June 2013.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.