Into a Silent World by Carmina Edwards (Book REVIEW, Blog Tour, and GIVEAWAY)

into a slient world_previewAbout the Book

Title: Into a Silent World

Author: Carmina Edwards

Genre: Biography, Memoir

Release Date: August 15, 2016

Following Amy’s adventures in A Door Cracked Open, she heads into a world which will test her faith and perseverance to the limit. Instead of settling into a simple, safe and unchanging life like she imagined, Amy is strongly drawn to a vocation with even higher requirements, prompting her to plan some seemingly impossible missions in order to reach her goal.

MY THOUGHTSThis is the second book in the ‘World Cracked Open’ series.  I didn’t know there was to be a third book until, much to my horror, at the very end of this book … I was left hanging 😉 I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Amy’s adventures and antics in Book 1. You can read a brief review  HERE

Carmina has written both of these books in a biographical fashion, basing the story on her own life experiences. The first book ‘A Door Cracked Open’ was very well written for a debut novel, and she has followed it up with an equally absorbing sequel in ‘Into a Silent World’. There is a bit of waffle within this book, however, it is enjoyable to read, poignant, and extremely thought-provoking. 

‘ “And all is well in the best of worlds. Don’t forget that, Amy,” Sister Odette reminded her.’

Carmina has developed her characters very well, portraying their differences and uniqueness. It’s never easy to cope as a new Christian in a world where most people do not want to believe. Also as Amy was badly abused by those she loved as a child, she didn’t obtain the many life skills that we would take for granted, consequently having to find out everything the hard way. Even at the age of twenty-three, Amy behaved in an innocent, child-like manner, and this would have made her feel safe within the monastery.  Carmina has used age-appropriate language and thought patterns considering Amy’s difficulties.

“She longed for their approval but also knew that her determination or stubbornness, as they called it, led her further away from any approval or understanding.”

I found myself laughing and sobbing throughout this book as well. One cannot help but have empathy for both Amy and some of the people she interacts with. Her compassion for others and unspoiled sense of humor are conveyed well by the author.

‘ “Amy that’s too funny. You just climb out of the window? Who does that?”

“I know, it was stupid.”

“You’re a determined character, I’ll give you that … I think it was resourceful.” ‘

I am looking forward to reading more about Amy’s amazing life in Book 3. Let’s hope it will be published very soon.

I was provided with a free copy of this book by the author via CelebrateLit. I was not financially compensated, and at no time was I under obligation to provide a positive review.

222938_1045001648055_1316040273_30132258_9921_n[1]_previewAbout the Author

I am a mother of two wonderful grown-up children and currently living in the UK, after living in Sweden for three years where I wrote my first book, “A Door Cracked Open.” I was blessed to be able to spend six months in the USA before returning to the UK, my home country, to work with my editor in California on the edits of this book and visit friends.

I am an avid reader and linguist, having also spent some years living in France and have been fortunate enough to have taught Swedish and French over twenty-five years and translate for businesses and manuscripts in both languages. Being unemployed the past few years has led to me becoming homeless. However, I never give up hope. As I try to portray in my books, God has always had His hand on me. Once again, He has stepped in right at the last minute. I now have a new job in Sweden and will be moving back there. Because I feel passionate about helping the homeless, a large percentage of my royalties will go directly to them.

Guest Post from Carmina Edwards

“Into a Silent World” follows on from Amy’s story in “A Door Cracked Open.”

With a new beginning ahead of her, a long-standing dream about to be realized, she was unprepared for the events which were about to unfold over the next two years.

Why would God send her to this place of “absolute conviction” and allow her to remain there for that long if He never meant for her to be there? Amy struggles to understand and seeks His will, but determined that it was His plan, she persevered in order for her dream to be fulfilled.

into a slient world_previewGiveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carmina is giving away

Grand Prize:

Paperback copies of A Door Cracked Open & Into a Silent World

1st – 3rd place:

28443440Ebook copy of A Door Cracked Open!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c3c4

 

 

 

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About Just Jo'Anne

Josephine-Anne, also fondly known as Jo'Anne, just turned sixty years old, an age she's decided to be for the remainder of her life. Jo'Anne has had a life-long passion for reading and writing. Most of her working life was spent in the administration and finance field; however, once an early retirement became necessary, the next step was logical. So, after much soul-searching, Jo'Anne decided to spend the remainder of her days doing what she loves. She's currently working on a fictional memoir "Charlie Dreams" and has also tried her hand at short stories, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. Jo'Anne has had a poem published in the "Glimpses of Light Anthology, called "God's Woollen Blanket". Jo'Anne loves to read all kinds of fiction, especially crime/ thriller and suspense, contemporary and historical romance. When she's not writing you will find her either inside a good book, with a cup of tea in hand, or pottering around the garden daydreaming and plotting.
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4 Responses to Into a Silent World by Carmina Edwards (Book REVIEW, Blog Tour, and GIVEAWAY)

  1. I am just getting to know Carmina! I would love to read her work.

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    • Just Jo'Anne says:

      Hi Merry-Lynne 🙂
      You won’t regret it. Carmina writes beautifully from her heart, with a wonderful sense of humour.
      I don’t know about Canada. I shall see if I can find out for you 🙂

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  2. Marilyn R says:

    Sounds like a series I would enjoy reading. Thank you for sharing.

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