Blog Tour and Book Review: All The Way My Savior Leads

All The Way My Savior Leads is another sweet tale from Faith Blum. The second in her Orphans of the West series, this follows Henry and his sister Caroline through loss, trials, and finally to a happy ending. 

Henry was very likeable, right from the start. I loved this boy, whom I pictured as a little gangly and awkward like most of the teenage boys of my acquaintance. Blum writes him well; I sometimes find that teenage boys are portrayed badly, but this was a well done image of the ever growing and bizarre creature called a teenage boy.

Caroline and Hope are simply precious, as is Jimmy. I loved Emily’s role and character. I would have liked to know more about the other boys, and more about the Carsons’ – but Blum has another novel about the Carsons’, so I guess I have some more reading to do? 

Faith Blum is quickly becoming one of my “read on sight” authors. I often approach the Christian fiction genre with suspicion, but Faith Blum is definitely on my list of authors in that genre whom I very much enjoy. I don’t find her work nearly as heavy in terms of content and subject as others, such as Karen Kingsbury, but that’s not by any means a bad thing or a mark against her. She writes well, sweetly, and honestly. It’s nice to have a book to just lean back and relax with, and hers are perfect for that – not dull or boring, but not too intense. Just the right mix of sugar and spice.

All in all, I would recommend this for middle grade and up who are looking for a clean Christian fiction. It was sweet, a pretty easy read, and I enjoyed it.

 About the Book

Caroline and I walked out the back door and went into the barn.“What are we going to do?” Caroline asked.“Head out on our own. Saddle Whitey, please.”Caroline’s mouth gaped open. “They’ll find us.”“I know.”Caroline sighed. “What can we do then?”I shook my head. “We can stick together. Always.”

Tragedy stole everything from him … except her …

Three years ago, an illness orphaned Henry and Caroline Sullivan. The harsh years at the orphanage have forged a strong bond between the pair.

But Henry’s about to age out.

He must choose whether to leave his only family behind in relative safety, or take her with him as he pursues dreams of owning a farm. Henry trusts that God has a plan for him, but little does he know that others have plans for him and his younger sister as well. He will need all his faith to find the right path.

Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

Note: 50% of my income from this series will go to the World Orphans organization.

About the Author

Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family.  She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.
Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. If you enjoyed this book, go to her website to sign up for her Monthly Newsletter so you can get an email with fun facts, giveaways, and so much more every month. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.

Double Sale

For May 26-31 only, get both books in the Orphans of the West series for just $0.99 each! They are both available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and more.


Three prizes, three winners! The grand prize is a Savior, Like a Shepherd notebook and paperback. Sorry, but the lantern isn’t mine to giveaway. In second and third prize, the winners will receive a free eBook of All the Way My Savior Leads.

Note: The grand prize is open only to those in the continental US, but the other two are open to all.

Tour Schedule

May 26
Annie Louise Twitchell-Review
May 27
May 28
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Guest Post: Why Henry?
May 29
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Character Q&A with Henry
May 30
Frances Hoelsma-Book Spotlight
May 31
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Guest Post: How I Pick Hymns
June 1
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner

Book Review: Of The Persecuted

Of The Persecuted by Angie Brashear is a Christian YA Fantasy novel, the first in her series, Legends Of The Woodlands.

Let me start out by saying that I tend to be pretty skeptical about Christian Fantasy, having seen it done very badly a number of times. But I found myself interested in reading and reviewing these, so here we go.

I gave it five out of five stars on Amazon. Here’s my Amazon review:

As Christian fantasy goes, this was a very good read. I really enjoyed it. Some of the concepts Angie has explored in here are very similar to things I have learned in my own walk of faith. I didn’t feel that the worldview was overbearing or stifling as it so often is in Christian literature. She presented the story as a story, with an interesting twist that tied it to real life in a way that I found quite clever and enjoyable. It didn’t feel like she was forcing a fantasy world to act on the exact same rules and principles that ours does, something that I have been irritated with other authors for. But the basics of life are there: people are messed up and they need help from the One who made us.

The romance was a little odd at first. Laila was immediately head over heels enraptured with Lars. Right from the first few pages. It seemed a bit forced and awkward, until the concept of a one true match was introduced, and then looking back it made sense.

All in all, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to someone looking for this genre. Do be warned, however, that unlike Narnia and The Hobbit, this is a violent and at times slightly disturbingly gruesome book. This isn’t a problem, because life is violent and disturbing, but I would recommend saving it for high school and beyond readers.

If you’re looking for a Christian Fantasy read, I would probably recommend this one to you. It isn’t heavy and overbearing like some I’ve read, and it isn’t sticky sweet and all-is-well despite the fire breathing dragon about to kill us all, like others. It had me turning pages to see what happened next. 

Well, I was turning pages except for when I wasn’t allowed to.

It’s messy. It’s brutal. It’s hard and painful and yes, somewhat gruesome and nasty.

But so is life. Life is messy and brutal and hard and painful and yes, sometimes gruesome and nasty. So I think there is a lot of value in presenting it. My personal suggestion would be 15-16 year olds and up. On the reading list for my brothers for school work, I would place this one after The Lord of The Rings – that means, they don’t get to read this one until they’ve read The Lord of The Rings. 

Photos by Annie Louise Twitchell