Book review: The Garden beyond

The other Kindle book, which came as a surprise to me after I downloaded The Beloved, was The Garden Beyond by K. A. Austin. (I mentioned my surprise additions to my Kindle library here.)

Book cover: The Garden beyond

The Garden beyond is the second book in a trilogy. The other titles are The Garden and The Garden within. Not having read The Garden, I found that The Garden beyond needed some background information for me to appreciate it fully. A little research informed me that these books resulted from Kate Austin’s regular prayer walks accompanied by the Teacher, the Good Shepherd.

As well as the Kindle edition these books are available as paperbacks. They are descriptive and visionary, using word pictures to communicate spiritual truths. The only similar book I have ever read is Keren Dibbens-Wyatt’s book, Recital of Love.

The Garden beyond is a book, which can be returned to many times and new images and ideas will come to the fore.

Other books I have reviewed are listed here and here.

Book review: The Beloved

The Beloved by Joy Margetts is a companion book to The Healing, which I reviewed earlier. While The Healing is a novel, The Beloved is a novella. It is set in 1250 a few years later than The Healing (1231), but some of the characters will be familiar to readers of the earlier book. The tagline is ‘When Love whispers, will the heart respond?’

The Beloved is a light read suitable for Young Adult or adult readers. I read this heart-warming, well-written story the day I downloaded it. As with The Healing, passages from the Bible are included. It is available on Kindle.



Kindle – one spark or two?

Books I’ve been reading recently include some I have downloaded to the kindle app on my laptop.

Two of these were written by other bloggers, who were promoting them for a short time.

Another one I am reading as a break from writing is one of the free books offered by Amazon (presumably because they are out of copyright).  It is by Mark Twain.  It began well with a few very entertaining pieces.  Then I struggled with page after page, which did not appeal to me much.  Now I have reached the halfway mark and I found a piece which was so funny I had to share it with my husband, who laughed several times, while I watched his reflection in the screen.  (Notice I did not let him sit down at my computer!)

The book is Sketches New and Old.

The ones I have particularly enjoyed were in Part One and Part Two.  My Late Senatorial Secretaryship comes towards the end of part Three.  It was worth downloading the book for the one piece alone.  The letters which have been concocted in “obedience” to instructions are…

…well I won’t spoil your enjoyment.

I hope there are more sketches to my taste in the next half.  I rather wish the book had been half as thick (or long as it is an e-book) and entitled “Selected sketches…” or “The best of…”

Perhaps all a blogger can hope for is the publication of “The best of…”

Some of us try to direct our readers to our favourite posts – I have a page on my other blog –

Another blogger has recently added a top ten page

And there is a blog devoted to free e-books

We all regard our written output as useful and interesting.   But who will find it useful, who will find it interesting?

Perhaps we all need to learn how to edit ruthlessly and leave our readers asking for more!