Saturday, August 10, 2013

Virtual Review tour: The Secret Diary of Sarah Chamberlain by Sarah Norkus

Congratulations to Melinda Campbell, winner of the prize for commenting.

Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual REVIEW ONLY Tour for The Secret Diary of Sarah Chamberlain by Sarah Norkus, a Middle Grade Christian Historical/Fantasy book available now from Living Ink Press. The tour will run every Monday for four weeks, starting November 18, 2013. The book is available in print only, so limited to US reviewers. Note: reviews must be posted to Amazon and Good Reads during the tour.

Sarah will award a $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Fifteen year-old Emily Grace (Em) discovers a secret hiding place under a wooden plank in the attic of an old house in Petersburg owned by the Ladies Benevolent Society. It conceals a 150 year old diary belonging to Sarah Chamberlain, the previous owner of the house. Turning to the last entry, Em’s interest is piqued by the mention of the missing confederate gold and a murder mystery. She slips the diary into the pocket of her capris.

A week later, Em finishes the diary. Emotions well up inside her as she rereads the last page. The diary holds no clues to the location of the gold. But it is clear that Sarah believes that her husband, Robert, was murdered by the guards in charge of the Union prison where he was being held. Tears slide down Em’s cheeks as she thinks about the senseless murder of the man Sarah loved. She slips the diary back in her pocket planning to return it to the attic while helping her mother clean the old house in Petersburg.

While scrubbing black scuffmarks off the kitchen floor in the Petersburg house, Em has an emotional meltdown. She shouts her list of grievances, including Robert’s murder, before God. Em ends her tirade by saying that since God has done nothing to help her or Sarah she doesn’t believe he really exists. Almost immediately, she is overcome with vertigo and passes out.

Slowly regaining consciousness, Em looks around in confusion. The kitchen has been replaced by a nineteenth century parlor.

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