Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review: Vanguard of Hope by Kathy Steinemann

Vanguard of Hope (Sapphire Brigade Book 1) by Kathy Steinemann

LISETVILLE, 1890 -- Murders are committed; homes are burned; family secrets are buried; an unexpected romance complicates lives. Amid the mystery and violence, a vigilante brigade emerges to administer justice.

Flowing through the intrigue and drama is a dark undercurrent that will touch your heart as you empathize with the victims.

My Thoughts:
I really liked this one. Written mainly in diary format, you get Hope's thoughts and feelings and how events effect her personally. She has some experiences as a child that explain some of her behavior as an adult and you get to understand her through the diary. the story deals with some big issues such as inequality, racism, sexual abuse, arranged marriages, and more. There is also a vigilante group that seeks out injustice and tries to punish those who deserve it. There are just enough unanswered questions that I am anticipating the sequel. If you like historical fiction, this one is worth a read.

My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !!
*Notes: Deals with sexual abuse of children

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About the author:
Kathy Steinemann won provincial public speaking and writing awards during
her school years, wrote the school news column for the community paper, and
was a regular contributor to her high school newspaper.

Her career has taken varying directions, including positions as editor of a
community weekly, computer-network administrator, and webmaster. She has
also worked on projects in commercial art and cartooning.

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