An historical romance

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4.0 out of 5 stars Run Away to the Old West for a Few Hours!, July 28, 2014
This review is from: The Lady Fugitive (Kindle Edition)
An entertaining, light, read, The Lady Fugitive takes the reader to the Old West, circa 1900. Jenny Parks is a ward of her well-known, but abusive uncle Judge Danforth Schuster. Jenny's brother has escaped to their aunt Betsey years earlier, and finally, Jenny has had enough as well. The evening of Jenny's first escape attempt, she meets a young peddler, William O'Casey. William and Jenny will continue to cross paths many times throughout the story at just the most auspicious times.

Jenny flees across the mountain and miraculously finds shelter and food and a place to call her own. However, a greedy, grumpy neighbor and many bounty hunters stand in Jenny's way of starting the new life of which she has long dreamed. Jenny again encounters William, who is a great comfort and help. However, William has his own issues to resolve, which leave Jenny with an inability to trust him fully.

William 's main issues involve looking for a slick, shyster brother; protecting Pa from Pa's wife's former beau; and getting Jenny to trust him. Failure on any of these fronts could ruin his future plans or possibly the Christian witness he is giving by showing the moving picture about the Passion of Jesus Christ.

I appreciated some of the secondary characters. I would have loved to know Mrs. Anderson. And Stuart Ripley. Ada's descriptions made him just come to life, all wiggling, dirty, lively,stinky, 12 yr-old orphan that he is.

Lessons? William reminds himself over and over again,"In this world you will have tribulations...Be of good cheer. I [Jesus] have overcome the world." Also, there are numerous situations in the narrative that call for forgiveness, full and complete. Only with Christ's power can we do that. Another thing Ms. Brownell reminds us through her characters, "We can't fix people--only God can." Something we can all stand to learn!

A fun, entertaining read about life in the old west for an independent, Christian woman whose life is out of her control.I received this ebook from in exchange for an honest review.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Escape to the Old West for a few hours, August 1, 2014
Betti "Betti" (Alexandria, MN USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Lady Fugitive (Kindle Edition)
1908 – Jennifer Louise Parks is an independent young lady – but can she travel alone, run a homestead and be accepted in a small town when she is alone? The adventures and mishaps that JL Parks gets into will have you laughing out loud, biting your nails and perhaps even wishing you had a gun with which to help her. This book is a keeper – taking you back into what once was commonplace, especially in regards to young people who were alone in the world. Trains, stagecoaches, bounty hunters, horses, murder and a little romance make for a story you won’t put down until you reach the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Christian historical romance, August 1, 2014
This review is from: The Lady Fugitive (Kindle Edition)

The Lady Fugitive by Ada Brownell is an excellent Christian historical romance. There is quite a cast of characters; and some of them are really “characters,” even four-legged ones. The setting is 1908 in Colorado in a small town where only one old codger has an automobile. The young lady in the story has quite a journey and there are many twists in her path before things can be resolved for her. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and highly recommend it to fans of this genre. I received the book from the author and publisher by way of The Book Club Network ( in exchange for an honest review.

A motivational Bible study 

By Janet K. Brown
    I don't often review books here at Writing with God's Hope blog, but I found a special book for young adults and new adults that I believe is worth recommending. 

    Brownell tells the reader what it takes to be a success in business, in marriage, in life. The words read more like fiction, interesting, captivating, unique. The author uses the imaginetheme for each section; imagine you falling in love, imagine you as an older adult, imagine you achieving your dreams ...  At the end of the book, Brownell asks questions from each chapter to test your comprehension and application for life.  Part of the book reads like a Christian apologist, giving young people evidence for a belief in God. 

     The back of the book lists questions that are answered in this book. Here is a few:
     How harnessing your will can make you a champion.
     How to look and be your best.
     How to avoid traps that jeopardize your future.

     Ms. Brownell knows her stuff and cites her facts in an orderly, understandable fashion. She spent 17 years as a newspaper reporter. Her writing encompasses 275 articles. Her fiction stories show up in 45 different magazines. Her books include Swallowed by Life and Confessions of A Pentecostal.  Her prolific writing and researching gives her access to studies that will convince the most doubtful new adult.
It's a must read for anyone from 15-30.
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Ada Brownell sent me a copy of this book to review. I am most grateful to her.

A personal or group Bible study

5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Book!, January 12, 2013
This review is from: Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal (Paperback)
I didn't think I could ever read anything more gripping from Ada Brownell than `Swallowed by Life' . In this tract, her soul is laid bare for the reader. Each page is more intense than the last. You will find not a wasted paragraph, nor sentence, nor word. Feel Brownell pain, explore her literary mind, rejoice in her new beginning and ponder the paradox of life.

In my mind, it's the best work she has ever penned and will move you from the first sentence to last. You'll truly be better for having taken the time to read it.

Each chapter has a question and answer section for discussion or contemplation. The book is a good Bible study guide not only for grief support groups and those who have a serious chronic or terminal diagnosis, but also for those curious about the future, those who fear death, those who need their faith strengthened, people who don't know Jesus, and individuals who give them counsel.

I was given this book by the Author.

A teen novel 

This review was written by my daughter, an avid reader...

     "Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult" is a story that will keep you on your toes.
     With the disappearance of Joe's parents and a burglary at their house, things get weirder and scarier. Why is a black car always following them? What can Joe do when he is sent to a mental hospital? Will Joe and his parents have enough faith to get them through this trial?
     This is a faith-filled adventure story that teaches you to rely on God. I am definitely adding this to my list of favorite books. I hope this is part of a series because I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Inspirational Non-fiction

03/20 D.M. Self gave 4 stars to: Confessions of a pentecostal (Radiant books) by Ada Brownell
status: Read in March, 2013
       For many years, Pentecostals are one of the most misunderstood denominations in Christianity. They are different. They are vibrant. They are emotional believers.Ada Brownell does an excellent job in showing the life of a Pentecostal, the ups and downs, the doubts, the fears, and the wisdom that life offers.
      Through her book daily life is broken down and bits and pieces of what makes a Pentecostal is laid bare. Unlike some of the prejudices directed at those of the Pentecostal faith and the untruths about who they are, Ms. Brownell shows how each of them are just as plain and just as flawed as the rest. The one difference is the enormity of their faith and their determination to abide by God's Word.

       As I read through this book, I was held in awe. Her faith started out as a babe, and then became nurtured, sometimes faltering. Many times, she was reminded of her sin or lack of faith, which only strengthened her belief in Jesus even more.
      Confessions Of a Pentecostal is more than just a book or a story; it is an ultimate look inside another person's faith. Truly remarkable, a book that I will reread time and time again, I recommend this to anyone who ever wonders about who we are: who are the Pentecostals.

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