Monday, January 9

From Across the Ancient Waters by Michael Phillips

Return to Wales with best-selling author Michael Phillips in his latest historical novel. After being sent to his uncle’s estate, young Percy Drummond has no intention of letting the country atmosphere soften his rebellious ways. Then he meets a village girl Gwyneth Barrie and her friendship changes his life. When Percy later returns, his intriguing friend has grown into a young woman. But by this time, Percy has caught the eye of his beautiful cousin Florilyn . . . who has also become Gwyneth’s friend. What will result of their threefold friendship? And what repercussions will his uncle’s surprising request have for them all?

ISBN-13: 9781616265854
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Publication date: 2/1/2012
Pages: 480

Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. Phillips and his wife live in the U.S., and make their second home in Scotland.

If you have never read a novel by Michael Phillips, you are truly missing out. From Across the Ancient Waters is historical fiction of the very best kind, and is the first book in The Green Hills of Snowdonia series.

Percy Drummond arrived in Scotland as a rebellious and angry teenager. A preacher's kid, he wanted nothing to do with the church or the beliefs of his parents. He soon discovers more than he can imagine about himself, about God, and even about his upbringing. What he discovers that first summer away from home will set the course for the rest of his life.

What I love about Michael Phillip's writing is the deep character development. Rich in history, filled with breathtaking imagery and scenery of the hills and mountains in Scotland, I feel like I have been there for an extended vacation. I can imagine riding on horseback, exploring the crystal clear mountain lakes and hidden caverns in the hills, right alongside Percy and his new found friends.

The conclusion of The Green Hills of Snowdonia titled The Treasure of the Celtic Triangle will be published in August 2012, and is at the very top of my summer wishlist.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Barbour Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.

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