Ancient Words: Book 1: Where Can I Flee and Book 2: In the Shadow of Thy Wings by A. M. Heath are both Christian Historical Fiction.

Release date: August 13, 2014 (Book 1), December 8, 2015 (Book 2)

Overview: Where Can I Flee

War is on the horizon during the spring of 1861. It will be an event that will change the lives of everyone in its path. The Harper family included.

Frank Harper is a young man full of dreams and ambitions. Even when the country is split and war breaks out, Frank will do whatever is necessary to see his dreams come true, even when that means putting on a uniform and leaving home.

For the first time, Claire Harper is forced to consider the reasons behind such a conflict. Should slavery be abolished? Which side should she be on, and what does God have to say about this? Claire is torn between her own opinions and those of her family. The struggle within her only increases when she repeatedly runs into a kind and handsome Union soldier. She longs to see her brother turn to Christ before it is too late. Desperate to reach her brother with the gospel, Claire pens a series of inspiring letters. Will she be able to handle all the obstacles of war and continue to be a witness to those around her?

How long can Claire last when her heart is torn in half and she is burdened for her brother’s soul? How long can Frank resist his sister’s urgent pleas or the gentle tugging from within? Can a man outrun a holy God?

In the Shadow of Thy Wings

Devastation sweeps across the land, and the families of Maple Grove cannot escape when war arrives at their front doors. After her father entrusts her with a new and dangerous task, Sally Chandler must find the courage to obey despite her fear. Meanwhile, her best friend, Claire Harper, is determined to serve others, even if it means putting herself in danger. But with a certain handsome Union soldier stationed nearby, Claire finds her heart in danger of falling for the enemy. Their differing loyalties create complications that neither could expect; her twin brother fighting for the Confederacy is only one of them. Frank Harper left home with one goal in mind – to become a prosperous plantation owner. Two years later, not only is he further from his goal, but he’s beginning to question his own desires–something that becomes more complicated when his heart becomes involved. The families of Maple Grove must learn how to survive the uncertainty of war and a country split in two. While the war in the nation rages on, the battle within grows stronger. Will they learn that the only safe place to hide is in the Shadow of Thy Wings?

My Ideation: The characters in these two stories are not only likeable, but relateable.  There are struggles with having faith in God, fighting for what is believed to be right, making difficult decisions, and hoping for love.

As a believer, I admit that my faith is not always very strong.  It was a nice reminder that I am not alone.  Olen Harper, the father of twins Claire and Frank, turned his back on the Lord when his wife died.  Years later his son Frank has joined the Confederacy and Claire is home helping him with the farm.  Claire starts going to church and through her sharing of the Pastor’s sermon, Olen begs forgiveness and accepts Jesus into his life.

Claire misses her brother and worries about his safety.  She goes about her life acting as the woman of the house and helping her father in the fields.  She longs for love and draws closer to the Lord.

Frank is off fighting to save his rights to decide whether he can have a slave or not.  He wants to be able to make that decision himself – not to be forced to have one.  His time with the Confederacy extends longer than expected.  He begins to question his desires.

These two books bring about a fear that was real and as a reader, that fear is felt considerably.

Summation: 5/5


Author Information

Being raised in a small Tennessee town, A.M. Heath grew up with a love for southern history and nostalgia. She lives with her husband and four children in Southern Tennessee where they embrace the small town lifestyle.


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