I just finished reading book one in the Seasons of Redemption series by Andrea Boeshaar, and Andrea didn’t disappoint. Several years ago, I heard the author speak at a women’s event and had purchased some of her novels which I enjoyed. So I was happy to review a brand new one, and today, I'm happy to host Andrea Boeshaar on tour on my blog.
This novel takes place in New Orleans during Civil War time. In “Unwilling Warrior” main character Valerie Fontaine faces the challenges of the culture including, arranged marriages, coming out parties, and the trials of a society in Confederate territory. As Valerie tries to adjust to life without her beloved mother, her father doesn’t know how to deal with his own grief and Valerie longs for his fatherly love. A houseguest brings a distraction for Valerie, but when his occupation as a professional photographer leads to Valerie and her father being accused of conspiracy, the story takes on a new twist.
“Unwilling Warrior” is well written and I enjoyed it very much. Although some parts of the story are very predictable, Boeshaar’s writing style is captivating enough that I couldn’t put it down. I can’t say that the plot had anything I’d describe as over-the-top original, any book that is well-written and holds my attention is worth reading for relaxation and entertainment. I think the author did a good job of doing her research and keeping the story true to the period. Historical fiction buffs, especially Civil War, I encourage you to check out this new series published by Realms, a Strang Company imprint.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publicist in exchange for my fair and honest review.
About the Author:
Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar has been married for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Daniel, have three adult sons, daughters-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. Andrea's educational background includes the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where she studied in English, and Alverno College where she studied in Professional Communications and Business Management.
Andrea has been writing stories and poems since she was a little girl; however, it wasn't until 1984 that she started submitting her work for publication. Eight years after that, she was convicted about writing for the Christian market. She read books in her genre (Inspirational Romance & Women's Fiction), studied the market, and worked hard to hone her craft.
Finally her first novel was published in 1994. Since then she's written numerous articles and devotionals. Andrea has also published inspiration romance novels, women's fiction, and novellas.
In 2003, Andrea joined the Hartline Literary Agency and worked for Joyce Hart as a literary agent. She saw much success. But then in 2007, Andrea realized she was more of a teacher/encourager than a sales person. She left the agency and became a certified Christian life coach. Now, in addition to her writing, Andrea enjoys encouraging others to use their God-given talents and gifts to their fullest.
Andrea has taught workshops at such writers conferences as: Write-To-Publish; American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW); Oregon Christian Writers Conference; Mount Hermon Writers Conference and many local writers conferences. She also speaks at various churches and women's groups.
Another of Andrea's accomplishments is co-founder of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization. For many years she served on both its Advisory Board and as its CEO.