Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Heart-stirring historical fiction: My review of "Defy The Night" by Heather & Lydia Munn


Living in the "free zone" of France in 1941, fifteen-year-old Magali desires nothing more than making a difference, longing to somehow fight against the evil that has swept the land under Nazi rule during World War II. When she meets Paquerette, she is captivated by this young woman who rescues Jewish children from interment camps and from the certain death that awaits them. Magali is overjoyed when Paquerette asks her to help transport the children from the camps, until her impulsive actions place those she cares for in deep danger.

Heather and Lydia Munn have written a compelling story in "Defy the Night", perfectly capturing the angst felt by those living in World War II, and bringing their stories to life in vivid detail. I could almost feel the chill of the biting wind that Magali faced as she walked into the Rivesaltes internment camp, and I felt her horror as she saw what humanity was capable of. Magali is a fascinating character, as she is overly confident in herself and lacks a respectful fear of the Germans, instead despising the fear in her mother and friends. There were moments that I did not always like Magali's actions - and yet she soon endeared herself to me, with her well-intentioned ways that turned out so different than she expected. The authors do an excellent job at capturing the voice of a 15-yr-old, complete with her human flaws - yet not to the point you dislike her. Rather, I found myself empathizing with who she was and who she longed to be, something we all struggle with as teens. Her coming of age story is filled with deep emotion, set in a period of time that will break your heart, yet leave you clinging to hope at the same time.

The story is difficult to put-down, being well-paced and action packed, yet written in a beautiful, lyrical manner. I turned the final page feeling inspired by the bravery of so many who stood firm in the face of evil, truly "defying the night". There is nothing like a war to make you face your weaknesses and overcome them, and the authors did a wonderful job at creating a character who does just that.

I strongly recommend this book and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and Kregel Blog Tour services, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the authors...

Lydia Munn was homeschooled for five years because there was no school where her family served as missionaries in the savannahs of northern Brazil. There was no public library either, but Lydia read every book she could get her hands on. This led naturally to her choice of an English major at Wheaton College. Her original plan to teach high school English gradually transitioned into a lifelong love of teaching the Bible to both adults and young people as a missionary in France. She and her husband, Jim, have two children: their son, Robin, and their daughter, Heather.

Heather Munn was born in Northern Ireland of American parents and grew up in the south of France. She decided to be a writer at the age of five when her mother read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books aloud, but worried that she couldn’t write about her childhood since she didn’t remember it. When she was young, her favorite time of day was after supper when the family would gather and her father would read a chapter from a novel. Heather went to French school until her teens, and grew up hearing the story of Le Chambonsur-Lignon, only an hour’s drive away. She now lives in rural Illinois with her husband, Paul, where they offer free spiritual retreats to people coming out of homelessness and addiction. She enjoys wandering in the woods, gardening, writing, and splitting wood. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

One of his best! My review of "What Follows After" by Dan Walsh

Cover Art

about the book....

In 1962, life was simple, the world made sense, and all families were happy.

And when they weren't, everyone knew you were supposed to pretend.

For the past year, Scott and Gina Harrison have been living a lie. While they show up at family get-togethers in the same car, they've actually been separated for over a year. To keep up the charade, they've even instructed their sons, Colt and Timmy, to lie--to their grandparents, their teachers, and their friends.

Colt, for one, has had enough, so he hatches a plan. He and his little brother will run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt's house in Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents get back together. But when things go terribly, terribly wrong, Scott and Gina must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their marriage.

In this emotional story, bestselling author Dan Walsh takes you on a journey to rediscover the things that matter most in life--love, truth, and family. With profound insight into the heart of a hurting child, he reminds us that a time will come to look back on hard times and smile, because we'll know that what follows after . . . is not what we expected at all.

my review....

Dan Walsh has long been one of my favourite authors, and "What Follows After" is another well-written, utterly absorbing read. Although this book would not be placed in the "suspense" category, I am not joking when I say that I found myself infused with tension, gripping the pages and barely able to refrain from rushing through the pages to see how things would resolve. Anyone who is a parent will see exactly what I mean as the plot unfolds! The author has woven together several different subplots into a unified whole, all set in a unique time in history I have never read about before. I was fascinated to observe people's reactions to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and I kept imagining how I would feel contemplating the potential of nuclear strikes near my home. But I was most absorbed into the fate of Scott and Gina's marriage and the welfare of their sons. I found myself reflecting on the health of my own marriage and whether I am treating my wife as she deserves to be treated. Am I investing in my children the way I need to? Am I being the man God has called me to be? The author has succeeded at creating a story that left my heart racing, while leaving me pondering the deeper questions of life at the same time. Now THAT takes skill!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, from the dramatic, moving plot, to the wonderfully drawn characters, to the satisfying ending. Well done, Dan Walsh! 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Dan Walsh

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance and The Promisewith Gary Smalley, as well as The Unfinished GiftThe Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit www.danwalshbooks.com for more.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Captured my interest...and my heart: My review of "The Amish Groom" by Clark & Meissner

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Check out a preview and my review of a wonderful book from Clark & Meissner, courtesy of the publisher and CFBA:


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Amish Groom
Harvest House Publishers (April 1, 2014)
Mindy Starns Clark
Susan Meissner


Mindy Starns Clark Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of the inspirational Million Dollar Mysteries, the Smart Chick Mysteries, and three standalone mysteries, as well as the nonfiction books The House That Cleans Itself and A Pocket Guide to Amish Life. Her novels include A Penny for Your Thoughts, Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels, A Dime a Dozen, A Quarter for a Kiss, The Buck Stops Here, The Trouble with Tulip, Blind Dates Can Be Murder, Elementary, My Dear Watkins, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon, plus other books!

Mindy is also the author of numerous plays and musicals which have been performed all over the United States. She has written textbooks, articles, short stories, and more than 75 computer software manuals. A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite.

Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker, and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008 and a Carol Award winner. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of four young adults. When she's not writing, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. Visit Susan at her website: www.susanmeissner.com, on Twitter at @SusanMeissner, or at www.facebook.com/susan.meissner.


New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Groom (Book 1 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives.

Born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as a military kid until the age of 6, when his mom passed away. His dad, shipping off to yet another overseas post, placed Tyler in the care of his Amish grandparents, an arrangement that was supposed to be temporary. It lasted a lifetime.

Rachel Hoeck is the young woman waiting for Tyler’s proposal. She senses that though he loves her and wishes to make a commitment to her and his Amish beliefs, part of him still wonders whether an Amish lifestyle is truly for him. When an opportunity to connect with his father unexpectedly arises, a visit to California causes Tyler to question everything, including a future with Rachel. Will the new girl in his life, Lark, cause him to remain in the Englisch world? Or will he choose to be an Amish groom after all?

A poignant novel of hoping for romance and searching for identity, set in a beloved Amish community.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Amish Groom, go HERE.


my review.....

Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner have teamed up to create a winning addition to the ever-popular field of Amish fiction in "The Amish Groom". I absolutely loved that this story is written from the perspective of an Amish male - something you don't see often. The premise of the story is a truly unique one, creating a plausible reason for why Tyler would feel torn between the two worlds of Amish and English. Although I felt the story started a bit slowly for me, perhaps capturing the slower pace of the Amish lifestyle, I was soon absorbed in Tyler's story as he came to interact with modern life and the surprising differences between it and the world he'd known most of his life. The reconciliation that graces the pages of this story are truly beautiful to behold, and there are many moving scenes in the book. The writing is beautiful, and the authors have done a fabulous job of blending their writing styles to create a superb combination. The characters are ones you will quickly grow to care about, complete with their mistakes and humanness, tempered by the forgiveness they are able to offer each other out of God's abundant grace. And what I loved best about the story is it truly offers deep wisdom that can speak to us no matter what culture we love in, because it is God's timeless wisdom.

Fans of Amish stories are going to love this one, and readers who may choose to normally stay clear of Amish-themed stories should take a chance too! The plot captured my interest and the characters captured my heart. What more do you need in a good story? 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Left me with tears in my eyes, and utterly convinced..."Heaven is for Real"


That's the amount of money people have spent at the Box Office, to date, showing that they love the movie Heaven is for Real.

And I am now one of them!

Read on for my review of the movie.

Heaven Is For Real

about the movie....

Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth ... things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.

my review....

My wife and I went and viewed the movie "Heaven is For Real" tonight, and we left having shed tears, having smiled, laughed, and utterly convinced that indeed heaven exists and awaits us one glorious day! I greatly enjoyed the film from start to finish, from the moving screenplay to the incredible acting by Connor Corum (who played Colton) and indeed those who played his parents and sister and the supporting cast. Now, there are a few moments in the movie where it feels like you are watching a made-for-t.v. movie. But there are so many other scenes where I was swept away by the beautiful cinematography. The wonderful score and powerful acting truly moved me to tears - and I certainly wasn't the only one in the theater wiping my eyes!

I have read both the adult version of "Heaven is For Real", and also the children's version, and so I am very familiar with the Burpo's story. I thought the film did a fantastic job at representing what they experienced, and I love that it portrays their lives with such humanness. Viewers are offered a glimpse into the doubts that Colton's parents struggled with, and the movie is all the more powerful for acknowledging that it would be difficult for even the most ardent believers to trust that what their son is telling them actually happened to him. By the end of the movie, viewers will be offered a choice - to believe that what happened to Colton is possible, or doubt that Jesus gave Colton the gift that he did. I know that I believe God is completely amazing enough to give a child a glimpse into eternity - and the result is that millions around the world have been offered hope from reading the book and now watching the movie. We are reminded that the earthly struggles and trials we endure are not the end of things. Rather, heaven awaits - a heaven we cannot even comprehend for the joy it will bring us! I loved that the movie so clearly focuses on Jesus, that he will forgive any and all wrongs when we but ask, and that he died for us all (and was given the "markers" Colton references in his hands and his feet). This movie will leave people talking, and whether they disagree or agree with what they see, they will be great conversations!

All in all, the movie "Heaven is For Real" offers the best we could hope for in an evening out at the movies - a well-done movie that will not only entertain you, but leave you deep in thought about what really matters in life. Now that's a winner in my books!

(My thanks to Sony Pictures and HarperCollins Christian Publishing for the complementary movie passes allowing me to view this film and write this unbiased review).


And be sure to check out my review of the Children's version of "Heaven is for Real" - my kids absolutely love the book:  http://christianfictionaddiction.blogspot.ca/2011/10/book-review-heaven-is-for-real-for-kids.html

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A beautiful debut novel: My review of "For Such a Time" by Kate Breslin

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about the book....

In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric's secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz. 

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric's compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy. 

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp's prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

my review....

"For Such a Time" is a beautifully written novel, a powerfully moving story that evoked deep emotion within me as I read of the plight of the Jewish people and Hadassah's struggle to survive. Hadassah won my heart from the first pages as I imagined her rescue from a concentration camp and her being thrust into the role of the savior of her people. Breslin has created a fascinating retelling of the story of Esther, placing it in a setting I've never considered before, one that had me celebrating Hadassah's triumphs while grieving the loss of lives that occurred at the same time. I have always been drawn to the events of World War II, as though they are difficult to read about, the backdrop of such events showcases people's courage all the more. There are parts of the story that border on being too incredible to even hint at being realistic, and yet the overall result provides for such an immensely satisfying story that I couldn't help enjoying those parts just the same. Breslin has done a great job at bringing history to life, exploring a unique "what if" scenario that will stay with me long past the end of the book. I am left with a new appreciation for God's faithfulness even in the midst of trials, and take this quote from one of the characters away with me: "A strong belief in God is like forging steel; it must be repeatedly tested in fire, then cooled in the waters of His mercy before becoming resilient enough to withstand evil". Such a truth is worth pondering in the difficult moments of life.

It is hard to believe that "For Such a Time" is a debut novel! I award this book a high recommendation and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Kate Breslin

A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. Author of several travel articles, award-winning poet, and RWA Golden Heart finalist, Kate now writes inspiring stories about the healing power of God's love. For Such a Time is her first book. She lives with her husband and cat in Seattle, WA. Learn more at www. katebreslin.com.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fascinating suspense! My review of "Lip Reading" by Harry Kraus

Check out a preview and my review of the latest book from Harry Kraus, courtesy of the publisher and CFBA:


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lip Reading
David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)
Harry Kraus


A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife's urging: "Now doesn't seem the right time for this dream."

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I'd written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn't until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the "rules" without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I'd have made faster progress if I'd have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you'll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.


She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself

She just needs a little longer. She’s really close. Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a medical researcher, stands on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform medicine. But she soon discovers the reason behind the miraculous progress in her research, and it leaves her with a nearly impossible choice . . . and little time to decide. More than her research is at stake. And more threatens it than this latest revelation. Something she’s tried hard to cover up. There is a high cost to some things in medicine and it’s not always the patient who pays. Can Rebecca find the faith and wisdom she needs to make the right call? The clock is ticking and the pressure is on.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Lip Reading, go HERE.


my review.....

Harry Kraus has written another fascinating book, one that is infused with a combination of suspense and fascinating medical details that had me devouring the pages. I absolutely loved the beginning scenes, which take place in Africa and which are filled with such realistic details that I could tell the author was speaking from personal experience. The rest of the book unfolds with great pacing, and the characters are wonderfully developed over the course of the story. You will find that Kraus doesn't give you the full picture of a past incident that occurred between Becca and Noah in their teens until you reach the end of the book, and this added to the suspenseful feel of the story for me. This isn't the type of suspense that is filled with murders or flying bullets per se, but it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. And Becca and Noah's scientific advances feel like they are ripped from the pages of the headlines, as we learn of the development of artificial blood, a product that would benefit the globe. Such an endeavor makes for a very believable and interesting plot line. I found the writing to be crisp, and Kraus provides a beautifully clear gospel message about what Jesus has done for us on the cross.

As you can see, I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WIN a Kindle HDX & check out riveting historical fiction: "The Queen's Handmaid" by T.L. Higley

Enter to win a Kindle HDX,
and check out my review of T.L. Higley's latest book below:

The Queen's Handmaid

about the book...

From the servant halls of Cleopatra’s Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled.
Alexandria, Egypt 39 BC
Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra’s palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm’s length. She’s been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life.
But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she’s had to a family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.
Trapped among the scheming women of Herod’s political family—his sister, his wife, and their mothers—and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah.

my review...

T. L. Higley has done it again! She's taken a group of historical characters and woven a fictional tale that kept me riveted from start to finish. "The Queen's Handmaid" has it all - richly drawn characters, suspense, sweeping drama, a moving plot, all set in a fascinating period of history that gave me a new appreciation for period of time leading up to Christ's birth. As usual, her research is impeccable, and the story is full of interesting details and vivid descriptions that give the story a realistic feel. As I read through the story I found myself having quite the emotional reactions to them, where I either loved them or felt a deep dislike for them, definitely a sign of good writing. And yet even there the author brought a context to the story that gave me a level of sympathy for them, especially for Herod with all of his wicked ways and yet someone who was clearly a damaged soul in his own right. I really enjoyed the overarching story that Higley created for Lydia, including the twists that develop over the course of the plot, providing an ending I did not expect. All in all, this is one of my favourite stories from the author so far, and both my wife and I greatly enjoyed this book.

I award this book a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, and eagerly anticipate what Higley has in store for her fans next!

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

Tracy L. Higley
Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at age eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored many novels, including “Garden of Madness” and “So Shines the Night.” Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. See her travel journals and more at tracyhigley.com.
Find out more about Tracy L. athttp://tracyhigley.com.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Almost here.... "Heaven is for Real", the movie, releasing April 16, 2014!

Heaven Is For Real

I don't know if you have read the book Heaven is For Real... I certainly have, and I loved it! So I'm super pumped to see the movie based on the book. Make sure you go out and see the movie, releasing this week. Here's a link to the trailer at the official movie site:


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Deeply moving: My review of "The Winner's Game" by Kevin Alan Milne


about the book....

Ever since seventeen-year-old Ann Bennett was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition two years ago, her family has been pulling apart. Ann and her two younger siblings fight constantly, as do their parents. When the doctors announce that Ann's only hope of survival is a heart transplant by the end of the summer, the Bennetts decide to wait for news of a donor at a family vacation home on the Oregon coast, near Haystack Rock. 

But rather than healing their differences, the time away only widens the rifts between them. That is, until they learn about The Winner's Game, a game their great grandparents invented to save their marriage decades ago. It doesn't work immediately, it takes some time to figure out the right way to play, but little by little things start to change. It seems everything might be okay, until the day tragedy strikes, and they are confronted with what it really means to love--and to be a family.

my review....

Kevin Milne has penned a deeply moving story, one that explores the true meaning of love and family and left me with a strong sense of hope. The characters are beautifully developed, and I enjoyed moving between the different points of views of the different family members. The actions of Cade and Bree left me laughing many a time, while Ann's humanness and struggles and ultimately bravery left me inspired. Just when I thought I'd figured out where the story was headed, the author threw in a twist and things ended up even better than I expected! The idea of "The Winner's Game" is a brilliant one and I'd honestly like to give this concept a try in my own family with my wife and children. Milne does a great job at depicting the struggles any of our marriages can face, and how it can be all too easy for couples to grow emotionally distant and start cracking under the strain of life's challenges. The author doesn't paint an unrealistic picture of a marriage magically being repaired. Rather, he shows how commitment and hard work (albeit rewarding) can pay off to turn things around. In an age where divorce has become the first reaction couples have to stress in their marriage, this book serves as a beautiful reminder that there is another, and better, way.

"The Winner's Game" will not only provide you with a few hours of enjoyable reading, but will remind you of all the blessings family has to offer as well. I strongly recommend this well-written novel, and award it 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this unbiased review.

 about the author....

Kevin Alan Milne

Kevin Milne was born in 1973 in Portland, Oregon. Although Oregon was always considered home, he also spent portions of his childhood in Virginia, Hawaii, and California. In 1991 he graduated from Sherwood High school, followed by undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, then an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. As an adult he has lived in such varied places as Vermont, New Jersey, Nevada, Austria, and Croatia.

Since beginning his writing career in 2007, Milne's novels have been reproduced in 16 languages worldwide. His first published work, "The Paper Bag Christmas", was converted to a stage play in 2011.

Today, Kevin resides once more in his home town of Sherwood, Oregon. He and his wife, Rebecca, were married in Washington DC in 1995, and are the proud parents of five children.