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IP Novels Digest

June 19, 2014 12:47 pm | 1 Comment

Don’t take our word for it! These bloggers think our novels are great too!

The Rising

Maria Garcia, Shelly Kelly, and Amy Flamminio reviewed The Rising:

“I was drawn into this book from the first chapter & had trouble putting it down. The author tells the story in the third person narrative style, which fits the thrilling aspect quite well. He leads the reader through thoughts of all the main characters instead of just one. We sense the priest’s anguish & doubts, feel C.J.’s  & his mother’s fearful moments, & get angry with his father’s greedy tendencies. (That last one was tough. I just wanted to reach into my Kindle & slap some sense into his father!)”

—Read the rest of Maria’s review on her blog: Four Blessings Academy

The Rising captures you in the first chapter, following the perspective of the local parish priest who returns to the rectory after the wake of his parish secretary, only to receive a frantic phone call from the funeral home owner that the deceased is now alive… In hindsight perhaps I should have seen it coming or guessed at the proper ending, but truth be told I was so caught up in the action that I didn’t see it coming. The author brought the story to a dramatic conclusion with a beautiful message rooted in a truth that cannot be denied.”

—Read the rest of Shelly’s review on her blog: Of Sound Mind and Spirit

“You read and question your own reaction, your own faith, your own belief. What if miracles like this were taking place in your hometown or parish? Do we really believe? In the end, Lynn Walker and C.J. do have an answer for why it happened, but I can’t give that away. Read it and see the true miracle in someone’s life.”

—Read the rest of Amy’s review on her blog: Mrs F3 and Family


Tobit's Dog

Virginia Bonnett and Jaye Procure reviewed Tobit’s Dog:

“This book was so easy to lose yourself in. From the very beginning, Tobit’s Dog by Michael Nicholas Richard was a book I just couldn’t put down. I was instantly drawn into the story of Tobit Messager, a good, honest black man living in rural North Carolina right before the beginnings of World War II… I was captivated by Richard’s storytelling. His writing is well paced, inviting, and rich. ”

—Read the rest of Virginia’s review on her blog: Mea Cuppa

Tobit’s Dog deals deftly with difficult issues such as racism.  At the same time, its well-developed characters illustrate human nature: good, bad and sometimes in-between.  Despite the seriousness of the subject matter, humor pops up from time-to-time and always seems natural to the characters involved… This is a book which might well raise awareness of the Book of Tobit in scripture.  Even if it does not do that, it serves as an enjoyable piece of summer reading.’

—Read the rest of Jaye’s review on his blog: Catholicanuck. Jaye also wrote a review on The Island of the World which can be found here.


Happy reading!







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1 Comment

  1. June 20, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Having had a chance to preview two upcoming IP novels, I can happily report that there are more to come. Keep an eye out for Accidental Marriage and Iota. Both are profoundly good reads. It is truly a blessing that Ignatius is emphasizing novels and offering entertaining and enlightening fiction that while faithful to the Church’s teachings isn’t just heavy handed preaching under a veil of fiction.

    If they keep producing works with the quality of the two I reviewed, it might end up tough on the wallet though!

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