Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blog Tour: The Measure of Katie Calloway (Review)

Katie Calloway has a mission. She not only must escape from her brutal, Confederate-Soldier husband, but also save her young brother, following the deaths of her parents.

The era - post Civil War United States - full of angst and pain as people from both sides of the conflict work to put their lives back together, adds extra layers to this tale.

Serena Miller has crafted a brilliant novel that not only kept my interest from start to finish, but also intrigued me. She left me wanting to know more about life in a northern lumber camp.

Yes, let's face it, the book has it's "storybook" ending. But, how Miller gets there, is at least unexpected.

I'll also admit, writing about how casual people reacted to domestic violence at the end of the 1800s was a bit disturbing.Fortunately, like most things, we have learned from our past and see life differently.

I think this is the moral of Miller's story - Katie (and several other characters) learns from the past hurts and trials and becomes stronger in the end.

On the scale of one to five, with five being the highest, this book is a four - because of strong characters, a well-written plot, and a solid storyline. It's a great novel, by a new writer!

More About The Book
From The Publisher
Her heart seeks sanctuary in the deep woods. But will trouble find her even here?

The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway's Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he's hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.

With grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era. From the ethereal, snowy forest and the rowdy shanty boys to the warm cookstove and mouth-watering apple pie, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting you to a time of danger and romance.

More About The Author
Serena Miller is the author of Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio, as well as numerous articles for periodicals such as Woman's World, Guideposts, Reader's Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, and more.

She lives on a farm in southern Ohio.

Online Resources
Learn more about the author, Serena Miller, at
Buy it at
Find it at Barnes & Noble

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.  

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