I had the privilege to read this short story and give my opinions of it to Amanda. When she announced she was releasing it, I was excited to read the updated version. I am glad I did. I needed to hear the message of this book again and it came at the perfect time. What book am I talking about? The title is Peace, Be Still. Today I’m reviewing the book as my part in her blog tour. Be sure to check out the giveaway, too.
This book is so powerful. I’m amazed how someone can pack so much into a short 2,600 word story. If you ever feel anxious about anything (who hasn’t?), get this book and read it. Then read it again when you are anxious again. It’s worth it.
Despite how short the book is, you really get to understand the three siblings. I could sympathize with each one of them and relate to Keith.
There wasn’t a lot of dialogue, but when there was, it was well done. The interaction between the siblings was so sweet, especially between Keith and his little sister Kylie.
Complete. That’s hard to get in such a short book. But in Peace, Be Still, there was enough backstory to understand what was happening, and enough current timeline story to make a good story and finish it. Sure, she could potentially write more about the characters, but she doesn’t have to if she doesn’t want to.
Over-all writing quality
I’ve always been in awe of authors who can write short stories that impact others and are complete. I can’t do that. Or at least, I have yet to be successful at it. Amanda did a very good job of writing this short story.
It’s only about 14 pages if you don’t count the front and back pages. So it’s easy to read it in one sitting. Plus, you want to so you find out if Dad makes it out of the storm okay.
If you are a normal human being and have ever had any anxiety over anything, go pick up this book and read it. It’s only $0.99 and well worth it.
When the clock chimed, Keith counted the strokes. Midnight. His fingers grasped the handle of the lantern. He peeked in the room to make sure his siblings were asleep then his legs led him to the stairs. Trailing behind Dad, the climb seemed an adventure. But the responsibility of his first time alone, at night, urged his body to move swiftly up the steep steps.
Check the lights. Check the wick. Check the vents. Wind the weights. Keith’s mind went through Dad’s drill and his hands seemed to work automatically. Dad had encouraged him once that he was a natural, but Keith found his hands shaking by the time he surveyed the lantern room. He ran through the list twice more. Everything seemed right, but he still checked it one last time before leaving the room. Hoping Dad had returned, Keith found himself praying again.
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About the Author
Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate whose desire is to provide God-honoring reading material that challenges the readers to consider their walk with God. She has currently published several short stories which can be found on Amazon on her website. Ways to connect with Amanda: Writing website | Facebook | Blog | Goodreads | Amazon
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