Poignant Coming of Age Books for Teens and Adults Alike
In Those Other Lands
In Those Other Lands: A tale of survival, hope, and
The Dekkers are a Dutch family transplanted from the Netherlands into the maturing culture of the Dutch East Indies, and the country transforms them - as they help influence the country. Pieter Dekker is a man of courage and influence in his career of Chief Commissioner of Police for Batavia (later, Jakarta), the headquarters of all 17,000 islands in the verdant Dutch-ruled nation.
His eldest daughter, Diny Dekker, a tenacious, optimistic girl, matures during a revolutionary time. Her coming-of-age blossoms during the Second World War while in the Netherlands. The War shatters the Dekker family, separating them, but their hearts and spirits remain united.
Diny faces the death of loved ones and places her trust in God. Her story weaves the narrative of a life no longer at peace, and she must decide whether to return to the Indies. Can she find the paradise she once experienced?
As much as the social atmosphere of the Dutch East Indies swirls and changes in Diny's lifetime, so too do her own personal attitudes about life and love. As she traverses three continents, Diny's faith, forgiveness, and desire for redemption will have the reader cheering for her each step of the way. This is the story of challenges and triumphs of a family traversing the 1930s and beyond, a tale of survival, hope, and redemption.
Caroline VanTongeren Mertens' debut work is a new addition to the great historical memoir tradition along the lines of authors such as Corrie ten Boom, Lauren Hillenbrand, Annejet van der Zijl, and Michael Ondaatje.
Reviews: "...a rich, lovely illustration of a journey of faith..."
"I could close my eyes and picture the images perfectly as though I had seen photographs. I was lost in the pages of this eloquently described world that Mertens has made come alive through her extraordinary talent! And I utterly fell in love with Diny, immediately connecting with her sweetness and tenacity, her spunk and strength."
"A work of grace and beauty, In Those Other Lands will encourage, challenge, and touch your heart deeply. Mertens communicates what it looks like to wrestle with faith in hard times as well as mundane times through Diny's story, showing us the ordinariness of that struggle as well as the quiet glory of God's pursuit of us."
"Diny's faith is incredible! You won't be the same after encountering this woman and her grace-filled story."
"This book is not only a memoir spanning several lifetimes, but an excellent testimonial for faith in God and in perseverance against overwhelming odds in war, in various environments and in day to day life." Harvey Stanbrough, professional novelist, short story writer, and poet
The Westwood Witches: A Secret Discovered
Aero trembled as she held the box sealed inside black paper.
The dilemma was a difficult one - her mum had told her the box
contained secrets she might not be ready for. Once she opened it,
there would be no going back…
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Things Fall Apart: A Mother's Plight
An emotional journey of awakening, through broken trust,
heartbreak, and family conflict. Despite being at the depths of
despair, in the face of adversity, there is always a belief for
the promise of a hopeful future. This is a coming of age story
with a difference. It's 35 year old single mother Mandy who is
forced to mature and grow up quickly, by the time we reach the
final chapters of this incredible chronicle that takes us from
the blindness of naivety into pain, despair and eventually, at
great cost, the maturity of hard-won wisdom.
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Haunted By a Moment
One moment, four lives changed forever.
Kat's life gets turned upside down when she wakes up in the hospital after a terrible accident. She deals with the aftereffects of the accident, her own injuries and the life threatening conditions of her friends that were in the car with her at the time. On top of everything her boyfriend is in the hospital again. His leukemia may be back, Kat fights everyone to be by his side despite her own condition.With friends in the ICU, facing criminal charges and worried for her boyfriend, Kat's own strength wavering, she begins making bad decisions. Everyone tries to reach her before she does something she can never take back. Will Kat's cry for help be answered before it's too late?
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Rock'N'Roll in Locker Seventeen
What if you discovered the real fate of the world's most famous missing rock star? In 1964 Ricky Stevenson had it all then he mysteriously vanished. Thirty years later the truth is discovered by an ordinary teen. Where has Ricky been? Why did he disappear? Rock'N'Roll in Locker Seventeen is a novel about what happens to Steven when he uncovers what really happened to the missing star. As the media invades Steven's city and his family visits Los Angeles, Steven goes from your typical star struck 17 year old to a young man who realizes that sometimes all you really need is the life you already have. The perks and perils of stardom and the typical teenage experience collide with hilarious results in Rock'n'Roll in Locker Seventeen. An epic novel about music, high school, family, and life. This book is a fun fantastic tale of secrets, music, pop culture, humor and fun that will leave you wanting more.
Peace in Flames: A Peace Series Novella
Obsession and jealousy can be dangerous.
The Peace High School date auction is supposed to be fun, but Valerie Todd is dreading it. She knows who will win her date-Chris Burkeholder, the boy who's been obsessed with her for years.
New in Peace, Liam Sloan doesn't know that Chris is used to getting his way. When Liam outbids Chris for Valerie's date in the auction, life gets more dangerous for the new couple.
Will Valerie and Liam survive Chris' anger and jealousy?
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The Adventures of Fawn: 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls
Fantastic! Fun-tastic! Fawn-tastic!!
Set in the magical world of Santa's North Pole, this award-winning first entry in The Adventures of Fawn series is an exciting 'coming of age' tale! The year is 1849, and legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen have a young daughter, Fawn. In this first book, 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls, the young reindeer spends far too many days alone in the stable at Santa's Village with no friends and nothing to do. While her parents caution her she's much too young and inexperienced to go exploring outside the Village by herself, Fawn disagrees. Declaring, "I want some fun and excitement! I don't care how dangerous it is!" she begins sneaking out each day in search of friends, excitement and adventure. She'll find them all...but also find herself in dangerous situations she's unprepared for! Dangers like meeting up with a fierce hungry wolf, getting lost in a freezing North Pole blizzard, and the treachery of a mysterious visitor capturing animals of the arctic to sell to a zoo in New York City. Along the way, she'll also learn some valuable lessons about what's really important in life. The Adventures of Fawn are filled with fun, magic and excitement for all ages! 'Til the Last Snowflake falls was awarded the Bronze Medal in Dan Poynter's 2017 Global E-book Awards, and also received an Honoree Medallion from indieB.R.A.G. awards.
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Sounds of Silence
Twelve-year-old Marco Lippa is the star pitcher for his Little
League baseball team and does his best to lead his team to
victory against their cross-town rivals, reveling in the cheering
and applause. After one particular game, he becomes sick and is
rushed to the hospital. Treated for meningococcal disease, Marco
wakes up to discover that he is deaf-and all of his dreams seem
It is 1965 and the air is light with the idea of freedom, love
and the Beatles, but eighteen year old Jess, a feisty young woman
with ideas of her own, is feeling stifled by her puritanical
religious family background in working class England.
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Before You Break
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