Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Heart Changer by Jarm Del Boccio with JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Heart Changer
Author: Jarm Del Boccio
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: April 26, 2019
Genre: Middle Grade Biblical Fiction
Can an Israelite captive, wrenched from all she loves, serve the very man who destroyed her village? Miriam is asked to do the impossible: serve the wife of Naaman, commander of the Syrian army. Clinging to treasured memories of home and faith, Miriam faces captivity with worry and bitterness. Little does she know the Heart Changer is wooing and preparing her for a greater mission far beyond what she could imagine.
This middle-grade historical novel reflects the heartache and angst of a young refugee in a foreign land where all hope seems lost.
The Heart Changer is a Middle Grade fiction read appealing to adults as well. It could have easily been turned into a full-length novel, but I recognize the intended audience which makes the length more appropriate. I often find that middle grade fiction feels more choppy simply due to reading level of the audience. Instead I was pleased that this story flowed quite smoothly and was highly capable of creating vivid imagery in my mind. Having said that, it may be better suited to more advanced middle grade readers due to some of the more advanced vocabulary woven into the piece.
This book follows Miriam, a young girl taken from her family and turned into a servant for Namaan’s wife. Hopeful of being reunited with her family in the future, she willing submits to her new authority. One thing that I love about this story is that it shows young kids that God can work through even children. Even though she had her own struggles with the Lord following her capture, she couldn’t shake His presence with her. Both afraid to speak and afraid not to speak, she trusted in God and His will. It was evident that God was with her and worked through her even at such a young age (12).
I personally enjoyed this story, and consider it an intriguing read for young tween/teen girls along with adult women. This is the author’s debut novel but I will certainly be keeping my eye out for more from her in the future!
*I received a copy of this book through JustRead. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jarm Del Boccio (‘J’ pronounced as a ‘Y’) finds her inspiration in everyday life, but in particular, when she travels the globe, observing the quirky things that happen along the way. Focusing on lives of characters from the past, Jarm is devoted to breathing new life into the pages of history.
Jarm has a background in elementary and high school education, and served for seven years as a school librarian. Grateful for the opportunity, she taught three missionary kids in an isolated area of Papua New Guinea. She is part of SCBWI and American Christian Fiction Writers, and has published articles in “The Old Schoolhouse” magazine.
“The Heart Changer,” her debut MG historical/biblical fiction, released with Ambassador International April 26th 2019. Jarm is content with the journey God has placed her on, and lives with her husband and adult son and daughter (when they are not away) in a tree-lined suburb of Chicago.
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