They say write what you know. Mary C. Findley has poured her real life into her writing -- From the cover designs inspired by her lifelong art studies to the love of pets and country life that worm their way into her historicals. The never-say-die heroes in her twenty-some fiction works are inspired by her husband, a crazy smart man with whom she co-writes science and history-based nonfiction. These works were jump-started by a deep awareness of the dangers in our future if we don't understand ideological enemies rooted in the past. She's a strong believer in helping others and also has books about publishing advice and the need to have strong standards in reading and writing.
She has traveled internationally and around the lower 48 and Canada multiple times. Anecdotes from her small town life, college experiences, European, Canadian, and south-of-the border travels, as well as adventures as shotgun rider in a tractor trailer fill her contemporary works. She has also donned the cloak of alt-Victorian adventuress as Sophronia Belle Lyon, steampunk writer with her own League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and ladies) from the great 1800s novelists. In all her works you will find faith, family, friendship and fulfilling stories. Do come have a look!
Praise for Benny and the Bank Robber: "Looked like a kids book. It really surprised me with a lot of interesting twists and being deeply spiritual."
Chasing the Texas Wind: "This story has many twists and turns throughout the plot and keeps the reader on their toes and they struggle, along with the characters, to solve the mystery of this intriguing tale."
Antidisestablishmentarianism: "This book will give you all the ammunition you need to get yourself straightened out and those you know and love. I recommend you get it and read it."
Fifty Shades of Faithful: "I liked the way the characters were not one dimensional but complicated, especially the men in the stories."
The Baron's Ring: "What I got was a story unlike any other. A story of love of family, love of community, a love of people...all intertwined with the love of God and sharing that love. I just could not put it down."
Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion: "For those who love medieval history, the Crusader period in England, all things knights and espionage, everyday estate life, and purity of period detail, you will find an absolute GEM in this story."
The Great Thirst" "Wonderful, absolutely wonderful!"
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: "Fantastic Scriptural commentary. The writing shows a deep and profound understanding of the whole counsel of God."
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on Aug. 11, 2012 :
I enjoyed this story very much, and finished it in one sitting. It reminded me a little bit of Tom Sawyer, or maybe The Sugar Creek Gang. I think it would be something especially suitable for a middle-grader between about ten and twelve years old. The story is mostly simple and straightforward, without many complexities, which is appropriate for that age group. I liked the cougar-face chapter headings; that was an especially nice touch. I also liked that it had a happy and satisfying ending.
I think Jeremy was actually my favorite character, maybe because he seemed the most complex and interesting, and changed the most over the course of the book.
There were a few things I thought could have been improved, of course, but they were minor. I would have liked to see a bit more action at times, and perhaps a little less description, especially near the beginning of the book, and also I thought certain characters like the boatman on the river used a little too much dialect. But as I said, those were minor things and on the whole I really enjoyed the story very much.
I would recommend this series to anyone who is looking for a Christian adventure series for children.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Jan. 22, 2012 :
Benny and the Bank Robber was shared with me by the author, Mary Findley. It is a good book for children, as there are lessons about life, taught in this historic adventure. It is interesting to go back in time and let your imagination take over, to a time where when things were simple. Still, some things never change.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)