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Meredith DeVoe grew up in Connecticut and spent several years vagabonding around America before settling in Vermont, where she married Robert DeVoe and had two children before moving to Upstate New York, and then Africa as a missionary. She has also been a cook, sawmill worker, paperhanger, artist’s model, homeschool mom, dogsled driver, and briefly, a professional musician. She has a Master's in Curriculum and Teaching and currently teaches school in Nigeria.
on Sep. 29, 2011 :
The author has done a fine job at making the characters believable, and the creepy things are suitably creepy. I don't typically read Christian fiction, but I enjoyed this book.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on July 04, 2011 :
This is a magical book! I relished every beautifully painted image and fully developed and poignant relationship. I felt every emotion and grew with the characters as they found resolution both emotionally and spiritually.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on June 16, 2011 :
What is wonderful about Blackbirch Woods is the enduring and irresistible love story that begins as friendship between Willis and Violet and develops into a trust that can defeat anything which threatens to tear it apart. Willis and Violet's relationship encompasses what I believe most of us hope for, a deep and soulful attachment of hearts that cannot be explained because it transcends meaning applied to words. Instead, it lives inside us and must be simply trusted, blindly, much like faith. Blackbirch Woods echos the rich storytelling that is found in treasured fables and biblical type stories. This is a Christian, clean read and although it contains paranormal elements, its deeply rooted in the traditional Christian teachings. At times, the verses, prayers and testaments can come across as a bit preachy, but I imagine reaction to the text will depend completely on the preference of the reader. Some will see this feature as a strength, where others might view it as a weakness. I enjoyed the fabled tale and the romantic chemistry between the main characters was truly inspirational.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)