The Divide - Book Review

Hello, sweet friends!
My computer is still acting up
so I will be missing from action for a little while longer.
I had a couple of books that needed reviewed this month
which I shared yesterday and today.
I sincerely hope you are well and enjoying your summer.
I have a big giveaway coming up in July
in honor of blogging for 5 years
so I hope you will keep an eye out for that.
Take care, dear ones.
Love and hugs to you!

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In this gripping conclusion to The Alliance, 
nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole’s Old Order Mennonite community 
fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the power grid 
and altered life as they knew it. 
Since then, Leora has watched and waited for news of Moses Hughes,
the young Englischer pilot who held off invading looters 
long enough for everyone to escape. 
Unsure Moses even survived, 
Leora has begun to warm to the affections of Jabil Snyder, 
who has courted her patiently. 
But she struggles to see herself as the bishop’s wife, 
especially when she learns that Moses is alive and has now joined a local militia.

An unexpected encounter in the woods deepens Leora’s crisis, 
as does a terrifying new threat that brings Moses’ militia 
into the community’s shaky alliance with the few Englischers left among them. 
When long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, 
Leora wrestles with the divide between having faith and taking action. 
Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?

My Thoughts
As mentioned in the description of the book,
The Divide is the conclusion to The Alliance.
You can find my review for the first book by clicking here.

The Divide begins where the first book ended
so I highly recommend reading The Alliance first.
And with that being said I will now share my thoughts. . .
Jolina Petersheim is a favorite author of mine
as her books are quite riveting and they captivate you until the very end.
The Divide is no exception and it's a thrill ride to the last page of the book.
I must confess that I wish this book was not the conclusion.
Oh, how the story could go on and on!
I am getting off on a rabbit trail though
so back to my review. . .

In the first book, The Alliance,
you will meet Leora, a young Mennonite woman,
and Moses, a young English man.
Their lives are thrown together when a huge attack causes the power grid to fail.
When the power does not come back only chaos follows 
along with the will to survive. . .at any cost.
The Divide continues on with their story 
and the desperate times they now face after 6 months of no power.
You will find love, compassion, heartache, redemption, 
and a desperate desire to survive while saving those around you 
tucked away in the pages of The Divide.

In all honesty, my friends,
my review will not do Jolina Petersheim justice
because like I said, her books are astounding!
She is a very talented author and the talent flows onto the pages of her books
and will leave you wanting more and more.
I highly recommend this author.

** I was provided a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers
in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Jolina Petersheim is a best-selling author
whose unique Mennonite heritage originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
A transplanted southern belle,
she now lives on a farm with her husband and two young daughters
in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin.
Follow Jolina's blog at


Vee said...

So this is from a Mennonite futuristic novel? That is quite the intriguing combination. I will follow your link. (Hope that your computer is back up to speed soon! )

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Now that summer is here, I was hoping to find time to read a good book, and with your recommendation, I shall visit Amazon and see if I can track down this series, it does sound quite riveting. A great story can be told by a poor author, but any story told by a skilled author becomes a tale worth reading, and I highly value your opinion of this author. Hope your computer woes end soon! Hugs to you today dear friend!

Chris Lally said...

Wow! This is quite a recommendation, Stephanie!
Lately, I have read quite a lot about an EMP or solar flare destroying our power grid. What a scary proposition. I will pick up the book.
Hope your computer settles down & that you are enjoying your summer, too!

Jill said...

This sounds very interesting, I will have to check these out and her blog. Always looking for new authors and great books to read. Hope you get your computer issues worked out soon! I've been having some storage issues on mine and trouble uploading pictures to blogger that I'm trying to work on. I've been behind in my blogging so trying to get back to it and visit everyone. Hope you have a wonderful day!


Creations By Cindy said...

Ooh, looks like another good one! Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

This sounds like a good book, from your great review. I sure hope your computer issues are solved soon, my friend. Love and blessings to you.

Christy ♥ said...

Stephanie, que tengas un bonito fin de semana


Lowcarb team member said...

A very good recommendation ...

All the best Jan

Lorrie said...

What a unique premise for a novel - Mennonites in an apocalypse of sorts. Great recommendation.

mamasmercantile said...

Hope your computer picks up soon, mine is playing up a little too.

Tamago said...

Sounds like a great read! I think it's the best when you don't want the story to end :-)
I hope your computer will be fixed soon. Have a happy weekend!

Linda Walker said...

Hello Stephanie,
This sounds like a good read, both books, you always do such a wonderful job with your reviews....so very sorry to hear about your computer. It's frustrating when this happens. Both my computer and laptop have been giving me trouble, as well as 2 sewing machines and now my phone....I feel your pain ;) Hope you are up to speed in no time! Enjoy the weekend my friend!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Looks like a great read! I'm TRYING to read at least 10 books this summer. I'm half way through the second LOL - I think I'm a bit behind! Sorry you are still having computer issues!

Debby Ray said...

I have missed seeing your sweet face around lately! I hope you had a lovely Independence Day and that your computer troubles will soon be over! Hugs!

handmade by amalia said...

Sounds thrilling, Stephanie. Thanks for sharing.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love your book reviews! This sounds really good so I'm checking my library system to see if they have anything by her. Thanks! And hope your computer woes are soon fixed.

Kat said...

Good morning Stephanie, I hope your computer gets fixed and you are able to get to blogging soon!
Happy 5 years of blogging. I actually been blogging since 1999. At one time there were a bunch of ladies that drew country graphics and we would all blog together. I drew graphics back then as well. Now nearly all the ladies have stopped blogging but there are a few left. Happy Summer! have a Blessed by God Sunday! Hugs

Sandra said...

So sorry to hear you're having computer problems...very frustrating. It's been way too long since I've stopped by to say "hi" as life has been busy once again. I hope you and your sweet family are doing well. Think of you often, Stephanie. Hugs!

Laura Lane said...

I'm not doing much reviewing this summer. I had to order the Legacy though because it was the end of a trilogy I've been reviewing.

Hope you get your computer problems solved soon. Missing you!

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie, I'm glad you have delightful books to keep you busy while you're waiting for your computer to be fixed. Sometimes the cover of the book and the title swoops you in even before reading the book. This picture with all the snow caught my eye right away. Maybe because it's 103 degrees today, and it's been a hot summer here.

Hang in there, dear Stephanie. I'm sure your computer will work like new once you get it again. And then, you can say hello to all of us who love you. : )

love, ~Sheri

Regina said...

Hey Stephanie! I wanted to say we all miss you and hope your computer issues get solved soon. Bless you dear friend!

Anonymous said...

I like your blog for it's variety.

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