May In Review

May Review FlattenMay slipped away before most of us even realised it, and the 1st of June marked Straight off the Page’s “half-birthday”! It’s hard to believe that we’ve been doing this for six months already. In case you missed any of our recent reviews, interviews or articles, here’s a handy list of everything we covered in May. Happy reading!


WWII Feature

Marisa put together a fantastic mini-event focusing on WWII fiction. If this is a genre you enjoy, or one you’re just intrigued by, make sure you check out the following posts:

Michelle’s Recommended Reading post for this month highlights three books about characters who might not be on the battle front, but they’re certainly fighting to keep their lives together back on the home front.

WWII fiction might often be lumped in with Historical Romances, but there are plenty of novels that cover other aspects of the war. Rachel highlights several of these in her Not Your Typical WWII Novel post.

There are plenty of exciting new WWII novels being released this year, and we’ve highlighted some of our most anticipated reads for you to peruse.

In case you were wondering what causes someone to become so intrigued by wartime novels, Marisa shares what made her fall in love with the genre.

Sara interviews Sarah Sundin and asks her about the struggles of writing hopeful stories set in such a disheartening time period, not getting bogged down in historical detail, and how to weave faith into fiction without forcing it.

And don’t miss our two featured WWII reviews from May: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (reviewed by Melissa) and A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron (reviewed by Marisa & Melissa).



As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti (Contemporary), reviewed by Melissa

Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson (Romantic Suspense), reviewed by Jodie

Taken by Dee Henderson (Romantic Suspense), reviewed by Shondra & Christel

The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester (Historical), reviewed by Rachel

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon (Romantic Suspense), reviewed by Christel & Jodie

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker (Dystopian), reviewed by Melissa & Beth

The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton (Historical Romance), reviewed by Melissa

Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge (Contemporary Romance), reviewed by Beth

The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis (Amish), reviewed by Jodie

Undraland by Mary E. Twomey (Sci-Fi/YA), reviewed by Melissa

Nøkken by Mary E. Twomey (Sci-Fi/YA), reviewed by Melissa

Fatal Trauma by Richard L. Mabry (Suspense), reviewed by Jodie



Aside from our WWII feature, we interviewed three authors in May:

Melissa chatted to Ronie Kendig about the challenges of writing a series with an ongoing plot, her favourite romance to write, and the difficult subject matter in her most recent release.

Michelle asked Kathy Tyers about how she balances theology and story, the influence her family has on her writing, and her involvement in the Star Wars universe.

Melissa interviewed Cliff Graham and asked him about what makes “Exodus” stand out from other Biblical novels, how he presents masculinity in his new book, and how Bible stories are being presented in secular media right now.


Upcoming Content

Stay tuned for a mini-event highlighting Amish fiction, and our writers’ summer reading lists!

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