About the Book
Author: M. Liz Boyle
Genre: Christian YA
Release date: February 25, 2021
This summer the Stanley sisters and the Miles boys are excited to hike together again, and now they have the unique opportunity to help two of their ranger friends with an outdoor program in the beautiful Montana mountains.
Marlee has always considered herself a willing follower. Give her a direction and she’s happy to help. Her older sister Ellie is a natural leader, and Marlee is content in her role as assistant.
Marlee and her sisters have been assigned to help with Ranger Rose’s team, and they are savoring the adventure. But in a heartbeat while the group is divided by a few hundred feet, fire breaks out between Ranger Rose and Marlee’s group. In this enthralling finale to the Off the Itinerary series, Marlee must face her fears with courage that only God can provide.
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A part of the “Off the Itinerary” series of books, I looked forward to reading this next installment about the Stanley family and the Miles family. Containing mishaps, adventures, and a reliance on God and their faith, the two families experience the great outdoors together.
This book focuses on Marlee Stanley from the very beginning. She winds up questioning herself after an accident happens with her best friend in the car. Then when the two families head to Montana for their annual hiking adventure, more things cause her to question her abilities and talents given by God. I could definitely relate to Marlee in this book. With an older sister who seemed to have it in the way of friends, artistic talent, and confidence, I constantly questioned my place in the world. But with God’s direction, I found my place and Marlee experiences the same type of wake-up call.
This Christian Young Adult novel and series deserve to be read and appreciated. The family dynamics and the way the characters develop captured my attention. I also appreciated the fantastic descriptions of the outdoors. I also enjoyed reading about Marlee’s older sister Ellie and her boyfriend Sawyer Miles. The book illustrates how we need to give God control and let Him lead our steps. I feel sad that this book concludes the series. I want to read more about Marlee and Marshall Miles. I feel like I want to learn more about their journeys. So if you enjoy books that explore the great outdoors and God’s plans and purpose for our lives while focusing on faith and prayers, check out this book and series for yourself.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but it in now way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Liz is the author of the Off the Itinerary series, the wife of a professional tree climber, and the homeschooling mom of three energetic and laundry-producing children. Liz once spent a summer in Colorado teaching rock climbing, which she believes was a fantastic way to make money and memories. She resides with her family in Wisconsin, where they enjoy hiking and rock climbing. Liz and her husband have also backpacked in Colorado and the Grand Canyon, which have provided inspiration for her writing. She makes adventurous stories to encourage others to find adventures and expand their comfort zones (though admittedly, she still needs lots of practice expanding her own comfort zone).
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After sending my five teenage characters through an avalanche and subjecting them to a lunatic with handcuffs (during a flash flood), I decided that a wildfire was the next disaster they should endure. From a plot perspective, a wildfire allows for much excitement; but I especially love the character refinement that takes place as my cast faces this natural disaster in the finale to my Off the Itinerary series. I hope your family will find encouraging entertainment in Ablaze.
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