CrossReads Short Takes: The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch & The Natoma Bride 10/26/2022

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CrossReads Short Takes

The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch

by Lynn Byk

The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch

There’s a filigree setting for every family secret. What Elsie covets is the truth.
Consequences come for being an heir of the Finch family estate, consequences no one bargained for.

Richard and Gail Finch designed their estate to carry ramifications for misplaced loyalties, but there are results neither one contemplated. When the third generation aims for a cache of treasure, someone is expendable.

Untying the family Finch saga with blistering tales, Richard and Gail’s unscrupulous affections span the geography of San Francisco Bay, Phoenix Arizona, Oklahoma City, and finally slip into the shadow of the Rockies. Will someone pay for the past? Who wins in this long game, and what remains?

Certain poetry transforms Elsie’s stages of grief when redemption is offered only to the very brave.

Praise for Elsie Finch

“…brave and startlingly candid; Elsie Finch is lodged in my heart of hearts…Her character manages to explore the darker side of human foibles–while at the same time weaving in a bright thread of hope.” – Kathy Hoffner, Editor

“Certain to spark a variety of soul-searching conversations about faith, family, and the evolution of both, Christian fiction collectors looking for literary novels will find The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch replete with thought-provoking moments, but it’s the book club interested in discussing and exploring these special revelations that will find The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch of special interest.” – MIDWEST REVIEW OF BOOKS, D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer

“The palpable tension doesn’t let up in this character-driven story. The author captures family life’s oddities and pain with frankness, sharpness, and a sly-witted style.” – AuthorsReading

BookLife Prize: “Situations presented in this multigenerational story are alluring and convincing… This work has an unusual premise and there’s a grandness to the scope…The novel offers an intimate exploration of relationship dynamics and emotional conflicts… an epic accomplishment.”

“ELSIE FINCH helps us remember that every family member has a unique point of view. I relate to each of them and believe in what turned them as they are, one way or the other.” – Sandy Fisher, S.A. Writers Coach,

“Puns for chapter headings was a surprise for me. The puzzle at each new segment, such as ‘Small Matters,’ called me into a moral inventory of my own ‘small matters’. ” – L.B.W.





The Natoma Bride

A Christian Western Novel

(The Matt Bannister Series Book 15)

by Ken Pratt

The Natoma Bride

A love story based on lies and an outlaw gang of murderers and thieves…

It’s 1884, and Audrey Butler is a twenty-nine-year-old mail order bride who has accepted a marriage proposal to a man named Alan Sperry in Natoma, Oregon. Deciding to leave home, she embarks on a journey she’s sure will change her life forever.

But upon her arrival, Audrey is welcomed into a home unlike the one she expected. And the nice Christian man she thought she was writing to…is a work of fiction.

Meanwhile, Matt Bannister finds trouble in Prairieville, Oregon as a member of the Dielschneider family dedicates himself to taking Bannister’s fifteen-year-old niece as his wife and—on his quest to find her—crosses ethical lines and becomes the most wanted man in town.

Join US Marshal Matt Bannister as he attempts to juggle a mail order bride’s reigning cry for help, a family reunion, and one man’s haunting presence.


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