Saturday, January 23, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Lightning on a Quiet Night by Donn Taylor

Book:  Lightning on a Quiet Night

Author: Donn Taylor

Genre: Historical  romance

Release Date: Summer, 2014

In the years following World War II, a town too proud of its own virtues has to deal with its first murder.

Despite  the implications of this crime, the town of Beneficent, Mississippi, population 479, tries desperately to hold onto its vain self-image. The young veteran Jack Davis holds that idyllic vision of the town and tries to share it with Lisa Kemper, newly arrived from Indiana. But she is repelled by everything in town. While the sheriff tries to find the murderer, Jack and Lisa’s contentious courtship reveals the town’s strange combination of astute perceptions and surprising blind spots. Then they stumble onto shocking discoveries about the true nature of the town. But where will those discoveries lead? To repentance or to denial and continuation in vanity?


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I am a big fan of Christian Historical Fiction. Lightning on a Quiet Night by
Donn Taylor also has Mystery and Romance, which really makes this
book an interesting read. 

The book takes the reader back to the 1940's in a small town
 of Beneficent, MS. Lisa Kemper is new to town and is trying
to "fit in". Lisa meets one of the towns people, Jack Davis. 
He is showing her the town and befriends her. The quiet
community is rattled when a young girl is murdered. The 
town sheriff is trying to solve the Murder Mystery. Lisa is 
trying to believe the town is quiet and quaint, but with the
murder she is starting to doubt. Jack, who is man of 
deep faith, continues to befriend Lisa and they both 
suddenly realize there might be a love connection. 
Will secrets about the quaint town be revealed during 
the murder investigation? Is there a future for Jack and 

I had trouble understanding the storyline when I first
started reading it. I had to reread the first chapter a 
few times before I really got engrossed in the book. 
Once I understood the storyline, there was no stopping 
me. I finished the book in a few hours and I thoroughly
enjoyed it. The Christian aspect of the book is very
encouraging. The author has a wonderful writing
style and the characters blended well together. 


Raised in Mississippi, Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterward, he earned a PhD in Renaissance literature and taught literature at two liberal arts colleges. His published works include six suspense novels and a book of poetry. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences. He lives near Houston, TX, where he writes fiction, poetry, and essays on current topics


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There’s a very personal background to my historical romance Lightning on a Quiet Night. When I was seventeen, my parents moved from central Mississippi to teach at a college in the northeastern corner of the state. I quickly came to love the region’s wooded hills and small, fertile valleys, and I developed an appreciation for the people who lived there. That region was also where I met Mildred, who taught me the meaning of love. The critical stage of our courtship occurred when the area was snowbound. By the time the snow melted (with no help from us, of course) we were engaged.

So when, decades later, I came to write a historical novel, I set it in a fictitious town in that region, and in 1948, the time period Mildred and I had known together. I wanted to write about love, of course, but I also wanted to write about the everyday citizens of that region—the storekeepers, small-town bankers, farmers—people of good will who seemed never to be accurately represented in fiction.

Readers will find the main focus of the novel to be romance, suspense, and comedy—with a snowbound love scene, of course. But as the writing progressed, the scope of the story broadened. What would happen if a town too proud of its virtues had to deal with its first murder? How would its citizens struggle against the reality of human imperfection? I’d started out to write about love and solving a murder but found myself grappling with the most basic problems of human life.

How successful was this? Readers will decide, but I can say I was gratified when Publishers Weekly wrote that the novel had “passion and heart” and showed “a keen understanding of the human condition.”

Among my books, this was Mildred’s favorite, and she helped in many ways during the writing. She lived long enough to read its dedication to her and to see the novel contracted, though not to see it in print.

But enough of the personal: Readers want mostly to be entertained by a good story, and I hope that is what I have given them.

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To celebrate his tour, Donn is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card plus one paperback copy of Lightning on a Quiet Night!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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megana said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm going to be reading this very soon! Happy release!

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Great review, Kendra! Thank you for participating in the tour.

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a really great book. I am really looking forward to this one.

James Robert said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing your book and for the great giveaway too.

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