Monday, July 5, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Valley of Shadows by Candace West

Book:  Valley of Shadows

Author: Candace West

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: March 2020


A shattered heart. A wounded spirit. A community in crisis.

Lorena Steen gave up on love years ago. She forgave her long-time estranged husband, but when circumstances bring her to the Ozark town of Valley Creek, she discovers forgiving is far from forgetting.

Haunted by his past acts of betrayal, Earl Steen struggles to grow his reclaimed faith and reinstate himself as an upstanding member of Valley Creek. He soon learns that while God’s grace is amazing, that of the small-town gossips is not.

When disaster strikes, the only logical solution is for Earl and Lorena to combine their musical talents in an effort to save the community. But even if they’re willing to work together, are they able to? Or will the shadows that descend upon Valley Creek reduce it to a ghost town.


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I must say I was very intrigued by the Beautiful cover of this book and the fact that Candace West is a new to me author. I also really enjoy Christian Historical Romance. Valley of Shadows by Candace West was a must read book for me. 

Lorena Steen has returned to Valley Creek, her beloved community that she left long ago. She has forgiven her estranged husband, but upon returning to Valley Creek and she runs into him, her heart shows her she hasn't forgotten. Earl Steen has worked really hard to grow in his faith and show the town of Valley Creek that he is an upstanding part of the community. Valley Creek needs some help rejuvenating the Community. The Townspeople think that having a Fundraising concert would be a good idea. The caveat is that they need Lorena and Earl to work together with their musical talents to pull this off. Can Lorena and Earl work together for the Community? Will feelings get hurt or will there be healing? 

WOW, Valley of Shadows is a definite page turner! I was hooked from the very first page. Forgiveness is the theme for this book and the author does a great job and really showing how God can work in someones heart to bring forgiveness. Lorena and Earl both made some significant strides in forgiveness. Valley of Shadows is actually Book 2 in the Valley Creek Redemption series, but it reads well as a Stand Alone. I have not read the first book in this series, but I am really interested now. I look forward to reading more from Candace West. GREAT BOOK! 

Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. At twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” In 2018, she published her debut novel Lane Steen. By weaving entertaining, hope-filled stories, Candace shares the Gospel and encourages her readers. She currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and their son along with two dogs and three bossy cats.


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Why I Wrote Valley of Shadows

Can a villain become a hero? When I ended my debut novel Lane Steen, I knew someday I had to discover if a kidnapper and alcoholic was worth saving. Could that same person save a town after tragedy strikes while wrestling with his own demons?

Earl Steen had a dark valley to cross.

With a destroyed reputation, Earl must prove in Valley of Shadows that God has not wasted His efforts on him. Also, Lorena, his estranged wife, has her own score to settle. How can she when the villain no longer exists?

Nothing tugs at my heart more than lost, unrequited love. My second book focuses on their lost relationship. Earl and Lorena had haunted one another long enough. Could God mend what Earl had shattered?

Sitting down to write, I returned to Valley Creek and uncovered places within Earl’s heart that I never knew existed. Lorena’s struggles became mine as she grappled with understanding and forgiving. The dark places of their past somehow had to merge with the light of a hopeful future.

Getting Earl and Lorena to rediscover their love was a journey fraught with tension, grief, frustration, and hope. Was it worth every rewrite, every long hour staring at my computer screen waiting for my characters’ next move?

You bet!

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To celebrate her tour, Candace is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, a paperback copy of Lane Steen and Valley of Shadows!!

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 love a book that I cant put down! Thanks for sharing!

Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Great review, thank you for sharing.

Candace West Posey said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for your wonderful review, Kendra! I'm so happy the story blessed you!

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