Inspirational Author and Book Reviewer Dolores Ayotte posted a new review of A Love Story for a Nation, and I’d like to share a few excerpts:
She starts by saying: “It is almost impossible to adequately express in words how moved I was by “A Love Story for a Nation”. The plot of this incredible tale sent shivers down my spine on more than one occasion. Author Mark Sasse is one gifted writer. The depth of his ability to connect with the characters in his stories which permeates through to his readers, to those of us clinging to every word he pens, is beyond description. I’m a huge fan…plain and simple.”
She then goes into a great description of the plot of the book ending with these words:
“I wish there was higher than a 5 star rating because I would definitely give it to this mesmerizing novel. Loved it!!”
I encourage you to go read the full review as it gives some excellent descriptions of the book and will help anyone know whether it would be for them or not.
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Also Check out Dolores Ayotte’s Author Page
My latest novel, The Reach of the Banyan Tree, is loosely a historical romance. I hate to categorize it as such because I don’t believe it adequately describes it. But, it does have romance and it does tell a historical story. I thought I’d share a short romantic excerpt in honor of Valentine’s Day 2015. In the scene below, Charles Regal Carson finds a little unexpected love in the midst of chaos in the quiet, remote countryside of French Indochina – July 1945. Enjoy.
Charles paused for a moment, and then all was revealed to him. He understood her hesitation and her apprehension. He understood the worried look on her face and her comments about betrayal. The irony of the last two days finally came to light—that love could appear out of the muddy struggle for life in the countryside of Vietnam. He put his right hand in her hair and slightly pulled away, allowing the hair to cascade back down to her head. She closed her eyes and turned her head into his touch. Protocol and procedures were hundreds of miles away in the sleepy camp of Tan Trao. But on this night, on this patch of ground, Charles felt the urgings of his heart like never before. Death seemed a lifetime away, as did Dinh-Hoa and the rifles. He had never met anyone like Mai, and whatever tomorrow would bring, he knew they at least had this moment.
He leaned in towards her, and their lips met for the first time. Mai didn’t think of her husband or Vinh or the revolution; she thought only of the love and respect she had for Charles Regal Carson. Charles pulled her close, picking her petite frame off the ground, slowly caressing her back as they kissed.
There is comfort in shared experience, in the touch of a woman, in the arms of a respectable man. They pushed off the troubles of tomorrow, letting the dawn worry about the future.
Purchase The Reach of the Banyan Tree HERE!
Cathy from Cath’n’ Kindle Book Review recently posted her review of my latest novel, “The Reach of the Banyan Tree.”
She starts off by saying this:
“Mark Sasse never disappoints. He writes with heart and soul and sucks you right into his characters’ world…wherever and whenever it is.”
And ends by saying this:
“It’s an excellent story, beautifully written, quite possibly his best book yet. Highly recommended.”
She says a lot of wonderful things in the middle of those two quotes. Please head on over to her website and check out the entire review. And if it moves you to check out a good read, well I’d be honored to have you read it. Much appreciated!
Read the entire review: HERE!
If not, I’d ask you to give it a try. It doesn’t cost much. Only $2.99 on Kindle. Cheaper than a cup of coffee.
It’s a romance for those who don’t like romance.
It’s a history for those who don’t like history.
It will teach you something about Vietnam, culture, and family without bashing you over the head.
It will be fast moving – I promise. That’s the way I love to write. I’m not going to bog you down with 10 pages of description each chapter.
It will have memorable characters. I also promise.
It’s also an adventure.
It’s a war story that is only partially a war story.
It is NOT based on the Vietnam War. It’s set in 1945 and 2000.
The reviews have been excellent. Please read them HERE!
I would be forever grateful if you would give it a try: The Reach of the Banyan Tree
Thank you! (And it’s available in paperback, too! And it has a beautiful cover.)