Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Brothers Path by Martha Kennedy Review

Brothers Path by Martha Kennedy

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Publisher: Free Magic Show Productions (July  4, 2016) Category: Historical Fiction Tour Dates: Oct/Nov, 2016 ISBN: 978-1535101295 ASIN:  B01HSDYD04 Available in: Print & ebook,  276 PagesThe Brothers Path By award winning author, Martha Kennedy. The world-shattering tumult of the Protestant Reformation enters the Schneebeli household when Rudolf Schneebeli is born two months early and dies a few minutes later without being baptized. Named for the well trodden track linking the Schneebeli farmhouse to the old Lunkhofen castle, The Brothers Path is set in a Swiss village near Zürich, between 1524 and 1531. It chronicles the lives of the six Schneebeli brothers, Heinrich, Hannes, Peter, Conrad, Thomann and Andreas. Each brother navigates his own path through, around or directly into the deadly drama of the Protestant reformation. Two hundred years after the events recounted in The Brothers’ Path, thousands of immigrants, mostly Mennonites and Amish, left Switzerland for America looking for safety and freedom they could not find at home. If the novel teaches a “lesson” it would be a reminder why immigrants to America were adamant about separating church and state.

Praise for Brothers Path by Martha Kennedy

“A remarkable historical novel that follows the lives of a group of brothers in Reformation Switzerland as they struggle with their various beliefs while winning and losing family battles.  I have read a previous book by this author, Martin of Gfenn, and am preparing to read her Savior. I am not usually a fan of histories, especially those dealing with crises of faith, but this author has found the secret of bringing these times and people alive. I enjoy her writing, and am humbled by learning what religion has wrought in this world for many times before our own.”-Amazon Reviewer “I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Brothers Path'. Written about a pivotal time in our religious history, this was an interesting look at a large family who each had different opinions of the new Protestant thoughts presented to the population. Being a free thinker was quite new and families stretched as a result. This is a well written look at a very unique historical time in our history.”-R. Hueftle, Amazon Reviewer “This beautifully and sensitively written book is the third of author Martha Kennedy's historical novels set near Zurich, Switzerland. The story, which takes place in the 1520s, chronicles the lives, loves, and passions of the six Schneebeli brothers, whose changing and differing religious beliefs clash as the Protestant Reformation, promoted in the Swiss cantons by Ulrich Zwingli, sweeps through their lives. The book begins with the premature birth of baby Rudolf Schneebeli into the Catholic Schneebeli family, and his death minutes later before he can be baptized. The fact that a beloved child must be buried, unbaptised, in unsanctified ground, begins the book and serves as a catalyst for remarkable changes within the family as some brothers are inspired to follow Zwingli's new religion while others hold their Catholicism dear. The issue reverberates throughout the book to the last sentence, highlighting the complexities in people's lives brought on by religious change. Kennedy not only provides a picture of what the Reformation must have been like on a personal level, but her rendering of what the daily life of the Schneebeli family was probably like rounded out a very satisfying read.”-SusannahReads, Amazon Reviewer About Martha KennedyBrothers Path by Martha Kennedy
 Award winning author, Martha Kennedy has published three works of historical fiction. Her first novel, Martin of Gfenn, which tells the story of a young fresco painter living in 13th century Zürich, was awarded the Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society Indie Review and the BRAG Medallion from IndieBRAG in 2015. Her second novel, Savior, also an BRAG Medallion Honoree (2016), tells the story of a young man in the 13th century who fights depression by going on Crusade. Her newest novel, The Brothers Path, a loose sequel to Savior, looks at the same family three hundred years later as they find their way through the Protestant Reformation. Kennedy has also published many short-stories and articles in a variety of publications from the Denver Post to the Business Communications Quarterly. Kennedy was born in Denver, Colorado and earned her undergraduate degree in American Literature from University of Colorado, Boulder and her graduate degree in American Literature from the University of Denver. She has taught college and university writing at all levels, business communication, literature and English as a Second Language. For many years she lived in the San Diego area, most recently in Descanso, a small town in the Cuyamaca Mountains. She has recently returned to Colorado to live in Monte Vista in the San Luis Valley. Website http://marthakennedy.co Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebrotherspath/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarthaKennedy6 To learn more about Kennedy's award-winning novels, Martin of Gfenn and Savior, check out her Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/martha_ann_kennedy

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My Review:
It is important to know who your ancestors are. It is even more important to know your siblings. They knew you when you were young and naive. They also know all your struggles to be who you are, and how you got there. That is what this book made me realize. Your past leads to your future, and no matter what path you choose you are definitely still tied to your family. This was such a bloody time in history. War and religious freedom are always tough. However it is the characters in this book that made the casualties of war so close to home. I enjoyed the ending and can not wait to read more from this author. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy, all opinions are my own,



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2 comments:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed 'The Brother's Path'!

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  2. Thank you! Your review really made my day. :)

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