Jan 27, 2017

Left to Die Release!

After almost a month away from the blogging world, I have returned for one quick post that I am very excited about!!  Presenting...

After reading Ivy's first book, The Old River Road (see my review here), I was overjoyed when she asked me to be a Beta reader of this new masterpiece!  *clasps hands together*  And now it is about to be released!  I'm so excited for you all to finally hold Ivy's book in your own hands.  =)  Now, you're probably wondering what this is all about...?

Lindy Greene’s life is perfect. Too perfect. But living as a missionary nurse, serving in a small hospital in China, soon brings the disaster she fearfully anticipates. All of her well-thought-out plans for the future disintegrate after pulling a fatally ill, disfigured, abandoned child from a pile of trash. She doesn’t even like babies.
Nathan Thomas can’t find balance. College suited him just fine until his cash ran out, forcing him to the Chinese mission field with his parents. The chaotic atmosphere in China does little to relax his agitated mind, and the pretty blonde nurse at the hospital does nothing to help him focus.
The Chinese mission field isn’t for the faint of heart. Nathan wonders how he can survive his remaining time there, while Lindy struggles to help everyone she can. With different ideals pulling them in separate directions, there is one thing drawing them together: a tiny, sickly, crippled orphan who relies on them to stay alive.

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My Review:

Many years ago, my mom told me about the plight of orphans overseas.  Stories of babies who lay in their crib for years - never feeling loving arms around them.   Children who didn't cry anymore because they knew that no one cared.  It pulled a cord in my heart.  It made me want to reach out and help them in some way.  I wish I could hold just one of those precious children in my arms and tell him that he was loved.  That someone cared.

Ivy Rose has experienced those emotions first-hand.  She pours out her care for these children in Left to Die.  This story is about a little babe in China who touches two young people's lives, but it represents so much more.

Needless to say, I loved this book.  It re-opened my longing to help orphan children across the world.  I fell in love with the abandoned baby in Ivy's story.  ♥  (I might be envious that Lindy found the baby, not me...)  The writing style is simple and beautiful.  Through this novella you will be challenged to love the abandoned and reach out your own arms to someone who desperately longs for someone who cares.  I am so excited for this book to be released!  Even though the story-line was a little bit predictable, it is a lovely novella that I will remember for years to come.  And yes, please do read it when it comes out!!  =)

Aaand...I got to interview Ivy Rose!!  =)


1.  Hello Ivy!  What was the hardest part of writing/editing/publishing Left to Die, and how did you overcome it?

This book has been one of the smoothest, easiest, non-hair-pulling books I’ve ever written! I don’t remember a particularly rough patch in the writing or editing part. Publishing has been different than with my first book because this time, I decided to do the formatting myself. It was a bit of a learning curve, but I’m glad I did it and learned a new skill!

2. Can you share some back-story about Left to Die and how this new story comes from your heart?

Left to Die is very special to me for many reasons, but mainly because my one and only sister is from China. When my family went there to get her almost ten years ago, I got to see firsthand the poverty and hopelessness of the country, but the memories that stick are the ones from when we visited the orphanage my sister had lived in her entire two years of life. I wanted to take all 50 babies and children home with me that day. Walking away from that institution was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done—the memories are some of the most difficult to recall. Though I still wish I could get all of those sick and hurting babies out of there, I can’t. I never can get all of them. But my hope with Left to Die is to raise awareness for the worldwide orphan crisis and help more orphans find their forever families.

3.  What is your favorite part of being an author?

My favorite part is all the wonderful people I get to meet! I love chatting, emailing, talking…I love people! Meeting new friends is always so much fun!!!

About the Author:

Ivy rose is an 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, eating chocolate, travelling, reading, and doing TaeKwonDo. She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.
She can also be found at various places on the internet:

Hmm?  Thoughts?  Are you excited!?  =)


    This book looks really good! I already entered the giveaway on Hannah's blog...hoping my name gets picked! *crosses fingers*
    I enjoyed reading your interview with Ivy! That's SO COOL that her sister is from China; probably the best inspiration she could get!
    Great post, Hosanna! I've missed you in the blogosphere. =)

    1. Hello Ariel! =) Yes! I'm back! Hehe. But I won't write a "real" post until next Tuesday, I believe. =)

      Yes, I enjoyed reading the background behind Ivy's book as well! I love adoption...it's such a beautiful picture of what Christ has done for us. ♥

      I'm glad to be back...though the break was very much appreciated. It's wonderful to "hear" your voice again, my friend. =)

  2. Thank you so much for your sweet words and for being a part of my blog tour, Hannah! I appreciate it so much!

    1. Ivy, thank YOU for letting me be a part of your blog tour! I'm excited for this book to be released. What a beautiful story it shares with great reminders of truth! I'm looking forward to the next book with "Ivy Rose" on the cover. =) I appreciate that you are using the talent that God has given you in an honoring way. ♥

    2. You're so sweet! *hugs* Thank you for being so encouraging!!

      And I just realized I said "Hannah" instead of "Hosanna" *facepalm* Ugggg I'm so sorry!!!! How very rude of me!!! *blushes* Please forgive me!!!

    3. *hugs back* Lol, there's nothing to forgive, Ivy. ♥ I love you, dear sister in Christ.

  3. Great review, Hosanna! :) I also enjoyed the interview. You asked some great questions! :)

    1. Thank you, Rebekah! I enjoy reading interviews as well, instead of merely a regular book review. It gives background to the story. =) I really liked this book, and the fact that Ivy has experienced the story firsthand made it come alive for me. =) Thanks for commenting!


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