The Nan’s Heritage Series by Elaine Littau
Elaine Littau is the best-selling author of eleven published books and many magazine and newspaper articles. She is a mentor/coach for other authors and enjoys teaching book marketing techniques as well as public speaking for groups. Many enjoy listening to her humorous take on life. Even the simplest activity takes on a life of its own when Elaine is involved in the telling of it. Some of her favorite events have been speaking to young people about pursuing their dreams. She has been a church secretary, led women’s groups, taught pre-school and Sunday school, and was a mentor for the M.O.P. S. (Mothers of Preschoolers) group in her community.
Description: Best Christian Historical Fiction 2008 by Christian Story Tellers – Desperate to save her life and that of her five-year-old brother, Nan packs and flees an abusive home, embarking on a journey that will test her faith, determination, and spirit. Set in the 1800s, Nan’s Journey, follows Nan and her brother, Elmer, s they seek safety and find refuge and hope in the arms of a family of strangers–including Fred Young, a disgruntled preacher turned mountain ma, who reaches out to help, only to find a hope and love renewed in his own heart.
The harsh consequences of other people’s sin leave Nan bitter and broken, but God’s amazing Love prevails in her life and overflows into the lives of those around her. Nan’s Journey was a hard read. She went through traumatic circumstances no woman, especially a mother of daughters, wants to even think about. For someone who has experienced abuse, this book, hard as it was, was a healing experience. Elaine weaves scripture, God’s amazing love, and the salvation message throughout each of her books. I became pulled in to her characters’ lives. In the other books especially, I could almost picture myself sitting with the family participating in their conversations. I found myself celebrating their triumphs, spit-fire mad over their difficulties, and giddy with their excitement. I do not recommend the Nan book for the faint of heart.
Description: Driven to escape his past and the demons who haunt him, Elk discovers a love he long thought dead. Set against the rugged beauty of the Colorado Rockies of the 1800s, Elk’s Resolve follows the travails and triumphs of Elk, the White Indian. Guided by the hand of God, he finds his true self and defeats the voices who demand his destruction.
The other books should be read by young ladies who are being tempted with rebellion. The themes in Elk’s Resolve hit home in todays world with human trafficking. Naivety is not an excuse that will keep young people from danger if they purposely leave the protection of their family, even for a short trip to the store these days. If you know a young lady who’s family isn’t protecting her, these books may be a real blessing to her. I loved that this book depicted Christian Native Americans who stayed with their people to make a difference for the Lord.
Description: Honorable Mention Christian Historical Fiction 2010 by Christian Story Tellers - Thirst for love drives Ruby away from her childhood home, causing her to grow up faster than her thirteen years could fathom. Her catastrophe catches Luke in its clutches, and he must choose the legacy he will leave behind.
The themes in Luke’s Legacy cover teen pregnancy, standing by marriage vows, and the adventures pioneers faced moving west with a wagon train. You’ll meet outlaws and scoundrels and enjoy miraculous reunions. I really enjoyed this book!
The Eyes of a Stranger
Description: Rejection was an emotion Gertie Brenan knew well. At the age of eighteen, she finds herself at the threshold of life and comes to realize that because of the rejection of her fiance’ , many options are open to her. In he childhood rejection held her captive. Now, it gives her freedom that few women of her time were afforded.
The Eyes of a Stranger was a fun read. It’s a romance. I don’t usually read romance novels, but this one was full of action and mystery. Anyone in the family about age 12 and up would enjoy this book.
Description: The old trunk sat unclaimed on the depot platform for more than two decades. John Forrester’s decision to use it as an escape vehicle would result in it becoming either and untimely coffin o a way to freedom for his only nephew, Timothy. “Timothy’s Home”, Book V of the Nan’s Heritage Series, brings the story of the trunk and the people connected to it full circle. Will Timothy find place to call ‘home’?
Timothy’s Home was full of impulsive escapes, miraculous salvations, and out-of-the-frying-pan & into-the-fire predicaments. I think I read this one straight through without hardly laying the book down at all. It kept me hopping!