Prairie by author Chautona Havig is Volume 1 in her Journey of Dreams Christian fantasy series. This is a much different offering than I am accustomed to by author Havig. The first thing that drew me to it was the mesmerizing cover. Whatever the woman’s story was, I wanted to hear it.
This is the story of Jessa Ann Davidson. She has not had the easiest life. Abandoned by her father for his other family, Jessa and her mother were left to fend for themself. She would daydream of. Thinking about the stories of Laura Ingalls, Jessa would dream of life on the prairie away from her home in Pittsburg.
Then, it happens. Jessa falls asleep and wakes up in Praire. There she is discombobulated. With no idea where she is, she takes off walking. Finally she sees a person, Steve, and he takes her to a house. The story takes off from there with Jessa’s introduction to the people and ways of this new world.
Chautona Havig has a pleasant style of writing. Some of my favorite things about it are the upfront spiritual messages and realistic dialogues. My favorite genre is historical, but I love all types of Christian fiction. Author Havig has dabbled in most all of them. This is the second fantasy novel of hers that I read, and honestly I struggled with it. For me, the story was sluggish and lackluster. Even when it picked up later in the book, my mind wandered.
I wanted to like this novel. I tried. It just was not my cup of tea. Fantasy fans will be thrilled with Jessa’s tale. I would recommend it to them. If you are a Havig fan, give it a try. You might love it. I really think this is a case of “it’s not you, it’s me” for me and Prairie. It was me. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my honest words.
About the Book
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fantasy
Release date: February 13, 2013
What if you could literally wish your life away?
My name is Jessa Davidson, and I awoke one day in the place of every dream I’ve ever had—the prairie. I don’t know how I got here or where here even is, but I know one thing for certain. I can’t go home again. Ever.
If I’ve learned one thing being in this beautiful place, it’s that no matter how perfect it and its people seem, sin lives in the hearts of men and women in Prairie, too. The differences between Prairie and Pittsburgh? There are too many to count.
I grew up hearing the words of the Apostle Paul. “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”
Here in Prairie, they’re not a lesson. They’re a warning.
I’ve been given a gift—the greatest desire of my heart. A life in the place of my dreams, a chance at love and family, a sense of real belonging.
Can I hold onto it? Time will tell—time I may not have if I can’t learn to be content.
Prairie is the first book in the Journey of Dreams, a series of related but stand-alone contemporary Christian fantasy novels exploring truths in a whole new way.
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About the Author
Author of the bestselling Aggie and Past Forwardseries, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
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I’ve told the story before, but I’ll tell it again. Prairie began as a dream. For several days in a row, I fell asleep and found myself lost in the sway of prairie grasses undulating to the strains of “Theme from a Summer Place.”
It’s a bad habit of mine, but despite being in the middle of a writing project, I wrote down my thoughts—my impressions. Two strange things happened.
First, the story came out in first person. Folks, I don’t write in first-person perspective. Not my novels, anyway. I don’t enjoy reading it, and I really don’t enjoy writing it.
Jessa, however, demanded I let her tell her story… her way. So I did. And it’s one of the fastest novels I’ve ever written.
There’s irony in that.
You see, I didn’t know where that story would go. My dream only replayed the scene of Jessa waking up on the prairie and not knowing how she got there—only knowing she could never go home. Beyond that, I hadn’t a clue.
And though I wanted to rush through so I could see where the story would take me, and though I wrote at breakneck speeds, the story unfolded at its own pace.
The people of Prairie live a different life from anything you’ve ever seen—and yet it is mostly very familiar. One thing, however, sets it apart.
Only in Prairie does time not work as it does here, and that changes everything. The story begins slowly and for a reason. Line by line, observation by observation, step by step through the grasses and down rutted lanes, the story draws you out of the breakneck speed of modern life and into a world that, if you aren’t careful, will whiz by faster than is even possible.
Here in our world, that is.
There… you’d better watch out.
Has anyone ever warned you not to wish your life away? It’s just a gentle reminder that if you’re always eager for today to end in hopes of a more exciting tomorrow, you may find you never lived.
In Prairie? It might actually happen.
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