Deborah MaxeyFirefly Southern Fiction / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$12.995 out of 5 stars for The Endling. View reviews of this product. 9 Reviews
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bleats5 Stars Out Of 5CaptivatingMay 10, 2021bleatsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Be ready for a mix of emotions while you read The Endling.
As the last member of her tribe, Emerson finds her own life in danger. She struggles to follow the wisdom and training her grandfather taught her, while trying to keep her home and people she cares about safe. Learning wisdom, she discovers, does not always leave you in your comfort zone.
The Endling captured my attention on page one and didn't let up until the (very satisfying) end. Deborah Maxey is a masterful storyteller. She weaves in the history of the characters with their present struggle in ways that make you laugh, cry, and hold your breath with suspense.
This fast-paced tale had me "feeling" the beauty of the mountains, while I became immersed in the tension of the story. Throw in some unexpected twists and unusual perspectives, and this book was a delight to read.
I was given an arc copy of this book and this is my honest review.
I certainly hope to hear more of this story in a future book!
KBH5 Stars Out Of 5Overcoming Fear to find Nuggets of Gods WisdomMay 10, 2021KBHQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From the moment you open the cover of "The Endling" you're immersed in a life and death adventure with Emerson, the endling. You find yourself becoming completely captivated by Emerson's dilemma and soon realize you have become a part of her tribe. Relying on God's word, Ancestral wisdom, and innate intuition will she be able to survive the perils ahead of her? Maxey has written a novel that has you cheering Emerson on one minute and than the next moment your holding your breathe in anticipation of what may happen next.
"Overcoming fear, being powerful not powerless, action not re-action, facing not avoiding fear," is just one example of the many nuggets of wisdom Maxey urges us to embrace throughout her novel. Maxey is an extraordinary writer giving us rich characters and incredible detail. You will not be able to put this book down.
I received an advance reader copy of this book without requirement to write a positive review.
tatumlight5 Stars Out Of 5Emerson Grace, The Blue Ridge Mountains, and the MobMay 10, 2021tatumlightQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Emerson is the last of her tribe and people following the death of her grandfather, an Endling. She is alone in his cabin when she discovers that a mob boss has put out a contract on her for something she never saw. How will she survive and protect her small community of mountain people and artists?
Deborah paints an exquisite picture of Emerson Grace, the mountains, even the characters that people the artist colony below her mountain. The stirrings of the spiritual arise in nature just as her grandfather taught her to hear God and teaches the reader as well. Finding God among all the chaos is not so difficult after all.
I was given an advanced reading copy of The Endling.
RLDragomir5 Stars Out Of 5Made Me ReconsiderMay 5, 2021RLDragomirQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The author of this book, Deborah McCormick Maxey, shared a pre-publication copy with me which I read cover-to-cover (well..virtually anyway) in less than 24 hours. I couldn't put it down! Especially appealing is Deborah's success in integrating Christian faith with her Native American heritage.
This quote made me question my presupposition that all Native American faith is Spiritism, not Christian. One character says, "We are the heartbeat of the earth, Little Bit. Just as a bird connects the earth and sky, while we are here, we connect everything to God." This is profound, and worth a few minutes of meditation.
I see creation in a whole new light, and it didn't hurt anything that there is a thrilling story keeping the narrative moving quickly, with twists and turns that surprised me. And that's hard to do to another writer!
I highly recommend "The Endling." You'll be fascinated and entertained!
sally5 Stars Out Of 5A beautiful storyMay 3, 2021sallyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was grateful for the opportunity to be an advance reader of Deborah Maxeys new novel. Deborah weaves a wonderful story about Emerson, a young women, returning to her childhood home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Emerson was raised by her grandfather, who loved teaching her major life lessons through mystery hunts.
Circumstances test her faith in herself and her strengths throughout the story.
The book emphasizes the importance of family and strength in the face of fear. Emerson has learned to trust the will of God through nature, and that God is with us moment to moment if we observe and listen.
I loved this beautiful book and its diverse characters. Their stories capture your heart through their relationships with each other and pride in their heritage.