Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Mennonite Queen (The Paradise Chronicles Book 3) by Patrick E. Craig

Book Info

Isabella, Princess of Poland, is raised to a life of great wealth and leisure in the Polish Royal Court, destined to marry a king. But fate or divine providence intervenes when she meets Johan Hirschberg, a young Anabaptist who works in her father’s stable. This chance meeting leads the young couple into a forbidden love. Together they flee Poland and embark on a dangerous journey that brings them, after great peril, to the small parish of a troubled priest named Menno Simons. Catholic Bishop, Franz von Waldek, paid by King Sigismund, Isabella’s father to find the princess at all costs, pursues them across Europe. Isabella does not know it, but if von Waldek captures her, she will have to make a choice that will change the course of European history forever.

About Patrick E. Craig

Amazon Best-selling author, Patrick E. Craig, is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful performance career to concentrate on writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction books. In November 2011, Patrick signed a three-book deal with Harvest House Publishers to publish his Apple Creek Dreams series. His latest books, The Amish Heiress, The Amish Princess, and The Mennonite Queen are published by his own imprint, P&J Publishing, and all have spent time on the "Hot New releases" and "Amazon Best Seller" lists on Amazon. Harlequin Publishing recently purchased The Amish Heiress for their new Walmart Amish promotion series and that book will be available in Walmart stores across the country in April 2019. He also just signed with Elk Lake Publishing to publish his Middle School/YA mystery series, The Adventures of Punkin and Boo. Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.

Patrick has an extensive background as a writer. Throughout his school years he edited high school and college newspapers. In 1964 he won a national editorial contest sponsored by the Wall Street Journal for an editorial he wrote on the death of President Kennedy, and, in the same year, acted as Senior Editor for a special issue of the University of Washington Evergreen during a summer internship for High School Editors. After a year at Whitman College, where he was a journalism major, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he became a fixture on the local music scene.

As a professional songwriter, he wrote with and for such artists as Bill Champlin (Chicago), David Jenkins (Pablo Cruise), Buddy Miles, The Tazmanian Devils, and many others in the secular music industry. His songs were recorded by such artists and music groups as West Coast Natural Gas, Indian Pudding and Pipe, Joey Covington's Fat Fandango, The Sons of Champlin, The Tazmanian Devils, Buddy Miles, David Jenkins, Laura Allen, The Fairfax Street Choir and in Europe by the Swedish Band Seid. He had two music albums released on Warner Brothers records with The Tazmanian Devils and contributed as a performer and recording engineer to best selling albums by artists such as Chris Isaak and others. Recently a compilation of his early work was released in Switzerland as a specialty music album.

As a performer he played keyboards and sang with bands such as West Coast Natural Gas, Indian Pudding and Pipe, Van Morrison, Joe E. Covington, The Kantner-Balin Band, The New Boogaloo Express, The Fairfax Street Choir, The Tazmanian Devils, David Jenkins, Buddy Miles, and many others. He retired from professional music in 1986 and attended Bible College, after which he became a Pastor, Worship Leader, Speaker and Seminar Leader in churches throughout California and The Pacific Northwest.

Now as a full-time fiction writer he turns out two to three books every year and is fast-gaining a reputation in the literary world.

The Mennonite Queen by Patrick E. Craig is the third book in "The Paradise Chronicles" and I am sorry that the series has ended. I have the read the "Apple Creek Dreams series" and the "The Paradise Chronicles" which is really two different series but they are all based on the same family.

This book is a great historical fiction written about a young princess and a stableboy who ran away to avoid the princess's marriage to another man and it is also about a time in history when the Catholics killed Anabaptists.

While reading this story I felt the love and sorrow and joy that I thought these characters felt.  The ending really pulled on my heart strings.

These books really shows that love can survive all and isn't measured by time and distance, nor rather your rich or poor.

Patrick Craig has definitely written two 5 stars series with these books.

I strongly suggest reading these books in order to get the full story. 

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and these opinions are my own.