The JOY Series:
About Lauren Compton
A book-worm and lover of words, Lauren seeks to use her interests to be a blessing to others. Her heart’s desire is to write stories that encourage faithfulness to God. She lives with her family in rural Australia and enjoys teaching piano, learning the harp, and spending time with her parents and siblings.
"Compton does an excellent job of weaving inconspicuous hints into the story that you easily recall only after the truth has been pointed out -- a writing device that I'm a big fan of . . . Great themes of turning from fear and growing close to God are embodied in this novel. It's a nice, clean read for readers who enjoy historical fiction, a bit of mystery, and a clever ending that has somewhat of a cliffhanger."
"This book was indeed perfectly and refreshingly clean. I loved the message, all about trusting God and finding joy—it’s one I relate to a lot . . . This book was very well written, especially for a historical fiction, and it is very Australian. I highly recommend it and I am so eager to get my hands on Book 2!!"
"Lauren paints the Australian landscape vividly, even for this American, so that you almost feel as if you were there . . .The most refreshing quality of this book, in my opinion, is that it contains NO romance. It was nice to be able to focus on the “meat” of the story and not be sidelined by “fluff”. This is a completely clean, God-honoring read that I would be be proud to hand to a girl of any age and not think twice!"