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The Guardian of Secrets. Shortlisted for Book of The Year on. BooksGoSocial. Your support is appreciated. xxxx
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Fancy listening to an excerpt from Mercy Carver: Dark Shadows? Go on, you know you want to!

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If you like epic tales like Gone with the Wind, you should try The Guardian of Secrets by +Jana Petken. Beautifully woven story about a woman who endures some of the most horrific circumstances and through perseverance and strength triumphs through it all! It's featured on the cover of the Romance edition of the Authors' Cave eZine!  
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Historical Fiction Author Jana Petken Reaches Review Milestone With One Hundred Five Star Reviews. Highly Acclaimed Author Jana Petken Celebrates Gaining One Hundred Five Star Reviews For Her Flagship Novel “The Guardian of Secrets.” - PR12457913
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The May Romance E-Zine is out!!!!
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A stunning work x
 
APRIL is STOP CHILD ABUSE MONTH
1930 Colonial PHENOMENA the Lost and Forgotten Children
#review by Jim Goforth Anybody can write a book featuring a dashing leading man, a triumphant hero, or a classy leading lady, a strong resilient heroine, but what about those people society sweeps under the rug, the downtrodden, the unusual, the lost and forgotten children?
Susan Tarr’s gripping and poignant masterpiece ‘Phenomena: The Lost and Forgotten Children’ forgoes all those traditionally recognized central focus characters in favor of shining a light upon those who won’t get a chance to become the classic hero so often fawned over.
This grand, and occasionally very bleak, piece of work is the tale of Malcolm, a poor fellow who spends his life growing up institutionalized in an asylum in the 1930s in New Zealand. Though this enthralling account of Malcolm has essentially been fictionalized, it draws from very true facts and situations, and essentially it isn’t merely highlighting the intriguing, but often gloomy existence of our central figure, but also the whole environment he lives in and how institutions of this sort have altered over the years.
The writing is crisp and concise, and woven together with adept skill, the characters wonderfully realized and portrayed, and they will elicit a wide array of responses from the reader, ranging from the thrilled to the grief-stricken, and in some instances you may be truly disgusted by some of the actions, but unable to stop yourself from laughing. There is such a classic moment relayed in here which fits this category well, but I certainly won’t reveal it, you will know what I speak of when you read it.
As a general rule this type of book would not be in my usual span of genres, but I can say without hesitation that I’m supremely glad I read it and better for the experience.
This is touching, it is uplifting, emotive and of course, also incredibly melancholy in places too, as one can well imagine how primitive methods of treating and dealing with institutionalized souls were back in the early days of the twentieth century. If not for the adroit skills of the author at being able to temper the mood where required, with sufficient splashes of humorous narrative, this could have become an extremely austere and depressing tome, but instead, it becomes a wonderful achievement that allows Malcolm to become a hero in his own right.
'PHENOMENA the Lost and Forgotten Children' is a triumph. Read it, no matter what your ordinary choice of reading material is.You will be enriched by it.
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In true Petken style, another stunning book released!
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My new novel, The Errant Flock is with the editor. Nail biting time!
Release date...end of July. Updates to follow xxx
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Readers Favorite gives The Guardian of Secrets five stars

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

The Guardian of Secrets by Jana Petken is a historical fiction that chronicles the ordeals of a recently wedded British woman, Celia Merrill Dobbs, and her family during the Spanish Civil War. In 1912, Celia’s marriage is a dire one when she discovers her husband Joseph is the one who killed her father, and that he used their marriage to get his hands on her father’s prosperous farm in the English countryside. She and her newborn son Peter escape to Spain, where she takes refuge at the Martinéz home, aristocratic landholders in Valencia. Celia falls in love with widower Ernesto Martinéz. Before long, they get married and raise their four children in the middle of increasing political tensions in the country.

Petken does such a good job that easily evokes the elements from the early 20th century, culture, and politics with her complex characters’ development that I effortlessly immersed myself in the story. Her skill certainly resounded with this reader. This is a very compelling historical family drama with a dash of romance. I constantly rooted for Celia, especially when she finds new love, while hoping that her dreadful first husband Joseph won’t ruin everything. The Spanish Civil War serves as a powerful background in The Guardian of Secrets, which is well-written and well-researched. The rich, vivid descriptions of each scene and surroundings, from England to Spain, are excellently portrayed and easy to visualize. All in all, The Guardians of Secrets is a thrilling and engaging read. It will definitely please historical fiction fans.
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My novels "The Guardian Of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact" and "Mercy Carver: Dark Shadows" Are on Amazon sites, Barnes and Noble, and Authorhouse.com, bookstore.
Find me on twitter@AuthoJana and on faceboook http:/www.facebook.com/authorjanapetken

It is nice to meet you all xx  
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World traveller, Historian, Ex Military Police, bodyguard, British airways, long haul crew, single, and happy to meet you all.
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I write, research, and write some more. I love history but live in the present.
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Rsa Advanced, in accountancy. Naval Law Degree, writing books.
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  • Author Jana Petken Freelance
    Author and proofreader, 2012 - present
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