Deb Elkink (www.debelkink.com) lives with her husband beside a babbling creek in rural Alberta, Canada. She grew up in Winnipeg, received her B.A. in Communications at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and—as a city-gone-country bride—migrated north again to a remote prairie cattle ranch in the Great Sandhills of Saskatchewan. There she wrote her first published short stories between learning to ride herd, fly an airplane, and homeschool three kids. She earned an M.A. in Theology at Briercrest Seminary, with her studies culminating in a thesis on the fiction of G.K. Chesterton, an article published in “Christian History Magazine,” and a story winning a 2001 Canadian Church Press first-place prize. Her debut novel, THE THIRD GRACE, received the 2012 “Canadian Christian book of the year” Grace Irwin Award. Deb edits for academics at the doctoral level, and she posts on her site a literary commentary exploring Bible motifs (such as “perfume,” “mirror,” and “cup”). She is active in her local church and speaks from her reformed evangelical perspective to women’s groups in Canada and the U.S. Deb loves to sew, cook, and travel—as her fictional characters are wont to do.
The opening chapter of Sean Bloomfield’s The Sound of Many Waters grabbed me by the throat through the author’s unveiling of the reprehensible personality of New World conquistador Dominic. He is a cruel and God-despising character I immediately longed to hate, and his story is tied to Ponce de León’s early-sixteenth-century expeditions to Florida.
The second chapter introduces a present-day charter fishing boat captain, twenty-five-year-old Florida resident Zane Fisher. His adventures comprise the contemporary aspect of the novel – a parallel story to Dominic’s which relates another...
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