Reviewed By Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers’ Favorite

J.P. Robinson begins Bride Tree with Pope Clement XIV commissioning twelve-year-old Fabio (aka Alexandre) to a life of deceit and destruction. His mission is to destroy the Bourbon rule of King Louis of France. All this so the Catholic church can step in and rule France. Shunned by the child bride, Marie-Antoinette, Maximilian is determined that she will be the instrument of the king’s destruction.

Meanwhile, Philippe de Valence, also twelve, secretly visits a renowned preacher, John Wesley, in disguise and has a spiritual experience that the Catholic church would frown upon.

This sets the plot for twenty years later when the characters are in place and the key person, Viviane de Lussan, enters Paris. Her near-death experience allows her to see the turmoil the working class faces as they struggle just to eat, while the queen is uncontrollable in her spending. Salome blames all aristocrats for the death of her brother and unites influential men who wish for a change in government.

Will Viviane yield to spying on Queen Marie-Antoinette and whom will this information benefit?
 
I found Bride Tree by J.P. Robinson to be a fascinating historical story. I will never view France’s history the same way as the author forms an intriguing plot about their lives. The multiple characters give this novel depth and variety from many walks of life.

Each person has a unique personality and goal which overlap in the destruction of the king and queen. The treatment of the poorer class is sad, while the upper class is vile and deceptive.

Robinson gives a realistic view of what people in this time period would have faced and the need for change when those governing do not have the best interests of the people in mind.

An enchanting romance woven with espionage, and a power struggle that will keep any historical fan charmed and mesmerized.

—Readers’ Favorite

In just under 3 weeks, I’m flying out to join other authors, publishers and writing professionals at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference where I’ll again teach two workshops. 
The only thing better than a Christian Writer’s Conference is a writer’s conference in the Rockies!

Registered yet? https://colorado.writehisanswer.com/

Post conference, I’m looking forward to some much needed R&R in the West Coast. Who knows? Maybe I’ll start my next novel at an altitude of 14,000 feet! I believe in having “high expectations” for my work. 🙂

Excuse my silence over the next few weeks as I have author critiques to complete and presentations to prep.

Join me in praying for a successful event.

JP Robinson


“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

Today will have its challenges but, remember, if Christ is in control of your life, there’s nothing you can’t face. True empowerment comes from giving the steering wheel of your day to God.

Put Him in charge of your commute to work, let Him guide your response to emails, and trust Him to move your mountains.

Hey, I think that’s even better than coffee. 🙂

Have a great Monday everyone!


And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
1The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Exodus 14:13-14

What an amazing experience it must have been for the millions of former slaves to see God’s power deliver them from their oppressors. But the best news is that, for the child of God today, His power is still ready to work in our lives.

Whether we’re struggling against an addiction, emotional turmoil or health issues, it’s important for the Christian to remember that God is on our side. No matter the chaos that surrounds you, remember that He’s the greatest warrior ever.

Stand firm upon His words of promise, believe, and watch Him do amazing things.

Have a blessed weekend!

JP Robinson

When you think of something heroic, a pencil is probably the last thing that would come to mind. True?

Same here.

But as I was trying to find an appropriate metaphor for a youth service that I’m teaching tomorrow evening, I realized that I had undervalued our standard 7.5 inch (19cm) combination of wood and graphite. Like most of us, there’s more to the pencil than meets the eye.

1. It was designed for a specific purpose.

The Bible shows us that our lives are no accident. Each of us comes to this world with a specific part of God’s plan that only we can fulfill. It’s up to us to find that purpose and accomplish it.

2. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

The true quality of a pencil isn’t how beautiful it is on the outside—what matters is that bit of graphite on the inside. Without it, you can’t make a mark on the world or achieve the purpose for which you were born.

Without the Spirit of God in our hearts, it’s impossible to achieve our true purpose. Jesus Christ taught that what’s in the heart determines what comes out of our lives. Our world sees the outward—sex appeal, careers and wealth—as indications of success but the pencil begs to differ.

3. It must be shaved down to make a mark on the world

Imagine you were a pencil, thrust between sharp blades that cut into your flesh. Sounds painful, right?

But that’s the only way the pencil can make a difference. Without the cutting, shaping and molding, it’s unable to write a thing. The same can be said of our lives. Christ molds, shapes and cuts us to His will in order to bring us to the place that our life’s story can make a “mark” on someone else.


But now, O LORD, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 64:8 ESV

It’s easy to become discouraged, or even rebel, when life’s circumstances cut into our very soul. We’ve been conditioned to think of God as the author of good things—which He is—but we tend to forget that He’s also a teacher who corrects, inspires and challenges us by giving us hard problems to face. Only when we see God for who He is, can we truly understand who He wants us to become.

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JP Robinson