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I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Vestige of Legacy by Sara Blackard: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book:  Vestige of Legacy
Author: Sara Blackard
Genre: Historical, Time-Travel, Romance
Release Date: March 10, 2020

A women bent of survival…
…a man intent on saving…
…thrown together by a tumble through time.After running away from her foster home and surviving several years living on the streets, Samara has finally found her path in life—performing music with the hope of putting down roots. But when she is violently attacked and somehow ends up one hundred and forty years in the past, it appears her dreams for the future have once again been ripped from her.While trekking through the Coloradan Rockies in 1879, Orlando finds a wounded woman. He questions why God would put this small, weak woman in his path. As he races to save her from the harsh wilderness bent on destroying them, he hopes his failures of the past don’t catch up to them.Continue the breath-taking Vestige in Time series!

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Orlando Thomas is the perfect depiction of a mountain man. Rugged, brave, resourceful, and above all, a believer. Living among the Colorado wilds has shown him the wonder and beauty of God's Creation but it's also impressed upon him the need to trust in God and rely fully on His protection. And then, he comes upon a small woman who "weighed about us much as a bag of flour". She is leery, frightened, and apparently from the future; Orlando realizes that once again God has placed a person "not of this time" into his existence.

Yes, Samara McKenna is desperately needing help on August 2nd but the year is 2019, not 1879, and she is at a Colorado dude ranch and certainly not in the Colorado wilds. What follows is a story filled with drama, adventure, and danger in the Colorado Rockies, but more importantly, it shows the journey of a lost soul. Samara has a constant struggle with her belief, or more correctly, her disbelief in God and author Sara Blackard vividly describes her confusion. Samara longs for a loving home and even children but she feels that "God had never done her any favors. If anything, He purposefully went out of His way to cause her grief. " (p. 14) Her present-day race to escape harm only intensifies her distrust and unbelief until.....this mountain man from the past shows her what it is to be treasured by God and by man. Can Samara learn to trust and even forgive? Will she finally believe that she is "protected by God", which is the Hebrew definition of her name Samara? Is she able to find her way back to 2019 or will she want to remain in 1879?

This is my first Sara Blackard book and I was immediately drawn into this time travel story. Vestige of Legacy is actually book two in the Vestige of Time series but that didn't keep me from truly enjoying this Christian historical romance and time-travel adventure!

I received a copy of this book from the author as part of Celebrate Lit Book Tours. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author

Sara Blackard enjoys writing romantic stories full of adventure and weaved with God’s message of love. She makes her home in the sub-arctic of Tok, Alaska with her husband and five children. In between writing and publishing, she can usually be found either homeschooling her children, enjoying the Alaskan wilderness, or helping build their house.

More from Sara

A trip to the Alamo brings introspection and a bit of sweat.

Texas heat could melt a woman…

…I know. I experienced it this last September when I ventured south for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference in San Antonio.

I noticed several t-shirts in the gift shops that said “If you can’t take the heat, leave Texas!” I looked at those shirts and told them, “Not until the conference is over, you bully.” They don’t like it very much when you talk back to them.

I visited the Alamo while I was there. I could glimpse it of out the window of our hotel room (Thank you, Jesus for answered prayers!) Inside the walled grounds was a small museum one of the actors told me to check out. There wasn’t much in the museum. Old rifles. A few uniforms. Some personal items. I found Davie Crockett’s brush, and next to it sat this tin box that Crockett carried with him. It surprised me, because this box isn’t small. Crockett was a man in a foreign land, looking for a better future. What would cause a man to carry such an awkward box by horse across miles on his journey?

That box got me thinking about what things I carry? I had just finished the first draft of Vestige of Legacy. Samara, the heroine, carries her mother’s Appalachian dulcimer with her. She has the memories of her mother in the case, but she’s also packed it full of fears, regrets and lies. Do I have such a thing in the items I’ve lugged around the country as we’ve moved from place to place?

Then I started thinking about what do I want to carry with me? The answer quickly came back as God. In all the things I can take with me as I travel across the miles or down the street, I pray I’m taking God with me, pray He guides my thoughts, actions, and words. And here’s the crazy thing, I know He takes me with Him, carries me through all my troubles and through the joy. He says so in Isaiah 46:4  “And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old. I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray. I’ve done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you.”

Wow… aren’t God’s promises amazing? What are you carrying with you? Are you like Crockett, lugging around this awkward box? You can bet, whether you recognize it or not, that God is faithful to carry you.

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, April 10 (Author Interview)
Older & Smarter?, April 14
Betti Mace, April 15
Pause for Tales, April 22


To celebrate her tour, Sara is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a copy of Vestige of Hope,and a copy of Vestige of Legacy!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

  2. Wonderful review, Connie! This series sounds fascinating. Thank you for sharing.

  3. This book sounds like a really good read.