From Across the Ancient Waters, Green Hills of Snowdonia Series #1   -     By: Michael Phillips
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Young Percy Drummond has no intention of letting his uncle's country estate on the rugged coast of Wales soften his city ways---until he meets village girl Gwyneth Barrie. Meanwhile his friendship deepens with his cousin Florilyn. When his uncle makes an unexpected request, will their ties hold fast---or be torn apart by family secrets? 480 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
ISBN: 161626585X
ISBN-13: 9781616265854
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Series: Green Hills of Snowdonia

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Publisher's Description

Return to Wales with best-selling author Michael Phillips in his latest historical novel. After being sent to his uncle’s estate, young Percy Drummond has no intention of letting the country atmosphere soften his rebellious ways. Then he meets a village girl Gwyneth Barrie and her friendship changes his life. When Percy later returns, his intriguing friend has grown into a young woman. But by this time, Percy has caught the eye of his beautiful cousin Florilyn. . .who has also become Gwyneth’s friend. What will result of their threefold friendship? And what repercussions will his uncle’s surprising request have for them all?

Author Bio

Michael Phillips is one of the renowned Christian novelists of our time. He has penned sixty fiction titles of great variety—historical and contemporary; romance, mystery, and thriller. The breadth of Phillips’s audience is a testimony that his writing is universal in its appeal, with thought-provoking spiritual themes known as his “spiritual tunes.” Phillips’s name is often linked with Scotsman George MacDonald, the man whose books helped lead C.S. Lewis to Christianity. Along with his own writing, Phillips’s passion is to make the links between MacDonald and Lewis more widely known. Phillips and his wife, Judy, divide their time between homes in California and Scotland.

Editorial Reviews

“Michael Phillips has the unique ability to recreate not merely the feel but the impact of the classic George MacDonald novels. From Across the Ancient Waters draws you into a world where engaging characters and spiritual insights merge to form a seamless tapestry.”

- Bodie and Brock Thoene, authors of the AD Chronicles and Beyond the Farthest Star


"From the shipwreck on the first page to the lovely tapestry of characters and setting, From Across the Ancient Waters, Michael Phillips's latest novel, is a do-not-miss masterpiece!"

- Kathleen Y'Barbo, award-winning author

As I began reading From Across The Ancient Waters, my first novel on my new Kindle Fire, I realized that the very first “Christian” novel was The Heather Halls of Stonewyke. This was soon followed by the Corrie Belle Hollister series and many of Mr. Phillips  other excellent works.  Being a girl of fourteen and new to the faith I am ever so glad that these stories were available.  All of Michael Phillips’ story lines are interesting and extremely thoughtful.  Questions of faith are posed and discussed in gentle and considerate ways, never in a harsh or forceful manner.

From Across The Ancient Waters keeps these characteristics alive.  The young Percy, sent away to hopefully reform his bad ways, finds faith, friendship, and adventure in the Welsh countryside.  The characters draw you in so that you feel the pangs of young love and the heartache of losing someone you care for.  I was not ready for this story to end and am happy to know book two will be out in a few months.  The only thing missing was a pronunciation key for the Welsh words; I’m a little rusty on my Welsh.

Phillips tells delightful stories that reflect his astute study of human nature and his passion for words.

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  1. Bible believer
    Jacksboro, TN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book-terrible ending!
    July 15, 2014
    Bible believer
    Jacksboro, TN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Do not buy this book unless you also plan to get book #2 of the series! Wonderful, suspenseful book but the ending left too many loose ends and questions! The author tells you there are secrets and then he does not reveal them!

    I am ordering book #2 right now because I have to know the outcome and what the secrets are!
  2. CT
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book had a story line for today as well
    March 22, 2013
    CT
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With the prodigal son type story line as well as how some of the wealthy and nonwealthy treat their help and fellow man, it shows that we all should look at how we treat others. I Could not wait to read the next book.
  3. Irene
    United States
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent book that I will be reading again!
    June 4, 2012
    Irene
    United States
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is another great book written by Michael Phillips. The particular book is the first in the new series The Green Hills of Snowdonia. I have to admit I had some late nights while reading this book. I did not want to put it down and walk back into reality! There is so much great detail in this story that you feel like you are right there with the characters.

    The author does an excellent job at description and character development. How the settings are described helps you feel like you are right there! The two main characters in this book, Percy and Gwyneth both change and grow as their story progresses. You can read some books and not really see this but this author in this book does it flawlessly.

    I liked the adventure, romance and drama found throughout the story. I especially look forward to reading the next in the series. I gave this book 5/5 stars as it is one of the best books I have read this year!

    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
  4. Ginny
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 1, 2012
    Ginny
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Anything by Michael Phillips is a must read!!!! Once you start reading it is very hard to put the book down. The bad part is waiting for the next book to come out.
  5. Faye
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Biblically based tale with a classic lilt
    February 17, 2012
    Faye
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    From Across the Ancient Waters reminded me of the Christian fiction written in the early 1900's, with its detailed descriptions and strong biblical foundation.

    This book tells the tale of prodigal Percival "Percy" Drummond, the only son of a city vicar. He is sent to the country to live with his unbelieving cousins in the country. He is shocked at the way his cousins Florilyn and Courtenay treat they're parents, and slowly but surely he begins to turn back to the sound teachings of his parents. While visiting in Wales he meets the quietly charming, yet somewhat mysterious, Gwen. What will they find beneath the depths of the Ancient Waters?

    As I mentioned briefly before, this book reminded me of the many wonderful classical Christian treasures written in years gone by, the way the lesson is taught and the attention to detail is nothing short of classic. I realized while reading this book that it is not for everyone and there were times when I felt like I was slogging through ridiculously meticulous descriptions, once I believe it took four pages to describe one house! So yes, it was a slow starter, but I believe that if you keep reading you will find a pearl hidden inside.

    Another thing I liked about this book was how clean it was. Yes, there were some things that were alluded to, but only the barest minimum so that the reader knew something of what the situation was, and nothing more.

    I loved watching as Percy, though a rebellious son himself, was able to be a shining light to others. The depth throughout the entire book of Percy's character, how he grew and changed throughout challenging circumstances and made living altering choices, was rich and well done.

    One thing I might add is that this book was different from alot of other book by Mr. Phillips that I have read in the past, with more of a classical lilt to it, though there are many of his older books that I think would be more like From Across the Ancient Waters. I immensely enjoyed it's classic charm, and the style in which it is done, so different from the books on today's Christian fiction market. But overall I enjoyed almost every minute of it, and I recommend this as a book well worth reading.

    Final Rating: 4.75 out of 5

    I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. I was not required to give a postive review, but only to state my opinion respectfully. Thanks :)
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