Book Review-The Book of Helen by Sherry Antonetti

What do you get when you cross a dethroned demi-goddess with a childhood rival?  (And , no.  This isn’t the beginning of a bad joke!)  You get scandal, jealousy, strategy, survival, redemption, retribution, and intrigue all wrapped in one.

If
you consider mythology a type of history then The Book of Helen is a great example of historical fiction.  If you don’t, then it’s just great fiction.

Sherry Antonetti had her work cut out for her when she decided to write
about Helen of Troy.

Sorting through the
many myths that surround Helen and compiling them into one comprehensive
character would scare most writers off but not this one.

Antonetti artfully created a
three-dimensional character out of a mythical demi-goddess.

This story is the fruit of her research and
her imagination.

I have to admit that it took me a while to get into this
book but once I did, I was hooked.

The
Book of Helen tells what happened to Helen at the age of sixty-five after her
husband, Menelaus, died.

Not only does
she lose her power, she also loses her home and what is left of her
family.

In the style of a true survivor,
Helen travels to Rhodes to live out her exile with her childhood friend and
the sitting Queen of Rhodes, Polyoxo.

Unfortunately
for Helen, Queen Polyoxo is not the friend that Helen thinks she is.

What follows is a story of survival, redemption, intrigue,
revenge, and festering wounds that are constantly fed by resentment and the
stories of the court poets.

The Book of
Helen is a book that will affect your heart, your mind, your curiosity, and
your fascination with mythology.

  The Book of Helen is available on

Amazon Kindle

and from

Muse It Up Publishing

in ebook format.

Enjoy!

Laura

Sherry Antonetti is a Catholic writer, happily married, and mother to ten
children. Past publications include the Catholic Digest, Faith and Family Live,
National Catholic Register, the Catholic Standard, East Texas Catholic and the
Washington Post. The Book of Helen via Museitup Publishing, is her first foray
into the world of Historical Fiction. You can email her at

sherryantonettiwrites@yahoo.com

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Ministry Monday-The New Evangelization

This week’s Ministry Monday is all about spreading the Gospel.  I want to highlight three ministries that have not only influenced my journey as a blogger, writer and speaker; they’ve also inspired me and deepened my knowledge of our Faith.

The first is a group to whom I owe a lot.  In fact, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them-The Catholic Writer’s Guild is a group of writers, illustrators, agents, and publishers that seek to encourage and enable Catholic authors to continue in their work through educational as well as networking opportunities.  I’ve learned so much from being a member of this group!  Because of CWG I started blogging, I wrote my first manuscript, I’ve been published in newspapers, books and websites and I have a part-time writing job.  Plus, these are a great group of faith-filled people who are kind, friendly and supportive.  They truly want you to succeed. 

Next up is the Catholic Marketing NetworkCMN has been partnered with CWG over the past several years to help connect Catholic publishers with Catholic authors.  CMN welcomes CWG conference attendees at their annual trade show which is a place full of opportunities for learning and networking within the world of Catholic publishing and marketing.  Their hospitality for all of us authors has been a blessing.

Last is a group that I have only recently become acquainted with-Star Quest Production Network (SQPN).  SQPN “is a multimedia organization specializing in the production of audio and video programs faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.” (from the SQPN site)  SQPN has hosted the Catholic New Media Conference for several years to highlight the use of technology as a tool for evangelization.  As part of that Conference this year, they hosted the Catholic Blogging Summit which I attended.  Not only did I learn a lot about using technology to spread the Gospel, I also got inspired with lots of new ideas and met many other Catholic bloggers.  It was exciting to see so many people filled with a desire to share their faith in cutting edge ways.

Blessings,
Laura