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About the Author

Jamie Carie is the author of Snow Angel, a ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year nominee, National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Indianapolis.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805448136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805448139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,299,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Revealing secrets of the Kingdom, one story at a time . . .

Born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana, Jamie is a preacher's daughter. Road trips with her dad--to and from Bible studies across Indiana--were filled with talks of things beyond earth's bounds - creation and the fall, God and Jesus and the rapture, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch.
The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad would spend a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. Nothing ever felt so special as a middle of the night slice of pie with her dad. And nothing could stop the writing pouring out of her.

Poems, short stories, skits and song lyrics later, Jamie grew up and married. When her eldest son turned five she decided to try her hand at novels. Snow Angel was released by B&H Publishing Group in September 2007 and won the USA Book News "Best Books 2007" Awards winner, and 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career. Jamie has since written several books to great acclaim. Her first novella, a Christmas novella, The Snowflake, is scheduled to release October 2010.

Jamie and Tony have been married for twenty-two years and live in Indianapolis, Indiana with their three sons and a giant of a dog named Leo.

If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, "Live the dreams God has destined you for!"

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By historyboox on June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is, plain and simple, an offense against history. The idiotic errors on the very first page of this nonsensical story told me that the author, while claiming to write a "historical" novel, has no clue about the actual history of the French Revolution, and simply doesn't care. At a guess, her total research involved watching the very worst possible movie version of the already awful _The Scarlet Pimpernel_ and then regurgitating every single tired, totally inaccurate cliché about evil bloodthirsty revolutionaries and poor, defenseless, saintly aristocrats, because it's obvious that she never once cracked a history book.

- A French guillotine in 1789? It didn't exist in France and wouldn't be used for another three years.
- A rolling guillotine that they brought to your house? Nobody _ever_ invented that (and since a real one is fourteen feet tall, imagine getting it through the front door).
- Massacre without trial of countless aristocrats in 1789? Didn't happen.
- Robespierre maniacally controlling everything and decreeing death sentences in 1789? In 1789, when the monarchy was still very much in place, thank you, he was a nobody and an earnest supporter of abolishing the death penalty.

Does the author have the remotest idea that the first three years of the French Revolution were marked with very little violence and nobody was singling out aristocrats?

This piece of garbage is just so painfully absurd and inaccurate that I couldn't read beyond the first two pages. If you love historical fiction and believe that historical fiction should actually resemble genuine history, avoid this abomination like the plague.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on October 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Love's First Light starts out with an intensely emotional and graphic scene that made me wince, but I couldn't stop reading. Carie did an excellent job with realism. As I read along I realized how many morbid sayings come from that era like, "Should I stick my neck out?" and "Some heads are gonna roll." Ew. That time period was downright brutal and unfair to the innocent. I loved how well the author played this theme out even if it did gross me out a bit at times.

This started out as a really good story but there were a few things that didn't sit right with me from the middle to the end. The hero's dialogue sounded a bit more like a woman than a man for much of the second half of the book. It could've been because he was a scientist and artsy sort, but I'm not inclined to think the author made the man seem effeminate on purpose. Maybe it's just me, but I also felt like I was slipping in and out of the time period, too. It's hard to explain. Maybe the voice wasn't consistently French- Revolution-sounding. That's the only thing I can think of that would explain why I didn't feel immersed in the story from the middle of the book to the end.

One more sort of humorous comment. On page 263 one of the characters references when the French gave the Statue of Liberty to America after they won their freedom from England. Well, I'm not a huge history buff when it comes to the picky dates and details but even I knew that event occurred in the 1800s. It bugged me so I looked it up and the date was 1886 to be exact - a full 100 years later. One historic site wrote... The Statue of Liberty was given to America by the French in 1886 and has been a symbol for America ever since.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karina149 on August 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This 'novel'~I am being generous in this reference, is completely inaccurate! Horribly inaccurate to the point of absurd.
Historical Fiction is my favorite genre for several reasons. It is a brillant way to teach/learn history though the telling stories with the addition of dialogue, could have been connections between known facts and character depth added to make the story interesting while remaining accurate to the FACTS. This book is WRONG WRONG WRONG on every ~fact~ making it dangerous FICTION and HISTORICALLY NOTHING! If it's wrong by date, person, event, invention, politics and language it is NOT HISTORICAL and it's dangerous to label it as such.
This book made me angry! It is very obvious the author did no research about the time, place and invention of the period claimed in the setting. Many errors are so egregious a high school World History class would spot the errors immediately.
This author? was obviously too LAZY to do the minimum research. Labeling this as historical fiction is Wrong! It is pure fiction and poor fiction at that. Full time considerdtion of another endeavor is in order.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cate B. Tuten on January 25, 2011
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I am a Christian, an avid reader, and free lance writer. I search for quality books to read in many different genres. I was thrilled when I found this book, never having read any of Jamie Carie's books before. The title and the starred reviews caught my attention---and I love anything French, especially historical. I couldn't wait to receive this book....The opening chapters did not disappoint. In fact, I have never read anything so emotionally tearing and horrific. I made myself stick with it because her writing was so vivid and clear and I cared about this family she was depicting. I thought to myself, "I have found a wonderful new (to me) quality Christian writer....and then the book fell apart. It was like she truly immersed herself and spent time and focus on the first couple of chapters, and then, just like that, quit. WAS A DEADLINE LOOMING?.....I don't know, but the characters became actually silly, doing things that did not make sense, or fit with who they were, because it appears, only to move the plot along. It almost became comical. And it became insulting. I made myself finish, hoping it would redeem itself. But sadly it did not. And then, as a reader, I became angered because I had invested time and energy in the opening chapters, reading the gruesomeness of something I would not have read had I not believed in the book and its potential to be a great story. It was a bad story because it lost all of its authenticity and believability. I ended up throwing the book away!!
I am only saying this because, as one writer to the next, "Shame on you". You DO have the gift of writing. You are very talented.....please, next time keep your brilliance going to the end.....I am going to order another one of your books and give you a second chance....I am hopeful I will write a great review next time....
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