Today we are delighted to have fellow Aussie book blogger, Jenny Blake, share with us five books that have impacted her life.  Jenny has a fantastic blog with loads of book reviews, author interviews and giveaways.  Make sure you check it out!

Fives Books That Have Impacted My Life
With Jenny Blake (AKA Ausjenny) 

The books I have chosen are as follows but I have to say this was very hard to do.

Janette’s Oke’s When calls the Heart book one of the Canadian west series is the book that got me back into reading. I devoured this book and had to get more in the series and more books by Janette Oke. I also fell in love with both Canada and Mounties.

The Appomattox Series by Gilbert Morris – I cant pick a favourite but the whole series had an impact. The way Gilbert would describe what was happening in the story and showed the civil war could have been over in one battle if the North had had a decisive leader or by the south if they had continued. He also showed what it was like to have brother against brother etc. Also that slavery wasn’t really the reason for the war. It may have been a catalyst but it wasn’t why most fought. I made me think what would happen if My state South Australia and Victoria went to war. We are 10 minutes from the boarder and lots of family live in Victoria.

“Once Blind” the story of John Newton by Kay Marshal Strom – this is a non fiction and it tells his story. He had a hard life but also did alot of bad things but he also suffered. Seeing his change and how he then went on to inspired people like William Wilberforce to fight against slavery. It shows no one is beyond redemption.

Sincerely, Mayla by Virginia Smith. I choose this book because it gave me hope. There is a secondary character in this story who cares for Mayla’s grandmother. I had been this character and how Virginia dealt with her gave me hope at the time that there was still a chance to find someone and have my own life.

For my fifth choice I am going with Love is a Battlefield by Annalisa Daughety. The reason is even after a couple of years this books still has me wanting to visit Shiloh National Park in Tennessee. Soon as read it I knew I wanted to visit there and I even did internet searches to learn more, it really impacted me.

It was so hard to only pick five books/series, the first two choose themselves as did Once Blind but the other two could have included so many others. There are Aussie books I would love to put there and if Jess and Helen let me I want to give a special mention to Mary’s Guardian by Carol Preston this one also impacted me in a great way.

Jenny aka Ausjenny

About Jenny

My name is Jenny Blake (aka Ausjenny on most blogs and forums) and am an avid reader from Australia. I started a library at church with most of the fiction books being donated by myself. When not reading I enjoy watching cricket, in fact you could call me a cricket fanatic, scrapbooking and cross stitch. I volunteer at the local Christian bookshop where I can recommend fiction to customers. I have a book blog where I review books and interview authors. My goal is to help promote new books and encourage authors.
I can be found on twitter @ausjenny, my blog is I also review for The suspense zone on 
Thanks Jenny for sharing these great books with us!