About the Book
Author: M. Liz Boyle
Genre: Christian YA
Release date: February 25, 2021
This summer the Stanley sisters and the Miles boys are excited to hike together again, and now they have the unique opportunity to help two of their ranger friends with an outdoor program in the beautiful Montana mountains.
Marlee has always considered herself a willing follower. Give her a direction and she’s happy to help. Her older sister Ellie is a natural leader, and Marlee is content in her role as assistant.
Marlee and her sisters have been assigned to help with Ranger Rose’s team, and they are savoring the adventure. But in a heartbeat while the group is divided by a few hundred feet, fire breaks out between Ranger Rose and Marlee’s group. In this enthralling finale to the Off the Itinerary series, Marlee must face her fears with courage that only God can provide.
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In My Opinion
A year has passed since Marlee and crew were chased, and they are returning to Montana to hike and join the rangers they met for a youth hiking program.
An event at home has shaken Marlee’s confidence and one of her peers in the outdoor program is making her question herself. But when danger is upon them, Marlee steps up into the leader role she’s never quite seen herself in.
While Ablaze can be read as a stand alone book, I recommend reading the series in order because readers watch the progression of maturity in Marlee over the timespan of the three books. Avalanche and Chased are told from her perspective but reflect the group dynamic. The series finale is all Marlee’s story with her doubts, disappointments, faith, and courage.
I was bummed to discover Ablaze was the final book in the Off the Itinerary series because of the connection made with this group of friends through these three books but look forward to what M. Liz Boyle will bring readers next. If you are looking for uplifting books that will keep your teen readers engaged, this series is a must add.
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About the Author
Liz is the author of the Off the Itinerary series, the wife of a professional tree climber, and the homeschooling mom of three energetic and laundry-producing children. Liz once spent a summer in Colorado teaching rock climbing, which she believes was a fantastic way to make money and memories. She resides with her family in Wisconsin, where they enjoy hiking and rock climbing. Liz and her husband have also backpacked in Colorado and the Grand Canyon, which have provided inspiration for her writing. She makes adventurous stories to encourage others to find adventures and expand their comfort zones (though admittedly, she still needs lots of practice expanding her own comfort zone).
More from Liz
After sending my five teenage characters through an avalanche and subjecting them to a lunatic with handcuffs (during a flash flood), I decided that a wildfire was the next disaster they should endure. From a plot perspective, a wildfire allows for much excitement; but I especially love the character refinement that takes place as my cast faces this natural disaster in the finale to my Off the Itinerary series. I hope your family will find encouraging entertainment in Ablaze.
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megan allen says
Yes my daughter is excited to begin this series! Thanks for sharing!
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a good book.
It’s bittersweet to wrap up the series, and I’m happy you’ve enjoyed Marlee and her group 🙂 I appreciate your reviews. -Liz
Debbie P says
This sounds like a good read.
Caryl Kane says
Suzie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! This series sounds like a must read.
Natalya Lakhno says
My daughter enjoyed the first two books!