Friday, July 22, 2016

Blog Tour 'The Eden Tree' by Peter Worthington

Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘The Eden Tree’ by Peter Worthington. ‘The Eden Tree’ is Peter’s first novel and was published on July 19th.

About the Book:
"Mark Twain said, "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."

John James Morgan knew the day he was born. Two days before his sixty-first birthday he found out why. John is a happily married businessman, father and grandfather, living in Cheshire, in the heart of England. Happy, that is, until his family face a crisis. A terminal one. At the local market, a flower-seller tells John a story that changes his life. Assured his destiny is in his own hands, John crosses the globe in pursuit of a religious artefact which has remained hidden for two thousand years. Presented with an antique box containing maps, parchments and a bag of leaves, John returns to the UK and witnesses a miracle. With the box in his possession, John and his family find new friends and enemies; lives are threatened and people die, although some will be healed. With the help of many different people, from all walks of life, John's journey will finally lead him to the discovery of an extraordinary and mysterious tree. But what will this Eden tree mean to John, his family, their faith and their future?

The Eden Tree is author Peter Worthington's first novel; a fictional account based on his own experiences with his son, John Wesley, who underwent treatment for cancer but sadly passed away shortly after his seventh birthday. The Eden Tree has allowed Peter to give his much-loved son "a happier ending."

The Facts:

Publication Date:
July 19th, 2016
Mystery, Fiction
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:

In May I received a request for the Blog Tour of ‘The Eden Tree’. Although this book sounded like a very different read than my usual reads, I was immidiately fascinated by the sounds of ‘The Eden Tree’.  Also the beautiful looking cover really grabbed my attention and as fast as I could, I started reading.

‘The Eden Tree’ is a beautifully written book about John James Morgan. John is living a good life, being a father and grandfather. But one day his life changes forever, when a man tells him a life changing story that gives John hope again. Soon John is on a journey to find an religious artefact. And when John comes home with this artefact, he witnesses a miracle.

Well, this book really was different than my usual reads. And although this book wasn’t really for me, I did enjoy it. I loved the way the author was able to put a lot of passion inside this book. And this book just was beautifully written. I loved reading about John’s journey and all the people he met. And although there were a lot of characters in this book, I still felt like I could keep them all apart in my head. Which is huge for me, since I always have a lot of trouble with keeping a lot of characters apart.  

There was also a religious aspect to this book. And although I’m not religious at all, I did enjoy this part of the book. It made this book feel even more special to me.
I learned that this book is a tribute to Peter’s real son John Wesley, who sadly passed away. And during this book you can definitely feel the love Peter has for his son. This made this read definitely more special. And Peter Worthington did a great job, if you ask me.

My Rating:


Simeon’s dramatic condition gives John an idea

Simeon had been rescued but severely burned and now John and Sean wait in intensive care with Simeon’s daughter.

Sean and Joseph assisted Simeon down the stairs as screaming sirens and flashing strobe lights came towards us at breakneck speed. Blue-uniformed paramedics with green crosses on their chest pockets and epaulettes checked Simeon over, placed him on a stretcher, and administered a clear liquid intravenously. Within minutes, the ambulance raced away with Joseph accompanying Simeon.

Outside the farm, Josh and the local police held the other kidnapper: the ex Leitz employee. Pushing him into a police car, Josh called his colonel.

Afterwards, Josh congratulated the rescue team. “Well done!” The local police stretched blue and white SOCO tape around the farm. Forensics staff in white boiler suits and plastic-covered shoes entered the building with carry cases.

Following the ambulance, with Josh at the wheel, we careered at breakneck speed along the country road and as I pulled off the body armour, I called James.

“Well done, son,” I said. “Tell Aly and your friends that we’ve rescued Simeon and arrested a kidnapper.”

“WOW! That’s ace, Dad.” I had mental images of his Twitter feed going viral.

“I just hope the old bugger pulls through,” Sean said, expressing my fear.

Skidding the BMW to a halt, Josh dropped Sean and me at the emergency assessment unit entrance and left to meet with his colonel. We raced through the door.

Esther, Simeon’s daughter, approached us looking crestfallen, her eyes red and puffy. Joseph placed his arms around her as she informed us, sobbing, that the burns and injuries were horrific.

“The surgical team are doing all they can to soothe his pain while they’re removing the blanket fibres as gently as possible.” Joseph shook at that last statement and Esther placed an arm around him.

“They’ve explained to us that with third-degree burns, his skin will become like leather,” she said. “Severe burns tighten the skin and the capillaries in deeper tissues leak and cause swelling. Within two days, patients need surgery to remove dead skin and have skin grafts. Dead skin causes a massive toxic load on the body. Bacteria and severe infection will increase. Dad’s circulation may collapse. If a patient’s age and the percentage of burns to their body add up to more than 100, the chances of survival are slim, virtually nil. My dad is 56 and he has burns to 70% of his body. The score is 126.”

Esther looked sad but resigned to her father’s fate. Her dad was now in the hands of God.

I felt the bag in my jacket pocket and had an idea.

The Blog Tour:

About the Author:

Today Peter Worthington lives in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire with his wife Margaret. Peter has enjoyed a bright and varied career as a church minister, financial adviser and internet consultant. Now retired he is busier than ever thanks to his three grandchildren, studying for an Open University Degree in Creative Writing, voluntary work, playing World of Warcraft, serving on the board of a housing association and writing. He has previously published short stories in a number of Christian magazines. His first novel, The Eden Tree (published by Clink Street Publishing 19th July 2016 RRP £8.99 paperback, RRP £2.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers including and to order from all good bookstores. 

For more information you can follow Peter @CatshillPeter or visit 

I received this book from Authoright in exchange for my honest review.

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