Welcome to Character Café, Luke. It’s great to have your friends here, too.
Thanks! This is Lydia and and Nathan. If you want to find out about drinks and desserts from all over the world, just ask Lydia. She also speaks multiple languages.
How impressive! Nice to meet you, Lydia. And what about Nathan, what are his interests?
Well, if you need anything off a high shelf in your kitchen, he’s your guy. Can you believe he used to be shorter than me?
Sounds like Nathan had quite the growth spurt. Tell me about how you met your friends and what you have been up to.
I didn’t really get to know Lydia until my father disappeared about two years ago. Then her parents began having my mom and I over for dinner sometimes. And Nathan – I’ve known him forever. His dad is the pastor at my church. And it was one of his sermons that started our adventures.
What do you mean?
Pastor mentioned Isaac Newton and got me interested in what Newton believed about God. Then Nathan I got started in talking about my dad being an archeologist and wondering what he thought of Newton, which led to us going into my dad’s study and looking for clues as to what he was studying before he disappeared.
What did you find?
We found the blueprint for the original temple of Israel – Solomon’s temple.
Yes. And my dad’s notes were very mysterious and seemed to link time with a list of scientists and Solomon’s temple. I also discovered that an heirloom watch that had been passed down to my father was missing, and I didn’t understand why my father would have taken in on an archeological dig when he had more accurate digital watches or even his phone to keep time.
We kept on finding more clues – and with Lydia being able to read so many languages, we eventually ended up in another time and space. There’s more to the story, but your café is filling up so I don’t want to take up more of your time.
Hold on, Luke. Are you saying that you…. time traveled?
Believe it or not, yes. Our first stop in the time continuum ended up during Passover in Jerusalem. And we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw Jesus riding on a donkey down the stone street. WE GOT TO SEE JESUS CHRIST – THE SON OF GOD in the flesh!
But I thought you were trying to find out about the first temple – and that was destroyed hundreds of years before Jesus’ time, wasn’t it?
Well, yes. But I was worried that maybe my dad traveled here first and so we decided to stick around and look for him. We stayed another day and got to experience what it was like when Israel was ruled by the Romans. And then we moved on. But I am not going to tell you anymore. Sorry, but if you want to find out more about our adventures to an even earlier time, you have to read The Newton Chronicles: Soldiers, Temples, and Crystals.
I’ll be sure to, Luke. I want to know where else you ended up in history. And I am especially dying to find out if you found your father.
If I told you now, you wouldn’t need to buy the book – ha-ha! One thing all of us got hooked on while we were in ancient Israel were olives. Do you have anything with olives at the café?
We have a lovely olive spread that our guest love to eat with our fresh-out-of-the-oven artisan bread. The spread is called Tampenade. Here is the recipe from Cookie and Kate: https://cookieandkate.com/easy-tapenade-recipe/
I also have a special sampling of teas, Adamin Mount of Olives sampler from the Holyland if you would like to try one of the flavors: https://www.amazon.com/Tea-Olives-Treasures-Assorted-Herbal/dp/B00KOGDBC4/ My favorite is the apple spice.
Thanks, Amy. I’ll try both. Spending time with the ancients definitely expanded what my taste buds find satisfying. And thanks for having us at Character Café!
To read the first chronicle of Luke’s adventures, go to https://www.amazon.com/Soldiers-Temples-Crystals-Terry-Overton/dp/1649600615/
And to hear what others think about The Newton Chronicles here are the links for other blogs on this Celebrate Lit tour:
Bigreadersite, January 7
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 7
Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 8
Sylvan Musings, January 8
deb’s Book Review, January 9
Mary Hake, January 9
Texas Book-aholic, January 10
Aryn the Libraryan, January 11
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 11
Locks, Hooks and Books, January 12
Cover Lover Book Review, January 13
Vicky Sluiter, January 13
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 15
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 16
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 17
Book Zone Reviews, January 17
Blogging With Carol, January 18
Lights in a Dark World, January 19
Mornings at Character Cafe, January 19
For HIm and My Family, January 20
To celebrate her tour, Terry is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.