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The Land Beyond the Portal

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As Laura placed her left foot on the floor, something clicked and a low, humming vibration filled the room. Suddenly she was surrounded by an intense, blinding white light, and she was gone.

It's a dark, snowy night when Laura awakens at the bottom of a staircase with a horrible headache and no idea how she got there. To make matters worse, she is alone in the house, snowed
Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC
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J.S. Bailey
May 27, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this novel. That means I'm obligated to give it five stars whether or not it deserves the honor. But I hope that many of you will enjoy The Land Beyond the Portal so much that you will feel as if five stars are insufficient to rate the quality of this book. ;) Happy reading!

~J. S.
Janie Johnson
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book I must say was the most magical book I have read in years. I was glued to it the whole time. I was able to read it in a matter of hours. It was a fast, relaxing read, and I thorougly enjoyed every bit of it.

This book has a bit of everything in it. Mystery, love, adventure and so much more. It was a very captivating story and the characters were so refreshing to read about, and so different. I instantly fell in love with just about all of them especially Laura!

A girl who has enough fa
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dustin Crazy little brown owl by: J.S. Bailey
I read this book at the recommendation of many and as part of the Dare to Dream group reading challenge. I found the story intriguing and similar to The Chronicles of Narnia, which I love dearly. Like Narnia, this story does have Christian themes in the adventure, but again like Narnia, the adventure can be enjoyed even if you are not religious. I felt the author created a very great setting and I am hoping there will be a sequel so I can visit The Land Beyond the Portal again. This story remind ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Dustin by: Tanya Frueh

"A charming brick house sat in the mountains like a mother bird in her nest. It usually looked cozy and welcoming to motorists who happened to pass through, admiring the beauty of the Appalachians. However, the house had become almost invisible from the powerful snowstorm that was dumping inch after inch of icy precipitation on the range. Entire trees leaned to the side, their limbs drooping under the weight of the snow. The lane leading to the house was completely buried. A howling wind ripped
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great book! Very well written and I can't wait for the author to write more!
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It was my first time reading J.S. Bailey, looking forward to reading more of her work!
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
It's a dark, snowy night when Laura awakens at the bottom of the staircase with a horrible headache and no idea how she got there. To make matters worse, she is alone in the house, snowed in by a blizzard, with no way to call for help. While exploring the house in a desperate attempt to trigger the return of her memory, she discovers a small room beneath the basement. She steps inside, and an unknown force instantly transports her to a mysterious, pastoral land.

She finds a quaint village that at
Margaret Metz
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
There were some very inventive and creative twists to this plot as well as some very obvious nods to iconic literary legends like Narnia. Most of the time the action kept the plot moving at a good pace.

There were some inconsistencies that nagged at me - some more than others. One was that despite her coming through a portal (and their knowledge that others had as well) it was evidently never considered that the royal family's son may have accidentally fallen into one - instead of all the foul en
D.M. Kilgore
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a well written, uniquely enjoyable story
For me, just a wee little bit of a "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" vibe underlies this thoroughly modern, sort of sci-fi-ish story that is both creatively constructed and uniquely written- as only J.S. Bailey can do. She definitely has her very own voice no matter what she is writing, and it's like no other author I've come across yet. There may not be a lot of magical beings, as the characters are imperfectly human through and through, but the portal to another realm is a completely enj ...more
Michael Humphrey
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading J.S. Bailey's The Land Beyond the Portal. I was pleasantly surprised. A fresh take on the themes of ...well, I don't want to say because I don't want to give away exactly what the "portal" is. Suffice it to say, there are some unexpected scenarios that play out. I was going to give this a four-star rating. Why? The book started a bit slow for me. For me, granted, not for every reader. The book centered around Laura, a fourteen year old girl, and as such, there were some 14- ...more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Right off the story reminded me of The Chronicles of Narnia series and then I thought it was kind of funny when the Narnia series was mentioned in the book lol. This isn't my normal type of book to read, but it was a lot better than a lot of stuff I've read. The story is so different and it sucks you in right away. There's so much mystery, so many things that happen and leave you wondering! It's definitely one of those books you just cannot figure out what's
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Laura takes a fall down the stairs. She awakens at the foot of the stairs with a headache and a rather large bump on her head. As she tries to get her bearings she realizes she has no idea as to who or where she is. Exploring the house she stumble into the basement and through a hidden door. As soon as she steps inside she is transported through a portal into a land of greenery unlike the snow covered landscape she just left.

This is when things become even stranger for Laura. She is found by two
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a genre-straddling novel if ever there was one. Mystery, adventure, fantasy and time travel science fiction converge in a compelling tale of a young woman who is suffering from amnesia and mysteriously transported through a portal into a different time.

Laura, the charming protagonist, makes new friends and explores a village that is simultaneously enchanting and eerie. This debut novel has many surprising plot twists as Laura uncovers the source of the mysterious troubles that disturb th
Rhonda Kooyman
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend everyone to place The Land Beyond The Portal at the top of their reading list. It is a pure mystical, delight. The page turner takes you on a journey alongside of young Laura, whose time travel lands her into a terrestrial mysterious wonderland. Laura ends up fighting her own kind of Goliath as she is determine to win the battle between good and evil. The reader finds themselves cheering on this modern day heroine as she takes on her quest from God to destroy the evil false De ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I rarely have a chance to read, but, I'm so glad I made time for this one! The Land Beyond the Portal was a fun book that kept me guessing until the end. I would like to know the characters a bit better, and I'm thrilled the author staged the ending so that their stories can continue! (Hint Hint!)

If you are an Alice in Wonderland/Narnia fan, you'll love it!
Kevin Hughes
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: just-fiction
The author of this novel sent me a free copy to review. (Goodreads is so neat!) So here's my take, the good and the bad...

This debut novel is very much in the tradition of Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It is a story of a young person who discovers her way into another world. She will make both friends and enemies, and she will find she has a part to play in rolling back a long-triumphant darkness in that strange place.

However, the parallels with Lewis's work end there. I don't t
Bob James
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Laura is seeking to find herself. A bout of injury induced amnesia has left Laura clueless about everything but her first name. Stuck in an old house in the middle of a blizzard, she looks around the house trying to find anything she can about herself. When she gets to the basement she discovers a room below the basement. As she walks into the room an unknown force transports her to a warm summer day in the middle of a pasture.

She is discovered by a young boy who, with his sister, has wandered
Lyle Scott Lee
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Even though Sparkling Falls is located in a parallel time continuum, there’s still a sense of modernity, if not in automation, at least in language. Laura, the misplaced protagonist in J.S. Bailey’s “The Land Beyond the Portal”, is quickly at ease with the village’s habitants, speaking the same language and, at times, trading one-liners common in today’s youthful vocabulary. It’s the sort of banter that gives the story’s setting a realistic feel in spite of the shroud of eeriness the citizens re ...more
Dana Rongione
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Alone in an old house with no connection to the outside world, Laura replays the tragic accident over and over in her head. The ring of a phone startles her from her thoughts and forces her to run toward the source of the ringing. In her haste, she tumbles down the stairs, knocking herself unconscious. When she awakes, she has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she ended up at the bottom of the stairs. Little does she know, however, that her journey of intrigue has only just begun.

In her e
Lisa Johnson
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Land Beyond the Portal
Author: J.S. Bailey
Pages: 252
Year: 2011
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC
J.S. Bailey’s debut novel The Land Beyond the Portal starts with a teenage girl who has fallen down stairs and bumped her head, which caused her to lose her memory. The only thing she has figured out is that her name is Laura. As she tries to figure out who she is and where she is at, she makes her way to the basement of the house that she is in. She stumbles upon something u
Cheryl Olson
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews-2012
I love surprises, don’t you? Often times as readers, we start reading a book and know what we are in for, it’s predictable and that’s ok, there’s safety in that. But every once in awhile you read a story that is going along and all of a sudden takes a left turn when you were expecting a right. I think that is pretty fun as a reader- I like surprises. I find that be true in J. S.Bailey’s book The Land Beyond the portal.
Honestly as this book started out I thought,”Oh this is charming, sort of a s
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery readers with religious themes but not overly so.
Recommended to Jeannie and Louis by: Valerie Smith
Within the first three paragraphs, I was caught up in the story. This was going to be a mystery. It compelled me to continue reading until the wee hours (4 a.m.) This fact was even more unusual for was not of my favorite genre.

A young lady/girl is thrown down the stairs and then we, the readers, are off to so many possibilities of plots, we join her the girl in her profound confusion/concussion. Who is she? Just what day is it? All she knows is from a school ring worn on a chain. Her na
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novel
The overall plot, especially once it gets going and Laura finds out what's really going on, is entertaining. However, that's all I can really say for this book. The characters are flat and easily forgettable, but none more so than the main character. Laura, rather than being well defined with character growth as she goes on, is just...there. She's a figurehead for the story and nothing more. She doesn't do much but observe, and then when she states the obvious other characters praise her for bei ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Land Beyond the Portal...first book finished for 2012! I was actually trying to get it in before midnight but was three chapters shy. This is a great novel for middle grade to adult. It was an easy, fast paced read that gives you that "ahh haa" feeling at the end. I was swept up from the first chapter.
When Laura accidently stumbles upon a portal that takes her to a isolated valley village, no one seems to be all that surprised. After all, it has happened before. Lucky for her, Rochelle has
D.M. Dutcher
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's a very slow burn, but a good novel. Laura is a teenage girl suffering from amnesia after falling on her head at her house. That's not the only thing she falls into: a strange portal brings her to a new world, where a town named Sparkling Falls exist. She is accepted there, as people falling through portals seems to be a relatively thing. But there is a mystery behind both it, and its creator, Litchfield.

J.S. Bailey trickles information well enough and the world of Sparkling Falls is unique
Alexia Purdy
This is one of those stories with a steady burn until it ends with a big bang! I enjoyed it. It definitely kept me in awe of the many turns and twists that came up.

This story follows Laura, a young teen who finds herself one day waiting impatiently in a cabin during the wintertime for news about some tragedy that occurred (you don't really know until later what it is). She unwittingly falls down the stairs and loses her memory. Exploring the now strange house for clues of who she is, she enters
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have decided to edit my review on this particular book. I feel that my original review was a bit harsh and a bit unfair, basically because I let my personal feelings and beliefs get in the way of the story. I did not know that this book was a Christian fantasy book going in, if I had, I will be honest I probably would not have read it. That would have truly been my loss and I would have missed out on an excellent little book.

This book was quite good and I must say that I did enjoy the story.
Karen Boyce
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Step lightly as you travel around, or you may suddenly feel yourself falling and in a flash of bright lights find yourself in another world. You may have entered a world where stones that are wet glow in the night and strange legends of wild beasts surround the peaceful valley of your new home. In J.S. Bailey’s novel, The Land Beyond the Portal, we are transported with Laura Owens into a miraculous new world located in a serene valley. At first, like Laura, I thought this destination was ideal, ...more
This is a very creative, fun fantasy about good vs. evil, the ability to use portals to go from one place to another, and is the debut novel of a young author whom I hope will continue to use and develop her talents with future books. It held my interest easily, and sometimes reads more like a young adult novel, but I did not shelve it as such because I haven't seen indications that is how it is being marketed or intended. I don't want to say to much about the plot as it would be easy to give aw ...more
Abby Ryan
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Through J.S. Bailey’s novel the Land Beyond the Portal, I was taken on an adventure I did not expect to traverse. I found myself in the position of her main character, Lara. I was shivering on a cold winter’s day, losing my memory, and traveling through a portal to a different world, a different time. As I found myself exploring this new place with Lara, I stumbled upon a small village and was immersed into their traditions. Slowly, I even learned of their secrets and found myself in a dangerous ...more
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As a child J. S. Bailey escaped to fantastic worlds through the magic of books and began to write as soon as she could pick up a pen. She dabbled in writing science fiction until she discovered supernatural suspense novels and decided to write her own. Today her stories focus on unassuming characters who are thrown into terrifying situations which may or may not involve ghosts, demons, and evil ol ...more
“The world is one unending chess match, my dear, and I am the one playing it how I please. I poke and prod to move my pieces to places I find desirable. And the defiant ones who resist me I simply remove from the board." He pulled up his right sleeve, showing Laura a sheathed dagger strapped to his arm. "But you, Laura, are not of this chess match at all. You walked unexpectedly onto my board, scattering my pieces out of the way, the ones that I had worked on so tirelessly to arrange to perfection.” 8 likes
“Oh, fine.' Rochelle sprinkled some water over one of the glowstones and laid the object down in the center of their tiny camp. 'I didn't know you were afraid of the dark.'

'It isn't the dark I'm afraid of. It's the things hiding in the dark that I can't see.' Laura closed her eyes. 'Like ninjas.”
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