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The Knowing

(Bulwark Anthology #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.

Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what strange things can happen when the rest of the world can't see you? JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an instant connection that is as
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Published March 19th 2019 by Chelshire, Inc. (first published March 13th 2019)
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Miranda Reads
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Psssst! I just did a video about this book! Check it out!

*Ahem* Onwards to the review!

Folks didn't like strangers in Bulwark.
Bulwark, Georgia has always unusual town to say the least.
People had no business traveling in that direction. Strange stories had always come from that end...
JB Stratton, born and raised in Bulwark, always expected to live his entire life on his father's peanut farm.

But then...something happened.

Something that completely changed th
Sherry Fundin
The Knowing, the feeling that you are going to meet someone special.

Brit Lunden recaps the happenings from the first novella, Bulwark, and I always like that refresher. Sometimes it’s a long time between readings.

We met JB in Bulwark and now, his mood turns to the past and the love of his life, Ellie. He had known he would never leave Bulwark. Farm work it will be, not a football hero, even though he was that good, Bear Bryant wanted to recruit him. I love that addition to the story. I don’t bel
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy courtesy of Iread. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Knowing: A Bulwark Anthology
By: Brit Lunden

REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆
Welcome back to Bulwark, GA. I was here very recently with the sheriff, but this time the focus is on JB, the old man who lives where the injured couple were taken. His wife, Ellie, died 5 years ago, and he misses her terribly. In The Knowing, JB remembers how he met Ellie, etc. It's a story of memory. When he first s
Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger)
This is a well-written love story that kept my heart pounding as I read it. I can't say why without giving anything away. I will say that after all the angst, sorrow, and suffering, I liked the end... I liked the end a lot. This book is part of an anthology that can be read in order or as a stand-alone. This is the second book I've read by this author and I greatly enjoyed it.
Laura Thomas
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
I read Bulwark, the first book in this series and really liked it. The plot was dark and mysterious, with genuine characters. It’s where I was introduced to JB so I guess I was expecting The Knowing to feel similar.

As JB pondered the past and his love for his wife, Ellie, I got this warm feeling inside. I realized the plot was going to be about life, paths and choices. All the best ingredients for a love story. And what a great love story it turned out to be.

I read this even faster than the firs
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Knowing is the first volume of the Bulwark Anthology. What made me want to read the Bulwark anthology series is that the cover of the designs are so rare, being extremely different, which I think that's a bonus point in standing a paperback series out from any other books. Then of course the blurb on the back was a must read for me. Occasionally I love to explore different types of books , I'm always on the lookout for those different types of books that I normally read. The Knowing is a won ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘How dare that woman say his beloved was a witch?’

For a famous author of children’s books to take on the nom de plume Brit Lunden in order to switch to adult novels, it seems impolite to praise her as Carole P. Roman. But the lady knows this world of literature and has written guides to assist new authors in the intricacies of Indieworld publishing, and she includes that beautiful photograph of her warm countenance on this site, offering those of us who have followed her rise in stature permissi
K.J. Simmill
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
JB had known from the moment his eyes first met Ellie's that they were meant to be. His grandma had called what he experienced the knowing. He was drawn to her beyond anything he had before experienced. She was a rich Yankee, he a poor peanut farmer with only the promise of an unfulfilled dream as a football star. He was talented, but was certain he was trapped, forever destined to remain a farmer. Ellie wouldn't listen as he told her to find someone better, she wanted only him, and would even d ...more
Lynn Hall
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read the Bulwark first, I met JB for only a mere minute. Not knowing anything about him when he helps out a woman and her husband after they had their children torn from them by..(well you have to read to find that out in Bulwark). The knowing opened up the insites about JB and his life. Getting to know him and his wife Ellie was just a Romeo and Juliet kinda love story. Was well written and flowed like a graceful waterfall. Ahhh such a beautiful told story! I am not a fan of romance but ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed getting to know more about JB Stratton and Ellie. The almost Romeo and Juliet undertones, were a nice touch with JB being from the wrong side of the tracks so to speak then to them experiencing things together that normal people didn't. And the ending! Ah! Must read!
gwendalyn _books_
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Knowing – JB Straton’s Story – is volume one in Brit Lunden’s, A Bulwark Anthology

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
Hello Ya’ll,
Welcome back to the small town of Bulwark, Georgia Last time I introduced you to the Sheriff Clay Finnes, of Bulwark
Bulwark was the prequel. We get
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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At the heart of The Knowing is a lovely opposites attract romance. I loved how Lunden has JB as an elderly man remembering important moments in his life with Ellie - their first meeting at school when Ellie's family move to Bulwark, the start of their fledgling relationship, and the events which drove them apart. I got such a strong sense of his love for Ellie and, indeed, of her love for him. This central theme shines through the swirl of we
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would like to say up front that I enjoyed this short novel so much that I went in and purchased Bulwark-the original that started this anthology! I still have 2 more in this anthology to read and will definitely be purchasing the rest of them! Short and well written stories!

Soul mates from different walks of life destined by fate to be separated-but never far from each others minds. JB Stratton a Georgia boy, the son of a peanut farmer, sees Ellie, the daughter of a rich Northerner the first d
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great addition to Bulwark. It gives an account of the beginning to the continuing love of JB and Ellie even after Ellie's death. JB is a key character from Bulwark. Knowing is better appreciated if Bulwark is read before this book.

​This is a very intriguingly different horror-type "quick-read" series. Each novella is quite short, yet packed with frightening weirdness. This series is a fictional small town "tucked away" in Georgia, where dark unusual 'sightings" appear. Sightings one ho
Robert Yokoyama
I love everything about this short book entitled Knowing. I love the romance between the two main characters JB and Ellie. Even though this book is fictional, it fills me with a sense of hope that I will know when a special woman comes into my life. The importance of getting a college education is a theme that is presented well in this book I appreciate that this book is not just about the romance between two people. This book is also about how a college education creates opportunities for peopl ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is a beautiful yet eerie love story that had me teary-eyed… in a good way. I loved the ending, although I won’t give details because I don’t want to spoil it. Still, WOW! The story started out with a creepy vibe that I thought would persist, and while it definitely stayed a bit, the story was more beautiful than frightening. JB and Ellie have a most romantic love story! I can’t wait to read more of the Bulwark Anthology volumes, and hope that those volumes not written by Brit Lunden ar ...more
Theodore Cohen
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love these books!

This is the third anthology I've read by Brit Lunden and frankly, they are little gems!!! I particularly loved this one for the development Lunden exhibited in her characters...careful, meticulous, thorough. The reader rapidly comes to understand what makes her characters "tick," and so, gets a better picture of what drives them as the action unfolds.

Read all three of Lunden's Bulwark anthologies. You won't be disappointed.
Barbara Ann
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novella combines several genres. A romance tinged with the paranormal in an eerie setting provides the backdrop. Two lovers lose track of each other but are then suddenly thrown back into each other's lives. Lunden paints a vivid picture giving the reader plenty of details and intriguing character descriptions. Bulwark, Georgia is isolated and hidden, the perfect setting for the paranormal. What seems impossible becomes reality. A short read that will find impossible to put down. Recommende ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great love story. I enjoyed reading it and read it in one sitting. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and I voluntarily reviewed.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
In The Knowing, two high school kids from opposite backgrounds feel an instant connection - a knowing- that they are meant to be together. Everyone else doesn't see it that way. Ellie's big brother orders JB to stay away. JB's father disapproves of Ellie's wealthy family, and her folks aren't thrilled that she wants to date a poor farmer's son. It seems like a typical story of star-crossed teenage lovers, except for the intense dreams of a shared past that they both experience. Do those dreams a ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abc
This is the 2nd book in the Bulwark series. It is actually book 1 as Bulwark was the prequel. We get the backstory on JB Stratton. He was the man that took care of the crash victims in Bulwark until the Police arrived.

I am enjoying this series of books. The books are very short so listening to them in one setting is not hard to do. This Audiobook is less then 2 hours long. Brit Lunden puts just enough of a creep factor into the books to keep you wanting more. Dan McGowan is a great narrator. I
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Knowing is a sweet love story. After reading the original Bulwark book, I enjoyed getting to know some of the characters a bit better and uncover some of the past. The extra mysterious elements added some more intrigue to what could have been a typical high school romance, it left me wanting to delve into the paranormal aspects of town and find out more.
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, paranormal
I thought The Knowing was a lovely romance with just a hint of paranormal. I enjoyed the main character JB, and his love for Ellie was sweet and special.

I listened to the audiobook of The Knowing. My review includes my thoughts on the book overall, as well as the experience of listening through audio.

The story surprised me a bit, as I had listened to the book Bulwark, a very paranormal story, and was expecting a lot of spooky happenings in this story. The Knowing though is more of a sweet, lovel
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Being book 1 in the anthology series that follows the initial novella, The Knowing aims to bring us a little closer to some of the characters in particular, JB Stratton. You see, we come to know him after he is involved with a couple that has had a car crash...or maybe it's a car stall since it was in water, well not really water, but, okay I'm getting ahead of myself. JB lives in a cabin in the somewhat remote corners of Bulwark. He is the lucky soul in the vicinity of a couple's ...more
This was an interesting addition to the anthology. The first book (Bulwark) had a fractured fairy tale feel to it. This one is about a love that time could not deny. JB and Ellie come from opposite sides of the road but their connection won’t be denied. Normally, I’m not that into romance stories but this has enough other stuff going on with it that I enjoyed it. Plus, it was short. This story happens in the same town as Book 1 and actually starts with an event from Book 1. Yet this story works ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brit Lunden yet again writes a fascinating read in her book, The Knowing. It is the first installment from the series called The Bulwark Anthology. Readers are brought to Bulwark, Georgia, a town wrapped in mystery and separated from the rest of civilization.
I have to admit that I do not normally read this genre but I really did enjoy The Knowing. It was nice to be find something new and unique to read. I found the story of JB and Ellie was intriguing. I liked the opposites attract of the tale a
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.

Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what strange things can happen when the rest of the world can't see you? JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an instant connection that is as intense and primal as the blood red earth of their home. Unseen roots connect them, pulling them into an impossible relation
Jamie Jack
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this return to fictional Bulwark, Georgia, we first see JB as a 70-something-year-old man in the present time. He helps a couple who have been injured. While they wait for help to arrive, the woman sees the picture of his wife and accuses her of being a witch. After they leave, this prompts JB to have a reminiscence about their relationship. The novella takes place mostly fifty-plus years ago. JB and Ellie meet on her first day of school in Bulwark. She's a wealthy northern girl and he's the ...more
Stephanie Ward
'The Knowing' is the first anthology containing a novella from the Bulwark series. It tells the story of JB Straton and Ellie. You should definitely read the first book before this short story or you'll be confused about things and people that are referenced in the novella. Even though it was under 100 pages long, I thought this was a quick and fun read. I liked getting to know a little bit about JB and Ellie and their lives. The story is told from the third person point of view, which if you re ...more
Southern Today Gone Tomorrow
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written by Brit Lunden, this is another story in the Bulwark Anthology, and I like this more than Bulwark, maybe because, while this has a bit of paranormal in the story, it is really a sweet love story.

JB, the man who came to the aid of the couple in Bulwark, is the star of this story, which is about his love with his wife Ellie. This was such a sweet romance, and other than some visions, was very real life and had it’s very real things that they went through.

Again, this story is just too short
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