Shattered Silence by Marta Perry

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Book Description

A woman on the run seeks sanctuary in a peaceful Pennsylvania Dutch community—and finds a protector in the most unlikely of men…

One moment Rachel Hartline is secure in her career and community. The next, she’s in the wrong place at the wrong time—watching her ex-husband commit a crime that puts her in unfathomable danger. Fear and hurt send her home to an Amish farm and the family she’s always trusted. But a private investigator is close behind—and he may be a threat to her in more ways than one…

Cold, calculating Clint Mordan isn’t convinced Rachel is as innocent in her ex-husband’s schemes as she claims, but when her ex’s enemies target Rachel, Clint is driven to keep her safe. Maybe the terror in her beautiful eyes and the target on her back aren’t an act. But as his feelings toward her deepen, Clint realizes he’s the only one who can keep Rachel alive in a game where only the killer knows the stakes.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Marta Perry book, and I loved and enjoyed Shattered Silence just as much as her other books! This on had me biting my fingernails a bit! Rachel Hartline is trying to round up the information to make sure all ties are over and done with between she and her ex-husband. But going to his business to have a paper signed out her in the wrong place at the wrong time. But the last thing she wanted to do was get in the middle of a business crime. But thanks to a nosey private investor, she keeps being pulled into the problem, one step at a time!

I was so wrapped up in this story that I didn’t want to stop reading for anything! Rachel was such a sweet person, and didn’t deserve being the target of the PI, and whoever else was after her. Her only hope was to go visit her mom’s family, the family her husband wouldn’t let her have anything to do with. This sweet Amish family took her in and lived on her, giving her the love and strength she needed. But circumstances happened that proved this wasn’t to be. But who could be after Rachel?

I love this cast of characters created by Marta Perry! They were believable, some were loveable, some not, just as real life. And each played their parts so well as this horrific story unfolds on this journey with Rachel and PI Clint Mordan. As circumstances brings these characters through the twists and turns, Ms. Perry weaves it all together, revealing the good guys and the bad, taking us to an ending that will shatter your mind. This is an awesome read folks! If you are looking for a good clean, suspenseful read to enjoy, this is your read! And check out the other books in this series!

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I received this book from TLC Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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I realized I wanted to be a writer at age eight, when I read my first Nancy Drew novel, The Secret of the Old Clock. Most little girl reach the end of that book wanting to be Nancy. I wanted to be the person who created the story!
The dream lay hidden for years while I became a teacher, married, had children…all the usual things. But eventually it re-surfaced, and I began to write, beginning with short children’s stories for Sunday school take-home papers. It seemed a long time until that first acceptance, but eventually I began to sell. After some three hundred published short stories, I finally found the courage to work on the novel I’d always wanted to write.
Sixty-some published novels later, I still feel the same excitement every time I begin a new book–a mix of not believing I can do it combined with an overwhelming urge to see the story on the page.
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and my own Pennsylvania Dutch roots eventually led me to the books I’m writing now about the Amish. The Pleasant Valley Amish series from Berkley Books are longer, more complex emotional stories with Amish main characters, while my forthcoming HQN suspense novels are more adventure-filled books set in Pennsylvania Dutch country. I’m also writing a Love Inspired series about the Amish, The Brides of Lost Creek.
When I’m not writing, I’m busy with church activities, traveling, and spending time with my three children and six beautiful grandchildren.

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The Solace Of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts

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“Younts has set herself apart with this exquisite story of friendship and redemption . . . I’ll be talking about this book for years to come.” —Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress

In a time of grief and heartache, an unlikely friendship provides strength and solace.

After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.

Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.

With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness.

Eminently relevant to the beauty and struggle in America today, The Solace of Water offers a glimpse into the turbulent 1950s and reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race, and custom—and has the power to transform a broken heart.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This was a very interesting read set in the 1950s when segregation and racial issues were sadly very different that what they are today. A very different read that anything I’ve read before. Delilah and her pastors husband lost their 4 year old son while living in Montgomery. They were not handling this well, especially Delilah. She blamed her older daughter for her sons death, and she just couldn’t understand how her husband could move on with his life of preaching and leading their church. Deciding the relocate and start over, they moved to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania near an Amish community. Amish mom Emma and Delilah became friends, as well as Emma and Sparrow, Deliah’s oldest daughter. But no one wanted to tell what happened to the boy. There were secrets on every turn, with both the Evans family and the Amish family.

There is a lot going on in this book. The blended relationship between the Evans family and the Amish wasn’t suppose to happen because in that era and in some areas, blacks and whites didn’t associate with one another. But Delilah-Deedee, Emma and Sparrow needed each other, they understood each other and was able to comfort one another. Each character in each situation played their part so well. I was mesmerized by this story. I had to keep reading so I wouldn’t miss anything that was coming next. There are many twists and turns, many secrets revealed that hurt people to the core. Secrets that were to be kept that way but hurting people have a way of hurting someone else. And having everything out in the open help the healing to begin.

I don’t want to get into anything else happening in this story, I couldn’t do it justice, and it would ruin the read for someone else and I hate when that happens. But I strongly encourage you to read this book, read the difficult situations happening. And also read the love, mercy and grace of the Lord, the redemption through forgiveness that is so powerful in this book. I received this book from TLC Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

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Elizabeth Byler Younts gained a worldwide audience through her first book Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl and is a RITA nominated writer. Elizabeth lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and a cockapoo named Fable.

Go to http://www.elizabethbyleryounts.com to learn more.

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Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter

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About Honeysuckle Dreams (A Blue Ridge Romance)

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 1, 2018)

After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.

Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance.

Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.

As Brady and Hope make sacrifices to help each other in their times of need, they risk uncovering a truth neither of them expects to find.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Brady Collins finds himself a single dad after his ex-wife was killed. Not having regular childcare for baby Sam, Brady’s long time friend Hope Daniels babysits Sam much of the time while Brady works in his garage. Brady has a visitor one night that tips him off that his ex-in law’s are taking Brady to court for custody of Sam. Then he finds out his ex had been lying to him about Sam and his lawyer suggests that if he was married, he would have a much better chance. But the only woman in his life was his longtime best friend, Hope. What’s a man to do, being in such a fix as this?

Honeysuckle Dreams is another awesome read from author Denise Hunter. This is one of those books that has you hooked from the first page. The characters are just so realistic, I feel like I have new friends in Hope and Brady and the rest of the gang. I love the way each scene was so detailed, I found myself laughing and crying with Hope and Brady over the situation with Sam. And then when things were looking so grim for this sweet couple my heart was breaking as much as the two of theirs were. I just wanted to shake them both and say talk to each other, will you!

I don’t want to say more, it’s so much to say, so many details, but you need to read the book to find out! I highly recommend this one! I received this book from TLC Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

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About Denise Hunter

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Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

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Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

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About this Book

Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .

Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.

But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.

Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Wow! The very first line of this book, ‘My husband is leaving me,’  had me captured, and I was hooked until I finished the last line! Savannah and Kevin’s marriage had been struggling for years, since the day thy lost their oldest daughter in a horrific accident. So even though Kevin was leaving, and had betrayed Savannah, it wasn’t completely his fault. But there was  so much heart wrenching hurt in their family, could they ever find relief from really not wanting to live the way they had lived the past 10 years.

This is a story that I felt so very sorry for both of the characters, as well as their almost grown children. As sometimes in real life, a marriage was breaking up because of the loss of a child. And Communication is the main problem here. As Kevin leaves their home, they are both torn to pieces, and both tries to find happiness with others, Kevin’s more severe than Savannah’s. But through many twists and turns in this story, they both were given a chance to search their own hearts and find forgiveness, restoration, mercy and grace in the Lord.

I have read all of the books by author Catherine West and each one just gets better and better, and I think this one is her best ever! I appreciate that in ‘Where Hope Begins’ Ms. West deals with horrific situations such as the loss of a child, suicide, and marriage problems because these are real life situations that happen to people every day. And reading this book could very well help someone in situations such as these. And I also appreciate that Ms. West weaves scripture and the Lord as the only way these characters would find forgiveness and restoration in their lives.

Overall, you can tell I love, love this book! And I highly  recommend ‘Where Hope Begins’ to everyone! Because if you are not going through one of these issues, I’m sure you have someone in your life that is going through these things! I received this book from TLC Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 
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Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). Her most recent novel, The Memory of You, released March 2017 and Where Hope Begins releases in May 2018. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

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The Orphan’s Wish By Melanie Dickerson

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About The Orphan’s Wish

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 26, 2018)

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes an inspired retelling of the beloved folk tale Aladdin.

Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break.

Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he can from his teachers. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, he earns a position serving as the duke’s steward. But that isn’t enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child—or the fact that he’s an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune.

Yet once Aladdin departs, Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot. Now, Aladdin and Kirstyn must rely on their bond to save her from unexpected danger. But will saving Kirstyn cost Aladdin his newfound status and everything he’s worked so hard to obtain?

An enchanting new version of the well-known tale, The Orphan’s Wish tells a story of courage and loyalty, friendship and love, and reminds us what “family” really means.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
 Another wonderful retelling of a fairytale by Melanie Dickerson. Starting ibis hometown, the Holy Land, Aladdin grew up pretty much alone. In the Kingdom of Hagenheim, Aladdin met his best friend Kirstyn, daughter of  the Duke of Hagenheim, the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives. But Kirstyn is so far out of Aladdin’s league because she is the  member of the most powerful family in the land. But that’s didnt stop the friendship between the two. But as time goes on, Aladdin must move on and prove himself my making his fortunes on his own, without the help of famous men, bringing their friendship as it was to an end. Or was it an end?
I love the twists this author does with this fairy tale making it a most interesting and fun book to read. I love the characters Kirstyn and Aladdin, though I did get annoyed at Aladdin at times because he kept moving on, farther from the one person who loved him for who he was. And I just couldn’t blame Kirstyn for being angry at him near the end of the story for coming back to Hagenheim and not contacting her. But even though these two characters didn’t spend a lot of time together, the chemistry was there between them. And they both loved each other even though they didn’t always know where each were. They were. Oth Strong and determined characters, which is why the wonderful ending of this story. I can’t wait for the next fairytale y Ms. Dickerson!
If you want a book for your young tween or teen to read, The Orphan’s Wish would be a wonderful book. It’s a fairytale with Biblical meaning, with the characters references to their relationship with the Lord and quoting scripture that carried them through their issues .
I received this book from TLC Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton

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 About this book

Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks,” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.

As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.

Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom.

When Hurricane Ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts. Hurricane Season is the story of one family’s unconventional journey to healing—and the relationships that must be mended along the way.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Lauren K. Denton is a new author for me, but hearing so many good things about her previous book, I was anxious to read this one. Two sisters, Jenna and Betsy were very close, but the closeness seemed to mean more to Betsy than Jenna. Jenna was happy moving anywhere she de used, trying to find life like she wanted it. But two children should have settled her down a bit. But when she ask Betsy to care for her children for two weeks, which turned into longer than two months Betsy’s husband Ty wasn’t too happy. And it was causing problems between the husband and wife team, even though they loved Jenna’s two girls.

I really enjoyed this story. I fell in love with the realistic characters, and the story was so like real, it really made me fell involved in the lives of the characters. Though sometimes I figured out where the story was going, it was ok, because I wanted to soak up every word of the book. Hurricane Season is a good book for a Sunday afternoon read! And I read it that fast! And because this book is one you just want to read over and over, this is a keeper for me because I plan to read it again soon.
This is a book I highly recommend! Especially if you are looking for a nice, clean story that you can enjoy and have fun reading. You will enjoy it as much as I did! I received this book from TLC Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Meet the author

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Combining a love of Deep South settings, a generous dose of Southern flavor and humor, and heartwarming romance, Alabama writer Lauren K. Denton pens stories that chronicle women’s journeys towards truth and love, hope and healing.

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The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart

Book Description

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

NFL player Toren Daniels just couldn’t control his anger, no matter what. But when he wakes up in a hotel room, not remembering where he’s been for the past 8 month, his anger is gone. This throws Daniels on a whirlwind to find out where he’s been for the past eight months, as well as prove to his wife and family that he has changed! But with his family believing Toren is dead, they have moved on.

I have to admit, I’ve never read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but this author did a very good job of describing what it is about throughout this book, so it was easy to follow the parallel of the two stories. I though I had this plot firgured out, and I actually did get part of it right, but getting to the bottom of Toren’s story and the end of book, author James Rubart takes readers in an unbelievable journey that will stick with you for a long time! Rubarts books are the only fantasy type books I read, and I read them because I love the way he takes Bible principles and a character  like Toren with his severe anger issues and weaves them together to show God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. His expertise knowledge and research for this story is evident in each scene in this book. Sometimes I had to just stop and wrap my mind around all of the details before reading further. I found “The Man He Never Was” an amazing book on God’s love. If you enjoy books that strongly applys Bible principals to the lives of the characters in a fantasy type way, you will love this book. And if you have never read a book of this genre, this would be a good one to start with!

I received this book from TLC Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

 

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

About The Lost Castle

Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 6, 2018)

Broken-down walls and crumbled stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own. What stories would they tell, if she finally listened?

Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved old woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .

Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a forgotten castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.

Bridging the past to present in three time-periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I enjoy reading books set in all different Eras, and this one takes readers on a historical journey to three wonderful places, and it’s all told from a Castle that holds many secrets of the three women in this story. Ellie Carver’s grandmother has the answers to their family history but will she stay in her right mind long enough for Ellie to find these answers? I thoroughly loved joining Ellis in her journey to the Castle that would soon come to life and tell all of the secrets of women through the generations of time. On our journey, we meet three different ladies for each Era and Kristy Cambron does her magic in weaving the time in history, as well as the women we met into an interest and intriguing tale that will stay with me for a long time. I’m with some of the other reviewers, The Lost Castle is a classic, a Fairy Tale at its best! There is one thing I didn’t care for, and that is the inappropriate use of God’s name. For me, any use of His name other than the way the Bible uses it is just not right. And that’s why the four stars.

If you enjoy historical stories, The Lost Castle is one you will thoroughly enjoy.  I received this book from TLC Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

 

About Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Book Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy’s first Bible studies, THE VERSE MAPPING SERIES, will release in 2018.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development from a Fortune-100 Corporation. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and could probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

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The Crooked Path by: Irma Joubert

About The Crooked Path

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 7, 2017)

From the bestselling author of The Girl From the Train, comes another compelling coming of age story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation in WWII-era South Africa.

Lettie has always felt different from and overshadowed by the women around her– this friend is richer, that friend is more beautiful, those friends are closer. Still, she doesn’t let this hold her back. She works hard to apply her mind, trying to compensate for her perceived lack of beauty with diligent academic work and a successful career as a doctor. She learns to treasure her friendships, but she still wonders if any man will ever return her interest.

Marco’s experiences in the second world war have robbed him of love and health. When winters in his native Italy prove dangerous to his health even after the war has ended, he moves to South Africa to be with his brother, husband to one of Lettie’s best friends. Marco is Lettie’s first patient, and their relationship grows as she aids him on the road back to restored health.

In the company of beloved characters from The Child of the River, Marco and Lettie find a happiness that neither of them thought possible. With that joy comes pain and loss, but Lettie learns that life—while perhaps a crooked path—is always a journey worth taking.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

When I signed up to review this book I had no idea what to expect. I have to say it turned out to be an excellent read. It took me a while to get into the book, for me the beginning was kind of slow, but as I kept reading, the more intrigued I became.

The story follows the life of Marco and Lettie. Because of health issues caused by the Second World War, Marco is forced to leave his home and family in Italy and move to South Africa to live with his bother’s family. Lettie was living her dream of joining her father in his practice at his surgery (Drs. office in today’s world). Marco was her first patient, and his health was so bad he was to see her every week. As the weeks and months pass, Marco’s health improved and their attraction grew.

I hardly know where to start with my opinion, the book is so chunked full of history, characters and just life. Marco’s life was not a happy one during the horrific changes during the war and afterward. He lost so much. And Lettie was content being who she was. To her, she was not the young lady expecting to find the man of her dreams.

Lettie and Marco were adorable characters that I fell in love with as soon as they met. It was the silent humbleness of each that drew me to them. And there was a host of supporting characters in their lives that made the plot grow into a wonderful story that will stay with me for a while. The Writing is excellent, Ms. Joubert does a wonderful job of weaving the many issues, historical details, and everything else happening in the story, and pulling it all together for a sweet ending. This story shows so much sadness, hurt and loneliness, but also strong love of family and friends, a strong faith and love in God, and a knowing that through all of the difficult circumstances, that God will make a way for happiness again.

I highly recommend The Crooked Path if you are looking for a good clean Historical Read. I love the setting of the story, some of it happens during the time I was born and in my early years. Which made me smile a lot. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and read it for many hours of enjoyment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

International bestselling author Irma Joubert was a history teacher for 35 years before she began writing. Her stories are known for their deep insight into personal relationships and rich historical detail. She’s the author of eight novels and a regular fixture on bestseller lists in The Netherlands and in her native South Africa. She is the winner of the 2010 ATKV Prize for Romance Novels.

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The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

Love Jane Austen? Then you’ll adore The Austen Escape.

Falling into the past will change their futures forever.

Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues – particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.

But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by the other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Mary Davies was offered a trio of a lifetime, a trip to England, that she turns down flat. But her friend Isabella had other ideas, bringing Mary’s dad in on trying to convince her friend to go. And the story gets interesting when her friend Isabella loses her memory, believing she is living in Jane Austen’s bath.

The Austen Escape is a light, clean read, though  I’m not sure it is Christian fiction, but it is one that I enjoyed because it was clean. The characters were quirky, and developed well thoughout the book. This story started off a bit slow for me, it picks up as it moves on. There were some twists and turns to the story, with Mary and Isabella dealing with their own life issues, and wondering what would happen to them and their relationship.

All in all, if you want a clean, light, fun and enjoyable read, this is a book you may enjoy reading. I encourage you to give it a try! This book was given to me by the through TLC Blog Tour. I was not required to write a review of this book. I chose to write this review, and the opinions are mine alone!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

About Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her on line at katherinereay.com.

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TLC Tours presents To Wager Her Heart Tamera Alexander

From #1 CBA Bestselling Author Tamera Alexander

Impeccable historical research woven with heart-gripping fiction!
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With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society’s expectations must work together to achieve their dreams – provided the truth doesn’t tear them apart first.
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Seeking justice . . .

Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father’s name. One man holds the key to Sy’s success–General William Giles Harding of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks.
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Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville’s society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he’s found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison’s fiancé–and has shattered her world.
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Struggling to restore honor . . .

Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen’s university in the United States. But family–and Nashville society–do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.
Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy’s roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor?
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Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn’t count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
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Set against the real history of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a powerful love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won. It’s Tamera Alexander – impeccable historical research and heart-gripping fiction – at her best!
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“For lovers of historical romance, To Wager Her Heart offers the very best of both history and romance. Tamera Alexander’s well-told story details the early years of Fisk University as a school for freedmen after the Civil War. I was fascinated from beginning to end. This thoroughly enjoyable novel proves why Tamera Alexander is one of the genre’s most beloved authors – and one of my favorites.”
~ Lynn Austin, Bestselling author of Waves of Mercy and Until We Reach Home
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“To Wager Her Heart is a wonderful historical romance with sweet and caring characters who are looking for justice and redemption from the past. Real-life people from history are intertwined throughout the novel, enhancing the plot. Alexander has certainly done her research in this lovely Belle Meade Plantation inspirational romance!”
~RT Book Reviews, four stars!
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“A steadfast heroine, a redemption-seeking hero, and a complex Southern society in post-Civil War America seamlessly combine in Tamera Alexander’s To Wager Her Heart. Fans of Alexander’s Belle Meade Plantation novels will fall in love with this new installment–but the real stars are the depth of research and the masterful attention to setting the perfect historical scene. Honor. Faith. And love . . . this novel’s a journey in them all!”
~Kristy Cambron, Bestselling author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Wow where do I start. With this evening a Tamera Alexander story, I knew it would be awesome, but in blown away after just finishing the book. The first thing I’ll say is, oh, for the faith of Mr. White! That character has the faith that God wants all who know Him to have, a faith I long for. And Alexander, what an amazing woman she is, going from living a life if luxury, never wanting for anything, to a life of living among the freed slaves. Teaching them, from the youngest child to grandparents in the same starter class, Ms. Jamison never tired of pouring her life into these people. Slaves that were now freed and so ready and willing to learn.

And as for the dashing Mr. Sylas Rutledge, a man after every woman’s heart, what a character he ends up being. A character that never ceased to surprise me. And sorry, that’s all I will say, because any more will spoil it big time for you.

This is truly a book crammed full of history, with some of the historical events and scenes based on real events. The Jubilee Singers an actual group as was the Fisk University. A lot of valuable time spent in research from the author, Ms. Alexander. If you love historical fiction that is a good, clean, most enjoyable read, I highly recommend To Wager Her Heart for your next read. This book was given to me by the through TLC Blog Tour. I was not required to write a review of this book. I chose to write this review, and the opinions are mine alone!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers in the historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels.

From TLC Tours… Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

About Beneath Copper Falls

Series: Rock Harbor Series

Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 11, 2017)

Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?

As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.

But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Dana Newell decides she’s just going to go back home to Copper Falls and start life over in her peaceful home town. She’s not the best at selecting boyfriends, and just left an abusive one, this guy was really sick and scary. Living with her brother, he will protect her.

Boone just lost his sister to a crazy dude, but finding her killer was turning out to be impossible. When another young lady is murdered, this small town wonders if they will ever feel safe again.

Oh Wow! Colleen Coble comes in with a bang with her return to Rock Harbor series. Which I love, love, love, by the way. One of my favorite series! I was overjoyed at being in Rock Harbor again and meeting all of the wonderful characters. Danger is lurking and tension is running everywhere trying to find the murderer. And since Dana’s fiancé turns up in town stalking Dana, everyone thinks he’s the murderer. But then the story takes a wild twist. And we’ll, I had no idea what was coming next, never even guessed it! And this is where I’ll stop telling anything else because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read the awesome Beneath Copper Falls! If you love mystery and suspense with a little romance in the mix, this book is one you don’t want to miss. In fact anyone would enjoy this one!

I received this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson through TLC Tours. I was not required to write a review, it was my choice to write this positive review, and the opinions in this review are my honest opinion’s only.

 

About Colleen Coble

USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

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