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Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

Series: Blackbird Mountain, Book 1

Publication Date: July 3, 2018

ARC from Thomas Nelson Publishers and Netgalley.com

“The Lord does not test His children beyond what He thinks they can manage—with His strength. We will pray for the Lord’s strength now.”

This story touches chords deep in one’s soul with its setting, its characters, and its deep, personal struggles. A beautiful, haunting story of one woman and three brothers living deep in the mountains of Virginia! This profound tale and its lyrical dialogue will engage you until you turn the last page.

Arriving on Blackbird Mountain in August of 1890, Aven Norgaard, a quiet, shy and very capable young woman of twenty-one, is greeted by a surprise when she meets the three Norgaard brothers, Jorgan, Thorald, and Haakon. Arriving upon invitation from Aunt Dorothe to help care for the Norgaard brothers, she is expecting young boys in need of childcare only to find that the Norgaard brothers are grown men. Not only are the brothers grown men, but Aunt Dorothe died while Aven was en route.

As a widow of their cousin, Benn, the men take on Aven as a member of their family until she can figure out what to do with her life. The story follows Aven and the brothers’ day to day life on the farm where they raise apples for the making of alcohol, a business that creates great unrest in Aven’s soul and a deep, unquenchable thirst for one of the brothers.

Aven attracts the attention of two of the brothers; Thor, the middle brother who lives in his own silent world, and Haakon, the youngest and most charming of the three. Even though Aven has no intention of pitting brother against brother, the inevitable happens. In the midst of their personal turmoil, the three brothers struggle with conflicts regarding their business, their neighbors, and their beliefs. Ultimately, their choices have consequences that will set them against many of their own and endanger them and their loved ones.

Begin the journey to Blackbird Mountain and read this beautiful story interwoven with threads of faith and family.

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

Publication Date: 3 July 2018

Publisher: Revell

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Revell

 

“My little friend, prayers are funny like that. It is easy to see the times others answer our own prayers, but so often we don’t realize we too are the answer to someone’s prayer.”
-Margaret Anders

The novel begins in Azure Springs, Iowa in the year 1881. Em, a sad, wounded young woman is brought into town and her mysterious circumstances soon have the entire town talking. As she heals at the home of Abraham and Abigail Howell, her story is gradually revealed. The tale of a young girl and her sister sent west on an orphan train depicts a story heartbreaking in its details. As Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, a determined man of integrity, works with Em to untangle the mystery that brought her to this small town, he unexpectedly finds himself drawn to her.

The book reads at a very good pace. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Em heal and her life open up in front of her as she works to resolve her past and its complications. The themes running though the storyline are strong and deep: judging people by their looks can be very deceptive; living life to please others will not make you happy; and kindness is never wasted. Make the time to read this intriguing historical fiction novel and see where life will take Caleb and Em.

This ARC copy was received from Revell and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky

Publication Date: February 2018

Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC copy from Netgalley and Waterbrook Multnomah

 

 

“It was time to remember Martha’s advice—trust the Lord and wait for Him to do His part.”

–Bella

Action, adventure, romance and a bit of mystery pull the reader right into this heartwarming novel, Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky. Set in Edwardian England in 1909 the story revolves around Isabella Grayson, daughter of Charles Grayson, the wealthy landowner of the Broadlands estate, and James Drake, a rather poverty stricken young pilot struggling to build airplanes and make a name for himself.

Opportune timing places James and his partner, Professor Thaddeus Steed directly in the path of Mr. Grayson and his lovely daughter. The pair meet when a flying mishap occurs at Broadlands. As common interests are discovered among the group, an acquaintance builds which benefits both James and Bella.

Rich with historic detail about early aviation during this time period, readers of historical fiction and those with an interest in aviation will be very much enjoy this book.  An interesting read that also delves into the obstacles faced by women who had an interest in careers at that time. A quick and enjoyable summer read!

This ARC copy was received from Waterbrook Multnomah and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

Publication Date: May 2018 (Kindle Edition)

Series: Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 3

Publisher: Barbour Books

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Barbour Books

“If we do not work together, we die together.”

                             —Mercy Lytton                                   

A tale of intrigue and espionage with a bit of romance sizzling right below the surface! Set during the French and Indian War this tale of Elias DuBois, a captivating, rugged man being transported as a traitor, and Mercy Lytton, an interesting young woman who fits in neither the Indian world nor that of the white man, is captivating and stimulating. The adventure begins when the pair leaves Fort Wilderness pretending to be man and wife in order to transport a load of gold to the British.

Mercy, who serves as a scout for the British, is not your typical colonial woman. She is a very capable woman, well-trained in the ways of the frontier. In Elias DuBois, Mercy meets her match. Both are strong-willed, competent people. The pull of attraction is tinged with uncertainty on both of their parts. For Mercy, Elias’s role as a traitor must be resolved. For Elias, his obligations and Mercy’s work as a British scout play a role.

As their adventures take them deeper into troublesome territory, their lives depend on themselves, their faith, and the two people with whom they travel as well as their wits.  Take the time and follow Elias and Mercy on their trip and see how they outwit the Indians, the French, and even a few of their own. Absolutely an interesting read that you will not want to put down! Great for readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction!

This ARC copy was received from Barbour Books and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin

Publication Date: 08 May 2018

ARC  from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson

 

“Sir, we live in an angry, evil world. Where stuff doesn’t always make sense. Where hope seems like something we did when we were kids and the love we cling to slips through our fingers like cold water, but” –I tapped my chest—nothing that happens here today changes the fact that love heals the shattered places.”

–Joseph “Jo-Jo” Brooks

 

Once again Charles Martin draws the reader into a multi-layered, emotional drama with depths that just will not let you put this story down. Two brothers. A past love. A radio talk show host. An abused mother and two children. A drug gang.  All of these people are woven in to this tale about Joseph, “Jo-Jo”, Brooks, a man who lives a shadowy existence in each of their lives.

Joseph’s life story plays out predominantly against the backdrop of coastal Florida and Vietnam. The novel encompasses love, war, and violence. Joseph and Bobby Brooks are two brothers with a complicated past and an even more complex relationship as adults. The complexity of their relationship is uncovered a layer at a time as the story progresses often moving back in time in order to help the reader understand Joseph and his choices.

The book is filled with themes on finding forgiveness, love, protecting family, friendship, and healing. The book is deep and filled with emotion and pain. The voice of Charles Martin whispered in my ear long after I finished the story. This book is so worth reading.

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

Series: Orphan Train, Book 2

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher: Bethany House

 

“He said it takes great courage to accept what I can’t change, and even more courage to move forward and live my life to the fullest in spite of how achingly hard it is to face each new day.”

-Elizabeth Garner

Together Forever continues unfolding the story of the Neumann sisters, three German immigrant sisters who endured an extremely difficult start to their life in America during the first few years. This novel centers on the middle sister, Marianne, who is currently employed by the Children’s Aid Society. Marianne is stealthily on a mission to find her youngest sister, Sophie, who disappeared while under her supervision.

Marianne’s job as a placing agent puts her in a position to see if she can locate her sister as well as putting her in close proximity to Drew Brady, her male counterpart. As Marianne and Drew begin their journey with the orphan train to Illinois, each discovers a new depth to the other and a strong friendship grows. As the trip continues with many stops along the way to deliver their precocious crew of orphans to their new homes, Drew and Marianne find their feelings growing and deepening.

Will the secret that each of these young people carry destroy their budding relationship? Will they find homes for all these delightful children?  Read this absorbing tale of life with the orphan train as Drew and Marianne work together to restore their faith and love and unravel their secret fears.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Falling for You by Becky Wade

Series: A Bradford Sisters Romance

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Bethany House Publishers

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

“Just because God started you on one path didn’t mean He intended to keep you on that path all your life.”

                                                                                -thoughts from Willow

 Once again we come back to visit the Bradford sisters, all currently living in the state of Washington. This second book in the series centers on Willow, the oldest of the three young women, who generally lives a jet setting life as a world class model.  Home for a much needed break, Willow encounters Corbin Stewart, a handsome former quarterback and a bitter reminder of relationships gone wrong. Is the small town of Shore Pine big enough to hold these two people who go out of their way to avoid each other until they can’t?

A watchful Willow and a decisive Corbin team up with his young cousin, Charlotte, to solve a family mystery. As the two are forced to spend time with each other and Charlotte, they remember the good things about each other, relive the painful ones, and discover new things along the way. As with many relationships, reconciliations can be both sweet and painful.

The novel explores the complexities of reconciliations and relationships, as well as the difficulties encountered when embracing new paths in life. Family, romance, and a dark secret make this story very engaging. The characters are like old friends at this point and I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Willow’s sisters, Britt and Nora, as well as meeting the new characters Corbin’s story introduces.

Terrific book! Another great read for people that enjoy contemporary romance, family drama, mystery, and faith inspired fiction. One more book left in the series!  Counting down!

This copy was received from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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