The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep

Publication Date:  1 April 2020

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing

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Filled with intrigue, mystery, a ruby necklace, and a shadowy house at the end of the moor, this story will captivate the reader’s interest immediately. Maggie Lee, a well-known opera star, is evading her former life to hide a few mysteries of her own when she comes across a mysterious stranger lying wounded on the moor near her home. Little does Maggie know that she is taking in a man wanted by the authorities.

As Maggie realizes the implications of what she has done, she must decide if she has indeed taken in a dangerous criminal or a man wrongfully blamed. As the mystery unfolds, the pair finds themselves linked together in ways neither could imagine. Can they find a way out of their complicated situation and resolve both their issues at once? Read this intriguing story filled with silky romantic undertones as well as the ever-present message of grace and faith.

Great book! Readers of historical fiction, particularly the Victorian era, and Christian historical fiction will love this story. I personally can’t wait for her next book.

5/5

 This ARC copy was received from Shiloh Run Press and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Girl in the White Gloves by Kerri Maher

Publication Date: 25 Feb 2020

Publisher: Berkeley

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Girl in the White Gloves is an interesting take on Grace Kelly’s life. The fictionalized version portrays a rather unhappy and mildly rebellious young woman whose rash decisions land her in an unhappy marriage with a controlling man and a less than perfect life. The details of Grace’s life in Hollywood and Monaco along with her numerous wealthy and famous friends were entertaining. My idea of Grace Kelly definitely changed after reading this book, and the story intrigued me enough to do some research on the real Grace Kelly and her life. Again, I’ll caution readers that this is a fictionalized version of her life.

This ARC copy was received from Berkley and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

William Morrow

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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Secular

Rated: 5/5

“Forgive one another. Love one another. That is the lesson of the quilt. ”

                                             -Grammy (Helen Chapman)

 Vivid characters, powerful sister chemistry, and a mystical town named Moonglow Cove weave a spell that will draw you in as you get to know the Chapman sisters. Join this intriguing trio of sisters as they work their way through a difficult summer filled with forgiveness, healing, and second chances. Lori Wilde’s latest book is a story in which to immerse yourself.

Meet Madison, the eldest and a high power television celebrity; Shelley, the middle child and more adventuresome of the trio; and Gia, the youngest and most easygoing of the three. Their grandmother, Helen, raised the girls and continues to run the family inn even as she struggles with changes in her life. When a health crisis brings the girls back to Moonglow, their sisterly split of five years requires work on all of their parts to do the best thing for Grammy and themselves.

A delightful spring read to get you thinking about summer! As each sister works her way through the summer dealing with her own personal issues, each finds new possibilities for the future. The ending is perfect. A delightful contemporary romance!

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

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The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano

Series: Supper Club Series, Book Three

Publication Date: 04 February 2020

Publisher: Tyndale House

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

Coffee, friendship, and romance blend to create a delectable read. Carla Laureano takes us back to Denver and the trio of young women who are the best of friends; Ana, Rachel, and Melody. This third and final novel in the series wraps up their story quite neatly, centering on Ana Sanchez, the high powered executive of the group.

Bryan Shaw, the bad boy climber and close friend of Rachel’s fiancé, is back in town. Desperate to turn his life around, Bryan purchased a coffee farm in Columbia and plans to start a roasting business in Denver. With coffee beans on the way, a plan to buy a used roaster, and a fair amount of knowledge on roasting, he begins to try and put together a plan. Ana, marketing executive genius, unexpectedly finds time on her hands and pitches in to help Bryan achieve a chance at success. Can these two very different people work together to come up with a viable plan?

This book is a delightful story filled with witty dialogue, heartfelt moments of friendship, and second chances. Don’t miss this great read. This book works well as a standalone.

 This ARC copy was received from Tyndale House and the author.  The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own

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The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin

Series: Sunrise at Normandy, Book #3

Publication Date: 4 February 2020

Publisher: Revell

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley.com

Rate: 5 out of 5

What motivates Clay Paxton, a handsome young man from Texas, to risk his life and change his future? The reasons are actually more complex than they seem on the surface. A powerful, recurring dream of his death influences Clay to join the U.S. Army Rangers in 1943. While doing his Ranger training at Camp Forrest in Tennessee, Clay meets a lovely young woman, Leah Jones, a new librarian on the base.

Clay struggles with his inclination to heal and a strong interest in medicine with his need to fulfill his mysterious dream. Leah, raised in an orphanage, fights a battle of self-worth and personal identity and works continually on an ongoing search for her twin sisters from whom she was separated at a very young age. A traumatic event conspires to bring about a marriage of convenience for Clay and Leah before he leaves for Europe. Can the friendship they had and the shared letters and hopes they share during the war bring them into a lasting relationship?

The Land Beneath Us is an outstanding historical fiction story interspersed with real people and events from this dramatic time during the war. The author’s detail of the war and the specific battles she details is impressive. She gives personality and depth to the characters bestowing them with a very real, unique presence in the story. The themes of unrelenting courage, forgiveness and reconciliation, the meaning of family, faith, hope, love, and friendship all play strong roles in this story. The book is an excellent read for people who enjoy inspirational historical fiction or any reader of historical fiction.

This ARC copy was received from Revell and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green

Series: The Windy City Saga

Publication Date:  February 4, 2020

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

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Rating: 5/5

 

“There is beauty in the imperfect too. You are a God who uses broken vessels. You are not afraid of human limitations or scars.”

-Ruth

Filled with authentic historical detail and interspersed with literary references, this compelling novel explores the Great Fire of Chicago in a very personal and emotional way. The story combines the tragedy of the Great Fire with a very emotional element dealing with the traumatic after effects created by the Civil War for many people. Jocelyn Green is excellent at weaving the intricate story lines of each character into a beautiful story that explores each character as an individual as well as a part of a larger whole.

Step into this story and meet the Townsend family; Stephen, the father and a Civil War veteran; Sylvie, twenty-one with quite a good head for business; and Meg, twenty-three and the artistic one of the family. Keeping their book shop, Corner Books and More, open fills their days until the Great Fire. Prior to the fire each of the Townsends struggled with their own unique issues. After the fire they must contend with a changed way of life and all that it entails.

The Great Fire brings to light the many contrasts of life in a city filled with turmoil; the rich and the poor, the devastated ruins and the promise of reconstruction, as well as beauty and unsightliness. Stephen, Sylvie, and Meg must come to terms with an acceptance of life the way it is.

A well written historically detailed novel, this book will touch your emotions as well as keep you engaged from the beginning to the end. I learned some fascinating facts about the fire and its aftermath. The author’s notes are not to be missed at the end. They are a great follow up to the story providing additional information. Readers of historical fiction will not want to miss this book. This is book one of The Windy City Saga and I am already anxious to read book two.

This ARC copy was received from the author, Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley

Publication Date:  7 January 2020

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Berkley

Secular Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

This emotional, unpredictable story requires the reader to suspend disbelief for a while as it delves into the world of dreams and premonitions. Delving in to the world of dream interpretation, shared dreams, and the metaphysical, the novel explores the shared world of Mia, a young woman suffering from multiple miscarriages and some mental instability and Oliver, a free-spirited soul who works on organic farms around the world. Mia’s everyday life at home with her husband, Dr. Harrison Graydon, changes significantly after their recent move from the city to a much smaller town. As she struggles to adjust to the changes and the miscarriages, she fails to see the reality of her husband’s struggles as well.

The tale takes some complex turns at times and keeps the reader guessing as to where these compound paths will lead. Read this interesting book to find out the how and why of Mia and Oliver’s shared dreams and the shattering aftermath when their premonitions begin to unfold. Share their dark dreams and enticing dreams as they work through this strange phenomenon. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This is my first novel by Colleen Oakley and definitely will not be my last.

This ARC copy was received from Berkley and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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