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Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

Series: Heart of the Frontier, Book 3

Publication Date:  Oct 5, 2017

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

“I’ll definitely be praying. Ain’t never known anything that wasn’t made better by prayer.”

                                                                                                                     -Uncle Edward

 

Cherished Mercy, book three in the Heart of the Frontier series, focuses on Mercy Flanagan, the youngest of the three Flanagan sisters whom we met in the previous two books of the series. The sisters survived the Whitman Massacre and settled with their uncle Edward in Oregon City. The year is now 1855 and Hope and Grace Flanagan are married with children and busy lives. Mercy lives with Grace and Alex and keeps busy helping her older sisters.

This story focuses on Mercy’s quest to help the family friends, Isaac and Eletta, missionaries to the Indians along the Oregon frontier. Mercy goes to the mission with an open mind and heart to do her part. Upon arriving, she comes face to face with Adam Browning, Isaac’s brother. Adam carries a grudge against her before she ever arrives because of his own personal history and his unwillingness to see beyond it. Mercy’s arrival brings a far different person than Adam expected.

The story encompasses so many characters that will touch the reader’s heart. This third story blends family, friends, and shared histories together in a very touching way. Sad in many ways, poignant in others, and inspiring all the way through, Cherished Mercy will engage your attention all the way through!

A thoroughly enjoyable and emotional story and a fitting end to a great series! I think this series was one of Tracie Peterson’s finest. If you haven’t read books one and two, take the time to read those stories as well.

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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Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson

Series: Heart of the Frontier

Publication Date: July 4, 2017

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

 

Closely following the first book in the Heart of the Frontier series, book two once again follows sisters, Hope, Grace, and Mercy, after they have settled in Oregon in the year 1850. Two and half years after the trauma of the Whitman Massacre, Hope continues to work at reclaiming her life. Her younger sister, Mercy, made her peace and lives a happy, lively life with her sister Grace and her husband, Alex.

This is an engrossing story of Hope’s struggle to get on with her life as the trial for the native Americans involved in the massacre unfolds. In her quest to give herself peace and to come to terms with the trauma she endured, she encounters Lieutenant Lance Kenner. Their lives become entangled in ways that neither could imagine.

The characters are once again engaging and very human in their behavior and emotions. I really enjoyed the continuing saga of the three sisters. The story continues in such a manner that you almost feel like you are continuing a book you laid down for a while and picked back up. I really enjoyed the story, emotional and tumultuous as it may be at times. Anxiously awaiting book three!

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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The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Series: Lone Star Hero, Book 1

Publication Date: July 2016

Publisher: Zondervan

Gratis copy from The Fiction Guild

 

 

Suspense, a bit of a mystery, and some romance all rolled into a post Civil War story set in Galveston, Texas!

Miranda Markham, a devastated, lonely widow, is currently being harassed endlessly by the townspeople of Galveston. Life is not difficult enough to endure after the loss of her husband, Captain Phillip Markham, she must put up with rumors about her husband’s loyalties, disgruntled in-laws, and a boarding house where no one wants to stay.

Robert Truax, a fellow officer from Robert’s unit, arrives to do his duty to his fallen comrade’s widow. As part of a close knit group of officers who agreed to look after each other after the war, Robert begins an investigation into Miranda’s troubles uncovering secrets that were not meant to be discovered and struggling to maintain secrets that need to remain just that!

Readers of historical fiction who enjoy the Civil War and post Civil War era will enjoy this novel. The secrets and mysteries add to the intrigue. Is it possible for Miranda to have feelings for someone other than Phillip again? A serious, but quick read!

 

This copy was received from Zondervan and the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray by Dorothy Love

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Publication Date: June 2016

Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Copy from publisher as a “Fiction Guild Team Challenge” book

 

“I had hoped for a few hours alone with him, but the first great lesson of my marriage had been that duty would always and forever come before personal pleasures.”

Mary Custis Lee, great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, grew up reciting history and memorizing the writings of George Washington as a young girl. As Mary matures and becomes a young lady, she falls in love with Robert E. Lee and ultimately marries the young lieutenant, who would later become a well known Confederate general.  Mary’s heritage as heiress to Arlington, a premier home in the Virginia countryside complicates her life as she struggles with her desire to find ways to free slaves and provide education for them.

Selina Norris is a young slave girl at the Arlington estate whose life becomes intertwined with Mary Lee’s from the time she is a young girl in Mary’s schoolroom until later in life when Mary leaves the keys to Arlington in her trusted hands as she flees to safety during the war.

This story spans the lifetime of two women whose lives were entwined over the course of many long years. Both women marry, have families, and struggle through one of the greatest wars this nation has ever endured.

Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray is a novel that highlights friendship and bonds that transcend race and social status. An excellent historical biography based on historical information taken from Mary’s letters, journals, and family records. I enjoyed the historical perspective of the book and the core of the story is very interesting. Readers of historical fiction, particularly those interested in the Civil War, will enjoy this novel.

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson as part of the Fiction Guild Team Challenge in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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4/5

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No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

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Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC from Bethany House and Netgalley.com

 

 

 

Finish the job at hand and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.”

-Malachi Shaw

Sage advice from a mature, wise young man who is good at saying it and thinking it, but not so good at carrying it out! Once again Karen Witemeyer introduces her readers to a handsome young man who has done well for himself and a delightful heroine who runs an all female colony for the abused and downtrodden. Her witty style and humorous characters are evident once again in this tale.

The story of Malachi Shaw and Emma Chandler begins back in the winter of 1882 in Gainesville, Texas when they are just young kids. Malachi at thirteen is orphaned and struggling to stay alive when he winds up in the barn on the property of Henrietta and Alberta Chandler, Emma’s aunts.

Malachi and Emma are separated for nearly ten years until he gets a telegram that sends him running straight back to Emma and the aunts. What Malachi finds at Harper’s Station sets him on edge and sends him in to full rescue mode. The story details the harassment of the ladies in the town by an unknown male who steadily ups his means of getting rid of the women.

The ladies of the town are characters you will not soon forget. Each and every one has a unique story and personality to go with it, including Aunt Henri and Aunt Bertie. The few males that are allowed in town are distinct as well.

Read this fun and lively tale to find out how far the mysterious stranger is willing to go to get rid of the women of Harper’s Station! Balancing personal struggles  with faith, Ms. Witemeyer puts together a great summer read for lovers of  inspirational historical fiction!

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

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Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell

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Publication Date: March 2016

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC copy from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com

 

 

In August of 1855, Miss Lucinda Pennyworth finds herself enroute to Buttermilk Falls, New York hoping to turn herself into a respectable young woman in search of her long lost relations. Lucinda’s sketchy past has left her wishing for family and respectability and now that she has been left on her own, she is going to do her best to make that wish come true.

After arriving at her relations’ home in Buttermilk Falls outside the famed West Point Academy, Lucinda finds that she must work to prove herself. The longer she stays with her aunt and uncle, the more she grows attached to her family and her life of respectability. Along with the family, she meets the young men of West Point who vie for her attention. As she begins to fall for Seth Westcott, an upstanding young West Point cadet, he undergoes some very personal trauma that changes the course of his career as a soldier.

The cast of characters is broad in this novel.  They are an interesting group, as well as having a few quirky ones thrown in to lighten the mix. The storyline certainly has some twists and unexpected turns. The historical detail is very interesting, based on West Point and the small town that is located outside its gates. The author has a very good set of historical notes at the end of the book regarding military life at West Point.

Definitely an enjoyable read! This novel will be interesting for readers of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, and romance. The story is well paced and keeps the reader’s interest engaged.

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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The Preacher’s Lady by Lori Copeland

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Publication Date: Mar 2016

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Harvest House Publishers

 

“You and I are meant to be together, here, on this earth. You will be the mother of my children. As long as this heart beats in my chest, it will belong only to you.”

                                                                                    -Bo Garrett

 Elly Sullivan listened very seriously as Bo Garrett made his declaration above. At fifteen, she believed every word he told her. At sixteen, his intentions were good. Fast forward seven years to 1884 and Elly Sullivan is still single and living at home working on the family’s cranberry farm in Berrytop, Wisconsin and engaged once again to Gideon Long.

The Sullivan and Garrett families have farmed side-by-side for years. As harvest is ready to begin this year, Milt Garrett, Bo’s father, is not displaying the energy that he typically has in the past. Faye Garrett calls her wayward son, Bo, back home to help deal with the farm. Bo arrives back in Berrytop as the one thing he promised Elly he’d never be, a minister.  After seven long years of waiting, giving up, and bitterness, Elly does not exactly welcome this new Bo.

The book is a light hearted romance with undertones of faith and forgiveness. The theme of forgiving yourself before you can forgive others is a strong one in this novel. The story is a pleasant read with a predictable ending!

I received this copy from NetGalley.com and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for a fair review. The opinions and statements above are my own.

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