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The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

Series: Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 9

Publication Date: July 2019

Publisher: Barbour Books

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Kimberley Woodhouse takes an adventurous piece of history, the Pony Express, and spins her own special story with a unique twist. This intriguing story actually begins back in 1834 in St. Louis when Anna Vines runs for her life with her baby daughter, Jacqueline; however, the core of the story takes place at the Carson Sink Station in Utah Territory in 1860.

Jackie Rivers’s life changes drastically in just a few months as she deals with the loss of her beloved father and takes over running the Pony Express station at their home, along with an inn for the stagecoach stop. At twenty-six Jackie is a lovely, young woman who wears many hats in her life as manager of the Carson Sink Station. The life she leads leaves little opportunity to meet someone and minimal time for romance. Two unexpected visitors show up on the stagecoach one October day both bringing unexpected activity, adventure, and a bit of romance to the Station.

Check out this intriguing tale of a spirited young woman living life on her terms back in the days of the Pony Express. The story is laced with historical fact and embellished with fictional characters and adventures. A great historical fiction read and one that fans of inspirational fiction will also enjoy very much! This is the ninth book in the series, but works perfectly as a standalone.

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

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The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep

Series:  The Bow Street Runners Trilogy, Book 3

Publication Date: June 01, 2019

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

ARC from Netgalley.com, the author, and Shiloh Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing

“Life is more than good ideas. It’s the risks that return greater results.”

–Samuel Thatcher

 Michelle Griep finishes off the Bow Street Runners Trilogy with her best hero yet, Captain Samuel Thatcher.  Be still, my beating heart!! A dark, silent man, scarred and a bit short on conversational skills, Samuel has little time in his busy life as an officer of the law to escort women and babies all over the countryside. However, he finds himself doing just that.

Abigail Gilbert, a lovely young woman from a relatively well-off family, departs on a journey to marry a virtual stranger in order to escape her unhappy family life. Little does Abigail dream that her life will take on the twists and turns she encounters along the way. Abby finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. The bride-to-be finds herself a kidnap victim, a babysitter, and nursemaid before the trip comes to an end.

Packed with action, adventure, extremely bad guys, sweet babies, dark, handsome heroes, and romance, this book entertained me right from the start.  Can these two damaged people find a way to make a life for themselves? Don’t miss this last book in the trilogy. It is an excellent read that I highly recommend for people who enjoy historical fiction, Regency fiction, and Christian fiction.

This ARC copy was received from Netgalley.com and Shiloh Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Publication Date: April 2019

Publisher: Waterbrook

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“My mam, she b’lieves real strong that God don’t waste nothin’. That all things is s’posed to wo’k  fo’ good. But I ain’t b’lieved it ‘til right now.”


A story of class, racism, faith, and family! This story set in Atlanta, Georgia in the year 1895 centers around the Cotton states and International Exposition, a huge exhibit with multiple states playing a role over a three month period. The jobs generated by the exhibition offer new opportunities to a variety of individuals and impact their lives in a multitude of ways.

The primary characters in the novel all work at the Exposition in diverse positions, from groundskeeper to silk weaver. Laurel Millard, the youngest sister from a family with modest means, looks to the Exposition for a job as a weaver to broaden her horizons and meet some other young people. Willie Sharp, a polite, handsome young man, gets a job as a security officer in order to pay for rehabilitation care for his father who has had a stroke. Langdon Rochester, wealthy son and heir apparent to the Rochester Steam-Powered Engines, works the Exposition to avoid being in the office under his father’s scrutiny. Quincy Tate, a young man from a large, very poor family, is trying to help his family out and find out about himself.  The characters are each in search of something that they hope to find along the way. They are pretty conventional characters for the time period. A few of them are not very likeable. However, they each played a role in the story.

The novel draws to an end as the exposition nears its completion. The ending felt a bit forced as it seemed that a great deal happened in a short time period. However, it was a satisfying ending with a great many lessons learned by the characters along the way. The historical detail regarding the exposition and the social issues of the time were interesting. Readers of Christian historical fiction should enjoy this novel.

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

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Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof

Series: Blackbird Mountain, Book 2

Publication Date: March 12, 2019

ARC from Thomas Nelson Publishers and Netgalley.com

 “Sorry’s for something you didn’t mean to do, he added.” “For breakin’ something that’s on accident. But my behavior that day wasn’t an accident, so I know it’ll take more than a word to make it right.”

                                                                            –Haakon Norgaard 

Driven away for four years by his own rash behavior, bad decisions, and regret, Haakon Norgaard, the youngest of the Norgaard brothers, returns home to Blackbird Mountain to try and make amends to those he cares about. While timely, his arrival leaves many of the residents of the Mountain uneasy and apprehensive.

Sharing the family homestead are Jorgan and his wife, Fay, and their two children as well as Thor and his very pregnant wife, Aden. The Sorrel clan once again brings turmoil and violence to Blackbird Mountain in their quest for revenge. Harlan Sorrel knows no boundaries when it comes to battle. He steps over the line this time. With Haakon’s assistance, the Norgaard men work to bring peace to the Mountain.  As Haakon works toward forgiveness and peace for his soul, he is haunted by a page from the Bible, a drawing from a young Norwegian boy, and a pair of deep blue eyes.

During this time of unrest on Blackbird Mountain, a young widow named Kjersti Jönsson and her children remember a young fisherman who helped them out on her farm while his ship docked in southern Norway. As memories fade and hopes die away, the harsh reality of the coming winter in Norway gives way to an unexpected visitor.

Once again Joanne Bischof touches my heart with this beautiful story of forgiveness, hope, faith, family and looking to the future. Well written and deeply moving! If you have not read book one in the series, I highly recommend reading Sons of Blackbird Mountain first. Come to Blackbird Mountain and discover the Norgaard family.

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

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With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander

Publication Date: 08 Jan 2019

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

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“What is a man supposed to do, Lizzie when an army shows up to occupy his land? His home? His possessions? He fights, that’s what he does!”


Tamera Alexander takes us back to the Carnton Plantation, south of Nashville, to relive the night of November 30, 1864 and the Battle of Franklin along with the ensuing aftermath left by the brutal battle that resulted in a loss of approximately 8500 men. The story is an amazing mingling of historical facts, documents and letters, interspersed with threads of fiction filling in the blanks. The primary characters are based on real people, which add to the depth of the novel.

Let me introduce you to Captain Roland Ward Jones of the Mississippi Sharpshooters and Miss Lizzie Clouston, governess at Carnton and friend of John and Carrie McGavock, owners of Carnton. Their introduction occurs during some of the worst fighting of the battle when Roland is brought in among the wounded to Carnton for surgery. He stands to lose a good portion of one hand and his right leg until Lizzie, serving as the untrained surgical assistant, steps in on his behalf and advocates for him. During the long process of healing, Roland and Lizzie fall in love. However, Roland is a plantation owner with slaves and Lizzie is learning how she really feels about slavery.

Is there a future for these two very different souls? Can they come to terms with what the war has done to them physically, spiritually, and mentally? This story carries strong themes of freedom, freedom of choice and freedom to make one’s own decisions, as well as promises one makes and the price we pay when we honor them.

It is a difficult task to take such a tragic event and turn it into a story that evokes positive emotions and instills life lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this detail rich story sprinkled with inspirational reminders. The characters are genuine and real.   If you enjoy inspirational historical fiction or historical fiction, this book is a must read.

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

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Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh

Series: A Westcott Novel, #5

Publication Date: 27 Nov 2018

Publisher: Berkley

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“No one escapes, even those who may appear to others to live charmed lives. But we all have the choice of whether to be defined by the negatives in our lives or to make of our present and future and our very selves what we want them to be.”    

Mary Balogh continues the captivating Wescott family saga in this fifth novel set at Christmas time in the English countryside. After a Christmas holiday that begins with an unexpected wedding, the entire Westcott family, plus a few additions, are assembled at Brambledean Court to celebrate. Alexander Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, and his new wife, Wren, are doing their best to promote solid, loving familial relations among their mixed clan during this holiday.

The story centers around Colin Handrich, Baron Hodges, a pleasant, good looking young man of twenty-six with a title and a nice fortune, and Elizabeth Westcott Overfield,  the widowed Lady Overfield, a slender, fair haired beauty in her mid-thirties. As these two young people move through their holiday slightly at a distance from the others due to their own particular circumstances, they find themselves frequently in each other’s company. A blithe promise is set between the two to dance the first waltz of every ball of the coming Season.

Thus begins a Season filled with adventure and turmoil for Colin and Elizabeth. Read the story of this older woman and younger man to see if they can find a way through the very difficult maze of society and familial chaos that ensues. Rich with romantic detail and filled with the love of family, this book is a delightful read to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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

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The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall

Series: Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 6

Publication Date: 15 November 2018

Publisher: Barbour Books

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Pirates, spies, and romance—Oh my!  The War of 1812 finds handsome, charming First Lieutenant Owen Masters working on his own agenda in spite of his seemingly honorable and loyal behavior to his British Royal Naval commanding officer. Feisty and courageous Emeline Baratt, a beautiful young woman in her mid-twenties, is trying to get home to Baltimore when her father’s ship is taken hostage. Their lives cross and clash in a big way as each of them try to do the right thing for the cause of liberty. Throw in a thoroughly unlikeable villain and the story gets even more intriguing.

I thoroughly enjoy the historical time period during which this story is based. MaryLu Tyndall did an excellent job incorporating historical detail regarding the burning of Washington and the planned battle for Ft McHenry and Baltimore.  What a great setting and backdrop for Owen and Emeline to discover more about each other! An excellent read for lovers of historical fiction and inspirational historical 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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