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So Pure a Heart by Amber Lynn Perry

Series: Daughters of His Kingdom Series, Book 4

Publication Date:  July 2016

Publisher: Liberty Publishing

ARC copy from author


And you will surely be protected, my dear. For God cannot but shelter one with so pure a heart.

  -Willis Plains, Patriot

In this fourth novel in the series, Amber Lynn Perry continues her captivating tales set during the Revolutionary War. The war is under way in Plymouth, Massachusetts and weapons are in short supply for both sides thus making Ensign Young’s foundry a desirable place for the Patriots and Loyalists. Hannah Young, Ensign’s niece, is a lovely young woman who lives with her Uncle and late aunt as a result of a difficult home life.

The book follows the story of Hannah and Joseph Wythe, a young blacksmith, as they meet again for the first time in many years. Thrown together in a complex situation, Hannah and Joseph engage in a serious and deadly game of spying for the Patriots. Intrigue, politics, war, family relationships, and the cost of honesty are explored in this tale.

Many of my favorite characters have appeared again in this fourth novel, Nathaniel and Kitty from book two, as well as Anna and Henry from the last book. Their wonderful Patriot spirits shine through once again.

The historical detail in Ms. Perry’s novels always draws me deep into the time period. The accounts of Patriot spying are true to life and based on historical facts, even though the actual story is fiction. Faith, love, and a dedication to freedom are the pillars of the story set once again during a complex time in history.

A wonderful read for lovers of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, and romance! And if you are like me and are looking forward to the next one, So Bright a Hope, Book Five, appears to be in the works already.

I received this book free from Liberty Publishing and the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The above thoughts and opinions I have expressed are wholly my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn


Publication Date: April 2014

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

Purchased copy from Amazon.com



“Have faith that God has you right where you need to be, though all around seems bewildering. Have faith that He sent you help when you needed it, that He will guide you on from this moment too. One step at a time. . .”

-Luther Teague to Tamsen

I would like to say that Lori Benton is an amazing, relatively new author who can grab the reader’s interest in a truly captivating way. The characters and dialogue pulled me right into the story in such a manner that I felt as though I were struggling through the mountains alongside Tamsen and Jesse Bird.

I really enjoyed this inspirational historical fiction novel. I am fascinated by the historical details Ms. Benton incorporates in her story. The book is set in the mountains of the Lost State of Franklin or North Carolina, depending upon whose side you chose in the dispute. In addition to the details regarding the lost state of Franklin, Ms. Benton also includes many particulars about the Cherokee, Shawnee, and Chickamauga Indians of the area.

Tamsen Littlejohn is a lovely young woman raised to be a genteel lady. She makes some startling discoveries about herself as she matures and develops throughout the story. She wants to be more than a pretty face to grace someone’s table. However, Tamsen should have heeded the advice to “be careful what you wish for,” because she gets more than ample opportunity to stretch her skills and abilities along the journey to finding herself.

Jesse Bird, a young man who appears to be at least half Indian and a bit on the wild side, sets out to rescue Tamsen from a difficult situation with her stepfather and an unwanted suitor. Jesse is enamored with Tamsen from the first time he sees her, feeling that she might be the “one.” As the plot progresses, the reader finds out that there is much more to Jesse and his story than what one initially sees.

Tamsen and Jesse’s quest through the mountains of Franklin to safety is full of adventure, suspense, romance, and inspiration. Both Jesse and Tamsen do a great deal of self-discovery and inner soul searching as they progress through the mountains searching for safety at Jesse’s cabin in the mountains. Read and enjoy Tamsen and Jesse’s story! Terrific book for all historical fiction fans!!


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