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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 Captive Heart by Michelle Griep

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Publication Date:  October 2016

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

ARC from Netgalley.com and Barbour Publishing

 

After a hasty departure from her last employer, governess Eleanor Morgan is forced to board a ship from London and sail for the colonies as an indentured servant. The year is February 1770 and the country is far from being settled. Eleanor is in for a rude awakening as she crosses the ocean and arrives to begin a new life.

Samuel Heath, a wild looking man who appears to be as much Indian as he is settler, purchases Eleanor’s contract. Unbeknownst to Eleanor, her contract requires that she marry the man in order to provide an upbringing for his young daughter, Grace. Eleanor steps into a life unlike anything she has ever experienced. Her adventures and travails begin as she learns to make a life for herself in the wilderness with Samuel and Grace.

The story unfolds as Samuel and Eleanor encounter enemies, politics, and the complications of frontier life. Their difficulties encompass everything from Eleanor’s lack of cooking skills to crazed bears to very real enemies. This book is a great read for lovers of historical fiction, particularly those who enjoy Revolutionary War era novels. Interesting storyline that definitely pulls the read into the plot and keeps them engaged!

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

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So Rare a Gift by Amber Lynn Perry

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Series: Daughters of His Kingdom Series

Publication Date:  July 2016      

Publisher: Liberty Publishing

ARC copy from author

 

There will come a time when we will be called upon to act in defense of the cause we believe in. It will not be enough to merely stand by and watch others do our fighting for us.

-Kitty Smith, quoting Henry Donaldson

Absolutely intriguing book to complement the first two in the series! The tension in this story grips the reader from the beginning and builds throughout the novel. Once again Amber Perry brings intrigue, family complexities, political turmoil, and relationship intricacies to her latest tale.

The series continues with the introduction of Anna Martin Rone, a young woman who is not quite what she seems to be upon her arrival in the colonies from England. This third book tells the story of Anna and Henry Donaldson, who we met in the second novel. I thoroughly enjoy being able to read about my favorite characters from previous novels in a series.  In this book, the reintroduction of past characters feels a bit like catching up with old friends you haven’t seen in awhile.

The Revolutionary War is beginning, and the siege of Boston plays a role in this novel. Once again faith in God and a belief and dedication to freedom and liberty, both political and personal add dimension to the story.

Read this intriguing tale of the early Revolutionary War to find out how Anna Rone and Henry Donaldson cross paths and unite to save themselves during a complex time in history. The intriguing ending surely hints at more to come! A truly enjoyable read for fans of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, and romance!

This ARC copy was received from Liberty Publishing and the author in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

Benton, Lori A Flight of Arrows

 

Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC copy from author and Waterbrook Multnomah

 

 

 

“It is a thing to think long about, the consequences of one act that follow many down the paths they take to escape it, driving them like the lashes of a gauntlet.”

                                                                               -From a story of an Indian warrior                                                               

A Flight of Arrows continues the Pathfinder series, an epic tale that encompasses stolen children, imprudent love choices, and friendship and faith so deep it knows no bounds.  With two sons on opposite sides fighting the ongoing, ever closer battles of the Revolution along the Mohawk Valley in New York, the Oneida Indian named Stone Thrower has much on his mind as spring leads into the summer of 1777.

Prior to departing for the war one son, Two Hawks, tries but fails to adjust to living among the white men at Schenectady in order to further his relationship with Anna Catherine Aubrey.  Soon he finds himself scouting for the rebels in order to find his missing brother, William. Stone Thrower and Reginald Aubrey share a vow to try and find the missing son who is fighting for the enemy. As they join the hunt after Two Hawks sights William, the story intensifies along with the fighting. Bonds of family and friendship unlike any they could have imagined are forged and tested.

As the men make their way to the battlefront, Anna Catherine and the women in her life, Lydia McClaren, her mentor and friend who has loved Reginald for years, and Good Voice, Two Hawks’ mother and Stone Thrower’s wife,  are left to continue their daily lives and care for those remaining behind. Their stories of acceptance, faith, and love are heartening as they learn to really care for each other in new ways as their lives become further enmeshed.

Throughout the novel, the characters undergo a transformational experience in their life that changes them forever. The theme in this novel stands strong as one in which God orchestrates all things to work for the good of those who love him, even in difficult times when we least expect it. The events that led to the ending of this story touched me as the reader in a very deep and profound way. Redemption and grace shine through the pages of author Lori Benton’s story. A truly inspirational read!

Sample Chapter available

Lori Benton: http://loribenton.blogspot.com/

Lori on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLoriBenton#

This ARC copy was received from Lori Benton and Walter Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

The Wood's Edge

Publication Date: April 2015

Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC copy from author

“But as she spoke, the knowledge of what had been done burst inside her head like one of the big fort guns exploding.”

During the in fall of Ft. William Henry in August of 1757, Good Voice, wife of Oneida warrior Stone Thrower, has given birth to twin boys, one brown, one white. What should have been a rare event to be celebrated with much joy has turned into a tragic occasion. When she awakens after having given birth, one baby is dead and one still lives.

Rescued and returned to Stone Thrower with one living son, Good Voice begins a different life than the one she anticipated prior to the birth of her babies. The chain of events that unfolds as a result of the white baby’s death forever changes the families of Reginald Aubrey and Stone Thrower. Both men suffer and grieve in very different ways; all parts of their lives revolve around the death of the boy at Ft. William Henry. One man is bitter and unforgiving and the other man guilty and distant.

The storyline is complex, involving several characters that play primary roles in the novel. Anna Catherine, a young orphan rescued by Reginald as they fled Ft. William Henry, grows into a beautiful, bright young woman whose life becomes complicated over the years as she becomes good friends with Two Hawks, the son of Stone Thrower and Good Voice. Lydia McClaren, daughter of the apothecary that gives aid and a home to the Aubreys, is another young woman with character and loyalty. The two girls form a bond over the years as their lives become entwined. William Aubrey, son of Reginald and his wife, grows from an overprotected young boy to a fine, intelligent young man over the years.

Throughout the novel, someone is frequently at the wood’s edge; emotionally, spiritually, or physically. Once in awhile, it was even me as the reader. Read this amazing story to grasp the significance of being at the wood’s edge. The book will grip your attention as you follow it through the years from 1757 to 1776 and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Absolutely amazing read! The characters stay with you long after you put the book down. Anxiously awaiting book two of The Pathfinders!

Sample Chapters available: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Woods-Edge2.pdf
Lori Benton: http://loribenton.blogspot.com/
Lori on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLoriBenton#

This ARC copy was received from Lori Benton and Walter Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Turncoat (Renegades of the Revolution, Bk 1) by Donna Thorland

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Series: Renegades of the Revolution, Bk 1

Publication Date: March 2013

Gale Cengage

Library copy

 

 

“Kate didn’t like Mrs. Ferrers. Something about the beautiful young widow was off.”

Kate Grey begins her relationship with Angela Ferrers on a very distrustful note, only to find out a short while later that her mistrust was accurately placed. Kate soon learns the hard way that Angela Ferrers is a Continental spy for Washington’s troops as she drags Kate into the middle of a tempestuous war in the year 1777.

Unlike the worldly Mrs. Ferrers, Kate Grey is a young Quaker woman raised by a well educated and open-minded father, who had served with Washington during the French and Indian War. In spite of her education, Kate was from a very rural Quaker area. As a result of traumatic events brought about by Mrs. Ferrers, Kate sees her best Quaker friend, who is several months pregnant, raped by British troops and taken prisoner. As a result of this incident and other underlying reasons, Kate is drawn into the Revolutionary web of espionage with Mrs. Ferrers.

The storyline follows Kate’s twisted relationships with Peter Tremayne, a young British officer whose acquaintance she makes prior to leaving her Quaker lifestyle behind, and his cousin, Bayard Caide, a decadent, rather shallow and twisted British officer. The story traces Washington’s winter at Valley Forge as the British try to defeat the Continental Army. The historical aspect of the novel is very interesting. On the downside, a few of the scenes, such as the shooting in the beginning by Angela Ferrers, are a little over the top in believability. The relationship twists are a bit complex and not entirely believable considering that Kate Grey had such a strong Quaker background. In spite of the issues with the characters and situations, the novel was very intriguing.

This book is an excellent historical fiction set during the American Revolution. The characters are interesting and evoke strong emotions in the reader. The story is a good mix of history, intrigue, and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a good read and I will definitely read her next book, The Rebel Pirate.

Rated: 4 out of 5 stars

Note: Book contains graphic sex scenes and violence. This is not an inspirational historical fiction novel.

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Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

ImageRebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

Publication Date: 2013

Bethany House, a divison of Baker Publishing

Purchased Kindle book from Amazon,com

Jody Hedlund has once again written an engrossing historical fiction novel with a cast of characters who are interesting and immediately arouse emotion in the reader. This novel, according to the author, is based loosely on the lives of John and Abigail Adams. Ms. Hedlund strives in this book, as she does with all of her books, to achieve a true depiction of historical detail.

The novel tells the story of Susanna Smith, a young woman from a moderately well-off family, and Ben Ross, a farmer’s son who has been educated to be a lawyer at Harvard. Both young people have known each other since early childhood. Their shared history adds to the background story and eventual romance. Susanna and Ben both struggle to achieve parental approval. Susanna lacks an interest in the areas in which her mother wants her to succeed, and she has a distinctly unladylike eagerness for reading and education. Ben feels that he needs to marry well and elevate his status in the community in order to make his father proud.

As the story unfolds, we find Susanna and Ben becoming reacquainted and frequently thrown together through the relationship unfolding between Ben’s best friend, Richard Cranch, and Susanna’s sister, Mary. Further drawing Ben into Susanna’s life is her involvement with a runaway indentured servant. A local mystery surrounding murders pulls Ben, Susanna, and the indentured servant further into the plot. At the heart of the story is also the struggle of the budding revolution. Ben does not agree with the King’s unfair taxation and is involved on the fringes with smuggling operations, along with his friend, Cranch. Susanna, however, starts out as a very steadfast believer in God, King, and parental law.

Read this excellent novel to find out how Susanna and Ben resolve their differences and to find out what happens to the mystery surrounding the indentured servant. A terrific read for lovers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction both!

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