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A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

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Publication Date:  January 3, 2017

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Baker Publishing

 

 

Let me begin by saying that Laura Frantz is one of those amazing authors who can actually pull the reader right back in time. Maybe it’s because I hear her characters speaking or maybe it’s because the setting places me right in the middle of the story.

I loved reading this frontier drama-romance. I especially enjoyed the historical detail that is vital to a novel of this genre. The inclusion of historical characters that are an integral part of this area’s past adds to the intriguing tale.

Temperance Grace Tucker and Sion Morgan are spirited characters that come to life in the pages of this story set in the territory of Kentucke in April of 1777, a volatile and violent time in our nation’s history. Traveling through minimally charted territory during a time when the colonists fought for their freedom in the East and brutal Indian attacks occurred on a regular basis in the West, Sion does the unexpected and hires Tempe, an outstanding marksman familiar with the land, to guide his surveying crew through the remote wilderness.

Tempe and Sion’s travels through the wilds of Kentucke are filled with action, adventure, heart break, a bit of romance, and faith. This story touched my heart with its very real characters and its sense of the time period. A wonderful story for lovers of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, romance, and adventure!

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

 

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The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Series: The Bishop’s Family Series

Publication Date: Oct 2016

Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

 

“Watch and wait for God’s timing. You’ll know it when it comes.” 

-Dok

Ruthie Stoltzfus, a lively 17 year old Amish girl, is restless and can’t decide what she really wants to do with her life. Being Amish is a crucial part of her life, but the need for more than the Amish life is driving her in a different direction. To add to her confusion, Patrick Kelly, a quiet, intelligent young man from Canada, arrives for an extended stay at the Inn at Eagle Hill interested in becoming Amish.

Our story revolves around Ruthie, Patrick, and Luke Schrock, a 17 year old Amish boy who has been Ruthie’s on again and off again close friend since grade school. Of course, we also have the people of Stoney Ridge and their everyday lives making things interesting, mysterious deaths at the Inn, unexpected illness, and the odd romance here and there.

The book is an interesting read with undertones of faith, second chances, and finding ourselves where we are instead of always searching elsewhere. Ruthie’s restlessness and Patrick’s quest each lead them to come to the realization that the alternative to their current situation is not always the better one. The story is a pleasant read with a clear path to additional stories in the series. I especially enjoyed the bits of wisdom sprinkled throughout the story.

I received this copy from NetGalley.com and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for a fair review. The opinions and statements above are my own.

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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

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Series: Tales from Ivy Hill, Book 1

 Publication Date: Coming December 6, 2016

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House

 

 

 

The spring of 1820 started out rather mundanely for Jane Fairmont Bell as she continued to hide out in her small lodging next to the Bell, a coaching inn, in Wiltshire, England. Jane’s life had taken some unexpected turns in the past year upon the suspicious and slightly mysterious death of her young husband who had ran the inn along with his mother, the rather imposing Thora Bell. This quiet, routine existence was about to abruptly end.

With the arrival of Thora back at the inn and the mysterious disappearance of funds, Jane must step up and figure out whether or not she is capable of being an innkeeper and businesswoman. The storyline evolves around Jane’s awakening to the reality of maintaining the inn and her employees and her evolving relationship with her mother-in-law, which had previously been rather touchy.  With the assistance of a couple of interesting male acquaintances, Jane begins to find her way forward in a world that was not always kind to women.

Once again, Julie Klassen mixes a variety of interesting characters with unique personalities into the tale. This book is the first in a series, Tales from Ivy Hill. I am looking forward to see which of the characters is highlighted in the next book. They are a slightly eccentric group and some have a hidden side that has not been fully developed in this story.

I enjoyed the book very much. An intriguing Regency read that leaves plenty of questions to be answered and characters to be developed with time!

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.

4/5

 

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The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

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Publication Date: September 2015

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Baker Publishing Group

 

 

“I was discovering the past I remembered wasn’t always the past that was.”

-Eliza Spalding

The novel begins in Brownsville, Oregon Territory in the year 1851. Eliza Spalding is a sad, confused young girl of 13, mature beyond her years. Her mother, also named Eliza, passed away leaving the care of three younger children to her oldest daughter, Eliza. Thus begins the story of Eliza Spalding’s life in the Oregon Territory. The tale unfolds over the course of the novel moving back and forth between the past, in Eliza’s dreams and her mother’s diary entries, and the present, her life raising her siblings, marrying Andrew Warren, and dealing with her life as it progresses over the years.

The novel is based on real people and real historical events which are detailed in the diary entries and telling of past and present life events along with the fiction details imagined by the author. The historical detail was very interesting and the author completed extensive amounts of research in retelling the tale and adding to the story. The book is grounded in faith based messages and the reality of struggles many families face in spite of their love for each other. The strongest theme running through the storyline is that what we remember isn’t always the reality that existed.

 

Personal Thoughts:

The diary entries slowed the pace of the story at times. Some of them were very necessary for understanding events that occurred in the past and to gain better understanding of Henry Spalding. I have mixed feelings about the book due to the pacing and repetitive nature of the retelling of certain events in the book. However, I enjoyed the novel and particularly her use of language toward the end. A rather serious novel not to be read lightly!

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

 

***1/2

 

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The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

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Publication Date: September 2015

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Baker Publishing

 

 

 

Once again Laura Frantz does an amazing job at telling a compelling story. The Mistress of Tall Acre begins on 8 August 1778 when a baby girl is born to Anne and Seamus Ogilvy of the Tall Acres estate in Virginia. Delivered with the help of the neighbor, Mistress Menzies and her daughter, Sophie, baby Lily Cate will bind three of these four people in an intricate relationship over the next few years.

The core of the storyline begins in the fall of 1783 after the Revolutionary War has ended. General Seamus Ogilvy has returned home to raise his young daughter by himself after the death of his wife while he was away fighting. The young girl struggles to accept the changes in her life and by chance, she meets Sophie Menzies, a quiet, dignified young woman, in the woods one afternoon. Thus begins a bond between Sophie and Lily Cate, which will eventually draw the General into their circle.

The book encompasses the struggles that went on after the Revolutionary War for many families and their members that had questionable ties to Britain. The historical detail covers the fragile politics of the new government, the British laws that remained as a part of the new government, and everyday life after the war. Along with the historical detail, some suspense comes in to play with the discovery of a diary, the strange sightings of a bearded man, and a mysterious disappearance and reappearance.

The characters have personalities and qualities that really appeal to this reader. Sophie is a genuinely nice, decent person; Seamus is a man of integrity and deep strength; Lily Cate is a totally vivacious six-year-old; and Anne Ogilvy plays her part convincingly. Great characters! I very much enjoyed this book. Ms. Frantz writes with such depth of emotion and real characters that the reader cannot help but be drawn into the story. Terrific read!

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