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Aiming for Love, Book 1 by Mary Connealy

Series: Brides of Hope Mountain

Publication Date:  1 Oct 2019

Publisher: ARC from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

“Kissing you is the most thrilling thing that’s ever happened to me, and I once killed a grizzly bear with six arrows and a dull knife, so that’s saying something.”

                                                            –Jo Nordegren

In typical Mary Connealy style, this western is filled with dry humor, interesting characters, vivid descriptions, and a tall tale befitting the western frontier. This first novel in her new series introduces us to the Nordegren girls. The storyline centers around Josephine “Jo”, the middle sister, a curious, yet naïve, blue-eyed blonde who dresses in a most unusual manner and runs wild in the woods with a bow and arrows which she most certainly knows how to use. Her older sister, Ursula, an extremely isolated, anti-social young woman rules the household, and her younger sister, Ilsa, swings from branches all over the woods and runs fairly wild gathering medicinal herbs. These unique young women have no contact with civilization until David Warden shows up in their valley high on Hope Mountain.

The story centers on the themes of helping others because it is the right thing to do, accepting people as they are, and believing that family is what you make it. The secondary characters involved in the story, Dave’s parents and brother, his cowhands, and even the bad guys, add an element of depth to the story. A unique storyline filled with family drama, a bit of romance, and some sadness as well make up this intriguing read from Mary Connealy. Bring your imagination to the table when you read this one!

Readers of inspirational historical fiction and western fiction will enjoy this distinctive story. I am personally looking forward to book two in the series to see what further adventures Mary Connealy has for us.

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

 4 out of 5

 

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The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

Publication Date: 03 Sept 2019

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley.com

Rating: 5 /5

Elizabeth Camden tells a captivating story about Annabelle Larkin, an enterprising young woman fresh from the farm in Kansas who moves to Washington, D.C. to take a temporary job with the Smithsonian Institution. In a move to try and prolong her job in Washington, Annabelle takes on the challenge of Gray Delacroix and his exotic plant collection.

As Annabelle and Gray find themselves struggling with a mutual attraction, outside forces step in to complicate their relationship. Annabelle finds that she must make some very difficult choices and in doing so jeopardizes her relationship with Gray.

The story revolves around the conflict of doing what is right for your country and its people and doing what your heart wants you to do. The conflicts are complex when the choices Annabelle makes and has to live with impact her life in major ways. Not only does Annabelle learn some difficult lessons, but Gray also learns valuable lessons about important priorities in one’s life.

Filled with historical data that is very interesting, this book will hold the reader’s attention from start to finish. I learned some amazing facts about food and the food industry during the late 1800’s. Don’t miss the author’s notes at the end of this book. A wonderful read for people who enjoy strong female characters and good historical fiction!

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

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Sweet On You by Becky Wade

Series: A Bradford Sisters Romance, #3

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Bethany House Publishers

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

“Loving her was his greatest blessing. But it was also his greatest curse…”

                                                         -thoughts from Zander Ford

Two of the three Bradford sisters are now married and residing close to home. This third book centers on Britt, the youngest of the three sisters. Her life revolves around her chocolate shop, Sweet Art and Britt is all about chocolate. Up until a year and half ago, Zander Ford had been her most reliable and best friend in the world. However, becoming a bestselling author changed Zander’s life and he departed to broaden his horizon and give himself some space.

When an unexpected death in the family brings Zander home early, he finds that he cannot go back to his old way of life with Britt. As the two struggle with their own personal concerns, can they find their way back to what they had or move forward to a different life? As they explore their options, Britt and Zander work to solve a unexpected mystery that comes to light while balancing family and relationship issues.

I enjoyed the characters very much because they are all so familiar from the previous novels in the series.  A very good contemporary read filled with drama, romance, mystery and faith!

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

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Release Day!! Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Publication Date: 30 April 2019

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

“A thing redeemed from a place of brokenness is a humbling honor. And priceless.”
                                                                             –Annie

What a story Amanda Dykes has chosen to tell for her debut novel! Love, loss, fear, forgiveness, redemption and healing are woven together in a beautiful, emotionally charged story that is actually many stories woven together into one multi-layered tale.

Set in the small town of Ansel-By-The-Sea, Maine in 1944, this time shifting story begins here with the Bliss brothers, Robert and Roy and their best friend, Jenny. The shift from past to present is seamless as Annie Bliss tries to uncover the mysteries that lay buried in her family relationships and those of the small town. Community and family play a significant role in Annie’s unraveling of the story of the Bliss brothers and the mysterious rocks.

What started out as a simple story set by the sea draws us deep into its pages and becomes an intriguing book you will not want to miss! Readers of contemporary and historical fiction will enjoy this book. Read the story to uncover the story of the Bliss brothers, Annie, and the mysterious rocks.

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

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A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

Publication Date: February 2019

Publisher: Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley.com

“I want to believe that dreams really can come true,” she said simply. “I would like to believe that hope and heart is all it takes to make anything happen, but it isn’t.”

–Eloise Drake

Another captivating historical novel from Elizabeth Camden centers on the small town of Duval Springs, New York in the year 1896.  The tiny town took on the state of New York Water Board only to lose their battle against the coming of the Ashokan Reservoir. The battle becomes very personal for two people from opposing sides; Eloise Drake, the accountant for the Water Board assigned to assess the property values of the townspeople and Alex Duval, mayor of Duval Springs.

Eloise Drake lives her life by her own personal three R’s: rules, regulations, and respectability. Being an accountant suits her perfectly. There are rules for everything and a precise order to the job. She tries hard to lead her life in the same staunch manner. Alex Duval is a dreamer who challenges the people of Duval Springs to the seemingly impossible task of moving the entire town. In spite of their differences, the two once shared a love of adventure novels, dreams, and each other. Can they put aside their differences and do the right thing for the people of Duval Springs?

Read this engaging novel filled with vibrant characters that add depth and personality to the story along with an intriguing mystery that must be solved along the way. Rich in historical detail based on the actual Ashokan Reservoir, Camden weaves fact and fiction together to come up with another great read. I would definitely recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and romance.

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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Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Publication Date:  5 February 2019

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

“What is courage, he said, but moving forward in the face of fear? If there was nothing to be afraid of, we would have no need to be brave.”

                                                                                                   –Samuel Crane

Jocelyn Green takes us into the third year of the Seven Years’ War, deep into the heart of the conflict between the British and French forces who also managed to draw many colonial settlers and Native Americans into their struggle as well. Between Two Shores is a captivating story that explores the complexities of war, relationships, and the price we pay when engaged in life’s struggles.

After a five year absence Samuel Crane, a twice captured colonial, once again shows up at the trading post run by Gabriel Duval at Kahnawake, Quebec.  With the return of Samuel, Catherine Duval’s life is turned upside down. Catherine, a young woman living in a world where she is constantly torn by guilt and conflict, works to find her true self and answers to her many questions amidst the turmoil raging around her.

The tale follows Catherine’s path to discovering her inner self, to grasping the courage and forgiveness she needs, and to finally understanding and accepting that God’s plan for us is not always what we perceive it to be. Family, faith, and choices are all key aspects of this beautiful story that takes us from the shores of the St. Lawrence River to the battlefield during the Battle of Quebec.

This story and these characters stayed with me for days after I finished the last page. Emotional, hauntingly sad at times, and filled with wonderful life lessons! The depth of feeling in this novel and the inability to foresee the turns the story would take captured this reader thoroughly.  Historical storytelling at its finest!

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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With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander

Publication Date: 08 Jan 2019

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

“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!”

                                                                                                   –Towny

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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