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Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

Series: Heart of the Frontier

Publication Date: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

Tracie Peterson narrates an engrossing and heart-wrenching story in the first book of her new Heart of the Frontier series, Treasured Grace. The novel centers around three young women headed west on the Oregon Trail in 1847 whose lives are forever changed by the Whitman Mission massacre. At the mission Grace Martindale meets Alexander Armistead, a hunter and guide, with strong ties to the area. Grace and her two younger sisters, Hope and Mercy, have not been at the mission long when the massacre occurs.

Alex and Grace find that they will need faith to get them through some very difficult situations after the slaughter of so many innocent people. The massacre was a very real historical event around which the story of Alex and Grace evolves. The historical details were a bit sparse in this novel, but the basic plot hooked me and kept me intrigued. This sad, introspective story will leave readers with much to think about. Not a light read, but a very deep touching tale!

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.

 

 

 

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The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

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Publication Date:  January 3, 2017

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

                   “Everything begins and ends with grace.”

The Mark of the King is a beautifully written story of a young Parisian midwife sentenced unfairly for a crime she did not commit. As part of her punishment she is sent to the colony of New Orleans on a convict ship after being forced to marry a male prisoner. The story follows Julianne’s unusual story as she and her husband Simon are delivered to the colony of New Orleans to help populate the struggling settlement.

The tale is filled with Julianne’s struggles in the new world; the loss of her husband, her marriage to a French Captain, and the search for her missing brother. Her struggles and her strength and courage to succeed in this rough country shine throughout this story.

I really enjoyed the historical detail about this time period in America’s history. I had never heard of this very interesting aspect of the settling of Louisiana by the French. The inclusion of real historical characters always adds depth to historical fiction. The story also included an amazing number of lessons learned by our characters and cherished by this reader. These lessons include forgiveness, doing the right thing, and living a life filled with grace. Experience Julianne’s tragedies and triumphs! I loved this book and I hope you will too! Outstanding read for fans of historical fiction or inspirational historical fiction!

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.

5/5

 

 

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Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell

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Publication Date: March 2016

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC copy from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com

 

 

In August of 1855, Miss Lucinda Pennyworth finds herself enroute to Buttermilk Falls, New York hoping to turn herself into a respectable young woman in search of her long lost relations. Lucinda’s sketchy past has left her wishing for family and respectability and now that she has been left on her own, she is going to do her best to make that wish come true.

After arriving at her relations’ home in Buttermilk Falls outside the famed West Point Academy, Lucinda finds that she must work to prove herself. The longer she stays with her aunt and uncle, the more she grows attached to her family and her life of respectability. Along with the family, she meets the young men of West Point who vie for her attention. As she begins to fall for Seth Westcott, an upstanding young West Point cadet, he undergoes some very personal trauma that changes the course of his career as a soldier.

The cast of characters is broad in this novel.  They are an interesting group, as well as having a few quirky ones thrown in to lighten the mix. The storyline certainly has some twists and unexpected turns. The historical detail is very interesting, based on West Point and the small town that is located outside its gates. The author has a very good set of historical notes at the end of the book regarding military life at West Point.

Definitely an enjoyable read! This novel will be interesting for readers of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, and romance. The story is well paced and keeps the reader’s interest engaged.

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.

****/5

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Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

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Publication Date: 2011

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Library Copy from St. Charles City County Public Library

 

“Our lives mighta been much different if we’d had our way instead of God having His way.”

                                                                                                                     Miss Lillie

Miss Lillie, a one hundred year old little old lady from Acorn, Kentucky, was full of advice and guidance. If advice and guidance didn’t work, there was always the shotgun. This novel centers on the story of Alice Grace Ripley from Blue Island, Illinois, an impractical young woman who invites herself to Acorn to deliver book donations from her hometown. While Alice is a pleasant young woman, she is used to electricity, running water, and indoor plumbing. These three items do not exist in Acorn, Kentucky.

Alice has spent much of her life buried in a book or at the local library. She is rather ill-equipped to deal with life in Acorn when she gets left there for two weeks. The story is full of interesting characters that add some liveliness to her rather placid life. She meets Leslie MacDougal, the resident librarian, who is not all what she expected as well as the traveling librarians of Acorn. Miss Lillie teaches Alice about the basics of living without the frills of civilization and money and Alice, in turn, looks after Miss Lillie.

Mysterious shootings, wild animals on the loose, and an ornery horse add to the excitement of life along Wonderland Creek. The plot offers a bit of mystery, a little romance (with or without the help of a love potion), and a fine sprinkling of historical information from the Great Depression and President Roosevelt’s Works Project Administration.

A fun, uplifting read! I recommend this to fans of historical fiction. I borrowed this book from the St. Charles City County Public Library.

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January 18, 2016 · 3:44 pm

Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund

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Publication Date: January 2016

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

“He wanted to pull out his money and outbid his brother.”

-Alex Bjorklund

Tessa Taylor certainly complicates the lives of bachelor brothers, Alex and Michael Bjorklund, when she lands in Eagle Harbor, Michigan on a September day in 1871. Tessa, a beautiful young woman, hired to be the local schoolteacher finds herself in all kinds of trouble after being hired by Percival Updegraff, superintendent of the local mining operation, because he thought she was a man.

The novel follows the drama of life in a mining town which is controlled by a dishonest, scheming man who thinks nothing of destroying anyone who dares to dispute his word. The tale unfolds as Tessa begins teaching and gradually finds herself enmeshed in the lives of the Bjorklund brothers, who run the local lighthouse.

Some of the characters in the story are based on real people and events which were detailed in diary entries. The detailing of life in a mining town during the most brutal time of the year is both interesting and sad at the same time.  The book is centered on themes of overcoming fear by facing it with faith and the fact that goodness and faith triumph over evil even in the darkest of times.

Personal Thoughts:

The characters in this novel were not as appealing as in the previous books in the series. The story did not move at a very fast pace. I had to push myself to get through a couple of slower spots. I have read all of Jody Hedlund’s books; and to me, this particular book was not as engaging as her others.

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.

 3/5

Links to author websites:

Jody Hedlund

 

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Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

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Publication Date: December 01, 2015

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley.com

 

 

“Most happiness isn’t created by acts of great heroism or prestige . . . it comes from people like you, Sophie.”

-Quentin Vandermark

This book transports the reader high on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River during the summer of 1898. Sophie van Riijn, cook extraordinaire and amateur meteorologist, spends her days doing the two things she likes best in the world, cooking and monitoring her weather station from the scenic roof of an abandoned mansion along the river until Quentin Vandermark shows up to claim his family property.

The plot encompasses their struggle toward personal commitments that lie in opposite directions. A great deal of the Vandermark family history plays an interesting role in the story along with tales of suicide, mystical flowers, and a mysterious family curse that plagues its members. This story combines a bit of romance, mystery, faith, and historical fiction within its pages. The characters are at times charming, abrasive, and eccentric.

A quick and enjoyable novel for readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction as well! For a fun jump start on the book, read the novella prequel Toward the Sunrise that begins the story.

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

3.5

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Elizabeth Camden

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Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

Snelling, Lauraine Streams of Mercy

Series: Song of Blessing, Book 3

Publication Date: Sept 29, 2015

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

In this third book of the Song of Blessing series, the town of Blessing, North Dakota is beset with a dreadful outbreak of disease brought into town by the circus performers. Dr. Bjorklund and Dr. Jeffers strive to limit exposure by quarantining the sick from the townspeople and through vaccination. In April 1907 these tasks were not easy and required a great deal of coordination and effort.

Blessing once again pulls together and manages to deal with the extreme difficulties involved in this epidemic. The main characters from the two previous novels play active rolls in this story as well as the introduction of new individual, Clara, who has her own story to add to an already interesting line up of personalities. On an extremely sad note, this book loses one of the characters that have been with the town for a long time. Read the novel to find out how the loss will affect the town and its people. A sad, but inspiring read! I love following the townspeople of Blessing, North Dakota as they continue on their journey through life.

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

4/5

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