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Unyielding Hope by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

Series: When Hope Calls, Book 1

Publication Date: 5 May 2020

Publisher: Bethany House

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

This heartwarming story set in Canada introduces us to sisters, Lillian and Grace, orphaned and separated at a young age.  Lillian raised in a wealthy family, lives a pleasant life with her loving father while Grace, on the other hand, grew up in orphanages. The two sisters finally meet and their story unfolds as they move with a group of foster children from the British Children’s Home Society to Lillian’s comfortable home.

Lillian’s charmed life is greatly changed as a result of her sister and the children and Grace finds herself challenged in caring for multiple children and living in someone else’s home. Love, challenges, and adventures carry the sisters and their young wards through this enjoyable tale as they struggle to get to know each other, live together, and find a path to their future.

A great book to curl up with in your comfortable chair and enjoy! A delightful tale of two sisters, their young charges, and their enterprising scheme to find families for them! A thoroughly enjoyable read! Readers of Janet Oke and Laurel Oke will be delighted with this new spin off of the Canadian West, When Calls the Heart, series.

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

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The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Publication Date: 01 April 2020

Series: Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 12

Publisher: Barbour Books

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Barbour Books

Rating: 4 out of 5

“…but this is 1889 and a woman’s place is not with a rifle in one hand and a saddle in the other.”

–Susanna Gentry, Eliza’s mother

Steeped in rich Texas history, this adventurous story offers romance, intrigue, and a bit of danger. Ranches, cowboys, and cattle drives bring this story to life. Eliza Gentry has disagreed with her mother’s philosophy on being a lady since she was old enough to get around outside and follow her brothers and dad around the ranch. Spirited and outspoken, Eliza wants nothing more than to get an education and study the stars.

Spoiled and rich Ben Barnhart has his eyes set on Eliza and wants to marry her. Only problem with Ben is that William Gentry, Eliza’s father wants nothing to do with anyone named Barnhart. In an effort to make sure Ben Barnhart gets nowhere near his daughter, Mr. Gentry hires the John Brady Detective Agency to guard his daughter.

Eliza finds Mr. John Brady to be a bit of a mystery. Something about him seems remotely familiar, but she can’t seem to place him. Follow the adventures that lead Eliza into serious trouble and John Brady to the rescue. As secrets are uncovered and the truth reveals itself, can Eliza forgive the man she knows as John Brady?

This twelfth book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series is as good as the very first one. Don’t miss this fun read!

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

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The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Wingate, Lisa The Book of Lost Friends

Publication Date: April 07, 2020

Ballantine Books

ARC from Ballantine Books and Netgalley.com

Rating: 5 out of 5

“Stories change people. History, real history, helps people understand each other, see each other from the inside out.”

This emotional, dramatic story of three young women unfolds as they journey from Goswood Grove Plantation in Louisiana to the wilds of the untamed Texas frontier in the year 1875. Displaying courage, perseverance and loyalty, the three make their life altering journey led by Hannie, the free girl of color, by taking risks, using ingenuity, and never giving up. Along the way, Hannie and Juneau Jane, the illegitimate Creole daughter of the plantation owner, become acquainted with the Southwestern Christian Advocate’s advertisements from people who are seeking lost friends, their lost family members. As the girls travel they add to their list of people seeking lost friends. To Hannie, the task becomes a driving force in her life.

Told in a dual timeline, the novel encompasses the story of Benny Silva, a young teacher working in the town of Augustine, Louisiana near Goswood Grove. As Benny’s history project unfolds, the past and the present intertwine and weave a captivating story filled with a cast of characters with personality and spunk. As she bumps up against the town’s power base, she and her students learn some powerful lessons.

Interspersed with actual advertisements from the Southwestern Christian Advocate and based on real historical facts, this fiction story is one of the most captivating I have read in a long time. This book is one that will make you think for days after you close that last page. One of the best books I’ve read in 2020!

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

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The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep

Publication Date:  1 April 2020

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing

ARC from Netgalley.com and Shiloh Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing

 

Filled with intrigue, mystery, a ruby necklace, and a shadowy house at the end of the moor, this story will captivate the reader’s interest immediately. Maggie Lee, a well-known opera star, is evading her former life to hide a few mysteries of her own when she comes across a mysterious stranger lying wounded on the moor near her home. Little does Maggie know that she is taking in a man wanted by the authorities.

As Maggie realizes the implications of what she has done, she must decide if she has indeed taken in a dangerous criminal or a man wrongfully blamed. As the mystery unfolds, the pair finds themselves linked together in ways neither could imagine. Can they find a way out of their complicated situation and resolve both their issues at once? Read this intriguing story filled with silky romantic undertones as well as the ever-present message of grace and faith.

Great book! Readers of historical fiction, particularly the Victorian era, and Christian historical fiction will love this story. I personally can’t wait for her next book.

5/5

 This ARC copy was received from Shiloh Run Press and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin

Series: Sunrise at Normandy, Book #3

Publication Date: 4 February 2020

Publisher: Revell

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley.com

Rate: 5 out of 5

What motivates Clay Paxton, a handsome young man from Texas, to risk his life and change his future? The reasons are actually more complex than they seem on the surface. A powerful, recurring dream of his death influences Clay to join the U.S. Army Rangers in 1943. While doing his Ranger training at Camp Forrest in Tennessee, Clay meets a lovely young woman, Leah Jones, a new librarian on the base.

Clay struggles with his inclination to heal and a strong interest in medicine with his need to fulfill his mysterious dream. Leah, raised in an orphanage, fights a battle of self-worth and personal identity and works continually on an ongoing search for her twin sisters from whom she was separated at a very young age. A traumatic event conspires to bring about a marriage of convenience for Clay and Leah before he leaves for Europe. Can the friendship they had and the shared letters and hopes they share during the war bring them into a lasting relationship?

The Land Beneath Us is an outstanding historical fiction story interspersed with real people and events from this dramatic time during the war. The author’s detail of the war and the specific battles she details is impressive. She gives personality and depth to the characters bestowing them with a very real, unique presence in the story. The themes of unrelenting courage, forgiveness and reconciliation, the meaning of family, faith, hope, love, and friendship all play strong roles in this story. The book is an excellent read for people who enjoy inspirational historical fiction or any reader of historical fiction.

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

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Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green

Series: The Windy City Saga

Publication Date:  February 4, 2020

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

Rating: 5/5

 

“There is beauty in the imperfect too. You are a God who uses broken vessels. You are not afraid of human limitations or scars.”

-Ruth

Filled with authentic historical detail and interspersed with literary references, this compelling novel explores the Great Fire of Chicago in a very personal and emotional way. The story combines the tragedy of the Great Fire with a very emotional element dealing with the traumatic after effects created by the Civil War for many people. Jocelyn Green is excellent at weaving the intricate story lines of each character into a beautiful story that explores each character as an individual as well as a part of a larger whole.

Step into this story and meet the Townsend family; Stephen, the father and a Civil War veteran; Sylvie, twenty-one with quite a good head for business; and Meg, twenty-three and the artistic one of the family. Keeping their book shop, Corner Books and More, open fills their days until the Great Fire. Prior to the fire each of the Townsends struggled with their own unique issues. After the fire they must contend with a changed way of life and all that it entails.

The Great Fire brings to light the many contrasts of life in a city filled with turmoil; the rich and the poor, the devastated ruins and the promise of reconstruction, as well as beauty and unsightliness. Stephen, Sylvie, and Meg must come to terms with an acceptance of life the way it is.

A well written historically detailed novel, this book will touch your emotions as well as keep you engaged from the beginning to the end. I learned some fascinating facts about the fire and its aftermath. The author’s notes are not to be missed at the end. They are a great follow up to the story providing additional information. Readers of historical fiction will not want to miss this book. This is book one of The Windy City Saga and I am already anxious to read book two.

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

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The Thief of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E. Ladd

Publication Date: 07 January 2020

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ARC copy from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers

Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Christian Romance

Excerpt:  Every single lady of marriageable age was eager for security. It was the ultimate goal, whether she chose to acknowledge it or not.”

 With the distinctive flair of Jane Austen and a setting befitting Poldark, The Thief of Lanwyn Manor brings us the story of Julia Twethewey, niece of the well-off Lambourne family. When William Lambourne inherits Lanwyn Manor and its accompanying mine, Bal Tressa, the family relocates to Cornwall and Julia journeys to serve as her cousin Jane’s companion when her adventures begin.

A bold, brave gentleman by the name of  Isaac Blake steps up to rescue Julia, but little does she know how deep into his family drama she will be drawn. Julia quickly meets Matthew Blake, the elder twin brother of Isaac, and the competitive nature of love is challenged. The story shines a light on societal issues of the time; the plight of the working man in the mining industry, the issues of status and rank, and the turmoil of being a young, single woman with minimal resources.

A wonderful Regency novel! The characters, the language, the romance and the mystery are a delight to explore in this tale.

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

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5/5 stars

 

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