Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Copy from Netgalley.com and Thomas Nelson
“Years ago my mom told me life sometimes leads you along a strange crooked path, but in the end it will always take you where you’re supposed to be, she replied.”
Irma Joubert’s latest tale once again draws the reader to the complex life of South Africa during WWII. Readers of her previous novel, Child of the River, will find many of the same characters in this book along with many new ones. The story begins in Italy in 1939 and revolves around Marco Romanelli and the Rozenfeld family and their plight to escape the Nazis.
After four years of hiding the Rozenfelds in isolation in a mountainous cave and nearly starving, Marco and the Rozenfelds are captured by the Nazis and shipped to a camp. The depth of their tragedies during these difficult times is heart breaking. After the war finally ends and Marco returns home to his village, a sick and broken young man, his family sends him to South Africa to stay with his brother and recover from the war.
Marco meets Dr. Lettie Louw, who begins to nurse him back to health. Lettie and Marco marry and begin their family, only to have another of life’s difficulties change their course. Read this detailed account of Marco and Lettie’s life as they encounter complexities one can only imagine.
Once again Joubert gives the reader a good look at religious and ethnic prejudices during this very difficult time in history. The author delivers a deep, detailed book for readers of historical fiction, particularly those with an interest in WWII and South Africa.
This copy was received from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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.
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.
Series: Double S Ranch Series
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers
ARC from Multnomah and Bloggingforbooks.com
“We all need reminders, especially when we let old memories or bad memories take over. We allow them too much power and they become dangerous.”
–Dr. Elsa Andreas
What is a doctor with years of education and experience in family therapy doing hiding out in the backwoods of Gray’s Glen? Dr. Elsa Andreas, a lovely woman with long blonde hair, lives in a gnome’s cottage in the woods of Gray’s Glen and doesn’t venture to town and doesn’t allow visitors.Not until she takes on Nick Stafford and his two troubled young daughters! All four have deep places with secrets and darkness dwelling in them.
Elsa takes on the girls as a challenge from which she can’t quite walk away. In the process of trying to assist the girls, Elsa finds the help she so badly needs herself to heal from old wounds. Nick Stafford continues to struggle three years after his wife walked out and divorced him. He tries to do it all; father, mother, rancher, and dutiful son. It is a heavy load for any man. In the midst of putting his life back together, along with his girls, his ex-wife shows back up and starts her old behavior once again.
This novel is a story that touched my heart. The story is about finding faith in troubled times and finding help and forgiveness in places where you least expect it. The story has some focus on alcoholism and the ravages it can bring to a family, along with some good messages scattered throughout for readers of contemporary Christian fiction. Readers of the first book in the series, Back in the Saddle, will also meet many familiar faces once again. Looking forward to book three, Peace in the Valley, coming in March 2017!
This ARC copy was received from Multnomah and Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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Publication Date: June 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Copy from publisher as a “Fiction Guild Team Challenge” book
“I had hoped for a few hours alone with him, but the first great lesson of my marriage had been that duty would always and forever come before personal pleasures.”
Mary Custis Lee, great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, grew up reciting history and memorizing the writings of George Washington as a young girl. As Mary matures and becomes a young lady, she falls in love with Robert E. Lee and ultimately marries the young lieutenant, who would later become a well known Confederate general. Mary’s heritage as heiress to Arlington, a premier home in the Virginia countryside complicates her life as she struggles with her desire to find ways to free slaves and provide education for them.
Selina Norris is a young slave girl at the Arlington estate whose life becomes intertwined with Mary Lee’s from the time she is a young girl in Mary’s schoolroom until later in life when Mary leaves the keys to Arlington in her trusted hands as she flees to safety during the war.
This story spans the lifetime of two women whose lives were entwined over the course of many long years. Both women marry, have families, and struggle through one of the greatest wars this nation has ever endured.
Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray is a novel that highlights friendship and bonds that transcend race and social status. An excellent historical biography based on historical information taken from Mary’s letters, journals, and family records. I enjoyed the historical perspective of the book and the core of the story is very interesting. Readers of historical fiction, particularly those interested in the Civil War, will enjoy this novel.
This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson as part of the Fiction Guild Team Challenge in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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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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Series: A Treasures of Surrey novel
Publication Date: May 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Netgalley.com
“There is nothing quite so lovely as dawn at Emberwilde.”
–Burns, ladies maid to Isabel Creston
Moving from life as a student to life as a teacher at the Fellsworth School changed very little in Isabel Creston’s life. The uniforms were a bit more drab and your hair had to be constantly tidy, but the same rigid regulations remained. Isabel is a beautiful young woman who likes to daydream and push the rules to the limits most days.
Nothing prepares Isabel, an orphan who serves as guardian to her younger half sister, for the arrival of the tall, handsome stranger that has been sent to escort her to Emberwilde to meet family that she never knew existed.
The novel gains momentum quickly with an intriguing plot that encompasses ghosts in the forest, smuggling, and mysterious events that occur without explanation. To further complicate the story, Isabel quickly learns that love often wears many faces. Nothing is quite as it seems at Emberwilde Hall.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The hint of romance appealed to me and the mysteries throughout the book kept my attention. The characters are reminiscent of Jane Austen’s characters and the setting and dark mysteries offer a bit of Charlotte Bronte. Read Dawn at Emberwilde to find out what mysteries are lurking in the forest! Great book for readers of historical, Regency, and inspirational fiction!
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