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The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

Publication Date: May 2018 (Kindle Edition)

Series: Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 3

Publisher: Barbour Books

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Barbour Books

“If we do not work together, we die together.”

                             —Mercy Lytton                                   

A tale of intrigue and espionage with a bit of romance sizzling right below the surface! Set during the French and Indian War this tale of Elias DuBois, a captivating, rugged man being transported as a traitor, and Mercy Lytton, an interesting young woman who fits in neither the Indian world nor that of the white man, is captivating and stimulating. The adventure begins when the pair leaves Fort Wilderness pretending to be man and wife in order to transport a load of gold to the British.

Mercy, who serves as a scout for the British, is not your typical colonial woman. She is a very capable woman, well-trained in the ways of the frontier. In Elias DuBois, Mercy meets her match. Both are strong-willed, competent people. The pull of attraction is tinged with uncertainty on both of their parts. For Mercy, Elias’s role as a traitor must be resolved. For Elias, his obligations and Mercy’s work as a British scout play a role.

As their adventures take them deeper into troublesome territory, their lives depend on themselves, their faith, and the two people with whom they travel as well as their wits.  Take the time and follow Elias and Mercy on their trip and see how they outwit the Indians, the French, and even a few of their own. Absolutely an interesting read that you will not want to put down! Great for readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction!

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

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After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Publication Date: April 2018

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and St. Martin’s Press


Excerpt:  Maggie realized that life wouldn’t be as much fun if we knew where its treasures were hidden. Sometimes you had to search for them. Sometimes you had to fight for them And sometimes, they were at your feet.

To Maggie Ippoliti a call from her teenage daughter Anna whom she hasn’t seen in 17 years is an unbelievable gift, one she certainly hadn’t been expecting. Having been declared an unfit mother due to postpartum psychosis, Maggie lost touch with her daughter at 6 months. Never once has she been allowed to see the girl since that time due to the vindictive nature of her ex-spouse.

Dr. Noah Alderman, well respected pediatrician in the community and husband of Maggie, welcomes his stepdaughter into their home with no knowledge of what the future will hold for his family. Noah’s son, Caleb, is a trusting young boy of ten whose life is turned upside down by the events that will unfold in the month following Anna’s arrival.

Alternating chapters–Noah’s viewpoint during the trial and Maggie’s perspective before and during the trial–disclose the story detail by detail. The mystery that surrounds Anna and her death add suspense and intrigue to the story. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming. Read this interesting story and see if you can put the details together!

This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Publication Date: April 2018

Series: Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 2

Publisher: Barbour Books

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Barbour Books

It all comes down to politics, I suppose. Or maybe it was just God’s way of letting me know that it was time to stop and follow Him instead of trying to do things my way,” he said as he reached down to retrieve the valise.

–Jean Luc Beaumont 


The Pirate Bride is the adventurous tale of one very bright young girl’s unique journey to womanhood. At 13 Maribel Cordoba crosses paths with Jean Luc Beaumont, captain of the Venganza, and his band of privateers, also known in some circles as pirates in the year 1724.  Little does she know that her future will bring her back eventually to the handsome captain and his swashbuckling crew.

The book is a heartwarming tale with out of the ordinary characters that represent the best and worst of humanity.  The storyline twists and turns through the years as Maribel inadvertently keeps remembering her pirate days from the past as they come back to play a role in her future. Sprinkled with historical details and intertwined with faith, the book is a fun read for lovers of historical and inspirational fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and hope you do too! Book Three in the series, The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep,  is next on my to-be-read pile.  #ThePirateBride

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



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The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel

Publication Date: March 2018

Publisher: Gallery Books

ARC copy from Netgalley and Gallery Books


“We just have to believe, Ruby. We have to believe that things will work out just the way they’re meant to.”

                                                            –Thomas Clarke, pilot


Ruby Henderson Benoit, a beautiful young American citizen, arrives in Paris in 1939 having little knowledge or understanding of what her life will become over the next few years. Life seemed romantic at the time when she married Marcel Benoit, a handsome Frenchman and moved to Paris to live in his family’s apartment with a view of the tip of the Eiffel Tower. Being young and in love clearly influenced their life in those first few months before the realities of the coming war set in.

The arrival of the war brings emotions and complications neither Ruby nor Marcel can foresee. Marcel turns into a different person than the one Ruby married. As the changes become more evident and the war marches closer to their doors, Ruby and Marcel both make decisions that will impact their lives forever.

Charlotte Dacher, a bright young 11 year old Jewish girl, plays a key role in Ruby’s new life.  Charlotte’s survival depends on Ruby and Ruby’s responsibilities give her a reason to survive the all consuming war.  The novel follows Ruby and Charlotte through the war years as they struggle to survive and assist others in unfortunate circumstances brought on by the war.

A very good historical fiction book that delves into WWII and the Resistance! A compelling cast of secondary characters adds life to the story and the plot definitely holds your interest all the way through. A terrific book for fans of historical fiction!

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

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As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

Publication Date: 6 February 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Copy from Netgalley.com and Berkley



“Life is wonderful and beautiful but oh, how hard it can be.”


The year of 1918 is a year that will stand out in history for a long time to come. Reading this novel brings many of those vivid historical elements to the forefront of our minds. The story encompasses the Spanish Flu epidemic, WWI, and prohibition.
The story begins in January of 1918 in rural Pennsylvania and quickly shifts to the city of Philadelphia when the Bright family makes a life changing move. Thomas, Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa move in with Uncle Fred and begin to rearrange their lives to accommodate city living.

This first year in the city brings unbelievable change to the family. Thomas changes occupations from tobacco farmer to undertaker. Every member of the Bright family is impacted in a major way as a result of the move, the flu epidemic, and the war. The book follows the family through the difficult year of 1918 and the following seven years narrated by various members of the family, most frequently the girls.

This is a very compelling story narrated beautifully from differing points of view. The book weaves loss, love, and the ethics of right and wrong in difficult situations throughout its pages. A well written deep novel that definitely pulled this reader right into the story! I definitely recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction.

I received this book free from Berkley and Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The above thoughts and opinions I have expressed are wholly my own.

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Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray

Gray, Shelley Shepard Love Held CaptiveSeries: Lone Star Hero, Book 3

Publication Date: Oct 10, 2017

Publisher: Zondervan

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“Someone recently told me writers and poets make wars seem glorious but only fools think that way.”                                                                                     -Julianne Van Fleet

This third book in the Lone Star Hero series brings together two young women who both suffered greatly as a result of the less than glorious circumstances they found themselves in as a result of the Civil War and its aftermath. Julianne Van Fleet, a quiet, young woman, lives alone in San Antonio, Texas, and Lizabeth Barclay, a pretty young woman of similar age, is employed as a maid by her cousin at The Menger Hotel in San Antonio.

Their lives become entwined with two men, Captain Devin Monroe and Major Ethan Kelly in a set of unusual circumstances that brings them all full circle with an old nemesis of theirs, Colonel Daniel Bushnell, a self-serving, mean man with some very bad habits. These men served in the same unit during the war and were imprisoned in a prisoner of war encampment prior to the war’s end. Their story reaches back in time to the war and events that involved each of them. As well, the storyline also pulls us into the present and the entanglements of their current lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about Major Kelly and Captain Monroe whom we had met in the first two novels of the series. Ms. Gray’s characters are normal people with flaws and character defects, but they work hard to be people of integrity. I really enjoyed the story and the end tied our characters together quite nicely.

Readers of Civil War and post Civil War fiction will enjoy this read! A good solid read that continues the story of the four survivors from Johnson’s Island POW camp.

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

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A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander


A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Publication Date: February 2017

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers



“But you must trust that the Lord has your best at the center of his Heart, and whatever His plans are for your life, for this talent He’s given you, He will bring them to fruition in time.”

                                                            -Adelicia Acklen Cheatham

Once again I feel as though I stepped back in time to the genteel world of Nashville, Tennessee at a time following the Civil War when people were beginning to rebuild their lives. Tamera Alexander writes in such a way that as soon as you read those opening lines you are transported into her character’s world. I hear soft southern drawls and hear the gentle swish of petticoats and skirts stepping into the drawing room.

Rebekah Carrington, a beautiful young woman in her twenties, returns home to Nashville after years of studying music in Vienna, Austria only to find that her home is not a safe haven or even a comfortable place to live. Challenged by a time period when women were not allowed to play an instrument in the orchestra, Rebekah initially chafes at the constrictions placed on her by society as she struggles to find a job and a place to live. Maestro Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb, the handsome young conductor of the Nashville Philharmonic, steps into Rebekah’s life. Although the conductor might be forward thinking himself, his benefactors would never stand for a woman in their orchestra.

Once again Adelicia Cheatham, one of the richest women in America at the time, comes to the aid of a struggling young woman and employs Rebekah as a tutor to her daughter and an assistant to Tate Whitcomb to aid in his music transcription and composition. Tate and Rebekah battle against time, health, and struggling musicians to turn out a symphony worthy of the grand opening of the Nashville Opera House in a few months time.

Rich in historic detail regarding music and the time period, the city of Nashville, and architecture, readers of historical fiction and will truly enjoy this novel. Morals and integrity shine throughout the story which also leaves the reader with a comforting sense of inspiration and faith.

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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