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Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham

Publication Date: July 2019

Publisher: Revell

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Revell

 “My father firmly believed that if we are here on this earth, then we still have work to do. He believed we have a purpose even when we cannot see it. ”                                                                                                                                 -Penelope Ercanbeck

Welcome back to Azure Springs, Iowa! The year is now 1883 and the town appears to be thriving as Penelope Ercanbeck steps off the train. Penny, as she is known to her friends, quit her job recently at the dead letter office and makes a journey to this quaint frontier town in search of a mysterious letter writing man, Thomas Conner. Sounds intriguing already!

As Penny struggles to find herself and make some life changing decisions, she poses as a potential writer. As she works on her decisions, she meets Thomas and finds that there is more to the man’s story than she realized. She finds that a man’s words on paper are sometimes more complex than one imagines.

Many of the secondary characters in this novel are familiar from Ms. Fordham’s first book and are as endearing and heartwarming as they were in the first novel. The words of wisdom scattered throughout the novel from both Margaret, the boardinghouse proprietor, and Mr. Ercanbeck, Penny’s father, are wise and filled with faith. Read this engaging story of a man who struggles to feel deserving of love and joy and a woman who finds that life and love do not always look like one expects.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and believe you will too! Great read for lovers of historical fiction and Christian fiction alike!

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

Rating: 4/5

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A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

Publication Date: January 1, 201

Publisher: Revell

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Revell

“She was like her name—openhearted and brimming with life and spirit.  And beloved.”

Hope, faith, grace, second chances, and the enduring power of love tie this beautifully written novel together as one journeys from the lush green shores of the Isle of Kerrera in Scotland to the hot, humid shores of colonial Virginia and on to the lush, dangerous plantation life of Jamaica. Filled with historical detail of the mid-1700’s, A Bound Heart tackles the social injustices of the time as well as weaving a bit of past history from the Jacobite rebellion into the story.

Magnus MacLeish, laird of Kerrera Castle, is an honorable man living a life grounded in faith. Married to a high strung city woman, his life is complex balancing his time in the city of Edinburgh and his responsibilities as Laird on the Isle. Lark MacDougall, beekeeper and mistress of the stillroom, is a lovely young woman of 25, born and raised on Kerrera. Schooled together, Magnus and Lark have been steadfast friends since early days although the friendship has become more formal over the years as they matured.

Read this captivating tale of a peaceful life devastated by lies and injustices. Can Lark and Magnus overcome the changes brought on by circumstances beyond their control? I loved the story, the history, and the characters. A wonderful novel for readers of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, and romance! Captivating from the very beginning, don’t miss A Bound Heart!

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

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The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

Publication Date: 3 July 2018

Publisher: Revell

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Revell


“My little friend, prayers are funny like that. It is easy to see the times others answer our own prayers, but so often we don’t realize we too are the answer to someone’s prayer.”
-Margaret Anders

The novel begins in Azure Springs, Iowa in the year 1881. Em, a sad, wounded young woman is brought into town and her mysterious circumstances soon have the entire town talking. As she heals at the home of Abraham and Abigail Howell, her story is gradually revealed. The tale of a young girl and her sister sent west on an orphan train depicts a story heartbreaking in its details. As Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, a determined man of integrity, works with Em to untangle the mystery that brought her to this small town, he unexpectedly finds himself drawn to her.

The book reads at a very good pace. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Em heal and her life open up in front of her as she works to resolve her past and its complications. The themes running though the storyline are strong and deep: judging people by their looks can be very deceptive; living life to please others will not make you happy; and kindness is never wasted. Make the time to read this intriguing historical fiction novel and see where life will take Caleb and Em.

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

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To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

demarino-rebecca-to-follow-her-heartSeries: The Southold Chronicles, Book 3

Publication Date: July 2016

Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Purchased Copy


Rebecca DeMarino once again takes us to the village of Southold on Long Island in the year 1664. This third and final novel in the series brings back all the characters we came to know so well in the first two novels, Barnabus and Mary Horton and their family; Heather Flower and her husband, Dirk Van Buren; Jeremy Horton and Patience Terry as well as many others. The storyline follows Patience and her long standing love for Jeremy Horton, the ship captain who cannot seem to keep himself on land or at home long enough to get married although he professes a deep love for her.

The politics of the time are calling for a takeover of New Amsterdam on the other end of the island and the generally peaceable village is disrupted when the men head off to a potential battle. This village’s strong women bond together to do what is necessary to carry on while the men are gone.

Ms. DeMarino once again does a terrific job of detailing the history of the time with the political drama and making the entire story very appealing. The book offers drama, death on the high seas, estates up in flames, and thwarted romance!  I would definitely recommend this novel for readers of historical fiction and inspirational historical fiction. This third novel in the series is definitely necessary to tie up all the loose ends and it brings a beautiful close to the Horton’s family story.

 I purchased this book. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.



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The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher


Series: The Bishop’s Family Series

Publication Date: Oct 2016

Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group


“Watch and wait for God’s timing. You’ll know it when it comes.” 


Ruthie Stoltzfus, a lively 17 year old Amish girl, is restless and can’t decide what she really wants to do with her life. Being Amish is a crucial part of her life, but the need for more than the Amish life is driving her in a different direction. To add to her confusion, Patrick Kelly, a quiet, intelligent young man from Canada, arrives for an extended stay at the Inn at Eagle Hill interested in becoming Amish.

Our story revolves around Ruthie, Patrick, and Luke Schrock, a 17 year old Amish boy who has been Ruthie’s on again and off again close friend since grade school. Of course, we also have the people of Stoney Ridge and their everyday lives making things interesting, mysterious deaths at the Inn, unexpected illness, and the odd romance here and there.

The book is an interesting read with undertones of faith, second chances, and finding ourselves where we are instead of always searching elsewhere. Ruthie’s restlessness and Patrick’s quest each lead them to come to the realization that the alternative to their current situation is not always the better one. The story is a pleasant read with a clear path to additional stories in the series. I especially enjoyed the bits of wisdom sprinkled throughout the story.

I received this copy from NetGalley.com and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for a fair review. The opinions and statements above are my own.

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The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Johnson, Liz  The Red Door Inn


Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams

Publication Date: March 2016

Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Library Copy



Liz Johnson introduces us to three very diverse and interesting people in her latest novel, The Red Door Inn. The story details the final two months prior to the opening of the Red Door Inn on Prince Edward Island as Jack Sloane, retired owner of the inn, Marie Carrington, a broken young woman running from unknown trouble, and Seth Sloane, a young man with a broken heart, no trust, and little money, try to complete renovations and decorate the inn on a limited budget.

The book started out a bit slow. However, it definitely picks up momentum and the story offers a cast of likable characters with a great small town zest. The restoration of the inn mirrors the restoration of life, faith, and family for the three main characters in the novel. Another great lesson in the book was that family is not always the people we are born to, but often the people with which we surround ourselves.

The  influence of L.M. Montgomery and her novel Anne of Green Gables appears multiple times in the novel, which may hold special appeal to the many fans of that novel.  Liz Johnson is a new author to me. I enjoyed the book as a light, contemporary read.

I checked this book out from the public library. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.



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