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Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

martin-charles-long-way-gonePublication Date: 2016

Thomas Nelson, division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.

Copy from The Fiction Guild  and Thomas Nelson

 

Excerpt:  One of the mysteries of music is that two can achieve together what one never could do alone. The effect is exponential. It’s also the only activity on Planet Earth that can transport those who hear it from place A to place B in about two beats. It can shift a mood from laughter to tears to I-can-conquer-the-world to what-if and hope. It’s the original time machine.”

Cooper O’Connor is the epic prodigal son in this amazing novel that loosely retells the parable. Taking many things that did not belong to him, he heads out to Nashville to make it big in the music business. Along the way, life interferes.  

The story unfolds as Cooper meets Daley Cross, a rising young star while he is working at the Ryman Auditorium one night. The two have an immediate connection, both musically and emotionally. However, Cooper runs into an obstacle that is tougher than he ever imagined and willing to do about anything to get what he wants.  

Fast forward twenty years, fate steps in and brings Daley Cross back into Cooper’s life. Much has changed for both of them in the past twenty years and not much turned out the way they imagined.  This story is filled with emotion, pain, and faith unlike any book I have read in a long while.

 I very much enjoyed the haunting emotional story and language. I did not want to put this book down and I certainly did not want it to end. The novel has a great deal of faith, some romance, and mindfulness about gratitude. This is definitely not a light read, but a story that will stay with you long after you turn the last page!

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and HarperCollins Christian Fiction and The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray by Dorothy Love

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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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4/5

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The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

Curiosity Keeper

Series: Book 1, Treasures of Surrey

Publication Date: July 2015

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ARC copy from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers

“All things work together for good to them that love the Lord.”

Inscription from Camille Iverness’s brooch

A flawless ruby the size of a quail’s egg stands at the center of controversy in this latest novel by award winning historical novelist Sarah E. Ladd. The ruby, called the Bevoy, is said to either bless or curse the person who has possession of it. As dusk fell one evening in Blinkett Street in a seedier part of London, Camille Iverness worked on finishing up her day’s work. A stranger, trying to find the ruby, gains entry into the shop and Camille gets wounded in the upheaval that results from Jonathan Gilchrist, heir to Kettering Hall, trying to save her as he too searches for the Bevoy ruby.

The novel explores in depth the meaning of family, values, and loss. Camille and Jonathan are both uncomfortable with the roles that life has handed them. They each strive to compensate for a lack of close familial relationships. Camille, in spite of her surroundings, has a strong set of personal values. When her circumstances change, Camille is challenged to remain self-sufficient.

This book started slow, but pulled me in tighter as the story gained depth. Overall, I enjoyed the story. Suspense, mystery, romance, and a subtle message of faith combine for an interesting read.

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

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A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

Series: Book 3, Whispers on the Moor

Publication Date: October 2014

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ARC copy from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers

 

Once again author Sarah Ladd takes us to Regency England in her latest novel. The year is 1814 and the setting is the moors of Aradelle Park where young Cecily Faire is about to have her life changed forever. Several miles away that same year, Nathaniel Stanton is forced to listen to his dying father’s confession and have his life irrevocably changed as well. Five years later, these two challenged souls will find their paths cross and each tries to help the other expose the secrets which torment them.

The novel examines the question of identity. Cecily and Nathaniel both struggle with their identity. Cecily strives to deal with the loss of her family, and Nathaniel’s battle concerns his parentage. Cecily’s job change takes her from the halls of Rosemere, the girls’ school from book two, The Headmistress of Rosmere, to Willowgrove Hall, where she crosses paths with Nathaniel for the first time.

This book is a pleasant, enjoyable read that works well as a standalone from the series. I thoroughly enjoy reading Ms. Ladd’s work and this third book in the series blends well with the first two. A bit of mystique, romance, and redemption all wrapped up together!

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

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