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The Shell Collector by Nancy Naigle

Publication Date: 11 May 2021

Publisher: Waterbrook

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Waterbrook

Genre: Christian Fiction, Southern Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5

“Life is rarely predictable if we’re doing it right.”

-Maeve

When a grieving widow meets a wonderfully, eccentric older woman wandering the beach near her home, the two become fast friends. Moving to Whelk’s Island, North Carolina with her two young children provides Amanda with an opportunity to get her life together and move on past the overwhelming grief she suffers since the loss of her husband two years previously. For Maeve, who is eighty-one and appears extremely agile, roaming the beach and collecting shells is a big part of her life. Meeting Amanda and the children fills a void in her soul unlike anything has in years.

The women have much to teach each other over the course of their summer together. Bonding and sharing their friendship, losses, grief, and healing works magic in their lives. Amanda and the children run into an old and dear friend from the past which helps heal a particularly empty part of Amanda’s heart. As summer gives way to fall, Maeve’s health issues come to light.

These two women come together to realize how precious their friendship is in so many special ways. As they each do for the other, they must learn to utilize the lessons they taught each other over the summer. A beautiful story filled with loss, grief, the healing powers of friendship, and second chances! Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the sea shells that pop up in the story filled with special messages for the finder. A perfect beach read for the summer!

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

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Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe

Publication Date: 4 May 2021

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Tyndale

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christian

Rating: 5 out of 5

“There are seasons in a life that one may choose to remember best. A time where the good outweighs the bad enough that the bad is pushed into the foggy crevices of the mind, while the good is crystal clear. ”

Vivid characters, tumultuous family problems, and a rough around the edges South Carolina tobacco farm named Nolia Farms form the heart of this emotional, insightful story woven by T. I. Lowe. The Foster family is held together by the oldest of the siblings, fourteen year old Austin, who inherits this task when her mother dies leaving behind a set of newborn twins to go with the other five children. A daunting task for an adult, nevertheless, Austin makes it her mission in life to hold the family together by raising the children, working  on the farm, keeping her dad’s darkest secret, and attending school in between the chaos.

Through the years Austin manages with the help of their friends Foxy and Jinx, who live on the farm and work, and members of the community who attend their small church. She even figures out a way to have a relationship with Vance Cumberland, the mayor’s son. Through thick and thin, Vance keeps showing up on her doorstep. Join this brave, independent young woman as she raises her siblings, takes care of her father, and tries to figure out life on her terms.

A beautiful story filled with sadness, heartache, family, faith, love, forgiveness, and healing! This is truly one of the best books I’ve read this year. I highly recommend it. From start to finish, you will be captivated by Austin’s story.

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

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From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Publication Date: 23 February 2021

Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC copy from Netgalley and Waterbrook Multnomah

Rating: 3 out of 5

From This Moment introduces three young people each struggling with their own unique problems and each coming from a less than perfect home life as children. Jase Edgar, the new youth minister in Bradleyville, Kansas, comes from the foster system where he spent much of his younger life.  He is trying to come to terms with the death of his fiancé. Lori Fowler is a custodian at Jase’s church and an employee at a local quilt shop where her best friend, Kenzie Stetler works. Kenzie, a young woman from an Amish background, chooses not to join the Amish church and remains separated from her family as a result of her personal choices and beliefs. These three young people become good friends as a result of their beliefs and backgrounds. The appearance of a mysterious ring binds the young people together even tighter and ultimately allows them all to follow their hearts.

This book offers a good depiction of the journeys one’s life can take when dealing with hope and loss and the process one goes through in life of waiting and trusting. As these young people progress along their path, their new beginnings will bring romance to some and a deepening of faith and sharing the message to others.  This book is an easy read that blends a contemporary romance with faith and hope. Readers of Christian romance will enjoy this book.

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

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The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Publication Date: 15 September 2020

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

ARC from Waterbrook Press and Netgalley

 

“A book takes one into another person’s thoughts and emotions. Books open up worlds beyond the view from one’s own window.”

–Miss West, Librarian

Addie Cowherd, a junior at University of Kentucky, had such aspirations to finish college and become a writer. As the economic downturn from the Great Depression continued into 1936, Addie finds her life dramatically altered when her father loses his job and the family loses their home. Unable to pay for college, Addie finds herself dismissed from the University with nowhere to go.

Addie takes a job as a packhorse librarian for the WPA in the small town of Boone’s Hollow nestled deep in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. With almost no experience on a horse or outside of a town, Addie finds life in Boone’s Hollow to be a challenge.  Along with three other local girls, Addie starts out each morning from the tiny building that houses the library and works her way through the surrounding mountainous community.  Needless to say, Addie is not exactly welcome in this tightknit community of hill folks.

When Bettina Webber, one of the local packhorse librarians, becomes jealous, Addie’s life becomes even more difficult. A lack of book learning and centuries of superstitions make people extremely wary of Addie fueling Bettina’s private war against her. Taken in by an older woman, Nanny Fay, Addie comes to understand more about the people and their culture as she tries to do her job.

The characters in the novel evolve and mature beautifully. The lessons shared in this faith based story are many and deep. First and foremost, the lesson of books and their influence shine through in this novel. One of my fall favorites! Excellent read! Readers of historical fiction and Christian fiction will really enjoy this book!

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

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Favorite Reads of 2019

2019 was a stellar year for reading. I exceeded my reading goal and hope you did as well. These books were a few of my favorites for the year. I have a tendency to favor the historical fiction and historical christian fiction genre so the list is heavy in those areas. If you haven’t read these, it’s definitely not too late. Add them to your To Be Read list for 2020! The new year is right around the corner with new books from my favorite authors and a few new authors as well. Wishing you a Happy Holiday and safe New Year!

The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

Published by Waterbrook

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A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

Published by Revell

Review

 

 

Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Published by Bethany House

Review

 

 

The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep

Published by Shiloh Run Press

Review

 

 

Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Published by Bethany House

Review

 

 

Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof

Published by Thomas Nelson

Review

 

 

How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim

Published by Tyndale

 

 

 

The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Published by Thomas Nelson

Review

 

 

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson

Published by Sourcebooks Landmark

Review

 

 

The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen

Published by Bethany House

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No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

Publication Date: June 2019

Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC copy from Netgalley and Waterbrook Multnomah

“Her experiences in the last few months had sealed this truth in her heart; family bonds were not meant to be broken.”

                            –Laura McAlister

Sadness and sorrow overshadow this very interesting historical story interlaced with hope and love as well. The story highlights the sad lack of law and oversight at the time in dealing with children whose families had been beset by illness and/or poverty. The children, most often removed from their homes, were frequently shipped to Canada as farm and domestic laborers. They became known as British Home Children. This very unique story about these children is based on historical facts woven into a fiction story highlighting one family.

Set in 1909 London, the book tells the tale of the McAlister family, a family that includes a mother and four siblings. Laura, the eldest of the McAlister siblings, is twenty-one and working as a ladies maid north of London. Katie and Garth are fourteen, both trying to assist the family finances in one way or another and the youngest, Grace, is seven. The McAlister family falls upon hard times, particularly when Mrs. McAlister falls extremely ill.

Little does she know what lies ahead for her three younger children as they are taken into group homes for poor and destitute children. The home then ships them to Canada without their mother’s knowledge or approval. The prejudice the children endure as a result of being British Home Children is astounding. They were often treated very poorly as a result of the prejudice, misinformation resulting from the disregard and lack of rules in the emigration system and lack of child labor laws.

The book details Laura’s search and journey to find her siblings and return them to their family and home. Her decisions, often made quickly, and her choices, although done for the right reason, are not always well thought out, but her heart is in the right place. How far would you go to try and save your family?  Read this very unique story that tells a tale similar to the orphan trains utilized in the United States during the years 1854-1929.

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

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Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett

 

Series: A Vintage National Park Novel #3

Publication Date:  18 June 2019

Waterbrook

ARC from Waterbrook and Netgalley.com

 “If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?”

–Elsie Brookes

Join me for an adventurous tale that takes the reader on a ramble through another of our nation’s great national parks, Yellowstone, for a peek at park life during the 1930’s. Karen Barnett once again constructs a unique novel set during a trying time in our nation’s history, the Great Depression, and integrates faith, fiction, and historical background and detail into the core of the story.

April 1933 finds Nate Webber, a young man from Brooklyn, New York, headed west to Yellowstone to fulfill his six month obligation to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Although not exactly voluntary, Nate finds himself grateful for the opportunity to provide for his mother and siblings back home. He and his fellow CCC members, all city boys, have much to learn upon their arrival at the park. Some lessons are harder to learn than others for the boys, but they pull together and perform their jobs better than most would have expected.

Over the course of the summer their adventures lead them everywhere from snow covered hills for logging to fighting forest fires to save the majestic forests and hotels of the park. Along with the more serious side of their jobs, the evenings offered entertainment and good times with some of the female staff at the park. Nate finds a special place in his heart for one of the young ladies, Elsie Brookes, who just happens to be his ranger boss’s daughter. Can two people from such varying backgrounds have anything in common?

Filled with a cast of characters that are dynamic and believable, the story brings to life the camaraderie and the ups and downs of life in a summer national park setting. Ms. Barnett takes on some serious topics in the book such as mental health issues, learning disabilities, anger and forgiveness, as well as the standard park issues of conservation and wildlife management. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. A perfect summer read that will get you in the mood for a trip to one of our beautiful national parks!

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

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It’s Release Day: The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

Publication Date: June 2019

Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers

ARC copy from Author and Waterbrook

“In every ending,” Alex said, “there’s also a beginning. That’s a thing I’ve learned.”

–Alex MacKinnon

 

Impeccably written and well developed, The King’s Mercy is complex and filled with descriptive detail. I loved the book’s depth and voice and the way the story stays in my head.  This sixth novel from author Lori Benton brings together an unlikely pair; Alex MacKinnon, a bitter young man exiled from his native Scotland and sold into indenture and Joanna Carey, a hard working young woman  dedicated to doing the right things in life while living amidst slavery at her stepfather’s plantation in North Carolina.

The book begins in 1747, a complex and changing time during our nation’s history.  The story offers a vivid portrayal of early life in the Piedmont of North Carolina. The setting brings the reader right into the working world of the plantation alongside the characters and eventually travels to the Native American world of the Cherokee as well.  The primary characters are sincere, strong, and memorable, and in addition, the secondary characters have depth and add much to the story.

The book does not hesitate to tackle some deep issues like child abuse, slavery, the loss of personal freedoms, and the struggle of faith during difficult times.  Explore the themes of grace and mercy woven through this book as Alex and Joanna show resiliency and ingenuity to overcome their difficulties and move on to a different way of life.

I highly recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction.  The book is truly an amazing read.

I received this book from Waterbrook and the author. The above thoughts and opinions I have expressed are wholly my own.

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A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Publication Date: April 2019

Publisher: Waterbrook

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Waterbrook

“My mam, she b’lieves real strong that God don’t waste nothin’. That all things is s’posed to wo’k  fo’ good. But I ain’t b’lieved it ‘til right now.”

–Quincy

A story of class, racism, faith, and family! This story set in Atlanta, Georgia in the year 1895 centers around the Cotton states and International Exposition, a huge exhibit with multiple states playing a role over a three month period. The jobs generated by the exhibition offer new opportunities to a variety of individuals and impact their lives in a multitude of ways.

The primary characters in the novel all work at the Exposition in diverse positions, from groundskeeper to silk weaver. Laurel Millard, the youngest sister from a family with modest means, looks to the Exposition for a job as a weaver to broaden her horizons and meet some other young people. Willie Sharp, a polite, handsome young man, gets a job as a security officer in order to pay for rehabilitation care for his father who has had a stroke. Langdon Rochester, wealthy son and heir apparent to the Rochester Steam-Powered Engines, works the Exposition to avoid being in the office under his father’s scrutiny. Quincy Tate, a young man from a large, very poor family, is trying to help his family out and find out about himself.  The characters are each in search of something that they hope to find along the way. They are pretty conventional characters for the time period. A few of them are not very likeable. However, they each played a role in the story.

The novel draws to an end as the exposition nears its completion. The ending felt a bit forced as it seemed that a great deal happened in a short time period. However, it was a satisfying ending with a great many lessons learned by the characters along the way. The historical detail regarding the exposition and the social issues of the time were interesting. Readers of Christian historical fiction should enjoy this novel.

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

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Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

Series: A Vintage National Park Novel

Publication Date:  June 2018

Waterbrook

ARC  from Waterbrook and Netgalley.com

 “For three years he’d explored Yosemite and the High Sierra, hoping for a word from God about his failed calling. Nothing so far.”

                                                                   –Thoughts from Clark Johnson

Three years wandering through Yosemite and the adjoining area as a guide had certainly given Clark Johnson plenty of time to think about his situation. As his time as a guide draws to an end, Clark’s last guided tour includes Olivia Rutherford, a beautiful young artist hired to paint scenes from the park for Scenic Magazine, a national publication and Marcus and Sophie Vanderbilt, friends of the artist.

Clark, a nature loving solitary man, and Olivia, a polished social butterfly, couldn’t possibly have anything in common. However, as they begin working together they find that opposites often attract. Each of them has secrets they are keeping to themselves and until they find a way to be honest with each other, their friendship will go no further.

An appealing tale filled with adventure, a few unconventional characters, and some interesting twists will hold your interest! Once again the national park setting and the unique features of Yosemite add an additional dimension to the story. Karen Barnett finds a beautiful way to weave faith and inspiration into the story. An enjoyable read you won’t want to miss!

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

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