Monday, June 11, 2018

First Impressions Review

First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Lawyer Eddi Boswick tries out for a production of Pride and Prejudice in her small Texas town. When she's cast as the lead, Elizabeth Bennet, her romantic co-star is none other than the town's most eligible--and arrogant--bachelor.

First Impressions by Debra White Smith is a great book to start off your summer reading with! First off, I absolutely love Pride and Prejudice so I was slightly worried about how I would feel about this adaptation but I shouldn't have been!  I loved First Impressions, I thought that the author did a great job of staying true to the original book but was still able to make it her own. I liked how she took these well loved characters and stories lines and updated it to be modern and enjoyable to those who might find it hard to read classics like Pride and Prejudice. 

5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Hearts Appeal Review

Strong-minded and independent Julia Bernay comes to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. She witnesses a serious accident, and through her quick actions saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its money and its respectability, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought was impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to rise above his family's stigma and set him on the path to wealth and recognition. But his well-laid plans are upended when the accident brings Julia into his life. 

Michael soon discovers he's met a woman every bit as stubborn and determined to make her mark on the world as he is. Sparks fly--but will they find common ground?

The Hearts Appeal by Jennifer Delamere is a great second addition to her London Beginnings Series.  This book has everything you expected from a christian historical romance. Great characters, a gripping plot, and a good message. Both main characters in this book have strong determined personalities that make for an interesting chemistry. The historical accuracy in The Hearts Appeal also drew me deeper into the time period. I loved how detailed it was without being overbearing. Please add this book/series to your summer reading list! 

5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Light on a Hill Review

Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.

Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way.

A Light on a Hill by Connilyn Cossette is a wonderful start to her newest biblical fiction series Cities of Refuge. I loved that the Moriyah is the main character because ever since finishing Wings of the Wind I wanted to see how her story ends. And I must say that I was not disappointed. The themes of hope and grace, as well as God's mercy and forgiveness are spread throughout this story balancing well with the sweet romance. I'm also super excited for the next book in this series which will feature Eitan a character you'll get to know in A Light on a Hill.  Connilyn's books are perfect for those who love biblical fiction or just amazing storytelling.

5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hearts Entwined Review

The Love Knot - When Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?

The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer was everything I was expecting from this Harper Station novella and more. I've wanted more of Claire's story from the moment she was introduced in this series and I was not disappointed! The story of Pieter and Claire's romance and forgiveness is sweet and easy to follow.

The Tangled Ties that Bind - Connor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?

The Tangled Ties that Bind by Mary Connealy was a wonderful read. I loved getting to read Connor all grown up and see how his life ends up. This sweet, humorous story is perfect for any fan of Mary Connealy. (and who isn't?!?!)  

Bound and Determined - As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.

Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings is the perfect story to hold you over until the second book in her Fort Reno series. Full of historical details, romance and humor this story is sure to satisfy any reader. 

Tied and True - Wealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference in their social status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?

Tied and True by Melissa Jagears was a great end to Hearts Entwined. I loved the take on the class divides that were so important back then. I fell in love with Marianne and Calvin's story and only wished it could have been longer! 

Monday, March 5, 2018

A Passionate Hope Review

Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.

Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband's new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah's cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith is an wonderfully retelling of the Biblical story of Hannah. While it could be argued that I'm biased when it come to this particular bible character, (we share the same name) I'm being honest when I say that this is one amazing story of biblical fiction. I've always admired the strong faith that my namesake is known for and the way she is portrayed in this story did not let me down. If your a fan of Biblical fiction A Passionate Hope is something you should pick up. 

5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Sea Before Us Review

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin is the first book in her new series Sunrise at Normandy. It's set in England, 1940's, during World War II (like I believe all her books are) but this story is unlike the rest. Sarah Sundin never fails to sweep you into a new yet familiar world with each book she writes. If your anything like me you'll fall head over heals for the main characters in this book. Dorothy is such a sweet soul and Wyatt is the perfect hero. The historical details were wonderfully weaved into the plot and make this story so great to read.  

5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Holding the Fort Review

Louisa Bell never wanted to be a dance-hall singer, but dire circumstances force her hand. With a little help from her brother in the cavalry, she's able to make ends meet, but lately he's run afoul of his commanding officer, so she undertakes a visit to straighten him out. 

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno. He can barely control his rowdy troops, much less his two adolescent daughters. If Daniel doesn't find someone respectable to guide his children, his mother-in-law insists she'll take them.

When Louisa arrives with some reading materials, she's mistaken for the governess who never appeared. Major Adams is skeptical. She bears little resemblance to his idea of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he's left without recourse. His mother-in-law must be satisfied, which leaves him turning a blind eye to his unconventional governess's methods. Louisa's never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough?

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings is a great start to what is sure to become a new favorite series of mine. Louisa is a character that immediately draws you into her story. The misunderstandings that this book is based on, dance-hall singer turned governess, makes for a funny, compelling read. Holding the Fort is the perfect combination of historical details, lighthearted romance, and hilarious antics. This book is sure to be loved by any fan of lighthearted historical romances 

5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.