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. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Lacemaker Review

It is the eve of a new age of freedom in the colonies. 
But can a proper English lady dare hope for her own independence?

Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson has nearly everything a lady of her position could want. Daughter of the British lieutenant governor of the Virginia Colony and a darling of fine society in a rugged land, she is anticipating an advantageous marriage. That her betrothed is a rake and love is lacking is of little consequence--or so she tells herself.

Though her own life seems in order, colonial Williamsburg is a powder keg on the verge of exploding, and her fiancé's cousin Noble Rynallt carries the flame of revolution in his heart. Those with connections to the British nobility are suspected as spies, and Liberty soon finds herself left with a terrible choice. Will she stay true to her English roots? Or side with Noble and the radical revolutionaries?

The Lacemaker is a great work of historical fiction by Laura Frantz. I have to say that it took me a little bit longer than normal to become really hooked on this story but once I was I finished it in one sitting. I struggled a bit on the first 1/4 of the story but after that I was fully caught up in Liberty and Noble's story. As always Laura did a great job writing with historical accuracy and transporting the reader back in time. 

4 out of 5.  

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

Oath of Honor Review

A murdered partner. A missing brother. Will Isabelle's silence protect those she loves . . . or delay justice?

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. She knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Izzy is determined to discover exactly what happened, and her investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's brother Ryan, a handsome homicide detective, shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

Oath of Honor is the first book in the brand new series by the amazing Lynette Eason. In Oath of Honor we're introduced to another wonderful cast of characters that will be the focus of Lynette's Blue Justice series. Izzy and Ryan are a great couple to start on and the action/suspense in this book will keep you turning the pages deep into the night. Make sure that this book is on the top of you To-Be-Read pile this year, you don't want to miss the St. John's family and the rest of their stories that are sure to be just as enjoyable as Oath of Honor. 

5 out of 5.  

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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Missing Isaac Review

There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse's stunning debut, Missing Isaac.

It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople's reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it's all over, Pete--and the people he loves most--will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever.

Missing Isaac was a beautiful debut novel for Valerie Fraser Luesse. I have to admit that coming-of-age stories are hit and miss for me most of the time, I either fall head over heals or I end up setting it down and not picking it up again. I'm happy to say that Missing Isaac fell into the first category. Not only was it wonderfully written, but the characters seemed to come to life and I felt instantly transported back to the time. I feel like this book offers a little something for everyone. 

5 out of 5.  

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