The Sequel Outshines The First Story!

When reading a new novel by Kristi Ann Hunter, you are always in for a delightful time filled with laugh-out-loud wit, memorable characters, and a storyline that will keep you captivated.  “Winning the Gentleman” is the second book in the “Hearts on the Heath” series from Bethany House Publishers, and I enjoyed it even more than the first!

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Like Stepping Into A Time Machine!

For the last couple days, I have spent every spare minute at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, where I witnessed an unforgettable story unfold.  How did I travel back in time?  Jocelyn Green’s new release from Bethany House Publishers, “Shadows of the White City”, was my time machine of choice, and as is always the case with her books it completely immersed me from start to finish.  This story is the second of “The Windy City Saga”, and takes place almost twenty years after “Veiled in Smoke” occurred.  All my favorite characters return in these pages, but this time it is Sylvie Townsend who is featured in the spotlight, as uncomfortable as it may be for her. . .

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The Most Unique Novel I’ve Read In A Long While!

Oh, how I loved my introduction to an incredible author named Grace Hitchcock!!  “My Dear Miss Dupré” was such a unique, enjoyable, entertaining novel that I found myself thinking about it all through the day, waiting until I could finish up my duties and return to the world of New York high society, in the year of 1883.  As the first book in the new Bethany House series entitled “American Royalty”, this story definitely sets very high standards for the sequels to live up to.  

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Wow, The “Heirloom Secrets” Series Just Keeps Getting Better!

Wow, was this ever a humdinger of a sequel in the “Heirloom Secrets” series!  “Paint and Nectar” is the second book I’ve read by the incredibly talented Ashley Clark, (the first was “The Dress Shop on King Street”) and it completely blew me away.  This author manages to create poetry out of prose, and inspire readers with the themes of hope found in beauty, and the importance of preserving the past even as we move forward in the present.  

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A Fantastic Series Conclusion

“The Prince of Spies” is a perfect ending to the unforgettable “Hope and Glory” trilogy by Elizabeth Camden.  With fascinating portions of true history mixed in with satisfying, sweet, romantic stories for each of the characters we’ve come to know and love, this third novel is un-put-downable!  As per the universal signs of a good story, while reading this book I experienced:

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Sarah Sundin’s Newest Novel Is Not What I Was Expecting – Guest Review by Hayley

The newest and long-awaited release from author Sarah Sundin is here!  Breaking this author’s regular pattern of trilogies, “When Twilight Breaks” is a standalone novel, although it is still set in the WWII time period we’ve come to associate from Sarah Sundin’s works.

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Jody Hedlund Opens Her New “Colorado Cowboys” Series With A Bang!

Although it’s a little out of the ordinary from her typical setting and style, after reading Jody Hedlund’s newest release from Bethany House I would never guess that faith-based western romances aren’t her primary genre! “A Cowboy For Keeps” is the first book in her new “Colorado Cowboys” series, and is a must-read for fans of Christian Historical Fiction, particularly Westerns. (Basically, if you enjoy authors such as Karen Witemeyer, this story will be right at home on your shelf!) Continue reading

A Fascinating Story With True-to-Life Roots – Guest Review by Hayley

“The Moonlight School” highlights a unique story in history, revolving around a true-to-life advocate of adult literacy, Cora Wilson Stewart. Continue reading

An Absolute Must-Read From Jill Eileen Smith!

In the acknowledgements at the end of the book, Jill Eileen Smith claims that she has been certain a couple of times before that she had just completed the hardest book she’d ever write… but now, without question, “Miriam’s Song” is her most challenging book to date. From the flip side, I keep thinking that Jill’s latest Biblical fiction story simply can’t be beat, but the next time I pick up a new story with her name on it, she has outdone herself once again! “Miriam’s Song” is a sweeping saga spanning decades of one of the most remarkable and well-known stories in the Old Testament, but is told through a different set of eyes than we normally view the book of Exodus – those belonging to Moses’ sister, Miriam. Continue reading

Journey To The Emerald Isle With A New Voice In Historical Fiction

I am always excited to meet a new author through the pages of their debut novel, and this month I became acquainted with the talented new voice of Jennifer Deibel. “A Dance in Donegal” was published by Revell earlier this year, and is a richly atmospheric story set in Ireland, 1921. Although it started out light and gentle, it soon became apparent this story was much deeper – and darker – than first impressions led me to believe. Continue reading