As the final instalment of the “American Royalty” series, “His Delightful Lady Delia” was at the top of my TBR list, since I very much enjoyed the first two in the series. As a musician myself, I was interested in the storyline being set in an opera house, and all the behind-the-scenes politics therein.
I wanted to like this book as much as the first two, and it has good aspects in it, very good in fact. The unconditional love given to us by Christ is echoed as Kit learns more of Delia’s heritage and her parents’ sordid past. As he learns more and more of her family’s secrets, she is constantly questioning whether Kit will still accept her. In an earthly portrayal of Christ’s love, he always does. Continue reading
To put it simply: anything written by Amy Lynn Green is a MUST-read for me! “The Blackout Book Club” is her newest release from Bethany House Publishers, and as always it exceeded my expectations by far. The influence of books and the power of friendship are two themes that shine so brightly from the pages of this story, and ensure that you will not come away untouched and uninspired… it simply isn’t possible! Continue reading
I don’t know how she does it… Jaime Jo Wright never fails to deliver a story that is simultaneously haunting yet redemptive, atmospheric yet spiritual, and macabre yet beautiful. Talk about a fascinating juxtaposition of themes! “The Premonition at Withers Farm” is one of the most gripping novels I’ve read in a long while, as the mystery and murder sweeping through a small town in the year 1910 brings mayhem and unexplainable intentions. The unexpected part? It seems to be happening again, in the same town, but this time in the present day… Continue reading
Jody Hedlund’s “Colorado Cowboys” series continues with the fourth story of the adventurous McQuaid siblings. This time it is the only sister Ivy getting the spotlight, as “Falling for the Cowgirl” ropes us into a dramatic adventure.
From the start, I always guessed who Ivy’s hero would be…
Jericho Bliss. I knew this simply because we’ve witnessed her feelings for him grow and continue throughout the previous three books in the series, and it is high time this romance was brought to the forefront and given the attention it deserved! Ivy as a protagonist is both entertaining and frustrating, because although her big heart cannot be ignored, her strong will is sometimes hard to take. Jericho’s intentions towards her, to protect her from his own life choices, are admirable but as he quickly discovers, feelings can sometimes derail our best intentions. Continue reading
I don’t know how she does it, but Stephenia H. McGee’s new release from Revell is so vivid and real in my imagination that it feels more like a movie than a novel! “The Secrets of Emberwild” is a beautiful, sweeping, and unforgettable story that I adored from start to finish, and if you enjoy Christian Historical Fiction it should definitely be high on your to-read list as well. Continue reading
“The Lost Melody” is quite unlike any other book I have ever read, mostly due to the fact it takes place almost exclusively in the setting of the Hurstwell Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
As usual for Joanna Davidson Politano, “The Lost Melody” is written in a beautifully poetic style, with many thoughts and insights that are truly thought-provoking and intuitive. Within just the first few chapters I began to get some distinctly Jane Eyre vibes from this novel, and it continued on throughout much of the story. Plus, there is the usual mystery, intrigue, romance, and twisting, turning, spinning storyline that I’ve come to expect from this author. I had several ideas as to how it would end, but it turned out to be none of them. Not once did I guess correctly on how the mystery aspect of “The Lost Melody” would conclude. I believe that is a sign of a very well-done novel. Plus, readers of “A Midnight Dance” will appreciate a clever tie-in between these two books. Continue reading
The final book in a series has rather high expectations attached to it. Especially in a series such as this one, where the characters and plots are intertwined so tightly, each book flowing into the next, and the entire series spanning only a single summer. The final instalment is not only the completion of one story, but of the many tales of each character we have come to know. Continue reading
The long-awaited second story in Kimberley Woodhouse’s “Secrets of the Canyon” series is finally here! Published by Bethany House in the late summer of 2022, “A Gem of Truth” was an unexpected and delightful journey of discovery – in more ways than one. Continue reading
What a beautiful, unexpected, ‘overflowing’ book this was! What do I mean by overflowing? Well, there was just so much story, emotion, and ‘living’ held within the pages of this story, that it truly seems to overflow with it all – in the best way possible…. “By Way of the Moonlight” was written by the amazingly talented Elizabeth Musser and published by Bethany House. It is the second book I’ve read by this author, and it cements my opinion that she is unparalleled in her craft as a writer of emotional, multi-layered fiction that is not afraid to dive deep into the longings of the human soul. Continue reading
I know I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again – my summer would not be complete without reading a new Karen Witemeyer novel right in the middle! “In Honor’s Defense” is the latest Bethany House release from this prolific and bestselling author, and it is definitely one of my favorites. It is also the third and final story of the “Hanger’s Horsemen” saga, and so it ties up all the lose ends we’ve been wondering about. Continue reading