A Pleasant Read on a Snowy Afternoon

What can be better than curling up on a cold winter’s day with a sweet, gentle, Christian Historical Fiction novel entitled “Harp on the Willow”? I know, not much could beat that, right!? Written by BJ Hoff and published by Harvest House in January of 2018, this sweet book takes readers on a pleasant visit to a small town named Mount Laurel, and reveals some of the stories held within the hearts of its residents – in particular of Dr. Daniel Kavanagh and his many patients. Continue reading

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Kristy Cambron’s Best Work Yet!

As a child, did you enjoy getting lost in the pages of a fairytale bedtime story? Did your favorite stories usually include beautiful princesses and enchanted castles? What if you could once again, as an adult, become engrossed in a story that holds princesses and lost castles, yet also powerful themes of redemption, courage, seeking truth, following God’s lead, and so much more? “The Lost Castle” was written by the amazing and talented Kristy Cambron and published by Thomas Nelson in 2018. Interestingly, this remarkable story is set in not one, not two, but three different time periods: 1789, 1944, and present day. Continue reading

A Spellbinding Mystery (But Not for the Faint-Hearted!)

You know you’ve discovered an author to watch when her debut novel is captivating, haunting, and truly holds you in frightened suspense from the first page to the last. “The House on Foster Hill”, written by Jaime Jo Wright and published by Bethany House, is just such a debut novel. Written with a spellbinding, dual-time storyline structure and filled with secrets and surprises that will keep you guessing, this story will live on in your imagination long after you’ve reached the final pages. Continue reading

Another Unforgettable and Can’t-Put-It-Down Novel from Elizabeth Camden

Whenever I reach the end of an Elizabeth Camden novel, I inevitably give a long sigh for two reasons: one, I’ve had the enjoyment of reading another compelling historical novel by a master writer; and two, a story that I wish could have lasted much longer is now finished. . . Ms. Camden’s newest novel, “A Dangerous Legacy”, was published by Bethany House and is historical fiction at its best, complete with mystery, romance, intrigue, and unique viewpoints of life in New York City in 1903. Continue reading

A Fascinating Story-Within-a-Story from a Debut Author!

“Lady Jayne Disappears” by Joanna Davidson Politano is definitely one of the most unique stories I’ve read in 2017. Published by Revell in November, this fascinating novel also happens to be captivating and compelling, while imparting powerful messages of identity, love, and belonging. All this amounts to quite an accomplishment for a debut novel, wouldn’t you agree? Continue reading

A Sweet and Memorable Christmas Novella

To be honest, I didn’t feel like starting a Christmas book quite yet – it seemed too early. But after reading only the first few chapters of a story that will definitely become an annual tradition, I was enchanted. Tamera Alexander’s newest release from Thomas Nelson, “Christmas at Carnton”, is a novella, but a fairly long one. It is also the introductory story to a new three-novel series about the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee. Continue reading

Another Unique and Fascinating Story from Lynn Austin

With novels written by Lynn Austin and published by Bethany House, I’ve learned that you can generally count on three unique features:
an unusual storyline that often spans several decades and is told from multiple points of view;
fascinating characters who experience unique challenges in unheard-of-before circumstances;
and themes that will inspire, challenge, and cause you to think more deeply about your own journey through life. Continue reading

Be Swept Away to a World of Ballrooms and Dancing

The moment we’ve all been waiting for (or at least all the fans of Kristi Ann Hunter’s Regency-era “Hawthorne House” series have been waiting for) finally arrived in the autumn of 2017! From Bethany House comes “An Inconvenient Beauty”, the story of the last, unmarried Hawthorne sibling: Griffith, Duke of Riverton. Because Griffith was a character we all came to adore in the previous books, I’m certain I wasn’t the only reader waiting with baited breath to finally encounter the lady who would win his heart. Continue reading

Moderately Enjoyable

Jane Kirkpatrick is a bestselling author who is renowned for selecting inspirational women from history and weaving a story around the factual details of their lives. Her newest novel from Revell, “All She Left Behind”, follows this pattern as she shares the story of Jennie Pickett, a women who lives on the Oregon frontier of the 1870s and longs to become a healer. . . Or more specifically, a doctor. Continue reading

A Balm for the Heart

“These Healing Hills” by Ann H. Gabhart is a beautiful new story from Revell Publishers that is surprising in both its simplicity and in its ability to speak to the hearts of readers. Set in the Appalachian Mountains (don’t you love novels set here?) at the end of WWII, this story brings to life a special place and time in history that is, perhaps, unlike any other. Continue reading