So Much Life Is Held Within These Pages

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

Now My Summer Is Complete!

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

An Unhurried Story of Love and Forgiveness – Guest Review by Hayley

“Where the Road Bends” is a sweet story that historical fiction fans will treasure.  This was the first novel I’ve read by Rachel Fordham, and I was impressed by the unique story line. Continue reading

Janette Oke’s Legacy Continues

We’ve reached the end of an era, folks!  Janette Oke, along with her daughter Laurel Oke Logan, have just penned what I presume will be their last novel.  Of course only time will tell if the duo has any more stories up their sleeves, but perhaps Janette is at last ready for retirement after decades of bringing us some of the most iconic and beloved stories in the Christian Historical Fiction genre.   Continue reading

Not The Series’ Finest

The “Colorado Cowboys” saga continues in book #3, “To Tame a Cowboy”, written by talented author Jody Hedlund and published by Bethany House.  I know there will be at least one more book to come in the series later this fall, and I’m expecting two more – so that each McQuaid sibling gets to tell their story.  Filled with plenty of adventure and romance set on the Western frontier, “To Tame a Cowboy” is an interesting addition to the series.  But, it is not my favourite for a few reasons… Continue reading

A Powerful and Gripping Sequel

Leave it to the amazing Elizabeth Camden to pen a second-in-the-series story that is even more incredible than the first!  The Blackstone Legacy” from Bethany House Publishers continues with “Written on the Wind”, a powerful and impactful novel that swept me away from the first page.  It is so compelling, with characters so vivid and memorable, that I could hardly stop reading even for necessities such as eating and sleeping… Continue reading

What A Sweet, Enchanting, Wholesome Story

Ann H. Gabhart’s new novels are an automatic addition to my reading list, because they are always the epitome of what Christian Historical Fiction should be.  When the Meadow Blooms” is no exception, and brought me so much joy while reading – it is just such a sweet, enchanting, wholesome, and compelling story, and I could hardly put it down. Continue reading

A Mind-bending New Novel! – Guest Review by Hayley

When the Day Comes” is like nothing I’ve ever read.  It’s sort of like Christian historical fiction meets “Back to the Future” – if you can imagine that!  One description I would use in reference to this book is mind-bending.  The concept of time-travel is, of course, difficult to grasp.  It’s interesting to think of all the implications that would come with time-travel if it were actually real.  One of the biggest take-aways from this book is how much our choices matter, and how even small choices have the potential to change the course of history.  But most importantly, no matter our actions, God is sovereign over it all. Continue reading

Like “National Treasure” In A Novel! – Guest Review by Hayley

I have never read any other book like this before, but if I were to compare “The Master Craftsman” to a movie, it would definitely be “National Treasure.  It was such an intriguing read!  And the treasure in question was not some chest of gold, or ancient gem.  It was far more unique than that.  The main focus of the story was the Faberge Easter Eggs.   Continue reading

Incredibly Vivid and Atmospheric

Atmospheric. Riveting. Haunting. Unforgettable.  All these words and many others have already been used to describe Jaime Jo Wright’s newest release from Bethany House Publishers, but I will use them again because you simply cannot explain “The Souls of Lost Lake” without them!  Even though I finished this novel several days ago, just naming the title transports me back into the story that is so masterfully written, I truly felt as though I was there.  I can picture each scene and location vividly, and watch as the characters step out of the mist and into my vision.  It is almost creepy, actually, how real this story feels! Continue reading