Sometimes we need a gentle, slow-paced story that reminds us to take a deep breath and just…. be. “The Nature of Small Birds” by Susie Finkbeiner was just such a book for me, and it was also one of my favourite novels of the entire year. This story is told in a chapter pattern where the entire book goes through the sequence of perspectives for three different family members, at varying time periods of their lives. The neat part? This story is primarily about a girl named Mindy, but she is not even one of the narrators telling the story! Continue reading
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. . .
I can always count on Jody Hedlund to deliver a compelling story that is filled with a memorable romance, a unique peek into history, and a plot that sweeps readers away. Her newest installment in “The Bride Ships” series from Bethany House, “A Bride of Convenience”, does not disappoint!
“A Bride of Convenience” tells the story of Zoe Hart, who left England on a bride ship bound for British Columbia, and pastor Abe Merivale who has lived in the rugged land for several years. Reluctantly they are shoved together when an orphaned baby is left in their care, but are they willing to alter their entire futures when caring for the baby leaves them no choice but to marry someone they hardly know? Continue reading
It isn’t every day that a book comes your way which inspires you, challenges you, makes you laugh, makes you cry, and makes you think. But every once in a while, there is just such a book, and for me this was “Before I Called You Mine” by Nicole Deese. Continue reading
It feels like a long time since I’ve read anything by beloved author Janette Oke and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan, so I was delighted to hear that they are once again releasing a new series of books from Bethany House! This time it is the “When Hope Calls” series based on the Hallmark TV show of the same name – and it is distantly connected to the “Return to the Canadian West” / “When Calls the Heart” series as well. But anyway, aside from all the connections this new story makes, “Unyielding Hope” is a lovely story in its own right! Continue reading
I’ll just give you fair warning – be prepared for a good amount of gushing about how fantastic this book was! (There, you’ve been warned!) “You Belong With Me” was written by Tari Faris and published by Revell as the first in the new “Restoring Heritage” series. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but now I cannot wait for her next story to release – I loved every word of “You Belong With Me” and found myself alternately smiling, wiping away tears, and laughing at the engaging story of Hannah, Luke, and the town of Heritage. Continue reading
“On a Summer Tide”, by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the first book I’ve read by this author. Although this book is in the Contemporary Romance genre, I would consider the romance in this book to be a more secondary storyline. The largest portion of “On a Summer Tide” is devoted to following the story of a father, his three grown daughters, and his grandson, as they struggle to reconnect after years of discord among their family following a terrible tragedy. Continue reading
Whenever I finish reading the latest (and always much-anticipated) “Hope Harbor” novel, I close the book feeling refreshed. . . As though I just spent a vacation in a favorite place, a place where you know everybody’s story, and where the words “Come home to Hope Harbor – Where hearts heal . . . and love blooms” ring so true. Irene Hannon’s newest installment of the beloved “Hope Harbor” series (now numbering at five, and with more to come!!) is entitled “Driftwood Bay”. This sweet novel of healing and new beginnings tells an original tale with all new characters, though cameo appearances by many of our old friends are regular occurrences, too. Continue reading
Kristy Cambron’s second installment in her “Lost Castle” series is even better than the first! Captivating and compelling, “Castle on the Rise” tells three unique but connected stories of three generations of women (from 1797, 1916, and present day), all woven into one unforgettable masterpiece of a novel. Released from Thomas Nelson early in 2019, this beautiful story is a must-read for anyone who has enjoyed the previous story in the series, loves the intricate weaving of dual- or triple-time novels, and/or is a fan of the incredibly talented Kristy Cambron. Continue reading
Critics are claiming that Kelly Irvin’s new release from Thomas Nelson is romantic suspense at it’s best. “Tell Her No Lies” is definitely a well-written and hair-raising ride from start to finish, packed with twists and turns that readers will never see coming. If you enjoy novels that leave you breathless as you flip the pages faster and faster, desperate to find out how it all unravels, this book is definitely one to consider… However, you should also be forewarned that there is plenty of violence, and even descriptive murder scenes, that may prove troubling if you aren’t expecting them. Continue reading