Simply a Sweet Historical Romance

Last summer I was blown away by the storytelling abilities of debut author Rachel Fordham, as her book “The Hope of Azure Springs” was a delightful historical romance that captivated me from the first page. This summer her second novel was released from Revell, and is just as sweet and memorable as the first. Continuing in the setting of Azure Springs, “Yours Truly, Thomas” introduces new protagonists while continuing the stories of all the secondary characters we grew to love in the last book. Continue reading

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A Captivating First Story in “The Codebreakers” Series – Guest Review by Hayley

I absolutely loved Roseanna White’s “Shadows over England” series.  Therefore, when I realized “The Codebreakers” series was connected, I was thrilled!  Not only does “Number of Love” feature a young lady we already know and love from the previous series named Margot De Wilde, but it also gives us a glimpse into the lives of many of the other characters we came to love. Continue reading

Powerful Start To A New Series From Jody Hedlund

It is always exciting when a favorite author begins a brand new series, don’t you think? This time it’s Jody Hedlund who has released the first installment of a new story from Bethany House Publishers, entitled “A Reluctant Bride” – book number one in “The Bride Ships” series. The fascinating premise of dozens of poor London women leaving behind all they know and setting sail for British Columbia, where potential husbands await them, is based on true events of the 1860s. This unique scenario, combined with Jody’s masterful skill at weaving a compelling story, allows us to quickly be swept away in a story of hope, healing, and love – all of which come to pass in the most unexpected of ways. Continue reading

A Pleasant Addition to the “Canadian Crossings” Series

Canadian author Susan Anne Mason continues the story set in her home country (and mine!) in book number two of the “Canadian Crossings” series. “The Highest of Hopes” was published by Bethany House, and tells the story of Emmaline Moore as she journeys to Canada in search of her father – and what she believes will finally be a place to belong. Continue reading

An Amazing, Unpredictable, Unforgettable Story – Guest Review by Hayley

“Far Side of the Sea” is Kate Breslin’s newest release, and what a story it is!  This novel follows the journey of Johanna Reyer, and also of Colin Mabry, the twin brother of Grace Mabry, whom we already know from “Not by Sight”.  I was pleasantly surprised at the relation between these two books, as there was another release in between, but I greatly enjoyed the stories of these new characters, and also enjoyed revisiting a few that I already knew. Continue reading

Wow, What a Great Start to a New Series! – Guest Review by Hayley

“Come one, come all to the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza!”  Who could turn down an invitation like that?  I certainly could not, and I’m glad to have accepted.  “When You are Near” by acclaimed author Tracie Peterson is the first book I have read by this author, but certainly will not be the last.  With a unique storyline centering around the star trick rider of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, this novel is the first in a series to follow the stories of three ladies in this all-female performance. Continue reading

Another Unforgettable Caribbean Story – Guest Review by Tracy

Thank you to my daughter Carly for the honour of reviewing this book on her blog.  And thank you to the author, Lisa T. Bergren, for “Verity”, an amazing and compelling book two in “The Sugar Baron’s Daughters” series. Continue reading

Fantastic Conclusion to the “High Sierra Sweethearts” Series

I’ve long been anticipating the third and final story in Mary Connealy’s “High Sierra Sweathearts” series, and at last “The Unexpected Champion” has been released! This exciting, sometimes-hilarious-sometimes-frightening story is a fitting conclusion to a unique series, and I’m so glad that everything is satisfactorily tied up for the family who claimed my imagination first in “The Accidental Guardian”, then “The Reluctant Warrior”. Continue reading

A Perfect Conclusion to a Memorable Historical Series

Amanda Cabot’s “Cimarron Creek Trilogry” has reached its conclusion, as “A Tender Hope” released from Revell Publishers earlier this spring. Although each novel in the series was a complete tale of its own, the overarching storylines that wove the books together are finally tied up in a satisfying conclusion for the characters we’ve already become acquainted with. Continue reading

Just Not My Kind of Book

“Almost Home” is the second book by bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse, and was published by Revell in the spring of 2019.  Set during World War II, this novel combines the stories of a variety of characters who find their lives unintentionally intersecting in a small-town boarding house in Alabama.  Adding to the crazy-quilt storytelling style is a historic tale of a young bride and her legendary river-pirate groom who disappear on their wedding day without a trace. Continue reading