A Sweet, Memorable Historical Story (Set in Canada!)

I just finished the type of book that I wish could have went on for much longer. Thankfully, it is the beginning of a brand-new series! “The Best of Intentions” is the first installment of Susan Anne Mason’s new “Canadian Crossings” series published by Bethany House, and is a memorable and inspiring addition to the Christian Historical Fiction genre. Continue reading

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A Treasure of Keys to Unlock New Worlds – “Book Girl” is My New Must-Read Book of the Year!

Imagine a treasure chest being delivered to your doorstep one day. After staring in wonder for a moment, you carefully lift open the lid, and gasp at the treasure inside – dozens and dozens of keys! Each one is labelled with a little description of what that key will unlock, and after a moment you realize that each one is meant to open a door to a different world. Judging by the brief descriptions attached to each key, some of those worlds are places you could never imagine, and others are actually where you’ve always wanted to go. You will learn different lessons in each location, and meet different people, but always you will grow, and always you will return home a different person than when you left. Continue reading

Not My Kind of Story

I wanted to like this book; I really did. A secret heir and a rags-to-riches story set in England… Sounds great, right? “A Most Noble Heir” was written by Susan Anne Mason and published by Bethany House, but apart from a promising premise this story just had too many faults to be truly enjoyable. Continue reading

An Action-Packed, History-Filled, Heart-Melting Adventure – guest review by Hayley

“The Sea Before Us” is the first of a brand new series that Sarah Sundin’s readers have been eagerly anticipating. After reading the first installment of the “Sunrise at Normandy” trilogy, I can see that this series is staying true to the author’s trademark of military adventures, and presents a brand new story of Texas-born Lieutenant Wyatt Paxton of the United States Navy, and British-born Second Officer Dorothy Fairfax of the Royal Navy.  After immensely enjoying this author’s previous series, “Waves of Freedom,” I was thrilled to join these new characters in their story which, unlike “Waves of Freedom,” takes place in Europe as opposed to the United States. Continue reading

Breathtaking and Unforgettable

Have you ever read a novel that was so remarkably unique, masterfully written, and utterly compelling that it almost left you speechless with amazement? Lisa T. Bergren’s new story, which is book number one in “The Sugar Baron’s Daughters” series, is a historical novel that is nothing short of a masterpiece, and will sweep you away to a time and place that seems almost like another world (but one that is vivid and alive and fascinating all at the same time). “Keturah” takes place in 1772. It begins in England, but through the course of the book we journey with the characters as they travel to a new life (though not the one they would have chosen) and the legacy their father left them on the Caribbean isle of Nevis. Continue reading

A Well-Done Novel with Interesting Historical Details – Guest Review by Hayley

While “The Weaver’s Daughter” is just the latest of several books by Sarah Ladd, it was a first for me, as I have never before read this author.

“The Weaver’s Daughter” tells the story of a hardworking assembly of weavers as they fight for their livelihood during a time when machine-power of developing mills was quickly replacing man-power of individual families.  With both the weavers and the mill workers and owners living within the same small community of Amberdale, tension runs high, as distinct divisions are made between the residents, and increasing hatred, pride, greed, suspicion, and anger fester among the people. Continue reading

I Didn’t Want to Leave Ivy Hill!

It’s been a long wait, but the second novel in Julie Klassen’s delightfully charming “Tales From Ivy Hill” series has finally been released from Bethany House! “The Ladies of Ivy Cottage” begins right where “The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill” left off, and will be followed later this year with the conclusion to the trilogy, entitled “The Bride of Ivy Green”. 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

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

Difficult to Enjoy (Guest Review by Hayley)

The last book I read by Rachel Hauck was “A Royal Christmas Wedding”.  It easily became my favourite book by this author, and just as easily one of my favourite novellas to read during the Christmas season.  Thus, when I read the charming description of “The Writing Desk”, well, there was no way of refusing!  I so much hoped for another story that would be as much a joy as the last. Continue reading