The Sequel Outshines The First Story!

When reading a new novel by Kristi Ann Hunter, you are always in for a delightful time filled with laugh-out-loud wit, memorable characters, and a storyline that will keep you captivated.  “Winning the Gentleman” is the second book in the “Hearts on the Heath” series from Bethany House Publishers, and I enjoyed it even more than the first!

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Like Stepping Into A Time Machine!

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. . .

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Wow, The “Heirloom Secrets” Series Just Keeps Getting Better!

Wow, was this ever a humdinger of a sequel in the “Heirloom Secrets” series!  “Paint and Nectar” is the second book I’ve read by the incredibly talented Ashley Clark, (the first was “The Dress Shop on King Street”) and it completely blew me away.  This author manages to create poetry out of prose, and inspire readers with the themes of hope found in beauty, and the importance of preserving the past even as we move forward in the present.  

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A Fantastic Series Conclusion

“The Prince of Spies” is a perfect ending to the unforgettable “Hope and Glory” trilogy by Elizabeth Camden.  With fascinating portions of true history mixed in with satisfying, sweet, romantic stories for each of the characters we’ve come to know and love, this third novel is un-put-downable!  As per the universal signs of a good story, while reading this book I experienced:

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Miss Politano Reaches New Heights With This Novel!

This has been a year filled with truly amazing new novels. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly discover one more favorite book this late in the year… I did! But I should have known this would happen, when Joanna Davidson Politano released a new historical novel from Revell Publishers entitled “The Love Note”. Perhaps this talented author’s best work yet, this story did something to me that novels rarely do: it made me not only cry, but sob as tears streamed from my eyes! It was just that powerful, and touched my emotions profoundly. Continue reading

Unique Facets of Civil War History

I always learn some interesting history lessons when I pick up a Judith Miller book from Bethany House Publishers! In her new release of “A Single Spark”, I discovered unique facts about the arsenals responsible for producing munitions during the Civil War, and how the vast majority of employees in these facilities were women. Although necessary for the Union Army to win the war, these were dangerous positions for many reasons including close contact with gunpowder, as well as the possibility for treasonous activity within the production sites. . . As was the case in “A Single Spark”! Continue reading

A Beautiful, Heart-wrenching, Unforgettable Novel – Guest Review by Hayley

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

A Thrill Ride

Well, that was a thrill-ride of a novel! “Kings Falling” is Ronie Kendig’s second story in “The Book of the Wars” series from Bethany House, and I’m certain it was even more exciting and un-put-downable than the first! From page one I was swept by the race against time as Leif Metcalfe and his team try to recover the ancient and world-altering Book of the Wars – but they aren’t the only ones looking for it, and there is so much more going on behind the scenes than anyone could imagine. Continue reading

A New Novel from Janette Oke – What Could Be Better!

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

Yay – Amanda Cabot’s New Series Begins!

I was so excited to hear that bestselling author Amanda Cabot had released a new series! “Out of the Embers” is the first story in the “Mesquite Springs” saga, and was released by Revell in the spring of 2020. This emotional story will undoubtedly appeal to any fan of Christian Historical Fiction, as it combines masterful storytelling with a compelling plot and lifelike characters. Altogether, the result is a story that stays in your heart long after reaching the last page… Continue reading