Like A Balm for Your Heart

Have you ever felt unimportant, unlovable, not good enough, or simply out of place? I think for just about everyone, at some point in our lives, the answer to this question is ‘yes’. In her new book entitled “Back Roads to Belonging: Unexpected Paths to Finding Your Place and Your People”, author Kristen Strong dives into the topic of belonging, exploring many of the struggles we all experience while gently reminding us of the power of relaxing into the unique role, time, place, and circumstance that God has placed each one of us. Continue reading

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A Story I Will Remember for Years to Come

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” This famous quote by Julian of Norwich is the first line of words we read as we pick up Susie Finkbeiner’s new release from Revell, aptly titled “All Manner of Things”. As we continue reading a bit farther, we are swept away to the year 1967, where we meet a family and begin a journey that, within the first few pages, we know we will never forget. Continue reading

Fascinating and Challenging Biblical Fiction from Jill Eileen Smith

I always enjoy Jill Eileen Smith’s Biblical fiction. Each story transports us to ancient times, allowing us to see and experience history through the eyes of characters from the Bible. Her newest release from Revell is unique in that portions of the story were previously published as novella-style e-books, but have now for the first time been reworked and included together in a single, interwoven novel. “The Heart of a King: The Loves of Solomon” tells the stories of King Solomon and four of his wives: Naamah, Abishag, Siti, and Nicaula. As we are swept away by the powerful story, we inevitably are challenged to answer the question of “whether this king’s storied wisdom ultimately benefited him and those he loved . . . or betrayed them.” Continue reading

A Sweet, Humorous Celebration of Love

Have you heard of Lincee Ray? I had too, but had never visited her blog or read her previous book “Why I Hate Green Beans”. Her new Christian Living release from Revell, “It’s a Love Story: From Happily to Ever After” sounded so cute that I decided to give it a try without much knowledge about its author – and I’m glad I did!

“We all love to be loved. And we love to fall in love.” With these words, Lincee invites her readers on an “unabashed celebration of that loving feeling. . . Continue reading

A Beautiful Summer Escape – Guest Review by Hayley

“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

Come Along For Another Memorable Visit To Hope Harbor!

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

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

An Incredible Debut Novel

Have you ever read a book that was challenging, emotional, and perhaps even uncomfortable – but at the same time you couldn’t put it down because it was so richly written, engrossing and empathetic? This was my experience with “We Hope for Better Things”, an incredible debut novel written by Erin Bartels and published by Revell. This story weaves the past and present into an unforgettable journey told through the eyes of three women united in the same family, but separated by years of time. Continue reading

Another Thrilling Installment in the “Blue Justice” series

Title: “Code of Valor”

Author: Lynette Eason

Publishing House/Publication Date: Revell / January 2019

Genres: Christian Romantic Suspense

Time Period: Present Day

Number of Pages: 330

Series: Book #3 in the “Blue Justice” series

You should read this book if… You enjoy Christian Romantic Suspense, have read the previous books in the “Blue Justice” series, and/or are ready for a thrill ride of a story that will have you on the edge of your seat, flipping the pages as quickly as possible to discover what happens next. Continue reading

A Unique Amish Civil War Story

The American Civil War is the setting of many novels, but have you ever read a story from the Amish perspective of the War Between the States? Jan Drexler’s new release from Revell Publishing, entitled “The Sound of Distant Thunder”, combines historical research with a compelling personal saga as it explores this very question: how can a group of people, who are nonresistance-based due to religion, live conscientiously in times of war and especially when the draft (compulsory recruitment) is brought into play? Continue reading