Discover (Or Rediscover) Your Creativity – Guest Review by Hayley

Let There Be Art” is a poetically written book helping us to see the creativity in the everyday.  With stories, honesty, and gentleness, “Let There Be Art” encourages each reader’s own unique creativity, and helps it flourish in unexpected places.     Continue reading

A Beautiful Story Featuring A Very Special Character

I don’t know how she does it, but Stephenia H. McGee’s new release from Revell is so vivid and real in my imagination that it feels more like a movie than a novel!  The Secrets of Emberwild” is a beautiful, sweeping, and unforgettable story that I adored from start to finish, and if you enjoy Christian Historical Fiction it should definitely be high on your to-read list as well.   Continue reading

Riveting Yet Challenging – Beautiful Yet Dark – A Guest Review by Hayley

The Lost Melody” is quite unlike any other book I have ever read, mostly due to the fact it takes place almost exclusively in the setting of the Hurstwell Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

As usual for Joanna Davidson Politano, “The Lost Melody” is written in a  beautifully poetic style, with many thoughts and insights that are truly thought-provoking and intuitive.  Within just the first few chapters I began to get some distinctly Jane Eyre vibes from this novel, and it continued on throughout much of the story.  Plus, there is the usual mystery, intrigue, romance, and twisting, turning, spinning storyline that I’ve come to expect from this author.  I had several ideas as to how it would end, but it turned out to be none of them.  Not once did I guess correctly on how the mystery aspect of “The Lost Melody” would conclude.  I believe that is a sign of a very well-done novel.  Plus, readers of “A Midnight Dance” will appreciate a clever tie-in between these two books. Continue reading

A Trip To PEI -Just What We All Need!

Book number 2 in the “Prince Edward Island Shores” series is one of the novels I was most anticipating this summer, because a visit to the Island (even a fictitious visit) is always a welcome retreat!  The Last Way Home” is Liz Johnson’s sequel to “Beyond the Tides”, and tells the story of two characters we were just briefly introduced to – but who now share a whole plethora of history, secrets, and surprises with us. Continue reading

An Un-Relaxing Hawaiian Vacation!

Are you ready for a peaceful, relaxing vacation to the quiet beaches of idyllic Hawaii?  Well, if so, you’d better look elsewhere – this is definitely not the book for you, lol!  Elysium Tide” does take place in Hawaii, but it is also a fast-paced, twisting and turning, thrilling and unpredictable suspense novel from start to finish.  There is no relaxing to be found within these pages!  I have never before read a story by James R. Hannibal, but this talented author is definitely added to my reading list now for any future releases.   Continue reading

An Unhurried Story of Love and Forgiveness – Guest Review by Hayley

“Where the Road Bends” is a sweet story that historical fiction fans will treasure.  This was the first novel I’ve read by Rachel Fordham, and I was impressed by the unique story line. Continue reading

The Sky King Ranch Adventure Continues!

You know how some series of books have plots that are so closely connected in time, the wait between their publications seems interminable?  Susan May Warren’s “Sky King Ranch” series is very much written this way – after reading “Sunrise” several months ago, the countdown was on until “Sunburst” finally released from Revell.  Now that I’ve devoured this one, I’m waiting (im)patiently for “Sundown” to be released later this fall! Continue reading

An Unforgettable Debut

I love reading debut novels for so many reasons…  One of them is because I am  never quite sure what to expect, and so often I’m blown away by the newly revealed talent of a special young author.  This was the case with a summer 2022 release from Revell.  Written by Sara Brunsvold, “The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip: All the wild ways to die could never compare to how she really lived” is a beautiful, unexpected, poignant tale that will make you cry and smile, laugh and ponder.  It is one of those books that can be read again soon, and still you will learn so much from the wisdom held in each page.   Continue reading

Not Your Typical Amish Story

I don’t know about you, but I don’t often think of the terms Amish and Murder Mystery as being simultaneous descriptions for the same novel – am I right?  And yet that is exactly what “Among the Innocent” is!  While technically in the romantic suspense genre, this new novel written by Mary Alford and published by Revell is a thrilling, unexpected, and deeply riveting tale that rocks a quiet Amish community to its core when a series of murders takes the lives of their near and dear.  It is up to Leah Miller, herself a former Amish member and now a police officer, to solve this deadly mystery before others end up hurt.   Continue reading

What A Sweet, Enchanting, Wholesome Story

Ann H. Gabhart’s new novels are an automatic addition to my reading list, because they are always the epitome of what Christian Historical Fiction should be.  When the Meadow Blooms” is no exception, and brought me so much joy while reading – it is just such a sweet, enchanting, wholesome, and compelling story, and I could hardly put it down. Continue reading