Continuing The Patchwork Family Story

I have been waiting for Karen Witemeyer’s “More Than Words Can Say” ever since her last book, “More Than Meets the Eye”, was released in the summer of 2018. This new story from Bethany House Publishers continues the story of the “Patchwork Family” series. We finally discover what happens next for Zach Hamilton, who we were introduced to in the previous story, and also meet Abigail Kemp, a young baker with a big problem. Continue reading

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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 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

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

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

My Favorite Contemporary Romance In Years!

Are you looking for a book that will satisfy your inner romantic and your sweet tooth all in one clean, funny, well-written and absolutely charming novel? Well look no farther than “Sweet On You”, the last story in Becky Wade’s delightful “Bradford Sisters Romance” series. I have long been waiting for this one, largely because I loved Britt and Zander from the moment I was introduced to them in “True to You” (Book #1) and couldn’t wait to witness their story unfold. Although the wait was long, it was so worth it! Continue reading

The Concluding Story to a Memorable Series

Do you love Christian Historical Fiction? Does a London setting of 1881 sound just about perfect? And if the story is part of a trilogy, isn’t that even better? If you answered ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, I know just the book for you! “The Artful Match” was written by Jennifer Delamere and published by Bethany House in the spring of 2019. It is the third book in a favorite series of mine, “London Beginnings”, and tells the story of the youngest of three sisters as she finds her way in the world, and discovers romance at the same time. A continuing saga in all three stories is also tied up as we finally discover once and for all what happened when the girls’ father disappeared so many years ago. Continue reading

A Perfect Novel for Summertime

Easy-reading summertime novels (usually set at the seashore) are the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon of summer vacation. Often these stories have a ‘Hallmark Movie’ feel to them, with a sweet, clean romance plus a gentle and enjoyable plot that wraps up with a happy ending for all. Denise Hunter’s new release from Thomas Nelson fits all my ‘requirements’ for the perfect summery story, and is completely charming and well-written to boot! Continue reading

A New and Captivating Historical Drama from Jocelyn Green

Jocelyn Green’s talent for bringing history to life is unmatched. “Between Two Shores” is her newest release from Bethany House, and is set in Montreal in 1759 during the Seven Years’ War. Told from the perspective of a woman caught in the middle of two nations, two sides of her family, and two differing perspectives about the man she loves, this gripping story yanks readers into the drama of war and holds us captive until the final page. Continue reading

Finally We Discover Where Sophie Disappeared To!

Title: “Searching for You”

Author: Jody Hedlund

Publishing House/Publication Date: Bethany House / December 2018

Genres: Christian Historical Fiction; Christian Romance

Time Period: 1859

Number of Pages: 341

Series: Book #3 of the “Orphan Train” series

You should read this book if… You have previously read (and enjoyed) “With You Always” and “Together Forever”, the first two books in the “Orphan Train” series. In theory this book could also be read alone, but you will understand the back-story and enjoy it SO much more if you’ve read the entire saga in sequence! Continue reading