Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Book Review: The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson is a clean, Christian, YA fairytale retelling of The Goose Girl, set in Medieval Germany. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Book Review: A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

About the Book

A Defense of Honor (Haven Manor #1)
by Kristi Ann Hunter

Description from Goodreads: 

When Katherine "Kit" FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she's forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend's missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she's telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can't matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and to raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. But as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, the risk of revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Book Review: The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling

The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling is a Christian historical fiction following a family as they immigrate from Norway to a farm in Minnesota in the late 1800s.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Book Review: The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

About the Book

The Hope of Azure Springs
by Rachel Fordham

Description from Goodreads: 

Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone.

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

Book Review

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham is a Christian historical romance.

After their parents died, Em and her sister were put on the orphan train and then adopted by families in different places. Now that Em is an adult (and her guardian was shot), she can begin searching for her sister, with the help of Sheriff Caleb. 

This book is a sweet historical romance that tells of what happens when an orphan train child has gone up. I can’t imagine being orphaned and then shipped to some faraway town and separated from my only living relatives. I feel for Em in her desperation to find her sister. And it stinks that, while some of those kids were adopted by great families, many were not. In this book, the effects of the orphan train experience are still affecting the characters’ lives in many ways. I like that the author explored some of that. 

The romance was another major part of the plot. The sheriff has some of his own challenges and issues to face, but I enjoyed watching as they came to trust and love each other. I also liked the way their relationship was at the end of the book.

This was an interesting historical romance that I would recommend to lovers of historical romance. 

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for sharing them.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Book Review: River to Redemption by Ann G Gabhart

About the Book

River to Redemption
by Ann H. Gabhart

Description from Goodreads: 

Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She's determined to find a way to buy Louis's freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she'll face an uphill battle.

Based partly on a true story, Ann H. Gabhart's latest historical novel is a tour de force. The vividly rendered town of Springfield and its citizens immerse readers in a story of courage, betrayal, and honor that will stick with them long after they turn the last page.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Book Tour, Giveaway, Review: Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

Today I have the pleasure of introducing a new book to you - Splinters of Scarlet by . I am a part of a blog tour celebrating its release on July 21, 2020. So soon, and yet so far for you poor people to wait to read it. It's worth the wait, though. If you keep reading, you will get to see the description of the book, my favorite quotes, and my review of it, since I already read it. I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Book Review: The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

About the Book

The Edge of Over There (The Day the Angels Fell #2)
by Shawn Smucker

Description from Goodreads
Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller's life had been predictable. But after the Tree and the lightning and the angels, everything felt tenuous, like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. She spent years looking for signs of that other world, waiting for it to break through. When it didn't, her friendship with Sam Chambers grew cold and distant, and they both wondered how any of it could actually have happened.

Four years later, 16-year-old Abra's long-delayed quest to find the next manifestation of the Tree of Life is renewed when she sees a woman walking up the road--a woman who looks exactly like Sam's dead mother. The woman directs her to New Orleans where she will find the grave of Marie Laveau, one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. As Abra enters The Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn't know whom to fear or whom to trust. But she's starting to think that some doorways should never be opened

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36739634-the-edge-of-over-there

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Book Review: The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

The Road to Paradise is a sweet, Christian, historical romance set in the Mt. Rainier National Park in the 1920s.

Book Review: Egypt's Sister

Egypt’s Sister is a Christian historical novel about Jews in Alexandria, Egypt, fifty years before the birth of Jesus.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Book Review: Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings

Let me introduce to you Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings. It is a humorous, clean, Christian historical romance set in the Old West.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Cover Reveal: Ships, Secrets, and Survivors by Sarah Rodecker and Helena George

Today, I have yet another cover reveal for you all. I hope you're excited to see the shiny new book cover! Today's book is a seafaring adventure called Ships, Secrets, and Survivors by Sarah Rodecker and Helena George, and it will be released on August 25. And so, without further ado, let me present the book, the authors, the preorder goodies, the giveaway, and the cover!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Cover Reveal: Azriel by Lee James

Today, I have the pleasure of revealing the cover for a new book -- and it is just gorgeous! I'm excited to read it. The book is called Azriel, and it is the first book in a Christian fantasy series called the Watchman Saga by Lee James. 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Goodbye June, Welcome July!


Today I wanted to summarize the month, and I welcome you to share some of the things that happened in your lives this month. 

The major events that happened this month are these: I moved into a new apartment with a roommate, I started blogging and writing again, and toward the end of the month, I was offered a job editing for a Christian missionary magazine. Fun things! There were some hard things too, but I don't want to go into too much detail on that.