January 15, 2019

Secrets at Cedar Cabin

Colleen Coble wraps up her Lavender Tides series with Secrets of Cedar Cabin.  Bailey Fleming is quietly working with an elderly patient at a nursing home in Rock Harbor, Michigan, when suddenly Kyle Bearcroft appears out of nowhere.  Bailey had hoped to never lay eyes on this man, who had fraudulently married her, ever again!

Kyle has come to offer Bailey a deal.  He will give her some property and $100,000 dollars is she will simply sign a nondisclosure agreement.  After Bailey refuses the deal and hastily leaves the room, she receives some awful news from the local sheriff,  Her mother has been found shot dead!

Bailey's mother has left Bailey a note telling her to run for her safety if anything out of the ordinary ever occurs.  When Bailey secretly heads out across the country to find the property Kyle has left in her name, she finds herself in the small town of Lavender Tides, Washington.  Little does Bailey know that in this very town her older sister and brother are living and they  have been searching madly for her whereabouts!

This tale is full of secrets and suspense as this family's tale finally comes to a close.  Hang on because this is a wild ride!

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.

January 11, 2019

With This Pledge

With This Pledge is the latest tale from Tamera Alexander.  This author retells the tale of the Battle of Franklin, as close to reality as any fiction writer could.  You will learn what Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston must endure as she leaves her work as governess to the young children of a wealthy family on a plantation outside of Franklin to become a nurse and assistant to the surgeon treating the many young soldiers injured in these final days of the Civil War!

In these first days of caring for the wounded, Lizzie encounters Captain Roland Ward Jones as he is being prepped for surgery.  Roland makes one request of Lizzie:  DO NOT let the surgeon remove his badly injured leg!

Once Lizzie successfully prevents the doctor from removing Roland's leg, she finds more work left to accomplish.  Lizzie's mindset has slowly changed from the Confederate beliefs that she was raised with throughout her life.  Her heart is now drawn to help these former slaves to gain the tools, such as reading and writing, they will need to help them adjust to this new world!

This was a hard book to read in some respects, as you see the awful reality of war; however, by the final pages, you see how God can bring something beautiful from the mess we as humans sometimes create in our world!

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.

January 6, 2019

Just Let Go

Just Let Go, by Courtney Walsh, continues her latest series.  On the opening pages of this tale, you will yet again find yourself in Harbour Pointe, Michigan.   Quinn Collins is preparing to open her own flower shop when she suddenly meets a newcomer in town.  Quinn's father, the local sheriff, has arrested Grady Benson, a famous Olympic skier.  When her father signs Grady up to work off some of his community service time at her shop, Quinn has no idea what she is in store for!

Not only does Grady not have any carpentry skills, he seems to continually distract Quinn from prepping her new store for its grand opening!

This is an interesting tale.  As God not only leads Grady and Quinn closer in friendship and maybe something more, He also deals with the deep hurts from their pasts!

This book is published by Tyndale House Publishers.

January 1, 2019

In the Shadow of Croft Towers

In the Shadow of Croft Towers is the debut novel from Abigail Wilson.  You will meet Sybil Delafield on the opening pages of this tale.  Sybil is fresh out of seminary and she is planning to fill a position as a lady's companion at Croft Towers.  The only problem is Sybil's coach is robbed before she can even reach her destination!

When Sybil finally meets her new boss, Mrs. Chalcroft, she learns that her main responsibility is simply to deliver personal letters and to read for this elderly woman.  As Sybil walks the halls of this damp and shadowy place, she does not know whom she can count on.  Sybil soon finds herself in a position where she does not know whether to trust her boss’s nephew, Mr. Cantrell or her godson, Mr. Sinclair.  To make the situation even more complicated, Sybil senses that the secrets to her past are contained within these walls!

This gothic tale, set in the early 1800s in the countryside of England, is full of unknowns and problems to be solved.  Hold on as you walk with Sybil, while she looks for the truth in this new world!

It was great to discover a new author, who can tell a very interesting and yet a clean tale!

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.

December 26, 2018

A Bound Heart

A Bound Heart is the latest tale from Laura Fantz.  Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall have lived their lives on the isle of Kerrera in Scotland; however, when they both are falsely accused of crimes, they soon find themselves traveling across the ocean toward America as indentured servants!

After a rough crossing, Magnus and Lark find themselves in a world unlike anything they had ever seen.  They both miss their old home; however, Magnus and Lark are ready to adjust to this new place.  Lark is to work in the stillroom, as an apothecary, at the Royal Hundred plantation in Virginia; while Magnus, former laird of Kerrera Castle, will head off to the Caribbean to work as the factor to oversee the plantations at Trelawny Hall in Jamaica!

Hang on as see Magnus and Lark trust God, while they find their place in this new world!

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

December 18, 2018

The Bride of Ivy Green

The Bride of Ivy Green, from Julie Klassen, brings her Tales from Ivy Hill series to a close.  It is fun to be re-introduced to Jane Bell, Rachel Ashford, now Lady Brockwell and Mercy Grove.  You will be surprised to see the direction God takes each of these lives!

You will also be interested to meet a mysterious new character, Madame Victorine, a dressmaker who sets up a shop in the sleepy town of Ivy Hill!

All of the unknown surrounding each character will come to a satisfying ending by the final page!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

December 14, 2018

Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy is the latest from Jen Turano.  Miss Isadora Delafield has been dragged to Newport by her mother to meet an elderly duke who is looking for a young woman to wed.  Unfortunately, Isadora has no interest in this man.  Right for the moment they first meet, Isadora finds him uncouth; however, when she learns that his previous three wives meet with untimely deaths, Isadora knows she must flee as far from him as possible!

Isadora best friend, Beatrix and her family butler help formulate a plan for her to escape the streets of New York to the rural and less populated area of western Pennsylvania.  Isadora, a rich, spoiled heiress, must somehow pretend to be a housekeeper.  You will find this tale full of craziness, as Isadora takes a position on a farm owned by Ian Mackenzie, a young businessman who has worked his way to be part of the elite of Pittsburg!

Isadora must keep her identity a secret, especially from Ian, who has a desire to marry into money to help seal his spot in the land of the wealthy he has landed in.  As Isadora meets so many characters in this new world she has inserted herself into, she slowly discovers that she is not as drawn to the world that she grew up in.  There are many people and a different way of living in this quieter spot of the world, that seem to speak loudly to her spirit.  You will be interested to see how all the details come together in Isadora's life!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.