May 21, 2019

No Ocean Too Wide

No Ocean Too Wide is the latest from Carrie Turansky.  This tale will introduce you to the McAlister family.   After their father dies while on his job, this family has to learn to survive on the mean streets of London, England.  Life is hard in the early 1900s; however, when their mother becomes ill and is quickly transported to the hospital, her children do not know which way to turn!

After these young children are placed in an orphanage, their older sister, Laura, runs into trouble tracking them down.  Thinking their mother has died, these children agree to be transported to another land to find a new home.  When Laura learns that plans have been made to ship her siblings, along with hundreds of other children, across the ocean to Canada, she knows that she must find someone who will help her search for them!

This tale will keep you on the edge of your seat as you see all of the places and tough situations that Laura will encounter along the way.  Laura is blessed by God when her former employer’s son, Andrew Fraser, a British lawyer, decides to lend a hand in her search.  Andrew is looking into the companies who are placing these children into jobs or with families in a new land!

Will these children’s lives be better or will they be taken advantage of?  Hold on to discover the answer to this question!

I received a copy of this book from Multnomah Publishers. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

May 15, 2019

Sweet On You

Becky Wade wraps up her A Bradford Sister Romance series with her book, Sweet on You.  Britt, the youngest daughter in the Bradford family, has been quietly developing new chocolates in her shop in her hometown ever since she finished her culinary training in France!  

Britt is surprised when her best friend, Zander Ford, suddenly returns home from his overseas book tour.  Zander’s uncle had suddenly passed away and he felt the need to return to give support to his aunt.  However, Zander cannot deny his need to see Britt.  The friend he has been secretly in love with since the age of twelve!

When Britt decides to join in and help Zander investigate his uncle’s death, neither of these friends realize what danger they may encounter or how the excursion will affect their friendship. Hang on for this wild ride!

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

May 9, 2019

Engraved on the Heart

Engraved on the Heart is the debut novel from Tara Johnson.  Keziah Montgomery has grown up as the only daughter of a wealthy family in the Confederate South.  In the days leading up to the Civil War, Keziah has a sense that her world is about to change.  When she crosses paths with an old schoolmate, Micah Greyson, Kezia sees that the change is surely on its way!

Micah, who is now a doctor, comes to Kezia's assistance, when she experiences a seizure at a dance in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia.  While most people run in fear when they view a seizure, Micah stands by her side and wants to help!

Not only does Micah offer medical advice, but he invites Keziah to a meeting where details of the Underground railroad are discussed.  Kezia had grown up with slaves in her home; however, she had always had a soft spot in her heart for each life!

Before you know it, Kezia becomes actively involved with helping to deliver these lives on a path toward freedom.  You worry every time Kezia steps out in the darkness of night.  Will she safely make her delivery or will her family or friends discover the activity that Kezia is involved in?

This tale will remind you of the dark history of our world, and the lengths to which people went in order to save the lives of those who were oppressed!

This book is published by Tyndale House Publishers.

May 3, 2019

The Artful Match

The Artful Match, by Jennifer Delamere, wraps up her London Beginnings series.  After Cara Bernay loses track of her young ward, you pick up her story as she is being fired from her governess job!

Cara heads to London, not knowing which way to turn.  Should she run toward her sisters for shelter or should she attempt moving toward her interest in art as a new direction for her life?  Cara soon crosses paths with Langham Burke, the younger brother of Henry Burke, the current Earl of Morestowe.  Langham is also trying to find his place in the art world, so as fellow artists, Cara and Langham  decide to team up as they both try to find their way in this world!

Before you know it, Cara's world is suddenly wrapped up in the Burke family dynamics.  A world she knows nothing about!

Hold on as Cara stumbles down this new path and learns more than she ever imagined.  Definitely a journey worth taking part in!

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

April 24, 2019

On a Summer Tide

Suzanne Woods Fisher's new contemporary series begins with On a Summer Tide.  This tale opens with Paul Grayson announcing to his daughters Camden, Madison and Blaine that he just sold their family home in Boston and is moving to a remote island off the shores of Maine.  Paul's daughters are in shock.  This action is so out of left field that they are worried he may have dementia!

Maddie travels with her father to Maine to check out his new property.  Both Maddie and her father feel like they have stepped back in time.  There are no modern day conveniences, like fast-food and cellular service!

Once Cam and Blaine join the investigation of this small island, you will see the family dynamics come out in force.  Past hurts and current complications soon become apparent, as these sisters work together to help their father settle into his new home!

Watch everyone leap into action after Cam creates a plan to restore the campground her father has purchased.  At the same time, these sisters each have life trials with which they are dealing.  You will learn very interesting information about the pasts of each member of the Grayson family by the end of this tale!

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

April 17, 2019

Far Side of the Sea

Far Side of the Sea wraps up Kate Breslin's series of tales concerning the World War I era.  Lieutenant Colin Mabry has returned from the frontlines a wounded man, not only missing one of his hands, but also plagued with nightmares that seem to have no end in sight!

Colin continues to work on the war effort, as he translates messages in a MI8 office.  Colin is surprised when he suddenly  receives a message from Jewel Reyer, a woman he loved and promised to return for.  However, when Colin makes his way to France, he does not find Jewel waiting, but instead her sister Johanna!

This tale is full of intrigue and action, as you follow Colin and Johanna throughout the French countryside as they attempt to locate Jewel and discover what is happening with the war effort!

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

April 11, 2019

The Governess of Penwythe Hall

Sarah E. Ladd's latest book, The Governess of Penwythe Hall, takes place in the year 1811, in Cornwall, England.  After Cordelia Greythorne's husband and daughter tragically die, you learn that she relocates from Cornwall to London, to start over and care for Mr. Twethewey's children.  Cordelia hoped to never step foot in Cornwall again; unfortunately, when Mr. Twethewey unexpectedly dies in a riding accident, Cordelia and all five children are sent to live with the children's uncle.  Jac Twethewey lives in Penwythe Hall, in none other than Cornwall, England!

As Cordelia and the children learn to adjust to their new lifestyle in the country, Cordelia has another fear.  She now is physically too close to her late husband's family. This family of smuggler's have a very dangerous way of life!

Hold on tight as you watch Cordelia attempt to avoid interaction with the Greythorne family, while trying to provide for the well-being of the young lives in her care.  This is a tale not to be missed!

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