September 17, 2018

An Hour Unspent

An Hour Unspent will wrap up Roseanna M. White's Shadows Over England series.  You will again see this group of orphans, who have joined together to form an atypical family.  This latest tale will focus on the leader of the group, Barclay Pierce!

Barclay experienced a life-change, when he came face-to-face with the God in an earlier book in this series.  Now, rather than haunting the streets of London, stealing whatever he can to support his family, Barclay has found work with the British government to help in the war effort!

Barclay's latest job is to make contact with Mr. Manning, a watchmaker in England, who is working on a device that could assist the English pilots in their battle against Germany, in the early days of WWI.  Barclay soon meets the watchmaker's daughter, Evelina, and he knows his life will never be the same!

When the watchmaker suddenly winds up missing, his family can only fear that he has left, due to family quarrels.  You will not believe what happens next.  Barclay discovers that the clockmaker did not run away, but rather he has been kidnapped by the enemies of England, to get their hands on his design!

Watch and see what happens to the relationship between Barclay and Evelina, as they search high and low for the location of where the watchmaker has been hidden!

September 11, 2018

A Christmas by the Sea

Melody Carlson's latest Christmas novella is entitled A Christmas by the Sea.  The main character is Wendy Harper.  She has just received the surprise of her life: her grandfather has left her his cottage along the shores of Maine!  Her son, Jackson, is ready to leave Ohio and start a new life in Maine; however, Wendy is simply hoping to sell the cottage, to pay of the debts left after her husband's death!

You will see how hard Wendy and her son work to restore this cottage.  Along the way, they meet a local furniture builder, Caleb Colton, who helps them settle into the lifestyle of this small, coastal town!

While Wendy is filled with wonderful memories of her time with her grandparents and cannot deny the beauty of this place, she cannot see a way to financially support her son in a tourist town.  Hold on to see what answer God places before her by the time you reach the final page!

While the ending falls on you a little too quickly, this little book was worth the read!

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

September 7, 2018

A Search for Refuge

A Search for Refuge by Kristi Ann Hunter is a great introduction to her latest seriesA Haven Manor.  You will meet Margaretta Fortescue as she enters the town of Marlborough, searching for her friend, Katherine FitzGilbert. The only clue that Margaretta has to her friend's whereabouts is the postmark of this country town. Margaretta thinks her friend can help her find her way out of a serious problem she has found herself trapped in!

Margaretta is soon be-friended, not only by a local shop owner, Mrs. Lancaster, but also by the town solicitor, Mr. Nash Banfield.  As Margaretta's time in town grows to weeks, not only do these friendship's grow, but so does the likelihood that the truth of her life will be revealed.  Margaretta is a young widow, she is also newly pregnant and is running from her brother-in-law, who is intent on removing any threat to his possible inheritance!

By the final pages of this tale, you will learn the location of Margaretta's friend Katherine and you will also see how Margaretta's new friends are intent on protecting Margaretta from any danger!

September 3, 2018

Freedom's Light

The majority of Colleen Coble's books take place in the current day settings; however, Freedom's Light occurs in the days of our country's founding.  This tale will follow Hannah Thomas, who after her husband's death, attempts to keep their lighthouse functioning, providing a light to warn the ships at sea of the rocky coastline!

After Hannah helps rescue a sea captain, Birch Meredith, whose ship did crash on the shore, she has no idea how complicated her life is about to become.  While Hannah is not sure what side of the conflict Birch is on at first, there is something about him that draws her!

When Hannah learns that Birch's younger brother's death was caused by a British soldier, she is determined to lead Birch toward God as the One to make things right.  Birch is just as determined to take the matter into his own hands!

When you see Birch finally get his enemy in his sights, you wonder if he will take action himself or if he will trust God for the final act.  Hold on to see where each character in this tale ends up, when the conflicts are finally all over!

I prefer Colleen Coble's suspense-filled tales; however, the historical tale, like Freedom's Light, is definitely worth the read!

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

August 27, 2018

Hidden Among the Stars

Melanie Dobson's latest tale, Hidden Among the Stars, will take you back to the days of WWII.  You will meet Max Dornbach and Annika Knopf on the opening pages.  These two young people are thinking about what their lives will be someday, not of what their lives are soon going to become under the Nazi oppression touching their quiet Austrian homes!

This tale will fast forward to current day, where you will meet Callie Randall, a bookstore owner, and Josh Nemeth, a college professor.  These two individuals have been brought together as they both are researching into names from the past.  Josh is looking into what happened to Annika Knopf and her connection to the lost treasures of Jews killed during WWII, while Callie is determined to discover what she can about a woman, by the name of Luzia Weiss.  This woman may be the long-lost mother of one of Callie's dearest friends!

As this book jumps between the time of WWII and present day, the details of this terrible time will slowly come to light.  You will be drawn toward Max, Luzia and Annika as they battle the devils of the past.  You will also learn more about Callie and Josh's lives, as you wonder if they will have a future together!

Hold on until the final page to see Callie and Josh put all of the pieces of the past together!

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

August 19, 2018

The Patriot Bride

In Kimberley Woodhouse's latest book, The Patriot Bride, the author will take you back in time to the founding of our country.  The Revolutionary War was a time of suspicion and intrigue, where you did not know if you could trust your own neighbor!

It was fun to return to this time and be reminded of events you learned about earlier in your life.  This book introduces you to two fictional spies, Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber.  As you follow these spies around the back streets of Boston, you will be reminded that the early Americans were willing to give up everything, even their own lives, for the sake of this new land!

You know how this story will end; however. it is fun to be reminded of the colorful characters involved in the early days of our country, The United States of America!

I received a copy to read and review from

August 13, 2018

Ours for a Season

Ours for a Season is the latest from Kim Vogel Sawyer.  You will meet a young Mennonite couple, Anthony and Marty Hirschler, on the opening pages.  Following a miscarriage early in their marriage, this couple learned that they would be unable to ever become pregnant again.  This fact causes Marty to turn her back on both her husband and on God!

In response to Marty's coldness, Anthony spends his days focused on building up his construction company.  However, when he and Marty receive an invitation to move to Kansas to help Marty's childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, convert a ghost town into a resort, Marty feels this might be an opportunity to save their marriage at the same time!

Anthony and Marty encounter two surprises when they arrive in Kansas.  First, they learn that Brooke has recently been diagnosed with cancer.  Next, they learn that part of the resort will contain a casino.  Marty is committed to staying to help Brooke deal with her cancer treatments, while Anthony is willing to continue this job to see how God may be at work in this world, so different from their home!

When Anthony and Marty encounter several teenagers who have been abandoned and forced into sex-trafficking, they feel that God has placed this real need before them.  They may not be able to conceive their own children; however, God has placed some young lives in their path, in need of love!

Hang on, until the final page, to see how God will influence lives and bring beauty from ashes!

I received this book for my unbiased review, in partnership with WaterBrook Multnomah.