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20 03, 2017

Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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elusive miss ellison book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If you choose to read The Elusive Miss Ellison because you love Regency, you might wish to investigate first, then choose. On the other hand, if you want a ‘Christian’ story, this might well be just your cup of tea.

For the life of me, I can not understand why a person would choose to set a book in the Regency period, and not include any part of the glitter and glam and sparkle and above all – wit! — that made it one of the most interesting decades of all time Technically, the Regency was from 1811-1820, when Prince George served in lieu of his father, King George III, who was ill. The younger man became George IV on the death of his father, and was king until his death in 1830, so some sources extend the Regency from 1800 until 1830, when the next brother, William, became King. Still, it is not a totally elastic time frame.

15 03, 2017

Review: Never Let You Go by Erin Healy

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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never let you go book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Action packed and thrilling, Never Let You Go grips your attention from beginning to end. Lexi Soloman’s past has just come crashing down around her in the space of a week. The husband that abandoned her and her 2-year-old child, her ex-lover that murdered her sister and the drug dealer that stole her husband away into a blur of crystal meth have all come calling.

Lexi has spent the last seven years of her life trying to forget and get past the events that threatened to take her sanity. She’s been working two jobs and juggling bills to make ends meet and provide a good home and decent life for her daughter Molly. Lexi never goes out and strives to always make the right decisions in her life. Unfortunately, disaster has other plans for her.

9 03, 2017

Review: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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mark of the king book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Julianne Chevalier is a gifted young midwife in 18th century France. When a patient dies suddenly, Julianne is considered a murderer, and sentenced to life in prison. Longing to escape her life in prison, she agrees to be exiled to the fledgling French colony of Louisiana. In order to make the journey, however, Julianne must be married. Male and female convicts are paired together in marriage, so Julianne becomes the wife of the fiery and reckless, yet compassionate Simon LeGrange.

Once she is in the colony, Julianne is determined to try to make a new life for herself, but fears that there is no redemption for her past. She also hopes to be reunited with her brother Benjamin, whom she lost touch with after he became a soldier in Louisiana.

20 12, 2016

Review: The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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innkeeper of ivy hill book coverReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

When Jane Bell’s husband, John, died in a mysterious hit and run accident, Jane inherited the family business–a coaching inn aptly named The Bell. As a married woman, Jane could not own any property but her position as a widow exempted her from the restriction.

Brought up at a pampered estate and having married down with John, Jane knows nothing about running a business. Fortunately, finding out that the inn is leveraged to the hilt due to John’s unscrupulous borrowing and realizing that the livelihood of many families is in her hands spurs Jane to action. With the help of her recently returned mother-in-law Thora, her horse handler Gabriel Locke, former manager Talbot, and to varying degrees her brother-in-law Patrick, Jane works to formulate a plan that will convince her lenders that The Bell is worth another chance.

19 12, 2016

Blog Tour: You’re the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo

By | December 19th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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you're the cream in my coffee book coverPlease join Jennifer Lamont Leo, author of You’re the Cream in My Coffee, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Wow! What a sure-footed debut novel! Furthermore, it’s a book that could be read and enjoyed by anyone–regardless of age or gender or religious beliefs (or non-beliefs.) It’s an entirely unoffensive, enjoyable book. The author says she loves ‘history’ and proves it with her immaculate research. Close your eyes and you can easily imagine you’re in the Chicago of 1928, or in the world-famous glamorous Marshall Field’s Department store.

1 12, 2016

Review: A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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portrait of emily price book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Art restorer Emily Price has spent her entire life trying to fix things, from her directionless younger sister to the priceless art she works to preserve. A new project for her insurance firm takes her to Atlanta, where she meets Joseph Vassallo, who also works in her field. He introduces her to his younger brother Benito (Ben), and sparks begin to fly. Soon Emily finds herself helping to breathe new life in to a restaurant owned by Ben and Joseph’s aunt and uncle, and falling hopelessly in love with Ben. Emily has always been the picture of responsibility, which is part of the reason that everyone is shocked by her decision to accept a quick marriage proposal from Ben and return to Italy with him.

30 10, 2016

Review: A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

By | October 30th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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baxter family christmas book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Organ donation is a fairly recent development in the field of medicine, but the value of such a gift cannot be understated.

When Erin Baxter died in an accident, her heart provided life to Kendra Barnes. That’s a fact, but the reactions from the various Baxter relatives were mixed. It’s hardly to be wondered at, then, that Erin’s father, John, – the patriarch of the family – nurtured a wish to get to meet the young woman who received the gift of life. Not all of his other children are as eager to meet her as he is, especially his daughter Ashley, who is caring for Erin’s youngest child, Amy, now 7. In fact, Ashley thinks her father has gone over the edge, and therefore, she decides not to participate in the family’s traditional Christmas Eve dinner.

13 10, 2016

Review: The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |3 Comments

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the wedding shop book cover

More from Rachel Hauck: The Wedding ChapelThe Wedding Dress

Reviewed by Meg Massey

Haley Morgan and her best friend Tammy grew up playing in an old building that once housed a beautiful wedding shop. Years later, life has led Haley back to her hometown of Heart’s Bend, unsure of her future. She’s just completed her service in the Air Force, has broken up with her boyfriend, and is devastated over Tammy’s sudden death. When Haley sees the state of the old wedding shop, she is determined to fix it up and re-open it. Will she be able to do it?

The Wedding Shop tells Haley’s story alongside Cora Scott’s, the previous owner of the shop during the 1930’s. While Cora helps prepare many women in her shop for their special day, she has been waiting for the return of the man she loves, a river boat captain. Meanwhile, her longtime family friend Birch Good is trying to convince her to take a chance on him.

10 08, 2016

Review: Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd

By | August 10th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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dawn at emberwilde book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

Sarah E Ladd brings her readers an intriguingly Gothic style tale in her newest book, Dawn at Emberwilde. While her stories usually have chills running down my spine, they have yet to disappoint me and this one was definitely on par with the rest.

Isabel Creston is the leading lady, along with her younger half-sister, Elizabeth, also known as Lizzie. Both these young ladies are orphans, having taken up residence at the Fellsworths Ladies School. Isabel has become a teacher there, while Lizzie is a student. It has become their whole world and they are both happy. Until the day comes when Superintendent Langsby informs Isabel that a relative has been found.

8 08, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Romance|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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a beauty refined book coverPlease join Tracie Peterson, author of A Beauty Refined, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Beloved author, Tracie Peterson, brings her readers the second installment in a new series in this latest novel, A Beauty Refined. Part of the Sapphire Brides trilogy, we get to see America through the eyes of a young German woman who is traveling with her father. But mystery and excitement abound as well so don’t be in a hurry to brush this one aside!

Phoebe Von Bergen is the daughter of a wealthy count, Frederick or Graf Von Bergen, overjoyed about taking a trip  with her father through America. They are searching for jewels and gems while taking a somewhat scenic tour of the country, ending up in Helena, Montana, where secrets from the past will come to light.