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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: , , |4 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.

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.

1 07, 2016

Review: The Rector by Michael Hicks Thompson

By | July 1st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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the rector by thompson book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

It’s interesting that the most well-developed characters in The Rector are the ladies. There are several of them, all Southern, but all are different from each other. They’re mostly of a certain age, but other than that, they’re not much alike. This is rather impressive, given that the author, Michael Hicks Thompson, is male. The cover declares it ‘A Christian Murder Mystery’ which seems rather anachronistic, but in all truth, it could easily be read and enjoyed by anyone–of any sex or religious leanings. I would not recommend it for young adults, however, as there are several rather gory murders that do occur off-stage, but are somewhat vividly described.

21 04, 2016

Blog Tour: The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

By | April 21st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Series|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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the inheritance book coverPlease join Michael Phillips, author of The Inheritance, as he tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

As the chief of the clan, Macgregor Tulloch was a man beloved by the whole town. When he suddenly passes away, the town grieves but rumors also begin to circulate as to who will be the next chief. David Tulloch is who the town believes will be the next chief and they treat him as such, but a distant cousin, Hardy Tulloch, is convinced that he has a right to the title. Shortly after Macgregor passes, David finds out that Macgregor never made out a will. Therefore, all of his assets are frozen while his estate (and the fate of the whole island) goes through probate. A part of the probate process will determine who is the rightful heir to be

8 04, 2016

Review: A.D. 33 by Ted Dekker

By | April 8th, 2016|Categories: Action & Adventure, Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religious & Inspirational|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

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ad 33 book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

A.D. 33, written by Ted Dekker, continues the story from his previous book, A.D. 30. This follow-up book continues to follow main character, Maviah, as she gathers her band of outcasts in the desert, creating her own kingdom built on freedom from torture, and the slavery she once suffered at the hands of power hungry men. Talya, Saba and many of the Bedu characters find strength in Maviah, and through Maviah’s great faith, in the man she knows as Yeshua, follow her and the word.

Maviah’s new kingdom is growing and because of this she is becoming more powerful–a new, strong, intelligent woman, one she never she’d become. Men threaten to punish her, to hurt her, by any means possible. Maviah threatens their hold on the world and a strong woman must be put

29 11, 2015

Review: After a Fashion by Jen Turano

By | November 29th, 2015|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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after a fashion book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

As a norm in my reading, I tend to lean towards the mystery and suspense genre. But every now and then, as a relief from the busy hectic schedule of life, I like to enjoy a novel with a bit of comedy. And one of my favorite authors to turn to at that point is Jen Turano. Her books are a hoot and they totally give me a laugh when I most need it. After a Fashion is the start to a new series called A Class of Their Own, and is set around three young women who are part of the working class. Book one sets a good pace and I think the rest of the trilogy will follow suit.

Harriet Peabody is the heroine in this funny little story; she wants to someday

15 10, 2015

Review: Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

By | October 15th, 2015|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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come rain or come shine book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Planning a wedding comes with many exciting and frustrating moments. But fans of the Mitford series, by Jan Karon, are sure to enjoy every moment of the preparations for the celebration in her latest book, Come Rain or Come Shine. Dooley Kavanaugh and Lace Harper have been friends since childhood. Their attachment to one another grew out of mutually dysfunctional homes. When both of them were adopted into local families, their friendship grew out of that common experience. Now that Dooley has finished veterinary school and taken over a local practice, they are excited to begin a new life together that has only been wishes and dreams until now. The big day is right around the corner and there is still so much to be done!

Planning a farm wedding may be the

2 07, 2015

Blog Tour: Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney

By | July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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two roads home book coverPlease join Deborah Raney, author of Two Roads Home, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin

She should be grateful; so many women would love to trade places with her. She knew she was blessed, really and truly, but there was the temptation to give in to self-pity. Long days of chasing little kids around and feeling like a single parent were wearing Corinne thin. While her husband traveled frequently for work, she stayed home with their three little girls. An internal struggle consistently battled between dissatisfaction and the knowledge that she is truly blessed with a nice house, a healthy family and the chance to stay home with her kids. Why can’t she just feel happy and let it go?

In her book, Two Roads Home, Deborah Raney shares the struggles of Jesse

25 02, 2015

Blog Tour: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

By | February 25th, 2015|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance|Tags: , , , |40 Comments

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pembrooke park book coverPlease welcome award winning historical romance author Julie Klassen who is touring the blogosphere with her new release, The Secret of Pembrooke Park

A fabulous giveaway contest, including copies of all of Ms. Klassen’s eight books and other Jane Austen-themed items, is open to those who join the festivities. (click here for a list of tour stops)

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Shortly after their family discovers they made some very bad financial investments and are now nearly destitute, Abigail Foster and her father receive a visitor. This visitor is a lawyer sent by a client with a request for them to live at Pembrooke Park for no less than one year. They would be allowed to have a certain number of house staff but that would be it; all cleaning and renovating