Shadows of Swanford Abbey Book Review

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Filled with interesting characters, mystery, intrigue, twists, turns, and romance set in a foreboding medieval monastery turned grand hotel, Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen is a delightful book for fans of Regency Romance that  keeps readers guessing.

Set in 1820 England, Rebecca Lane receives a vague message asking her to return home to help her brother. In the process of helping her brother, she teams up with childhood friend, Sir Frederick to solve a murder.

Amid the pages of Shadows of Swanford Abbey, Julie Klassen weaves a page-turning tale of sacrifice, forgiveness, and restoration. A tale I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Perhaps you will as well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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Sandy

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A Heart Adrift Book Review

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Set in 1755, in the Tidewater Virginia area of York and Williamsburg, A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz tells the story of chocolatier Esmee Shaw and sea captain Henri Lennox, as war with France threatens the colonies.

After being apart for ten years, Esmee and Henri are reunited. Though still interested in each other, they are weary. When the Governor of Virginia asks Henri to go on a dangerous mission for the colonial government, their future together becomes uncertain.

Laura Frantz is a master at filling her books with likeable characters, and providing enough historical detail to make the story interesting without boring the reader with too many details. She layers intrigue with unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader turning the page.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Heart Adrift. If you enjoy Christian historical romance at it’s finest, then perhaps this is a book for you as well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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Sandy

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A Deep Divide Book Review

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A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse is an historical romance set in 1905. The story begins in 1891 Boston with eight-year-old heiress Emma Grace McMurray’s kidnapping. From there, it moves to 1900 Boston with her disappearance after her father informs Emma Grace she will marry whomever he chooses. He tells Emma Grace her future husband will be whichever man can bring a profitable business alliance.

The story picks up again in 1905 in Arizona Territory, after Emma Grace changes her last name, and works as a Harvey Girl waitress at the El Tovar Hotel on the Grand Canyon’s rim.

While working at the El Tovar, a relationship develops between Emma Grace and one of her wealthy customers, Ray Wilkins, Jr. In order for their relationship to grow, she must learn to trust Ray with the truth as trouble threatens.

The author’s many uses of what, to me, seemed as if she was preaching a sermon instead of telling a story, pulled me from Emma Grace and Ray’s story, making it difficult to re-engage.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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Sandy

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A View Most Glorious Book Review

woman in the mountainsA View Most Glorious by Regina Scott is the story of Coraline Baxter, her quest to summit Mount Rainier to promote Votes for Women in 1893 Tacoma, Washington, and Nathan Hardee, the man who reluctantly agrees to guide her to the top. The stakes are as high as the mountain itself. If Cora fails, she must marry the man her mother is forcing on her. Not at all agreeable to Cora, so she must summit regardless of the hardship to do so.

Cora and Nathan’s relationship develops as they learn to depend on each other while they tackle the mountain together. And in the end, they each must decide what is most important.

If you enjoy historical fiction with a touch of romance and a hero and heroine to root for, than A View Most Glorious may just be the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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Sandy

The Heart’s Charge Book Review

Filled with likeable characters as well as scoundrels, The Heart’s Charge by Karen Whitmeyer is the second in her Hanger’s Horsemen series. You don’t need to read the first book to understand the second. I didn’t.

Set in Llano County, Texas in the spring of 1894, we meet Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks, Katherine Palmer and Eliza Southerland, and a cast of childre, among others.

Mark and Jonah, former Cavalry men, are part of Hanger’s Horsemen. Their motto taken from Psalm 82 is to defend the poor and fatherless, do justice to the afflicted and needy, deliver the poor and needy, and rid them of the hand of the wicked. As The Heart’s Charge progresses, we see them do just that.

Their first act of kindness leads them to a foundling home Katherine and Eliza run. Here, Mark is reunited with his lost love, and Jonah finds a woman who piques his interest.

After accepting a job to look into the mystery of kiddie nappers, they find people aren’t always what they seem.

If you enjoy Christian historical romance with a touch danger and intrigue, The Heart’s Charge may be the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

Shadows of the White City Book Review

Set in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green, begins thirteen years earlier when Sylvie Townsend agrees to take care of the young daughter of a desperate immigrant from Poland, whose wife died during their voyage to America. Now, at seventeen, Rose Dabrowski disappears at the World’s Fair. This sets off a heart felt story filled with deceit, loyalty, deception, loss, sacrifice, and love amidst a wide ranging cast of characters.

With the help of her boarder, Kristof Bartok, Sylvie searches through the streets of Chicago for her adopted daughter. When Rose is found, however, all is not resolved. Decisions must be made which threaten the very thing Sylvie holds most dear.

Jocelyn Green is a master of descriptive writing, adding historical detail to every story she writes. Shadows of the White City is no exception. Within these pages you experience the great expanse and magnificence of 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, as you walk through it with the book’s characters.

If you enjoy well-written historical fiction with a touch of romance, then Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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Sandy

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Tidewater Bride Book Review

Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz has us rooting for Selah Hopewell and Xander Renick as they navigate their world of English settlers and Powhatan Naturals amidst tobacco farms, treachery, loss, and love in James Towne, Virginia Colony in 1634.

Well researched historical details give readers a glimpse into what it was like to live in this time and place. While the use of archaic words lent realism and flavor to the book, it also sent me looking up the meaning of fortnight.

Although I looked forward to scenes where Selah and Xander interacted, I occasionally questioned the inclusion of other scenes and the relevance of certain characters to the story. There were times the actions of younger characters did not seem to fit their ages, and times the story felt amiss. The ending, to me, was abrupt.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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An Appalachian Summer Book Review

An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart, set in Appalachian Kentucky during the Depression of 1933, is a wonderful book filled with relatable characters who face challenges without giving up.

Piper Danson is faced with deciding whether she should go along with her father’s decision she marry a man she’s not met before to secure her financial future, or marry the man she has loved since they were children with little prospect of financial support.

To give herself time and space to think without either of the men around, Piper leaves her home with all its comforts in Louisville to volunteer as a Frontier Nursing horseback courier in the mountains where comforts as she’s known them are replaced with an awareness of God’s beauty and presence.

An Appalachian Summer skillfully draws readers into the world of the Frontier Nurses, the couriers, and the people of the mountains, presenting each as an individual with hopes, dreams, needs, and resilience.

I highly recommend this book for those who want to read a heartfelt story well told.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Runaway Bride Book Review

If you enjoy Christian historical romance, the The Runaway Bride by author Jody Hedlund might be for you. In 1862 Arabella Lawrence painfully learns the consequences caused by deviating from society’s expectations and norms when the things she desires are at odds with the things she was taught were acceptable.

Fleeing an abusive situation in England, Arabella boards a bride ship destined for Vancouver Island. Upon arriving, she finds two suitors. Lieutenant Drummond, a respectable officer in the Queen’s Navy. And Peter Kelly a struggling baker. The two men could not be more different. While one encourages Arabella to be herself, the other believes she should act according to societal expectations. The mix causes unseen consequences of Arabella’s actions she never considered.

One of the things I enjoyed most in The Runaway Bride was Jody Hedlund’s use of dialog, especially the banter between Arabella and Peter. This book holds distinct characters, injustice, honor, and deceit. What more could you ask for in an historical romance?

Although this is the second in The Bride Ships series, you do not need to have read the first book. Each book stands alone.

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Sandy

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The Number of Love Book Review

Set in 1917 Europe, The Number of Love  by Roseanna M. White tells the story of codebreaker Margot De Wilde and field agent Drake Elton, who operate within England’s intelligence network during World War I. Filled with well-developed heroes and villains, The Number of Love is a well-researched book of espionage, intrigue, and heartbreak. The author skillfully intersects fact with fiction in the telling of Margot and Drake’s story.

Within the pages of this story, readers catch a glimpse of the lives of those who used numbers to break coded German messages, along with those in the field who risked their lives to intercept those messages through the work of Margot and Drake.

Twists and turns run throughout this Christian historical romance to the very end as the author weaves history, romance, and faith throughout the book for a satisfying conclusion.

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Sandy

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