Sunday, February 2, 2014

With Autumn's Return

With Autumn’s Return is the final installment in the Westward Winds series by Amanda Cabot.  I really enjoyed the first two books and this one was just as wonderful. I think the second one, Waiting for Spring is still my favorite.  This can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading all three.  I really liked the main character Elizabeth Harding and watching her journey to be accepted as a woman doctor in the late 1800’s.  I loved her tenacity, conviction and strength of character at such a young age. Elizabeth’s dreams have never had room for a husband and children, but dreams change.  Jason Nordling is a very strong character as well and watching him give his doubts to the Lord and reach for love was very satisfying to watch unfold. I was so happy to see Gwen’s story continued, she is a character I was rooting for in the second book.  This book had a really wonderful plot that shows how stereotypes and prejudice can endanger a community.  It was refreshing to watch Elizabeth and Jason fight for what is right despite the personal cost.   It was very interesting and a little horrifying to see the history of the medical field and how medicine was taught and has evolved.  You can tell Cabot did a lot of research in that area.  This book makes Wyoming sound so beautiful; it makes me want to see it!  Overall I really enjoyed the whole series and always look forward to new books by this author. Definitely recommend!!

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With Autumn's Return


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dare to Love Again

Dare to Love Again is the second novel in the Heart of San Francisco series by Julie Lessman.  This is a wonderful novel that I really enjoyed!  You definitely need to read Love at Any Cost, the first book in the series so that you can understand the storyline-it is a great read as well.   Lessman has really done her research and offers a very authentic look at San Francisco during the early 1900s.  I really enjoyed the plot and couldn’t figure out the mystery that surrounded Nick Barone until the very end.  Lessman’s character development is superb!  I absolutely adore the women of the McClare family and the star of this novel, Allison McClare is a fun mix of spunk, humor, and vulnerability.  Her journey to independence is a joy to watch unfold and the sparks between her and Detective Nick Barone makes this a really enjoyable book. 

Lessman gently intertwines the power of God’s love and grace throughout the book and is very sweet.  I loved tough guy Nick Barone and his battles against himself and the revenge that is raging in heart.  Him and Allison is a fun pair and prove nothing is fair in love and war.  Lessman has left some unfinished business with two of her characters that I can’t wait to see resolved in her next novel.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series.  Lessman’s writing is funny, exciting and romantic!  Highly recommend! 

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Dare to Love Again (Heart of San Francisco Series #2)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

T-Bone the Flying Horse

T-Bone The Flying Horse is a rhyming story of the friendship between a girl and her horse.  Janice Virant has captured the magic of the love that little girls have for horses.  As a mother of two little girls I see how my girls are naturally drawn to everything about horses and they loved this story!  T-Bone had always dreamed of being a big fancy racehorse, but he was just too slow.  He was adopted by a lonely girl and her love for him turned him into a magical horse that could fly.  I think young children will relate and appreciate T-Bone’s desire to be a racehorse but finding happiness and a new dream with the love of the little girl.  As a mom and former teacher I loved when the horse and girl flew all over the world because I could teach my children about geography in a fun setting.  The story had a sweet ending that will give kids the opportunity to imagine where T-Bone would fly to next.  Young girls will love this story and it is a great book for beginning readers to practice their reading.  The rhyming has a great flow and the illustrations are vibrant and eye catching!  Very sweet story! 

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Perfectly Matched!

Perfectly Matched is the third book in the Blue Willow Brides series by Maggie Brendan.  Anna follows in her older sisters footsteps and becomes a mail-order bride.  After a brief correspondence she becomes the wife of Edward Parker, a clock and jewelry maker in Denver Colorado.  Anna is spontaneous, outspoken, impulsive and creative and immediately clashes with Edward’s quiet and perfectionist personality.  They could not be more different and are not prepared at how these differences bring immediate tension to two people that are still strangers. As Anna tries to fit into Edward’s world, she discovers a passion to help hurt and homeless animals.  Edward thrives and consistency and order.  His new wife with her impulsive whims, messy ways and array of abused animals turns his world upside down.  Can he change to become the husband needs or was this the wrong answer to his ad for a wife?

This is the second book I have read by Maggie Brendan and really enjoyed it.  Mail-order brides are such an interesting part of our history and I always enjoy reading novels about them.  This is a tender love story and really highlights the struggles of becoming newlyweds especially when two strangers come together.  Her character development of Anna and Edward was fantastic and I enjoyed watching them grow in their love for each other.  She tackled a topic I have yet to see in a historical novel (I read a lot of them!) with how the first animal shelters were established.  This is a very sweet book! 

Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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Perfectly Matched (The Blue Willow Brides, #3)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Reluctant Courtship

Reluctant Courtship is the final book in the Daughters of Bainbridge House series by Laurie Alice Eakes.  Honore Bainbridge has shamed her family with two scandalous suitors, one a murderer and one a traitor.  She has been banished to the country estate and discovers that her father intended her to marry an American who just became one of the richest earls in the area.  He is her only hope to become respectable and accepted by society again.  Lord Ashmoor has no desire to become attached with a woman with a tarnished reputation and immediately rejects Honore.  Lord Ashmoor is suspected of smuggling because of his American heritage and his father is rumored to be a murderer.  He vows to find a respectable wife and clear his father’s name and discover the real smuggler. Honore vows to help Lord Ashmoor whatever the cost, which brings Lord Ashmoor’s wall of prejudice against her to come crumbling down. 

This is the last book in a trilogy, but I read it as a standalone and it wasn’t confusing at all.  I have read two other books by Laurie Alice Eakes and absolutely loved them.  This book was excellent and I could not put it down.  Honore is a very likeable heroine and my heart went out to her need of redemption after her past mistakes.  I have read several novels that took place in America during the Revolutionary War, but this is the first one I have read that took place in Great Britain during the war.  It was very interesting.  This book is full of wonderful characters and anyone who reads this will adore the loyal Miss Morrow.  I love how this novel demonstrates that though we strive for the approval of people, God’s approval and forgiveness is all we need as his children.  This book has a great love story and is full of intrigue and adventure.  Very satisfying and enjoyable! 

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Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tattler's Branch

Tattler’s Branch is the sequel to Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson.  Dr. Lilly Still is the doctor in a small coal mining town.  Being a small town doctor is anything but dull, especially when several strange occurrences bring danger right to her door.  Lilly’s husband has been called away to several mining accidents around the country.  With the best of intentions, Lilly’s mother sends Mazy her younger sister to help Lilly for the summer.  Lilly has her hands full keeping her impulsive sister out of mischief.  Armina, a dear friend usually keeps everything in order comes down with a rare sickness.  She brings Lilly an abandoned baby but cannot remember where the baby came from. If all this wasn’t enough, Lilly doesn’t realize that a stranger in town is hunting for answers and thinks that she has the answers.  This stranger will use any means necessary to find what he is looking for. 

I haven’t read Skip Rock Shallows yet, but now I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  This book was excellent!  This is my first book by Watson and I absolutely love her writing style.  You can read this book as a standalone like I did without being confused, but I am guessing that the first one is worth reading too.  The depth of the character development for all the characters was impressive and I hope she continues their stories in future books. This book had mystery, humor, romance and was very suspenseful.  I thought this was a sweet story about faith and how God is there on our brightest moments but also there during our greatest tribulations.  Most historical fiction has romance as a main focus, but this one was more about Lilly fighting these obstacles with faith and friends.  It was a nice change!!  Love, Love, Love this story! 

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Tattler's Branch

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall

A Governess of Highland Hall is a historical novel by Carrie Turansky.  Julia Foster has resigned herself to be a spinster and finds fulfillment in missionary work in India.  She has to return to England due to her father’s failing health and becomes a governess to support her family.  Sir William Ramsey is widowed, has two unruly children to raise and has inherited an estate that is on the brink of financial ruin.  He finds himself drawn to the new governess for her strong faith, wisdom and love for the children.  Julia only plans to stay at Highland Hall until her father’s health is restored and her missionary work can continue in India.  Sir Ramsey would never remarry beneath his social class and Julia has a calling in India, but their hearts seem to tell them differently. 

I didn’t want this book to end and I read through it much too quickly!  If you like Julie Klassen novels you will love this book!  The character development is superb and I loved reading about English aristocrats in the early 1900s.  This a time period in England’s history that was really interesting to learn about.  I love the lessons about God’s goodness that this book demonstrates.  The tension and romance between the characters made for a great read.  This is my first book I have read by Carrie Turnasky and I was absolutely impressed!  I will be looking for other novels by this author.  Don’t miss out on this one!

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