Monday, November 26, 2012

No Safe Harbor

No Safe Harbor is book one in the Edge of Freedom Series by Elizabeth Ludwig.  Cara Hamilton has crossed the ocean and left her beloved Ireland to come to New York for a secret purpose.  Her brother Eoghan left Ireland under dangerous and dubious circumstances and thought to be dead, but has suddenly contacted Cara.  Cara makes fast friends with a mysterious Rourke Walsh and other girls at her boarding house, but she seems to make fast enemies as well for no apparent reason.  Do these enemies have something to do with Eoghan?  With no word from her brother and danger seemingly to close in Cara feels that she has to trust someone, but who?

I loved this book!  It is very exciting, mysterious and suspenseful.  The political and religious turmoil had its roots in Ireland, but came across the ocean at full force.  I don’t know much about the history of New York in the late 1800’s and loved how much history is found in this novel.  I loved how Ludwig incorporated Ellis Island and true historical events to make this a very believable story. We have Irish roots and it was so interesting to see the fierce family loyalty and religious and political prejudice.  Of course the best part is always the love story and it was wonderful!  Definitely recommend this book! 

Provided by the Publisher for review

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas Roses

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot is the story of Celia Anderson, recently widowed with a new baby.  Celia has opened a boarding house and is barely making ends meet.  Everyone is pressuring her to remarry and she has options, but no one stirs her heart until a stranger comes to town.  Mark Williams is not in search of a wife, but his father who abandoned him years ago.  He follows a lead to Easton Wyoming for his father, but Celia and her daughter Emma capture him and stir conflicting feelings. Could he find his father and love at the same time?  Christmas is a time for miracles! 
I enjoy Cabot as an author and this book is the perfect thing to get you in the Christmas spirit!  Celia and Mark’s story is very gentle and shows God’s love and mercy for his children.  Celia is a strong woman that won’t settle and is willing to work hard to provide for her and her daughter; a heroine you will enjoy cheering on throughout the story.  This is a lovely Christmas story that will be cherished my home for many years to come. 

Provided by the Publisher for Review
Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Promise to Love

A Promise to Love is Serena B. Miller’s latest novel.  Ingrid Larsen came to America from her beloved Sweden to meet her brother Hans with a dream to build a farm together in Michigan.  Yet, it appears that Hans has disappeared which leaves Igrid to find work or starve.  Joshua Hunter is suddenly a widowed father of five after his wife mysteriously dies.  The court will recant his parental rights unless he finds a wife right away.  Ingrid offers to marry Joshua and care for his children.  Reluctantly Joshua accepts to keep his family intact, but vows to shield his heart from Ingrid.  Will the love of her Savior, Jesus Christ and adopted children be enough to see Ingrid through the difficult challenges being married to Joshua brings?

I loved this novel!  I read a lot of Christian fiction and this one really stands out!  The character development is superb and the storyline is exciting, romantic, and haunting at times.  You will want to cheer for Ingrid as she conquers obstacle after obstacle and brings healing to a very broken family.  This book shows God’s redeeming love and how complete healing and restoration can be made real through His grace.  I loved learning all the interesting historical aspects of Michigan that this novel brings to light.  Don’t miss out on Ingrid’s story, it is a joy to read.  Hopefully there is a sequel! 

Provided by the Publisher for Review

Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Promise to Love, A: A Novel