Romantic Suspense Book Review: Echoes Among the Stones

About the BookTitle: Echoes Among the Stones Author: Jaime Jo Wright Genre: Romantic Suspense Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Release Date: December 3, 2019 Click here to purchase a copy of this novel for yourself.
Publisher's Description“After Aggie Dunkirk's career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her rambling old home. She didn't plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene--even going so far as to re-create it in the dollhouse. 

Mystery seems to follow her when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the cemetery. Forced to work with the cemetery's puzzling, yet attractive archeologist, she exhumes the past's secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep quiet--even if it means silencing Aggie. 

In 1946, Imogene Grayson works in a local factory and h…

Historical Fiction Book Review: Veiled in Smoke

Title: Veiled in Smoke Series: The Windy City Saga (Book 1) Author: Jocelyn Green Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Release Date: February 4, 2020 Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance

Click here to purchase a copy of this novel for yourself. Publisher's Description "Meg and Sylvie Townsend manage the family bookshop and care for their father, Stephen, a veteran still suffering in mind and spirit from his time as a POW during the Civil War. But when the Great Fire sweeps through Chicago's business district, they lose much more than just their store.

The sisters become separated from their father and make a harrowing escape from the flames with the help of Chicago Tribune reporter Nate Pierce. Once the smoke clears 
away, they reunite with Stephen, only to learn soon after that their family friend was murdered on the night of the fire. Even more shocking, Stephen is charged with the crime and committed to the Cook County Insane Asylum.

Though homeless and suddenly unemplo…

Biblical Fiction Book Review: Daughter of Rome

About the Book Title: Daughter of Rome Author: Tessa Afshar Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Genre: Biblical Fiction/Historical Romance Release Date: February 4, 2020 Click here to purchase a copy of this novel for yourself. Publisher's Description"A woman with a devastating secret. A man bent on proving his worth. A chance encounter that catapults them into the heart of history.
When the daughter of a prominent Roman general meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God’s plan to transform them into the most influential couple of the early church. Nor can they anticipate the mountains that will threaten to bury them. Their courtship unwittingly shadowed by murder and betrayal, Priscilla and Aquila slowly work to build a community of believers, while their lives grow increasingly complicated thanks to a shaggy dog, a mysterious runaway, and a ruthless foe desperate for love. But when they’re banished from their home by a capricious emperor, they must …

Historical Fiction Book Review: On Wings of Devotion

About the BookTitle: On Wings of Devotion
Series: The Codebreakers (Book 2)
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Click here to purchase a copy of this novel for yourself. Publisher's Description"All of England thinks Phillip Camden a monster--a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But as nurse Arabelle Denler watches the so-dubbed "Black Heart" every day, she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their paths twist together and he declares himself her new protector, she realizes she has her own role to play in his healing.

Phillip Camden would have preferred to die that day with his squadron rather than be recruited to the Admiralty's codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved. What comes as a shock is the reborn desire to truly live that Arabelle inspires in him.

But when an old acquaintance …

Historical Fiction Book Review: Wings Like a Dove

About the BookTitle: Wings Like a Dove Author: Camille Eide Publisher: Ashberry Lane Release Date: December 1, 2019 Click here to purchase a copy of this novel for yourself. Publisher's Description"Can the invisible walls that separate people ever come down?
In 1933, Anna Leibowicz is convinced that the American dream that brought her Jewish family here from Poland is nothing but an illusion. Her father has vanished. Her dreams of college can't make it past the sweat-shop door. And when she discovers to her shame and horror that she's with child, her mother gives her little choice but to leave. Deciding her best course of action is to try to find her father, she strikes out...hoping against hope to somehow redeem them both. When Anna stumbles upon a house full of orphan boys in rural Indiana who are in desperate need of a tutor and a cook, she agrees to postpone her journey. But she knows from the moment she meets their contemplative, deep-hearted caretaker, Thomas Chandle…

Contemporary Romance Book Review: A Match for Emma

About the BookTitle: A Match for Emma Author: Pepper Basham Series: Mitchell’s Crossroads (Book 3) Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Independently published Release Date: November 2, 2019 Click here to purchase a copy of this novel for yourself.
Publisher's Description"Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe. When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected. With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?"

My ReviewA Match for Emma, by Pepper Basham, is the third book in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series. Thi…

Nonfiction Book Review: Obedience over Hustle:The Surrender of the Striving Heart

About the BookTitle: Obedience over Hustle: The Surrender of the Striving Heart Author: Malinda Fuller Genre: Religion/Christian Life/Woman’s Issues Publisher: Shiloh Run Press Release Date: September 1, 2019 Click her to purchase a copy of this book for yourself.
Publisher's Description“The world promises recognition and promotion if we "hustle harder," but at what cost? Join the counter-cultural movement of choosing surrender over striving.
Throughout scripture, we encounter individuals who had to face the hard reality that their dreams and time lines weren't God's best plan. By exploring these biblical narratives alongside her own personal stories of radical obedience, author Malinda Fuller encourages readers to respond to the questions God asks each of us: "Will you trust Me? . . . Will you do what I'm asking you to do?”

Fuller's challenge to all of us is to yield to God's voiceno matter where He leads or what He asks, whether it's complicated…