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Historical Fiction Book Review: The Captured Bride

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Publisher's Description"Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight raised among the Mohawks, and Elias Dubois, a condemned traitor working both sides of the conflict, must join together to get a shipment of gold safely into British hands.
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A War-Torn Countryside Is No Place for a Lady
Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause. . .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.  Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns o…

Contemporary Fiction Book Review: Where Hope Begins

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Publisher's Description "Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .

Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.
But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.

Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations."
My ReviewWher…

Contemporary Fiction Book Review: Falling for You

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Publisher's Description "Willow Bradford is content taking a break from modeling to run her family''s inn until she comes face-to-face with NFL quarterback Corbin Stewart, the man who broke her heart--and wants to win her back. When a decades-old missing-persons case brings them together, they''re forced to decide whether they can risk falling for one another all over again."
My ReviewThe second book in the Bradford Sisters Romance series, Falling for You, by Becky Wade, is a gem of a novel. It sparkles with humor, romance, mystery, and second chances. Set in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Falling for You is a book as grand and as striking as the scenic setting that enriches the story. The unique plot of this novel is simply captivating as it abounds with details and twists that are delightfully entertaining and thoroughly intriguing. 

The characters are lively, authentic, and incredibly endearing. Even as they face difficult trials, they persev…

Contemporary Fiction Novella Review: Second Impressions

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Publisher's Description "He likes streamline. She prefers embellishments. His forte is business. Hers is atmosphere. Will they realize each has what the other needs most to create the perfect romance with a touch of Jane Austen flair? When a country girl travels to Bath, England to visit Jane Austen country, will a serious businessman ruin her regency-dream?"
My ReviewSecond Impressions, by Pepper Basham, is a wonderful novella that fans of Jane Austen will find particularly delightful. Set in Bath, England, the historic charm of British literature and all things Austen provides the ideal setting for an unexpected romance to flourish. Full of wit and humor, Second Impressions, is especially funny and endearing. The characters are engaging and relatable, and the plot is quickly paced and truly entertaining. At all times, this novella finds the perfect blend of comedy, romance, and faith making it a love story that is thoroughly fun and memorable. There is quite a lot…

Historical Fiction Review: 223 Orchard Street

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Publisher's Description "A heartening novel of the immigrant experience—and of redemption, self-sacrifice, and the power of hope when all else seems lost.

Irish immigrant Katie O’Connor and her younger sister, Shannon, risk everything to journey to America at the turn of the twentieth century. As each woman passes into an intimidating, stirring, and unpredictable New York City, she is forced to rethink her dream of a better life. It isn’t until Katie begins serving the sick in the depressed slums of the Bowery alongside Dr. Titus Brentwood that she discovers her true calling. Meanwhile, fate directs the vulnerable Shannon down an unsettling path that could put her life at risk.

As Katie’s and Ty’s selflessness and devotion turn into something deeper, Ty must make a choice that could save one O’Connor sister at the expense of losing the other. But Katie hasn’t come this far to let go now. She’ll do anything to save Shannon and hold on to the man she’s come to lo…