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All Manner of Things

All Manner of ThingsAll Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book by a friend, so I had no expectations going into it. I haven’t read any books by Susie Finkbeiner before and didn’t even know what genre this was when I opened the cover. (I almost never read the BCC on a gifted book and didn’t this time either.)

I barely remember the 1960s, being born then, but I felt the tug of my earliest memories as I read through the book. It’s written entirely from one first-person point of view, which is not my favorite way to experience a story, but it works.

This is a tough book to review without giving any spoilers, so I’m not going to get into the details at all. If you enjoy a story that tugs at your heart, that examines the dysfunctionality of the family, that centers entirely on one character, and that pushes against the historical norms of society, then this might be your next best read.

 

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America’s First Daughter

America's First DaughterAmerica’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very interesting and entertaining story! Based on true history, there is – of course – quite a bit of filling in between the lines of what is known. But the authors did a great job of keeping the story moving through all the historic bits.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2019 in Book Reviews, Historical Fiction

 

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Cover Reveal – Blacksmith Brides

It’s here! The beautiful cover for my May release in 2020:


Four novellas with strong men who need the gentle touch of a woman.

Pre-order on Amazon!

 

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The Softest Breath

The Softest Breath (Echoes of the Heart Book 2)The Softest Breath by Naomi Dawn Musch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. This is the second book in the series. I loved the first, The Deepest Sigh, and this one might even be better. The wonderfully rounded characters are both endearing and flawed. The setting is post-WWI when so many changes were happening both socially and industrially. The hero is charmingly old-school, and the heroine is snappily modern. The tension between them is believable and understandable. I didn’t want to put it down!

This book, as well as The Deepest Sigh, was originally published by Desert Breeze Publishing which has since gone out of business. Author Musch is putting the books back in production independently and is releasing book three, The Brightest Hope, on August 1, 2019. I never really thought I liked books written in this era, but she’s proved me wrong. I’ll be first in line to get my copy!

 

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Stars of Alabama

Stars of AlabamaStars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Sean Dietrich’s blog posts. They are insightful, touching, and well worth reading, so I was excited to be able to preview this upcoming release. It’s typical for his style of writing. While it is a full book, it reads a lot like his blog posts. It’s written from the omniscient point of view, which works for this type of book. It holds with the realism one expects from Mr. Dietrich. Not everything wraps up into a happy ending. Not everyone gets a trophy. It’s a little gritty in some areas, a little tear-jerking in some, and suspends belief in a couple of places, but that’s all good. It works.

 

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Lord of Her Heart

Lord of Her HeartLord of Her Heart by Sherrinda Ketchersid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a good medieval read! What’s more romantic than knights, fair ladies, and castles? Sherrinda Ketchersid nails all of that, plus a bit of mystery, a dash of danger, and a hearty sprinkling of humor. This is not a dark, gothic read. It’s an engaging story with characters who’ll stay with you long after you’ve closed the book. If you’re new to the medieval time period, this is a great book to start with! (Beware: this time period can be addicting.)

 

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Sand Creek Serenade

Sand Creek SerenadeSand Creek Serenade by Jennifer Uhlarik
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A deeply moving story set against the backdrop of a tragic moment in U.S. history. Even amid turmoil, however, love can blossom. When a young female doctor meets a Cheyenne brave, both their worlds expand. However, it’s a dangerous time to be on the plains. Blood has been spilled from both sides. Tensions are impossibly high. Some men aren’t to be trusted–even men in positions of authority. How can two people from such polar-opposite backgrounds find common ground that will allow them to help those who are hurting the most? Read this one and find out.

 

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