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Category Archives: Historical Fiction

The Blessed

The Blessed (Shaker, #4)The Blessed by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed all of Ann Gabhart’s shaker books and couldn’t believe I’d missed one … but I had! So I grabbed a copy and read it in a couple of days. As usual, it was full of the characters who had not always experienced the best things in life, had not always made the right choices, and these characters were living through the consequences of their actions. In short, Ann Gabhart writes real-people-type characters the reader can relate to.

What I love about these Shaker books is that while they deal with a group of people we’d label as a cult today, the author treats them with the dignity and respect they deserve as people trying to do their best with what they know and believe. She never demeans them or makes them into caricatures. They are fully-rounded characters with strengths and weaknesses, beauty and warts. And into the lives of these people, the author weaves a tale of hardship and hope.

Well worth reading.

 

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A Bound Heart

A Bound HeartA Bound Heart by Laura Frantz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another wonderful story by Laura Frantz. This one lands the readers on Scotland’s craggy coastline and then sweeps them out to sea to find hope on distant shores. A delightful blend of cultural norms and national loyalties that clash with the harsh realities of the mid-eighteenth century. Colorful characters in a wide range of personalities pepper the story with enough emotional impact to keep the pages turning. You’ll love some, hate some, and have a hard time figuring where others fit into that spectrum. A beautiful read that releases on January 1st. What a great way to start the year and use those Christmas gift cards!

 

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The Deepest Sigh

The Deepest Sigh (Echoes of the Heart Book 1)The Deepest Sigh by Naomi Dawn Musch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. I don’t know what I expected in this book, but I was engrossed from start to finish. The characters didn’t let me go even after I’d shut the book. They are deep, complex, and achingly human with their hopes, dreams, faults, and foibles. Sometimes you don’t know whom to root for. Sometimes you want to slap one of them. Sometimes you want to weep for them. Beautifully written in a style that will appeal to any who enjoy historicals and historical romance. Set during WWI at a very pivotal time in our history, a very satisfying story of people who did their best in a world that was shifting and changing before their very eyes. I highly recommend this one.

 

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Mist O’er the Voyageur

Mist O'er the VoyageurMist O’er the Voyageur by Naomi Musch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is in the middle of my wheelhouse. I love everything Great Lakes and historical Great Lake settings are my favorites. The added plus is that it takes place during Colonial Times. Yeah. Win-win-win for me.

The author does a superb job of setting this story among the rough-and-tumble world of the French Voyageurs. You’ll feel the strain of the canoe paddle in your hands, the spray of Lake Superior against your face, and the turbulent waves battering your fragile vessel. Truly an experience across the pages.

Don’t miss out on this one!

 

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A Heart for Freedom

A Heart For FreedomA Heart For Freedom by Janet S. Grunst
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A beautiful follow-up to “A Heart Set Free.” This non-traditional romance follows the married couple, Matthew and Heather Stewart. Their happily-ever-after is challenged by the turmoil of the American Revolution. Can they and their marriage survive in the midst of such chaos, danger, and uncertainty?

 

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The Captured Bride

The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3)The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Those who follow my reviews know that I absolutely love the books by Laura Frantz and Jocelyn Green. Now it’s time to move Michelle Griep into that top tier of favorite historical/historical romance authors. She hit this one completely out of the park. Excellent writing. Excellent history. Excellent characters. Excellent story. Quite possibly the best book I’ve read in 2018. There’s no point in rehashing the story here, just trust me, read this one. It’s part of the “Daughters of the Mayflower” series, but you do not need to read the other books to enjoy this one. The books each stand on their own. READ THIS ONE.

 

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The Hero of Shenandoah Hearts

Jacob Owens, the hero of Shenandoah Hearts, is a prosperous merchant, owning and running a Philadelphia shop. He’s had the wonderful ladysmith, Madga Sehler, working with his family for years. But the Sehler family is relocating to the Shenandoah region of what is today Virginia. This backcountry area was dangerous. Beautiful but dangerous. Far from Jacob’s home. And did I mention dangerous?

In romance, we always have the “why?” and the “why not?”. I’m a big proponent of understanding the characters’ backstories. So what do we have in Jacob’s present day and in his backstory that would lead him to abandon his livelihood in Philadelphia? Jacob’s parents lived in Philadelphia and brought him up there. But wait – his grandparents had lived in the backcountry. And every visit to Philly brought tales of the glorious beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. So his grandparents had lived there in the early 1700s my oh my – and what adventurers they had to have been. Jacob’s eldest brother is, in fact (and fiction!), living in western Virginia where he is developing a forge and iron working business in which Jacob will have a partnership.

But … Jacob’s next eldest brother is in the military. He has been sent to the western area of Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley, to guard against encroaching French interests. And he tells Jacob this is an area brewing with trouble. These two brothers are particularly close. And Jacob’s brother has planted the notion that if ever Jacob should wish to journey to their grandparents’ former “backyards” that he’d be welcome in the militia. Or as a supplier to the forts, which was badly needed.

What’s a man to do? When Magda leaves with her family, apparently accepting an offer of marriage from the older wagonmaster, many a man might decide – she’s made up her mind. But a wise customer shares her advice. And Jacob seeks God’s direction in his life.

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Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper,” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.

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