The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve been waiting for this installment of Julie Klassen’s “Tales from Ivy Hill” series. And I’m happy to note that there are more to come. I’m already looking forward to the next one. If you like period dramas, the type MasterpieceContinue reading “The Ladies of Ivy Cottage”

Newton & Polly

Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund My rating: 5 of 5 stars How did I miss this book when it released last year?! Waterbrook needs to do a better job of book promotion. I love Jody Hedlund’s stories, and she knocked this one out of the park. Seriously. The way she introduces John Newton andContinue reading “Newton & Polly”

All She Left Behind

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Nobody writes gritty and determined characters – based on real-life people – as well as Jane Kirkpatrick. This one held me from the opening sentences. Jennie Pickett married young, thus ending her dreams of becoming a doctor. Being a wife and motherContinue reading “All She Left Behind”

A Rebel in My House

A Rebel in My House – Civil War Romance Series by Sandra Merville Hart My rating: 5 of 5 stars Set during the battle at Gettysburg, “A Rebel in My House” tells the story of a woman swept up in an event that changed the course of a war. If you’ve never thought about theContinue reading “A Rebel in My House”

A Heart Set Free

A Heart Set Free by Janet S. Grunst My rating: 5 of 5 stars A lovely tale set in Colonial America. Heather Douglas sells herself into indentured servitude to pay for her crossing from Scotland to the British Colonies in America. She’s running from her past and will do anything to start over somewhere else.Continue reading “A Heart Set Free”

To the Farthest Shores

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden My rating: 4 of 5 stars I love historical novels that teach me something about history. In this story, I learned about the U.S. Government’s MID program and the beginnings of cultured pearl farming. I knew nothing about either of them. Score! Jenny Bennett is a very qualifiedContinue reading “To the Farthest Shores”

The Mark of the King

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green My rating: 5 of 5 stars Could not put it down. Jocelyn Green once again delivers a story that deserves the word “epic” to describe it. Filled with twists and turns, she takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of 18th century New Orleans. She makesContinue reading “The Mark of the King”

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love this type of historical. It’s not romance, although there is some romance in it. It’s a much broader and richer story than you can get in a romance novel. This is more like a PBS period drama. Think DowntonContinue reading “The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill”

The Long Winter Ends

The Long Winter Ends by Newton G. Thomas My rating: 3 of 5 stars I bought this book to do some research on Cornish miners who immigrated to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to work in the copper mines. It’s a wonderful book for that research, with dialogue written in the full Cornish brogue so the readerContinue reading “The Long Winter Ends”