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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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The Cumberland Bride

The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #5)The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series that I’ve read. Having read a couple of novellas by this author, I was happy to dive into this novel. It didn’t disappoint! I was transported back in time to the backcountry of Kentucky, surrounded by the magnificent landscape, and immersed in the lives of those brave pioneers who risked it all to settle the land.

Author McNear didn’t sugar-coat the experience. She drags the reader into a river, over a mountain, and keeps them looking over their shoulder for hostile natives. She also does a very good job of balancing the differences between those natives and the settlers. And one of the things I really like is the author’s notes and historical notes at the end. I love learning how much of the story was true.

 

 

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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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Everything She Didn’t Say

Everything She Didn't SayEverything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Classic Jane Kirkpatrick! A well-written tale of a strong woman and the extraordinary life she lived. This one is unique in that it includes actual journal entries of Carrie Adell Strahorn. The story is a roller coaster ride of human emotions, the mountain tops and the valleys, the joys and some very candid disappointments as Carrie and her husband join the pioneers who settled the west. Well worth reading.

 

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River to Redemption

River to RedemptionRiver to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First note: Revell has this marketed as a historical romance. It’s not. It’s historical with a strong romantic element. There is a difference, so be aware if you’re picking this up expecting a formulaic romance. It’s not.

It’s better. The story dips into multiple points of view – not just the hero and heroine of the traditional romance – and it’s deeper and richer for it. As always, Ann Gabhart does a beautiful job fleshing out her characters and walking the reader alongside them.

The devastation of one town, the sole person who kept going through adversity such as most of us will never experience, and the way it impacted an entire town is truly amazing. A touching story based on a true historical event, you can’t go wrong picking up a copy of this book.

 

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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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A Perfect Weakness

A Perfect WeaknessA Perfect Weakness by Jennifer A. Davids
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story from the moment I picked it up. It hits a couple of real-life issues – no spoilers – and includes the interesting twist of an American Civil War vet, a doctor, who inherits a title and property in England. The American/English interactions are fun, and the characters are engaging, including the secondary characters. It’s a delightful story all the way around!

 

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