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Summer Plan and Other Disasters

Summer Plans--And Other DisastersSummer Plans–And Other Disasters by Karin Beery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fun story! Love the setting (a lighthouse!) and the humor. The characters were engaging and relatable while still having some deep-seated issues they needed to work through. Wonderful debut novel for this author. I’m looking forward to more Karin Beery books!

 
 

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Beauty in Flight

Beauty in FlightBeauty in Flight by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Robin Patchen has brought out another book that kept me turning the pages! Harper isn’t someone I could identify with in any way other than Patchen’s magic in bringing such a character to life. A woman who has made so many truly terrible choices in her life, paid a heavy price, and is trying to pull herself together. But her past includes some very dangerous elements and at least one of those elements won’t let her go.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Book Reviews, Christian Fiction, New Release

 

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We Hope for Better Things

We Hope for Better ThingsWe Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is actually the tale of three different women from three different times. Mary lives during the Civil War and deals with the fallout of an absentee husband, a farm to run, and helping escaped slaves. Nora lives during the turbulent times of the 1960s when race riots were reshaping inner cities. Elizabeth is a journalist struggling to land the big story that will cement her career in the modern world.

All three women are related, and all three go through some serious trials. There are a lot of characters in the book and that can be hard to follow at times. Time-slipping back and forth isn’t my favorite, but the author does a credible job with it.

This isn’t a happy read, it’s disturbing and thought-provoking, it’ll stay with you after you close the book. If you’re looking for something challenging rather than relaxing, this may be the book for you.

 

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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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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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