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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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Love’s Reckoning

Love's Reckoning (The Ballantyne Legacy, #1)Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of those moments when I smack my forehead and wonder if there are any brain cells left. I downloaded this ebook THREE YEARS AGO and never read it. Why? Because I honestly thought I had. Then flipping through the Kindle a few days ago, I took a closer look at it. Nope. Never read it. And from one of my most-favorite authors too. #feelingstupid

Laura Frantz didn’t disappoint. (She never does.) A wonderful tale set in Colonial America with believable, likable, and relatable characters. From extremely varied backgrounds – as was often the case in Colonial America – these characters survive in a world that is still developing, still evolving, still unsure and uneasy in many ways. Lots of tension, lots of secrets, and plenty of pluck to see it all through. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

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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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Of Rags and Riches

Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded AgeOf Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age by Michelle Griep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lovely collection! One of the better that I’ve read. Delightful heroines and dashing heroes by some authors I’ve read before and some I haven’t … but will again. The contrast of wealth versus poverty and how the two brushed up against each other during American’s Gilded Age is interesting and enlightening. These stories show life as it was, not necessarily life as we think it should have been. Well worth the time/money investment for this collection.

 

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A Stranger On My Land

A Stranger on My LandA Stranger on My Land by Sandra Merville Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A sweet novella set during the Civil War. It’s not about the battles or the issues of the times, it’s about a young girl and a wounded soldier. It’s about having the pluck to see beyond the stereotypes to the person. It’s about facing danger and sacrificing for someone else. It’s about the human experience during what can be inhuman times. Well worth reading when you need something uplifting and not too long.

 

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Among the Poppies

Among the PoppiesAmong the Poppies by J’nell Ciesielski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An extraordinary tale of heroism and sacrifice set during The Great War. Gwyn Ruthers is an ambitious young woman determined to take an active part in the war. When she learns that women are being trained to drive ambulances … she’s ready to sign up! Captain William Crawford is following in his father’s footsteps, leading men into battle. He has no business taking an interest in a woman when his life hangs in the balance with every battle, but he can’t keep the young woman auto mechanic out of his thoughts. When she shows up on the battlefield in France, he’d do anything in his power to keep her safe … if only she’d let him.

Well written, beautifully described, and emotionally charged, this book is one you can’t put down. You’ll feel the earth shake under your feet, smell the mud clinging to every boot, and taste the fear that’s never far from the scene of a battle. A must-read novel for anyone who enjoys a story steeped in true historical details behind strong, engaging characters.

 

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One Glorious Ambition

One Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea DixOne Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Jane Kirkpatrick’s books. They always bring history to life. It’s not always neat and tidy. It’s not always pretty. It’s real history and real life … in all its messiness.

This one threw me a curve. I’ve read about Dorothea Dix in numerous places over the years. Her work with the nurses during the Civil War was nothing short of legendary. When I saw her name on the cover, I snatched up this book!

What I didn’t expect, but was delighted to discover, is that the book starts when she is little more than a child and ends before the Civil War. I had *no idea* that Miss Dix’s life’s passion was to bring humane treatment to the insane, the feeble-minded, and those suffering other mental traumas. Wow. It’s an incredible story of persistence, sacrifice, and living for a mission. Well worth reading.

 

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