This Road We Traveled

This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another wonderful story based on real pioneers who suffered to build the United States of America. Jane Kirkpatrick brings these characters to life in her own insightful way. The reader journeys with the characters, surviving things we present-day hot-house lilies would not.Continue reading “This Road We Traveled”

The Lazarus File

The Lazarus File by Donn E. Taylor My rating: 4 of 5 stars Political intrigue isn’t generally my favorite read, but this one caught my eye. It’s set back in the 1970s, so that’s a bit of a twist. No cell phones. No computers. (Anyone else remember this as the good old days?) Back whenContinue reading “The Lazarus File”

The Bonfires of Beltane

The Bonfires of Beltane by Mark E. Fisher My rating: 4 of 5 stars This story is set WAY BACK in time, before the Middle Ages, in ancient Ireland. The hero, Taran mac Teague, rebels against the Druids and their demonic gods. He’s banished from his clan’s island and set adrift to die at sea.Continue reading “The Bonfires of Beltane”

A Heart Most Certain

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears My rating: 5 of 5 stars An unabashedly Christian story that isn’t preachy, unrealistic, or predictable. The characters are flawed, not perfect, and not every loose end winds up in a tidy bow. Well done, Melissa Jagears! Lydia King comes from what we’d call today a “dysfunctional” familyContinue reading “A Heart Most Certain”

To Follow Her Heart

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino My rating: 4 of 5 stars The final book in The Southold Chronicles, “To Follow Her Heart” wraps up the story of the Horton family. I highly recommend that you read these stories in order. “A Place in His Heart” and “To Capture Her Heart” are books oneContinue reading “To Follow Her Heart”

Honor Redeemed

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another enjoyable historical romance by Christine Johnson! This is book two of her “Keys of Promise” series. One doesn’t need to read “Love’s Rescue” to enjoy “Honor Redeemed,” but since the characters of the first book reappear in the second, it will give moreContinue reading “Honor Redeemed”


Courageous by Dina L. Sleiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another exciting adventure from Dina Sleiman. This is book three of her “Valiant Hearts” series and I’m hoping we’ll see a book four. (Because we need to know what’s happening to Sadie next, right?) The first is “Dauntless.” The second is “Chivalrous.” All areContinue reading “Courageous”

Like a River From Its Course

Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are so many single words that can describe this book. Deep. Gripping. Raw. Powerful. It’s all of those things. This is the type of story that brings history to life in a way we comprehend it at its mostContinue reading “Like a River From Its Course”

No Way Up

No Way Up by Mary Connealy My rating: 5 of 5 stars Typical Mary Connealy book … which is to say that I loved it! Sadie Boden is the boss’s daughter but she doesn’t want to live on the family ranch. Neither does her oldest brother, Cole. But their father is calling the shots. Sadie,Continue reading “No Way Up”


Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel My rating: 3 of 5 stars Interesting look at the problems of navigation regarding finding longitude in the mid-late 1700s. I learned quite a bit from this book, mostly that I knew very little aboutContinue reading “Longitude”