Behind Love’s Wall

Behind Love’s Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels My rating: 5 of 5 stars Behind Love’s Wall takes the reader on a double journey of intrigue and romance on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. Author Carrie Fancett Pagels does a well-balanced job in this dual-timeline story. From 1895 to 2020, the setting of the famous Grand Hotel immersesContinue reading “Behind Love’s Wall”

Along a Storied Trail

Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another Ann Gabhart classic tale of adventure and love in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Ride along with Tansy Calhoun as she delivers books to those who live up in the hills as part of the Packhorse Librarians during the GreatContinue reading “Along a Storied Trail”

Journey to ChiYah

Journey to ChiYah by Kimberly Russell My rating: 4 of 5 stars Let me say upfront, if you assumed from the title that this book is a fantasy about an alternate China, it’s not. Yeah. That threw me too. Journey to ChiYah is an allegory, like a modern-day Pilgrim’s Progress. Admittedly, not my normal typeContinue reading “Journey to ChiYah”

Butterfly Cottage

Butterfly Cottage by Carrie Fancett Pagels My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you enjoy women’s fiction that is uplifting instead of gloomy, this is your book. Told in three points of view, it explores the lives of a grandmother, a daughter, and a granddaughter with their generational differences, challenges, and goals. It’s heartwarming andContinue reading “Butterfly Cottage”

Undaunted Hope

Undaunted Hope by Jody HedlundMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved this story! Full disclosure, I’ve been to this lighthouse and love the setting, so it would have had to be a real goose egg for me not to like it, but I more than liked it. The characters are diverse and interesting, the plotContinue reading “Undaunted Hope”

A Dance in Donegal

A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is Jennifer Deibel’s debut novel and it won’t be the last of hers that I read. A delightful tale full of the textures of Ireland. The author has lived there – obviously – and really brought the reader onto its emeraldContinue reading “A Dance in Donegal”

The Lost Lieutenant

The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch My rating: 4 of 5 stars A delightful tale of a man who has both a title and a wife thrust upon him by forces beyond his control. Both of the main characters in this book were interesting and engaging. The setting was brought to life in detail thatContinue reading “The Lost Lieutenant”

The House at the End of the Moor

The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep My rating: 3 of 5 stars A good story set in 1860s England. It’s told from three points of view, the hero, the heroine, and a villain, which makes it different from most romance stories. The heroine is written in 1st person point ofContinue reading “The House at the End of the Moor”

An Appalachian Summer

An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart My rating: 5 of 5 stars Yet another wonderful story from Ann Gabhart! In this book, she takes us back to Hyden with the Frontier Nursing Service. This time we meet a debutant fresh from her coming-out ball who winds up mucking stalls in the Appalachian Mountains whileContinue reading “An Appalachian Summer”

The King’s Mercy

The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton My rating: 4 of 5 stars I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. The subject matter was all over the place with Scottish Jacobites and Colonial America, slavery and Native Americans. I had a little trouble following it all in the beginning, but once past that, itContinue reading “The King’s Mercy”