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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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A Rush of Wings

A Rush of Wings (A Rush of Wings, #1)A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t read many contemporary novels anymore but this one was recommended to me, and I enjoyed it. It has a nice mix of suspense, mystery, and romance. I connected with the characters pretty well, and the author kept me guessing as to who would shake out with whom, which was fun.

 

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The Blessed

The Blessed (Shaker, #4)The Blessed by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed all of Ann Gabhart’s shaker books and couldn’t believe I’d missed one … but I had! So I grabbed a copy and read it in a couple of days. As usual, it was full of the characters who had not always experienced the best things in life, had not always made the right choices, and these characters were living through the consequences of their actions. In short, Ann Gabhart writes real-people-type characters the reader can relate to.

What I love about these Shaker books is that while they deal with a group of people we’d label as a cult today, the author treats them with the dignity and respect they deserve as people trying to do their best with what they know and believe. She never demeans them or makes them into caricatures. They are fully-rounded characters with strengths and weaknesses, beauty and warts. And into the lives of these people, the author weaves a tale of hardship and hope.

Well worth reading.

 

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The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection

The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection: 9 Historical Women Win More than a Blue Ribbon at the FairThe Blue Ribbon Brides Collection: 9 Historical Women Win More than a Blue Ribbon at the Fair by Cynthia Hickey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another Barbour collection full of engaging characters and fun stories, these all set during a county or state fair. Having spent a good deal of my growing up years at the county fair, then twenty years as a 4-H leader and 4-Her’s mom, these stories brought back many fond memories. It’s hard to pick any favorites out of this bunch, all of them combine a competitive spirit with the life lessons each character needs to learn. I love that each competition is different, from quilting to baking to farm animals to auto racing … there is something in here for everyone.

 

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I Heard the Bells

I Heard the BellsI Heard the Bells by Angela K. Couch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good Christmas story with a heartfelt message. Perfect to pick up and read this holiday season. The novella is a quick read that will stick with you after you’re done. Angela Couch is a wonderful author who brings her characters to life for the reader.

 

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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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Toward the Sunrise

Toward the Sunrise (Until the Dawn, #0.5)Toward the Sunrise by Elizabeth Camden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a charming novella about a woman who gets herself into a “situation” and the unexpected hero who helps her out. I really liked both characters and enjoyed how they played off each other. The author did a great job of writing the scenes with the goats too. As someone who has raised sheep for over 25 years, it was fun to read well-researched and believable scenes like that! Too often, writers miss the details that make such things fun for people who know how it really works. Kudos to Elizabeth Camden!

 

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