Yours Truly, Thomas

Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham My rating: 3 of 5 stars There is a lot to like about this story. The characters are engaging, the story premise is interesting, the setting is charming, and there’s a big dog in it. I love stories with dogs in them. However – you saw that coming, right?Continue reading “Yours Truly, Thomas”

My Dearest Dietrich

My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love by Amanda Barratt My rating: 4 of 5 stars No history geek worth his or her salt hasn’t heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Including me. I knew the bare bones of his story, but there was a lot I didn’t know. I knew nothing about MariaContinue reading “My Dearest Dietrich”

Cameo Courtships

Cameo Courtships: 4 Stories of Women Whose Lives Are Touched by a Legendary Gift by Susanne Dietze My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the first Barbour historical romance collection I’ve read since they’ve changed the format to just four novellas per book. While the collections have always been written around a theme, “CameoContinue reading “Cameo Courtships”

The Refuge

The Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m a huge fan of Ann Gabhart’s Shaker books. I’ve liked them all. This one, however, might be my favorite. Ann does a great job of making the Shakers real in her stories. It would be so easy to make them cartoonish withContinue reading “The Refuge”

Lord of Her Heart

Lord of Her Heart by Sherrinda Ketchersid My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love a good medieval read! What’s more romantic than knights, fair ladies, and castles? Sherrinda Ketchersid nails all of that, plus a bit of mystery, a dash of danger, and a hearty sprinkling of humor. This is not a dark, gothicContinue reading “Lord of Her Heart”

Sand Creek Serenade

Sand Creek Serenade by Jennifer Uhlarik My rating: 5 of 5 stars A deeply moving story set against the backdrop of a tragic moment in U.S. history. Even amid turmoil, however, love can blossom. When a young female doctor meets a Cheyenne brave, both their worlds expand. However, it’s a dangerous time to be onContinue reading “Sand Creek Serenade”

Les Misérables

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo My rating: 3 of 5 stars How can anyone give just three stars to a classic like Les Misérables? When it takes an avid reader almost six weeks to slog through it. Yes, I love the story! Who doesn’t? But the writing is not only old-world writing, it’s positively sloggy.Continue reading “Les Misérables”

Songbird and the Spy

Songbird and the Spy by J’nell Ciesielski My rating: 5 of 5 stars Romance with a healthy dose of intrigue that will keep you turning the pages. A young American music student is caught behind the lines in occupied France during WWII. Her French relatives try to shield her, but she winds up alone andContinue reading “Songbird and the Spy”

The Midwife’s Tale

The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed this tale by Delia Parr, an author I haven’t read before. The characters are engaging, the setting is very well done, the research into the topic was obvious but didn’t overpower the story. It included a twist that I sort ofContinue reading “The Midwife’s Tale”

The Blessed

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 alwaysContinue reading “The Blessed”