A Prickly Affair – the History & a Giveaway

Donna Schlachter is one of my co-authors in the Bouquet of Brides. Like all the rest of us, she did her research to make sure her story was historically accurate.   When I decided on the time period for my Bouquet of Brides story, “A Prickly Affair”, I wanted to keep it close to my favorite time,Continue reading “A Prickly Affair – the History & a Giveaway”

Newton & Polly

Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund My rating: 5 of 5 stars How did I miss this book when it released last year?! Waterbrook needs to do a better job of book promotion. I love Jody Hedlund’s stories, and she knocked this one out of the park. Seriously. The way she introduces John Newton andContinue reading “Newton & Polly”

A Moonbow Night

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz My rating: 5 of 5 stars What can I say? Laura Frantz hits another one out of the park. Why do I love Laura’s books? Her characters are fresh, interesting, non-stereotypical, likable, and completely believable. They aren’t perfect, they aren’t two-dimensional, they are deep, rounded, and fascinating. Her settingsContinue reading “A Moonbow Night”

To the Farthest Shores

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden My rating: 4 of 5 stars I love historical novels that teach me something about history. In this story, I learned about the U.S. Government’s MID program and the beginnings of cultured pearl farming. I knew nothing about either of them. Score! Jenny Bennett is a very qualifiedContinue reading “To the Farthest Shores”

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love this type of historical. It’s not romance, although there is some romance in it. It’s a much broader and richer story than you can get in a romance novel. This is more like a PBS period drama. Think DowntonContinue reading “The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill”

The Long Winter Ends

The Long Winter Ends by Newton G. Thomas My rating: 3 of 5 stars I bought this book to do some research on Cornish miners who immigrated to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to work in the copper mines. It’s a wonderful book for that research, with dialogue written in the full Cornish brogue so the readerContinue reading “The Long Winter Ends”

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”

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”

The Mistress of Tall Acre

The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz My rating: 5 of 5 stars Laura Frantz did it again. She robbed me of three hours sleep last night! That’s right. I could not put this book down. If you like an excellent story wrapped in authentic history, you’re going to lose some sleep over thisContinue reading “The Mistress of Tall Acre”