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”

A Reluctant Belle

Reluctant Belle by Beth White My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved Beth White’s first trilogy. Somehow, I missed book one of this new series, but I’ll be picking up my copy soon! This is a post-Civil War series set in an area – Mississippi – that I haven’t read much about before. WhileContinue reading “A Reluctant Belle”

Mail-Order Refuge

Mail-Order Refuge by Cindy Regnier My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was one of those who thought that the mail-order bride story had been done to death – but! – then came “Mail-Order Refuge” and changed my mind. I loved the humor, the spunkiness, and the bit of suspense that all rolled together inContinue reading “Mail-Order Refuge”

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”

Stars of Alabama

Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich My rating: 4 of 5 stars I love Sean Dietrich’s blog posts. They are insightful, touching, and well worth reading, so I was excited to be able to preview this upcoming release. It’s typical for his style of writing. While it is a full book, it reads a lotContinue reading “Stars of Alabama”

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”

The Noble Guardian

The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep My rating: 3 of 5 stars Full disclosure: I haven’t read the first two books in this series. This novel is good, but it didn’t blow me away like the author’s The Captured Bride┬ádid. It really felt like it needed a good editing job, lots of repeat words andContinue reading “The Noble Guardian”

Beauty in Battle

Beauty in Battle by Robin Patchen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Be sure to first┬áread “Beauty in Flight” and “Beauty in Hiding.” Here’s the thrilling ending to the series! Harper’s secret is out and Jack is standing by her side, but Derrick is still lurking “out there” somewhere and there’s another someone from theContinue reading “Beauty in Battle”