This Freedom Journey (Heart of the Mountains) by Misty M. Beller

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This Freedom Journey (Heart of the Mountains)   by Misty M. Beller

Another very interesting historical novella by Beller.  The story opens up in a blinding blizzard with a man and his donkey stumbling along knowing for sure he is going to freeze to death soon. He can see nothing but the swirling snow so with outstretched hands hoping to feel the mountain that is surely somewhere in front of him, but then his hand touches wood. It cannot be a wooden structure in the middle of nowhere. Surely no one can be living here. Inside he finds a near dead woman, no heat and no food. He takes shelter for himself and his donkey intending to leave on the morrow when the blizzard is over. The next day after trying to get a little food in her from his meager supply, he finds he cannot leave her to die alone although she has told him to be on his way, that she will be alright. Beller has written an excellent story with very strong characters and even a lovable donkey.   After the stormy blizzard, the sun breaks through literally and into a warm love story that will surely leave you wanting to read the next book in the Heart of the Mountain series.  I was gifted this book by the author and this review is in my own words,

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The Heart of Home by Stephenia H. McGee

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The Heart of Home  by Stephenia H. McGee

The book opens up shortly after the civil war. Opal Martin and her mother are trying to piece their life back together after the horrid war. Most of their furnishing are gone and also all the servants. When a smooth talking stranger arrives at their door seeking to buy their home, something doesn’t add up. Opal’s mother is completely taken in by the thought of selling their home so she can move and start a new beginning…..  Then Opal finds a half drowned confederate soldier on her porch semi conscious and seems to be dying. He even asks to be able to die on her porch.  What can she do?  She cannot in good conscious leave him there……..A most interesting read with lots of unexpected happenings…… Can her Mother convince her to sell and start over again?  What becomes of the wounded soldier? Is it possible to recover from all the war has taken from them?   You will enjoy this great historical romance from McGee, another winner.

My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California: Abby’s Prospects by Janice Thompson

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My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California: Abby’s Prospects   by Janice Thompson

My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California is my first to read by this author. This is a sweet love story for many of the characters.  It is also a novel showing the historical beginnings in America. This book explores the era of the California Gold Rush, the ’49ers, and the roots of San Francisco, what brought so many people to the Wild West. This book places you right there in the middle of all the action from the viewpoint of a young woman from England, with her staunch butler. At times it is humorous and at others somewhat sad. A well written novel that will keep you reading to see how it all will end.               I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Light My Fire: Christian romantic suspense (Summer of the Burning Sky Book 1…….by Susan May Warren

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Light My Fire: Christian romantic suspense (Summer of the Burning Sky Book 1…….by Susan May Warren

The Jude County Smokejumpers are back with some old friends and some new faces as well! If you’ve read any of the Montana Fire series, you know how much intense action and breath taking suspense Susan May Warren writes into her novels! This book 1 in her new series is no exception……. We have burning fires in Alaska, prison break, fugitives fleeing and a murderer on the loose. Enters U.S. Marshall Stevie Mills intending to capture her fugitive at any cost. She finds what she is not looking for, reunion with her estranged parents and romance/love from one of the firefighters. There so much danger and intense emotions happening in the  Summer of the Burning Sky…….Light My Fire is another winner for Warren.
I was given a copy of this book by the author and was under no obligation to post a review.

A MOST NOBLE HEIR by Susan Anne Mason

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A MOST NOBLE HEIR  by Susan Anne Mason

My first book to read by Mason and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It is well written with strong believable characters, so believable you would like to clobber some of them. I like the era and setting, mid 1800’s, where you had Lords and Ladys and “below stairs” maids, housekeepers, scullery maids, cooks, stable hands, butlers… etc. A stable lad, happy with his life planning to marry the maid he has loved for years. Then suddenly his whole life changes……..there is much excitement, twists and turns, upheaval and mystery. So many ups and downs to keep you turning page after page. Through it all there is true love and love for doing what would please the Lord…………Thank you so much to Bethany House for the chance to read and review this book!

Where the Fire Falls: A Vintage National Parks Novel……. by Karen Barnett

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Where the Fire Falls: A Vintage National Parks Novel……. by Karen Barnett

Yay,…. I got to travel to Yosemite National Park through this novel set in the late 1920’s. I  viewed the Majestic granite mountains and the rushing waterfalls. The nature trails and the bustling campgrounds. Also the grand hotel and the park guide and rangers. You get to see Yosemite through the eyes of Clark, the park guide and Olivia, the water color artist. Barnett has written a very informative and interesting novel of intrigue, mystery, suspense and romance wrapped in a beautiful setting of God’s beautiful creation…….I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

The Road to Magnolia Glen (A Natchez Trace Novel) by Pam Hillman

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The Road to Magnolia Glen (A Natchez Trace Novel) by Pam Hillman

Another great read in this second book of Hillman’s Natchez Trace novels. This book opens up on a ship sailing to America from Ireland.  We find the main characters aboard, Quinn O’Shea and his two younger brothers who are to join their elder brother, Conner {from the first book } in America. Kiera Young sailing to marry a man her brother in law has arranged, along with her two younger sisters. Sparks fly when the uppity Kiera meets Quinn and demands he keep his younger brother away from her sister.  But things quickly change when they reach their destination. Things are nothing like it was supposed to be…….there is so much excitement in this romantic historical novel to keep you turning the pages to see how it will all end.  Hillman has written another great read filled with the joys and sorrows of a time in the history of early Natchez in the late 1700’s.  I thoroughly enjoyed The Road to Magnolia Glen ………….   I received a complimentary advanced reader copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review.

Beneath the Surface { Dive Team Investigations Book # 1 } by Lynn H. Blackburn

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Beneath the Surface { Dive Team Investigations Book # 1 } by Lynn H. Blackburn

What a book! My first time to read this author and it won’t be the last. Blackburn is an excellent writer. The plot was great and the suspense was nail biting and filled with action. Her characters were so real it was as if you were right there during the whole ordeal.  She writes in things that have nothing to do with the story, yet adds so much to it and her characters. This book grabs your interest from page one and keeps you turning them to find out who the culprit is. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would give it more than 5 stars if I could. I predict that Blackburn will soon be a favored mystery/suspense/romance author right up there with the greatest authors of suspense. ………..I appreciate Revell allowing me to read and review this great novel.

Her Place in Time: A Time Travel Romance Novella….. by Stephenia H McGee

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Her Place in Time: A Time Travel Romance Novella….. by Stephenia H McGee

McGee is a wonderful writer…..I love to read stories from the civil war era…..two story antebellum homes with the lovely gardens and towering oaks. Ladies with the flowing dresses with hoops and the rugged handsome heroes. Her Place in Time has all this and SO MUCH MORE……A dying modern  young lady is transported back in time to the civil war era. You will find yourself rapidly turning the pages, eager to read all the happenings of this most interesting novel.  Of course this is fiction but McGee has done a delightful interweaving of the past and the present day. You will certainly enjoy reading this Time Travel novel……… McGee entrusted me to read and review her book and I am most happy to leave a positive review.

Together Forever (Orphan Train Book #2) by Jody Hedlund

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Together Forever (Orphan Train Book #2)  by Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is an author who keeps you turning the pages. This is the second book about the orphan train which was in the mid 1800’s. The Children Aid Society would gather up the homeless street urchins and the orphans in the orphanage and put them on the orphan train in the hopes that they would be adopted at the different towns they would stop at. Some would be adopted by childless couples but often it would be people that would take them because they needed extra help in the home or fields. Hedlund brings the children to life and also the adults who would oversee them on their train ride. There is humor, excitement, sadness and even danger on the westward Orphan Train. Oh yes, there is even romance…….I received a copy from NetGalley and this is my honest review,