The Two Of Us…..by Victoria Bylin

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The Two Of Us…..by Victoria Bylin

This is my first book to read by Victoria Bylin and I feel sure it will not be the last. Her writing style is reminiscent of Karen Kingsbury…….Mia has sworn off of love and men forever, after being burned and rejected twice. She is a nurse practitioner and has applied to Mission Medical where she will be stationed overseas. She vowed to God if He would open the door for her, she would go and devote her life to helping unfortunate children…..but her younger sister {whom she has raised since the age of ten when their mother died} is now pregnant and is to be wedded to the young man. She flies out for the wedding intending to persuade Lucy to rethink marriage,or at least wait. Then she meets Sam’s best man,Jake and there is an instant attraction. Mia fights the attraction yet falls in love, not only with Jake, but his mother Claire. Claire has Alzheimer and Frank her husband is so devoted to her. This touches Mia deeply. Then she has to rethink her decision. This is a sweet, faith filled romance with some very intense moments…….Thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to read and review. This my honest review.

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Mighty to Save (Texas Romance Family Saga Book 9) by Caryl McAdoo

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Mighty to Save (Texas Romance Family Saga Book 9)  by Caryl McAdoo

This is a beautiful story with a strong Christian message. The story continues of Nathaniel and Evelyn Nightingale and their son, Broderick known as Buddy. He is four years of age and their only child. Evelyn has been in love with Nathaniel nearly all of her life, since she was four years old. They have a good marriage and Nathaniel has chosen to serve the Lord and gave up his drinking and sinful ways. He used his calling from God during WW1 to encourage the soldiers and help lead them to salvation.
Evelyn is a gentle soul and loving mother, who is also a writer. In the book she is also writing a true story about a slave who falls in love with the master’s grandson. The master sells her to a slaver for spite and revenge. Jules, the grandson vows to find Pearl and buy her back to marry her. He searches for her many years. This is such a poignant love story in itself,with a beautiful ending. McAdoo does a fantastic job of weaving two stories/eras into one most interesting book, that you will find hard to put down.
This book takes you into the time of the early 1920’s of tent revivals where there are signs and wonders and miracles as Nightingale lets God work through him. Also presented in a believable way that captures the interest of the reader. You surely will look forward to book 10 in this series.

My Blue Havyn (Heart’s of Hollywood series Book 1) by Lynnette Bonner

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Havyn Jessup along with her closest friend Chelsea agreed to join her pastor and church on a mission trip to Africa to build a school for the African children. All is well as she hurries to the airport lest she be late. Meets up with Chelsea and who does she see? The famous actor, Levi Carter,with a beautiful actress on his arm. Surely he is not going along. This is her childhood friend, whom she thought she would marry. The call of Hollywood was greater than his love for her. She learns that pastor Chad had invited him to join the group. Havyn is ready to turn around and go home, but her friend won’t let her.
Levi is thrilled to learn that Havyn is part of the building team. It’s been four years since they last saw one another. Levi knows he made a huge mistake and would love to right the wrong. As thy arrive in Africa there is excitement, hard work and even danger. This is a well written and heart warming novella that will touch you……Thanks to Bonner for the copy. I was under no pressure to leave a review but am happy to do so.

Gathering the Threads: A Novel (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall

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Gathering the Threads: A Novel (The Amish of Summer Grove)  by Cindy Woodsmall

This is book 3 in the series and Cindy gives a brief synopsis of the other 2 books so you will be familiar with the characters…Such a good book and well written with the characters coming to life from the written page. Ariana is such a sweet and unassuming person, always putting others first despite all the sorrows and accusations that she faced. She is a peacemaker…Quill Schlabach is the one-person Ariana can discuss her true feelings with, but the Amish leaders do not approve of Quill. This is hard for Ariana to accept, but she tries to comply with the elders and her parents, to her hurt….. I was beginning to think there was no hope for Skylar, but through it all she became a much better person who actually learned to think of others instead of herself….Cindy did not sugar coat the Amish but showed their flaws as well as their goodness. This interesting book takes you back in time “the old ways” in the midst of modern times……A wonderful book to end a very good series…….I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own……..

The Promise of Breeze Hill (A Natchez Trace Novel) by Pam Hillman

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The Promise of Breeze Hill (A Natchez Trace Novel) by Pam Hillman

When I first read of this book, my interest was piqued because I have lived on or very near the Natchez Trace for over 40 years. I knew that it was a “MUST READ” for me……..The story takes place in 1791 when the trace was rough wagon trail where highwaymen, robbers and murderers roamed to prey on the travelers. Breeze Hill is a cotton plantation that sets along the trace, a ways up from Natchez. The plantation has suffered a great loss as a fire burned the cotton field and also a whole wing of the house. The owner Bartholomew was also severely burned and almost died. The then young newly married heir was killed by robbers one night on the Trace. There are very few workers left on the plantation and very little money until the cotton crop comes in. This leaves the daughter Isabella pretty much in charge now. While in Natchez she notices a servant up for bids, so she buys his papers in exchange for the promise to bring his brothers over from Ireland. Connor O’Shea as an indentured servant knows his place and is determined to remain in the place of a servant. He never counted on his attraction to the beautiful Isabella. He becomes an invaluable worker to Breeze Hill. The other servants look to him for orders and even the Master confers with him. As they fight against their attraction to one another, so many thing are taking place to deceive and destroy the Bartholomews and Breeze Hill….. This is a great American Historical novel that is filled with suspense and danger with christian principles. Hillman writes well and brings her characters and scenes to life before your eyes. You feel that you are right there experiencing the danger, holding your breath. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of her books…….I received a copy from Tyndale Publishing and I am happy to leave a review.

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring byCarrie Fancett Pagels

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My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring byCarrie Fancett Pagels

This the the 3rd book I have read in the My Heart Belongs series….. This takes place in the year 1895 and has much to do with the hotels on Mackinac Island.
Maude Welling has always knew that she would inherit the Winds Of Mackinac Inn for it has been in her grandmother’s family and handed down to the daughters. Maude’s father believed he inherited it when his wife died and his intention is to sell it. Maude has suffered a broken engagement and feels her father does not trust her to be able to manage the Inn, so she sets out to prove him wrong. Her father believes that her mother died from overwork and he does not want the same thing to happen to his daughter. A young news reporter, Ben Steffan comes to the island searching out a story on wealthy heiress’ being deceived and taken advantage of by impoverished men. Maude being one of these. God convicts him of his desire to bring harm to others by his articles and he becomes a changed man. Will this change be enough for Maude and Ben to repair the hurt she has suffered? There are many twists and turns and God helps them to find the answer.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England Book #1) by Roseann M. White

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This is the first in White’s new historical series. It has a different twist in that the main male character Peter Holstien stammers. He is a wealthy ggentleman who is quiet and rather nerdy and out of touch with society. This ccauses the town people to suspect and distrust him, thinking he may be a spy.
Rosemary Gresham grew up on the streets of London and has done what it ttakes to survive. Orphaned and living on the streets,she learned to steal as a wway to survive. Now an accomplished thief, Rosemary delights in the challenge oof each new and difficult job she’s hired to do. When the mysterious and well-ppaying Mr. V secures her services as a librarian to put order to Peter’s llibrary.She is thankful for the income that is so needed for her family of sstreet urchins. She is to find documents to prove Peter Holstein is devoted to GGermany instead of being loyal to England. She is thrilled to accept this job aalthough she has no idea what it will entail…..this is such an interesting rread, enjoyed the history of 1914…..the characters are well developed and the wwriting is superb. There is suspense, danger, romance and godly principles and tthe ending makes it a winner for the beginning of a great series. I received a ccomplimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required tto write a review, but am glad to do so. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue Book #3) by Susan May Warren

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Book number 3 is the continuation story of Gage Watson and Ella Blair. They have not seen one another since she led the lawsuit against Gage, that destroyed his fame and career and ruined his life. Now he works for PEAK RESCUE rescuing snowbound snowboarders. Gage is shocked to see Ella again. She has followed her brother to Montana to keep an eye on him so he won’t do anything foolish. She begs Gage to go after her brother when he places himself on the same daredevil run that Gage did on Video. Warren has such a way with words that she keeps you spellbound. You are placed right among the characters,feeling the wind and biting cold, flying off a cliff through the air on a snowboard barely missing trees to land in a heap….or trying to breathe when the wolves howl around your tent in the snow covered darkness. Digging out from under an avalanche of snow and ice, wondering will you be lost or rescued? Holding your breath at the danger…….. Can Gage and Ella put the past behind them and work together to find her brother alive? This is a powerful story of love and forgiveness………I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier Book #2) byTracie Peterson

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If you love to read about the frontier days, you will love this one. Book two in the Heart of the Frontier series centers on Hope Flanagan sister to Grace in “Treasured Grace” book one.  Hope and her sisters and brother-in-law have now settled in Oregon close to their uncle Edward.  Hope tends her sheep and keeps away from all except for her family. Having been kidnapped and raped by a Cayuse who left her pregnant. She is full of hatred and fear and wants no friends, let alone a suitor. When the instigators of the massacre and the kidnapping at an Oregon mission are brought to trial two and a half years after the event, Hope is forced to relive her horrible experiences. All she wants is the death of the man who attacked and killed her only love before her eyes and raped her daily.  She is stopped from shooting her attacker by Lance Kenner, a soldier who guards the Cayuse prisoners….. This is a lovely story of forgiveness.  Hope learned to trust Lance enough to let him be her friend and through God’s grace and love to let go of her fear and hatred.  Such a wonderful ending, can’t wait for the youngest sister, Mercy, to read her story………    this was gifted to me from Bethany to read and I was not required to leave a review, but am honored to do so.                                                                                                                                                                          Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier Book #2) by [Peterson, Tracie]

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight by Susanne Dietze

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This is a sweet endearing christian romance with real believable characters. Rebecca Rice answers a mail order ad because she is tired of going hungry and being abused by her employer. She is all alone and has nowhere else to turn…….She arrives dusty, tired and hungry in Ruby City, not knowing what her future will hold. All she wants is a home and family and someone to care for her. The man she has been corresponding with owns the town mercantile and seems to be just what she longs for. She just didn’t count on her stagecoach being robbed and her losing most of the little that she owned and she sure didn’t dream that she would marry the wrong Fordham by mistake.  She had married the cousin whose name was Tad Fordham and her intended was Ted Fordham. What a tangle her life has become. While waiting a month for the judge to return to Ruby City to annul their marriage, Rebecca learns a lot about herself, her intended and her  husband who is not her husband. Outlaw gang, cousins, deputy, rioters and good honest town folks all make for an interesting read………I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.