The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman


The Road to Magnolia Glen is book 2 in A Natchez Trace Novel Series by Pam Hillman. This story takes place in Natchez, Mississippi in 1792. It takes off where book one stops so it is best to read them in order, however the author fills in so it is not necessary.

Quinn O’Shea feels bitterness towards his brother Connor for leaving Ireland. With the death of their parents, Quinn was left alone to care for their younger brothers. Quinn and the younger brothers have now been able to come to America. While on the boat they met the three Young sisters. The Young sisters think their half-brother-in-law had made a marriage arrangement for the older sister, Kiera. What he really had done is sent them to the owner of a brothel to pay off a debt. When the situation becomes clear, Quinn gets help and rescues the girls. His only option is to take them all to Breeze Hill Plantation. where Connor lives. He plans to leave the younger brothers for Connor to take care of.

Breeze Hill is plantation that not only plants crops, it also harvest lumber. Help is short and when the brothers arrive, there is no smithy. Quinn takes on these responsibilities repair tools and making things they need.

This is a really good Christian historical story. It has a lot of adventure, suspense and a little romance. The thing that I really like about this story is that everyone steps in and helps to keep the plantation going, even though the owner is just a little baby who will not take ownership for 20 years. I like how everyone steps up to help, doing what ever is needed of them. I also like that time is set aside every Sunday for worship.

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Series: A Natchez Trace Novel Series (Book 2)

428 pages

ISBN: 9781496415943

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The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep


The Captured Bride is book 3 in The Daughter of the Mayflower series. Each of the books are written by different authors, this one is written by Michelle Griep. While the books are a series, each of them is also a good stand alone novel. This story takes place in 1759 during the French and Indian War.

Mercy Lytton is the daughter of a white woman and Indian father. She was raised by the Mohawks but now lives in the white man’s world. She has born with unusually sharp eyesight and can see for unbelievably long distance. Along with three men, Mercy is take a shipment of gold to Fort Edward. While doing this, she is to pretend to be Elias’s wife. Elias originally stole the gold they are transporting. He was considered a traitor and was to be hanged. He is being granted his freedom in exchange of transporting the gold.

This is a great book. It is full of adventure and danger. The story also shows the struggle Mercy goes through with trying to understand the Christian faith. The thing that stands out to me in this story is after Mercy finds out about her father’s death, she goes to be alone and she finally realizes how her mother felt about the necklace her father gave to her. A necklace that she treasured and always wore.

I feel anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical romance will enjoy this story.

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Series: The Daughters of the Mayflower (Book 3)

247 pages

ISBN: 9781683224747

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Storm Front by Susan May Warren


Storm Front is book 5 in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. This story focuses on Ty Remington and Brette Arnold. Ty was the chopper pilot for the PEAK rescue team until an accident left him and the team leader injured. Now he is being pushed to try to take the position back. The team is in Minnesota to search for the team leader who has gone missing following a tornado.

Brette met Ty a year earlier and left without explaining. She is now a blogger for Vortex Storm Chasers, trying to get that perfect photo that will advance her career. Now she is in Minnesota staying with a coworkers family. It is at this family’s home that she and Ty meet again.

I enjoy reading this series, each book focuses on one couple. Yet it brings the rest of the team back so the reader can stay caught up on what is happening with them. While this story focuses on Ty and Brette, the reason she left and his past, the author has brought Ben and Kacey back as strong members. Their wedding has been postponed again and Ben is trying to surprise Kacey.

This series is so good. It is full of adventure and caring characters. I would recommend it to any one who enjoys contemporary romance. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

Series: Montana Rescue (book 5)

ISBN: 9780800727475

365 pages

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Room on the Porch Swing by Amy Clipston


Room on The Porch Swing is book two in An Amish Homestead Novel series by Amy Clipston. This book takes off where book one ends, but the author give background information during the story so that it is a good stand alone story as well. Laura lost her mother to a freak accident less than a year ago. Now she loses her best friend, Savilla, very unexpectedly. Savilla leaves behind a husband, Allen, and young daughter, Mollie. Her mother steps in to care for Mollie so Allen can continue to run his successful buggy business. When Savilla’s mother falls and breaks her hip and bones, she has surgery and is not able to care for Mollie. Laura offers to care for her. While caring for Mollie, Laura and Allen’s friendship grows and builds into much more.

Meanwhile, Laura and Rudy have been seeing each other for several years. Their relationship has not moved forward, yet Rudy does not like Laura helping Allen. He has his mother go to the bishop to try to stop Laura from helping Allen.

Like the first book in the series, this book grabbed my attention and kept it to the very end. The story is very predictable, but it is enjoyable to read a story that brings back characters from the previous story and follow through with their lives as well. The things I like about this story is the generosity Laura and her family have towards others. As well as their faith and obedience. I feel anyone who enjoys reading Amish stories will enjoy this story.

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316 pages

ISBN: 9780310349075

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The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy


The Accidental Guardian is the first book in the new High Sierra Sweethearts series by Mary Connealy. The story takes place near Lake Tahoe, Nevada in 1867. This story combines my favorite topics, building America, men who take responsibility for those they love, all with suspense and a touch of romance.

Trace Riley was away on a hunt when his wagon train was attacked. At the age of 15 he was left all alone to survive. Years later he is on his way home from his first cattle drive when he comes upon a small wagon train that was hit the same way his was. What he does not expect to find is Deborah Harkness and her younger sister with 2 small children who survived. With no place for the new survivors to go, until they can travel in the spring, he takes them to his ranch. He gives them the less than perfect house to sleep in and the men sleep in the barn. With a lot of quick, hard work, his ranch hands put up a proper home as well as a bunk house. The women take on the responsibility of meals, laundry, and mending for the men.

Trace watches over the wagon trains for disaster. When he goes to talk with settlements to find those responsible, Deborah insists on going along. She is the only one who saw who the attackers were. One of the attackers is in the town and overhears the conversation with the sheriff and now Deborah and Trace are being hunted.

I loved this story! I look forward to the rest of this series to see who the next two sweethearts are. The things that stand out in this story to me are the way men treat the women, “Most men in the West treated women with almost reverent respect. There were just too few women. They were rare and precious and to be protected above all.” We also see how Deborah’s father has shaped her life and her thoughts of men. And we see how dedicated the ranch hands are to Trace and build up his ranch. This is a must read for anyone who likes historical fiction based in the United States.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House, this is my honest review.

Series: High Sierra Sweethearts (Book 1)

293 pages

ISBN: 9780764219290

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No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens


No Less Days, written by Amanda G. Stevens is a story of 5 people who were treated with a specific drug following an injury or illness, to save their lives. Each are now over a hundred years old and cannot die. David feels he is all alone. When he reads about a stunt man, Zachary Wilson, who fell to what should have been his death but lived, he goes to talk to him. This is when he meets others like himself and finds out how this all came about. He has had to keep his secret all these years and is now finding he wants to share it with his employee and friend Tiana.

This is a great book to read. It is full of suspense, with just a touch of romance, and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. The story also made me wonder, if someday a discovery was made to not age, would we really want to use it. What would it be like to never be able to get close to those around you, to lose so many friends and family member as well as to see so many wars and tragic events? This is a great story and I would recommend it to those who enjoy speculative fiction. This book also contains some good discussion questions that would make it a good book for reading groups.

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318 pages

ISBN: 9781683225515

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The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck


The Theory of Happily ever after is a fun comedy romance story by Kristin Billerbeck. Dr. Maggie Maguire has written a best seller on finding happiness and is under contract to write a second book. She is dumped by her fiance and co-worker and spend the next couple months at home watching TV. Her friends and publicist book her as a speaker on a “New Year, New You” cruise to the Gulf of Mexico. Her friends have to drag her from her home to get to the cruise. One of the first people she meets is a handsome man, Sam, who feels intelligent women can’t be happy.

This was a fun book to read, to take you away for a while. While the story line is the typical man and women meet, don’t like each other then quickly fall in love, the author has written the story with fun comedy. With this story, Maggie and Sam have both lost someone they love and are having trouble moving on with their lives. This story does a good job of showing that how we respond to our struggles affect others in our lives. I would recommend this story to those who enjoy contemporary romance.

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273 pages

ISBN: 9780800729448

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The Land Lord by Cheryl Colwell


The Land Lord, by Cheryl Colwell, is a very fast paced political thriller. The story focuses on current day Washington D. C. and a threat to over throw the president. In 1948 China’s landlords were killed by peasants and the Communist party took over their land. Now in present day USA, the Chinese are buying up land and businesses at an alarming rate. The United States is being controlled by more Chinese than Americans. The President has turned to Secret Service agent Dain Ryder and Lian Chen from the People Republic of China for help in finding who is behind this. But who can they trust?

I enjoyed reading this story. The suspense and intrigue was very intense and kept the story moving very fast. I did have a little issue will all the characters who just showed up without good introduction. Once I figured out who they all were, I really got into the story. Some of the things in the story that stand out for me are; Lian grew up in China where the Christian faith was not practiced. She is now meeting with the President of the US and he is helping her understand. Another is that Dain’s family members were missionaries to China. His grandfather was killed and father was severely hurt. Dain is now having to put his feelings toward those from China aside and work with them to find who is trying to take over the United States. I think anyone who enjoys political thriller will enjoy this story. There is so much action and suspense to keep the readers interest, yet there is also a touch of romance to make the story lighter.

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330 pages

ISBN: 9780997079128

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Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter

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Honeysuckle Dreams, by Denise Hunter, is book two in A Blue Ridge Romance series. This is a good story of a single father, Brady, who is fighting to keep his infant son, Sam. His ex-wife died and now her parents want Sam. Their daughter tricked Brady into marrying her when she found out she was pregnant with another man’s child. His friend, Hope, cares for Sam and arrives while Brady’s attorney is there. The attorney interprets the situation as Hope and Brady being engaged. The attorney tells Brady that being engaged will help him keep Sam. The judge rules in Brady’s favor at the first trial. The attorney tells Brady he should be married by the time the next trails comes, to keep Sam. When Hope finds out, she volunteers to get married. She was in love once, the young man died and she never wants to be in love again. She feels marrying her good friend, Brady, and helping raise Sam will be enough for her.

I am really enjoying this series. The story is fast paced and I did not want to put the story down. This story brings back characters from the first story, which I enjoy. The thing in this story that really stand out for me is that Brady was left by his mother when he was little and now Brady wants to make sure Sam is not treated that way. He wants Sam to grow up with a father that loves him. I also appreciate the feeling Hope has and her struggle with faith to move on and let herself truly love Brady. I think anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction will enjoy this story.

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Series: A Blue Ridge Romance (book 2)

306 pages

ISBN: 9780718090524

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When God Says Go by Elizabeth Laing Thompson


When God Says Go, written by Elizabeth Laing Thompson, is a book dealing with women’s issues and spiritual growth. The author tells the story of people in the Bible who were called by God to do His will, to help the reader to choose to “go” when God calls. The books has 12 chapters that consist of a stories of people in the Bible such as Moses, Mary Magdalene, Esther, Samuel, Peter and Mary the mother of Jesus. The author also uses personal experiences and Bible verses. Each chapter ends with a discussion session, “Let’s go deeper”, which include reading recommendations for further study as well as items for consider for journaling and prayer.

This would be a great book for a Bible Study or discussion group. I like how the author tells the story of the people from the Bible and with their reactions to being called to do God’s work. The things that stands out the most for me in this book is that when God calls us, it is not about us, it is about God. When He calls us, He wants our all. Another thing that stands out for me is that we do not get to choose when changes will come into our lives, but we do get to choose how we respond.

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222 pages

ISBN: 9781683225553

The author writes at about “clinging to Christ through the chaos of daily life.” She is also a minister, speaker, novelist, wife and mother.

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