Isaiah’s Legacy; A Novel of Prophets and Kings, by Mesu Andrews

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Isaiah’s Legacy, by Mesu Andrews, is a Novel of Prophets and Kings, the sequel to Isaiah’s Daughter.

King Hezekiah has only ten years left to live. His young son, Manasseh, will then be king. Manasseh has learning difficulties and has a lot to learn to take his father’s place. Shebna is Manasseh’s tutor. He has a brother with a similar disability who’s daughter, Shulle, has helped him enormously. Shebna offers shelter to Shulle and her father for her to help tutoring Manasseh. When Manasseh becomes king, he marries Shulle and they take a long trip in which he meets other kings trying to learn how to rule Judah.

This is an amazing story. Some parts in it are hard to read, especially those of sorcery, child sacrifice and killing those who follow God. This story is fictional based on true events in the Bible. In this story we see how King Hezekiah restored Judah to a nation that followed God. Yet, we also see how King Manasseh becomes Judah’s most wicked king and changes everything his father worked so faithfully to restore. We see how King Hezekiah’s wife, Isaiah’s daughter, goes through the struggles of having a struggling young son, losing her husband, watching her son take reign of the country and making terrible changes that result in the death of her father and friends. The author writes so clearly it is easy to imagine being there to see the changes that take place. It is easy to forget this is fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the Waterbrook & Multnomah Launch Team. This is my honest review.

Series: Prophets and Kings

400 pages

ISBN: 9780735291881

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to: http://mesuandrews.com/

This book will be released on February 18th. Some places it can be pre-ordered are:

https://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/576342/isaiahs-legacy-by-mesu-andrews/

https://www.amazon.com/Isaiahs-Legacy-Novel-Prophets-Kings/dp/0735291888/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/576342/isaiahs-legacy-by-mesu-andrews/

https://www.christianbook.com/isaiahs-legacy-novel-prophets-and-kings/mesu-andrews/9780735291881/pd/291882?event=ESRCN|M

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Isaiah-s-Legacy-A-Novel-of-Prophets-and-Kings-Paperback-9780735291881/535186390

You can listen to a portion of the book at: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/576342/isaiahs-legacy-by-mesu-andrews/

You can see my review of Isaiah’s Daughter at: https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/isaiahs-daughter-a-novel-of-prophets-and-kings-by-mesu-andrews/

An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

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An Uncommon Woman, by Laura Frantz, is a Historical Christian Fiction book of a group of people living in Virginia in the 1770’s. Fort Tygart has been built for the people’s protection and named after a an officer in the Seven Years War. The Swan’s are one of the families living in or near the fort that have lost family or friends to Indian attacks. The only girl in the family with five brothers, Tessa had become a strong and independent young lady, yet she is friendly and helpful to others.

Clay Tygart was taken as a young boy and raised by the Lenape Indians. When he goes to take control of the fort, he is instructed to take back a young lady who was also taken captive. The girl is Tessa Swan’s childhood friend. Clay spends his time patrolling the area, watching for danger and getting to know the people.

This is a very enjoyable book to read. The writing is so clear, it is easy to imagine being there. The description of the area is so clear. The reader can imagine the intense fear the people live with as well as the amount of work they do. I strongly recommend this book for any one who enjoys reading books of our countries early years.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, this is my honest review.

384 pages

ISBN: 9780800734954

To learn more about the author and other books she has written, go to: http://laurafrantz.net/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Uncommon-Woman-Laura-Frantz/dp/0800734955

https://www.christianbook.com/an-uncommon-woman-laura-frantz/9780800734954/pd/73495

Forever, Lately by Lenore Rose Burkard

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Forever, Lately, by Linore Rose Burkard, is a Regency Time Travel romance novel.This is a fun book to read to just take you away for a while. Away to England in 1816 and back to present day Maine, all in one sitting.

After her grandmother disappeared, Claire decided to go to her grandmother’s cottage to try to revive her writing career. When she put a shawl over her shoulders she s taken back to England in 1816. She met St. John, the main character in her book. Using the shawl, she was able to travel between England and Maine.

St. John, a reformed man, is being pursued by Clarissa. She will do anything to get him. When Claire is made aware of possible danger to him, she does everything she can to help keep him safe.

I have never read any other books by this author and was not expecting the story to develop the way it did. Once I got into the book, I found it very hard to put down. I enjoyed reading how the two struggled with being in different times, with the way they dressed and talked. I would not really consider this a Christian story, since there is very little Christian influence in the story other than St. John being reformed and Claire finding her grandmother’s prayer shawl.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher through Book Crash blogging program. This is my honest review.

305 pages

ISBN: 9781733311106

Publisher: Lilliput Press

You can learn more about the authro at: http://www.linoreburkard.com/

This book can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Lately-Regency-Travel-Romance/dp/1733311106

Gypsy Grace by Joan Bannan

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Gypsy Grace is an emotional story by Joan Bannan. Grace’s family are members of the Irish Travelers, who are often wrongly called Gypsies. They had strict traditions and family rules and harsh punishments. Grace’s father and his friend had arranged for their children Grace and Collen to marry. After Collen’s death, Grace spent a lot of time with his brother Zane. But is was Collen’s father that she was promised to instead of Zane. When she finds this out, she gets help from her mother for her and her sister to mysteriously leave and go to their cousin Shelta’s in California. On their way there, they fall asleep and all of their belongings are stolen.

When they finally get to Shelta’s, they are given jobs to help at her hotel. They quickly find out Shelta’s life is not what they expected, she lives with an abusive husband with a dark secret.

I enjoyed reading this book. It is a story of love and loyalty between Grace, her mother, sister and Zane. As well as murder and betrayal. Some parts of the story are harder to read, such as Grace’s sister being raped and finding out Collen’s death was not an accident. I enjoyed reading how Zane figured out a way to connect with Grace from a distance and how far her mother would go to save her daughters.

I really like the recipes the author included at the end of the story. I also appreciate how the author is able to write inspirational stories, with hard stories likes and does not use profanity.

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a review.

Story pages: 211

ISBN: 9781733348317

You can learn more about the author and other books she has written at https://bannan.com/

This book can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Grace-Joan-Bannan/dp/173334831X/

Gracie Lou Wants a Zoo, written by Shelly Roark, illustrated by Simone Kruger

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Be patient if you can. Wait on God’s plan. He’ll take care of you…even if you want a zoo!”

Gracie Lou Wants a Zoo is a cute story for young children and early readers. The story, written by Shelly Roark, is about a young girl who lives in a big city apartment with her parents. She has a pet turtle but she wants more pets, larger pets. Her parents have valid reasons for not getting the pets she wants and explains them to her. One night she has a dream that she has the pets and she realizes what life would be like with them.

This book has beautiful pictures, illustrated by Simone Kruger. The pictures are bright and colorful. They take the listeners and readers through Gracie’s struggles with patience waiting to have the pets she desires. They are perfect for helping the young listener pick out the pets and learn about them.

This is a really nice short story for the young children to help teach them about patience. The story also points out that some of our wants are not practical and we have to find ways to get what we want when the time is right. This would make a great gift for children who love animals. The last page is for children to write in things about their favorite animals.

I received a copy of this book from the author through the Book Crash blogging program. This is my honest review.

Story length: 30 pages

ISBN: 9781733282826
Shelly Roark is the senior copywriter for Focus on the Family. She has written in various capacities for almost 30 years. She received numerous awards for her first children’s picture book, The Bubble Who Would Not POP!

Simone Kruger is a German based illustrator who use to be a graphic deisgner.

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.amazon.com/Gracie-Lou-Wants-Shelly-Roark/dp/1733282823/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9781733282826&qid=1577131791&sr=8-1

https://www.christianbook.com/gracie-lou-wants-a-zoo/shelly-roark/9781733282826/pd/3282826?event=AAI

The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear

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The Rebel Bride, by Shannon McNear, is book ten in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. This is my favorite book in the series to date. The author’s writing is very clear and the story is based on actual events. The story gives a look into what it might have been during the Civil War, the death of so many men and boys. The injuries they suffered and the adjustments they had to make because of their injuries. We see how the armies took supplies from the civilians and then brought the injured soldier to the very same homes expecting care for the men.

Some of the things I enjoyed about the book are; the care Pearl gave to the men even while she was still grieving her mother and brothers a caring for a quickly failing father. When she admits to her father she wouldn’t mind heaping a little fire on the Yankee’s heads, her father tells her to care for them, as she would care for her brothers. He tells her to also care for their hearts and souls. Pearl and her brother gave up their beds, lost sleep caring for the men, shared the little food they had, prayed for their healing. Her brother even buried the men who did not survive. Even in his last confused days, her father took pleasure reading the Bible to the men.

I loved this story is a great story of giving even when you have little to give. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Shannon McNear is a new author to me. She is a military wife homeschooling mother, grandmother, worship and youth leader and a history geek.

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/the-rebel-bride-10/shannon-mcnear/9781643522401/pd/522402

https://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Bride-Daughters-Mayflower/dp/164352240X

https://www.barbourbooks.com/the-rebel-bride/

The Choice by Anne Greene

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The Choice”, by Anne Greene, is a sweet short story based in Ft. Laramie Wyoming in 1850. This story was previously released as “ A Groom for Christmas”. I did notice some changes in wording, but it tells the same sweet story of love, caring for others and praising God.

Felicity and her father are traveling to the Oregon territory to claim 640 acres when he dies. With the wagon train leaving in just days, she must find a husband to claim the land. She advertises for a husband. The response is overwhelming and she quickly makes requirements including an application fee.. But the one man she wants does not have the money for the fee.

Ben is getting desperate, all his belongs were stolen and he has no way to get to California to pan for gold to pay his mother’s medical bills.

The two very stubborn people have to decide to go to Oregon and get the land she so desperately wants or go to California so he can pan for gold and be a preacher to the gold miners.

I enjoyed reading this story, even through I had already read it under the previous printing. It is a short story that can be read in just one quiet evening. The characters are well developed. The story is so well written it is easy to see the long line of men wanting to be chosen to be Felicity’s husband. It is easy to imagine the cold journey they have to Oregon as well.

I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review.

Story length: 80 pages.

ISBN: 9781690966494

Publishing Company: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications

Anne Greene writes about heroes and heroines who are not afraid to turn to prayer in times of struggles. You can learn more about her and other books she has written at:http://www.annegreeneauthor.com/home.html

This book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Choice-Anne-Greene/dp/1690966491

Information for “ A Groom for Christmas”

128 pages

ISBN: 9781547205431

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

You can buy this book at: https://www.amazon.com/Groom-Christmas-Anne-Greene/dp/1547205431

Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep

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Once Upon A Dickens Christmas, by Michelle Griep, is a compilation of three stories set in Victorian England. The stories are written with well defined characters. Each of the stories contain mystery and romance as well as a guest appearance of Charles Dickens. These are three nice stories to enjoy to prepare for the Christmas season.

What a great set of stories, all with great lessons. The things I enjoyed about the stories is how the characters learn what is most important in the first story. In the second story we see the importance of telling the truth. In the third story we see how generous Bella was with the blind women and Edmund’s daughter as well as what Edmund would do for his daughter.

12 Days at Bleakly Manor is a story of several people brought together at a Manor that are all searching for something and only the one that lasts the full 12 days receives what they are seeking. Clara and Ben were to be married when he was take to jail for supposedly stealing from her family’s business. Penniless, Clara is at the Manor to gain income. Ben is at the Manor to gain his freedom.

A Tale of Two Hearts is a story of who will inherit from William’s uncle. William is pressured to have a wife, but instead makes a deal with Mina to pretend to be his wife.

The Old Lace Shop is a story of recently widowed Bella who decided to keep one of her late husband’s companies. She is the majority owner of a company of which her former boyfriend, Edmund, is the minority owner and runs the company.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

ISBN: 9781683222606

440 pages

You can learn more about the author at: https://michellegriep.com/

Some places to purchase this book are:
https://www.christianbook.com/once-upon-a-dickens-christmas/michelle-griep/9781683222606/pd/3222606

https://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Dickens-Christmas-Victorian/dp/1683222601

https://www.barbourbooks.com/once-upon-a-dickens-christmas/

In The Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport

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In The Cradle Lie, by Olivia Newport, is book two in the Tree of Life series. This is such a good series. While this is a good stand alone series, the book does reference characters from the previous story. This is a story of family history and how it affects those in future generations.

Jillina is a genealogist who lives with her her attorney father, Nolan. Together they work to help those in the community in need and especially the newcomers.

Tucker is in town on an extended skiing trip. He has recently lost his grandfather and has inherited the family company. He was also given a mystery envelope that reveals surprising dark secrets from his family’s history. With Jillian and her father’s help he is able to find family he was not aware he had.

This story is full of adventure, real life situations, suspense and a touch of romance. The story is split between modern day and 1936. Some of the things that stand out to me in this book is the caring the community has for each other. When a big snow storm affected businesses, other came to help. I also enjoyed reading the authors note at the end of the story and the brief history she used to set this story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Series: Tree of Life

Story length: 245

ISBN: 9781683229957

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to: https://www.olivianewport.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.barbourbooks.com/in-the-cradle-lies/

https://www.amazon.com/Cradle-Lies-Tree-Life/dp/1683229959/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9781683229957&qid=1573330078&sr=8-1

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/in-the-cradle-lies-9781683229957

https://www.christianbook.com/in-the-cradle-lies/olivia-newport/9781683229957/pd/229957

Amish Front Porch Stories by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter and Richelle Brunstetter

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Amish Front Porch Stories, by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter, is a wonderful collection of 18 very short stories that focus on faith and seeking wisdom. The short stories have main characters that are struggling with something in their life. The stories cover themes such as peace, love, joy, faith, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, and temperance. A couple that I especially enjoyed are the faith a young girl has that her dog will return, a very talented quilter that learns to put aside her pride and neighbors showing love to those who do harm to them.

I enjoyed reading these stories, they are a nice length to just sit and read for a few minutes. The stories tell of the simple lives of the Amish and of the struggles that even they go through.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

348 pages

ISBN: 9781643521893

Wanda Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish genre. She does much research to accurately portray the Amish faith. You can connect with her at:www.wandabrunstetter.com

Jean Brunstetter is Wanda’s daughter-in-law. She became friends with many Amish after meeting her father-in-law in Pennsylvania. She tries to put some of their practices in her own life. You can connect with her at: www.jeanbrunstetter.com

Richelle Brunstetter is Wanda’s granddaughter. She developed a desire to write after taking a creative writing class in high school. She became a writer after taking college courses.

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/stories-short-tales-simple-faith-wisdom/wanda-brunstetter/9781643521893/pd/521893

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/amish-front-porch-stories-18-short-tales-of-simple-faith-and-wisdom-9781643521893

https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Front-Porch-Stories-Simple/dp/1643521896/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9781643521893&qid=1572886545&sr=8-1