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

Hatteras Island Mystery by Anne Greene

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Hatteras Island Mustery, written by Anne Greene, is a short mystery story. Misty Gordon was photographing a wedding when her eye caught a certain man. She took so many photos of him, the bride was upset. The next morning while walking along the beach, she finds his body float in the ocean. After a short stay in the hospital, the two work together to find who attempted to murder him and why.

This is a really good story. The length is just right to read in an evening. The writing is so good it is easy to imagine being there, seeing it all happen. The characters are well introduced and easy to follow. The story is fast paced and full of mystery with the addition of romance.

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

Story length: 105 pages

ISBN: 9781690762157

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 from: https://www.amazon.com/Hatteras-Island-Mystery-Anne-Greene/dp/1690762152

Imagine: The Miracle of Jesus by Matt Koceich

 

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You have to meet Jesus. Your life will never be the same.”

Imagine: The Miracles of Jesus, by Matt Koceich, is the fifth book in the Imagine series. This story is of a twelve year old John Le. He is flying home from his sister’s when the plane goes through a turbulent storm. After rushing to the bathroom he finds himself in a tomb in ancient Bible world. That is just the start of his adventure. He finds himself sitting in a wooden fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee, in Cana, at the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem and in Capernaum. He encounters the devil in the form of a red dragon, a snake and a lion. With these he hears the abusive words of his father, yet he is able to beat them by calling out to Jesus. He has breakfast with Jesus and witnesses different miracles Jesus performs.

This is a great story for young children 8 to 12 years olds that teaches the lesson of having faith, trusting in Jesus and following Jesus. The things that stand out the most to me in this book is to trust God completely and He will always give you His best, and that when you are at a point where Jesus is all you have, that is when your faith is the strongest.

This is such a great series. I like how this series takes the main characters back to Bible times and walks them through different parts of the Bible. It teaches children Bible stories in ways that are easy for them to understand. I would highly recommend it for families for their children. These are good clean stories for children that teach Bible stories and life lessons in adventuresome ways.

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

Series: Imagine (book 5)

106 pages

ISBN: 9781643521558

Matt Koceich is a schoolteacher from Texas. You can learn more about him and see other books he has written at: https://www.amazon.com/MattKoceich/e/B004FRHBJ2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Some places to order this book are:
https://www.christianbook.com/imagine-the-miracles-of-jesus/matt-koceich/9781643521558/pd/521558

https://www.amazon.com/Imagine-Miracles-Jesus-Matt-Koceich/dp/1643521551

 

Unscripted by Davis Bunn

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Unscripted, by Davis Bunn, is a modern day Christian fiction that gives a look inside the movie industry. The characters are well introduced and the story is well written. This is an easy to read story of second chances and making good choices.

Danny Byrd is a line producer who is well know for doing a great job and his honesty. His partner and best friend since childhood, takes advantage of that and takes off with Danny’s and their investors’ money. But Danny is the one who serves prison time. Out of the blue, Danny is visited by an attorney, Megan Pierce, who works to get the charges dropped. While in prison Danny has inherited a share in an old hotel.

I enjoyed reading this story. It is a good, clean story of two people who are trying to do good. Danny was in the foster system and made mistakes, until he was taken in by a man who helped him turn his life around. Megan worked for a legal firm where she had to do things she was not comfortable with. She is now with a new, honest firm. This story has a perfect blend of fiction, mystery and romance.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogger Program. This is my honest review.

356 pages

ISBN: 9780800727871

Davis Bunn is also know as T. Davis Bunn and Thomas Locke. You can read a little about him and see a list of books he has written at: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/b/t-davis-bunn/

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/unscripted-softcover-davis-bunn/9780800727871/pd/727870

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/unscripted-9780800727871

https://www.amazon.com/Unscripted-Davis-Bunn/dp/0800727878/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9780800727871&qid=1571675499&sr=8-1

Breaking Anxiety’s Grip by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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Breaking Anxiety’s Grip is written by Dr. Michele Bengtson. Dr. Bengtson is a board-certified neuropsychologist. She has written this book using personal experiences as well as those of her clients. Dr. Bengtson feels we do not rid ourselves of the sources of anxiety, but rather, we recognize is originates from a spiritual influence. That we can use the power, love and sound mind God has given us to overcome it.

The book is split into eleven chapters as well as sections on longing for peace and living in peace. Each of the chapters ends with “Your Rx” which includes bible verses, a prayer and a recommended music play list.

This is a helpful book to help understand the different aspects of anxiety. I like how the author uses personal experiences to help show how different things can help deal with anxiety, especially prayer.

I received a copy of this book from the Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review.

ISBN: 0780800735937

199 pages

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

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/breaking-anxietys-grip-reclaim-peace-promises/michelle-bengtson/9780800735937/pd/73593X

https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Anxietys-Grip-Reclaim-Promises/dp/0800735935

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/breaking-anxiety-s-grip-how-to-reclaim-the-peace-god-promises-9780800735937

A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott

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A Distance Too Grand, by Regina Scott, is the first book in the American Wonders Collection. Meg has been assisting her father with his photography for many years. After his sudden death, she intends to fulfill the contract he has to do an Army survey of part of the Grand Canyon. In 1871, women were not readily accepted as having an occupation. What she does not expect to find is a former gentleman friend as the leader of the group.

Ben is leading a survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, but he is also privately searching for any clues in his father’s disappearance.

This is a fun book to read. The characters are well developed and the writing is so clear it is easy to imagine the surroundings and what is happening in the story. It is a good, clean story that is very easy to get lost in. The story is filled with adventures and danger. One of the things I enjoyed the most in this story is how the characters were quick to help wherever they were needed and how they watched out for each other. I also enjoyed the brief history the author gives at the end of the story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review.

Series: American Wonders Collection (Book 1)

Story length: 356 pages

ISBN: 9780800736392

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

Some places to order this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/a-distance-too-grand-1/regina-scott/9780800736392/pd/736395

https://www.amazon.com/Distance-Grand-American-Wonders-Collection/dp/0800736397

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