A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

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Things happen in life we cannot understand. We can only do our best and seek God’s guidance and move forward the best we are able.”

A Stranger at Fellsworth, by Sarah E. Ladd, is book three in A Treasures of Surrey series.

Annabelle Thorley’s parents have died and with the passing of her father, rumors of his financial status cause her fiance to break off the engagement. She is left living with her brother and sister-in-law in London. Her brother keeps reminding her of the situation and has told her she must marry a man she does not want to.

One night after a party, the man she is suppose to marry treats her badly. When she gets away from him, her brother also treats her badly. When she gets to her room she decides her only option is to run away. She has an uncle she has only seen once and decides to go to him for help. She convinces her lady’s maid to run off with her.

Earlier in the day Annabelle met Owen Locke, the gamekeeper and assistant to the owner of Bancroft Park. He is staying at her brothers home to assist his employer on the trip. Annabelle asks him to help her get to Fellsworth. Owen is from Fellsworth and friends with her uncle and helps her get to him.

Annabelle’s uncle assigns her to be a junior teacher at the school he runs. Annabelle has not worked before and finds teaching a challenge. One of her students is Owen’s daughter, Hannah. Hannah does not like it at school. One day after some girls are mean to her, Hannah tries to go home. She steps in a trap and gets hurt. Everyone at the school is looking for her and Annabelle takes a trail Hannah told her about, finds her and takes her home.

This is a very heart warming story. The author does a great job of introducing the characters and providing details of the story. I was able to envision the homes and school as well as the rough terrain and woods. And I could just feel the brown silk of Owen’s late wife’s gown. Based in England in the early 1800’s, the story shows us how the different classes of people lived. The wealthy were tutored while the poor sent their children away to a school and seldom saw them, to allow them a chance to get an education and learn a trade.

Even though this is Christian Fiction, it does not stand out and is not preachy. One of the parts of the story that stands out for me is that as a young girl, Annabelle went to church with her mother. With her mother’s passing the family no longer attended church. Now Annabelle does not have peace like Owen and questions her faith.

Being book three in the series, it is also a stand alone novel. I have not read the first two and was able to totally enjoy this book. I especially like that the story was fast moving with suspense written into the story. I would not consider this a romance novel, but there is just a touch of romance in the story as well. I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical stories based in England will truly enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers and I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: A Treasures of Surrey Novel (Book 3)

336 pages

ISBN: 9780718011857

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You can read more about the author and books she has written at: http://sarahladd.com/

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English River by Thomas Nye

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English River is book three in Amish Horses Series by Thomas Nye.

Lenny has moved in with his aunt and uncle to help them through the harvest. Lenny’s Uncle Noey has a horse farm and they have no children to help them with it. Aunt Ruth has hinted to Lenny that Uncle Noey needs help. Lenny likes being on the farm, but there is a lot of work. If he were to return to his English life in the city, he would not be working so hard.

Lenny has met Leah and they have developed a friendship. When Lenny goes back to the city to visit his parents, Leah and her sister follow. They say they are turning English to be with Lenny and his friend who went to the city earlier. When Lenny announces that he is going back to Noey and Ruth’s farm and that he is becoming Amish, the three go back with him

Having not read the first two stories in this series, I found the beginning moving rather slow until I caught up. The story is one of a close knit community of people who care about each other. The part in the story that stands out for me is the struggle that Lenny goes through deciding if he wants to become Amish, with all the hard work and the rules. The part in the story that surprises me is when Lenny visits with the English minister. I was really surprised by the thoughts the minister has about the Amish.

I enjoyed reading this story and plan to read this series in order. This book is such a good book about caring for others and helping them. I think anyone that enjoys reading Amish stories will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Book Crash. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Amish Horses Series (Book 3)

274 pages

ISBN: 9781633570641

Publisher: CrossLink Publishing

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Claiming Peace by Jo Huddleston

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With Good Intentions, written by Jo Huddleston, is book three in the Caney Creek Series. This is a continuation of the Jim Callaway family. Jim’s sister EmmaJean is now dating Terry and living with Jim and his new wife Caroline. Jim and Caroline’s children are away at college. Jim’s first wife was Callie’s sister. Callie, Arthur and their children Art and Jennifer still get together with the Callaway family on a regular basis. They all attend the same church as well.

At the beginning of the story, Art is in a facility for having legal issues. He is released just in time to get into college. Arthur and Art visit the school Art has chosen and spend time talking with people at the school who give Art good advice.

Meanwhile Callie has been struggling with health issues. She has a rare progressive brain disease. She has trouble with her balance and will eventually be in a wheelchair, then bed ridden and will eventually die. Her illness is progressing fast. Yet she has peace about it because before Jesus left this earth He said he would leave us peace. As Callie gets worse, EmmaJean and Caroline spend their days with Callie and sometimes help with the evening meal. When the end of her life gets near Callie wishes to go to the ocean. Callie, Arthur, Jim and Caroline go on the trip together. But the trip is cut short when Callie has a bad day.

Even though this is the third book in the series, the author has given enough back ground that it is easy to understand. I do think it would be better to read the series in order to get the full story. This is a story of strength, peace and second chances. I like how Art has changed his life around and is now in college. I especially like the part of the story that Callie gives her family instructions of her passing. She has so much peace and strength as she goes through the illness. As I read the story I wanted so much for a miracle to happen. And wanted more treatment to help Callie. But this story takes place in 1951 when the medical field was so much different that it is today.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It is so powerful showing us the strength and love the family has to help Callie get through her illness. And I like the author shows us the lives of small town life in the 50’s, a time and place where everyone knows and cares for each other.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Caney Creek Series

120 pages

ISBN: 9781939219169

Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing

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With Good Intentions by Jo Huddleston

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With Good Intentions, written by Jo Huddleston, is book one in the Secret Identity series. It is a short romance story based in 1959

Wainworth Development has purchased all but one business on the block they want for development. Oscar Wainworth has sent many men to try to make the purchase but none have been able to. Now Oscar is sending his William.

William visits the ice cream shop and spends time getting to know the owner, Jean Stewart. He finds out the reason behind them wanting to hold onto the shop and the dreams she has. William works with his father to make a deal that will allow them to make the purchase yet still allow Jean to have her ice cream shop and fulfill her dreams. The only thing is he has lied to the owner, giving a false name and occupation. During their meetings they have developed a friendship and now he has to tell her the truth of who he is.

This is a cute little romance story that can be read basically in one sitting. Perfect for the rainy afternoon. The part in the story that stands out to me is that the men who were originally sent, did not treat the women like they would men. And when William went, he spent the time to get to know the women and know the reason behind their attachment to the ice cream shop.

One thing the author points out with the story is that once you tell a lie, it changes things. Either you need to keep telling the lie or you need to confess the lie and pray that others will forgive you for lying to them.

This is a good clean story set in Alabama in 1959. Anyone who is looking for a short story to read for the evening or afternoon would enjoy this story. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

I received a copy of this book from the author through BookClub network. I have freely chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Secret Identity

120 pages

ISBN: 9781944203986

Publisher: Winged Publications

You can read more about the author and books she has written at http://www.johuddleston.com/

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My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary – by Susan Page Davis

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My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary, written by Susan Page Davis, is a stand alone book in the My Heart Belongs series. The story takes place in the mid 1800’s in the Arizona territory.

As a young girl, Carmela Wade was traveling with her family in a wagon train when many of them got sick and died. Carmela was left an orphan. Her uncle becomes her guardian and forces her to travel around telling stories of being a survivor of an Indian kidnapping. He uncle makes her study up on Indian history to make her story more realistic. He also uses ink to put an Indian marking on her face. When Carmela does not want to do this anymore, her uncle tells her she has to. She has to do it to make the money he father supposedly owed her uncle before he died.

One day Carmela and her uncle are traveling to another city on a stagecoach when the stage is attacked. Carmela, US Marshal Freeland McKay and his prisoner are taken off the stage. Her uncle is injured and is taken with the stagecoach along with the money it is carrying. McKay is knocked out and his handcuffed prisoner forces Carmela to unlock the cuffs. The prisoner then cuffs Carmela to McKay. They are left to walk to the nearest stagecoach station to get help.

This is a quick read story to curl up with on a lazy day. It is a historical Christian romance story but it also has a lot of mystery. I admire the strength Carmela has to finally stand up to her uncle and put a stop to the lies. She also tries to help a young girl who actually was taken by the Indians and returned. Carmela is so sorry for the life she and her uncle have been living, she announces in church the wrongs they have done. This is a nice story with the theme of forgiveness at the end.

I think anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction, especially those with romance and suspense will enjoy this book.

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

Series: My Heart Belongs

256 pages

ISBN:9781683220077

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

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Bees in the Butterfly Garden by Maureen Lang

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Bees in the Butterfly Garden is book 1 in A Guilded Legacy Novel series written by Maureen Lang.

John Davenport took his daughter Meg to an exclusive boarding school when she was very young. She stayed at the school all the time and didn’t see her father. Unknown to her, he attending some o f her school functions.

Meg was lead to believe that her father was a wealthy businessman, but instead he was one of the most talented thieves. It is only when Meg goes home for her father’s funeral does she find out what her father really was. John did not want Meg to find out what type of man he was. But John’s girlfriend felt Meg had a right to know. John has been mentoring Ian Maquire sine he was a teenager and has trusted Ian to care for Meg.

Meg has decided she is going to follow in her father’s foot steps. She contacts a former friend, Claire Pemberton, from the school and plans to go visit for the summer and remake their garden. Under this pretense, Meg finds out where their family keeps their gold and makes a plan with Ian to steel it.

This is historical Christian romance story with a little bit of mystery mixed in. The part I especially liked in the story is how the Jesus on the cross picture covering the trap door lever attracts everyone’s attention. Despite having Christian upbringing Meg and Ian have turned away from it and now plan a life of crime. I also like the way the Pemberton family holds prayer time every morning that included their servants. As well as how the Pemberton children take advantage of their parents being gone for the summer and give temporary raises to the servants and give them a party in the park.

This is a good story to get lost in. It’s a good story to show that even bad criminals can turn their back on crimes and seek God instead.

Series: Guilded Legacy Novel (Book 1)

407 pages

ISBN: 9781414364469

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

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All in Good Time by Maureen Lang

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All in Good Time is a historical Christian romance written by Maureen Lang. The story is based in the late 1800’s in Colorado. As a young man Henry Hawkins single highhandedly robbed stagecoaches. His goal was to get enough money to make a good life. He is now the most successful banker in Denver. In his employ is his uncle Tobias.

Before Dessa’s friend past away she had a dream of opening a home for prostitutes who wanted to turn their lives around. Now Dessa Caldwell wants to fulfill that dream. She has gotten donations from churches and stores but still needs a substantial amount to buy the house. She met with Tobias to get the loan. Tobias convinces Henry to give her the loan. Dessa gets the house cleaned up quickly but does not get any girls to come. The original plan was to have the girls that came to the house make items that could be sold to help pay expenses. Dessa was forced to seek out other ways to finance the home.

This is a good historical Christian romance story. The author gives the background to the characters as she introduces them to make them easy to follow. The story is slower moving and allows Henry’s faith to grow and the friendship between Henry and Dessa to develop over time.

The part of the story that I enjoyed the most is how the church and community came together to help Dessa establish Pierson House. I think anyone who enjoys reading historical romances will enjoy this story.

Series: A Guilded Legacy Novel (Book 2)

380 pages

ISBN: 9781414364476

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

To read more about the author and books she has written visit: http://maureenlang.com/

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Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herne

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Peace in the Valley is book 3 in the Double S Ranch series by Ruth Logan Herne. This is Trey’s story.

Trey was adopted by his uncle Sam Stafford as a very young boy. His parents were music stars who died as a result of drug addiction. When Trey got older he went against Sam’s wishes and developed a music career for himself. He married a music star as well. Even though she had been clean for several years, she reverted to the drug scene and died as a result.

Sam has developed a serious illness and will need a liver transplant. His only timely option is Trey. Sam does not want Trey to take the risk, but Trey wants to do this for Sam. When Trey comes into town, he misses a new stop sign and hits a van. The van is driven by Sam’s neighbor, Lucy Carlton, and carries her flowers to sell at market. Both her van and the flowers are destroyed and she has no way of replacing them. Trey does not want to get the insurance companies involved and tells her he will take care of replacing what she lost. Trey is overly generous and Lucy struggles with accepting his help.

When Trey gets to the ranch, Sam informs Trey that he wants Trey to help make repairs to the neighboring property, Lucy’s property. Sam has caused problems for a lot of people during his lifetime. He has become a Christian and now wants to correct the wrongs he did. While Trey is helping with Lucy’s property he develops a friendship with Lucy and her children.

I just love this series and could not wait for this book to come out. This is a great story of forgiveness and faith. This is a great series that deals with family and the issues some families might have. I have enjoyed reading how the family who had left the ranch had all come together when their father became ill. Sam was a hard man with strict rules and basically pushed his two sons away, but now they are back at the ranch and have moved past the hurts and are putting the needs of their father as priority. They have also come together to help their brother that remained on the ranch.

I have really enjoyed reading this series. Anyone who enjoys reading good clean romance and westerns with really enjoy this series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Blogging for Books. I have written an honest review.

Series: Double S Ranch (Book 3)

341 pages

ISBN: 9781601427809

Publisher: Multomah – Penguin Random House LLC

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Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin

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Upon a Spring Breeze, written by Kelly Irvin, is book 1 in An Every Amish Season series.

Bess and Caleb Weaver are a young Amish couple who have only been married a year. At just 20 years of age, they are expecting their first baby. Caleb has been building their home while they live with his family. One day Caleb does not come home. He was working for his friend Aidan and was sent into town when he was in an accident.

Bess’s parents want her to move to their home. But she cannot take Caleb’s only child away from his parents. When the baby arrives, he looks so much like Caleb that Bess struggles with caring for the baby and missing Caleb. Caleb’s mother is suffering from memory issues, and attempts to take over the care of the baby, thinking he is Caleb.

Aidan blames himself for his friends death. Before Caleb died, he asked Aidan to look after his wife and child. Aidan takes this request seriously. He has cared for Bess since they were young and stepped away when Caleb wanted to take her as his wife. Aidan has not been able to move forward with starting his own family.

This is a very good book. This is a very well written, powerful story of loss and going on with life. Bess is struggling with this and finds support through a few other widows in her community. Though they are older than her, they offer her the support and help she needs. The men in her life think she should be strong and just get over it and move on. The men feel doing housework, gardening and caring for her son should be enough. Being Amish, she should have received permission from the men to go to work at an English B and B. While working at the B and B, she helps the owners son do the gardening and planting. They develop a friendship that he would like to build on, but if Bess allowed this, she will be turning her back on her family, friends and church.

This is a very sad story to read. No only does Bess lose her husband and Aidan his best friend, Aidan also lost his whole flock of chickens he has been building to diversify his farming. We also see how the Weaver family is affected by the mother’s memory loss. But this is a story of faith and strength. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: An Every Amish Series (Book 1)

336 pages

ISBN: 9780310348054

Publisher: Zondervan

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The Maggie Bright by Tracy Groot

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We have an ally. The shatterer will not prevail. Maggie goes forth to meet him.

Man the ramparts. Watch the road. Gird your loins, and collect your strength.”

The Maggie Bright, by Tracy Groot, takes place in England in 1940. Clare Childs has just inherited a yacht from a man who supposedly was her father’s friend. Clare has been living with her aunt and uncle since the death of her parents. There was just enough money left in her parents’ account for her to pay what was owed for the yacht. She is now living on the yacht and taking in boarders to help raise money for her to take it on a trip. The previous owner hid some documents on the boat that others want. One of the men is taken into custody and in jail. The other is one the loose and returns and severely injures Clare. While Clare is hospitalized, the Maggie Bright is called upon to help rescue soldier from Dunkirk.

Private Jim Elliot has been given the orders to make sure a man, Milton, gets home. Milton has a head injury and says things that do not make sense. Together they walk to the beaches of Dunkirk. On their walk they meet up with other soldiers going to Dunkirk. When they get to Dunkirk, they find the town has been attacked by the German’s and there are a lot of soldiers waiting to get on boats to get away from the area that is constantly under attack.

This story started out slow and had many parts to it. As the story developed, the different parts started becoming one very good story with a final connection. The story has suspense in it with the story taking a few twists and turns. The story is based on the evacuation of Dunkirk, at the beginning of WWII.

One of the important events in the story is when a day of prayer was declared. The author does a great job of pulling together the feelings of different people, to show that some did not believe in prayer, while for others it was of great importance. The day was so important for Clare that she hid the fact she developed a fever so she could attend the prayer time, and became very ill .

I really like this story. It is a great historical Christian fiction story. I feel anyone who enjoys reading stories centered around Europe during the war will really like this story.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.

360 pages

ISBN: 9781496422569

Publisher: Tyndale

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