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/

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

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

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