More Than Meets The Eye by Karen Witemeyer

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More Than Meets The Eye, by Karen Witemeyer, is a Patchwork Family novel. This story takes place in Texas in the 1880s. Orphans Evangeline, Zach and Seth do what they have to just to survive. They have obtained a farm and have all worked together to make it a success. Now Logan, the son of the previous owner, is back and wants the farm back.

This story is so good. Each of the characters have their strengths that make the perfect family for them. While not blood relatives, they all work together to help and protect each other even as adults. Some of the things that stand out for me in this story are the themes of we all are broken, we all have something in our past we keep hidden, as well as forgiveness and caring for others. But the things that really stands out is how Logan feels he needs to seek revenge to get the farm back for his mother, but Evangeline asks him if this is what his mother really want, is this what God wants him to do. Another thing is the extremes Zach went to in order to help Seth with his health issues and how they were able to find a way for Seth to live an normal full life. This story has mystery, suspense and a touch of romance. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian Historical Fiction.

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

346 pages

ISBN: 9780764212833

My rating 4.7 stars

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/more-than-meets-the-eye/karen-witemeyer/9780764212833/pd/212832?event=PR

https://www.amazon.com/More-Than-Meets-Karen-Witemeyer/dp/0764212834

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Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

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A haunting tale of struggle and redemption. Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a portrait of grace in a world where the broken any find new life through the healing of mercy of love.”

Sons of Blackbird Mountain, by Joanne Bischof, is book one in A Blackbird Mountain Novel series. The story is set in Virginia in 1890. This is an awesome story that covers some difficult subjects. The three brother’s are grown men who are still trying to pay off the land their father purchased. To do so they are making hard cider. Their aunt writes to their cousin’s widow, Aven, and convinces her to travel to America to care for the brothers. She arrives thinking they are young children. Instead she finds Jordan nearing his wedding day. Thor, who is unable to hear or speak, drinks way to much to ease his private pain. And, Haakon, who is rather immature, is very bold and forceful about his attraction to her. Thor also is attracted to Aven and she shares his feelings. But she was married to their cousin who was also an alcoholic and still deals with the pain from that relationship.

This is a wonderful story. Even though I wanted to see what happened, I didn’t want to rush through it. This story is so powerful with Thor dealing with trying to stop drinking and with Haakon, loving someone who does not return his love. The story give great background to the way the brothers feel about each other. The story also covers neighborhood struggles that get out of hand and the abuse others endure. This is the first book by Joanne Bischof I have read and I look forward to reading many more of her stories. She writes so true to situations, it did not feel like I was reading fiction. The story just pulled me right into it, not wanting it to end. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: A Blackbird Mountain (Book 1)

330 story pages

ISBN: 9780718099107

My rating 4.5 stars

You can learn more about the author by going to https://joannebischof.com/

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/sons-of-blackbird-mountain/joanne-bischof/9780718099107/pd/099107

https://www.amazon.com/Sons-Blackbird-Mountain-Novel/dp/0718099109

The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser

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The Fashion Designer, by Nancy Moser, takes over where The Pattern Artist ends. Anne and her friends met the Sampsons on a ship and made an agreement to start a fashion business together. Anne and her friends have quit their jobs and are now embarking on their business when they find out Mrs. Sampson had different plans for the style of clothes they will make. Anne and her friends have to make the decision to do what Mrs. Sampson wants or to follow their hearts.

When none of Mrs. Sampson’s friends order any dresses, the girls decide to move forward with their plans, just not with the financial backing of the Sampson’s. They decide to make clothing for the unruffled, unveiled and unstoppable woman. While the company goes through financial struggles, the ladies go through personal struggles in their relationships. The ladies turn to God to help with the struggles they are going through.

This is a wonderful story in so many ways. Being a seamstress, it was interesting to read about the designs the ladies made as well as some of the history the author wrote into the story. It was also enjoyable to read how the ladies often took things into their own hands without turning to God first for help. This often led to situations not turning out positively. I also enjoyed the research and photos the author included in this story. This story also covers topics such as troubled marriages, abusive relationships and rape. The book ends with a list of very good discussion questions for those choosing to read this as a group.

While this book is not advertised as being part of a series, it does take off where The Pattern Artist ends. It is best to read them in order, but the author does a good job of filling in the background to help the reader who has not read the first book. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical fiction that included romance.

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

320 pages

ISBN: 9781683226017

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

Some Places to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Fashion-Designer-Nancy-Moser/dp/1683226011

https://www.christianbook.com/the-fashion-designer-nancy-moser/9781683226017/pd/3226017

As The Tide Comes In by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

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As the Tide Comes In, by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall is an amazing heart touching story. Tara grew up in the foster care system and is now a mature adult. She recently was introduced to her half brothers and eventually raised them to wonderful, responsible young men. The brothers plan a trip to St. Simons Island to try to help Tara find out about her biological family. When tragedy strikes, she decides to go on the trip anyways.

I just love this story. The writing is so clear it is easy to imagine being there with Tara as she goes through all her trials. She is such a strong and caring person. With the addition of the characters in St. Simons Island, the author has given humor and depth to the story. Each of the characters are going through life struggles as well, loss of a spouse and father, being in an unloving marriage, and financial struggles. This story covers so many emotions, I wanted to cry for Tara and her brothers but laugh at the crazy things the gals on St. Simons Island thought up. This is a great contemporary story that will be loved by many.

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of the Cindy Woodsmall launch team. This is my honest review.

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735291010

Cindy Woodsmall is an New York Times and a CBA best-selling author. You can read more about her and books she has written at: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/

Erin Woodsmall is the daughter-in-law of Cindy Woodsmall. Along with editing, brainstorming and researching with Cindy, she is also a writer, musician, wife and mother.

This book will be released on August 21, 2018. Some places to pre-order it are:

https://www.christianbook.com/as-the-tide-comes-in/cindy-woodsmall/9780735291010/pd/291010

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/558387/as-the-tide-comes-in-by-cindy-woodsmall-and-erin-woodsmall/9780735291010

https://www.amazon.com/As-Tide-Comes-Cindy-Woodsmall/dp/0735291012/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530555903&sr=8-1&keywords=9780735291010

Arms of Mercy by Ruth Reid

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Arms of Mercy is book two in An Amish Mercies Novel by Ruth Reid. Catherine and Zach have a date to take a sleigh ride. They have been seeing each other for several years and Catherine is thinking Zach will propose. Until Catherine’s ex-boyfriend Elijah returns. When Catherine realizes Zach is not going to propose, she makes plans to travel to Florida to help a family member. Elijah finds out she is going on a trip and gets tickets to go as well. Their trip is filled with tragedy, they are involved in more than one bus accident, both are severely injured and separated.

This is a really good story. Even though it is part of a series, it is a good stand alone story as well. It is a good clean story that shows us the need for forgiveness and listening to God. While reading the story I was repeatedly feeling like nothing else could possibly go wrong. One of the things I liked about this book is that in the worst of times, Catherine still knew the importance of God and prayer. Even when she did not know who she was. I also enjoyed that both Catherine and Elijah were open to listening to the man that would pop into their lives from nowhere and disappear again, possibly an Angel? Catherine has to open her heart to forgiving, not only Elijah, but others who caused Elijah to leave Catherine years earlier. I would recommend this story to any one who enjoys reading Amish stories.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: An Amish Mercies Novel (Book 2)

338 pages

ISBN: 9780718082468

Ruth Reid is a best selling author of Amish series. She is a full time pharmacist. She lives in Florida with her husband and children. You can find a list of books she has written at: https://www.fictiondb.com/author/ruth-reid~66124.htm

Some places you can purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Arms-Mercy-Amish-Mercies-Novel/dp/071808246X

https://www.christianbook.com/arms-of-mercy-ruth-reid/9780718082468/pd/082468

Falling for You by Becky Wade

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Falling for You is the second book in A Bradford Sisters Romance series by Becky Wade. This is a contemporary romance story that takes over where the first book ends. Willow is a famous model and has agreed to take care of her parents inn until the new manager arrives. She is enjoying the peace and quite of her home town, until a young girl, Charlotte, brings her back together with her ex-boyfriend, former NFL quarterback Corbin.

Corbin suffered a serious injury that has forced him off the field. He and his father are in the process of renovating his home. When his father notices Corbin’s feeling for Willow are back, he talks with Willow and asks her not to come back when she leaves.

This is an enjoyable story to get lost in. It has the mystery with what happened to Charlotte’s missing family member. The story deals with topics such as cancer, family and political secrets and per-marital sex. The thing I like most about this story is the forgiveness Willow and Corbin must have to move forward with their relationship. I also enjoyed the sisters relationship through the story as well. I feel anyone who enjoys Christian Romance will enjoy this story.

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

Series: A Bradford Sisters Romance (book 2)

368 pages

ISBN: 9780764219375

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

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/falling-for-you-becky-wade/9780764219375/pd/219375

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/falling-for-you-9780764219375

https://www.amazon.com/Falling-You-Bradford-Sisters-Romance/dp/0764219375/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529972569&sr=8-1&keywords=9780764219375&dpID=51Rmg3rnUeL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

A Rebel Heart by Beth White

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A Rebel Heart is the first book in The Daughtry House Series by Beth White. The story is a historical romance story set in set in Mississippi in 1870. Selah Daughtry’s father went to fight in the War Between the States, leaving his wife and daughters alone at the plantation. During the war, soldiers visited the home and killed the mother while the girls hid. Now, five years later, Selah is on the brink of losing the family plantation that means so much to the family. She turns down an offer to sell part of the plantation.

Levi Riggins is a Pinkerton agent working in the area. He sees Selah on the train and decides then he wants to marry her. He meets with the man who wants to buy her property and convinces him to make a deal to repair and rent the Daughtry home and hire Selah to manage it.

This is a fast paced, easy to read book. The story is about forgiveness, with the former slaves agreeing to help repair and run the hotel. It is also about faith, in that trusting God to help supply their needs through using their home as a hotel. I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the rest of the series. I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical stories will enjoy this one. Not only does it give history to our country is also has mystery and suspense.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

Series: The Daughtry House Series (Book 1)

368 pages

ISBN: 9780800726898

You can learn more about the author at www.bethwhite.net

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.christianbook.com/a-rebel-heart-1/beth-white/9780800726898/pd/726894

https://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Heart-Daughtry-House/dp/0800726898

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/a-rebel-heart-9780800726898

Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

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Justice Betrayed, by Patricia Bradley, is book 3 in A Memphis Cold Case Novel series. This is a romantic suspense story that will keep you reading to find out “who done it”. Even thought this is a series and some characters are introduced in the previous book, this book can also be a stand alone story.

The story takes place in Memphis during Elvis week. One of the Elvis impersonators comes to Detective Rachel Sloan with information regarding a cold case murder. Very soon after he is murdered. Another impersonator has his medication tampered with and almost dies. Rachel is knee deep in the investigation that could be linked to her mothers death many years earlier. She gets help from her co-worker Boone, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend, to try to find out who the killer is.

I really enjoyed this story. It has many twists and turns to keep the reader guessing who the murderer is. It is very fast paced and does not have an overly large amount of characters. Each of the characters are well introduced, so it is easy to follow the story. I enjoyed the way Rachel and Boone were able to work together and how they were able to put their past behind them to solve the case. I also enjoyed the references to the elderly women who went to the Elvis activities as well as to her grandmothers who do not get into modern technology. I feel anyone who enjoys police stories will enjoy this story. It is a good clean story with a lot of suspense and mystery alone with a little romance.

I received a copy of this book from Revel publishing. This is my honest review.

Series A Memphis Cold Case Novel (book 3)

368 pages

ISBN 9780800727161

You can learn more about the author and other books she has written at www.ptbradley.com

Some places you can purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/justice-betrayed-3-patricia-bradley/9780800727161/pd/727169

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/justice-betrayed-9780800727161

https://www.amazon.com/Justice-Betrayed-Memphis-Cold-Case/dp/0800727169

Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin

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Send Down the Rain, by Charles Martin, is a story about two brothers who grew up without their father. When Bobby, the older brother, received his draft notice, the mother asked Joseph, the younger brother, to take Bobby and go to Canada until the war was over. Instead Joseph, just over 17, takes Bobby’s place in Vietnam. Bobby rents an apartment in Joseph’s name, gets mixed up in drugs and marries Joseph’s girlfriend. Now many years later, Joseph is trying to live with what he has lived through and Bobby is a senator.

Joseph encounters a young mom with two children who are running away from a very bad man. He takes them to her brother. On his way home is comes across the wreckage of his ex-girlfriend’s husband’s semi. Allie is grieving and wants to draw on the life insurance but there is none. And the truck that blew up is not the one she was paying insurance on. Joseph helps Allie get to the bottom of what has happened and then helps her get her restaurant back in operation. Meanwhile, the young mother he helped calls him and needs his help.

This is a very powerful story with many different things happening that all come together in the end. The theme in the story is about forgiveness and helping others. Yet, the story is filled with violence and lies. It is a very complex story that covers many topics, abandonment, divorce, drug addiction and PTSD. The story does not have an overall Christian message in it, other than memories of Bobby and Joseph’s mother praying. I enjoyed reading this story. Though I did not feel it was very realistic, with all the deception that took place.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

331 pages

ISBN: 9780718084745

You can learn more about the author and books he has written at: http://charlesmartinbooks.com/

This book can be ordered at;
https://www.amazon.com/Send-Down-Rain-Mountain-bestseller/dp/0718084748/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528335489&sr=8-1&keywords=9780718084745

https://www.christianbook.com/send-down-the-rain/charles-martin/9780718084745/product-reviews/084740?rpp=5&event=PRREV&page=1

https://www.thomasnelson.com/send-down-the-rain

Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl

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Blind Betrayal is book three in the Defenders of Justice series by Nancy Mehl. Just as Casey Sloane and other members of the St. Louis US Marshals office are about to transport a reporter to Washington, their headquarters is attacked. Their plans for taking the witness have been changed and the person called in to help is a person from Casey’s past. E. J. and Casey are able to get caught up and work out past differences while traveling with the witness, while being extremely careful to keep the witnesses safety top priority. Yet their safety is compromised when the witness keeps in touch with the bad guys to ensure her sister’s safety.

This has been a great series and this story kept me wanting more. While it is not necessary to read the series in order, it is helpful since characters are brought back. The story is full of adventure and suspense with just a touch of romance mixed in. One of the things I like about Nancy’s stories is that typically one of the marshals is a very strong Christian and is helpful to the ones who are searching. The story is not overwhelming or preachy, but just a good clean story that keeps me wanting to read to see what happens.

I would recommend this story to those who like suspenseful law stories.

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not asked to write a review, but this is my honest review.

Series: Defenders of Justice (Book 3)

312 pages

ISBN: 9780764217791

To learn more about the author go to: http://nancymehl.com/

Some place you can purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/blind-betrayal-3-nancy-mehl/9780764217791/pd/217791

https://www.amazon.com/Blind-Betrayal-Defenders-Justice-Nancy/dp/0764217798