A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green


A Refuge Assured, by Jocelyn Green, is a historical fiction novel based around the French Revolution. Vivienne is a lacemaker who made lace for the royal family. For this reason her life is in danger. She left France and came to America. The story takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the late 1700’s. Vivienne smuggles some of her lace to America with her and tries to sell it to survive. When illness hits the area, she helps care for the ill. Her friend dies and Vivienne is left to care for her friend’s son. Many people feel the young boy is the future king of France. Vivienne is forced to move to keep him safe.

Liam is a mail carrier and brother to Vivienne’s employer. When he finds out Vivienne has to move quickly, he takes her and the boy to claim their home in Asylum. What he is not expecting is that the property he purchased and has been improving is not really his, it belongs to Vivienne’s father.

This is a good book with lots of history, both French and American. The story dwells on the imposition of the liquor tax and military actions to enforce it. The story is so well written it is easy to envision the tiny details of using the treads to form beautiful, delicate late. It’s also easy to imagine the fear Vivienne must have felt in protecting the young boy and the cold they traveled in to safety. As well as the pain the young boy felt with leaving his home, losing his mother and friends.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing, this is my honest review.

416 pages

ISBN: 97807464219078

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Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

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Where the Fire Falls is book 2 in A Vintage National Parks Novel series by Karen Barnett. This story takes place in 1929. Olivia Rutherford has been carry the sins of her father with her for so long. She has changed her name and appearance and is now an artist who is traveling thought Yosemite National Park painting for a travel magazine. Olivia has been sending money to her aunt for the care of her sisters and is trying to make enough to care for them. She is traveling through Yosemite with the help of Clark Johnson, a local guide and a couple her agent has introduced her to. Her paintings have been stolen and she is forced to start over again. Her stolen painting are selling for enormous amounts of money and magazines are printing articles full of lies about Olivia. And now people begin showing up where she is staying and she is in danger.

Clark, a former minister, was falsely accused and released from his duties. He took a job at Yosemite as a guide and is now needing to make the decision to take on the responsibilities of national park ranger.

This is a beautiful story. Through Olivia’s paintings we get to envision the beautiful scenery of Yosemite. The things that stand out for me in this story is how both Olivia’s and Clark’s lives have been affected by the wrongs others have done and how these wrongs have made others view them. This story has adventure, suspense and a touch of romance.

I have really enjoyed reading the stories in this series. I look forward to reading more of them. I think anyone who enjoys reading stories based on the early 1900’s in our country will enjoy this series.

I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook publishing through Blogging for Books, this is my honest review.

Series: A Vintage National Parks Novel (Book 2)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735289567

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

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The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel


The Heart Between Us, by Lindsay Harrel, is a story of Megan Jacobs. Megan was diagnosed with a heart condition at a very young age and eventually had a heart transplant. She was in and out of hospitals for many years. During this time she became friends with Caleb who was going through the same illness. After the heart transplant, Megan lost contact with Caleb and her twin sister. Now, three years later, she has reconnected with Caleb. She has also been contacted by the parents of the heart donor and they have lent her their daughters journal. In the journal, Megan reads of her donors bucket list and decides to take the trip for her and her sister goes with her.

This is an amazing story. The author shows us that an illness such as Megan’s affects the entire family. We see how Megan’s illness has caused her to not take the chance and move forward in her occupation. With the blogging of her trip, she is able to gain the strength and courage she needs to take the chance.

This story has many little stories written within it. Some of the things that stands out for me is that Megan refers to her heart as the donor’s heart, not her’s. Another is Megan’s question why God allowed a young girl to die to give her life. I like that once Megan fulfilled the young girls dreams, she is able to move forward with her life. I also enjoyed seeing how the trip has allowed time for Megan to work on repairing the relationships with her sister and Caleb.

I feel those who enjoy contemporary fiction concerning women’s issues will enjoy this story. It is a Christian Fiction but the Christian references are not strong and will not offend readers.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing through BookLook Bloggers.

336 pages

ISBN: 9780718075705

To learn more about the author go to: https://www.lindsayharrel.com/

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The Empowered by Craig Parshall


The Empowered is the second book in A Trevor Black Novel series by Craig Parshall. I hesitated about reading it due to the back cover and reference to voodoo. While this is a story that deals with spiritual darkness, there is so much more in this story. Trevor was a powerful attorney in New York who became a Christian and was given the gift of sensing supernatural forces.

Since being forced to stop practicing law, Trevor has moved and spends his time fishing and writing true-crime articles for magazines. He maintains his friendship with New York police detective, Dick Valentine. Dick has just called him regarding a spooky death of a Washington lawyer. When Trevor gets a call to speak at an attorney’s convention in New Orleans, he and his daughter go to New Orleans. Almost immediately things begin to happen, someone is found dead in Trevor’s hotel room and his daughter goes missing. Trevor starts investigating and finds demon worshiping and human trafficking alive in New Orleans.

I am so glad I read this book. It has a slow start but gets moving and never stops. There is suspense and mystery. Some of the things I enjoyed about the story was Trevor’s strong Christian faith and his strength to speak out against the supernatural. Another things is since Trevor became a Christian, he is trying to change his life. He has united with a daughter he never knew he had and is trying to build a relationship with her. Due to the violence and topics in this story I would caution the prospective reader. This is not a book for the young reader.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network This is my honest review.

Series: A Trevor Black Novel (Book 2)

464 pages

ISBN: 9781496411372

To connect with the author go to: http://www.craigparshallauthor.com/

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The Innkeepers Daughter by Michelle Griep

224358The Innkeepers Daughter by Michelle Griep is set in Dover England in 1808. This story is full of action and suspense with a touch of romance and lots of twists and turns. Something I typically enjoy. For me, this was a hard story to follow. I felt it had too many characters to keep them all straight. That being said, it is a good story and I especially liked how hard Johanna struggled to keep the family inn going and the family together.

If she cannot pay the bills on time she and her family will end up in the workhouse and separated. Her younger brother hears her commenting if they could get a band to play at the inn, they would have people coming for miles around. He brings home a group of men who supposedly make up a band. He has made a deal with them room and board in exchange for them to play.

Alex is an undercover officer who has been given an assignment to find a traitor. He is to spend time with the Viscount Lord Coburn and marry his daughter Louisa. Louisa plans to run away with another man her father does not approve of. And while staying at the inn, Alex has developed feelings for Johanna.

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

320 pages

ISBN: 9781683224358

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

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The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin


The Sea Before Us is the first book in Sunrise at Normandy series by Susan Sundin. The Paxton brother of Kerrville, Texas had a falling out that lead to Wyatt leaving home. He “borrowed” his younger brothers college fund and lost it all on a business adventure. Now he is in England as a US Naval Officer, saving everything he can to pay his brother back.

As D-Day approaches Dorothy, along with the other women in the Women’s Royal Naval Service are busy going through photos to make maps of Normandy. Wyatt then uses these to determine the attacks to be made. Dorothy has traveled with her family and uses photos from her travels. One of the new photos shows a shed on a property that never use to be there.

As Dorothy and Wyatt work together they develop a friendship that leads to Wyatt helping Dorothy find out who is stealing money from her father’s business. As their friendship deepens they both struggle as his home is in Texas and she is the only one to care for her father in England. And she has had feeling for another man for years.

This is a very interesting book to read. I enjoyed how this book shows the reader what the women did for the war, the important job they had and how it lead to success of the war. One thing that stand out in this book for me, is the depth of care Dorothy gives her father while serving in the war. Another is the determination Wyatt has to pay back his brother. I also enjoyed the surprise twist toward the end of the story that explains the change in Dorothy’s father and business. I think anyone who enjoys reading of this time in history will enjoy this book.

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

373 pages

ISBN: 9780800727970

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

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Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher


Phoebe’s Light is the first book in the Nantucket Legacy series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This is an interesting book to read. The story is about Quakers, their customs and some of their struggles. This book focuses on Phoebe Starbuck. She has always taken care of her father and has now found out he has taken a loan out on their home for another one of his business adventures and cannot repay. They have just a few short weeks to move out.

Phoebe has had feeling for Captain Phineas Foulger for years. He has come home from a whaling expedition and is visiting her. They marry and Phoebe insists on going on his next trip. What she does not plan for is to have seasickness that does not go away. She spends her days in their room reading her great-grandmothers journal that tells of a treasure buried on the island. She also finds out he has another wife and family. When she gets really sick he drops her off on an island to get medical care. He also leaves his cooper, her long time friend, Matthew, to see to her care and burial. She gets better and along with Matthew, she returns to Nantucket to find out her husband was murdered on the ship and Matthew is the suspect.

I enjoyed reading this book. The book show us what it was like for the Quakers at that time. The story is so well written, it is easy to imagine the struggles they has as well as the early settlers on Nantucket Island. We see the love and caring Phoebe has towards her father, yet we see the immature young lady who will take life into her own hands to get what she wants, even when it is not the right thing. I think anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical romance will enjoy this story.

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

352 pages

ISBN: 9780800721626

To learn more about the author and book she has written go to http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/

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A Passionate Hope: Hannah’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith


A Passionate Hope – Hannah’s Story, written by Jill Eileen Smith, is book 4 in the Daughters of the Promised Land series. While this is a series, the novels are stand alone books as well. The author has an great job of writing this story based on 1 Samuel 1 in the Bible.

Hannah and Elkanah have been married several years and have not been able to have children. He is pressured by his family to take another wife to have children. He loves Hannah and only Hannah. He eventually marries Peninnah and they have many children. Peninnah’s mother lives with her and convinced her to taunt Hannah so Peninnah can have Elkanah. But Hannah is a loving a supportive person. She prays for a child, going so far as to say if she can have a son, she will give him back to the Lord’s work. Peninnah has always hoped Elkanah would love her the way he loves Hannah.

I really enjoy reading this series. I enjoy how the author has taken a small portion of the bible and written a fantastic story of what it may have been like for the people of the time. Even in a time of great troubles, Hannah and Elkanah love each other very deeply. The also have great love for God and respect for His tabernacle despite the going ons of the Priests.

This book would be enjoyed by anyone who likes to read Biblical Fiction. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

368 pages

ISBN: 9780800720377

To learn more about the author visit: www.jilleileensmith.com

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The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse


The Mayflower Bride is the first in a new series by Kimberley Woodhouse. This is such a good book. The author has done extensive research to write a Historical Fiction based on the real events of the Mayflower voyage and it’s passengers. The story is so well written you will feel like you are right on the boats with them. The author has written the first 10 pages of the book to explain the story as well as to give meanings of words and list of people mentioned in the story. While this may seem extensive, the reader can jump over these if they wish.

The story starts out in Holland with a group of Separatists who are leaving their country for the New World. The Chapman family is a part of this group. The family recently lost their beloved wife and mother. Mary Elizabeth does not want to leave where her mother is buried.

William Lytton was orphaned young and was raised by an elderly man. He was taught carpentry skills that others are in need of. When the elderly man nears his death, he purchases passage for William. He is also asked to keep records of for the Merchants and Adventurers who provided the passage for many on the ship. The Merchants and Adventurers want to know those they paid passage for are abiding by their agreement.

The voyage is taken too late in the year and the waters are very rough. Many of the passengers get seasick and Mary Elizabeth and her friend spend their time caring for them. William also gets sick, and Mary Elizabeth spends time each day caring for him. While they felt an attraction to each other, since he is not a Separatist, they can have no future.

I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the rest in the series. The thing I like best about this story is how the Separatists would go to such extremes to be allowed to practice their faith. They left their homes and sailed to America to get away from the Church of England. The Chapman family spent almost a months wages to have a Bible of their own. I think anyone who enjoys reading Christian Historical Fiction will enjoy this story. There is suspense with the dangers of the voyage as well as establishing a new community. But there is also friendships and romance.

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

Series: The Daughters of the Mayflower (Book1)

ISBN: 9781683224198

You can read more about the author and books she has written at: https://www.amazon.com/Kimberley-Woodhouse/e/B0028OGO4M

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Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey


Steal Away Home, by Billy Coffey, is the story of Owen Cross. The story starts out at a major league baseball game in New York. Owen is 29 years old and plays in the Double – A’s. He has been invited to be a back up player for this one game. Through out the game, he spends his time remembering events surround his home town, school friends, parents and Micky. Owen comes from a small town where it was not allowed to mix with those from Shantytown. For those in that area, there was not even a church to attend. Until prom night when Micky, from Shantytown, saw something that encouraged her to start spreading the word of love and of leading her people in fellowship.

Owen comes from a family that from the outside looks idea. Owen’s father is training Owen to excel in baseball to have the future his father did not have. Owen and his father’s connection is baseball. But for Owen’s mother, who felt left out of their lives, Owen loved her just as she loved him. She was supportive and caring. She knew about Micky and Owen’s relationship and help them to continue seeing each other when it was not proper.

In a time and place where it was not normal to go to college, Owen received a baseball scholarship and went on to play ball. His plans were to take Micky with him to get her out of Shantytown, but when her father disappeared with her church’s money, her church went up in flames and she disappeared, that was not possible.

I found this story a little hard to follow. The story is told to us by Owen and flips between the major ball game and his past. I found the story to be rather slow going. With that said, the story has a very good message. The parts in the story that stand out to me are the feelings towards those from Shantytown, the poverty and the lack of even a church. Another things that stands out to me is Owen’s mother’s feelings about Owen and his father having baseball while she had nothing with them. Owen admission that he had to work with his father in baseball to get his approval. But his mother loved him, just as he loved her, he did not have to work at it. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy the sport of baseball and enjoy reading good clean stories.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers.

372 pages

ISBN: 9780718084448

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the author and books he has written go to: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3448642.Billy_Coffey

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