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

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

The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman

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The Road to Magnolia Glen is book 2 in A Natchez Trace Novel Series by Pam Hillman. This story takes place in Natchez, Mississippi in 1792. It takes off where book one stops so it is best to read them in order, however the author fills in so it is not necessary.

Quinn O’Shea feels bitterness towards his brother Connor for leaving Ireland. With the death of their parents, Quinn was left alone to care for their younger brothers. Quinn and the younger brothers have now been able to come to America. While on the boat they met the three Young sisters. The Young sisters think their half-brother-in-law had made a marriage arrangement for the older sister, Kiera. What he really had done is sent them to the owner of a brothel to pay off a debt. When the situation becomes clear, Quinn gets help and rescues the girls. His only option is to take them all to Breeze Hill Plantation. where Connor lives. He plans to leave the younger brothers for Connor to take care of.

Breeze Hill is plantation that not only plants crops, it also harvest lumber. Help is short and when the brothers arrive, there is no smithy. Quinn takes on these responsibilities repair tools and making things they need.

This is a really good Christian historical story. It has a lot of adventure, suspense and a little romance. The thing that I really like about this story is that everyone steps in and helps to keep the plantation going, even though the owner is just a little baby who will not take ownership for 20 years. I like how everyone steps up to help, doing what ever is needed of them. I also like that time is set aside every Sunday for worship.

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

Series: A Natchez Trace Novel Series (Book 2)

428 pages

ISBN: 9781496415943

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

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.tyndale.com/p/the-road-to-magnolia-glen/9781496415943

https://www.christianbook.com/the-road-to-magnolia-glen/pam-hillman/9781496415943/pd/415943

https://www.amazon.com/Road-Magnolia-Natchez-Trace-Novel/dp/1496415949

The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

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The Captured Bride is book 3 in The Daughter of the Mayflower series. Each of the books are written by different authors, this one is written by Michelle Griep. While the books are a series, each of them is also a good stand alone novel. This story takes place in 1759 during the French and Indian War.

Mercy Lytton is the daughter of a white woman and Indian father. She was raised by the Mohawks but now lives in the white man’s world. She has born with unusually sharp eyesight and can see for unbelievably long distance. Along with three men, Mercy is take a shipment of gold to Fort Edward. While doing this, she is to pretend to be Elias’s wife. Elias originally stole the gold they are transporting. He was considered a traitor and was to be hanged. He is being granted his freedom in exchange of transporting the gold.

This is a great book. It is full of adventure and danger. The story also shows the struggle Mercy goes through with trying to understand the Christian faith. The thing that stands out to me in this story is after Mercy finds out about her father’s death, she goes to be alone and she finally realizes how her mother felt about the necklace her father gave to her. A necklace that she treasured and always wore.

I feel anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical romance will enjoy this story.

“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 (Book 3)

247 pages

ISBN: 9781683224747

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

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.christianbook.com/the-captured-bride-3/michelle-griep/9781683224747/pd/224747

https://www.amazon.com/Captured-Bride-Daughters-Mayflower-book/dp/1683224744

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

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The Accidental Guardian is the first book in the new High Sierra Sweethearts series by Mary Connealy. The story takes place near Lake Tahoe, Nevada in 1867. This story combines my favorite topics, building America, men who take responsibility for those they love, all with suspense and a touch of romance.

Trace Riley was away on a hunt when his wagon train was attacked. At the age of 15 he was left all alone to survive. Years later he is on his way home from his first cattle drive when he comes upon a small wagon train that was hit the same way his was. What he does not expect to find is Deborah Harkness and her younger sister with 2 small children who survived. With no place for the new survivors to go, until they can travel in the spring, he takes them to his ranch. He gives them the less than perfect house to sleep in and the men sleep in the barn. With a lot of quick, hard work, his ranch hands put up a proper home as well as a bunk house. The women take on the responsibility of meals, laundry, and mending for the men.

Trace watches over the wagon trains for disaster. When he goes to talk with settlements to find those responsible, Deborah insists on going along. She is the only one who saw who the attackers were. One of the attackers is in the town and overhears the conversation with the sheriff and now Deborah and Trace are being hunted.

I loved this story! I look forward to the rest of this series to see who the next two sweethearts are. The things that stand out in this story to me are the way men treat the women, “Most men in the West treated women with almost reverent respect. There were just too few women. They were rare and precious and to be protected above all.” We also see how Deborah’s father has shaped her life and her thoughts of men. And we see how dedicated the ranch hands are to Trace and build up his ranch. This is a must read for anyone who likes historical fiction based in the United States.

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

Series: High Sierra Sweethearts (Book 1)

293 pages

ISBN: 9780764219290

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

Some places to purchase this book are:

http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-accidental-guardian/383391

https://www.christianbook.com/the-accidental-guardian-1/mary-connealy/9780764219290/pd/219290

https://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Guardian-High-Sierra-Sweethearts/dp/0764219294/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526576927&sr=8-1&keywords=9780764219290&dpID=51Anj-hOaPL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Her Reluctant Hero by Anne Greene

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Her Reluctant Hero by Anne Greene takes place during the swinging 60’s. Josh saved Laura from a fire at her parents home. Both Josh and Laura attended the same school. Their friendship grows and they are engaged to be married when Josh is set to deploy to Vietnam as a search and rescue pilot. Most of these pilot do not make it home. With this in mind, Josh breaks off the engagement. Now he is back home and working a job so he can fly on Laura’s flights as much as possible to get back together.

Laura is working as a stewardess. During the 60’s, stewardesses were thought to be young women who were out to catch a rich husband. They dressed in mini skirts and go go boots. Laura is very reluctant to renew her friendship with Josh.

This is a nice historical fiction novella that gives a reader a look into life during the 60’s. Both Josh and Laura have kept true to their beliefs and do not get caught up in the casual life style of the time. I enjoyed reading this story. It is the perfect length to read in an evening. I think anyone who enjoys reading Christian fiction/romance will enjoy this short story.

I received a copy of this book from the author, through Book Club Network, this is my honest review.

86 pages

ISBN: 9781980368526

Anne Greene writes both contemporary and historical fiction that celebrate the abundant life Jesus gives us. Each book is based on a place she has traveled. You can see other books she has written at: www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.amazon.com/Her-Reluctant-Hero-Anne-Greene/dp/198036852X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525104222&sr=8-1&keywords=9781980368526

The Miracle of Mysteria by Leonid Belov

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The Miracle of Mysteria, by Leonid Belov is a story based on true events in the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany. The story takes place in 1348 during the Black Death. While the death is taking people in surrounding towns, the people in Rundschau come together to perform the Passion of Christ. The story tells us how taking part in the performance affected some of the people. We also see how those who watched the performance were affected, so much so that the play was repeated in the future.

This is a very interesting story to read. At a time when death is all around and is almost a guarantee, the characters were able to put aside their fears and put on such a dramatic and touching performance. One of the things that stands out most in the story to me, is that this one small area was saved from the Black Death. This is such a touching story to read.

I received a copy of this book through Book Club network, this is my honest review.

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You can read more about this book and read the beginning of the book at: http://www.towerofharmony.com/

This story can be purchased at

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074LJBJXT/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o01_?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-miracle-of-mysteria-leonid-belov/1126638739

The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

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The Pirate Bride is book two in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. Maribel Cordoba is just eleven years old when her father takes her away on his ship to Cuba. On their way their ship is taken over by privateers and her father is lost at sea. The crew of the privateering ship take over the care of Maribel as she wins each of their hearts. When this ship is taken over, a couple of the crew who survive take Maribel to an orphanage to be raised. The ships owner, Jean-Luc Valmont, is severely injured and taken home to New Orleans to recover. When he recovers he changes his methods of shipping and years later Jean-Luc and Maribel meet again.

This is a good story full of adventure, mystery and a touch of romance. The characters in this story are strong, caring people you would not expect to find in a pirate story. I really enjoyed the energy and spunk Maribel has for life. She believes her mother is dead and hold on to the memories of her mother and lessons her mother taught her as well as holding on to her mother’s scarf for 12 years. While this is part of a series, this is a stand alone book as well. The connection to book one is three generations apart and there is minimal reference to a character in book one.

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 (book 2)

256 pages

ISBN: 9781683224976

To read a preview of this book go to:https://www.christianbook.com/pirate-bride-daughters-mayflower-book-ebook/kathleen-ybarbo/9781944836467/pd/95911EB?event=ESRCN|M

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to:

http://kathleenybarbo.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Bride-Daughters-Mayflower-Book/dp/1683224973/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522340291&sr=8-1&keywords=9781683224976&dpID=51OYQVqkbCL&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

https://www.christianbook.com/2-the-pirate-bride/kathleen-ybarbo/9781683224976/pd/224971?event=ESRCN|M