The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear


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.

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The Choice by Anne Greene


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

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128 pages

ISBN: 9781547205431

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

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A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott

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A Distance Too Grand, by Regina Scott, is the first book in the American Wonders Collection. Meg has been assisting her father with his photography for many years. After his sudden death, she intends to fulfill the contract he has to do an Army survey of part of the Grand Canyon. In 1871, women were not readily accepted as having an occupation. What she does not expect to find is a former gentleman friend as the leader of the group.

Ben is leading a survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, but he is also privately searching for any clues in his father’s disappearance.

This is a fun book to read. The characters are well developed and the writing is so clear it is easy to imagine the surroundings and what is happening in the story. It is a good, clean story that is very easy to get lost in. The story is filled with adventures and danger. One of the things I enjoyed the most in this story is how the characters were quick to help wherever they were needed and how they watched out for each other. I also enjoyed the brief history the author gives at the end of the story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review.

Series: American Wonders Collection (Book 1)

Story length: 356 pages

ISBN: 9780800736392

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The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden


The Spice King, by Elizabeth Camden, is book in in the Hope and Glory Series. This is a great historical fiction story that shows the importance of faith, family, forgiveness, and honesty. The story gives a look into the background of processing spices, what it takes to make good spices and how some companies misrepresent the product they make. It shows the dedication it take to help enforce the production of good quality products.

Annabelle has taken a temporary job at the Smithsonian to move with her sister to Washington D.C. Her blind sister so wants to live there, so Annabelle does what she needs to do to make this possible. She is asked to visit Gray Delacroix to get information on his prized plant collection. Others have tried to get to him, and failed so she thinks up an unusual plan. But her success only turns into being asked to do more. She is told if she can get information to convict him of a crime, she will be given a permanent job.

Gray is the owner of a major spice company who has spent his life traveling to learn about spices. He has now returned home and find his younger brother and sister leading different lives. His sister now works for the President’s wife and his brother has gotten involved in other causes. It is now up to him to keep the business moving forward and to keep the family together.

I loved this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. And how many will there be? It is a good, clean story with a very good message. I think those who enjoy historical fiction will really enjoy this story. I really enjoyed reading of the family dedication Annabelle possessed. She was ever mindful of the sacrifice her parents made so she could go to school and now move off the farm. Feeling responsible for her sister, he plans her day around being able to get her sister where she wants to be and to care for her. She and Gray have similar family responsibilities and must learn to move past things that have happened to help their family members.

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Series: Hope and Glory (Book 1)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780764232114

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Finding Lady Enderly, by Joanna Davidson Politano


Being created in God’s image means we bear traces of him. He is our truest identity.

-Diary of a Substitute Countess

Finding Lady Enderly, by Joanna Davidson Politano, is a Christian Romance based in England in the 1870’s. Raina is a rag woman in London who is offered a chance at a better life. She has been offered to move to Rothburne Abbey and pretend to be the countess to give the real countess the chance to rest after her travels and hectic life. She is told if she does not like the Abbey, but quickly finds out that is not true.

This is a nice historical romance that is well written with well developed characters. The amount of characters grows as the story is told, but they are slowly introduced to keep track of the main ones. This is a fast paced story that is filled with suspense and danger. The chapters start with parts from the Diary of a Substitute Countess, a diary Raina is writing. I especially enjoyed those of her thought on real beauty and her understanding of God.

I would highly recommend this story to those who enjoy historical fiction.

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Story length: 367 pages

ISBN: 9780800728724

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The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken


The Yellow Lantern, by Angie Dicken, is part of the True Colors series by Barbour Publishing. Set in 1824 in Massachusetts, Josephine is considered dead and buried. Her body is dug up by body snatchers and it is discovered she is actually alive. After recovering from illness she is taken away to work in a cotton mill to watch for people who are dying or have died. She has to help the network secure bodies to replace herself. She despises having to do this, but she has to, to save her father.

Josephine was taught how to use healing herbs and plants by her mother. With accidents happening at the mill, she automatically tends to the injured. She builds a friendship with the manager of the mill and quickly gets a name for herself as being able to help heal people.

This is an interesting book to read. I enjoyed the suspense and the twists and turns the story takes. The author did wonderful job of telling this story to help the reader know about events that really happened in the 19th century. Grave robbing was common during the 19th century for medical research. With the lack of medical knowledge, people were sometimes thought to be dead when they were not.

This is part of a series, but is a stand alone story. The stories are written by different authors with different events and characters.

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

Series: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime

254 pages

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The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse


The Express Bride, by Kimberley Woodhouse, is book 9 in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. This is my favorite book in the series so far. Even though this is a series that advances in history, these are stand alone stories that do not require reading previous ones. The characters do not follow through in the series, with the exception of a possible reference to ancestors.

Set in 1860 in Utah territory, Jackie takes over managing her fathers stage coach and Pony Express station after his death. Single handedly she manages the crew and cares for them. She meets every Express rider that comes to her station. When a stage comes with two men seeking answers, they turn to Jackie for help. Mr. Crowell has asked for her help in tracking down forged treasury notes that are being shipped in the Express mail. Elijah has been sent to find his bosses daughter, who was taken away many years earlier by her mother. While Elijah stays at the station, waiting for a response from his boss, he and Jackie develop a friendship and Elijah questions if Jackie could be the one he is looking for.

This is a great story that is hard to put down. The author uses scripture to bring out the message of forgiveness in the story. This story is also one of action and mystery. It is written so well, it captures the readers attention until the very end. It is fun to read a story based on the Pony Express and that time in history, when staying in contact with those far away was not easy.

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 9)

253 pages

ISBN: 9781643520636

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All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner


All Manner of Things, by Susie Finkbeiner, is an outstanding story that takes place during the Vietnam War. The characters are so well defined it is easy to feel they could be friends or family members. This is an emotionally filled story that focuses on topics such as war, PTSD and family issues.

Annie’s father was not the same man when he returned from the Korean war and left his family without ever contacting them. Now many years later, Annie’s brother, Mike has enlisted in the Vietnam War as a medic. He has asked Annie that if something should happen to him, to contact their father. With the death of their grandfather, Annie contacts their father. He comes home, but is not welcomed by their mother. As a young adult, just out of school, Annie takes on a lot of responsibilities in the family. When Mike is having extreme struggles in Vietnam, she is the one he turns to. When her mother is not able to forgive her father, it is Annie that reaches out to him. And she is the one that is there for the younger brother.

I loved this story and so wish it could have gone on a lot longer. I enjoyed the little things mentioned about the mother’s cooking abilities. The author has blended a little humor into a very serious story. The story is so well written it is easy to get pulled in with the family as they cling to the news broadcasts regarding the war. I received a copy of this book from the Revell Reads Blog Program. This is my honest review.

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A Reluctant Bell by Beth White

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A Reluctant Belle is book two in The Daughtry House Series by Beth White. This story takes over where book one ends, so it is best to read them in order. The author gives background information to fill in for those who do not read the first book. The story takes place in Mississippi following the Civil War, during the Reconstruction Era.

Following the death of the Daughtry sister’s father, Schuyler Beaumont invested in the Daughtry House to keep the sister from losing it. The sisters, including Joelle, are responsible for overseeing the renovation that turns the house into a resort hotel. Joelle works on the plantation, and secretly writes politically charged articles for the local paper to support the school for the freed slaves, where she teaches. Joelle and Schuyler have known each other since childhood. After an argument with him, Joelle impulsively accepts a proposal from the local pastor, whom she does not love.

Schuyler’s father was murdered while on the political trail. Schuyler works with a friend and Pinkerton agent to find his father’s murderer. All while the Ku Klux Klan are gaining power and include people who would never be suspected.

This is an good story that was well researched, to be as accurate as possible. There is adventure, suspense, family loyalty and romance within the story. The story is fast paced with only a handful of well defined main characters. I would recommend this story to those who enjoy reading Christian stories based on our country’s history.

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Series: The Daughtry House (Book 2)

349 pages

ISBN: 9780800726904

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Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett


Ever Faithful is book three in A Vintage National Park series by Karen Barnett. This story is set in Yellowstone National Park in 1933. While being part of a series, these stories are stand alone novels. The author has written an awesome story that shows what the park was like and all the workers that was needed to keep the park going. Her writing is so descriptive, it is easy to envision watching the animals and the environment. I enjoyed the terms of the employees that was used based, on what they did. I also enjoyed the accuracy of how the park was at the time. This story gives great history of the park as well as how the park was affected by the depression.. This is my favorite book in the series so far.

President F. D. Roosevelt’s New Deal is set in place during the Great Depression to give jobs to unemployed young men. Nate tries to take the blame for what his brother did, to keep his brother out of trouble. He is given the chance to work with the Civilian Conservation Crops (CCC). He is quickly chosen for a leadership position, which will help send more money back to his family. To do so he has to keep a secret.

Elsie is the daughter of a Park Ranger. She has worked as a maid in the park’s hotel for years and hopes this year will give her the money she needs to go to school. When jobs are being cut, she takes on a second job teaching the men of the CCC.

I received an uncorrected proof of this story from Waterbrook Multnomah publishing. This is my honest review.

Series: Vintage National Park Series (book 3)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735289581

Karen Barnett is a former park ranger. She also worked as a ranger naturalist and an outdoor educator.

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