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

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

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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 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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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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Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse


Out of the Ashes is book two in The Heart of Alaska series written by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. This is a great story that follows the first book in the series. We return to The Curry Hotel and the characters of the first book.

Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier, from France, have recently lost their father. Their father has left them both letters, one instructing them to travel. Jean-Michel was injured in the Syrian Revolt and does not want to travel. He receives a letter from the aunt of an ex-girlfriend, asking him to travel to Mt. Denali, Alaska to help her heal from her past.

Katherine and Jean-Michel met each other years ago. When her father found out how serious their relationship was, he moved the family back to the United States and forced Kimberly to marry. Her husband was an abusive man who left her suffering emotionally, even after his death. With her grandmother’s insistence, they travel around the United States and end up in Alaska. When Katherine feels strong enough to spend time with Jean-Michel, they work toward helping each other heal from their past injuries and try to move forward.

I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the happenings in the hotel kitchen with the head cook. I’ve also enjoyed how Thomas has matured since the beginning of the first story. One of the things that stands out for me in this story is how eager Cassidy is to share her faith and help others in their Christian walk. I also enjoyed how Collette has gone from a young lady concerned about only herself to a person who helps others and puts them before herself.

I truly feel anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction will enjoy this story. It is a well written, good clean story that inspires the reader.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

Series: The Heart of Alaska (Book 2)

325 pages

ISBN: 9780764219245

Publisher: Bethany House

To learn more about the authors, go to:

http://kimandkaylawoodhouse.com/ and http://traciepetersonbooks.com/

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My Hearts Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Story by Amanda Barratt

Adele’s Journey, by Amanda Barratt, is a story of the daughter of an English aristocrat who has taken things into her own hands. When the family finds themselves possibly losing their beloved home, Adele goes to America to visit her mother’s brother and his family. Her real reason is to find a wealthy man to marry that will take care of her family and home. She thinks she has found that man in Franklin, but she also meets Drew, a poor man who is doing dangerous acts to bring in the money to care for his handicapped sister.

This is an enjoyable book to read. It takes place in Niagara Falls, New York in 1870. To make even more money, Franklin has hired Drew to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. In this story we see the caring person Drew is. He is willing to lose his life to care for his sister, But we see the manipulating person Adele is. Not only does she take things into her own hands to get what she wants, she puts other people’s lives in danger. When one of her schemes ends up seriously injuring Drew, she takes responsibility and care for him and his sister. While caring for Drew, he asks her to go to church and take notes of the sermons for him. Though this act, Adele’s eye are starting to open.

I enjoyed reading this book. Even though it is a romance story, there is also suspense and adventure to keep the readers attention. This book is very well written with very well defined characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction based in the United States.

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

Series: My Heart Belongs

254 pages

ISBN: 9781683223412

Publisher: Barbour

To learn more about the author go to: http://amandabarratt.net/

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The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright is so well written and holds so much mystery that I read this book in one day! It is that good. The story takes place in Wisconsin. The author has written this story that takes place during current day, but flashes back to 1906.

Kaine Prescott lost her husband to a car accident two years earlier. She feels it was not an accident but law enforcement does not take her serious. They label her as having PTSD. Needing to start a new life, she uses her husband’s insurance money and buys an old house in the Wisconsin town her grandfather lived in. The house has a lot of mystery surrounding it and has not been lived in for years. A new friend is helping her clean up the house and when things start happening that make Kaine question moving, her friend tells her, “The Lord brought you here. To us.” As she digs into the history of the house, she finds out she has a connection to the house and the mystery about the house is finally solved.

Ivy Thorp lived in the same Wisconsin town in 1906. A young woman shows up deal on the property and Ivy attempts to find out who she is. Things happen in the house that make no sense. Music is heard at night, and lights are turned on and off.

I really enjoyed reading this story, there is so much mystery that it is hard to put down. I kept reading it just to find out what was going to happen next. I think anyone who enjoys suspense/romantic suspense stories will greatly enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

359 pages

ISBN: 9780764230288

Publisher: Bethany House

The author has written best selling novellas. This is her first novel. You can learn more about her at http://www.jaimewrightbooks.com/

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Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke


Claire Stewart has joined the French Resistance, helping smuggle French Jewish children across the channel before the Nazis can get to them. Her last trip does not go as planned and she is left alone with the children and no place to go. She decides to take the children to her mother’s estranged sister, Lady Miranda Langford, who lives in England’s Lake District. She does not plan to stay with the children, but the only way her aunt will take them is if she stays. She knows very little of her aunt and quickly learns her aunt lost her husband many years ago and then her son.

Her aunt also agrees to take in German Jewish children and American, David Campbell. While Claire does care for the children, they are not her priority, but rather a responsibility. Despite many advances for attention from the youngest child, Claire does not respond and the child runs away. One night while sitting in a tree in the secret garden Claire notices a light is on in the house after it is suppose to be all dark. She finds the children trying to celebrate their Jewish religion. With David and the local doctor’s help, a Rabbi is located to help the children in their faith.

This is a really good book that will take you back to the time of WWII. The fears those who lived through it was very real. From the sirens that went off to having to have black out curtains and not being outside after a certain time. We also see the danger the civilians faced with escaped prisoners of war who are trying to survive. It is very evident the author did research to make this story as close to reality as possible.

I like how the author wrote in familiar names, such as the children’s author Beatrix Potter and C.S. Lewis. I like how the author shows that they are normal people who reach out to help those seeking help. The author also writes in the normal issues the people faced as well, rationing, shortages, illness and grief. I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers and this is my honest review.

408 pages

ISBN: 9781496410962

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

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

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