A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

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Things happen in life we cannot understand. We can only do our best and seek God’s guidance and move forward the best we are able.”

A Stranger at Fellsworth, by Sarah E. Ladd, is book three in A Treasures of Surrey series.

Annabelle Thorley’s parents have died and with the passing of her father, rumors of his financial status cause her fiance to break off the engagement. She is left living with her brother and sister-in-law in London. Her brother keeps reminding her of the situation and has told her she must marry a man she does not want to.

One night after a party, the man she is suppose to marry treats her badly. When she gets away from him, her brother also treats her badly. When she gets to her room she decides her only option is to run away. She has an uncle she has only seen once and decides to go to him for help. She convinces her lady’s maid to run off with her.

Earlier in the day Annabelle met Owen Locke, the gamekeeper and assistant to the owner of Bancroft Park. He is staying at her brothers home to assist his employer on the trip. Annabelle asks him to help her get to Fellsworth. Owen is from Fellsworth and friends with her uncle and helps her get to him.

Annabelle’s uncle assigns her to be a junior teacher at the school he runs. Annabelle has not worked before and finds teaching a challenge. One of her students is Owen’s daughter, Hannah. Hannah does not like it at school. One day after some girls are mean to her, Hannah tries to go home. She steps in a trap and gets hurt. Everyone at the school is looking for her and Annabelle takes a trail Hannah told her about, finds her and takes her home.

This is a very heart warming story. The author does a great job of introducing the characters and providing details of the story. I was able to envision the homes and school as well as the rough terrain and woods. And I could just feel the brown silk of Owen’s late wife’s gown. Based in England in the early 1800’s, the story shows us how the different classes of people lived. The wealthy were tutored while the poor sent their children away to a school and seldom saw them, to allow them a chance to get an education and learn a trade.

Even though this is Christian Fiction, it does not stand out and is not preachy. One of the parts of the story that stands out for me is that as a young girl, Annabelle went to church with her mother. With her mother’s passing the family no longer attended church. Now Annabelle does not have peace like Owen and questions her faith.

Being book three in the series, it is also a stand alone novel. I have not read the first two and was able to totally enjoy this book. I especially like that the story was fast moving with suspense written into the story. I would not consider this a romance novel, but there is just a touch of romance in the story as well. I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical stories based in England will truly enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers and I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: A Treasures of Surrey Novel (Book 3)

336 pages

ISBN: 9780718011857

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You can read more about the author and books she has written at: http://sarahladd.com/

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My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary – by Susan Page Davis

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My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary, written by Susan Page Davis, is a stand alone book in the My Heart Belongs series. The story takes place in the mid 1800’s in the Arizona territory.

As a young girl, Carmela Wade was traveling with her family in a wagon train when many of them got sick and died. Carmela was left an orphan. Her uncle becomes her guardian and forces her to travel around telling stories of being a survivor of an Indian kidnapping. He uncle makes her study up on Indian history to make her story more realistic. He also uses ink to put an Indian marking on her face. When Carmela does not want to do this anymore, her uncle tells her she has to. She has to do it to make the money he father supposedly owed her uncle before he died.

One day Carmela and her uncle are traveling to another city on a stagecoach when the stage is attacked. Carmela, US Marshal Freeland McKay and his prisoner are taken off the stage. Her uncle is injured and is taken with the stagecoach along with the money it is carrying. McKay is knocked out and his handcuffed prisoner forces Carmela to unlock the cuffs. The prisoner then cuffs Carmela to McKay. They are left to walk to the nearest stagecoach station to get help.

This is a quick read story to curl up with on a lazy day. It is a historical Christian romance story but it also has a lot of mystery. I admire the strength Carmela has to finally stand up to her uncle and put a stop to the lies. She also tries to help a young girl who actually was taken by the Indians and returned. Carmela is so sorry for the life she and her uncle have been living, she announces in church the wrongs they have done. This is a nice story with the theme of forgiveness at the end.

I think anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction, especially those with romance and suspense will enjoy this book.

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

Series: My Heart Belongs

256 pages

ISBN:9781683220077

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

You can learn more about the author and books she has published at: http://susanpagedavis.com/

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Bees in the Butterfly Garden by Maureen Lang

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Bees in the Butterfly Garden is book 1 in A Guilded Legacy Novel series written by Maureen Lang.

John Davenport took his daughter Meg to an exclusive boarding school when she was very young. She stayed at the school all the time and didn’t see her father. Unknown to her, he attending some o f her school functions.

Meg was lead to believe that her father was a wealthy businessman, but instead he was one of the most talented thieves. It is only when Meg goes home for her father’s funeral does she find out what her father really was. John did not want Meg to find out what type of man he was. But John’s girlfriend felt Meg had a right to know. John has been mentoring Ian Maquire sine he was a teenager and has trusted Ian to care for Meg.

Meg has decided she is going to follow in her father’s foot steps. She contacts a former friend, Claire Pemberton, from the school and plans to go visit for the summer and remake their garden. Under this pretense, Meg finds out where their family keeps their gold and makes a plan with Ian to steel it.

This is historical Christian romance story with a little bit of mystery mixed in. The part I especially liked in the story is how the Jesus on the cross picture covering the trap door lever attracts everyone’s attention. Despite having Christian upbringing Meg and Ian have turned away from it and now plan a life of crime. I also like the way the Pemberton family holds prayer time every morning that included their servants. As well as how the Pemberton children take advantage of their parents being gone for the summer and give temporary raises to the servants and give them a party in the park.

This is a good story to get lost in. It’s a good story to show that even bad criminals can turn their back on crimes and seek God instead.

Series: Guilded Legacy Novel (Book 1)

407 pages

ISBN: 9781414364469

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

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All in Good Time by Maureen Lang

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All in Good Time is a historical Christian romance written by Maureen Lang. The story is based in the late 1800’s in Colorado. As a young man Henry Hawkins single highhandedly robbed stagecoaches. His goal was to get enough money to make a good life. He is now the most successful banker in Denver. In his employ is his uncle Tobias.

Before Dessa’s friend past away she had a dream of opening a home for prostitutes who wanted to turn their lives around. Now Dessa Caldwell wants to fulfill that dream. She has gotten donations from churches and stores but still needs a substantial amount to buy the house. She met with Tobias to get the loan. Tobias convinces Henry to give her the loan. Dessa gets the house cleaned up quickly but does not get any girls to come. The original plan was to have the girls that came to the house make items that could be sold to help pay expenses. Dessa was forced to seek out other ways to finance the home.

This is a good historical Christian romance story. The author gives the background to the characters as she introduces them to make them easy to follow. The story is slower moving and allows Henry’s faith to grow and the friendship between Henry and Dessa to develop over time.

The part of the story that I enjoyed the most is how the church and community came together to help Dessa establish Pierson House. I think anyone who enjoys reading historical romances will enjoy this story.

Series: A Guilded Legacy Novel (Book 2)

380 pages

ISBN: 9781414364476

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

To read more about the author and books she has written visit: http://maureenlang.com/

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The Maggie Bright by Tracy Groot

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We have an ally. The shatterer will not prevail. Maggie goes forth to meet him.

Man the ramparts. Watch the road. Gird your loins, and collect your strength.”

The Maggie Bright, by Tracy Groot, takes place in England in 1940. Clare Childs has just inherited a yacht from a man who supposedly was her father’s friend. Clare has been living with her aunt and uncle since the death of her parents. There was just enough money left in her parents’ account for her to pay what was owed for the yacht. She is now living on the yacht and taking in boarders to help raise money for her to take it on a trip. The previous owner hid some documents on the boat that others want. One of the men is taken into custody and in jail. The other is one the loose and returns and severely injures Clare. While Clare is hospitalized, the Maggie Bright is called upon to help rescue soldier from Dunkirk.

Private Jim Elliot has been given the orders to make sure a man, Milton, gets home. Milton has a head injury and says things that do not make sense. Together they walk to the beaches of Dunkirk. On their walk they meet up with other soldiers going to Dunkirk. When they get to Dunkirk, they find the town has been attacked by the German’s and there are a lot of soldiers waiting to get on boats to get away from the area that is constantly under attack.

This story started out slow and had many parts to it. As the story developed, the different parts started becoming one very good story with a final connection. The story has suspense in it with the story taking a few twists and turns. The story is based on the evacuation of Dunkirk, at the beginning of WWII.

One of the important events in the story is when a day of prayer was declared. The author does a great job of pulling together the feelings of different people, to show that some did not believe in prayer, while for others it was of great importance. The day was so important for Clare that she hid the fact she developed a fever so she could attend the prayer time, and became very ill .

I really like this story. It is a great historical Christian fiction story. I feel anyone who enjoys reading stories centered around Europe during the war will really like this story.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.

360 pages

ISBN: 9781496422569

Publisher: Tyndale

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Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons

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Pursuing Gold is a novel based during the Civil War written by Cynthia L. Simmons. When Peter’s father past away, Peter took over his part of the banking business. Peter’s partner is ill and when banking papers are delivered to him with errors on them, his daughter, Mary Beth starts going to the bank to help Peter. Together they find out Mr. Sadler has been changing the deposits and embezzling money. One morning when they get to the bank, they find Mr. Sadler dead.

Mary Beth also runs a hotel and in the cash, she finds counterfeit bills with Peter’s signature. Together she and Peter try to find out who made the counterfeit bills and try to get as many as possible. Peter and Mary Beth were childhood friends until Mary Beth dated another man. They both have chosen to pursue God.

This is a good book with suspense and romance through out the story. This is a great story to curl up and read on a lazy day.  I enjoyed it a lot. The story also shows the strength and love that Mary Beth has with caring for her father as well as the hotel, the bank and caring for injured soldiers. We also see what a parent will do to help her children.

The book contains questions for thought and discussion at the end that are very good. This would make a great book for book groups.  Anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction stories based on US history will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.

378 pages

ISBN: 9781944430764

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

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

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Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke

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Promise Me Something, by Cathy Gohlke, is a historical fiction set at the time of the sinking of the Titanic and World War 1.  With the passing of their parents, Owen and Annie Allen are on their own.  Annie is living with her spinster aunt.  Owen comes to get Annie away from their aunt and take her to Southampton, England to go to school.  Their father was a gardener and Owen is now working as a gardener and has plans to go to America.  Their aunt and uncle have a nursery in America.  Owen has saved seeds and clipping of plants that he plans to take to America.

While working in England, Owen meets a young boy, Michael, who is also an orphan and living with a mean relative.  Owen befriends the young boy.  Michael decides to stow away on the Titanic.  When Owen finds out Michael is a stow away on the ship, he shares his bed and meal ticket with him. Owen teaches Michael about gardening, seeds and plants.  One day they find out Owen roommate has search his things.  Owen sews the seeds and plants into his jacket.  When the Titanic is sinking, Owen is not allowed on a life boat as they are for women and children only. He forces Michael to take his jacket and get on a life boat.  He tells Michael to go to his Aunt and Uncle’s and to focus on bringing Annie to America.

The money for Annie’s time at Southampton runs out and Annie is forced to go back to her spinster aunt.  When the aunt takes ill, the family solicitor, Mr. Sprague, tells Annie about the family history and the circumstances around her aunt’s health.  Mr Sprague cautions Annie to not take on the bitter, spiteful character of her aunt.  Annie goes to live with the Sprague’s until she is called back to her aunt’s home.  Her aunt has threatened her and her friends if she does not move back.  At this time, the war is going on and Anne disappears.  The Spragues and Michael no longer hear from her.  Michael takes on a civilian position with the War to try to find Annie.

This is a very awesome book to read.  Being set in a very important time in world history, this story takes on some hard topics.  We are shown the fear and struggles the families of passengers on the Titanic go through.  At a time when communication is not immediate, they are forced to wait.  We see the strength Michael has to follow through on a promise to Owen.  The work he devotes to Owen’s family and dream as well as the work he goes through to make money to bring Anne to America.  We also see how the wealthy have power to control people lives and not always for the better.  This story is historical fiction but contains mystery and romance as well.  I really enjoyed reading this book and I think anyone who enjoys reading about this time in history will also enjoy it.

402 pages

ISBN: 9781414353074

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing

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The Lady Fugitive by Ada Brownell

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The Lady Fugitive is a Christian Western Fiction written by Ada Brownell.  The story takes place in 1908.   When Jennifer Louise Parks’ father died, he left her uncle, Judge Danforth Schuster, in charge of his family and ranch.  The Judge is to care for Jennifer and her brother until they turn 21 to inherit the farm.  Jennifer’s brother has already fled to get away from him.  Now Jennifer is dressing as a boy and trying to get away.  The Judge is desperate to keep her and has wanted posters with a reward for her return.  While Jennifer is trying to get away, she runs into a peddler, William O’Casey, who gives her help and advice.

William is a peddler who travels around selling household items and showing a motion picture “The Life and passion of Jesus Christ”.  While traveling, William is also searching for his brother Ben.  Their father is not well and wants Ben to come home.  Their father is also concerned about Ben’s spiritual life.

Jennifer gets to Yucca Blossom, Colorado and hides out in cellar.  When the owner comes home, Jennifer finds out the owner’s husband was killed and the owner blames a neighbor who wants the farm.  The owner does not want the farm anymore and sells it to Jennifer with the warning to not sell to the neighbor.

William arrives at the farm to find out his friend has died and the wife has sold the farm to Jennifer.  When William finds out there is a reward for Jennifer, he notifies the Judge to stop the bounty hunters. He plans to marry Jennifer to keep her safe, but he does not ask Jennifer.

This is a fun book to read.  It is an easy to read book that shows the heart of the people that Jennifer comes in contact with.  Some of these people are caring and generous while others are self-centered only caring about what they want and not others.  There are a lot of characters in the story, however, they are slowly and carefully introduced so easy to follow.  While the story is fiction, there is also mystery and romance woven within the story.  The part of the story I enjoy the most is when Jennifer takes over the farm.  I enjoyed reading of the strength she shows with caring for the animals and trying to work on the damaged home. I also enjoyed reading about the caring people in Yucca Blossom.

I also like the fact that the book contains larger than normal spacing, with double spacing between paragraphs.  This makes it easier to read.

I received a copy of this book from the author and BookClub network.  I have chosen to write this honest review.

350 pages

ISBN: 9781942513025

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing

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Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

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Treasured Grace is the first book in Tracie Peterson’s Heart of the Frontier Series. Grace Martindale has buried her husband on the Oregon Trail. She continues on the trail with her two younger sisters, Mercy and Hope. They are traveling to Oregon City to be with their Uncle after the death of their parents. Grace has decided they would stop at the Whitman Mission and stay until spring instead of traveling on. The Whitman Mission is run by Dr. Marcus Whitman.

Shortly after arriving at the Mission, there is an outbreak of measles. Grace is a healer and can help, Dr. Whitman does not allow her to. Even though Dr. Whitman has been helping the nearby Cayuse Indian camp, the measles is taking the life of some of their people. Grace travels to the camp with Alex Armistead, a fur trapper and his friend, Sam. She finds the camp filthy and attempts to treat the ill but it is too late in some cases.

Grace is called to help a friend who is ill. Her sisters do not want to go with her. While she is away with Alex and Sam caring for her friend, the Cayuse attack the Mission killing the doctor, his wife and many others. Those that are left are taken hostage and the women are abused. The hostages are eventually taken to Fort Nez Perce and traded back to the white people. The women and children are so traumatized they did not want to be with others. Rumors of the Cayuse coming back for the hostages caused them to be taken by boat to Oregon City.

Grace was in a loveless marriage and since the day her husband was buried, Nigel Roberson has been proposing to her. After arriving in Oregon City she realizes she can not support herself and sisters on her healing. She feels she has no option to care for her sisters and herself than to marry him, even though it is Alex that she loves.

This is a good but very hard story to read. The author has spend much time researching to make the story as real as possible. The story brings to life the situations with the early settlers moving into Indian territory and how the Indians feel threatened by them. The story does an awesome job of explaining this.

I found this book very hard to put down. I appreciated the importance of Faith that is written through out the story. I also appreciate the importance of having love in a marriage that was brought out many times. The story is a very violent one, it gives glimpses into the fears the early settlers had and the hardships they endured. The topics within the story could be bothersome to readers, but they were true events of the time. I think people who enjoy reading stories based on the Oregon Trail and early settlers will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Heart of the Frontier (Book 1)

320 pages

ISBN: 9780764213274

Publisher: Bethany House

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A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot

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A Stolen Heart, written by Amanda Cabot, is book one in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy.
Lydia Crawford is engaged to Edgar Ellis.  She has left her home and job in Syracuse, New York and traveled Cimarron Creek, Texas to start a new life with him.  When she gets there, she finds out he has married some one else and they have a child on the way.  But Edgar has mysteriously gone missing.
Sheriff Travis Whitfield is waiting for his father to return on the coach.  What he find though is Lydia.  When he finds out that she has no place to go, he takes her to his Aunt Bertha’s.  Lydia and Betha become very good friends and business partners.
Strange things are happening in Cimarron Creek.  Shops are stolen from.  Animals are poisoned. People are hurt.  The citizens of Cimarron Creek  are now thinking Travis is not the person who should be sheriff.  Travis need to find out who is committing these crimes. Mix that with friends who are arguing over who gets to court Lydia.  It seems like there is always something happening in Cimarron Creek.
This is a great Historical Fiction story.  Perfect to curl up with and get lost in.  I like the “who done it” parts of the story.  I also enjoy the focus of family and friendship.  But the parts that stand out the most to me are the ones that show us things happen for a reason.  Aunt Bertha tells Lydia she always loved the verse Romans 8:28,  “God does have a plan for us, and he does bring something good out of even the worst times in our lives.”  The story does a great job of bringing this out, even with all that is happening.  The story also has a touch of romance written within it.  This story would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys Christian Historical stories, especially is they like mystery and romance.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  I have chosen to write this honest review.
Series: Cimarron Creek Trilogy (Book 1)
352 pages
ISBN: 9780800727567
Publisher: Revell Publishing
To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.amandacabot.com
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