Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot

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Out of the Embers is book one in the Mesquite Springs series by Amanda Cabot. This story takes place in 1855. Evelyn Radcliffe has been living in an orphanage since her parents were killed ten years earlier. She is often sent to pick up supplies the orphanage needs, and when doing so, she feels someone is watching her. This particular time, she take a young girl, Polly, along. On their way back their horse has problems and she needs to go back to get help. While they are gone, the orphanage is burned down.

Evelyn and Polly to Texas Hill Country. During a rain storm they meet up with Wyatt Clark who invites them to come to his family’s horse farm. Wyatt has been keeping the family’s horse farm going since his father’s death. He is trying to make enough money to provide for his mother and sister so he can leave the farm to start a new life for himself.

Evelyn and Polly stay with the Clarks until she works out a deal to open a restaurant.

This is a wonderful book to get lost in. The writing is so clear, it is easy to imagine the following the girls on their travels. The relationship between Evelyn and the Polly is very special. This is a good clean story. The story has suspense and intrigue with a little romance.

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

Series: Mesquite Spring (book 1)

318 pages

ISBN: 9780800735357

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:

http://www.amazon.com/Embers-Mesquite-Springs-Amanda-Cabot/dp/0800735358

https://www.christianbook.com/1-out-of-the-embers/amanda-cabot/9780800735357/pd/735351

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An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

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An Uncommon Woman, by Laura Frantz, is a Historical Christian Fiction book of a group of people living in Virginia in the 1770’s. Fort Tygart has been built for the people’s protection and named after a an officer in the Seven Years War. The Swan’s are one of the families living in or near the fort that have lost family or friends to Indian attacks. The only girl in the family with five brothers, Tessa had become a strong and independent young lady, yet she is friendly and helpful to others.

Clay Tygart was taken as a young boy and raised by the Lenape Indians. When he goes to take control of the fort, he is instructed to take back a young lady who was also taken captive. The girl is Tessa Swan’s childhood friend. Clay spends his time patrolling the area, watching for danger and getting to know the people.

This is a very enjoyable book to read. The writing is so clear, it is easy to imagine being there. The description of the area is so clear. The reader can imagine the intense fear the people live with as well as the amount of work they do. I strongly recommend this book for any one who enjoys reading books of our countries early years.

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

384 pages

ISBN: 9780800734954

To learn more about the author and other books she has written, go to: http://laurafrantz.net/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Uncommon-Woman-Laura-Frantz/dp/0800734955

https://www.christianbook.com/an-uncommon-woman-laura-frantz/9780800734954/pd/73495

Forever, Lately by Lenore Rose Burkard

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Forever, Lately, by Linore Rose Burkard, is a Regency Time Travel romance novel.This is a fun book to read to just take you away for a while. Away to England in 1816 and back to present day Maine, all in one sitting.

After her grandmother disappeared, Claire decided to go to her grandmother’s cottage to try to revive her writing career. When she put a shawl over her shoulders she s taken back to England in 1816. She met St. John, the main character in her book. Using the shawl, she was able to travel between England and Maine.

St. John, a reformed man, is being pursued by Clarissa. She will do anything to get him. When Claire is made aware of possible danger to him, she does everything she can to help keep him safe.

I have never read any other books by this author and was not expecting the story to develop the way it did. Once I got into the book, I found it very hard to put down. I enjoyed reading how the two struggled with being in different times, with the way they dressed and talked. I would not really consider this a Christian story, since there is very little Christian influence in the story other than St. John being reformed and Claire finding her grandmother’s prayer shawl.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher through Book Crash blogging program. This is my honest review.

305 pages

ISBN: 9781733311106

Publisher: Lilliput Press

You can learn more about the authro at: http://www.linoreburkard.com/

This book can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Lately-Regency-Travel-Romance/dp/1733311106

The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear

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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.

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/the-rebel-bride-10/shannon-mcnear/9781643522401/pd/522402

https://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Bride-Daughters-Mayflower/dp/164352240X

https://www.barbourbooks.com/the-rebel-bride/

The Choice by Anne Greene

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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

Anne Greene writes about heroes and heroines who are not afraid to turn to prayer in times of struggles. You can learn more about her and other books she has written at:http://www.annegreeneauthor.com/home.html

This book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Choice-Anne-Greene/dp/1690966491

Information for “ A Groom for Christmas”

128 pages

ISBN: 9781547205431

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

You can buy this book at: https://www.amazon.com/Groom-Christmas-Anne-Greene/dp/1547205431

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

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

Some places to order this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/a-distance-too-grand-1/regina-scott/9780800736392/pd/736395

https://www.amazon.com/Distance-Grand-American-Wonders-Collection/dp/0800736397

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The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

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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.

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

Series: Hope and Glory (Book 1)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780764232114

Elizabeth Camden is a Christy and RITA award-winning author who is bet know for her historical novels set in Gilded Age America. You can learn more about her and other books she has written at:

http://elizabethcamden.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Spice-King-Hope-Glory/dp/0764232118/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9780764232114&qid=1567709646&s=gateway&sr=8-1

https://www.christianbook.com/the-spice-king-1/elizabeth-camden/9780764232114/pd/232117

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Finding Lady Enderly, by Joanna Davidson Politano

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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.

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

Story length: 367 pages

ISBN: 9780800728724

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

https://jdpstories.com/

This book can be purchased from:

https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Enderly-Joanna-Davidson-Politano/dp/0800728726

https://www.christianbook.com/finding-lady-enderly-joanna-politano/9780800728724/pd/728722

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/finding-lady-enderly-9780800728724

The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken

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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

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Lantern-Historical-Stories-American/dp/1643520830

https://www.christianbook.com/lantern-colors-historical-stories-romance-american/angie-dicken/9781643520834/pd/520834

https://www.barbourbooks.com/the-yellow-lantern/

The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

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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

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/express-bride-kimberley-woodhouse/9781643520636/pd/520636

https://www.amazon.com/Express-Bride-Daughters-Mayflower/dp/1643520636

https://www.barbourbooks.com/the-express-bride/

Additional information on this series can be found at: http://www.daughtersofthemayflower.com/