Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke

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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/

Some places to purchase this book are:

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Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

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Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman is book 2 in the Hidden Justice series. This is one of those books you will not want to put down until you finish it! While part of a series, it is a very good stand alone book as well. The story takes off running and the suspense builds during the story.

Emilie Wesley is an attorney for a women’s resource center. She helps women who want to escape from their abusers. While she is at the court house waiting for Kaylene, to move forward with Kaylene’s restraining order against her husband, things have gone terribly bad at Kaylene’s house. Kaylene is accused of shooting her daughter’s and then herself. This event has totally shaken Emilie and she cannot move on without getting to the bottom of what really happened. She is all consumed with Kaylene’s death and neglects her other client and her reporting job.

Some time before Kaylene’s death, she delivered boxes to her brother’s home and tells him, Reid, not to open them. He opened them after her death to find a letter from her asking him to watch over her daughters should something happen to her and to contact her attorney. Reid and Emilie start working together to find evidence that will hold up in court for Reid to get custody of Kaylene’s surviving daughter.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is full of action and suspense. While the topic of abused women and children is a tough subject to read about, the author did a great job of not dwelling on that, but rather wrote about the legal issues involved with them getting away. I think anyone who enjoys legal thrillers will enjoy this book. There is just a little romance in the story for the romance readers as well.

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

Series: Hidden Justice book 2

334 pages

ISBN: 9780718083489

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry

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Under a Cloudless Sky, by Chris Fabry, is a very well written story of a coal mining town in West Virginia. The story focuses on Ruby, an 80 year old lady who left the town the day after the massacre, as a young girl, and has never been back. The story is told through the happenings of Ruby and her childhood friend Bean during 1933. As well as during 2004. Ruby is the daughter of an owner of the mine and Bean is the daughter of a miner.

When Ruby’s children decide it is time to take her car keys away from her, she makes the decision to go back to attend the dedication of the Company Store being turned into a museum. When she gets back to Beulah Mountain, she goes through the Company Store as well as the apartment she and her father lived in and the third floor of the building. One of the guides tells her the story they will tell others of what happened with the massacre on the third floor in 1933. They do not listen to her when she tells them it is not what happened. What she has to say will affect so many people. But the truth comes out.

This is an exceptional story. It pulls you right into it and is very hard to put down. The friendship Ruby and Bean had was unusual, Ruby was a wealthy girl, while Bean’s family struggled for everything they had. While Ruby’s father wanted to run a mine that help the miners, his partner was only concerned about himself and money. I just really enjoyed this story! It is a story of friendship, faith, family and forgiveness. With this being a Christian Fiction, it is not preachy. I think anyone who enjoys reading stories set in the Appalachians will greatly enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing, this is my honest review.

382 pages

ISBN: 9781414387789

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

To learn more about the author go to: www.chrisfarby.com

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

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No One Ever Asked, by Katie Ganshert, is a very powerful story that focuses on the prejudices some people still have regarding colored Americans as well as the topics of divorce and adoption. This is a modern day story, that is based on real-world events and takes place in Missouri. South Fork school district has lost is accreditation and many parents want their children to be bused to Crystal Ridge, so they can get a good education. There are tensions as many from Crystal Ridge do not want their school system, which is one of the best, to suffer because of the students transferring in from South Fork.

Not everyone feels this way. The Covington’s have adopted a little girl from a poorly run orphanage from Africa. The children were fed once a day, had no toys and were locked in the dark. Jen is considering having Jubilee attend South Fork to be with others like her.

One of the first people Jen meets is Camille, who is the PTA chairwoman and mother of three. Her oldest daughter becomes friend with one of the boys from South Fork. When he attempts to visit her, he is approached by police and forced to stand with his hands above his head.

This is a great story! There are so many things in the story that just stand out out to me. The mother of a former South Fork student has worked so hard, working multiple jobs, to put her daughter through school. Now this girl is a teacher at Crystal Ridge. Camille is one of the most looked up to women, but when her marriage is falling apart she does not feel she can share this with her friends. It is interesting to see the difference in the type of education the two schools were able to give. Had South Fork had the finances Crystal Ridge did, would it had suffered like it did?

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

358 pages

ISBN: 9781601429049

Publisher: Waterbrook

To learn more about this author, go to: www.katieganshert.com

This book will be available in April of 2018. It can be pre-ordered at:

https://www.amazon.com/No-One-Ever-Asked-Novel/dp/1601429045

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You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Sam is an accountant in Beaverton, Oregon who feels her job is no longer what she wants. When her grandmother is injured, she goes to Thunder Creek, Idaho to help care for her. What she does not know is that her ex-boyfriend, Nick, now lives there. He was doing work on her relative’s property when he witnessed her grandmother’s accident.

While dating, Nick cared more about himself and his desires, and Sam was the one putting an effort into the relationship. Nick was an adventurous risk taker, while Sam feared any thing dangerous, which lead to their breakup. Sam tried to get in touch with Nick after their breakup, but he never answered. Now she finds out he suffered a traumatic brain injury from one of his adventures.

Nick has changed since his accident and he is now a caring individual who puts God and others ahead of himself.

I enjoyed reading this story. It is a story of second chances and shows how a person can change when they have God in their life. I liked how Sam not only cared for her grandmother physically, but also cared about her grandmother’s business as well. Her grandmother had so much energy for someone suffering from a major injury, also caring for others. This is a really good story and I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction will enjoy it. This story is also a contemporary romance.

I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers, this is my honest review.

320 pages

ISBN:9780718085971

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at: https://robinleehatcher.com/

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Long Before Luther by Nathan Busenitz

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Long Before Luther, by Nathan Busenitz, attempts to answer the question “Was the Reformation doctrine of justification by faith alone an invention or a recovery?” The author has done very extensive research to give answer to this question. Using quotes from pre-Reformation writers and scripture from the Bible, the author shows us the doctrine held by the Reformers were not new but rather were taken from the Bible and carried down.
This book goes into so much depth that I found myself no able to understand some of it. This book gives a lot of detail about church history as well. The book is broken up into four sections with just 11 chapters and 64 pages. The book give a look into church history, the beliefs of pre-Reformers and Reformers. The book also contains 25 pages of 100 quotes from church history showing salvation by grace alone and the truth that believers are justified through faith in Christ, not by works. This was the part of the book that spoke to me the most.
Due to the extensive quotes, I feel this book is far advanced for the person who wants to learn more about the reformation and church history. I feel this book is meant more for the students, scholars, or theologians. For this reason, I give this book a 4.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishing, this is my honest review.
242 pages
ISBN: 9780802418029
Publisher: Moody Publishers/Masters Seminary Press
Nathan Busenitz is teaches Historical Theology at the Master’s Seminary. He has completed his doctorate in church history focusing on patristic theology.
Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/before-luther-tracing-gospel-christ-reformation/nathan-busenitz/9780802418029/pd/418024
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My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice by Angie Dicken

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This story takes place in 1910 in a small mining town. Greek immigrants have come to the area to earn money to help their families. These miners have to pay a fee to have the job and their chance for promotion is limited. There also is a belief that they do not interact with Americans. When Penelope Pappas become bedridden during her pregnancy her brother-in-law, Alex, asks a young widow to walk his niece and nephew to school and back.
Leanna McKee turned her back on her family and way of life when she married Jack. When Jack gambled their money away, they were forced to leave Boston. They settled in Castle Gate and Jack worked in the mines. Jack lost his life during a mining accident and Leanna turns to teaching to survive. When Alex asks her to help with the children, she sees it as a way to earn money to move on.
When Alex and Leanna’s feelings for each other start to show, they get opposition from Americans and the Pappas. Alex’s father strongly feels that Alex is to only marry a Greek, so he contacts a friend in Greece to arrange a marriage for the friend’s daughter and Alex.
This is a really good story. The author shows us the struggles the Greeks have with fitting into society and the prejudices against them. We also see the strong Greek heritage and pride that keep them from following their hearts. The part in the story that stands out to me is when Alex helped an elderly lady to church and she told him “There are neither Greek nor Jew …: for ye are all one in Christ.’ So the Good Book says.” Another part that stands out is the guilt Leanna has regarding how she treated and felt about her husband before his death.
I think anyone who enjoys reading historical romance stories will enjoy this story. There is romance but there also is suspense and family issues to make this a great story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Series: My Heart Belongs
253 pages
Publisher: Barbour
To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: https://angiedicken.com/
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An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl

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Josie’s mother is a famous author who uses incidents in Josie’s life as inspiration for her book. Her fellow students picked on her about the latest book and Josie felt she needed to get away. She went to visit her Aunt in South Carolina. Josie’s dream of getting away from home and the book vanished when she met a young girl on the island who is her mother’s greatest fan. She also found out one of the students, Ryan, from her school was in the area to play ball for the summer. When Ryan wanted to spend time with Josie, she felt he was just trying to get information that he could send back home about her.

While she was with her Aunt, her mother sent her post cards with Bible verses on them. Those together with the sermons Josie heard at her aunt’s church helped Josie realize she needed to turn toward God in prayer and she needed to have faith that God will help her be who He wants her to be.

An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl is a really good book written for teens. This book is full of adventure with the break ins that happened on the island. The “who done it” factor holds the readers attention to the very end. The book also has a little romance. This is a good clean story with great life lesson, I would recommend it for teen girls, but it will be enjoyed by adults as well.

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

250 pages

ISBN: 9781632133045

Publisher: eLectio Publishing

To learn more about the author go to: www.LesleaWahl.com

This book can be purchased from:

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The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

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The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his travel he met a man who helped get him a job with Waccamaw Timber Company. He advanced in his job quickly. Shortly after he arrived in Myrtle Beach a hurricane came and destroyed a lot of the area. He often thinks he is living the life his brother wanted and can’t.

Larkin is the daughter of the timber company owner. But her heart is in helping others. Her brother moved to the Appalachia to help others and minister to them. She wants to join her brother on his ministry. But her father wants her at home. Since his son will not take over the company, he wants Larkin to marry the man who will.

This is such a good book. This is a story of relationships, family and caring for others. The story shows that we should turn to God before going forward with what we want to do. The descriptions are so clear it is easy to imagine the fear of cave ins, the heat, and the winds and rains of the hurricane. The parts in the story that stand out to me are the care Judd gives to his injured co-worker, even when he is caught between his co-worker and his employer. As well as the forgiveness Larkin’s father has toward this worker who was out to get his family property back.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction. This story as has suspense as well as romance written in it. A perfect blend for those who like a good clean story.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany Publishing. This is my honest review.

336 pages

ISBN: 9780764219610

Publisher: Bethany House

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

Some places to buy this book are:

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The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

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William and Hanna took part in a reality TV dating show, The Price of Love. William proposed to Hanna at the end of the show, but then made a comment not honoring her Christian life and she broke the engagement. For six months Hannah has struggled with the press. She has quit her teaching job and has moved home with her father near Embarrass, Minnesota.

The company William works for is having problems and William convinces Hannah to pretend to be engaged to him to help turn the company around.

The Engagement Plot is a good clean romance that is fast paced and well written. There is some suspense in the story with what is happening with William’s company. The part of the story that really spoke to me was Hanna’s determination to have her Christian faith be respected with her dating William on the show. I also enjoyed the author’s portrayal of the cold, snow and mud in Minnesota. The story will be enjoyed by those who enjoy Christian romance stories.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. This is my honest review.

320 pages

ISBN: 9781683223160

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

To learn more about the author go to: www.kristaphillips.com

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