Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Love Held Captive, by Shelley Shepard Gray, is book three in A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series. This story takes place after the Civil War. Soldiers often raided homes and left the owners with nothing. Lizabeth was one of these owners. She was forced to turn to her cousin for employment. She is a maid at a hotel when she is cleaning Adam’s room, he comes and and makes advances at her. This is the man that raided her homes first and left her injured. She ran from his room, thinking Major Ethan Kelly’s rooms were vacant she ran to those to hide. When her cousin finds out, she is fired. When Ethan finds out what happened, he fears for Lizabeth’s safety and moves her to a home of a friend of his.

During the war Julianne met Adam, thinking he was single and about to propose, she had a relationship with him. She was caring for her grandmother who was very ill and both were starving. She became Adams mistress to provide for her and her grandmother. After the war, he ended the relationship to return to his wife. He returned to visit Julianne and Captain Devin Monroe is also showing an interest in Julianne. He shots Devin in the back as he rides home from visiting Julianne. Devin’s horse takes him to the hotel where Ethan is staying.

As Devin heals from his injury, Lizabeth and Julianne confess their pasts with Adam. Ethan and Devin call in a couple friends from their war years and together the men go after Adam.

This is a good story. The characters are well introduced and a lot of back ground information was given. It was very easy to follow along, however it felt like it also made the story move to slow. The story bounces between 1865 and 1867 to give additional background as the story moves on. The story is one of brotherhood that is formed between the soldiers that were held as prisoners. The story also shows us how Lizabeth and Julianne were forced to do things they didn’t want, as a way to survive, and the guilt they carried with them because of it. It also shows us how while Lizabeth was working just to survive, she as not able to get past the pain of hat happened to her and move on with her life.

Once I got into the story I really enjoyed it. I think anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction that contains romance as well as some suspense will enjoy this book. Even though it is part of a series, this is also a stand alone book.

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

Series: A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story book 3

320 pages

Publisher: Zondervan

To lean more about the author go to: http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com/

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Twintuition by Joan Bannan

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Olivia, a single mom, grew up as an only child. When her mother dies, she inherits her mothers house. While going through her mother’s papers, she discovers she has a twin sister.

Vivian was in a plane crash that killed her parents and brother. She is now in need of another surgery and does not want others to know. She is thinking she needs a double to act as herself when Olivia shows up.

Olivia has been struggling financially, working full time yet not making enough to make ends meet. Vivian as adopted by a wealthy couple and has the means to help Olivia and her son.

This is a really good book. I did not expect Vivian to be so welcoming to Olivia but I really enjoyed reading the story of two sisters rebuilding their relationship. As well as of Olivia putting her life on hold to care for her and her son’s financial future. Once I got into the story it was very hard to put down. There is suspense through out the story with what Olivia finds in her mother’s home, as well as why did Vivian’s family plane go down and who was trying to get to Vivian now and why. Both sisters find themselves renewing friendships with men from their past bring a touch of romance to the story as well. I think anyone who enjoys reading modern day dramas with suspense with totally enjoy this story.

 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.

219 pages

ISBN: 9780962762413

Publisher: Joan Bannan

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: https://www.amazon.com/Joan-Bannan/e/B000APY0WY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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Fiercehearted by Holley Gerth

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Fierceheart, by Holley Gerth, is a great book to help us women to understand that we are all the same. We all have fears and struggles and we need to go to God to work through these to become the woman God created us to be.

With forty short chapters, Holly tells us stories of her life and situations she has lived through. Holly writes this book in such a way that it feels like she is in the room visiting with me. Holly helps us to embrace the woman inside of us, living fully and loving bravely. Holly encourages us to never give in, give up or let go. Through her stories we see how Holly embraced live to life a life full of love and faith.

This is a great book. The writing is so real and honest. Each chapter is just a few pages long, making it the perfect length to use as a devotional. By using the discussion questions at the end of the book, this would be great to use as a Bible Study as well.

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

200 pages

ISBN: 9780800722890

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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

Some place to purchase this book are:
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Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander

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Christmas at Carnton is a novella written by Tamera Alexander that takes place in Franklin, Tennessee during the Civil War. Aletta Prescott’s husband was recently killed in the war and she is left to take care of herself, her six year old son and her unborn child. She lost her job and has been notified the bank is taking her house. She has just two weeks to find someplace to live. She takes a job at Carnton Plantation to work for the Women’s Relief Society.

Captain Jake Winston is shot in the shoulder and suffers a head injury that affects his vision. He wants to return to the war but cannot focus to do his job as a sharpshooter. Jake has been ordered to go to Carnton Plantation to represent the soldiers at the Women Relief Society auction. Jake also assists Aletta with making the nativity for the event.

This is a wonderful story. The story is based on a real plantation and the cook is based on the real life cook at the plantation. The story also focuses on the Women’s Relief Society that was active during the Civil War. I really enjoyed reading about the work the women were doing to help the soldiers. This story is a reminder to us of how lives were changed with the Civil War. Part of the story that I really likes was when Jake realized that even though the women were not out fighting the was, the war was changing their lives. Many soldiers lost their lives and their wives were left behind to support themselves and their families. This is a story of hope and faith that God will provide when there is a need. Another thing I really enjoy about this book is the author shares the recipes of items mentioned in the book and also shares with us her plans for upcoming books based on characters from this book.

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

224 pages

ISBN: 9780310293248

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the author and books she has written as well as sign up for her newsletter go to:
http://tameraalexander.com/

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Isaiah’s Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews

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Isaiah’s Daughter, Written by Mesu Andrews is a fictional story based on the prophet Isaiah, his family and especially his adoptive daughter, Ishma. Using Bible verses, the author tells us the story of Ishma and her friend Yaira, who were taken captive by Israel-soldiers who attacked Bethlehem. They travel to Jerusalem and are taken into Isaiah’s family. Following the attacks that killed her family, Ishma no longer speaks.

King Ahaz, of Jerusalem, declared the first born sons would be sacrificed. He sacrificed his oldest son. From that day on his next oldest son, Hezekiah, showed no response, staring blankly. Isaiah’s wife invited the Queen and her son to visit. During this visit, Ishma talked with Hezekiah and he responded to her. This was the beginning of their friendship.

This is a very good book. The story, told to us by Ishma, tells us the struggles the people of that time had. The wars that took place as well as the idol worshiping and religious beliefs. I especially like how the author builds her story around Bible verses to help us understand what it could have been like. This story is so well written it was easy to visualize Ishma cooing to her doves as well as the dangers the people were in with the threats from Assyria.

While reading this book, I wondered how we would respond to having prophets today. Would we take what they have to say seriously? If we did, would we be steadfast and patient while we wait for the fulfillment of the prophesy?

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books. I have written an honest review.

400 pages

ISBN: 9780735290259

Publisher: Waterbrook

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

Some places this book can be pre-ordered are:

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The Treasure of Granzella Ranch by Joan Bannan

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The Treasure of Granzella Ranch is a great story by Joan Bannan. Sherre Granzella has come home to visit. She is taking time off from her job to try to save her family’s olive oil farm. Sherre takes failing businesses and helps them become profitable again. After the death of her father, the family ranch has not been doing well. She comes home to a mother that is dating a much younger man. Her brother-in-law that is running the ranch has turned to alcohol. And her sister has more than just a friendship with one of her child’s teachers. Sherre is also going through a divorce and her soon to be ex is trying to get all he can from her. Sherre has an unexpected visitor that asks to spend time at the ranch to learn about the olive oil business. What this visitor does not tell Sherre is that she suspects Sherre’s mother’s boyfriend is a murder.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a great story of family relationships. It also contains a lot of adventure and suspense. I especially enjoyed the parts in the book where the family would get together for dinners. Sherre’s niece and nephew brought a lot of humor to the story. The story is so descriptive, it was easy to visualize the family sitting around the table and the children teasing each other. It was also easy to feel the fear of the children as they fall into a hole on their walk. As well as feel the struggle Sherre’s brother-in-law was going through. And every time Sherre tried to open the drawer in her grandfather’s desk, I just wanted her to finally get it open so see what was stopping it. I think anyone who enjoys contemporary family stories will enjoy this book. It is a good clean story that would be enjoyed by teen as well as adults.

 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.

186 pages

ISBN: 9780962762444

Publisher: Joan Bannan Publications

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: https://www.amazon.com/Joan-Bannan/e/B000APY0WY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

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Cherished Mercy is the third and final book in the Heart of the Frontier series written by Tracie Peterson. Though out this series we have followed the Flanagan sisters as they made their way to the Oregon Territory. The older two sisters have married and started their families but Mercy has yet to find the man for her. Mercy receives a request from a friend, Eletta, to travel to the Browning Mission in the Rogue River Valley. Eletta is having problems with her pregnancy and has taken to her bed. Mercy helps with Eletta’s home and young adopted daughter, Faith, as well as helps Eletta’s brother-in-law, Adam, teach the Indian children.

The government is trying to take all the Indians to a reservation and has hired men to help. Some of the men take it upon themselves to kill the Indians instead. Browning Mission is attacked and the white people are forced to flee. Eletta’s husband was killed prior to the attack and Eletta passes away when they reach the new town. It is now up to Mercy and Adam to take care of Faith.

This is such a good series, it should be read in order as the three sisters are the focal point in each story. This series covers some tough topics, such as racism, greed, war and rape. This book is a reminder the importance of prayer, showing mercy to others and keeping our faith even in the worst of times. The characters are well developed and the writing is so clear it is easy to envision the fear of the white man’s attack at Browning Mission as well and the Indian’s retaliation and the hunger at Fort Miner. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction based on the settling of our country.

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

Series: Heart of the Frontier

310 pages

ISBN: 9780764213298

Publisher: Bethany House

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

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All Saints, by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle

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All Saints, written by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle, is the true story behind the movie. Reverend Spurlock went back to school to be a pastor later in life. The All Saints Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tennessee was the first church he served after finishing school. The church had suffered through many of it’s members leaving. His responsibility is to take the church of just 25 members and a very large financial commitment and grow the church, make it self supporting and reach out in missions.

Just when the decision is made to sell the church, Reverend Spurlock walks the acreage the church is built on and is given the ideal to use the acreage for gardens to help feed others and sell produce. With the help of the Karen refugees from Burma and others God puts in his life, the church is not sold.

This is an inspiring story. The parts that stand out the most to me is how the people in the All Saints church and the refugees do not want to have separate services. Even though they do not all understand each other, they continue worshiping together and working together to save the church. This story also shows us that God will supply our needs, such as supplying the church with the money to start the gardens, the tractor and the irrigation supplies they needed. This is a good book to read to help get more information that just watching the movie.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing. I have written an honest review.

207 pages

ISBN: 9780764230271

Publisher: Bethany House

Reverend Michael Spurlock served the All Saints Episcopal Church for three years. He is currently serving on clergy staff at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Jeanette Windle is an award-winning author, an investigative journalist and a writers mentor.

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley by Andrea Boeshaar

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Who can really possess land? God is supreme owner of all the earth.”

Lily and her two brothers have recently lost their father. One day after bathing in the river, Lily runs into Captain Albright, Mac, and is informed he has purchased her family’s orchards and fields. Her father’s friend, Mr. Everett is suppose to be taking care of them. He is now telling them he had to sell the property to pay for their upkeep and he has purchased their home. Mr. Everett has also made it plain that he determines to have Lily as his wife. Lily and her family have not been able to find her father’s will, but they believed they would not have to worry about money.

Mac and his partner, Mr. Blake have been invited to Lily’s home for meals. Lily and Mac both develop feeling for each other, but since they both lost significant others, neither want to get into a serious relationship. However, that is not the case for Mr. Blake and Lily’s aunt. Their friendship turns into a serious relationship very quickly.

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma is a good story that takes place in 1816. This is one of those stories that is easy to get caught up in. Andrea Boeshaar has done a good job of building the characters as well as the story. While this is a Christian romance, this story has a lot of twists and turns in it that will keep the reading wondering what will happen next. I enjoyed reading of the mischief Lily’s brothers got into. Even though Lily intended to stay on the family property, when she sees the sale contract, she admits that she will miss the property but also feels that God is the owner of all the earth. The author has shown us how it was for women at that time with not being in charge of their own family finances. I think anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction and romance will enjoy this 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

254 pages

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

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

Some place you can purchase this book are:

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A Time To Stand by Robert Whitlow

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A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow is the perfect book to curl up with and read! This contemporary fiction takes place in Georgia. Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney is working in Atlanta when she loses her job. At the same time her great aunt, who raised her, suffers from a stroke and needs some one to care for her. Adisa returns home to Campbellton to be near her great aunt. She takes a temporary job with a law firm under the condition she represent the white police officer that shot a black youth.

If you enjoy legal dramas you will totally enjoy this story. The story is very well written and focuses on forgiveness and doing what is right. The story feels like it could be taken from today’s newspapers, very current and very real. The things that stands out to me is Aunt Josie walking through the town praying for members of the community. I also respect the character of Thelma Armistead, having the strength to stand in front of her church and forgive those involved in the shooting of her grandson. I felt frustrated with the pastor’s position, I wished he would have had more forgiveness and less demand for justice. Overall this is a very good story, it is not so fast moving that the reader struggles to keep up with the story. The characters are very well introduced with background information so they are easy to follow.

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

399 pages

ISBN: 9780718083038

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the author and books he has written go to: http://www.robertwhitlow.com/

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