“The Heart of the Amish” by Suzanne Woods Fisher

WOW! Just WOW! This book could change your life!

As someone who spends a great deal of time reading Amish fiction and visiting with the plain folk… there was not much in this book that I didn’t already know or understand.

But even with that – it was a wonderful read! Suzanne has such a way with words and presentation, that brings a while new level of understanding and appreciation!

This is a book that EVERYONE should read… not just fans of Amish fiction!

Forgiveness is something that is lost much of the time in our modern world and we could all use a good reminder of why it is so important to forgive… every day!

As far as the book is concerned… there’s really too much to say – you would think I’m going just nuts.

I loved every bit of it and I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to review it so you can have a chance to check it out too!

DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!

 

Here is a brief synopsis from Revell

We have all been hurt and we all have someone we need to forgive. But sometimes it’s hard to let go of our hurt and anger in order to truly forgive and move on.

For the Amish, forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. From daily annoyances to heartbreaking tragedy, they exhibit an incredible capacity for forgiveness that often baffles us. How do they do it? And how can we have the same attitude and ability to forgive?

Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shows you how the Amish are able to release their pain and desire for revenge, and live at peace with others. Her in-depth, personal research uncovers the astounding yet fundamental way the Amish can forgive anyone from the angry customer at the grocery store to the shooter at Nickel Mines. You’ll learn how to invite God into your story, apply lessons from the Amish to your own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness

In the meantime, you can click the links below to find more info on this last book:

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Review | The Last Heiress – Stand Alone Novel in Mary Ellis’ series – “Civil War Heroines!”

I have been so excited to get my hands on “The Last Heiress”by Mary Ellis!

 

And may I just say… this one is different!

Mary Ellis made a fan out of me with the very first story in this series… ironically enough a FREEBIE novella – and I’ve been hooked ever since!

In the first two novels of this series, we see women who had lost everything because of the war – money, home, family…

The Last Heiress is somewhat the opposite. Amanda Dunn is what the name implies – an heiress. She is every inch the lady and she is in America for one reason and one reason only.

She could never have expected what happened and once she finds herself in the inconvenient position of having fallen for someone who is most certainly not the kind of man she might have expected – she has some choices to make.

Those decisions are made even more difficult by her well-meaning family and the man in question himself.

Not only has Mary written another terrific story, she has introduced even more about the Civil war era that I don’t remember from history class!

Oh if only we’d had these kind of books in high school…

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5star

 

And here’s a bit more about this wonderful book from Harvest House:

Bestselling author Mary Ellis (A Widow’s Hope) presents The Last Heiress, a new romantic standalone that intertwines the lives of a British manufacturing heiress and an American merchant caught in the turbulent time of the War Between the States.

Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to somehow restore shipments of cotton for her family’s textile mills, which have been severely disrupted by the American Civil War. But when she meets Nathaniel Cooper, her desire to conduct business and quickly return to England changes.

Amanda’s family across the sea deems the hardworking merchant unsuitable for the lovey and accomplished heiress. And when Nate himself begins to draw away, Amanda has her own battle for a happy future on her hands.

As the War Between the States heats up, Nate’s brother, a Confederate officer, comes for a visit. Nate begins to think about joining up—not in support of slavery but to watch his brother’s back. Yet will this potentially life-changing decision put the union between him and Amanda she so wishes for in jeopardy?

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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Review | The Lady and the Officer – Book 2 in Mary Ellis’ series – “Civil War Heroines!”

“The Lady and the Officer”by Mary Ellis is quite an excellent read!

I highly recommend it!

What a story!

This story is so different from The Quaker and the Rebel and yet… so much the same. 

THIS time, we are seeing the war from the eyes of a well-to-do “Yankee” instead of a quietly rebellious Quaker.

However, both stories have our heroine living with staunch southern supporters and it is an intriguing conundrum to say the least.

I highly commend Mary Ellis for being able to switch viewpoints so drastically and write each so convincingly!

WOW!

I knew Mary was a terrific writer after reading the two previous books but this story has shown me a new depth to that talent and I am in awe!

Ironically, seeing this series from so many perspectives has me wondering where my own loyalties would have lain had I been living in the time. I always thought I knew but reading about these heroines and their ideals – and the men they fall for… and their ideals – has me wondering.

And that is the best kind of book – one that gets under your skin and into your heart and REALLY makes you think!

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5star

 

And here’s a bit more about this wonderful book from Harvest House:

Bestselling author Mary Ellis (A Widow’s Hope) presents The Lady and the Officer, Book 2 of her new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women and the men who love them.

Serving for a brief time as a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederate Home Guard. But even though Maddy makes her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a soldier from the North.

However, Colonel Haywood has never forgotten the beautiful nurse, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. But while rubbing elbows with army officers and cavalry generals and war department officials in her aunt and uncle’s palatial home, Maddy overhears plans for a Confederate attack in northern Virginia. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends?

Maddy’s heart is pulled between wanting to be loyal to those who care for her and wanting to help the man she believes is on the right side of the conflict. Two men love her. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring a devastation of their own?

 

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A look back | The Quaker and the Rebel – Book 1 in Mary Ellis’ series – “Civil War Heroines!”

The Quaker and the Rebel by Mary Ellis“The Quaker and the Rebel”by Mary Ellis is such an excellent read!

I highly recommend it!

What a story!

If you read my previous post, you know I was never a fan of war romances… WWII, WWI or Civil war… until I read Romance on the River – the FREE eBook novella that introduced this series.

And here I sit, a converted FAN! And I can not wait to review the next book… and the next… and I hope there will be MORE coming soon!

I was going to rewrite my review because that’s what I usually do when I look back but no matter how I look at it, I can’t do better than I already have.

This book will make you laugh, make you cry and it will give you an entirely new outlook on the Civil war era!

Reading about the outcome of so many tragic battles and the stealth, determination and dedication needed to help abused slaves escape to freedom in a dry history book simply can not give you the same impact as reading about your heroine’s reaction to the horror and danger associated with the very same things in a work of fiction.

Mary Ellis gives us all of that – first through the eyes of a staunch Quaker who is disturbed by the Southern lack of understanding as to why owning another human being is wrong, and then through the eyes of a gentile southern gentleman who is trying to do everything he can to help his precious south move into the future with as little bloodshed as possible.

It is an adventure that won’t soon be forgotten and it has given me an entirely new outlook on this portion of our country’s troubled past. I will never look at another Civil War battlefield the same way again, I can assure you!

Not only that… the book is extremely well-written. You can hear the skirts swish, the hooves pound and even feel the pain of corset stays. The experiences are written with such emotion attached, as well as descriptive language. And, while it is not described in the ugliest terms, nothing about the tragedy and hardship about this particular time on our bloody history is glossed over.

Mary Ellis has made a fan out of me!

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5star

 

And here’s a bit more about this wonderful book from Harvest House:

Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them.

Emily Harrison’s life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents’ work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there.

Alexander Hunt is the doctor’s handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems—rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily’s antislavery convictions.

The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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A look back | Romance on the River – a FREE prequel in Mary Ellis’ series – “Civil War Heroines!”

Romance on the River

I said it before and I’ll say it again…

Mary Ellis is a genius!

This eBook was JUST enough to get me excited about a book that I had not previously intended to read.

had never been a fan of Civil War era romance, or for anything about the Civil War era, in fact… until I read Mary’s ebook – Romance on the River

After reading this tantalizing tome, I simply had to read the book that followed!

It doesn’t matter how short the story is, it is expertly written! Mary gives you just enough information to make you want to move right on to The Quaker and the Rebel!

I am thrilled that more and more authors realize how much their readers enjoy these extra looks into the story! They can’t possibly put absolutely everything into the main book or each one would be 1,000 pages and readers just don’t have the patience for that.

Which is what makes these extra stories so perfect – it gives us a bonus story that otherwise we would miss.

And it doesn’t hurt that it makes some readers who wouldn’t otherwise consider the book – excited to read it!

So… don’t miss it – especially since it’s FREE!

You can download this short prequel on a number of eBook retailer sites and I have linked as many of them as I could find. Nearly all of them support an app or a reading program that will work on your e-reader, tablet, phone or even your computer.

Happy hunting!

 

5star

 

A peek inside from GoodReads:

This short story prequel by bestselling author Mary Ellis provides an early glimpse into the life of Quaker Emily Harrison. Laced with humor and a sweet love story, this bonus material also contains the first chapter of Emily’s continuing journey in The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of the Civil War Heroines series.

Summer 1861—Emily Harrison is finding life a bit overwhelming. Alone on her family’s farm, she must take on the roles of both housekeeper and farmer. She cares for the garden, makes plans for planting the fields, and milks the cows, all the while creating havoc in the home her mother used to keep immaculate. That is in addition to providing a safe house as part of the Underground Railroad.

In the midst of this whirlpool of swirling tasks, she is getting ready to greet very important dinner guests—the love of her life and her pastor and his wife. Will Matthew finally propose? What news does Reverend Ames bring that turns Emily’s world upside down? How does the new war between the North and South impact her life? And…will the goose be cooked in time

 

Intrigued yet?

To “purchase” the FREE eBook, click HERE for ChristianBooks, HERE for Lifeway, HERE for Amazon, HERE for Barnes and Noble, HERE for Google Books and HERE for iTunes.

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GOD BLESS!

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“The Legend of the Candy Cane” by Lori Walburg

Not at all what I was expecting…

When I read the word “hardcover”, I assumed it was a regular hardcover book but what arrived in the mail was a board book.

Imagine my surprise…

Regardless of my surprise, my children LOVE it! Even though it is simple enough for a very young child to enjoy, my children (who are 8 and 11) are enchanted with the beautiful story inside!

My daughter has claimed it for her very own. She took it OFF of my shelf and proudly carried it to her own, where she gave it a place of honor.

My son is not quite as possessive of it but he stood over her shoulder as she read and did not once have a comment about it being a “baby” book – which is his usual comment about any book his sister who is three years younger, picks up to read.

Not that I can blame him… since he is reading on a high school level already.

But I think it says a lot about how wonderful the story within!

I am actually excited! Now, instead of donating the book, we have what will become an heirloom!

Exciting!

And no… we don’t have any other board books we will be able to pass on, none of them survived my own children. I’m so very thankful they are both learning to appreciate books now – being cautious with them and cherishing their favorites.

And The Legend of the Candy Cane is clearly already a favorite!

Here is a bit more about the book from Zondervan:

One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town.

Who is he? Why has he come?

The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer.

When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?

Warm, lavish illustrations by James Bernardin bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas—for many Christmases to come.

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If you want the board book, just look for the cover you see above in my review…

However, this AMAZON link is a board book with an older cover.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers review program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

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GOD BLESS!

 

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“Spirit of the Red Candle” by Betty Slade

Spirit of the Red Candle is a unique story – written in a well-researched voice.

There is so little about this particular woman in our beloved Bible, it must have taken painstaking research of the period and in-depth translations of the original texts to find enough information to do the story justice.

This is book one in The Scarlet Triangle series and Betty Slade has certainly found a good place to begin.

The exploration of our beloved Biblical persons has become quite popular lately and Betty picked a woman that many people have been intrigued by but were afraid to let anyone know.

I find it fascinating how well Betty has captured the supposed life events that would have led Mary Magdalene to become the woman we are familiar with.

I believe this is one of the reasons that Jesus spoke in parables and stories. He knew we needed that simple connection to truly understand his words and the meanings behind them.

Perhaps this is why I enjoy the New Testament more than the old. The writing, even aside from Jesus’ teachings, take on the more easily followed steps of a familiar tale or bedtime story.

I pray Betty finds many more “characters” to write about. It will certainly open up an entirely new way to look at the beloved Biblical persons we understand so little about.

 

4 Stars

 

Here is a bit more about the book from GoodReads:

In 2009, Betty Slade painted an oil of Mary Magdalene titled “Mary, Do not cling to Me.” She said that the eyes in this portrait haunted her and she felt Mary Magdalene had something to say.”I saw her pain and her yearning to tell me about her redemption. From a life snatched away in childhood to an unbearable demon possessed existence, she buried her inner self. She flaunted her pride and lost her dignity. When she came to herself she turned from the seduction of lies, blew out the red candle, and wrapped her soul in the promise of redemption.”

Mary Magdalene struggled with many of our present day issues. The answer she found was in plain sight. Love is the fulfillment of every soul and it comes in the morning light begging to be let in. History will do as it wishes. It confuses truth, compounds guilt, and shackles reality, but love is stronger than history.

Spirit of the Red Candle: Journal of Mary Magdalene is the first in The Scarlet Triangle Series. Mary Magdalene yearns to be free from the seven demons clutching her soul. Her journal chronicles her life in Magdala and her struggles to break free from demon possession. Mary Magdalene’s life unfolds from bondage into belonging.

From the Journal of Mary Magdalene:
The red stain of the pomegranate on our lips will linger through the night, but his words have been etched in my heart. I will travel with him. I will taste the strange new fruits from the lands he will show me. The chill of the wind cooled our mounting passion but not before I captured his heart.

 

Compelling isn’t it…

 

You can find more about the book and how to purchase it by clicking the links below!

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“Love’s Fortune” by Laura Frantz

Loves Fortune

“Love’s Fortune” is the first book by Laura Frantz that I have had the pleasure of owning but it will not be the last!

It will only take a few sentences before you will find yourself sucked into the story.

No matter what is going on around you at that moment, you will hear the sound of bare feet running, thick skirts swishing and the quiet of a country barely settled.

Amazing!

I have a particular fondness for this story-line as I have Gaelic roots myself and more than a passing interest in the beautiful music a true musician can coax from a violin – undoubtedly one of the most elegant instruments ever made.

I won’t spoil the plot for you but I will tell you that this story will take you by surprise.

No predictable easy read is this story.

And though it is the third in the series, you may feel as if you’re missing something but it is only due to the mystery woven through the story and the family legacy – which Laura does very well indeed.

This is a beautifully written book and I’m thrilled to add it to my library!

I’m certain you would be too!

Now I just have to go hunt down books 1 & 2!

 

A bit more about “Love’s Fortune” from Revell:

 With two very different horizons stretched out before her, one young woman stands on the cusp of an unknown future.

Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena “Wren” Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas’s vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Wren makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world–family members she’s never met, dances she’s never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew.

As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes’ shipping line. Even with his help, Wren feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?

With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty.

 

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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from the Revell Reads review program.

 

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TRIED & TRUE BY MARY CONNEALY | KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY, LIVE WEBCAST, AND BLOG TOUR

Don’t miss the first book in Mary Connealy‘s Wild at Heart series. In Tried & True, Mary is back with her signature humor and heartfelt story-telling.

Trust me when I tell you that it is a book worth reading!

 

 

Mary’s celebrating by connecting with readers during a live webcast event and giving away a Kindle HDX.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • Tried & True by Mary Connealy

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 23rd. Winner will be announced at the Tried & True LIVE webcast event on September 23rd. Connect with Mary for an evening of swoon-worthy book chat, fun trivia, laughter, a sneak peek at the next book in the Wild at Heart series, and more! Mary will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Tried & True and join Mary and friends on the evening of September 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

 

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; RSVP TODAY BY SIGNING UP FOR A REMINDER. TELL YOUR FRIENDS VIA FACEBOOK OR TWITTER AND INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 23RD!

 

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Tried and True, Book One in the Wilde at Heart series.

Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister–and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk–they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”–but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

Learn more and purchase a copy at Mary’s website.

Mary Connealy

{MORE ABOUT MARY CONNEALY}

Mary Connealy writes fun and lively “romantic comedy with cowboys” for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie’s Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

Find out more about Mary athttp://maryconnealy.com/

OK… OK… I’m hooked good and proper courtesy of – Tried & True by Mary Connealy

Oh my goodness it’s not fair!

Mary Connealy is a genius!Trie & True

I can not remember when I have ever laughed so hard… Well, yes I can but it had been a while.

This is not a book that you should miss!

Looking for strong female characters – they don’t get any stronger than the Wilde sisters!

Looking for adventure – it’s on the very first page… and then some! The whole book is filled with adventure after adventure, just like the wild west was!

Looking for God – you will find him in this story! He’s there and He’s not just slapped in as an afterthought! Even with such unconventional characters, they live their lives by a very clear Biblical world-view.

Mary Connealy is a masterful writer who had me on the edge of my seat from the first sentence. I was either fearing for someone’s life, cringing at the temper I knew was coming or laughing hysterically.

You won’t be able to put it down. You family will go from being annoyed at you for growling like a grizzly bear fresh out of hibernation to annoyed with your constant outbursts of laughter. Yes, I speak from experience.

Amazing! Absolutely amazing! Historical fiction about the wild west is another genre I never thought I would enjoy but Mary Connealy has made a fan out of me!

Now I just have to find some more of her books! And wait patiently… OK, not so patiently then, for the rest of this series.

WOW!

 

5star

 

I know you don’t need anymore convincing but here’s some anyway…

Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister–and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk–they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”–but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

Another great laugh-out-loud historical romance with memorable characters who have charm, style, grace, and a bit of mischief.

RT Book Reviews on In Too Deep

Connealy’s style is fast-paced and spritely and sure to keep drawing fans.

Publishers Weekly

With her trademark humor, Connealy weaves a delightful tale that is sure to please her fans and win new readers.

Library Journal on Over the Edge

 

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(CLOSED) Giveaway! | A Light in The Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick | Based on a True Story!

A LIght in the Wilderness

 

Have you started reading A Light in the Wilderness yet!

No…?

Would you like to win a copy?

I am excited to announce that Revell Books has provided a book for me to GIVE AWAY to one blessed winner!

It could be you…

 

 

The contest is closed.

Thank you to everyone who entered.

 

GOD BLESS!

Giveaway Disclaimer:

  • Giveaway ran from 9/9 – 9/23
  • Contest is only open to residents of the U.S.
  • Only one bonus entry per person per day (Only one entry by comment alone per person allowed for the duration of the contest)
  • One winner was chosen by random selection on 9/23
  • Winner was announced by 9/24 and notified by e-mail
  • By entering, you are agreeing to all Terms and Conditions

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick | Based on a True Story

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Jane Kirkpatrick certainly has a way with retelling true stories.

I previously read and reviewed her Emma of Aurora Trilogy and this is just as wonderfully done!

It is difficult enough to write an accurate Historical novel but to write about real people and real events and do it with a fictional flair – well, that takes real skill!

The idea of freedom has intrigued people for centuries. It had inspired explorers and spurred on tired travelers and Jane has used that same fire to drive her re-telling of the story behind “A Light in the Wilderness”.

If all history books were so entertaining and heart-wrenching, maybe school children everywhere would have an easier time remembering the facts and figures and dates and events that fill History books.

It’s clear Jane has done her homework here. Yes, there are things that can not be known about these historical figures but Jane fills in those details in a way that rings absolutely true and serves to add to the story of their documented experiences.

 

5star

 

Here is what Baker Publishing has to say about A Light in the Wilderness:

Three very different women. One dangerous journey. And a future that seems just out of reach.

Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause most white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read–as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.

Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband and she knows she will follow him anywhere–even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.

Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.

As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip your heart and mind as you travel on the dusty and dangerous Oregon Trail into the boundless American West. Based on a true story.

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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A review of Sarah Sundin’s “In Perfect Time”

One word describes this book:

WOW!

Just… WOW!

From page 1, you will be hooked! I’ve never been a fan of WWII era books but this one has made me into one!

Sarah Sundin will take hold of your heartstrings even while she’s got you on the seat of your pants – just waiting for an explosion!

I’m no WWII buff but the scenes read spot-on to me and the descriptions are wonderful. It’s like you can hear the engines drowning out everything around you! Or the salty sea air…

And the characters… ooh the characters!

There are whole worlds underneath the exterior of our Lt. Kay Jobson. She is a woman in control… or is she?

And Lt. Roger Cooper is just as complex and complicated! They say opposites attract but similar personalities rub each other the wrong way.

And oh how the sparks do fly!

Now of course, I’m dying to get books 1 & 2 so I can read more of this amazing series!

And I hope to see many more wonderful books from Sarah Sundin! You have made a fan out of me!

5star

 

A brief synopsis from Revell Books:

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love

Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

 

And you can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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My review of “Prelude For A Lord” by Camille Elliot

 

There is so much more to this story than a young girl playing the violin.

 

Yes there is a hint of danger, yes there is adventure and romance but there is also an intriguing family dynamic that was clearly very well researched.

Bravo to Camille Elliot for doing such a wonderful job!

I recently attended a writer’s conference and one of the authors writes historical fiction and she stressed that accuracy in research is key to telling a convincing story. Clearly Camille knew that already!

I admit it is a bit difficult at times to follow the language but it really does take you back into this far away time when life was so much simpler and yet so much more complex.

Camille Elliot draws us in immediately with a shock that just may knock you off your feet as well. And then she takes us on what – at first appears to be a simply spun take of a young and somewhat odd woman.

But it soon becomes clear that we are in for a wild ride. This is not the regency romance I grew up with… This is a tale of deceit carefully woven and the danger that comes along with it.

What a surprise! A mystery and a romance wrapped up in a historical novel that you would not truly expect either from.

 

 

Here is more about “Prelude For A Lord” from Zondervan:

 

An awkward young woman. A haunted young man. A forbidden instrument. Can the love of music bring them together . . . or will it tear them apart?

Bath, England 1810

At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forte. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.

In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal.

But when a thief s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument . . . with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.

Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul.

Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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Appalachian serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas | A Novella in the Appalachian Blessings series

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I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this novella. But let me tell you, it is more than worth the “price” – especially since it’s free!

I would happily BUY a copy of this if it ever becomes available in paperback – not that I’m unhappy with the eBook… I really enjoy having a REAL book in my hands when I’m reading!

Especially a GREAT BOOK!

If “Miracle in a Dry Season” – the next book in this series, is anywhere as well-written as “Appalachian Serenade”, I will be a very happy woman!

Sarah Loudin Thomas does not write as if this is her first (actually it might be her second, I’m not entirely certain) book!

WOW!

Her characters are vivid and colorful and there is the perfect amount of description to give you a clear picture of them.

And the story is absolutely beautiful! Sarah does a novella right! She gives us enough of a lead-in that we don’t feel like we’re being rushed through. And there are enough pages to give a decent story arc!

BRAVO Sarah!

I don’t know about you but I can not wait to read “Miracle in a Dry Season”!

 

5star

 

More about “Appalachian Serenade”:

Delilah Morrissey has always wanted to be a mother, but when she becomes a young widow, that dream now seems farther away than ever. Unable to continue to live alone in Chicago, her only option is to accept her sister’s offer to move in with her family back in West Virginia. Will Delilah have the faith to pursue a new dream–even if it means giving up the old?

In this charming novella, debut novelist Sarah Loudin Thomas introduces readers to Wise, West Virginia–a small town nestled in an Appalachian valley where the everyday miracles of life and faith play out in stories of healing, hope, and love.

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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“Love Comes Home” by Ann H. Gabhart

First I want to extend my deepest condolences to Ann and her family. If you are a follower on Facebook, you know Ann’s mother passed on to be with The Lord this past weekend.

Take comfort in that Ann. She is out of pain now. God Bless You!

 

 

 

Now… to what I thought of the book.

Love Comes Home by Ann H GabhartThis is most definitely not my usual style but the synopsis captured my attention so I had to see for myself.

And I do believe I have found another AMAZING genre I’m going to get sucked right into!

In the past, when I’ve read Historical fiction or crime fiction – the one bit I was missing was the “Inspirational” and I never really saw how much that affected my opinion.

But now that I have discovered the depth of emotion and the complexity of the characters Inspirational authors put into their novels, I am not even tempted to read most secular fiction.

If you really need some kind of a crazy hook to make your book good – it’s not really good!

And Ann H. Gabhart is GOOD!

I felt like I was there! And I’ve never been much for history – of course history books are not written like this so that may have a little bit to do with it – but I could almost hear the church bells, feel the sticky pavement and smell the sweet, clean air as “Love Comes Home” opens with Ann’s main characters taking turns telling this fabulous story!

Ann has a talent for delving deep into emotion and it doesn’t take very long until you feel pulled right into the story of these sisters and their reactions to the end of World War II. I don’t know what it feels like to lose a husband in the kind of conflict WWII created but thanks to Ann Gabhart, I can easily imagine it.

Whether you enjoy WWII fiction or not, DO NOT miss this book!

I have a feeling it is one I will read again and again for years to come – along with her other books that I will now be on the hunt for so I can catch up!

 

5star

More about “Love Comes Home” from Revell:

When the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be.

 

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Author Spotlight: Melanie Dickerson | Award Winning Author of REAL Fairy Tales

Thank you for joining me for another exciting Author Spotlight!

 

Melanie Dickerson is one of my new FAVORITE authors – for her exceptional writing AND for her true-to-life portrayals of traditional fairy tales!

 

 

headshotA bit about Melanie via her WEBSITE:

 

Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught in Georgia, Tennessee, Germany and the Eastern European country of Ukraine. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), she now spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

 

 

And here is my interview with Melanie Dickerson:

 

You talk a lot about researching the towns and time period of your novels. What research have you done for the fairy tale part? Do you study the original fairy tales written by the brothers Grimm, Hans Christine Anderson and Charles Perault?

I wouldn’t say I study them, but I usually read them. More often than not, my stories are loosely based on the Disney movie as much as they are on the original fairy tales. My goal is more to write a story with some of the familiar elements that people relate to the Beauty and the Beast story, or the Sleeping Beauty story, or the Frog Prince story. For instance, in my upcoming book, The Princess Spy, which is a Frog Prince story, the heroine loses something valuable—a family heirloom bracelet—in the well, just as the girl in the original story lost her favorite ball in the well, and the “frog prince” offers to get it for her. In return she is expected to do something for him. So I try to incorporate some of the little details of the story into my books, and I also try to use some of the same themes from the original story, as well as the overall premise.

 

Your story plots are so intricate and many times, it seems impossible that things could work out like the tales we know so well. Do you sketch out a rough draft or an outline before you start writing? How often does a plot twist surprise you in the middle of writing?

There is always at least one plot twist that surprises me during the writing of the book. I do try to have a rough outline, at least in my head, before I start writing, but the details tend to work themselves out as I write and think ahead. I don’t write detailed outlines, though, before I write the first draft, and the first draft usually just needs a little tweaking and editing before it’s ready to send to the editor at my publishing house.

 

How do you come up with the names of your characters? How close are they to the original names of the fairy tale heroes or villains?

Right now I’m trying to decide what to name my Rapunzel heroine, which is the book I’m about to start writing. Should I call her Rapunzel? Something similar? Or just some Medieval German name I like that seems right for the character? I don’t know, honestly. My Snow White character I named Sophie, since Snow White seemed too unrealistic, and for my Beauty and the Beast character, I named her Annabel instead of Belle because it seemed more British, which is where I decided to set that story. So I usually try to make the name similar but accurate to the time period.

 

You recently signed a new contract with Thomas Nelson. The first book you mention sounds as if it will be following a similar line as your YA fairy tales. How much more adult will those stories be?

They will not be very different at all. Maybe one or two extra kisses, and maybe a slightly more mature situation here or there, but not very different at all from my “YA” stories, which appeal to adults as well. The heroines will be slightly older.

 

Any chance you have an idea for Rapunzel’s story? That would be a tricky one to make “real” I would think. (Yes I asked this question with no idea of how Melanie would answer my above question…)

Yep. I have to start writing it right away since it’s due to my publisher in 4 months! The heroine is a surprise, so I can’t say too much about her, but you will catch a glimpse of the hero, Sir Gerek, at the end of The Princess Spy. He is one of Duke Wilhelm’s knights who falls in love with a mysterious midwife’s only daughter. But when the midwife decides to separate the two, Sir Gerek will do anything to find her and get her back.

 

Thank You Melanie for giving us your time and sharing a bit about your work!
I don’t know about everyone else but I LOVE reading about how an author goes about their process and what’s next for them. It makes me feel like I’m chatting with an old friend.
And it makes reading the books that much more special too!

 

Click HERE to visit Melanie’s blog for updates and info, HERE for her Facebook page, HERE for Twitter and HERE for her Author page on GoodReads!

 

And now here’s a look at Melanie Dickerson’s most recent release:

 

The Captive Maiden

 

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A Cinderella Story

 

Happily Ever After…Or Happily Nevermore? 

Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother.

So when Gisela meets the duke’s son, Valten–the boy she has daydreamed about for years–and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart.

But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

 

And don’t miss the other fantastic titles in this wonderful series!

 

The Fairest Beauty

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A daring rescue. A difficult choice.

Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother’s jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie’s one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe?

Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl’s inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what. When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

 

 

The Merchant’s Daughter

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An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice.

Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf’s bailiff—a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.

Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff’s vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger.

Ranulf’s future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.

 

The Healer’s Apprentice

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Two Hearts. One Hope.

Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.

When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.

 

Watch for her upcoming releases!

 

The Princess Spy

                       Coming in November!

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

 

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story.

Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself ‘Lord Colin’ is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment.Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed.

Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.

 

And…

 

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

 

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The first book in a NEW series Melanie most recently signed to publish with Thomas Nelson Publishers!

“Swan Lake” meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region’s most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the gamekeeper.

Jorgen is the gamekeeper for the wealthy margrave, and he is in pursuit of the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave’s game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea that at night she is the one who has been poaching the margrave’s game.

Odette is caught up in a ring of black market sellers of poached animals. She thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. However, most of the animals are being sold by the greedy leader of the ring–her stepfather. When Odette discovers what he is doing, she threatens to expose him, putting herself in great danger.

The gamekeeper finds her poaching one night and shoots her, wounding her. When he realizes who she is, he hides her to keep her from being executed by the margrave and also to protect her from her stepfather. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the black market poaching ring . . . as they fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his gamekeeper is protecting a notorious poacher?

 

 

 

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A Look Back at “The Captive Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson | The BEST Cinderella story I have ever read!

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Yes I did. I went back and read “The Captive Maiden” again!

And it was JUST as wonderful the second time through!

Even knowing what to expect did not detract from the romance and excitement of the story.

From my original review:

This is a wonderful story! Melanie Dickerson did a great job of molding a popular fairy tale into an inspirational story for teens that, I think, will appeal to adults as well.

It’s also an answer to a prayer since I am hesitant about letting my daughter read more traditional fairy tales – which focus so much on magic. Now I can collect the previous 3 books Melanie has written and any more that are yet to come.

Melanie Dickerson has taken out the magic and weaved God into every part of this story. So instead of confusing teens, Melanie Dickerson offers hope and truth.

What a blessing!

And it truly is! It is such a blessing to read a real fairy tale. It is also incredibly refreshing to read about heroes and villains who are clearly just human. The villains of Cinderella are famous – evil stepmother, evil stepsisters, being poor… But Melanie Dickerson added an extra villain to this wonderful story and I was so relieved to see that he was all too human – with human weaknesses and flaws.

And speaking of human flaws – it is beyond refreshing to read about a big strong knight who is absolutely unnerved by tears. There are quite a few men who suffer from this particular flaw and young girls need to know about this sort of thing.

The story itself is an absolute gem. In “The Fairest Beauty”, we watched a handsome young man who was clever with words win the maiden’s heart and then, when she met her betrothed – she found him frightening and overwhelming…she even thought he was somewhat of a bully. But she was seeing him through the eyes of his brother and her perspective was most likely due to her love for him.

In “The Captive Maiden”, we see another young maiden’s reaction to that same brother and it could not be more different. It’s a prime example of seeing someone through the eyes of love – any young lady who is not in love with him would see only the rough battles scars, be intimidated by his size and feel put off by his lack of finesse when it comes to words. However, these are the very things that should endear him to the woman who loves him. That should be how love works and traditional fairy tales simply don’t get that point across. – in my humble opinion.

Melanie Dickerson does!

 

5star

 

Here’s a further look at the story from Zondervan:

Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother.

So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten—the boy she has daydreamed about for years—is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye.

Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

And you can click HERE to go to the book page on Zondervan

HERE for ChristianBook.com HERE for GoodReads

And HERE for Melanie Dickerson’s website.

Disclaimer: I won a free copy of this book from Grace Thorson | A Paradise of Colors. THANK YOU Grace! I was not required to review the book but I have to share thoughts on such a wonderful book!

HAPPY READING! 

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GOD BLESS!

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“The Fairest Beauty” | A retelling of Snow White by Melanie Dickerson

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I find myself wishing I were a slower reader… Because now I have come to the end and I must wait until November to read the next story.

How will I survive?

Well I suppose I can always read “The Captive Maiden” again so there’s that. And I’m certain I can find some other books to help me pass the time.

But I want to know what happens next!

Absolutely no insult is intended to “The Captive Maiden” or “The Healer’s Apprentice” or “The Merchant’s Daughter”… but I do believe “The Fairest Beauty” is the absolute BEST book Melanie Dickerson has written yet!

“The Fairest Beauty” has everything you would expect to find in a fairy tale – A damsel in distress, mistaken identity, exaggerated rumors of the Princess’s death, an evil “Queen” – in this case a Duchess, a hired assassin and a hero!

It’s just an all-around GREAT story!

And the real-life fairy tale is so much more  appealing in my opinion! These are real people with real emotions and real flaws! – not some perfect, flawless combination of all the best traits and none of the worst that we see in the traditional fairy tales. Even the “bad guys” are clearly human, with flaws and weakness – not just a villain that’s purely evil who does nasty things simply because they can.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
I LOVE the way Melanie Dickerson writes fairy tales!

She doesn’t put the focus on the wrong things – magic and rebellion. She makes certain the focus is on how important it is to marry for love – which is Biblical (Marriage is meant to be forever… do you really want to be in a loveless marriage forever?). And she draws your attention to how important it is to remain pure and innocent – saving yourself for the man you marry.

This story especially – shows how important it is to understand the difference between love and lust.

It’s a difficult subject and not always a popular one in the world we live in today but it is an important one and I am very impressed to see an author taking a stand!

BRAVO MELANIE!

I wish these were the fairy tales I had grown up with. I can only imagine how different my outlook on life might be if I had not started with the ridiculous world view traditional fairy tales present.

All the more reason that these will be the fairy tales I give MY daughter to read!

All little girls need to know – while fairy tales can be real – they are not all about magic and luck!

5star

Here is a bit about the book from Zondervan:

A daring rescue. A difficult choice.

Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother’s jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie’s one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe?

Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl’s inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what.

When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

 

Click HERE for the page on Zondervan

HERE for the page on ChristianBooks.com

HERE for GoodReads

And HERE is Melanie Dickerson’s website

 

GOD BLESS

and

HAPPY READING!

 

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Beauty and the Beast as seen by Melanie Dickerson | “The Merchant’s Daughter”

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Melanie Dickerson has done it again!

These books truly are the absolute BEST versions I’ve ever seen of the classic fairy tales!

Melanie Dickerson brings together the romance of fairy tale and the harsh reality of life – blending them together seamlessly to tell a beautiful tale of Love, Healing and Forgiveness.

You think you know where the story is going and you think you know precisely how it’s all going to end up because the stories are following the classic fairy tale we all know… Right?

No.

Melanie Dickerson has surprising twists and turns all through the book that you will never see coming, all the while still weaving in bits from the original fairy tale. And you will find yourself so entranced with the story, you may not even realize it until later.

“The Merchant’s Daughter” once again deals with some hard-core themes. And once again Melanie Dickerson does so with class and diplomacy. There is no sugar coating but the descriptions are done in the best possible taste.

I recommend these books to anyone and everyone! In fact, I plan to introduce them to my daughter, instead of the more traditional fairy tales!

Personally I never understood how such tales became so very popular – especially in a time where magic and witchcraft was so suspect. People from the times described originally in these tales did not delight in magic and sorcery, they hunted down anyone suspected of it and dealt them a quick and harsh death. So why tales filled with such magic would ever have become popular, I have no idea. Unless it was simply the temptation of the forbidden – we humans do seem to have a particular weakness for wanting those things that we cannot have.

Melanie Dickerson has told these stories in such a realistic way – retaining the romance and excitement but adding in truth. And in my opinion, it makes them that much more appealing! I would rather my daughter have realistic fairy tales to grow up with and not ridiculous stories that could not possibly have happened – that I will one day have to tell her are entirely false and quite impossible.

Any woman would greatly enjoy these stories of adventure, love and danger.

And with Melanie Dickerson at the helm, you may know where you’ll end up but you can never accuse her of being predictable.

 

5star

 

Here is what Zondervan has to say about “The Merchant’s Daughter”:

An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice.

Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf’s bailiff—a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.

Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff’s vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf.

As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf’s future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.

 

Here is the book page on Zondervan

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And HERE for Melanie Dickerson’s website

 

GOD BLESS

and

HAPPY READING!

 

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Melanie Dickerson’s tale of the classic story – Sleeping Beauty – “The Healer’s Apprentice”

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I have to admit that I only read this book because my 10 year old son (who is now 11) told me that I had to read “The Captive Maiden”.

Now you’re wondering why…

Once upon a time, I signed up to win a copy of Melanie Dickerson’s “The Captive Maiden” and I won. I was surprised because I don’t usually win when I sign up for giveaways. I do it to show support for the author.

But apparently God meant for me to read this series!

I was not impressed when I started reading the book. The cruelty was almost too much for me and I stopped reading. Then my son picked up the book, looked at the cover and read the back. After that, he demanded that I read it. This was such a rare occurrence (usually he ignores the books I buy or teases me about it) that I knew I had to give it a try.

And again, it must have been God’s leading.

These books are the absolute BEST versions I’ve ever seen of what are typically know of as “classic” fairy tales!

I’ve read reviews that complain about the strong themes in these books and I’ve read reviews that say they wish more from the original tales had been incorporated. And I am here to tell you that, in my opinion, they are wrong.

Melanie Dickerson deals with hard-core themes, yes. But she does it in a way that is honest and realistic while maintaining, what some may feel are ridiculously, high standards of modesty and decency – but I find refreshing in a world of bared bodies and brutish language. Our children need to be aware of these things and how to deal with them, especially since they are very much a part of the world we live in today. As much as I would like to shelter them from everything bad or wrong in the world, they have to know that evil exists and they have to know how to confront it!

I feel that Melanie Dickerson presents these harsh issues with grace and discretion.

And as for having more from the original tales, I think it is amazing how well Melanie weaves the pieces of the classic fairy tales through her own stories – using them to help tell the story and reveal the hidden truths slowly throughout.

“The Healer’s Apprentice” is a masterpiece of reality blended flawlessly with fairy tale!

Melanie Dickerson’s characters are simply astonishing – well written, colorful and embodying the very same values and flaws of the heroes and villains that inspired them. And, as much as I would love to say that she always paints the bad guys as bad – it would not be true to life if that were the case.

Evil is deceptive and tricky and it is not always easy to see it for what it really is.

The plot is so well-conceived, it is difficult to believe this is the first book she wrote after fifteen years of not writing. It flows beautifully and there is absolutely nothing I can think that would add to it.

Amazing!

And now I have three more books to look forward to – “The Merchant’s Daughter” and “The Fairest Beauty” right now and “The Princess Spy” releases soon!

Exciting!

 

5star

Just in case you’re still not convinced…

Here is what Zondervan says about the series

 Two Hearts. One Hope.

Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.

When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding.

As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.

HERE is the book page on Zondervan

HERE is the page on ChristianBooks

HERE is the page on GoodReads

And HERE is Melanie Dickerson’s website

 

GOD BLESS

and

HAPPY READING!

 

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As a southern belle myself, I really should not have resisted for so long… “The Quaker and the Rebel” by Mary Ellis | A masterpiece!

The Quaker and the Rebel by Mary EllisOh my word. Never before has a book changed my mind so strongly on any particular subject than     “The Quaker and the Rebel”by Mary Ellis!

What a story!

I have never been a fan of war romances… WWII, WWI or Civil war – but here I sit, a converted FAN! And I can not wait until the next book.

 

This book will make you laugh, make you cry and it will give you an entirely new outlook on the Civil war era!

Reading about the outcome of so many tragic battles and the stealth need to help abused slaves escape to freedom in a dry history book simply can not give you the same impact as reading about your heroine’s reaction to the horror and danger associated with the very same things.

Mary Ellis gives us all of that – first through the eyes of a staunch Quaker who is disturbed by the Southern lack of understanding as to why owning another human being is wrong, and then through the eyes of a gentile southern gentleman who is trying to do everything he can to help his precious south move into the future with as little bloodshed as possible.

It is an adventure that won’t soon be forgotten and it has given me an entirely new outlook on this portion of our country’s troubled past. I will never look at another Civil War battlefield the same way again, I can assure you!

Not only that… the book is extremely well-written. You can hear the skirts swish, the hooves pound and even feel the pain of corset stays. The experiences are written with such emotion attached, as well as descriptive language. And, while it is not described in the ugliest terms, nothing about the tragedy and hardship about this particular time on our bloody history is glossed over.

Mary Ellis has made a fan out of me – a new reader who is eagerly awaiting her next book and wondering if I dare read anyone else’s books, for fear that they may not be in the same ballpark. I suppose I have no other choice, at least until her next book arrives in stores. I shall have to haunt the local library and find anything else that I can and hope it is equally appealing.

Until then, I leave you with this…

 

5star

And a bit more about this wonderful book from Harvest House:

Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them.

Emily Harrison’s life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents’ work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there.

Alexander Hunt is the doctor’s handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems—rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily’s antislavery convictions.

The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?

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Happy Reading

And

GOD BLESS!

 

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Don’t miss this FREE prequel in Mary Ellis’ NEW series – “Civil War Heroines!

Romance on the River

Mary Ellis is a genius!

This eBook whetted my appetite for the full story in a way that was very surprising indeed.

I have never been a fan of Civil War era romance, or for anything about the Civil War era, in fact.

But after reading this tantalizing tome, I simply had to read the book that it gave me just a peek into!

And it does not matter how short the story may be, it was expertly written – giving the reader just enough information without spoiling anything about the novel to come.

In point of fact, it gives us a glimpse into the start of Miss Harrison’s journey that makes “The Quaker and the Rebel” that much more appealing.

Don’t miss it – especially since it’s FREE!

You can download this short prequel on a number of eBook retailer sites and I have linked as many of them as I could find. Nearly all of them support an app or a reading program that will work on your e-reader, tablet, phone or even your computer.

Happy hunting!

 

5star

 

A peek inside from GoodReads:

This short story prequel by bestselling author Mary Ellis provides an early glimpse into the life of Quaker Emily Harrison. Laced with humor and a sweet love story, this bonus material also contains the first chapter of Emily’s continuing journey in The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of the Civil War Heroines series.

Summer 1861—Emily Harrison is finding life a bit overwhelming. Alone on her family’s farm, she must take on the roles of both housekeeper and farmer. She cares for the garden, makes plans for planting the fields, and milks the cows, all the while creating havoc in the home her mother used to keep immaculate. That is in addition to providing a safe house as part of the Underground Railroad.

In the midst of this whirlpool of swirling tasks, she is getting ready to greet very important dinner guests—the love of her life and her pastor and his wife. Will Matthew finally propose? What news does Reverend Ames bring that turns Emily’s world upside down? How does the new war between the North and South impact her life? And…will the goose be cooked in time

 

Intrigued yet?

To “purchase” the FREE eBook, click HERE for ChristianBooks, HERE for Lifeway, HERE for Amazon, HERE for Barnes and Noble, HERE for Google Books and HERE for iTunes.

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Happy Reading

And

GOD BLESS!

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Author Spotlight: Jamie Carie |And… Announcing the WINNER of her special giveaway!

Last week I reviewed Jamie Carie’s Forgotten Castles series for you and this week I am doing a very special interview and announcing the winner of the contest I announced with the third review.

So read on:

 

A bit about Jamie via her WEBSITE:

About » Biography

A Preacher’s Daughter

As a preacher’s daughter, Jamie traveled with her dad—to and from Bible studies across Indiana—where they talked theology – creation and the fall, God’s love, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch.

The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad would spend a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. Nothing ever felt so special as a middle of the night slice of pie with her dad. And nothing could stop the writing pouring out of her.

As Jamie grew up, she discovered her heart was filled with songs and poetry. During high school she wrote lyrics for her brother’s band. After college, Jamie married, had two sons and decided to stay home with them. During this time, she wrote skits, poems, plays and short stories for schools and churches.
When her eldest son turned five she dove into the world of novels. She’d read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.

Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in her head for a long time, so the story went fast.

Ten years later Snow Angel was published and won the ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, was a National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and a 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career. Her newest novel, Rush to the Altar, is her first contemporary – a warm, funny and poignant love story about a widow woman who falls in love with an NBA player.

Jamie and her husband Tony have been married for twenty-five years and live in Indiana with their three sons, a giant dog named Leo and their newest baby, a half Siamese/half Snowshoe cat named Luna.

If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”

 

 

And now for my interview.

 

Is there any particular inspiration behind the Forgotten Castles series for you?

 

This was my first series so I was initially excited to have the longer story arc to work with. A typical novel is around 90,000 words and while I find that comfortable it was challenging and thrilling to create a world/characters for more like 270,000 words. My other main inspiration for the series was Alexandria, the heroine. I wanted an adventuress who solves a mystery and then I had the idea of I’s. She travels to three countries that all start with I (Ireland, Iceland and Italy) to find her parents. I didn’t realize the challenge of setting a book in Iceland when I made that decision! Lol! The language and names had me banging my head against the keyboard on more than one occasion but I learned a lot writing that series. I fell in love with Ireland and Italy and have since traveled to Ireland and Scotland. (Italy is next!)  I was so blessed to find an Irish historian while writing book one of the series, The Guardian Duke, who checked my work for accuracy. My husband and I were able to meet him when we visited Killyleagh last September (for our 25th wedding anniversary) and I was able to actually tour the private castle, Killyleagh Castle, that is on the cover! I can’t tell you how amazed, blessed and surreal it felt to stand at the top of the castle and see the beautiful village of Killyleagh below after researching it for Alexandria and Gabriel whirlwind adventure around Ireland.

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Are any of the characters modeled after real people you know? Family/ friends?

 

I never admit to that – lol! No, seriously, I think all of my characters are bits and pieces of myself, family and friends…and even other characters I’ve read about or watched in movies or on TV. It’s a wonderful mystery to me how a character starts out as a vague idea and then becomes living and breathing on the page with personality qualities and thoughts and feelings I didn’t know they would have. That is one of the glorious moments of creating a story.

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What made this story so different from your others – this is the first of your stories that you’ve stretched into a series…

 

I think instead of that “historical” feel I was pulled toward solving a mystery, going on an adventure and, of course, true love. Love, what it looks like and the depths of it, is a theme that I will always explore in my writing. God’s love has no end and it is reflected in us and through us, his creation, so I will never reach the end of what it can look like. I love the thought of that!

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Will we see more books in the series – perhaps focusing on other characters we’ve become attached to?

 

I’m not sure if I will ever revisit these characters or not but I consider it a huge compliment when readers ask for that. That means you fell in love with my characters like I did and a writer can’t ask for more!

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Or do you already have another series planned/ in the works/ pitched? If yes, Would you tell us a little about it?

 

I am now working on another three book series called the Land of Everyoung. It’s about three sisters who, when their father passes away, are sent on individual journeys that he has arranged for them in his will and set in the fantasy world of Everyoung. Think Lord of the Rings but with a lot less fighting scenes and more romance. It won’t be a continuous series so it can be read out of order. I hope to get book one, The King’s Chatelaine, out before the end of this year and as always, I’m very excited about what I’m currently writing and what is swirling in my mind for books two and three. Check my website www.jamiecarie.com and my Facebook here and here for more to come and contests coming up!

 

THANK YOU Jamie for taking the time to chat with us a bit! I don’t know about everyone else but I always enjoy reading about the story behind the story!

 

NOW for the announcement you’ve been waiting for! (Don’t go away until you’ve read all the way to the bottom of the post though – LOTS of interesting info below the announcement)

Who has won their choice of a book from Jamie’s Forgotten Castles series?

The winner is:

Alyssa Faith Washburn

I will be contacting you shortly with info about how you can claim your book!

And now for some more about Jamie Carie and her wonderful books!

 

Jamie’s most recent release is A Highlander for Christmas – A special Christmas novella! Read on for more information.

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Lady Juliet Lindsay has made a colossal mistake. In the face of her parents’ rejection she realizes that a single stolen kiss could cost her everything. Sent to her aunt and uncle’s home in Scotland, she finds something in the rugged highland beauty that steals her heart…and a highland man, who seems her other half.

Iain MacLeon, chieftain of the clan MacLeon, has one thing on his mind in a time where politics are like a tempest brewing—sheep. He loves his people and his land but he didn’t know he also needed a woman to share the load. And then he sees her…the flame-haired Englishwoman who steals his heart and holds it hostage against all his beliefs and all he holds dear. But how will he persuade his clan to love her as he does?

 

And don’t miss the Forgotten Castles series!

The Forgotten Castles Series is a three book series that follows amateur sleuth, Lady Alexandria Featherstone, as she travels to Ireland (book one – The Guardian Duke), Iceland (book two – The Forgiven Duke), and Italy (book three – A Duke’s Promise) in search of her missing parents. Full of adventure, romance and mystery the three books sweep readers across Europe in pursuit of a famed invention. Along the way, Alexandria develops feelings for her guardian – the brooding Duke of St. Easton, who has recently suffered a physical blow that is changing his life. Gabriel thinks of his new charge as an unwanted complication in a time when his life is coming apart at the seams but soon comes to cherish her letters and admire her faith. Their journey will be fraught with danger as they come ever closer to God’s plan for their lives.

 

“Someday I will meet you and see your face.”

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the king to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But the heart-driven Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment. Believing her parents are still alive, she travels to faraway lands to follow clues that may lead to their whereabouts.
Gabriel, pressured by the king’s ulterior motives, pursues Alexandria across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.
When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure begins to pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

 

 

Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon—the path of least resistance—Alexandria Featherstone sets off from Ireland to Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. Her glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton—the path less traveled by—on Dublin’s shore still haunts her. Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful and wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life of him or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

 

From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen — Italy and the marble caves of Carrara — but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.

Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other — a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.

 

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This is the Last Stop in the Forgotten Castles series | “A Duke’s Promise” by Jamie Carie | AND A GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

A Duke's Promise

An ending has never been so bittersweet.

I’m not at all certain there are enough words to describe the emotions this powerful story has invoked within me!

In my review of book 2, I said that I hope they NEVER make it into a movie because they’ll just ruin it and I still feel that way. But I am amazed at the irony of that statement because there is a note about a certain part of the book only being shown properly on-screen. I simply can not explain it – except to say that it was an odd insight.

I also mentioned that I was quite happy about there was another book because it meant the adventure had not come to a close but now that it has, it is indeed bittersweet.

I love the way the story has ended and I am amazed at how Jamie Carie was able to leave the story with such a feeling of possibility. Even though this story has come to an end, there is such a feeling of what is still to come.

The third book in Jamie Carie’s Forgotten Castles series is a shining beacon of what God’s love is capable of accomplishing and even though the path of our heroes is not completely free of obstacles, their steps are clearly being led by God’s own hand.

The third book is certainly the most serious of the three but it is done so very well, the story simply flows from the second and I applaud Jamie’s talent once again.

Like me, you may not wish for the series to end, but you certainly do not want to miss this book. And don’t be surprised if you find your heart a little broken as you turn the last pages.

At least Jamie Carie has written stories of other adventures we can enjoy!

5star

Here is what B&H says about A Duke’s Promise:

Award-winning writer Jamie Caries concludes her most epic storyline with a wonderful twist in A Duke’s Promise, the final Forgotten Castles novel.

From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen — Italy and the marble caves of Carrara — but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.

Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other — a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.

 

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The giveaway is closed.

THANK YOU to everyone who entered and God Bless!

 

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  • One entry per person!
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  • The contest begins ended June 27th at midnight CDT!
  • My contest is not run by rafflecopter or random.org or any other site. The form above will e-mail me when someone enters and I will be drawing the winner’s name out of a hat (actually my son has that pleasure this time around).
  • The winner was notified by e-mail and announced here on my blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

GOD BLESS

and

HAPPY READING!

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