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Review and Giveaway: Wish Upon a Star by Jennifer Sienes December 30, 2021

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About the Book

Book: Wish Upon a Star

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Genre: Christmas Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: November 9, 2021

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Fairy tales and wishing upon stars are for those who still believe in romance.

Sometimes misplaced trust injures more than ourselves, and doesn’t Elaina Hensley know it. When her oldest daughter is left suffering the consequences, Elaina vows to protect her girls at any cost. Nothing, not even her own happiness, will sway her again.

Or will it?

She’s got this protective self-denial down pat–right up to the moment her best friend’s brother arrives on the scene like a fairytale knight, vowing to slay all her dragons. She must—she will resist.

However, when her worst nightmare comes back to haunt her, Elaina has to admit she needs that white knight on her side.

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About the Author

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Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing–and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies–two in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.

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Do you remember what Christmas was like as a child? I do. Some of my fondest memories come that holiday when I was growing up. There was a deep sense of family and tradition that I desperately wanted to instill in my own children. No small part of that was the innocence that came from being protected by the harsh realities of life. I envisioned growing old with the grands and great-grands gathered around a Christmas tree bursting with ornaments and sharing the customary Christmas dinner.

My future didn’t quite pan out the way I’d envisioned it. What was it John Lennon said? “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.” Or if you want to keep with the Biblical viewpoint: In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps (Proverbs 16:9)

Although my innocence went by the wayside as I became an adult, I held onto that dream until the Christmas morning my first husband announced he was leaving me. It was then I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. He anchored me in the following months along with my full-time teaching job, two teenage children, and a mother who was dying of leukemia. It wasn’t until October rolled around when my then seventeen-year-old son burst into my bedroom early one morning and said, “I just realized, Christmas will never be the same” that it hit me. I wasn’t the only one affected. For him, the dream died much too early. He was right—when splitting time between divorced parents, things get rather disjointed and complicated. Christmas was never the same for any of us.

But our God is a God of redemption. He takes our brokenness and disappointments and uses them for our good and His glory. Wish Upon A Star isn’t the traditional Christmas story you might find on the Hallmark channel. It’s about a broken family in need of a merciful Savior, and one woman in need of a white knight.

Just like Elaina Hensley, the main character, God had a more perfect plan for my life, too. Without the brokenness we cannot be made whole through Him to be who He calls us to be. In the years since that fateful Christmas morning, He’s given me my own white knight, a godly husband who loves to serve, and the opportunity to follow another childhood dream—to write the stories He’s laid on my heart.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

This is a quick read. I almost wrote sweet, which it is, but it deals with a very heavy topic that isn’t often touched on in fiction books, but one I believe should be addressed more, so I appreciate Jennifer’s willingness to tackle the subject and the realities of the consequences of the topic.

Elaina is one stubborn lady, but I can also understand why. Thankfully, Ryan is one persistent man.

I didn’t realize this was actually a Christmas book but I was happy to discover it was. If you purchased it today you could probably have it read before 2022, it’s that quick of a read.

I think you would appreciate it more if you have read the other books in the series but I also think you can read it for what it is and still enjoy the book.

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A copy of this book was given to me me through Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.

 

Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl December 27, 2021

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He has a deadly endgame in mind–and he’s already chosen each victim . . . including her.

After putting to rest the most personal case of her career, Alex Donovan is ready to move on and focus on her future at the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit. When the BAU cofounder is discovered dead in his hotel room, the FBI is called in to work on the strangest case they’ve ever faced. How do you find a killer who murders his victims from a distance?

When it becomes clear that the killer is targeting agents in Alex’s unit, they are ordered into lockdown, sheltered in the dorms at Quantico. Alex bunks with controversial agent Kaely Quinn, and as they work together, Alex discovers in Kaely the role model she’s never had–despite being warned away.

As Alex questions the type of agent she wants to become, things get personal when the brilliant killer strikes close to home. Now Alex will do anything to find the killer–even at the risk of her own life.

My thoughts:

I always enjoy Nancy’s storylines and characters, they are unique. I love watching how the characters unfold who the UNSUB is. This book actually had me guessing until the criminal was revealed. I wondered about that person but I didn’t think it really was. She did a great job of throwing off the reader and keeping us guessing.

There is a strong faith message but unfortunately it’s not really the gospel message. There really isn’t any mention of sin and out need for a Savior because of sin, but more about how God will make our lives better. He does, and can, but not always in the way we want Him to.

I also hate reading about people’s dreams. I find that so boring because I know it’s a dream. This happened a couple of time in this book and I really just skimmed over it. Nancy and I also disagree on theology as hers comes through very clearly in her book. Not that I don’t think some of the things she is writing about can’t happen but it is rare and not something, I believe, Christians should be chasing after. I as there once and I started chasing the gifts instead of the giver and that put me in a very angry place.

With that being said, it is a very interesting story and I did enjoy the plot.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Do You Believe? by Paul David Tripp December 22, 2021

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Best-Selling Author Paul David Tripp Unpacks 12 Doctrines for Everyday Christian Living

Doctrine―what Christians believe―directly influences how they live. The biblical truths about God, humanity, and the world are not merely about knowing more―they are also about loving God and making sense of this life and the life to come. But what happens when there is disparity between what believers confess and how they live?

In his latest book, Do You Believe?, pastor and best-selling author Paul David Tripp takes a close look at 12 core doctrines and how they engage and transform the human heart and mind. According to Tripp, “true belief is always lived.” To demonstrate, he unpacks each doctrine and presents its relevance for the Christian life. As readers explore topics such as the doctrine of God, the holiness of God, and the doctrine of Scripture, they will be fueled to fall deeper in love with and stand in awe of their Creator and Father―putting the truths of God’s word on display for all the world to see.

My thoughts:

This is an excellent book. Well done and touches on so many important doctrines and breaks them down into easy ways to understand them.

It’s not a quick read, but it’s not overly scholarly either, you just need to take your time and absorb all of the great information.

If you struggle with basic doctrines or just want it easily broken down for you, I highly recommend this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Review and Giveaway: The Lost Dutchman’s Secret by Rebekah Jones December 20, 2021

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About the Book

Book: The Lost Dutchman’s Secret

Author: Rebekah Jones

Genre: Christian Historical Mystery, Fairytale retelling

Release date: November 2, 2021

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There’s a deadly secret in them thar hills—and gold, or so they say.

Deeply in debt to a wealthy local, Charles Sinclair, Dorothy Hodges’ father finally promises she’ll pay and in gold, no less. If only Dorothy could take to take the promises he spins out of thin air and turn them into that gold, all would be well.

With the help of a strange, rumpled man, Dorothy does manage to bring payment to one of Sinclair’s sons only to discover it won’t pay off the debt. Will the next payment be enough?  The next?

When Charles Sinclair ends up dead, Dorothy is the obvious prime suspect, but Sinclair’s son isn’t so certain. Together they work to clear her name and find the real murderer of the Superstitions, but will they find the answers buried in those hills?

Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries. The Lost Dutchman’s Secret offers a retelling of “Rumplestilskin” that requires more digging than a miner searching for The Lost Dutchman Mine.

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About the Author

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Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories.
Rebekah is an old soul in a young body (she’s not 12 —honest!) While her exact age is classified, her interests are not. Among them are reading a variety of books, singing, playing, and composing music, studying all manner of subjects, nannying an adventurous group of youngsters, and, of course, writing her books, poems, articles, and short stories. She writes a wide range of books from gentle children’s adventures to family sagas to murder mysteries.

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“They say that no one had ever seen gold ore like it before, neither have they ever since. Except in the possession of Jacob Waltz. His mine had ore of higher value and higher potency than any other mine found in Arizona…”

What if the Miller’s daughter from the tale of Rumpelstiltskin didn’t have to spin gold, but pay it? And because of an enormous debt – that she had no way of knowing the value? And her father wasn’t a miller, but an old miner with a penchant for carving animals while living in the Arizona desert? And what if, for her pains, she found herself mixed up in a murder?

And what if, somehow intermixed with this poor young woman and her troubles, came the legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine?

If you don’t know about the legend of that lost mine, you should. Or I think that you should. It’s a real legend as old as the 1860’s. Except, it wasn’t lost when Jacob Waltz went bragging about it. That came later.

The mountains that house the legend are magnificent. When a friend of mine came to visit me, she and I went to explore the area around the Superstition Mountains, as well as a part of the mountains themselves. Standing in a forest of cacti and brush, the jagged rocks and sharp peaks towered above my head, while a critter skittered unseen. Beautiful isn’t quite a strong enough word to describe it. As we hiked up the mountain, making our way through a myriad of desert plant life, rocks of so many shapes and sizes, and tiny critters, I could picture Dorothy, the miner’s daughter.

The modern structures and buildings in sight, faded in my mind’s eye, and I could imagine the young woman partway up the mountain in 1929, wearing her old, faded dress, and staring out across the valley. We plotted out where her father’s shack would have stood, and I made note of a perfect crevice of rock where she might have sat to think or read. I rather found myself wishing I could live out there myself, even if living in a shack in the heat of the Arizona summer doesn’t wholly appeal to me.

When I finally got in front of my manuscript again, I could see Dorothy’s world so clearly, I can only hope I managed to capture it in the book itself. I doubt if I could have captured the beauty of those mountains in words, the sight of them as they changed colors in the sunset, or the glowing starry sky above them after dark.

As for the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine, I would be lying if I said I didn’t entertain fantasies about exploring the mountains to discover it, but we certainly did not go that far into the mountains. Besides, it was June in the Arizona desert. One does not blindly venture into the mountains on such an errand in such a time of year, unless one has a death wish. It’s rather fun to imagine though. Perhaps one day, I can go on a search – though I confess, I doubt it.

As for the book, I won’t say whether that lost goldmine is discovered or not. I’ll leave that for a reader to discover for themselves.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rebekah is giving away the grand prize package of $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

This was an interesting story with many interesting characters. There was also a lot of mystery to uncover and solve which kept things interesting and moving along. Who was involved with what, who was guilty, where did Charles Sinclair go? Many questions to that needed to be answered.

However, I will say I was pulled out of the story several times. These are probably my own pet peeves but there was a lot of internal dialogue. I feel most authors have gotten away from that as they write closer POV so it isn’t necessary. There was also some strange wording that pulled me out. For example when the POV view character referred to their own father as “the father”, but that didn’t happen consistently so I felt it was odd. Or when the POV character referred to herself as “the daughter”.

Again, these are just things that pull me out of story and might not bother you at all. The overall story is interesting and if it sounds like something you might enjoy give it a read.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.

 

Review and Giveaway: Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candice Sue Patterson December 16, 2021

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About the Book

Book: Saving Mrs. Roosevelt

Author: Candice Sue Patterson

Genre: Christian Fiction/Historical/Adventure

Release date: December, 2021

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Shirley Davenport is as much a patriot as her four brothers. She, too, wants to aid her country in the war efforts, but opportunities for women are limited. When her best friend Joan informs her that the Coast Guard has opened a new branch for single women, they both enlist in the SPARs, ready to help protect the home front.

Training is rigorous, and Shirley is disappointed that she and Joan are sent to separate training camps. At the end of basic training, Captain Webber commends her efforts and commissions her home to Maine under the ruse of a dishonorable discharge to help uncover a plot against the First Lady.

Shirley soon discovers nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust? Why do the people she loves want to harm the First Lady? With the help of Captain Webber, it’s a race against time to save Mrs. Roosevelt and remain alive.

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About the Author

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Candice Sue Patterson studied at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, splitting wood, or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new story. Candice writes Modern Vintage Romance—where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart was a 2012 ACFW First Impressions finalist and made INSPYs Longlist for 2016.

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The idea for Saving Mrs. Roosevelt literally came overnight. I had just finished writing a contemporary romance set in Maine, centered around a harbor town where lobstering is prevalent. My agent called me and told me about the Heroines of WWII series and asked if I’d be interested in writing a WWII novel. If so, I needed to come up with a story and proposal fast because spots were limited and filling quickly. My mind was so consumed with research of the lobster industry that I felt I couldn’t clear my brain fast enough to come up with another story on such short notice. That’s when I started wondering how I could take the knowledge I already had and make it work for a WWII novel. I googled Maine during WWII, came across an article that mentioned the SPARs, and the idea for Saving Mrs. Roosevelt was born.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the Nancy Drew deep inside me figured out a unique way to merge lobstering with espionage.

Though the plot is purely fiction, there are some characters and events that are historically accurate that were fun to include as well. I love Maine, but I’m Hoosier born and raised, and in my SPAR research, I discovered that Dorothy C. Stratton–the woman the Coast Guard asked to direct the SPARs–was the Dean of Women at Purdue University in Indiana. She was a woman of true character, grace, and strength. I knew right away she needed a cameo in my story.

Within twenty-four hours of receiving my agent’s call, I had plotted the entire story and sent a proposal. Weeks went by, and as fall ushered in its beautiful colors, my husband surprised me with a trip to Monhegan Island, Maine. We walked the trails, ate amazing seafood, and took in the gorgeous view. While on the island, my agent called again, this time to let me know that Barbour had contracted Saving Mrs. Roosevelt. What a special moment it was to be standing on the very shoreline where the book is set when I received the good news.

Since the book is set in Maine where the heroine works on a lobster boat with her father, I wanted to share my favorite recipe for Maine blueberry pie.

Maine Blueberry Pie

Ingredients:

2 Pie crusts

1 quart of fresh Maine blueberries

1 ½ tbsp lemon juice

Freshly grated nutmeg

¼ c light brown sugar

¼ c white sugar

¼ c flour

2 tbsp tapioca for thickening (if the berries are juicy)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the berries into a large bowl, add lemon juice, and toss. Add the remaining ingredients and toss until the berries are well coated with the flour and sugars mixture. Line the pie plate with one crust. Put the berries into the pie plate and top with a solid or lattice-top crust. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the berries are bubbly and the crust is golden brown.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Candace is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

This was a great book. I don’t think I have read anything by Candice before. Leo and Shirley are both interesting characters with their own insecurities and questions about the future.

The whole cast of characters are well developed and interesting. Alma, Joan and the questionable Uncle Ernest will keep you engaged.

Then there is the circumstances that Shirley has to go home under. I wondered how that would all play out and how her family would react.

So many good things in this book to keep you reading.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.

 

Good News of Great Joy by John Piper December 15, 2021

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Come, let us adore him. This beloved Advent refrain captures the heart of the season. Advent is for adoring Jesus. It is a season of preparation to ready our hearts for the glory of Christmas Day as we celebrate the coming of the eternal God in our frail humanity. These twenty-five short devotional readings from John Piper aim to help you keep Christ at the center of the Advent season.

My thoughts:

This is a great way to focus your heart and mind during the advent season. Each day you will read scripture and a brief reflection from John about the scripture.

If you are looking for something to get you focused on what Christmas is really all about and many different perspectives I highly recommend you add this to your Christmas traditions.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Eubeltic Virtue by Nadine C. Keels December 13, 2021

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Book Three in the Eubeltic Realm series.

Her next big adventure could require an extraordinary risk…
As a young woman who’s battled sickness more than most, Valorie has learned to celebrate everyday pleasures, enjoying the life she shares with her older brother.

But Valorie isn’t the most certain about her future. Her health concerns have made it hard for her to find work, and the fact that she’s deaf may be the only real reason why her last suitor courted her for a while.

Now, Valorie has taken the unexpected chance to go on a trip and witness the inauguration of a new Eubeltic nation. While there, she meets Zacharias, a man determined to bring new standards to the Realm. And Zacharias soon presents Valorie with a staggering choice that could alter the course of history.

This book is inspirational historical fantasy: fictional history in a completely fictional world.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed getting to know Valorie and Zacharias more. Their love story was one I wasn’t sure how it would work out and Nadine is great at throwing in expected surprises so I wasn’t sure what might happen in this book.

Nadine also does a great job of recapping previous books, which helps me remember what happened, because I had forgotten all that went on, so I really appreciate it.

If you are looking for something different I highly recommend this series.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own.

 

Uncharted Courage by Keely Brooke Keith December 10, 2021

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With the survival of the Land at stake and her heart on the line, Bailey must find the courage to love.

When Bailey accepts John Colburn’s offer for her to visit Good Springs, she leaves the Inn at Falls Creek expecting to spend the autumn relaxing in her favorite seaside village. Upon her arrival, Connor asks her to cover a shift of guard duty on the equinox, and her quiet vacation takes a shocking turn.

Revel Roberts works hard to keep his life commitment-free, making it easy to leave community decisions to men like Connor and John. But when the Land is threatened, Revel sees his chance to prove he is a man worthy of Bailey’s love. Amid the chaos in Good Springs, his unrequited feelings for her preoccupy him. One wrong choice could ruin everything.

As Bailey’s new life in the Land unravels and threats from the outside world loom, a yearning she can’t define surges within her. It distracts her from defending the hidden world she loves, and a tragedy reinforces her need for independence.

With the survival of the Land at stake and their hearts on the line, Bailey and Revel will need more courage than fighting ever required. They will need to find the courage to love.

Uncharted Courage weaves past and future in a faith-filled story of life in a hidden land. You’ll love this Christian historical romance with a futuristic twist, full of mystery and suspense. Perfect for fans of dual timeline stories and time travel romance! If you enjoy the rural setting and wholesomeness of frontier romance and Amish fiction, you’ll adore Uncharted Courage.

My Thoughts:

I have really enjoyed this series and getting to know these characters. If you haven’t tried this series I highly recommend you do, it is truly unique.

In this book the Land faces a really tough situation and then also the question about who they can trust. Then we also have the slow romance between Bailey and Revel. I just want Bailey to be honest with Revel about her concerns. Her independence frustrated me at time, but in a good way 🙂

Revel frustrates me when he does things without talking to others, I got worried there might be some bad consequences.

You’ll just have to read the book to see what I am referring to!

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own.

 

Lights Out by Natalie Walters December 6, 2021

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CIA analyst Brynn Taylor developed a new program to combat terrorism, and she invited members of foreign intelligence agencies to America to foster cooperation between countries. Now one of them, Egyptian spy Remon Riad, is missing.

Jack Hudson has been working for the Strategic Neutralization and Protection Agency for almost nine years and takes the lead in hunting down the missing spy. But he isn’t at all pleased to find out Brynn is involved. It’s hard to trust a woman who’s already betrayed you.

Every lead they follow draws them dangerously deeper into an international plot. Kidnapping, murder, explosions, poisoning–the terrorists will do anything to accomplish their goal of causing a digital blackout that will blind a strategic US military communications center and throw the world into chaos.

Can Brynn surrender control to a man who doesn’t trust her? And can Jack ever get over what she did to him? The fate of the world–and their hearts–hangs in the balance.

My thoughts:

This book was very different from Natalie’s previous series, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like it but now I think I might have liked it even better then her other books.

She has created a great cast of characters that will engage you and leave you wanting to read whatever comes next in this series.

There was a lot going on and the questions surrounding the events will keep you wanting to read to see what is happening.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

Every Word Unsaid by Kimberly Duffy December 3, 2021

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Augusta Travers has spent the last three years avoiding the stifling expectations of New York society and her family’s constant disappointment. As the nation’s most fearless–and reviled–columnist, Gussie travels the country with her Kodak camera and spins stories for women unable to leave hearth and home. But when her adventurous nature lands her in the middle of a scandal, an opportunity to leave America offers the perfect escape.

Arriving in India, she expects only a nice visit with childhood friends, siblings Catherine and Gabriel, and escapades that will further her career. Instead, she finds herself facing a plague epidemic, confusion over Gabriel’s sudden appeal, and the realization that what she wants from life is changing. But slowing down means facing all the hurts of her past that she’s long been trying to outrun. And that may be an undertaking too great even for her.

My thoughts:

Just when I think I might not enjoy a book, I love when an author proves me wrong by writing an extremely engaging story. This was one of those books that I was concerned might not be interesting enough to hold me but did. It is unique in it’s setting and I loved Gussie and her determination not to be whatever one expects but her hearts desire to is to be loved by her family, yet she refused to conform to tradition.

I also loved the character of Uncle James. We all need an uncle like him.

Overall, an interesting read.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.