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Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren March 23, 2018

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In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father’s estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions, they’re determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, conventions are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined–and that’s just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this harsh and unfamiliar world.

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.

To keep her family together and save the plantation that is her last chance at providing for them, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

My thoughts:

I have never read anything by Lisa but I have heard good things about her writing. It is all true.

She has written a well-crafted book full of interesting characters and an engaging plot.

Although, not overly fast-paced I found I was taking an easy stroll through this book, but there was still enough going on that I was interested and wanted to keep reading.

Also, I just need to mention what a beautiful cover this book has.

Historical romance lovers won’t be disappointed.

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Review and Giveaway: A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green March 19, 2018

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“A stunning story . . . . Green leaves no stone unturned in depth and detail and crafts a tale as passionate as the time period itself. A Refuge Assured and its enduring characters will leave you both speechless and satisfied by novel’s end.”
Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker

Fleeing One Revolution to the Aftermath of Another, She Seeks and Dreams of Peace

Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia, but danger lurks in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers begin to suspect a young boy left in her care might be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement Asylum offer permanent refuge?

Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate his hard-won farm near Asylum, but he soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they are drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

Giveaway and thought:

Any book that says Jocelyn Green I grab without even reading the back because I know I will love it. And it was true with this book.

This is a time that I never have given a lot of thought to, the French Revolution. What a horrible time for the French and even here in America the French weren’t always treated very well.

I loved how Jocelyn brought in some of our founding fathers, like Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.

The story itself is very well written and rich in character development. I adored Vivienne and Liam, both wonderful characters to spend time with.

If you love historical romance then I highly recommend this one.

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


Judah’s Wife by Angela Hunt January 30, 2018

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To Be Silent Would Be to Deny Their God, To Defy Would Bring the Wrath of the King.

Seeking quiet and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she’ll have peace. But the very nation Judah was named for has been conquered by a cruel king, who decrees that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws or risk death for following the laws of Moses.

Judah’s father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands Judah to pick up his sword and continue the fight–or bear responsibility for the obliteration of Israel. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband’s decision–what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?

The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah’s wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.

My thoughts:

Angela Hunt is fast becoming one of my favorite Biblical fiction authors. She knows how to weave in a beautiful story with characters you can easily sympathize with a come to care about.

Leah and Judah are such characters. Their love story starts out innocently but quickly they find themselves married and discovering what love really is.

The story of Jewish persecution is so sad and to know that is goes on for years makes it even more so. Overall, a wonderfully written story that you will enjoy.

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


The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen January 15, 2018

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Return to Ivy Hill as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold . . .

A gentlewoman in reduced circumstances, Miss Rachel Ashford lives as a guest in Ivy Cottage. With her meager funds rapidly depleting, she is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. Her friend Jane Bell and the other village women encourage her to open a circulating library with the many books she’s inherited from her father. As villagers donate additional books and Rachel begins sorting through the volumes, she discovers mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but both find more than they bargained for.

Rachel’s hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and finds fulfillment in managing her girls school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what–or whom–has captured each man’s attention? The truth may surprise them all.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed the first book a lot. I loved the setting and I felt like I was really there. So I liked going to back and visiting again. It took me a while to remember all of the characters and who they were. But once I got there I easily fell back into the story.

We get to catch up with the characters we met in the first book and get a deeper look into there lives.

And there was all these potential romances going on, it kept it very interesting.

I think I liked this book even more than first because of the deeper  aspect into each character and getting to know them even more. I do think you need to read the first book in the series to fully appreciate this one.

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


Review and Giveaway: A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White January 11, 2018

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About the Book

Title: A Song Unheard

Author: Roseanna M. White

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

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About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at


Guest post from Roseanna White

I started playing the piano when I was 7. I didn’t discover any long-dormant genius or anything, but I liked it. When my sister quit, I kept playing. In middle school, I switched teachers, and moving from the lady at my church that I knew so well to someone who was just my piano teacher made a difference in how I applied myself. It deepened my love of music.

We all know how some random moments stand out forever in our memory. One such for me happened on the school bus. I was sitting with my best friend, talking about the new piano piece I was learning. “Via Delorosa” means Road of Sorrow, and it’s a song that tells musically about Jesus’ journey to Golgotha—ending with the faint chime of the nails being driven into his palms. As my beloved Mrs. Peto went through this song with me the night before, I remember her circling a D♯ that I’d missed and saying how important that note was. That it made the whole line weep.

That it would make the hearers weep. An epiphany so huge I had to share it with my friend. A well placed sharp could make music weep! Who knew?

That was but one lesson Mrs. Peto taught me in how music could evoke things words never could. A woman of strong faith, she also taught me how a song could preach the Gospel. Music can be medicine. It can be hope. It can be tears. It can be truth. Music can be Jesus to a hurting heart that turns its back on words.

This is a lesson I never forgot, and I had it always in mind as I was writing A Song Unheard. In this story, both my hero and heroine are musicians—violinists. But Willa (who is SO STUBBORN) wouldn’t listen to words of faith from any of the people in her life “suddenly spouting such nonsense.”

But then, in her darkest hour, she hears a slip of melody. And she realizes it’s the Lord.

I pray as readers move through the story of Willa Forsythe—violin prodigy and top-notch thief—that their spirits’ ears hear more than words, more than just a story. I pray they hear the Lord whispering that ultimate song. The one that says, “I love you.”

Want to hear the song Willa eventually wrote in the book? You can! The violin music in this trailer is officially dubbed “Willa’s Song” and written specifically for this book. I hope you enjoy it!

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To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a Grand Prize Package of a signed copy of the book as well as a lovely album of soothing songs based on the Scriptures called Hidden in My Heart (winner’s choice of CD or digital download)!!

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My thoughts:

Roseanna is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and that list is short. She never lets me down with her work. I know when I pick up one of her books I will be transported back in time and fully immersed in the story world she has created.

Willa is a strong young woman with an amazing talent that doesn’t go unnoticed. But she is stuck in a life that isn’t okay, although her heart is in the right place. She has trouble keeping her focus where it needs to be because Lukas is distracting her, even though he is the one she needs to get close to, but not in the way she feels herself drawing close.

I really enjoyed seeing Lukas’ sister’s perspective. Being inside her mind was interesting as she sees things so differently than the rest of us. The tension surrounding that part of the story kept everything engaging and there was never a dull moment in this book.

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


The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright January 5, 2018

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Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

My thoughts:

I have heard nothing but positive things about this book. That always makes me a bit nervous because I wonder if I will enjoy the book as much as other did.

I did.

This book will pull you in from the first page and won’t let you go until the last. You will be dropped into the dark and mysterious world of Foster House and it’s secrets. I had to keep reading to find out who was the girl who died, what happened to her?

But even more I wanted to find out what happen to Ivy and Joel, did things work out for them or did something keep them apart?

If you like books with a creepy side to them then I have no doubt you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

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Review and Giveaway: An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter October 18, 2017

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Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, so he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. While he’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, she is strangely elusive, and he can’t seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, she has no choice but to agree to a bargain that puts her at odds with all her romantic hopes–as well as her conscience. And the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she regrets the unpleasant obligation that prevents her from any dream of a future with him.

As all Griffith’s and Isabella’s long-held expectations are shaken to the core, can they set aside their pride and fear long enough to claim a happily-ever-after?

My thoughts and review:

Kristi is a wonderful author. I have enjoyed this series so much and was very excited to finally read Griffith’s story. Griffith has been a strong character in all of the books, looking after others and doing what is best for his family.

The same is true in this book, but in this book we get to see a slightly softer side, but it doesn’t come easily. There are some situations in this book that even made me laugh out loud.

Isabella is a wonderful character as well. She is beautiful but not proud. She finds herself in a very tough situation that I was sure could only end in disaster. To see if I was right you will have to read the book. You won’t be sorry.

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