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Stories for His Glory

A Feeling of Home by Susan Anne Mason July 8, 2022

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Can she set aside the pain from the past to embrace a new love?

Isabelle Wardrop’s well-to-do life has completely unraveled. Within months, she’s lost both her parents, her fortune, and her home. With nowhere else to turn, she and her younger sister move in with a trusted former servant in an impoverished area of the city. Desperate for work but having no qualifications, Isabelle is forced to accept help from Dr. Mark Henshaw, the very man she blames for her mother’s death.

Mark Henshaw has admired Isabelle for several months, but after the tragic death of her mother, he vows to make amends for the past and help her find her way. But when Mark learns his younger brother has formed an undesirable friendship with Isabelle’s sister–one that brings a whole new set of problems into their lives–he doesn’t know if Isabelle will ever forgive him.

When startling developments begin to take place, both within Isabelle’s heart and their siblings’ relationship, her future looks very different than anything she could have imagined.

My thoughts:

I have read every book in this series and I have enjoyed them. The message in them are all very good and that was something I really appreciated.

I liked Isabelle’s perseverance as she had a lot to overcome and her dedication to her sister was admirable.

But I will say I struggled with this one a bit more then the previous books. I felt like Mark and Isabelle were just constantly back and forth, it became a little bit too unbelievable at the end and I felt like the ending was drawn out. Marissa, Isabelle’s sister, was pretty wishy washy and I didn’t care for her much at all, she was pretty selfish.

I also thought a sub-plot could have been added with what happen to Isabelle’s father, I just kept waiting for that shoe to drop but it never did.

Overall, this book has a good message but it wasn’t my favorite of the three.

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In Honor’s Defense by Karen Witmeyer June 20, 2022

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He’s Faced Countless Perils on the Battlefield, but Nothing so Dangerous as Falling in Love.

Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life–for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he’s left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance.

Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she’d have and to give him the family he desperately needs.

When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke’s attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris’s brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.

My thoughts:

I love a Karen Witemeyer book. I enjoyed catching up with the final Horseman and meeting up with others from the previous books.

Karen is so good at writing a climax. It is never dull. The last quarter of the book is nonstop action.

I loved watching the development of Nate’s character. He was such a stinker at the beginning.

Overall, another great book by Karen.

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When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer June 9, 2022

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How will she choose, knowing all she must sacrifice?

Libby has been given a powerful gift: to live one life in 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and the other in 1914 Gilded Age New York City. When she falls asleep in one life, she wakes up in the other. While she’s the same person at her core in both times, she’s leading two vastly different lives.

In Colonial Williamsburg, Libby is a public printer for the House of Burgesses and the Royal Governor, trying to provide for her family and support the Patriot cause. The man she loves, Henry Montgomery, has his own secrets. As the revolution draws near, both their lives–and any hope of love–are put in jeopardy.

Libby’s life in 1914 New York is filled with wealth, drawing room conversations, and bachelors. But the only work she cares about–women’s suffrage–is discouraged, and her mother is intent on marrying her off to an English marquess. The growing talk of war in Europe only complicates matters.

But Libby knows she’s not destined to live two lives forever. On her twenty-first birthday, she must choose one path and forfeit the other–but how can she choose when she has so much to lose in each life?

My thoughts:

Wow. I wasn’t sure what to expect a new author and a new concept with this time travel, that’s not really time travel. This book is very different from other duel time or time travel books I have read. I listened to an interview with this author before I read the book which made me even more excited to read this book.

I LOVED it. I can’t wait to read what is next in this series. It was so well done, just an interesting story, engaging characters. The ending was so satisfying in a way I never saw coming until the last few pages. I really can’t say enough.

This is a book I highly recommend you give a try, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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The Souls of Lost Lake by Jaime Jo Wright May 23, 2022

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To save the innocent, they must face an insidious evil.

Wren Blythe has long enjoyed living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, helping her father with ministry at a youth camp. But when a little girl in the area goes missing, an all-out search ensues, reviving the decades-old campfire story of Ava Coons, the murderess who is believed to still roam the forest. Joining the search, Wren stumbles upon the Coonses’ cabin ruins and a sinister mystery she is determined to unearth.

In 1930, Ava Coons has spent the last several years carrying the mantle of mystery since the day she emerged from the woods as a thirteen-year-old girl, spattered with blood, dragging a logger’s ax. She has accepted she will never remember what happened to her family, whose bodies were never found, and that the people of Tempter’s Creek will always blame her for their violent deaths. And after a member of the town is murdered, and another goes missing, rumors spread that Ava’s secret is perhaps more malicious than previously imagined.

Two women, separated by time, must confront a wickedness that not only challenges who they are but also threatens their lives, and the lives of those they love.

My thoughts:

Jaime knows how to write an excellent book and this is one of those. I don’t think I have ever read a Jaime Jo Wright book I didn’t love.

What in the world is going on? I want to believe Ava is innocent but so much points against her. And what is happening in Wren’s world? It’s seems like there are supernatural occurrences but Jaime always comes around to a logical reason it seems that way, but I couldn’t figure it out until all was revealed.

If you like books in the spookier side you will love anything written by Jaime.

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Turn to Me by Becky Wade May 16, 2022

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His promise will cost him far more than he imagined.

Guilt has defined Luke Dempsey’s life, but it was self-destructiveness that landed him in prison. When his friend and fellow inmate lay dying shortly before Luke’s release, the older man revealed he left a string of clues for his daughter, Finley, that will lead her to the treasure he’s hidden. Worried that she won’t be the only one pursuing the treasure, he gains Luke’s promise to protect her until the end of her search.

Spunky and idealistic, Finley Sutherland is the owner of an animal rescue center and a defender of lost causes. She accepts Luke’s help on the treasure hunt while secretly planning to help him in return–by coaxing him to embrace the forgiveness he’s long denied himself.

As they draw closer to the final clue, their reasons for resisting each other begin to crumble, and Luke realizes his promise will push him to the limit in more ways than one. He’ll do his best to shield Finley from unseen threats, but who’s going to shield him from losing his heart?

My thoughts:

This was a very interesting story and I enjoyed the mystery involved and wondered who was following Finley and Luke.

That first kiss was a good one too, but Becky always knows how to write a wonderful romantic scene.

We also get another romance in this book too, which I was so happy to see play out because Ben deserves a happily ever after as well.

Overall, a good romance with an overall good message.

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Enchanting the Heiress by Kristi Ann Hunter March 2, 2022

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Miss Harriet Hancock enjoys playing the role of eccentric heiress, using her wealth and influence to cleverly and anonymously better the lives of those in Newmarket. Though she keeps people at a distance to protect a years-old secret, when her friend pleads for help on a personal project, Harriet can’t resist.

Stable hand Jonas Fitzroy would do anything for his twin sister, even if it means seeking out the woman whose meddling ways have made him wary and suspicious. The last thing he expects is for Miss Hancock to request his help in writing a book. Intent on revealing her underlying plan, Jonas agrees.

As they work together, an unexpected friendship forms. But when things for once don’t go according to Harriet’s plan, she’s left wondering if good intentions might not be enough. Is there a way to mend the broken pieces of her life? And will Jonas give her another chance at his heart?

My thoughts:

This was an interesting match. I wondered how Kristi would be able to bring these two very different people together into a romance.

I will say this wasn’t my favorite book I have read by Kristi, for some reason I just didn’t get absorb in the story like I normally would but it was still good and still well done. Just wasn’t my favorite.

It is always fun to meet up with previous characters in Kristi’s story. She has create a great cast that are all so kind to each other.

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Where the Last Rose Blooms by Ashley Clark February 19, 2022

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Alice runs a New Orleans flower shop alongside her aunt, but thoughts of her mother, who went missing during Hurricane Katrina, are never far from her mind. After getting off on the wrong foot with a handsome yet irritating man who comes to her shop, Alice soon realizes their worlds overlap–and the answers they both seek can be found in the same place.

In 1861 Charleston, Clara is known to be a rule follower–but the war has changed her. Unbeknownst to her father, who is heavily involved with the Confederacy, she is an abolitionist and is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause. With assistance from a dashing Union spy, she attempts to help an enslaved woman reunite with her daughter. But things go very wrong when Clara agrees to aid the Northern cause by ferrying secret information about her father’s associates.

Faced with the unknown, both women will have to dig deep to let their courage bloom.

My thoughts:

I have adored this series and this book did not let me down. Ashley Clark was a new author to me when I read the first book and I have thoroughly enjoyed her style ever since.

I loved the connection that is made to each book. I will say I have trouble remembering everything that happened in the previous book so that was frustrating to me, but that was just my own problem and as the current book went on I would start to remember what I had read before.

If you haven’t given Ashley’s books a try I highly recommend you do.

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Drawn by the Current by Jocelyn Green February 5, 2022

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Lives depend on the truth she uncovers.
She can’t give up her search.

A birthday excursion turns deadly when the SS Eastland capsizes with Olive Pierce and her best friend on board. Hundreds perish during the accident, and it’s only when Olive herself barely escapes that she discovers her friend is among the victims.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Olive returns to her work at a Chicago insurance agency and is immersed in the countless investigations related to the accident. But with so many missing, there are few open-and-shut cases, and she tries to balance her grief with the hard work of finding the truth.

While someone sabotages her progress, Olive accepts the help of newspaper photographer Erik Magnussen. As they unravel secrets, the truths they discover impact those closest to Olive. How long will the disaster haunt her–and how can she help the others find the peace they deserve?

My thoughts:

This might be my favorite Jocelyn Green book yet and I have read many. So many layers happening in this story. It really is like a romantic suspense.

I really liked Olive, she is such a strong character although she pushes things and gets herself in a lot of tough situations.

The interesting things was Erik didn’t make an appearance for a long time in this book. Usually you meet the “hero” earlier, so that was different but played into the story.

This was a book I didn’t want to put down.

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To Treasure an Heiress by Roseanna M. White January 21, 2022

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Beth Tremayne has always been drawn to adventure. During her childhood, she fed that desire by exploring every inch of the Isles of Scilly. Now, after stumbling across an old collection of letters and a map buried on her family’s property, she’s found more adventure than she ever anticipated in the hunt for pirate treasure. But in order to discover where the clues lead, she must search alongside Lord Sheridan, a man she finds insufferable.

Sheridan has spent years pursuing whatever archaeological interests pique his imagination. And when he discovers that Beth’s search connects with one of his far-removed pirate ancestors, he can’t help getting involved. Plus, he finds her irresistible, even though she insists he stole a prized possession of hers.

As they work together following different clues and drawing closer to danger, they start to piece together a story of tragic love and piratical adventure. But which treasure will bring the greatest surprise–the one they find in each other or the one just out of their reach?

My thoughts:

This was the second book in the series, I enjoyed the first and this one was interesting as well. However I will say I found myself easily distracted while reading this book which almost never happens to me.

Roseanna held true to her style, good character development and interesting characters and setting. I think it was just me and a busy week that had me distracted.

If you are a Roseanna M. White fan I am sure you will enjoy this read.

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Never Leave Me by Jody Hedlund January 14, 2022

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Facing death takes courage. Facing life takes even more.

In the last stages of a genetic disease, Ellen Creighton has decided to live out her remaining days at the estate of her longtime friend Harrison Burlington. Though he’s never allowed himself to get serious in a relationship due to his paralysis, Harrison cares deeply for Ellen and is desperately trying to save her life by finding the holy water that is believed to heal any disease–the same substance Ellen suspects is responsible for the deaths of her father and sister.

But Harrison is not the only one seeking the holy water. Dangerous criminals are mere steps behind, and Ellen soon learns they will go to any lengths to get the powerful drug–including sending her back into the past to locate it for them.

Bestselling and award-winning author Jody Hedlund plunges you into the swiftly flowing river of history in this second breathtaking Waters of Time story.

My thoughts:

I am a Jody Hedlund fan. I really enjoyed this first book in this series and I couldn’t wait to read this one. I will say, this book took me a lot longer to get into. I was about forty percent of the way in before I really started getting into it.

I was curious how everything would work out. How would Ellen get back to the present and what would happen to her while she was in the past.

As always and in true Hedlund style, she writes some great romance scenes.

Overall, I did enjoy this book.

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