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Stories for His Glory

Under the Bayou Moon by Valerie Fraser Luesse August 31, 2021

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When Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country in 1949, she knows her life will change–but she could never imagine just how dramatically.

Though rightfully suspicious of outsiders, who have threatened both their language and their unique culture, most of the residents come to appreciate the young and idealistic schoolteacher, and she’s soon teaching just about everyone, despite opposition from both the school board and a politician with ulterior motives. Yet it’s the lessons Ellie herself will learn–from new friends, a captivating Cajun fisherman, and even a legendary white alligator haunting the bayou–that will make all the difference.

Take a step away from the familiar and enter the shadowy waters of bayou country for a story of risk, resilience, and romance.

My thoughts:

This was a unique book. I really loved the setting and the way these people had to live and travel from place to place. There was an underlying mystery in this book too and I wondered when that would all come to a head.

The romance wasn’t really the driving force in this book, although it was there. It was really about a community and love.

If you are looking for something a bit different I recommend this one.

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

 

To Find Her Place by Susan Anne Mason July 19, 2021

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Can they find their way to the right future amid the uncertainty that faces them?

In the midst of WWII, Jane Linder pours all her energy and dreams for a family into her career at the Toronto Children’s Aid Society. As acting directress, Jane hopes for a permanent appointment so she can continue making a difference in the lives of children. But if the board were to find out she is divorced, everything would change. 

Garrett Wilder has been hired to overhaul operations at the Children’s Aid Society and investigate a report of misused funds. He hopes to impress the board members with his findings and earn the vacant director’s position. A war injury ended his dream of taking over his parents’ farm, but with the security of the director’s job, he’d be able to contribute financially and help save the family business. 

Despite their competing interests and Garret’s early suspicions, a friendship grows and feelings begin to blossom. But when Jane receives an unexpected opportunity that could fulfill her deepest desires, she finds herself at a crossroads. Can she discern the path to true happiness?

My thoughts:

I read the first book in this series and thoroughly enjoyed it so I definitely wanted to read the second on and I have to say this one is just as good.

I loved getting to know Jane and Garrett and the heartache they had to overcome. I knew there would be a wrench thrown into the mix at the end, and honestly there were a few wrenches, but it all works out at the end, of course. But the journey to get there is very interesting and a great read.

If you enjoy historical fiction I have no doubt you will be thrilled with this book.

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The Heart’s Charge by Karen Witemeyer July 15, 2021

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For Years They’ve Been Nomads for Justice, but a Final Mission May Just Lead Their Hearts Home.

Members of the legendary Hanger’s Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they’d help deliver a baby as well. Left with an infant to care for, they head to a nearby foundling home, where Mark encounters the woman he nearly married a decade ago.

After failing at love, Katherine Palmer has dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society’s mold, being illegitimate and of mixed ancestry. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her by defying all her stereotypes of men, but there are secrets behind his eyes–ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.

When the Horsemen hear rumors of missing children, they stay to investigate, sticking close to Harmony House and its beautiful owners. As they work together to uncover the truth, love and danger grow hand in hand until a final sinister scheme threatens to destroy them all.

My thoughts:

I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book since it had actually four main characters (two couples) but I should never had doubted Karen. I so enjoyed both couple’s journey as they found love. If I had to choose though, I think I enjoyed Jonah and Eliza’s story the best because Eliza was so contrary.

The mystery that is unraveled in this book is interesting as well, although, I had a good Idea who was behind the missing children pretty early on.

Karen is also wonderful had writing tense and action paced final scenes and this book has them.

If you like historical romances with a western flare I am sure you will enjoy this one.

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On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright July 12, 2021

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Foxglove Manor would twist its way into your soul until one day it owned you, and it called to you, and it didn’t cease haunting you until you came back.

In 1885, Adria Fontaine has been sent away from her home to recover goods her malevolent father pirated on the Great Lakes during the Civil War. Hoping to find freedom away from her father, Adria arrives at Foxglove Manor–a stone house on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior–but senses only wickedness hovering over the property. The mistress of Foxglove is an eccentric and seemingly cruel old woman who has filled her house with dangerous secrets, ones that may cost Adria her life.

Centuries later, Kailey Gibson takes on a position as a nurse’s aide at a senior home in a renovated old stone manor. Abducted as a child, she has nothing but locked-up memories of secrets and death, overshadowed by the chilling threat from her kidnappers that they may return. When the residents of Foxglove start sharing stories of whispers in the night, hidden treasure, and a love willing to kill, it becomes clear this home is far from a haven.

As the sinister mysteries of Foxglove Manor haunt two women separated by time, they will have to risk it all to banish the past’s demons–including their own.

My thoughts:

Jaime has done it again. Another fantastic book. She combines all the things I love. Mystery, suspense and romance.

Also, this book is set in one of my favorite places, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My family and I were just there a few weeks ago and took a shipwreck tour and saw some of the ship wrecks mentioned in this book.

If I cry while reading at book it would typically be at the end but for some reason there is a scene in the middle of the book that deeply touched me and I so resonated with Adria I found myself shedding some tears.

Jaime even got an “ope” in there, which is something us Michiganders say often when surprised. I did feel like she tried to wiggle some social justice jargon in there and I didn’t appreciate that, or maybe I was thinking too deeply about it…I don’t know.

Overall, a fabulous book and if you like spooky books you will LOVE this one.

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Paint and Nectar by Ashley Clark July 5, 2021

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In 1929, a spark forms between Eliza, a talented watercolorist, and William, a charming young man with a secret that could ruin her career. Their families forbid their romance because of a long-standing feud over missing heirloom silver. Still, Eliza and William’s passion grows despite the barriers, causing William to deeply regret the secret he’s keeping . . . but setting things right will come at a cost.

In present-day Charleston, a mysterious benefactor gifts Lucy Legare an old house, along with all the secrets it holds–including enigmatic letters about an antique silver heirloom. Declan Pinckney, whom Lucy’s been avoiding since their disastrous first date, is set on buying her house for his family’s development company. As Lucy uncovers secrets about the house, its garden, and the silver, she becomes more determined than ever to preserve the historic Charleston property, not only for history’s sake but also for her own.

My thoughts:

This is the second book in this series. I absolutely loved the first one and this one did not disappoint. I don’t know how Ashley comes up with these plots and weaves these storylines together to create one beautiful story, but she does it. Then how she wove in her previous story in surprising ways was so good.

If you haven’t read the first book, have no fear, I think you could still read this and completely enjoy it. Just for those that have read the first book you will enjoy those places where the stories overlap.

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Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White June 24, 2021

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1906

Lady Elizabeth “Libby” Sinclair, with her love of microscopes and nature, isn’t favored in society. She flees to the beautiful Isles of Scilly for the summer and stumbles onto the dangerous secrets left behind by her holiday cottage’s former occupant, also named Elizabeth, who mysteriously vanished.

Oliver Tremayne–gentleman and clergyman–is determined to discover what happened to his sister, with the help of the girl now living in what should have been Beth’s summer cottage . . . especially when he realizes it’s the curious young lady he met briefly two years ago, who shares his love of botany and biology. But the hunt for his sister involves far more than nature walks, and he can’t quite believe all the secrets Beth had been keeping from him.

As Libby and Oliver work together, they uncover ancient legends, pirate wrecks, betrayal, and the most mysterious phenomenon of all: love.

My thoughts:

The cover of this book is just gorgeous. I love Roseanna’s books and I will want to read it without even seeing what it is about.

This one did take a bit more time for me to get into then her pervious books but once it got rolling I did enjoy it. I probably didn’t like as much as her others, I just felt like it was a bit slow.

The mystery surrounding Beth’s disappearance definitely kept things interesting and Oliver’s grandmother seemed to have a way of knowing things that other’s dismissed as crazy talk, but maybe it’s not.

Overall, it is a good historical romance, just not my favorite.

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Let It Be Me by Becky Wade June 21, 2021

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The one woman he wants is the one he cannot have.

Former foster kid Sebastian Grant has leveraged his intelligence and hard work to become a pediatric heart surgeon. But not even his career success can erase the void he’s tried so hard to fill. Then he meets high school teacher Leah Montgomery and his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop. He falls hard, only to make a devastating discovery–Leah is the woman his best friend set his heart on months before.

Leah’s a math prodigy who’s only ever had one big dream–to earn her PhD. Raising her little brother put that dream on hold. Now that her brother will soon be college bound, she’s not going to let anything stand in her way. Especially romance . . . which is far less dependable than algebra.

When Leah receives surprising results from the DNA test she submitted to a genealogy site, she solicits Sebastian’s help. Together, they comb through hospital records to uncover the secrets of her history. The more powerfully they’re drawn to each other, the more strongly Sebastian must resist, and the more Leah must admit that some things in life–like love–can’t be explained with numbers.

My thoughts:

I have been a Becky Wade since first read her work. Her books are full of good romance and always an interesting mystery.

This book contained those elements as well. This mystery was really interesting as I wasn’t sure how Leah would handle the situation and then there is a surprising twist at the end that will make your jaw drop.

The romance wasn’t my favorite. I feel some of the tension was released too soon, but it was still good.

I was bothered that Becky chose to throw in a political statement, targeted at men. I’m pretty sure I did an eye roll when I read it and I was so disappointed that she chose to add this to an otherwise good book, especially coming form a Christian. It makes me even question if I want to read anymore of her books. I read to escape the realities of this world, especially all the political stuff. However, I am very interested in the next character that will be featured so more then likely I will read it and hope I don’t see anymore things like this.

Also, Sabastian seemed to share a lot of private hospital stuff with Leah. Isn’t that against HIPAA laws? I don’t know, but it seemed odd to me and not something that could really happen legally.

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The Curator’s Daughter by Melanie Dobson May 6, 2021

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A young girl, kidnapped on the eve of World War II, changes the lives of a German archaeologist forced into the Nazi Party and—decades later—a researcher trying to overcome her own trauma.

1940. Hanna Tillich cherishes her work as an archaeologist for the Third Reich, searching for the Holy Grail and other artifacts to bolster evidence of a master Aryan race. But when she is reassigned to work as a museum curator in Nuremberg, then forced to marry an SS officer and adopt a young girl, Hanna begins to see behind the Nazi facade. A prayer labyrinth becomes a storehouse for Hanna’s secrets, but as she comes to love Lilly as her own daughter, she fears that what she’s hiding—and what she begins to uncover—could put them both in mortal danger.

Eighty years later, Ember Ellis is a Holocaust researcher intent on confronting hatred toward the Jewish people and other minorities. She reconnects with a former teacher on Martha’s Vineyard after she learns that Mrs. Kiehl’s mother once worked with the Nazi Ahnenerbe. And yet, Mrs. Kiehl describes her mother as “a friend to the Jewish people.” Wondering how both could be true, Ember helps Mrs. Kiehl regain her fractured childhood memories of World War II while at the same time confronting the heartache of her own secret past—and the person who wants to silence Ember forever.

My thoughts:

A fabulous book that had me thinking from the beginning and trying to figure out what was going on.

Melanie writes such unique books. I couldn’t believe some of what she wrote about could be a real think and still exist in this day and age but I supposed it is possible.

If you love WWII novels I have no doubt you will enjoy this one.

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Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter April 26, 2021

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Aaron Whitworth hasn’t had control over most aspects of his life, but he’s always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.

Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don’t take her seriously because she’s a woman, but she can’t pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron’s guarded heart might be an even worthier challenge.

As secrets come to light, will Aaron and Sophia’s past vulnerabilities be an insurmountable stumbling block, or will they sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together?

My thoughts:

Another great book by Kristi. I love how she brings in characters from her previous series as well and they are such wonderful and supportive of Aaron.

Aaron is hard nut to crack but that makes the softness you see in him even more surprising and sweet.

Sophia is a strong character and I love her spirit and spunk.

If you love historical romance I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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Night Fall by Nancy Mehl April 16, 2021

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For any little boy or girl who hears the Train Man speak,
Who feels his rancid breath caress their pretty cheek,
Must close their eyes, pretend to sleep, and very softly pray,
Or else the evil Train Man may carry them away.


Finally free of her troubled upbringing, Alex Donovan is able to live out her childhood dream of working for the FBI. But soon after she becomes a member of the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, authorities in Missouri contact them about bodies found on freight trains–all killed in the same way.

Alex never expected to be forced to confront her past in this new job, but she immediately recognizes the graffiti messages the killer is leaving on the train cars. When the BAU sends her to gather information about the messages from her aunt in Wichita, Kansas, Alex is haunted by the struggles she thought she’d left behind forever.

In a race against time to solve the case and recover a deadly virus sample the killer intends to spread, Alex must face how far she’ll go–and what she’s willing to risk–to put a stop to the Train Man.

My thoughts:

This is another unique book by Nancy. I enjoyed that storyline. She deals with a cult that is on a mission. I always find these types of stories interesting. The people are so deceived.

I have a feeling I knew who was behind her aunt’s attack from the beginning but she placed a lot of doubt and have me questioning if I was right or not.

The message of Jesus’ love is woven throughout the book and even though I appreciated that I do see that our theology and doctrine differ (this would not have been the case a year ago). There is no mention of sin and our need to repent only that God love’s us, which is true but his love is so great he forgives us of our sin and this needs to be said because that makes his love even more amazing. I was disappointed that this was completely neglected.

But, aside from that, the story itself was very good and I can’t wait to see what is next in this series.

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