Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Too Deep For Words by Andrea Boeshaar May 8, 2017

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North meets South in the second installment of this popular Civil War series

Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days–as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead, and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.

As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep–her husband’s best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he’s a painful reminder of her lost love.

Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?

As fans of Boeshaar’s books have come to expect, Too Deep for Words is a meticulously researched novel. Readers are taken directly into the heart of the realities of the Civil War and reminded how, even in the darkest circumstances, faith in Christ offers hope.

My thoughts:

I loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this second book. It was great to meet up with these wonderful characters again.

Carrie is such a sweet woman and so strong. I love her personality. Her love for her husband is so strong and I enjoyed watching their relationship.

In this book we get to know Carrie’s sister, Margaret. She added more layers to this story.

I couldn’t wait to see how everything would play out and what trouble Carrie would find herself in this time.

If you love historical, especially placed in during the Civil War you will love this book.

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


The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis April 7, 2015

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She Crossed the Sea to Save a Legacy…

Finding Love Was Not Part of Her Plan


Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to 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 lovely 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 Union navy tightens its noose around Southern ports, Nate’s brother, a Confederate officer, comes for a visit. Nate contemplates joining the Glorious Cause—not in support of slavery but to watch his brother’s back. Yet will this potentially life-threatening decision put the union between him and Amanda in jeopardy?

My thoughts:

I was very much drawn into this book initially. The plot and characters captivated me and I couldn’t wait to discover what would happen when Amanda reached America.

My interested waned a bit after she got to America but then was pulled back as things began to progress again.

I liked the character of Amanda, a strong woman who holds fast to what she believes is right and tries not to let other people’s opinions influence her.

I liked Nate too, although I struggled to see him as strong and manly as the book tried to paint him.

I never trusted Jackson, Amanda’s brother-in-law. He seemed very self-serving. He added a nice dimension and tension to the story.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and the storyline. I good read for those who like Civil War stories and romance.

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An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.


Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green June 19, 2014

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Yankee in Atlanta
River North(June 1, 2014)
Jocelyn Green


Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.


When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin’s only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta.
Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman’s troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape north with the girl, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she break them?

Id you would like to read the first chapter of Yankee in Atlanta, go HERE.


My thoughts:

I am a Civil War story buff. I have mentioned this before but pretty much any novel relating to the Civil War I want to read. I blame it completely on Gone with the Wind 🙂

This is one book I am glad I picked up and read. Jocelyn Green does an amazing job of bringing this era to life and creating engaging stories and characters.

The story begins with Caitlin Mckae and then we travel to New York and meet these other characters. At first I didn’t understand the connection but finally the connection is revealed and it’s this “ah-ha” moment.

Jocelyn weaves this story together carefully and drops tasty  hints along the way that will leave you craving to read more and get back to this wonderful story.

This is the third book in a series but from what I can tell each are a stand alone. If you enjoy historicals this is a book you will want to grab and Jocelyn Green is an author you want to read.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


Songs of Shenandoah by Michael K. Reynolds January 9, 2014

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Songs of the Shenandoah

B&H Books (January 1, 2014)
Michael Reynolds


Michael K. Reynolds is a writer with more than two decades of experience in crafting fiction, non-fiction, journalism, copywriting and documentary production. He is the author of a series of Irish historical novels published by B&H Publishing Group. These highly acclaimed books are available in bookstores and libraries across the nation and beyond.

Michael is the writer and producer of an Emmy and Telly award-winning series of documentaries titled, Crystal Darkness. These thirty minute anti-meth films have been heavily promoted and broadcast in cities and states throughout the United States and Mexico. They have been viewed collectedly by more than 10 million people and the message has reached more than 30 million to date.

He also has wide experience as a speaker and on-air personality and has been interviewed on a variety of newspapers, radio stations and televisions networks throughout the nation.

Michael earned his B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, San Diego and lives in Reno with his wife and three children. He is active in marketplace, marriage, small group and men’s ministries as a leader and speaker.


At the onset of the Civil War, Seamus heeds his wife’s wishes to return to her beloved family farm in the South, where he takes a post as chaplain for General Stonewall Jackson’s brigade. As Seamus ministers to the troops, his sister Clare ministers in a different way—by being a powerful voice in the Northern cause toward freeing the slaves. All this while their youngest brother Davin, who became wealthy during the Gold Rush, struggles to find love and identity in a fallen world. It’s a clash of loyalties and beliefs that threaten the entire family, each of them trying to hear God’s encouragement in the midst of the tragedy of war. The dramatic conclusion to the acclaimed Heirs of Ireland Series.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Songs of the Shenandoah, go HERE.
My thoughts:

Any book that has Irishman and the Civil War in it I am bound to enjoy. This book made me want to go back and re-read another book with those two components, Gone With the Wind.

Songs of Shenandoah is a beautiful epic tale. The last book in the Heirs of Ireland series will make you sad to say good-bye to these beloved characters.

I only read the last two books and I did not feel lost at all. I think you could even read this book alone and still fully understand the story.

This book has everything a great story needs. Strong characters who you will love, a tense plot that will have you gripping the pages at times, romance and a bit of mystery too. What more could you ask for?

My favorite story line was that of Davin and Muriel. I really liked both of these characters and kept hoping for Davin to come to know and trust God. But, you’ll just have to read the book yourself to see if that happens 🙂

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


Review: Forsaken Dreams March 18, 2013


Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall

From the backcover of Forsaken Dreams:

Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?

My Thoughts:

This is the second book I have read by MaryLu Tyndall. The first was Veil of Pearls, which I absolutely loved, probably the best book I read in 2012. So I had high expectations for Forsaken Dreams.

MaryLu paints a vivid picture of the scenes and characters. At first the two main characters where a little too sweet on each other, it all seemed too perfect, which it was until the conflict arises. Then we get to the good stuff.

All the characters seem to have gotten on the ship, New Hope, to escape their past. But they soon learn you can’t outrun your past, it will catch up with you. Now they are forced to face it and reconcile their future with their past.

Can’t we all relate? Don’t we all wish there were things we could forget about, but the truth is our past has shaped us into the people we are now. That same holds true for this cast of characters MaryLu introduces us to. The past can also be redeemed, but only with the help of our Savior, the Redeemer.

Not only are the main characters endearing that whole cast has a story. You will get bits and pieces of their story as your read Forsaken Dreams and it will made you want to read the rest of the series. I can’t wait to read the next (whenever that will be) and see what secrets the other characters are hiding.

Oh, and there are some mysterious things taking place as well. But you will have to read the book to find out what I am talking about.

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