Genesis 5020

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Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller April 5, 2018

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Years ago, the man who stole Catherine Winthrop’s heart rejected her—and she’s never recovered from the grief. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn’t her heart he’s taking, it’s her home and her family’s good name.

Jonathan Carlew’s serious demeanor and connection to trade, not to mention the rumors surrounding his birth, have kept him from being a favorite of the ladies, or their parents. Now, suddenly landed and titled, he finds himself with plenty of prospects. But his demanding society responsibilities keep pressing him into service to the one woman who captured his heart long ago—and then ran off with it.

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England’s royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won’t want to miss this new set of characters—or appearances by their old favorites.

My thoughts:

I read Carolyn’s series before this one and loved it. So I couldn’t wait to read this book.

Wow. I think I was drawn into this story more quickly than any other one I have read by her. The characters we fast endeared themselves to me, or irritated me, depending on the character.

You will be swept away into the story of Catherine and Jonathan. It’s funny because for about the first quarter of the book I don’t think they even really spoke to each other and we don’t find out what happen between them for much longer than that.

I highly recommend this one for regency romance lovers, you will not be disappointed in Carolyn’s latest installment.

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

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Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome: How to Grow Affair Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage January 17, 2018

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Extramarital affairs are certainly not the social taboo that they once were, and may be more prevalent now than ever. Unfortunately, Christians are not exempt. With the anonymity of the Internet and the privacy of personal mobile phones, the temptation to cheat on one’s spouse has fertile ground to grow.

After straying to the other side of this marital fence–and returning to find forgiveness and restoration–Anderson brings this practical book about predicting and preventing an extramarital affair. Based on the principle that the grass is always greener when it’s watered, Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndromefocuses on how to grow a beautiful marriage by establishing six protective hedges around it.

This second edition includes a new chapter on repairing marriage following infidelity, as well as an appendix considering the Andersons’ own marriage before and after the affair from Ron’s point of view.

My thoughts:

This is a very helpful and practical book. This book could be read before or after an affair, although I think reading it before would be best to keep you from jumping onto the “greener grass.”

The book starts with Nancy’s story. No one should compare their own story to hers. She was able to break away from her affair quickly. She made all the right choices. I had no desire to do that immediately, not that she had the desire, but she had the strength. It took me a few weeks before I was really ready to say, “Okay, I’m going to focus on my marriage.” But Nancy made that commitment almost immediately after her confession. And that might have made the difference. She confessed, I got caught. She had control, I didn’t. That probably plays a huge factor in how you handle it afterwards.

The HEDGES advice is great and every marriage should be following it to build a strong marriage. I also enjoyed hearing from Ron at the end and his preservative on things. Their marriage is definitely a Genesis 5020.

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

 

A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner January 12, 2018

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Pearl Spence has finally settled into a routine in Bliss, Michigan, far from her home in Red River, Oklahoma. Like all the other kids, she goes to school each day, plays in the woods, and does her chores. But there’s one big difference: Mama is still gone, and doesn’t seem to have a thought for the family she’s left behind.

Escaping from her worries is another part of Pearl’s new routine, whether that’s running to Aunt Carrie’s farm, listening to the radio with Ray, or losing herself in a book. In fact, a chair in the stacks, surrounded by books, might be her favorite place on earth–until she discovers swing dancing. The music transports Pearl to a whole other world.

When Mama unexpectedly returns, it isn’t the happy occasion Pearl had imagined. Mama is distant and Pearl can’t figure out how to please her. And the horrible way she treats Daddy is more than Pearl can bear. Seems life would be better if Mama would just stay away.

Finkbeiner’s portrayal of both tragedy and everyday life in times of great change is charged with a raw beauty that will haunt readers. Fans of the two prior Pearl Spence novels won’t be disappointed!

My thoughts:

Yeah. I really liked this one.

Susie has a very unique voice and I love it. The way she takes everyday things and turns them into something beautiful is truly artistic.

I did not read the first book in this series, but I did read the second and now this one. I loved picking back up with Pearl and the changes she was going through, her struggles with loving Mama, yet not liking what she did or even who she was at time. There is a surprise in there that I didn’t see coming either. Things I could relate to in repairing a marriage that has been torn apart.

I did find out the setting of this book is based on the town in which I live and grew up. I couldn’t help trying to picture my little town so many years ago. Thinking Pearl lived here when my grandparents where young adults. Obviously, this story is fiction but it was nice to imagine.

This book is truly a piece of art and the words paint a beautiful, heartbreaking picture.

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

 

The Dishonorable Miss Delancey by Carolyn Miller October 23, 2017

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Will a damaged reputation and desire for society’s approval thwart the legacy of grace?

Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She’s lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara’s society mama is appalled at the new company she’s keeping.

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won’t let him ignore the penniless viscount’s daughter–not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?

When they’re pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together–without finances, family support, or royal favor?

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is full of the captivating, flawed characters, fascinating historical details, and masterful writing that Carolyn Miller’s fans have come to know in The Elusive Miss Ellison and The Captivating Lady Charlotte. If you love Lori Wick, Georgette Heyer, and other clean, wholesome Regency romance, you’ll love this third book in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.

My thoughts:

I have loved this series. Each book brings to life a new cast of characters.

Clare was introduced in the first and was not very likable. In the second book we saw her becoming a bit more humble. In this book she is definitely more likable but still struggles with who she used to be and who her parents want her to be.

Benjamin is a strong hero with his own flaws but he is a hero from the start. His sisters are so sweet too, they have an important place in this book.

Overall, a wonderful addition to this series. If you have read any of the book I highly recommend that you do.

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

 

 

The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miiller August 1, 2017

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Responsibility, romanticism, and true love…

As the daughter of the Marquess of Exeter, Lady Charlotte Featherington always knew she was destined for great things on the marriage mart. Little did she imagine falling in love with a man on the eve of her parents announcing her betrothal – to someone else.

William Hartwell might be a Duke, but he suspects neither his title nor wealth will prove enough to hold the heart of the young lady who has captured his. The scandal surrounding his first wife’s death makes trusting again difficult, while the mysterious happenings at his ancestral home, Hartwell Abbey, seek to separate before they are wed.

How can a young Lady negotiate her future when her heart demands the opposite of duty?  Can they both learn to truly love from the legacy of Grace?

My thoughts:

This is book two in a series and from an author I am quickly coming to love. And I’ve seen what book three will be about and can’t wait to get to know that next character more.

Charlotte thinks she knows what she wants, like any young lady, but God has better plans and even works through the selfish ambition of her mother.

William is so heartbroken and is so afraid to trust another woman and for good reason. He isn’t the overly handsome, dashing hero we are typically used to and I appreciated that.

Wonderful truths come through this book. Charlotte and William both have to acknowledge their utter reliance of God. They realize they can’t do this life without Him.

Also, I love the fact that love is an action more than a feeling is talked about. Our world has made it a feeling only and when the feeling goes away relationships go away. So I truly enjoyed the truth in this book.

There is even a bit of mystery thrown into this story.

Overall, I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoyed historical romance. You can read it without reading the first book but I recommend the first book as well.

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

 

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. 

 

Alabaster by Chris Aslan April 25, 2017

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Maryam is stuck in an abusive marriage, living with her in-laws in a conservative, toxically religious village. A few years back, her father was given a jar of priceless perfume by a dying leper and it seemed as if their fortunes would improve, but then Maryam’s father contracted leprosy and was exiled from the village. Maryam and her siblings, Eleazar and Marta, experience the shame and ostracism this brings. The precious jar that was meant to bring them freedom has only brought destruction. But rumors abound concerning a new doctor; perhaps hope is on the horizon…
Alabaster brings a biblical-era Middle Eastern village and its culture to life for modern-day readers.
My thoughts:
This book will open your eyes to what life was like for those who suffered with leprosy and give you hope for the healing only Jesus can bring.
I have read the Bible several times. I read about the lepers and didn’t think too much of it. I didn’t think about the devastation that it brought to families or how families were torn apart because of the sickness. This book painted a picture that I will not soon forget.
I was immediately concerned for Maryam and the life she was apart of. I wanted a way of escape for her and could only hope it would happen somehow.
The author did a great time weaving the past with the present and making it come together in the end.
If you enjoy Biblical fiction I am sure you would like this book very much. I highly recommend it.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.