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Stories for His Glory

Ten Words to Live By by Jen Wilkin May 12, 2021

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Jen Wilkin invites readers to rediscover the Ten Commandments—ten words often misunderstood, forgotten, or ignored—and helps believers delight in the life-giving wisdom they hold for all whom Christ has set free.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this deeper look into the Ten Commandments. It’s a great reminder of what they mean and how we can better apply them to our lives. I think we often forget how they do apply to us and how often we ignore them.

I have never read a book by Jen but I would definitely read more she has a great way of relating to her readers.

There are questions, scriptures and a guide to prayer at the end of each chapter.

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

 

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

 

Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter April 30, 2021

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Sophie Lawson should be enjoying her sister’s wedding day. But nothing could have prepared her to see the best man again.

After her mother became bedridden and her father bailed on the family, Sophie found herself serving as a second mother to her twin brother, Seth, and younger sister, Jenna. Sophie supported her siblings through their college years, putting aside her own dream of opening a bookshop in Piper’s Cove—the quaint North Carolina beach town they frequented as children.

Now it’s finally time for Sophie to follow her own pursuits. Seth has a new job, and Jenna is set to marry her college beau in Piper’s Cove. But the destination wedding reunites Sophie with best man Aiden Maddox, her high school sweetheart who left her without a backward glance.

When an advancing hurricane strands Aiden in Piper’s Cove after the wedding, he finds the hotels booked to capacity and has to ask Sophie to put him up until the storm passes. As the two ride out the weather, old feelings rise to the surface. The delay also leaves Sophie with mere days to get her bookshop up and running. Can she trust Aiden to stick around? And will he find the courage to risk his heart?

My thoughts:

I always enjoy Denise’s books so I was excited to read this new series.

It was a good story but I will say this wasn’t one of my favorites. I’m not really sure why it just didn’t suck me in as much as her books usually do.

I did enjoy how it deals with the wounds both characters deal with and how it affects their relationship with others.

I am interested to see who the next book will focus on and it was night to see characters from the previous series make an appearance.

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

 

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

 

Obsession by Patricia Bradley March 8, 2021

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This one’s personal

Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she’s forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation.

To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed. Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past, and he doesn’t intend to let her down again. Especially now that her life is on the line.

My thoughts:

I’m pretty sure I have loved every book I have read by Patricia and this one was no exception.

Even though I had a feeling who Emma’s stalker was early on in the story Patricia kept planting seeds of doubt and I wasn’t one hundred percent sure until closer to the end.

I loved Emma and Sam’s story and the forgiveness that is woven throughout this book and reconciliation of relationships.

If you like romantic suspense I am sure you will enjoy this read.

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

 

The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron February 26, 2021

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Based on true accounts of how Parisiennes resisted the Nazi occupation in World War II—from fashion houses to the city streets—comes a story of two courageous women who risked everything to fight an evil they couldn’t abide.

Paris, 1939. Maison Chanel has closed, thrusting haute couture dressmaker Lila de Laurent out of the world of high fashion as Nazi soldiers invade the streets and the City of Lights slips into darkness. Lila’s life is now a series of rations, brutal restrictions, and carefully controlled propaganda while Paris is cut off from the rest of the world. Yet in hidden corners of the city, the faithful pledge to resist. Lila is drawn to La Resistance and is soon using her skills as a dressmaker to infiltrate the Nazi elite. She takes their measurements and designs masterpieces, all while collecting secrets in the glamorous Hôtel Ritz—the heart of the Nazis’ Parisian headquartersBut when dashing René Touliard suddenly reenters her world, Lila finds her heart tangled between determination to help save his Jewish family and bolstering the fight for liberation.

Paris, 1943. Sandrine Paquet’s job is to catalog the priceless works of art bound for the Führer’s Berlin, masterpieces stolen from prominent Jewish families. But behind closed doors, she secretly forages for information from the underground resistance. Beneath her compliant façade lies a woman bent on uncovering the fate of her missing husband . . . but at what cost? As Hitler’s regime crumbles, Sandrine is drawn in deeper when she uncrates an exquisite blush Chanel gown concealing a cryptic message that may reveal the fate of a dressmaker who vanished from within the fashion elite.

Told across the span of the Nazi occupation, The Paris Dressmaker highlights the brave women who used everything in their power to resist darkness and restore light to their world.

My thoughts:

I always enjoy a Kristy Cambron’s books and this was no exception. If anything, this might have been my favorite yet.

First, the cover just draws you in, it is so beautiful. I usually love any story that takes place during WWII, so that also helped this book be a winner.

Lila and Sandrine’s stories are very interesting and I couldn’t wait to see if and when their worlds would collide. Their stories obviously overlapped but I didn’t know what the impact would be.

If you have read Kristy’s work in the past I am sure you will be pleased with this latest installment. If you haven’t read her work this is a good one to start with.

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

 

Providence by John Piper January 13, 2021

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New from Best-Selling Author John Piper

The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe. God’s providence carries his plans into action, guides all things toward his ultimate goal, and leads to the final consummation. Pastor and author John Piper draws on a lifetime of theological reflection, biblical study, and practical ministry to lead readers on a stunning tour of the sightings of God’s providence—from Genesis to Revelation—to discover the all-encompassing reality of God’s purposeful sovereignty over all of creation and all of history. Exploring the goal, nature, and extent of God’s purposes for the world, Piper offers an invitation to know the God who holds all things in his hands yet remains intimately involved in the lives of his people.

My thoughts:

This is a meaty book, meaning it is extremlly long but John writes in such an engaging way that I didn’t mind plowing through and reading his insights.

So much good stuff in here and a wonderful reminder of God’s providence. I highlighted so many thoughts but honestly I can’t share them all, that would be its own book.

One thing I remember reading that really stuck with me due to our current political climate, no matter what side you voted for, is that God puts kings on thrones and removes them. I think we can apply that to presidents as well. God is in control and His providence will prevail whether we like the outcome or not. It’s all about His glory, not man’s.

If you are looking for a deeper insight into God’s providence I highly recommend this book. It is worth the time it will take to get through.

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

 

Airborne by DiAnn Mills September 9, 2020

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Heather Lawrence’s long-awaited vacation to Salzburg wasn’t supposed to go like this. Mere hours into the transatlantic flight, the Houston FBI agent is awakened when passengers begin exhibiting horrific symptoms of an unknown infection. As the virus quickly spreads and dozens of passengers fall ill, Heather fears she’s witnessing an epidemic similar to ones her estranged husband studies for a living—but this airborne contagion may have been deliberately released.

While Heather remains quarantined with other survivors, she works with her FBI colleagues to identify the person behind this attack. The prime suspect? Dr. Chad Lawrence, an expert in his field . . . and Heather’s husband. The Lawrences’ marriage has been on the rocks since Chad announced his career took precedence over his wife and future family and moved out.

As more victims fall prey days after the initial outbreak, time’s running out to hunt down the killer, one who may be closer to the victims than anyone ever expected.

My thoughts:

I used to read a lot of DiAnn’s books but I started to not really enjoy her style so I stopped. But when I saw this book come out I had to read it because of everything going on in our world today and how close to home it hit.

It really is a good idea but I still struggle with DiAnn’s writing style. I can’t even pinpoint why. I know many people love her. It think she doesn’t get into the characters mind enough. There were things the characters did that I didn’t see any motivation for in their thoughts or feelings. I guess it seemed superficial.

Even though the story was interesting, I wasn’t really surprised buy who released the virus, I got that almost immediately, yet I did read until the end, but I think if it wasn’t for living through our pandemic I might not have finished this one.

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

 

The Peasant’s Dream by Melanie Dickerson August 31, 2020

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In this reverse reimagining of the Cinderella story, secrets and dangerous enemies threaten a fairy-tale romance.

Adela, daughter of the Duke of Hagenheim, is rarely allowed outside the castle walls. But one day, longing for freedom, she sneaks away to the market disguised as a peasant. There, she meets a handsome young woodcarver named Frederick.

Frederick, a poor farmer, is the sole provider for his family, and he often has to defend his mother from his father’s drunken rages. He dreams of making a living carving beautiful images into wood, and he is thrilled when the Bishop of Hagenheim commissions him to carve new doors for the cathedral. As Frederick works on the project, he and Adela meet almost daily, and it doesn’t take long for them to fall in love. Yet her true identity remains hidden from him.

When disaster separates them, Adela and Frederick find themselves caught in the midst of deceptions far more dangerous than innocent disguises. As the powerful lords set against them proceed with their villainous plans, secrets emerge that put Frederick and Adela’s future at risk.

Full-length clean fairy-tale reimagining The final Hagenheim story; can be read as a stand-alone Includes discussion questions for book clubs

My thoughts:

I have loved this series. Yes, it’s gear toward young adult or teen readers but I really have liked every book in this series. I loved this one with the Cinderella twist.

Adela and Frederick are great characters with flaws or doubts about themselves that make them likable. I can’t say too much about the ending but I am glad it ended happily for everyone.

If you enjoy a fairy tale with a twist I am sure you will enjoy this read.  a twist this is a read I am sure you will enjoy. 

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The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson May 19, 2020

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Home is the place to heal . . . right?

At least, that’s what Dillon Michaels is hoping as she leaves her disappointing career and nonstarter love life behind to help her grieving and aging grandfather on his small Oregon farm. The only problem? Her eccentric mother beat her there and has taken over Dillon’s old room. After a few nights of sleeping on a sagging sofa, Dillon is ready to give up, until she receives an unlikely gift–her grandfather’s run-down vintage camp trailer, which she quickly resolves to restore with the help of Jordan Atwood, the handsome owner of the local hardware store.

But just when things are finally beginning to run smoothly, Dillon’s noncommittal ex-boyfriend shows up with roses . . . and a ring.

My thoughts:

This is a fun, light read and I love the camper theme. I appreciated that Melody did her research when it comes to campers. My family does a lot of camping so I know quite a bit about campers. I could so relate to Dillon’s nervousness about backing up. She is way braver then me, I have never tried but am always impressed by my husband’s ability to do so.

The ending is so sweet, I couldn’t have pictured a better why to wrap up the story.

If you are looking for a fun summer read with a camping theme I think you will enjoy this one.

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