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Stories for His Glory

Chasing Shadows by Lynn Austin June 15, 2021

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For fans of bestselling WWII fiction comes a powerful novel from Lynn Austin about three women whose lives are instantly changed when the Nazis invade the neutral Netherlands, forcing each into a complicated dance of choice and consequence.
Lena is a wife and mother who farms alongside her husband in the tranquil countryside. Her faith has always been her compass, but can she remain steadfast when the questions grow increasingly complex and the answers could mean the difference between life and death?

Lena’s daughter Ans has recently moved to the bustling city of Leiden, filled with romantic notions of a new job and a young Dutch police officer. But when she is drawn into Resistance work, her idealism collides with the dangerous reality that comes with fighting the enemy.

Miriam is a young Jewish violinist who immigrated for the safety she thought Holland would offer. She finds love in her new country, but as her family settles in Leiden, the events that follow will test them in ways she could never have imagined.

The Nazi invasion propels these women onto paths that cross in unexpected, sometimes-heartbreaking ways. Yet the story that unfolds illuminates the surprising endurance of the human spirit and the power of faith and love to carry us through.

My thoughts:

I haven’t read a Lynn Austin book in quite some time. This is a very good one. I loved the peek into life as the war was beginning and how different people reacted.

It’s also a cruel reminder of how ruthless Hitler was, even to those that wanted to remain neutral during the war.

If you enjoy historical reads, I am sure 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.

 

Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar June 3, 2021

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Whispered secrets about her parents’ past take on new urgency for Chariline as she pays one last visit to the land of her forefathers, the ancient kingdom of Cush.
Raised as an orphan by her aunt, Chariline has only been told a few pieces of her parents’ tragic love story. Her beautiful dark skin is proof that her father was Cushite, but she knows nothing else. While visiting her grandfather before his retirement as the Roman official in the queen’s court, Chariline overhears that her father is still alive, and discovering his identity becomes her obsession. Both her grandfather and the queen have reasons for keeping this secret, however, and forbid her quest. So when her only clues lead to Rome, Chariline sneaks on the ship of a merchant trusted by friends.

Theo is shocked to discover a stowaway on board his vessel and determines to be rid of her as soon as possible. But drawn in by Chariline’s story, he feels honor-bound to see her safely to shore, especially when it appears someone may be willing to kill for the truth she seeks.

In this transformative tale of historical fiction, bestselling author Tessa Afshar brings to life the kingdom of Cush and the Roman Empire, introducing readers to a fascinating world filled with gripping adventure, touching romance, and a host of lovable characters—including some they may recognize from the biblical book of Acts.

My thoughts:

I always enjoy Tessa’s take on characters from the Bible and how she develops them into a story.

This is an interesting story, although not my favorite of Tessa’s but still good. Lots of twists and turns in the plot and the question surrounding Chariline’s father and if he was still alive and the fact that someone was trying to kill her made it interesting.

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

 

Pudge and Prejudice by A.K. Pittman June 1, 2021

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It’s 1984 and after moving to Northenfield, Texas, with her family, Elyse Nebbit faces the challenge of finding her place in a new school, one dominated by social status and Friday night football. When Elyse’s effortlessly beautiful older sister Jayne starts dating golden boy Charlie Bingley, Elyse finds herself curious about Charlie’s popular and brooding best friend, Billy Fitz. Elyse’s body insecurities eventually complicate her relationship with Billy, leaving Jayne and Elyse’s exceedingly blunt friend, Lottie, to step in and help Elyse accept herself for who she is, pant size and all.

My thoughts:

This is a fun version of Pride and Prejudice. I especially love the the 80s version and the many memories this brought back of my growing up years in the 80s. Swatches, no cell phones, time limits on the landline.

This is about teens but I enjoyed it even though I am, obviously, not a teen, again that oculd be because it took place in the 80s.

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Hooked on You by Kathleen Fuller May 24, 2021

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She never wanted to come back. He never wants to leave. The town of Maple Falls has plans for them both.

Riley McAllister is living the dream in New York City . . . if the dream means being a struggling mixed-media artist, part-time food delivery driver, and having a carefully curated social media to hide all of the above. She refuses to admit defeat and move back to small-town Maple Falls, but when her grandmother breaks her leg sliding into third base during a softball game (she was safe, by the way), Riley reluctantly agrees to go home and help the woman who raised her—while secretly hoping she can convince Mimi to sell her house and yarn shop and move in with a good friend. Then Riley can return to her new life in NYC, on her own and for good.

But Mimi has her own plans, which include setting Riley up with local baseball star Hayden Price, who returned to Maple Falls after an injury ended his major league career. Now he works at his father’s hardware store, coaches the church softball team, and worries about the declining town. It’s not the life he dreamed of having.

With a little meddling and a lot of kindness from the town, Hayden and Riley find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other as they discover the true meaning of home

Welcome to Maple Falls, where everyone knows your name and your business. 

My thoughts:

This is a cute story with a lot of depth.

Riley has a lot of baggage that she has never really dealt with and when everything unravels for her she doesn’t know how to deal with it.

Hayden is a wonderful hero, patient and kind, just what Riley needs, but doesn’t want.

I will say it wasn’t until the last 25% of this book that I was really “hooked”. But it really was a good read with a cast full of wonderful characters I hope I will get to see more of in the future.

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

 

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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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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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.