Saturday, July 21, 2018

Darkwater Secrets






The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New
Orleans. Bourbon Street
is bustling, and General Manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a
hotel at capacity. She,
along with everyone else, is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest st
abbed with a kitchen
knife.



Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim’s past, he
unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is
hurt that his
friend

the woman
he’s quietly loved for years

kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the
stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But
Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . he’s keeping secrets of his own.



Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the
loose?



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies.
I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I've never fit into th
e boxes people have wanted to put me in.
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~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better.

Born and raised
in Louisiana, Robin is a
southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends
time with her husband of twenty-five-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome
grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home

in the South, where else?

She serves the wri
ting community as
Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW. Her twenty-five books have fin
aled/placed in such
contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer's C
hoice Award,
Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.


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Just these kids. The closer it gets to Twelfth Night, the
more they act out. Wearing those
silly masks and vandalizing cemeteries and certain areas in
the Quarter. Congo Square was
desecrated twice last week. Part of Armstrong Park was vandalized earlier this week. Some of us
have been keeping our eyes open and working with local security.”
Tracey shook her head.
“Kids messing around in something they know nothing about.
”Addy turned onto St. Ann Street.
“Speaking of kids, what do you know about kids putting
snakes in mailboxes?”
“Snakes in mailboxes?”
Addy eased into Tracey’s driveway and turned off the headlights.
“Yeah, Dimitri found a
small boa constrictor in his mailbox. Thinks some kids did it as a prank.”
She shivered in the
darkness.
“That’s not a prank, Addy.”
Even by the dashboard light, Addy could see Tracey’s face had paled.
“Then what would
you call it?”
But before Tracey answered, the hairs on the back of Addy’s neck rose to attention.
“Someone’s practicing voodoo on him.”

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Edge of Over There


Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller's life had been predictable. But after the Tree and the lightning and the angels, everything felt tenuous, like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. She spent years looking for signs of that other world, waiting for it to break through. When it didn't, her friendship with Sam Chambers grew cold and distant, and they both wondered how any of it could actually have happened.

Four years later, 16-year-old Abra's long-delayed quest to find the next manifestation of the Tree of Life is renewed when she sees a woman walking up the road--a woman who looks exactly like Sam's dead mother. The woman directs her to New Orleans where she will find the grave of Marie Laveau, one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. As Abra enters The Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn't know whom to fear or whom to trust. But she's starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.

My thoughts: The writing on this story is solid and I found that there is a lot going on with it, but I had didn't care for some of the theology in the story line. Some of the elements of the story were almost to out there for me. I know that fans of Madeline L'Engle will appreciate this story though, since it is reminiscent of some of her books.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Loving Grace review and Giveaway!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: Loving Grace
 

Author: April Smith
 

Publisher: Ambassador International
 



Release Date: March 20, 2018
 

Genre: Christian Fiction, Young Adult Romance



Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her
dreams and the boy almost next door.



As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren
Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her
world. Mix in working with Beau
Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and
the metaphorical sparks
fly.



Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome
and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron

or at least being around his annoying and rude self way
more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an
irritating reminder
from the night of the accident.



Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each ot
her.
 



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My review: I thoroughly enjoyed this adorable story about Grace! She is a sweet character to get to know, and I thought it was fun to learn more about the watermelon industry and also some of the work that goes into being a watermelon queen and promoting the industry. This is the perfect summer story to pick up, with it's sweet romance. I highly recommend this one!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend

s family watermelon farm and she
was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree in
Elementary Education and a Master

s Degree in the Art of Teaching.
 



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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Crescent Stone


A girl with a deadly lung disease . . .
A boy with a tragic past . . .
A land where the sun never sets but darkness still creeps in . . .
A bargain that brings life, but may cost more than anyone can imagine . . .

Madeline Oliver has never wanted for anything, but now she would give anything just to breathe. Jason Wu skates through life on jokes, but when a tragedy leaves him guilt-stricken, he promises to tell only the truth, no matter the price. When a mysterious stranger name Hanali appears to Madeline and offers to heal her in exchange for one year of service to his people, Madeline and Jason are swept into a strange land where they don’t know the rules and where their decisions carry consequences that reach farther than they could ever guess.

My thoughts: This is the first book that I have read by Mikalatos, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters are well written and come to live with their wit and struggles. I felt the pain that drove both characters to embark on their adventures. I felt like the underlying messages were encouraging and thought provoking, leaving the reader to think on the story after the final page is read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series! I only wish it were already out, so I could continue the story.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together


Join the big trucks on the construction site!
Little ones will love to explore these tactile pages—from rubbery tires to gritty dirt—and learn from the trucks how much fun it can be to work together. With touch-and-feel elements to increase sensory development and simple rhymes to boost vocabulary, Big Trucks will help your child discover something new with every read!

My thoughts: This is a cute, colorful touch and feel book that both my kids are enjoying! The love the bright colors and the short descriptions of what each of the jobs is that needs to be done. They enjoy discovering the touch and feel parts of each picture as well. This is a fun book to read before bed for young children.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Darkwater Secrets


The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and general manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. But she is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide's childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim's past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend--the woman he's quietly loved for years--kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can't press Adelaide too hard . . . because he's keeping secrets of his own.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?

My thoughts: Another wonderful mystery by Robin Caroll! I thought that Darkwater Secrets was a fantastic start to this new series, and had a hard time putting it down! The book does show some of the seeder side of New Orleans, and has some triggers in it, but Robin does a wonderful job with writing about hard things and showing how healing it can be to open up about being victimized.
This book has some interesting history about New Orleans, including the mysteriousness that surrounds the city. I look forward to seeing where the story goes in the next book!
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Monday, July 16, 2018

River to Redemption


Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She's determined to find a way to buy Louis's freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she'll face an uphill battle.
Based partly on a true story, Ann H. Gabhart's latest historical novel is a tour de force. The vividly rendered town of Springfield and its citizens immerse readers in a story of courage, betrayal, and honor that will stick with them long after they turn the last page.

My Review: This is a wonderful historical tale! I thought that the parts that were based on a true story (that of a hotel owner leaving his slave in charge so he could escape cholera) were especially fascinating, and loved how Ann brought the story to life with Ruth and Adria and their losses. I also liked how it talked about abolitionist well before the war, and how unpopular the thinking was in a lot of places. This is a wonderful story with beautiful characters and rich historical details. I love that there is a lot going on with the story.
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Minding the Light Review and Giveaway


Six long years ago, Captain Reynolds Macy sailed away from his bride, looking forward to the day when he would return to Nantucket Island with a ship’s hold full of whale oil. But when that momentous day finally arrives, Ren soon discovers that everything has changed in his absence. Everything. “Is nothing on this island as it appears to be?” he whispers in despair.
Unlike most islanders, bold and spirited Daphne Coffin doesn’t defer to Ren as an authoritative whalemaster, but sees through his aloofness to the aching heart beneath. She encourages him to return to his Quaker roots and “mind the Light,” finding solace in God and community. As Ren becomes the man she believes him to be–honorable, wise, faithful–she finds herself falling in love with him.
But how can she, when her heart is spoken for? Tristram Macy is Ren’s business partner, cousin, and best friend–and Daphne’s fiancĂ©. Love always comes at a cost, but when is the price too high?
Suzanne Woods Fisher welcomes readers back to the Quaker community on Nantucket Island for this riveting love story, full of unexpected moments.

My review: I think this is my favorite book by Suzanne yet! I really enjoyed Daphne and her unconventional spirit, how she was such a unique and delightful character! Ren was wonderful and steadfast, and unconventional in his own way in a time of slavery. The historical aspect of the story was interesting, with it covering interesting facts about Nantucket and the Quakers that lived there, as well as some of the medical practices of the day. There is also a bit of a mystery as well. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author
Carol-award winner Suzanne Woods Fisher writes untold stories about inspiring people. With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction, ranging from Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World to the historical novel Anna’s Crossing.

Guest Post from the Author
8 Curious Facts you Probably Didn’t Know about Nantucket Island

This beautiful island, thirty miles off Cape Cod, is steeped in history. Here are just a few interesting reasons to add a visit to Nantucket to your bucket list.
1) During the first half of the nineteenth century, Nantucket was considered to be the wealthiest port in the world…all because of whale oil.
2) Petticoat Row is a 19th century nickname for a portion of Centre Street between Main Street and Broad Street. Many shops on Nantucket were run by women while the men were off to sea in whaling ships for years at a time. Quakerism, with its emphasis on equality, provided working women with community respect, value and esteem. The next time you’re visiting Nantucket, be sure to stop by the Petticoat Row Bakery for a morning glory muffin.
3) The use of laudanum (opium) was described by a visiting French as prevalent among the women of Nantucket. Loyal Nantucketers vehemently denied his claim. However, in the 1980s, construction workers digging to Nantucket’s sewer lines found heaps of opium bottles buried in the ground.
For centuries, laudanum was considered to be not only harmless but beneficial. Its very name in Latin is landare, which means to praise. Other names for it: Mother’s Helper (to sedate children), Sea Calm (for seasickness). It was used for all kinds of ailments, from sleeplessness to menstrual cramps to treatment of chronic pain, and available without prescription up until the twentieth century, when it was found to be highly addictive.
4) Nantucket Cent Schools were a carryover from England and the cost was exactly what the name implied. In New England they were kept by refined, thrifty women who often taught their own or their neighbors’ children until they were old enough to enter schools of a higher grade. I came across a story of a boy whose mother stuck a penny in his mouth each day so that he would remember to pay the teacher.
5) Moby Dick, written by Herman Melville in 1851, was based on a true-life event that occurred in 1820 to the Nantucket whaleship Essex and her crew. You can find out more about this ill-fated voyage if you visit Nantucket’s awesome whaling museum.
6) Speaking of…the whaling museum on Nantucket Island is called the Peter Foulger Whaling Museum. Peter Foulger was one of the early settlers to the island, and could be considered a Renaissance Man: inventor, surveyor, teacher, missionary to the Wampanoag Indians. And his grandson was none other than Benjamin Franklin.
7) Nantucketers were, for the most part, related to each other in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. The prosperous island was settled by a small group of families, with less than a dozen surnames: Coffin, Macy, Starbuck, Bunker, Hussey, Gardner, Mayhew, Swain, Barnard, Coleman, Worth, Mitchell. Those names are still common on the island.
8) There’s a good reason those surnames sound familiar to you—many of those early settlers had descendants who started business empires. Recognize these? Macy (retailer) and Folger (coffee).

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Dangerous to Know


“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.”

Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.
Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions, and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.
Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?

My thoughts: This book wound up being totally different from what I had expected, but I found the story riveting as I got into it. Megan does a wonderful job of writing about some tough subjects and bringing to life the characters and what it could of been like to live during the time of the Romantic poets. I personally didn't see the allure to Bromby, but I can imagine how it would of been to get caught up with new ways of writing and being around a celebrity of sorts for the time period. I look forward to reading more by Megan!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

About the author
Megan Whitson Lee is an anglophile and a recovering runaway. Over the years, she escaped to England and Australia before finally settling down in the US. These days, she lives a relatively quiet life as a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, an editor for Pelican Book Group, and a high school English teacher. She now escapes by writing novels instead of jumping on planes to foreign countries. Her novel, Captives, won the 2016 Director's Choice Award and was a finalist for a Selah Award in the women's contemporary fiction category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Megan writes women's contemporary thrillers and historical fiction featuring characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Firestorm Review and Giveaway


Bridget Behr and her family migrate from the bustling Amish community where she grew up in Ohio to the mostly unpopulated Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a stalker breaks into their home. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to reside in a borrowed RV until the house and barn are rebuilt. While Bridget is hoping for a fresh start, she’s afraid to trust anyone—even Gabriel, the overly-friendly Amish man who lives nearby. Bridget thinks he’s a flirt who serial dates and doesn’t even remember the girls’ names.
Due to not enough construction work in his Florida community to keep him out of trouble, Gabriel Lapp has been sent to Michigan to work. His father is desperate for his son to settle down. When the family walks into Gabe’s home in the middle of a thunderstorm and he discovers their circumstances, he offers to help with construction. For Gabe, the beautiful girl he teasingly calls “the recluse” once he discovers she doesn’t attend youth events, confuses him like none other.
As Gabriel and Bridget grow closer, they realize there is more to a person than meets the eye. Just as Bridget is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding love, tragedy strikes. Now Bridget and her family must decide if they should move to another Amish community, or dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County.

My review: Laura does a wonderful job of brining the characters to life, with their struggles and triumphs, with some humor and character lessons along the way. She does a wonderful job of bringing the scenery to life, including a scary old house that is bought sight unseen (something that I found intriguing). I loved getting to know Bridget and Gabe as they learned to work together and see life through the other's point of view.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Guest Post from Laura:
I read a series of books a year or so ago by another Amish author who had set her books in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As a Michigan native, I was curious, and I researched, but found nothing about Upper Peninsula Amish except a notation that one had tried and failed. So I contacted the author. She told me that she’d never been there, and her research had all been hearsay, so with that lack of firsthand knowledge and no trip to the Upper Peninsula planned, no trip to see for myself would be possible. At least at that time.
Then God intervened. My son who is in the United States Coast Guard was stationed in the Upper Peninsula this past summer (2017.) He saw the Amish driving around in their buggies. And he felt like a stalker as he followed one to see where he went and drove through the area. He even sent pictures. (Shhhh.)
Yes, there are Amish in the Upper Peninsula – at least at the time this book was written.
Okay, as a Michigan native, I used some terms that may not be familiar to non-Michiganders. A Yooper is someone who lives in the Upper Peninsula. A Troll is someone from the Lower Peninsula. A pastie is kind of like a Hot Pocket, except it’s a meat pie made with root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and rutabagas. They are so good. And the straits are the area of the Great Lakes connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
As for the wildfire, the earliest wildfire I could find any documentation on in the Upper Peninsula was in April. It is generally a snowy area — trust me. I lived near the Muskegon area and saw snow drifts in May. We sometimes had over six feet of snow on the ground at one time. So, to get the wildfire when I wanted/needed the wildfire I used artistic license. Yes, fires really happened in Michigan’s history. Just not in the month mentioned in the book.

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13 Days in Ferguson


On August 14, 2014, five days after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown ignited race riots throughout the city of Ferguson, Missouri, the nation found an unlikely hero in Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Charged with the Herculean task of restoring peace between a hostile African American community and the local police, Johnson, a 30-year law enforcement veteran and an African American, did the unthinkable; he took off his bullet-proof vest and joined the protesters.

The 13 days and nights that followed were the most trying of Johnson’s life―professionally, emotionally, and spiritually. Officers in his own command called him a traitor. Lifelong friends stopped speaking to him. The media questioned and criticized his every decision. Alone at the center of the firestorm, with only his family and his faith to cling to, Johnson persevered in his belief that the only way to effectively bridge the divide between black and blue is to―literally―walk across it.

In 13 Days in Ferguson, Johnson shares, for the first time, his view of what happened during the thirteen turbulent days he spent stabilizing the city of Ferguson, and the extraordinary impact those two historic weeks had on his faith, his approach to leadership, and on what he perceives to be the most viable solution to the issues of racism and prejudice in America.

My thoughts: This book was a well written memoir on Captain Ronald Johnson's time in Ferguson as a State Trooper when he helped restore the peace after the rioting started. I can't imagine what it would of been like to be there at that time, but this book gives readers a glimpse into what it was like for Captain Johnson. Thought provoking and insightful, this was a wonderful read on some difficult subjects. This book should be required reading.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Hundred Story Home


Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, wife, mother of four daughters, and volunteer at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center when an unlikely meeting with formerly homeless author Denver Moore changed the course of her life. Inspired by Denver’s challenge to do more than serve in this soup kitchen, Kathy quit her job to take on what seemed like an unimaginable task in her second half of life—to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless.
Woven together in this motivational story of a call to social action is Kathy’s personal journey to define the meaning of home and her own struggle with faith, family, and fulfillment. Reading this book will not only make you believe you can change the world, it will also end up changing you.
"Kathy Izard tells two compelling stories in one: About her journey toward fulfilling her life's purpose and about Charlotte's journey to finally treating its chronically homeless with compassion and dignity. Each has twists and turns, each has a happy ending.” —Taylor Batten, Editorial Page Editor, The Charlotte Observer

My thoughts: This book is excellent! I love how Kathy's story challenged me to not just drift through life, but to open my eyes to the possibilities that God has placed all around me. We may or may not be called to do something big like building housing for homeless, but each of us has unique gifts and talents and can change our corners of the world. This book is incredibly inspiring and easy to get through. I enjoyed the background Kathy gave on herself. I highly recommend picking this one up!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sons of Blackbird Mountain



After the tragic death of her husband, Aven Norgaard is beckoned to give up her life in Norway to become a housekeeper in the rugged hills of nineteenth-century Appalachia. Upon arrival, she finds herself in the home of her late husband’s cousins—three brothers who make a living by brewing hard cider on their three-hundred-acre farm. Yet even as a stranger in a foreign land, Aven has hope to build a new life in this tight-knit family.
But her unassuming beauty disrupts the bond between the brothers. The youngest two both desire her hand, and Aven is caught in the middle, unsure where—and whether—to offer her affection. While Haakon is bold and passionate, it is Thor who casts the greatest spell upon her. Though Deaf, mute, and dependent on hard drink to cope with his silent pain, Thor possesses a sobering strength.
As autumn ushers in the apple harvest, the rift between Thor and Haakon deepens and Aven faces a choice that risks hearts. Will two brothers’ longing for her quiet spirit tear apart a family? Can she find a tender belonging in this remote, rugged, and unfamiliar world?
A haunting tale of struggle and redemption, Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a portrait of grace in a world where the broken may find new life through the healing mercy of love.

My thoughts: Wow! This book was like a whirlwind, packed full of life into such a short season of time passing in the book. I loved getting to know the vibrant characters, Aven who has left the poor house to find a better life only to find that there are still hard decisions to be made, Thor with his loss of hearing and dependency on the hard cider, Jorgan who serves as the peace keeper between his brothers, and Haakon the youngest who loves boldly but hides hurts. I thought Joanne did a wonderful job of bringing to life a very difficult character, with Thor being deaf and dealing with alcoholism. It made me really ponder what it would of been like to live in a silent world back before there was a lot of resources for the hearing impaired. The book is extremely well written, and includes some difficult subjects like racism, abuse, alcoholism, and some possible triggers. Over all, it is a fine piece of historical fiction. I look forward to reading the next book!
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About the Author:
JOANNE BISCHOF is an ACFW Carol Award and ECPA Christy Award-winning author. She writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the heartstrings. She was honored to receive the San Diego Christian Writers Guild Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon conference. Joanne’s 2016 novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from RT Book Reviews, among other critical acclaim. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children. Visit her online at JoanneBischof.com, Facebook: Author, JoanneBischof, Instagram: @JoanneBischof.

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Minding the Light


Six long years ago, Captain Reynolds Macy sailed away from his bride, looking forward to the day when he would return to Nantucket Island with a ship's hold full of whale oil. But when that momentous day finally arrives, Ren soon discovers that everything has changed in his absence. Everything. "Is nothing on this island as it appears to be?" he whispers in despair.

Unlike most islanders, bold and spirited Daphne Coffin doesn't defer to Ren as an authoritative whalemaster, but sees through his aloofness to the aching heart beneath. She encourages him to return to his Quaker roots and "mind the Light," finding solace in God and community. As Ren becomes the man she believes him to be--honorable, wise, faithful--she finds herself falling in love with him.

But how can she, when her heart is spoken for? Tristram Macy is Ren's business partner, cousin, and best friend--and Daphne's fiancé. Love always comes at a cost, but when is the price too high?
Suzanne Woods Fisher welcomes readers back to the Quaker community on Nantucket Island for this riveting love story, full of unexpected moments.

My thoughts: What a delightful continuation of the Nantucket Legacy series that started with Phoebe's Light. I enjoyed the story within the story and the unique historical details about the Quakers that lived on Nantucket Island. The characters were interesting and there are quite a few twists and unexpected turns to the story. I highly recommend this delightful historical series.
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.


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Monday, July 9, 2018

Take ten: Best Books I have read in 2018 thus far

This is always a fun topic to think on, since it gives me the chance to look back on what I have read, rather than focusing on the ever growing (never diminishing;)) TBR pile. lol. Here are 10 of my favorite books from 2018, thus far!
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1. The Story Peddler

I actually just finished this one, and it was amazing! I love that it didn't go quite were I thought it would, in the best way possible. If you enjoy fantasy series, then I highly recommend this one!


2. Fawkes

This one is another fantastic fantasy story! I love how it meshes with history in a creative way.

3. The Hope of Azure Springs

This one is bittersweet. It's well written and a wonderful read though.

4. Called to Protect

This is an excellent series! I love that it is about a family involved in different forms of service, mostly law enforcement.

5. A Defense of Honor

I loved the start to this new series! It brought up some interesting questions.

6. A Song Unheard

Another series I am enjoying immensely! I love that it's about a family of orphaned thieves who wind up working for the British government at the start of WWI.

7. When Tides Turn

It took me a while to get into this one, but once I did, I loved it!

8. The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

I eagerly await the third book in this series, since the first two have been excellent!

9. Come to the Table

An excellent book on hospitality that included recipes.;)

10. Another Day, Another Dali

For some reason, I read this series out of order and finally went back to finish it. It was a fun mystery series!

What books are on your list this week?