ON A COASTAL BREEZE

24 05 2020

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REVIEW: This is one of those books that is very difficult to get into.  I had read the first book in this series, On a Summer Tide, and had thought this would be as easy to read as that one.  So, I was disappointed when I had read a few chapters and I still could not get into this book.

 

This book goes around the Grayson family, who each one has their own set of problems.  Madison, the new Marriage and Family Therapist at Three Sisters Island, is in complete shock when her old nemesis, Ricky O’Shea, literally drops in from the sky via parachute to become the new pastor.  Will old feelings arise?  Will the family problems get solved?  You will have to read to know the answers to these questions and more.

 

SYNOPSIS: For Madison Grayson, life is good. Newly licensed as a marriage and family therapist, she can’t wait to start her practice. Despite the unfortunate shortage of eligible bachelors on the island–they’re all too young, too old, or too weird–Maddie feels like she’s finally found her sweet spot. Not even one panic attack in the last year. Not one.

And then Ricky O’Shea drops in. Literally. Floating down from the pure blue sky, the one man in the world she hoped never to see again–the one who’d been her archnemesis from kindergarten through her senior dance–parachutes into town, landing on Boon Dock, canopy draping behind him like a superhero. Ricky O’Shea. Now Pastor Rick, the new minister on Three Sisters Island.

Time to panic.

With wit and a bit of whimsy, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Three Sisters Island where family, forgiveness, and a second chance at love await.

 

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including On a Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, The Deacon’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California.

 

On a Coastal Breeze became available for sale May 5, 2020.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

 

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AN UNCOMMON WOMAN

1 01 2020

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I was very disappointed in this book.  In fact, I was unable to finish it due to the fact it is very difficult for me to read a book that I need to have a dictionary with me to know what they are talking about.  After reading 5 chapters I could not tell you what this book was about.  So, if I could give less than 1 star, I would.  This is set in 1770, and the language back then was much different than it is now, but the author has to realize that we are not living back then and if she is going to use language that is different, she needs to add those words with their meanings at the front of the book.  So, no, I do not recommend reading this book.

Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa’s long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand–and heart–are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.

Laura-Frantz

 

Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky and also Washington State.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net.

An Uncommon Woman becomes available for sale January 7, 2020.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion.

 

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MISLEADING MISS VERITY

4 12 2019

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Misleading Miss Verity was a little difficult for me to get into, but once I did, I could not put it down.  So I will give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Miss Verity is a viscount’s daughter from England.  She is mischievous and does not behave like a ‘lady’ should in 1820.  She is considered a ‘mistake’ by her parents and feels most unloved.  When she is found riding a horse, even though it was on their property, she gets shipped to Grandmama’s home.  It then becomes known through a letter that Verity is to be betrothed to a man she has no wants to be with, so Grandmama sends her to Scotland to Verity’s school friend, Helena.  Across from them, the new viscount has moved in and Verity and Mr. Jardine become friends, if not more.  With the betrothal looming close, will Verity’s parents find her?  If they do, will Mr. Jardine come to her rescue?  Will Anthony Jardine and Verity be able to have a life together?  All of this and more will be answered as you read this book!

 

Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.
Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.
The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.

 

Carolyn Miller

 

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia with her husband and four children. She loves reading (especially Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer), music, films, gardens, art, travel and food. She really enjoys creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love.

 

Misleading Miss Verity became available for purchase November 26, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.





A SILKEN THREAD

12 08 2019

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I will say that I was very disappointed in this book.  I have read Kim Vogel Sawyer before and really enjoyed her writing, but this book does not come up to her standards.  This book is set after the Civil War, where there is still unrest between the two races.  There is an exposition going on, but that civil unrest is there.  The country is poor and it is hard to get work.  I consider this book as a do not read.  In fact, I was unable to finish because I was not enjoying this at all.  This will not stop me from reading Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books, though, because I do know she is a good writer.

 

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and “take care of Mama” by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.

 

Langdon Rochester’s parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents’s command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women’s Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life–even with so little to offer?

 

KIM VOGEL SAWYER

 

Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wife, mother, gramma, chocolate-lover, cat-petter, and–most importantly–a daughter of the King! With more than 1.5 million books in print in seven different languages, Kim enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Her “gentle stories of hope” are loved by readers and reviewers alike. Kim and her retired military husband, Don, reside on the plains of Kansas, the setting for many of her novels.

 

A Silken Thread became available for sale April 2, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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UNTIL THE MOUNTAINS FALL

29 07 2019

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I truly enjoyed this book.  The only reason I put this down to a 4-star is because when I got about 75% through, I got mad and didn’t want to continue, but knew I had to.  I did get into the story of Rivkah and Malakhi, but I also got quite upset with her slave master.

 

This is about a young gal, Rivkah, who is recently widowed.  According to the Levitical law, she is to marry her deceased husband’s brother, Malakhi.  He has been smitten with her since age 14, but she still sees him as that boy who teased her throughout childhood.  She is a woman, having been married.  Her father is the head priest of the city, which is a refuge city.  The timing of this book is at the death of Joshua.

 

Rivkah and Malakhi’s cousin decide they are going to run away from their pre-arranged marriages that their fathers had made upon them.  Rivkah, through wrong decisions, ends up a slave for 5 years.  In that time, she gives birth to her husband’s son.  Having been a scribe at the temple for her father, her talents are widely sought.

 

In time Malakhi does find her, but will love ever blossom for her?  While she was gone had she done things she should not have done?  In the meantime, the Arameans are on their way to burn the city down.  What will happen to Rivkah?  Will she let Malakhi save her and her son?  The answers will be revealed when you read this book.

 

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband’s brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh’s head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

 

Connilyn Cossette

 

Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling, Christy Nominated author of the Out from Egypt Series and the Cities of Refuge Series. When she’s not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible. She delights in discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in the last twenty-plus years, they currently call North Carolina home.

 

Until Mountains Fall became available for sale July 2, 2019.  It is the 3rd book in the Cities of Refuge series.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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