When I'm studying my genealogy, it is the Revolutionary War that I find the most interesting and intriguingly this seems to be a lesser time period toWhen I'm studying my genealogy, it is the Revolutionary War that I find the most interesting and intriguingly this seems to be a lesser time period to find many Christian Historical Fiction novels in, so there was extra interest for me here. In my opinion, Melanie Dobson is an amazing storyteller. To mix her storytelling talents with the best current various author themed series and I'm one happy camper. Much like the Love Finds You series, the American Tapestry books standalone but instead of location, it's focus is on a time period in history. My first experience was with Janice Thompson's Queen of the Waves and that was excellent as well!
Often I find that I have to remind myself when I pick up a book from Melanie Dickerson that just because I believe I will read a little before bed, it won't end that way. Her writing grips me and forces me to abandon all sleep and immerse myself into her story and her characters.
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Several years ago I got a little collector’s happy and bought dozens of Barbours 4-in-1 collections when they were on sale from ChristianBook.com. ButSeveral years ago I got a little collector’s happy and bought dozens of Barbours 4-in-1 collections when they were on sale from ChristianBook.com. But even with those there are so many more stories out there written years before I really was into reading Christian Historical Fiction. So now when Barbour has come upon the task of revitalizing such stories with amazing packaging in a slightly taller than standard trade paperback with nifty flaps that work well as bookmarks and absolutely gorgeous covers — I’m in love — these are a beautiful shelf beauty and with the 6 or 9 stories within make a perfect vacation book.
The Immigrant Brides Collection is wonderfully enjoyable and has introduced me to some authors I had not read yet and I’m delighted with the experience. This book is a wonderful purchase, and if you’re curious about the original covers from the small collections where these stories were once found, please enjoy this below. It took forever to organize in a post, but it’s beautiful to look at and interesting to see!
Pardon my illness that has made this review a day later than I meant for it to be. But this is a fabulous book. I already know that I love Laura FrantPardon my illness that has made this review a day later than I meant for it to be. But this is a fabulous book. I already know that I love Laura Frantz as an author and I know that the first book in the Ballantyne Legacy is fabulous in Love's Reckoning. This second generation story in Love's Awakening is another great addition to my shelf and the series. This time taking place in the US Antebellum period we have a very marriageable belle to follow along in tale as well as the local family feud bad boy. There is a whole host of other characters that matter and watching them all grow in themselves is entertaining and full of interest. In this book there is also a great deal of deal on the Underground Railroad and events that take place which brings out a pile of history.
I'm not sure if I enjoyed this more that Love's Reckoning or the Colonel's Lady, but I truly enjoyed the read and every turned page. Laura continues to be a favorite and I'm truly intrigued to continue the story in the third volume of The Ballantyne Legacy when it is to come.
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Coming into reading this book I already knew a handful of things. One, I already consider Laura's previous books to be on my keeper shelf and considerComing into reading this book I already knew a handful of things. One, I already consider Laura's previous books to be on my keeper shelf and consider her a favorite author. Two, Courting Morrow Little was an incredible read and perhaps one of my ultimate favorites. Three, The Colonel's Lady has a palpable romance (like Julie Lessman good!) that keep me turning pages even soon after having a baby (and many distractions). Four, this is a new series and I love series beginnings! Five, have you seen the cover image?! Now, here's the problem (for one it is just after 2:30 in the morning!)... At about 125 pages in I did not have a clue where the story was going to go. Usually after reading so many novels I can take my little guess and then nicely see things unroll before my eyes as I turn the pages, but not here. I was tense, I was sad, I was elated, I was so angry, I was ridiculously giddy as if in on a secret myself, I was hopeless, and then I was so full of hope I was ready to scream outloud (but it's two am by this point and the little blossoms are sleeping...). The fact that there were so many possibilities kept me completely enraptured with pure (delightful!) agony that I just had to turn and see what might happen. What's coming next? -- This was just as engaging a read as Rita Gerlach's latest series is turning out to be!
Now seriously. Could you authors quit trying to keep vying for my favorite book position, I shouldn't have to keep changing! This is enchanting with a hint of Jacob's wives and Cinderella. My heart screams run runaway! Who needs sleep when you have novels such as this?! Eden is such a character and so real. She is seemingly a perfect good girl, but watching her grow through over the course of the two parts of this story is incredible. As a reader it is very easy to get behind her and cheer her on, and want to shake her silly at times. Silas Ballantyne is just wonderful as well. Already I have become very fond of Scottish heroes in my fiction through other authors and Silas is just, *sigh* fabulous.
This one is not a light read, not just something to waste time with, but this is a read that will enrapture your heart and hold on. It brings through a wealth of emotions and the characters and their lives come off the pages and into your imagination and their story unfolds. Reading the epilogue and then the sneak peek into book #2 in the end of the novel just leave me antsy. How in the world can my heart stand to wait for 2013?
“Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
It all started when I stumbled across Nefertiti in the library and was immediately captivated by the imaginative writing from Michelle Moran. Then thrIt all started when I stumbled across Nefertiti in the library and was immediately captivated by the imaginative writing from Michelle Moran. Then through email I was able to meet her and was delighted by her as a person and continued to be excited as both The Heretic Queen and Cleopatra's Daughter hit the market. With each novel I swore that Michelle's stories were getting better and better. A portion of history that I faintly knew was being brought to life off the page and I was enamored. I love her Egyptian novels and I do hope that she'll continue to write some more.
As a student in high school my second life was my French class. When I heard that Michelle was going to write a novel based in the time period of the French Revolution I was very excited. Again it is a period and place that I know pretty well, but with her story telling the people are so real and off the page. Having had my only real experience with this time period being from Alexandre Dumas, it was a delight to find the same characters in a similar fashion with more story to tell.
I am very impatiently waiting for her 2012 release Empress Josephine's Crown about the young Austrian princess who was forced to become Napoleon's second wife (filling the very large shoes of Empress Josephine).
*Thanks to Michelle for providing a copy for review and keeps.* *wink*
Much in the same way that I had difficulty putting down Courting Morrow Little as I read it, I was enthralled with The Colonel's Lady from the first pMuch in the same way that I had difficulty putting down Courting Morrow Little as I read it, I was enthralled with The Colonel's Lady from the first page to the end. I had thought that Courting Morrow Little had emotions and adventure in them. Well The Colonel's Lady has that and palpable romance. (I'm talking Julie Lessman good!) As I've said before, keeper shelf! Definitely one of those reads that is historically interesting, but also just as a novel captivating and entertaining. I'm so delighted to have read it and cannot wait for more.
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
I dare say that I could quite feel my heart beating out of my chest at times through out this adventure. The revolutionary war era is my favorite histI dare say that I could quite feel my heart beating out of my chest at times through out this adventure. The revolutionary war era is my favorite historical time period and I hardly find a novel entwined in that time that I enjoy, but that was not the case with this novel. I very much so enjoyed the experience of reading into the lives of Duke Drake Amberly and his true love, the espionage Fox for the Patriots Elise Cooper.
The things that one would do to save the life of her sister meet with the things that one would do to receive vengeance for the life of his brother and they are stalled with the question of is their love strong enough to endure the past? Knowing from the beginning that they would fall in love, it was difficult not being able to turn the pages fast enough. Such a complicated situation, it is hard to even suggest what the outcome could be.
Author Carla Capshaw kept my attention wrapped around each page and continuing chapter and I am so glad to have entered her into my favorite author list. I enjoyed this novel and I will definitely be on the look out for more.
What an incredible read. This novel covered so many avenues of adventure and emotion. Not to even mention that the cover is gorgeous. With essences thWhat an incredible read. This novel covered so many avenues of adventure and emotion. Not to even mention that the cover is gorgeous. With essences that remind me of the TNT miniseries Into the West and bits and pieces making me envision the love between Red Shirt and Morrow and that of Sully and Michaela. The first half of the book I read with hardly a stop, then with the necessities of baby and sleeping I had to wait to get back into the rest. But they were pages that I hated to be parted from.
Definitely Laura Frantz is on my keeper shelf and on my list for future reads. There was so much in this book, but it was not too much. The emotions are raw and so real. At times it was more than I wanted to handle on the difficulties between colonials and the native tribes of the land, but it was real and valuable to read. I look forward to more from Laura.
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The language and imagery in this book is enough to have me craving for more from author Rita Gerlach. The one downfall to this book was that I felt thThe language and imagery in this book is enough to have me craving for more from author Rita Gerlach. The one downfall to this book was that I felt that things went so fast and there was not always enough depth as I would like, but with a 400 page book and so many things happening, one can only fit in so many words. Bringing forth the best of an English native land as well as a post-Revolutionary America hosts an exciting setting for this story of romance, betrayal, heart break, and adventure. The interweaving of the characters past, present, and future is beautiful and believable. I loved the main character and it was so good to have a book that followed a man's point of view for once instead of a woman.
I am really excited about the new publishing house of Abingdon Press and this cover is absolutely to die for!