I give this book three out of five stars, but in a split manner. If I were to rate the book solely upon my enjoyment and escape into it's historical aspects, it would be two stars; yet if I were to rate this book on the detail and descriptions of this historical journey at hand it would four stars. Thus, I settle at three. Starting out reading this book, I was quite distraught and not at all drawn in. The cover is gorgeous and the summary sounds interesting, but in the reading I was just not there. I searched the internet for some reviews to find what others might have thought and was shocked to find all but poor reviews, minus one that only praised the author and said nothing about the book.
It is my understanding that this is the first historical from this author and although I hear her chick-lit is to die for her historical is lacking. That is not all together necessarily a full fact. The entire novel is full to the brim of historical details and facts that are painted in an array of images that could show any reader what the years of the mid-sixteenth century would appear to be. The descriptions of the clothes, the places, the people all are fascinating and plenty enough true to fact. I would highly suggest this book as a supplemental reading to be added to someone studying the Elizabethan age and wanting to find a further glance in the era.
Where I do not find my joy is in the personalities and partially the writing. The story is two from two different characters' POV and switches back and forth quite drastically without any warning and sometimes it is difficult to interpret who speaks. Other than that it is the personalities of the characters that are quite drab. I kept thinking to myself of the grey skies of London, and that is quite how I felt about this story. The idea is good and could be a fabulous book if made longer with more depth to the persons involved. But reading this story was quite painful. There was no joy only sadness and I felt it with every turn of the page. I could not interpret or assume how things would turn out and in that way they were quite a mystery. Yet in the context of day by day happens I felt quite like screaming at the insolence and blindness by how these characters lived.
Some have said that this was a very thinly veiled attempt at criticizing and lecturing people of today's society with beauty attempts, and although I can see that opinion in a manner, I would not call this a poor attempt. The story can relate and does bring to light some great value on the harsh truths that are known of women living in such a stage devoted to such a cause that is beyond their owns well-being. Yet it does it in an elegant and educational manner.
With all that said. I would not suggest this book as a light heart-ed Christian Historical Fiction to escape into the lives of those in a courtier of Elizabeth I. It is just not quite in that category. By most standards it is not a Christian Fiction as God is not mentioned in much reverence or detail nor is his role at all hinted to more than any secular novel. However, as a book for historical and educational value, I could easily suggest and see this being read and used for vast discussions and open minds and curiosity to know more about British history. So as confusing as this must sound, it solely depends upon why you wish to read this story as to whether or not you would enjoy it. That is up to you. (less)
In the past, you may have read my opinions of Siri Mitchell and seen that I enjoy the writing, but that the story was imperceptibly depressing. I was...moreIn the past, you may have read my opinions of Siri Mitchell and seen that I enjoy the writing, but that the story was imperceptibly depressing. I was shocked and appauled with the lack of soul in Constant Heart, A yet the historical elements were incredible and the writing so true. It was in reading Love's Pursuit that each page was not able to turn fast enough and I was truly stumped until the end but still taken aback and frustrated with the circumstances and sadness of the situation. Yet She Walks in Beauty is a delight, a breath of fresh air, and quite the heart titillating beat within a prose of words met by the ear as poetry.
I loved this novel. Each page was another treasure. Every time I had to leave the novel and come back to the story it was as if I were returning to a friend. In years passed I have always wanted to read a tale about the Golden Age in New York City and this novel was not one to disappoint. Yes it had the historical details and some harsh facts which I have come to know Siri's books for. Yet this one has a heart and a soul with tons of personality that laced through the pages and made the next chapter more than just a little something worth coming back for.
Clara Carter is a debutante, and this is her story. It is a suspense, it is a hard life and facts historical, it is a romance, and it is a tragedy. I highly recommend it.
*Thanks to CFBA and Bethany House for providing a copy for review.*(less)
This is an uncomfortable read. It is fabulous story telling, and the themes are ones that need to be told. But it is not warm and fuzzy, and nor does...moreThis is an uncomfortable read. It is fabulous story telling, and the themes are ones that need to be told. But it is not warm and fuzzy, and nor does it need to be to be told well. Siri Mitchell is an incredible author and her writing is good. She delves into the harder sides of characters lives and deals with stories that need to be told in a manner where many would just walk away from the pain and hardships.
However this book is not all prickles and stings, there are the shimmers of light one needs to grab onto to keep on going. One must grab them though and not let them pass on by. In my opinion, this is one of those stories where after reading it, you do not just get up and go back into a loud world, but you sit and contemplate and let what has been experienced soak in.
Love's Pursuit is a perfect title for this book. Through out you assume things to be one way, yet reading the back cover blurb another, and then as plot thickens and other things change you assume another. Yet to me, in reality, the title is meant in a different frame of view entirely. The first half of this book was a bit for me to trudge through, but I am so glad that I did and I do recommend the book. I recommend when you get to parts that you might want to put it down, that you keep on going, because the gift that you are given by accomplishing this read are well worth your effort. (less)
Another incredible piece of historical fiction with strong characters from second published authorJulie Klassen. Without a doubt, Klassen is on my fav...moreAnother incredible piece of historical fiction with strong characters from second published authorJulie Klassen. Without a doubt, Klassen is on my favorite author's list. Both Lady of Milkweed Manor and The Apothecary's Daughter were so enjoyable.
Each chapter starts with a quote of various pharmaceutical and apothecary means as well as a few others and it really sets the scene. It is something she also used in her first book, and I truly believe that it adds an incredible important element to the way her story is told. This book is divided up into sections that works quite well. It is a long book and fabulously so, I did not want it to end.
The one qualm that I did have, is that the last section is very dark to me. Everything that can go wrong is going wrong and it was a little much to experience all at once, when the rest of the book was much more light heart-ed. I feel kinda like if there was so more happiness in there with the dark toward the end that it would have worked better. Then it ends abruptly exactly as a perfect ending as it could be. My opinion would have been to draw it out with more details and more "happy" within the dark cloud, rather than having everything fixed in a last chapter and epilogue. But then we readers cannot get everything we want when fabulous authors are limited to just 400 pages or so.
Good points and bad, my overall opinion is that the story is fabulous. My favorite portion of all is where the name for the book came from. It makes me teary eyed. And you will just have to go read it to find out why.
Once again a winner from Julie in my opinion, and I desperately cannot wait for more books from her in the future! (less)
First time novel for Karen Witemeyer has earned a permanent space on my keeper shelf and a guaranteed to-buy list selection for future titles such as...moreFirst time novel for Karen Witemeyer has earned a permanent space on my keeper shelf and a guaranteed to-buy list selection for future titles such as Head in the Clouds. The Bethany House cover artists out did themselves on these covers and the story within in skilled to match right on par. I was pleased and tickled to giggles by the humor and personality within the characters in the pages of A Tailor-Made Bride. I am so glad to have discovered Karen's writing and cannot wait patiently enough for more books to come. In all of the books that I read I have a little less than a handful of favorite authors and Karen has just added herself to that list. With a similar whit and seriousness of issues and drama as Mary Connealy and Vickie McDonough I cannot elaborate enough how much I enjoyed the page by page turn of events in the lives of the people within these pages.
*Thanks to Karen Witemeyer and Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy for review.*(less)
Upon finishing this novel, I sigh in complete contentment. This is near one of the best novels I have ever had the opportunity to fall deep within the pages and stay for a while.
From beginning to end I had my opinions of how things should go, with the slight twists and turns I never had a clue how the plot would be. Sometimes I could not read fast enough, as a matter of fact most of the time. I would not believe certain things were happening.
This is a perfect novel in regency time and I can see a bit of Austen and Jane Erye. I can easily say that readers of such will enjoy this story. It is alike, but completely unique and what a tale it tells.
Then in the winter of 2009 I discovered more fabulous reading in her next novel, The Apothecary's Daughter, another piece of incredible historical fiction. This was the one where I discovered how much I truly enjoyed her introductions to each chapter with a quote or phrase. She continues that on into this novel as well with the quotes being straight out of resource that provide great insight into the working lives of the regency period.
After that in 2010/2011 I read and loved her next two novels, both The Girl in the Gatehouse and The Silent Governess which is possibly my favorite. Each time I venture into a novel from Julie I find entertainment and a lesson. While I can relate these to various films and other novels I've enjoyed this one about the serving class brings to mind a new favorite for me from Downton Abbey.
If you like Jane Eyre, Austen, Downton Abbey and similar, you couldn't possibly not like this book. You'll love it just as much as I do. As in the words of other novels, imagine pirates from the glory of M.L. Tyndall, Kaye Dacus and Kathleen Y'Barbo. Add to that the essence of character personality from Deeanne Gist and you might get a general idea of if this read is on you'd enjoy. I know I did.
*Thanks to Julie and Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy for review.*
I read this all in one day in two sittings. Well to be honest, it's now 5:22am... so just over one day. :) If you liked Francine Rivers' Redeeming L...moreI read this all in one day in two sittings. Well to be honest, it's now 5:22am... so just over one day. :) If you liked Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love or Tracie Peterson's Yukon Quest then you are sure to love this little novel. Heartbreaking struggle from both ends of a marriage to make things work in the best of times and worst of times with a second chance is just fabulous. A great read! (less)
I love this book, as in love love love this book. The Vigilante's Bride is my first experience with author Yvonne Harris and you better believe it wil...moreI love this book, as in love love love this book. The Vigilante's Bride is my first experience with author Yvonne Harris and you better believe it will not be my last. The romance in verbiage and actions is palpable and beautiful. If you know any of my taste in books, you know that I love Mary Connealy and Tracie Peterson and even though Yvonne's book is slightly shorter, she's right up there in my favoritism. I can hardly put the book down, and then when I think I've only been reading for a short time, I'm shocked that another hundred pages have gone by.
Bethany House has a winner with this author and I cannot wait for more. The bad guys are real and evil. I'm tense with anxiety and delight. Chill bumps greet me with the since of new found love and the hope for a future and better opportunities for all is heart warming. It makes my heart smile.
*Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.*(less)
Bethany or Beth, rather, is definitely the romantic one of the Gallatin sisters. In book #2 of the series we get to hear her story. As a reader, on co...moreBethany or Beth, rather, is definitely the romantic one of the Gallatin sisters. In book #2 of the series we get to hear her story. As a reader, on could easily understand and appreciate this novel without having read the first book. Yet, the first book is Gwen, the eldest sister's story, and understanding her is easier if you know her background more fully.
The only qualm I have with this book is the way that it ended, I have many unanswered questions and feel quite left in my pondering. It is not necessarily bad, and it definitely makes me even more so eager for the third book, where I am sure we will hear Lacy's story, but I do despise be left to wonder.
Beth is full about romance and all she wants is her own. Then with the confusion of Mr. Adrian Murphy of the railroad company and neighbor Nicholas Lassiter, she is unsure of what she really wants. Through out the story she dives into her dime romance novels seeking answers. She even finds her way into more novels than in time for reading the Bible and that was a part of her with some guilt that I could easily relate to.
This story is definitely not lacking on romance, for Beth as well as for other characters as well. There are pregnancies with babies and losses. There are crimes with passion and purpose. People are coming in and moving out and with each page you never know what to expect next. The world of the Gallatin County Gallatin sisters is changing rapidly and as a reader you will absolutely thirst for what is next. After reading this book, if you missed the first, you'll definitely want to go back as well as look for the third to come later this year (2009). (less)
Absolutely the very best that I have read from Tracie Peterson so far. "A Promise to Believe In" is creative, moving, funny, adventurous, and endearin...moreAbsolutely the very best that I have read from Tracie Peterson so far. "A Promise to Believe In" is creative, moving, funny, adventurous, and endearing. I just loved it. It had all of the elements that I have come to love of historical novels from Tracie Peterson.
In many historicals, a reader can find a novel telling the story of three characters, in this case sisters, and then the next two books in the trilogy will continue the story of a different character. This is the first book that I have read that I knew was more about one sister than the others, but it did not feel that way. I got some insight and background on each sister and was feeling for them and loving them all from the beginning in different ways, yet not more than the other. It makes me even more excited for the continuing books that I would have been otherwise.
Gwen Gallatin learns or at least God attempts to put her in positions to learn of his love and grace and this book is a fabulous tool to learn some pure motives to check your own thoughts and opinions of yourself and those around you.
An absolutely pleasure filled read full of the glory and grace of God in the characters and their actions. I can definitely see a continuing story building of how good will triumph in the name of God. Keep the books coming Tracie, I want more!! (less)
This morning when I was looking at choices for books that I needed to read and review in the new year I never expected to be so captivated to read and...moreThis morning when I was looking at choices for books that I needed to read and review in the new year I never expected to be so captivated to read and finish a good size story in one day. Tracie Peterson has been a favorite Christian Historical Fiction author of mine since I first became so enthralled with the genre, but even in the past it is not common for me to get well beyond three hundred pages in a single day. It probably took me four or five sittings (in between battery charges for my Kindle Fire!) but I just had to come back and know what would happen next for Merrill Jean and Rurik.
Starting in, this story made me think of characters from Lauraine Snelling with their German and Swedish ancestry and I guess if I think about it, especially in her Alaskan novels Tracie has already had some of these elements, but being in Minnesota and Kansas this time for some reason it stuck out. There were bits and pieces of accent thrown in here and there, but gladly for me it was enough English that I was able to read it without confusion of translation that sometimes occurs when authors put it a little too much into character history.
Our story starts in Kansas and makes it’s way to Minnesota to a cold cold area and thinking about the times changing and people changing with them is very interesting and I could see this novel being able to spark a lot of conversation about history in both occupations and traditions. Overall I loved this book, as I guess is apparent by the fact that I was hardly able to put it down. However, I couldn’t go with a full star rating because the relationship with Rurick and his “best friend” Nils just bugged me too much. Rurick is such a strong and caring character to see him just kinda stare clueless while Nils used him was too much for me, as you might have seen in my status commentary while I was reading and updating on Goodreads as I went. Yet, I suppose I can relate in a friendship with someone I just wasn’t willing to give up on even though “the signs” were there. However in the end there is always the “chance” of redemption and I think the whole of this story is put down pretty well. I am curious if in the later books in the series Nils and his “issues” will be addressed in more detail, because if not I feel a little lost. Otherwise it’s an intriguing set up.
The characters throughout this story were great. The family loving, the friends caring, the antagonists agonizing as only Tracie Peterson seems to know how and the protagonists breathtaking and worth many grins. I’ll say it, another worthy read from Tracie, but then it’s a historical from Tracie, so that’s practically a given. ;)
*Thanks to Bethany House for loaning an eARC for review through NetGalley. I definitely hope to add a real copy to my shelves as it is released in March (read December 31st, 2012).*
A few years ago I was introduced to the writing of Nancy Moser through one of her historical women series in Just Jane. I loved that novel page one to...moreA few years ago I was introduced to the writing of Nancy Moser through one of her historical women series in Just Jane. I loved that novel page one to end. I did not love this novel, but overall I liked it. The hardest part for me in liking Masquerade was one of the main characters and her personality. She would flip back and forth from one area of thought to the next and she infuriated me with how selfish, spiteful and arrogant she was. So many things she just did not get, and I felt that she was still that way in the end with no lesson learned and still going out for what she wanted above all else. Another issue I had was another character with similar attributes and once you thought that she was befriended, she pulled out the stops with hostility. It was confusing and a bit hard to keep up with whether "today would be a friendly day or not".
All and all it is a good story. It has some feminist tones about the main issues of life in the New York Gilded Age that are great to read on a page and see in action. There are also wonderful historical pieces that draw such a vivid picture that both make you want to see it for your self and also make you glad for the changes in the way things are now. I completely get the vibe where in the author's note, Nancy says that "it was like combining The Prince and the Pauper, Titanic" and others. I could see those and feel them come from the page.
At the end of the book, not only do you get some great discussion questions, but also a very neat section on The Fashion of Masquerade and Fact or Fiction in Masquerade. Very neat and perfect for a reading group.
*Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.*(less)
Now this is a book that I completely loved beginning to end. Page one had me captivated. I'm always nervous about new authors, but Elizabeth Camden wi...moreNow this is a book that I completely loved beginning to end. Page one had me captivated. I'm always nervous about new authors, but Elizabeth Camden with this one novel has made it to the favorite's keeper shelf and I will desperately await more stories to come! What is so extraordinary about this novel is that it was a perfect setting, but for once (something I do not often find with historicals) I could easily translate this and see it in my head as an everyday occurrence in the current time. It's a sad story, and a real story, but it's a beautiful story and so romantic and perfect. It's a romance of two humans and it's a romance of new beginnings with our Lord Christ. Elizabeth Camden has put so much into this book that it is just plain fabulous. I'm delighted to have read it and truly highly recommend it!
*Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.*
Tammy is a special author to me, and it's not just because we share the same school history with a private school in Georgia or the southern hospitali...moreTammy is a special author to me, and it's not just because we share the same school history with a private school in Georgia or the southern hospitality spirit. It's because of that and because her stories get under your skin and in to your heart. Her characters are real and leap from the page. I was captivated by every series I have read so far, pretty much from page one. I have lost many a night sleep or day's chore lacked accomplishment simply because I was too distraught by the idea of leaving the plot and protagonist until I found out what happened next.
It's amazing to me, how Tammy can find characters with a slight bit of past that makes you really want to not like them, and walk on the other side of the road... but she finds ways to bring them into your hearts and they are then the ones that you are mentally cheering for as you turn each page. Reading this Belmont Mansion Novel, I could hear the southern drawl and it makes me smile. A native Georgian, southern through and through now relocated to Tennessee -- I definitely found things within these pages to endure and entertain.
*Thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy for review.*
In an attempt to review this book, I am a little bit at a loss for words. For those of you who know the other books that I read, recommend and love, I...moreIn an attempt to review this book, I am a little bit at a loss for words. For those of you who know the other books that I read, recommend and love, I can tell you that the humor is something similar to that found in novels of my beloved favorite author Mary Connealy. The drama is amazing and the characters rip out your heart.
Easily, this novel is powerful, funny, and full of thought-provoking plot. Throughout the entire story, I felt like I was right there along with our protagonist. In so many of the situations, while she worked to finding a solution to a current dilemma, I would have just sat down and cried. Through these three hundred pages, author Deeanne Gist has really woven together a story that makes you think about what you do in your own walk with Christ and realize the bits and pieces that might need a little more tweaking and a bit more Bible Devotion.
There are people who will not appreciate this book because it may make them uncomfortable. But it does it in a way that is really attempting to show what is the purpose behind our God breathed lives and I praise this book fully for what it is capable as accomplishing as a tool for good.
I highly recommend this book to young women and older women alike. Especially those entering the romantic scene. For younger girls however, I would not say to avoid the book, but to read it and be able to discuss it with a mother, sister, or older friend.
The writing is incredible and will leaving you thirsting for more. At one point I had to put down the book while I was highly frustrated with a few particular characters and then I found myself irritated with my husband because of misplaced anger. A book that can lead on into my own life is obviously powerful enough to make me think.*grin* (less)
In the first scene I immediately took a liking to Georgie and her personality and was not overly fond of Luke, but then as the chapters next progresse...moreIn the first scene I immediately took a liking to Georgie and her personality and was not overly fond of Luke, but then as the chapters next progressed with Georgie back in her own environment and Luke Palmer riding into town as the new Telephone Troubleman I was reversed in my feelings and loved Luke, but found Georgie a bit frustrating. It took me a long while longer to get back to enjoying this book as there was a good portion of it where I was bored and annoyed by the birds topic that was never ceasing. However, as more details came out and Luke's story continued it was once again the great witty form that I enjoy so much from Deeanne. She always has such strong feminist (in a good way) characters and that is one of the things that always makes her reads unique.
*Thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Deeanne for a copy for review.*
I started enjoying the creative writing of Stephanie Grace Whitson through her contemporary novels and this is the first of her Christian Historical F...moreI started enjoying the creative writing of Stephanie Grace Whitson through her contemporary novels and this is the first of her Christian Historical Fiction novels that I have read in full. I loved almost every bit of it. The characters brought me in from the very beginning and kept me interested through out. I was startled by the ending as it seemed rather abrupt and the beginning of the epilogue seems to be missing something. Yet otherwise it was an enjoyable read.
While the social class and assumptions made by Samuel and Fannie might appear as an unsuitable match, it is there private and personal decisions of direction for their lives that is more the questionable match in truly trusting where God is leading without question. There is romance and mystery as well as tragedy and adveture. All in all, it is a page turner.
*Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.*(less)
Jane Austen of course is legend to us today. Although I have heard some historical discrepancies from one or two things in this novel of her life, I r...moreJane Austen of course is legend to us today. Although I have heard some historical discrepancies from one or two things in this novel of her life, I really see this as a depiction that is the most true to how I see Jane's life. Nancy Moser did a wonderful job bringing the light of Jane to a realistic picture for me and I could imagine every scene of her story. At first I was reading on a depressed note, thinking of the Jane movies I have seen recently just knowing that it will end with her death. At the end of the novel I was quite pleased with the way that Nancy arranged things. I believe this is the way that things should be. Jane should be missed surely, but not pitied. She would not want that I think. But I do believe she claps for joy each time someone else on our earth discovers the words that she has left to share with us all. (less)
This book was the best of the trilogy. Really in this series, each book was better and better. A companion whose only thing she has ever lacked was a...moreThis book was the best of the trilogy. Really in this series, each book was better and better. A companion whose only thing she has ever lacked was a father goes in a forced search to find him when it seems all else is lost to her. She finds everything that she was meant to find, even when she did not realize that is what she was looking for. This story tells of patience, learning God's will and His timing, love, loss, friendship, fears, and the gift of giving. It is all around a great read. (less)
I am definitely eager for A Change of Fortune. This novella (prequel) Gentleman of her Dreams was a whirlwind of witty amusement that gave me more tha...moreI am definitely eager for A Change of Fortune. This novella (prequel) Gentleman of her Dreams was a whirlwind of witty amusement that gave me more than one chuckle and kept my interest beyond the last page. I'm eager to read more of this new-to-me author of Christian Historical Fiction.(less)
I'm a good way through reading this novella as part of the A Match Made in Texas novella collection (borrowed from the Overdrive library) and I'm lovi...moreI'm a good way through reading this novella as part of the A Match Made in Texas novella collection (borrowed from the Overdrive library) and I'm loving it just as much as the first. I definitely need to read the rest of Regina's novels that I've missed or delayed.
On the east coast, then around the horn to the west coast this book spans the United States shortly after the Civil War. Being a southern girl through...moreOn the east coast, then around the horn to the west coast this book spans the United States shortly after the Civil War. Being a southern girl through and through it was interesting for me to really feel for a character who could not be more devoted to her Union ties. Starting with nothing but loss and a past that is haunted by guilt not earned our heroine learns to get up and go on with life. The matter is she has to open her life to where God leads and not to where she is determined to be. Our hero is set and knows what he wants, but does not necessarily like what he has to do to get it. Until he accepts his fate and realizes that quite possibly God has a better plan that he. A bargain is made and if all goes well there might be a bride, but which one and will it be in time for everything else to be saved?
The preface of the book is set on a historically accurate fact that a man did take it upon himself to go to the east coast to find wives (orphans - not in the children sense you think of, but girls old enough to marry with no family or other options and widows - women who were left alone with either children or not after the Civil War stole them of their husbands) for the men on the west coast. If you've read much historical fiction, you know many men went west for the land, the mining, and this case the lumberjacking as well. The man who was the "entrepreneur" was not an honest man, but he was not evil in the sense of some characters as well. He was just a man who did not always tell the whole truth.
Other than just knowing that the women who were invited to participate in the exodus were from categories such as widows and orphans, there is no real emphasis on the fact or details of the past lives. So there is no dwelling sadness there as one might assume.
In a way, I would very much relate a partial idea of the story to "A Bride Most Begrudging". The location is completely different. The characters are completely different. The plot is completely different. But in a similar fashion there is a woman who the last thing on her mind was getting married, who finds out that it might not be up to her with her plans of what she once thought.
I really loved reading the first in this series Dawn's Prelude and this continuation of Lydia's son Dalton's story in Morning's Refrain was delightful...moreI really loved reading the first in this series Dawn's Prelude and this continuation of Lydia's son Dalton's story in Morning's Refrain was delightful. Once again there is a beautiful cover for a beautiful story. In this second book in the Song of Alaska series readers are brought into the story of Dalton trying to come to terms with the legacy of evil men in his biological family and his possible love at first sight relationship with Phoebe Robbins.
The Morning's Refrain also contains a continuation of the story of another Gray child, Evie and her loveless marriage that she fled to Alaska to avoid over fifteen years ago. Every chapter draws in the reader and leaves one begging for more. I am so glad that I already have the third book in the series here for me to jump into immediately.
*Thanks to my book trading friend Amy for sending me her copy.*(less)
This is my third adventure with Marc Royce and they are wild rides. Full of suspense, and action, but also down time with lots of scheming of good guy...moreThis is my third adventure with Marc Royce and they are wild rides. Full of suspense, and action, but also down time with lots of scheming of good guys and bad guys and even enough romance to cause some grins. There is also plenty of faith in the characters where the reader even might be influenced in a spiritual light. I still haven’t read any of Davis Bunn’s historical novels (*gasp* I know!) but in the action adventure contemporary scene I’m definitely a fan. Love the Storm Sorrell novels, truly like the Marc Royce novels. While Strait of Hormuz is a third in the series, it can hold it’s own. The other two novels will definitely give more background for Marc and Kitra’s affections, but it can be read alone. (And if you see the note below, you can actually snag a free eBook copy of Lion of Babylon for a limited time!)
After thoroughly enjoying the Gold of Kings and The Black Madonna from Davis Bunn I have been looking forward to more adventures. I haven’t quite found another author that I enjoy the intrigue mixture with faith sharing and connecting as I find in his stories. They are political and current and make me want to read even more.
Lion of Babylon was one that I was suppose to get to review a while back, but it didn’t arrive and then when I finally got a copy it wasn’t in the schedule or cards to read. Yet then when another story was coming up for tour in Rare Earth that is kinda a sequel I jumped right into read. I’m glad I did. I swallowed both of those stories pretty quickly, so I was really eager when I heard that Strait of Hormuz was coming to continue the adventures with Marc Royce.
Lion of Babylon is an experience. It is fairly reminiscent to me of reading the Brock & Bodie Thoene Jerusalem series that I had from the library way back when I first started reading Christian Fiction with a passion. There is so much history and action combined together with politicals and emotions that it is hard to keep up, but entire worth hanging on for the ride.
I cannot help it from Sydney Bristow to Jack Ryan and Jason Bourne, I’ve always been a pretty big espionage story fan. Marc Royce definitely fills that place in my heart in the novel world and Davis Bunn does it in a wonderfully creative way.
As I’ve said before with Rare Earth my opinion still holds… Political, heart wrenching and obviously well researched I could not turn the pages fast enough and now that I’m through I’m sad, because I want more from Davis Bunn. I guess that it one of the downfalls to reading books as soon as they are published, because then you have to wait until the author writes more. This one has a touch of romance and a continuance of friendship. There are good people and there are bad people. It’s eye opening when you just want to shut them up tight. Bits that I wouldn’t have expected and others that I hoped for. This story brings in many different nations and joins them in a goal.
This time we’re headed to France and Switzerland for an amazing adventure, both in action and in heart.
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I definitely should have written this review before starting the second book in the series Hearts Aglowbut I was eager to jump in. I'll try not to giv...moreI definitely should have written this review before starting the second book in the series Hearts Aglowbut I was eager to jump in. I'll try not to give my feelings away on that book quite yet... Tracie Peterson was one of my first introductions to Christian Historical Fiction and although I have not been a fan of her contemporary novels (too sad and emotional for me) I really love her historicals. The last Song of Alaska series left me off with a poor opinion of the third book Twilight's Serenade yet enjoying the series overall so I was eager to read her new series and see what I thought.
Embers of Love is great. It is also very different in it's own way which is very exciting to me as a frequent CHF reader. By the back cover it appears that Deborah is the main character, yet when I just jumped in I thought it was Lizzie. I was delighted to find that there really were two main characters and that through out the story you follow both of their lives and not just one. And what really looks to be even more exciting is that it appears that the rest of the series is a complete pick up where you left off instead of the normal Christian Historical Fiction Romance series that often has each book in the series on a different character finding love and so on. Not to say that the book doesn't end with a happily ever after, but it closes off enough to find you satisfied yet leaves plenty open to make you desire more without the frustration that some cliff hangers leave.
I'm eager to read the rest of the series. I highly recommend this series so far, but without a doubt this is one that it is necessary to read in order.
*Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.* (less)
When as a reader you approach a novel by Elizabeth Musser, one often knows not to expect a light read. Her books are full, filled to the brim with emo...more When as a reader you approach a novel by Elizabeth Musser, one often knows not to expect a light read. Her books are full, filled to the brim with emotion and relatable experiences. As with another novel "The Swan House", that I also loved, this story deals with the difficult intricacies of depression. When speaking of her novel, she states it well, this book is about depression, but is not depressing. That is something very hard to come by. The topics are heavy, but necessary and relatable. As a reader who personally does not like to read contemporary fiction because of the realistic pain of stories involved I highly enjoy the "recent historical inspirational fiction" here. The negative aspects of reality are found within the pages of the novel, but the spiritual message peaks through and becomes a much stronger presence than all of the negativity with each continuous page and chapter. One can finish the pages of this novel with hope and going forward. As was stated in a press release,
(While this hard-hitting approach can be interpreted by some as negative, Musser disagrees, saying "I write what I call 'entertainment with a soul'. I want the reader to find not only a good story but also real characters and themes that touch their hearts and force them to think, to laugh and cry and hope. To be entertained way down in their souls." )
As an avid reader and reviewer, I can tell you that Musser made her goals with this novel. (less)
As the first novel in a series, this is something that I am extremely eager to continue to the next novels. Many times if there is a series where ques...moreAs the first novel in a series, this is something that I am extremely eager to continue to the next novels. Many times if there is a series where questions are left unanswered for the next novels they are abrupt and annoying in their wait for answers. With this novel I find I have anticipation for the next book in the series, but I'm not left on a ledge in annoyance. I'm glad I've already purchased the second book, and received the third for a review - I cannot wait to read them.
This is an entertaining book. The main character, a Fanny Broadmoor has been dealt an interesting life within her extended family of loss after loss and with the issue of a possible inheritance she may be pushed even further away from them than she ever imagined. Once again Tracie Peterson has a novel with a bad guy that gets under your skin. But the difference this time is that this is a co-authored novel and this is a bad guy that you do not want to be bad. For my first exposure to Judith Miller, I must say I enjoyed it. After reading so many Peterson novels, I can tell a difference in the writing voice of this novel and I believe I have found another author in Miller to add to my reading list. (less)
This is more than a novel, a journey into two peoples lives that brings you to the edge of their experiences and beliefs and makes you focus on your o...moreThis is more than a novel, a journey into two peoples lives that brings you to the edge of their experiences and beliefs and makes you focus on your own as well. I had a hard time through the first part of the novel, because I was unsure if I really liked the personality of the main character Elizabeth Westbrook. Yet as the story continued, and I was able to really look more on who she was and who she might be becoming I found that I really did like her.
The humor through out the entire book is true to life. Included with the hardships of live during and after war, as well as life in the West is a love and growth between individuals. It is something that you can read about, and then feel it within your heart and not just turn a blind eye.
Each character within this story has their flaws and they are these bits and pieces that make them so much more realistic and provide a reader the ability to relate. Every page brings something unexpected, and be fully prepared to shed some tears on the last page.
Tammy has done it again with this novel, so far every single one is a complete hit to my mind and I cannot finish typing this review fast enough to pick up the second book in this Timber Ridge Series, Beyond This Moment. (less)
About Book One Rekindled. I read this all in one day in two sittings. Well to be honest, it's now 5:22am... so just over one day. :) If you liked Fra...moreAbout Book One Rekindled. I read this all in one day in two sittings. Well to be honest, it's now 5:22am... so just over one day. :) If you liked Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love or Tracie Peterson's Yukon Quest then you are sure to love this little novel. Heartbreaking struggle from both ends of a marriage to make things work in the best of times and worst of times with a second chance is just fabulous. A great read! About Book Two Revealed. This book is completely about forgiveness. It is a sequel, but is about a completely different character and could stand on it's own. Everyone has a past, but more importantly everyone has a future. Here the author has made two very different people come to an understanding of each and it is beautiful to see God working in people's hearts and souls. I strongly recommend this book to anyone in particular, but especially to someone who is holding a grudge that they just cannot let go of, either to someone else, or more importantly to themselves. I know I can find a way to relate. I'm sure you can too. About Book Three Remembered. This book was the best of the trilogy. Really in this series, each book was better and better. A companion whose only thing she has ever lacked was a father goes in a forced search to find him when it seems all else is lost to her. She finds everything that she was meant to find, even when she did not realize that is what she was looking for. This story tells of patience, learning God's will and His timing, love, loss, friendship, fears, and the gift of giving. It is all around a great read. (less)