Now this is a fun way to learn. I'm pretty sure I have heard of books from Marcia Williams before to learn about history. However, I think this is my...moreNow this is a fun way to learn. I'm pretty sure I have heard of books from Marcia Williams before to learn about history. However, I think this is my first experience. A neat adventure to the past. intriguing illustrations filled with color, a fabulous font provides a plethora of facts. Wonderful for students. Hours could be spent again and again dwelling on these pictures filling the mind. Again, a very fun way to learn. I'll surely be looking for more Marcia Williams to add to our shelves.
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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)
Snickering with a silly grin in my face... it is how I often find myself when finishing a Mary Connealy book and here I am again. Review to come... bo...moreSnickering with a silly grin in my face... it is how I often find myself when finishing a Mary Connealy book and here I am again. Review to come... book is out in August. I love each and every one of Mary's books. She challenges me so much and entertains me in the process. I love how characters that I am so set up to hate I end up not quite feeling the same about them in the end. It really reminds me again and again to not just a person by their first impressions. This book was different from any that I have read from Mary so far (and I'm so excited for her Bethany House deal!). This book was a mix of the Christian Historical Romantic Comedy that you definitely get from Mary, but with a good bit of the psychology that you get in a contemporary Kristen Heitzmann (I say contemporary, because Kristen's historicals do not have the same psychology in them as say The Edge of Recall). It was entertaining and kept the pages turning endlessly.
I could have sworn I started a review to this, so now I am quite confused... alas... let's try again. Actually now that I think about it I know I did....moreI could have sworn I started a review to this, so now I am quite confused... alas... let's try again. Actually now that I think about it I know I did. Hmmm... Oh well.
When I first was introduced to the writing of Yvonne Harris in her first Bethany House Publishers Christian Historical Fiction The Vigilante's Bride I was nervous about starting into a new author, but was overly pleased to discover that I LOVED her writing almost as much as I adore Mary Connealy. (And if you know anything about my taste in Christian Historical Fiction that is saying a lot!)
I was thoroughly entertained and pleased with this read and do eagerly look for more from Yvonne in the future. The only problem with her books is that I wish they were longer, yet at the same time they are just right.
I truly love Tracie Peterson Christian Historical Fiction and although this series was not my favorite from her, this was the best book in the series....moreI truly love Tracie Peterson Christian Historical Fiction and although this series was not my favorite from her, this was the best book in the series. The entire series must be read to get the full impact of this story however and I would definitely not suggest reading them alone. Otherwise you make get the hope, but not the full effect with out the depression or the sadness and despondency without the hope!
The first book in this Striking a Match Series Embers of Love was a good Tracie Peterson read. It was a different narrative voice than what I am used to with her but I take that with it being in Texas as opposed to Montana, Pennsylvania or Alaska. However the second book in the series Hearts Aglow is purely dreadful.
Hope Rekindled truly brings it all together. There is completion and although not 100% happy ending it is real and as it should be in a very satisfying manner. This series pretty much follows the main character of Deborah through out and hers is a journey than any reader can learn and grow with. I do not regret having read this series. I'm glad I stuck in there.
With all that said, I love most all of Tracie's older historical series and will not hesitate to continue to buy her books. There is bound to be a book here and there that I do not enjoy, but that doesn't make up for missing out on all the others that I love.
*Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.*
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.*
Sometimes reading Christian Historical Fiction a reader may not know what to find. It can be many different things. One is a story with characters of...moreSometimes reading Christian Historical Fiction a reader may not know what to find. It can be many different things. One is a story with characters of moral value but no real mention of Christianity, two is a story that is so preachy that it often scares people away, third is a story that has Biblical scripture woven through the pages. The story, scripture included challenges the reader to both read more scripture on their own as well as breathes the love of God into their life. That is the type of Christian Historical Fiction one finds in "To Win Her Heart". Of course there are stories that fit in partial parts of these categories, but my descriptions help explain my point. Karen's writing gets into your heart bringing forth characters that are completely unique and jump from the page.
*Thanks to Bethany House and Karen Witemeyer for providing a copy for review.*
Whenever it comes to opening my imagination to a new author I’m always a bit nervous. In the genre of Christian Historical Fiction I have my set autho...moreWhenever it comes to opening my imagination to a new author I’m always a bit nervous. In the genre of Christian Historical Fiction I have my set authors that I love and I’m always hesitant to open my heart to new authors, but as I discovered in reading the first book in the Lake Manawa Summers I was completely delighted to enjoy the imagination and storytelling from new author Lorna Seilstad. I was easily eager to read the second in the series and finally it is here! Calm yet adventurous in the early 1900s is a fabulous way to describe the stories from the shore sides of Lake Manawa.
This is one of those series that can be read in sequence or as a stand alone novel through out. Which makes it great to pick up at any time! Full of characters with complex yet amusing personality keep the pages turning and make every chapter a delight.
Thanks to Lorna and Revell Books for providing a copy for review.
“Available May 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”