The Memoir of Johnny Devine was the best book I read in 2015. RT Book Reviews gave it a rare FIVE-gold star Top Pick. It's also a Reviewers’ Choice AwThe Memoir of Johnny Devine was the best book I read in 2015. RT Book Reviews gave it a rare FIVE-gold star Top Pick. It's also a Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, December Seal of Excellence winner and Book of the Year nominee. It’s easy to see why. Set in the 1950’s during the height of McCarthy’s Red Scare, this fictional tale about a reformed playboy movie star and the writer hired to help him tell his story—a young woman in need of reform—is by far the best redemption story I’ve ever read. The characters are so real, so flawed, so likable. I felt for John and Eliza from the start. Both wary and filled with regrets, they have much to overcome. They must battle themselves, their growing attraction and a twisted government agent with an agenda. The Memoir of Johnny Devine is a powerfully moving story that had me flipping pages as fast as I could. I highly recommend it....more
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the pages of Irish Meadows. I’d gathered from the back cover that the story would probably be about two sisI wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the pages of Irish Meadows. I’d gathered from the back cover that the story would probably be about two sisters, and I was right. I got to enjoy not one, but two romances. What I didn’t know was what different young ladies the O’Leary sisters are, one sweet from the start, the other sassy and self-serving. I liked Brianna right away. It took time for Colleen to grow on me, but she did. Both fellows are the stuff heroes are made of—handsome, hardworking, kind and caring. Well, there is Gil’s hardheadedness, which causes trouble at times. And Rylan’s plan to become a priest throws a wrench in the works as well. But who said romance is trouble-free?
I hadn’t read many stories about Irish families before and even fewer with a focus on the Catholic faith. Since I’m not Catholic, I didn’t know what I’d think about that aspect of the story. The characters’ faith ended up being such a natural part of their lives that it worked for me. I read a few chapters at the end of each day and stayed up later than I’d intended several nights in a row waiting to see what happened next—and how these two couples could overcome the many challenges and obstacles that came their way. The story is a good blend of romance and action, reminding me of books I’ve read by Jody Hedlund or Deeanne Gist. I heaved a sigh of satisfaction when I reached the end and give this emotionally rich story five stars. ...more
Two couples + too many chuckles and chortles to count = a doubly delightful read. Those who pick up Erica Vetsch's fun-filled story will be roped in fTwo couples + too many chuckles and chortles to count = a doubly delightful read. Those who pick up Erica Vetsch's fun-filled story will be roped in from the start and will flip pages faster than a chuck wagon cook does flapjacks, as they race to find out how her captivating characters deal with the many challenges that come their way. Another winner from a talented storyteller!...more
Big Sky Daddy is full of characters who captured my heart, from a loving but tortured father and his adorable but injured son to a compassionate womanBig Sky Daddy is full of characters who captured my heart, from a loving but tortured father and his adorable but injured son to a compassionate woman with a heart the size of Montana. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am eager to read more of Linda Ford's books....more
Sundin’s latest, In Perfect Time, deserves a drumroll!
There’s a reason Sarah Sundin is one of my must-read authors. She delivers unputdownable storiesSundin’s latest, In Perfect Time, deserves a drumroll!
There’s a reason Sarah Sundin is one of my must-read authors. She delivers unputdownable stories that capture me from the start and keep me flipping pages into the wee hours.
Although Sundin’s books can stand alone, I devour each one in a series as soon as it comes out, and enjoy getting to know all the characters. I’d met flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson and C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper in previous stories and couldn’t wait to read theirs. I had to find out what is behind Kay’s flirtatious ways.
As is the case with all of Sundin’s main characters, Kay has some serious issues. Life has dealt her some tough blows. If she’s to achieve her dreams, she must face the pain of her past. Roger Cooper has well hidden wounds as well. Although he’s found his way to the Lord and has his faith to rely on when things get rough, Kay wants nothing to do with God. Both Roger and Kay know their strengths—he’s a gifted drummer and accomplished pilot; she’s a capable nurse and knows how to use her good looks to attract the fellows—but they both have a great deal to learn about themselves, life and love. Their journey to the future God has in store for them makes for an entertaining and emotionally satisfying read.
Not only are Sundin’s characters some of the best I’ve ever read, but she’s also a masterful storyteller. She whisks readers right into the action and brings the history and settings to life with vivid details. In Perfect Time Sundin transports readers to Italy, France and more, drops them into the middle of life-threatening challenges and sweeps them into the midst of a heart-meltingly wonderful romance. The story is filled with a series of delightful surprises along the way ,and the sigh-worthy ending is everything a romance reader could want.
While I eagerly awaited the release of In Perfect Time, I dreaded it, too, because this is the third and final book in Sundin’s Wings of the Nightingale series. I’ve had a blast spending time with these courageous flight nurses and the brave men who capture their hearts. I console myself with the fact that Sundin has a new series coming, Waves of Freedom, featuring three naval officers based in Boston. I’ve marked my calendar for the release of Through Deep Waters, which will hit shelves in the summer of 2015. It’s sure to be another winner.
Couple a determined woman with a desire to help others like her who have gone astray with an equally dA Tale of Goals, Greed, and Golden Opportunities
Couple a determined woman with a desire to help others like her who have gone astray with an equally determined man bent on claiming the fortune his greedy gold-seeking excuse of a father left to her, thus leaving her unable to fulfill her mission, and sparks are sure to fly. Such is the case when Sarah Whittier and Daniel Cady meet. Despite their mutual attraction, their opposing goals have them continually at odds.
Nancy Herriman has crafted main characters with a believable balance of flaws and endearing characteristics. Having been deeply hurt by people who should have been trustworthy, Sarah and Daniel are out to right the wrongs dealt them, even at high cost to themselves and others. Only when they allow the Lord to work in their hearts and lives can they move beyond the pain of their pasts and enjoy the future He has for them.
Herriman does a wonderful job bringing San Francisco of 1882 to life. One can almost hear the clanging of the streetcars as they traverse the steep hills of the City by the Bay and smell the salty sea air. Herriman weaves in a thread of mystery that keeps one guessing what the outcome will be, wondering if anyone will be hurt when lives are threatened, and asking themselves how a rumored treasure will affect the future happiness of Sarah and Daniel.
Following a gentle start, the story picks up the pace, building gradually until one is flipping pages, eager to reach the end. While I was rooting for Sarah and Daniel to get together, being a die-hard romantic, I would have enjoyed a smidge more romance. Even so, I heaved a satisfied sigh at the conclusion of the story, happy with how Herriman tied up the loose ends and solved the mystery of the treasure that had put Sarah in peril at times. Readers of inspirational historical romance are sure to enjoy Josiah’s Treasure. ...more
When I pick up a Karen Witemeyer story, I know I'm in for a treat. Having read Short-Straw Bride, in which I met all the Archer brothers, I was eagerWhen I pick up a Karen Witemeyer story, I know I'm in for a treat. Having read Short-Straw Bride, in which I met all the Archer brothers, I was eager for Crockett's story. I love the clever opening in which Joanna Robbin's former outlaw father, Silas, kidnaps Crockett as a gift for his beloved daughter. I wasn't sure how well this would work, but work well it does, setting the stage for some obstacles to be overcome--as well as some delightful attraction at the outset.
I enjoyed getting to know Crockett better. He's every bit the devoted minister I expected him to be, but he's all male, too--a wonderful mix of tenderness and toughness. Joanna is sweet but spunky, making her a fitting counterpart for Crockett. The secondary characters are well developed and add richness and depth to the story. One character in particular, Silas, is actually a major player, fighting faith's pull on his life as he fights to keep his daughter from falling for the preacher.
I enjoyed the story and watching the romance between Joanna and Crockett bloom. There are several sigh-worthy scenes as their relationship develops. Silas's journey is well drawn, but the romance reader in me would have preferred to see more of a focus on the couple. However, readers who enjoy a stronger spiritual thread than is often seen in an inspirational romance will be rewarded.
I'm eager to read more about the Crockett brothers and look forward to Witemeyer's next book. ...more
A delicious tale of an unlikely couple overcoming obstacles to find true love. Hunter is a Hero with a capital H, who is struggling to overcome an unsA delicious tale of an unlikely couple overcoming obstacles to find true love. Hunter is a Hero with a capital H, who is struggling to overcome an unsavory past he regrets while looking to the Lord to guide his future. He stole my heart from the start with his warmth, kindness, and charm, coupled with his hidden vulnerability. Annabeth is a delightful heroine with a shameful secret and a heart of gold. I had such fun rooting for this couple as I savored this well written story. It's easy to see why the copy I bought bore a "Love Inspired Recommended Read" sticker. It's one of the best Love Inspired Historials I've read, as rich and satisfying as chocolate. Mmm....more
Sundin has done it again! On Distant Shores is a captivating tale of romance, taking place amidst the tragedy and turA Delightful Dose of WWII Romance
Sundin has done it again! On Distant Shores is a captivating tale of romance, taking place amidst the tragedy and turmoil of WWII. Lt. Georgiana “Georgie” Taylor, a flight nurse, and Sgt. John “Hutch” Hutchinson, a pharmacist, are attracted to one another from the start. However, because Georgie is an officer and Hutch is an enlisted man, they aren’t at liberty to “fraternize.” And if that’s not enough, they’re both engaged—to others, although things aren’t going as planned for either couple.
One of Sundin’s many strengths, based on her extensive research, is her ability to bring history to life. From the arid deserts of Tunisia, to the sandy shores of Sicily, to the Italian hillsides studded with olive trees, Sundin’s vivid descriptions transport the reader to the war-torn Mediterranean Theater. In addition, she brings the senses into play. One can almost hear the drone of the C-47 engines, taste the bitter almond in the cough syrup Hutch compounds, or smell the salty sea air.
No one creates characters like Sundin. As she does in all her books, she’s given the heroine, Georgie, and the hero, Hutch, a wonderful blend of endearing qualities as well as troublesome flaws. Although warm and outgoing, Georgie lacks confidence in her ability to perform her duties. Hutch, a knowledgeable, quiet, and yet fun fellow has real issues, stemming from the lack of respect he experiences as a college graduate whose pharmacy profession isn’t recognized by the Army as being worthy of officer status. Watching Georgie and Hutch wage their personal battles, while trusting the Lord to work in their lives, is both entertaining and rewarding, as they learn the lessons He has for them.
And the romance? It’s wonderful! There are many delightful, sigh-inducing scenes as their relationship grows. However, there are some sparks and some tears as well. Despite the many obstacles Georgie and Hutch must overcome, love prevails, leading to a satisfying ending and leaving this reader eager for the next Sarah Sundin story. ...more