Couple a determined woman with a desire to help others like her who have gone astray with an equally d...moreA 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. (less)
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 eager...moreWhen 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. (less)
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 uns...moreA 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.(less)
Sundin has done it again! On Distant Shores is a captivating tale of romance, taking place amidst the tragedy and tur...moreA 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. (less)
Like many readers of Beth's latest release have said, Catch a Falling Star kept me up late. I was so engrossed i...moreAn Uplifting Tale of Love at Long Last
Like many readers of Beth's latest release have said, Catch a Falling Star kept me up late. I was so engrossed in the story I'd intend to read one chapter but would end up reading another, and that often turned into two, three, four, or more, making for several late nights.
The characters pulled me in from the beginning. Dr. Kendall Haynes and grounded Air Force pilot Lieutenant Colonel Griffin Walker get off to a rocky start, and that's the start of a captivating tale of two independent people whose road to romance is a rocky as the back roads they like to traverse in their beloved Jeeps.
While I enjoyed the story as a whole, two elements in particular added to my enjoyment. The first is that Kendall and Griffin aren't your usual twenty-something twosome with the starry-eyed ideals of youth. She's a successful on-the-shelf thirty-six-year-old career woman, and he's a thirty-eight-year-old man who's ruled out marriage. Watching two people who have all but given up on love and romance find just that is heartwarming.
Another element I enjoyed is the fact that the characters aren't perfect. Both have issues to overcome and lessons to learn. Griffin made some mistakes early in life before he became a believer, mistakes that have lasting consequences. Kendall has dreamed of having it all-career, marriage, and kids-for so long that she's willing to settle for less than the best rather than trusting the Lord to lead her to the man he has for her.
Watching Kendall and Griffin grow and change as they face a series of challenges and discover God's plans for them is encouraging. Life doesn't always go according to plan, but we can trust Him with our futures, a message that comes through without being preachy or in-your-face.
Beth is a talented storyteller who has written a story sure to delight romance readers of all ages, and I highly recommend it.
Note: Although I received a copy of the book from the publisher, my review reflects my honest opinions. (less)
I met Charlotte while reading Summer of Promise, the first book in Cabot's Westward Winds series. Charlotte dealt with disappointment, disillusionment...moreI met Charlotte while reading Summer of Promise, the first book in Cabot's Westward Winds series. Charlotte dealt with disappointment, disillusionment, and the death of her husband. A resourceful widow determined to make a new life for her young son, Charlotte has moved to Cheyenne and put her skills to work as a dressmaker, keeping her questionable past a secret. Enter Barrett Landry, a man of integrity being pushed into politics--as well as marriage to a woman his sponsors believe will improve his chances of being elected.
The fun begins when Barrett meets Charlotte. The two form a fast friendship. Duty-bound to marry the woman handpicked for him, Barrett fights his feelings for Charlotte. Knowing her past could destroy his chances of being elected, Charlotte denies her attraction and aides him in his plans to propose to the woman who could further his career. Despite their best efforts, circumstances push Barrett and Charlotte together as they're forced to deal with her well-kept secret, one that tests their love and could threaten their very lives.
I enjoyed the interplay between Charlotte and Barrett, two well-intentioned, honorable people torn between doing what's right and following their hearts. Each is willing to sacrifice happiness for the sake of the other. Charlotte exhibits strength, courage, and determination. Barrett is honest, compassionate, and principled--traits that serve him well in life but could spell his ruin in the political realm. Watching these two wrestle with the challenges they face makes for a moving read. Add the element of mystery--and a mysterious stranger--and things get even more exciting.
When I'm in the mood for a sweet story with well-crafted characters I'm sure to like, I know Amanda Cabot will deliver. That's certainly the case with Waiting for Spring. Although meeting Charlotte in the first book of the series could add to your enjoyment, it's not necessary to have read it in order to enjoy the second in the series.(less)
Katie Ganshert, author of Wishing on Willows, has delivered another emotionally rich story of characters finding heali...moreA Moving Story of Second Chances
Katie Ganshert, author of Wishing on Willows, has delivered another emotionally rich story of characters finding healing and happiness after heartache. Widow Robin Price has done her best to build a life and pull herself from the mire of grief, but she’s faced with losing her beloved café when developer Ian McKay shows up determined to tear it down to make room for condominiums. Robin fights to keep her business while Ian struggles to keep his father’s firm from going under. A battle of wills ensues that will test their faith and fledgling friendship.
Robin and Ian are two hurting people who captured my heart. Both are likable, and I ached for them as I learned more about the wounds they carry. I was pulled into the story from the start and flipped pages as quickly as possible, eager for them to find a way to work things out in the face of their no-win situation. Only by looking into their own hearts and seeking the Lord’s will are they able to find the answers they’re after. When I reached the end of this moving story, I heaved a satisfied sigh. (less)
Grab some tissues, because you’ll need them. Sweet Lonnie and wayward Gideon O’Riley, an unlikely coup...moreAn Emotionally Rich Story of Hearts Torn Asunder
Grab some tissues, because you’ll need them. Sweet Lonnie and wayward Gideon O’Riley, an unlikely couple forced into a shotgun wedding in the first book of Joanne Bischof’s Cadence of Grace series, Be Still My Soul, endured hardships and heartache. Just when they’ve grown to love one another, his past threatens to tear them apart. Cassie Allan claims Gideon is married to her, requiring Lonnie and him to travel back to Rocky Knob, where they must face a heart-wrenching truth that tests their love as well as their faith.
Having witnessed the journey this couple took in the first book, I ached as I watched them meet a challenge far greater than anything that had come their way before. I hurt not only for Lonnie and Gideon but also for those who care for them, including several kindly characters who long to spare them pain. As a fan of romances with happy endings, Bischof’s moving tale of a couple pulled apart by circumstances beyond their control moved me to tears many times. While the story starts off slowly, the pace picks up when the couple is confronted with Cassie’s claim, resulting in an emotional read that will keep readers turning pages as they hope for a miracle. The end of this book wasn’t what I expected and left me wanting more. I’ll be reading the third book in the series, that’s for sure.
I have three suggestions for those eager to enjoy this story. 1) Read the first book in the series, Be Still My Soul, so you get to know Lonnie and Gideon and understand why their love is so precious. 2) Before you begin reading Though My Heart is Torn, be sure you have tissues handy. 3) Be prepared to buy book three, My Hope is Found (release date: October 2013) so you can find out what happens next, because you’ll want to know. I guarantee it. (less)
A Promise to Love is an excellent read. Serena B. Miller is a gifted storyteller. Her characters are awesome. I fell in love with Ingrid from the star...moreA Promise to Love is an excellent read. Serena B. Miller is a gifted storyteller. Her characters are awesome. I fell in love with Ingrid from the start. She’s real, fun, likable, and has a heart of gold–along with a nice pinch of spice. Joshua is a great hero, although this grieving widower has a few lessons to learn. My heart went out to him as he made some startling discoveries.
The story, set in Michigan in 1871, is rich in historical detail. It moves along nicely. The action-packed ending kept me flipping pages well into the night. I highly recommend A Promise to Love and look forward to reading more of Miller’s work.(less)
In a word, A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, California is wonderful! Erica Vetsch has created compelling characters I cared for from the start. I en...moreIn a word, A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, California is wonderful! Erica Vetsch has created compelling characters I cared for from the start. I enjoyed every minute spent with impassioned but impulsive Meghan and brave but burdened Caleb. This well-written story is rich in historical detail and will engage the emotions at every turn. I highly recommend it.(less)