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A Distant Melody  (Wings of Glory, #1)
One of my favorite novels ever. Here’s what I liked about it:
■It’s a love story, but it’s not sicky-sweet.
■It’s set during World War 2, so I think m
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Feb 13, 2012
God's Daughter (Vikings of the New World Saga, #1)
Heather Day Gilbert just became one of my favorite authors. God's Daughter is everything I'm looking for in a novel: fascinating history, vivid settin ...more
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Jan 06, 2015
Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II
This book is a perfect companion for the Christmas season. Rich in historical detail, the three charming novellas are connected beautifully, with char ...more
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Dec 15, 2014
A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston, #1)
This is a book you can really sink your teeth into. It's long enough to allow for great character development for several characters, rather than just ...more
Nov 17, 2011
Dec 17, 2011
This Quiet Sky
This novella should come with a notice that the reader will need both kleenex and chocolate. And that you will want to read this in one sitting--which ...more
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Jan 09, 2015
Isn't It Time for a Coffee Break?: Doing Life Together in an All-About-Me Kind of World
I have long believed that while social media can draw certain friends closer, it can also fool us into believing we have "enough" virtual connections ...more
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Nov 09, 2014
The Girl in the Glass
This would be a fabulous read for anyone who loves art history, Florence, Italy, or a gently-paced tale that weaves both historical and contemporary s ...more
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Aug 16, 2014
Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World
Growing Up Social is the best book for parents I've read in at least a year. It is NOT anti-technology, it does NOT impose unreasonable rules and prin ...more
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Oct 06, 2014
The Heretic's Daughter
Intricately woven story told from the vantage point of a young girl living in Andover, several miles outside Salem. I appreciate that although the cli ...more
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Aug 16, 2014
Courting Morrow Little
Courting Morrow Little is an immersive experience full of nuance and feeling. Written with historical integrity, this book shows conflict between the ...more
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Oct 05, 2014
Truth, Dare, Double Dare: Another Year of Dynamic Devotions for Girls
Best devotional I've seen for this age group. Much more than cute little stories so often found in devotionals (for both kids and adults!), Ann-Margre ...more
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Oct 06, 2014
This Fine Life
I don’t think it’s giving away too much to tell you that Mariette, the very rich and upperclass protagonist, falls in love with a young man named Thay ...more
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Feb 13, 2012
A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change, #1)
Warning: if you have work to do, and you are reading this book, you may not get your work done until you turn the last page! This is the best book I h ...more
Oct 25, 2010
Nov 05, 2011
My Mother's Chamomile
The most original piece of fiction I've read in years. My Mother's Chamomile is the contemporary tale of a family in the funeral director/mortician li ...more
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Aug 19, 2014
Making Waves (Lake Manawa Summers #1)
By now, I’ve read quite a few Christian romance novels. Change the setting, the decade, the characters, but the plot line still seems pretty similar. ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Feb 13, 2012
Touching the Clouds (Alaskan Skies, #1)
I couldn’t put this book down! (almost) Here’s why:
■I love strong female characters, and the protagonist, Kate Evans, is nothing if not strong
■I als
Jul 11, 2010
Feb 13, 2012
Notes from the Margins: Healing Conversations with God
When I mentioned to Alane Pearce that I was going to be reading her book Notes from the Margins: Healing Conversations with God during a layover in an ...more
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Feb 13, 2012
Surviving One Bad Year: 7 Spiritual Strategies to Lead You to a New Beginning
The other day I discovered in my embarassingly large pile of books on my office floor a book by Nancie Carmichael entitled, Surviving One Bad Year: 7 ...more
Jan 13, 2011
Feb 13, 2012
The Jewel of His Heart (Heart of the West, #2)
I really didn’t know what to expect, but by page 9 in the book, I was interested enough in the characters to keep going. Soon, I wasn’t just reading t ...more
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Feb 13, 2012
A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story
Having read the six other books chronicling the O'Connor family saga (Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series) I knew how this book would end b ...more
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Apr 01, 2013
Lady in the Mist (The Midwives, #1)
I couldn’t put this book down. I carried it with me everywhere so I could sneak in a few more pages whenever possible. What’s so great about it? To na ...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 13, 2012
The Other Daughter
I love this book. I love the characters, the setting (near the Columbia River that divides Washington from Oregon), the plot, the moral dilemmas, the ...more
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Feb 13, 2012
The Search (Lancaster County Secrets, #3)
Here’s what I love:
■This book has great characters in it. The portly grandmother is so full of personality she is one of them most memorable I’ve rea
Jan 20, 2011
Feb 13, 2012
Bathsheba (The Wives of King David #3)
Here’s the deal on this book. I already knew the story of Bathsheba and the aftermath of what David’s sin meant for the rest of his life. I think that ...more
Mar 18, 2011
Feb 13, 2012
Choosing to SEE
If you were listening to the radio at all that spring of 2008, you heard it too, and probably froze or bowed your head in prayer immediately like I di ...more
Sep 03, 2010
Feb 13, 2012
Hope Unseen: The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer
I am not usually a big fan of books about people who lived through a traumatic event, and I’ll tell you why. Some books tell readers everything about ...more
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Apr 07, 2013
Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory #3)
This book could not be any better. It is easily one of my favorite novels I have read in the last year. Here’s why:
■There is tension from the very fi
Sep 15, 2011
Feb 13, 2012
Bride of New France
This novel has an intriguing premise, and clearly the author has a firm grasp of the history, which I applaud. However, I found myself wanting to skim ...more
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Jan 03, 2015
Scattered Petals (Texas Dreams, #2)
It took me about 100 pages until I was really “into” this book. It was difficult for me to relate to and understand the main character, Priscilla, for ...more
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Feb 13, 2012
Heart's Safe Passage (The Midwives, #2)
Here's what I loved about this book:
•The setting. Almost all of it takes place on a ship (a brig, Captain Docherty would correct me). But far from bei
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Mar 02, 2012
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