Reviews

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Mayflower Bride

Mary Elizabeth Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary Elizabeth survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series begins with The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse. 

This is a must read for lovers of historical fiction. Author Kimberley Woodhouse skillfully weaves well researched historical facts into her heart-warming tale in such a way that the past comes to life, as do her characters as they change and grow.

Reading what these pilgrims had to endure, along with many twists and turns, will keep you turning the pages. It certainly took great faith to do the things necessary to survive. The price they paid was high indeed.

For those looking for some romance, you won’t be disappointed with the tenderness displayed in this story. Well worth reading!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

Love the War Woman by April Gardner

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For the DEFIANCE of a nation. For the DEFENSE of a tribe. For the LOVE of a war woman.

War woman Fierce Mink has loved Tall Bull as long as memory. He is beauty and power, but in the secret pockets of her spirit, he is vastly more. He is the brave to whom she swore her heart, the friend to whom she owes her life, and the chief to whom she will never be bound. Soon, he will be required to take a wife, but lamentably, Mink is severe, intimidating, hard-bitten by war—qualities a man appreciates in combat, not so under the bearskins. But perhaps it’s best he’s blind to her, for he clings viciously to the Beloved Path, and unbeknownst to him, she has joined her fire with Jesus.

Since his youth, Chief Tall Bull has treasured Mink. Even now, in their turbulent refugee world, she is comfort; she is home. Better yet, she shares his passion to preserve the Beloved Path and his fight to start anew in a land where they are no longer hunted. Then, a startling omen: before the blood moon, Tall Bull must make restitution for his transgressions, or the spirits will take payment. From her. A tragedy he would die to prevent.

Another portent looms—that of a horde of bluecoat soldiers pecking at their borders, threatening to drive the Red Stick Defiance into uninhabitable swamps. The Defiance will not go quietly, and as Tall Bull prepares for a brutal strike, he realizes the bluecoats aren’t his only enemy, and Mink’s life isn’t all he stands to lose.

April Gardner has written a book rich in history, and with deep knowledge of the Native American culture; their customs, traditions, and even speech patterns. The story flows in a poetic way, and the characters are both profound and intense. While you’ll instantly love some of the personalities, others will take a while to warm up to as they grow and have heart changes. Some you won’t like. Ever. And that’s okay. Gardner did a fabulous job of bringing all of them to life.

When I first started this book, I knew it would be good if it compared to the other books in the series. But it went so far above my expectations. I was reading as fast as I could simply because I needed to see how situations were resolved. Edge of the seat is the perfect way to describe Love the War Woman. And you will love her; the strength, honesty, and loyalty shown is incredible. And yes, this is book five in the series, but you could read it as a standalone with very little trouble.

If you enjoy Christian historical fiction and are interested in other cultures, you will love this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was not required to leave a review.

 

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

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New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want—money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist—an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship—and both their lives—forever.

Francine Rivers books are always awaited with eager anticipation by her readers. We know they will have depth of characters and story line. This one will not disappoint! I will admit that the first couple of chapters in, I thought I wouldn’t finish The Masterpiece. It’s just so different than her other books I didn’t think I liked it. But I stuck with it, and after a few chapters it grabbed me. I knew I would be finishing this book. In fact I couldn’t put it down.

The story is deep in that we see humanity sometimes at its worst; nothing is sugar coated. The characters are flawed humans who need God. Rivers does not mince words. There is no doubt that Billy Ray, aka Roman, and Grace need something only God can give. But at no time is the book preachy. It’s raw and honest. In fact, the author has done a lot of research into the seedier side of life, and that’s very evident.

Full of mercy, grace, and forgiveness, I loved where this book went. From people who have hit bottom, to those who have found their Savior, the theme of repentance and forgiveness resounds throughout.

For those of you who enjoy romance, there is definitely a boy meets girl thread. It is not all fluff and happiness, but is real to what many experience in this life. I encourage you to pick up a copy and read it. You won’t be sorry!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

 

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