Reviews

Hannah’s Courage by Molly Jebber

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A loaf of fragrant cinnamon bread for breakfast . . . a sweet and creamy custard pie for dessert. In 1912 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery has something to delight locals and visiting Englischer alike. And within this warm, welcoming community, there’s always room for love to grow . . .
Hannah Lapp’s life, like a long-cherished recipe, is satisfying just the way it is. She enjoys whipping up desserts at the bakery, tutoring local children, and socializing with dear friends. One of those friends, Timothy Barkman, has made his interest in Hannah clear, but she’s been in no hurry to change her circumstances.
No sooner does she feel ready to grow closer to hard-working, handsome Timothy than Hannah finds she may have waited too long. Charlene Shetler intends to become Timothy’s fraa. It’s little wonder he’s attracted to such a pretty, forthright young woman, but is the newcomer all that she seems? Only when Hannah is willing to confront some difficult truths can she move bravely toward a life of abiding faith and love . . .
Author Molly Jebber has written a sweet series with the Amish Charm Bakery, and Hannah’s Courage, book 3, is a great fit.
You will enjoy the characters, well except for Charlene, and find yourself cheering for Timothy and Hannah. Both of them learn tough lessons that help them to grow beyond hurts and distrust. Hannah’s friends are the type of friends we all want, so that was heartwarming to read about. Jebber also includes a wonderful young man who has special needs and you will love him.

If you enjoy Amish fiction I can highly recommend Hannah’s Courage!

I received a complimentary copy but was not required to leave a review. My thoughts are my own.

Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green412kgagc5aL._SY346_

Meg and Sylvie Townsend manage the family bookshop and care for their father, Stephen, a veteran still suffering in mind and spirit from his time as a POW during the Civil War. But when the Great Fire sweeps through Chicago’s business district, they lose much more than just their store.

The sisters become separated from their father and make a harrowing escape from the flames with the help of Chicago Tribune reporter Nate Pierce. Once the smoke clears away, they reunite with Stephen, only to learn soon after that their family friend was murdered on the night of the fire. Even more shocking, Stephen is charged with the crime and committed to the Cook County Insane Asylum.
Though homeless and suddenly unemployed, Meg must not only gather the pieces of her shattered life, but prove her father’s innocence before the asylum truly drives him mad.
Author Jocelyn Green has done it again. Veiled in Smoke is one her best books. Green researches the Great Chicago Fire and gives us a beautiful story with all the feels.
Well developed characters who you will grow to love make this story one that is hard to put down. There is much depth in them as they go through some really difficult trials, grow, and not only survive but thrive. You’ll be cheering them on.
Green does a wonderful job of putting the reader in Chicago before, during, and after the Great Fire. So descriptive, I’m sure I smelled smoke and felt the despair of the people. And yet romance blooms, keeping the story from becoming overly heavy. Throw in a mystery and you have something for everyone. I highly recommend reading it!f
I received a complimentary copy but was not required to leave a review.

The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock

True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime; Fiction Based on Strange, But True, History

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Will Edyth prove her sanity before it is too late?
On Blackwell’s Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving.
With her late parents’ fortune under her uncle’s care until her twenty-fifth birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. And Edyth fears she will never be found.
At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World. Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self?
Oh boy. Hang on for a ride! This book is intense. It’s so hard to believe these things really went on. That a woman could be institutionalized on the whim of her guardian is incredible. And the horrible way they were treated made me furious. Yet God used this time to bring about some necessary changes both in Edyth and in the system.
Fictional character Edyth Foster really irritated me sometimes. Way too trusting, and too willing to openly flaunt societal norms, she made a lot of trouble for herself. Yet with such a warm heart that you can’t help but love her. And her fencing master was a true, swoonworthy hero.
This is a compelling read with a romance that will leave you breathless. It also left me with a desire for honest journalism once again. I highly recommend it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

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