Reviews

The Forgiving Jar by Wanda Brunstetter

51K+33wHqdLWhat would happen if you found out someone has been impersonating you?

Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the impostor.

Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest.

Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?

Book Two in the Prayer Jars series, I would suggest reading Book One, The Hope Jar, or you’ll miss out on key parts of Sara and Michelle’s stories. A story of family and faith, the characters definitely have grown since the first book and I really liked them.

Focusing on forgiveness, this book is a great reminder that we all have done things we shouldn’t, and we all need forgiveness, both from God and people. As Sara experienced, when we withhold forgiveness from someone who is truly repentant we are the ones who are miserable.

A really good story of second chances, I enjoyed it and recommend it if you enjoy Amish fiction. As always with a Brunstetter book, there are some yummy recipes at the end.

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

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Love’s Rescue by Linda Shenton Matchett

51qhinPFFwL._SY346_A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.

Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?

Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?

Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.

Author Linda Matchett always writes about historical experiences that few people are aware of. I never knew about the prostitutes that worked for the resistance during WWII. What an interesting story of survival. But even more than history, this novella is a great reminder of God’s love. That no matter how far we stray or how bad we believe our sin to be, He is full of mercy, forgives us, and welcomes us Home.

Because this book is a novella it moved quickly and I read it in one sitting, but I still got to know the characters and their struggles. A retelling of the story of Rahab, I found it to be true to the time frame of its telling and highly recommend it.

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

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Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

ShoresThe daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-
fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel’s life convince her he’s in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She’s risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

Another incredible book by author Jocelyn Green. If you enjoy historical fiction you must read this one. Green puts so much research into her stories that I always learn from them. But that doesn’t mean they are dry, dusty thomes. A compelling story teller, she is able to weave facts into fiction in such a way that you are swept up into that time of history. And honestly, it makes me happy to live in 2019. Life in 1759 was rough.

Written with heart and honesty, the characters have depth. Situations are described that will make your jaw drop. Moving and raw, you won’t always like what you read but life is like that sometimes. And I love that Green’s author notes gives us facts vs fiction as well as the reminder that we are all on a journey and that God loves us as we are. I highly recommend Between Two Shores.

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

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The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection by several authors

LighthouseLighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters.

Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of the nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.

Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas

1883—Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse

Anna Wilson’s plan to be the next lighthouse keeper is endangered when Maksim Ivanov is shipwrecked on Thunder Bay Island. Handsome and capable, he could steal her dream. Or provide a new one.

Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson

1885—New Presque Isle Lighthouse

Ava Ryan’s father has passed, leaving her alone, and ill, to tend the light with nowhere else to go. Logging foreman Benjamin Colfax needs the height of the lighthouse to determine the best cutting route, but he senses something amiss in Ava and her determination to remain reclusive. Can he get her to open up, or will she keep herself locked away?

Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson

1892—Old Mission Point Lighthouse

Rose Miller was found on the lighthouse doorstep as an infant, and now she must hide her quest to find the child who left her there from Captain Nathan Perry, the man she loves to hate.

Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels

1898—Round Island Lighthouse

Valerie Fillman’s best hope for a future lies on the tiny island that holds her worst memories. Can Paul Sholtus, the new lightkeeper, and his daughter help bring healing? And love?

The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser

1899—Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Natalie Brooks loses her past to amnesia, and Cal Waterson, the lighthouse keeper who rescues her, didn’t bargain on risking his heart—when her past might change everything.

The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley

1902—Whitefish Point Lighthouse

Romance and mystery collide at Whitefish Point Lighthouse when unemployed doctor Norma Kimbell and Drake Logan, owner of a steamship line, search for evidence of a supposed shipwreck.

The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk

1911—Au Sable Lighthouse

Lydia Palmer’s dream for happiness as a lighthouse keeper’s wife shatters when her fiancé Nathan Drake drowned in a shipwreck, but his brother Jesse survived.

My favorite part of this collection is that the stories took place in Michigan, my home state, and I know many of the lighthouses that were written about. That added to my enjoyment of this book.

Each author did a great job of writing about “their” era and lighthouse. I loved all the descriptions. If you are at all familiar with the Great Lakes you could smell the water and hear the surf. The characters in each story were well developed and very true to life. Situations and emotions were imaginable. Each author wrote in her particular style; there will be a something for everyone.

Come visit Michigan through this book. You’ll fall in love with our lighthouses and want to see them for yourself. You’ll find a warm welcome!

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

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My Heart Belongs in Galveston Texas; Madeline’s Search by Kathleen Y’Barbo

TexasPinkerton agent Jonah Cahill is hired by the mysterious widow to find her lost granddaughter, rumored to be living in Galveston, Texas. Though Jonah prefers to travel alone, Mrs. Smith insists that she and her companion accompany him. Madeline Latour, investigative reporter, has been acting as Mrs. Smith’s assistant for several months, and Madeline will not allow anyone—even a Pinkerton agent—to ruin the story of a lifetime. The pair forges an uneasy truce as the investigation grows dangerous.

Is there a bigger story beyond a missing girl to be revealed?

 

I’ll just get the “negative” out of the way and say that this book started out slow for me. BUT I stuck with it and boy, did it pick up speed! So hang in there, this story is full of twists, turns, and mystery. Shipwrecks and Pinkerton detectives made it really interesting.

A great storyline with interesting historical facts, Madeline’s Search will keep you wondering. I thought I had the end figured out but with a curve ball thrown in I began to doubt myself. I wasn’t at all disappointed in how this story ended. If you enjoy historical fiction you will want to read Madeline’s Search.

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The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

CumberlandThomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.

A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness Road

In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence and to see untamed lands. And she sets her sights on learning more about their scout, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But naïve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s story than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

Another well written book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, you’ll be swept up into Kate’s Wilderness Road adventure. Historical facts, well developed characters, and great descriptions of the country make this an enjoyable read. Full of danger, clean romance, and faith I highly recommend it.

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

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

mistyLeft at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother–who is battling dementia–compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns–and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

Let me preface this by saying I don’t typically read suspense, especially at night.The Curse of Misty Wayfair isn’t so much scary but eerie. Once I got into it I couldn’t put it down so yes, I even read it at night. I have gotten to the place that I look forward to new releases by Author Jaime Jo Wright. Again, a genre I don’t typically read but her books are wonderfully crafted and each one gets better.

The characters in this story are well developed. They have faults and challenges just as we do. Wright’s descriptions of places and events is incredible. For example, post-mortem photography was a new thing to me. While I found it creepy it was also fascinating to learn about. And her description of the asylum was gripping.

Wright isn’t afraid to tackle issues such as mental illness, dementia, and autism. But she does it with love and grace, showing that keeping secrets is hurtful, and that everyone is worthy of love and respect.

I highly recommend you add this to your “Must Read” list.

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