Reviews

Eternity Between Us by Stephenia McGee

51sZUP9HMcL“This tale brings a turbulent time to life with nuance and sensitivity.”
JOCELYN GREEN, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series

“An unnatural thunder rumbled through the air, carrying with it not thoughts of rain but of smoke and trepidation…”

After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.

Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?

Based on first-hand accounts from the Civil War and with a strong romantic thread, this is a tale of faith, espionage, hope, and courage historical fiction fans won’t want to miss.

Seriously, author Stephenia McGee continues to outdo her own writing with each novel she pens. This one is fabulous. And let’s just talk about the cover a minute. I love it! The ethereal feel just pulls me in.

McGee does a great job of combining an intriguing plot with romance, faith in God, and history. The addition of actual first-hand accounts adds depth and even more interest to the story. Strong, well-developed characters along with incredible descriptions make this a page turner. You won’t want to put it down.

If you enjoy engaging historical novels with true life facts then read this book. If you’ve never tried engaging historical novels, then read this book. You’ll be glad you did!

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

 

The Christmas Remedy by Cindy Woodsmall

51ceMhXHq2LWhen an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of “big box” stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface–and possibly love.

Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene’s Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community–a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can’t marry and hold onto her professional job. She’s Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases–like the one that claimed her father’s life.

As long as Holly continues to avoid Joshua Smucker, the one man who draws her like a warm hearth in winter, she should be fine. When something unexpected threatens Greene’s Pharmacy, Holly and Joshua must work together to unravel what’s happened and find the “missing” patient before the Board of Pharmacy shuts them down. As the snows of December arrive, with Christmas in the air, will Holly succumb to the generous spirit of the season?

Let’s just cut to the chase. I loved this book and will definitely re-read it. Now, why did I enjoy it?

This is a unique Christmas story. We have an Amish woman doing things that we don’t expect. As the back of the book tells us, she’s been allowed to continue her education. I really enjoyed this twist. And to top it off there’s a mystery to be solved!

The characters were wonderful. Charming, not so charming, and real; you will love them! And the descriptions of the town were so good that I want to go visit and hang out at the pharmacy.

The book discusses the pharmacy “life style” and heart behind it, it talks about family and what makes a family (not just blood), and the desire to help others, making this a heart-warming story. I highly recommend it!

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

 

Literarily for Keeps by Sarah Monzon

41yp-7xYIHLShe only has to pretend to be married for five days. What’s the worst that could happen? 

Literature professor Ashleigh Darmody never imagined her life would turn into a classic trope, but that’s exactly what happens when her sister Claire calls with a bizarre request–quickly find a fake husband. Backstory is a powerful thing, and Ashleigh’s has plenty of shadows, but is her past so shady that it requires an elaborate scheme to ensure Claire’s prospective father-in-law, renowned TV evangelist Ken Abrams, will give her his blessing to marry his son?
Already divorced from a man who turned out to be other than he claimed, Ashleigh now has to pretend to be blissfully married to a stranger for the next five days. But when the lines of fiction and reality blur with each tick of the clock, could a temporary deal turn into something for keeps?

First, don’t you love the cover? It’s so whimsical! Guess what? So is the story! Whimsical and fun. Don’t get me wrong, there are some deep subjects in here. We see how easy it is to judge someone’s heart and then how that affects life. (I won’t say more because I don’t want to give anything way.) But gee, there sure is entertainment when we see how far a sister will go to help. I did a lot of giggling.

This is a novella, so a quick read. And especially quick because I couldn’t put it down. Seriously, treat yourself to Literarily for Keeps!

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

 

Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

51AnAx5-V7L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_From the award-winning author of Catching the Wind, which Publishers Weekly called “unforgettable” and a “must-read,” comes another gripping time-slip novel about hidden treasure, a castle, and ordinary people who resisted evil in their own extraordinary way.
The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan―even their very lives―in jeopardy. Especially when the Nazis come to scour the estate and find both Luzia and the treasure gone.

Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambithat connects her to Annika’s story . . . and maybe to the long-buried story of a dear friend. As she digs into the past, Callie must risk venturing outside the safe world she’s built for a chance at answers, adventure, and maybe even new love.

I can’t say enough good about this book. A time-slip, author Melanie Dobson has done a wonderful job of combining two eras. A very difficult time in history along with a current day mystery kept me reading as quickly as I could.

Twists and turns. Secrets. Hurts to be healed. Romance. Vivid details about Vienna and other places. Characters that are very well developed. This book has it all. There are some difficult scenes but the description of those is not overtly graphic so they weren’t difficult to read. There is even a surprising twist that brought explanation, redemption, and closure. At least it surprised me!

If you enjoy historical fiction that doesn’t shy away from hard truths, then Hidden Among the Stars is for you. It is simply stunning.

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

 

The Brave Art of Motherhood by Rachel Marie Martin

51lSVTDYUXL._SY346_Full-time FindingJoy.net blogger, speaker, marketer, podcaster, and single mom of seven, Rachel Martin presents a pivotal book for moms to spark the hope they need to overcome self-doubt, fear, pressure, and isolation.

This book is part encouragement and part rally cry for moms everywhere who have gotten lost within the pages of their own story, undervaluing all they do every day and exchanging the beauty of who they are for a Pinterest-perfect illusion. It gives you the tools you need to overcome fear, loneliness, and inaction.
By drawing on anecdotes and lessons from her own life, Rachel empowers moms to forget their past mistakes, celebrate what they’ve already accomplished, and dare to be real about their struggles. She teaches them to cheer each other on toward better days, so that “alone” is replaced with “comradeship” and “fear” is replaced with “courage.”
You can make changes. You can overcome fear and doubt. You can pursue dreams, find yourself, and live a life of deep happiness and uncontainable joy.

Author Rachel Martin just doesn’t mess around. She is very open about her life; the pain and the triumphs. She understands fear and isolation and presents a way to overcome. This is in no way a tell-all but an open honest discussion with someone who becomes a friend.

Martin will give you confidence as a mother. She’ll show you that you can be a mother and still have dreams for yourself. Dreams that you can fulfill. She’ll show you how to come alongside other moms and be their cheerleaders.

You will read and reread this book. I suggest you do it with highlighter in hand, but however you choose to, just read this book. Go ahead and cry. Step out of your comfort zone. Get to know your neighbor. You are brave!

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

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