Jan 6, 2018

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Book description: 

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story. 

My thoughts:

First of all, I think the cover of this book is absolutely stunning, and it was fascinating to get lost in this time period during the American Revolution.  Just like a bad dream, Elisabeth's life was changed in the wink of an eye, and all things familiar and safe were removed from her life.

Danger, betrayal, and even fighting for her very existence, Elisabeth finds strength from deep within to make something of her life.  Desperate times call for desperate measures, and she rose to the challenge with determination and independence. And what can be better than finding a sweet romance in the midst of a mess?

Lovers of historical fiction will love this new novel by Laura Frantz. Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Revell in exchange for my honest review.

Jan 3, 2018

A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer

Book description:

Danger Closes In. Can the Children be Rescued?

As the threat of World War II looms on the horizon, American Amity Mitchell is living a comfortable life abroad as a tutor in England. Life changes when an urgent telegram arrives from her brother, Andrew, summoning her to Prague. Nazi forces tighten their grip on the country, and Andrew's efforts to help Jewish children escape Czechoslovakia grow desperate. Children's lives are at risk. Amity knows she can't ignore God's call to join her brother's cause.

Amity's boss, Clark, arrives in Prague, urging her to return. Soon, he too finds himself helping prepare kindertransports bound for the safety of England. With the sound of German tanks rumbling over cobblestone streets, Amity and Clark race to save innocent lives. Will their prayers for deliverance be answered?

A Daring Escape is a gripping tale of hope, self-sacrifice, and the power of unrelenting love overcoming unspeakable hate.

My thoughts:

Amity is thrust into an unimaginable situation immediately when she arrives in Czechoslovakia.  Because she wants to help her brother, she willingly begins organizing kindertransports to her native country of England. Her own life back in England becomes a distant priority as she becomes aware of the desperation of the children she is trying to help.

Tricia Goyer makes this retelling of a very dark time in WW2 into a realistic, heart-wrenching and unforgettable story. I could definitely relate to Amity's sacrifice and love for the young children who were dependent on complete strangers, Amity included. Adding a sweet romance into the mix makes this story a perfect blend for lovers of historical fiction.

Although I did not read the first book in the London Chronicles, I could easily follow along with the characters in this second book in the series.  A Daring Escape is thoroughly enjoyable as a stand alone novel.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Dec 20, 2017

The Proving by Beverly Lewis

Book description:

Amish Fiction's #1 Author Presents a Touching Story of Perseverance and Second Chances

Amanda Dienner hasn't seen her Old Order family in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Now an Englisher, Mandy is shocked: Her twin sister should have been the obvious choice! What's more, the inheritance comes with a catch: The farmhouse inn will only truly be hers if she is able to successfully run it for twelve consecutive months.

Mandy accepts the challenge even though it means returning to Gordonville and the painful memories she left behind at eighteen. Still, she's determined to prove she is more than capable of running the bed-and-breakfast, no matter that its loyal clientele are expecting an Amish hostess!

The inn isn't Mandy's sole test, however. Rubbing shoulders with her married twin sister reopens wounds that Mandy isn't ready to forgive. And an Englisher guest with a difficult past of her own just complicates matters.

Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this year in Amish country prove a dreadful mistake?

My thoughts:

Beverly Lewis is one of my favourite authors, and The Proving was an absolute delight to read.  I was immediately immersed in the story of Mandy and her estranged family. The quaint bed and breakfast is somewhere I wish I could visit, and I would most likely stay for a long, long time.

There were secrets in the family, and only after the trial year passed was Mandy finally aware of what transpired without her knowledge. Mandy was challenged to examine her personal beliefs, her family traditions, and her place in the Amish community.

This book is great Amish fiction with a large dose of reality and a little bit of sweet romance.  Check it out, you won't regret it.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Dec 6, 2017

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

Book description:

Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn't approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she's developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman's widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal--but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life's storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives?

Through her award-winning, layered storytelling, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to leave behind their preconceived notions about love and life as they, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred--but they never really die. Based on a true story.

My thoughts:

Jennie's life in the late 1800's really touched my heart in so many ways.  Her struggles over the years are heartbreaking, yet she tackled life with perseverance and determination.  She married young, and her husband didn't provide the safe and happy life she had dreamed of.  Forced into a life of poverty and raising a child on her own, she was desperate to make a way for her little family.

I think what resonated with me the most is that the character of Jennie is real and believable. She lived a hard life, she loved with her whole heart, and she trusted people. All of this didn't guarantee an easy time for her, as she had heartache and struggles, as well as extreme loss and regrets. However, she also found love and contentment in rather unexpected ways. This is one of the best books I have read recently and I highly recommend All She Left Behind.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.