Monday, February 19, 2018

Out of the Ashes

"Out of the Ashes" by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse takes us back to Curry, Alaska in 1926. In this story we meet Jean-Michel and Katherine. These two met and fell in love in France. But Katherine's father did not like the match so without warning he moved his family back to America and forced Katherine into a loveless marriage. Jean-Michel joined the military and went off to fight in the Great Syrian Revolt of 1925. Both Jean-Michel and Katherine faced many horrors and never thought they'd see one another again, but Katherine is now a widow and her match making grandmother has a plan. When the two see each other again in Curry the love is still there but they are both too wounded by the past to think about a future together. With the help of others they slowly give their pain over to God and learn to trust in Him before they can heal their own brokenness in order to have a life together.

This is another fantastic story by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. They do a great job of painting such a vivid picture of life in Alaska all while telling a story full of hope, love and trust. In this story we see that no matter how broken we think we are we are always in God's hands and His plan for us is better than we could ever imagine. This book brings back many familiar characters from "In the Shadow of Denali" but it can be read as a standalone. However, I highly recommend reading them both. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

"The Ladies of Ivy Cottage" by Julie Klassen takes us back to 1820 England to the little village of Ivy Hill. This book continues the story of Rachel Ashford and Mercy Grove. Rachel has been left destitute after her father's death. She moves into Ivy Cottage where Mercy runs an all girls school. Rachel helps Mercy with the girls but she feels that she needs to make her own way. The ladies in the village convince her to open a library at Ivy Cottage. A library is just what the village needs and Rachel finally feels that she has something to contribute. But she is still not complete. All of her life she has loved Sir Timothy but many different things have kept them apart. When another man comes to the village and sets his mind on marrying Rachel she find herself with a difficult decision to make. She is not the only one with problems of the heart. Mercy finds herself drawn to someone she knows her family would not approve of. Her parents are determined to see her married to the right kind of man and she is given an ultimatum that could make her lose everything she loves.

This is the second book in the Tales from Ivy Hill and it is every bit as wonderful as "The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill". The author does a great job of keeping the story flowing and transporting the reader into the story. You will feel like you are there with Mercy and Rachel as they go about their day to day lives. This is a wonderful story that shows us how we sometimes must wait and go through trials in order to become the person we are supposed to be. If we put our faith in God he will bring us through to a better future. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Blind Spot

"Blind Spot" by Dani Pettrey takes us on a wild ride with FBI agent Declan Grey. After Declan hears an ominous warning from a suicide bomber, he knows he must do everything possible to protect his country. This leads him on a life and death investigation with the help of his lifelong friends. What Declan does not count on is having Tanner Shaw as a partner. He's acquainted with Tanner and even though he does not want to admit it he's strongly attracted to her as well. The two of them are at odds quite often and fight falling for each other as the threats and tensions mount. As the two of them fight for their lives and to protect the ones they love they realize they can't extinguish the spark between them. Will they be able to put an end to the terrorists and find their happily ever after?

This is the third book in the Chesapeake Valor series and it is one that will keep you pulled in until the end. The author does a wonderful job of bringing all the characters into the story and keeping the reader intrigued. The reader will feel transported into the book. The author does an amazing job of showing us through her characters how we must adapt and grow to new situations instead of staying in the same routine. I highly recommend reading "Cold Shot" and "Still Life" first to get the full background on all the characters and the events that lead up to this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Cherished Mercy

"Cherished Mercy" by Tracie Peterson takes us once again to Oregon Territory in 1855. This book continues the story of the Flanagan sisters. Grace, Hope and Mercy travelled to Oregon after their parents died in hopes of starting new lives. Along the way they had many difficult times but through strength and faith in God they have persevered. Now Mercy has been asked to travel into the wilderness to help family friends, Isaac and Eletta. While there she meets Isaac's brother, Adam Browning. Adam is the preacher and part-time teacher at the mission and is doing everything he can to help teach the Indians and to bring peace between them and the white men. Although he is attracted to Mercy he vows to himself to stay away. He faced rejection before due to his heritage and does not want to go through that again. Mercy on the other hand wants to be friends but soon her feelings for Adam start to change. Tragedy soon comes to their door and they must depend on one and their feelings grow even deeper. Will Adam be able to put his past behind him for a future with Mercy?

This is the third book in the Heart of the Frontier series and it is another wonderfully written book. Tracie Peterson does a great job of painting such a vivid picture that you'll feel like you're there Mercy and Adam. This book does a good job of showing us how we must trust in God during the troublesome times in our lives. If we turn to Him and have faith He will see us through. This book also shows us that love can conquer our fears and help us live happy lives. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Promise of Dawn

"The Promise of Dawn" by Lauraine Snelling takes us on an adventure from Norway to Minnesota in 1909. The book opens in Norway where a letter has been received requesting Rune and Signe Carlson and their children to travel to America to help their aunt and uncle on their farm. Their uncle, Einar, pays their way and promises them land in exchange for working for him. When they arrive in Minnesota they find a harder life than they thought. They find Aunt Gerd confined to the bed and Einar is a difficult and hard taskmaster. Through love and patience Signe is able to soften Gerd's attitude but Einar doesn't budge. He constantly holds the debt over their heads and they soon start to wonder if they will have the life they have hoped for. They face many dangers and come close to losing all they hold dear. Will Rune and Signe be able to keep their faith in God to provide them a better and brighter furture?  

This is the first book in the new Under Northern Skies series and it does a wonderful job of drawing the reader in from the beginning. Lauraine Snelling is an amazing author that knows how to keep the readers attention while painting such a vivid picture of her characters and their lives. She also does a great job of incorporating life lessons in her books. In this book we see how frustrated Rune and Signe become but because they have made a promise they stand their ground and are able to persevere. We also see how Signe's faith is tested through the difficult time and she must learn to put her trust in God to see her through. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next one. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beloved Hope

"Beloved Hope" by Tracie Peterson continues the tale of the Flanagan sisters as they make their home in 1850 Oregon. This book focuses on Hope. Hope and her sisters, Grace and Mercy, came West in hopes of a better future. What they found was a lot of hard times and heartache along the way. Hope was a carefree and somewhat selfish teenage girl when they started their trip. After enduring the massacre at the mission they were living she has tried to go forward with her life. But everyday she thinks about it and all that was taken from her. She tends to keep to herself and has vowed to never marry. Until she meets Lance Kenner. Lance is a lieutenant in the army and is stationed in Hope's town. Their first meeting is a memorable one and they forge a friendship. Hope is leery of men and tries to keep her distance but Lance is able to slowly crack through the shell around her heart. Lance also has something from his past that he needs to deal with before he can have a future with Hope. Will they both be able to finally have peace and a future full of love?

As usual Tacie Peterson has done a wonderful job of telling a story that draws the reader in until the end. She paints a vivid picture of the characters and what life was like during the time. This is a story that deals with several dark events and shows us that even in our darkest time God is with us and with love and forgiveness we can find hope for a brighter future. I highly recommend reading "Treasured Grace" first so that you can get the full background of Hope's story. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

True to You

"True to You" by Becky Wade takes us to the Pacific Northwest where we meet Nora Bradford and John Lawson. Nora is the owner of a historical village and prefers to bury herself in the past. She suffered a broken heart and finds that it is easier to keep herself in a fictional world. And then she meets John. John is a former Navy SEAL who returned home a hero. John learns he has an inherited medical conditional and hires Nora to help him find his birth parents. While spending time together they both start to fall for each other. However there is one problem; John has a girlfriend. As time passes John realizes his feelings for Nora are getting too deep and knows he must end all connection with her. But he is miserable without her bright personality in his life. When they finally move forward in a relationship they discover that they are more connected than they realize it could cost them a future together.

This is a wonderfully written book that is full of hope, love and mercy. This book takes us on an adventure while also showing us that with God's love and guidance we can overcome any obstacle in our path if we will only place our trust in Him. This book is the first book in the Bradford Sisters Romance and introduces us to many other characters we will see in the next two books. I highly recommend this book. I receved a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.