Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Captain's Bride

In “The Captain’s Bride” by Lisa Tawn Bergren we meet several Norwegian’s as they move to America. Elsa has finally married the man of her dreams, Peder. Peder comes from a wealthy shipping family and has decided to open a new shipping business in America. Elsa has loved Peder all of her life and is ready for their new life in America. Their journey is not smooth sailing however. They soon find that Elsa’s younger sister, Tora, is a stowaway. Selfish Tora would do anything to leave Norway but she did not count on having to pay for the mistakes she made to get there. Also on the ship is Elsa’s longtime friend, Kaatje. Kaatje hopes that she and her husband can make a new start in America and that he will be faithful to her if he is away from temptation. While on the ship, however, Tora and Kaatje’s husband have an affair that results in Tora making more bad choices and hurting those that care for her. Soon friendships and loves are tested as they try to make better lives in a land of so much promise. Will these three women find better lives in America?

This is the first book in The Northern Lights Series. You will cheer from Elsa, ache for Kaatje and want to slap some sense into Tora. This book draws you into these women’s lives as they set out for a better future and rely on God to see them through. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to visit the author's website.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Wishing on Willows

In “Wishing on Willows” by Katie Ganshert, we are once again taken to the town of Peaks, Iowa. Robin is a young, widowed mother trying to keep her café running. The Willow Tree Café was the dream of her and her husband’s. When her husband was suddenly taken from her, her dream and son were the only things that kept her going. Now there is somebody trying to take that dream away. With a big business coming near Peaks the town has decided it needs something to draw people to the small town. Ian McKay plans to build condos in the town. The only problem is the spot he wants to build is Robin’s café. The two are stubborn and both refuse to give up. There also seems to be spark between the two. Robin refuses to love any man after losing her husband because she does not want to go through the heartbreak again. Ian’s marriage ended badly and he is still dealing with the grief. What will happen in the small town of Peaks? Will God give Robin and Ian a second chance at love together?

When we first met Robin in “Wildflowers from Winter” she was faced with losing her husband and learning that she was pregnant. This book continues her story and also brings back the familiar faces from the first book. You will cheer for Robin and grieve with her and Ian and their stories unfold. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to read the first chapter.

All for a Song

In “All for a Song” by Allison Pittman, we meet Dorothy Lynn Dunbar. Dorothy Lynn grew up in a small town where her father was the preacher. When her father becomes ill a new preacher arrives in town, her mother thinks he is the perfect man for Dorothy Lynn. After her father dies and several months of courting, Reverend Brent Logan asks for her hand in marriage. Dorothy Lynn starts to get anxious because she has always longed for more. When she takes a trip to St. Louis to visit her sister she meets Roland. He is a part of Aimee Semple McPherson’s crusade team. Roland finds out that Dorothy Lynn writes songs and has her come to the meeting one night to sing. Everyone loves Dorothy Lynn. Roland talks her into continuing with them all the way to California. Brent is not happy that Dorothy Lynn wants to do this but decides it is better for her to get the wanderlust out of her system before they marry. Dorothy Lynn soon gets caught up in the world that was the Roaring Twenties. Will Dorothy Lynn leave Brent for a life with Roland?

I could not put this book down. When the book opens it is on the eve of Dorothy Lynn’s 107th birthday. I love that the author keeps coming back to that day throughout the book. I am sure there were many young ladies that wanted to put on the flapper dresses and embrace the Roaring Twenties but it is nice to see that while Dorothy Lynn was able to do this she was also able to follow her heart and keep God in her sight. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

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