Sunday, December 22, 2013

All in Good Time

In “All in Good Time” by Maureen Lang we meet Dessa Caldwell. Dessa is following in her friends footsteps and wants to open a house of refuge for former prostitutes in Denver. Dessa has many donors helping her but she needs more money to see her dream come to fruition. When she goes to Hawkins National Bank she meets the owner Henry Hawkins. Henry does not want to loan her the money but his uncle sees something in Dessa and ignores Henry’s wishes. Henry has a heart of steal and his uncle hopes that Dessa’s sweetness will bring the wall around his heart down. Dessa and Henry are drawn to each other but they are also wary of each other. They both also have deep dark secrets they don’t want the other to find out. Slowly a relationship develops but they are still cautious. They both know if their secrets are found out their relationship could be over before it is even started. Will they put their trust in God to see them through?

“All in Good Time” is a very well written book about life in Denver, Colorado in the late 1800’s. The author paints a great picture of the times and makes you feel like you are there. This book shows us that no matter what has happened in our past we only need to ask God for forgiveness and He will see us to a better future. This book shows us that sometimes our plans are not what He has in mind and we must always listen to Him. I received a complimentary copy of this book for this review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Captive Maiden

“The Captive Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson takes us to early 1400s Hagenheim. When Gisela was seven years old she met the duke’s fourteen year old son, Valten. Then one year later Gisela’s father dies and she is left in the care of her evil stepmother and two stepsisters. Over the next ten years to help her get through the monotonous days she daydreams about Valten. Then one day she runs into him at the market place. Valten is immediately drawn to her and soon decides he wants her for his own. Gisela does everything in her power to attend the tournament and ball that the duke is throwing and hopes to capture his heart. When Gisela’s stepmother tries to keep them apart, Valten has to rescue the damsel in distress. Gisela and Valten both rely on God to see them through and bring them back together safe and sound.

This book is a new take on the fairytale “Cinderella”. The author brings the “Cinderella” plot a new life as she incorporates God and faith into the story and also makes it into a story that adults will want to read and can relate to. This book is labeled as young adult but I think all adults will enjoy this book as it will take them on a new adventure with a beloved fairytale from childhood. This book shows us that when we have God in our lives and trust in him then all things are possible. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Emma of Aurora

“Emma of Aurora” by Jane Kirkpatrick is the complete Change and Cherish Trilogy and tells the story of pioneer woman Emma Wagner Giesy. “A Clearing in the Wild” opens up in 1850s Bethel, Missouri. Emma has her heart set on marrying Christian Giesy but the leader of their colony forbids it. Emma is very outspoken and longs for independence from the colony. Christian is a recruiter of the colony and their leader depends on him and does not think Emma is the right woman for him. When they are allowed to finally marry Christian is gone all the time scouting for new recruits. When Emma learns that the leader is sending him to Oregon to find a new location for the colony she does everything in her power to make sure she is on the trip. What Emma did not count on was all the hardships she would face along the way.

“A Tendering in the Storm” picks up the story in Washington Territory. Emma and Christian have settled in and made a home for themselves away from the new colony. They have two children and things seem to be going better for them. But then tragedy strikes and Emma finds herself a widow with a third child on the way. When her husband’s family tries to take her sons away from her she marries Jack Giesy a distant cousin of Christian’s. She thought that they could have a good marriage but the true Jack starts showing through. Emma soon realizes that she needs the protection of the colony and leaves her husband.

“A Mending at the Edge” takes place in the new territory of Aurora. Emma lives there with her four children and is estranged from her husband. She knows she made a mistake and is trying to make up for her bad decisions. Even though the colony has accepted her and her family she still is searching for a purpose in the colony. She faces many tough days but she is a strong willed woman who keeps pushing through.

Emma Wagner Giesy was true pioneer woman. She left her home and started out on a new journey with the man she loved. The two of them kept their eyes on God and trusted to see them through the dark times they encountered. If you are a fan of true pioneer stories then you will enjoy this trilogy. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Click here to read Chapter 1 of "A Clearing in the Wild".

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Carolina Gold

In “Carolina Gold” by Dorothy Love we meet Charlotte Fraser. The year is 1868 and Charlotte has returned to the South Carolina Lowcountry with hopes of restoring her father’s rice plantation, Fairhaven. The war has turned the south upside down and the planters have to adapt to a new way of life. Charlotte is determined that Fairhaven will once again be the great plantation it was before the war. Soon after returning home Charlotte meets her new neighbor Nicholas Betancourt. Nicholas is the heir to Willowood Plantation and he is on a mission to prove ownership of the plantation. Nicholas has two young daughters and he asks Charlotte to tutor them; she needs the money so she reluctantly agrees. What she did not plan on was developing feelings for their father. When Nicholas leaves for New Orleans on a quest for ownership papers to his plantation his daughters are given over to Charlotte. She and the girls do not hear from him and soon fear the worst. Charlotte journeys to New Orleans in hopes of finding Nicholas. While there she remembers something her father told her that could be disaster for any relationship she has with Nicholas.

This was another great book by Dorothy Love. This is a story of a young woman who does not want to be a burden to anyone and is determined to stand on her own two feet even when everything is against her. This story also shows us that when we are faced with hard decisions and we turn to God and rely on Him, He will see us through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.