Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Pelican Bride

“The Pelican Bride” by Beth White takes us to the Gulf Coast in 1704. Genevieve Gaillian and her sister must leave France and head to the Louisiana colony. Genevieve and her sister promised to marry one of the men in the new colony as an escape from the King and his strict religious laws. The first person Genevieve meets in the new colony is Tristan Lanier. Tristan is a Canadian cartographer who came down to the Gulf Coast with Bienville to map the new land. After losing his first wife in a horrific way he has vowed to never marry again. But after meeting the beautiful Genevieve he can’t get her out of his mind. Many of the men in the colony chase Genevieve but she is waiting for true love and she believes she has found that in Tristan. Once the two marry it seems that their secret pasts may drive them apart. Will they be able to survive in this harsh land?

In this book we see how different people react to tragedies in their lives. Genevieve drew closer to God and trusted Him to see her through while Tristan distanced himself from God. We also see how two people’s secrets can damage a relationship but that if they put their faith in God He will show them the truth. This is the first book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles and it will draw you in from the beginning as it paints a very detailed picture of what life was like during that time. This is a book full of romance, history, and intrigue that will keep you turning the pages. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mark of Distinction

“Mark of Distinction” by Jessica Dotta takes us back to Victorian London to the intriguing story of Julia Elliston. In “Born of Persuasion” Julia was left in the care of a guardian and was to be sent as a servant to Scotland. She had longed to marry her childhood sweetheart, Edward, but was denied. She thought she found sanctuary in Mr. Macy but shortly after the wedding found out he was not who he seemed. Now she is living with her father in hopes that he will protect her from those who are after her. She’s uncovered many secrets but she is still left in the dark about many things. She learns that her father is a very wealthy man and that she will inherit all of his wealth even if she is his illegitimate daughter. Her father plans to thrust her into London society and marry her off since her first marriage was not legal. The man he has picked for her, Lord Dalry, vows to help her every step of the way. Along the way he falls in love with Julia but her heart still belongs to Edward. Can Lord Dalry win Julia’s heart?

This book will keep you turning the pages and make you wonder what will happen next. This book is filled with intrigue and vividly describes the Victorian times in London. This book continues Julia’s spiritual awakening as well. In the first book we learn that the man she thought was her father was an atheist. Edward pushed her to discover the truth about God and in this book we see how she finally accepts God and turns to Him to see her through. I highly recommend reading “Born of Persuasion” first to get Julia’s entire story. “Mark of Distinction” will leave you hanging for the conclusion of the Price of Privilege trilogy. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Love Comes Calling

“Love Comes Calling” by Siri Mitchell takes us to 1924 Boston. Ellis Eton is from a very wealthy and influential family on Beacon Hill. She attends Radcliffe College but she dreams of Hollywood. She always seems to be getting into trouble and sometimes bringing others with her. When a friend asks Ellis a favor she finds herself once again promising not to let someone down. Everyone knows Ellis is not the most reliable and steady person. Ellis pretends to be someone else and goes to work as a telephone operator. She must abide by the rules for two weeks and not get her friend fired. On the first day she overhears a plot to cause harm to her childhood friend turned love interest, Griffin. She sets out to uncover the bad guys but the problem is that the bad guys know who she is and that she knows. Another problem she faces is that she knows Griffin wants a serious relationship with her but she does not think she would be good enough for him. Will Ellis figure out what her heart really desires before it’s too late?

This is another wonderful book by Siri Mitchell. It will pull you into the roaring twenties and paint a picture of what life was like during prohibition. She gives very detailed descriptions of the speakeasies that popped up during that time along with corruption going on in Boston. This book will make you chuckle at some of the situations Ellis finds herself in and you will feel for her as she always feels like a letdown to her family. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Critical Condition

In “Critical Condition” by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. we meet Dr. Shannon Frasier. The book opens to a dinner party at her house with friends. Everything seems to be going fine until they hear gunshots. When a stranger dies on her front lawn it brings back old memories Shannon wished to keep locked inside. Ten years prior she lost her boyfriend to a drive by shooting. The most recent murder also brings new problems to her life especially when her sister shows up and seems to have a connection to the man who was murdered. The police seem to focus on Shannon and her sister as there two primary suspects when other details unravel. Shannon also has to deal with the feelings she has for her current boyfriend. He is ready for a commitment but she is too scared to offer that. The two draw closer and Shannon starts to have a relationship with God again but will it be too late?

This was an amazing book that you will not be able to put down. It is a fast paced thriller that will keep you pulled in and turning the pages and wondering what will happen next. In this book we see how we all must turn everything over to God and realize that we are not God. He is the one in power but if we turn to Him and trust in Him He will give us the strength to do what we did not think we could do and to move forward in our lives. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from BookLook.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement

“A Sensible Arrangement” by Tracie Peterson takes us to 1893 Denver, Colorado. When Marty Olson lost her first husband she never wanted to find love again. She answers an ad for a marriage of convenience and leaves Texas to head to Colorado. Jake Wythe had his heart broken by his first wife and does not want to marry again but the board of directors of the bank he manages is pressuring him to find a wife. He thinks Marty will be the perfect companion. But the two have secrets that could damage their relationship. Jake wants to head back to Texas and buy a ranch; Marty never wants to see Texas again and wants to sell her ranch. Marty does everything she can to fit in with Denver society so that Jake will not want to leave. Jake does everything he can to convince Marty that Texas is where their future lies. They also have to face a collapsing economy and a mystery surrounding the bank. In the midst of all of this the two start to fall in love but they are both scared of rejection from the other so they keep their feelings a secret. Will all these secrets destroy their sensible arrangement?

This is another amazing book by Tracie Peterson that sweeps you away. The characters in this book face many challenges and feelings that we do in today’s world. Marty was so overcome by grief from losing her first husband that she turned away from God. She thinks that God is not a very loving God to take away those that love and worship Him. Marty and Jake both fear falling in love and facing rejection from someone they care deeply about. We can all put ourselves in their shoes and learn something from this book and remember to turn towards God in our times of need. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tide and Tempest

“Tide and Tempest” by Elizabeth Ludwig takes us to New York to a world of intrigue and murder. Tillie McGrath left Ireland with her fiancé two years earlier. On the voyage to America her fiancé died. She moved into a boardinghouse in New York to start a life of her own. Her world gets thrown upside down when Captain Keondric Morgan reappears. He has always thought about the beautiful woman he left at the boardinghouse but when he finds out that her fiancé was murdered on his boat he knows that Tillie’s life may very well be in danger as well. He sets out with the help of his brother to uncover the evil plot to find out why someone would want Tillie dead. As the two spend time together their feelings deepen but both are scared to admit it to the other. Keondric thinks that Tillie has fallen for his brother and Tillie thinks that Keondric feelings are just friendly concern. Will the two be able to solve this mystery and live happily ever after?

This is a story that tests the faith of Tillie and Keondric. Tillie feels that she is unworthy of forgiveness from God so she has never been able to fully forgive herself for her past sins. We see how once she is able to forgive herself God leads her to the great love she has been hoping for. This is the third book in the Edge of Freedom series and it is a very well written book that will sweep you into this devious plot. I highly recommend reading “No Safe Harbor” and “Dark Road Home” to get the complete story from the beginning. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley.