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From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling

from-this-day-forward“Deborah MacCallister, head nurse at the Blessing hospital, has loved Toby Valders since her school days, but she’s had enough of their on-again, off-again relationship. With the help of the young woman of Blessing, Deborah decides that by the end of the summer she will either have won Toby’s heart – or she’ll give up on him forever. Toby truly cares for Deborah, but he’s never felt like he could commit to marriage or a family. When Anton Gendarme, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, sparks fly between Deborah and Anton. The sudden competition makes Toby do some serious soul-searching, but is it too late? As the town of Blessing prepares for harvest, Deborah faces the most important decision of her life. But where does her heart truly belong?”

This novel is the final book in the Song of Blessing series. When I first started reading it I was a bit hesitant for a few reasons. But before I state one of those reasons let me just say that I absolutely love Lauraine’s novels! She is one of my all time favorite authors and not too long ago (about a year or two) I had the pleasure to not only meet her but also have a brief interview with her!! Continue reading

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

A Beauty Refined“Phoebe Van Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions – both for her and the gemstones – are not what she thinks. Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie – a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom. Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.”

This novel, A Beauty Refined, is the second book in the series Sapphires Brides. I’ll be honest and say that I have not read the first novel but I greatly enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White

The Lost Heiress“Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. When her friend Justin uncovers the fact that she is possibly a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea and the estate of her supposed family. The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close – but will their loyalty come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother? As heir to dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that their friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together? And then for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession – and those who can save her still aren’t sure whom to trust.” Continue reading

The Potter’s Lady by Judith Miller

The Potter's Lady“When Rose McKay convinces her brother, Ewan, to invest in a pottery business, she’s determined to assist him in making the endeavor a success. A recent graduate of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, she believes she can design pieces that will sell well. Rose also reconnects with Joshua Harkness, who oversees his own family’s pottery works and promises to help her. Rylan Campbell has never liked change, but the new owners of the pottery seem to be decent folks. He just wishes Rose wouldn’t insist on changing the way they do things. Then McKay Pottery begins to lose business to the Harkness company, and Rylan suspects Joshua may be secretly taking advantage of Rose. When Franklin Hotel announces a design contest, it could be the opportunity McKay Pottery needs to achieve recognition and clients. Rose and Rylan work together to create something magnificent. With Joshua’s company as their main rival, can Rylan convince Rose her trust in Joshua may spell ruin for them all?”

The Potter’s Lady is the second novel in the Refined By Love series. Continue reading

The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller

Brickmaker's Bride“Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it’s Ewan’s job to get the company up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man – a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he’ll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job. But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?”

The Brickmaker’s Bride is the first novel in the Refined by Love series. I really enjoyed reading this novel. Continue reading

Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist

LoveontheLine_mockup.indd“Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man’s world… which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder. Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He’s a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.” 

This is the first book that I have ever read from this author, Deeanne Gist, and I really enjoyed this novel. Her writing style is similar to many other Christian Fiction writers, but at the same time it’s different. The main story line, a damsel in distress meets a knight in shining armor, is similar to many other novels in this particular genre but how the story unfolds is unique. I really enjoyed this novel and the mystery within was fascinating. The main female character, Georgie, is a lot like females are today: independent and fearless. Continue reading

The Shunning by Beverly Lewis

Shunning - Movie version“All her life she longed for the forbidden things, but will her dreams come at a price too dear to pay? Why would Katie Lapp’s mother, a plain and simple Amishwoman who embraces the Old Ways, hide a beautiful satin baby dress in the attic? The staggering answer comes to light on the eve of Katie’s wedding to widower Bishop John, throwing her life – present and future – into confusion.” 

This was one of the first Amish novels that I have ever read. I have a few friends, well cousins, that are huge fans of Beverly Lewis’ novels and have encouraged me to give her a chance. As most of you have seen on my blog so far, I am a history nerd. I love historical fiction books, basically anything historical, and since the Amish kind of live in historical times I thought that I would be a fan of novels about them. To be honest, I don’t really enjoy books about the Amish. I can’t say exactly why I’m not a fan of them but I know one of the reasons is that their culture and lifestyle confuses me. It’s a lot different from what I am use to and will most likely just take a little getting use to. As for the book itself, it was interesting. Continue reading