Tag Archive | Christian Fiction

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

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Reunion by Lauraine Snelling

Reunion“The Sorenson family has always been a tight-knit clan, gathering every year at Dagmar Sorenson’s home in Munsford, where her children Kiera and Marcus also live. This year, the first time since Dagmar’s passing, will be bittersweet. Kiera dutifully sorts through Dagmar’s belongings, desperately searching for her birth certificate so she can apply for a passport for a much-dreamed-for trip to Norway. Why did her mother hide the document? The fifty-year-old secret shakes her whole world. Who is she? Who is her father? And who was the woman she called Mother? How can she tell her family the truth? Her brother, Marcus, and his wife, Leah, have a devastating secret of their own. Their college-bound daughter, Kristen, is pregnant. Has she destroyed the bright future she’s earned? Her father’s trust? And what about his ministry? As the reunion draws closer, the secret each family member keeps erodes the solid bonds between them. Will the truth break them entirely?”

Reunion is a stand alone novel by Lauraine Snelling. 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’s Abiding Joy by Janette Oke

Love's Abiding Joy“The coming of the railroad has bridged those frontier miles, making possible the long-awaited reunion between daughter Missie and her parents, Clark and Marty Davis. And the visit turns out to be everything they had expected, including the heartwarming introductions to two adorable grandsons. Then the joyful time is shattered…”

Love’s Abiding Joy is the fourth book in the Love Comes Softly series. In the previous novel we read about the long move that Missie and Willie made west and of their family expanding. By the time this novel begins a few years have passed and little Nathan isn’t the only child that Missie and Willie have. The railroad has also finally come to their town and made it possible for Clark and Marty to get the “if-only’s” they had been dreaming about for the past few years. The reunion between mother and daughter wasn’t just emotional for Marty and Missie, I even found myself tearing up while reading about their reunion. I can’t imagine not being able to see my family, or even hearing their voices, for years. Continue reading

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

love comes softly“Nineteen-year-old Marty Claridge starts west with her adventurous, boyish husband, Clem, seeking to claim land and hoping for good fortune. But when the venture turns suddenly to tragedy, Marty is left alone with her great loss. And coupled with her grief and heartache is the grim reality that there is no way to return home. Clark Davis and his little girl, Missie, are also in great need. Clark’s wife has died, leaving him to care for Missie and the farm at the same time. His offer to Marty comes with good intention, but will courage and faith be enough to bring them to true love?”

When I first discovered Christian novels this was the first book (and series) that I read. At that time I was in middle school and didn’t understand exactly what was being said or hinted at. Either way, I found myself in love with this genre. It included two of my favorite things: history and God. When a book is about a topic you are passionate about and an era you wish you could have experienced yourself, then it will no doubt be a great book. Continue reading

Love Finds You in Calico California by Elizabeth Ludwig

Love Finds you in Calico California“A spunky young seamstress weaves her own story in a world run by men. When news of a silver strike reaches her Virginia hometown, Abigail Watts packs up her needles and thread and follows her beloved father out West. But when she’s suddenly left alone in the rough mining town of Calico, California, Abigail finds herself pressed into a marriage of convenience with the local livery owner, Nathan Hawk. Determined to uncover the mystery surrounding her father’s death in the mines, Abigail agrees to stay in Calico. But when the truth sets her free, will she decide to leave the town – and Nathan – for good?”

I’m just going to come out and say it, I really disliked this book. When we had gone to Myrtle Beach this summer we stopped at a Christian Bookstore and this was one of the few books that I brought back home with me. After reading the back cover I was excited to read this novel but, like I already said, I was very disappointed. This book was extremely easy to predict. By the time I was about a fourth of the way into it I knew what had happened and what to expect. 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