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The Promise Of Dawn

September 11, 2017
The Promise Of Dawn Book Cover The Promise Of Dawn
Under Northern Skies, Book 1
Lauraine Snelling
Historical Christian Fiction
Bethany House Publishers
August 1, 2017
386
Bethany House Publishers

Description of The Promise Of Dawn

Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Launches New Immigrant Series

When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn’t an easy life, it wasn’t as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?

My review of The Promise Of Dawn

I have loved Lauraine Snelling’s stories for quite a while now. When Bethany House Publisher’s offered me a copy of this book, I was thrilled! I am so glad that there is to be another series of books about immigrants from Norway coming to America to start a new life.

This book starts with Uncle Einar requesting help from relatives in Norway. He is a logger in Minnesota. His wife, Gerd is bedridden and he has no children to help him.

Signe and Rune along with their three son’s agree to travel to America to help his uncle. They hope to make a better life for their family in America.

The conditions at Uncle Einar’s place are worse than Signe even imagined. Tired and worn out from the voyage and cross country trip Signe is faced with challenges she is not sure she is equippped to handle. She questions God and and His wisdom in sending them into these circumstances.

I love historical fiction, so this book was a delight to read. I love reading about the people who came into an area and tamed it, no matter the hardships they faced. Signe and Rune are people who had a dream and worked hard to make that dream come true. I look forward to reading the other books to come in this series.

I hope you pick up a copy of this book and enjoy it as much as I did.

Enjoy!

About the author

Award-winning and best selling author Lauraine Snelling began living her dream to be a writer with her first published book for young adult readers, Tragedy on the Toutle, in 1982. She has since continued writing more horse books for young girls, adding historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers to her repertoire. All told, she has over eighty books published with more than 4 million copies in print.

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The Witness

August 28, 2017
The Witness Book Cover The Witness
Dee Henderson
Romantic Suspense
Tyndale House Publishers
November 4, 2011
378
purchased

Description of The Witness

Police Chief Luke Granger’s witness to a murder, Amy Griffin, has been on the run for years. Her family thinks she was murdered eight years ago, but Amy chose to accept a life in the shadows in order to protect her sisters’ lives. Now unveiled secrets about their father have thrust the sisters into the public spotlight. The man who wants Amy dead now sees her sisters as the way to locate her. Luke and two of his homicide detectives are determined to stand in the way. They are each falling in love with a different sister, and it’s become a personal mission to keep them safe. But chances are that at least one of them will fail, and facing the future will take a faith deeper than any of them currently knows.

My review of The Witness

I loved this book!

This book has a wonderful plot. The tension is perfect all the way to the end of the story. The three sisters are endearing and who doesn’t like the two hero cops who protect them.

I think this book has everything: good plot, good characters, inspirational and suspense.

Now if you are looking for a straight up romance, this won’t be for you. If you like a good mystery with your romance then this is a book you’ll love. This isn’t what I would call a Christian book, but it is a clean read, no cussing or sex.

I love Dee Henderson’s writing. I somehow missed this book when it came out in 2011. I was thrilled to find one I hadn’t read.

Pick up a copy and let me know what you think of it.

Enjoy!

About the author

Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O’Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA’s RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online. Visit her at www.deehenderson.com.

 

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Jack Be Quick (Strike Force: An Iniquus Romantic Suspense)

August 21, 2017
Jack Be Quick (Strike Force: An Iniquus Romantic Suspense) Book Cover Jack Be Quick (Strike Force: An Iniquus Romantic Suspense)
Strike Force
Fiona Quinn
Romantic Suspense
Amazon Digital Services
July 17, 2017
293
purchased

Description of Jack Be Quick

The prayer on her lips is JACK Be Quick.

It’s been months since ex-Navy SEAL Jack McCullen last saw his fiancée, Suz Molloy. He was on the other side of the world involved in a grueling black ops mission for Iniquus Corporation at the behest of the US government. Mission fail meant a special flight home, and an ambulance ride to the hospital where Suz should have been waiting for him.

Devastated by Jack’s last death-defying act of heroism, life quickly takes a turn for the worse for Suz. Terrorists attack the school where Suz teaches first-grade. Suz saves her students’ lives, but her own moment of heroism leads the terrorists to believe she is a CIA operative. Suz is taken hostage.

When Jack rouses from his surgery to find Suz missing, he knows something is very wrong. Led by the psychic “knowings” of his Iniquus colleague, Lynx, Jack risks everything as he desperately tries to reach Suz in time to thwart the terrorists’ plot and save her.

This time, his mission is for more than love of country; it’s for the love of his life – his heart and soul.

My Review of Jack Be Quick

What a nail biter!

This newest book by Fiona Quinn is everything I thought it would be. The characters are people I became invested in. I hoped Suz and Jack would remain together in the future, but  there were times I thought her fears would be the end of them. I can relate to her. It was interesting for me to read how Jack handled fear, and pushed through it.

The plot was intruiging. Children being kidnapped so the bad guys could influence the grandfather’s votes. The protocols Jack put in place at Suz’s school were awesome! I personally sat through teacher training each year that was ridiculous. I would have loved to have the training that Suz received, it was very effective.

The jungle camp scenes were filled with tension. Once Suz was in the jungle with the boys I kept reading till I finished the book.

If you like romantic suspense novels, this one is a must.

If you pick up a copy, please let me know what you thought of it.

Enjoy!

About the author

Canadian born, Fiona Quinn is now rooted in the Old Dominion outside of D.C. with her husband and children. There, she homeschools, pops chocolates, devours books, and taps continuously on her laptop.

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To Wager Her Heart

July 31, 2017
To Wager Her Heart Book Cover To Wager Her Heart
The Belle Meade Plantation Series (Book 3)
Tamera Alexander
Historical Fiction
Zondervan
August 8, 2017
405

Description of to Wager Her Heart

From #1 CBA Bestselling Author Tamera Alexander . . .  Impeccable historical research woven with heart-gripping fiction!
   
With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society’s expectations must work together to achieve their dreams – provided the truth doesn’t tear them apart first.
Seeking justice . . . 
Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father’s name. One man holds the key to Sy’s success–General William Giles Harding of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks.
Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville’s society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he’s found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison’s fiancé–and has shattered her world.
Struggling to restore honor . . . 
Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen’s university in the United States. But family–and Nashville society–do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.
Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy’s roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor?
Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn’t count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
Set against the real history of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a stirring love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won.

My Review of To Wager Her Heart

I love Tamera Alexander’s books! I am obsessed with her books. It amazes me how she can take a place or an event in history and create such wonderful, detailed stories about how these things may have transpired.

In the book to Wager Her Heart she has taken a group of singers called the Jubilee Singers from the Fisk University in Nashville and created a wonderful story about their faith journey. She created loveable characters to tell this heart wrenching story.

Alexandra may not have been the trip preceptress for the group, but you’d never know it from the believeable story Tamera Alexander has created about her. Alexandra was definitely created for just such a time as this.

I hate when one of these books end. I, for a time am transported back to that time period and see things through the characters eyes. It is a splah of cold water in the face to have to leave them even though they always have a happy ending.

If historical fiction is your genre, then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this book. The historic details are accurate and believable, the characters are very well developed and loveble.

Even though this book is part of a series, it is not necessary to have read the other two books first. Each book can stand alone, but after you read this one you will want to read the other two. This book will be available August 8, 2017.

Enjoy!

About the author

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers in the historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels. For more about Tamera’s books, visit www.TameraAlexander.com

Any Dream Will Do

July 24, 2017
Any Dream Will Do Book Cover Any Dream Will Do
Debbie Macomb
Christian Fiction
Ballantine Books
August 8, 2017
336
Net Galley

Description of Any Dream Will Do

Beloved bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful standalone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.

Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.

The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.

But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.

My review of Any Dream Will Do

Wow! What an interesting novel.

We get to see first hand how God works in mysterious ways. Poor Shay, she had no idea where to go, how to start over. She entered a church seeking warmth on a cold night and finds that there really are good people in this cruel world, and Pastor Drew Douglas is one of them.

It is beautiful to see God work in Shay’s life as He transforms her.

This story gave me goosebumps more than once.

A beautiful story!

You really need to pick up a copy of this book when it becomes available, August 8th. You will be so glad you did.

Enjoy!

About the author

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Sixteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House Café, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.