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God gave us Angels by Lisa Tawn Bergren

I just love this series of books written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant.  The pictures are great and really help to tell the story.  The story covers concepts that help to explain God and angels and other Christian concepts in a way that a young child can understand them.  It helps to start conversations.  This book is one that any child would love to read or have read to them, or that the child at heart would enjoy as well.    More from the author can be found at   "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

I quite enjoyed reading this book and it was one that I had a hard time putting down when I had to go and do something else.  I loved seeing how things were going to pan out between Abigail and Jeremiah as well as their interactions with family and neighbors.  I loved how Abigail was not afraid of going after what she wanted and by taking control of the situation to save what she held dear even if it was a bit unconventional.   She seemed to know what needed to be done and how to accomplish it even if it didn't mean getting what she really desired.  I would hardily recommend this book to anyone who wants a book with great adventure with romance thrown in as well.
I received this book free from the author to review.

When Mercy Rains by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Another wonderful story of hope and forgiveness by this author.  It tells the story of Suzanne who is sent away from home when she becomes pregnant and manages to do ok on her  own.  The several years later she is asked to come back home and care for her mother. This is a decision that she cannot take lightly as she knows what she will have to face by coming home.  I liked how the author played out this situation and how the main character was able to face her past and work on her future.
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Golden Daughter by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

A lovely tale that anyone who enjoys a good book of action and romance will enjoy.  This is part of a series and is a bit different than the others in the series, but one that can be enjoyed even if you haven't read the other books.   While this is set in another world, it had components of our world that can be seen throughout I liked seeing how they were interwoven throughout the book and how it all tied together.   I would recommend this book for reading.  I received this book free to review.

Tears of the Sea by MaryLu Tyndall

A delightful tale that is a bit different than MaryLu Tyndall's usual stories, but enjoyable nonetheless.  This book of fantasy and true love is one for anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre.
It tells of Perdita a mermaid and her interaction with Savion a human.   They realize that they cannot really be together, but still feel drawn together.  I enjoyed seeing how their differences played out and would recommend this book.  I received this book free to review.

Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

I also had a chance to read another book by Melody this week as well.  This one was a contemporary one with interesting twists.  Micah who is girl has an Amish pen pal who thinks she is a boy.  They have been writing each other for several years and are finally going to meet.  Micah is not sure how to handle telling him the truth since they have shared much about each other.  I was impressed that they had kept up the correspondence and enjoyed seeing how it all worked out.
I received this book free to review.

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

I love books about cats and this one did not disappoint.  It is very easy to read and I was able to finish it in one sitting.  I loved seeing how Garrison got to know his grandmother's neighbors by finding homes for her cats.  He found himself not only finding the  cats a good home, but the cats seemed to also fill a need that was in all their new homes.
I received this book free to review.

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher

A delightful Christmas story to get you in the mood for the holiday.  It is a story of miracles, lost loves, and hope.  It tells how one can never never be sure of what is to come.

Bess thinks that she is over her love for Billy, but when circumstances bring them together again, things bear rethinking.  She feels she is ready to move on, but must learn to trust what is best.  I enjoyed the romance and interactions, but the rose story as well.

I received this book free to review.

Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

A great third book in the Heart of San Francisco series.  I was interested to see how this series would progress and was not disappointed.  This book follows Megan and her change after her senior year that was spent abroad.  While at home she finds herself in a bit of a quandary having to interact with those who previously taunted her.  I enjoyed seeing Megan grow up  and let faith guide her life. She has to learn how to let go and who to trust.  A real page turner and one I would recommend.

I received this book free to review.

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin

This is a great set of stories set at Christmas and WWII.  I love being taken back into the past to see
how things were during this time and how the managed to still make things work out during the hard times. 
It always amazes me how three authors can write different stories and make them seem like they are written as one.  The three short stores tell the tell of three people from the same family and how they all overcome to move forward during the difficult times.

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The Nativity Bride by Miralee Ferrell

This is an enjoyable story that you will want to be able finish as soon as you start reading it.  It tells the story of two people who reconnect and how their relationship progresses from the time they have spent apart.  I liked how she was able to give their story in this short novella of how things began and progressed.  While it is one I would have loved to have had more to read, it is a great book to sit down with and enjoy at this holiday time.
I received this book free to review from the author.

To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling

I just finished another great book by Lauraine Snelling.  I have read several books in her Blessing series and loved learning what had happened to the characters in her previous books.  This book is one that can be read by itself, but after reading, you will want to go back and read other book to see the progression of the characters.
The town of Blessing, North Dakota was founded by many Norwegian immigrants and is growing by leaps and bounds. The town is increasing as quickly as it can and this book revolves around the growing of the town as well as the hospital that is in the town.  It shows how the town comes together to help out in many situations and how families help each other out.
I received this book free to review from the publisher.

At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot

I have previously read historical fiction by this author and was curious if the contemporary would be as good.  I decided it was after a short amount into the book. This book follows the two main characters as they are at a retreat.  Both are trying to stay away from work, but for different reasons.  They soon start  hanging out together and realize that there is more to life than their current situations and they they just need to step back and let fate take control.  I also like the side romance that takes place as well as the community interactions.

I received this book free for review.

A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

I enjoyed the interactions between Leigh and Jake. What starts out as working together to find out what happened to her brother winds up stirring up old memories between the two old friends. Jake starts out protecting Leigh after something happens to her brother, but soon old feelings start to resurface. I looked forward to seeing what would happen next and kept reading to find out what happened next. I liked seeing the twists and how the characters learned to work things of the past out to fix things of the future.

I received this book free to review.

Surprise at Yorktown by Marianne Hering and Nancy Sanders

I always enjoy learning about history and this book made it easy to learn and stay focused at the same time.  It took the history and made it interesting as well as entertaining.  It was a book that allowed you to learn more about the happenings at Yorktown, but put it through the eyes of the intended audience of the book.  I feel this is a good way to encourage reading and learning and would look forward to other books in the series.
The story tells of two cousins who become involved in the happenings of the American Revolution  The story tells of their taking information to George Washington and their adventures along the way.
I receive this book free to review.

Hallowed Halls by Hannah Alexander

This was an enjoyable book that could be easily read in one sitting.  It is a little different than some of  the other books by this author as most of the other books that I have read were mysteries, but entertaining  none the less.  The book tells the story of Joy and her return to her hometown and how she deals with the differences and dramas that she has to face.  It is a story that has a good mix of the characters lives as well as the medical work that is a part of the story.The characters are fun to learn about and see how they interact.  I found this book engaging and look forward to reading more.  I received this book free to review.

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

I really enjoyed the second book in the Edwardian Brides Series.  Book two tells the story of Katherine.  Her family home has been passed over to a cousin and now it is up to her to make a suitable match to get back her status and wealth.  Soon though she finds those things are not all they were as she finds herself working with and making friends with those not of her wealth and social stature.
I liked how Katherine was forced to see beyond what she was accustomed to and supposed to do to follow her heart and own desires.  She finds that others are not as they always seem and learns to trust to see what she must do.

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Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun

Not my usual type of book, but it is interesting to those who are into that type of thing.  This book takes place after an event that has made living difficult.  Each person has to   be careful as certain people are hunted as slaves.  It you like this type of book with the dystopian theme,  then you will enjoy this book.
I received this book free to review.

Deceived by Irene Hannon

This was a suspenseful book that I had to keep from turning to the back to see how it was all going to turn out.  Kate thought that she had lost her entire family in an accident, but a chance encounter has her wondering.  She turns to a private investigator to find out the truth and in return finds herself stepping out to find the truth as well.
I admire Kate in her willingness to pursue the truth and wonder if I would have the courage to do what she did.  It would be hard to go through what she did and still have the nerve to pursue the truth.
I enjoyed this book and am planning to read the rest of the series as well.
I received this book free to review from the publisher.

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall

I enjoyed this book of change and working through things.  Jolene has had to go through many changes and has to alter her way of life and thinking.  She has made the best of things and accepted how things are.  She then meets Andy, but their relationship has many trials that will try not only their relationship with each other, but with God as well.  I liked seeing how they trusted, but would find it hard to do the same myself.

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Tried and True by Mary Connealy

It's hard being something that you are not is something that Kylie has to live with every day.  She and her sisters had to fight in the civil war to please their father and in memory of their brother.  Because of this service, they are able to use their service time against the time they have to spend on their land to get a homestead credit.  While her sisters have slipped nicely into this role, Kylie would rather be doing more civilized things.
While trying to fix her roof, she gets found out when the land agent Aaron stops by.  She tries to play it off, but eventually comes clean.  I liked how she tried to please everyone, but eventually wound up doing what she needed for herself.  I don't know what it would have been like to have gone through what she did, but it was interesting to find out.  I look forward to finding out what will happen with the family next.
I received this book free from the publisher for review.

Dreaming on Daisies by Miralee Ferrell

I really enjoyed the fourth book in this great series.  I have read and appreciated  two of the other books in this series and this one did not disappoint either.  I enjoy books set in the past which give me insight of how it was like to live on a ranch.  Leah lives on a ranch with her father and due to some problems, pretty much runs things.  She receives some help in the form of Steven who comes to work for her as a ranch hand.
I liked the strong characters in the book and how they worked together to make their dreams pan out.  This book can be read by itself or as part of the series.  I highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys a good, strong story.
I received this book free to review.

Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz

I like how the main character Wren is not afraid to be herself and make the best of her new situation.  She has been raised  by her father in a manner that does not show the money that her family actually has, but soon finds herself in a new situation that is not what she is accustomed to. Wren finds herself leaving her country home in Kentucky and having to learn how to fit into her grandparent's home.  She does the best to learn how to act and dress, but deep down she is still who she is beneath all the finery.  She does what she has to for her family, but still remains loyal to her roots.  Wren is a fascinating character an made the book worth reading.  I received this book free from the publisher to review.
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A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears

I received a chance to read the next book in the Unexpected Brides Series.  I liked reading how Eliza took control of her circumstances from the early train ride to meet her groom, to the unexpected challenges in becoming a store keeper like she wanted.
Eliza (a mail order bride) finds herself a victim of circumstance when she decides to come early to meet the person she is to marry.  She has been corresponding with him to give him ideas to make his store better and when she gets there she finds that some have been implemented and works with the co-owner of the store to implement more.  Because she arrived early, her interned is not there to greet her and she has to make other arrangements until he gets there.  I liked how she didn't let prejudices keep her from meeting the other townspeople and eventually making it for herself.
Her intended's business partner is overrun with trying to run their store, work as a gunsmith, and as a somewhat doctor.  He wants to become a doctor…

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

I read this book a bit ago, but realized I didn't share what a great book it was.  
Agatha Watson is an intriguing character who finds herself helping an old friend whether she wants to or not.  She is a reporter in a time when that is not a common occupation for a woman and during her travels meets up with Zayne who is not doing so well.
Zayne realizes that while Agatha thinks she can hold her own, she is not a capable as she thinks.
I loved seeing the match of wills and how the come to work things out.
I really enjoy this author and look forward to reading more.

I received this book free to review.

Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

I really enjoy books set in the past especially when they give me insight into what happened during this time.  This book was set during WW2 and tells the story of a family that is torn apart when the Japanese invade  the Dutch East Indies.
Jeremiah becomes the head of his family and has to help them hold it together as the face the happenings of war.  I didn't realize what it was like for these families, or that this even happened.  I really learned some history as well as seeing how the family endured.
I would recommend reading this book.
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The Desire by Gary Smalley and Dan Walsh

This book tells of one couples's struggles in their marriage due to infertility and the differences in opinion as how to deal with it.  The husband is more concerned with saving orphans overseas and wants to put their money to use that way, while the wife wants to look more into fertility treatments.
This is an interesting book covering how they come together and how God has a plan for it all to come together.

I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Easton

I enjoyed the chance to read the second book in this series.  There were a few references to the first book, but it can be read without having read the first book.
Danielle is trying to leave an abusive lifestyle when fate intervenes and it seems like she won't have to take her son and leave after all.  But then things start happening again and she turns to Operation Refuge to help her out.  They take her to a safe place, but things still happen.
This book was great to read and one that I hated putting down before I had a chance to finish.  I liked seeing how the story came together and got a bit of insight as to how some types of technology work.
I look forward to another book in this series.
I received this book free to review from the publisher.

A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick

This was an interesting tale of three women and their journeys west.  I took me a little to get settled into this book, but once I did , I quite enjoyed it.  I liked the courage that the women in this book showed not only in their travels, but in their personal lives as well.  I don't know that I could have stepped out on faith as they did to not only leave what they knew, but to go against the normal as well.  I learned some of what it was like on the trail especially for those who weren't exactly accepted as well as the rest.

A video link for the book

I received this book free to review from the publisher.

Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins

This is a story that takes place in 1800 New York.  A lady is found murdered and the person who is accused of the crime winds up with Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton for his legal team.  An interesting book of twists and suspense along with a great deal of history.
A good read that will have you finishing it in one sitting.

 "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

A Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

My mom grew up during this time in the same general area, so it was interesting to see how this was like her growing up time.  Many of the small town, mountain ways she could relate to.

Perla brings her daughter to a small town in West Virginia and hopes to just be able to settle in, but she becomes involved with a crisis in the town that bring attention to her.  She is able to help them with this crisis with her gift, but everyone doesn't understand her and causes her to be judged.  Casewell Phillips senses that she is someone he wants to get to know, but realizes that there is more to her than she is letting on.

It will be interesting to see how this series continues.

I received this book free to review.

A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

A fun book telling the story of how Cassia Pappas is trying to enjoy her new job in floral shop, but instead has to put up with her huge family that has decided to move to her town and open up a restaurant.  This might be ok if they hadn't expected her help and opened up across from a restaurant that she needs a good relationship with.

This is a great book that completes a fun series. I would greatly recommend this book to anyone expect to find yourself getting involved and wanting to be there.   I received this book free for review.

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

Another great book that helps fulfill my enjoyment of historical novels.  
This is book three of a set of novels set during the WWII era and while it is helpful to have read the first two it wasn't a deal breaker.  
In Perfect Time tells the story of Nurse Kay Jacobson and pilot Roger Cooper.  The book tells of their time in WWII working with patients, bringing supplies, and how their paths keep intersecting.  They both have issues that need to work out and Sarah Sundin helps to tell the story while at the same time informing you about the practices that occurred during wartime.
I enjoyed reading this book and do recommend reading it.
I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Truth be Told by Carol Cox

Amelia comes home to find her father dying.  She winds up taking over the newspaper that her father owns and keeps running it the way that he did.  I admire how she did this at a time that women didn't take on this type of role.
She finds herself facing pressure for a story that her father had began about an investment company in the area.  He believed that things were not as they were being portrayed and would not back down from his reporting.  Amelia believes in what her father did, so she finds herself looking into the story as well.   At this time, the company sends sometime try to change her mind, but things don't turn out like planned.
Amelia is someone I enjoy reading about in that she takes on a role that is not usual for the time and succeeded in what she wanted to accomplish.  She didn't have the easiest time of it and still managed to make it work.
I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Death takes a Ride by Lorena McCourtney

This is  a book that I had been waiting to release and was excited when I saw a release date for this book.  I have read many books from this author and love her stories.  Cate Kinkaid finds herself in positions where she gets to put her PI skills to use.  I like how she has the best of intentions of staying out of trouble, but manages to find it anyway.
Cate has reached the point where she is awaiting her PI license and will take over her uncle's business on a full time business.  While doing this she is also still trying to see where her relationship with Mitch is going.  Cate finds herself where a shooting has taken place as she goes to pick up a friend of her aunt's for a meeting and soon finds herself caught up in finding up what has really happened.
I also love any book that has a pet in a pivotal role.  Cate has inherited Octavia from a pervious case and this cat has abilities that help Cate in making decisions for her cases.
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Roadfood by Jane and Michael Stern

I choose this book to review because I travel often and want to eat someplace besides the normal fast food joints.  I often see places along my travels that look interesting to eat, but not that I chance eating at with out some type of prior knowledge.  This book gives me that.   The book lists the eateries by geographic location and state.  It gives the physical address and a couple of paragraphs about each place.  It has all types of food so if you want to have a sit down dinner or a quick bite to go. I will be consulting this book as I continue my travels and look forward to trying out some new places to eat.  I was also pleased to see some familiar places from my home state as well as some new ones to try. More InfoAuthor Bio "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

Annie's Stories by Cindy Thomson

I have enjoyed getting to know this author and her stories.  Annie's Stories takes place at the turn of the twentieth century and I enjoyed how it combined real history with Annie's life.  Annie's father was a storyteller and in a manner, Annie continues his legacy.  She has to do this in America where she has been sent after her father's death.
I like how Annie stays strong and tries to honor her father in her new life with a chance to publish his stories. This does not go exactly as she had hoped and she has to keep calm in what happens afterwards.  I look forward to more stories in this Ellis Island Series.
I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart

I enjoyed the continuation of the story of the Rosey Corner series.  I had not read the other books, but was able to follow along well enough.  The story takes place at the end of WWII and I always enjoy a chance to learn history through a story.
In this story, the main characters are adjusting to the changes in their lives with people who have come home as well as those who did not.  I liked how it showed their strengths and how they handled the circumstances that came their way.  The Merritt sisters were able to hold together and work on their new lives at the end of the war and draw on what they had to until this time came.
I enjoyed the chance to read this book and received a copy free from the publisher to review.

A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

I loved how this book showed that you can be you no matter what has happened in the past.  Everyone has a chance to become what they want to be no matter what has happened in the past.  Ivy and Davis help each other see what is inside and to get past what has happened in their lives previously.  I liked how they were able to get beyond the past and see what their future holds and who to look towards to get to that future.  I would recommend this book to anyone who has something that they feel holds them back.
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The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I enjoyed getting a chance to read the last book  in the Inn at Eagle Hill series and was glad I had read the others in the series first.  It made it easier to understand the characters and events of the book.  This book has many interesting turns and is one to keep you interested to see how the characters will wind up and how the events are related.  This book is different from many Amish books with the drama involved and the ties to the English within the book.  I liked seeing how things were handed.
I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Song of the Prairie by Vickie McDonough

I enjoy reading books from this time period and this was one that fit that description.  I pretty much made the effort to read this book in one sitting so I could figure out how it would all turn out and had to keep from turning ahead.  Janie took a leap of faith to honor her cousin's request and in doing so leaves her life behind.  She leaves and goes to live with her brother where she finds new friends and learns to accept the help she needs and a new life as well.  I don't know that I could have stepped out like she did knowing what I was running from, but admire her for doing so.
I received a copy of this book to review.

Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard

This story is the second one in the Port Asher Secrets series, but you don't have to have read the first one to enjoy the second one.  Kate Adams seems to find herself in situations were she has to trust others and turn to her faith in God.  I like how she works at getting herself out of situations and accepting help in times of need.  Her relationships are developing in this story as she finds herself growing closer to and working with Tom Parker.  I also love learning new things within the context of a story.
I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Here is Where by Andrew Carroll

I enjoy finding the out of way spot when I go on trips that has a treasure tucked away , or listening to a guide tell you some bit of history that I didn't know when I go on a tour and this book does just that.  After reading this book, it makes me want to visit some of the places and look for other hidden gems.  I liked not only finding out where the ties to history were located, but the story behind it as well.  This is one book that I will pull out again when traveling to add to my travel plans.  This is the type of book that contains the stories I liked hearing from my history teachers and wish they had been able to share more of.

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A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

I enjoy reading books that have a historical background and give me a chance to learn some history within the context of a good story.  This book gave insight on crossing over to America and what it was like to live during this time.  Many people during this time married for convenience or to help them to survive after the loss of a loved one.  Barnabas and Mary marry for this reason but as the book develops, we get to see how their relationship develops as well.  I liked seeing how the characters evolve and hope to see some of them again in the upcoming books of this series.
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A Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert

I enjoyed getting the chance to read this book to find out how one handles going from seeming having it all to a lot less.  Claire has to work to make things right after having her world thrown apart.  I like seeing how strong she is to hold things together while facing her trials.  She gives a hope to look forward to.
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While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad

I enjoyed reading this book and seeing how Charlotte was not afraid to step out and do something that was not "normal" for the time.  I gained a lot of insight as to how the new things were marketed during this time and that was interesting to me as someone who likes learning history through fiction.  Charlotte is not afraid to practice what she knows and share it make things better for those around her, especially her family.  She has learned much about nutrition and want to help others get better.  In doing so she has a bit of conflict with one of the doctors, Joel, but eventually they come to an understanding.  I had read some previous books by this author that I enjoyed and I liked seeing how some of the previous characters were progressing.  You don't have to had read her other books to enjoy this one though.

I received this book free to review.

One More Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong

This was a book that once I got started, I couldn't wait to see how things were going to work out.  It is a story of changes and accepting responsibility for what is right.  Sarah has moved back home after completing her teaching degree and takes a special interest in one of her students.  Olivia has had a hard time of it after being raised by young mother who tries, but winds up needing extra help.  Olivia's uncle Chris does his best to make sure she is taken care of.
Sarah has to sort out some changes in her life and I liked seeing how she made several choices before deciding on the one that was best.  I also liked seeing how the town was able to accept some changes, while still remaining a good small town.
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Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl

I have read several books by this author and this one was just as great as the rest.  after seeing some pictures, Wynter Evans talks her boss into letting her do a series of stories about places in Missouri that people would not know about otherwise.  She winds up in a town called Santuary and soon finds herself with more than she anticipated.  I liked how the story didn't follow a standard that everyone is good or changes right away.   I liked seeing the growth in the characters and how they sorted out why they thought the way they did and were willing to look into things differently as time progressed.  This was one book that I finished very quickly and had to stop myself several times from turning to the back to see how it would all turn out.  I especially liked the cats in the book as they remind me of my own.  Maybe all homes away from home should come with some.

I received this book free to review.

Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris

Fatal Exchange is book two in the Southern Crimes series.  I had not read book one, but had no trouble following along for book two.  Being from the south and having traveled to Atlanta several times, I could picture some of the places mentioned in the book.  This helped me to put some things in context.  This book follows the story of Emily and Mason and how they have to put aside differences to accomplish what needs to be done.  This is a book that you should read when you have time to continue reading because having to come to stopping places was difficult as I kept wanting to know where the story was going next.

I received this book free to review.

One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon

This story is one of change and willing to do what it takes to help someone out.  Keith works for a businessman who helps out those in need.  His boss convinces him to take an assignment written by a little girl.  At first he dismisses the request as it is not what they usually do, but his boss convinces him it would be good to take on this assignment.  He does and becomes very close to the people he is working with.  In taking this assignment, he also begins to look at some things going on in his own life as does his boss.  Many lives are changes all due to a simple request of a little girl.  I liked seeing how the characters realized things about their lives and how they worked at doing things different.
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Until that Distant Day by Jill Stengl

I enjoyed reading this book and learning about the history of France during this time.  I was unaware of all the turmoil that had gone on during that time and this book gave me an interesting point of view.  Colette finds herself on the opposite side of the uprising as her brother and she has to work at keeping things together and standing up for what she believes is right.  Her brother tries to get her to leave her job and join him in the uprisings, but she remains committed to her employer and turns her brother down.
This book gives you insight of what went on during the day and kept me reading to see what would happen next. I would recommend this book for not only the story, but for the details as well.
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Pelican Bride by Beth White

I haven't read anything by this author before, but thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I am from Alabama and have traveled to the Gulf Coast, but haven't really thought about the first people to live here or those who traveled here and enjoyed learning some history along with a great story.
Geneviève Gaillain  along with her sister and several other French women have traveled to the Gulf Coast/Mobile area to become brides.  They have had to leave their homes for several reasons including religion.  Genevieve winds up marrying one of the men from the area, but not necessarily the one that the fort commander would have chosen for her.
I learned about the interactions between the natives and the new arrivals and how they often worked together, but had problems as well.  I look forward to the next book.

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Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta

I like books that not only entertain me, but also give me some insight into the the ways things were in the past.  This book by Jessica Dotta gives you a look into the life of Julia who has lived her entire life one way and then gets thrust into a new life with the death of her mother.
I liked seeing how she went through the adjustments and was a page turner to see just how things would work themselves out.
I had not a chance to read the first book in the series and it didn't keep me from enjoying this book, but I do plan to get it and hope it is as enjoyable.

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The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis

I enjoyed reading book five of the Home to Hickory Hollow series.  This book continues giving insight into the characters of Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania and lets you catch up with some of the characters from previous books as well as giving more details about others.
I liked how it took a look at the closed society of the Amish and how hard it is to go your own way in choosing a mate and how they have to realize that they need to sometimes look beyond the who is chosen for them and go with their heart..  I also liked how it addressed the closed society and the need to allowing outsiders to become a part as well.
You don't have to have read the other books to enjoy this one, but they are all great and it is enjoyable to follow them throughout the series.

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I received this book free from Beverly House Publishing to review.

Seasons of Tomorrow By Cindy Woodsmall

Book four in the Vines and Orchards is another great book in this series.  The story of Rhoda, Leah, Landon and the King brothers continues.  Leah has some decisions to make regarding her friendship with Landon and the Amish Community and they could affect the entire community.
I liked how this book gave us more insight to the characters previously introduced in the other books of the series.  We get to see how they have grown and how the handle things differently with a bit more experience and how they have worked to settle in the community in Maine.

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What Follows After by Dan Walsh

This is a book that really got me thinking about family dynamics and how the children view what is going on in families.  I work with children and see things very similar in their ways of thinking and that if they this thing then this will happen in their family.  Colt and his brother Timmy decide that they are going to get their family back together by running away to their aunt's house in Savannah and refusing to come back until their parents get back together.  They way they do this leaves you turning pages to see what all happens next.
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A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge

I enjoyed reading about Juliette's journey into making changes and learning to live with the changes and getting a chance to discover an author I haven't read before.  She takes a chance by leaving a job that leaves her feeling sick and finds herself trying to make a go at a restaurant.  In doing so she has to look deep into herself to see what she what she really wants and how she wants to achieve it.  She also starts a new relationship that is a bit long distance.  In this relationship she has to quit making comparisons to her former fiance and again decide what is right for her.  I am glad to see that the mysteries and relationships started in this book will continue in later books.  I also liked how the recipes went along with the book and look forward to trying some of the out.

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Sincerely Yours by Jane Kirkpatrick, Ann Shorey, Laurie Alice Eakes, Amanda Cabot

I enjoy getting a chance to read a set of novellas as it gives me a chance to quickly read one story, but keep it going in the other stories.  Each story has similar theme where the main character of the story receives a letter that changes the course of their life.  Each character needs a change and this gives them a chance to alter their lives for the better.  I enjoyed the way that the authors were able to weave the theme through out the stories and how they kept you turning the page to see what would happen to the characters and how the mysterious changes in their lives would turn out.   I have previously read stories by these authors and would enjoy another collaboration like this one.

Jane Kirkpatrick’s link to a giveaway until April 8.

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Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig

This is the third book in the Edge of Freedom series.  Tillie travels to America to start a new life, but on the way over, her plans have to change.  The new life she has planned changes after the death of her fiancée and she begin a new life with new friends.  She has begun her new life, but soon someone from her past comes back and everything changes.
I enjoyed this book even though I have not read the others in the series.  I didn't have trouble following along in this book.  Tillie showed real courage in having to start over in a new country and having to make new plans when her original ones changes.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good suspense and historical events.
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A book to consider

Critical Condition by Richard L Mabry

Summer of Joy by Ann Gabhart

This is a great story and it was interesting to try to figure out the places in Kentucky since I am familiar with the state.  I enjoyed the time setting of the book and trying to figure out what was going to happen next with the characters and the families involved.  I wish I had read the other books in the series, but this one is still enjoyable on its own.  I would recommend this book that takes you back in time to the 60's.  I was given this book free to review.

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Swayer

Dinah works to rise up from her up bringing and finds it hard to accept that life can be completely different.  Her first goal of becoming a Harvey Girl  doesn't work like she planned and she has to go to a different goal that doesn't leave her feeling worthy of a better life.  This book shows how we can still rise above the choices that we make and still have the life that God has planned for us.

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A Heart's Rebellion by Ruth Axtell

I enjoyed reading this book and first of all learning about some of the ways of life during this time period.  Jessamine doesn't want to follow traditions and goes against what she knows is true and right.  I liked seeing how she worked through things to really follow her heart and sort out what she really wanted.  She also has to work through proving why she chooses who she wants and not make it seem like she is choosing for the wrong reasons.  This comes from not being true in the first place.

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Four Cups by Chris Hodges

This straight forward book gives insight to finding your spiritual fulfillment with God's promises.  It tells of four key promises that God wants you to use in his plans for you.  This book will help you move forward and gives a biblical understanding to these promises.  This book uses history and tradition to help you understand the life God has in store for you.

I am not sure how I will use the insight from this book to help me in my life's journey, but it gives me something to think about.  This book allows you to see what is there to guide you in your journey.  It can help when you need some further insight and guidance in moving forward.

I received this book free to review from Tyndale Publishers.

A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Mosley

When Laura returns home, she doesn't realize just how much her life will change.  She returns to find thing very different than she left them.  Mysteries surround the father she lost several years ago and it is up to her and longtime friend Sean to set the mysteries and rumors to rest.  Meg Mosley does another great job of writing to make you want to continue to read more.  She weaves the stories together and leaves you guessing how it will turn out and why.

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Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews

This story brings to life a character from the Bible that many don't know or think about.  It gives insight to the characters and lets you relate to them and how their lives were during the biblical times.  The research put in to this book lets you know that the author really cares about getting things right.  I received a copy of this book to review.

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

Another great book I have had the pleasure of getting to read is this one by Lori Benton. I enjoyed her previous book and was joyful to learn she had another release.  I enjoy historical fiction the best and this one was no exception.  Tamsen decides to set out on her own to escape a life her stepfather has set for her.  To do this she solicits a guide to help to escape to her new life.  Her move is not easy and she has to endure hardships along the way.  I enjoyed seeing how she was able to persevere to achieve her goals and was able to face challenges that faced her along the way.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

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All things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse

Since I am currently studying about the depression for school, I enjoy the chance to learn about history as told through the eyes of others.  In reading historical fiction, I am given the chance to learn about some of the lesser parts of historical events.  This book takes place during the 1930's and tells of a journey of hundreds of settlers to Alaska Territory.  One of the new settlers is a doctor who gets a chance to start over after losing a patient.   Another of the characters has lived in the settlement her entire life and has trouble adjusting to the new additions to her town.  The story is filled with twists and turns and is sure to leave you wanting for more.  Kudos to the authors and hope for another collaboration.
I received this book for free to review for Bethany House.

Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

I enjoyed reading this story of someone stepping out of their comfort zone and persevering to do what they feel is right.  Beth feels called to follow in the footsteps of her namesake to help teach those who might not have a chance to rise up above their circumstances.  Even though it means having to exist in conditions that are nowhere near what she is used to, she is determined to make the best of it.  I really admired her to trying to make sure that everyone had a chance and trying to make the best use of her talents and those who were around her.  I would recommend reading this book as it shows great courage and it also gave some historical insight to what it was like in that part of Canada during that time period.
I received this book free to review from Bethany House.

Echos of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I really enjoyed how this book was able to take several topics and elaborate and expand on them with the context of the story.  I learned much about how labor was like during the time period of the book and I really admired how the character of the book was able to do what she needed to do even though it wasn't easy. She had to live between two lives and still was able to live within her faith.  It gives us a good thing to ponder as we work on living our lives when we cannot always be open with what we believe.  I would recommend this book.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

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A February Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella) Betsy St. Amant

Book three in the A Year of Weddings Novellas was another enjoyable, quick read.  Allie and Marcus are meant to be together, but Allie can't seem to get beyond her family legacy.  This book shows how friends can stick with you even when they don't agree with your choices.  Hannah (Marcus's sister and Allie's best friend) and Julie (Marcus and Hannah's mother) help her to see what she can't and help things to work out for the best.

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A December Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella) by Denise Hunter

Layla and Seth wind up accidentally engaged and while they try to figure out how to straighten things out they wind up truly falling in love.  They had met earlier and then by chance wound up at an event together where Seth blurted out that they were engaged.  Layla didn't quite know how to sort things out and keep things going well for her staging business.  To help keep up pretenses, she offers to stage Seth's house for a tour of homes and during this time they really get to know each other.  This is the first in a series of twelve books and is a quick enjoyable read.

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A January Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella) Deborah Raney

I enjoyed reading this next book in the weddings novellas.  Madeleine is working to finish her next book and is trying to do it in a house that is being remodeled.  Her friend Ginny comes up with a solution for her to work at a inn that is owned by her friend Art.  I enjoyed the confusion and interaction between Madeline and Art and how they finally meet and straighten things out.  This is a good set of novellas and very quick reads.  

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Martyr's Fire by Sigmund Brouwer

Not a book that I would usually choose, but still a good read.  It is the third in a series by Brouwer and continues the story of Thomas the ruler of Magnus.  He is forced out by those who have deceitful ways.  The must seek and trust the help of a few to defeat those he has been forced out by.  Choosing who to trust though can make all the difference.

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Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, A Mending at the Edge by Jane Kirkpatrick

I enjoy reading books by Jane Kirkpatrick that are about real people. This set of books allowed us to follow the characters in their trials and successes in settling a new land.  The set out for a change against the teachings and rulings of the community  and decide to settle where they will have more freedom.  They have to trust God in their travels and in the settling of the community. 
I was kept reading as I started this book and was glad to have all three together.  It is always disappointing when reading a book in a series to have to wait for the next, but that was not the case here.  It is a rather large in size book which made it a challenge to read (especially when having to share my lap with a cat), but that said it made for a great read over my winter break.
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