Friday, April 29, 2016

The Midwife’s Dilemma (At Home in Trinity #3) By Delia Parr

This book is the 3rd in a series about a midwife in a town called Trinity. It takes place in the early 1800s. Martha Cade is the midwife in question, and she is a widow with a grown son and daughter. She is following in the footsteps of her grandmother who was also a midwife. She is also keeping company with Thomas Dillon, a local businessman who was her childhood sweetheart. This books ties up some loose ends from the previous books and details a few midwifing situations, but mostly deals with Martha’s indecision on if and when to marry Thomas. I found it quite tedious and it was difficult to understand her line of reasoning in all these meandering indecisions. While I enjoyed reading it, I would have enjoyed it more without all the soul searching and silly excuses. Probably Thomas would have as well.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Faith (Book 3 in the Quaker Brides Series by Lyn Cote)

This book is last in the Quaker Brides trilogy by Lyn Cote. I have read the two previous : Honor (about Faith’s parents) and Blessing (about Faith’s sister). These books all explore the Quakers’ strong stance as abolitionists in the North and in this last book the Civil War is in full swing and Faith is a nurse that is helping as General Grant’s troops move through the South. She meets Colonel Devlin Knight who is a Northern officer but also a slave owner. Together they work through their thoughts and feelings while serving in the war and searching for Faith’s friend Shiloh, a free black that was kidnapped in the North and sold into slavery in New Orleans before the war.

The author did a lot of research to make this authentic and it shows. The characters are well thought out and the conflict between is real and insightful. I really enjoyed this series. I received my copy of Faith from Tyndale in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Author bio from Tyndale:

Lyn Cote, known for her "Strong Women, Brave Stories," is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been RITA Award finalists and Holt Medallion and Carol Award winners. Lyn received her bachelor's degree in education and her master's degree in American history from Western Illinois University. She and her husband have two grown children and live on a small but beautiful lake in northern Wisconsin. Visit her online at Author's website

Book Synopsis from Tyndale:

The Civil War battlefield is the last place Quakeress Faith Cathwell thought she’d find herself. But with a gift for nursing, Faith seizes this opportunity to join the fight for abolition—and to search for Shiloh, a freeborn childhood friend who was kidnapped and sold south by unscrupulous slave catchers.

Knowing it’s much too dangerous for her to search enemy territory alone, Faith enlists the help of Colonel Devlin Knight, who is indebted to her for saving his cousin’s life. A career soldier, Dev is committed to the preservation of the Union but conflicted about freeing his own slave and confidant, who plans to enlist as soon as Dev gives him manumission papers.

Blazing a trail east with the rest of Grant’s army, Dev and Faith fight their personal battles—and a growing attraction to each other. When beliefs clash and passions flare, they quickly find that the only thing more dangerous than the war surrounding them is the battle within their hearts.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering

This is a another fun mystery in the Drew Farthering series. This one takes place in 1932 in England but what makes it even more fun is that Drew and his wife Madeline are attending a week long Regency costume party at a friends estate. So not only do we get the early 1900s flavor, but we also get the Regency period flavor as well. Everything is going as planned until Drew's friend's fiance is murdered. Now our friend, Chief Inspector Birdsong and Scotland Yard are on the case but Drew continues to conduct his own investigation. There are many twists and turns and the book begs reading to the finish rather than laying it down to do mundane daily chores.

I always love Julianna Deering's books and wait anxiously for the next installment. Bethany House provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my personal review, but I would have purchased this one anyway if I had chose one of the other selections this month.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Burning Proof by Janice Cantore

This book is the second in a series but I did not read the first one yet and this book can definitely stand alone. Abby Hart is a homicide detective in Long Beach, CA and Luke Murphy is a PI. They both had relatives murdered in a restaurant fire a decade earlier. They team up to try to find out what really happened and also tag-team on a cold case that Luke is working on.

The action never stops in this book and there are several threads going which make it very interesting. It’s not difficult to follow as is sometimes the case with this style of writing. It keeps you wanting to read “just a few more pages” so you can find out more. The end result of that is reading straight through to the end of the book and then thinking, “darn. Now I don’t have any more of the story to read.”

I really enjoy this author’s work and look forward to more in the future. I’m also planning on going back and reading everything she has written to date. I one of those gals who doesn’t want to miss anything!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Author Q&A

Thursday, February 11, 2016

RISEN by Angela Hunt

This is the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus but it is told from the point of view of Clavius, a Roman soldier, and Rachel, a Jewish widow. It is the novelization of a screenplay. Angela Hunt has done it again! She has taken a story from the Bible and fictionalized it but left it true to the scripture. I found it very interesting to see the perspective of the two very different people (one a Gentile) and to get the gist of what people at the time were thinking about the things that were occurring. I think Angela Hunt did a very good job of developing her characters and giving us a better idea of the setting and life at that time.

Many times novels based on scripture contain only the scripture basically and not a whole lot else and they tend to be boring. Not so with this book. I really enjoyed it and had trouble putting it down because although I was very familiar with the Bible passages, I had no idea where these characters would end up.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Play-Along Bible

This is the sweetest little book. The illustrations are so much fun. But what my wiggly preschoolers like the best is the fact that there are motions and things to say that go along with it! For instance in the chapter called "The Sneaky Snake," Adam and Eve are happy and then that pesky snake gets involved. They get to make snake motions and hiss, pantomine eating an apple, and then act out a little drama as they get thrown out of the garden. This is so much fun and they remember the story after taking an active part in it.

I highly recommend this be gifted to your small children and grandchildren and placed in your church preschool classes and library.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for a fair and honest review.

With This Ring ?

This book contains four novellas by some best-selling authors. I chose it because I cannot stand to skip over anything that Mary Connealy writes. She's my favorite "old West" author. And she didn't disappoint with this one either. Her story, called Runaway Bride, brought me up to date on some characters from Mary's former series and also introduced some new ones. Can't wait to hear more about Big John and Carrie in a later book.

The Husband Maneuver, by Karen Witemeyer was fun too. I have heard of this author before but am not sure if I have read any of her other books. This story was about a ranch owner's daughter who loved the foreman and the foreman who was desperate to get his own place so he could finally propose.

Her Dearly Unintended, by Regina Jennings was interesting but a little strange. The circumstances and the characters seemed a little off.

Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears was a lot of fun. Harrison and Charlie seem to be exact opposites but their devotion to each other is fun to watch. I was delighted with this story. This author is in the same league with Mary Connealy and I can't wait to read more from her.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.