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First Line Friday’s (5/26/17): Anchor In The Storm

It’s Friday, and as we gear-up to enjoy a long weekend, let us not forget the reason we get to enjoy the long weekend. A time of remembrance of those who have given their lives in service of the United States of America. In the spirit of Memorial Day, I thought I’d share with you a WWII book from Sarah Sundin. It just so happens that the kindle version of this book is on sale on amazon!

Today’s feature book is: Anchor In The Storm by Sarah Sundin

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Vermilion, Ohio
Sunday, December 7, 1941

Lillian Avery’s dream couldn’t have come true at a worse time.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Singing Librarian // Jane Reads //
 Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective // Lauraine’s Notes //
Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads

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31 Verses To Write On Your Heart By: Liz Curtis Higgs

Synopsis:

Here are the words of hope you’re looking for when your faith needs a boost or a friend needs encouragement. Chosen by more than a thousand women as their favorite verses in the Bible, each one is worth learning, worth sharing, worth remembering.

You’ll find verses you already know and love: I can do all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13). Others may be less familiar but are no less powerful: Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe (Proverbs 29:25). All of them capture the truth of God’s goodness, mercy, and love for His own.

Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs invites you to experience A deeper, richer understanding of thirty-one treasured verses. A fresh look at how these timeless truths can impact your life. A new passion for memorizing Scripture, verse by verse. Thirty-one creative ways to keep them in your heart forever. With a Study Guide included, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart is a daily devotional and a small group Bible study, wrapped in a lovely gift book overflowing with joy!”

BONUS:

Visit Liz’s web page for a Look inside the book – click here

My Review:

For starters can I just gush over how gorgeous this book cover is? I love the colors, the roses and the pretty vase. But let me tell you that what is inside the book is even more beautiful and perfect.

This book is a fantastic book for both personal devotions or small group study. I have really enjoyed delving deeper into the verses, and the personal invitation to write the verses on my own heart. I found many favorite verses included. It was pure joy reading Liz’s thoughts and studying with her the various passages.

At the end of each chapter you will find an invitation to look up the verses in different versions of the Bible and a blank space to write the verse yourself right in the book with your favorite version of the text. I really appreciated this being included and enjoyed reading different versions and discovering which one spoke to my heart!

This book fits perfectly in my worship bag. I’m sure you will love this book as much as I have. Bottom line, I love this book!

(I own a copy of this delightful book. I was not asked to review this book. The opinions expressed are my own.)

 

Favorite Quote(s):

“Open the Bible to any page, and your eyes will land on truth.”
“From God’s point of view, love & faithfulness are inseparable”

 

About the Author:

Liz-beside-red-door-CROP-300-224x300At heart “I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I’m not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research—the more books, the merrier.

I’m a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land.” –

See more at: http://www.lizcurtishiggs.com/about-liz/#sthash.2YJo3pH5.dpuf

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I’d Love to hear from you:

Liz Curtis Higgs is a favorite author of mine. Have you had the chance to read any of her books? If so, which book(s) have you read?

An Awakened Heart (An Orphan Train Novella) by: Jody Hedlund

Synopsis:

Trying to heal the ache she feels in her empty life, wealthy Christine Pendleton decides to volunteer at Centre Street Chapel. Ministering to one of the most deprived parts of New York City, the chapel aims at making a difference in the lives of the impoverished immigrants flooding the city. After seeing firsthand the hopelessness of the poor women and orphans, Christine is convinced more can be done to help them.

Guy Bedell has been serving at the chapel and pouring his heart out for the people he’s grown to care about. When Christine begins to challenge his methods and offers a new vision for reaching out to the community, can he trust that perhaps God has bigger plans in store for him–plans that may include this feisty socialite?

 

My Review:

An Awakened Heart is a fantastic introduction into the new series by Jody Hedlund.  I have always enjoyed Orphan Train stories, pair that with Jody Hedlund’s writing and you have a solid gold story!

Traveling into the poorest neighborhoods of New York city thru the eyes of Christine Pendleton, my heart broke for the impoverished immigrants. I cheered her efforts and enjoyed the budding love story between her and Guy Bedell.

I am looking forward to reading With You Always set to release this June!  You won’t want to miss reading this fantastic introduction to the Orphan Train series.

I downloaded the free kindle version of An Awakened Heart from Amazon. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

 

Favorite Quote:

“But they were trapped like moths in a lantern globe. No matter how frantically they beat their wings, they had no place to fly.”

 

About the Author:

JodyHedlundWinner of the 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

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 With You Always (Orphan Train #1) Available for pre-order from Amazon. Release date: June 6, 2017

 An Awakened Heart (Orphan Train Novella)  Free on Amazon for the Kindle.

I’d love to connect with you.

Have you read books about the Orphan Train? What was your favorite?

Author Interview Sondra Kraak – Blog Tour – Two Ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

I’m so happy to have Sondra Kraak here today to talk about her book Two Ways Home, #2 in the Love that Counts series. I really enjoyed this fantastic story, full of whit  and delightful characters that stick with you long after you finish the book. 

S.KraakA native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels. You can connect with Sondra at:

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A little bit about Sondra’s book Two Ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

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Mary Smith was never one to back down from a challenge. Her father’s health may be failing, but their dairy farm was her mother’s dream, and Mary will do whatever it takes to keep her father from selling it—even if it means sneaking off to the next town to earn money by playing the piano in a questionable establishment. No one seems to understand why home is so important to her, least of all her childhood nemesis who’s just wandered back into town.

When injured Texas Ranger Luke Thomas is forced to return to Pine Creek, Washington, he’s hailed as a hero and thrust into the town’s first race for sheriff. But no one knows the secret he carried to Texas, nor the secret he’s brought home. Setting his perfect aim on returning south, he refuses to get tied down by the town’s admiration, his brother’s disapproval, or the spirited, hardworking dairy girl who’s less annoying than he remembers.

But strange things are happening at the Smith dairy and in Pine Creek, and Luke’s instincts tell him Mary is in far more trouble than she realizes. One thing is certain: “home” is about to get more complicated for them both.

Full of wit and romantic tension, this Christian historical love story sets forth the true meaning of coming home.

 

Welcome Sondra, I’m thrilled to have you here today and to get to know you and your fabulous books better.  Let’s begin with a few fun getting-to-know you questions and then we will dive into the book.

coffee-1629158_640Trisha:  What is your favorite beverage?

Sondra: Sadly, coffee. That’s extremely indistinctive and ordinary. I drink it black, which is even more boring

Trisha: I also enjoy a good cup of coffee, however, I prefer mine with cream.

 

Trisha: What would you say is your guilty pleasure?

Sondra: Baths (void of bubbles). I would take one every night if I could. And Calvin and Hobbes comics. And if the use of parentheses could be considered a guilty pleasure . . . I’m guilty.

Trisha:  My husband and Son love Calvin and Hobbes and through them I’ve gained an appreciation (we have a few Calvin & Hobbes comic books.) By the way, you are in good company with the parentheses my friend!

 

Trisha: Is there a place you have wanted to visit but haven’t yet?sphinx-1175828_640

Sondra:  Jerusalem, Cairo, Aleppo. Unfortunately, not the safest area of the world to visit, so other than Jerusalem, this will remain an unrealized dream. Unless I go into black ops but considering my love for routine and safety, I don’t see that happening. Realistically, I hope to visit Hawaii, the only state I haven’t visited. Even more realistically, I’d love to visit the Belmont Mansion where some of Tamera Alexander’s novels are set (just five hours away from where I live! (see, more parentheses)).

Trisha: Only Hawaii left? Wow, I have some catching up to do!

 

Trisha:  What is your favorite Bible verse?

book-1209805_640Sondra:  I truly don’t have one favorite verse because I love, love scripture so deeply and have been reading it since I could string letters into words. I do love the Psalms, though. They give voice to every emotion and experience. Favorite Psalms are 16, 27, and 119. Especially 119. My heart swells just thinking about delighting in the law of the Lord.

Trisha: Psalm 91 is my personal favorite, I also really like Psalm 119.  Likewise, I cannot pick only one favorite.

 

Trisha:  In your research for Two Ways Home, was there anything that surprised you?

LeanderSondra:  The history of the Texas Rangers is fascinating. Leander McNelly was Luke’s inspiration as a boy for joining the Rangers, and reading about McNelly’s escapades was fun. So much lawlessness back then and even the lawmen didn’t follow protocol all the time.

Trisha: That is an interesting piece of history.  I went searching and found this photo of Leander McNelly at The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum  (click on the link to discover more about the Texas Rangers).

 

Trisha:  What was your inspiration for Mary and Luke’s backstory? (Their childhood friendship that grew as they did, into a deeper relationship)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sondra:  I love friendship romances where the hero and heroine start out with a deep level of knowing each other. Despite their teasing and surface annoyance with each other, Luke and Mary have that solid foundation. My own childhood played into the inspiration. I grew up running around with friends and getting into mischief while our parents were at Sunday evening prayer meetings. I imagined that same interplay between the children of Pine Creek. What I love about Luke and Mary is that they had a four-year separation, which is a lengthy time not to see each other, making their reunion at the start of Two Ways Home like a fresh beginning to their friendship.

Trisha: I agree, friendship romances are a favorite of mine also. Maybe because that is how my husband and I began. (photo credit: theparisapartment.tumblr.com)

 

Trisha:  What was most difficult to write about when writing Two Ways Home?

desk-2158142_640Sondra:  The ending. The original ending was different, and my critique partner said it wasn’t working. (My idea was to avoid melodrama, but in doing so, the ending came out flat and disappointing). So how things resolved with Mary’s stalker had to change. I raised the stakes, making things more serious.

My biggest issue in writing, in general, is transferring abstract ideas into a plot. I can think metaphorically about what home is and how Mary and Luke both miss the point of it, but to craft a story that shows this was difficult. I’m still new to fiction writing with lots to learn. Two Ways Home is only my third manuscript (second published). I feel like I’m still discovering how the story flows from me and how to balance what elements I think a story needs to have with what it organically needs.

Trisha: I really enjoyed the drama in the ending. It kept me on my toes! But I do understand the challenge of transferring the outline and abstract ideas into a plot. I began writing a book awhile back (shhh, my little secret), and while I have a great beginning and a full timeline, fleshing out the middle and filling in the plot has slowed me down.

 

Trisha:  What book are you working on next?

forge-2148866_640Sondra:  Three Words and a Kiss. This is Cam’s story. He’s the blacksmith in Pine Creek, and sort of the minister, too, since he preaches on the weeks the traveling minister isn’t in town. Readers have already matched him up with Grace, Luke’s sister because she’s loved him for years. Sorry. Not happening. Cam’s just not into her (which is author speak for I’m not into her as heroine material). He’s into smithy work and preaching.

Until Samantha Klein comes to town, heiress, investor, and new owner of his smithy. Her presence flips his world upside down, stripping him of all things familiar. Samantha—bless her spontaneous, compassionate heart—is instantly attracted to her employee, despite his refusal to teach her the trade. Coming out of a wealthy family in which she was ignored, she has a heart for anything wounded, disregarded, or victimized—including a duck. When the trouble she fled in Seattle follows her to Pine Creek, her penchant for helping the downtrodden threatens to overthrow the peace and simplicity of the town.

Trisha: I can’t wait to read Three Words and a Kiss!  I completely understand about Grace. While I see where the others are coming from, she really just isn’t the right one for Cam. I look forward to getting to know Samantha.

Thank you Sondra for visiting, it was fantastic to talk with you about Two Ways Home and about your upcoming book Three Words and a Kiss.

Friends, now it’s your turn:

I’d love to hear from you, Did your love story start out as a friendship story?
Do you have any questions for Sondra?

The fun isn’t over yet!  You will want to hop on over today, and visit my blogging friend Kathleen Denly’s  blog page for some fun and games!

Blog Tour Stops

Saturday, May 20th — Fiction Aficionado — Interview & Excerpt
Monday, May 21st — Kathleen Denly — Game
Monday, May 21st — Joy of Reading — Author Interview
Tuesday, May 23rd — Faithfully Bookish — Setting Spotling
Wednesday, May 24th —  A Baker’s Perspective — Character Spotlight Heroine, Mary
Thursday, May 25th — Singing Librarian Books — Character Spotlight Hero, Luke

 

To find Sondra’s books on Amazon, click the links below:

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

  Such A Hope (Paths of Grace #1)

 

Trails of Love and Grace (1)

 

 

First Line Friday (5/19/17): In His Eyes

It’s Friday!  Today I’m sending you warm greetings from the beautiful Charleston, SC.  I’ve been here for the past 5 days, soaking up the sun, visiting historical sites, and enjoying time with family. This week I enjoyed visiting many historical sites. I would recommend a visit to Charleston, SC for anyone who loves history.

Today, I am featuring: In His Eyes by: Stephenia H. McGee
(Click here to see my review)

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1865
Washington County, Mississippi

Ella Whitaker braced herself for another of the woman’s screams.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Singing Librarian // Jane Reads //
A Baker’s Perspective // Lauraine’s Notes //

Please give a warm welcome to two new additions:
Moments Dipped In Ink & Molly’s Cafinated Reads

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The Captive Heart by: Michelle Griep

“What’s not to love about The Last of the Mohicans meets The Patriot?” – Michelle Griep

Synopsis:

Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a brute of an employer. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.

 

My Review:

Enjoy a trip back through time to colonial America in the back-country of South Carolina, where you must be tougher than the harsh elements. Life didn’t come easy in the 1770’s and one must fight for every square inch gained. Michelle Griep penned a fantastic story of strength, courage and love in The Captive Heart.

Eleanore Morgan may have lost all her earthly possessions on the long voyage to America, but the baggage she carries with her threatens to cause her to loose much more than she could ever imagine.

Samuel Heath struggles to forgive himself and rise above a past mired with hurt and regret. He lives between two worlds that threaten to tear apart all he’s built and worked so hard for.

A story you won’t soon forget and a book that you won’t want to put down, even after the last page. The Captive Heart will captivate your heart.

 

About the Author:

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I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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   The Captive Heart

I’d love to hear from you.
Do you have a favorite story or book from the Colonial America time period?

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho (Rebecca’s Plight) By: Susanne Dietze

Synopsis:

Is it possible to marry the wrong man? Rebecca Rice was looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach by becoming mail-order bride to her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham—until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore, proceeded by the title Deputy. Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father, so an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own. But when the legalities take longer than expected, Rebecca wonders if Tad Fordham wasn’t the right husband for her all along. . . .

My Review:

Rebecca’s Plight has action right from the beginning. From a hair-raising stagecoach hold-up to a case of mistaken identity, you won’t be disappointed by this entertaining, light-hearted adventure!

I really enjoyed reading Rebecca’s story. This is the second book in the “My Heart Belongs” collection and a delightful addition. Susanne Dietz has taken on the topic of a Mail-order bride, and breath new life into this story plot. I have read (and enjoyed) several stories of mail-order brides, but Rebecca’s Plight stands alone with a unique twist in the story where the bride marries the wrong groom.

This story has a something for anyone. Fans of Western stories will be thrilled by the action, and those looking for a light-hearted, clean christian romance will be equally delighted. I found myself cheering for Rebecca and fully engaged in her story. I’m happy to recommend this engaging, page-turning story.

*I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. My opinions I have expressed are my own.

Favorite Quote:

“Thank you for not holding my sin against me, Lord. Even when I can’t forget it.”

 

About the Author:

13657688Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.
You can visit her at:

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     My Heart Belongs In Ruby City, Iowa

Have you read a story with a mail order bride? What is your favorite mail order bride story?

First Line Friday’s (5/12/17) The Thorn Healer (Penned in Time #3)

It’s here!  Friday, is here!  After that exuberant greeting, it should come as no surprise that I am happy for Friday.  It has been a busy week and I am quite glad that the weekend is almost here. If you are looking for a wonderful book to pick up to read this weekend, I would recommend a favorite of mine and today’s feature.

Today I’m featuring (Da-da Da!): The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham

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May 1918

Wounded soldiers returned from war as heroes. Wounded nurses returned as old maids.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Singing Librarian //
A Baker’s Perspective // Lauraine’s Notes //

Join me in welcoming a new blogging friend:
Jane Reads

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Ellenvale Gold by: Amanda Deed

When men are fueled by lust for gold, who should a women trust?

Synopsis:

It is the time of Australia’s harsh rogue-filled gold rush of the 1850’s when Miss Penelope Worthington suddenly finds herself orphaned, isolated and alone. With a large sheep station to run single-handedly, she has little option but to enlist the aid of a mysterious, but sinister stranger.

But who is the more treacherous? Gus—the scruffy, trespassing, ex-convict who co-incidentally shows up looking for work just when she desperately needs a farmhand or Rupert—the handsome, wealthy neighbour who would willingly marry her at the drop of a hat and solve her apparent dilemma?

Repeatedly, her faith is tested as she faces the unforgiving elements, deceit, lies and uncertainty. But where and how will it all end? But…is it the end? Will vengeance return or will Penny’s faith prevail?

My Review:

I enjoyed reading this book set in Australia.  There were moments when I couldn’t help but hear the theme song from the movie,  “The Man From Snowy River” playing in my head. But this story goes much deeper. The author’s descriptions of the setting was fantastic and really helped me feel like I was there.  The characters are well written, complex and realistic.  The story was engaging and fun to read.  There were fun moments of laughter and tense moments when I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next.

Penelope (Penny) is a strong-willed, independent woman who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty (or blistered).  On the flip side she has a strong ideal of social class, and holds herself to those standards. Orphaned and alone she struggles with knowing who to trust.

Angus (Gus) has a strong faith and it is the bedrock on which he depends. He has made some poor choices in his past, but he is doing his best to prove that his past doesn’t define who he is now.

Rupert was raised with a silver spoon in his mouth. He’s brash, and his moods seem to change with the wind. As Penelope’s closest neighbor he has made it known that he would marry her and solve her problems with her sheep station.

I enjoyed the threads of faith and the overreaching trust in God woven into this story. The characters face hardships and challenges, and you can see their faith stretching and growing.

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Netgalley. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

 

Favorite Quote:

“Am I a Christian? I always thought I was. I am a good person, is that not all that is needed? The Bible appeared to say ‘no’. Then what am I? A heathen? Surely not.”

 

About the Author:

amanda2Amanda Deed grew up in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne in a Christian home, and found faith at an early age. She has followed her passion to serve the Lord through music and literature since her teen years. Now married, with three children, Amanda enjoys the variety of being a mother, administrator/book-keeper, musician and fiction writer.

Amanda’s debut novel, The Game, was awarded the 2010 CALEB Prize for fiction.

Connect with Amanda
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   Ellenvale Gold (Jacksons Creek #1)

   Black Forest Redemption (Jacksons Creek #2)

   Henry’s Run (Jacksons Creek #3)

I’d love to hear from you.

I enjoy reading books from unique settings, how about you?
What was the last book you read that was set in a unique location?

A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2) by: Melissa Jagears

Synopsis:

Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town’s red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn’t limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well–if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.


David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father’s companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he’s shown interest in Evelyn’s work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.


They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David’s dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

 

My Review:

A Love So True is written with great depth and feeling, with characters so vivid and real that you may just forget that they only live inside the pages of this book. While this book is #2 in the series, new readers won’t feel lost picking up this book.

Evelyn is fiercely independent with a heart for orphaned children. While compassionate and caring, Evelyn holds others at an arms length away. Evelyn wishes to do more in her community to help the women of the red light district, and give them a way out.

David Kingsman comes to town after his father purchased the local glass factory, with the intention of making improvements and selling the factory for a profit. In his search for a good meal, he finds Evelyn and is intrigued with her passion for those less fortunate.

I enjoyed reading Evelyn’s story and visiting friends from the first book A Heart Most Certain. Melissa tackles faith issues with grace, leaving the reader with gentle reminders of how we should see our brothers and sisters in Christ and extend to them the same grace and love that God extends to us.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from publisher/author. I am not required to write a positive review. My opinions I have expressed are my own.)

 

Favorite Quote:

“God knows your past. Though some people would look down upon you, God doesn’t, and He won’t keep good things from you because of it.”

 

About the Author:

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Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

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 27066707  A Heart Most Certain (Teaville Moral Society #1)

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