Freedom’s Kiss (Carrington Family #3) by Sarah Monzon

Synopsis:

They were both prisoners of their past. Could legacy be the key to setting them free?

Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses her the chance to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie.

A single decision can have innumerable consequences—a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty, raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart.

Florida, 1816
Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the west shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved reading this latest dual-timeline book from Sarah Monzon. Both of the stories equally captivated my attention, and I fell in love with the characters.

This page-turning story seamless blends together characters separated by two hundred years, however, they each must learn that there is freedom in following God’s plan. We have the freedom to make our own choices, but it is in choosing God’s plan that we will find true happiness.

Equally engaging and compelling, both of the timelines in this story will have you eagerly turning pages. A perfect blend of past and present that lingered in my thoughts and imagination long after I’d read the final​ chapter.

I give this book 4.5 stars and would encourage you to pick up​ a copy for yourself to enjoy immediately! I have come to know that picking up one of Sarah Monzon’s books I’ll not only be whisked away to a new place​ but meet some fascinating characters. This book has found a home on my keeper shelf!

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About the Author:

Sarah  Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book,Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.

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Carrington Family Series:

Freedom’s Kiss (A Carrington Family #3)

All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

 Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

 12 Days of Snowmen (A Carrington Family Novella 1.5)

Sarah’s Other books:

 The Isaac Project

 The Esther Paradigm

Bookishly Ever After 

 

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The Reckless (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #6) by MaryLu Tyndall

Synopsis:

Captain Reena Charlisse Hyde always gets what she wants. She wanted to be the best female pirate on the Caribbean and she is. She wants to find the mythical Fountain of Youth and she knows the location of the map. And now after searching across the Caribbean for the man she intends to marry, she has found him. There are only two problems. He doesn’t want to be found, and he’s on board a Royal Navy frigate—the last place a pirate should venture.

Frederick Carlton thought he was finally safe from the woman who held his heart. But her attempt to rescue him labels him a deserter from the Royal Navy. He’s turned his life over to God and plans on being a preacher, but every moment he spends with Reena drives him deeper into a past he longs to forget.

Mutinies, deserted islands, treasure maps, battles, traitors, and villains send the couple sailing on a tsunami of adventure throughout the Caribbean in search of the Fountain of Youth. Frederick longs to escape the lure of the woman he loves. Reena longs for Frederick to love her again. But in the end, they will both have to choose between eternal youth or the lives of everyone they love.

My Thoughts:

Come an enjoy an adventure on the high sea’s with Pirate Captain Reena Hyde, an independent, feisty young woman. Reena knows what she wants and she doesn’t let anything hold her back from going after it.

A multitude of exciting adventure to enjoy in the pages of this story! From the expected sword fights and a treasure map to villains, traitors, and mutinies. You are sure to enjoy this exciting, fast-paced tale of adventure.

Will Reena find the mythical Fountain of Youth or will she find something even better? If you enjoy Pirate stories and adventure you won’t want to pass up this exciting story from Author MaryLu Tyndall.

As much as I enjoyed the pacing, the characters, and the adventure, there were a few areas where I personally was a bit uncomfortable. There is the occasional mention of encounters the characters have with demons or evil spirits. This may or may not affect anyone else’s opinion of the story, but for me, I would have enjoyed the story more without those parts.

With plenty of swashbuckling adventure to enjoy, and excitement on every page I give this story 4 stars. If you enjoy reading stories with high adventure, you will want to snag a copy of this newly released story for yourself!

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 The Reckless (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #6)

About the Author:

MaryLuTyndall  A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years. Trapped in a land-locked cubicle, she was often seen pounding furiously upon the keyboard during her lunch hour, creating what would become her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, all the while believing God’s promise to her that. “If you write it, I will get it published”. And He did! Fourteen books later, her loving husband and six children still haven’t gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and several stray cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.

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Don’t miss the other books in this series:

The Redemption (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #1)

  The Reliance (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #2)

The Restitution (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #3)

  The Ransom (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #4)

  The Reckoning (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #5)

 The Reckless (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #6)

The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossing #1) by Susan Anne Mason

She Swore to Protect Her Nephew at Any Cost.
But What if That Cost is a Chance at Love?

Synopsis:

In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite with her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet Toronto holds more tragedy and her nephew Christian is now in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace’s sister because of her low social status.

Unconvinced the Eastons can be fitting caretakers, Grace jumps at the chance to be Christian’s nanny and observe the family up close under an assumed name. In the course of her new position, she is shocked to discover herself falling for Andrew Easton, the boy’s guardian. Unfortunately, Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who will make a terrible stepmother for Christian. Will Grace be able to protect her nephew . . . and her heart?

My Thoughts:

This story grabbed my attention from the beginning. Filled with drama and emotion, these characters leap off the page and into your imagination with ease! I was kept up late into the night, unable to put the book down, because I just had to know how it was all going to turn out!

The story takes place in Toronto, Canada shortly after World War I. Many people have lost loved ones and as a reader you are welcomed into the various stages of their grief as they seek to establish a new normal for not only themselves but for their families as well.

This story has an over-arching theme of forgiveness. Learning to not only forgive others, but yourself as well as yourself. I appreciated the treads of faith woven into the story. There are lots of layers to enjoy in this story!

While the historical details are light, I did enjoy learning about Canada’s Dominion Day. I give this story 4.5 stars. Fans of Mason’s other stories are sure to be delighted by this latest addition! I for one am looking forward to the next story in this series.

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SusanAnnMason  I have always loved to write. As a teen, I wrote my first novel, only to be politely rejected by my publisher of choice.

Life got in the way – university, marriage and children became the priority. Then once I had time to start reading again, the writing bug bit once more.

I enjoy writing both contemporary and historical Inspirational romances. “Romance sprinkled with faith” describes my writing style. I love themes of forgiveness and redemption!

I am a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Romance Writers of America. My association with such amazing groups of people has been the biggest asset toward learning my craft.

Home for me is Brampton, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto), where I live with my husband, our two children and two cats. My day job is a part-time secretary at a local church. In my spare time, I like to read and research our family history online.

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  The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossings #1)

The Patriot Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #4) by Kimberley Woodhouse

Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?

Synopsis:

Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

My Thoughts:

Rich with historical details this page-turning story takes readers on a journey through time back to the tumultuous beginnings of our county. Neighbors and even family find themselves on conflicting sides as a new nation is created to ensure that it’s people continue to enjoy the freedoms they anticipated enjoying when they left their native homeland to carve out a living in this vast new land.

With delightfully unique characters, and an exciting plot line of espionage and mystery readers are sure to find much to enjoy in this latest addition to the Daughters of the Mayflower collection. Readers who haven’t yet enjoyed the earlier stories, will not feel lost jumping right in with The Patriot Bride. However, I’d encourage you to make time to enjoy the other stories as well, as they are equally delightful!

Faith Jackson is a feisty heroine with sharp mind, and strong opinions. She is independent and able to take care of not only herself but of those in her circle of influence. Her efforts to further the Patriot cause lead her to volunteering to carry secret correspondence to a spy deeply entrenched in the Loyalist camp. But will she have to sacrifice more than she first thought for the sake of the Patriot cause?

Those who enjoy Colonial period stories will not want to miss out on this page-turning experience. I give this book 4.5 stars and encourage you to pick up this story to enjoy at your earliest convenience.

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KimberleyWoodhouse  Kim is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student. She has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students over the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at over 700 venues.

Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.

Kim has been writing seriously for fifteen years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters – you name it – she’s written it. It wasn’t until a dear friend challenged her to “do something with it”, that she pursued publication. She now has multiple books to her credit, with more on the way.

Kim lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly “Extreme” home.

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More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1863 The Alamo (February 2019)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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A Perfect Weakness by Jennifer A. Davids

Synopsis:

The Civil War left its mark on Dr. John Turner. He turns his back on medicine and sees his unexpected inheritance in England as an opportunity to start over. But he never imagines how God intends to use his new role as lord of Ashford Hall or the beautiful woman he finds there to ease his troubled soul.

A tragic loss led Penelope Howard to bury her heart and dreams in her work for the Hall and the village of Woodley. But the arrival of the new heir stirs not only her discarded longings but her compassion as well. What burden does he carry that he can’t accept that grace covers the darkest of sins?

A deadly epidemic sweeps through Woodley revealing secrets which threaten everything. The doctor faces a choice: leave or dare to believe what the Lord whispers through the woman John has come to love.

No one is beyond redemption.

My Thoughts:

The first thing that captured my attention was the gorgeous cover!  The mysterious castle ruins in the background the beautiful dress with the waterfall lace cuffs. Then I read the back cover copy and I was hooked! I absolutely had to read about these characters.

I enjoyed the twists an turns, and the internal struggles. I struggled the first few chapters to connect with the characters and their story. Once I got a little further into the plot the characters took hold. The ending is strong, filled with emotion and left me with a smile on my face.

The heroine, Penelope Howard, is a strong female lead. She takes on a leadership roll in her community, even when some of the older ladies feel that she oversteps her bounds. The secret that Penelope carries has the power to potentially destroy her good standing, and while she recognizes that God has forgiven her for her past mistakes, she struggles to fully internalize and own that knowledge in her outward expression.

Dr. John Turner struggles with his past. The horrors he witness during the American Civil war, as well as the after effects. He feels that his sins are too big to ever be forgiven, and thus he has decided to give up his medical practice and keep people at arms length. Things don’t go exactly as John plans. John’s character growth was slow, but satisfying and by the end of the story he became my favorite character.

I really appreciated the strong core of faith throughout this story. The reminders of God’s forgiveness and His love for us right where we are. A beautiful picture of redemption.

This is an excellent debut for this author. The story is strong, with a great plot, dynamic, likable characters and an emotionally complex story. I give this 4-stars and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!

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Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

JenniferA.Davids  Jennifer has been writing stories since she got an A++ on her ninth grade creative writing assignment. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and a graduate of The Ohio State University, she makes room to write in between being a busy wife and mom and despite the fact her cats like to walk in front of her keyboard.

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The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

Synopsis:

For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and Midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant facade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.

A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.

Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.

My Thoughts:

This story exceeded my expectations. The depth of the characters, the exceptional descriptions of location and word imagery that go beyond your typical fiction novel. The very atmosphere of the story is vivid and realistic. I didn’t just read this story, I lived the story! I walked the streets of Gossamer Grove, I took a seat on a stale staw bale of hay that stuck the back of my legs. I felt hurt and sadness at the painful secret that Annalise has had to live with. I turned on lights and nearly reached for my pepper spray at one point. I found myself looking over my shoulder and gasping in shock as the truth was revealed.

Jaime Jo Write has expertly woven together two time periods, each filled with dynamic characters and circumstances.  The author doesn’t shy away from the difficult topics. Within the pages, you’ll be challenged to take a hard look at sin, judgment, forgiveness and extending grace. I didn’t want to put this book down for a moment, I was captivated!

I’m typically not a huge fan of suspense, I’ll occasionally pick up one to read. However, I’m coming to the conclusion that if it’s by this author, I’ll want to pick it up every time! Trust me when I say that you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to read this outstanding new book! I give it 5++ stars and encourage you to snag a copy for yourself!

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About the Author:

JamieJoWrightProfessional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures atjaimejowright.com!

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  The House on Foster Hill

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

  The Curse of Misty Wayfair

Jane by the Book by Pepper Basham

Synopsis:

Four years ago, Jane Warwick escaped the shame and heartbreak of being jilted at the altar by becoming a housekeeper at the secluded Inn at Simeon Ridge. Predictable and quiet, the inn helps Jane find a place to heal and celebrates her strengths, where she is promoted to head housekeeper. But an unexpected visit to Bath, England, upsets Jane’s plans and sends her out of her comfort zone, directly into the harrowing path of historical detective author, Titus Stewart. The only plans Titus sticks to are family holidays and the ones that send him careening into his story worlds, but when an uptight and nervous innkeeper stumbles into his life – and his latest novel – nonfiction begins to take on a much more interesting gleam.

As the unlikely pair delve into the mystery behind a one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old letter, will they both uncover a romance that stands the test of time?

My Thoughts:

From the first sentence until the last word on the page, I was blissfully along for a literary journey with Jane and Titus. Our story begins in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains and then we travel to Bath England, where I was swept off my feet by the quirky Titus Stewart.

Ladies, Titus is sure to steal your heart! He is a prince charming in black-framed glasses, who occasionally get’s lost in his own creative genius story writing. Titus is quirky and a more than a little unsure of himself. But this just adds to his appeal. He has a heart of gold and is willing to go the extra mile to help a friend.

This fun novella is full of sleuthing mystery and Pepper’s signature light-hearted romance. You are sure to fall in love with Jane & Titus in this delightful story!

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About the Author:

pepperbarnsmile  Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

 

You can find “Jane by the Book” in the Once Upon A Laugh Novella Collection

Once Upon A Laugh: Eight Novellas filled with laughter 

 

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The Road to Magnolia Glen (Natchez Trace #2) by Pam Hillman

Synopsis:

1792, Natchez Trace, MS
Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O’Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It’s time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he cannot abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.

Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers the marriage her brother-in-law arranged was never meant to be, and a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.

Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother’s care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.

My Thoughts:

I was thrilled to travel back to the Natchez Trace in this second novel from Pam Hillman. With vivid details and engaging characters, I was transported into this exciting story of betrayal and learning to trust God when things seem their darkest.

After the death of her step-father, Kiera Young and her two younger sisters are sent to Natchez, Mississippi. Kiera was told that her brother-in-law arranged a marriage for her, but it was something else entirely that was arranged. Kiera’s faith in God is tested as she learns to wait on God’s perfect timing.

Quinn O’Shea carries a heavy burden of bitterness toward his older brother for leaving the family in Ireland and for having to take on the responsibility of his younger brothers. Quinn wants nothing more than to see his younger brothers safely to their older brother, before setting off on his own grand adventure. However, he didn’t foresee his hearts entanglement with a feisty blond Irish lass, nor the guilt at leaving his brother’s behind. Will Quinn be able to let go of the bitterness and hurt of the past to have a future filled with love and laughter?

This spellbinding story is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. I was kept up late into the night, turning pages eager to find out what would transpire in the lives of these charming characters. I give this story 4.5 stars and would encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy!

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PamHillman  CBA Bestselling author PAM HILLMAN was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of.

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  The Road to Magnolia Glen (Natchez Trace #2)

  The Promise of Breeze Hill (Natchez Trace #1)

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A Defense of Honor (Haven Manor #1) by Kristi Ann Hunter

Synopsis:

When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. And as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed getting to know Graham and Kit. They are unique, well-written characters that won’t soon leave your imagination.  Graham has a fun sense of humor and a playful endearing quality that draws you in and makes you want to linger. Kit is more serious. She is determined and practical. She needs a little encouragement to let down her hair and laugh. Graham is just the man for the job.

Haven Manor is a hidden gem. A safe place of refuge for those who the elite of society has deemed unworthy, and has cast aside. Kristy Ann Hunter has given us a new series of Regency-era stories to enjoy. New characters to meet and a fresh look at an often hidden side of the Regency era.

While this story deals with the delicate subject matter of the seemingly rampant indiscretions of the nobility and elite class in Regency London, it is handled with grace and points toward the importance of trusting God.

With dynamic, original characters and a vivid setting, this delightful story is sure to not only entertain but to also leaves the reader with something to think about beyond the story itself. I give this story 4.5 stars and I eagerly anticipate the next stories in this new series.

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KristyAnnHunter  Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

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A Search for Refuge (Haven Manor Novella)

  A Defense of Honor (Haven Manor #1)

  A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor #2)

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A Stranger on My Land by Sandra Merville Hart

Synopsis:

Carrie and her little brother, Jay, find a wounded soldier on their land after a battle which later became known as “The Battle Above the Clouds.” Adam, a Union soldier, has been shot twice in the arm. Though Carrie is reluctant to take Adam to their cave where her family hides their livestock from both armies, she cannot turn her back on him.

But her Aunt Lavinia, bitter over what Yankees have done to their land, urges Carrie to allow Adam to die. Carrie refuses, but cannot remove the bullets. Adam’s friendship with Jay softens her heart toward him. It’s not long until his gratitude and teasing manner spark a friendship between the young couple. Even though Carrie’s father fights for the Confederacy in far-off Virginia, her feelings for the handsome young soldier begin to blossom into love.

When Adam’s condition worsens, Carrie knows a Union surgeon is needed to save his life. How can she accomplish this and keep her family’s hiding place a secret?

My Thoughts:

This short story leaps off the page with vivid characters and an imaginative setting. I often imagined what it would be like to sleep overnight in a cave. This story finds a family living in a cave to hide from Union and Confederate soldier’s alike. The historical details and research really helped bring the story to life.

I enjoyed reading this short story. The characters are realistic, the setting imaginative. While I did wish the story had been a bit longer, as it felt a bit rushed at the end to wrap things up. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I give this story 3.5-stars. If you enjoy reading Civil War period stories, I’m sure you would enjoy reading this fun short story that is sure to spark your imagination.

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About the Author:

SandraMervilleHart  Sandra loves to visit places where significant historic events happened. These places and the people who lived through the events often inspire her and spark her imagination. She most often writes inspirational historical romances and especially loves the American Civil War period. In fact, her debut novella, A Stranger On My Land, is set on Lookout Mountain where the Battle Above the Clouds took place. She serves as Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes historical articles. She is also an Assistant Editor at the Barn Door Book Loft website.

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