The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1) by Kimberley Woodhouse

A New Series Begins for Lovers of History, Adventure, Romance, and Ancestry
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Synopsis:

Mary Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series begins with The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.

My Thoughts:

The characters will take a hold of your heart, in this deeply poignant story. I was glued to the pages of this story, even though I know the history of the Mayflower, and have read journal accounts of those on board. Kimberley Woodhouse breathes new life into the history of not only the Mayflower but also the beginnings of what would become the United States of America.

This eloquent story gives readers an intimate look at what life was truly like on the Mayflower. The strength of character that is required to embark on a dangerous ocean crossing. No cozy private cabin, only a gun deck shared by strangers and littered with supplies. You won’t find bathrooms, the only privacy provided is a sheet separating your family from the next. No sturdy beds, or even straw mattress, just the blanket you brought (you did pack a blanket, I hope!), and the hard wood-plank floor beneath you.

Come travel across an ocean with the brave colonists on the Mayflower. With little more than the clothes on their backs, into a wild untamed wilderness. Into a vast unknown land fraught with dangers. There wasn’t a sturdy home, and stores filled with supplies on the other side of the voyage. Uncharted land welcomes them to the New World. Mature forests, thick with vegetation, there are no roads or signs to mark the way.  It’s the end of fall and the beginning of winter. Will the dwindling supplies hold out until the gardens can be planted and start producing?

With a faith in God, and a desire to bring their families out of the persecution of the Church of England and to a New World where they can openly worship and follow the Bible. The brave Separatists embark on the journey of a lifetime.

I appreciated the strong threads of faith seamlessly woven throughout. I genuinely enjoyed reading this story and I’m eagerly anticipating the stories to follow! I give this story 4.5 stars and encourage you to pick up a copy or request it from your local library. You are sure to not only enjoy yourself, but learn something along the way!

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

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

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)

 

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The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Synopsis:

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

My Thoughts:

From the very first chapter, I felt transported back in time. I enjoyed a fancy ball in colonial America with a handsome gentleman who spun me around the dance floor in a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors. I rubbed shoulders with those who were on a first name basis with George Washington, Patrick Henry, and other patriots. I felt like I had an intimate, behind the scenes look at what the history books only hint at.

I loved every moment of this book, and I really didn’t want it to end. I felt the emotional turmoil with Elizabeth, as her family fell apart. My heart ached as she lost the only life she knew. I cheered for her as she learned to stand on her own two feet and make a new life for herself out of the ashes that remained.

I felt so many feelings and emotions; even two days after having finished reading the story. The euphoria of words leaves me speechless. This story is simply stunning and one that you will want to own for your collection!

If you enjoy historical fiction, then do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy of this book! I give The Lacemaker 5 stars and I eagerly look forward to reading more from Laura in the future.

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

Bonus:

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Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

laura-frantz-2016I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.

I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.

It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

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Across the Blue by: Carrie Turansky

Before 1909, flying across the English Channel seemed an impossible feat–but James Drake, a brave young aviator, was willing to try. Defying her parents’ expectations for a good match? Also impossible–but Isabella Grayson was willing to try.

Synopsis:

Within the palatial surroundings of her family’s Edwardian estate, Isabella Grayson longs for something more. Despite her father’s success as a newspaper baron and her own journalistic talents, her parents want her to marry an established aristocrat to improve their social standing rather to pursue her dream of writing for one of her father’s newspapers.

When aspiring aviator James Drake crashes his flying machine on the Grayson’s expansive grounds, he is surprised to learn he landed on the property of the very man who is sponsoring the race to fly across the English Channel–a race James is desperate to win. And although Bella’s striking beauty and intellect capture his attention, James must remain focused on his goals is he has any hope of building an honorable reputation apart from his parents’ shameful past.

As the race draws closer and unexpected events threaten to turn James and Bella’s world upside down, will their faith and love be strong enough to help them overcome the challenges ahead?

My Thoughts:

Travel back in time to 1909, Edwardian England, a time when keeping up appearance is paramount to maintaining one’s status in society. The world is on the cusp of making aviation possible, and war with Germany looms on the horizon.

“Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadlands’ south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!” 

From the very first line, I found myself immersed in the story. The setting is picturesque and the details are exquisite. The characters are lively, authentic and believable. I was swept away in an eloquent tidal wave of words.

It was quite enjoyable to learn about how aviation impacted England. Of course, this story is so much deeper than the history of aviation, there is also the culture clash between Old Money, New Money, and the Middle class. And lets not forget about lovable characters!

I looked forward to free moments when I could read this story and get lost in the pages, often I would read past my bedtime, I just couldn’t put the story down. I give this delightful story 5 stars and would encourage those who also enjoy historical fiction to pick up a copy.

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

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

174914Carrie Turanksy has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends.

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Other books by Carrie Turanksy:

 Shine Like the Dawn

 The Governess of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #1)

 The Daughter of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #2)

 A Refuge at Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #3)

 

 

A Lawman for Christmas (Smokey Mountain Matches #12)

The Gift of Family

Synopsis:

Committed to her spinsterhood, Isabel Flores isn’t about to trust a man with her hard-won independence or her heart—especially not lawman Ben MacGregor. But when a little boy is abandoned on her property, the so-called “Debonair Deputy” of their small Tennessee town helps her care for the child. And Isabel begins to hope he might be more than just a handsome flirt.

Ben is well aware of Isabel’s aversion to love and has his own secret reasons for avoiding relationships. But as he and Isabel do their best to make the holiday special for their young ward, Ben wonders if he could be a family man after all. Will this Christmas be the first of many for Isabel and Ben’s little instant family?

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve had the pleasure of reading from Karen Kirst. I was delighted with the characters, the setting, and the storyline. This story is sure to warm your heart and put you in the Christmas spirit. I could so clearly picture the town of Gatlinburg, TN that I felt like I was there.

While I’ve not yet read the other 11 books in the Smokey Mountain series, I didn’t feel at all lost in this story. Yes, there are brief mentions of other characters, but not once did I feel lost. If anything It made me want to read the other books to find out the details of their stories.

Isabel is a strong and independent, blacksmith forge savvy women of the mountains. The last thing she wants is a man interrupting her plans. But under her rough exterior beats the heart of a woman who longs for a family (even if she has buried it so deep, that she forgot).

“Debonair Deputy” Ben MacGregor smiles and the ladies swoon at his feet. He is a self-proclaimed bachelor. However, his actions call into question the sincerity of his claims with the ladies of the town.

When a bank robbery goes wrong, and then a little boy is abandoned on her doorstep, Isabel and Ben are thrust together to not only prevent another robbery but to uncover the mystery of where this little boy came from. Will the tender, trusting smiles of an adorable 4-year old, warm their hearts and change their minds?

Karen Kirst not only breathes life into the setting but the characters as well. From the first page to the last, the story never once lost momentum. I give this story 5 stars. I am looking forward to finding copies of the earlier books in this series, as I’m sure I will enjoy them just as much as I have this one.

(I purchased a print copy of this book for my own collection. I am not required to write positive reviews. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

KarenKirst  Karen Kirst was born and raised in East Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains. A lifelong lover of books, it wasn’t until after college that she had the grand idea to write one herself. The pursuit of her dream would take longer than she first anticipated…years, in fact. In the fall of 2010, she got the happy news that Harlequin Love Inspired Historical wanted to publish her manuscript-a true blessing from God. Now she divides her time between being a wife, homeschooling mom, and romance writer. She enjoys reading, hosting tea parties and spending time with friends.

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My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York (Adele’s Journey) by: Amanda Barratt

Journey now to Niagara Falls, New York, of 1870 where…
She avoids danger at all costs. He makes his living by rushing headlong into it.

Synopsis:

Outwardly, Adele Linley’s trip to visit her American cousins is nothing more than a summer vacation. In reality, she’s the daughter of an English aristocrat with barely a penny to her name seeking a rich American husband.

Having grown up in an overcrowded orphanage, Drew Dawson is determined to make a name for himself. He’ll take any honest job to provide for his sister—even crossing Niagara Falls by tightrope.

On a sightseeing trip to the Falls, Adele meets several eligible suitors. Incredibly wealthy and pompous, Franklin Conway takes an immediate fancy to her. But Adele would truly like to marry for love.  When she encounters the mysterious Drew in the garden, Adele is confused by her feelings for someone who is everything she is NOT looking for. Will they both stay the course they have chosen for themselves?

My Thoughts:

With a spectacular setting and lively characters, you just can’t go wrong with this engaging story. A story of heartache, and triumph. Amanda Barratt has penned a story that will linger in your mind long after you’ve read the final words.

Adele is a character that many can easily identify with. She’s independent and strong. However, she is in need of a strength much greater than herself. She puts on a front of strength, yet inwardly she is broken. We could all say we’ve at least felt that way at one time or another.

At first glance Drew is a man on a singular mission, to risk life and limb to make a fortune and a name for himself. However, upon closer inspection, we find that he has a big heart and is trying to make life better for his sister.

The characters became so real that I honestly got quite upset with Adele at one point, and found myself almost talking to the book to give her a piece of my mind. This story doesn’t gloss over the difficult situations and reminds us all that there are always repercussions to decisions made.

I give this story 4.5 stars and I’m eagerly looking forward to reading more stories by Amanda Barrett.

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

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

AmandaBarratt  Amanda Barratt is a historical romance author with two novellas releasing in 2015 with Barbour Publishing. She fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story – a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Since then, she’s penned novels set in Regency and Victorian England, and the Gilded Age.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters. Connect with Amanda at the following locations

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Wrapped In Red (A Three Rivers Romance Novella) by Meghan M. Gorecki

A Steel City holiday romance sure to melt your heart.

Synopsis:

The holidays haven’t been the easiest for Merry Grainger. Five years ago, she lost her grandfather and got dumped by her boyfriend right before Christmas. Each season since sees her determined to avoid getting hurt again, and so she keeps a steel-like grip on her hopeless romantic heart.

Music used to soothe Sam Shepard’s soul until the death of his biggest cheerleader broke his heart, family, and dreams into pieces. Now he’s focused on thriving in the city, and with the people, he’s grown to love—all to keep the hole in his heart from opening anew with every passing holiday season.

Thrown together by a church play and meddlesome family armed with mistletoe, will Merry and Sam unwrap their guarded hearts to let in the true hope of Christmas—and each other?

My Thoughts:

Some Christmas stories are light and fluffy, some are deep, some mysterious. This one is fun, and engaging with elements that will make you pause and think. Just like real life, this isn’t a fluffy, sticky sweet, story. There are rocks in the road, or maybe I should say slide-offs (since its a winter story).

Will this swoon-worthy hero, Sam be able to gain the trust of the heroine, Merrry who has built up a wall around her heart? There are super fun moments in this story that will have you laughing, and there are tender moments that will have you sighing.

This story is so much more than just another sweet Christmas story. This is one of depth with a message that often we need to be reminded of. Because, let’s be real honest, we are all broken and lost and in need of a Savior. We may polish up well, and put on a good front, but deep down, we are all broken.

This is the first book I’ve read by Meghan M. Gorecki, and it won’t be the last! I look forward to reading many more stories from Meghan! I give this wonderful story 4.5 stars. I hope you each pick up a copy to enjoy!

(I purchased an ecopy of this book from Amazon. I am not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

“We’re fond of saying He came to seek and save the lost. But that doesn’t end when we accept Him into our hearts. He continually pursues us, His love is just that immense, and matchless.”

About the Author:

Meghan Gorecki Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Connect with her on social media and at her blog/website at: northernbellemeg.com
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A Match of Sorts by Lucette Nel

Synopsis:

As Christmas approaches, widowed Reverend Caleb Brennan needs a wife, or his vengeful father-in-law will take his young daughters. When his mail-order bride jilts him, Caleb grows desperate. During a storm, he finds an unconscious boy outside his home with signs of foul play. Despite his previous misfortune, obligation compels Caleb to lug the stranger inside. But as he provides first aid, he discovers more than he expected.

Bounty hunter Grace Blackwell refuses to owe a debt to any man, especially one as charming as Reverend Brennan. To repay him for saving her life, Grace agrees to pose as his mail-order bride. If their ploy is discovered, Caleb could lose his daughters. But in their pretense, the reverend and the bounty hunter might just both lose their hearts.

My Thoughts:

If you are looking for a sweet Christmas western novella, then look no further! Just released this month, A Match of Sorts is a page-turning delight.

Caleb Brennan is a hero you won’t soon forget! A widower with two adorable daughters that will steal your heart. He is a devoted and tender father, a caring brother and a handsome rescuer.

Grace Blackwell is tough as nails. She has to be, she’s been on her own since she was 16. Suddenly she finds herself needing someone, and that revelation is scary.

Will these two unlikely characters be able to allow themselves to trust each other, or will the walls they’ve built keep them apart?

Pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, and settle in for a delightful, page-turning story that is sure to not only entertain you but to also remind you of the deep love of our Savior, who gave up everything for us.

(I purchased a digital copy of this book from Amazon. I am not required to write positive reviews. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

LucetteNel  Lucy Nel is a coffee addicted work-in-progress daughter of the Lord Almighty. She’s a mommy to a rambunctious toddler and wife to her best friend and real-life hero. Along with three spoiled Pugs, they make their home in Gauteng, the smallest of nine provinces in South Africa.

She works as a bookkeeper and uses every available second to create interesting characters in historical settings.

She’s a member of American Christian Fiction and her dream came true when she signed a contract with Pelican Book Group for her Christmas themed novella, The Widow’s Captive.

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Also from Lucette Nel:

The Widow’s Captive

 

 

His Forgotten Fiancee by: Evelyn M. Hill

Synopsis:

Liza Fitzpatrick is stunned when her fiancée finally arrives in Oregon City — with amnesia. Matthew Dean refuses to honor a marriage proposal he doesn’t recall making, but Liza needs his help to bring in the harvest, and maybe she can help him remember…

Matthew is attracted to the spirited Liza, and as she tries to help him regain his old memories, the new ones they’re creating together start to make him feel whole. Even as he falls for her again, though, someone’s determined to keep them apart. Will his memory return in time to save their future?

My Thoughts:

My imagination was captivated by this story right from the start. Imagine for just a moment, what would it be like to forget everything? You don’t know your name or anything about yourself. Nothing! Who do you trust? It would be scary.

Of course, it would be just as difficult a scenario for a loved one. To know that the person you love, has no idea who you are. Has no memory of all that you have been through together. It would be heart-wrenching, to say the least.

Liza has a difficult time putting her trust in others. From a young age, she felt that she had to stand on her own and not be dependent on others. She let down her guard and let Matthew in, and now he doesn’t even know who she is.

Matthew is trying to figure out who he is and at the same time fight a growing attraction to Liza. He is a man of integrity. He cares more about Liza and her feelings than just a passing whim. He wants to remember who he is first before they get too entangled.

Someone is trying awfully hard to keep them apart. Who could be behind the mysterious occurrences? Is the sheriff behind the trouble, the town doctor? I was kept guessing various culprits. As it seemed almost everyone had a secret.

I enjoyed reading this sweet story, the touch of mystery kept me engaged. With realistic characters and even a cute kitten, you just can’t go wrong. Look for this book in January!

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

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

EvelynHill  I live at the end of the Oregon Trail, so I’ve decided to have fun writing historical inspiration romances set in Oregon and the American West in general. I get to investigate personally all the locales where my stories are set. I enjoy writing historical novels because it’s like getting to visit a different country without leaving home.

My first book, His Forgotten Fiancée, is going to be published by Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in January 2018.

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 His Forgotten Fiancee

 

A Mother For His Family by: Susanne Dietze

Synopsis:

Lady Helena Stanhope’s reputation is in tatters…and she’s lost any hope for a “respectable” ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she’s determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she’s sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irresistible spirit, caring and warmth.
Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together—and his love—are for always.

My Thoughts:

This delightful story captured my attention and imagination right from the start and kept me greedily turning pages late into the night. With charismatic characters and an engaging plot line, this story is one that you will want to make sure to read. The mystery behind the letters kept me guessing right until the end.

At the beginning, I found myself heart-sore for Helena, for her history and for how she felt lost and alone. As the story progressed I found myself cheering for her as she grew in confidence. She was misunderstood by her peers, and early on she had allowed the opinion of others and how they viewed her, to dictate how she saw herself. Given the opportunity to have a better circle of influence she grew and flourished. It was refreshing to watch her transformation.

What a fantastic hero we find in John. He has his shortcomings, but he also grows. He isn’t too proud or stubborn to admit when he is wrong. He is strong yet tender, he is firm yet kind. John is quite the swoon-worthy hero!

Often when we look back at history and think of the dazzling parties, the impressive mansions, and beautiful dresses worn by the wealthy. We often fail to consider what it would really be like to grow up in a home where your parents did not have an active role in raising you. Children were often closer to the nanny and the servants than to their parents. More often than not Marriages were arrangements agreed upon to make money, or to gain political power and standing. Love was often a foreign concept, often thought of as a fairytale.

I loved the tender message of God’s amazing love for us and the reminder that we are never alone. God loves us beyond our wildest imagination and is always with us. You can never stray too far away, that He isn’t there waiting for you with arms open wide.

If you enjoy sweet stories full of substance and emotion, then you won’t want to miss out on reading this book. I look forward to reading more stories from Susanne Dietze in the future and I give this fabulous story 5 stars. I encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy at your earliest convenience.

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

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

13657688  Susanne 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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  A Mother for his Family (expected release Jan. 1, 2018)

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A Wreath of Snow (A Victorian Christmas Novella) by Liz Curtis Higgs

Synopsis:

All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.

Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.

When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?

As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.

My Thoughts:

My first experience reading A Wreath of Snow came in 2011 when the book was first published. My sweet husband, purchased me a hard copy of the book for Christmas, knowing that Liz is one of my favorite authors. I may have given him hints (okay, left sticky notes in locations where he couldn’t miss them). Since that year, I’ve enjoyed reading A Wreath of Snow several times.

This story takes place in Scotland (yet another reason to love it!), and as with all stories written by Liz, I feel as if by simply opening the pages and beginning to read that I’ve taken a time machine, back in time and across the ocean.

If I had to narrow the theme of the book down to one word, I would choose Forgiveness. As you read the story, you will see that choosing to carry the burden of past wrongs, only weighs you down. Once you can let go, and forgive, then you can thrive!

I give this story 5 stars and encourage you to find a copy to enjoy and share with a friend. May the season of Christmas live in your heart all year long.

Bonus:

You can find a free preview of this wonderful story by visiting Liz’s web page (click here)

About the Author:

Liz-beside-red-door-CROP-300-224x300 In her bestselling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books, workbooks, and videos, Liz Curtis Higgs breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous—and intriguing—women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene.   She is the author of more than 30 books, with more than 4.6 million copies in print. Her popular nonfiction books include Bad Girls of the Bible, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Unveiling Mary MagdaleneSlightly Bad Girls of the Bible, Rise and Shine, and Embrace Grace. She’s also the author of the award-winning novels Here Burns My Candle and Mine Is the Night.   Her children’s Parable series received a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion for Excellence, her nonfiction book Embrace Grace won a 2007 Retailers Choice Award, and her novel Whence Came a Prince received a 2006 Christy Award for Best Historical Novel. Here Burns My Candle was named 2010 Best Inspirational Romance by Romantic Times Book Reviews, and her 2011 novel, Mine Is the Night, was a New York Times bestseller.  On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, PhD, who serves as director of operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud parents of two college grads, Matthew and Lillian. Visit Liz’s website,LizCurtisHiggs.com.

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