The Heart’s Stronghold: 4 Historical stories

About this Book:

Join four brave women making their mark on history at Colonial forts. Faced with tragedy and distrust they will fight to bring civility, family, and love to the frontier.

Virginia Company Bride by Gabrielle Meyer
James Fort at Jamestown, Virginia, 1608
In September 1608, Anne Burras is the only woman in Jamestown when her mistress dies upon arrival. Laborer John Layton is one of only thirty-eight colonists who survived the first year in the colony. Both want Anne on the supply ship returning to England in three months, but neither foresee the difficulties they will face just to stay alive—or the painful sacrifices they will make to stay together.

Embers of Hope by Kimberley Woodhouse
Castle Island, Massachusetts, 1674
Castle William (which would eventually become Fort Independence)
With Castle William burned to ashes, a stone mason’s daughter is the only woman on an island of soldiers. But superstitions and rumors abound that she is bad luck for the island. The captain finds himself falling in love with her, but disaster seems to strike every time they make headway. Can these two find love and hope in the midst of the ashes?

A Treaty of Tulips by Angie Dicken
Fort Burnett in Upstate New York, 1740
Daughter of a Dutch trader, Sabine Van Der Berg is loyal to their land at the trading post and also to her friends, the native Iroquois. When a British lieutenant arrives to expand the post to a fort, not only is Sabine key in keeping the peace for British-Iroquois trade, but she must protect her heart from a man who threatens the only way of life she’s ever known.

A Promise for Tomorrow by Amanda Barratt
Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky, 1778
Pregnant widow Rosina Whiting seeks shelter at Fort Boonesborough after a harrowing journey. She doesn’t expect her heart to be swayed by enigmatic frontiersman Captain Silas Longridge. But will the dangers that await sever their newfound love?

My Thoughts:

If you enjoy reading stories set during the American Colonial period, then you are going to love this collection of dynamic stories. Each one is filled with the grit and determination that the early settlers had in carving out a place, a new home, in this wild untamed, dangerous world.

Heartwarming stories of love amid hardship, and faith in God. Of communities coming together and working together for the greater good of everyone. Each story can be read in one setting, or you can take your time and enjoy the journey!

I enjoyed each of these stories. The dynamic characters, the unique story plots, and beautiful descriptions that pulled me in and invited me along on the journey with our early American settlers.

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

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The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler by Amanda Barratt

About the book:

Inspired by the incredible true story of a group of ordinary men and women who dared to stand against evil

The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor–that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler’s machinations for the fatherland. Now she and other students in Munich, the cradle of the Nazi government, have banded together to form a group to fight for the truth: the White Rose. Risking everything to print and distribute leaflets calling for Germans to rise up against the evil permeating their country, the White Rose treads a knife’s edge of discovery by the Gestapo.

Annalise Brandt came to the University of Munich to study art, not get involved with conspiracy. The daughter of an SS officer, she’s been brought up to believe in the Führer’s divinely appointed leadership. But the more she comes to know Sophie and her friends, the more she questions the Nazi propaganda.

Soon Annalise joins their double life–students by day, resisters by night. And as the stakes increase, they’re all forced to confront the deadly consequences meted out to any who dare to oppose the Reich.

A gripping testament to courage, The White Rose Resists illuminates the sacrifice and conviction of an unlikely group of revolutionaries who refused to remain silent-no matter the cost.

My Thoughts:

When I first heard that Amanda Barratt was going to write a book about Sophie Scholl and her brother Hanz, I was supper excited! I had read her previous book My Dearest Dietrich and loved it. I just knew that if anyone could write about the White Rose Resistance, it would be Amanda Barratt.

Let me just say that this story is phenomenal. My simple words could never do it justice. This story is powerful and one that not only needed to be told, but should never be forgotten. I knew the over view of the White Rose Resistance. But I didn’t have an in depth intimate understanding. Reading this book, I felt like I lived it right along side the characters. To read this book is to experience it.

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

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About the Author:

AmandaBarratt ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story–a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She’s the author of over a dozen novels and novellas, including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love.

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

Web Page // Facebook // Goodreads // Twitter //

 

 

First Line Friday: The White Rose Resists

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students who Defied Hitler by Amanda Barratt.

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Sophie
May 1, 1942
Munich, German

          My future is waiting, a spark in the distance burning steadily brighter as the train approaches the city.

 

 

Now it’s your turn!

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October 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of October? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in October.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

LegacyOfMercy  Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) by Lynn Austin

TheCumberlandBride The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

EternityBetweenUs Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

ThisCourageousJourney  This Courageous Journey by Misty Beller

Reluctant Warrior Spine.indd The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

LiterarilyForKeeps Literarily For Keeps by Sarah Monzon

RomancingTheBride  Romancing the Bride (Frontier Vows #1)  by Melissa Jagears

WhenYouLookAtMe  When You Look at Me (Pleasant Gap Romance #2) by Pepper Basham

CantHelpFalling  Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac

LovesGuidingLight  Love’s Guiding Light by Andrea Boeshaar

 

Author Interview / Guest Post:

EBU BlogTour Stephenia H. McGee, guest post

AuthorInterviewShannon Shannon McNear, author interview

 

Cover Reveals:

Cover Reveal The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

IMG_1151  Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

CoverReveal-AmandaBarratt My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda M. Barratt

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in November?

 

Cover Reveal – My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love by Amanda Barratt

I’m excited to be teaming up with Amanda Barratt today to share the cover reveal for her new book due to be released in June 2019.  Oh, I hear you, that is so very far away! While you wait, be sure to pop over to Goodreads and add the book to your “want to read” list!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In the face of the greatest evil, the cruelest dictator, a few brave men and women dared to resist. One of them was a German pastor and theologian. His name was Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

To the Nazis, he was a traitor. To the 21st century church, he is a hero. To Maria Von Wedemeyer, he was simply Dietrich – the man she loved.

Based on detailed historical research, this is a true love story at once beautiful and heartrending. My Dearest Dietrich sheds new light on a world-famous theologian…and the woman who changed his life.

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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

Web Page // Facebook // Goodreads // Twitter //

 

January 2018 – Review

Can you believe it? Here we are at the end of January! Wow, that went fast! Let us take a brief pause and take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed this month.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

Across the Blue Across The Blue

TheLacemaker.cover The Lacemaker

TheMayflowerBride The Mayflower Bride

GuiltByAssociation  Guilt by Association

ASongUnheard  A Song Unheard

HeartsEntwined  Hearts Entwined

 

Author Interview:

AmandaBarratt Amanda Barratt

 

Character Spotlight:

Three Words and a Kiss spotlight Cam Cameron Wallace from Three Words and A Kiss

 

New Logo Reveal:

JOR-Color Logo Reveal

 

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Author Interview with Amanda Barratt

Welcome reader friends! I’m super excited to have Amanda Barratt here visiting with us today and sharing about her new book My Heart Belongs In Niagara Falls, NY.

AmandaBarratt  ECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt, fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story – a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes inspirational historical romance, penning stories that transport readers to a variety of locales – from the sweeping coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, to the rugged landscape of Central Texas. Her novella, The Truest Heart, was a finalist in the 2017 FHL Reader’s Choice Awards.

 

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.

 

These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England. Connect with Amanda at the following locations

Web Page // Facebook // Goodreads // Twitter //

Now, let’s take a little glimpse at My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York

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She avoids danger at all costs. He makes his living by rushing headlong into it.

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.

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Join me in giving a warm welcome to Amanda Barratt! I’m thrilled to have you visiting with us today, Amanda. Let’s get started with some fun questions!

Thank you so much for letting me hang out with you all today! This is super exciting!

Q:   What is your favorite season, and why?

Amanda:   Autumn, hands down! In northern Michigan, we’re privileged to have a beautiful array of fall colors. There’s nothing better than walking down a secluded country lane, your boots crunching against fallen leaves, and then coming inside for a cup of hot apple cider. 🙂 Christmastime is probably a close second though, as I love the season of celebration and giving!

Trisha:    Fall in Michigan is beautiful. Here in the south west corner of Michigan I especially enjoy the scent of the grapes ready for harvest.

Q:    What is the best part of your day?

Amanda:   This is a tossup between morning and evening, since I love both for different reasons. Mornings are great, because I spend some time doing devotions, then get to dive into my writing for the day, which I always look forward to! But evenings are when I read, have meaningful conversations with family, and catch up on my latest period drama obsession. 🙂

Trisha:  Such a great way to bookend your day!

Q:   What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Amanda:   I actually just read one that was published in the late 80s. Vienna Prelude by Bodie and Brock Thoene. This book was magnificent—full of so much drama and emotion and characters to love and root for. It was my first time reading it, and I’m looking forward to checking out the rest of the series. Redeeming Love is another one that I return to over and over again.

Trisha:  Yes, I too enjoyed reading the books by Brodie & Brock Thoene. Absolutely, can’t forget about Redeeming Love!

Q:   If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Amanda:   An odd mixture! LOL Along with some Christmas music, I’ve been listening to Celtic Thunder, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and the soundtrack from the show Victoria.

Trisha:   I often listen to Celtic music when I am writing, and I too enjoy listening to Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra. I haven’t yet listened to the soundtrack from Victoria, I enjoyed watching that series.

Q:   Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Amanda:   Both came pretty much at the same time. We’d planned a family vacation to Niagara Falls. Before the trip, I was reading up on the history of the area, because that’s just what history nerds do. 🙂 I’d read quite a bit about the stunts and daredevils, and as I was walking along, looking at the Falls, the idea of a daredevil falling in love with a woman who feared risk, came to me. When Barbour put the word out that they were looking for authors to submit to a destination romance line, my sister suggested I do Niagara Falls and make the hero a tightrope walker. Sisters always know best! 🙂

Trisha:   Niagara Falls is a place on my list that I want to visit! I’m so glad your sister encouraged you to write this wonderful story!

Q:   Which character took you by surprise?

Amanda:   Delany, definitely. I was writing the scene where my heroine arrives at the home of her relatives, and lo and behold, the butler at the door is far from your ordinary staff member. It was one of those unexpected bursts of inspiration that I had a ton of fun building on.

Trisha:   It is fun when characters surprise us!

Q:   What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Amanda:   I never stayed up late working on this story. I probably laid awake at night thinking about it sometimes, but I’m a morning person, and around 8 PM my brain checks out for the night. 🙂

Trisha:  I’m not much of a night owl myself, but occasionally I will be so wrapped up in a story, that time gets away from me and I end up staying up well past my usual bed time.

Q:   What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Amanda:   I generally add more than I delete. So while my first draft looks different than the final one, it’s because of addition, rather than subtraction. I ended up omitting some analogies that I thought were rather clever when I wrote them, but made me cringe when I read them a second time.

Trisha:   Thank you, Amanda for visiting with us today. It was fun getting to know you better and getting a behind the scenes peek at the story.

We’d love to hear from you:

Do you have any questions for Amanda?

First Line Fridays: My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York by Amanda Barratt

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Before we start the First Line Festivities, I’d like to give you a personal invitation to follow my site, and or visit again on January 1st. I will be unveiling my logo for Joy of Reading and giving away a book. Be sure to stop back in!

This week I’m featuring My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York by Amanda Barratt. This fantastic, page-turning story releases January 1, 2018 (soon my friends)!  Click here to read my review, and learn more about this book.

 

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Derbyshire, England April 1870

          As the coachman loaded her trunk onto the carriage, nausea churned inside Adele’s stomach.

 

Where is Adele going? Sounds like where ever it is, that she is quite nervous about making the trip!

 

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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.)

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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

Web Page // Facebook // Goodreads // Twitter //

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The Regency Brides Collection

Romance is a delicate dance bound by rules and expectations in Regency England…
Seven couples must navigate society’s gauntlet to secure the hand of true love….

Charity and Luke are strangers who were forced to marry three years ago.

Adelaide and Walter share a love of music and disdain for elitism.

Caroline and Henry are thrown together by three orphans.

Helen and Isaac harbor his unlikely secret.

Esther is empowered to choose between two men.

Sophia is determined not to choose a man like Nash.

Jamie and William face a daunting London season together.

Will their faith grow and love prevail in a time when both were considered luxuries the elite could not afford?

My Thoughts:

With a star-studded group of talented authors, and a central theme of love during the regency period, you can’t go wrong!

If you enjoy reading sweet love stories set during the Recency period then you will not want to miss out on picking up this wonderful book. Two of the authors in this collection were new to me, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed their stories as much as the stories written by my favorites.

Each story has it’s own dynamic cast of characters, with their own set of challenges, and a tender love story. Several of the stories I wished had been longer. But of course, there are limits to how long a story can be when it’s in a novella collection.

I would recommend this collection of stories to anyone who enjoys reading stories set during the Regency period.  I give this collection 4.5 stars.

(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 Quotes:

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About the Authors:

Clicking on the Author’s name will take you to their web page.

2754194  Michelle Griep

AmandaBarratt  Amanda Barratt

Angela Bell  Angela Bell

SusanneDietzeHeadshot  Susanne Dietze

NancyMoser  Nancy Moser

MaryLuTyndall  MaryLu Tyndall

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Click on the title below to add this wonderful book to your collection:

  The Regency Brides Collection