Sparks in Spearfish (Seven Brides of South Dakota #5) by Kari Trumbo

About the book:

Lula never wanted to be just a wife.

At the Spearfish Normal School, Lula Arnsby is ready to begin a whole new chapter of her life. When a bully from her past strides into her class as the new teacher’s assistant, she wants nothing to do with the handsome prankster but his aim isn’t to torment her anymore.

Barton Oleson wants to be noticed by the pixie-haired beauty, Lula. He’s spent the last two years making sure she thinks of him every single day, but he’s running out of time to get her to notice him. Only one school term until she will be a teacher and out of his reach.
Is it enough time to make up for two years of hurt and can Lula forgive all that he’s done?

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed every book I’ve read (and or listened to) by Kari Trumbo! Her stories pull me in and keep my attention right from the very beginning. Not only can I easily picture what’s happening as if I were watching it on the screen, but I feel what the characters are feeling. Reading this book was a fully immersive experience!

For this story, I enjoyed listening to the audiobook on my daily commute to and from work, or at least that is how it started. But honestly, I was too wrapped up in the story to stop listening, so I put on my headphones and enjoyed listening while catching up with my household chores. Its the first time I can honestly say that the chores got done too quickly!

While I have read other books from Kari Trumbo, this is the first book in the Seven Brides of South Dakota series that I have read. I quickly added the others to my TBR in hopes of reading them soon! I do not know if all of the books can be stand-alone, but if you jump in with this one, you will be just fine!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

KariTrumbo I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

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Sparks in Spearfish (Seven Brides of South Dakota #5)

Don’t miss out on the other books in this series:

Dreams in Deadwood (Seven Brides of South Dakota #1)

Kisses in Keystone (Seven Brides of South Dakota #2)

Love in Lead (Seven Brides of South Dakota #3)

Romance in Rapid (Seven Brides of South Dakota #4)

Hearts in Hotspring (Seven Brides of South Dakota #6)

Courting in Custer (Seven Brides of South Dakota #7)

The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin

Synopsis:

In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the U.S. Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brothers’ betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for—fulfilling the recurring dream of his death.

Leah Jones works as a librarian at Camp Forrest, longing to rise above her orphanage upbringing and belong to the community, even as she uses her spare time to search for her real family—the baby sisters she was separated from so long ago.

After Clay saves Leah’s life from a brutal attack, he saves her virtue with a marriage of convenience. When he ships out to train in England for D-Day, their letters bind them together over the distance. But can a love strong enough to overcome death grow between them before Clay’s recurring dream comes true?

The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy #3)

My Thoughts:

I loved everything about this story! There were moments that I gasped out-loud in surprise, yelled out warnings to characters that could not hear me, and gripped the book tightly holding my breath to see what would happen next. I both cried with Leah and cheered for her successes. More than once I wished I could reach in and hug these characters. I didn’t just simply read the story, I felt like I was right there in the story with them.

The struggles these characters faced felt real. I enjoyed watching their growth throughout the story. I felt like the author invited us to walk the trials with them as they struggle with self-image and forgiveness. Things that I think we all struggle with at one time or another. We watched them struggle to let go of past hurts and give their future to God.

This marriage of convenience story is one that you won’t want to miss. I loved how the relationship built over time and how they came to love each other. The dialogue and banter are superb. Sarah Sundin’s ability to bring the details and nuances of history to life is exceptional.

This is the third, and final book in the Sunrise at Normandy series. While you could read The Land Beneath Us as a stand-alone, my recommendation would be to read the stories in order. There are details mentioned in the course of this story that would spoil a few surprises for you in the earlier books. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy to enjoy. I highly recommend this entire series!

(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:

SarahSundin  Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of The Sea Before Us(coming February 6, 2018), the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, When Tides Turn), the Wings of the Nightingale series, and the Wings of Glory series. Her novels Through Waters Deep and When Tides Turnwere named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” Through Waters Deep won the 2016 INSPY Award and was a Carol Award finalist.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups.

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The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy #3)

  The Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy #2)

  The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy #1)

The Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossing #3) by Susan Ann Mason – Review & Giveaway

TheBrightestOfDreamsSynopsis:

Quinten Aspinall is determined to fulfill a promise he made to his deceased father to keep his family together. To do so, he must travel to Canada to find his younger siblings, who were sent there as indentured workers while Quinn was away at war. He is also solicited by his employer to look for the man’s niece who ran off with a Canadian soldier. If Quinn can bring Julia back, he will receive his own tenant farm, enabling him to provide a home for his ailing mother and siblings.

Julia Holloway’s decision to come to Toronto has been met with disaster. When her uncle’s employee rescues her from a bad situation, she fears she can never repay Quinn’s kindness. So when he asks her to help find his sister, she agrees. Soon after, however, Julia receives some devastating news that changes everything.

Torn between reuniting his family and protecting Julia, will Quinn have to sacrifice his chance at happiness to finally keep his promise?

  The Brightest of Dreams

My Thoughts:

While this is the third book in the Canadian Crossing series, this story can easily be read on its own. With that said, fans of this series will enjoy glimpses of characters from the other two books and enjoy finding out where those characters are now.

Quinten is quite a dynamic hero, he is sure to capture your heart.  Time and again he was put in impossible situations, and faced with difficult decisions. As a youth, he is charged with the heavy responsibility of taking care of his family. Quinn takes this responsibility seriously and does his very best to fulfill the promise he made to his dying father. Little did he know the lengths he would have to go to, to ensure that he keeps that promise.  He starts out taking on responsibilities and making decisions without first taking the time to go to God in prayer. We see Quinten grow as a character throughout the course of this story, in not only his relationships with others but also with God.

This story takes place in the early 1900s, just after World War I and focus on a family that unfortunately got wrapped up in the event that came to be known as “The Canadian Home Children”. Children who were sent to Canada from Great Brittan as orphans. Children who were often treated as indentured servants at best. Fans of Carrie Turansky’s “No Ocean Too Wide”, will enjoy delving into this story and the history.

I enjoyed my time reading this story and felt pulled into the drama and the lives of the characters. Susan Ann Mason has written a beautiful story that wrapped itself around my heart.

(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.)

About the Author:

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 Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossing #3)

The Highest of Hopes (Canadian Crossing #2)

  The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossings #1)

A Life to Live by Toni Shiloh

Synopsis:

Mia is headed to the famed Nottingham for a month-long vacation. She never imagined she’d run into her high-school sweetheart thousands of miles away from her home town. Why would God throw them back together?

Caleb always regretted the way things ended with his high-school girlfriend, Mia. After a chance encounter in the streets of Nottingham, Caleb feels God is giving him a second chance to right the wrongs he committed. Unbeknownst to him, Mia has secrets that may require his forgiveness.
Will her past overshadow his wrongs?

As Mia and Caleb work through old hurts and broken hearts will they let the blessing of forgiveness redeem their relationship?

  A Life to Live

My Thoughts:

One of the many things I love about Toni Shiloh’s writing is how seamlessly she incorporates scripture into her writing. Her writing doesn’t come across as preaching, it simply flows out of the story. If you were to pull out all the Bible verses, the story would just fall flat.

These two main characters, Mia and Caleb are flawed, just like we all are. They have some hard lessons to learn. Shiloh invites us into the lives of these characters and I felt like I was right there in the story, walking through the events with close friends.

This book may be just over 100 pages, but it leaves a strong impression and gives us an important reminder of the importance of forgiveness. I highly recommend this fantastic story to anyone who enjoys reading sweet love stories, with a strong element of faith!

(I purchased a copy of this book for my own reading enjoyment. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace of the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes soulfully romantic novels to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys. When she’s not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, ​making jewelry, and spending time with ​her family. Toni is a member of the American Christian ​Fiction Writers (ACFW) as well as the president of the ACFW Virginia ​Chapter.

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  A Life to Live

 

 

Above the Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Can she nab the headline without losing her heart?

Synopsis:

Confined behind a secretarial desk at her father’s struggling newspaper, Elissa Tillman longs for her father and the world to take her seriously—not just as a suffragette, but also as a full-fledged journalist.

When a millionaire is murdered, Elissa sees the perfect chance to nab the headline and save the newspaper all at the same time. Her father agrees.

But there’s a catch.

To get her article above the fold, she must compete for it. Unfortunately, her rival isn’t one of the newspaper’s regular journalists. It’s none other than Cole Parker—the dashing man who abandoned Pittsburgh to chase a high-profile journalism gig in New York, leaving a broken-hearted Elissa in his wake. 

After a series of mistakes, Cole returns to the steel city for a job, but all he can think of is a second chance with Elissa.The competition his boss invents keeps Cole near her, but she regards him as an enemy, both to her dreams and her heart.

Above the Fold

My Thoughts:

This is such a phenomenal debut! I absolutely love everything about this page-turning, story! Vivid and full of page-turning drama, I felt like I was right there in the 1920’s with Elissa and Cole. With a strong plot and dynamic characters, this story is one for the keeper-shelf!

I loved the witty banter between these two characters, as well as their tenacity and vulnerability. The character growth and lessons learned reach far beyond the pages and right into the heart of the readers.

With an sweet reminder that in God you are enough. Our trials and triumphs do not define us God does, and it is in looking to God that we find our identity.

(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.)

About the Author:

RachelScottMcDaniel  Rachel McDaniel is an award-winning Christian romance writer. She hopes to inspire the mind and refresh the soul with words infused with faith and heart. Because she could never resist a good mystery, suspense and intrigue routinely sneak into her stories. Her work is represented by Julie Gwinn from the Seymour Agency. She is currently enjoying life with her husband and two children. You can connect with Rachel McDaniel at any of these following locations.

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   Above the Fold

Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3) by Carolyn Miller

Synopsis:

Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.

Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.

The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.

Misleading Miss Verity

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this story, these characters, and the setting! From the first page till the last, I was swept into the regency era and enveloped within the lives of the characters. You may be a bit shocked to find out that this is the very first book from Carolyn Miller I have read.  I’ve purchased her other books, I’ve just not yet read them (soo many books!).
I can tell you that I will do my best to make time to read her other books because I just can’t get enough of her fantastic story writing!

If I had to choose a favorite character it would have to be Verity.  She covers her feelings of inadequacy well behind her vivacious personality. Growing up, she often felt like she wasn’t wanted and wasn’t good enough. We see in her fiercely protective nature, a desire that others aren’t made to feel the same way. She has a big heart and doesn’t often hold back.

I loved the character growth throughout the story of not only Verity but of all the characters. Each one holds a special place in my heart, I loved them all!

This story is a gentle reminder that we need to look to Jesus for our identity, not others. Because it is in seeing ourselves through Jesus that we see the beautiful person we are created to be, and in following Him that we can meet our full potential.

(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.)

About the Author:

CarolynMiller  I’m an Inspirational Regency romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia with my husband and four children. I love reading (especially Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer), music, films, gardens, art, travel and food. I really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love. I am represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube agency.

 

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 Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3)

Underestimating Miss Cecilia (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #2)

 A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #1)

 

 

With You Here (Carrington Family #4) by Sarah Monzon

Synopsis:

Holy Roman Empire, 1527
In the wake of Martin Luther’s religious reforms, Princess Christyne von Heidelbraum is compelled by her sense of duty to help ease the burden of her people. When she stumbles upon a dying man in the woods, she vows to aid him—even when she discovers the arrow shot in his back was put there by a heretic hunter. With both her physical and spiritual well-being in danger, she must choose between conscience or adhering to the laws of the Empire.

Present Day
Doubting her calling to become a hospital chaplain, Amber Carrington takes time off from her theology studies to volunteer with refugees in Germany. Working with children, making a difference, reconnecting with the conviction that once drove her—these were her expectations. An instant attraction to a professional soccer player wasn’t a part of the plan…and she can’t let him distract her from her purpose.
As a new Christian, Seth Marshall is determined to put his popularity as a world-renowned footballer to good use. Unfortunately, old habits and public opinions are hard to overcome. When he falls hard and fast for Amber Carrington, his former life—and her no-dating policy—may block his perfect shot for the woman he loves.

  With You Here (A Carrington Family Novel #4)

My Thoughts:

There is so much to love about this multi-faceted story! I’d be hard-pressed to choose a favorite timeline, as they are both engaging and endearing.  The characters are dynamic and they each have their own compelling story to tell. I was captivated right from the start and held in delight as each beguiling moment was expertly revealed with eloquent details that swept me off my feet and into the very heart of the stories.

I enjoyed traveling back to the reformation period and gaining a first-hand view at what it must have been like to live during such turbulent times. The historical details and vibrant characters pulled me in and had me holding my breath on more than one occasion. I often thought of my own ancestors who were French Huguenots and left France due to persecution. I was reminded of the fact that God’s people have been persecuted throughout history and even still today.

I really enjoyed getting to know Amber Carrington. The Carrington brothers each have their own wonderful stories, but I have long anticipated getting to know Amber. I appreciate that Amber has chosen to follow God’s calling to minister to others and share her faith as a chaplain. The tender love story between Amber and Seth both warmed my heart and kept me on the edge of my seat hoping everything would work out!

I have loved all of the stories in The Carrington Family series and strongly encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself to enjoy!

(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:

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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  With You Here (A Carrington Family Novel #4)

Carrington Family Series:

 Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

 12 Days of Snowmen (A Carrington Family Novella 1.5)

All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

Freedom’s Kiss (A Carrington Family #3)

Stand Alone books:

 The Isaac Project

 The Esther Paradigm

Bookish Novella’s:

Bookishly Ever After 

Literarily for Keeps

Novelly Upon a Time

  Book Nerds and Boyfriends (A Novella Collection)

Under Moonlit Skies (Prairie Sky Series #3) by Cynthia Roemer

Synopsis:

Her life was planned out ~ until he rode in ~ Illinois prairie ~ 1859

After four long years away, Esther Stanton returns to the prairie to care for her sister Charlotte’s family following the birth of her second child. The month-long stay seems much too short as Esther becomes acquainted with her brother-in-law’s new ranch hand, Stewart Brant. When obligations compel her to return to Cincinnati and to the man her overbearing mother intends her to wed, she loses hope of ever knowing true happiness.

Still reeling from a hurtful relationship, Stew is reluctant to open his heart to Esther. But when he faces a life-threatening injury with Esther tending him, their bond deepens. Heartbroken when she leaves, he sets out after her and inadvertently stumbles across an illegal slave-trade operation, the knowledge of which puts him, as well as Esther and her family, in jeopardy.

  Under Moonlit Skies (Prairie Sky Series #3)

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this engaging story. The characters came to life and pulled me into their story like welcoming friends. Right from the beginning, I was drawn into the action, and I felt like I was part of the story. Engaging and endearing, this is a story that you won’t soon forget.

I especially appreciated the deep roots of faith and the journey of growth that happens over the course of this story. Difficult decisions are made, and I appreciated the fact that the characters strove to honor God first and foremost in their lives. I enjoyed watching these characters grow.

Full of unexpected twist and turns, I enjoyed the journey this story took me on with these delightful characters that quickly became new friends. With a special reminder that God loves us all. That in His eyes, not one of us is better than another. We are to treat each other like brothers and sisters in Christ.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a wonderful story to read, full of delightful characters and strong faith.

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

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Cynthia Roemer is an Inspirational Historical Romance author from rural Illinois. She and her husband, Marvin, have been married for twenty-three years and have two college-aged sons. They enjoy quiet living and God’s wondrous creation on their 300 acre farm.

Cynthia’s thirst for writing began her junior year of high school, when her short-story won first place in a local college writing contest. She went on to pursue a career in writing by earning a B.A. in English (with an emphasis on Creative Writing) from U of I of Springfield, IL in 1988. Since then, Cynthia has had over 100 articles and short-stories printed in various Christian teen and adult publications.

She is currently working on her Prairie Sky Series, consisting of three Inspirational Historical Romance novels set in the mid-1800s, the first of which , Under This Same Sky, is due to release with Mantle Rock Publishing April 28th, 2017.

Cynthia is a regular contributor to Putting on the New Blog, a collective effort of various Christian women writers. It is her ardent prayer that the Lord will plant seeds of hope into the lives of those who read her work.

When she isn’t writing, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks in the country, 4-wheeling, biking, gardening, and reading.

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  Under Moonlit Skies (Prairie Sky Series #3)

Don’t miss the other books in this series:

  Under This Same Sky(Prairie Sky #1)

  Under Prairie Skies (Prairie Sky #2)

The Yellow Lantern (True Colors) by Angie Dicken

Josephine Is Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
Step into True Colors — a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

Synopsis:

In Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck–Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Terrance. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

The Yellow Lantern (True Colors)

My Thoughts:

Step back in time to 1824 when medical science is rudimentary at best and exploratory science is booming. A dead body on the black market was worth a small fortune, and once you started down that path, it was impossible to navigate the twists and turns to find your way out.

When Josephine Clayton wakes up on the doctors examining table, with him standing over her ready to perform the post-mortem. Her life is spared, but she is ruthlessly thrown into a dark secretive ring of body-snatchers. Eager to find her way out of the endless maze of dead-end scenarios Josephine goes along with the plot to provide 1 body in place of her own on the condition that the person isn’t murdered. But will she find the price too high? Working at a cotton mill as a cover for her secret mission, she reluctantly makes friends and quickly realizes that the spider web she has found herself in only tangles around her tighter.

I enjoyed learning more about the cotton mill and meeting the girls that worked there. Each element of this story is so carefully crafted and realistic. I felt like I was part of that world. I could almost hear the steam of the machines as they roared to life and see the bits of cotton floating in the air. I could see little Liesel, the bobbin girl sitting along the wall with her basket, ready to leap up and help at a moments notice.

With vivid characters and an exciting plot, this page-turning romantic suspense will keep you up late into the night, turning pages and trying to discover what will happen next. I loved the unexpected twists and turns!

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

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About the Author:

AngieDicken Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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The Yellow Lantern

More from the True Color series:

  The White City by Grace Hitchcock

The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

Synopsis:

When Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike’s safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family’s home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.

  All Manner of Things

My Thoughts:

Wow! This story and its characters wove themselves around my heart. I laughed, I held my breath, I cried. This story welcomed me into an intimate, heartfelt journey with these characters. The characters felt so real that I felt like I became part of their family.

My parents were born in 1956. I have seen pictures and listened to the music they grew up listening to. I’ve enjoyed listening to the stories they have shared of memories they have of this time period. Reading this story, was even better than listening to their stories (sorry mom & dad) because I felt like I lived the story with the characters.

Susie Finkbeiner tackles difficult topics and through the characters, we are reminded of the importance of forgiveness as well as given a gentle reminder that even in our darkest moments, God is still with us. I highly recommend this story!

(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:

SusieFinkbeiner  Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home

Her most recent novel, All Manner of Things, releases in June, 2019 with Revell.

She serves on the Breathe Christian Writers Conference planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the state. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.

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  All Manner of Things