The Sky Above Us (Sunrise At Normandy #2) by Sarah Sundin

Synopsis:

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub on base and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near. And secrets can’t stay buried forever.

Bestselling author Sarah Sundin returns readers to the shores of Normandy, this time in the air, as the second Paxton brother prepares to face the past–and the most fearsome battle of his life.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed my time spent reading this story about Adler Paxton. The historical details are exceptional as to be expected. The characters are vibrant and multifaceted. The plot was well written and Sundin even tossed in a surprise that I didn’t see coming! The only downside is that I have to wait a year before I can get my hands on the next book.

Violet has dreamed of becoming a missionary since she was a little girl. On the cusp of seeing that dream come true, it was snatched away when her fiance decided that he no longer wanted to be a missionary or get married. Devastated Violet turned to the Red Cross deciding that she could do good elsewhere even it wasn’t what she had first planned. Even though she is homesick for her family, she is determined to step out on her own and make a difference.

Adler has been running ever since that horrible day 3 years ago when he lost his fiance and then got into a fight with his brothers. Running from trouble and difficulties has become so second nature that he hardly even stops to think about it. But when his past starts catching up with him, he realizes that it’s time to stop running. Will his new friends stand by his side when the ugly truth of his past is brought to light? Will Adler be strong enough to forgive himself for what is in the past?

I appreciated how Sarah Sundin seamlessly wove strong threads of faith and Biblical truth throughout this story.  An overarching theme of forgiveness and humility. A gentle reminder that all have sinned and fallen short.

(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:

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 Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy #2)

  The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy #1)

Book 3: The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy #3)  coming spring 2020

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First Line Fridays: Between Two Shores

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green. Resplendent in historical details this fully immersible story swept me off my feet, it captured my heart and didn’t let go. The details were so smoothly written and each one melded seamlessly to the next which only added more depth and emotion to the story. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

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Lachine, Island of Montreal, Quebec
Late August 1759

Catherine Duval was used to waiting.

 

Hmmm… I wonder what Cathering is waiting for?  You won’t want to miss out on this latest book from Jocelyn Gree!

 

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Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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The Alamo Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #7)

Synopsis:

Ellis Dumont finds a man in New Orleans Grey unconscious on Dumont property in 1836. As his fevers rage, the man mutters strange things about treasures and war. Either Claiborne Gentry has lost his mind or he’s a spy for the American president—or worse, for the Mexican enemy that threatens their very lives. With the men of her family away, Ellis must stand courageous and decide who she can trust. Will she put her selfish wants ahead of the future of the republic or travel with Clay to Mission San Jose to help end the war?

My Thoughts:

I inhaled this story like a hungry book dragon! I enjoyed the lively banter between the characters, the mystery of hidden treasure, and the rich historical details that all gave this story a life of its own. My only disappointment was that because I read it so fast, it was over too soon. But I just couldn’t put it down!

Ellis is a lot like her grandmother, Maribel. She is independent, feisty, and often leaps into a situation before she looks. Ellis is also a skilled healer and her sensitivity and heart for others shine through, often to her own jeopardy.

Claiborne Gentry has an important mission to accomplish, but a run-in with a couple of trigger happy foe’s leads to lost memory. If only he could remember what it is he is supposed to be doing before the time runs out on his mission.

This newest addition to The Daughter’s of the Mayflower collection is a page-turning adventure that you won’t want to miss! The story easily stands on its own, however, the other stories in this collection are just as fabulous!  Be sure to snag your copy of The Alamo Bride today.

(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.)

  The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

Kathleen Y'Barbo  RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots (read about their real-life romance here!). Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.

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  The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

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)
The Golden Bride by Kimerley Woodhouse – set 1849 The Gold Rush (April 2019)
The Express Bride by by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 The Pony Express (July 2019)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Synopsis:

The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until an attempt on Samuel’s life convinces her he’s in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She’s risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

My Thoughts:

Resplendent in historical details this fully immersible story swept me off my feet, it captured my heart and didn’t let go. The details were so smoothly written and each one melded seamlessly to the next which only added more depth and emotion to the story.

Catherine Stands-Apart has her feet in two vastly different cultures. Raised by her Mohawk mother then her French Trapper father left her feeling like a ship tossed on the ocean with no place to put into shore. Catherine felt like she didn’t really belong in either place. As the French & Indian war comes to a crescendo, Catherine finds herself pulled in more than she would have liked.

More than words on the page, this story is vibrant and alive! The characters are dynamic and realistic. While the ending wasn’t what I was hoping, it was deeply satisfying and even more than I had wished for. There is so much more I could say, but I don’t want to give anything away. However, I will say that you should absolutely get a copy of this book!

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

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Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

JocelynGreen   Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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Don’t miss these other books from Jocelyn Green:

 A Refuge Assured

  The Mark of the King

  Heroines Behind the Lines Series (set of 4 books)

 

First Line Fridays: The Alamo Bride

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo. I’m starting this book this weekend, and I just know that it’s going to be a wonderful story to enjoy this weekend. What is next up on your #TBR?

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New Orleans, Louisiana
October 12, 1835

          He was the nephew of a governor and statesman and the grandson of a pirate who sailed with the infamous Jean Lafitte, but tonight Claiborne William Andre Gentry was merely one of the many anonymous souls who walked among Magazine Street in the Vieux Carre. Back in Tennessee, his sisters had teased him about the dark hair that was so different from their blond braids and yet so similar to the pirate whose name was forbidden in their home. Here in New Orleans, Clay’s resemblance to the grandfather his family never spoke of had caused him to fit in rather than look out of place. And when a man was carrying a secret on behalf of the president of the United States, looking out of place was not the goal.

 

Okay, so I did give you more than just one line. I just couldn’t stop at the first line!  Makes me curious to find out what secret Clay is carrying!

Clicking on the link below will take you to the Amazon page for this book so you too can find out what secret Clay is carrying!

  The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

Synopsis:

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother–who is battling dementia–compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns–and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

My Thoughts:

Suspenseful with a Gothic flair, this story is sure to draw you in and keep you glued to the pages, to find out what happens next! While the title is a little spooky and the cover may give you pause, I knew that I could trust Jaime Jo Wright to pin a story that is both spine-tingling in its suspense, and God fearing at its core.

The story is character driven, and oh, what fantastic characters await in the pages of this dual-timeline story! With threads of faith and redemption everything comes together to form a beautiful tapestry, A beautiful reminder that our identity is in our Creator God.

Things are not as they seem. Often, as in real life you have to peel back the layers to discover the truth, so it is with this story!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. 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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Professional 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

 

For those interested to learn a little history about asylums in America, CLICK HERE to visit the biography web page’s article on Nellie Bly’s 10 days in a madhouse.

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First Line Fridays: The Songbird and the Spy

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring The Songbird and the Spy by J’nell Ciesielski. This story has something for everyone! A tender romance, a suspenseful, page-turning adventure, drama, witty dialogue, and dynamic characters that will charm you from the beginning! CLICK HERE to read my full review.

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May 1940, France

Claire Baudin jittered with excitement as she checked her stocking seams. One final tweak to her new red straw hat and she slid out of the cramped ladies’ water closet. Tottering her way along the swaying railcar’s aisle, she bumped three elbows before falling into her seat.

 

Okay, so I gave you a little more than one line. I just couldn’t help myself! Trust me when I tell you that you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic story! This new story from J’nell Ciesielski comes out early February, but you can pre-order your copy today!

  The Songbird and the Spy

 

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Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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The Songbird and the Spy by J’nell Ciesielski

Synopsis:

As shells explode over Nazi-occupied France, American music student Claire Baudin is trapped behind enemy lines, struggling to protect her identity. Singing as a barmaid while she plans her escape, a handsome Third Reich captain threatens everything she knows to be true about the enemy.

Nazi Captain Michael Reiner isn’t who he claims to be. A British language expert turned spy, he discovers the truth about Claire, but he knows the importance of a secret. Struggling to resist his attraction to the songbird, he’s determined to complete his assignment, no matter the cost. His cover is threatened when a ruthless female Gestapo officer arrives, hunting Resistance fighters. The raid forces Michael’s hand: complete the mission or save Claire.

As the war threatens to tear them apart, they must rely on each other for survival. Is there hope—and a future—for an American songbird and a British spy?

  The Songbird and the Spy

My Thoughts:

From the first chapter to the last, I was transported back in time. I more than read this story, I experienced it! With vivid details and lyrical prose that both envelope and welcome the reader to be a part of the unfolding drama. I didn’t want to look away for a moment!

Claire has a gift for music, she traveled to France to attend music school and ends up trapped in Nazi-occupied France.  She must keep her true identity a secret while trying to find a way out of France. However, keeping secrets and trying to escape is increasingly more difficult than she first thought.

Captain Michael Reiner has his own secrets that he keeps. He has more to lose than just his position with the Nazi army. But when his cover is threatened and he’s backed into an impossible decision, what will he choose?

This story has something for everyone! A tender romance, a suspenseful, page-turning adventure, drama, witty dialogue, and dynamic characters that will charm you from the beginning!

I give this story 5-enthusiastic stars. Be sure to snag a copy of this newest story from J’nell Ciesielki!

(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:

J'Nell Ciesielski For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a book in my hand. When other girls went to the library to look at the Babysitter’s Club books, my mom found me sitting in the history aisle with a stack of Civil War books, and autobiographies of legends long gone. I loved being transported to other places and times, where men are chivalrous knights to the rescue and women wear big frilly dresses. I’ve always believed I was born in the wrong time period … but I digress.

With my natural curiosity of all things old-fashioned and love of happily ever afters, it was only natural I decided to pen a few of my own.

Born in Florida, I spent the many happy days of childhood running around our large backyard and splashing on the sugar white beaches known only to the Sunshine State. Just before high school, my dad got a job transfer to Texas and a whole new life began. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Psychology the summer of 2005.

Not knowing what else to do with my life, I joined the Air Force. Stationed in Germany I was able to travel to places I’d only dreamed of: France, Austria, Netherlands, England, and my favorite Scotland. I also met my awesome husband while over there. I consider him my consolation prize for the years being forced to wear camouflage and combat boots.

After serving our four years, we now live in Virginia where we’ve been blessed that I can stay home and write all day. Yay! When I’m not writing you can find me baking something with chocolate, making my baby girl laugh, or giving belly rubs to our beagle Daisy.

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Pre-order your copy today!

  The Songbird and the Spy

Also by J’nell Ciesielski

  Among the Poppies

 

 

 

 

Atoning for Ashes by Kaitlin Covel

Synopsis:

Josie Chadwick dreams of marrying for love in Cornwell, England, but with her father’s debt threatening to destroy all she holds dear, her romantic options are dwindling. When her elder sister Delia is disowned, Josie finds herself heiress of Chadwick Park, torn between dreams and duty. After sacrificing her heart to atone for Delia’s sin, Josie clings to the hope she will learn to love a distant husband, whom she fears is incapable of requiting her affection.

Charles Radcliffe’s heart has been scarred and hardened by rejection. He fears hurting his new bride, but his fears of betrayal and rejection are stronger, making it impossible for him to trust her love–let alone the love of her God.

As Josie and Charles face their new life together, ominous events warn of dark family secrets that could shatter them both. More than a loveless marriage is at stake if they cannot stand as one. Will they learn to trust God and each other before it’s too late?

My Thoughts:

With a well-developed plot, I was pulled into this unfolding story right from the beginning. It took me a little bit to get into the heart of the characters, mostly be because they hid their true selves so very well.

There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. About the time you think you have it all figured out, something changes and you discover that your ideas of who is behind the mystery fall apart like a house of cards.

There are some adult scenarios, alcoholism, spousal abuse, fornication, and attempted rape. It’s real and honest while reminding us of the matchless forgiveness and grace that God offers to us all.

Fans of Christian Historical Romance with Gothic undertones are sure to be well pleased with this page-turning story. There are a few areas I found repetitive. I give this story 3.5 stars and look forward to reading more from this author 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.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

KaitlinCovel  Kaitlin Covel has a thirst for adventure much like the heroines of her stories. She is an old-fashioned romantic, and if she could time travel to any historical period, it would be the Regency Era. Here in the 21st century, she is a certified Nutritional Therapy Technician, but writing is her passion, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. She has honed her craft since childhood, benefiting from the insights of other writers through professional writing associations such as the Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild and Hope*writers. She lives with her family in Maine, where she enjoys teaching the teen Sunday school class at her church. Her favorite things are family, books, history, chocolate, music, the ocean, and strong cups of tea.

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  Atoning for Ashes

 

First Line Fridays: Ladies of Intrigue

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring Ladies of Intrigue (3 tales of 19th-century romance with a dash of mystery) by Michelle Griep. Each story is a stand-alone, filled with page-turning adventure and vivid characters that you won’t soon forget. These stories are filled with sweet romance a dash of mystery and plenty of witty dialogue. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

I’ll share with you today the first few lines from the first novella in this wonderful collection.

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
Cornish Coast, 1815
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?

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Port village of Treporth, Cornwall, England

Pretend I am courageous.
Pretend my heart still beats.
Pretend all manner of blissful things…
and that I shall find him alive.

Reaching a worn scrap of foolscap, Helen Fletcher tucked the paper into her valise, then snapped shut the clasp, wishing most of all she’d never received such horrid news. No one had ever warned her about the dangers of parchment.

Ladies of Intrigue

 

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