First Line Friday: Almost A Bride

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

Today I am happy to be featuring Almost A Bride (The Bride Ships #4) by Jody Hedlund. I have really been enjoying this series from Jody Hedlund. Each story is exciting and captivating! What would make a woman leave all she knows in England, get on a boat and cross the ocean and travel to the wild untamed Canadian North West as a bride to a man she’s never met?

Cariboo, British Columbia
August 1863

“Hello, Beautiful. Will you marry me?”

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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.)

Favorite Quote:

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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 Number of Love (Codebreakers #1) by Roseanna M. White

Synopsis:

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

  The Number of Love (Codebreakers #1)

My Thoughts:

Once I started reading this story, I couldn’t put it down! Roseanna White has penned another delightful story, with dynamic characters that come to life within the pages and quickly become as real as if you were in the action right alongside them.

Margot knows what she wants and she isn’t afraid to go after it with everything she has. She is a brilliant mathematician and codebreaker. Her work in room 40 cracking codes for the Brittish Intelligence Office is paramount in helping to change the tide against the German forces in World War I.

Drake Elton is used to reading people upon meeting them, but Margot is unlike anyone he’s ever met before. After their brief encounter, her dark eyes and snapping whit capture his attention and linger in his memory. When their paths cross again, sparks are sure to fly.

There is so much to love about this story! Historical details, encrypted letters, biological warfare, rogue spies, adventure, drama, love, and dynamic characters that take ahold of your heart and don’t let go.  You won’t want to miss a moment of this page-turning adventure!

(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:

Roseanna 2018  Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

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  The Number of Love (Codebreakers #1)

 

 

 

Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee Review & Giveaway Blog Tour

Synopsis:

An unnatural thunder rumbled through the air, carrying withit not thoughts of rain but of smoke and trepidation…

After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.

Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?

Based on first-hand accounts from the Civil War and with a strong romantic thread, this is a tale of faith, espionage, hope, and courage historical fiction fans won’t want to miss.

My Thoughts:

I was blissfully whisked away to a bygone era on a tidal wave of literary enjoyment! Resplendent in historical details, yet not too cumbersome as to be weighty, this engaging story is sure to appeal to those who enjoy stories set during the Civil War.

I especially enjoyed the true story roots and first-hand accounts from Civil War journals. Stephenia McGee pens a story that you won’t soon forget, by breathing new life into history and inviting us to come along for the journey.

Dynamic characters that when faced with life-altering decisions will have you either cheering in approval or cringing in dismay. With deep soul searching conversations that will have you thinking how you would answer the same questions if you were there yourself.

The first quarter of the book focuses on setting the scene and building up the characters, then the action really ramps up in the last quarter and I was fully engaged in the drama! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories set in the Civil War period.

(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:

Steph Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in the South

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Don’t miss out on the other stories:

Leveraging Lincoln: A civil war novel (The Liberator series #1)

Losing Lincoln (The Liberator series #2)

Labeling Lincoln (The Liberator series #3)

 The Liberator box set

Her Place in Time: A time travel romance

 In His Eyes

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First Line Friday: An Hour Unspent

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White. I enjoyed every moment reading this delightful story! Roseanna White expertly writes such dynamic characters and expansive settings that I just can’t help but be blissfully lost within the pages of her books! CLICK HERE to read my review.

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May 11, 1915
Poplar, London, England

Barclay Pearce shouldered his way through the mob, invisible. He’d learned over the years how to blend into any crowd, and this one was no different. 

 

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A Perfect Weakness by Jennifer A. Davids

Synopsis:

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

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

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

No one is beyond redemption.

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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:

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

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Cover Reveal: Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

About the Book:

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?

Note from Jocelyn Green:

Between Two Shores is a different type of story than any I’ve ever written. First, the story takes place completely in Canada during the Seven Years War. Second, it’s written entirely from the heroine’s point of view. Also–this is not a romance. None of my books are, in the conventional sense, but this one is even straighter historical fiction than any others. OK. Ready?

 

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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)

 

A Daring Escape (The London Chronicles #2) by Tricia Goyer

Synopsis:

At the height of World War II, American Amity Mitchell is living a comfortable life abroad as a tutor in England. But that changes when an urgent telegram arrives from her brother, Andrew, summoning her to Prague. Andrew’s efforts to help Jewish children escape Czechoslovakia have grown desperate as Nazi forces tighten their grip on the country. Amity knows she can’t ignore God’s call to join Andrew in coming to the children’s aid.

Amity’s boss, Clark, follows her to Prague to urge her to return but soon finds himself helping the Mitchell siblings prepare Kindertransports bound for the safety of England while threats of German occupation escalate. As Amity and Clark race to save innocent lives, God is drawing them closer to each other.

A Daring Escape is a gripping tale of hope, self-sacrifice, and the power of unrelenting love to overcome unspeakable hate.

My Thoughts:

I found all of my senses fully engaged in this story right from the very first lines. Tricia Goyer weaves a story that will keep you turning pages and staying up late just to see what will happen next. I didn’t want to look away or put the book down for even a moment.

Amity is a heroine that faces her fears by putting her trust in God and walking in faith. She admits that she is afraid, and she presses on knowing that God will be with her. Even when it would have been safer and easier to return to England, she followed God’s leading on her heart. I admired that about her.

I was also deeply touched by the strength of character the Jewish mother’s had. To lead their children to safety. To put them on a train and send them away, while staying behind themselves. I can’t even begin to imagine how heart-rending it would be to put my young child on a train and send them away without me.

This story is filled with strong women, who trust in God even when it’s hard and they don’t understand. It is written so well that I felt like I was there in the story and wanting to help get as many children to safety as possible. It also gave me a new insight on the people who find themselves as displaced refugees today.

This second book in The London Chronicles is easily a stand-alone story. However, with that said, the first book is just as fantastic as this one is and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to read either of them. I give this story 4.5 stars and would encourage you to grab a copy.

(I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

TriciaGoyer  Tricia Goyer is a driven, passionate and charismatic author with a detail-focused approach to her unique blend of storytelling. A prolific writer, she’s published well over 55 books, including her debut novel, From Dust and Ashes, which was about the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration camp in Austria at the end of World War II. Tricia traveled to the actual location and interviewed over 100 veterans to collect their remarkable experiences…passing them on to a new generation of readers. Tricia puts the same dedication and detail into every book she writes. Tricia’s writing style is vivid and heartwarming, allowing readers to take home more than engaging stories, but also incredibly inspiring messages of faith and hope. Her goal is to write stories that matter. Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. With a busy life, she understands the importance of making every word count.

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First Line Fridays: A Daring Escape

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

Today I’m featuring A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer. This page-turning World War 2 story is set primarily in Czechoslovakia. Watch for my review coming soon. I’m going to share with you the first line from the Prologue!

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Ustin, Czech Republic
September 20, 1993

          Condensation dripped from stone-hewn walls as Charles lowered himself down into the dry well, seeking the treasure his grandfather had tucked away just days before the Allies sacrificed the Sudetenland to Hitler’s death squad like a lamb to the slaughter. The rock walls and the earthy, wet smell reminded him of medieval dungeons and secret tunnels he had read about as a child, and of tales of adventures hunting treasure.

 

Ok, you caught me. I gave you two delicious lines. I couldn’t help myself!
What do you think? Will Charles find the treasure that his grandfather tucked away?

 

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The Orphan’s Wish (Hagenheim #8) by Melanie Dickerson

Synopsis:

From the streets to an orphanage in a faraway kingdom, Aladdin has grown up alone. Until he meets Kirstyn. With a father who is the duke of Hagenheim and a mother who is the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives, Kirstyn is a member of the most powerful family in the land . . . and way out of his league. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion for taking walks in the forest, and their childhood friendship grows along with them.

Through his scrappy skills, intelligence, and hard work, Aladdin earns a position serving in the duke’s house. But he knows it isn’t enough to grant him his one desire: Kirstyn’s hand in marriage. If he hopes to change his station in life and feel worthy of marrying Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim to seek his fortune.

But once Aladdin leaves, no one is around to protect Kirstyn, and the greedy men desperate to take advantage of her father’s wealth take notice. Now, more than Aladdin’s background stands in the way of the future he’s worked so hard to obtain. His only hope is to rescue Kirstyn and somehow manage to win her hand as well.

My Thoughts:

The story of Aladdin is given a new spin in this latest fairy tale from Melanie Dickerson. The story begins in the Holy Land when Aladdin is just a small boy and we get to watch him grow up before our eyes. As an orphan, Aladdin feels like he has to work harder and strive to be perfect in order to earn love and affection.

Lady Kirstyn has a tender heart for those less fortunate. She longs to give love and a sense of family to the orphans of her family’s homeland. As the middle child, Kirstyn often feels overlooked and under-appreciated in her large family.

Aladdin & Kirstyn are children when they meet and they quickly become friends, going on adventures, and exploring the woods around Hagenheim. They learn to trust one another and build a special bond of friendship. But no one said growing up is easy.

I enjoyed this face-paced story. This story can easily be read as a stand-alone, however, you are sure to treasure Melanie’s other fairy tale stories! I would have like to have seen a little more character growth and maturity before the last couple of chapters. However, that alone shouldn’t discourage you from reading this fun story! Aladdin & Kirstyn are sure to find their way into your heart and take you along on their incredible journey!

If you, like me enjoy reading the fairy tale stories from Melanie Dickerson, then you won’t want to miss out on this latest addition. I give this story 4 stars and would encourage you to pick up this story to enjoy!

(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:

About the Author:

MelanieDickersonMelanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist, a 2-time Maggie Award winner, winner of The National Reader’s Choice Award for 2010’s Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama.

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  The Orphan’s Wish (Hagenheim #8) expected publication: June 26, 2018

Don’t miss out on the other stories:

#1 – The Healer’s Apprentice
#2 – The Merchant’s Daughter
#3 – The Fairest Beauty
#4 – The Captive Maiden
#5 – The Princess Spy
#6 – The Golden Braid
#7 – The Silent Songbird