I LOVED Oath of Honor! I also love that it’s only book 1. Blue Justice is already shaping up to be one of my favorite Lynette Eason series.
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Sarah E. Ladd’s The Weaver’s Daughter offers a look at the changing landscape of the textile industry in England. Think Industrial Revolution, cottage industry, textile mills, factories vs. artisans. Toss in a little romance, and you’ve got the gist of this story.
My thoughts: Not as interesting as some books in this vein, but still a solid read. I loved how that iconic crimson cloak just seems to embody Kate’s character. I enjoyed Kate’s relationship with her big brother Charles, and the slow-growing romance between Kate and Henry was sweet. Definitely some Darcy/Elizabeth Bennett moments, especially that scene the night Pennington was *spoiler.* (BTW, I totally saw that revelation coming.)
I did enjoy how Kate clung to her convictions rather than simply to ‘weaver’ or ‘miller’ stances. She chose to do what was right and kind, even when it hurt. And Ladd’s books are always well-researched, with the historical details woven in seamlessly. Pun semi-intended. 🙂
My rating: 3.8/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Sarah E. Ladd’s books; readers of Regency and Industrial Revolution era fiction; those who enjoy historical inspy romance
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley and Thomas Nelson. All opinions are my own.
Hey y’all! I hope your Easter was full of joy and family, and your weekend the break you needed. Did you take a few minutes to read a good book? I did. : )
Kristy Cambron’s latest split-time inspirational romance is a delight! The Lost Castle takes you from a thirteenth-century castle in France’s Loire Valley – the original Sleeping Beauty castle, Chateau de Doux Reves – while the French Revolution rages to the same castle in WWII, and then to present-day Michigan, where Ellie Carver clings to her aging grandma’s last days.
As Grandma Vi slips further into the haze of Alzheimer’s disease, Ellie is astounded by the story she tells of a castle forgotten in the woods of France. Desperate to find the truth of her only family’s past and give Vi closure before it’s too late, Ellie travels to France, where Continue reading
As I’m playing catch-up with some of my reviews, this review of Jennifer Delamere’s The Heart’s Appeal will be quick. Nurse Julia Bernay is in London to fulfill her goal of studying medicine and becoming a doctor. Michael Stephenson is a lawyer for a legal case that could crush that dream. When a crash on the Underground forces Julia to save Michael’s life, a relationship neither anticipated develops. And the romantic sparks between these two obstinate characters? Those soon rival the contention of the court case.
Interesting! I really liked the theatrical angle of the first book in this series, so I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy this one without that, but it was a good read. Julia’s “brutally honest” nature took a little getting used to, Corinna’s social ambition grated on me for most of the story, and legal characters and plotlines aren’t my cuppa, but the main emotional story of Michael and Julia was well done. The Latin lessons were fun and unexpected, and, y’all, you could cut the romantic tension with a
knife scalpel. (I mean, I finished this book in a day, you know?) Sometimes all you need are characters with some depth to them to draw you into the story.
As Lent comes to a close and Easter approaches, here’s a thoughtful perspective on this season and fiction for you.
Tomorrow is Good Friday, and I was pretty sure only the other half of my building had something to say about that. You see, at Bethany House, we have separate marketing teams for fiction and nonfiction. My coworkers down the hall are the ones working with preachers and teachers who trace the gospel through the whole Bible or argue an apologetic of what the world would be like if the resurrection had never happened. They post an Instagram feed of deep quotes and Bible verses, they have the author bios with seminary credentials and terms I didn’t even know existed.
Meanwhile, I’m over in novel-land, my shelves filled with suspense and romance and drama, discussing which dress we should rent for the next cover shoot and posting Valentine hearts for book lovers on social media.
It’s not like Easter is completely absent even from those daily tasks, because faith…
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“Oh my goodness! Everybody behave naturally!” Ah, Mrs. Bennett. You never get old.
I read First Impressions when it originally hit shelves. In fact, I still own a copy of the first edition of this contemporary rewrite of Pride & Prejudice. Since Bethany House is re-releasing it this spring, I thought I’d check out the new version.
Now, First Impressions isn’t my favorite Debra White Smith book. That honor belongs to a couple of her Seven Sisters titles. But it is a good read. As you might imagine, there’s an Elizabeth Bennett (Eddi Boswick), a Mr. Darcy (Dave Davidson), a Jane (Jenny Boswick), and so on. What’s interesting about this re-do of P&P is Continue reading
Bart Millard, front man for popular Christian band MercyMe, has delivered an incredibly open and poignant memoir in I Can Only Imagine. Named for the band’s well-known song, this book is aptly titled with its journey through Bart’s life and career. From his rough start in a broken family to his on-again/off-again romance with eventual wife Shannon to the roller coaster ride of his music career, Bart lays it all out there.
I found this memoir brutally honest and heart-wrenching. It was joyful yet painful. Tender and thoughtful. I loved the glimpse behind the stage curtain Bart offers. He holds nothing back – not his abusive childhood, not his family, not his career missteps. I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir is as impactful as the original song. It’s a forthright yet gentle reminder of a Love that we can only imagine the extent of. Well done, Bart!
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of MercyMe and the Christian music world; anyone interested in a musician’s story or reading personal journeys; readers in need of honesty and encouragement
Note: I received a copy of this memoir via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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