From Amazon--This Tangled Skein: The Elizabethan Dilemma (The Reformation - A Family Divided Book 3) March 1572. Having lost her family to the pestilence, Anne Marie duChant leaves France for England to escape an unwanted marriage and reunite with relatives. As she departs Rouen, Huguenot friends are eagerly awaiting the August wedding of Protestant King Henry of Navarre and Catholic Princes Marguerite, ending France's religious wars. She arrives in an England rife with its own religious tensions. Any day, Catholics could overthrow excommunicated Queen Elizabeth in favor of her cousin Mary, while Puritans are demanding a stricter religious policy than Elizabeth will allow. Anne Marie's somewhat impulsive nature and Anabaptist beliefs create tensions with London Calvinist relatives, and her presence threatens to expose a disturbing secret. Her troubles multiply when the man she has come to love is not the man courting her.
My Comments--This Tangled Skein: The Elizabethan Dilemma (The Reformation - A Family Divided Book 3)
The cultural and political scene in 1572 England and France impacts the two main characters by limiting their choices. Orphaned Huguenot Anne Marie duChant flees Catholic France for England hoping for more freedom to choose and practice her faith. The privileged Denzil siblings have never faced anything more challenging than what card game to play. Both brothers Peter and Roger have their eye on Anne Marie. Which one will win her heart? This reviewer won't tell. You'll have to read this incredibly compelling book to find out.
From Amazon--When Ivy Cooke discovers the extent of the debt on her father's Texas ranch, she vows to do whatever it takes to save her late brother's legacy for his son. But when new neighbor Dell Watson and his family claim they own the Cooke's spring, the fight gets ever harder, especially in the midst of a deep drought.
To prove his worth to his father, Dell puts a plan into motion to woo Ivy and her spring. What he doesn't count on his falling in love with her.
Will the spring bring them together or tear them apart forever?
My Comments--To what lengths will two families go to secure access to crystal clear spring water so that their herds and families survive during a bruising drought? Bitter feuds have arisen to severe families and friendships over far less. Ivy and Dell find themselves on opposite sides of the fenced spring, but incredibly attracted to each other. Will they ever be able to reconcile their differences? Will loyalty to family present an insurmountable obstacle and crush their love? This reviewer won't tell. You'll have to buy or borrow the book to find out.
**** Four Stars out of five.
From Amazon--Tom MacKinnon rides up driving a wagon with a second wagon trailing him. He and his sister builds windmills. They’ll ask for very little money and, in exchange heroine, Lauren Drummond, newly widowed mother of four nearly grown sons, will help them learn to survive in the Sandhills of Nebraska. What to grow, what to hunt, how to build a sod house.
Tom’s windmills will save her ranch. Lauren needs three windmills on this drought year or her growing herd of cattle is going to die of thirst. She eagerly agrees to teach him the ways of the Sandhills. She’s not ready to think of another man. But Tom changes her mind. His little sister and one of her sons find love together before Tom and Lauren do.
My Comments--Mary Connealy has done it again, written a book to captivate, inspire, and keep her reader reading as well as entertained! Thankful for the Cowboy grabbed this reader right away and kept her reading right to the very satisfactory ending. How could I not recommend, "Thankful for the Cowboy" by Mary Connealy! *****Five Stars!
Just before the war between the states, two young adults aboard the good ship, Providence, are drawn to each other. Marian can hardly wait to explore the new lands, but Jonah has different plans. He's only going along to help his parents get settled, then he wants to return to North America to pursue his Doctor of Medicine degree. However, circumstances interfere. Will Marian and Jonah achieve their dreams? Will they find true love in each other's arms? This reviewer won't tell. You'll have to read the book, Aboard Providence, by Keely Brooke Keith to find out. My rating is four out of five stars.
Behold how good and pleasant it is to dwell together in unity.
In Book One of the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection Two, just as Mexico and the United States both wanted the Republic of Texas, best friends Charity and Arlene want the same man! Which will the Texicans choose? Who will the man? Will Eberhart de Priest, the object of the young ladies’ desires, follow his heart or his mother’s advice? And what of the interloper from New Orleans who knows exactly whom he loves? Can a Christian find happiness with a non-believer? Only the Lord knows the future, but He does give the desires of the heart to those who delight in Him.
Eberhart de Vecchi, akd Hart
Corbin Harrell—stepfather to Charity
Arlene Van Zandt
In 1845 Texas teeters between being a Republic, or joining the USA. That’s the timeframe and setting of Texas Tears by Caryl McAdoo. The opening chapter settles us right into the story in the aftermath of the Texas Statehood convention. As the primary characters return to their homes from said convention, the reader can almost choke on the dust during their stagecoach ride, but it’s not until they arrive home that the story really ramps up.
A stranger rides into their lives on a gorgeous black stallion and immediately wins the hearts of the two best friends, Charity O’Neal and Arlene Van Zandt. These two friends find their lifelong relationship strained over his attentions, first flirting with one, then the other. But which one will handsome Eberhart de Vecchi, aka de Priest, choose?
To complicate matters, or maybe solve them, another fellow saunters into the story. What a contrast Landry Humble presents! Where “Hart” swaggers with self-awareness, Landry displays a selfless nature filled with manly confidence. When he meets Arlene, he falls in love at first sight. He even proposes right off the bat! But his bravado offends her, especially since she only has eyes for Hart. Trouble is, Charity has claimed Hart for her very own Prince Charming!
Will either fellow pick Charity? Who will win Arlene’s heart? I’ll never tell. You’ll have to buy this delightful romp through the Texas countryside to find out. That said, what I love best about this story are Caryl’s children, especially the boys. They’re such little boogers, to borrow a word she uses, that this reader fell in love with them. Also loved is her Texas jargon which adds authenticity as well as local flavor. Then too, the fun story line keeps the reader flipping pages. It’s truly a light, easy read with not a suspenseful, dire, moment in the whole book…unless you count a broken teenage heart or two, thus the title, Texas Tears.
This full length novel was provided by the author, Caryl McAdoo, for comment in a pre-publication and unedited format. This reviewer is under no obligation to provide a positive review. But how could this reviewer not recommend Caryl McAdoo’s delightful story, Texas Tears!
...to The Genesis Trilogy by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow. This final book kept me up to the wee hours, captivated by this reconstruction of what might have happened and what did occur. Layering flesh upon the Bible's sparse account of humanity's ancient history, Kacy Barnett-Gramckow's insightful, yet compelling, storytelling plunges the reader back in time to highlight ancient flaws currently arising in modernity's suppositions that will lead to the final destruction of planet earth. Yet, Scripture foretells the Biblical warnings will be ignored, and God will be denied bringing inevitable devastation...but with God's loving intervention, a way will be made for those who accept His Word. Excellent series with a vital message for our times. Well written, Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, well done. Totally loved this series, especially this book!
From Amazon--A Crown in the Stars follows the growing rebellion of mankind as the tribes of the earth continue building the great tower begun by Nimr-Rada (commonly known as Nimrod). After the Most High Himself thwarts their plans by confounding human speech, He comforts His followers by revealing to them the identity of Abram, father of the tribe that will bring forth their savior, the Promised One.
From Amazon--Powerful imagery creates a 'you are there' immersion in the story of the post-Flood world. Kacy Barnett-Gramckow fans raved about her extraordinary job of bringing the Flood to life in the Heavens Before. Now, she continues to flesh out the Bible's brief account of the rise of Nimrod and the Babel rebellion with scintillating characters and a wealth of imaginative detail.
My Comments--He Who Lifts The Skies, by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, is anything but an uplifting story. Filled with bloody treachery and cruelty, it completely describes a society and kingdom that makes the Most High God their enemy. As history has proven over and over again, a nation without God will very likely become capable of any atrocity and will strip and faith away. But God! Yes, God will always win! No challenge to God's supremacy will endure. History proves this. "He Who Lifts The Skies" by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow captives the reader from the first line to the last, breathing life into ancient names by crafting a very plausible story from scant ancient historical records. This reviewer highly recommends this book.
The Heavens Before
by Kacy Barnett-Gramkow
From Amazon--Marginalized by society and mistreated by her own family, Annah befriends a young man she's never seen before. Shem is captivated by Annah's courage, and he risks everything to help her gain her freedom. Trusting in the Most High, Annah marries Shem and joins her strange new family in their solitary faith that will ultimately separate them from an ancient world of amazing beauty and appalling violence--a world fast approaching the unimaginable catastrophe of the Great Flood. Out of this chaos, only eight people will survive. Their world is our world. Their future is our own.
My Comments--Flooded with beautiful imagery, nearly poetic writing, and a compelling, yet fictional, story line that is anchored firmly in the Biblical account, The Heavens Before, plunges the reader into the character driven story of Annah and Shem. The Heavens Before resurrects their ancient lives and times from the dust bin of history. Kacy Barnett-Gramckow's masterful retelling of the reprobate days just before the great flood leaves the reader immensely satisfied. Five stars for sure!
Ghost Mountain...Penn Woods Series Book 2
NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
Ghosts and things that go bump in the night are figments of mythology, right? Maybe so, and maybe not. Ghost Mountain by Michele Huey is a meandering stroll through Pennsylvania’s woodlands, hills and valleys that delights the reader with homey scenes, precocious children, and a couple very much in love who can’t quite get on the same wavelength.
Melody Harmon, aka Melanie Joy, romance author extraordinaire, and Don Bridges, retired detective, mystery writer, and sleuth, couldn’t be more different. He’s astute, alert, and logical and she’s not. He’s a planner who makes thoughtful decisions. She’s impromptu, often illogical, definitely governed by emotion, lives in the moment, and seldom if ever, thinks things through. She’s a bit obsessive compulsive, and he’s not. She loves her herbal tea. He’s a strong coffee man. Can these mid-life single adults ever get it together enough to write a book together? Will they become a couple, get married or break up forever? I’ll never tell. You’ll have to buy the book to find out.
Ghost Mountain is no comedy, or classic mystery, but rather a tender book filled with quite a few nail-biting moments and many unexpected chuckles. Michele Huey’s wit, wisdom, and writing skills have created a book to be savored with a cup of hot mint tea and a chocolate-raspberry scone, but a word of caution is in order. Be very careful to wash your hands well after trimming the rhododendron bush in your yard. You’ll have to read Ghost Mountain by Michele Huey to discover why that piece of advice is relevant. Enjoy!
With Americas’ fierce fight for independence hanging in the balance, Elizabeth Howard and Jonathan Carleton are driven thousands of miles and a vast ocean apart. While the Continental Army endures a desperate winter at Valley Forge, French Admiral le comte de Caledonne secretly sweeps Elizabeth away to France out of reach of British assassins. Meanwhile General Jonathan Carleton, the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, returns to his people as General George Washington’s emissary, doubting that he will ever return to the white world.
But as the war between America and Britain shifts into the fragile republic’s heartland at Monmouth Court House, sinister schemes draw Jonathan and Elizabeth into their own separate maelstroms. Will the Refiner’s Fire tear them from each other’s arms forever?
From the flames of war exploding across land and sea to the dangerous intrigues of the French court and the Shawnee’s bitter resistance to the Long Knives, Refiner’s Fire continues the breathtaking saga of America’s founding in a gripping story of heartbreak, redemption, and the unyielding constancy of love.
This sixth volume in the American Patriot series, Refiner's Fire, grabbed this reader on a second read through. Read the first time with tired eyes at the end of a long day, this reviewer missed a lot of the complexities in this edge of my seat story. Having reread the last chapters again just this morning, I've changed my opinion. Will be definitely looking forward to the seventh book in this compelling series.
The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel
and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.
At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.
Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?
Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.
Rating~ ***** Five Stars
This amazing take on an ancient account simultaneously captivates and inspires. For the reader who is familiar with the first five books of the Bible, the reader can be heartened by its faithfulness to the Old Testament Exodus story. What surprises is how much life the author Mesu Andrews breathes into the retelling, and how authentically she resurrected these ancient characters! All this reviewer can say is, "Wow, what a story! Loved it!"