Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge?
Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.
I absolutely loved this book. Listed as general fiction, A Refuge Assured takes place in the 1790s. It's a novel for the Christian market, but is never boring or scrubbed of violence. After all, civil wars, uprisings, and historical rebellions tended to be as bloody during the French Revolution compelling Vivienne to flee the country she loved. This novel isn't for the faint of heart, or those with impressionable minds. Nevertheless, A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green is a great read for any year.
From Amazon~A Story of Love, Desperation, and Hope During a Great Biblical Epoch
Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.
To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she's only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she's ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?
My Comments~ Biblical Fiction Well Done!
Compelling retelling of the Exodus story from the viewpoint of a pagan slave who is enamored by an Israelite slave. Will his faith lead her to the One true God and true freedom? Or will a brutal rival force her to remain a slave and be his concubine? Told from the perspective of a pagan female slave who sees all gods as fickle beings to be wooed and placated to obtain favors, this account examines the Hebrew people, their faith in the One True God, and their exodus from Egypt to freedom. Compellingly told, this story held me enthralled up to the very last word. Well written, well crafted, well told, Biblically and historically accurate story. What a riveting story!
From Amazon~The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.
Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.
As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?
My Comments~This book, Shelter of the Most High, by Connilyn Cossette, grabs the reader from the get go and never loses its grip. Set in the obscure times between the first settlement of the land of Israel when the Patriarch Joshua still lived and before all the former occupants had been conquered, this story throws the reader into that uncertain era when nothing was assured. Compellingly told and amazingly accurate to Scripture and archeological evidence, Shelter of the Most High, is not a book to be missed. Loved it!
From Amazon~Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.
Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way.
My Comments~ A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is no light read but well worth the time. Biblically and historically accurate and grounded in extensive research, this novel brings the troubles and trials of a mixed race woman to life. Moriyah's Egyptian and Hebrew ancestry makes her an outcast to some, but her character makes her a heroine to others. Her horrifically scarred face significantly complicates her life causing her to hide her disfigurement behind a veil. A horrible cooking accident sends her fleeing for her life. When the hero of this tale finds her, Derek (Sp?) is supposed to take her captive to satiate his brother's vengeance. As she is shepherded across hostile territory, she reveals that she isn't the woman Derek's blood thirsty brother claims she is. As their love unfolds, the reader is drawn into their lives and times through the vivid writing and imagery woven by Connilyn Cossette. What a great story!
From Amazon~The first book in the Grace Pointe Cozy Mystery Series!
“Fiction is a waste of time.”
The heated comment made by a church library ministry team member shocks MacKenzie Baker, but it quickly becomes the least of her worries.
MacKenzie Baker is an impetuous, eavesdropping small-town librarian who lives in the apartment above the parsonage garage and refuses to be defined as the pastor’s single sister. She thought she was happy for years re-shelving books and helping patrons find their next great read, but as she turns forty, she suddenly struggles to figure out what more to do with her life. Solving murders in her small town of Grace Pointe wasn’t a part of her plan...until she and her brother find a local judge who had come to Pastor Baker for counseling murdered in his chambers, hit over the head with a massive volume of the Indiana Code.
Now, to clear the name of a family friend, she begins to work with the handsome criminal justice professor Ian Canter. Even though the detective with the chocolate brown eyes tells her to stick with making casseroles for the church pitch-in, she soon discovers the Judge’s scheming wife, his rebellious teen daughter, a network of lawyers in Grace Point who were disgruntled with the Judge, and even secrets that lurk among the library ministry team. But with the help of her new kitten Mr. Darcy, her best friend Callie, and her always-pastoring brother, MacKenzie debates the pros and cons of attending law school mid-life while she searches out a killer.
Welcome to Grace Pointe… where most of the people are friendly, the church is to die for, and the sleuthing is as strong as the coffee.
This cozy mystery is a clean read and does not contain foul language, sex, gore, or graphic scenes of any kind.
My Comments~MacKenzie Baker simply doesn't have it in her to ignore the impulse to meddle. When she and her Pastor brother find a Judge murdered in his chambers, she simply can't let the experience go. Told by her brother and everyone else except her best friend Callie to let the police solve the mysterious murder, she ignores all warnings. As she and her best friend Callie investigate, things spiral out of her control and she finds her life and her friend's life threatened. Will these two friends solve the mystery before the murderer murders them? I'll never tell. You'll have to buy the book Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver to find out. Four Stars!
From Amazon~Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his
stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As
he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain
under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that
flings them both into peril. After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the
peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard
and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. Will they find the courage
to face their challenges? And can their young love survive until blue skies
return? Filled with daring and romance, Blue Skies Tomorrow will capture readers' hearts.
From Goodreads~ In a time of peril, can they find the courage to confront their fears and embrace a love that lasts?
When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give.
Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. His stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life--and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand.
But when Ray and Helen are called upon to step out in faith and put their reputations and their lives on the line, can they meet the challenges that face them? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?
Filled with drama, daring, and all the romance of the WWII era, Blue Skies Tomorrow is the captivating final book in the popular Wings of Glory series. (less)
My Comments~Two A.M! Can't believe "Blue Skies Tomorrow" captivated me so thoroughly that I'd lose sleep. What a fantastic read! Absolutely loved it. Sorry if I'm gushing, but this story is so very well written. I'll add more later...g'night.
Later...Sarah Sundin plunges the reader back in time to the uncertain years of WWII. Her reconstruction of that era was factually spot on, but it's her depth of research and skill in weaving a gripping tale that keeps the reader captivated. What an excellent book!
From Amazon ~ Two sides. Two hearts. And a gulf between them as deep and wide as eternity.
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 Comments~ From the rat-ta-tat of Yankee drums accompanying waves of blue uniformed men march through Martinsburg, Virginia to a Washington, D.C. infirmary, Stephenia H. McGee betrays her strong sympathies in the telling of this tale. Well researched, she presents the reader with a balanced perspective on the civil war era. Her main characters express the moral sensibilities of the times and their views are historically accurate. While modernity has moved away from previously held ideas, Eternity Between Us remains faithful to the past and holds fast to a Christian worldview.
From Amazon ~ Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge--until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth's heart a top priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she carries a shameful secret that keeps her from giving her heart to any man. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways?
A Memory Between Us is the second book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.
My Comments ~ A Memory Between Us worms its way into a person's mind to take up residence then drops into the reader's heart making them want to cheer the hero and heroine but take the villain behind the corrugated metal hut to give him a proper thrashing. What an unforgettable story this is! So well crafted. So accurate. So thrilling, yet amazingly tender. Absolutely loved this tale. Having been to Bury St. Edmunds with my daughter and seen the ongoing restoration of the cathedral, the nearby gardens, and the quaint village, this book allowed me to visit my own memories of this area. Although modernity has increased the pace, many aspects remain unchanged. Again, many thanks to Sarah Sundin for taking me back to visit a place I've come to cherish. Excellent book. Touching story. Love, love, loved it!
From Amazon~Professional organizer Sarah Montgomery is hired to organize her elderly neighbor’s cluttered apartment by Justin Latimer, her neighbor’s grandson. Sarah believes free-spirited Justin is a lazy, unemployed poet who is taking advantage of his grandmother’s generosity. Though attracted to him, she guards her heart against her growing feelings. As Sarah and Justin work together to help his grandmother and enjoy Christmas events in NYC, romantic sparks fly. When Sarah discovers who Justin really is, she must decide if she will continue to hide behind her protective wall or open her heart and embrace love. Moonlight Over Manhattan (formerly titled Moonlight and Mistletoe) was originally published in A Big Apple Christmas. It has been updated for new readers to enjoy.
My Comments~What a cute read this was! Having been raised just outside of Manhattan, this tale took me back in time to childhood memories of standing in front of a department store's plate glass window to stare at the mechanical display. Could almost feel the frosty bite in the air accompanied by the scent of bright red candied apples and huge warm pretzels sold by a vendor. Oh the crunch of those treats! Speaking of treats, this novella was one. Get it and enjoy! Five stars.
My Comments --In bygone years, the slogan young people shouted was "Make Love, Not War"! The younger generation during WWII wouldn't dream of shouting such sentiments, but they sure didn't like the separations caused by that conflict. This reviewer lived her earliest years during that era and can testify that Tracie Peterson captured the angst felt back then by people faced with that war's horror. Memories captured in photos of tearful mothers, grandmothers and families parted eternally by war still lurk in the scrapbooks and diaries of our relatives and friends. This book, Tidings of Peace, brought it all back. For those who don't wish to revisit those memories, this book isn't one for you; but if you don't mind shedding an occasional tear, or even sobbing your heart out, "Tidings of Peace" is the book for you. These four stories by Tracie Peterson gave this reviewer a very satisfactory trip back in time. Five stars!
From Amazon-- Four Christmas Love Stories in One Book!
Bestselling author Tracie Peterson presents four Christmas love stories from World War II. Moving from the homefront here, to the front line, to the South Pacific, each story in Tidings of Peace features brave men and women trying to find meaning--and love--during the uncertainties of war.
All the danger, difficulties, sadness, and hope experienced on both sides of the ocean is captured in these timeless novellas. the unique Christmas settings will put you in the spirit of the season, showing the miracles and mercy so often found during this time of celebrating Jesus' birth.
Plus, as always, Peterson weaves tender spiritual lessons about God's design through the gentle love stories. The perfect blend of history and romance, Tidings of Peace is sure to grab the readers of Christian fiction readers everywhere.