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.
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!