To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles) by Rebecca DeMarnio

Last year I read the first book in The Southold Chronicles, A Place in His Heart and while the writing was really good – the story left me unimpressed. Overall, it was just too sad and not a great read. I was eager to give this new-to-me author a chance with her next novel, as I mentioned one of my favorite authors (Siri Mitchell) can also write a pretty devastating story. In the end, I just wasn’t impressed. If this is meant to be a Christian Historical Romance, the romance is sorely lacking and just falls short of my typical expectations for such a novel. For this story it seems as if it was incredibly and thoroughly researched but then rushed to be finished without a smooth flow. The historical details do provide interest, but it’s just not enough to make me enthusiastic.

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Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}

I love novella collections, I really truly do. I love them for vacation to carry a little bit of everyone with you. But I also love them for meeting new authors. In this instance, all four of these ladies are not new to me. Actually all four of these ladies find themselves on my favorites list. Contains four sweeping stories from bestselling historical romance authors. Provides novella-length releases between authors’ full-length novels. One-of-a-kind stories set in antebellum and post-bellum Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Includes Reading Group Guides. Bonus content: http://media.harpercollinschristian.com/page/fairmagnoliastreasury/ Dorothy Love writes a good deep story. Even for a short story her writing can captivate an audience. It’s amazing when a character can make you so angry… I was wondering if this was going to be along the lines of an unrequited until very later years love story like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Reading the whole of. . .

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Historical Author Christine Johnson!

I’m sure you’re aware about how much I absolutely love to do interviews with authors of Christian Historical Fiction, after all I do them all the time right? What?! My last interview posted was before June 2014 and I have others that were awesome that I neglected to share with you?! What?! Oh wait, I had a baby. And then influenza A. Hmm.. Excuses, excuses. So much has been missed! I cannot begin to describe how terrible I feel. I own you all an apology and some specific authors, especially. Alas. Well, let’s remedy the situation and get cracking with some new blood! Why not start with an excellent new author to the site! With out further adieu, please welcome, Christine Johnson! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? Historical fiction has always been a natural fit, because I love to read. . .

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The Book of the Ancient Romans & The Aeneid Lesson Plans {Review}

The Book of the Ancient Romans & The Aeneid Lesson Plans Thanks to the TOS Review, I was delighted to receive and review the complete set of the Dorothy Mills, The Book of the Ancient Romans edited by Memoria Press with their Student Manual, Teachers’ Guide with solutions, and the text. While the curriculum is such that you can just jump in and go, I’m a person that for now at least in my earlier years of homeschooling enjoys a bit of direction. This is provided in the Lesson Plans by Memoria Press. In the introduction, I discovered that Memoria Press recommends that your student has taken The Book of the Ancient Greeks & Homer studies in the year prior to studying Dorothy Mills’ Ancient Romans giving them a firm foundation on which to build. After having a few weeks and nearly a dozen completed lessons under my belt I’d. . .

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A Horse for Kate (Horses and Friends, #1) by Miralee Ferrell {Review}

The Horse and Friends Series is set to have four books so far. A Horse for Kate (Spring 2014) Silver Spurs (Summer 2015) Mystery Rider (Fall 2015) Blue Ribbon Trail Ride (Spring 2016) When I was a young reader of the near-tween age I don’t remember being in love with the idea of horses, my love was with ship-wrecked and adventurous girls on the wild frontier either in the American west or English isles. However, I remember when my cousin and then later my niece discovered horses, oh my, do I remember. For both girls, in different avenues it was an intense passion for horses. My cousin rode competitively with her own horses. My niece read every book she could, watches films, and dressed like an adorable cowgirl from the prairie ranch. As I go into reading this book, I think back fondly on those memories and about the future. . .

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Spy of Richmond (Heroines Behind the Lines, #4) by Jocelyn Green

I’m a big fan of espionage as a genre goes. Contemporary or historical, a bit of espionage intrigues me. Now to put it in the title you know I’m interested! The research that is put into these novels within the Heroines Behind the Lines series is very apparent. Across the board, no matter where I look or who I ask, Jocelyn gets nearly all five stars with the Spy of Richmond. Gritty yet with hope, that’s how I describe her war novels. If you know me, you know I’m not a fan of reading war-time novels, and outside of Jocelyn’s books I haven’t spent much time studying the American Civil War (after all I am a Georgia girl bred and born) but her novels I enjoy and I’m always eager to know what she’ll write next.

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Love Finds You in Poetry, Texas by Janice Hanna {Review Refresh}

*This post is updated with my new format. Originally posted in December 2009. Poetry is an interesting method of communication. It was amazing and good writing in my opinion to find poetry woven not only through out the prose of this story, but also into the metaphors and descriptions of a Christian life. God is the ultimate poet if only we would listen for the next stanza of our lives before jumping on our own. This book contained a great matchmaking and mis-matchmaking love story for the inhabitants of the town of Poetry, Texas and Janice Hanna was also able to weave historical elements of famous poets through out. As my first experience with a Love Finds You novel I was entirely pleased and look forward to reading more of them in the future. The love between the main characters was palpable and described very well in a realistic manner. . .

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Honor in the Dust (Winslow Breed, #1) by Gilbert Morris {Review Refresh}

Honor Dust Morris

*This review was original posted in 2009 and has been updated with my new format! “Honor in the Dust” is my first experience reading a book by Gilbert Morris if you can believe that with my loving Christian Historical Fiction, but you can believe that it will not be my last. This being a prequel for a previous Winslow Series, I am excited that there are already some books for me to jump back to as well as being excited for the rest of the Winslow Breed series to come in 2010 and 2011. Set in England in the time period of King Henry VIII makes an interesting background as the story goes through two generations and really brings a reader to care about the families and individual characters involved, one can really see the young men grow and blossom in their relationships. There are many themes in this book.. . .

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The Crimson Cord (Rahab’s Story) is In Stores Now!

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

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The Trouble with Patience is In Stores Now!

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan Virtues and Vices of the Old West, #1 Genre: Christian Historical Fiction Pages: 336 Trade Paperback & eBook Date Published: February 2015 Publisher: Revell Books Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the “hanging lawman”–and finds both betrayal and love.. . .

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The Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition

The Moosewood Cookbook has inspired generations to cook simple, healthy, and seasonal food. A classic listed as one of the top ten best-selling cookbooks of all time by the New York Times, this 40th anniversary edition of Mollie Katzen’s seminal book will be a treasured addition to the cookbook libraries of fans young and old.

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