Price of Privilege Trilogy by Jessica Dotta {Review}

It is hard to believe that it was actually a few years ago when I first read Born of Persuasion, the first in the Price of Privilege Trilogy by Jessica Dotta. I craved every page turn and enjoyed the entire novel from beginning to end. While it happened into my reading scheduled during a tough season in my life, I adored the novel. Being transported back to 1838 I was able to spend a few days captivated into a story filled with mystery of the past and secrets. This is completely an Austin meets Bronte novel that would appeal to many readers and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it and dive into the rest of the series. The next novel in the trilogy is the Mark of Distinction. I read part of this one and listened to the rest as an audiobook and it was again enchanting and entertaining with each new. . .

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Three Magic Balloons by Paul Margulies, as told to Julianna Margulies & her sisters {Review}

Three Magic Balloons

A story about sisters for sisters Three Magic Balloons is a picture book story reminiscent of vintage classics that I enjoy to read again and again to my children, be it bedtime, nap-time, or any story-time. This is the type of picture book that I am glad to reach for again and again. In January, I had the privilege of glimpsing a digital advanced reader copy of this book and I can without a doubt tell you that I would love to add a physical book to our library shelves when this book releases in May! Paul Margulies, storyteller and father to award winning actress Julianna Margulies and her sisters Rachel Mara Smith and Alexandra Margulies shared more than one tale with his daughters during their childhood. Now, after his death the sisters have discovered a forgotten treasure that has been brought to life in the artistic talents of Grant. . .

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Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar {Review}

In the Land of Silence

  The Land of Silence starts off during a beautiful day of joy and playfulness… Tessa Afshar’s prose is witty and the personality of our main character Elianna comes right off the page as she interacts with her brother Joseph. However, quite quickly things change for Elianna and the story takes off. Following family tragedy, she has to find distraction, they all do just to continue to go on in everyday life. Things need to be done, and Elianna wants to make up for a debt she thinks that is her fault and throws herself into any task and finds some solace there.

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Bride of a Distant Isle (Daughters of Hampshire) by Sandra Byrd {Review}

Bride of a Distant Isle

Last year, I found myself captivated by the writing in ‘s first book in the new Daughter of Hampshire series. I knew from reading that one as well as others in the past of Sandra’s historicals that I needed to plan some time. When I read Sandra’s books I’m not satisfied with a few minutes and done. I want to sit and pour in the details and get enveloped within the story. I have found that to be completely true once again with this latest book, Bride of a Distant Isle. Intrigue, friendship, romance, hardship, pride, adventure, feminist independence, and gentlemanly flirtations all reside within these pages.  In addition to these first two books, a third in the series, A Lady in Disguise is tentatively scheduled to publish in 2017 and I can already tell you that I eagerly await that next release as well!

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America’s First Daughter {Excerpt}

America's First Daughter

. “Painstakingly researched, beautifully hewn, compulsively readable — this enlightening literary journey takes us from Monticello to revolutionary Paris to the Jefferson White House, revealing remarkable historical details, dark family secrets, and bringing to life the colorful cast of characters who conceived of our new nation. A must read.” (Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Empress)   AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER EXCERPT Mr. Short’s Declaration “Patsy, will you allow me to walk you home?” Mr. Short asked. In that moment, I’d have gone anywhere with him. It didn’t matter that my feet ached from dancing or that I’d left my shawl upstairs, or even that my chaperone would soon notice I was missing. That spring in Paris, defiance of rules was the norm. And a wild defiant liberation had taken hold of me, so I didn’t fight it. I simply went with him out into the night,. . .

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The Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe

The Confessions of X

The story of Augustine’s human love Historical fiction is my favorite genre, one of the reasons is that I love to dive within an atmosphere of history to experience what might have happened from someone’s imaginings. This is the type of environment created with the deeply researched, in depth, and beautifully written story of a real person from our historical past. A simple question as a child in school provided the spark of interest for deep research and then an imagination run wild with a pen in hand, Suzanne M. Wolfe has created a story to captivate those that want to know about the woman behind the man of Augustine’s Confessions. From my years in college studying, while earning my Bachelor of Religious Studies I spent a while reading book after book of which Augustine was a captivating character present with much talking about his spiritual love. Yet as a. . .

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The Thorn Bearer (Penned in Time) by Pepper D. Basham

The Thorn Bearer

Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all. Last fall you may have seen other bloggers on the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance participate in a blog tour for the first in a long-awaited novel from author Pepper D. Basham. I signed up for the tour, but through a glitch it was an extended period of time before I got my hands on a copy of the book, but at long last it arrived. (You can also get it on Kindle for less than $4 last I checked!) If you would like to read the first chapter of Thornbearer, go HERE. and Coming Soon!

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The Story of God’s Love for You by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Jesus Storybook Bible) {Review}

The Story of God's Love for You

From the bestselling author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones introduces a book for teens that teaches them of God’s love.

In the bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, author Sally Lloyd-Jones explored the connections and wonders throughout the Bible to show children how one giant love for humanity pointed to one small baby who would grow up to be the one perfect person who would make things right again for everyone. But that amazing story isn’t only for kids.

Now, in The Story of God’s Love for You, the same award-winning, theologically rich, and sophisticated content of The Jesus Storybook Bible is available in a trade book format perfect for teens and adults who want a version just for themselves. With a stylish two-color interior design and composite artwork from Jago, this is an edition perfect for study, daily inspiration, or as a gift.

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Creative Madness from the author of Splintered Kingdom – James Aitcheson

Creative Madness Guest Post I think you have to be a little bit mad to be a writer. By its nature it’s a solitary occupation. For hours at a time you cut yourself off from everyday life and lose yourself in worlds of your own devising: living amongst, conversing with and directing the affairs of imaginary people. Within those worlds, you have complete authority to do as you will; as the creator, you possess power without limit. In my case, the world I inhabit when I sit down in front of the word processor does at least have some grounding in reality. As a historical novelist, my powers are constrained to some extent by known facts about the past. My current series of novels – of which The Splintered Kingdom is the second instalment – is set during one of the most traumatic periods of British history: the Norman Conquest. . .

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Shakespeare’s Rebel by C.C. Humphreys {Exclusive Excerpt}

Exclusive excerpt   In the small part of his brain that was not focused on survival, he was aware of an irony here; for in his other life, the life he preferred, the life of the playhouse, one of his tasks had been to arrange the fights that occurred in most plays. And so, like players upon a stage, he set about organizing his enemies’ moves. There were more of them crowding the top of the stair and, in good conscience, two were as many as he could handle, so he was determined to hold the combat near the door and prevent entrance. As always, he watched their weapons. For all the firmness of their guard, he could see the men’s hesitancy—­and that was not just because of the constant shiftings of their feet, a trait of your Spanish swordsman, forever dancing as they fought. Perhaps the sight of their. . .

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Hope Crossing: The Complete Ada’s House Trilogy {Review}

I’m reading Hope Crossing, which is a 3-in-1 novel omnibus that includes the entire Ada’s House trilogy. I love omnibus trilogies. This is not my first, as I also own Cindy’s Sisters of the Quilt Trilogy as one as well. The Christmas in Apple Ridge collection of Christmas set stories is also one as well. Cindy Woodsmall is my go-to Amish Fiction for contemporary stories author. I love her writing. She is so good at grabbing my interest and holding me there. Her stories linger with you and give you a hunger and thirst for reading more. While I didn’t love The Hope of Refuge, I find that to be more due to the circumstances surrounding the lives of the characters and the down right aggravating features of certain antagonists that are very antagonistic! Yet don’t let me make you think this is a poor book because it’s not. The main. . .

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Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson {Review}

Fairy Tale Romance Collection Review

Today I have two specific reviews for you and more to come. I love omnibus books, if you haven’t heard me say it before I’ll say it now! I love collections and now Melanie Dickerson has a good handful of books (all stand alone worthy, never fear) of her fairy tale romances. Now you can buy them as one ebook for a bargain! In this collection, you can read a set of tales from Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Cinderella, and the Frog and the Princess. And soon, Melanie also has stories for Rapunzel, the Princess and the Pea, as well as a Robin Hood meets Swan Lake mistress.   My first and only qualm is that this book is listed as young adult. I don’t agree with that, it’s not a teen novel. It is shorter than my normal read, but it is definitely one for. . .

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The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick {Review}

The Winter Crown

You might also be interested in reading my previous posts and reviews featuring Elizabeth Chadwick including a great Guest post! For the King’s Favor {Review} Guest post from Elizabeth Chadwick Lady of the English {Review} A Place Beyong Courage {Review} More to come!   When I read a historical fiction novel from Elizabeth Chadwick I know that I can expect it to come off the page and alive in my imagination. Her writing is always so clear and vibrant with visual information. As always I enjoy her stories. While my heritage is here in the English vibe, there is so much about British history that I do not know. Reading these stories gives me an interesting founding people to imagine how it might have been. Then as true to her writing and the way that it affects me I want more. I wouldn’t mind reading all of her books one. . .

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A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell) by Deanna Raybourn {Review}

  First in a new historical mystery series about intrepid Victorian England adventurer Veronica Speedwell Following my reviews you know that I spend most of my reading hours in the realm of Christian Historical Fiction; however, there are a few authors that are in the general fiction market that I gladly and eagerly jump into their novels. Therefore, I realize this recommendation is not for everyone who reads my normal reviews. With that said, A Curious Beginning is an amazing book and a wonderful start to a new series with an author divined with a creative mind Deanna Raybourn. I absolutely loved the Lady Julia Grey series that I started reading on recommendation of my author friend Michelle Moran and I devoured every additional story. Deanna does have another series set in the 1920s that I have not entered into yet. Stepping back into 1887, Veronica is an incredible character.. . .

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After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own) by Jen Turano {Review}

The first in the new ‘A Class of Their Own’ series If you read my post about reasons to read an e-novella then you know how I first discovered Jen Turano was through a freebie that I stumbled upon and I knew immediately that I had found a new favorite author. Since then I have been delighted with all the stories in the Ladies of Distinction series and now I’m finding myself to have the same opinion of the A Class of Their Own series. Through a fluke I actually was able to read In Good Company (my review), the second in the Class of Their Own series before I finished After a Fashion and while they can easily stand on their own as independent reads, they do build the story with friend (and friendly!) characters. In November 2012, I was given the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Best Tour Review. . .

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