Christian Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

It’s a new year coming soon, and a new opportunity to participate in a challenge for reading Christian Historical Fiction. I know this year is going to be awesome! The more participants we have, the more giveaways there will be. You can also sign up and participate through the Goodreads group as well if you’d like. (I love it because of the widget that tells me just how many books I’ve read! And it’s automatic to counting a book if it’s found on the Christian Historical Fiction shelf.) Now here’s for the fun… Every month, a new post will be created here on www.ChristianHistoricalFiction.com with an opportunity to participate. (Guests are invited to post as well, just ask!) Everyone can participate, even those who do not have a blog or a Goodreads membership (just use the comments section to add your book title and thoughts if you desire). Add the link(s). . .

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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson {Review}

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower… Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry. Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim. The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to. . .

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Lone Star Brides 3 in 1 available now!

Now, if you know me, you know I love my books. But I have to tell you that I absolutely adore omnibus editions! Getting an entire trilogy under one cover excites me to no end! I cannot explain it, but it is pure delight! Now you can get the entire Lone Star Brides trilogy in one book by Tracie Peterson. I think they did a great job of combining the covers.

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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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Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner {Review}

Secrets of a Charmed Life Review

You may already know that my favorite genre is Christian Historical Fiction but did you know that my truly favorite stories to read are their own little sub-genre of a Christian Historical Fiction/Contemporary mix? Like that of Susan Meissner and Elizabeth Musser. Nothing grabs me in more than stories that bring you in and out of the historical context to a modern day to truly bring the characters alive and off the page. The Shape of Mercy and The Girl in the Glass are two such novels that I have read and enjoyed in recent years from Susan Meissner. Thus when I discovered that the New American Library from Penguin Random House was now publishing some new stories for her I had to look them up. Lately, I have been on an Edwardian kick and reading many early 20th century setting novels. When I was browsing through my to-reads list I noticed a few titles from. . .

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Sofia’s Tune {Book Trailer}

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About Cindy Thomson

Cindy Thomson

Cindy Thomson is a writer and an avid genealogy enthusiast. Her love of history and her Scots-Irish heritage have inspired much of her writing, including her new Ellis Island series. In addition to books, Cindy has written articles for numerous online and print publications. She is a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Cindy and her husband have three grown sons and live in central Ohio. Visit her online at www.cindyswriting.com.

When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke {Review}

When Calls the Heart

This is my first experience with Janette Oke, which had a lot riding on it because of the recommendations from my sister-in-law as well as the making of the movies, etc. I was pleased. It was a quick and enjoyable read. At first I did not like how it was written as a Dear so-and-so letter perspective, but I think that it works well, as if it is Elizabeth telling you the story, as to children or a friend. Love, patience, and waiting for God’s will not your own are very valuable lessons learned here, as well as to get out of your comfort zone to see what he has in store for you. I look forward to the rest of the series and then others.

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Everlasting Love (Brides of Seattle) in stores now!

Can you believe it is time already for another Tracie Peterson novel?! I have about a dozen or so go-to authors that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy before reading or previewing and Tracie is one of them. Her stories always make me think and her characters are always so real with the quirks and personalities that come to life off the page. Everlasting Love, the third novel is the Brides of Seattle series is available now to finish out the series started with Steadfast Love and continued with Refining Fire this past summer. This is my favorite cover in the series yet! Grab your copy now!  

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2015 Christmas Christian Historical Fiction {Reading Challenge}

Okay, hear me out! I’m definitely one of the first people that wants to celebrate the crisp beginnings of fall… And the events of All Saints Day or Halloween (no matter which you celebrate). After all, November is my birthday month! and perhaps Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. But Christmas is something special. This year I want to make sure to get the word out for any and all who wish to join me in reading for the Christmas Christian Historical Fiction Reading Challenge through ChristianHistoricalFiction.com! So I’m announcing it early! So you can start picking your titles and making your to-be-read piles and stacks!! I want you to join me!

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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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Top Ten Places I search for our next Read Aloud (Book Lists)

Creative Madness Mama top ten reading lists

Hi, my name is Margaret and I’m a book-a-holic. You caught me. I am without excuse a complete bibliophile, a book nerd, collector, and I missed my calling as a classical librarian. One of my utterly favorite things to do since I caught the homeschooling bug is to make book lists. I have book lists for reading aloud. Book lists for required student reading. Book lists for enrichment and unit study purposes. Book lists for taking our studies a bit further. Book lists for entertaining and educating and book lists for just plain escaping into the pages of a story. I am delighted to discover a new book list source! Share your book lists with me! Memoria Press My most appealing book lists come from particular curriculums that I’m in love with. For instance, Memoria Press has never steered me wrong when it comes to books. From Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten,. . .

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Horizons Spelling & Vocabulary 2nd Grade {Review}

Our 2015-2016 year is the first year where we really are adding in the subject Spelling. We have been blessed with the opportunity to review Horizons 2nd Grade Spelling & Vocabulary Set and what a blessing it has turned out to be! Horizons is one of several imprints from Alpha Omega Publications  ~  (http://aophomeschooling.com/TOS) and one I’ve been drooling over since I discovered them at an expo conference a few years ago. I am so delighted to get this curriculum in hand and it has been an incredible few weeks as we have delved deeper and really started a study on Spelling & Vocabulary for my AppleBlossom. Alpha Omega had it’s start in creating curriculum for private Christian schools, but they have gone into (for nearly 30 years now!) the homeschool world and are definitely one of top company names that you will hear as a recommendation when you’re seeking. . .

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