Consider this a work-in-progress, because I’m sure I won’t catch everything in one attempt. I was talking to my mama the other day and she mentioned she was truly enjoying reading books set during the early 1900’s and WWI era, so I decided that I would try to make her a list of recommendations in my genres. I have to agree, I’ve been reading quite a few books set in the 1890s-1925 and I’m enjoying myself as well. Here are a few that I’ve read and even more that I’d like to read. Please comment with your suggestions! I’m including the following time periods: 1878-1905 Gilded Age 1901-1919 Edwardian Era 1914-1918 US WWI I’ll save the 1880-1900 US Turn of Century, 1929-1939 US Great Depression, and 1939-1945 US WWII post(s) for another day… *What’s the difference between my 1880-1900 and 1878-1905 time frames you ask? Well it seems to be that. . .
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.
A few years ago you would never find me reading novellas, much lesson eBook novellas. However, time went on to where it was time, space, and financially-worthy for me to get an eReader. Then I discovered a freebie one day in the title of Gentleman of Her Dreams and read it. It was an author that I didn’t know but the cover and description were awesome. I loved every minute of it! You can read my review of that novella and the books in the series that it prequels as well (here). After this I became thirsty for anything written by the author Jen Turano and she remains a favorite author of mine today! Now I think e-novella books are awesome! The freebies are a wonderful idea and have introduced me to a few favorites that I am glad to buy and recommend and buy for family & friends in. . .
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. . .
This is my current nightly indulgence read and I’ve found I’ve missed a few Turano books as well. Jen Turano is an author that makes me smile and I just delight in falling between the pages of her creatively witty stories set in the regal 1880s New York. These feminist creatures are intelligent and fun and I’d love to know them in person, but on the page is the second best. I cannot wait to see what happens next and then head back to catch the stories I’ve missed. *This post was originally published on July 9, 2015. I am updating it now with a finished reading status and review. Jen is such a humorous author and I love the witty characters that jump off her pages. I am soon to read After a Fashion as I some how missed getting myself a copy of that one (had a baby. . .
In November 2012, I was given the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Best Tour Review for the first Ladies of Distinction novel and prequel from Jen Turano in A Change of Fortune and Gentlemen of Her Dreams. You might want to see that review, back here. I have been long awaiting to read Arabella’s story with her own P.I. 😉 This particular book had the issue of being published at the same time as I had a small tragedy in my own life and thus I was delayed in being able to read the story. However, once I finally delved in I was pleased and amusing as always with the wit and humor of Jen Turano’s pen. In early-July I got my digital fingers on a copy of Jen’s latest In Good Company and dived right in and loved it from the first page. After reading that one, I recalled. . .
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. . .
*This is a new post, of a review that was originally posted in a poor format in 2010. This should be more readable for you I hope, thanks to my new format with the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.* This is one of the better whole novels that I have read in a while. This is a historical romance that has all of the elements that one’s heart looks for and while at the same time bringing forth events of a war time past that are true and hard to accept. Usually I am not a fan of war time novels, but this one captures my heart. In a similar manner as the films Pearl Harbor and Hanover Street except with a moral conscious. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the sequel A Memory Between Us come this fall. It starts with the cover being pure dreamy that. . .
It’s been a while since I’ve thrust myself into a novel from Tracie Peterson, but let me tell you. I have more than one full shelf of her books and that’s just mentioning the physical books, I haven’t counted how many when I also include the digital. And speaking of digital, she’s been writing more than I’ve been able to keep up with considering the addition of these youngest two kiddos and I need to catch up! What a great place to start to jump into her latest series of The Brides of Seattle, with the second in the trilogy releasing this July and the third expected to come this fall near October. I need to go back to read Steadfast Heart and look forward to Everlasting Love as well.
Is In Stores Now!
“Tis better to have loved and lost…,” but can Ruby Marshall risk her heart a second time?
When I hear of a début author I’m always curious. (ETA: So I know now that Christine is not actually a début author, but this is her first novel with Revell Books. She has many other Love Inspired Historicals that are absolutely going on my wish list!) The cover of this book really appealed to me. I did not realize it was a Florida Keyes novel until I started in. I was reading an eARC and figured I would read a chapter or two to see if it should go on my to-review list. I didn’t expect to be so captivated that I was reading well until 4 AM until I could fend off sleep no-longer. The next afternoon, I read the rest.
I’ve refreshed some of my reviews of Miralee’s Love Finds You in… titles including Bridal Veil, Oregon and Tombstone, Arizona. I still need to read Last Chance, California and I have yet to get my hands on Sundance, Wyoming (anyone have a copy that they want to part with?). Also have you heard of her latest and new series for middle grades? Check out my thoughts on the first two books (of four) in the Horses and Friends series. And by the way, if you haven’t read her Love Blossoms in Oregon series, there’s plenty of family drama and healing to read about there as well (no posts here yet, but I’ve talked about these plenty with friends in person!). What is your favorite novel from Miralee Ferrell? Leave a comment and tell me about it.
*Originally posted in 2011, this has been updated May 16, 2015. status: Read from March 10 to 12, 2011 — I own a copy My first introduction to the writing of Miralee Ferrell was through another Love Finds You novel, Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon. I have no however read Love Finds You in Last Chance, CA which for some purposes could be considered a prequel this this novel. However it is my understanding they stand alone, and reading this one first just reiterates a desire to snatch up the other one as soon as I get the chance. Honestly right now I have a bunch of books in my TBR pile, but when this one arrived I couldn’t help but start it, and then at two AM I couldn’t help stop at almost three hundred pages in. I couldn’t help it. The next day I read it. . .
*Originally posted in 2010. This post has been updated May 16, 2015. When you are looking for a book if you want adventure, romance, suspense and to go through a whirlwind of emotions and indecision on your reader’s opinions of a character… well then this is the book for you!