The Falcon and The Sparrow by Marylu Tyndall My review rating: 5 of 5 starsAbsolute on the edge of your seat, page turner, with unexpected twists and turns full of wonderful action until the end! The Falcon and the Sparrow is a masterful book taking place in London during the Napoleonic wars with France. The imagery presented by Tyndall is incredible. I could picture every scene, the people, places, and the food. I could smell the sea water and rain as well a hint of the other not so pleasant smells. London was given a full picture that agrees with all history I have known so far as being very accurate. After having recently seen the film “Amazing Grace” and reading the book Once Blind it was nice again in this story to see a dear friend John Newton. This book is incredible. It is definitely on my favorite list.. . .
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A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman My review rating: 5 of 5 stars First for just a slight blurb review… Passion is an amazing gift that has been granted to us mere beings from our heavenly Father. It is a story set in Southie Boston and Ireland during the time of the First Great World War, but the issues broached are timeless in the worlds of men and women. When I first saw the cover of this book, it looked like something that I would enjoy. It was when I first got my hands on a copy and read the back and examined the cover in more detail, that I was fairly certain that this story was definitely something that I would enjoy. A Passion Most Pure is by far, one of the best books that I have ever read in my entire life. I like it better than. . .
Today is a special day. It’s a Wild Card Tour for Once Blind: The Life of John Newton by Kay Marshall Strom. John Newton is the guy who wrote the words to “Amazing Grace”. Here today I’m going to share with you the following: My review and thoughts Longer-than-a-blurb biography of Kay Strom Q&A with Kay Press Release for Once Blind The first chapter I also want to suggest that you see the new movie out on DVD “Amazing Grace”. For more information on this book, the film, and other related info visit this website. Once Blind: The Life of John Newton by Kay Marshall Strom My review rating: 5 of 5 stars John Newton’s life makes a very strong testimony. Reading this biography of his life is a great addition to my library and knowledge base. Since I was a child, I can remember knowing that he was the. . .
Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray My review rating: 5 of 5 stars Fabulous, that’s the first thing I must say about this book, but I’ll come back to that. I do not know the correct terminology, yet I will try. There is just something about the covers of Avon Inspire books, I have loved every one that I have seen and this is my favorite so far. There is just something about the flat finish, instead of a glossy print that I just adore. Not to mention the road with the Amish sky ahead and the image of the blonde girl with green eyes. (A little curious as to why she did not have the curly hair of our character though…) Now, about the actual story. Anna’s live is an interesting one. A girl searching to belong and often as most looking in the wrong places for excitement and affection.. . .
Today’s Wild Card is Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy, but before I give you a blurb and first chapter of it, I want to give you my review of Petticoat Ranch. On Wednesday, I’ll bring you a review of Calico Canyon. Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy My review rating: 5 of 5 starsHistorical fiction is my favorite Christian fiction genre I believe. It is how I got started reading Christian fiction, one problem with it, is that some how I seem to have started with the best and often have a hard time finding anything that really meets the par. Things are great and enjoyable, but not quite as exciting as those first Liz Curtis Higgs or Tracie Peterson and even Francine Rivers‘ Redeeming Love. Well, boy is that not the case with Mary Connealy! Welcome to my favorites’ shelf! (Literally I do have a favorites’ shelf, if my mom. . .
It took me a while to get a copy of this book, so I’ve just started it. Yet I can not tell you how excited I am to be reading this one. I’ve have been looking forward to Deep in the Heart of Trouble ever since I finished reading Courting Trouble last fall. Click the book image to read that review on my goodreads page. One thing that I can tell you is that I do not know how many times I have picked up this book and just stare at the cover. They did a great job with this one. The flowers on the dress look as if they are 3D and seriously I reach out to touch them thinking they’ll be bumpy on the cover, but nope, just an image. Really beautiful at that! – MJ This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingDeep In The Heart Of Trouble(Bethany. . .
It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Carol Cox and her book: A Bride so Fair Barbour Publishing, Inc. (April 1, 2008) A Bride So Fair by Carol Cox My review rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is absolutely one of the best books that I have ever read in my entire life so far!!! A Bride So Fair by Carol Cox is the first work of Carol Cox’s that I have had the privilege to read, but I’m excited now about finding more from her. First off, of the. . .
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing From A Distance(Bethany House June 1, 2008)byTamera Alexander Book was detained, I will read this and write a review and I cannot wait. Oh, and btw Tamera is a fellow GACS persona! MJABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots and poignant prose resonate with readers. Tamera is a finalist for the 2008 Christy Award Remembered, and has been awarded the coveted RITA® from Romance Writers of America Revealed, along with Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction of 2006 Rekindled. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in the quaint town of historic Franklin, Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two college-age children and a precious—and precocious—silky terrier named Jack. A Note from Tamera: Stories are journeys, and each story I write is a journey for me. Rekindled. . .
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Washington’s Lady(Bethany House June 1, 2008)byNancy MoserI definitely support Nancy Moser, but sadly this book never arrived. I still cannot wait to get my hands on it though! (Also, for many of the upcoming CFBA books did not arrive, some list error! But never fear I will get them and read them eventually and send a review your way…) What I can tell you is that I have read one of Nancy’s historical woman books… none other than Jane Austen! Just Jane was a very fun read. This is what I had to say about it: (Previous blog post) Jane Austen of course is legend to us today. Although I have heard some historical discrepancies from one or two things in this novel of her life, I really see this as a depiction that is the most true to how I see Jane’s. . .
Jane Austen of course is legend to us today. Although I have heard some historical discrepancies from one or two things in this novel of her life, I really see this as a depiction that is the most true to how I see Jane’s life. Nancy Moser did a wonderful job bringing the light of Jane to a realistic picture for me and I could imagine every scene of her story. At first I was reading on a depressed note, thinking of the Jane movies I have seen…more Jane Austen of course is legend to us today. Although I have heard some historical discrepancies from one or two things in this novel of her life, I really see this as a depiction that is the most true to how I see Jane’s life. Nancy Moser did a wonderful job bringing the light of Jane to a realistic picture for me. . .
Day 2 on the April Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour of Monday – Wednesday, April 21-23rd is Lisa Tawn Bergren‘s book, The Begotten, book #1 in The Gifted Series. (see yesterday for day 1) So, about that email I mentioned yesterday… here for your conversation perusal purposes… my email to Lisa and her response! Dear Lisa, Last summer I worked in an embroidery shop in a historic downtown and there were many more “free” hours than there were customers and it was during that time that I discovered Christian fiction. I have to admit that your book was available from the library as a new book and I started reading it. I did not get very far, I stopped because it was so different and frightened me that it would be so like The Di Vinci Code with the heresy and blasphemy so I put it back. Now,. . .
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingAwaken My HeartAvon Inspire (February 5, 2008) byDiAnn Mills ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. She is the author of numerous titles including novels, novellas, and a nonfiction. In addition, she’s written several short stories, articles, devotions, and has contributed to several nonfiction compilations. DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” Her desire is to show characters solving real problems of today from a Christian perspective through a compelling story. Several of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents, and she remains a favorite author by Heartsong Present’s readers. Two of her books have won short historical of the year by American Christian Fiction Writers both in 2003 and 2004.. . .
This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Distant Heart (Avon Inspire January 2, 2008) by Tracey Bateman To find out more about this book immediately, go to the CFBA blog and see what they had to say… Distant Heart is the sequel to Defiant Heart and therefore, I feel that I should tell you about Defiant Heart first. The book ends very abruptly to me it seems, but… I have the sequel on my bookshelf, so I’m OK. Fannie’s life has seen rough days, she has lost both of her parents, left to take care of her younger twin siblings and sold by her supposed loving step-father immediately after her mother’s death in childbirth to a stillborn. The man the three children were indentured to let the year of the contract end date come and go and the future looked bleak for nothing would change for Fannie and. . .
I just finished reading Tamera Alexander’s current Trilogy. It was thoroughly enjoyable, it was better with every new twist and turn. Rekindled/Revealed/Remembered (Fountain Creek Chronicles 1-3) by Tamera Alexander published 2007 by Bethany House Publishers binding Paperback isbn 0764283464 (isbn13: 9780764283468) pages 1024 description This popular three-book series features a different romance in each novel. In the late 1860s, Colorado Territory is a wild and untamed land. Nestled …more [close] This popular three-book series features a different romance in each novel. In the late 1860s, Colorado Territory is a wild and untamed land. Nestled within its mountains and sustained by one of its major creeks, three couples find adventure and love on the frontier. Each person will be called upon to stand on nothing more than faith, risk what is most dear, and turn away from the past in order to follow God’s plan for the future. Titles include Rekindled,. . .
Publisher: Author: Title: *Review pending (General Market Historical Fiction at the bottom of the page) Visit Christian Historical Fiction Abingdon Press Rita Gerlach Surrender the Wind Avon Inspire DiAnn Mills – Stand alone novel(s) Awaken My Heart Lori Copeland – Belles of Timber Creek Series Twice Loved Three Times Blessed One True Love Lyn Cote – Texas: Star of Destiny Series The Desires of Her Heart Her Inheritance Forever* Tracey Bateman – Westward Hearts Series Defiant Heart Distant Heart Dangerous Heart B&H T. L. Higley – Seven Wonders Series Shadow of Colossus City of the Dead Guardian of the Flame Barbour Books Amber Miller (Stockton)– Liberty’s Promise Promises Promises Quills and Promises Deceptive Promises Kathleen Y’Barbo – Fairweather Keys Beloved Castaway Beloved Captive Beloved Counterfeit Kelly Eileen Hake – Prairie Promises The Bride Bargain The Bride Backfire The Bride Blunder Mary Connealy – Lassoed in Texas Trilogy Petticoat Ranch Calico. . .