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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Beautiful Feet Books: Primary American History

American History Study Guide for the primary grades In the years that I have been researching homeschool materials and curriculum, there is one name that constantly comes back up, Beautiful Feet Books. There is one opinion I have consistently seen… everyone loves Beautiful Feet Books. The theory behind the curriculum is a mama blessing. It is, in my opinion, Classically Mason. (Is BFB Classical?) But wait! Aren’t we doing Veritas Press material? Indeed, we are doing the Veritas Press Scholars Academy diploma program, but there we will not really touch on American history until we reach that part of the cycle. And what about our Memoria Press progress? Well, yes, we are keeping along with the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum and they have newly added in readers and read-alouds starting in their third-grade curriculum (which includes several Beautiful Feet Book selections!). However, we wanted to do a bit more to. . .

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Author Cindy Thomson!

Cindy Thomson

When I was preparing this post, I was planning to link back to my review of Grace’s Pictures, An Ellis Island Novel #1 that I read in July 2013 and loved beginning to end. I was surprised to discover while that review is prominently on my Goodreads shelf it seems to have either disappeared or never quite made it to my blog. But then, that was a drastic summer (surgery and all). Now I’m delighted to post that review as well as this brand new interview with Cindy to entice you to the entire series! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? When I decided I wanted to write a novel, it was because I wanted to tell the story of my ancestors. That particular novel has not so far been published, but my love for telling the stories of our ancestors. . .

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Grace’s Pictures (An Ellis Island Novel) by Cindy Thomson {Review}

Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. As her efforts to earn enough money to bring her mother to America fail, she wonders if her new Brownie camera could be the answer. But a casual stroll through a beautiful New York City park turns into a hostile run-in with local gangsters, who are convinced her camera holds the first and only photos of their elusive leader. A policeman with a personal commitment to help those less fortunate finds Grace attractive and longs to help her, but Grace believes such men cannot be trusted. Spread thin between her quest to rescue her mother, do well in a new nanny job, and avoid the gang intent on intimidating her. Grace must put her faith in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness.

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please welcome back, Anne Mateer!

It was last July when I first had Anne by for a very wonderful Coming Soon from the Pen post, and today I want to welcome her back! Please note, links may be affiliate links. This does not affect your price, but may give me a few pennies to support my homeschool and book buying habits. Thank you. Time seems to fly. It seems it was only a few years ago when you published your first book Wings of a Dream (on sale for $6 when I last checked!). How has being published changed your life? Publication has been an interesting journey. While I went into it with my eyes more wide open than most–I’d walked through the process many times with my longtime critique partner and friend, Mary DeMuth–I have still been surprised at how publication has changed my writing and my days. No matter how you slice it, once. . .

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Threads of Love (Fabric of Time) by Andrea Boeshaar {Preview}

Emily Sundberg has her life all laid out. She has a respectable job as a teacher and an idea of whom she should marry. But does God have a better plan?

Emily Sundberg considers herself a proper young lady of the twentieth century. But a decade ago she behaved more like a tomboy. So when the neighbor’s grandson came to visit one summer when she was thirteen, they became fast friends. Emily even got her first kiss—quite by accident.

Unfortunately Jake Edgerton told all the boys something else. Rumors circulated, and Emily caved from embarrassment and guilt. Meanwhile Jake returned home to Fallon, Montana and she never saw or heard from him again.

Over the years Emily has worked hard to prove to her peers and the people of Manitowoc, Wisconsin that, despite past mistakes, she is an upstanding young woman, one worthy of being a schoolteacher—and possibly Andy Anderson’s wife. But even with the passing of time, Emily has never forgotten Jake and how he nearly ruined her life…

And now he’s a US deputy marshal and he’s back in town!

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When Love Calls (The Gregory Sisters) by Lorna Seilstad

Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list doesn’t include following rules. So when she is forced to apply for a job as a telephone switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won’t be easy. “Hello Girls” must conduct themselves according to strict-and often bewildering-rules. No talking to the other girls. No chatting with callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Meanwhile, young lawyer Lincoln Cole finds himself in the unfortunate position of having to enforce the bank’s eviction of the three Gregory girls from their parents’ home. He tries to soften the blow by supporting them in small ways as they settle into another home. But fiery Hannah refuses his overtures and insists on paying back every cent of his charity.

When one of Hannah’s friends finds himself on the wrong side of a jail cell, Hannah is forced to look to Lincoln for help. Will it be her chance to return to her dreams of studying law? And could she be falling in love?

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Unrivaled (Against All Expectations, #6) by Siri Mitchell

Lucy Kendall returns from a tour of the Continent, her luggage filled with the latest fashions and a mind fired by inspiration. After tasting Europe’s best confections, she’s sure she’ll come up with a recipe that will save her father’s struggling candy business and reverse their fortunes. But she soon discovers that their biggest competitor, the cheat who swindled her father out of his prize recipe, has now hired a promotions manager–a cocky, handsome out-of-towner who gets under Lucy’s skin.
Charlie Clarke’s new role at Standard Manufacturing is the chance of a lifetime. He can put some rough times behind him and reconnect with the father he’s never known. The one thing he never counted on, however, was tenacious Lucy Kendall. She’s making his work life miserable…and making herself impossible for him to forget.

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Grave Consquences (The Grand Tour Series) by Lisa Bergren

The Powerful, Epic Romance Continues

For Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. And her future—her very life—depends on the decisions she’ll make at each crossroad. As her European tour with her newfound family takes her through Austria, France, and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. Meanwhile, a forbidden love continues to claim her heart, putting everyone’s plans in danger. And as Cora stays one step ahead of it all, what might need the most protection is her own heart, torn between the dramatic pursuit of a dashing Frenchman and a man who has been quietly staking claim to her affections all along. Love has dangers all its own. She must escape the bonds of the past and discover the faith to make the right choices, as each one has grave consequences.

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 (Picture Book) by Michelle Markel {Review}

When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

But that did not stop Clara.

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Ashton Park by Murray Pura (The Danforths of Lancashire, #1)

Readers will follow Ashton Park’s charming upstairs/downstairs characters through the perils of war and the affairs of the heart with relish—and with an eye to the sequel coming in Fall 2013.

Book One in The Danforths of Lancashire series

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Creative Madness from Historical Author Anne Mateer

My debut novel, Wings of a Dream, released this past September. After the excitement over that book died down, people began asking about my upcoming book, which releases this September. When the question arises, I usually hesitate for a moment, trying to quiet the flip-flop of my stomach.   “It’s about a girl who is passionate about missions and auto racing—in 1916.”   Blank stares. Or confused ones. It’s obviously not the missions part that throws people. It’s the auto racing. The first question I usually hear is, “They raced cars back then?” “They sure did,” I reply. “And at speeds near 100 mph.” Eyebrows usually shoot sky high about now. How in the world, you might ask, did such a story come into being? To be honest, I’m not really sure! While doing some general research in the time period of 1910-1920, I ran across an article about an. . .

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Glamorous Illusions by Lisa Tawn Bergren

When Cora Kensington learns she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king, her life changes forever. Even as she explores Europe with her new family, she discovers that the most valuable journey is within. The first book in the Grand Tour series takes you from the farms of Montana through England and France on an adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awakening, and self-discovery.

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