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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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Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom) is in stores now!

I was shocked years ago when Sarah Sundin published her first novel and it easily found it’s way to being my favorite read novel ever. So, of course I’m delighted that she has a new series coming out. Continuing in her military Christian Historical Fiction romance genre with women in the service, the Waves of Freedom series starts with book #1 Through Waters Deep. I cannot wait to get my hands on it! It is absolutely on my wish list! It is either in stores now or nearly so as last I checked it said releasing July/August 2015! Resources Excerpt Download PDF

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A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory) by Sarah Sundin {Review}

*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. . .

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In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale, #3) by Sarah Sundin

Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

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On Distant Shores (Wings of the Nightingale, #2) by Sarah Sundin

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin pens another exciting tale in her series featuring WWII flight nurses. Fans new and old will find in On Distant Shores the perfect combination of emotion, action, and romance.

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What on Earth Can I Do? (What We Believe, #4) {Apologetics Curricula Review}

*This post is updated with my new format on May 3, 2015. My decision to homeschool started before my first child was born and one of the things that I have had on my wishlist ever since (just waiting for it to be appropriate) is the apologetics curriculum from Apologia Educational Ministries ~ (http://Apologia.com). It is my blessing to have the opportunity to review the What on Earth Can I Do? curricula. In my experience, apologetics is something that should be a requirement of Christian education, but so often kids are left on their own to figure things out. Sure there is a bit of Sunday School that is give or take whether it is is more than just Bible stories, and you might find an incredible Bible study, but really getting into the nitty-gritty will help today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in this age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. Matching. . .

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Shadowed by Grace by Cara Putman

Shadowed by Grace is the first in a stirring new series of stand-alone historical suspense novels by acclaimed author Cara C. Putman. Desperate to save her dying mother, Rachel accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy to captures images dangerously close to the front lines of WWII. Her real motive – to find the father she never knew — an artist she hopes can offer the comfort and support both she and her mother need to survive. It’s an unlikely situation for love and faith to flourish, but soon Rachel not only finds herself, but also her long-lost earthly father, and ultimately, the man her Heavenly father created to cherish and provide for her.

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Historical Author Liz Tolsma!

Today is special, with a new-to-me author from Thomas Nelson ♥ Zondervan, part of the merger in HarperCollins Christian Publishing.  Please join me in welcoming Liz Tolsma! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I love to read and I love to read historicals. History has always fascinated me, so it was the right fit. I’ve tried to write contemporary and chick lit, but my best work, my truest voice, is when I write Christian historical. Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? They would enjoy Sarah Sundin, Cara Putman, Tricia Goyer Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers? When I write, I always keep a file called “deletes”, in case I should ever need that deleted scene or chapter back. I never have. There. . .

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome BACK Historical Author Sarah Sundin!

In September 2012, we welcomed Sarah Sundin in her first Coming Soon from the Pen post. (http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2012/09/01/sarah-sundin/) Yet, today I’m over the top delighted to welcome her back again to ChristianHistoricalFiction.com and Creative Madness Mama in a sequel interview!

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Small Town Girl (Rosey Corner) by Ann H. Gabhart

How long can two people stand on the brink of love without plunging in headfirst?

In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town practically vibrates with apprehension, as if it is holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can’t draw her interest.

Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything and Kate finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways. Could she truly be in love with him? And if he enlists, will she ever see him again?

In her gentle and textured style, Ann H. Gabhart tells a timeless story of love, sacrifice, and longing that will grip your heart and stir your spirit. Fans of Gabhart’s Angel Sister will love seeing Kate Merritt all grown-up, as well as other characters they have come to love.

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Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart

In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town practically vibrates in anticipation, as if it is holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can’t draw her interest.

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With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale) by Sarah Sundin

As part of a World War II morale-building program, flight nurse Lt. Mellie Blake begins an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, they develop a deep friendship. But when they’re both transferred to Algeria, will their future be held hostage by the past—or will they reveal their identities?

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Historical Author Sarah Sundin!

What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I started writing historical fiction because of a story idea (A Distant Melody) that simply didn’t work in a contemporary setting. The World War II era appealed to me because this was a time when ordinary men had to do extraordinary things, and when women first explored non-traditional roles—while remaining ladies. I don’t write other genres right now, but that could change if the Lord yanks me in another direction. He does that sometimes. Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? So many! If they specifically are looking for World War II stories, I point them to books by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Dan Walsh. For other historical fiction, I love Liz Curtis Higgs, Laura Frantz, Lorna Seilstad, Karen Witemeyer, and Melanie Dobson. I know I’m. . .

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