The Desires of Her Heart by Lyn Cote: a review

The Desires of Her Heart by Lyn Cote My review rating: 4 of 5 starsOnce again, another wonderful historical romance from Avon Inspire. I love everything they are putting out without fail. This was my first opportunity to read Lyn Cote and I know she has many more titles available. I look forward to reading more of her novels in the future. The Desires of Her Heart is a story in the category of Tracey Bateman, Tamera Alexander, Janette Oke, Lori Wick, and Tracie Peterson‘s hearts on paper. It is the first in the Texas: Star of Destiny series and I definitely look forward to the next few titles in the series. I felt that the book did not end at a complete close, but that is my preference I suppose. It did have a perfect setup for the next novel, but I am impatient and want answers now. On. . .

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The Apothecary’s Daughter: a review

The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen My review rating: 5 of 5 stars Another incredible piece of historical fiction with strong characters from second published author Julie Klassen. Without a doubt, Klassen is on my favorite author’s list. Both Lady of Milkweed Manor (her first book) and The Apothecary’s Daughter were so enjoyable. Each chapter starts with a quote of various pharmaceutical and apothecary means as well as a few others and it really sets the scene. It is something she also used in her first book, and I truly believe that it adds an incredible important element to the way her story is told. This book is divided up into sections that works quite well. It is a long book and fabulously so, I did not want it to end. The one qualm that I did have, is that the last section is very dark to me. Everything that. . .

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The Red Siren by MaryLu Tyndall: a review

The Red Siren: Charles Towne Belle Series, Book 1 by Marylu Tyndall My review rating: 4 of 5 starsUpon starting this novel, I was not completely enthralled with the character of Faith. She is independent, and feminist, and arrogant. After learning her background and coming to understand her plight I was able to allow her into my heart more. My first adventure with MaryLu Tyndall’s The Falcon and the Sparrow was able to show me that MaryLu was a fabulous story teller. This book was able to show me that I want more and more and that the story is not long enough. I have not yet read her original pirate series, but now I must, as well as I cannot wait for the next in the Charles Towne Belle Series to come out. This book brings us three sisters with very different lives, a naval officer with a past. . .

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Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley: a review

Shadow of Colossus by T. L. Higley My review rating: 4 of 5 starsAfter reading this story, while reading a note provided after the story within the book I found that this really explained what I think as a whole about the tale. Weaving in and out of actual events, brushing lightly against the lives of characters from the pages of history, the Seven Wonders novels take us beyond man’s ingenuity and hubris to explore the Supreme Creator’s work in the ancient world beyond Israel. From the fall of the mighty Colossus of Rhodes to the destruction of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one thing becomes clear: The power of redemption will never be silenced, and the One True God still desires to draw all men unto himself. This novel might have taken place in 227 BC, but there is no doubt in my mind that it falls within a. . .

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Coming soon in 2009!

Today, searching around I have found some great titles coming soon in 2009. Here I want to share just a few… (okay, many of them are 2008, but still good to know!!!) Shoot for the Stars (The McCord Sisters, book #1) by Christine Lynxwiler Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Barbour Publishing (April 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 160260150X ISBN-13: 978-1602601505 [insert image with http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0736925635/creatmadne-20 link] Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0736925635 ISBN-13: 978-0736925631 Rebeca’s Promise by Jerry S. Eicher Readers of Amish fiction will delight in this new series by a veteran author in this popular genre (50,000 Jerry Eicher books sold). Rebecca Keim has just declared her love to John Miller and agreed to become his wife. But she’s haunted by her schoolgirl memories of a long ago love—and a promise made and a ring given. Is that memory just a fantasy come. . .

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Diamond Duo by Marcia Gruver

published October 1st 2008 by Barbour Publishing, Inc binding Paperback isbn 1602602050 (isbn13: 9781602602052) pages 288 Get ready to burn the midnight oil with Diamond Duo, a suspense-filled historical romance that will keep you reading with a white-knuckled grip. When Bertha Biddle meets an enigmatic charmer named Annie Monroe, she’s hoping to learn from her the art of how to woo a man. But just how far will Bertha go to win her heart’s desire? One woman’s miserable end still haunts the town of Jefferson, Texas, today. Part One: DIAMOND DUO – Fall 2008 1877 Jefferson, TexasBertha Biddie’s in love. The fellow seems interested, but something’s holding him back. When a charismatic stranger rolls in on the northbound train offering to teach Bertha the art of wooing her man she leaps at the chance. But when the woman is found cruelly murdered, Bertha realizes their meeting held eternal significance. Thaddeus. . .

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Update on Spring Reading 2008

On March 20, I started getting organized for my spring reading with the Spring Reading Thing 2008. I have made a list of books to read, but of course others always find their ways in, even when they are not on the list. The original list you can find by clicking “March 20” above. This is my current working list… What I have tried to do is put an * for things that I have read and they should be a link to a review on that book. I’m not perfect, so I’m sure there are flaws, if you find one, let me know! The Restorer by Sharon Hinck*The Restorer’s Son by Sharon HinckThe Restorer’s Journey by Sharon HinckThe Perfect Life by Robin Lee Hatcher*Sweet Caroline by Rachel HauckFirefish by George Bryan PolivkaPinkerton’s Secret by Eric LernerSushi for One by Camy TangOnly Uni by Camy TangThe Bible by Karen ArmstrongPride. . .

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Tamera Alexander’s Rekindled, Revealed & Remembered

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,. . .

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Historical Fiction Reviews

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. . .

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