Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}

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. . .

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The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd

Patience Creighton has dedicated herself to the Rosemere School for Young Ladies. But the return of the enigmatic master of the estate puts everything she loves at risk.

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Thoughts on the things with bookmarks…

This is a different type of post for me. Often I have a desire to write a wrap up post for the month, but it just doesn’t happen. It seems like things just keep getting away from me and craziness sets in and there are so many things I want to share with you. So I’ve decided (in the last split second) that perhaps I will have some more “thoughts” posts in addition to my full polished reviews. Here is one… Right now I have bookmarks in a lot of things (isn’t that normal?!?!) and hopefully I’ll get a good many things reviewed and shared over the next few months. The original plan was to take December and January off from blogging, but with the surgeries, sicknesses, miscarriage, and most recent head cold I’ve already taken enough breaks for now and want to try to use some of this time. . .

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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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A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection

1800s mail-order bride catalogs facilitated many happy marriages. Here are the stories of four couples who owe their wedded bliss to creative editing by The Hitching Post publisher.

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When God Makes Lemonade: True Stories that Amaze & Encourage {Preview}

Do you know someone who needs some encouragement? Perhaps that someone is you.

In When God Makes Lemonade, author Don Jacobson has collected real-life stories from around the world that show everyday folks discovering unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour circumstances. Some are funny, others are sobering, and more than a few will bring tears of amazement. But these true stories all have one thing in common: hope.

There’s no question that life gives us “lemons,” like issues with health, employment, and relationships. But when those lemons become lemonade, it’s as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot summer day.

It’s true that in life “stuff” happens, but as you’ll see in these stories, Lemonade Happens too!

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The Christian Mama’s Guide to Parenting a Toddler by Erin MacPherson {Preview}

The Christian Mama’s Guide to Parenting a Toddler: What’s a mom to do when her sweet baby’s smiles and snuggles turn to tears and tantrums?

This take on everything toddler—from throwing food to potty training to massive toddler fits—is filled with sanity-saving advice every mom wants to hear.

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So Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley {Preview}

On an island teetering at the brink of anarchy, Daria finds hope among people of The Way.

She escaped a past of danger and found respite in beautiful Ephesus, a trading center on the Aegean coast, serving as tutor to Lucas, the wealthy merchant who rescued her.

But the darkness she fled has caught up with her.

The high priests of Artemis once controlled the city, but a group of sorcerers are gaining power. And a strange group who call themselves followers of The Way further threaten the equilibrium. As Daria investigates Lucas’s exploits into the darker side of the city, her life is endangered, and she takes refuge in the strange group of believers. She’s drawn to Paul and his friends, even as she wrestles with their teachings.

When authorities imprison Lucas for a brutal crime, Daria wonders if even Paul’s God can save him. Then she uncovers a shocking secret that could change everything—Lucas’s fate, her position in his household, and the outcome of the tension between pagans and Christians. But only if she survives long enough to divulge what she knows.

“Meticulously-researched, spellbindingly written with luscious prose and compelling and complex characters.” —Tosca Lee, New York Times best-selling author of Havah: The Story of Eve

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