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Book Review, “Daughter of Joy,” Kathleen Morgan author

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Daughter of Joy, by Kathleen Morgan, is the first book in the Brides of Culdee Creek series.  Its inspiration was found in a condolence card that Morgan received after her son passed away, “For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.” In addition, the main character’s name, Abigail, means “source of joy.” The primary scripture base for the story is found in Psalm 51:12, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

Abigail Stanton accepts a position as housekeeper and cook at Culdee Creek for Conor MacKay, a widower with a daughter. Although Conor has a terrible reputation in the nearest town, Colorado Springs, Abby feels the Lord leading her to accept the position. Things get off to a rocky start, then begin to improve. But when one of the hired men attacks Abby, Conor responds by assuming Abby invited the attention. Abby leaves the ranch, leaving a large hole in everyone’s heart.

I enjoyed this book. The characters were very realistic, with flaws that are common in many around me. I especially liked Abby’s determination to succeed, even in extremely difficult circumstances. Ella was a refreshing and devoted friend, adding much to the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially set in the Old West.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “The Louder Song,” Aubrey Sampson author

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The Louder Song, by Aubrey Sampson, is a book that leads us to a place of hope. It presents a pathway through suffering with lament. According to the author, lament “minds the gap between current hopelessness and coming hope.”

The book begins with a forward from Shannon Etheridge. It goes on to offer “An Invitation to Lament and Hope.” Other chapters include: It’s Okay to Be Honest, When Pain is Chronic, When You Just Need to Do Something, and What Kind of God do We Have?  After this Sampson includes an appendix offering advice. Another appendix offers Bible verses to read during pain, after which is a study guide to use with one’s own lament journey.

I found this book very informative. The personal stories from the author’s own life enhance the facts presented. The idea of lament leading to hope and a pathway to the future is something everyone needs at some point in his or her life.

I would recommend this book to anyone going through a difficult time in life or trying to assist someone else going through such a time.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “In Times Gone By,” Tracie Peterson author

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In Times Gone By, by Tracie Peterson, is the third book in the Golden Gate Secrets series.  It follows In Places Hidden and In Dreams Forgotten. This book tells the story of the third of the three friends: Camri, Judith, and Kenzie.

Kenzie Gifford is extremely worried about Dr. Micah Fisher. In the days since the great earthquake in San Francisco, no one has heard from him. When he turns up safe and healthy, she is overcome with emotion.  His sudden proposal throws her off guard. When her former fiancé arrives suddenly, claiming that his family tricked them both into breaking up their wedding, she is more confused than ever.  As she comes to the conclusion that she loves Micah and never loved Arthur, Arthur has Micah kidnapped. Kenzie knows immediately who is responsible for Micah’s disappearance, and decides to play Arthur’s game long enough to find him.

I loved this book. The entire series is definitely a must read. I especially like the bond formed between the three friends. Everyone should have such friends!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Caught by Surprise,” Jen Turano author

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Caught by Surprise, by Jen Turano, is the third book in the Apart from the Crowd series. It follows Behind the Scenes and Out of the Ordinary. It tells the story of the third “wallflower” in the series.

Temperance Flowerdew is happy with her position teaching at Miss Snook’s School for the Education of the Feminine Mind, a step up from the servitude inflicted upon her by relatives when her parents died. But her entire world turns upside down when she is abducted one morning and taken to Chicago. Mr. Gilbert Cavendish feels compelled to help rescue Clementine Flowerdew when her mother says she has been kidnapped. But when he finds Temperance in Chicago instead of Clementine, the old friends begin to realize that there is more to the situation than meets the eye. They return to New York only to be forced into an engagement. When attempts to kill them begin, they know that they must get to the bottom of the mystery.

This was a wonderful book. I enjoyed the many characters from the first two books in the series, such as Mrs. Davenport. Temperance and Gilbert are about as opposite as two people can get, but their story is very sweet to read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “The Orphan’s Wish,” Melanie Dickerson author

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The Orphan’s Wish, by Melanie Dickerson, is a marvelous book.  It tells the story of an orphan boy, Aladdin, and Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim.

Aladdin, orphaned at a young age, is taken from his Arabic homeland to Hagenheim, where he grows up in an orphanage. When he and Lady Kirstyn meet as children, they become fast friends. But as they grow older, Aladdin knows that he has stronger feelings for Kirstyn and will never be allowed to marry her unless he becomes wealthy and important. Leaving to make this happen, he befriends a man who employs him and treats him like a son. When he is told that Kirstyn has been kidnapped and cannot be found, he begins searching. When the kidnapper turns out to be the son of Aladdin’s employer, the situation becomes complicated and Aladdin begins to think his dreams will never come true.

This was a wonderful story.  The characters were well-developed, and the details of the time period made it educational as well as entertaining. I found myself drawn to both of the main characters. While no secondary characters stood out particularly, many of them added considerably to the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Generous Love,” Becky Kopitzke author

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Generous Love, by Becky Kopitzke, discusses the “joy of living ‘others first.’”  Inspired by a discussion with a friend, this book is sure to bless its readers with a plan for loving others around them. 

This book provides a guide to becoming a blessing to others, even those who are difficult. Some topics included are: What is a blessing anyway?, The “Me” Weeds, The Blessing Toolbox, Loving People Who Aren’t Like You, and Why? Because God said so. It also discusses the use of the four P’s: Presence, Possessions, Perspective, and Prayer.

I enjoyed this book. Its simple message and down to earth suggestions are sure to assist anyone truly seeking to love those around them. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a way to do so.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “The Masterpiece,” Francine Rivers author

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The Masterpiece, by Francine Rivers, is an incredible book.  It is set in the Los Angeles area in current time. It tells the stories of two characters whose lives have taken them down paths they had no desire to travel.

Grace Moore is still recovering from a bad marriage and the choices she made afterward when she accepts a job as personal assistant to Roman Velasco. Roman, a successful artist, constantly battles his past and has deep issues preventing him from forming lasting relationships. The two work well together for a time, until they develop feelings for each other. Grace leaves, knowing she cannot stay and give in to temptation with a man who is not a Christian. Roman begins to examine his life and decide how much of his life he is willing to relinquish to his newly found Savior.

This book is a masterpiece of its own.  I especially liked the character development. The characters seemed very real to life. The Mastersons, Jasper, and Elizabeth also added quite a bit to the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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