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Book Review, “Bringing Maggie Home,” Kim Vogel Sawyer author

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Bringing Maggie Home, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a marvelous novel.  It tells the story of a woman with a problem that occurred when she was a child and affected her entire life.

Hazel DeFord was 10-years-old when she left her 3-year-old sister for a few moments to chase a snake away from some baby bunnies and her sister disappeared. After this, Hazel’s father returned to his alcoholic ways and her family fell apart. Hazel later smothers her own daughter in an effort to protect her, but she never speaks of her sister. When Her granddaughter Meghan, a Cold Case detective, comes to visit while recovering from an accident, and Hazel’s daughter arrives at the same time, they decide to make a scrapbook together of Hazel’s life. Meghan accidentally discovers a picture of Hazel’s sister, and the secret comes out. Meghan asks her partner to investigate Maggie’s disappearance. When he discovers that several other children also went missing during the same time period, the investigation deepens.

This was an incredible book. I did not want to put it down. I especially liked Hazel and her steady faith. I liked the manner in which Diane and Meghan slowly began to accept Christ, even though they originally had no interest. I also appreciated the fact that Sean would not date Meghan until after she became a Christian.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.

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 Promise of Dawn,” Lauraine Snelling author

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The Promise of Dawn, by Lauraine Snelling, is the first book in the Under Northern Skies series. It is a branch off the Red River series, connecting cousins Ingeborg and Gunlaug of Norway. The many social issues addressed in this novel include loyalty, slavery, taking advantage of loved ones, and the importance of education.

Rune and Signe Carlson accept an offer from Rune’s uncle, Einar Strand, to pay their family’s passage to America. In exchange for this, they agree to work on his farm to repay their debt. With their limited English and Signe expecting their fourth child, they sail for America, only to find that Uncle Einar and Aunt Gerd are hard hearted people who expect constant hard work. As Signe helps restore Gerd to health, the woman begins to change. Einar, on the other hand, becomes more and more difficult to live with. Rune and Signe struggle to find a way to respectfully repay their debt and yet demand fair treatment.

I enjoyed this book very much. Having read many books by this author, I had great expectations and was not disappointed! I certainly appreciate modern conveniences much more after reading about the hard work in this story just to survive. I found myself sympathetic to Rune and Signe’s plight, standing up for their children and yet remaining respectful to another adult.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys 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, “Beloved Hope,” Tracie Peterson author

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Beloved Hope, by Tracie Peterson, is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series. It follows Treasured Grace and tells the story of the second of three sisters living on the frontier in the 1800s. Hope and her sister, Mercy, were captured by Indians during the Whitman Massacre and later rescued, but Hope still suffers from the ordeal.

Hope Flanagan is healing from the nightmare of being raped by an Indian, later bearing his child, and then giving it away to friends to raise. Caring for her sister’s sheep and making yarn to sell bring her peace and a purpose. When she is called to testify in the trial against the Indians, her anger returns. When Lance, the army sergeant in charge of the accused Indians, finds her attempting to shoot one of them, he intervenes and quickly becomes drawn to Hope and her family. The two struggle with their relationship as they each decide how much their pasts will affect their possible future.

I enjoyed this book very much. Even though I had not read the first book in the series, this novel stood alone quite well. I found Hope’s struggles realistic and heart-wrenching. I could also relate to Lance’s struggles with his past.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys 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, “Heart on the Line,” Karen Witemeyer author

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Heart on the Line, by Karen Witemeyer, is the second installment of the Ladies of Harper’s Station series. It follows No Other Will Do. Harper’s Station is located in the old west, with mainly female residents.

Grace Mallory relocates to Harper’s Station after witnessing her father’s murder. She brings with her, however, evidence of a crime that her father was attempting to turn over to a Pinkerton agent. When those implicated located her, sending a threatening message, Amos Bledsoe rushes to the rescue.  He and Grace, both telegraph operators, have been developing a relationship over the wires. He hopes to save her from danger and become her hero, but upon arrival Amos discovers that Grace and the other residents of Harper’s Station are not as helpless as he originally thought.

Even though I had not read the first book in this series, I enjoyed this book. Though some events from the first book are referenced, one does not need it to understand this one.  I liked the independent nature of the women in this book. I especially appreciated Amos’s sense of humor and the nicknames he gave people, such as Revolver Granny.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading western or suspense novels.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “Beneath Copper Falls,” Colleen Coble author

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Beneath Copper Falls, by Colleen Coble, is an amazing novel. Part of the Rock Harbor series, it stands alone quite well. It is set in Rock Harbor, Michigan, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Dana Newell, a 911 dispatcher, escapes an abusive relationship in Washington to move back to Rock Harbor, her hometown. She moves in with her “brother,” Chris, really a stepcousin whose family adopted Dana after the death of her parents.  There she meets Boone Carter, who lost his sister to an abusive boyfriend two years before.  When she realizes that Garrett has followed her and intends to harm her again, she, along with Boone and other friends, realize that they have a dangerous situation to deal with.

I loved this book.  It was filled with suspense and yet also filled with love and friendship.  I especially liked the way Dana was not only surrounded by friends, she was encouraged to learn how to protect herself. I also appreciated the many senior citizens who encouraged Dana and prayed for her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian suspense novels.

Kara

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Book Review, “Just Look Up,” Courtney Walsh author

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Just Look Up, by Courtney Walsh, is a charming novel.  Set in the present day, it tells a story of love and forgiveness not just with friends and coworkers, but also within one’s own family.

Lane Kelly is a busy interior designer climbing to the top of her Chicago-based firm. When she receives a call with news that her brother has been involved in an accident and is in a coma, the last thing she wants to do is return home to Harbor Point, Michigan, to help.  She left her family behind years ago and has no interest in returning to them.  Ryan Brooks never thought he would settle in Harbor Point. But after returning from fighting overseas with the army, he found himself drawn to the place that brought him peace as a child.  When the two reunite over Nate, Lane’s brother and Ryan’s best friend, Ryan realizes that he has always loved Lane and sets about building a relationship with her.

This was a wonderful story. The many examples of patience and love, not just with Lane and Ryan but with the entire family, are inspiring. I especially liked the contrast between the busy city life and the peaceful life of a small town. I also was drawn to Betsy, the patient and loyal friend.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romance novels.

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 Road to Paradise,” Karen Barnett author

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The Road to Paradise, by Karen Barnett, is a Vintage National Parks Novel. It is a wonderful story, with praise from authors such as Lauraine Snelling and Jane Kirkpatrick included. It is set in Mount Rainier National Park in 1927.

Margaret Lane is tired of playing the socialite and being the formal Senator’s daughter. She is thrilled at the opportunity to spend some time in Mount Rainier National Park. She writes lush descriptions of the park in her journal from the first time she enters it. Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is not looking forward to having to babysit a Senator’s daughter. He sees no part in wasting resources on such a person. But when Margie’s former fiancé begins the process of developing a tourist playground in the park and destroying much of the natural beauty to do it, the two find common ground. Together they try to find a way to save the place they both love so much.

This was a marvelous book. It includes many details of the park and its splendor. I especially liked Margie’s spunky personality. I also appreciated her father’s self-sacrifice for her happiness.

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

Kara

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

 

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