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Book Review, “A Prairie Girl’s Faith,” Stephen W. Hines author

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A Prairie Girl’s Faith, by Stephen W. Hines, presents a thorough look at the faith of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the famous Little House book series and a true pioneer woman. Hines has combined information from years of research into this book.

Hines begins the book with an introduction explaining that his fascination with Laura Ingalls Wilder began with his reading the books as a child. He then explains how Laura was introduced to faith as a child and would have leaned heavily upon it in her pioneer family, often with absolutely no neighbors nearby for assistance or companionship. He describes Laura’s relationship with her daughter and its possible affect on her writings. He discusses Laura’s relationship with her husband, Almanzo, and their reliance upon faith as they struggled to find a home. The book also includes an interview with Laura’s friend, Neta Seal, who knew Laura quite well.

I enjoyed this book very much. I did not realize that Laura began writing the Little House books in her sixties, or that her daughter edited them for her. I also did not know that Laura had written in many other publications before she even thought about the books. I was surprised to discover that Rose did not share in her parents’ faith.

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

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Book Review, “Love Held Captive,” Shelley Shepard Gray author

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Love Held Captive, by Shelley Shepard Gray, is the third book in the Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series.  This series tells the stories of several men that were held captive on Johnson’s Island, Ohio, during the Civil War.  This novel presents two men, Major Ethan Kelly and Captain Devin Monroe.

When Lizbeth Barclay runs into Ethan’s hotel suite to hide from her would be attacker, she doesn’t realize that Ethan in present. Horrified to find herself alone in a man’s room, she tells him of her plight. When she is fired from her position as a maid at the hotel for her indiscretion, Ethan makes plans to protect her and hunt down the man who caused the trouble.  He is haunted by the memory of raiding her ranch during the war. Devin Monr0e thinks he has met the woman of his dreams until she tells him that she was the “ladybird” of an officer with which Devin was imprisoned. Horrified, he struggles with his plight, not knowing how he can possibly love such a woman, even though the man is still a threat to her.  When the two friends discover that the same man is threatening both of the women they have come to love, Ethan and Devin set out to find him and eliminate the threat.

I enjoyed this book very much.  I loved the fact that Ethan and Devin could love Lizbeth and Julianne in spite of the abusive pasts and bad decisions they made.  I also loved the idea that true friends will come to your aid whenever you need them, even if it means interrupting their own lives to do so.

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

Kara

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Book Review, “The Most Important Women of the Bible,” Aaron and Elaina Sharp authors

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The Most Important Women of the Bible: Remarkable Stories of God’s Love and Redemption, by Aaron and Elaina Sharp, is packed full of information about women in scripture.  Published by Bethany House, this book’s authors are both graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary and reside in Texas.

This book strives to reveal to the reader how each of the women included fits into the overall story of the Bible. The objective is to remind readers of how each woman’s story reveals God’s love for people today. Each chapter discusses a different woman of the Bible, including Scripture References, Biography, Role in Redemption, By the Numbers, and Things We Wondered. Some of the women included are: Eve, Sarah, Zipporah, Ruth, Hannah, Bathsheba, Gomer, Mary, Tabitha, Phoebe, and Lydia.

This is a marvelous book. It is well-written and included much information about each woman discussed. I found it truthful and to the point. It would be useful for both individual or group Bible studies.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to know more about women of the Bible.

Kara

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

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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

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