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The Captured Bride

The Captured Bride

By Michelle Griep

The Story

A War-Torn Countryside Is No Place for a Lady

Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause. . .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.  Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.   Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep.

(Back cover summary from Barbour)

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I absolutely fell in love with this book! I’ve been a long-time fan of Laura Frantz’s frontier novels, and The Captured Bride had a similar feel.

This novel brings together a unique setting in a commonly known time in history, a sweet romance, and a can’t-put-it-down plot.

The characters in this book are so compelling. Mercy is very independent, and having been raised in two worlds, not a little confused as to where she fits. Her feelings towards her mother also brought this character alive. Elias is a man of mystery, not all is as it seems with him, but he has a faith that carries him through. Both of them are such strong characters, and they complimented each other so well. The story they make up and play out to keep them all safe made for some fun moments! The secondary characters were unforgettable as well.

It’s been a long time since I read a book in one day. But I could not put down The Captured Bride, not until I found out what happened!

If you’ve been following this series, you’re in for a treat with this novel! If you love historical fiction, romance, and sweeping tales similar to what Laura Frantz delivers, then you MUST read The Captured Bride! One of my top 10 reads of 2018 so far!

About the Author

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog “Writer off the Leash” or visit michellegriep.com

(Biography from Barbour)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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The Heart’s Appeal

Cover ArtThe Heart’s Appeal

By Jennifer Delamere

The Story

London, 1881

He Never Expected to See Her Again. Then She Appeared with a Most Unexpected Request. . . .

Strong-minded and independent, Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor–a profession that has only just opened up to women. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick action saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. It’s only later that she learns he could be instrumental in destroying her dreams for the future.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its status, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to regain the path to wealth and recognition. His latest case puts him in the middle of a debate over the future of a women’s medical school. He’s supposed to remain objective, but when the beguiling and determined Julia reappears with an unexpected entreaty, he begins to question what he’s made most important in his life. But Julia may be hiding her own motivations. As the two are tangled into spending more time together, will their own goals be too much to overcome?

(Back cover summary from Bethany House Publishers)

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A sweet story that explores an interesting piece of history, The Heart’s Appeal was a good read.

What I most enjoyed about this story was the look into what it would have been like for women trying to become doctors at the time. Jennifer Delamere knows her history, and I felt like I was riding the Underground right along with Julia. I had also never heard of the Contagious Diseases Act. It was interesting to see how these characters and the people who lived during that time might view the law.

The characters were interesting and engaging, and I loved how much of a part Julia’s faith played into her character.

However, I found it difficult at times to get into the story. This author’s writing style didn’t resonate as much with me. That being said, if you enjoy historical novels with strong characters and sweet romance, then you should definitely try The Heart’s Appeal for yourself.

About the Author

Jennifer Delamere’s debut Victorian romance, An Heiress at Heart, was a 2013 RITA Award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, A Lady Most Lovely, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.

(Biography from Bethany House Publishers)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

The Pirate Bride

The Pirate Bride

By Kathleen Y’Barbo

The Story

Can a former privateer and a determined heiress find lost treasure in 1725?

A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

 

Pasts Collide in New Orleans when a Treasure Goes Missing

The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost. Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear.

(Back cover summary from Netgalley)

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Kathleen Y’Barbo has long been recognized as an excellent writer, and that continues to be true as she crafts the latest installment of The Daughters of the Mayflower series, The Pirate Bride.

This story is unique, because a large part of it starts in Maribel’s childhood. Her adventures on the privateer ship were so fun to read about, which tempered the intensity of Jean-Luc’s own troubles.

Fast forward to the future, and you have a young woman who is still not quite proper, but fiery and fun to read about. Jean-Luc is his own fascinating character, with his day-to-day life so different from what he does secretly. There’s an instant connection when Jean-Luc and Maribel come face-to-face again, and I loved watching their relationship deepen beyond the friendship of youth to the love of two adults.

This story is colorful and fun, as it spans the seas, tropical islands, and early New Orleans. It’s flavored with unforgettable characters, and a faith that helps Maribel and Jean-Luc hold on.

I’m getting the feeling that you do not want to miss any of The Daughters of the Mayflower series!

About the Author

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than eighty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the 2014 Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine. Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and a tenth-generation Texan, who recently moved back to cheer on her beloved Texas Aggies. Connect with her through social media at www.kathleenybarbo.com

(Biography from Barbour)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

A Heart’s Revolution

A Heart’s Revolution

By Roseanna M. White

The Story

In 1783 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.

Never did Lark think she’d want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she’s loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees Williamsburg for Annapolis, taking refuge in the nation’s temporary capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.

Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new nation he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater—before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.

(Back cover summary from Roseanna’s website)

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Previously published as Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, this story is a sweet journey through a period of history and a place that I was unfamiliar with. I appreciated the look into this part of history, where the founding fathers were fighting for peace, and where all people—patriots or loyalists—desired freedom. I never thought about how difficult it might be for loyalists who had stayed in America, but Roseanna does a good job exploring how this might have played out.

The characters in this book are unforgettable, mainly because of their faults. I say that because they are not perfect people. Even as they grow, they still must wrestle with who they are and the ways they respond to situations. I liked this, because it was real. Who hasn’t thought herself in the right, then found out that her perspective was flawed?

I also appreciated how Emerson and Lark’s relationship played out. Rather than fighting huge obstacles to their relationship, they fight the more subtle, but deep, cracks that can break apart a couple.

In all, I really enjoyed A Heart’s Revolution. It was a unique read that will stick with me.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com .

(Biography from Amazon)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

A Chance at Forever

A Chance at Forever

By Melissa Jagears

The Story

Determined to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child, Mercy McClain finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the worst of her childhood bullies, petitions the board for a teaching position, she’s dead set against his getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy’s mistrust, but he’s returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking the forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn’t expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the children’s best interests at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron overcome the past in time to battle the threats against the future of the town’s orphans?

(Back cover summary from Bethany House)

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A Chance at Forever fits into the Teaville Moral Society series well, but I love how Melissa makes each of her books unique.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the heroine is missing a hand. This factor is what Aaron exploited when he was a young boy, and what other people in her life have used to manipulate her. Mercy is a strong character, and I liked how she stood up for what she believed in, even when it was hard. Her struggles with her family and her place in life were so authentic, I felt as if she had stepped off the page and was sitting beside me.

Aaron is also a unique character. His past is not one that many would like to talk about. I appreciated Melissa’s tact as she revealed his story, but more, I applaud her for breaking the mold and not being afraid of the ugly parts of life.

As these two characters learn to trust God, they are able to wade through life’s many intricacies and problems. If you’ve enjoyed the Teaville Moral Society series so far, you’ll love this latest book. But even if you haven’t been keeping up with the series, you could jump in with A Chance at Forever, and experience a good Christian fiction novel that entertains and isn’t afraid to face up to the evil of this world, and God’s goodness over all.

About the Author

Carol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides series, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a free prequel ebook novella. You can learn more about Melissa, her books, and where she hangs out online at www.melissajagears.com .

(Biography from Bethany House)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

A Refuge Assured

A Refuge Assured

By Jocelyn Green

The Story

Fleeing One Revolution to the Aftermath of Another, She Seeks and Dreams of Peace

Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia, but danger lurks in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers begin to suspect a young boy left in her care might be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement Asylum offer permanent refuge?

Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate his hard-won farm near Asylum, but he soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they are drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

(Back cover summary from Bethany House)

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A Refuge Assured is as intricate as the lace that Vivienne creates. This book truly gives insight into what the French Revolution could have been like for those who lived through it. I never knew that lacemaking was a profession that you could be sent to the guillotine for. Nor did I know that many of those who fled France sought refuge in Philadelphia.

For me, this book had a slow start. It took me a while to become invested in the characters, but when that occurred, I was all in.

Vivienne is a different sort of heroine. She is self-sufficient to the extreme, with a strong sense of duty and love for those around her.

Liam is a man caught in a world opposed. A former soldier, he is confronted with the matter of conscience and duty. I appreciated that this was a struggle for him, as it is a very realistic problem.

As this story unfolds, it took me in directions I didn’t expect. It is rich in history and in detail. A Refuge Assured isn’t rushed, but takes its time exploring each new relationship that comes along.

While it didn’t draw me in quite as much as The Mark of the King, I did enjoy A Refuge Assured, and would recommend it to my fellow reading friends.

About the Author

Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King, Wedded to War, and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award, the gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. Jocelyn lives with her husband, Rob, and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com .

(Biography from Bethany House)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

A Light on the Hill

A Light on the Hill

By Connilyn Cossette

The Story

Though Israel has found relative peace, Moriyah has yet to find her own. Attempting to avoid the scorn of her community, she’s spent the last seven years hiding behind the veil she wears. Underneath her covering, her face is branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods, a shameful reminder of her past captivity in Jericho and an assurance that no man will ever want to marry her.

When her father finds a widower who needs a mother for his two sons, her hopes rise. But when their introduction goes horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the newly established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face and the enemies–and unexpected allies–she will encounter on her way.

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From the first word that I read from Connilyn Cossette, I knew that this was an author I needed to watch. Her new Cities of Refuge series starts off with A Light on the Hill, and I was not disappointed!

 

This book kept me up at night. Literally. I could not put it down, as one trial after another fell into Moriyah’s path. I had already come to love this character when she made her debut in Wings of the Wind, and I loved her even more in this book. Her struggle with her disfigurement is heart-rending, and the healing she experiences is so poignant, it made me think of my own less-seen scars and the goodness of God to heal those.

 

The romance in this book, as usual, is so good! I really wasn’t sure how she would pull it off, but she did it so well. Each character, each scene, is so multi-layered and colorful, I felt as if I was walking through the lands of Israel and Canaan with them.

 

It was fascinating, seeing the history of this time period. I knew quite a bit about it already, but Connilyn made it come alive.

 

Listening to God’s voice, trusting Him with our lives, with ourselves, is a huge theme of this book. Connilyn handles it so well, and it will be a theme that will linger in my heart and thoughts for some time.

 

In summary, if you’ve read any of Connilyn’s books before, you’ll love A Light on the Hill. If you love fiction set during the times of the Bible, you’ll love Connilyn’s books. If you like to read and enjoy quality fiction, you need to read A Light on the Hill!

 

About the Author

When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), bestselling author Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. There is nothing she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible and uncovering buried gems of grace that point toward Jesus. Her novel Counted With the Stars won the 2013 Frasier Contest and was a semifinalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com .

 

(Biography from Bethany House)

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.