Posted in Historical

Lori Wick’s The Hawk and The Jewel

About

Everyone thought little Sunny had perished with Lady Gallagher in storm-tossed seas off the Arabian coast, but the beautiful toddler had been found, taken to the palace of Darhabar, and raised as the ruler’s own child. Now the emir, Ahmad Khan, is sending her home, and Sunny’s uncertain, new life is completely in God’s hands.

Review

This is one of my favorite Lori Wick novels! Not only is it a regency, but her characters are not quite as perfect in this book as they kind of become in her later ones. Sunny is so much fun right from the beginning of the novel which has her throwing herself over the rails of a moving ship. She doesn’t lose her adventurous nature as she gets older. Brandon is so staid and stoic, but I love how Sunny unravels him every time they are together. Now this is a romance that truly develops over time. Spiritually, you can’t read a Lori Wick novel and not get the message of salvation. Love it. And I love how you see Sunny change and yet stay the same. Great Novel. Highly Recommended!

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Posted in Historical

Deanna Julie Dodson’s In Honor Bound

About

His father will stop at nothing to keep the royal bloodline “pure” –even murder. But his sins have nearly destroyed Prince Philip and the future of his reign.
Forced into a political marriage, Philip tells his bride, “I will not lie to you, I will not be unfaithful to you, and I will not love you. My heart is pledged to another and I am not a man to break an oath.”
His one true love is a lowly serving girl. When Philip refuses to set her aside in order to form a politically beneficial marriage, his father has the girl tried on false charges and executed. He then forces Philip to marry the beautiful and nobly born Lady Rosalynde. Devastated and embittered by his loss and his father’s betrayal, Philip is determined to never love again . . . not his father, not his wife, not his God. Although Rosalynde adores him, he withholds his heart from her, refusing to let even death end his devotion to the love he lost. Despite his coldness towards her, Rosalynde is determined to love him and teach him to love her — as determined as the God he has turned his back on. As civil war rages throughout the realm, Philip faces a greater struggle within himself. Will he open his heart to love again or let his pride destroy him and his kingdom?

Review

This book (and series) is what I would call medieval fiction at its best. Everything you think that should be in them: witch burning, arranged marriages, wars, all in this novel. Reading this novel, I really felt that the author stayed true to the times. Never once reading it, did the characters do anything that brought me right back to the 21st century. I loved Philip, even though he was hard at times. But he had such a good reason to be. Rosalynde was a bit more meek than most heroines, but in her meekness she was strong. She was a perfect foil for Philip. I even loved the secondary character of Tom. Spiritually, I love how you see what bitterness and unforgiveness can do to a person and how much freer you are when you release it. I also love how Rosalynde loved Philip continually, even in his harshness, always showing him the love of Christ which I imagine is easier to do on paper than in real life. Great novel. Highly Recommended!

Posted in Contemporary

Susan Paige Davis’s Frasier Island

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After specialized underwater training, Ensign Rachel Whitney is posted to a remote island in the North Pacific, a tiny scrap of rock guarding a highly classified secret. She could love her new assignment if her commanding officer, Lt. George Hudson, weren’t so obstinate—and a bit distrustful.

Despite George’s first reaction to her presence on the island, Rachel sets out to prove she is perfect for the job. She doesn’t dream of being a heroine or falling in love, but months later, when word leaks out about the prize they are guarding, Rachel and George have few resources besides each other and their faith in God to foil an enemy attack that could endanger all of America.

Review

This novel was so good.  Frasier Island is a tiny island in the Pacific that requires three people to live on it. Rachel and George are two of them. I loved Rachel’s character because even though she had had some setbacks in life, she wasn’t about to let that keep her from living. George is more distrustful and to a certain degree rude, but I like how in this novel you can see Rachel slowly winning him over. I also loved one of the secondary characters in this novel.  I think the setting really added to this novel, because it was a setting unlike any other. Spiritually, George has to return to his relationship with God and Rachel learns to walk with God and develop her faith more. Good book. Romantic and suspenseful. Highly Recommended.

Posted in Personal

Monday Musings…New Adult Genre

Has anyone heard of the new genre called New Adult? I had to google that one myself, but apparently it is fiction that has heros/heroines that are between the ages of 18-24. Since I am one of those ages, I do not know whether I should be flattered or annoyed. My younger sister says its because people our age don’t seem to have jobs.
I will say that when I pick up a book that says New Adult, at least I know the people are young, like most young people, I’m not a huge fan of reading romance novels when the main characters are over 35. But I personally thinks it comes out of older people liking teen fiction, but feeling like those teenagers should be a tad bit older. It’s like they want that hint of naivete plus some more adult action.

So thoughts about this New Adult business? Like or dislike?

Posted in Contemporary

Leslie Gould’s Courting Cate

About
When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty–and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

However, the sisters’ wealthy father has made one hard and fast rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Unfortunately for poor Betsy, and for the men who want to court her, her older sister, Cate, doesn’t have any suitors–until Pete comes to town, that is.

Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate’s feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she’s immediately suspicious of his interest.

Review
I enjoyed this novel far more than I had anticipated. Though I have never read The Taming of the Shrew, I am familiar with the story and have seen movie adaptations. Thus, I was thinking that this novel could not surprise me. I was wrong. The novel starts off much as you would expect it to, but about midway through, the novel takes a distinctive turn that I am 99% sure didn’t happen in Shakespeare (since I’ve never read it, I’m not sure). After that point, I couldn’t put the novel down. I really liked Cate, I could totally understand her hang-ups and feel her pain. Pete, was an interesting guy, but at the end of the novel, though I knew things about him, I felt like I didn’t know him. I kind of wish he had been more romantic as well, though he had a good reason to act the way he did. And Betsy? Well, who needs enemies when they have sisters like that one. I really like how Cate saw what shrewishness does to people. That was a nice touch. Spiritually, Cate has to turn to God and realize that He does love her and care for her. And more importantly? He is her source. Really good book. Recommended.

** I received this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Posted in Personal

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful for so many things this year! As far as I’m concerned there is always something to be thankful for. So, here is a short list:

1) Jesus

2) My family

3) My friends

4) My health and the health of family and friends

5) Finishing law school/passing the bar

6) My country

7) This blog 🙂

Feel like giving any shotouts today! Go ahead!

Posted in Historical

Nancy Herriman’s The Irish Healer

About

Accused of murdering a child under her care, Irish healer Rachel Dunne flees the ensuing scandal while vowing to never sit at another sickbed. She no longer trusts in her abilities-or God’s mercy–though when a cholera epidemic sweeps through London, she feels compelled to nurse the dying daughter of the enigmatic physician she has come to love. James Edmunds, wearied by the deaths of too many patients, has his own doubts about God’s grace. Together, they will have to face their darkest fears . . . and learn what it means to have real faith.
Review
I really enjoyed this novel because the concept of it seemed so unique. Rachel comes across as equally as smart as James without flaunting it. You can understand her desire to stay away from sickness and I find that she is a character whom one can easily identify with. Now, James, had a few more foibles. I liked him and could understand his doubts, but I didn’t understand why he hid Amelia. I could understand why he didn’t want her around, but not why she was hidden. I also didn’t really see him fall in love with Rachel, he sort of just did. That said, this novel is a page-turner. You will root for Rachel and want to pray for James. Spiritually, James realizes that though he still goes through the motions, his heart as grown cold towards God and he rectifies that. Rachel learns that God is in control, even when things don’t make sense. Really good book. Recommended.