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Secrets and Suitors by Joanna Barker

Secrets and Suitors by Joanna Barker Nora has been in love with her childhood friend and neighbor for years. Unfortunately, he does not return her feelings. Since it is her third season, her father takes matters into his own hands. He arranges a marriage to a man that Nora finds uninspiring. Unless she can persuade her father to accept a better match by the end of the season she’ll have a bleak future indeed.  After reading several regencies that focused on heavy social issues it was a delight to read this compelling relationship drama. Barker makes this regency feel fresh …

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Four things I loved about Love, Sidelined by Tiffany Odekirk

Thanks to Covenant I get to feature Love, Sidelined by Tiffany Odekirk on the blog today. Make sure you enter the giveaway sponsored by them at the end of this post. Jason is a college football player trying to keep his pre-mission lifestyle in the past.  He tries to prove to his teammates, family, and self that he is a new person. Can he do that and keep playing football? Allie is a brave cheerleader trying to put her life back together after an assault. Finding a new faith saved her, but also broke her family apart. Does she have …

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Deborah Prophetess of God by H.B. Moore

Thanks to the folks at covenant for giving me the change to do this review. I usually really enjoy H.B. Moore’s novels about women in the scriptures but this one, while a convincing historical, wasn’t one of Moore’s best novels in my opinion.  First, I think Moore does beautifully writing concrete descriptions that make the setting and time-period come alive. Second, she does make Deborah an interesting, practically mythical character. The first sequence where she takes on a lion and defeats a band Canaanites is the stuff of legend. I also love the scene where Deborah is trying to kill …

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All Hearts Come Home for Christmas Novella Collection

Thanks to the folks at Covenant I got the chance to review this excellent novella anthology. As you can see below, I had so much fun reading it and doing little illustrated designs for each of the title pages. Covenant wants to invite everyone to the LIVE facebook launch party tomorrow September 10 6-8pm MST. They are also hosting a giveaway. Don’t forget to enter at the end of this post! So, I’m long-time Sarah M. Eden fan but sometimes these novella anthology things don’t have stories that feel as satisfying as novel-length stories, but wow, this novella is so …

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Lady In the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen

Shadow Mountain released the third book in Nancy Cambell Allen’s fairytale-inspired steampunk series, Lady in the Coppergate Tower this fall. This proper romance narrates the love story between Hazel and Sam Macinnes, a brilliant surgeon. Hazel thinks a romance is forbidden to them on account of their different stations in life and the fact that she works as a nurse assistant in his office. Everything changes when her mysterious and previously unknown Uncle, Count Prescu, claims her as his niece. Petrescu insists on taking her to Romania to meet her twin sister. Both Sam and Hazel know that the Count …

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A Lady’s Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson

Jen Geigle Johnson is a relatively new writer in the market having published her first novel The Nobleman’s Daughter (currently on sale for $ 1.99) with Covenant in 2017. I haven’t read anything of hers until I was given this opportunity to review A Lady’s Maid.   A Lady’s Maid has a lot of strengths in that it brings to life a compelling historical time period, has a themes everyone can root for (women’s rights), and has an interesting cast of characters. I  sometimes found the writing quality uneven because of minor craftmanship things. When the story lacks tension because the …

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Secrets Never Die by Laurie C. Lewis

Long-time author Laurie C. Lewis (Author of historical fiction series Freeman and Dreamers) has published her most recent novel SECRETS NEVER DIE this July with Covenant Communications. Departing from her more recent romance titles, SECRETS NEVER DIE’s main draw is the governmental conspiracy suspense plot. The reader instantly roots for the emotionally neglected and intelligent Tallie Brown as she sets off to solve the mysteries of her mother’s life in a small town in Virginia.  I had a more difficult time sympathizing with Jackson James at first. The circumstances surrounding the demise of his journalistic career didn’t make him a …

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Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett

Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett The first thing that drew me to this book was that it was set in the Byzantine Empire–a medieval people that considered themselves a continuation of the Roman Empire. Christianity not only was legal but the state religion. The book centers around the historical figure Anna Comnena, the designated heir to the imperial throne and one of few identified women from antiquity who wrote history.  The author successfully transported me to the time period and kept me there during the course of the novel. I really enjoyed the storyline and felt it had an …

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Second Chance in Paradise by Jennifer Peel

This romance novel is exactly what its title advertises it to be–a second chance romance with strong themes of reconciliation both for the couple and the main love interest’s family. Porter Clairbourne falls for Holland one summer while she works for his parents at their resort hotel located on the beaches of the deep south. Porter, being the son of a rich hotel owner, couldn’t be more opposite of Holland, whose parents once to left her to die in a house fire started in their front room meth lab. Their summer romance doesn’t survive Porter’s need to get out of …

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The Heart of a Vicar by Sarah M. Eden

I adored this latest installment in the Jonquil Family series. There are so many ways in which, as a fan of these characters, the book was just perfect, but at the same time the book left me asking big questions. The main character, Harold Jonquil or often affectionately (and sometimes not so affectionately) called “Holy Harry” starts the novel as a well-meaning, but emotionally paralyzed Vicar. His heart is in the right place but his head is constantly evaluating every action he makes and comparing it to what he thinks a Vicar really ought to be. Obviously, he is ever …