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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 16 July 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – AMELIA’S LEGACY by BETTY THOMASON OWENS

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – AMELIA’S LEGACY by BETTY THOMASON OWENS

                                                                            

 

THE BLURB

It’s the Roaring Twenties and anything goes …
Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy.
Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge.
As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?

 

THE AUTHOR

Betty Thomason Owens has been writing for thirty years. She’s a multi-published, award-winning author of historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she leads a critique group, and serves as president of the Louisville area group. She’s a mentor, assisting other writers, and co-founder of the Inspired Prompt blog. She also serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference.
Her friends say she’s creative, loyal, thoughtful and funny. She’s a storyteller, a word-weaver, writing stories that touch the heart. “If I was an artist working with oils, I’d want to paint scenes so real, you’d think you were looking at a photograph. They’d include minute details that grab your attention and pull you into the picture. My characters could be your next-door neighbors. They’re open and friendly. They include you in their conversations.”
Her themes include the grace of God, forgiveness, restoration, and redemption, but most of all, love. For years, her tagline has been: Love is the Legacy. That’s her greatest desire, to leave a legacy of love.
You’ll find her here: Facebook author page, Twitter, GoodReads, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon Author Page. And she posts weekly on her blog, Hello, Thursday Morning, found at https://bettythomasonowens.com/

 

 

MY REVIEW

Oh, how the flighty whims of youth scorn the wisdom of the elderly.

Nancy Sanderson’s grandmother was old school, and strict. Raising Nancy, she expected her granddaughter to abide by her rules. Many of which were terribly outdated and old fashioned. Or so Nancy believed.

This story took hold of this reader and didn’t let go. Blind to his unsavory nature, Nancy insists on sneaking around with Nate Conners. Equally blind to Robert Emerson’s kind and gallant nature, Nancy spurns his attention, and resents her grandmother’s trust in him. What began as innocent fun—to Nancy’s thinking—escalated to dangerous proportions, and Nancy realized it too late.

Ms. Owens’ story evokes the era, with details and characters that make the story vibrant and authentic. Life lessons, both for Nancy and the reader, are woven into the fabric of the story. Truth and love are evident, after all, as Nancy realizes the wisdom of her grandmother’s ways. Her legacy to her.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I purchased this book, and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Amelia’s Legacy, Betty Owens Thomason Owens

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 9 July 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE CROSSING AT CYPRESS CREEK by PAM HILLMAN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE CROSSING AT CYPRESS CREEK by PAM HILLMAN

 

THE BLURB

Sailing and soldiering around the world has taken Caleb O’Shea far from his native Ireland, so he never imagined that a promise to see a fellow crewman safely home would practically land him on his brother’s doorstep. After spending years away from his family, Caleb isn’t certain what kind of reception he will receive when he steps foot in Natchez, Mississippi. The one thing he knows for sure is that he won’t stay long.
Since her sister was kidnapped by river pirates six months ago, Alanah Adams has taken special care to avoid drawing attention to herself. Those living in the rough-and-tumble settlement of Cypress Creek might even think she’s addled. But when she stumbles into Caleb and his friends in Natchez, she appears to be the picture-perfect lady.
Caleb only catches glimpses of the mysterious and beautiful Alanah before she disappears. But a chance encounter with her at his brother’s logging camp near Cypress Creek leaves him uncomfortable at the thought of the young woman traversing the dangerous area alone. At a crossroads in his life, Caleb must decide whether he wants to give up the worldly adventures he’s been seeking for one closer to home.

 

THE AUTHOR

CBA Bestselling author Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of.

Connect with Pam online at her website (pamhillman.com) or on either of these social media platforms:

Facebook.com/PamHillmanAuthor
Twitter.com/PamHillman

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Ms. Hillman has fed not only my affinity for historical fiction, but my fascination with the swamps and bayous of southern Mississippi and Louisiana.

Neither the era nor the location was a place fitting for a woman to fend for herself. Yet that was the circumstance Alanah Adams was in.

Caleb O’Shea had no intention of trekking so far inland as Cypress Creek. Circumstance—and a second encounter with Alanah—not only take him to Cypress Creek, but prompt him to rethink his plans.

Ms. Hillman’s story is rich with the texture and depth of the untamed land. The harshness of living such a crude life, the palpable threat of harm, her knowledge of Alanah’s herbs and tinctures—all bring this story to vivid life.

Both Alanah and Caleb fought against a life they were thrust into, and against past dark secrets and shame of unforgiveness. Ms. Hillman skillfully lifts those resentments, the secrets, peeling them back one layer at a time. To reveal a new truth, a truth with hope and love.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Crossing at Cypress Creek, Pam Hillman

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 3 July 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – BOOK REVIEW – LIVE WITHOUT YOU by SARAH GRACE GRZY

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – BOOK REVIEW – LIVE WITHOUT YOU by SARAH GRACE GRZY

 

THE BLURB

Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t.

For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.
A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.

 

 

MY REVIEW

Oh, how the past can taunt. And when riddled with guilt, it cripples.

Piper Redding ran. But the memory of what happened remained on her heals like a rabid dog.

Ezra Bryant ran, too. Who knew they’d end up in the same town.

Human nature can be cruel, and days, weeks, years spent under the weight of self-inflicted guilt robs them both of love and happiness.

Ms. Grzy has taken the elements of grief and guilt, and crafted a heart wrenching story. A path too many people tread, a prison too many people never leave.

I appreciated how Ms. Grzy nudged both Piper and Ezra to breach their protective shell, how they both struggled to allow themselves to be free. To be happy.

Page after page, chapter after chapter, I couldn’t put this book down.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Wednesday, #TRD, Book Review, Live Without You, Sarah Grace Grzy

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 2 July 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNTIL THE MOUNTAINS FALL by CONNILYN COSSETTE

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNTIL THE MOUNTAINS FALL by CONNILYN COSSETTE

 

THE BLURB

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband’s brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh’s head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother’s death would mean wedding her himself. After her disappearance, he throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he has lost. But with impending war looming over Israel, Rivkah’s father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.

As the enemies that Rivkah and Malakhi face from without and within Israel grow more threatening each day, is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling, Christy Nominated author of the Out from Egypt Series and the Cities of Refuge Series. When she’s not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible. She delights in discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in the last twenty-plus years, they currently call North Carolina home.

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Ms. Cossette writes with such vivid imagery the reader is utterly immersed in the story.

It’s hard to grasp an era when women truly had no rights beyond what their fathers, and later husbands, granted them. Women didn’t live on their own, and they certainly didn’t travel alone. Those who did placed themselves in grave danger.

Beyond the walls of safety of the Hebrew city, Rivkah found herself in the midst of not only danger but the basest of humanity. Her sense of shame and guilt overcame reason, binding her to servitude. No matter she was skilled at what she did, no matter she knew—and could write—multiple languages. Her own shame and regret determined her fate.

Oh, how I appreciated Rivkah’s struggle, even as I urged her to accept the love and forgiveness.  To return to her father, her home. I wept at her sacrifice, cringed when war threatened her and all she cared for. And I scolded when she rebuffed Malakhi’s affection.

Gripping, page turning, love and mystery and suspense—this book will not let you go.

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Until the Mountains Fall, Connilyn Cossette

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 25 June 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – NO OCEAN TOO WIDE by CARRIE TURANSKY

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – NO OCEAN TOO WIDE by CARRIE TURANSKY

 

THE BLURB

Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth?

After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.
Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more?
Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Bestselling Inspirational Romance Author Carrie Turansky writes historical and contemporary novels and novellas set in England and the US. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the International Digital Award. Readers say her stories are: “Heartwarming and inspiring! I couldn’t put it down!” . . . “Touching love story. It captured me from the first page! Rich characters, beautifully written” . . . “My new favorite author!” Visit her website and sign up for her email newsletter at Carrie Turansky.com. Follow Carrie on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

This right here is why I love historical fiction for!

Ms. Turansky has pulled pages from history and wrapped them in a poignant and heartrending story! I have known about orphans of the era from the likes of Oliver Twist and Sara Crewe (one of my favorite childhood stories) but I had never heard of British children’s homes sending children to Canada.

The rigidness of the homes, the indifference of the matrons, the inflexibility of the rules—all worked against the welfare and better interest of the children.

Ms. Turansky’s storyline was most revealing and disheartening. That Katie and Garth and Grace were not orphaned had no bearing on their treatment or their plight. The obstacles their sister, Laura, faced at every turn broke my heart—and infuriated me.

Some of the dialogue didn’t seem true to the era, but the details—letters sent via post (no text messages and phone calls) the constraints of society, the broad gap between aristocracy and the lower class—made this story authentic and pulled this reader in.

I look forward to Garth and Grace’s stories.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS

 

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, No Ocean Too Wide, Carrie Turansky

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 22 June 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – RISKING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – RISKING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

 

THE BLURB

Nikki lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way. After years of keeping men at bay, Nikki Gordon has it down to a science. No one, not even the sweet, hunky Shorty Smalls can change her mind. Period. So if she’s got it all figured out, why does her heart sink to her toes when she sees Shorty with another woman? Read Risking Love today and see what happens when you risk your heart to the care of a good man.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

You can find her at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

I don’t do pushy, and I don’t do confrontation, and I have an issue with people who are and do. That said, Nikki‘s mom only has her best interest at heart, but I still bristled when she got ALL up in Nikki’s business!

Nikki’s got her reasons for her trifecta rule, and she doesn’t need anybody challenging her on it. But it seems her own heart is the loudest challenger. And Shorty Smalls is the object of the challenge. The louder her heart is, the more patient—and perfect—Shorty seems to her wounded soul.

Ms. Shiloh handles the delicate topic of Nikki’s past in the best possible way—prayer. While keeping the tone of the book light, neither does she gloss over what happened, bringing Nikki through the maze of healing and recovery. Nikki’s actions—running away, building a protective wall, even to the exclusion of those she loved, denying herself the love she craves—are all true to the mind of a victim.

Nikki’s journey to healing was authentic, if forced sometimes for the sake of the story. But the patience Shorty showed gave her the safety net she needed.

This reviewer appreciated Ms. Shiloh’s handling of the subject, and Nikki’s honest and real feelings after the fact.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Risking Love, Toni Shiloh,  

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 18 June 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE LOST CASTLE by KRISTY CAMBRON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE LOST CASTLE by KRISTY CAMBRON

 

 

THE BLURB

Broken-down walls and crumbling stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own.

What stories would they tell, if she finally listened?

Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .

Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.

Bridging the past to the present in three time periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and of an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.

 

THE AUTHOR

Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of nonfiction, including the Verse Mapping series Bible studies. She’s a Women’s Ministry Leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations, and has been featured at CBN, Lifeway Women, Jesus Calling, Country Woman Magazine, MICI Magazine, Faithwire, (in)Courage, and Bible Gateway.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation, working in partnership with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a peppermint mocha latte and a good read.

To stay connected, visit: www.kristycambron.com

 

MY REVIEW

Oh, how I adore time slip stories! Even before they had a name—or before I ever heard the term.

Ms. Cambron has taken three seeming disconnected stories and found the golden thread that weaves them all together. Three leading ladies and their heroes in three stories that come together across centuries.

Each of the three heroines, Ellie, Vi, and Aveline, step outside their respective comfort zones to act on passions of their heart. Braving unknowns to achieve heart-goals they hadn’t even known were there.

Ms. Cambron brought the three eras to life, vibrant and colorful, and telling in every detail. My heart constricted at the societal restrictions on Aveline, in a world where women were property and marriage a business deal. My heart soared as she dared—no spoilers, but suffice to say she defied her father and society.

Thrust into the war by defeat and resignation, Viola’s mission was more one of bravery and justice than a tug on her heart. I applauded her bravery and fortitude—and trembled with her in the face of the enemy.

Ellie clung to the comfort of the only family she had ever known—her Grandma Vi. Honoring her grandmother’s unspoken wish, Ellie put on a coat of intrepid—and plucky—courage, and overcame obstacles and barriers.

Three women accepting to a life that was laid out for them—until upheaval shredded those plans, thrusting them each into unknowns. The emotion they each felt, the questions, fear, the bravery, were so well written that the reader’s own heart pounds and weeps and exults with every word. Palpable, almost tangible, Ms. Cambron brings the pages alive, immersing the reader fully in the story.

Bonus for this reviewer—the story thread of D-Day, and I was reading it on the 75th anniversary of D-Day!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I purchased this book, and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Los Castle, Kristy Cambron

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