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Thursday, April 26, 2018

First Line Friday - A Refuge Assured

Happy Friday!

Last Friday of April! How in the world did that happen? Trees are FINALLY starting to bud and I got a pack of wildflower seeds planted in my garden. I'm waiting for the inevitable late frost though...It has been in the 70s here the last few days! I'm in SHOCK! But I won't complain. I decided it would be fun to roll my ankle last night while cleaning up our back patio (that's what I get for humming while walking)...So I will be seeing a lot of couch time this weekend. I am already a few chapters into this book and, WOW! SO.GOOD!!! Watch for my review coming soon!

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

A Refuge Assured
Jocelyn Green


Prologue
Paris, France
August 10, 1792
Propping open the door to her shop, Vivienne Rivard listened to a distant rumble that vibrated the windows and shivered in her chest. A rumble that might have been mistaken for thunder.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Light on the Hill - Connilyn Cossette

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

From the Back of the Book
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. (Bethany House)

My Thoughts

Connilyn Cossette has officially earned her spot as my favorite Biblical Fiction Author. The creativity in which she approaches the era, the people, and the culture of the Hebrews astounds me. She accomplishes so much while staying as true to history and the Bible as possible (obviously there are some creative strokes because this IS fiction). 

Moriyah and Darek have been thrown into a circumstance that takes their lives in a direction they never thought possible. Running for her life, Moriyah must face the consequences of her actions, even if accidental. Meanwhile, Darek wrestles with his loyalty to his family and his growing attraction to the woman who is responsible for bringing so much heartache to those he loves.

Throughout these pages, we continually see the grace and love of Yahweh expressed for His people. Mrs. Cossette was brilliant in her execution of this story. There is always another level of history, of scripture, to discover, and I felt like she brought this aspect of the Mosaic Law closer to the surface of understanding. 

If you have never read Biblical Fiction before, you should definitely give Mrs. Cossette's books a try. If you love history in any aspect (especially Biblical) I encourage you to read A Light on the Hill. Your eyes will be opened and your heart touched to the core by this beautiful story of love, danger, faith, and healing.

I received a complimentary copy of A Light on the Hill from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.



About the Author
Connilyn CossetteWhen she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee in at hand), 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. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas.  





Coming Soon!
October 2018
Bethany House

Also by Connilyn Cossette


          

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Frequently Used Words In Christian Historical Romance Titles


Today's topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is words that pop up more than others in the titles of books. I chose (Christian) Historical Romance to focus on today! While some of these words are used a bit, they aren't the "norm" for Historical Romance. And some of these words....are used ALL the time...But how can you expect to go very far in ROMANCE and NOT find the word "love" or "heart"? 

*Disclaimer* MOST of these books I have NOT read (I have only read 6 of these listed)...I have added them to my list though! 

Click the links below to be taken to the book's Goodreads page to learn more.






















And if we put all the words together....

Time
Secrets
Dreams
Hope
Love
Where
Bride
Heart
Safe
Home

Beautiful ain't it?

Which words are your favorite?

HUGE thanks to Inspirational Historical Fiction Index...Which made this post so much easier!

Friday, April 20, 2018

First Line Friday + Spotlight - Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Happy Friday!

I received this book this week from the publishers. It was like Christmas when I opened the package. I was left with such conflicting emotions at the end of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (you can find my review here) that I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of Reclaiming Shilo Snow. Mary Weber is an incredible author and has such vivid stories, that you can't help but be swept away into a different world. Here is the first line and don't forget to start with book 1, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow...

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

Reclaiming Shilo Snow
Mary Weber



The Taking
Four years to the day after the alien planet arrived above earth, Sofi's papa had collapsed on the rickety front porch of their buttermilk-yellow farmhouse.

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About the Book

Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unravelling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unravelling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.
But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.
About the Author
Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Amongst the Roses & Giveaway! - A Keystone Legacy Book One - Meghan M. Gorecki

My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book
The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the homefront?

Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?


The three bloodiest days in America’s history brings these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.

My Thoughts

Meghan Gorecki brings to life the beauty and the tragic horrors of the Civil War.

Margaret Bryant is a force to reckon with. I love her strength and tenacity. Her protective heart and stubbornness. I loved watching the Bryant family interact. Support each other, fight with each other. They felt real and tangible. Adam Doyle is the opposite of Margaret in oh so many ways. But their differences complete each other.

This era can be such a downer. Brother fighting against brother...A country at war with itself...I can't even imagine the heartache, the fear, the cost...that each family had to make. Ms. Gorecki takes one of the most brutal portions of our young history and weaves a thread of hope, life, and dare I say...Romance...Lighting the dark corners of war.

I received a complimentary copy of Amongst the Roses. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


About the Author

Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.





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