Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tried & True (Wild at Heart Book #1) - Mary Connealy

Idaho Territory, 1866: The Civil War has ended, but the charade has not. Kylie Wilde and her sisters Shannon and Bailey lived as men throughout the War. And at their father's command, are now homesteading as men.

Tried & True is a gripping journey about forgiveness and finding true identity. Kylie's demanding Pa is sick with grief over the loss of his son and does not know how to take care of, or love his daughters for who they are. Powerful cattleman, Gage Coulter, would like nothing better than to reclaim Kylie's land as his own. Aaron Masterson is captivated by Kylie from the moment they meet. But Aaron wants to live a life in the mountains and Kylie longs for the civilization of the East. Attempts to scare her off her land by persons unknown, opens doors Kylie never dreamed of. Throughout her journey, her faith is tested and tried. But she stands strong and remains true to herself.

It was next to impossible for me to put this book down. I was transported to the mountains of Idaho in

Friday, August 15, 2014

From Dust and Ashes: A Story of Liberation - Tricia Goyer

 It is 1945, Europe is war torn and broken. But there is hope among the dust and ashes.

Tricia Goyer approaches World War II in a new light (for me at least). Beginning with the end of the war in Europe, we see the repercussions of the last 6 years of fighting.

Our three main characters include an American Sergeant, a wife of an SS guard and a prisoner freed from the concentration camp Gusen. Sergeant Peter Scott is with the group of soldiers that liberated Gusen and the main camp Mauthausen. He finds friends and love in the least likely of places. Helen is struggling to make up for the wrongs her husband committed as a guard at the camp. Can she bring herself to forgive him for what he did? Michaela is on the road to recovery after spending years in the camps. Although it would seem that she has every right to hold on to bitterness and hate for all that she has been through, she chooses to trust in the Lord and forgive those that did her wrong.

I could not put this book down! This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. Tricia Goyer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Making Waves: A Novel (Lake Manawa Summers Book #1) - Lorna Seilstad

Set in 1895 on the shores of Lake Manawa, Marguerite Westing has a summer she will never forget.

Her beau, Roger Gordon, is not just the boring, uninteresting man she thought he was. And her loving and caring father has a secret as well that could destroy his family. In a time when women were practically forbidden to sail...Marguerite falls in love with sailing...and the sailing instructor Trip Andrews. Her fiery spirit gets her into trouble on more than one occasion. And she has a tendency for making waves wherever she goes.

A difficult choice lays before her, will she give up all of her hopes and dreams to save her family? Or will she follow her heart and put her trust in the Lord to work things out.

This book is a very easy quick read. Has some surprises and twists
although some were fairly predictable. I enjoy the use of scripture, as well as the lessons of trusting the Lord. I enjoy the time period and the fact that Marguerite tends to go against the flow of what is normal and expected for women in this era.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Dancing Master - Julie Klassen

The Dancing Master
by Julie Klassen
Baker Publishing Group
Review by Rachel Dixon

Very good book!!!

This is the first book I have read by Julie Klassen. I found The Dancing Master to be intriguing, suspenseful, romantic and full of God's love and grace.

Alec Valcourt is a young dancing and fencing master that has moved to Devonshire with his mother and sister. Unbeknownst to him that there is an unspoken law that prohibits dancing. Julia Midwinter is a young woman stifled by her over protective mother, Amelia Midwinter. Despite the warnings he receives, Alec decides to open a dancing academy. Julia supports his decision in defiance of her mother's rule against dancing. Everyone seems to have secrets they are trying to hide, but slowly all is revealed. The past comes back to haunt our characters,