Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

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Quick Facts

  • Title: Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel
  • Author: Natalie Jenner
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
  • Publisher: ‎St. Martin’s Press (May 17, 2022)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook 
  • ISBN: 978-1250276698
  • Tour Dates: May 2-29, 2022

About the Book

Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager’s unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiancé was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances–most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.

Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she’s been working to support the family following her husband’s breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she’s working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time–Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others–these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.

About the Author

Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and #1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. Visit her website to learn more.

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A special message from Natalie: Dear readers, I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of affection that so many of you have expressed for my debut novel The Jane Austen Society and its eight main characters. When I wrote its epilogue (in one go and without ever changing a word), I wanted to give each of Adam, Mimi, Dr. Gray, Adeline, Yardley, Frances, Evie and Andrew the happy Austenesque ending they each deserved. But I could not let go of servant girl Evie Stone, the youngest and only character inspired by real life (my mother, who had to leave school at age fourteen, and my daughter, who does eighteenth-century research for a university professor and his team). Bloomsbury Girls continues Evie’s adventures into a 1950s London bookshop where there is a battle of the sexes raging between the male managers and the female staff, who decide to pull together their smarts, connections, and limited resources to take over the shop and make it their own. There are dozens of new characters in Bloomsbury Girls from several different countries, and audiobook narration was going to require a female voice of the highest training and caliber. When I learned that British stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, CBE, had agreed to narrate, I knew that my story could not be in better hands, and I so hope you enjoy reading or listening to it. Warmest regards, Natalie

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My Thoughts

This is the perfect novel to enjoy sipping a cup of tea and cozied up in your favorite chair!  There is just something charming about a bookstore, but beyond the charming setting of this novel comes three strong-willed, vibrant, determined, resourceful women who each use their intelligence to make the bookstore hum.  The characters are engaging and believable; I think Evie is my personal favorite!  I would say the strong women take center stage in this novel and the history is definitely not detailed, but I think enjoying this novel as women’s fiction allows readers to dig deep into fascinating characters and admire the three women.  I liked the tie in of the rules at the beginning of each chapter and found that very creative!  I think you can get more background information by reading The Jane Austen Society first, but this novel stands well on its own.  I am eager to read more by this author and recommend this latest release!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Advance Praise

“Jenner follows The Jane Austen Society (2020) with another top-notch reading experience, using the same deft hand at creating complex, emotionally engaging characters [against] a backdrop chock-full of factual historical information… Fans of Christina Baker Kline, Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff [will] appreciate this gem.” —Booklist (starred review)

“An illuminating yarn… Fans of emotional historical fiction will be charmed.” —Publishers Weekly

“Bloomsbury Girls is an immersive tale of three women determined to forge their own paths in 1950s London. Jenner has proven to be a master at spinning charming, earnest characters and paints a vivid picture of postwar England. I wanted to stay lost in her world forever!” —Stephanie Wrobel, internationally bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

“Bloomsbury Girls is a book lover’s dream, one of those rare reads that elicits a sense of book-ish wistfulness and nostalgia. Jenner has created a colorful cast of characters in a story about friendship, perseverance, and the ways that determined women can band together in a man’s world. You’re in for a treat.” —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary

“In a London still reeling from the ravages of World War II and the changes war has brought to English society, three young women take their futures into their own hands. With Bloomsbury Girls, Natalie Jenner has penned a timely and beautiful ode to ambition, friendship, bookshops, and the written word.” —Janet Skeslien Charles, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Library“In post-war London, Bloomsbury Books survived The Blitz until Vivien Lowry, Grace Perkins, and Evie Stone set off their own bomb on the stuffy all-male management. What ensues is the most delightful, witty, and endearing story you will read this year. Natalie Jenner, bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, proves that she was not a one hit wonder. Like Austen, her second book is even better than the first.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It 

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Turn to Me by Becky Wade

I am so thrilled to be able to participate in a blog tour for the newest release by the talented Becky Wade, Turn to Me!

About the Book

Guilt has defined Luke Dempsey’s life, but it was self-destructiveness that landed him in prison. When his friend and fellow inmate lay dying shortly before Luke’s release, the older man revealed he left a string of clues for his daughter, Finley, that will lead her to the treasure he’s hidden. Worried that she won’t be the only one pursuing the treasure, he gains Luke’s promise to protect her until the end of her search. Spunky and idealistic, Finley Sutherland is the owner of an animal rescue center and a defender of lost causes. She accepts Luke’s help on the treasure hunt while secretly planning to help him in return–by coaxing him to embrace the forgiveness he’s long denied himself. As they draw closer to the final clue, their reasons for resisting each other begin to crumble, and Luke realizes his promise will push him to the limit in more ways than one. He’ll do his best to shield Finley from unseen threats, but who’s going to shield him from losing hisheart?

About the Author

Becky Wade is a bestselling author of heart-pounding and faith-filled contemporary romance novels and the winner of the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year. She’s a native of California who married a Texan and now lives in Dallas with her husband and three children. To find out more about Becky and her books, visit beckywade.com.

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My Thoughts

Wow, this book is so good! Becky Wade has this incredible ability to draw her readers into her stories so they feel every emotion of the characters. I felt the guilt of Luke and the grief of Finley, and it was hard to put the book down as I was so invested in their story. The romance in this novel is sweet, realistic, and yes, has several perfectly swoon worthy kissing scenes! The bits of humor and banter allow for some light moments among the heavier topics and I really enjoyed reading about the dogs Finley works with in the story. Additionally, mystery abounds with the treasure hunt Luke and Finley undertake and I loved the twists and turns in the story. My favorite part of this novel, however, was the way Becky Wade seamlessly incorporated strong faith elements in the story that made it easy to grow in my faith while reading. I love everything this talented author writes, but this series has been my favorite so far and I really enjoyed this novel! Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Blog Tour Schedule

May 5th

Inside The Wong Mind

May 6th

Blessed & Bookish

May 7th

Books and Everyday Life

May 8th

Simply Susan

May 10th

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May 12th

Becky’s Bookshelves

May 14th

Holly’s Book Corner

May 15th

Christian Chick’s Thoughts

May 16th

Remembrancy

May 18th

The Green Mockingbird

May 19th

Batya’s Bits

May 20th

Life of Literature

May 21st

Britt Reads Fiction

May 22nd

Amy Watson Author

May 23rd

Beauty In The Binding

May 24th

Reviews By Erin

May 25th

My Book A Day

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To Tame a Cowboy by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Brody McQuaid is struggling with the demons of war, so he focuses on saving wild horses that are being hunted by ranchers in South Park.  He loves his little niece but otherwise does not have time for romance or love.  Savannah Marshall has escaped to South Park after running out on a wedding planned by her father, and she is drawn to Brody’s compassion for the horses.  But soon the past catches up to both Brody and Savannah and they are forced to deal with the problems that have been haunting them.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!). When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

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My Thoughts

I am always so impressed with Jody Hedlund’s ability to create characters with depth, struggles, and emotions that make them seem so real.  I loved Brody and Savannah’s story!  Brody is aptly named as he has that brooding quality to him, haunted as he is by the war.  The romance was so well written and their relationship was heart tugging and believable.  I also loved Savannah’s heart both for horses and for Brody; her compassion and love is so sweet.  Beyond the well-developed characters are an intriguing storyline, fascinating history, and wonderful spiritual truths that make a well-rounded novel characteristic of this fantastic writer.  I have so greatly enjoyed this series and I am looking forward to the next one!  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Shadows in the Mind’s Eye by Janyre Tromp – Read with Audra Book Tour

About the Book

Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on–responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who’s come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam’s experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand–but that everyone is learning to fear.

Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn’t the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?

Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she’s terrified he’s going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam’s mental wounds–or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?

Debut novelist Janyre Tromp delivers a deliciously eerie, Hitchcockian story filled with love and suspense. Readers of psychological thrillers and historical fiction by Jaime Jo Wright and Sarah Sundin will add Tromp to their favorite authors list.

About the Author

Janyre Tromp is a historical novelist whose loves spinning tales that, at their core, hunt for beauty, even when it isn’t pretty. She’s the author of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye and coauthor of It’s a Wonderful Christmas.

She’s also a book editor, published children’s book author, and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her family, two crazy cats, and a slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. And if you ever meet in person, you pronounce that first name Jan-ear.

You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and her website,www.JanyreTromp.com (where you can grab a free copy of her novella Wide Open).

My Thoughts

Wow! This new to me author does not shy away from tough subjects and great complexity and depth to her characters. I felt like I was able to get to know them all on a deeper level just purely through her descriptions and the circumstances they faced. Added to this is the mystery underlying most of the story and the result is a novel that is hard to put down! I stayed up late reading the book as I needed to know the answers to the storyline. I loved the way the author brought the readers into the story and made every chapter engaging and enthralling. I really enjoyed this novel and I cannot recommend it enough! I will be looking for more by this author for sure!

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. I was not obligated to write a positive review and this review is my own.

Giveaway

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The prize pack includes:

– A copy of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye,
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Shadowed Loyalty by Roseanna M. White

About the Book

When Sabrina Mancari’s entire world changes overnight, she finds herself reevaluating her family’s future.  Her beloved father is being accused of murder, prostitution, and more, and Sabrina starts to question everything she’s known about her upbringing.  Her fiancé, Lorenzo, wants to escape the mob world, and Sabrina considers joining him.  But her family needs her, and she is also still drawn to a Prohibition undercover agent, despite the fact that he betrayed her and her family.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. You can learn more about her and her stories at http://www.roseannamwhite.com.

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My Thoughts

This novel easily transported me to the 1920s with its great descriptions of the glitz and glam of the era.  The historical aspects of the story were really fascinating and I learned a lot about the mafia and the way it affected families.  The book drew me in immediately with its exciting opening, lagged just a bit in the middle, and ended once again with an engaging ending.  The novel has the characteristic Roseanna twists that make her books so wonderful.  I liked the complexity of the characters and their relationships.  The ending had some thought provoking spiritual truths that added spiritual depth.  I enjoyed this novel overall and recommend it to lovers of historical fiction!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Marquis’s Pursuit

The Marquis's Pursuit

About the Book

Book: The Marquis’s Pursuit

Author: Lorri Dudley

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: April 12, 2022

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She’s desperate to keep her secret hidden, but he’s a determined Marquis.

As the son of a duke, Maxwell Oliver Weld, Marquis of Daventry, is allowed entry into the finest of London’s ballrooms, access to political figures, and advice from the best physicians. Yet, his wealth and contacts won’t heal his friend, Charlie, who’s dying from consumption. Hopeful for a miracle, Max persuades Charlie to sail across the Atlantic to stay in the Artesian Hotel on the island of Nevis and bathe in its famous healing springs. Max’s optimism is washed in doubt as the truth unravels about the hotel, its hot springs, and the beautiful caretaker.

The blaze of Evelyn Mairi Sheraton’s fiery side has long since been snuffed out. Hunted by a vengeful man from her past, only fortitude and the island’s sanctuary have kept Evelyn alive. She will do whatever it takes to keep her precious secret safe, even work for the demeaning Artesian Hotel owner, Edward Rousseau. However, when a jaunty marquis and his ailing friend arrive, sparks ignite, but Evelyn fears the revealing of her secrets will burn her to ash.

The elusive Evelyn may tend to Charlie’s well-being, but she stirs Max’s protective nature. He’d like nothing more than to remove her from the wretched employment of Edward Rousseau, yet that might endanger Charlie’s health even more. Refusing to give up on a miracle, Max waters her guarded heart, certain beauty will rise out of ashes. But when her secrets come to life, will love be worth the price?

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About the Author

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Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at www.lorridudley.com.

More from Lorri

Some characters whisper to an author from the recesses of their imagination. For me, Maxell Weld, the Marquis of Daventry, commanded to have his story told. Max appears in my first book, The Duke’s Refuge, as a sure-of-himself, fixated-on-fishing, eight-year-old son of the island schoolmaster who happened to be a Duke in hiding. Now Max is grown, and although he still holds the same quirky characteristics of his youth, he bears the weight of being a marquis and the responsibility of adulthood.

The duty to care for and protect those he loves prompts Max to return to the Leeward Islands to save his closest mate, Charlie. He’s confident that God, with a bit of help from the famous healing springs in Nevis, will save Max’s life. However, Charlie has his own plans to unite the caring but secretive hotel caretaker, Evelyn Sheraton, with his buddy Max.

In the middle of writing, The Marquis’s Pursuit, my cousin passed away suddenly. He was newly married, in his early thirties, and in the process of renovating a house when he became sick. He started losing weight, and before doctors could figure out what was wrong, he went into organ failure and died. My heart still aches for those he left behind, especially his wife and my aunt and uncle.

As I wrote, the lines between fiction and reality blurred, and it’s hard to believe my tears didn’t fry out my laptop as I typed. But I’m grateful for how God used Max’s journey to help me to process why bad things happen, and how ultimately, God has a bigger plan that, at times, we can’t see or fathom.

God doesn’t always work in straight lines. Sometimes we must battle problems and issues to touch as many people as possible on our journey toward heaven. Stories, especially romances in my opinion, broaden our understanding of how those we love comfort and carry us through illness, pain, and sorrow.  Max and Evelyn reminded me to stay anchored to those we love, lean on each other’s faith, and most importantly, that love conquers all.

To learn more, check out my website at lorridudley.com, or watch The Marquis’s Pursuit book trailer by clicking here: The Marquis’s Pursuit Trailer.

My Thoughts

This novel is a wonderful addition to a fantastic series!  I have really enjoyed reading about the beautiful Leeward Islands.  The setting is easy to envision with the descriptive imagery.  Max and Evelyn are great characters in this novel; I loved their relationship as it grew in the story.  And Evelyn has secrets that complicate their relationship and add depth to the book.  I found myself emotionally invested in the storyline and this did not let up throughout the entire novel!  The hope woven among the pages also brings a positive light to some of the darker troubles and tidies up the book with a good ending.  This book can stand on its own but those who have read the series will enjoy reading more about Max who was first introduced in The Duke’s Refuge.  I have truly enjoyed this whole series and I hope the author keeps writing more!  In the meantime, I think it’s time for a reread of the earlier novels, as they are all great!  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 13

Remembrancy, April 14

She Lives To Read, April 14

For Him and My Family, April 15

Texas Book-aholic, April 16

Miriam Jacob, April 16

Inklings and notions, April 17

Betti Mace, April 18

Genesis 5020, April 19

Life of Literature, April 20

deb’s Book Review, April 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 21

Connie’s History Classroom, April 22

Blossoms and Blessings, April 23

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 23

Simple Harvest Reads, April 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 26

And now… A giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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All That It Takes by Nicole Deese

About the Book

Val Locklier cautiously moves across the country with her son, hoping for a better life for both of them.  However, when things change suddenly, she finds herself facing new and strange circumstances, one of which involves her living in an apartment above her best friend’s brother.  Miles McKenzie is intrigued by his new neighbor, but he spends most of his time helping a local ministry and tries his best not to get distracted by her.  As Val and Miles navigate the unexpected, they learn a bit about brokenness, forgiveness, and love.

About the Author

Nicole Deese’s humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled novels include the 2017 Carol Award-winning A Season to Love. Her 2018 release, A New Shade of Summer, was a finalist in the RITA Awards, Carol Awards, and INSPY Awards. Both of these books are from her bestselling Love in Lenox series. When she’s not working on her next contemporary romance, she can usually be found reading one by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior. Learn more at http://www.nicoledeese.com.

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My Thoughts

Wow!  I love, love, love how Nicole Deese does not shy away from tough subjects or gritty characters or realistic struggles.  My favorite part of her novels, however, is the way she weaves the deep spiritual truths into the stories.  There were multiple spiritual challenges for myself in this book that made me stop and reflect.  We first met Val and Miles in All That Really Matters; and although you don’t have to read that book first, it is nice to read a bit about Molly and Silas in this second installment.  I liked Val and Miles a lot and I liked their growth and development in this story.  Their romance is sweet and makes you cheer for them.  I found the book hard to put down and I became very invested in the story.  I really loved this book and I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Master Craftsman by Kelli Stuart

About the Book

In 1917, Alma Pihl, a master craftsman in the House of Fabergé, was charged to protect one of the greatest secrets in Russian history–an unknown Fabergé Egg that Peter Karl Fabergé secretly created to honor his divided allegiance to both the people of Russia and the Imperial tsar’s family. When Alma and her husband escaped Russia for their native Finland in 1921, she took the secret with her, guarding her past connection to the Romanov family. 

Three generations later, world-renowned treasure hunter Nick Laine is sick and fears the secret of the missing egg will die with him. With time running out, he entrusts the mission of retrieving the egg to his estranged daughter, Ava, who has little idea of the dangers she is about to face. As the stakes are raised, Ava is forced to declare her own allegiance–and the consequences are greater than she could have imagined.

This modern-day treasure hunt from award-winning author Kelli Stuart transports you into the opulent and treacherous world of the Russian Revolution to unearth mysteries long buried.

About the Author

Kelli Stuart is the author of the Carol Award-winning Like a River from Its Course, as well as A Silver Willow by the Shore and Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom (with Wendy Speake). Stuart has written for The Huffington Post, 5 Minutes for Mom, Tonic.com, Disney, American Girl, The MOB Society, Extraordinary Mommy, God Size Dreams, Short Fiction Break, and (in)courage. Kelli is a storyteller at heart, fluent in the Russian language, and has spent the last two decades studying the Russian and Ukrainian culture. Kelli lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband and five children.

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My Thoughts

This novel is packed full of interesting history and fascinating facts about Faberge eggs.  What a unique story!  I learned so much.  I really liked the dual timeline and thought the author did a great job connecting the two storylines.  The treasure hunt aspect of the novel brought some suspense to the story and kept my attention.  I thought it was neat that parts of the mystery extended over both time periods.  There are heartbreaks in the book that bring real emotion to the storyline, and I found myself connecting well with the characters.  This is my first novel by this talented author, but it certainly won’t be the last!  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Catch by Lisa Harris

About the Book

Deputy US Marshal Madison James teams up once again with Jonas Quinn, this time to find a missing woman and endangered child after the murder of the judge’s wife.  Only the woman they think they are looking for is not what they expected and soon things become messy and dangerous.  As Madison and Jonas try to stay one step ahead of those who want the woman and child dead, Madison also has to face demons from her past—and come face-to-face with the person who murdered her husband.

About the Author

Lisa Harris is a USA Today bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than forty books, including The EscapeThe ChaseThe Traitor’s PawnVanishing PointA Secret to Die For, and Deadly Intentions, as well as The Nikki Boyd Files and the Southern Crimes series, Harris and her family have spent over 17 years living as missionaries in southern Africa. She is currently stateside in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Learn more at http://www.lisaharriswrites.com.

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My Thoughts

Usually with a suspense series, we meet a different couple with each book.  However, with this series, we have been able to get to know Madison and James better with each book as we follow them in multiple different stories.  I have really enjoyed this because I feel like I’ve gotten to know them better with each novel and have really liked reading about their growth and their relationship.  I do recommend reading the books in order for this reason!  This third novel has nonstop action and suspense, both for the story arc in this third novel but also for the overall story of Madison’s past.  I loved the unexpected twists and turns!  Through all the action, there are clear spiritual truths intertwined in the storyline.  I really enjoyed this final book in the series and highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Souls of Lost Lake by Jaime Jo Wright

About the Book

Wren Blythe enjoys her work alongside her father at a youth camp in Wisconsin, but when a little girl goes missing, ominous secrets and stories start to emerge.  Talks about the age-old tale of Ava Coons, the thirteen-year-old who emerged from the woods bloody and dragging a logger’s ax, begin to rumble among the town, making Wren determined to unearth the truth.  In 1930, Ava cannot remember the events of that night, but she struggles against a town that has determined that she violently murdered her own family.  Separated by time but bound by a desire to find the truth, Wren and Ava must uncover all of the mysteries before it is too late.

About the Author

Jaime Jo Wright is the author of six novels, including Christy Award winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She’s also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her cat named Foo; her husband, Cap’n Hook; and their littles, Peter Pan and CoCo. Learn more at http://www.jaimewrightbooks.com.

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My Thoughts

To be honest, I was never someone who liked split-time fiction until I read my first Jaime Jo Wright book.  But she made me a fan!  Why, you may ask?  Because she has this incredible talent to take two seemingly separate and unrelated tales and weave them together in a masterful way that can really only be described a true genius.  I love how she carefully crafts a story that allows the details to flow together so well.  I also stayed up way too late to finish this novel, as I was eager to see the stories come together.  I thought the suspenseful, almost eerie, tone of this book was exciting and made the book hard to put down.  As if the actual storyline wasn’t brilliant enough, she also manages to write about some deep, tough subjects; pain and grief come through so real and raw that it made it easy to connect with the characters and feel like I was pulled into the story.  I honestly cannot give this book justice with a review so I will end by saying, please do yourself a favor and get a copy as you will not be disappointed! Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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