Monthly Archives: July 2014

Truth Be Told by Carol Cox

Amelia Wagner arrives at her childhood home in Arizona during the summer of 1893 to find her father in need of someone to run the city’s paper. Due to her father’s staunch belief in printing only the truth, a rarity for newspapers during this time, Amelia explores the suspicious activities of the Great Western Investment Company, intent on exposing their behaviors to the good citizens of Granite Springs. However, her digging attracts the attention of the wrong people and she suddenly finds herself in more danger than she expected. In addition, she cannot seem to shake the companionship of Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who has been assigned to keep watch of her actions for the company. In her quest to discover the truth, Amelia must learn what is truly important before it is too late.

Truth Be Told has fantastic historical detail, the researched setting a perfect backdrop for the complex plot. This description of setting and events, however, takes precedence over development of the characters and their personalities. Relationships are formed quickly and in a somewhat disconnected manner. Yet the storyline is interesting and has just enough suspense to keep the reader’s attention until the end of the novel. Although some parts may be predictable, the ending has some surprises that are enjoyable. This book is recommended for those who like historical fiction with a bit of romance sprinkled throughout the plot.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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Captured By Love by Jody Hedlund

Angelique MacKenzie loves the beauty of Michilimackinac Island despite the British oppression and cruelty of her guardian, Ebenezer. She spends her time fishing on the picturesque lake and caring for a blind widow while waiting for her American fiancé to be able to return to the island. However, when long-time friend and fur trader Pierre Durant returns to the island after years away, she finds her heart stirred for her childhood love. Angelique struggles to determine which man has a greater hold on her emotions as she experiences famine and war on the island. Pierre, meanwhile, is devastated to see his family farm in shambles and works to keep his loyalties a secret. Both must depend on each other and decide what they will risk for love.

Captured By Love is well written, full of historical depth and fantastic character development. Angelique captures the heart of her readers immediately through her gentle and sweet spirit, her strength and courage, and her desire to help those even less fortunate than herself. Pierre has realistic struggles but his aspiration to be a better man is commendable. The plot flows seamlessly as the characters become intertwined in a complex story. Jody Hedlund includes true historical detail that adds a nice backdrop to the romance. She grips the reader’s attention and emotions in another beautiful novel. This book is highly recommended for those who enjoy historical romance.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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Death Takes a Ride by Lorena McCourtney

Cate Kinkaid is nearly a fully licensed private investigator. Adventure and mystery, however, do not wait for her certificate to come in the mail before they find her yet again in this third mystery novel in the Cate Kinkaid Files series. When Cate witnesses what seems to be a cut-and-dry case of robbery and self-defense, her detective skills tell her not is all that it appears. Further investigation proves her hunch is correct. As Cate struggles to discover the mysteries behind this attempted murder case, she must depend on her wits, smarts, and sidekick boyfriend to unravel the mysteries of this auto shop before someone murders her.

This fast-paced, light mystery novel is bursting with adventure from page one. Death Takes a Ride is written in simple language that allows the reader to speed through the pages and discover the surprising ending. The romance is not complex but adds a nice flair to the crime and murder that accompanies Cate’s life. Although the story is not very deep, the author does a wonderful job of keeping the reader guessing as to the truth behind each event in the plot. While this novel can stand alone, it serves as a nice addition to an exciting series. This book is recommended for lovers of contemporary mystery.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart

This lovely story follows the Merritt sisters introduced in the first two books in the Rosey Corner series. At the end of World War II, there is much rejoicing amidst the changes to both the men and women in ways they were not expecting. Victoria grieves the loss of a life she once dreamt of. Evangeline must cope with new transformations in her husband as she receives news that could change their lives. Kate is happy to spend more time with Jay after their whirlwind romance but is not prepared for the pain she encounters. And Lorena is quickly growing up, observing the happy families around her, and wondering about her birth parents. Each girl must cling to God as He transforms and strengthens them in new ways, allowing them to share joys and sorrows with each other during this crucial time in their lives.

This novel is a continuation of previous stories, but may also be read alone. Like the previous two books in the Rosey Corner series, Ann H. Gabhart creates a sweet storyline that contains both wonderfully happy and despairingly sad portions. The plot moves along relatively quickly and with ease, but in the process of telling the tale of four sisters, it looses a bit of detail and distances the reader from each individual girl. The story is not overly romantic or dramatic, although the real-life scenarios of the characters are believable and touching. The book slows a bit in the middle, but the ending is a wonderful conclusion to the struggles the girls encounter throughout the book. Overall, this novel is sweet and recommended to those who enjoy stories of strong female characters overcoming realistic hardships.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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