Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron

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Laine Forrester travels to France to see her best friend get married, only to face several setbacks that soon send her on a second adventure of journeying to Ireland.  There she finds herself drawn to the secrets hidden within the castle and she discovers more about the 1916 Easter Rising through the life of Issy and the 1798 rebellion through the life of Maeve.  Although several centuries apart, these women all face similar struggles and triumphs as they navigate through life.

Kristy Cambron is one of the authors that made me fall in love with slip time novels because she crafts stories that connect and interweave in such creative and interesting ways.  I have really enjoyed this castle series!  I particularly liked this book because of the rich Irish history (a place I once lived).  The author does the beautiful country justice with its descriptions and drew me in with its intriguing characters.  I also liked seeing how the story played out as it flowed and moved.  I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next!

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin

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Violet Lindstrom, serving with the American Red Cross, is sent overseas to Britain to help with programs for the local children as well as the men of the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943.  She is hoping that her experience will help her with her future goal of becoming a medical missionary to Africa like her great aunt and great uncle.  She meets Lieutenant Adler Paxton, a pilot with ambitious goals of being an ace.  He struggles to manage the skies over France before the D-day invasion.  As he and Violet work side by side, their past secrets are brought to light and may affect their relationship forever.

I enjoyed the history and storyline of this book.  Sarah Sundin always does such a great job of researching the time period and the specifics of the military to give a detailed backdrop to an interesting plot. The characters are flawed and relatable but through journeys of faith and maturing, they are transformed with God’s grace and forgiveness.  It is not absolutely necessary to read the first book in this series to enjoy this one, but it does give you some background information.  I am looking forward to the next book!

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

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard

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Willow Anderson uses her career as a forensic genealogist to pursue answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than two decades ago.  As she comes closer to the truth, someone does not want her discovering all the answers and begins to threaten and endanger her life.  She turns to a previous crush and ex-FBI agent, Austin McKade, who is eager to help her and work closely with her.  Old love and tender emotions flare up as they race against the clock to solve the mystery before it is too late.

This book has nonstop action from the beginning to the end as the story unfolds and twists and turns unexpectedly.  The action slows down briefly at moments to develop the interesting characters and allow their romance to blossom.  There is even room for faith based principles of honesty and forgiveness.  This is my first book by this author and I am eager to read more by her!  She has a gift for story telling and her words grab you and do not let go.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

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

Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Luke Schrock returns to Stoney Ridge after rehab, determined to apologize for his past behaviors to those in his hometown that he hurt.  He is not well received or trusted, however, causing him to be forced to face further consequences of his past actions.  He meets Izzy Miller, also boarding at Windmill Farm, and hopes to befriend her. But Izzy remains uninterested, despite Luke’s best efforts.  So in a dramatic and grand gesture, he attempts to locate her mother, only to find answers that no one was expecting.

Once again, this author pens a story that draws you into the story with its detailed descriptions and scenes.  This novel has interesting characters that are interesting, some of which (like Uncle Hank), add humor to the story.  There is a mystery that does not make the plot predictable and adds unexpected twists and turns.  It has pieces of redemption and faith intertwined among the storyline.  I am looking forward to the rest of the series and recommend this book to those who enjoy Amish fiction!

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

A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

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Eloise Drake is a successful account in New York City in 1908, a job for which she has worked hard and is very proud.  She is attracted to stability and numbers and therefore finds herself drawn to her stoic and levelheaded boss.  Recognizing her talents, her boss tasks her with analyzing the value of homes in Duval Springs before the city destroys it to create a reservoir for clean water. But Eloise is dreading this assignment because it means returning to the town that she spent many childhood summers and seeing once again the spontaneous and adventurous Alex, her young crush.  Alex is determined to save his town and will do anything to make it happen, even if it means clashing with the girl he once loved—a girl that he again finds himself falling in love.

What a great ending to a great series!  Elizabeth Camden always does such a wonderful job of crafting characters with complex personalities and great depth, and this novel is no exception.  I liked the interactions between Alex and Eloise and that their friendship and relationship was not entirely predictable.  It was fascinating to read about the building of a reservoir at the turn of the twentieth century and I felt myself drawn into the well-researched history and the emotions of the fictional characters. The storyline flowed well and it was easy to enjoy this fabulous novel!  Although it is not necessary to read this series in order, it is fun to read about previous characters in this book.  I highly recommend this novel!

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