Under the Bayou Moon by Valerie Fraser Luesse

About the Book

Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job deep in bayou country in Bernadatte, Louisiana.  Although she initially meets some hesitation from the locals due her status as an outsider, she slowly wins over most of the town.  However, she still butts heads with the school board and a particular politician.  Furthermore, she is intrigued by the large bounty offered for capture of the legendary white alligator.  Ellie must fight against uphill battles and be pushed to her limit in order to overcome all that is against her.

About the Author

Valerie Fraser Luesse is the bestselling author of Missing IsaacAlmost Home, and The Key to Everything, as well as an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently senior travel editor. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse received the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society for her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana. A graduate of Auburn University and Baylor University, she lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Dave.

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My Thoughts

Valerie Fraser Luesse is a master at writing tales that dig deep into the nitty gritty of life and test characters to the edge of their faith.  I loved the growth of the characters in this novel and enjoyed reading about the changes they undergo in the story.  I think the characters themselves outshone the plot a bit, but I did find myself invested in what was going to happen next in the story.  I am not very familiar with the bayou country, but the descriptive imagery and setting in this novel allowed me to gain some understanding of this unique and special area of the States.  The culture is so fascinating!  I enjoyed reading this novel and recommend it to those who want a novel full of deep, fascinating characters.

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

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Crossed Lines by Jennifer Delamere

About the Book

Orphaned when she was young, Emma Sutton has always dreamed of a family of her own.  Therefore, Emma is thrilled when she receives a love note from a handsome engineer.  Mitchell Harris is worried about finding love after a childhood accident left him with a different appearance.  From a distance, he has fallen in love with Emma, but his handsome best friend loves her too, and has asked Mitchell to help him write love letters to Emma.  As Mitchell reluctantly agrees, he finds his heart tugging himself closer and closer to Emma.

About the Author

Jennifer Delamere’s acclaimed Victorian romances have been finalists in the RITA awards and have received a Maggie Award for Excellence. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades and lives in North Carolina with her husband. Visit her at http://www.jenniferdelamere.com.

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My Thoughts

What a unique story about a love triangle!  The romance in this novel is endearing and engaging.  I really enjoyed the characters as they muddle through romance and learn about second chances, truth, and misunderstandings.  I always enjoy novels with characters that are realistic and believable!  I loved reading about their spiritual growth in the story.  The plot is intriguing and interesting, and the setting is beautifully told and easy to visualize.   Although this novel is part of a series, I think it stands very well on its own.  Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one!

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

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Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson

About the Book

Meg Whitaker is furious when her father decides to sell the family’s lobster fishing business, but she is even more upset when she realizes it’s being sold to her arch nemesis, Oliver.  Oliver hopes that he has changed from the man who ruined Meg’s chances at a science scholarship years ago.  He also realizes that he cannot miss this business opportunity.  When he and Meg are thrust into business together, both of them must navigate conflict, past hurts, and differing opinions in order to focus on what matters most.

About the Author

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the Georgia Coast Romance series and the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. She works in marketing and makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

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My Thoughts

I was excited for this new series by Liz Johnson as we return to the picturesque Prince Edward Island.  Meg and Oliver are the perfect enemies to romance with a past of hurts standing in the way of their relationship.  I loved reading how their friendship developed in the novel as they navigated through some tough obstacles.  I thought the character development was strong and made the characters seem realistic.  I also really liked the faith elements woven in this story.  The setting is beautifully told and the perfect backdrop for a summer romance.  I learned a lot about lobster fishing that I did not know!  Overall, I enjoyed this novel and look forward to more in the series!

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

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Cover Reveal! Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

I am so thrilled to participate in the cover reveal for Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner!

Quick Facts

Title: Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel

Author: Natalie Jenner

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Release Date: May 17, 2022

Length: 304 pages

ISBN: 978-1250276698 (Hardcover) and 978-1250852311 (Audiobook)

eBook ASIN: B09CNDV5GJ

About the Book

“One bookshop. Fifty-one rules. Three women who break them all.”

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.

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 two books, the instant international bestseller THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY and BLOOMSBURY GIRLS. A Goodreads Choice Award finalist for best debut novel and historical fiction, 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, a career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs.

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“I never intended for Evie Stone to be a major character in my debut novel, let alone inspire my second one, Bloomsbury Girls. But as time went on, I found I could not leave her behind in Chawton with the other society members. And then one day I rewatched a favourite movie, 84 Charing Cross Road, and I remember thinking, there’s a whole other story in here still to be told, of an upstairs-downstairs motley crew of booksellers, and right away the figures came to life.”

“As with The Jane Austen SocietyBloomsbury Girls features multiple characters and storylines revolving around one very charming location: this time, the quintessential Dickensian-type bookshop.”

“If The Jane Austen Society was the book I wrote when I was coming out of sadness, Bloomsbury Girls was written when I was very happy, and I hope it provides a little cheer to readers during this difficult time.”

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! Be sure to preorder so this beauty will be at your doorstep/on your device as soon as it releases!

If you want to read more about Natalie’s first book, check out my blog post here!

Celebrate Lit Tour – The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander

The Cryptographer

About the Book

Book:  The Cryptographer’s Dilemma

Author: Johnnie Alexander

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Release date: August, 2021

9781643529516

A Code Developer Uncovers a Japanese Spy Ring

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

FBI cryptographer Eloise Marshall is grieving the death of her brother, who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, when she is assigned to investigate a seemingly innocent letter about dolls. Agent Phillip Clayton is ready to enlist and head oversees when asked to work one more FBI job. A case of coded defense coordinates related to dolls should be easy, but not so when the Japanese Consulate gets involved, hearts get entangled, and Phillip goes missing. Can Eloise risk loving and losing again?

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About the Author

JohnnieAlexander

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget in a variety of genres. An award-winning, best-selling novelist, she serves on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts Writers Chat, and interviews other inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with her at http://www.johnnie-alexander.com and other social media sites via https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr.

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American Traitor in WWII

Not all secret messages involve substitution codes where random letters and numbers replace the original letters and numbers. Velvalee Dickinson, a doll collector who owned a doll shop on Madison Avenue in New York City, used jargon code to pass along information to the Japanese about the U.S. ships that had been damaged at Pearl Harbor.

Here’s an excerpt from one of the letters (as originally written):

The only new dolls I have are THREE LOVELY IRISH dolls. One of these three dolls is an old Fisherman with a Net over his back—another is an old woman with wood on her back and the third is a little boy….I can only think of our sick boy these days. You wrote me that you had sent a letter to Mr. Shaw, well I want to see MR. SHAW he distroyed Your letter, you know he has been Ill. His car was damaged but is being repaired now. I saw a few of his family about. They all say Mr. Shaw will be back to work soon.

Velvalee, who the FBI nicknamed The Doll Woman, wrote this letter on her Underwood typewriter. She used the return address and forged the signature of one of her regular customers, Mary Wallace of Springfield, Ohio. Then Velvalee mailed the letter to an address in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Unknown to Velvalee, the Japanese had abandoned the Buenos Aires address as a drop point. The letter was marked “return to sender.” When Mrs. Wallace received it, she turned it in to the Post Office Director in Springfield who passed it along to the FBI.

Cryptographers determined that the letter was written in jargon code. To the casual reader, the letter is about dolls. But the intended recipient would have understood it’s about much more than that.

In this example, only one of five letters given to the FBI between February and August of 1942, cryptographers decoded the message as follows:

  • Old Fisherman with a Net over his back ~ refers to an aircraft carrier which has anti-torpedo nettings on its sides.
  • Old woman with wood on her back ~ refers to an older battleship, one made of wood.
  • A little boy plus our sick boy ~ a damaged ship.

Cryptographers believed that the words Mr. Shaw and Your were purposely capitalized and that the word distroyed was purposely misspelled to draw attention to them. Mr. Shaw referred to the USS Shaw, a destroyer (distroy + your = destroyer).

The remainder of the letter says Mr. Shaw is ill but “will be back to work soon.”

The ship was in dry dock at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. As the heroine in The Cryptographer’s Dilemma explains, “About two weeks before this letter was written, it [the USS Shaw] was undergoing repairs in San Francisco.”

In the novel, Eloise Marshall is a naval cryptographer who teams up with FBI agent Phillip Clayton, to find the person responsible for forging the signatures on the letters. Their search takes them from Washington, DC to the Springfield, Ohio, to the west coast and back again. On their journey, Eloise will confront an unexpected specter from her past and Phillip will risk his life to save hers.

My Thoughts

This story interested me, as I did not know much about cryptographers prior to reading the novel, and this book details the well-researched history of cryptographers during World War II.  I think I was hoping for a more complex and detailed plot, but the characters in this book truly shine!  I liked Eloise and Philip and enjoyed reading about their realistic relationship as it developed in the story.  The mystery was a bit too simplistic for me, but I think focusing on the growth of Eloise and Philip allowed me to enjoy this novel.  I also really liked how the author created a strong female lead who is smart and independent and did a good job highlighting the roles of women during WWII.  Overall, I liked reading this novel and recommend it to those who like historical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Life of Literature, August 25

Where Faith and Books Meet, August 25

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 26

Reflections From my Bookshelves, August 26

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 27

Bizwings Blog, August 27

Daysong Reflections, August 27

Texas Book-aholic, August 28

A Baker’s Perspective, August 28

Inklings and notions, August 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 29

For Him and My Family, August 30

Simple Harvest Reads, August 30 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Older & Smarter?, August 31

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, August 31

Aryn the Libraryan 📚, September 1

Rebecca Tews, September 1

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, September 2

deb’s Book Review, September 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 3

Blossoms and Blessings, September 3

Mary Hake, September 3

Connie’s History Classroom, September 4

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, September 4

Sodbusterliving, September 4

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 5

Labor Not in Vain, September 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 6

Moments, September 6

Splashes of Joy, September 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 7

Pause for Tales, September 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Johnnie is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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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Since You’ve Been Gone by Tari Faris

About the Book

Leah Williams returns to Heritage, Michigan, to attempt her business again, but she is not pleased to see Jonathan Kensington in town, a man who has complicated her past.  Jonathan is trying to turn the Heritage Fruits Company around and strikes a deal with Leah for the benefit of both of their businesses.  Jonathan and Leah are both stubborn and headstrong, so it does not take long for conflict to ensue.  Problematic pasts and romantic feelings further complicate the situation.  And they both learn that businesses are messy, but hearts can be even messier.

About the Author

Tari Faris is the author of You Belong with Me and Until I Met You. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy, she is the projects manager for My Book Therapy, writes for learnhowtowriteanovel.com, and is a 2017 Genesis Award winner. She has an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary and lives in the Phoenix, Arizona, area with her husband and their three children. Although she lives in the Southwest now, she lived in a small town in Michigan for 25 years. Learn more at TariFaris.com.

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My Thoughts

Charming and enjoyable, this novel returns us to Heritage, Michigan, with a fun and engaging couple, Leah and Jon.  We also get two tales for the price of one as Madison and Colby also appear in this novel!  (Although I almost wished they were the stars of this novel, as I liked their relationship the best and it felt a bit rushed.)  The couples have great stories and it’s easy to connect with each of them.  I love the banter of the characters, the growth and change in their faith and relationships, and the homey feel of the small town romance.  Otis the hippo once again makes an appearance, delighting readers with his mysterious antics.  The spiritual theme of forgiveness is well integrated and does not feel preachy.  Overall, I enjoyed this novel (and really this whole series), and recommend it to those who like contemporary romance!

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 Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox

About the Book

Sarah returns to her small town after a family tragedy to help her mother, Rosemary, and grandmother, Glory Ann, manage their small grocery store.  While Rosemary would like to sell the struggling store, Glory Ann is determined to keep it open as she reflects on the many memories the store has provided through the years.  Sarah, too, has happy remembrances of growing up with the store and joins her grandmother’s determined plan to keep the store open.  However, each lady is harboring a secret that could forever change the lives of their families and their community.

About the Author

Amanda Cox is the author of The Edge of Belonging and The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery. A blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology and a master’s degree in professional counseling, but her first love is communicating through story. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her husband and their three children. Learn more at AmandaCoxWrites.com.

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My Thoughts

Once again, Amanda Cox pens a novel that is rich with character development, realistic struggles, and spiritual growth that is hard to put down!  I loved all the characters, but my favorite was Glory Ann and I loved the jump back in time as I learned more about her early life and her romantic past.  The storylines fit together so well and I really enjoyed how the author crafted personalities that were similar enough to make their familial connection believable but also unique enough that each lady was interesting on her own.  As always, the spiritual growth and testing and development of faith really shine in her novels.  There is a romance in the book that is sweet and wonderful, but the focus is really on the changes in relationships between grandmother, mother, and daughter, which is wonderfully written.  The descriptions are well written and I could easily envision the wood floors and piles of produce in the grocery.  I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to more by this talented author!

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

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Celebrate Lit Tour – Fremont’s Promise by Kathryn Spurgeon

About the Book

Book:  Fremont’s Promise

Author: Kathryn Spurgeon

Genre: Historical

Release date: March 16, 2021

Every time Sibyl visits her mother, she’s criticized, shamed, and leaves in tears. The only thing that can calm her is Fremont’s assurance to move them to a place they can share their faith more freely. While her emotions bounce from frustration to despair, she holds on to the belief that God can help her family.

Fremont, a former hobo, promises to find  a better paying job and spirit his wife away from this unstable family. But only God can work that miracle.

If you love family sagas and drama based on true stories, you will love this book. The 1930s and 40s were a time of difficulty but hope carried them through.

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About the Author

Kathryn Spurgeon writes FAITH STORIES FROM THE PAST or Christian historical novels with a focus on 1930s America using true events and actual locations. Award winning author, she won Illumination Award, She studied creative writing at the University of Central Oklahoma and has spoken at many women’s conferences around the world. She grew up on a farm in Oklahoma before moving to South Korea and adopting two daughters. Kathryn and her husband, Bill, have six children and thirteen grandchildren.

More from Kathryn

The tumultuous times of the 1930s and 40s are amazingly similar to the difficulties we face today. Read how God guided this prominent family toward greater strength and dependence on him. Based on a true story, this compelling novel is taken from handwritten biographies, personal interviews, and family research.

My Thoughts

I have enjoyed this series and was excited for this third book.  I like that the series is based on the author’s relatives, and I enjoy reading the historical aspects of the novel.  I thought the author did a good job of incorporating realistic hardships (which makes sense since it’s based on a true story!) and vulnerabilities and flaws of the characters without losing that sense of hope in the story.  It is easy to be transported to 1930s and 1940s Oklahoma and to visualize the setting and the scenes.  I thought the spiritual elements were well woven in the novel and easy to apply to my own life as well.  I liked this novel and recommend it to those who like historical fiction!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 9

lakesidelivingsite, August 10

Reviewingbooksplusmore, August 10

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 11

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 12

Connie’s History Classroom, August 13

Lighthouse Academy, August 13 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 14

Inklings and notions, August 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 16

Texas Book-aholic, August 17

Life of Literature, August 17

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 18

For Him and My Family, August 19

deb’s Book Review, August 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 21

Pause for Tales, August 22

And now… a giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Kathryn is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon card and a copy of the book!!

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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The Barrister and the Letter of Marque by Todd M. Johnson

Thank you for joining me in supporting Todd M. Johnson on his new release, The Barrister and the Letter of Marque, on tour with Austen Prose tours from Laurel Ann Nattress! Connect with the virtual book tour from August 2nd to 15th. Over twenty-five popular online influencers specializing in historical mystery, suspense, and inspirational fiction will post in the celebration of its release with interviews, spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in London, England.

Book Details

Title: The Barrister and the Letter of Marque: A Novel
Author: Todd M. Johnson
Genre: Historical Mystery, Suspense, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 3, 2021)
Length: 416 pages
ISBN: 978-0764239137 (hardcover) and 978-0764212369 (trade paperback)
ASIN: B08LG91Y95 (ebook) and B0983VZ6XZ (audiobook)

About the Book

As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes has witnessed firsthand the danger of only the wealthy having their voices heard, and he’s a strong advocate who defends the poorer classes against the powerful. That changes the day a struggling heiress, Lady Madeleine Jameson, arrives at his door. In a last-ditch effort to save her faltering estate, Lady Jameson invested in a merchant brig, the Padget. The ship was granted a rare privilege by the king’s regent: a Letter of Marque authorizing the captain to seize the cargo of French traders operating illegally in the Indian Sea. Yet when the Padget returns to London, her crew is met by soldiers ready to take possession of their goods and arrest the captain for piracy. And the Letter—-the sole proof his actions were legal—has mysteriously vanished. Moved by the lady’s distress, intrigued by the Letter, and goaded by an opposing solicitor, Snopes takes the case. But as he delves deeper into the mystery, he learns that the forces arrayed against Lady Jameson, and now himself, are even more perilous than he’d imagined.

About the Author

Todd M. Johnson is the author of three legal thrillers: The Deposit Slip (2012),
Critical Reaction (2013), and Fatal Trust (2017). The Barrister and the Letter
of Marque (2021) is his first foray into historical mystery. He has been a practicing
attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton
University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two
years as adjunct professor of International Law and served as a US diplomat in
Hong Kong. He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter. You can find him at https://authortoddmjohnson.com.

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My Thoughts

Gripping from the very beginning, this novel takes interesting twists and turns that held my attention during the entire novel.  This is my first book by this author, but I found that I greatly enjoyed his writing and his ability to create a complex plot with lots of components that tied together well.  I liked that there were multiple voices (or point of views) in the novel, which allowed for a more complete overall picture of this very fascinating story.  I thought the plot developed well and took the reader on quite a journey.  The book shines with its focus on mystery.  There are only hints of romance in the story.  The history is interesting and I could tell the author researched how courtrooms and law worked during Regency London.  I liked this book a lot and will definitely read more by this author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from an Austen Prose tour with Laurel Ann Nattress.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Advance Praise


“Johnson debuts with a tense story of powerful interests teaming up to thwart a legal challenge in Georgian-era England…Johnson steeps his story in legal maneuvering, layers of intrigue, midnight chases, and even a hint of romance. While faith elements are subtle, this enthralling novel will appeal to fans of both legal thrillers and historical inspirationals.”— Publishers Weekly

“… a mystery worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This richly historical and lively paced story has all the makings of a modern classic.”— Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

“At once atmospheric and gripping, Johnson’s latest is a luminous and refreshing new offering in inspirational historical fiction.”— Rachel McMillan, bestselling author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

“A fascinating glimpse into a Regency London readers seldom see.”— Roseanna M. White, bestselling author of Edwardian fiction

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Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L. Gray

About the Book

Darcy Malone is upset to find out the night before she is scheduled to leave that her mission work in Guatemala is closed.  Desperate and homeless, she moves in with Bryson Katsaro’s little sister, Zoe, despite her differences from this girl, not to mention her dislike for Bryson himself.  Notwithstanding her reservations, however, Darcy begins to learn that Bryson may not be as intolerable as she had previously thought—and her canceled trip may have been just what she needed to learn and grow in a new way.

About the Author

Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas. Her nine modern and true-to-life contemporary romances include the 2017 RITA Award-winning My Hope Next Door. When not taxiing her three kids to various events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church. Find her online at http://www.tammylgray.com.

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My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this novel by a new to me author!  I do not think that you have to read the books in this series in order, as I have not yet read the first one (I will quickly be going back and reading it though!) and still was able to fully experience this story.  The book is written in first-person present tense, which I don’t read as often, but I found myself quickly settling into the narrative and connecting really easily with the main protagonist, Darcy.  She encounters so many trials but she is tenacious and grows in her faith and in love in the story in such a remarkable way.  I think I found myself on an emotional rollercoaster with Darcy and really liked the way the author developed her character with depth and great faith elements.  The romance is clean and progresses in a believable manner.  I also liked the dogs and how their personalities seem to match those around Darcy.  This is a cute contemporary romance novel 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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