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The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

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Annalise Forsythe has painful secrets, just like everyone else does in Gossamer Grove.  But when mysterious events and dangerous things begin to happen, she begins the brutal task of unburying secrets, which only serves to uncover more suspicious pasts in Gossamer Grove.  She is not pleased when an old flame arrives in town during this vulnerable point of her life.  As she begins to let God help her forgive and start fresh, she learns that the past can actually help her heal her future.  Her search for answers digs up the unusual story of Libby Sheffield, a young lady at the turn of the century working at her father’s newspaper company during a spiritual revival in the town.  Libby is facing her own demons from her past.  These two ladies, though separated by time, have similar goals to heal and move on.

I very much enjoyed the first novel by Jaime Jo Wright and was looking forward to her next book.  I did not typically like split-time plots, but now this author has turned me around to them by crafting stories that connect is such unique and interesting ways.  I very much liked both of the main protagonists in this book and found the overarching theme of forgiveness and moving on from painful pasts something that any reader can relate to.  The plots are interesting with the twists and turns and I did not anticipate the villains. My favorite part is seeing how all the details fit together at the end.  I very much recommend this book!

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

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Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano

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Miss Temperance Flowerdew is used to being a wallflower and going unnoticed but when she gets kidnapped and swept off to Chicago, suddenly her life becomes much more interesting.  Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is asked to pursue a missing woman, but the lady he finds in Chicago is not who he expected.  He is, however, delighted to restore a friendship with an old childhood friend.  He is surprised when their trip turns into a complicated adventure that begins to drag up old painful pasts.  As Temperance and Gilbert attempt to find the answers before it is too late, they discover that things may not be as they seem.

I always really love Jen Turano’s books because they incorporate the best humor into everyday events. This particular book once again introduced laughter among each scene.  I enjoyed the added element of danger and mystery in the plot.  And it was fun to see Temperance, previously shy and reserved, come out of her shell and let her fun personality shine.  I liked the romance that started out as restoring a good friendship and then blossoming into something more.  I think the ending worked out a little too perfectly, but nonetheless, I enjoyed the book overall.  I definitely recommend this book!

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

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A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

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After her parents died tragically of cholera when she was young, Doctor Rosalind Werner is dedicated and determined to promote a new method of making water safe to millions in New York so that no one else has to suffer that horrific fate.  However, her method is yet untested on large populations and her new ideas are not well received by the public, especially Nicholas Drake.  Nick has been recently appointed as the Commissioner of Water for New York but his past life as a plumber makes his skeptical of any new method for clean water. Yet he cannot resist the beautiful Doctor Werner and despite continual debates about what to do for the city of New York, he finds himself drawn to her tenacious and lovely personality.

Elizabeth Camden does a fantastic job of writing stories with characters that have conflict, which makes them complex and interesting.  This story started with instant attraction that was soon confronted with trials that were realistic for the relationship.  I really loved the romance in this novel.  It gave a depth to the characters as they struggled with each other and with common enemies.  There are great spiritual themes of forgiveness and honesty with which any reader can connect.  It is not necessary to read the first book in this series, but it does give more background on Nick and adds to the story.  I also very much enjoyed the history and topic of this book; I learned a lot about water and science in early 1900s New York.  I highly recommend this historical fiction book!

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

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A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason

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Growing up as a stable boy, Nolan Price’s world is turned upside down when his mother reveals on her deathbed that he is the son of the Earl of Stainsby.  Nolan was planning to marry kitchen maid, Hannah, but his new father now adamantly insists that Nolan take his place as head of the family and marry above his station.  Torn between his duty and his love, Nolan must fight for what he believes is right during this turbulent time.

This novel has an fascinating premise and gives a great glimpse into the divide between social classes in 1880s England.  I thought the plot was interesting and contained surprises and twists that kept my attention.  I did not like Nolan and Hannah’s relationship as much as I think I should have; despite giving them some leeway for the circumstances, I still found their actions too immature to allow me to like their romance.  Nonetheless, I truly did enjoy the book as there are many remarkable characters—the spunky nature of Aunt Iris is one of my favorites of the book. I recommend this novel and look forward to more by this author.

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Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren

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Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson is used to facing hardships—and overcoming.  Her marriage is over, her beloved childhood home in tatters, and her sisters in need of assistance.  So when she receives word that her father has passed away and left the estate in the West Indies, she resolves to bring her family across the ocean to the unknown in an attempt to save what little remains.  The hardships only begin when Keturah lands on dry land, however. Facing a life-changing family secret and forced to move forward despite attempts to derail her, Keturah leans on every once of her strength and discovers that God may be the only thing that can sustain her.

What a wonderful start to this series!  I liked Keturah instantly—she posses a quiet determination that pulls you into her circumstances and allows you to easily connect with her.  She is not afraid to go against popular beliefs for what she believes in.  I appreciate that the author did not create a perfect world for the main characters, instead being willing to tackle difficult subjects such as abuse and slavery with frankness and honesty.  The romance was well done and the spiritual truths are interwoven well among a backdrop of interesting history and beautiful scenery.  I highly recommend this novel and look forward to the rest of the series!

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Falling for You by Becky Wade

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Willow Bradford took a chance on the handsome Corbin Stewart four years ago and ended with a broken heart. Now she is back in her hometown with him solving a cold case and spending more and more time in his company. So although Corbin desperately desires to give them another shot, Willow is hesitant to allow him into her heart.

I have absolutely adored this series by Becky Wade!  She transports you to the quaint town with its charming characters and interesting families with ease and allows the reader to get to know the personalities in depth. I was excited for this second sister’s story and was not disappointed with its banter and its romance.  It has a few surprises that kept me guessing and overall was a fun and lovely read.  I liked the theme of forgiveness and the power of change that can only come from the influence of Christ.  I recommend this series!

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Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

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In 1858 New York, Marianne Neumann accepts a job at Children’s Aid Society, taking train trips out west to place orphaned children into loving homes to give them a better life. Part of her motivation in taking this job is to find her lost younger sister, hoping to alleviate the guilt she feels over Sophie’s disappearance.  Her fellow agent on her first trip is former schoolteacher Andrew Brady, who possesses a tender but firm attitude in handling the children. Andrew carries a few secrets of his own from his past, however, and soon a tragedy threatens to destroy all that he and Marianne are working towards.

I greatly enjoyed the first installment in this series by Jody Hedlund and was excited to read the continuation of the story about the three sisters in mid-nineteenth century New York.  This story has romance and heartbreak, faith and disbelief, and trials and triumphs. I liked the relationship between Marianne and Andrew and the development of their friendship and love.  I also enjoyed learning more about the orphan train and appreciated how the author gave a glimpse into possible connections formed on these trips.  I very much liked this book and look forward to the next!

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

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