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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.

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

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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!

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

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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!

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

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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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Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl

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Casey Sloane loves her job with the US Marshals Office, even though she understands that it comes with a lot of risks—including the threat of death.  Her newest task involves transporting a reporter for a high profile case across the country.  She never expects that the man assigned to help her is none other than the best friend of her ex-boyfriend.  Attempting to push emotions aside, Casey focuses on helping her witness, even when betrayals begin to reveal themselves and the lives of all she holds dear is on the line.

I enjoy this author because she has the ability to craft novels that contain depth despite the fast-paced action and this installment is no exception!  I enjoyed that the secrets and deception began with page one and continued until the end.  The action ebbs and flows with the storyline, at times providing glimpses into the characters’ pasts and allowing the reader to better connect with each person.  I thought the romance was poorly developed and was surprised that it concluded as quickly as it did given the lack of progress of the relationship, but nonetheless I think the action and other portions of the storyline made up for it.  This book can stand-alone from the first two in the series.  I recommend this book to all lovers of contemporary suspense!

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The Heart’s Appeal by Jennifer Delamere

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Julia Bernay is determined to become a doctor and will stop at nothing to forge ahead in this profession only recently opened to women. When she suddenly saves the life of a man of a train, she feels confirmation of her life’s calling. But soon she realizes that the man she saved is none other than Michael Stephenson, the lawyer charged with closing down the medical school Julia wishes to attend. As Julia and Michael spend more time together, they begin to find themselves entangled in a debate that may set the course of history.

I was excited to read this novel, as the history and time period was intriguing to me. The book contains interesting perspectives during a critical movement in history for women. Sometimes I felt like the feminist tone of the book overshadowed the story. I also have to admit that I did not like the main character, Julia. She was always in the right place at the right time with the right answers that seemed unrealistic and definitely out of the normal realm of knowledge for someone who had not yet attended medical school. I actually liked the backstory of Edith more than I liked the main story and wished that she had more of a central place in the story. Nonetheless, there were other enjoyable parts, and I also liked the mention of George Muller, one of my favorite historical missionaries. The writing was well done and I think for the right audience, it would be a good fit.

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

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Hearts Entwined by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears

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The Love Knot—Claire is expecting a much different package when her sister insists on sending her a gift by rail. She is even more surprised by the man who delivers the package. Claire has to sort through new challenges and her life is suddenly changed forever.

The Tangled Ties That Bind—Maggie is determined to move past rejection when Conner left her in her small town. She is thrilled with an opportunity to become a doctor and help others. Conner returns home just as her career is taking off and Maggie is suddenly faced with a decision between her job and her first love.

Bound and Determined—Bradley Willis is forced to endure a trip across the desert on the oddest form of transportation, all because he was attempting to fight off a gang of outlaws. He is not expecting to have to also manage the headstrong Ambrosia, who is equally determined to stop the herd from making it to Texas.

Tied and True—Marianne is in love with Calvin. The only problem is that he refuses to marry her because of her wealth. Stubborn and tenacious, Marianne turns away from all that is familiar and takes a job at a mill to prove to Calvin that she will do anything for their love.

 

What a charming set of four novellas! I love the strong, independent nature of all the women. If you have read other novels by these authors, you will also note that many of these characters are familiar. It was fun to see them all get their own happy endings. There were moments that made me laugh of loud (who ever heard of crossing camels across the United States) and moments that touched my heart (welcoming a young baby into their home). There is enough variety that appeals to all sorts of different audiences but also a central theme that allows the novellas to easily flow from one to the next. I hope these authors collaborate again! I definitely recommend this delightful book.

 

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

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