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A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

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Willa Forsythe exchanged a family that abandoned her for a hodge-podge family that is all bonded together by their skills of thievery. When she is offered a big payday to perform a single job for a mysterious man during the height of World War I, she accepts without hesitation, knowing the cash will help her family. And the job does not seem difficult, as she will be required to spend time with a famous violinist. Lukas De Wilde fled war-torn Belgium and is raising money through his violin playing to earn his way back to save his mother and sister. Intrigued by the talented and mysterious Willa, he sets aside his worry for his family to focus on music. But soon Willa must make the choice to betray Lukas to save her own family, perhaps sacrificing her growing friendship in the process.

I really enjoyed this book. I was drawn into the story from page one and was intrigued during the entire plot. The author has such a creative writing style that pulled me in and allowed me to visualize the scenes with ease. I really liked the playful flirtation of the characters. I love strong women and this story has lots of talented, independent women who are revealed to be heroines during the novel. The history was thoroughly researched, the characters were complex, the spiritual content was deep, and the romance was charming. I think these books are best read in order so you can get background for all the characters, but that should be no hardship as the first book is also great! I highly recommend this novel and this series.

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

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Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings

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Louisa “Lola” Bell has earned her living singing in a dance hall. But when she receives word that her only brother is in trouble at Fort Reno and she loses her job all in one day, she decides to make a big trip west to Indian Territory. She arrives to learn she’s mistakenly thought to be the new governess to the commanding officer’s daughters. Realizing that she needs a job and can use this opportunity to get close to the commanding officer and sway him to her side to help her brother, Louisa goes along with the plan, hoping she can fake her way through the job long enough to survive. What she doesn’t count on is the commanding officer’s widow status and his surprisingly attractive qualities. Louisa soon finds herself torn between her heart and her head, hoping she can pick a solution that will save her family and her future.

Regina Jennings has yet again written a spunky, quirky heroine opposite a dashing, albeit sometimes clumsy, hero. There are laugh out loud moments and more serious romance sprinkled among historical events and plot twists. I did not love Louisa as much as I think I was meant to, but I did enjoy Daniel greatly. It was fun to read their interactions and Daniel’s hilarious attempt to figure out Louisa’s plans. I enjoyed this story and look forward to more books in this series!

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

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The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen

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Miss Rachel Ashford has survived the stigma of her father’s failures, the loss of her family, and the humiliation of being driven from her home by distant relatives. She is determined not to rely on the gracious generosity of her hostess Mercy Grove but instead to earn her livelihood. Encouraged by her friends to open a circulating library, Rachel is tentatively excited to share her father’s extensive library collection with the community. As strange events begin to occur, she enlists the help of an old friend to help her unravel old mysteries. Along the way, Rachel’s heart may become more entwined than she had intended.

I enjoyed the first novel in this new series by Julie Klassen and was excited about the continuing story. The writing style is reminiscent of a novel by Jane Austen with its tender and rich sentences and well-written style. I had a little trouble getting into the book initially as it was slow to start, but true to her other novels, the story soon had multiple layers of mystery that drew me in and kept me interested. It was also wonderful to catch up with characters from the first novel. I would read the series in order, but it should be no hardship to read the first book, as it is just as good. I recommend this series and cannot wait for book number three!

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

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Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

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Miss Gertrude Cadwalader may be simply a paid companion, but working for the eccentric Mrs. Davenport is never dull. From wearing odd costumes that her employer creates to returning random stolen goods the woman pilfers, Gertrude is rarely bored. However, when Mrs. Sinclair catches Getrude in the act of returning items to the Sinclair yacht, a misunderstanding may cost her the friendship of the dashing and successful Harrison Sinclair, a friend of hers and a man who is becoming quite dear to Gertrude despite his lack of fashion sense. As one misunderstanding leads to another adventure, Gertrude must attempt to solve the mystery of other stolen goods before her friendship and her livelihood are destroyed.

I love Jen Turano’s novels because they are always full of hilarious escapades and laugh out loud adventures with eccentric, extraordinary characters. This book is no exception! I loved Gertrude from page one, with her dear generous heart and kind thoughtful spirit. She may be cast as a wallflower in society, but her fortitude and tenacity demonstrate a stronger soul beneath her exterior. I also loved Harrison and his ability to see the deeper Gertrude as well as his laughable sense of fashion and close relationship with his family. Indeed I quite enjoyed all of the characters although I do have to admit that I found Mrs. Davenport less than desirable, even though her antics were explained well with her history. Nevertheless, there is great history and wonderful spiritual growth. I do most heartedly recommend this novel to all lovers of books everywhere—I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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

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The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

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Two years after her husband dies, Kaine Prescott decides to move across the country, impulsively buying an old abandoned home in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. Convinced that her husband was murdered and his murderer is stalking her, but unable to prove it, she attempts to move on and start over. Only the strange events that were taking place in California to her begin to occur in Wisconsin, increasing Kaine’s suspicions. Meanwhile, a century earlier, Ivy Thorpe helps her father identify a dead woman found in a tree near the old house on Foster Hill. As she untangles the mystery, odd discoveries cause her to question the strange happenings at the old house. Danger mounts for both Ivy and Kaine as their investigations lead to more similarities that crosses decades and ties together at an old house.

This story is a perfect blend of mystery and suspense! I liked how the two story lines were separated by time but connected in a very unique way and I did not find them to be confusing at all. This author may be fairly new, but her writing style, creative plot, and suspenseful story craft a novel that speaks of an experienced writer. I had a hard time putting the book down! I really enjoyed the tasteful romance and sprinkles of history as well. There is definitely enough spooky suspense enough to keep you up at night. I highly recommend this novel and look forward to more from this author!

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

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A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

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Lucy Drake loves her job as a decoder of Morse code at the Associated Press news agency, where she uses her skills to be the first to discover news around the world. But since the Associated Press has not yet finished its sub-Pacific cable line, she has to interact with the insufferable Sir Colin Beckwith, a rival at the British news agency Reuters and her source for Eastern news. As she and Colin spar during work hours, she realizes that he could be helpful to her long-standing family feud and lawsuit. But when Lucy decodes a secret message that has larger implications than herself, she turns to Colin to help her, endangering them both and entangling them in a precarious game.

This particular book grabbed me from the first page and did not let go until the last. One of my favorite parts of Elizabeth Camden’s books is her ability to craft such deep characters with realistic and engaging struggles; this novel is no exception! I absolutely loved Lucy. She has made mistakes, like any one of us, but she has a loyalty to her family and develops a deeper sense of morality and peace as the story develops. The historical setting is really fascinating, tackling a lot of interesting topics at the turn of the century, and the author’s dedication to thoroughly researching the history is admirable. I also was impressed with the amount of suspense and mystery in this book and surprised by all the twists and turns. I most highly recommend this book!

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

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An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

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The Duke of Riverton, Griffith, is the eldest Hawthorne and uses order, logic, and control in order to succeed in his role as a Duke and in his business dealings. It makes sense to him to apply these same principles to choosing a mate. It should not matter that his choice stirs no romantic feelings whatsoever in himself—only it does matter, because her cousin, the beautiful and elusive Isabella, does stir those romantic feelings. But Isabella is complicated and independent, not at all what Griffith considers a perfect match. Isabella, meanwhile, is caught up in a family scheme, perhaps causing her to have to sacrifice all that she holds dear.

This novel is an enjoyable end to a wonderful series. It was great to finally read about Griffith and get to know his stoic personality a bit more. The characters had good depth and conflict and it was additionally fun to read about previous personalities from the other novels. Faith and love are intertwined with a charming historical setting that makes it easy to picture the scenes, the gowns, and the parties. I thought the book slowed a bit in the middle with repetitive details and the romance did not quite seem to fit like the first three books, but nonetheless I did like the characters, making this a memorable last installment. I recommend this entire series to those who love historical regency romance!

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

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