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A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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Rosemary Gresham is a talented thief in 1914 London, but she has moved past picking pockets and instead targets high value items among the upper-class society. Her family and closet friends consist of a group of former urchins, so when she receives the opportunity to provide for them by determining whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or Germany, she accepts. Peter Holstein is awkward and solitary but his influence stretches far as he is a close friend of the king. His German last name, however, is causing strife during the rumbling of World War I. He hires Rosemary to investigate his family name and dig into his family’s past. As Peter and Rosemary each attempt to accomplish their own goals, danger in the background brings them together.

A great book to start a new series! I love the imperfections of the two main characters, particularly Peter’s stutter, a realistic characteristic that makes him more relatable. I liked the diverse group of Rosemary’s family and am looking forward to reading more about them. The Christian themes are also artfully and wonderfully intertwined without being preachy or obnoxious. I thought the beginning of the story was a little slow but the pace eventually picked up and became more interesting. This novel has romance, mystery, history, and faith. I recommend this book and am looking forward to the rest of the series!

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

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With You Always by Jody Hedlund

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Elise Neumann is tired of being a poor immigrant in New York City—she is tired of starving daily and tired of being worked to the bone to care for her sisters. When she is presented with the opportunity to travel west in order to secure her future, she reluctantly leaves behind her family so she can provide for them. Along the rails, she reconnects with Thornton Quincy, a man she ran into in the middle of a gang scuffle several months ago in New York. Elise is cautiously thrilled to meet a friend, but she is uncertain why Mr. Quincy is also moving west and what his intentions might be for their friendship. But when someone threatens Elise’s new livelihood and the business of Mr. Quincy, their friendship takes a deadly turn.

What a wonderful start to a new series by a beloved author! I recommend reading the free novella before starting this book as it gives even more background to the characters in this first installment. The time period and events in this novel are very interesting to read about, and I appreciated that the author did not shy away from giving vivid descriptions of the deplorable conditions poor immigrants found themselves in upon arriving to America in the 1850s. The characters face certain difficulties, which make them realistic and relatable. I love the way the romance develops between the two main characters and that it does not feel rushed. I also enjoyed the surprises near the end of the book that were not altogether predictable. I am greatly looking forward to the rest of the series and highly recommend this novel!

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

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True to You by Becky Wade

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Nora Bradford is dedicated to her work as a genealogist and historian, hoping that her career can help her forget her heartbreak three years ago. She is thrilled when a former Navy SEAL and attractive man John Lawson enlists her help to research his ancestry. But John is focused on the present whereas Nora likes to dwell on the past. As Nora and John work through their differences towards a common goal, Nora finds herself drawn to John. However, their lives may be too complicated for them to enjoy a future together.

This novel is a good introduction to the Bradford sisters. Nora is quirky and unique but adorably passionate about her job; I did not love her at first but learning more about her throughout the story, I came to enjoy her character. John is a hero but he’s not without struggles, the most pressing of which involves his health, which is why he’s determined to find his birth parents. There is a complexity to the characters that serves as a good backdrop for their romance, which has surprising twists and turns. I am excited to read more about the other sisters, especially Willow, and look forward to the next books. A good start to a new series!

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

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Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

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Miss Permilia Griswold grew up travelling with her father on his business trips, so when her stepmother wishes her to simply attend balls and snag a worthy suitor, Permilia’s odd upbringing forces hers to be banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom. Nevertheless, Permilia uses her anonymity in society to write gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill,” filled with tidbits she hears from mingling on the fringes of parties. During one of her evenings, Permilia is shocked to hear a threat against none other than the irritatingly handsome Mr. Asher Rutherford. When she attempts to warn Asher, however, he does not believe her, and she must set out to prove her suspicions correct before it is too late.

One of my favorite aspects of Jen Turano’s writing is her ability to craft such hilarious escapades with tenacious, independent, interesting characters, and this novel delivers yet again! I particularly liked Permilia as she is practical and down to earth, content with her wallflower position in society but also determined to make the best of her situation. The witty banter between characters provides the perfect contrast to the bits of mystery and suspense sprinkled in the story. Add humorous romantic tension and more serious spiritual developments and you have another fantastic book by this well-loved author. I highly recommend this novel and cannot wait for book two in the series!

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

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To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

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Jenny Bennett thinks Ryan Gallagher is the best thing that’s ever happened to her, until he leaves suddenly and shatters her heart. Six years later, Jenny is stunned to find Ryan once again at the Presidio military base, this time with many secrets and an inability to give Jenny a good explanation for his absence. Jenny is determined not to fall for Ryan’s charms again, but when he asks her for a favor for a friend, she has a hard time saying no. As Jenny and Ryan are forced to endure a project together, they are required to face their pasts and determine if they are able to forgive.

I love Elizabeth Camden’s books because she is not afraid to delve into difficult topics. I greatly appreciate her detail in describing the effects of opium withdrawal and the consequences it has on others. I also really liked how the theme of forgiveness came up time and time again, all from different perspectives – those who can forgive easily, those who struggle to move past bitterness, and those who do not feel worthy to accept it. No matter your walk in life, you will find significant spiritual meaning in this story with which to connect. I also loved the characters in this book and felt drawn to each one in such a unique way. The author crafts such deep personalities among the pages. Not every aspect of the characters’ pasts is etched out in the first pages and I was excited to discover more to each character as the story progressed. Another wonderful aspect of this novel was the detail that the author put into the parts of crafting pearls from clams and the history surrounding this interesting time period. I greatly enjoyed this novel and most highly recommend it to all readers!

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

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A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

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Rebekah Carrington has the talent and class of a master violinist but there is one problem—she is a female in 1871 Nashville, Tennessee, where women are considered far too delicate for the rigors of an orchestra. After a tense situation causes Rebekah to leave home, she attempts to audition for the Nashville Philharmonic to earn money, only to discover that the new conductor, Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb, agrees with the public’s opinion of female musicians. Meanwhile, Tate is focused on completing his symphony before a deadline, attempting to concentrate his attention on music despite his father’s health rapidly declining. He is initially frustrated by Rebekah’s tenacity, but then he finds himself drawn to her quiet strength. As Tate and Rebekah are forced to work together on a project, Tate tries to earn Rebekah’s trust despite her animosity towards his traditional views on orchestra players.

It is easy to fall in love with Tamera Alexander’s stories because she crafts such rich depth to her characters. I absolutely adored Rebekah in this novel. She is tenacious, she is resilient, she is strong, she has gumption—she has a quiet strength that allows her to pick up the pieces of her broken past and forge ahead, throwing her entire being into her passion for music despite society’s limitations. I could feel the emotions of the characters in the pages and almost hear the impact of the music among the storyline. I loved the surprising twists in the novel and the realistic hardships that the characters had to overcome. It is difficult to book the book down, as every part of the plot is engaging and fascinating. It is definitely a must read and I highly recommend it!

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

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An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Lord Trent Hawthorne is thrilled to be able to marry for love, like his two sisters and his parents did before him. But when a compromising situation forces him to suddenly marry the quiet and meek Lady Adelaide Bell, he is unsure if love is truly possible for him. Determined to make the best of his circumstances, he decides to do something rather unique and court his own wife. As the pressures of London culture and the expectations of the social elite build and cause a drift in their tremulous relationship, Trent and Adelaide must rely on the things they are learning about each other and the growing feelings of their hearts.

I really enjoyed the characters of Trent and Adelaide. They are both unique and quirky and their insecurities and interactions are endearing. I did think the novel moved a little slow in the middle of the storyline and I did hope for a more engaging plot, but nonetheless, the overall story is enjoyable. It was also fun to catch up with a few characters from the first two novels, although reading the stories in order is not required. I did not think the characters in this particular novel developed quite as well or quite as deeply. However, I did think it was a pleasant novel and a worthy read. I recommend this to lovers of historical fiction!

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

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