Yesterday’s Tide by Roseanna M. White

About the Book

In 1942, Evie Farrow is used to life on Ocracoke Island, where every day is the same–until the German U-boats haunting their waters begin to wreak havoc. And when special agent Sterling Bertrand is washed ashore at Evie’s inn, her life is turned upside down. While Sterling’s injuries keep him inn-bound for weeks, making him even more anxious about the man he’s tracking, he becomes increasingly intrigued by Evie, who seems to be hiding secrets of her own.

Decades earlier, in 1914, Englishman Remington Culbreth arrives at the Ocracoke Inn for the summer, but he doesn’t count on falling in love with Louisa Adair, the innkeeper’s daughter. When war breaks out in Europe, and their relationship is put in jeopardy, will their love survive?

As Evie and Sterling work to track down an elusive German agent, they unravel mysteries that go back a generation. The ripples from the Great War are still rocking their lives, and it seems yesterday’s tides may sweep them all into danger again today.

Bestselling and award-winning author Roseanna M. White whisks you away to two periods fraught with peril in this sweeping and romantic dual-time tale.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award winning author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

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My Thoughts

Wow!  This author is one of my favorites, and I thought this novel was one of her best!  I loved the dual timeline and the way the two stories intersected and came together.  There were even twists and turns that I did not see coming, which kept me engaged and reading long into the night on more than one occasion.  I loved the strong female leads and their courage.  There were even a few cameos of characters from her other novels!  The faith thread is solid and well integrated.  The history was also well researched and fascinating.  Honestly, there was nothing about this book that I did not like!  This is definitely a novel that I will be rereading.  I cannot recommend this book enough!

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

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Hearts of Steel by Elizabeth Camden

About the Book

Maggie Molinaro fought through a difficult childhood to create her business, sacrificing for ten years to make the ice cream company successful.  Liam Blackstone is dedicated to designing a safer environment for steelworkers in America.  When Maggie and Liam both come against a common enemy who is determined to destroy their hard work, they must team up to protect not only their businesses but also the hard workers of Manhattan.

About the Author

Elizabeth Camden is best known for her historical novels set in Gilded Age America, featuring clever heroines and richly layered story lines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest libraries in America, but her favorite is the continually growing library in her own home. Her novels have won Christy, Carol, and RITA Awards and have appeared on the CBA bestsellers list. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books. Learn more at elizabethcamden.com.

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My Thoughts

Everything this author writes is absolutely wonderful, including this incredible series, but this book might be my favorite of the three!  You do not need to read the series in order; however, it is nice to get the background on the characters from other books.  As is typical of her books, the author does a fantastic job of researching the history and incorporating it so well into the story.  I felt like I learned a lot about the time period and working conditions in the early twentieth century.  And the villain in this story was a real man, which makes it that much more interesting!  I am also always amazed at the unique jobs of characters in this author’s novels and thought Maggie’s position as owner of an ice cream shop to be a creative career.  Additionally, I loved how strong and independent and smart Maggie is and really adored the development of her relationship with Liam, of course packed with steamy romance.  This book is riveting and engaging and I really enjoyed every part of it.  I highly recommend this series and I cannot wait to see what the author comes up with next!

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

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What Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson

About the Book

Faith Byrne may be good at telling others how to create a great life after tragedy, but she is personally struggling to live by her words.  Her ex-husband and his new wife have whisked her children off to Hawaii, leaving her feeling depressed and unworthy.  She is soon contacted by her childhood friend, Dora Crane, who is interested in using Faith’s podcast to highlight a cold case—the disappearance of her daughter years ago.  As Faith and Dora work through the details of the case, they unveil secrets, and begin to reconcile their pasts and futures.

About the Author

Christina Suzann Nelson (www.christinasuzannnelson.com) is an inspirational speaker and Christy award-winning author. Her first novel, If We Make It Home, was honored as one of Library Journal‘s top five inspirational novels of 2017, and her 2021 novel, The Way It Should Be, won the Christy Award for general fiction.

In 2017, Christina was named the OCW Cascade’s Writer of Promise and received a Cascade award for her novel Swimming in the Deep End. Her stories have been published in the Cup of Comfort for a Better WorldCup of Comfort for Adoptive Families, as well as other publications.

Christina is over-the-top about her passions, including the stories created somewhere in the twists and turns of her less-than-focused brain. When she’s not writing, Christina serves on the board of Every Child Linn-Benton, a nonprofit where she has the opportunity to influence the lives of families and children in the foster care system.

On a typical day, she chases escaped farm animals, reads, hikes with her dog, and enjoys her husband and six kids.

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My Thoughts

A powerful tale of women’s fiction, this novel is an emotional journey full of great character depth and development.  There were hard topics discussed, including broken relationships and hurtful pasts, but there was also a thread of hope in the story.  There are themes of forgiveness, redemption, and finding hope despite grief.  The writing is engaging and raw and it easily brought forth emotions for me as the reader.  I also liked the mystery woven in the novel and thought the plot was unpredictable; despite a slow start, I liked the how the pieces in the different times periods came together near the end of the novel.  My favorite part was the present day interactions of Faith and Dora.  If you are looking for great women’s fiction, definitely check out this novel!

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

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All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes

About the Book

When all of Venice is unmasked, one man’s identity remains a mystery . . .

1807
When a baby is discovered floating in a basket along the quiet canals of Venice, a guild of artisans takes him in and raises him as a son, skilled in each of their trades. Although the boy, Sebastien Trovato, has wrestled with questions of his origins, it isn’t until a woman washes ashore on his lagoon island that answers begin to emerge. In hunting down his story, Sebastien must make a choice that could alter not just his own future, but also that of the beloved floating city.

1904
Daniel Goodman is given a fresh start in life as the century turns. Hoping to redeem a past laden with regrets, he is sent on an assignment from California to Venice to procure and translate a rare book. There, he discovers a city of colliding hope and decay, much like his own life, and a mystery wrapped in the pages of that filigree-covered volume. With the help of Vittoria, a bookshop keeper, Daniel finds himself in a web of shadows, secrets, and discoveries carefully kept within the stones and canals of the ancient city . . . and in the mystery of the man whose story the book does not finish: Sebastien Trovato.

About the Author

Amanda Dykes’s debut novel, Whose Waves These Are, is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Christy Award Book of the Year, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, and the winner of an INSPY Award. She’s also the author of Yours Is the Night and Set the Stars Alight, a 2021 Christy Award finalist.

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My Thoughts

Amanda Dykes has such a way with words!  She writes stories that are told in a beautiful manner, with words that jump off the page and capture you instantly.  Her prose is stunning and gorgeous!  I loved the setting of this novel.  It was remarkable how the setting (the canals of Venice) almost became a character in and of itself.  The descriptions of the scenes make it easy for me to be transported to the two historical timelines.  The characters are equally well written and I was instantly invested in their stories and their romance.  The Christian truths are unique and integrated flawlessly; I found myself reflecting often on the deep questions the characters ask themselves.  The struggle with identity is something most of us have also struggled with and these realistic thoughts made the characters more authentic.  Reading this novel is like reading beautiful poetry.  I cannot recommend it enough!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers, courtesy of Austen Prose Tours with Laurel Ann Nattress.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Engaging Deception by Regina Jennings

About the Book

Olive Kentworth is secretly passionate about architecture, but as a woman in the late nineteenth century, she hides her architectural knowledge behind her cousin Amos, who agrees to pose as a builder for her to work on a home expansion project.  She accepts a position as a nanny to further hide her secret involvement in the project and finds herself working for none other than an architect himself, Maxfield Scott.  Maxfield may find his new nanny intriguing, but he is frustrated by the mysterious builder on one of his projects, leading to some tension between him and Olive.  As Maxfield and Olive grow closer, their secrets may threaten to tear them apart.

About the Author

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.

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My Thoughts

A delightful novel, this book is packed full of fun characters, an interesting plot, and rich topics.  I really enjoyed the interactions of Olive and Maxfield; they are a fun couple to read about as their relationship is full of spirited banter, but also is deep enough to encounter a few tough spots that make them realistic too.  I really love smart, strong heroines and Olive definitely fits that bill.  I also enjoyed reading about how devoted Max is as a father.  Among the fun moments, the author dives into some deeper spiritual truths, including trusting God through grief and learning to become confident in who He made you.  I found the time period, setting, and architectural details wonderfully interwoven into the plot and these great details made the book interesting to read.  I highly recommend this book, and this whole series!

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

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All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes

Thank you for joining me today as I feature All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes on my blog, on tour with Austen Prose Tours!

Book Details

  • Title: All the Lost Places: A Novel
  • Author: Amanda Dykes
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Inspirational Fiction
  • Publisher: ‎Bethany House Publishers (December 13, 2022)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • Format: Hardcover, Trade paperback, & eBook 
  • ISBN: 978-0764239502
  • Tour Dates: December 5 – December 19, 2022

Book Description

When all of Venice is unmasked, one man’s identity remains a mystery . . .

1807
When a baby is discovered floating in a basket along the quiet canals of Venice, a guild of artisans takes him in and raises him as a son, skilled in each of their trades. Although the boy, Sebastien Trovato, has wrestled with questions of his origins, it isn’t until a woman washes ashore on his lagoon island that answers begin to emerge. In hunting down his story, Sebastien must make a choice that could alter not just his own future, but also that of the beloved floating city.

1904
Daniel Goodman is given a fresh start in life as the century turns. Hoping to redeem a past laden with regrets, he is sent on an assignment from California to Venice to procure and translate a rare book. There, he discovers a city of colliding hope and decay, much like his own life, and a mystery wrapped in the pages of that filigree-covered volume. With the help of Vittoria, a bookshop keeper, Daniel finds himself in a web of shadows, secrets, and discoveries carefully kept within the stones and canals of the ancient city . . . and in the mystery of the man whose story the book does not finish: Sebastien Trovato.

About the Author

Amanda Dykes’s debut novel, Whose Waves These Are, is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Christy Award Book of the Year, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, and the winner of an INSPY Award. She’s also the author of Yours Is the Night and Set the Stars Alight, a 2021 Christy Award finalist.

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Advance Praise

  • “This lyrical dual-narrative historical from Dykes (Set the Stars Alight) dives into the histories of Venice, Italy, and Venice Beach, California.”— Publisher’s Weekly 
  • “Introspective, surprising, and achingly beautiful.”— Booklist starred review
  • “Dykes’s pen is fused with magic and poetry. Every word’s a gentle wave building into the splendor that is All the Lost Places, where struggles for identity and a place to belong find hope between the pages of a timeless story.”— J’Nell Ciesielski, bestselling author of The Socialite
  • “Luscious writing, authentic characters, and an ending that satisfies to the core of the spirit, this novel is another winner from Amanda Dykes.”— Heidi Chiavaroli, Carol Award-winning author of Freedom’s Ring and Hope Beyond the Waves

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My Thoughts

Amanda Dykes has such a way with words!  She writes stories that are told in a beautiful manner, with words that jump off the page and capture you instantly.  Her prose is stunning and gorgeous!  I loved the setting of this novel.  It was remarkable how the setting (the canals of Venice) almost became a character in and of itself.  The descriptions of the scenes make it easy for me to be transported to the two historical timelines.  The characters are equally well written and I was instantly invested in their stories and their romance.  The Christian truths are unique and integrated flawlessly; I found myself reflecting often on the deep questions the characters ask themselves.  The struggle with identity is something most of us have also struggled with and these realistic thoughts made the characters more authentic.  Reading this novel is like reading poetry.  I cannot recommend it enough!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers, courtesy of Austen Prose Tours with Laurel Ann Nattress.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen

Thank you for joining me today as I feature The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen on my blog, on tour with Austen Prose Tours!

Book Details

  • Title: The Sisters of Sea View
  • Series: On Devonshire Shores (Book 1)
  • Author: Julie Klassen
  • Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
  • Publisher: ‎Bethany House Publishers (December 6, 2022)
  • Length: 448 pages
  • Format: hardcover, trade paperback, & eBook 
  • ISBN: 978-0764234262
  • Tour Dates: November 28 – December 12, 2022

Book Description

Some guests have come for a holiday, others for hidden reasons of their own . . .

When their father’s death leaves them impoverished, Sarah Summers and her genteel sisters fear they will be forced to sell the house and separate to earn livelihoods as governesses or companions. Determined to stay together, Sarah convinces them to open their seaside home to guests to make ends meet and provide for their ailing mother. Instead of the elderly invalids they expect to receive, however, they find themselves hosting eligible gentlemen. Sarah is soon torn between a growing attraction to a mysterious Scottish widower and duty to her family.

Viola Summers wears a veil to cover her scar. When forced to choose between helping in her family’s new guest house and earning money to hire a maid to do her share, she chooses the latter. She reluctantly agrees to read to some of Sidmouth’s many invalids, preferring the company of a few elders with failing eyesight to the fashionable guests staying in their home. But when her first client turns out to be a wounded officer in his thirties, Viola soon wishes she had chosen differently. Her new situation exposes her scars–both visible and those hidden deep within–and her cloistered heart will never be the same.

Join the Summers sisters on the Devonshire coast, where they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, love, and new beginnings.

About the Author

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. Her books have sold over a million copies, and she is a three-time recipient of the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award and has been a finalist in the RITA and Carol Awards. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  • “Jane Austen fans will delight in this nimble series launch…Klassen excels at weaving her various story lines, each emphasizing the colorful qualities of her characters and allowing them the space to shine. Readers will be eager for the next installment.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
  • “Julie Klassen delights with a winsome love story…” —Publisher’s Weekly, on A Castaway in Cornwall
  • “I couldn’t put it down! It you are a historical fiction fan you need this one on your radar! It was a spooky delight full of heart. ”—Anne Mendez, The Lit Bitch, on Shadows of Swanford Abbey
  • “…a wonderfully engaging novel full of intriguing characters and storylines. I highly recommend it and can’t wait for more in the series.” —Laura Gerold, Laura’s Reviews, on The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

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My Thoughts

Another incredible novel by a truly talented writer, Julie Klassen pens a story that is captivating and mesmerizing.  I love the way this author tells stories by creating characters with realistic flaws, wonderful depth, and great growth that makes me feel like I get to know real people from long ago.  I enjoyed getting to know Sarah and Viola in this novel and their journey was something that I was easily invested in as I longed to find out if they had happy endings.  I am excited to read the next story in the series to see if each gets her happily ever after.  I really liked the exploration of both the physical scars and hidden scars of Viola and Jack.  The setting is perfect for the character growth and mysteries surrounding the characters.  I could also envision strolling along the sea with the sisters.  The spiritual truths are also well woven and do not feel preachy.  I really enjoyed this novel and cannot wait to read the next one in the series.  Most highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers, courtesy of Austen Prose Tours with Laurel Ann Nattress.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Falling for the Cowgirl by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

With four brothers, Ivy McQuaid is not a stranger to roping and riding with ranchers.  She saves earnings from her secret cowhand competitions with hopes that she can buy her own land someday.  However, her plans are thrown into jeopardy when Jericho Bliss rides back into town, a man who once broke her heart.  Jericho is afraid to get too close to Ivy as he fears he will put her life in danger, but he cannot help but be drawn to her beauty and bold spirit.  The danger draws closer and soon forces Jericho and Ivy to make decisions that involve their lives and their hearts.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of over 30 historical novels for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards, including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Awards. Jody lives in Michigan with her husband, busy family, and five spoiled cats. Learn more at jodyhedlund.com.

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My Thoughts

Ivy is a great lead character—strong, tenacious, intelligent, and bold.  I loved reading about her independent personality and her stubborn heart.  I enjoyed the enemies to lovers romance trope in this novel.  The struggles of Ivy and Jericho make them realistic and allowed me to connect with them well.  The author does such a great job of incorporating spiritual truths of forgiveness and trust.  And of course the romance was definitely swoon worthy while still being clean.  I liked the action and danger in the novel and the book easily kept from attention from start to finish.  I enjoyed reading about couples from past novels in this series and although this novel is a complete story on its own, reading the series in order does make it more fun to read about the past characters.  A highly recommend read by a 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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The Premonition at Withers Farm by Jaime Jo Wright

About the Book

In 1910 Michigan, Perliett Van Hilton carefully balances the elements of faith she inherited from her father and the curiosity of the supernatural her mother embraces.  When a young lady is murdered in their small town and the killer appears to target Perliett next, she realizes that evil is very real.  Meanwhile, in present day, Molly Wasziak is struggling with grief and finding hope after tragic loss.  Less than thrilled with her husband’s purchase of a haunted farm, she grows increasingly concerned with the ghost-like activity around her new home.  Despite the separation of more than a century, as danger closes in on Perliett and Molly, both must face demons from the past and present in order to overcome the fear of the future.

About the Author

Jaime Jo Wright is the author of seven novels, including Christy Award winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She’s also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her cat named Foo; her husband, Cap’n Hook; and their two mini-adults, Peter Pan and CoCo. Learn more at jaimewrightbooks.com.

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My Thoughts

I think my heart is still pounding from reading this exciting novel!  With deliciously creepy supernatural events and unbelievably spine-chilling twists, this book will take you on a wild ride from beginning to end.  I had such a hard time putting the book down and indeed counted down the work hours until I could read once again.  I made the mistake of reading late into the night whilst home alone to finish this book and every creak of my own home made me jump in anticipation of a ghost around the corner.  In typical fashion, the supernatural has a logical explanation, but the journey of suspense kept me curled up under a blanket late into the night!  I absolutely love how this author does not shy away from tough subjects and she explores each with sensitivity and realistic circumstances that make the characters and their struggles so raw and real.  This book tackles depression, miscarriages, and loss and does so with great depth and emotion.  I felt connected to the characters for this reason and loved reading about their mental and spiritual growth throughout the story.  I also really liked the romance of two married individuals, as this is a unique romance for a modern story.  I think my favorite character was Sid; everyone needs a best friend who sticks by you when you think you see ghosts.  I loved everything about this novel and highly recommend it!  I cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next!

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

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To Win a Prince by Toni Shiloh

About the Book

Iris Blakely desires for her talent for fashion to help the impoverished, hoping to start a business to fulfill this dream.  However, when she learns that the arrogant and irritating Ekon Diallo will be her business consultant, she is less than thrilled about the prospect.  Ekon has lost everything and he is determined to win it back, even if it means pleasing the prickly Iris.  As he and Iris work closely together, he realizes that he may have much to learn from the intriguing beautiful woman who has a heart as big as the islands.

About the Author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. Her novel Grace Restored was a 2019 HOLT Medallion finalist, and Risking Love was a 2020 Selah Award finalist. As a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Toni loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media and at tonishiloh.com.

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My Thoughts

Having enjoyed In Search of a Prince, I was delighted to read this second book.  I think the author does a great job of writing characters that you learn to care about!  I really liked Iris as she possess a huge heart and has great compassion and empathy.  Ekon is arrogant and entitled and yet even he grew on me as Iris’s good nature slowly wore off onto him.  I love the way the author incorporates many spiritual themes and truths into the growth of the characters, the development of their relationship, and the formation of the plot.  They truly are a central part of the story.  I also liked the way the author did not shy away from writing about deep cultural and social issues.  It made the plot seem more authentic and realistic.  And the setting is something I wish I could visit!  I really liked this book and look forward to more from this author.

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