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The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin

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Violet Lindstrom, serving with the American Red Cross, is sent overseas to Britain to help with programs for the local children as well as the men of the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943.  She is hoping that her experience will help her with her future goal of becoming a medical missionary to Africa like her great aunt and great uncle.  She meets Lieutenant Adler Paxton, a pilot with ambitious goals of being an ace.  He struggles to manage the skies over France before the D-day invasion.  As he and Violet work side by side, their past secrets are brought to light and may affect their relationship forever.

I enjoyed the history and storyline of this book.  Sarah Sundin always does such a great job of researching the time period and the specifics of the military to give a detailed backdrop to an interesting plot. The characters are flawed and relatable but through journeys of faith and maturing, they are transformed with God’s grace and forgiveness.  It is not absolutely necessary to read the first book in this series to enjoy this one, but it does give you some background information.  I am looking forward to the next book!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard

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Willow Anderson uses her career as a forensic genealogist to pursue answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than two decades ago.  As she comes closer to the truth, someone does not want her discovering all the answers and begins to threaten and endanger her life.  She turns to a previous crush and ex-FBI agent, Austin McKade, who is eager to help her and work closely with her.  Old love and tender emotions flare up as they race against the clock to solve the mystery before it is too late.

This book has nonstop action from the beginning to the end as the story unfolds and twists and turns unexpectedly.  The action slows down briefly at moments to develop the interesting characters and allow their romance to blossom.  There is even room for faith based principles of honesty and forgiveness.  This is my first book by this author and I am eager to read more by her!  She has a gift for story telling and her words grab you and do not let go.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Luke Schrock returns to Stoney Ridge after rehab, determined to apologize for his past behaviors to those in his hometown that he hurt.  He is not well received or trusted, however, causing him to be forced to face further consequences of his past actions.  He meets Izzy Miller, also boarding at Windmill Farm, and hopes to befriend her. But Izzy remains uninterested, despite Luke’s best efforts.  So in a dramatic and grand gesture, he attempts to locate her mother, only to find answers that no one was expecting.

Once again, this author pens a story that draws you into the story with its detailed descriptions and scenes.  This novel has interesting characters that are interesting, some of which (like Uncle Hank), add humor to the story.  There is a mystery that does not make the plot predictable and adds unexpected twists and turns.  It has pieces of redemption and faith intertwined among the storyline.  I am looking forward to the rest of the series and recommend this book to those who enjoy Amish fiction!

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We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels

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Elizabeth Balsam is hesitant when she is asked to deliver a mysterious box of photos to an old relative, but when circumstances at her job give her free time, she decides to take a break from the city and join her great aunt at her rural home outside of Detroit.  While rummaging through Nora’s house, Elizabeth finds connections to the turbulent racial tensions of the 1960s and 70s in Detroit and the 1860s Civil War.  The further Elizabeth digs, the more she discovers secrets from her family’s past that may alter her future.

This book is such a unique time split novel, giving readers detailed glimpses into the racial tensions of three critical social eras—the height of the Civil War, the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, and modern society.  Each timeline is crafted with great research from the time period and allows readers to get a personalized glimpse of the effects of racism in America. There were moments when the attitudes of some of the characters made me uncomfortable and I found myself asking if that was because I too harbored some deep, quiet thoughts that were not God-honoring, giving me insight that passive ignorance is as dangerous as outright racism. It was so interesting to see how attitudes may not have entirely changed despite 150 years of attempted progress. The history was very interesting and well researched.  I love books that make me think and this novel does that with its questions and its conflicts.  I enjoyed the characters and appreciated that their stories felt realistic, not entirely ending with everything tied up in a neat little bow.  I greatly enjoyed this debut book by this author and look forward to many more wonderful reads by her!  I most highly recommend this novel!

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In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn

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Adam Campbell never expects to come across his name printed across the abdomen of a dead body, but his newest case with the dive team finds just that—and he discovers that the deceased has some unknown connection to himself.  Adam teams up with Dr. Sabrina Fleming, relying on her forensic and computer skills to unravel the strange pieces of the case.  As they work closely together, their friendship developing into something more.  However, there is still a killer who is determined to stop Adam and Sabrina from digging deeper and discovering a possible link to human trafficking that is much larger than either of them initially suspect.

This book has great action and fast-paced flow of the plot!  I was also impressed with the author’s ability to craft characters with depth and with developing relationships, which is oftentimes overlooked in fast-paced novels. The author also tackles the difficult topic of human trafficking, which gives insight into modern day slavery that is very real in the US.  The twits and turns kept me guessing.  I liked this book and recommend it to those who love contemporary suspense!

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A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson

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Millie Sullivan needs money to support her ailing grandmother, so when her grandmother tells her about a mysterious fortune hidden at a palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia, Millie gets an idea to locate the treasure.  She gets a job as a 1920’s-era guest during tours at the estate to snoop but when she is caught by the security guard, Ben Thornton, Millie finds an unlikely partner in her search.  Ben has his own reasons to find a treasure and her offer to split the find is too tempting to pass up.  As they uncover the past, they realize that some secrets are better left buried.

This novel has romance and intrigue sprinkled among the contemporary storyline as well as glimpses of the 1920s from Millie’s great-grandmother’s journal.  The setting of the story in a mysterious old estate lends the perfect backdrop to the secrets in Millie’s past and in the town. The storyline is interesting and the romance is sweet.  I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story and recommend this novel to those who like contemporary romance with some mystery and history interwoven among the pages.

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The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to discover that his grandmother has passed and left her large fortune to him and his sister Hitty, but with the stipulation that he marry a proper Quaker or the fortune is turned over their evil relatives.  Feeling like their controlling grandmother is trying to manipulate them from the grave, Henry and Hitty are determined to satisfy the will’s conditions even if it means overcoming some obstacles along the way.

Although the books in this series do not necessarily need to be read in order, readers will enjoy connecting with past characters in this third installment.  Once again the characters are set against a rich history with unique customs and interesting pasts.  The novel is well written and well researched.  This story includes romance and mystery and has unpredictable portions that make it interesting.  I recommend this novel to those who like historical fiction.

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