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Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Captain Reynolds Macy returns to Nantucket Island six years after sailing away to find whale oil only to discover that things are very different from the life that he left behind. And tragedy strikes soon, forcing him to accept change quicker than he would like.  Bold and spirited, Daphne Coffin does not see Ren as aloof as he wishes to appear, but instead looks beneath the surface to his lonely and aching heart.  However, she is yet promised to another, causing turmoil in her head and in her heart.

This author does a good job of transporting her readers back in time.  I enjoyed the descriptive plot that allowed me to learn more about an interesting era.  The dialogue between characters flowed well and allowed the storyline to read seamlessly. Despite the story taking place hundreds of years ago, the trials between the relationships of the characters are applicable to today.  It was also fun to read more about persons from the last book.  I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction.

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

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The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

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Abra Miller’s life forever changes when she discovers the Tree of Life, but as the years pass and she cannot find the next Tree, she begins to think the experience was nothing but a dream.  That is, until an ominous woman encourages Abra to travel to New Orleans to find one of seven gateways between this world and Over There.  Abra encounters another traveler as she enters the Edge of Over There and must attempt to discern whom to trust before it is too late.

Once again this author has crafted a creative plot with descriptive imagery.  The storyline is interesting and contains imaginative twists and turns.  The writing draws in the reader from the first page and effortlessly allows the reader to become a part of the fictional world.  The story explores heavy concepts of life and depth with an ease that is unique and thought provoking.  I enjoyed the first book by this author and find this story equally enjoyable.  A YA read great for any age!

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A Rebel Heart by Beth White

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Selah Daughtry is struggling to keep her family from dire straits five years after the end of the Civil War.  Her home plantation, once thriving and successful, now lies in ruins and debt. She is nearly ready to give up her homeland when she meets Levi Riggins, who suggests turning her home into a hotel in order to save it.  Selah agrees, only to discover that Levi is harboring a few secrets of his own, secrets that could put her and her family in danger.

This novel is full of interesting history and creative twists and turns.  I read many historical novels that take place during the Civil War but it was unique to read more about the time after the war, when families were struggling to rebuild.  The characters face challenges that change them and form them into more mature individuals.  I liked the interactions between the characters.  I struggled to like Levi as much as I think I was meant to, but I liked Selah and overall enjoyed the romance.  I am looking forward to reading more about the Daughtry family in the rest of the series.  I recommend this historical novel!

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Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

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When Detective Rachel Sloan receives a strange visit from an Elvis Impersonator with a photo of her murdered mother and suspicions about her death, she decides to open the cold case—only to have her only witness murdered before she can even get a head start. Determined more than ever to get to the bottom of these events, she navigates Elvis week in Memphis, questioning anyone connected with the case.  She is tasked with working with her old flame Lieutenant Boone Callahan.  But Rachel is afraid that Boone will not let her get close to the case with her emotional ties and begins to withhold secrets from her coworkers, causing the enemy to be able to close in on Rachel herself.

If you like suspense novels, this book is for you!  I like the action in the novel but also appreciate how the author slows down the timeline to develop the characters and their relationships.  It allows me, as the reader, to better understand the actions and events of the story.  The author also gives the reader a peek into the mind of the villain, contributing a suspenseful plot.  Additionally, I liked that there was a special needs character in the book.  This novel has mystery, unpredictable events, and sprinkles of romance and spirituality.  A joy to read and recommended to lovers of contemporary fiction!

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Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

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Ben Garrison is weeks away from retirement from the Army as a physician when he receives a call that his beloved grandfather has passed away and left him an interesting inheritance—a lighthouse in coastal Hope Harbor. Thinking that he will simply travel to the small town to sell the lighthouse before moving on to a career as a physician in Ohio, Ben is struck by the peaceful setting and quirky characters, including the feisty Marci Weber. Marci settled into Hope Harbor several years ago in order to escape her past. She does not appreciate the arrival of Ben and his determination to sell the historic lighthouse. But as Marci butts heads with Ben, she learns that there is more to this Army doctor than meets the eye.

I have really enjoyed this series and was excited to return to picturesque Hope Harbor. The characters in this installment once again have turbulent pasts that create a depth to their personalities with which it is easy to connect. I also really liked the secondary characters and their side story. This author does such a great job of demonstrating how faith grows and changes during difficult circumstances, creating applicable lessons for the reader. I really liked the plot and some interesting twists from the characters’ pasts. The romance is tastefully done. I highly recommend this novel and the whole series!

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The Golden Vial by Thomas Locke

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Near death from a mysterious illness, Hyam is vulnerable and weak. Queen Shona is determined to offer aid and travels to Hyam in an attempt to save him. Shona encounters Dally, a gifted orphaned servant girl with secretive abilities. When evil descends and darkness grows stronger, Dally braves her fears and steps forward to assist, hoping she can save the world before it is too late.

I enjoyed the first two novels and was looking forward to this third installment. Readers definitely need to read this series in order. I thought this book was a good continuation but felt more rushed than the other books in the series, sacrificing the development of the characters in the process and causing me to feel like I missed out on some important details, especially regarding Dally. However, this does not detract from the creativity once again of the plot and the interesting twists and turns of the story. I enjoyed this novel and recommend it to lovers of fantasy fiction!

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Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Phoebe Starbuck is finally moving beyond carrying out her father’s whims and his desires and doing something for herself. She sets sail on an adventure out of Nantucket with two gifts from her father, one of which is a journal of Great Grandmother Mary. But soon Phoebe’s adventure is not all that she dreamed it would be. Feeling alone and disillusioned, she finds comfort in Mary’s journal. But Phoebe discovers more than simply wisdom in the journal, and the secrets she uncovers could alter the lives around her in a drastic way.

I have enjoyed previous books by this author and was looking forward to this one. This novel is full of well-written descriptions that allow me to visualize the scenery and setting well. Even though the timeline might be centuries earlier, the struggles of the characters are relevant to today. It was also interesting to read about Phoebe’s great grandmother Mary’s own story. I personally did not feel much chemistry between the key romantic characters. However, it was an interesting read and I recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction!

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