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The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Betsy Zook feels like her life is coming together—she has a wonderful family, beautiful looks, and the attentions of the handsome and devoted Hans. But her life is suddenly changed forever when she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid and removed from all she holds dear. She is stunned to meet a comfort during her captivity, a native who encourages her to seek God despite her circumstances. Tessa Bauer is jealous of Betsy’s perfect life and particularly envious of Hans’ devoted attention. When Betsy is taken captive, she is ashamed but thrilled when Hans turns to her for comfort. She overlooks Hans’ simmering anger as she grows closer to Hans during Betsy’s absence. Inspired by true events, Betsy and Tessa maneuver life in prerevolutionary Pennsylvania among the Amish and the Native Americans, growing and maturing in ways they had never imagined.

I have mentioned before on my blog that I am not a big reader of Amish fiction, but I have immensely enjoyed this series Amish Beginnings by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I particularly liked this third installment and think it is my favorite of the series. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried—often—during this novel. The author does a phenomenal job of crafting deep emotions that encourages the reader to feel the same feelings as the characters. I loved Betsy and admired her strength and ability to overcome her circumstances. Even though Tessa made mistakes and errors, her actions are not unlike shameful sins I too have performed, allowing me to connect with her as well. I also find it fascinating that many of the events in the novel are based on true events, a testament to the author’s ability to perform research of interesting history. Not everything works out perfectly in the end (although the story does have a good conclusion), which I always find to be a more honest and relatable way to write books. It is not necessary to read the first two books to understand this third one, but I do encourage readers to also give those books a try. I truly cannot recommend this novel enough, even for those who do not consider themselves fans of Amish fiction.

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

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Freedom’s Price by Christine Johnson

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After her father’s death, Catherine Haynes risks everything to travel from England to America in order to seek her mother’s family in Louisiana. But first the ship is delayed and then Catherine arrives to her family’s plantation only to find the plantation in disarray and the family scattered. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a wrecker she met in Key West, to help her discover the truth about the strange events surrounding her mother’s beloved home. As they dig deeper, they find that danger lurks at every corner.

I was initially drawn into the plot of this novel and was excited to see where the events would lead. It was good to connect with old characters as well. However, as the story unfolded, the circumstances became very dark. I appreciate that the author is willing to shed light on the painful events of slavery in America’s past, but I found the villain in this novel to be even more sinister than I think the story required. I especially was frustrated that Catherine was initially painted as intelligent and courageous but she walked right into the trap, which did not really fit with her character. Combined with choppy writing, I must say I liked the first two books in this series much more than this third installment. The story is improved by a good ending, but I would have much more appreciated a slightly different turn of events. Nonetheless, I do recommend this series.

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

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Naomi’s Hope by Jan Drexler

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Naomi Schrock has never considered herself beautiful or deserving of a husband or family. But when she and her family rescue orphaned Davey from a burned out building, she finally feels a loving connection as mother. She is content raising Davey among the 1846 Amish community in Indiana, and yet something is missing—a father for Davey and husband with which to share life. Cap Stoltzfus is new to the community but he is immediately drawn to Naomi’s quiet strength. Yet he is not certain he has recovered from losing his lovely wife and young son. But when someone attempts to take Davey from Naomi, a loving fatherly instinct rises in him and he finds himself desiring to protect the young family from danger.

I am not usually a lover of Amish fiction, but I have immensely enjoyed this series by Jan Drexler. She weaves such deep characters full of broken pasts and regrettable mistakes among the interesting backdrop of simple Amish life. It was wonderful to read about previous characters while also getting to know Noami better. The plot has some twists and turns that are not altogether predictable and the romance is clean and sweet. The beginning is a little slow although it picks up by the end of the book. I greatly enjoyed this third installment and wish I did not have to say goodbye to these lovely characters. A highly recommended novel and a wonderful ending to this series!

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When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

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Quintessa Beaumont decides to help out with the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) to do her part for World War II. As she is working to prove herself, she is forced to work with Dan Avery, who is more concerned with his goal to make admiral than helping her. But when Quintessa discovers a possible spy link in the Navy, she tries to enlist Dan’s help, hoping he can set aside his career advancement to assist her in a dangerous mission.

I have enjoyed the first two novels in this series and was excited to read more about Tess. She is determined to prove she is more than a pretty face and I admired her gumption and tenacity in this book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and appreciated the depth the author invested into their personalities. The passion of the characters combined with the interesting detailed history makes for a fascinating read. I also liked the suspense and mystery interspersed in the story. Combined with hidden romance and true spiritual struggles, this novel is a great read. Recommended to all lovers of historical fiction!

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

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Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

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Lexie Graham is a single mom with a full time demanding career as police chief, leaving her no time for romance. Adam Stone has a past and it involves the law, so when Lexie catches his eye, he knows it will be a rocky relationship. When Lexie has to enlist Adam’s help to assist a young man, they are forced to spend time together, causing sparks to fly and a different future than either of them anticipated.

I greatly enjoyed the first two installments in this series and was equally delighted by the third novel! I liked the contrasting characters and their interesting, complex pasts that played such a crucial role in their current relationships. The charm of this seaside town does not disappoint and I was pleased to once again read about secondary characters from Hope Harbor. The story unfolds well, a true testament to the author’s skilled writing. Mix together romance and faith, add interesting characters and stories, and you have yet another wonderful Irene Hannon read, recommended to all lovers of contemporary fiction!

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A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot

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Lydia Crawford follows her love to Cimarron Creek, Texas, from central New York, but she is not expecting the hostility she discovers towards Northerners in the Deep South. Even more of a shock is when Lydia arrives in Texas, expecting to be excitedly reunited with her fiancé, only to learn that not only has he disappeared, but also he has left a pregnant wife in his wake. Disappointed but uncertain where else to go, Lydia is grateful to befriend the wealthy and enigmatic Aunt Bertha, who takes Lydia under her wing without question and coaxes her to open a candy shop, convinced that fudge and other treats will sweeten the attitude of the townspeople towards Lydia. But when items began disappearing from the town’s shops and secrets abound, Lydia once again faces hostility from her neighbors, who suspect she may be the culprit.

This novel has a mix of romance, mystery, betrayal, suspense, and Biblical themes. I thought that the beginning was a little slow. I also was grateful for the genealogy chart in the front of the book as there were a lot of names introduced in the first few chapters, but once I was able to get into the story a little more, I found it was enjoyable. I liked that not every part was predictable and there was a bit of mystery sprinkled throughout. I thought some of the parts seemed unrealistic and worked out a little too perfectly, and I found it a little difficult to connect with the characters for this reason, but nonetheless the storyline is interesting. I am looking forward to hopefully delving deeper into their lives in books 2 and 3!

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

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Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

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Andi Hollister’s sister was murdered eighteen years ago and the convicted killer’s execution is only days away when a sudden event causes Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit to reopen the case. Andi wants nothing more than to close the door on her sister’s death, but she cannot ignore new evidence that may reveal the wrong individual was condemned. It becomes even more deadly, however, when the investigation begins to connect to other more recent murders and untangle a web of intrigue, danger, and suspense. Andi and Will must race against the clock to find the real murderer before it is too late.

This story has action and suspense from page one and was definitely an exciting read. I enjoyed the plotline and thought the twists and turns were unexpected and complex. I also appreciated how the author incorporated an interesting subplot and perspective on drug addiction. My one critique is that the storyline focused on the action at the expense of character and romantic development. I thought the romance was choppy and I did not get to know the characters as well as I had wanted, especially since there were quite a few introduced at the beginning. Nevertheless, the plot itself is worth reading and will keep you guessing until the very end!

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

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