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Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham

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Penny Ercanbeck likes her job as a clerk in the dead letter office because sometimes she comes across interesting life stories or love letters that are lost.  When a letter from man to a woman falls into her lap, she realizes that this is not an ordinary letter.  The man’s desperation and hopelessness pulls at her heartstrings and causes her to set off on an adventure to identify the missing woman and provide comfort for the man.  Her travels take her to Azure Springs, Iowa, where she meets the letter-writer and finds herself falling for him.  As secrets emerge and danger lurks, Penny must search her heart for what God is planning for her own life.

The premise of the story easily intrigued me as it was original and not like something I had read before.  Combined with the talent this author demonstrated in her debut novel last year, I was eagerly anticipating this book!  Once again, Rachel Fordham writes sweet, faith-filled romance.  I thought the story moved a little slowly and I did not feel the spark between Thomas and Penny.  The ending also wrapped up just a little too conveniently for it to be believable as well.  Nonetheless, I did enjoy the book and liked reading about the history of the dead letter office.  I liked how the story was broken up with intermittent letters, which was creative. I am definitely a fan of this author and cannot wait to see what she writes next!  I recommend this book to those who like historical romance.

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

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Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker

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Cohen Marah experiences his childhood reimagined.  All the pain he saw in his past—his parents’ separation and the accident he witnessed. He befriends two children in the forest who take him on a dark adventure.  But soon Cohen’s past and present collide and he cannot differentiate between reality and fantasy.  And through it all he begins to wonder if he was in fact the man who was responsible for his father’s death.

This author writes great suspenseful fiction!  His words seem to jump off the page with their vivid descriptions.  The plot is interesting and complex, making you as the reader begin to wonder with the protagonist what is real and what is not real.  This is not my typical genre, which I would classify as science fiction, but the book pulled me in and drew me along on its journey with ease.  The Christian principles are not as obvious as other Christian fiction, but there is evidence of a Greater Being throughout the story.  There are enough gritty topics to create depth to the story as well, which also means this is probably best suited for adult audiences.  I recommend this book to those who like science fiction and are looking for a great read in that category!

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

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All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

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Annie Jacobson’s brother leaves her with a task as he departs for war in 1967—to contact their estranged father if he should not make it back.  But then Annie’s father returns home while her brother is overseas, forcing her to deal with past hurts and awkward futures.  Despite the past, however, Annie has to pull together with her father and family as they face difficult times in the midst of war.

This story is an emotional rollercoaster, taking you on a ride with tears and heartbreak.  The author does a great job creating relatable characters and I felt myself connecting with them and their feelings easily throughout the book.  The characters are not perfect, but learn and grow well throughout the book.  The topics that the author tackles are not light by any means—PTSD, grief, war, racism, and faith—but she does so with tact and respect.  I really did enjoy the novel despite the heavier topics and found myself reflecting on the story after I finished the book.  The history was also an interesting time period and the details were fascinating.  I recommend this book to those who like historical fiction.

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

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Living Lies by Natalie Walters

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Lane Kent returns to her hometown looking for hope after the death of her husband.  However, instead of hope and a fresh start, Lane finds a dead body.  She then must work with the town’s new deputy, Charlie Lynch, to discover the truth behind the murder.  As she and Charlie work to uncover secrets, Lane realizes that their digging may uncover one of her darkest secrets from her own past.

This debut book has received a lot of buzz so I was excited to read it, and it was definitely worth it! Nail-biting suspense, non-stop action, and a fast-paced plot follow two wonderfully rich and complex characters as they desperately try to find truth before it is too late.  There are spiritual messages woven among the pages that are not “preachy” in nature.  It is hard to specifically say what I loved so much about this book without giving away the best parts, but suffice it to say that this book is a must-read!  I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it! I definitely will be reading more by this author!

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Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner

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Cadie has given her boyfriend Will multiple chances to prove that he loves her as much as she loves him.  But when he fails—again—to give her the big gesture she’s looking for, she decides to dump him.  Focused on his career and making his future stable enough for marriage, Will misses the clues Cadie keeps dropping and is stunned when she decides to call it quits.  However, he is determined to win her back, convinced that Cadie is the love of his life, even if she does not realize it yet.

This is my first read by this author and it most certainly will not be my last!  Her writing style is seamless and easy to read.  I enjoyed the romance in this novel—it reminded me of a wonderful 1990s romantic comedy movie!  The characters have flaws and make a rather big mistake in the middle of the book that adds dimension and depth to their personalities and allows the plot to have some complexity.  I would not recommend this book for younger readers due to the sensitive nature of some of the romance, but I think it is perfect for adult readers!  I really liked this book and recommend it to those who love contemporary romance!

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On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Camden Grayson is ready to “move on” and do something different.  But before her life can speed in a new direction, her father buys an island off the coast of Maine, and plans to involve his estranged daughters in its renovation.  Camden is initially skeptical of her dad’s idea, but she soon finds herself entranced by the island’s slower pace.  She also meets the gruff island schoolteacher.  Camden soon discovers that moving on may not be as difficult as she initially thought.

I typically enjoy this author’s Amish stories and was excited to try her new contemporary romance. Like her other novels, she crafts characters that are easy to connect with and relationships that are complex and realistic.  I liked the way the romance slowly built and was not rushed.  The book has themes of forgiveness and second chances that are relatable.  The story is sweet and quirky and fun to read.  I enjoyed this novel and look forward to more in the series!

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The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith

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King Solomon possessed much wealth and power—and also many wives.  Four of his wives, Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba, all love the king in different ways.  In ancient Israel, dreams and desires battle with the practicalities of being one of several loves of the king.   And each faces either the return of their affection or the ultimate betrayal.

Based on fiction and true Biblical facts, this story gives a personal look at what may have happened with the lives and relationships of the many wives of King Solomon.  Although I did not read the individual Loves of King Solomon stories, I was able to follow this storyline without much difficulty. The book came alive with its colorful descriptions and vivid details.  King Solomon’s struggles were a reminder that even the most rich and wise person still needs the grace of God.  I enjoyed this story and recommend it to those who like Biblical fiction.

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