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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!

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

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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.

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

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The Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart

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Darcie and Walter Goodwin join the Shaker community initially to avoid the cholera epidemic, but when Walter is suddenly killed, Darcie has nowhere else to go.  She harbors a secret, though, a pregnancy conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village.  Worried about their judgment, Darcie forms an unlikely friendship with widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter.

This story gives an interesting perspective of the very strict Shaker community.  I learned a lot about their culture and their history. The characters immediately grabbed my attention and drew me in.  I really liked Darcie and felt the emotions that she was feeling in the story.  The details of daily life make it easy to picture the backdrop to the story.  The theme of trusting God is well incorporated into the storyline.  I enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who enjoy unique historical fiction.

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

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Rise of the Mystics by Ted Dekker

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Rachelle Matthews must find and recover five ancient seals in two worlds before powerful, evil enemies destroy her.  Peace is the result of her success, but death and darkness is the result of her failure. In the first book, she found the first three seals.  But now she is captured and awaiting her fate in the dungeon, and all hope of recovering the remaining seals feels lost.

Nail biting, thrill seeking, suspenseful fiction at its best!  The first book left me hanging, wanting to know more, and I could not wait to get my hands on the second book.  I definitely recommend reading these books in order.  The action only gets more intense as Rachelle continues to try to defeat evil. I appreciate how complex the author makes these stories and find myself reading his books late into the night. They truly transport you to a new dimension and make you question everything about reality.  I highly recommend this book and this series!

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

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The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker

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Rachelle Matthews must find and recover five ancient seals in two worlds before powerful, evil enemies destroy her.  Peace is the result of her success, but death and darkness is the result of her failure.

Once again, Ted Dekker delivers a fast-paced, high-action, creative plot that is easy to read.  I love how he can take what seems to be abstract concepts and craft a story that makes sense and comes together seamlessly. It is like living in two separate worlds or two separate dimensions—sleeping or dreaming.  His fiction stretches the edges of reality and imagination.  I greatly enjoyed the start to this new series and look forward to the next installment, as this one leaves you hanging, wanting to know the ending of the story.  I highly recommend this book.

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Sweet on You by Becky Wade

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Zander and Britt have been friends as long as they can remember—but when Zander returns from a trip abroad, he finds himself seeing Britt in a new light.  Afraid that his romantic feelings may upset their friendship, he tries to keep his feelings to himself.  But as he and Britt team up to solve a family mystery, he finds it harder and harder to keep himself from falling in love with her.

No one writes romance like Becky Wade—she has the steam-worthy kisses, the heart throbbing heros, and the sweet and aching love.  I was so glad that Britt and Zander finally got their own story!  I love old-friends-turn-into-romance plots and really enjoyed reading about their journey.  Although their romance takes center stage, the mystery in the novel makes the storyline even more intriguing.  There are a few surprising twists and turns, both to the love story and the mystery. It was nice to read a conclusion to the Bradford sisters, although I was a little sad to see the series end.  I highly recommend this book and this series!

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

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A Tender Hope by Amanda Cabot

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Thea Michener accepts a position as a midwife in Cimarron Creek after being left destitute by a dead husband and stillborn baby.  She is not expecting an abandoned baby dropped off at her doorstep, and certainly not by a handsome Texas Ranger, but she is not sure she has the strength in her broken heart to make room for them.  Ranger Jackson Guthrie finds Thea intriguing, but his motives for finding her in Cimarron Creek are bigger than a pretty face—and as he seeks the truth to his brother’s murder, he hopes that she can help him find the answers that he needs.

Once again, readers return to Cimarron Creek for a sweet story, as romance blossoms among a historic small town.  There are many characters and storylines with this novel and it is a little distracting from the main storyline at times.  However, the romance is clean and the characters are enjoyable to read.  There is a bit of mystery and intrigue woven among the pages that keep the plot interesting.  It is a good book for those who like simple, historical romance.

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

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