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The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

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During the peak of World War II, Amelia meets the love of her life, James, and gets engaged to him quickly, only to lose her new husband to the warm months later. Alone and penniless, Amelia takes her infant son Jimmy to meet his paternal grandparents. Only his grandparents do not know that he exists or that Amelia married their son. And Amelia is surprised to arrive and find that her in-laws are wealthy and privileged. She is suddenly nervous that they will not accept her or her son as she and James never had the chance to marry. Amelia must decide if she can be brave enough to make the journey, if not for herself than for the sake of her son.

Another sweet Christmas book by Melody Carlson! This short story has forgiveness, faith, love, and a dash of Christmas magic. It is a lovely story and a pleasant read. It is only 170 pages, so the characters do not have significant depth and the storyline is rushed due to the nature of its shorter plot, but overall I enjoyed the book. It is an easy read that can be accomplished in an afternoon with some tea and the fireplace nearby. I recommend this book to those who enjoy Christmas stories that leave readers with lovely, warm-hearted endings!

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

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The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

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A terrible summer causes a tragic accident and the death of a loved one. Samuel Chambers sets out on a quest to seek the Tree of Life in order to bring back his mother. He solicites the help of his best friend Abra to join him on the journey, and along the way, he meets carnival fortune-tellers and odd neighbors who introduce him to new ideas. As he ponders the theme of death and the process of dying, he learns new concepts and discovers new answers to lifelong questions.

This story is not something that I would typically pick out to read, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the distinctive storytelling and prose of this new author. His descriptions are interesting and craft a depth to the story that is appreciated and admired. The overarching themes of death and the process of dying are explored in a unique and remarkable way. The plot sweeps the reader away to another time and place.   Because the style is so different, it may take a little extra time to get into the novel, but I encourage readers to continue until the end. I look forward to more from this author.

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

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Pursued by Lisa Harris

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Nikki Boyd is returning from vacation and could not be happier to finally be reunited with Tyler, their new relationship on the forefront of her mind. But when her plane crashes while attempting to land in Nashville, a neighboring passenger is suddenly missing and Nikki cannot shake the feeling that the stranger had something to do with the crash, except no one believes that this passenger was actually on the flight. As Nikki gets caught up into a sudden new mystery, murders and missing people abound and Nikki finds herself drawn further from Tyler. Nikki has to race against time to outsmart the rich and powerful while balancing her love life before it is too late.

I have really enjoyed this series, as each book is full of action from the first page to the last page. The villain and mystery are more predictable than the previous two stories, but the plot is still exciting. The trauma is non-stop, which makes me wonder how Nikki can withstand the pressure, but she manages to overcome her obstacles while relying on her faith. The search for Nikki’s sister continues as well in the background of the more urgent missing persons case and ties this into the previous novels, although this book could also be read as a stand-alone novel. I am excited to see how Nikki progresses with her relationship with Tyler and her search for her sister in the next book. I recommend this book and the whole series!

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

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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.

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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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