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A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson

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Millie Sullivan needs money to support her ailing grandmother, so when her grandmother tells her about a mysterious fortune hidden at a palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia, Millie gets an idea to locate the treasure.  She gets a job as a 1920’s-era guest during tours at the estate to snoop but when she is caught by the security guard, Ben Thornton, Millie finds an unlikely partner in her search.  Ben has his own reasons to find a treasure and her offer to split the find is too tempting to pass up.  As they uncover the past, they realize that some secrets are better left buried.

This novel has romance and intrigue sprinkled among the contemporary storyline as well as glimpses of the 1920s from Millie’s great-grandmother’s journal.  The setting of the story in a mysterious old estate lends the perfect backdrop to the secrets in Millie’s past and in the town. The storyline is interesting and the romance is sweet.  I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story and recommend this novel to those who like contemporary romance with some mystery and history interwoven among the pages.

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

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The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to discover that his grandmother has passed and left her large fortune to him and his sister Hitty, but with the stipulation that he marry a proper Quaker or the fortune is turned over their evil relatives.  Feeling like their controlling grandmother is trying to manipulate them from the grave, Henry and Hitty are determined to satisfy the will’s conditions even if it means overcoming some obstacles along the way.

Although the books in this series do not necessarily need to be read in order, readers will enjoy connecting with past characters in this third installment.  Once again the characters are set against a rich history with unique customs and interesting pasts.  The novel is well written and well researched.  This story includes romance and mystery and has unpredictable portions that make it interesting.  I recommend this novel to those who like historical fiction.

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Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon

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Kristin Dane is doing her part to make the world a better place with her fair trade shop, selling wares from all over the world.  She never imagines that her job would bring her close to danger but after a string of murders, Kristin is stunned to discover that her small store may be connected to a larger operation.  Detective Luke Carter may be new to the St. Louis PD, but he brings with him a wealth of background experience.  As he and Kristin uncover a deadly scheme, the have to race against time to save more people before it is too late.

This book has mystery and intrigue for days—although I admit I read most of it in one day because the action pulled me in immediately and did not let go until the last page.  However, I enjoy that this author slows down the plot long enough to inject some romance and allow the characters’ relationships to develop.  The characters are realistic and easy to connect with and I liked how their personal faith was interwoven among the backdrop of the fast paced plot.  I highly recommend this to lovers of contemporary suspense!

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The Sound of Distant Thunder by Jan Drexler

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Katie Stucky cannot wait to marry the love of her life, counting down the days until she turns eighteen like her parents wish before she marries.  Jonas Weaver is fascinated with the abolitionist cause as the Civil War begins to heat up.  When Jonas decides to enlist and takes his brother’s place, his decision places a strain on his connection with Katie.  The Civil War is tearing apart a country and families but Katie hopes that it does not tear apart her relationship with Jonas.

This novel explores an interesting part of the Civil War and the history of the Amish’s role and stance during that turbulent time.  I found that portion of the book to be fascinating.  The story was a little slow moving at times, but overall the writing was well done.  It was remarkable how the conflicts among the Amish were realistic and reflected the overall conflict of the country at war.  I had some unanswered questions, but the romance of the story was sweet and concluded well.  I recommend this book to those who love Amish fiction as it gives a unique fictional glimpse into their very real history.

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A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris

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Psychologist Grace Callahan does not place much stock in her client Stephen Shaw’s paranoia—that is, until he turns up dead and someone breaks into her house demanding that she reveal his secrets.  She finds herself working with Detective Nate Quinn, an old college friend.  As Grace and Quinn race against the clock to stop the murderers from successfully pulling off a bigger scheme, they have to face the demons of their pasts and work together before it is too late.

This story starts with action and it continues until the very end.  The action slowed down at points to allow the reader to get a glimpse into the complex pasts of the main characters and bring some spiritual elements to the storyline.  Parts of the middle were a little slow for me, but overall I enjoyed the story.  The villain ends up as a surprise twist and creates an interesting ending.  I recommend this book to lovers of contemporary suspense!

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Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick

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Carrie Strahorn marries an adventurer, somewhat expecting but never truly imagining that their lives would be spent exploring a greater part of the West and writing articles to people in the East to encourage them to populate the wilder part of America in the late nineteenth century.  She initially finds the moving about frequently exciting but soon her heart desires something more—a permanent home and family.  Feeling alone in her thoughts, she turns to journaling to express her feelings.  And as she writes, she discovers more about herself.

This book gives readers an interesting and unique perspective into the life of a pioneer lady at the turn of the twentieth century as she explores the Wild West with her husband. It is set up almost like a memoir within a memoir and expresses her deepest desires among the pages.  The novel is an excellent story of history, full of details that are interesting and thought provoking.  I very much liked Carrie and found myself connecting with her. I thought the chapters felt detached from each other.  I did not find an overarching plot or theme but rather felt as if I was reading a historical journal.  However, it is well written and if readers like novels heavy in history, this is for you!

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A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

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Recently discovering that she had inherited her family’s beachside cottage, Wendy Harper and her son, Jackson, travel to Seaside, Maine, during the Christmas season to fix up the house.  Faced with debts and responsibilities, Wendy plans to sell the cottage in order to pay off medical bills and give her son hope for the future.  What Wendy does not plan for is the pull on her heart from both the enchanting town and one local handsome craftsman.

This short story has a charming setting with its picturesque seaside small town during the Christmas holidays.  The characters face real-life struggles of financial difficulties and costly house renovations as well as pasts of love lost, but there is hope infused throughout the book.  Sprinkled with enchanting cottages, romantic settings, and threads of faith, this book is the perfect afternoon read on a blustery winter evening with your favorite hot beverage. The ending works out a bit too perfectly, but that does not detract from the overall charming theme.  It has lovable and spunky characters and realistic conflict and heartbreak—not to mention a fun furry friend to bring joy at just the right time!  A great short book for the Christmas season.

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