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The White City by Grace Hitchcock

This novel is set in Chicago 1893, during the World’s Fair. People are coming to the city from all over increasing the crime rate by thieves, pickpockets, shysters, even murderers. Based partially on fact, this story drew me in and kept my heart pounding during certain events.

Winnifred sees a woman being forced by a man to leave the fair by gunpoint. Her accusations are overlooked at first by her Inspector father. But for safety reasons and to ease his mind, he asks…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on March 21, 2019 at 6:10pm — No Comments

I Love to Tell the Story by Susan Barnett Braun

I absolutely loved this! It was almost like reading my own story and brought back some great memories. Each chapter begins with the words to a song and I found myself singing as I read them. Some were old hymns I grew up with and miss today as our church does the praise song thing.

Susan tells of her experiences in her church from her earliest memories through high school graduation. I related to so much of her story except for the fact that my parents did not attend church. I hitched a…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on March 8, 2019 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Far Side of the Sea

I always enjoy trying to find out where the title of a book comes from and this one had a double meaning. My favorite meaning is from scripture, Psalm 139:9-10. I also like real history depicted in a fiction novel. It makes learning more fun and the author did her homework. Most interesting to me was the fact that pigeons were trained and used as secret message carriers during WWI, and in doing so saved many lives.

This begins in France, 1918, at the tail end of the war. Colin Mabry…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on March 6, 2019 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews

It is is interesting to imagine what conversations might have gone on between the people in the Bible in their everyday lives. And though my imagination is not that inspiring, the author, Mesa Andrews does a great job in this novel. Each chapter begins with a scripture that goes along with what is happening. I appreciated how the story followed the actual events from the Bible.

Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego along with other strong captives were exiled to Babylon.…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on March 6, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher

When I looked at the cover and the title, Mending Fences, I got a whole different idea of what the story was really about. Actually Luke had fence mending to do that included sincere apologies, introspection and forgiveness. Unlike the typical Amish I’ve read about, Luke was an alcoholic that had been in rehab three times. After his third release he was invited to live at an older couples farm in his community. He got lots of cold shoulders and snubbing. But his stipulation for staying was…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on February 22, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep

These three novellas span three time periods, 1815, 1862, and 1890. The three ladies in each of the stories had several things in common but the strongest was their spunk. They were strong, opinionated women especially for their time periods.

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady started out with a bang. Smuggler’s boarded the ship as it came into shore and Helen was right in the middle of it. She was on a mission to care for her ailing father. So how does it all tie in to her care of her…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on February 20, 2019 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Leaving Darkness by Greg Shaffer

The initial description caught my eye. Lowell, a long haul truck driver, is in a dark place. He carries a bottle of pills in his pocket and is almost constantly feeling for them. He is thinking of suicide to end his meaningless life. The only reason he hasn’t followed through is because of his little dog Rufus. Rufus has a tumor that could be cancer. If he dies Lowell does not know any reason to go on with his own life.

Lowell grabbed my heart and pulled many times. He…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on February 19, 2019 at 12:42am — No Comments

The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

The Alamo Bride is book seven in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. I’ve read all of them so far and they just keep getting better and better. I’m also learning American history in a fun way that was so dull in school. I appreciate each author’s research into the history of our country and how they incorporate it into what Kathleen Y’Barbo calls “bent history”. She uses real facts and sometimes has to bend them just a tad to fit them into her fictionalized storyline. But it does not take…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on February 16, 2019 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Breach of Trust by Rachel Dylan

This book three in the Atlanta Justice Series was full of twists and turns. Two incidents that seem totally unrelated, or are they, bring lawyer Mia Shaw into grief, then anger and a case her firm gives her that puts her life in danger.

This can be read as a stand-alone but I highly recommend the first two also. Author and lawyer, Rachel Dylan, brings so much “to the table” with her expertise. There is lots of nail biting, heart thumping action to get the avid reader staying up late at…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on February 16, 2019 at 5:14pm — No Comments

A Faithful Gathering by Leslie Gould

This was a story close to my heart in several ways. The nursing aspect (my son is an RN), WWII (my father-in-law served in the military during that time), the cancer diagnosis (I was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago), the end of life Hospice care (I went through that with my mother) and the difference in beliefs within a family.

An unusual career choice for a woman brought up in the Amish faith, Leisel attends and graduates from nursing school. She feels God has…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on February 8, 2019 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Convergence by Ginny L Yttrup

If you want to take a “wild ride” through the raging “rapids” of a physiological thriller then this is definitely the novel for you!  I’ve read and reviewed two other books by Ginny Yttrup, Home and Invisible, but Convergence was a totally different “animal”.

I was in the grip of the words on every page. The “prologue” had me, then the plot totally changed in the first chapter.
 Denilyn was a PHD psychologist, number one selling non-fiction book author, and a…
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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on February 4, 2019 at 4:08pm — No Comments

The Forgiving Jar by Wanda Brunstetter

The Forgiving Jar is book two in the Prayer Jar series. Book one, The Hope Jar, is good to read first to fully know what has happened but this one could still be read as a stand-alone.

The main theme of course is forgiveness. Two of the main characters, Michelle and Sarah, both have issues from their pasts that need addressing. It eats at both of them, especially Sarah. She is hard-nosed against Michelle and holds tons of resentment towards her. It makes Sarah a very…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on January 30, 2019 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Ellie’s Redemption by Molly Jebber

Loved the first book about Liza and this is a continuation about Ellie, her stepdaughter. But it can be read as a stand-alone, so don’t let that hold you back. Ellie works in Liza’s bakery with Liza’s niece Hannah, who happens to be Ellie’s best friend. Ellie left the Amish life twice during her rumspringa, but now is totally committed to her faith. As hard as she tries, she is still looked down upon by many in the community. Fears are that she’ll win people and hearts and then take…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on January 29, 2019 at 5:58pm — No Comments

One Thing I Know by Kara Issac

I’ve read other books by this author and they were all good but this one is my favorite so far. It had a lot of emotion, deception, childhood issues and romance. The two main characters had more in common than they realized for a long time. Both had grown up with alcoholic fathers that put their families in turmoil. They both struggled with issues relating to their fathers and how it affected the way they lived their adult lives later on.

A big deception relating to the true author of…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on January 25, 2019 at 4:06pm — No Comments

The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

This is the third book I’ve read by Jaime Jo Wright and in my humble opinion, the best one yet, although they are all great reads!

This is a time slip novel that went back and forth from the early 1900s to present day but in the same small town.

I was held “captive” from the very first chapter right up to the end. Thea, from 1908, and Heidi, from present day were two very lost souls that had me sad because of their plights. Neither felt loved nor…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on January 15, 2019 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Where the Heart Takes You by Virginia Wise

I enjoy books on the early settling of America. This one was about the earliest Amish settlers that came for religious freedom. The second group of Amish came in 1737 to a beginning settlement in Pennsylvania. The hardships were not stressed as much as in other books I’ve read but still they were hit upon. That is what fascinates me and makes me want to learn more. It’s hard to realize they came with practically nothing and had to rely on the land as well as each other. Strong, hardworking…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on January 15, 2019 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan

This was different from most books I read. I don’t love the 1930s, nightclubs and heavy alcohol drinkers. All of these things and more are found in this novel. It took me a while to get through the 337 pages because it wasn’t inspiring my interest or curiosity but I’m not a quitter. The murder was almost a side note to the whole plot. There seems to be some shady things going on with thugs carrying walking sticks, guns and attitudes. The bad guys always showed up when you least expected…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on January 8, 2019 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar

This novel was a real eye-opener for me. I had heard of and read about the Holocaust of course and seen many horrific pictures but never knew about the prison camp that held gypsies. I had only heard about the Jewish camps. Although fiction, this book held lots of truth. Helene Hannemann was a real person that was held in Auschwitz-Birkenau with her five children. Her husband was separated from them and sent elsewhere. Many of the names of doctors, guards, and officials were real and…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 31, 2018 at 9:24pm — No Comments

The Devoted Life a creative devotional journal by Marjorie Jackson

This is a perfect devotional journal to begin the new year with. There are 31 sections or chapters with titles such as How to Read the Bible, Standing Up for What’s Right, Joy, Living Wisely along with 27 other timely and relevant topics. Each section has a short devotion, scriptures pertaining to the subject, journal prompts in the form of questions with several blank lines under each one and two coloring pages with scriptures and section topics.

There is a beautiful…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 31, 2018 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Gift From Above by Rachel J Good

Helping prepare for her sister Emma’s wedding, Sarah is outside cutting celery in the garden when a plane flies low to the ground. As Sarah looks up she sees an orange object floating toward a close by hill. Investing she discovers a man has parachuted and landed in a heap claiming to have broken his leg. He also adamantly claims he is in danger and his life is at stake. He needs Sarah to hide him and not tell anyone, including her family. And thus the deceptions begin!

Sarah, being…

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Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 29, 2018 at 2:41am — No Comments

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