“The Heart’s Appeal” by Jennifer Delamere


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This book was a true joy to read. I now have a new author who ranks with Tamara Alexander, Jocelyn Green, Michael Phillips and more! Jennifer Delamere not only wove an interesting tale displaying each player’s character, but added the sparks of honest love with sacrifice. I loved the medical and legal side of the story that showed how people thought about women’s roles at that time. Her writing was easy to read, although creative. Julia Bernay had an important goal in life but came to realize that God might adjust the adventure to accomplish His will. Michael Stephenson had allowed his profession, family and disappointments to take priority over any faith he may have had as a child. I read this novel first so I will go back and read “The Captain’s Daughter”. I am excited to have found this wonderful Historical Christian author and look forward to reading more from her.

This book was given to me by Bethany/Baker Books. All opinions are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, Idaho

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Jocelyn Green, “A Refuge Assured”


I rarely give a rating of 5. This book was so well written and the story luring that I felt it was worthy.

Vivienne Rivard was raised by her beloved Aunt Rose. Her circumstances were not to be known or talked about in polite company. But Vivienne had become a real lady under the teaching of her Aunt as well as one of the finest Lace-Makers in France. But because of the political climate, she was actually in danger as one who served the throne and the rich. It was during the Revolutionary War that Vivienne decided to leave her home after her loving Aunt Rose had passed, and then her mysterious mother also whom she had only recently come to know. Once she arrived in Philadelphia, she met another French woman and her son, whom some believed was Louis . Some believed he was in hiding and some believed he was dead…there were some who did believe he had also fled to America. Vivienne had a hard time learning who to believe. Her French friend, Martine succumbed to Yellow Fever and her son, Henri, whom some thought was Louis, was taken in custody by Vivienne to protect and raise. Vivienne felt sparks for an Irish landowner she met in the city tavern. He ran the mail route from Aslyum to Philadelphia when he wasn’t building and planting. During the time that the new tax on alcohol came to be, Liam was called back to the military to help round up tax evaders. It was hard for Liam, as his brother who made whiskey, believed the government was wrong in the way it was handling the tax collections. Liam saw firsthand that the military was persecuting those who weren’t even questioned or proven guilty. Because of Lian’s honest, Vivienne’s feelings continued to grow even after she moved to Asylum to be safe and protect Henri. There is much more adventure after their move so enjoy reading this tale of war, love, and truth.

This book was provided to me by Bethany/Baker Books. All opinions are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID.