Tamara Alexander, “A Note Yet Unsung”


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After reading this 5+ star novel it will be hard to go back to reading just regular books. Whether it has something to do with me growing up in Nashville, my paternal aunt attending Ward-Belmont, my father being a musician, and being old enough to somewhat relate to the changing of times during integration and women’s rights, this has to be one of the warmest, interesting, and endearing tales I have read. Ms. Alexander has the way of weaving a story with just enough of new words, just enough descriptions, and moving the story along with excitement. The character development of the violinist, Mrs. Cheatham and others prove the quality of her techniques. How long will we have to wait to read another of her master stories? I will try to be patient, but I will be watching closely to see when the next part of history and life is revealed. And in the meantime, I will hope to visit Nashville once again, my home, my history, filled with friends. Read this book for a look at transcribing music, the value of architect and acoustics, and clean romance in another world. You will be glad you did!

This book was provided by Baker and Bethany Books for my review. All words and comments are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID

Kristi Ann Hunter brings us “An Uncommon Courtship”


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Lord Trent grew up admiring the relationship of his parents. He saw them in an amorous and sincere marriage in their home. His older brother would probably marry first and that was fine with him because he wanted to take his time finding the perfect match. After all, his brother was the first born and bound to be the next Duke. But as they say, there are traps hidden everywhere; wealthy and prominent people must watch their steps. So with honor attached to his character, he finds himself in a precarious and private situation with a lovely but mousy girl as he does some exploring on a nearby estate. He must now marry without love lest he scandalize his family name and ruin her name. Neither were at fault. How will God teach and direct their lives through the early days of living together when they never even courted? Faith and Grace. Read and enjoy this warm tale.

 

This book was free from Bethany Books. All opinions in this review are my own. Mary Young Robinson, Boise, ID.

 

THE COTTAGE


Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 2

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As Loni is breathing in the moist air of the Shetlands and meeting all kinds of new people, she realizes that she is becoming “Allonah”, her true given name. The connection to her family that she has been searching for is beginning to appear through hearing, reading and observing. The cultural, language and geographical differences throw her a real curve as she enters this new world. She can hardly believe she is loving oatcakes and tea! When she realizes this acquisition of land and monies is as much of a duty as an inheritance she begins to look at everything in a new light. But what about her “kind of a boyfriend “Hugh, and her high-rolling boss, Maddy in DC? She’s a long way away from her Quaker roots and her big business occupation. She doesn’t count on some new emotions that hit her head-on. What is it really that will encourage her to bond to this land of enchantment? You must read this installment of “Secrets of the Shetlands”. Another great one by Michael Phillips.

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

 

 

Tracie Peterson’s “A Beauty Refined”


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Father loves daughter. Right? Count Graf Von Bergen wants a rich husband for Phoebe, takes her with him to America on a special trip, gives her a personal maid, but what is really deep in his heart? Phoebe has been lonely for years, losing her mother very young to a ship drowning. She and her brother are very different in personality and endeavors and her father is a distant figure most of the time. When Phoebe travels to America, she gets to see a new world in Helena, Montana. Her father is there to purchase sapphires to please a client that makes him very wealthy. Secretly he has already chosen a husband for his daughter. She must comply. Or will she? She feels like a woman for the first time as she meets a young man at hotel who is accompanying a little boy teaching him to swim. When the boy sees Phoebe, he is drawn to her face. He draws her in by asking his friend to teach her to swim. She is unsure, but a relationship for the three develops. Soon it becomes apparent that her father (vatter) has lied to her about her life. The mystery unfolds while in America. This is a story of evil, hate, greed and murder. God’s love wins out for our favorite characters. Read this one for intrigue.

This review is my own and this book was provided by Bethany/Baker Books. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, Idaho

A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell


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Yes, she was dramatic in her life and in her profession. And, yes, she was probably self-absorbed. But she never let her daughter drift far from her mind and heart. Although Rosalind would not know for many years that her mother took care of her from a distance while on the stage, it was true. The men in her life were poor choices and added reason to love from afar. Charlotte finally retired to a 16th Century limestone mansion named Fosberry Hall. The first time she saw it, it took her breath away. Now it became almost impossible to breathe from the stuffiness of the life and relationship with her husband, Lord Fosberry. And then it happened. She was contacted to perform. But how would she be able to do it? She was bodily heavy, held like a captive in a fortress, and had little resources now of her own. This story will show how love prevails in an unexpected way and how our true Lord covers our losses in our time of need. Lawana Blackwell is one of my favorite authors of Historical sagas. This is a lovely new story and I whole-hardheartedly recommend it. Don’t miss this intimate mother and daughter renewal.

This book was provided by Bethany-Baker Books. All opinions are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, Idaho

 

 

Where is Her Past? “The Inheritance” by Michael Phillips


 Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 9.45.42 PM.png Oh, Wow. Now I have started another saga and I have to wait to see what happens! A great story in the tradition of Michael Phillips, a master storyteller. You cannot read a novel of the ages like a thriller novel. The story unfolds slowly, and as it does, you will see the author’s romantic and beautiful language. A young woman working in Washington, DC, who is quite successful, is still feeling lost inside. Her lineage is uncertain, she was raised by her grandparents, but she never quite fit in there in their community. She doesn’t understand why. What is missing that would help her feel whole and that she belonged?  If you like history of the Scottish, Celtic, or Norse, this might be just the book for you! This is a very new book, so I will not spill the beans! Read this story; it takes a while to get into it, but it is worth the read. I just hope it will not be too long before the next part of the story is written! Enjoy. Another great book by Michael Phillips and Bethany/Baker Books.

This review is written as my own opinion. This novel was provided to me by Bethany/Baker Books.

Leslie Gould’s “Amish Sweethearts”


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I do not read very many Amish books. This was a free read from Bethany Books for review, but I did enjoy the story. It was a Book Two, but stood alone well. I do wish I had read the beginning of the friendship between Zane, a Mennonite neighbor, of Lila Lehman, from an Amish family. Seems they played together and met frequently at a special fort during their late child years and teen years. When they got towards adulthood, they didn’t know for sure how to process their relationship, being from two different church backgrounds. One thing Lila knew for sure though was that she enjoyed being around Zane, his zeal for adventure, learning, and the ability to listen. She didn’t finish high school, but Zane included her in this studies and they shared many subjects. Finally her father agrees for his daughter to be courted by a young Amish boy, Reuben, whom Lila also knew from church. She believed in commitment and thought that maybe she could learn to love him and that her time with Zane was over, and just a childhood crush. But she never felt entirely comfortable with him, very joyful or fulfilled. Her thoughts would always go back to Zane. Zane was so confusedf over his feelings and her courting, that although he had been a conscientious objector, he joined the Army to get away and think. It was a good thing and a bad thing, but eventually gave Lila time to see her mistake in not being honest to Reuben or Zane. The rest of the story is sweet…read it and see!

This book was provided free by Bethany/Baker Books. All opinions are my own.

 

“A Bright Tommorrow” by Gilbert Morris


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Mary Robinson‘s review

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really liked it
Read from January 20 to 22, 2016

 

Having read other novels from Gilbert Morris and his daughter also, I was not surprised that I was caught up in this family saga. Even though Will Stuart, the father is a weak individual, his wife taught their children about hard work, love and Jesus Christ. Mrs. Stuart dies in mid-life leaving her husband with a pack of kids still at home and him with a girlfriend on the side that talks him into a marriage of convenience if nothing else. A true stepmother she is not, but the Lord is looking out for these children as they begin to wander off looking for love in all the wrong places. Never do they forget what their mother has taught them though, even if they don’t take it seriously enough for some time. The first boy to leave falls in love, but leaves the city for a journalist job overseas. While he is gone, his first love works in a seedy joint that leads to her taking up with a so-called actor that starts her drinking and eventually seduces her. She knows she has lost something precious and continues to drink and carrouse until she falls on the street sick with pneumonia. The Director of the Salvation Army finds her and takes her back to the mission. She is nursed back to health and repents of her sin, finding a new life in Christ. She goes to the mission field in China having no idea what God is going to do for her after she arrives. I will not tell you either because it takes the story deeper. While this is happening, the oldest daughter who was the first child to leave supposedly to go to Bible School, did become an actress and is living a lonely life on the road traveling from theater to theater. God does healing through all these adventures and this is a delightful read. This e-book was free, but I had to purchase the next book immediately! You will want to also!

Back to Blessing in “Streams of Mercy”


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I was so glad to return to the town of Blessing, just as Anji Baard Moen did, after the death of her husband while living in Norway. Blessing was where she grew up, had her first love, developed friendships, so it wasn’t hard to leave her mother-in-law’s harsh home where children were little more than objects in the room.

The threat she lived with, though, was that her mother-in-law would not share any family money with her if she would decide to remarry and give her children a father. How selfish, but Anji worked hard and wasn’t sure she would want to remarry. She set her mind to teaching, and writing articles for the Blessing Gazette, but while doing that, met an Anglican Priest that became her friend.

Thomas Devlin, an Irish minister, was the main editor. Single, fun, and sensitive, Anji began to look at him differently and wondered if he was experiencing some of the same feelings. He came for dinner, enjoyed her children and finally asked to court her.

A circus train came through the town exposing Blessing to Diphtheria. Thorliff, a very loved member of the community and Doctor Astrid’s brother, lost his wife, Elizabeth, to the disease, but recovered himself to take care of his children. Anji was grieved to see him suffer as he was her first love as young people in this town.

Then the church call came…it was too far away. He knew he was called and yet was drawn to Anji and she couldn’t face leaving Blessing for the second time. Thomas went to have an appointment near Chicago to find out if this was where the Lord was calling him. The distance softened both Anji and Thomas’s heart preparing them for future ministry. After Anji had a heart to heart talk to Thorliff about the past, she realized how she must move forward in her life.

Ingebord, still a vital widow in the town, is a support system for many. Her medical training of Astrid pays off. She becomes the main stay of the hospital, assisted by Miriam, now living in Blessing married to Tryve.

The colorful characters of Blessing come to life again as Lauraine Snelling presents a new tale of community, love, suffering and perseverance.

“Taken” by Dee Henderson


What I like about Dee Henderson’s writing is that you really feel like you are there. The flow is very good and she knows when to change from scene to scene well. The story was a good Christian fiction story in the sense that your teenager could read without your worry. It does show that Christians can make decisions that do not muddy their lives when following the Lord’s mandate. I expected a little more mystery woven around her family and added suspense, since this is the type book it is supposed to be based on the title. The main character’s progress through her trial may have been a little too progressive too fast, but some of it was based on her own personality and the personal time in taking photos and traveling as opposed to being kept somewhere in seclusion. I enjoyed reading it very much and this was the second one of hers I have read so far. I look forward to more of this talented writer. Compelling Cover.

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Mary Robinson, Boise, ID

This book was provided by Bethany Books and the comments are my own opinions.