“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.

“A Dangerous Legacy”


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Lucy and her brother Nick, were living a different type of life from most of their peers in early adulthood. While many were courting and seeking marriage, these two Drake sibling’s time was filled up with their individual jobs and their journey to find out what happened to the family wealth after their father died. The family business was Plumbing, and Nick still worked in that profession, although underground most of the time. While Lucy was on her own work adventure in the American telegraph office, she had no idea she would eventually be running for her life or that she might fall in love with an English telegrapher. Filled with action and great descriptions, this historical inspirational romance novel will keep you turning the page.

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

“For the Cause of Freedom”, a novel by Rebekah Colburn


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Our Confederate brother Charlie, may have seemed rash when he enlisted in the Army in a whirlwind of emotion, but we see now what a deep thinker he becomes as he sees real war up close. Suffering in a prison camp, he has time to think about previous decisions and the people he cares for most. The most unexpected rescuers come to his defense when he has had all he thinks he can take. He is chased, he is ill, he is ragged. Guilt and remorse beckon to him. Just as he almost succumbs to a deadly fate, Abigail Sterret, a Maryland daughter, finds him and is able to help him to safety. But this is not a final solution to his problems. He will have to be on the move again before the wrongs have been righted. While his heart beats hard for his family, his country and a new love, he must finish what he started. Read this courageous story of brothers that must reconcile after the Civil War almost tears both apart. Will they be able to heal? Read this wonderful historical to find out! I enjoyed this novel even better than the first part of her My Brother’s Flag series.

Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, Idaho

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.