Suzanne Woods Fisher tells a tale about America in its earliest years as the Quakers, or Friends settled Nantucket Island. The story tells about this group of religious settlers through the eyes of a young woman, Phoebe Starbuck, a descendant of Mary Coffin Starbuck (1645-1717). Phoebe lives a poor existence, caring for her father who is a landlubber as opposed to the rest of the family who were whalers. She hates her life and dreams of the sea. As she follows her husband, the captain of a whaling vessel, on a whale hunt, she learns about herself, her people, and the life of her people through the journal of her ancestor Mary. The story realistically tells of the hardships of these early people and how they survived very harsh conditions. It also tells about the women of Nantucket Island who became very entrepreneurial while the men of the village were gone on whale hunts for months at a time. Although there are a few happy moments in the book, as a whole it has a very subdued atmosphere. But, if you love history told through the eyes of characters rather than a history book, this will meet your need.
Sarah Sundin brings us her newest series from WWII, Sunrise at Normandy. Book one is The Sea Before Us which brings us Wyatt Paxton, U.S. Navy, from Texas and Dorothy Fairfax, a British WREN (Women’s Royal Naval Service). Learn how military reconnaissance was done before satellites and computer-generated information was available. I found it fascinating that they put out pleas for family photos of specific geographic locations, from different angles so they could put them together to compare to new photos taken and see what the enemy might have added or removed to make a position better militarily.
Each character has their own responsibilities in this military intelligence operation, and each character brings their own troubles and nightmares with them from home. But, both characters prove their resilience and tenacity as they put their personal demons aside to help the war effort. Wartime is always a life-changing experience, regardless of how and where it is fought. People learn they are stronger than they thought possible and can survive just about anything with God’s help.
This series tells the story of 3 brothers, Wyatt, Adler, and Clay Paxton as they meet their greatest challenges in the midst of a world war. Buy this first book and take the journey with them. Sarah Sundin tells stories that are realistic and engaging as a result of her personal history and a great deal of research and travel. Her characters are as real as fiction can get and her stories hold you captive until the end of the series. She’s one of the few authors from whom I’ll pre-order a book. I can’t wait until the next book is released.
Roseanna M White is a new author me, but after reading her newest release, A Song Unheard, I’ll be looking at her other books. I love books about the period of the world wars and this story is unique. I haven’t heard anything remotely similar to it. It’s the story of two violinists who meet supposedly by chance. One is famous violinist Lukas De Wilde whose late father was a mathematics genius who worked with the government to translate code. The other is Willa Forsythe, a violin prodigy who earns a living as a thief to help support her makeshift family. This is a wild ride of intrigue, romance, and deception as these two talented people go to extreme lengths to accomplish their goals and save their families. You will not find a boring moment in this exciting tale of spies, musicians, and the military. I strongly encourage you to read this book and find a new favorite author.
I want to thank Bethany House Books for the opportunity to receive quality books such as this to read and then write an honest review.