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.
Whether you’re a long-time fan of amateur Detective Drew Farthering or whether you’re just hearing about him, you can be sure to enjoy his latest adventure. Travel with Drew and his lovely wife Madelaine and his good friend Nick to the 1935 British Open golf tournament. Go through the paces with them as they are drawn into the murder of their host Lord Rainsby. Clue by clue see if you can beat them to the solution of “who done it”. Author Julianna Deering doesn’t disappoint as she keeps you guessing until the last page. A satisfying murder mystery from first page to last.
Many people have been sharing the things for which they are thankful. My heart is full indeed. I have many things to be thankful for, provision, protection, promotion, instruction, lightness of heart, freedom of spirit, and fullness of heart.
But, the greatest blessing God has granted me is my two children, their spouses, and my four wonderful grandchildren.
My childhood home was not religious. My parents were not happy for me when I married, nor were they very pleased when I announced coming grandchildren. My mother said she only saw the upcoming burdens of adding children to our home since we were already struggling financially. My mother-in-law decided to copy her mother-in-law and say that she had too many grandchildren. Frankly, I’ve never heard such as thing as too many grandchildren. God’s word says that children and grandchildren are a blessing both in our youth and our old age.
My father was orphaned as a child and grew up in an orphanage, so much of my ancestry has been misplaced in various public records. I’m not sure if I’ll ever have the time or the resources to find any of my Grandmother Mina Frost’s history or her family’s history. I know I’ve enjoyed having her name, my only connection to her. I’ve always loved her father’s name, unusual to my generation, but probably common to his. My great-grandfather’s name was Major Frost.
My mother’s family is large, but was never close, at least not close to us. My ex-husband’s family was not loving or kind, at least not to me and my children, especially after the divorce. We were forgotten to them.
Many in my former church family were not supportive of me and my children after the divorce. I can’t worry about them. They must walk their own path. But, there were a group of brothers and sisters in the Lord who stood with me and my children. Some of those have gone to be with the Lord in Heaven. But, those who remain have stayed as true friends to me and my family. Thankfully, God has also blessed us with many brand new friends in the last year.
But, in all of this, I am most thankful that God received this little girl from a family that wanted no part of him. He called me out of generations of unbelief. He made a place for me in His family. Then, despite the fact my husband and the father of my children also rejected him, God blessed me with two wonderful children. That son and daughter married. My son and his wife have three children and my daughter and her husband have one child. Now, it is not just me standing alone serving God. Now it is me, my children, their spouses, and my grandchildren, standing together in the Spirit of God and serving him. We may be in different geographic locations, but we stand in agreement in our service to God, our Father.
Wisdom is something we all seek at some point in life, usually to help us deal with problems or seek success in some area. Mark W. Baker Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who attempts to offer some spiritual wisdom in this book. He has divided the book into eight major sections ranging from hurt and suffering to love. Each section has a variety of chapters addressing different subtopics and each chapter addresses its topic by scripture reference along with an example of either his personal life or that of a client. Sometimes he’s able to offer a situation that found a resolution, but sometimes the person he uses as an example may need to work through their circumstances for a long time to come. But, his use of both professional advice paired with brief scripture references offers a helpful foundation from which readers can glean guidance, if not a personal solution.
Disclosure: I have the privilege of receiving free books from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for a completely honest book review.
I really enjoy Irene Hannon’s books. They each tell a riveting story with surprises all the way to end. And Dangerous Illusions does not disappoint. Step into the life of Trish Bailey, daughter of wealthy parents who chooses to become an art teacher in an inner-city school. She is struggling to deal with the sudden passing of her critically ill mother, only to be told by the police that the death is suspicious and she is the main suspect. Enter Detective Colin Flynn whose job is to learn the truth of whether the woman’s death was an accident or worse. Join them in the intense investigation, with all its unexpected twists and turns, to the final conclusion. An exciting read from beginning to end.
Disclosure: I am pleased to receive free books from the publisher Revell Books in exchange for posting an honest review of the book.
All She Left Behind is a historical novel written about real people who lived in Oregon in the 1870’s. It tells the story of a young woman who wanted to be a doctor, but struggled with reading and writing. It has a more realistic tenor to it than just a novel based on history. That said, it tells a bittersweet, melancholy story of the stories of a woman forced to deal with a husband and son bound by addiction. Even after her husband divorced her, the shame of that marriage and his behavior followed her throughout her life despite the joys and successes she achieved. Although the story is well written, I personally prefer more optimistic stories. But the author provides historic evidence in the author’s notes of the story, so the story stays true to the facts of this woman’s life.