Between Heaven and Earth by Michele Paige Holmes

As a fan of novels by Michele Paige Holmes I looked forward to Between Heaven and Earth which is the most recent story in the Power of the Matchmaker series. I liked it! Set in a small town in California, Between Heaven and Earth tells the story of Cassie, a wife with a young son and a husband with PVS who she longs to have back in her life. Matt is a young widower who lost his wife and his hope. When Cassie and Matt meet their lives change but not how they anticipate.

This is a story of love of many different levels and author Michele tells Cassie and Matt’s stories in an empathetic and compassionate way that draws us into their heartaches, loyalties, struggles, and dreams. I love the way Michele takes stories of seemingly ordinary people and creates small worlds of miracles and hope amid hard times. This is a story of loss, healing and hope worth reading. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of Between Heaven and Earth by Michele Paige Holmes for my candid review.

Courageous by Dina L. Sleiman

Courageous, Book Thee of the Valiant Heart is a historical novel that introduces us to the medieval holy Crusades within the Roman Empire. I was captivated by the Sleiman boldness to tackles this historical period. I like the strong female characters that Sleiman creates in her Valiant Heart series. Despite the well-developed main characters of Rosalind and Randel, I found the supporting characters in Courageous not particularly intriguing, and I felt that influenced the overall effectiveness of this novel having a truly compelling plot.

Additionally, while it seemed that Sleiman spent some time on background information, I felt as the story progressed I still did not have a good grasp of the historical setting. I found myself rereading too much to try and orient myself, and that detracted from the flow of the plot. In short, I found this novel rather tedious read. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Courageous by Dina L Sleiman for my candid review.