Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

As a fan of Lynn Austin’s historical novels, her new novel Waves of Mercy is a touching story of seeking God and then hanging on to His faithful promises especially when hard things happen. Lynn Austin adeptly tells the heart-breaking account of a few of the early Dutch pioneers who settled Holland, Michigan. Austin introduces us to Anna, a young woman seeking God and answers to her past, and Geesje, an elderly woman remembering her past.

I really like how Austin seamlessly reveals Anna’s struggles through a combination of flash back nightmares and her present struggle after breaking her engagement. Lynn Austin is master storyteller who draws us into the history without being tedious with extraneous details. I like how she shows us why the past matters so much now, but I love how she draws us into the history as if we participated in it.

Waves of Mercy was a moving story worth reading. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin for my candid review.

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A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: Timeless Regency Collection Book 5

With three great authors Josi S. Kilpack, Carla Kelly, and Jennifer Moore, readers will enjoy the variety of interesting and entertaining Christmas stories.

Saints and Sinners tells the story of Neville, who returns from America to a comfortable home and comfortable friends, to discover unexpected changes. The Christmas Angle introduces us to Master Able Six, a poor sailor with a brilliant mind who needs a keeper. Finally, The Perfect Christmas shares the story of Archie and Miss Jane Croft, an unlikely couple that find themselves together during an unanticipated Christmas celebration.

Three couples, three curious situations, and three unexpected romances makes A Country Christmas fun holiday reading. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of A Country Christmas for my candid review.

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White has written a compelling Edwardian romance in her new book A Lady Unrivaled. As the third novel in the Ladies of Manor series, A Lady Unrivaled follows the trail of the fire eyes. Rich in details and full of strong, fascinating characters, White’s novels introduces us to unconventional Lady Ella, the younger sister of the Duke of Nottingham. Readers will enjoy an entertaining story full of intrigue, love, insecurity, and danger.

I really enjoyed the story and I have read the first novel in the Ladies of Manor series. I did find the occasional references to details introduced in the first two novels of the series sometimes too detailed and confusing.  I like that even though A Lady Unrivaled is part of a series it has the feel of a stand-alone novel. The pace of the plot was slower than I anticipated but I still enjoyed reading it.

With the unexpected plot twists and the variety of well-developed characters, White has written an intriguing story of obsession and betrayal. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White for my candid review.