Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Wings of the Wind is the first book I have read by Connilyn Cossette and I liked it. Tobiah, a Hebrew, discovers a solitary woman wounded on the battlefield. In an attempt to save her life Tobiah finds himself drawn to this woman despite her Canaanite heritage. Full of intrigue, emotions, and striking historical detail, Cossette creates a story that takes us into the Hebrew camp after they have wandered 40 years in the wilderness and are preparing to enter the land of Canaan.

As a reader of the Bible, I was impressed by Cossette’s attention to historical detail and her ability to use that detail to create an intriguing story that is full of life and historical authenticity. I loved her array of strong characters and how they bring to life all the different aspects of life and struggle in this time period. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette for my candid review.

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Full of eccentric characters and strange plot twists, Behind the Scenes will keep you guessing at what will happen next. Miss Permilia Griswold is a young woman who knows wants she wants even if actually getting what she wants tends to get her in unlikely predicaments. Mr. Asher Rutherford likes predictability and Permilia is anything but predictable.

Turano has a gift for creating memorable characters. I really liked the range and depth of characters in Behind the Scenes. The characters reminded me of a Charles Dicken’s story where all the dissimilar and sometimes strange characters find themselves connected to each other by the end of the novel. Permilia was an intriguing personality and I liked following her journey.

Well written and fun to read, Behind the Scenes is entertaining. I liked it. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano for my candid review.

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden was a touching story of struggle and redemption. Once again Elizabeth Camden did not disappoint with her new historical novel about war, love, and pearls.  Jenny is a disciplined army nurse who has worked hard on the night shift to provide a secure life for herself and Simon who raised her. Ryan is the naval officer that won Jenny’s heart and then disappeared.

I love how Camden seems to effortlessly weave historical details into a moving and poignant plot. Full of surprises, heartbreak, and unexpected turns, To the Farthest Shores is a story of depth and struggle that explores forgiveness, revenge, and resilience.

Full of strong, complex characters, and impeccable historical details, this a complex story worth reading. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden for my candid review.

Condemn Me Not by Heather B. Moore

Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft was an eye-opening book for me. I found Condemn Me Not an intense book to read for several reasons. Having no intimate knowledge about the Salem witch trials, reading such a thought-provoking account of the people accused of the witchcraft was shocking. From the squalor of the jails to the false accusations family, friends, and neighbors made out of fear, to the absurdly that a handful of young women could destroy the lives of so many people, Condemn Me Not is a story worth reading.

Well written and full of historical details that augment but don’t overwhelm the story, Condemn Me Not is a historical novel based on Moore’s 10th great-grandmother Susannah North Martin. I like how the present story of the women confined to jail awaiting their trials was told with the flashbacks of Susannah North Martin’s love story and marriage. Reading about Susannah Martin’s ageless love story and learning about the backgrounds of the other women made Condemn Me Not a poignant and tragic story. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of Condemn Me Not for my candid review.

 

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

As the first book in the Tales from Ivy Hill series, author Julie Klassen delivers a compelling novel I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill introduces us to Jane, the reluctant new owner of the local inn. A recent widow and a gentlewoman by birth, Jane was not involved in the daily operations of The Bell while her husband lived. Faced with making changes to secure the future of the inn, Jane has a lot of learn and plenty of people offering advice.

With a full range of memorable characters, Klassen’s novel is reminiscent of the best of Charles Dicken’s storytelling where characters find themselves intertwined with each other for better or for worse. I loved the range of strong female characters we follow throughout the novel, and the unexpected plot twists that kept creeping up throughout the novel which kept us guessing about characters’ motives. This was a poignant story of loss and love, loneliness and strength of community.

I look forward to reading future books in this series. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen for my candid review.