I enjoyed reading Keturah, the first book in the new series The Sugar Baron’s Daughters. Set in the Caribbean among the plantations of the sugar barons, Bergren introduces us to Keturah, Verity and Selah who are determined to make their late father’s sugar plantation profitable again. Alone and unfamiliar with the world of slavery and the West Indies, the sisters do not find a ready welcome. Forced to rethink their privileged upbringing, they find themselves doing and thinking differently.
Full of intrigue and intense emotion, Keturah is fast moving with strong characters. I loved the character of Keturah. She was so emotionally vulnerable and yet so fiercely loyal and attentive to her sisters and slaves under her care. Using an intricate plot full of danger, loss and pain, Bergren deftly introduces us to the culture of the West Indies during the sugar plantation era and shows us how slavery was a tragic practice for everyone involved. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren for my candid review.
A Song Unheard is a captivating story by Roseanna M. White. The second book in her new Shadows over England series, White takes us into the intrigue of Willa’s story. Willa, younger sister to Rosemary from A Name Unknown, finds herself working for the shadowy Mr. V. To do her job, Willa travels to Wales, and finds music like she had only dreamed about. Lukas De Wilde, violinist extraordinaire, and a refugee is intrigued with Willa and her musical gift.
Full of intrigue and intense emotion, A Song Unheard is fast moving with strong characters. I loved the character of Willa. She was so believable and yet so gifted, so emotionally scarred and yet so fiercely loyal and attentive to those she calls family. Using an intricate plot full of danger, loss, and pain, White deftly shows us how WWII affected different people so in so many tragic ways. But as Willa struggles to find herself, White shows us the strength and resilience that comes from hope and believing in God. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White for my candid review.
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage was delightful to read! The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen is a touching story of women determined to support themselves in progressive ways not yet common in their society. Both Rachel and Mercy find themselves unmarried and without husbands to support them. With the help of friends, Rachel opens a circulating library, while Mercy’s heart is devoted to educating local young women. Despite obstacles, both Rachel and Mercy discover themselves as friends rally around them to help and encourage them.
Full of warmth, heartache, friendship and loss, Klassen continues to explore the relationships of women in the small village of Ivy Hill in her second novel in her Ivy Hills series. Klassen’s narrative is delightful to read because it flows with simplicity and authenticity and which shows the heartaches and triumphs of her characters with grace and aplomb. She has a way of making her characters, my neighbors. She is a gifted writer with touching insights to share. I look forward to her the next novel in the Ivy Hill series. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen for my candid review.
A fun, captivating twist on favorite traditional fairy tales. Happily Ever After: Six Fairy Tale Romances is part of A Timeless Romance Anthology. A collection of six classic fairytale adaptations, Happily Ever After boasts popular authors Jessica Day George, Julie Wright, Sarah M. Eden, Julie Daines, Heather B. Moore, and Annette Lyon.
Full of authentic characters, tough decisions and lots of unexpected plot twists, Happily Ever After entertains and amuses readers like reading classic fairy tales did when we were children. With a touch of romance, intrigue, originality, Happily Ever After brings a refreshing perspective to stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, and other popular fairytales. Well written and compelling, these creative stories will delight and entertain readers. I received a complimentary copy of Happily Ever After: A Timeless Romance Anthology for my candid review.
Well worth reading! What do plumbing, the Associated Press, and a pearl necklace have in common? Elizabeth Camden delivers a new compelling historical romance in her recent novel A Dangerous Legacy. Lucy and her brother Nick are mired in a family lawsuit that is wearing them down. Just when Lucy thinks it can’t get worse, it does. When Colin, the director of AP’s competing news agency Reuters, inadvertently involves himself in Lucy’s lawsuit, Lucy finds herself in more than one quagmire.
Full of authentic characters, tough decisions and lots of unexpected plot twists, Camden both delights and informs readers in this well written historical novel. With deft literary skills and solid historical evidence, Camden creates a memorable story of progress, and the exacting price that progress requires from the people who make it happen. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden for my candid review.