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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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CAUTIOUS MAIDEN (Everstone Chronicles, 4) / Dawn Crandall

The Cautious Maiden / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 4)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629117508
Adult     Rating:      5 (Book 4)

Pre-publication copy reviewed

The Cautious Maiden

Dawn Crandall returns with another stellar historical novel, this one taking place in America’s Gilded Age, featuring a reformed rogue and an innocent maiden.

In The Cautious Maiden, Violet Hawthorne learns that her brother Ezra has turned their family’s country inn into a brothel and lost her hand in marriage to an unsavory character in a poker game. Faced with a dismal future, she is forced to accept a proposal from Vance Everstone, a man with a reputation as a rake, when they are found in a compromising but fabricated situation.

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Crandall’s books are filled with flawed but intriguing characters, light but evident faith elements, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combine the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue.

—– THE REST OF THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES SERIES —–

The Hesitant Heiress / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116587

The Bound Heart / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 2)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629112305
Adult     Rating:      4 (Book 1 & 2)

The Captive Imposter / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116600
Adult     Rating:      5 (Book 3)

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In The Hesitant Heiress, Amaryllis Brigham dreams of opening a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, but her dreams crumble when she is unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory. Just when things look the worst, she discovers that if she marries within the year, she inherits her estranged grandmother’s fortune.

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In The Bound Heart, Meredyth Summercourt is convinced Vance Everstone will finally notice she is a grown woman, now that she is nineteen years old. One kiss leads to an indiscretion but not to marriage. Vance leaves her to travel abroad for five years.

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In her most recent book, The Captive Imposter, Estella Everstone is sent away for her own protection after her brother’s murder. She ends up as a companion to an elderly widow at one of her father’s hotels — where she meets Dexter Blakely, the handsome hotel manager who has no use for privileged socialites like Estella but develops a friendship with Elle Stoneburner (Estella’s false identity).

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Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:

  • 2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Debut Novel (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers’ Award (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 winner, The Clash of the Titles Laurel Award (THE BOUND HEART)
  • 2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest (THE BOUND HEART)
  • 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Inspirational Category (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest Finalist (THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER)
  • 2016 INSPY Awards Semi-Finalist  (THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER)

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews by them.

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In Honor of the Reformation — A YA Historical Fiction Series (Steadfast Love series / Rachelle Rea)

The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing     ISBN 9781939023636

The Sound of Silver, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 2)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023612

The Sound of Diamonds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 1)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023599

Young Adult     Rating: 4

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Rachelle Rea makes her debut with a medieval young adult series about a Catholic maiden and a Protestant former rogue in the midst of the 16th century Protestant-Catholic conflict.

In The Sound of Diamonds, Gwyneth, an eighteen year old Catholic woman, hides in a Dutch convent after the murder of her parents in England. Suddenly one night, Dirk — the man she accused of their murder — breaks into her convent to abduct her. In truth, he is trying to rescue her from the imminent attacks on the Catholics in the area. Can she trust this Protestant rogue, even when he says he has reformed? Can she afford not to?

In The Sound of Silver, Dirk and Gwyneth discover her parents’ murderer and the reason behind their murders. Mindful of his ruined reputation and its impact on Gwyn’s reputation, Dirk leaves her in the care of his mother and rides away. Meanwhile, Gwyn enlists the aid of an old friend to try to clear Dirk’s name, but what is her friend’s motive behind helping her? How will Gwyn and Dirk have a future together unless he is declared innocent and his honor is restored?

In The Sound of Emeralds, the story of Dirk and Gwyneth continues in 16th century Europe where the tension between Catholics and Protestants blazes. What started as hatred between them eventually evolves into lasting love, leading to their marriage. But weddings don’t guarantee happy endings. As Dirk struggles to clear his name before he face deadly consequences, Gwyn finds out that he has kept secrets from her. Will a friend from her past be an ally or an enemy to clearing Dirk’s name?

Rea has a knack for creating a storyline that is as unique as the main characters she pens. How many heroines need glasses, especially in historical fiction? Her book is carefully researched and grabs the reader’s attention from the first page. The series is filled with plenty of plot twists.

Written in alternating first-person point-of-view, the reader feels right in the middle of the action. Gwyneth and Dirk develop a relationship as they depend on one another in trying circumstances. The Sound of Emeralds presents God’s peace, in the same way the earlier books had the themes of hope and truth.

Faith elements are interwoven and integral to the plot. Rea carefully balances the Catholic and Protestant faith without being overly critical of either. She creates flawed individuals in a troubled time in church history.

Recommended for teen collections in school and public libraries. Fans of Melanie Dickerson, Lisa Bergren, and Jody Hedlund (authors of young adult medieval fiction) will enjoy this new author’s works.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Internment of Japanese-Americans and Other World War II Titles

The interment of Japanese Americans during World War II is a time in America’s history that is often forgotten. In the past year, I’ve read and reviewed several books about this time:

  • DASH / by Kirby Larson (Upper Elementary/Middle School Read)
  • DUST OF EDEN / by Mariko Nagai (Upper Elementary/Middle School Read)
  • UNDER THE SILK HIBISCUS / by Alice Wisler (Young Adult/Adult Read)

Like reading about World War II? Here are some ADULT titles I’ve reviewed from this period:

 

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Some More 2016 Book Award Winners I’ve Reviewed!

2016 CAROL AWARD WINNERS (ACFW)

Historical:
Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke, Tyndale House — I didn’t review this but I finished reading it earlier this summer. Loved it — 5 * * * * *

Historical Romance:
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer, Bethany House

Romantic Suspense:
No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason, Revell

Young Adult:
Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman, Bethany House

2016 CHRISTY AWARD WINNERS

Contemporary
The Sea Keeper’s Daughter by Lisa Wingate, Tyndale

Contemporary Romance / Suspense (winner)
Wedding Chapel, by Rachel Hauck, Zondervan — I didn’t review this but I finished reading it earlier this summer. Loved it — 5 * * * * *
Contemporary Romance / Suspense (nominee)
Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey, Bethany House

Historical
Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke, Tyndale House — I didn’t review this but I finished reading it earlier this summer. Loved it — 5 * * * * *

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BOOK AWARD WINNERS

I just read a number of the national book award winners — and I have reviewed some of them. For a complete listing of the award winners, see this list.

Newbery 2016 – LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET / Matt de la Pena

Newbery Honor 2016

  • The War that Saved My Life / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Roller Girl / Victoria Jamieson
  • Echo / Pam Muñoz Ryan

Newbery 2015 – The Crossover / Kwame Alexander

Newbery Honor 2015

Caldecott 2016 – FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR / Lindsay Mattick

Caldecott Honor 2016

Caldecott 2015 – The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend / Dan Santat

Caldecott 2014 – Locomotive / Brian Floca

Caldecott 2014 Honors – Mr. Wuffles / David Wiesner

 

CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARDS

CHRISTY AWARD 2015

Contemporary / Romance – Finalists

Contemporary Series Finalist

Visionary Winner

Visionary Finalists

Young Adult Winner

Young Adult Finalist

CAROL AWARD 2015

Contemporary
Speculative
Young Adult
  • Storm Siren / Mary Weber (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

CLIVE STAPLES AWARD 2013-2015

2015:  The Warden and the Wolf King / Andrew Peterson

2014: A Cast in the Stones / Patrick W. Carr

2013: Starflower / Anne Elisabeth Stengl

 

 

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My 16 Anticipated Reads for 2016

I am excited for the following 16 titles coming out in 2016. As I review these books, I will link my review to the titles here. I will read and review more than the 16 titles listed here, but these are the ones I’m most interested to read. So here are my top 16:

JANUARY

thin ice YoureOneIWant undaunted hope

FEBRUARY

cold shot

spys devotion always watching

MARCH

daring sacrifice kings folly sirenssong

APRIL

sound emeralds

three wishes

MAY

beautiful pretender

courageous

OCTOBER

The Cautious Maiden wildmontanaskies

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How to Stalk Your Favorite Author

Do you like a particular author? Why not follow these steps to get to know him or her better? Nichole Parks gives some good tips to “stalking” your favorite authors . . .

Bethany House Fiction

Today, we have a guest post from Nichole Parks, a BHP intern and a devoted reader. Enjoy her tips…I sure did!

Stalker

“Abridged” was a new word for me. I reread the back cover of the audio book case. My thirteen-year-old heart hiccupped. “Abridged” as in someone-had-cut-out-parts-of-the-story? That abridged? I scattered the rest of the audio CD containers around me. I hadn’t heard the entire O’Malley series.

With that, I took to scouring cbd.com.

The Negotiator and The Guardian fit nicely in my shelf. But I was thirsty by then. Anything Dee Henderson wrote, I read. I even took to reading other authors simply because of her endorsements.

I studied her website.

Scoured the Internet for interviews.

I memorized her back covers. No joke. I can pop one of them out like a verse—it’s not exactly something I’m proud of.

Then I decided, “Hey, why not be a writer like…

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Review: COURAGEOUS / by Dina Sleiman

Courageous, / by Dina L. Sleiman  (Valiant Hearts, #3)
Bethany     ISBN9780764213144
Young Adult     Rating:     5

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Dina L. Sleiman  continues her young adult series with a story about a young woman who is inspired to join a crusade. Dauntless and Chivalrous, earlier books in this series, were reviewed in Christian Library Journal  and on this blog in May/June 2015 and November/December 2015.

In Courageous, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a crusade to free captives from a Tripoli prison. Haunted by a mistake in her past, Rosalind feels she is unworthy to even consider marriage and a family. She is joined by Sir Randel Penigree, who dreams of becoming a Templar knight, even though he flees humiliation at home. Together they train a group of older children, are faced with political intrigue and an unknown enemy, on their journey to set prisoners free. Will they find redemption from their past? Will they be successful in their attempt to rescue the prisoners?

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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New Reviews Posted! CLOSE TO YOU, KING’S FOLLY, and A FOOL & MONET

NEW REVIEWS POSTED!

 

 

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COVER REVEAL: Wild Montana Skies / Susan May Warren

Cover Reveal:

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Wild Montana Skies / by Susan May Warren (Montana Rescue, 1)
Revell     ISBN 978-0800727437

Publisher’s Summary:

Bestselling Author’s New Series Delivers Romance and Adventure as an SAR Team Searches for Others–and Finds Themselves

Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn’t realize is that someone else is also back in town.

Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that’s on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he’s fully recovered. It doesn’t take long, though, to discover his father’s ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.

With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

Can’t wait to read this new series!!!

If you want to read her earlier series, here are links to my reviews:

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Review Posted: ALWAYS WATCHING / by Lynette Eason

Always Watching / by Lynette Eason (Elite Guardians, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780807723262
Adult     Rating: 5

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Bestselling author Lynette Eason kicks off a new romantic suspense series featuring a female-owned agency of female bodyguards.

In Always Watching, Olivia Edwards, part owner of the agency, learns one of her employee bodyguards is severely injured in the line of duty. Her employee was protecting Wade Savage, a radio psychiatrist, from a stalker, possibly a rabid fan. Olivia takes over bodyguard duty and tries to discover the stalker’s identity before the violence against Wade turns deadly.

As always, Eason is a superb storyteller, weaving plot twists with her character development. Her fast-paced action keeps the reader on the edge-of-their-seat, with a realistic plot, grabbing the reader’s attention until the very end.

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Other books by Lynette Eason:

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher or author. I am not obligated to review them or leave a positive review.

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COLD SHOT Blog Tour

Cold Shot, / by Dani Pettrey (Chesapeake Valor, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764211973
Adult     Rating:     4

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Award-winning author Dani Pettrey pens a new romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about four childhood friends who choose careers in law enforcement but drift apart when one friend disappears before graduation.

Publisher’s Summary:

In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

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Review: COLD SHOT / Dani Pettrey

Cold Shot, / by Dani Pettrey (Chesapeake Valor, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764211973
Adult     Rating:     4

cold shot

Award-winning author Dani Pettrey pens a new romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about four childhood friends who choose careers in law enforcement but drift apart when one friend disappears before graduation.

In Cold Shot, Griffin McCray – former SWAT team sniper – lives a quiet existence as a park ranger at Gettysburg. When a present-day body is uncovered in the Civil War cemetery, forensic anthropologist Finley Gray is called in. But someone doesn’t want the body identified and will stop at nothing, putting them all in danger. Can they unravel this mystery before it turns deadly?

<See MY FULL REVIEW>

The plot is intriguing, filled with twists that will keep the reader up late — until the final page is read. Suspense, romance, action, and danger – it all adds up to a thrilling read!

Want to participate in a giveaway and learn some facts about the Chesapeake Harbor area? Check out this blog post at Christian Bookshelf Reviews!

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries. Fans of Irene Hannon, DiAnn Mills,  and Lynette Eason will enjoy this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Want to read other books by Dani Pettrey? Check out my reviews for the Alaskan Courage series below:

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Review: A SPY’S DEVOTION / Melanie Dickerson

A Spy’s Devotion, / by Melanie Dickerson (The Regency Spies of London, 1)
Waterfall Press     ISBN     9781503950511
Adult      (HS)     Rating: 5

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Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson ventures into a new historical era — Regency — after penning numerous award-winning medieval fairy tale retellings.

In A Spy’s Devotion, wealthy British officer Nicholas Langdon returns home to heal from a war injury. He tries to fulfill a dying soldier’s request to deliver his coded diary to a friend.

However, shortly after the ball where he meets Julia, the diary is stolen — and Julia’s uncle appears to be behind the theft.

Secret passages, overheard conversations, and coded messages contribute to the intrigue, mystery, and adventure in this story. Can they uncover the plot’s mastermind in time to avert the disaster? Can Julia avoid being forced to marry a man of her uncle’s choosing?

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KUDOS to Ms. Dickerson for her newest endeavor. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Review: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT / Susan May Warren

You’re the One That I Want, / by Susan May Warren (A Christiansen Family Novel, 6)
Tyndale House     ISBN 9781414378466
Adult     Rating: 4

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Susan May Warren concludes her series set in Deep Haven, Minnesota, featuring the six adult children in the Christiansen family and their relationships. Each book opens with a letter from their mother, giving insight into the main character. Owen has been the prodigal since the second book in the series, but he is “more than the sum of his mistakes” (back cover).

In You’re the One That I Want, Owen Christiansen works on an Alaskan crabbing boat, and becomes attracted to the no-nonsense Elisa “Scotty” McFlynn, the captain’s daughter and former police officer. A near-death accident at sea changes their relationship.

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More than just romances, these are stories of flawed individuals with very messy lives and life-changing mistakes. God teaches them about forgiveness of others and themselves. Warren uses these imperfect lives to teach the reader about God’s gift of grace and that strength it takes to live a life of faith.

Have you read the other books in this series? Here are my reviews:

Watch for Susan May Warren’s new series, coming in Fall 2016.

 

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Cover Reveal: THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN / Dawn Crandall

COVER REVEAL!

The Cautious Maiden / by Dawn Crandall
Whitaker House (October 2016)The Cautious Maiden

Publisher’s Summary:

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother transforms her deceased parents’ respectable country inn into a brothel to accommodate the lumberjacks in the area. When her reputation is compromised, she finds herself forced to enter into an engagement with Vance Everstone. Can she trust this man she hardly knows who has a scandalous reputation in his own right?

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Have you read the other books by Dawn Crandall? If not, check out my reviews linked below:

The Hesitant Heiress / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116587

The Bound Heart / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 2)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629112305

The Captive Imposter / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116600

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Crandall’s books are filled with light but evident faith elements, intriguing characters, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combines the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue. Each book is better than the previous one. Like her first book which won the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, her latest book is sure to be an award winner!

Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Review: THE PAINTER’S DAUGHTER / by Julie Klassen

The Painter’s Daughter / by Julie Klassen
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764210723
Adult (HS)     Rating: 5

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Award-winning author Julie Klassen pens her newest inspirational Regency novel, filled with love and redemption, and family relationships.

In The Painter’s Daughter, Sophie Dupont helps her father by painting the backgrounds in his work, unbeknownst to others. When not painting, Sophie wanders the Devon coast where she meets fellow artist Wesley Overtree, and her life is changed.

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Klassen is known for her excellent plot and character development. Elements of a gothic novel — family secrets and secret passages – enrich the storyline. Her addition of battle scenes capture the danger faced by the soldiers during the Napoleonic War.

Have you read other books by Julie Klassen? Check out my reviews!

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Review: THIN ICE / by Irene Hannon

Thin Ice / by Irene Hannon (Men of Valor, Book 2)
Revell (January 2016)       ISBN 9780800724535
Adult       Rating: 5

thin iceAward-winning author Irene Hannon releases the next installment in her romantic suspense series featuring the former military McGregor brothers as they settle into civilian life.

In Thin Ice, Christy Reed lost her parents in a car accident eight months ago and her sister in a house fire two months ago. When Christy receives a note from someone claiming her sister is still alive and is a hostage, she turns to Lance McGregor, a new FBI agent and a former Delta Force operator, for help. Can Christy, a former ice skater, trust Lance to protect her and find out the truth? Or is she skating on thin ice?

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Hannon writes edge-of-your seat inspirational romantic suspense that will keep the reader engaged until the final page. Unexpected plot twists are a Hannon trademark as the villain’s identity and sinister motives are unveiled.

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CSFF TOUR: The Shock of Night / Patrick W. Carr

The Shock of Night / Patrick W. Carr (Darkwater Saga, 1)
Bethany House Publishers (November 3, 2015)     ISBN 978-0764213465
Adult     Rating: 4

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Publisher’s Summary:

Patrick Carr Launches a New Suspense-filled Fantasy Epic

When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dura is called to investigate. Yet the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. As Willet begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.

Willet returns to the city, no closer to answers than before, but his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, a twist seen at the edge of his vision, and it’s as though he can see their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he’s been passed the rarest gift of all: a gift that’s not supposed to exist.

Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he’s pulled into a much more dangerous and epic conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world–a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his own tortured past if he wants to survive.

Just finished this book last night! Carr pens an epic adult fantasy, rich in character development and plot twists. It is darker than his previous series and definitely for adults.

<See my review SHOCK OF NIGHT here>

While it is well-written, I admit to mixed feelings about it because it is darker. Still I look forward to reading the second installment,  The Shattered Vigil (The Darkwater Saga, #2),  published in 2016.

Want to read more Patrick Carr books? Check out my review of his earlier series, The Staff and Sword: CAST OF STONES, A HERO’S LOT, and A DRAW OF KINGS.

A prequel novella — BY DIVINE RIGHT — is available for FREE on AMAZON for your Kindle and Barnes and Noble for your nook (as of yesterday, December  6, 2015).

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Want to know what other reviewers and bloggers are saying about THE SHOCK OF NIGHT ? Check out the CSFF Blog Tour participants shown below (Christian Science Fiction Fantasy):

Thomas Clayton Booher
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Carol Bruce Collett
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Rani Grant
Rebekah Gyger
Bruce Hennigan
Janeen Ippolito
Carol Keen
Rebekah Loper
Jennette Mbewe
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Audrey Sauble
Chawna Schroeder
Jessica Thomas
Robert Treskillard
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Michelle R. Wood

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In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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THE GOLDEN BRAID / Melanie Dickerson

The Golden Braid / by  Melanie Dickerson
Thomas Nelson      ISBN 978-0718026264
Young Adult / HS     Grades 9-12     Rating: 5

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Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson, a masterful storyteller, continues her medieval retelling of fairy tales, this time using the story of Rapunzel.

In The Golden Braid, seventeen-year-old Rapunzel lives with her mother Gothel in medieval Hagenheim. Rapunzel dreams of learning to read and marrying one day — dreams Gothel continues to prevent from happening . . .

As in her earlier books, Dickerson’s tales feature wholesome relationships while still building a strong attraction between the main characters, making this a good choice for teen readers.

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Cover Reveal: THE BEAUTIFUL PRETENDER / Melanie Dickerson

Cover Reveal

THE BEAUTIFUL PRETENDER / by Melanie Dickerson (A Medieval Fairy Tale, 2)
Thomas Nelson      ISBN  978-0718026288

COMING MAY 2016

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Publisher’s summary:

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Can’t wait til spring!  Recommended for adult collections in school and public libraries.

I reviewed the first book in this adult series: THE HUNTRESS OF THORNBECKE FOREST    – check it out!

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EVERSTONE CHRONICLES / Dawn Crandall – NEW GIVEAWAY! & Now available in print!

Now available in print! Previously issued only as eBooks!

The Hesitant Heiress / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116587

The Bound Heart / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 2)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629112305
Adult     Rating:      4 (Book 1 & 2)

The Captive Imposter / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116600
Adult     Rating:      5 (Book 3)

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Dawn Crandall makes her debut with the Hesitant Heiress, the first book in her Everstone Chronicles series set during America’s Gilded Age (19th century). She follows it with two excellent sequels, The Bound Heart, and The Captive Imposter.

In The Hesitant Heiress, Amaryllis Brigham dreams of opening a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, but her dreams crumble when she is unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory. Just when things look the worst, she discovers that if she marries within the year, she inherits her estranged grandmother’s fortune.

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In The Bound Heart, Meredyth Summercourt is convinced Vance Everstone will finally notice she is a grown woman, now that she is nineteen years old. One kiss leads to an indiscretion but not to marriage. Vance leaves her to travel abroad for five years.

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In her most recent book, The Captive Imposter, Estella Everstone is sent away for her own protection after her brother’s murder. She ends up as a companion to an elderly widow at one of her father’s hotels — where she meets Dexter Blakely, the handsome hotel manager who has no use for privileged socialites like Estella but develops a friendship with Elle Stoneburner (Estella’s false identity).

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Crandall’s books are filled with light but evident faith elements, intriguing characters, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combines the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue. Each book is better than the previous one. Like her first book which won the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, her latest book is sure to be an award winner!

And if that isn’t enough, there are 3 giveaways for this series:

Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:

  • 2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Debut Novel (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers’ Award (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 winner, The Clash of the Titles Laurel Award (THE BOUND HEART)
  • 2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest
  • 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Inspirational Category (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Cover Reveal: THE SOUND OF EMERALDS

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The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing (COMING February 2016)

sound emeralds

Publisher’s Summary:

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

Recommended for teen collections in school and public libraries. Fans of Melanie Dickerson, Lisa Bergren, and Jody Hedlund (authors of young adult medieval fiction) will enjoy this new author’s works.

Books 1 and 2 in this series were reviewed earlier this month:

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Review: THE SOUND OF DIAMOND (and) THE SOUND OF SILVER / Rachelle Rea

The Sound of Diamonds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 1)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023599

The Sound of  Silver, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 2)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023612
Young Adult     Rating: 4

Rachelle Rea makes her debut with a medieval young adult series about a Catholic maiden and a Protestant former rogue in the midst of the 16th century Protestant-Catholic conflict.

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In The Sound of Diamonds, Gwyneth, an eighteen year old  Catholic woman,  has hidden in a Dutch convent after the murder of her parents in England. Suddenly one night, Dirk — the man she accused of their murder — breaks into her convent to abduct her. In truth, he is trying to rescue her from the imminent attacks on the Catholics in the area. Can she trust this Protestant rogue, even when he says he has reformed? Can she afford not to?

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The Sound of Diamonds is filled with plenty of plot twists. At its conclusion, there are a number of unanswered questions, laying the groundwork for The Sound of  Silver the second book.

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The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing (February 2016)

Watch for the Cover Reveal coming later this month!

Publisher’s Summary:

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

Recommended for teen collections in school and public libraries. Fans of Melanie Dickerson, Lisa Bergren, and Jody Hedlund (authors of young adult medieval fiction) will enjoy this new author’s works.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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