The Joy of the Lord is your Strength~Nehemiah 8:10~

The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength » Kristin Schmucker:

 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”~Nehemiah 8:10~

Amen!

Have a blessed and joyful week everyone!! 🙂

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Whispers in the Reading Room~Shelly Gray~

Whispers in the Reading Room (The Chicago World's Fair Mystery #3)

                   ~Synopsis~

Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be

~My Review~

Whispers in the Reading Room
4.5 stars

Wow! What can I say? Could saying that I LOVED reading this book suffice? Probably not. I haven’t read many books by this author but the ones I have read I was pretty impressed with.
For some strange reason, I relish reading books about librarians. I don’t know why. Strange. Anyway, some of the best novels I’ve read with librarians as heroines were, Wonderland Creek,To Win Her Heart, Beyond all Dreams,and finally Whispers in the Reading Room. The Library has to be one of the best places for me to be and to have the library as a centerpiece in a story is pretty much close to a masterpiece. 🙂
The writing in this novel was engaging and concise. The most important thing about this novel was that it kept my attention and awakened my imagination. There was some skimming towards the end but other than that I thought the story was well crafted. I loved reading about the characters especially the heroine.
The only problem that I have with this author is that I feel she doesn’t intertwine enough faith based writing in her novels. I can understand if an author doesn’t want to be preachy but with every Christian fiction novel I think that there should be a noticeable difference. That’s just my opinion.
Overall, this was a wonderful and refreshing read. I haven’t read all of the other books in this series but I imagine that a person could still read these books individually. I highly recommend this novel for a delightful read for anyone to enjoy.
*I received this book from the publishers for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

The Mistress of Tall Acre~Laura Frantz

The Mistress of Tall Acre

~Synopsis~

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.

~My Review~

*Sigh*
Where can I begin? This book was just AWESOME!! From the very first page, I was enraptured by this wonderfully and beautifully written tale. I was enchanted from the beginning to the end. This novel was definitely one of those books that I didn’t want to end! I know sadly all good things must come to an end. 😦

Oh my GOODNESS, the book cover is just gorgeous!! I’m glad to have finally read a novel where the book cover and the story itself goes hand in hand. I must say I was very intrigued by that alone.

The Mistress of Tall Acre had some very genius twists and turns intertwined into the novel. I think it’s always good for an author to step out their normal comfort zone and continually remind us why we take the time to stalk and beg for their next novel. I think that the author did a splendid job and I can’t wait for her next novel! I loved reading this book!

This novel included all of my favorite three things that I ALWAYS expect in a Christian fiction novel. What are those three things you may ask? Well, adventure,faith,and of course heart warming romance.

I highly,highly recommend this read! This has to be one of Laura Frantz’ best works besides, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady. You MUST read it! To be short and sweet, this has to be one of the best colonial reads ever! I will definitely be re-reading this book. 🙂

Book Rating: 4.5 stars

*I received this book for review from the publishers. I was no in any way compensated for my review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

A Worthy Pursuit~Karen Witemeyer

A Worthy Pursuit

Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the little girl entrusted to her care after her mother’s death. Charlotte promised Lily’s mother she’d keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When the teacher he’s after produces documentation that shows she’s the little girl’s legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he’s been led to believe. Is Miss Atherton villain or victim? She acts more like a loving mother than an abductress, and the children in her care clearly adore her. Should Stone break his perfect record?

Then a new danger threatens, and Charlotte is forced to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone becomes determined to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he’s ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte’s heart.

~My Review~

Wow! I’m proud to say that I have spent some well devoted and deserved time to a book worth reading.

From the first page I was drawn into this wonderful story. In any case Karen Witemeyer has been one of my favorite Christian fiction authors but lately I haven’t been able to read her writing as much as I would like.

In my opinion, A Most Worthy Pursuit was so vast in many areas and it was full of adventure. I love it when stories include mostly the adventure in the plot. The genius mix of adventure,faith,and romance was all rolled up into one enjoyable novel.

The child characters were especially fun to read about. I was very impressed by Lily’s character and if you read the book or are planning on reading this book then you’ll understand.
I do wish that the author would’ve added more depth to both the hero’s and the heroine’s life and background. Flashbacks would’ve been nice as well. To me I just felt I needed that extra something to really engage myself into reading about both of the characters. I do expect for most of the heroes and heroines to be memorable in any case.

Although “ahem” I did have a hero crush! Okay moving on… I do think that Stone will be one of my heroes of the year because he was pretty special in my opinion. 😉
Overall, I thought this was a very good read and I enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend this book to those who love an action packed Christian Fiction Western. (5 stars)
*I received this book for review through the publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*