Wings of the Wind~Connilyn Cossette

Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3)

 

~Synopsis~

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?

 

~My Review~

WOW!! Can I just say that my review of this book will not do justice on how much I enjoyed and loved reading this novel! I read it in about an hour or so which is quick for me unless I’m really engrossed in a book it could take me a while to really get into a book. This book was the exception!! I’m really amazed at how this author can hit a home run three times straight especially with a series! I was amazed at how well the writing and the characters really ran together with harmony and I wish that this book didn’t have to end.

 I’m always for a strong female lead character. Which is why I LOVE Mulan so much! Anyway, I loved Alanah’s character I thought she had various qualities that I love reading about. I just loved joining in on the journey and reading about how the character discovered herself and God in such a beautiful redeeming way. I LOVED it!

I also loved how the author embraced another phenomenal character in the Bible in this novel.  I’m very picky when it comes to Biblical fiction because hey I can be when it comes to my WORD! I 100% promote this author’s writing! Not only am I enjoying a well thought out and planned novel but I’m swept away by the adventure,romance,and faith she weaves into her novels which is always a BIG plus for me! If you’re looking for something new and exciting or you love Biblical fiction then this is definitely the book for you!

 

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions  expressed are entirely my own. *

 

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The Golden Braid~Melanie Dickerson~

 

 

The Golden Braid (Hagenheim #6)

~Synopsis~

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.

 

~My Review~

The Golden Braid~Melanie Dickerson~

I have always been so in love with the story of Rapunzel ever since I was a little girl. I just went head over heels when Tangled came out and I still consider Tangled to be one of my favorite movies.
Anyway, I believe it was a privilege and an honor to read Rapunzel in a novel form. Rapunzel has to be one of my favorite fairy tales besides Cinderella. Just sayin. 😉
The Golden Braid’s story flowed really nicely which is always a bonus in my book. The adventure and the romance was pretty awesome as well. I think that this story brought a whole new twist to the Rapunzel story you always expect from the classic fairy tale.
From the very first page I was drawn into into this brilliant story! I recommend this novel to anyone who loves to read YA novels. Me personally I don’t read a lot of YA fiction I guess I probably wouldn’t know where to start as far as that area of fiction. I highly recommend Melanie Dickerson’s novels though because she has a magical way with words. I’ve been enchanted by her writing ever since I discovered her.
The book cover looks amazing! The long hair and all. *sigh* Though in my opinion the model looks pretty older than what I would imagine Rapunzel in the story. Other than that I love the book cover! How about you?

* I received this book from the publishers through BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

 

Also check out her new series!

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

 

(I’m currently reading this novel and it’s pretty good so far. 😉

Secrets She Kept~Cathy Gohlke~

Secrets She Kept

~Synopsis~

The secret a mother was forbidden to share . . . the consequences a daughter could not redeem—but will risk everything in her attempt.

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah unlocks secrets of her mother’s mysterious past, including the discovery of a grandfather living in Germany.

Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father, ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, demands a marriage for his daughter to help advance his career. But Lieselotte is in love—and her beloved Lukas secretly works against the Reich. How far will her father go to achieve his goal?

Both Hannah’s and Lieselotte’s stories unfold as Hannah travels to Germany to meet her grandfather, who hides wartime secrets of his own. Longing for connection, yet shaken by all she uncovers, Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family’s tragic past, and how their legacy will shape her future.

~My Review~

I was so excited about reading this book because I’ve heard so many good things about this novel. Reading WWII fiction has to be one of my favorite genres to read in any case. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed when I FINALLY read this novel.
This would be the first book that I’ve read by this author and I must say that the experience was AMAZING!!!
Secrets She Kept was a mixture of gripping drama,romance,and heart wrenching emotion.
It was very interesting to join Hannah on her journey to discover more about her mother. Both scenes between the past and the present was equally enchanting to read. I was intrigued for the most part and the novel did a really good job of keeping me interested in the story line.

I can truly say that this would be one of those novels that kept me at the edge of my seat anticipating what the end would bring. This novel definitely earns a spot in one of the best books of 2015! I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to read a wonderful story and WWII fiction.

*Author*

Cathy Gohlke

Website

 

I received this book from NetGalley through Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

The Wood’s Edge~Lori Benton~

The Wood's Edge (The Pathfinders, #1)

~Synopsis~

At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both–Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

  ~Review~

Well, there are some books that I try to give a second or even a third chance to see if I’m going to like them or not. I really,really, do love the idea of the whole plot being surrounded with Native American Indians and the new world era. Ever since reading Courting Morrow Little, I love reading anything that has to do with the new world era.
Seeing that Lori Benton is a new author, I’ve tried to give her books a chance and leap out to read different genres and things. This is the second book that I’ve read by her and I can truly say that I wasn’t at all impressed. I do admit that I can be a very busy person and so sometimes I don’t get to just sit down and relax and read a book. When I do read a book I expect it to just pull me from reality into a wonderful world of imagination. This book just didn’t do it for me.
With The Wood’s Edge, I can say that it started out pretty well and I was interested for a little while but as the book progressed  I felt like the book was going in circles and it became a bit boring. I was skipping a lot and the whole story didn’t really stand out to me as I thought it would. The characters weren’t really memorable and I felt like the story wasn’t going anywhere. It didn’t capture my attention. Her writing is very different from what I’m used to.
I can honestly say I don’t know if I’ll be reading any more of her books in the future. I’ll see. I just think every reader prefers a certain line of writing and to be honest I just don’t like her writing. Not to discourage anyone else but like I said everyone has their preferred writing style. (2 stars)
*I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

Her Brother’s Keeper~Beth Wiseman~

Her Brother's Keeper (Amish Secrets, #1)

Charlotte Dolinsky arrives in Lancaster County with brand new Amish digs and a renewed purpose. It doesn’t take her long to fit into the close Amish community. She might not know how to cook, sew, tend a garden, or milk a cow, but she knows how to lie. And she is a woman on a mission—to wreak havoc on the Plain people and seek revenge for the death of her only brother. But a quiet stranger throws a kink in her plan not long after she arrives. As she delves deeper and deeper into what makes this handsome Amish man tick, she begins to wonder about her intentions and the direction her life is taking.

At twenty-four, Isaac Miller is still unmarried and doesn’t see his status changing anytime soon. The Lord has blessed him with above-average physical attributes, but his awkward shyness keeps him from pursuing a relationship with anyone. When Charlotte—or “Charlie” as she calls herself—arrives in Paradise, she steals his heart, and he longs to be a different man.

Can Charlie get past the resentment she feels and open her heart? What happens when Isaac comes out of his shell, drawing attention from all the available women in the area? Will Charlie be able to hold onto him? And will he still want her when he learns the truth?

*My Review*

I don’t usually read much Amish fiction but when I do I expect to read a spectacular Amish fiction novel.
I’ve read some fiction by Beth Wiseman and they were pretty good to read.
I can say that I was drawn into this novel in the beginning but as I got to the middle of the book I found myself skimming and skipping a lot. This novel is for people who read Amish fiction on a regular basis.
I’m convinced that I have to have a mystery or a out of the ordinary situation to happen in a Amish fiction book before I would be encouraged to read it.
The characters and the writing was okay but nothing really stood out to me that would make me want to read this novel again. Overall, this novel was not my cup of tea. It’s not just the fact that I enjoy extraordinary Amish fiction but I think that the writing itself could’ve used a little bit more of that special something in order for me to really enjoy it.

*I received this copy of this novel from BookLook Bloggers and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

 

Through Waters Deep~Sarah Sundin~

Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom, #1)

~Synopsis~

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.

~My Review~

I have become a huge fan of Sarah Sundin’s writing and now with this novel, I can totally understand why I anticipate just about every novel she writes.
First off the book cover is spectacular!! I love this book cover so much that I was blown away. I do admit that the book cover is another reason that prompted me to read this novel.
I was very moved the romance in this novel between the two main characters. The author has a talented way of writing about romance in her novels. The romance in her books are so heartfelt and moving.
As far as the storyline goes in this novel, I just wish it were more memorable. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading the author’s ingenious way of writing about WWII in her novels. Most of her novels have a creative way of including romance,drama,and gripping history all into one novel. As far as this novel goes, it left me a little it wanting. It was a pretty good story to read but I’m not just looking for a good story to read anymore but also a novel that memorable and exciting to read.
Overall,this was a pretty good read and if you haven’t read any of Sarah Sundin’s novels, then I encourage you to read them! I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book in this series.

*I received this book through Revell. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and I was not required to write a positive review.*

~Author~

Sarah Sundin

WEBSITE

Sarah Sundin

With Every Breath-Elizabeth Camden (Book Review)

With Every Breath Synopsis In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston holds a respectable position as a government statistician when she encounters a rival from her past, the insufferable Trevor McDonough. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and she’s bewildered at the way he suddenly seeks her out. Surprising even herself, Kate agrees to Trevor’s entirely unexpected and risky proposal to work side-by-side with him in his quest to rid the world of tuberculosis, a contagious and deadly disease. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, she realizes there is much more to him than she could have imagined. His hidden depths may fascinate her, but his most closely guarded secrets and a shadowy enemy lurking in the background carry a serious threat to their future. When the truth of the past comes out, threatening to destroy everything they hold dear, how will Trevor and Kate ever overcome all that stands in their way?

*My Review*

Elizabeth Camden never fails to deliver! She is such an intriguing and inspiring writer. I LOVE her books so MUCH! Anyway…. When I started reading,”With Every Breath” I was transported into this wonderful and amazing story. In a way I can kinda relate to this story because when I was younger I did develop symptoms of TB which by God’s grace I was cured from. This novel really made me thankful for all those pioneers of medicine who strove and sacrificed to make this world a better place. In my opinion, I think that this novel was one of her more somber books that I’ve read. It was so good because I felt myself fighting alongside with the Doctor in this novel. The heroine was excellent as well but I felt more interested in the hero’s story and that’s something that rarely happens. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the heroine because I admire all of Elizabeth Camden’s heroines. They’re smart and very interesting to read about. I can say with this book that I felt like some of the storyline was being a bit repeated but aside from that I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book. I also enjoyed reading about how they treated TB and how they researched different methods and medicines. The mystery was also heart-gripping as well! YOU MUST read this book or if you haven’t read any of Elizabeth Camden’s books you should!

*This is a library read and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.* Happy Reading!!