Friday, May 27, 2016

A Refuge at Highland Hall

A Refuge at Highland Hall – Carrie Turansky

            A Refuge at Highland Hall is the 3rd book in the Edwardian Brides series.  This is the story of Penny Ramsey.  She moves to London to help her sister, while still pining after Theo Anderson.  Penny soon meets Alex Goodwin, an injured Royal Naval Air Service pilot.  Penny and Alex develop a friendship that through letters turns to romance.  As in any good story, there is a great conflict that they must work through.   Read this book to find out more!  (I don’t want to spoil it for you!)  There were stories about the servants of Highland Hall.  I liked that part!  You could feel the “English properness” in the writing. 
            Carrie Turansky does a great job researching the World War I time period.  She brings much of this research into the story.  God is interweaved through this story.  However, it isn’t preachy. 
            Read this book…read the first two in the series also!

**I was given this book by Carrie Turansky in exchange for an honest review.**

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Someone Like You - Victoria Bylin

Someone Like You – Victoria Bylin

            Someone Like You was the second book I have read by Victoria Bylin, and I really enjoyed it.  I just love the cover!  It is a story of reconnection, and moving forward.  Julia Dare and Zeke Monroe dated in college.  At the time Zeke was devoted to the Lord; Julia wasn’t.  They broke up, and Julia moved on with a guy named Hunter.  Hunter caused me great stress in this book!  I loathed him!  Hunter will always be involved in Julia’s life to some extent because of Max, their son. 
            Julia and Zeke’s paths cross when Julia, an event planner, is hired to help plan a huge event for a new client.  Zeke runs a nice but “in the red” resort.  They end up working together.
            There are many different story lines in this book – which can become a little distracting.  However, the characters are well developed.   I laughed at Ladybug.  (You will just have to read to find out about this character!)  I loathed Hunter!  Zeke and Julia both frustrated me at times.  Ginger frustrated me OFTEN!  George….I liked him.
            Read this book!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks, Bethany House.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Anchor in the Storm - Sarah Sundin

Anchor in the Storm – Sarah Sundin

            Anchor in the Storm is book number 2 in the Waves of Freedom series written by Sarah Sundin.   Archer Vandenberg has completed his studies at the Naval Academy.  He has survived a horrible U-Boat attack when he enjoys some time off at his best friend’s home.  On leave he meets Jim’s sister, the lovely – if somewhat prickly – Lillian.  Lillian has trust issues with men so she doesn’t fall under the good-looking rich boy spell that Arch is used to bestowing over women everywhere!  Lillian is used to men overlooking her because of her prostatic leg.  Arch finds this extremely unusual – and appealing.
            Boston becomes Lillian’s home where she works as a pharmacist.   Arch is based out of Boston.  They both discover unusual things happening around them, and they team up to solve the mystery.   Lillian starts to overcome her distrust of men, while facing a dangerous situation.
            I liked the combination of history, mystery and romance.  I have person reasons why I liked this book -- my dad was in the Merchant Marines during WWII.   He told many stories that always included, “We didn’t know if we were going to make it back home, we were prepared because we knew our job was important.”   The Merchant Marines lost more ships than the Military because the enemy wanted to destroy the supply chain.  My dad then enlisted in the Navy where he spent the next 20 years of his life. 
            Read this book!  Buy it!  You will love it!

I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion.