The Loyal Heart

by Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray is a fabulous writer. While I am not a big reader of Amish fiction, her books have always won me over. This book, The Loyal Heart, is NOT Amish (which she is known for), but Civil War fiction. While the South struggled to find it’s way after the war, many lived under oppression and fear. Shelley takes her ability to write in a new direction and tackles the hardships of the time.

Her characters are always really likeable. They have good sense and you really root for them. This story is a bit of drama, mystery and romance. If you are a history buff, you will really enjoy the whole story. If you aren’t, you’ll still enjoy the storyline and characters. I definitely recommend!

Thank you for this great read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Check out my fun face-off with Shelley Shepard Gray while you are here!

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The Curiosity Keeper

by Sarah E. Ladd

Sarah has, AGAIN, hit a home run! In her latest book, there is mystery, intrigue, suspense and LOVE! Camille is working in her father’s shop when she is attacked. The thief is in search of something that she knows nothing about. Throughout the book, she learns to fight for herself, has her heart completely smashed and is shown true love. It’s quite the story!!

The characters are extremely loveable. You want to fight for them individually, as well as together. God is not constant throughout, but more of a background element. Her writing is always well done. The book will hold your attention from the first page. Highly recommend anything by this author!!

Thank you, Litfuse, for this wonderful read. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

If you would like to see my fun Face-Off with Sarah, just click HERE.

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

by Colleen Coble

A gripping, page turning, suspenseful and dramatic read!! Yes, it is all of those things!! From the first page of this book, you will be hooked!

Claire Dellamare shows up at the Hotel Tourmaline to help her father close a business deal. Little does she know that her past is very much tied up with this quaint little town. As she has flashbacks and bits of her memory coming and going, Claire starts to learn that she has, indeed, been here! Realizing that she was missing for a whole year of her life when she was just a child, she goes on a hunt to find out the true story. Making new relationships and digging deeper, she finds out more and more about her past. Someone doesn’t like this and will do anything to make her stop.

I highly recommend this book! It’s a solid 5 stars. Full of rich and complex characters, a deep storyline, suspense, mystery, and a reliance on God. Everything is here!! Please pick up a copy for yourself and for a friend!! Link is in the pic above.

Thank you, Litfuse, for this wonderful book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!


Head on over and take a look at my fun Face-Off with the amazing Colleen Coble!! While you are there, enter to win this fabulous book!! Only a few days left!! You can also enter to win RIGHT HERE!!

All you need to do is head on over to:

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge and start entering!!

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GOOD LUCK!!

Mist of Midnight

by Sandra Byrd

Mist of Midnight: A Novel (The Daughters of Hampshire)

Sandra Byrd has knocked it out of the park with this book! Rebecca Ravenshaw has recently left India after her parents were slaughtered in an uprising. She heads home to England in order to reclaim her family home and live a simple life. Once there, she is surprised to find that Rebecca Ravenshaw has already claimed the estate and has recently died. Now it is up to the law to find the truth. Who is the true heiress? To complicate matters, the home has since been passed on to a distant cousin.

This book was wonderful. It had much intrigue, mystery, passion, and lovely characters. It kept me flipping the pages and not wanting to put it down.

If you would like to check out more of Sandra’s books, please head on over here and see what she has to offer. Just a sampling:  French-Twist

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If you would like to see all the books she has to offer, just click on the pics above. There are some great young adult books and a girl’s devotional.

Thanks, netgalley, for giving me this book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!

Take a Wild Guess!!!

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I had so much fun doing a Face-Off with author, Brandy Vallance, that I thought it might be fun to play “Take a Wild Guess” with author, Julie Klassen. Before we start, let me say that my love of the Regency Era is hugely contributed to her. Of course, Jane Austen set the wheels in motion, but Julie’s books have kept me waiting on the edge of my seat for her next book to come out. THANKFULLY, she will be publishing TWO BOOKS this year!

Winner of many awards, her books have covered, not just the elite and high society, but many aspects of England at the time. Here are the books she has released so far. I had to put the pictures on here because they are such beautiful covers!!!

Ok, so here it goes. The way this works is:

— I asked Julie some questions.

— I guess what her answers will be.

— I see if I am right!

— Who shall win? We shall see!

Let the games begin!!!!

1. Why Regency? (I am, personally, a part of The Regency Society of Virginia, so no complaints here!!)

Charity – My guess is because of all the amazing Jane Austen adaptations there are.  You fell in love with the movies and was curious about the different aspects of the time period.

Julie – It’s all Colin Firth’s fault. Like many women, I was smitten by him as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC/A&E adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Seeing it led me to re-read Jane Austen’s novels and in turn, to set my novels in the Regency period.

—- Ahhh. I do believe that counts as a point for me!

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2. Favorite Jane Austen character?

Charity – Tough one.. I am going to go with Fanny Price from Mansfield Park. Of course, it is probably Mr. Darcy, as he is everyone’s favorite, but I choose to go with someone less popular and with great character.

Julie – Probably Anne Elliot of Persuasion

— Man!

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3. How has God been brought glory through your writing career?

Charity – Perhaps it is because you can share the gospel within a non-threatening environment. People love Jane Austen and it is a way to reach others who wouldn’t normally listen.

Julie – My goal is to write novels that delight readers and glorify God, but I would feel presumptuous answering this one! I do hear from readers who appreciate the faith-affirming content in my books, so I hope I have given Him glory.

— I don’t think there is a clear winner. As long as God is brought the glory!! Scores stay the same.

Charity 1 / Julie 1

4. Dream vacation?

Charity – Perhaps to Bath during the Jane Austen Festival!!

Julie – Dream vacation=two weeks in the English countryside. Of course!

— Countryside! Bummer. Not exactly Bath…

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5. Have you ever been to the Jane Austen Festivals?

Charity – Not the legit, English one.

Julie – I have attended the Jane Austen Society of North America’s annual conference, but not the festivals in KY or Bath, England–yet!

— Wha Wha!? Nice Call!!

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So, there you have it. My first “tie”!

Thanks, SO MUCH, Julie for taking time out to answer my questions (: Sorry you didn’t win! (Not really).

Check out her new release:

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You can pick up The Secret of Pembrooke Park. You won’t regret it!!!! Full of mystery, romance and intrigue. Check out the book trailer right here: