The Win Her Favor

by Tamera Alexander

In Tamera’s second Belle Meade Plantation novel, we are back to the races! In order to save the farm, an arranged marriage is in order. The question is, can these two find love? Set among the recovering South, after the Civil War, there is MUCH history here!! Racism is at an all time high and the people of the South are not happy when an Irishman decides to take up residence.

I know there has been talk about some of the scenes in this book. While I was surprised by the somewhat graphic nature of a few of the words chosen, I also know that it was how people talked during this time. It certainly wouldn’t be very historically accurate if one changed the vocabulary of the time. I also believe that the words were used within reason, to show the hatred of the times.

As far as the bedroom scenes go, again, while I was surprised to see them in a Christian book, I didn’t feel that they were graphic in any way. I would certainly say that you shouldn’t buy this book if you would be offended at the mention of unbuttoning of clothes and skin touching between married people. I would also caution that you, as a parent, should know what is in the book. I feel that there is an honest look at what is in the book with Lindsey’s review here. Again, it wasn’t a problem for me, but I didn’t find it graphic while some of you may.

Overall, I thought it excellent writing. I fell in love with the characters and my interest held throughout. I feel comfortable giving it 5 stars because I think that Tamera is an excellent writer, it dealt with some really dark subject matters, the history was wonderful, and the characters were 100% lovable.

Thank you, Litfuse and Netgalley, for a copy of this book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!

If you would like to see my fun Face-Off with Tamera Alexander, just head on over here! She’s giving away a copy of this awesome book!!!

Abandoned Memories

by MaryLu Tyndall

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12

Breathtaking. Suspenseful. Terrifying. Beautiful.

There are so many words to describe this book. You know when a book sticks with you? After you read it, you think on it and think on it? That is what this series will do to you.

Abandoned Memories is the third book in the Escape From Paradise series and it is a WHOPPER! Through the series, we get to know a bunch of colonists that left America after the Civil War. They all left for different reasons, but they basically wanted to start a “new south” in Brazil. The cool part? All of this is true! It was the only recorded exodus in the history of America. You should check out this article to find out more about it!!! (Link is in the pic)

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In this final installment, the battle with the forces of evil in their town has escalated and they must seek God to fight it. We also get to FINALLY see Angeline’s and James’ stories. They were my favorite from the start!! This book is NOT for the weak of heart. It is surely going to open your eyes to the battle we don’t see. It is a beautiful story of grace and redemption. I wish I could give it 10 stars!! (Looky there! I just did!!).

Bravo, MaryLu! As always, you have given me a book I really enjoy. However, you went above and beyond this time. *still trying to catch my breath*

— If you would like to see our fun FACE-OFF, just head on over there and enjoy. BTW, there’s a giveaway so you have a chance to get this book in your hands!!!

The Last Heiress

by Mary Ellis

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This is the first book I have read by Mary Ellis and I was enraptured throughout. Amanda Dunn travels from her homeland of England to North Carolina during America’s final days of the Civil War. She is sent to procure more cotton for their factories. Because of the war, nothing was being shipped and her father’s company was losing money.

The characters are very likeable, the history is fascinating and the storyline will keep you reading through the night. I did feel like in the last third of the book, some of the main characters changed. It seemed like they acted completely out of character and the book changed it’s course quite unexpectedly. It was still interesting and still held my attention, I just felt like it was very odd and didn’t make a lot of sense. I also felt as if the characters had no relationship with God. Surprisingly, that it never changed throughout.

I do recommend the book and hope you will pick up a copy! The link is in the picture above.

Thanks, netgalley, for the another awesome read! As always, I have given my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!