Category: Christian

Dec 14
Review: The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes

Review: The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes

Christian, contemporary, Laurie Alice Eakes, mystery/suspense, romance 5

Laurie Alice Eakes quite simply has a way with words… and with characters. I was delighted to see these strengths just as evident in The Mountain Midwife, her first contemporary novel, as in her historicals. The fact that characters in The Mountain Midwife descended from characters in two of her historical series made it just all the more thrilling for a book adorer like me.

Dec 12
Review: Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series by Shelley Gray

Review: Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series by Shelley Gray

Christian, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Shelley Shepard Gray 5

Shelley Gray’s brilliantly crafted mystery trilogy is perfect for romantic suspense fans, especially those that lean toward the historical. (Not the hysterical, mind you. Let’s save our swooning for the kisses!) The recurring theme of people being more than what they appear resonates through all 3 books and is most perfectly illustrated in the comparison to the buildings constructed for the World’s Fair. Characters whose lives seem “outwardly impressive” are proven to be “structurally unsound” while the reverse is also true just as frequently. An entertaining and compelling reminder that, while we so often look no further than the outside, God sees our hearts.

Dec 07
Review: The 12 Brides of Christmas collection

Review: The 12 Brides of Christmas collection

Amanda Cabot, Amy Lillard, Christian, Christmas, Davalynn Spencer, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, historical, Margaret Brownley, Mary Connealy, Maureen Lang, Michelle Ule, Miralee Ferrell, Pam Hillman, romance, Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough 7

Usually when you have this many different authors in one place, there are bound to be a couple of stories that I don’t like. That was not the case in The 12 Brides of Christmas. I have my favorite novellas of the group, certainly, but each story was very well-written with solidly developed & engaging characters and emotionally-satisfying plots. My only wish is that each novella had been its own full-length novel so that I could have more of the delightful characters.

Dec 04
Review (Plus a Giveaway!): Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand

Review (Plus a Giveaway!): Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand

Amish, Christian, contemporary, Jennifer Beckstrand, romance 16

While this is the 6th book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by Jennifer Beckstrand, it can easily be read as a stand alone. But I can just about guarantee you will want to go back and read the other books in the series as soon as you’ve finished Huckleberry Hearts because you will fall in love with Anna and Felty and Cassie and Zach and well, MOST of Cassie’s extended family 😉 Written with much talent and warmth, Huckleberry Hearts is a new favorite and I highly recommend it to fans (and non-fans) of Amish fiction, Jen Turano, and Cynthia Ruchti.

Dec 02
Review: High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

Review: High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

Christian, Christmas, mystery/suspense, romance, Susan Sleeman 3

Susan Sleeman takes a small amount of space and fills it up with high-caliber action, suspense and romance until you forget you are reading a shorter-length novel. Her First Response Squad reminds me in all the best ways of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley family (there’s a crossover idea for a publisher somewhere!). I just can’t say enough good things about these books – get them. read them. You’ll love them.

Dec 02
Review (Plus a Giveaway!): The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Review (Plus a Giveaway!): The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Christian, contemporary, historical, Rachel Hauck, romance 1

The Wedding Chapel entranced me from the very beginning. The dual timeline added an element of intrigue that kept me turning the pages and inhaling the words as quickly as possible. I especially loved the fact that readers get to see the story from various perspectives as the focus alternates between the four main characters. To me, this kept the plot flowing and the emotional investment strong.

Nov 21
Review: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (Plus Holiday Cheer Giveaway!)

Review: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (Plus Holiday Cheer Giveaway!)

Christian, Christmas, contemporary, Cynthia Ruchti 36

Such love and warmth and laughter and friendship emanated from this novella, courtesy of Cynthia Ruchti’s talented pen. Such love and warmth and laughter and friendship emanated from this novella, courtesy of Cynthia Ruchti’s talented pen. Grandma Dodie and Grandpa Wilson are just the absolute sweetest and cutest couple ever! I want to be like them when I grow up.

For as much as I had tears in my eyes while reading An Endless Christmas, I also laughed out loud just as frequently.

Nov 19
Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Christian, fairy tales, Melanie Dickerson, mystery/suspense, romance, YA 8

The Golden Braid has it all – adventure, romance, dashing knights, damsels who can save their own lives, faith, nostalgia-nods to series fans, even a mention or two of Thornbeck to tie in her other series. Most of all though, it has the warmth and heart with which Melanie Dickerson writes all of her books. C.S. Lewis famously said, “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” If you haven’t read one since childhood, may I suggest you start again now – and start with Melanie Dickerson’s Fairy Tales/Hagenheim series?