Tag: historical fiction

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

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

Posted December 12, 2015 / 5 Comments

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.



Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

Posted November 5, 2015 / 8 Comments

The Lake House by Kate Morton Publication Date: October 20, 2015 Atria Books Hardcover & eBook; 512 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heart-stopping suspense and uncovered secrets. […]



Review: The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert

Review: The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert

Posted November 1, 2015 / 12 Comments

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Aushwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks. As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They intend to destroy a German troop transport, but […]


Review: Valley of Decision (The Carthage Chronicles #3) by Lynne Gentry

Review: Valley of Decision (The Carthage Chronicles #3) by Lynne Gentry

Posted October 20, 2015 / 4 Comments

Thirteen years ago, Lisbeth made an impossible decision—leave third-century Carthage and her husband Cyprian behind for good. She knew it was to protect her daughter Maggie, so Lisbeth gathered the strength to move on with her life. All these years, Lisbeth has thrown herself into her work and raising her […]


Review: The Sweetest Rain (Flowers of Eden #1) by Myra Johnson

Review: The Sweetest Rain (Flowers of Eden #1) by Myra Johnson

Posted October 5, 2015 / 7 Comments

As the drought of 1930 burns crops to a crisp, Bryony Linwood dreams of cooling winter snows and the life she would have had if daddy hadn’t been killed in the Great War and mama hadn’t moved Bryony and her sisters to their grandfather’s struggling tenant farm in tiny Eden, […]


Review: The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick | New Release

Review: The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick | New Release

Posted September 30, 2015 / 4 Comments

Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now a mother, Eliza faces a new kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home […]


Book Review: Brightest and Best by Olivia Newport

Book Review: Brightest and Best by Olivia Newport

Posted July 22, 2015 / 3 Comments

The collapse of a schoolhouse puts pressure on Amish families and their long-held educational values. Ella Hilty anticipates marrying Gideon Wittner and becoming a mother to his children. In a whirling clash of values, Ella seeks the solid ground that seems to have slipped away. Margaret Simpson, an English schoolteacher, […]