Inspirational

Don’t Miss The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson

A Lonely Heroine “When does Melanie Dickerson’s next book come out?” one of my students asked me the last day of school. “Not until June 26,” I told her. Her crestfallen face made me assure her, “Don’t worry, you’ll be here for leadership session when it comes out! Maybe you won’t have to wait until August to read it!” We went on to discuss the cover of The Orphan’s Wish (she loved it), and that it would retell Aladdin’s story…

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Not Your Typical Fluffy Romances

  The Love Letter Rachel Hauck Thomas Nelson, 352 pages, June 12, 2018. Chloe Daschel has grown up in Hollywood—but for the first time in long career she’s fallen in love with a character and she’s willing to call in a few favors to get the part. Something about the character of Esther Longfellow pulls at her like no other character has done before. The script, a freshman effort by the unknown Jesse Gates tells the epic story of a…

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A Daring Venture Makes a Perfect Companion for Long Summer Evenings

A Daring Venture Elizabeth Camden Bethany House, 352 pages, June 5, 2018. Elizabeth Camden’s newest release, A Daring Venture, hits it out of the ballpark with humor, romance, intrigue, and inspiration. Dr. Rosalind Werner, biochemist and crusader for clean water, has her work cut out for her. Despite the modern conveniences of life in 1908, men’s views of educated women haven’t caught up to the modern realities. Scandal chased her and her brother Gus and his wife from Heidelberg, Germany…

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You’ll Swoon for these New Historical Inspirational Titles!

More Than Meets the Eye (A Patchwork Family Novel) Bethany House, 354 pages, June 5, 2018. Karen Witemeyer Karen Witemeyer’s latest release has everything swoon-worthy tucked between its covers. Logan Fowler arrives in the tiny Texas town of Pecan Gap in the 1880s with carefully laid plans to wreak revenge on the gambler who stole his family’s ranch. Determined to hunt down Zach Hamilton and bring him to justice, Logan starts to question his quest when he finds no evidence…

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The One Book You Must Read This Summer

The Book You Need to Read This Summer The Solace of Water—Thomas Nelson Publishers By Elizabeth Byler Younts Sometimes a book sets me back on my heels and makes me really think. The Solace of Water did just that. I read it months ago through NetGalley’s advanced reader program, and I can’t get it out of my mind. And sometimes I get all bossy and tell people that they need to read a books, but not often. The story starts…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: Clean Books for Teenage Girls

Books for the Pre-teen and Teenage Girls in Your Life My first foray into reading involved animal stories by Jean Craighead George and Marguerite Henry. And then I discovered the myriad volumes of horse-and-girl stories. I devoured every one I could find in our library via the good old card catalog system. Somewhere between 8th and 9th grade, I graduated to Harlequin Romances. Yeah. Quite the switch. I didn’t discover Grace Livingston Hill for another twenty years, and the line-up…

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Good Reads from Irene Hannon

Another Sweet Read from Irene Hannon I love it when an author can change gears successfully to a different genre. Irene Hannon has done just that with her latest release, Pelican Point. The story takes place in the seashore town of Hope Harbor, Oregon. She has written two previous stories in the Hope Harbor series, Sandpiper Cover and Sea Rose Lane. In Pelican Point: A Hope Harbor Novel we meet Dr. Ben Garrison, ex-army orthopedic surgeon, who returns to his…

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Historical Romance, Revisited

Historical Romance, Anyone? I confess I had a small addiction to fluffy romance novels as a teenager. We didn’t go to movies, nor watch much television. My romantic heart reveled in the…novels of…Barbara Cartland…(if you’ve ever read one of her novels, you’ll understand the ellipses). A chance encounter with a Georgette Heyer book at my local library helped me move on to less…insipid…entertainment. (Ok, please tell me I’m not the only one who read Barbara Cartland novels.) I can’t say…

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A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging

Note: Clicking on the picture of the book will take you to Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. NetGalley sends me advanced digital copies of these books in exchange for my honest opinion on their website. I only feature books that I really love on my blog. Meeting a Memoir Author We all long for belonging. When we read memoirs, intimate, personal stories that manage to feel universal, we often end up wishing to meet the author. I’ve often wished…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: Sweet, Clean Romances

Note: Clicking on the picture of the book will take you to Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. Net Galley sends me advanced digital copies of these books in exchange for my honest opinion on their website. I only feature books that I really love on my blog. A Borrowed Dream By Amanda Cabot, published by Revell, March 20, 2018, 353 pages. The second installment of the Cimarron Creek series by Amanda Cabot features Catherine Whitfield, the town’s schoolteacher. Her…

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