Book Review: Until the Mountains Fall

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Until the Mountains Fall
by Connilyn Cossette

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Christian

Pub Date 02 Jul 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Until the Mountains Fall through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

Rivkah was recently widowed and refuses to follow the Old Testament Torah laws that say you must marry your husband’s brother if he dies. She instead flees to Kedesh, hoping she will be able to use her talents as a Scribe to make a living!

Malakhi has been in love with Rivkah for years but he never imagined that it would be his brothers death that would lead to wedding her. After Rivkah disappears he throws himself into fighting the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he lost. With impending war over Israel Rivkah’s father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.

As the enemies from both inside and outside of Israel grow more threatening by the day, is it to late for the restoration their souls seek?

I found Until Mountains Fall to be a well researched Biblical era Nobel, with strong believable characters making it worthy of five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Once More Unto the Breach

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Once More Unto the Breach
by Meghan Holloway

Polis Books

Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 24 May 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Of Once Unto the Breach through Polis Books and Netgalley:

Once More Unto the Breach is a powerful historical thriller set against a World War 2 backdrop about a Father who will stop at nothing to find his son.

Gravenor a veteran of the Great War and a Welsh sheep farmer arrives in Paris as the city’s liberation is happening he carries in his pocket a worn letter that may have arrived years to late. He follows the footsteps of his missing son across the war torn country he struggles to come to terms with what drew a wedge between them.
He is joined by an American Ambulance driver Charlotte Dubois a woman with secrets of her own, Rhys discovers that even as liberation has swept across France, the war is far from over. He realizes too that his own war has only just started. He is haunted by memories of battles he fought before and hampered at every turn by danger and betrayal. In a race against time and war, Rhys follows his son’s trail from Paris to the dangerous streets of Vichy to the starving mobs in Lyon to the treacherous Alps. But Rhys is not the only one searching for his son. In a race of his own, a relentless enemy stalks him across the country and will stop at nothing to find the young man first. The country is in tatters, no one is trustworthy, and Rhys must unravel the mystery of his son’s wartime actions in the desperate hope of finding him before it’s too late. Too late to mend the frayed bond between them. Too late to beg his forgiveness. Too late to bring him home alive.

I find that Once More Unto the Breach is a powerfully written book full of action and suspense and is worthy of five out of five stars!

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Book Review: A Reluctant Bride

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A Reluctant Bride
by Jody Hedlund

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Christian

Pub Date 04 Jun 2019

I am reviewing a copy of A Reluctant Bride through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life living in London’s poorest slums. When she is offered the opportunity to be part of a bride sailing trip headed to British Columbia she agrees. She figured that the Bride ship will offer her better prospects after she witness so much loss and heartaches in the slums. The ship is her prospect and someday her sisters opportunity to escape a bleak future.

Joseph Colville Who is wealthy and entitled leaves home and takes to the sea to escape the pain of loosing his family. As a ship’s surgeon he is responsible for the welfare of the passengers who are aboard the Tynrmouth, including sixty brides to be. He has no intention of immediately settling down but after Mercy becomes his assistant they must both fight against forbidden love.

With of single men congregating on the shore eager to tanks a bride from the Tynemouth, will Mercy and Joseph lose their chance at true love, or will they be able to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way?

I give A Reluctant Bride five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Pink Bonnet

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The Pink Bonnet
True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime

by Liz Tolsma

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books

Christian , True Crime

Pub Date 01 Jun 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Pink Bonnett through Barbour Publishing and Netgalley:

Cecile Dowd is widowed in Memphis in 1932. Cecile Dowd is struggling to provide for her three year old daughter. An unwitting trusting neighbor puts little Millie Mae in Georgia Tann’s care, the Corrupt Memphis Tennessee Children’s society director. The woman who was suspected in the disappearance of hundreds of children. With the help of a sympathetic lawyer, the search for Millie uncovers a level
Of corruption that goes deep and can put their lives in danger.

How far will a mother go to save her daughter?

I found that the Pink Bonnet was a well written and researched book, and it held my attention throughout so I give it five out of five stars!

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Book Review: My Sweet Orange Tree

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My Sweet Orange Tree
by José Mauro de Vasconcelos

Candlewick Press

Candlewick

Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 09 Jul 2019

I am reviewing a copy of My Sweet Orange Tree through Candlewick Press and Netgalley:

Zeze wants to be a poet when he grows up, a poet who wears a bow tie. The precocious young boy entertained himself by playing clever pranks on the residents of his Rio De Janiero neighborhood. His parents and siblings punish him severely for this. With his Father out of work the beatings have gotten worse.

Zeze’s only solace comes from school, and the hours he secretly spends singing with a street musician and the refugee he finds with his precious magical orange tree. Finally making a real friend changes Zeze life opening him up to tenderness but also to wrenching Sorrow!

I give My Sweet Orange Tree five out of five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Please Send Help

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Please Send Help
A Novel

by Gaby Dunn; Allison Raskin

St. Martin’s Press

Wednesday Books

Teens & YA

Pub Date 16 Jul 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Please Send Help through St Martin’s Press/ Wednesday Books and Netgalley:

Ava and Gen are the best of friends. Ava knows what she wants in life and has plans to achieve her goals but Gen does not. No matter how annoying or utterly crazy a two am rant may get they have always been there for one another. Then they graduated High-school!

In all honesty I really did not like this book the content was to graphic for my taste and I certainly would not want the teenagers in my life reading it, therefore this book receives a two out of five star review, because honestly I didn’t feel the content was appropriate for the young adult genre.

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Book Review: The Artful Match

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The Artful Match
by Jennifer Delamere
Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Christian

Pub Date 02 Apr 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Artful Match through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

After a near tragedy cost her job in 1881 London, Cara Bernay Who never really fit in befriends a carefree artist. Cara begins to develop her artistic talent, but she dooms finds herself at odds with the carefree artist!

Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe is feeling the weight of growing financial burdens. There is only one person that can save his family, that is his younger brother so he needs him back home. Despite some misgivings about Cara’s background Henry can see she is a positive influence on his younger brother and in Henry’s young ward so he strikes a deal with her so they will return to the estate.

The Burke Family has their own secrets though and when Cara is drawn closer to Henry and stumbles onto the truth she must decide between following her heart and pursuing a bold plan that can bring disaster!

If you are looking for a good, clean, Christian historical book to read, I recommend The Artful Match!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Verity

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Verity
by Lisa T. Bergen

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Christian

Pub Date 02 Apr 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Verity through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

Verity Banning wants something to call her own, she’s left England behind and began a life in the West Indies with her sisters. Her love for animals leads her to setting up a business importing horses as well as other goods the island residents may need. When she arrives at the Colonies to purchase the goods she needs news of Duncan Mckintrick awaits her as does the Captain’s handsome brother Ian whose sympathy lies with the Patriots.

The Great Granddaughter Of a British General and a friend to many Loyalists Verity believed all she wanted was a peaceful resolution. Both the Patriots and the impassioned Ian McKintrick are steadily claiming her heart. When faced with the decision of what–and for whom–she will fight, can she set her feet on a new path despite the danger that awaits?

If you are looking for a good book that will transport you back in time to the Revolutionary War I give this book five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Governess Of Penwythe Hall

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The Governess of Penwythe Hall
by Sarah E. Ladd

Thomas Nelson–FICTION

Thomas Nelson

Christian , Historical Fiction

Pub Date 16 Apr 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Governess Of Penwythe Hall through Thomas Nelson Fiction and Netgalley:

Cordelia Graythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a Governess position after being blamed for her husbands death. Years later the unexpected death and his last request asking her to watch over his five children has her second guessing her choices. She can’t abandon the children now that they have lost both parents, but their guardian lives in Penwythe Hall, back on the Cornish Coast she tried so hard to forget.

Jac Twetheway is determined to get Penwythe’s Halls apple orchards and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable once more. He has not heard from his brother in years so he battles grief and bewilderment when his brothers children and Governess arrive. The mystery shrouding the Governess past proves to be a disruption of his carefully laid plans!

If you want a good book, that’ll allow you to go back to nineteenth century England I recommend The Governess Of Penwythe Hall!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: First Tracks

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First Tracks
by Catherine O’Connell
Severn House

Severn House Publishers

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 01 Jul 2019

I am reviewing a copy of First Tracks through Severn House and Netgalley:

Greta Westerlind an experienced Ski Patroller awakes in the hospital nearly having been killed by an avalanche she is devastated to learn that her good friend bond trader Warren McGovern was killed in the avalanche.

Greta can’t figure out why they were both skiing in such a dangerous place to begin with. As she struggles to remember what really happened that day a series of strange and creepy incidents convincing Greta that someone is out to get her.

After a young woman disappears things take a terrifying turn.

I found First Tracks to be a book full of Mystery and Suspense, and worthy of five out of five stars!

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