“The Mayflower Bride” by Kimberley Woodhouse

“The Mayflower Bride” by Kimberley Woodhouse is a novel from The Daughters of the Mayflower series.  This novel is set in 1620’s as we follow the Separatists as they travel from Holland to the New World.  Mary Elizabeth Chapman is the heroine of this story as she travels with her family to start a new life.  She is scared, doesn’t want to go, but is a strong woman and had to accede for her family’s sake.

William Lytton is part of the voyage also and has been hired as a cooper and as a scribe for the contributing companies, journaling the exploits of the group.

The voyage is very rough as they cross the Atlantic and many are lost to disease.  Those left are committed to making a go of their settlement.  Many characters who actually were voyagers are mentioned in this book and the author obviously spent a great deal of time researching this time period and this particular voyage.

Although this book was well written, it did not capture my attention well.  I am not particularly fond of this period of history and so that perhaps colored my opinions.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.


“Julie” by Catherine Marshall

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Title: Julie

Author: Catherine Marshall

Publisher: Gilead Publishing

ReIssue Date: April 17, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance Fiction

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Will the dam hold?

Julie Wallace has always wanted to write. Trying to 
escape the Great Depression, Julie’s father buys the
Alderton Sentinel, a small-town newspaper in flood-prone Alderton, Pennsylvania, and moves his family
there. As flash floods ominously increase, Julie’s investigative reporting uncovers secrets that could
endanger the entire community.

Julie, the newspaper, and her family are thrown into a perilous standoff with the owners of the steel mills
as they investigate the conditions of the immigrant laborers. As the Alderton Sentinel and Julie take on a more aggressive role to reform these conditions, seething tensions come to a head.

When a devastating tragedy follows a shocking revelation, Julie’s courage and strength are tested. 
Will truth and justice win, or will Julie lose everything she holds dear?


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ABOUT THE AUTHORCatherine Marshall (1914-1983),   

“The New York Times” best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel “Christy.” Based on the life of her mother, “Christy” captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in “A Man Called Peter.” A decade after Dr. Marshall’s untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of “Guideposts,” forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine’s enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.


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“The Prayer Map for Women”

I was lucky enough to be chosen to review “The Prayer Map for Women”.  This journal of faith is absolutely wonderful.  I am at a difficult time of my life and I feel that this journal is just what I need to survive and thrive.  The suggestions of prayer life for the journalist are quite apropos and help to guide the participant to the fullest prayer devotion of the day.  I highly recommend this faith help.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

“Red Sky Over America” by Tamera Lynn Kraft

“Red Sky Over America” by Tamera Lynn Kraft is a novel written about the pre-Civil war era and the abolitionists helping runaway slaves through the Underground Railroad.  This book is the first in the series Ladies of Oberlin.  Oberlin College in Ohio had a reputation as a center for abolitionist activities and many of the college’s presidents embraced these efforts.  Oberlin was a key stop along the Underground Railroad, an informal network of back-road routes and safe houses used to harbor escaped slaves seeking freedom in the Northers states and Canada.

America Leighton was a student at Oberlin seeking to become a missionary to China.  Her slave-owning father Colonel Leighton was not keen on her choice of livelihood and requested her return to Kentucky for the Christmas break.  She was afraid that once she returned home, he would prevent her from returning to Oberlin for her last year of schooling.  Since she was also an abolitionist, she feared that her desire to persuade her father to free his slaves and hire them with a living wage would result with his wrath.

William, a classmate of America’s is destined to become a preacher and has also come to Kentucky, but to preach abolition in the community churches.  Neither America nor William is well received in the slave-holding state of Kentucky.  It is very fascinating to read about conditions that prevailed in slave-holding areas before the Civil War.  It is also rewarding to read how many citizens braved the cruelty of some who did not believe as they did.

I really liked reading this story.  I can’t say that I enjoyed reading of the harsh treatment of both slaves and abolitionists alike, but this book served as a reminder of what our country struggled with so many years ago.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Desert Breeze publishing through LitFusePublicity.com.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

“Who the Bishop Knows” by Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman has written a very appealing series of Amish mysteries, The Amish Bishop Mysteries.  “Who the Bishop Knows” is the third book of the series.  I have read each one and am amazed at the convoluted situations that define each story.  Although Bishop Henry Lapp is unable to use his extraordinary talent of drawing exactly what and who he has seen, in this murder case, it is nonetheless exciting to see how he manages to use his perceptions to solve the murder.

Although the English police and the Amish do not usually work together, in this instance, Henry and the Sheriff complement each other’s abilities in solving the intricacies of investigations.  Henry must persuade the members of his community to give help to the authorities in order to find the person who is responsible.  These mysteries of Ms. Chapmans definitely do not lack suspects.  This is what motivates the reader to make sure to read every page until the end.  There is something relatable to the case on every page.

I have enjoyed reading the Bishop Series and hope that Ms. Chapman continues to write in this vein. I highly recommend her work.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers through NetGalley.com.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

“Sons of Blackbird Mountain” by Joanne Bischof

“Sons of Blackbird Mountain” by Joanne Bischof is a beautifully written novel.  Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, the story takes place on Blackbird Mountain.  Jorgan, Thor and Haakan Norgaard make their living on a piece of land populated by apple trees.  Thor’s job is to make the cider that the brothers sell to their neighbors and businesses.  In Thor’s case, the cider is an addiction that he has tried to kick before without success.  During those times he goes through a horrible withdrawal that takes a toll on the whole homestead.

Aven Norgaard has come from Norway at the invitation of their aunt Dorothe, to join the family helping to care for the “little” boys, as she thinks they are.  When she arrives, alone, with nowhere else to turn, they take her in as she is their cousin’s widow.  Her presence lights a fire under two of the brothers, each smitten in their own way with her gentle ways.

Making things harder for everyone is the fact that Thor has been deaf since birth.  When small, he was sent to a boarding school for the deaf and dumb where he learned American Sign Language and also how to read lips.  He is a tortured soul that Aven’s presence seems to quiet.  Haakan, too, is drawn to Aven.  So what should she do?

I thought Ms. Bisdchof’s characters were extremely well defined.  Her grasp of the difficulties that deaf persons experience every day was handled with care and compassion.  I think the story itself was well developed too.  There was love, compassion, trials and tribulation that each and every one of them experienced that brought the reader to tears at times.  I thought this was a beautiful story full of beautiful people.  Well done.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.com.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

“Beneath a Prairie Moon” by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer writes very well and I enjoy her books.  “Beneath a Prairie Moon” is no exception.  This is another mail-order bride novel, but with a twist.

Helena Bingham has a business matching eligible men with women of marriageable status, for a price.  Abigail Grant has been sent to four different men for marriage, but either has returned of her own free will or has BEEN returned.  She was raised in wealth, and when her father brought shame to their family by committing fraud, if she wanted to be married, since she was shunned by her former friends, she needed to become a mail-order bride.

Bachelors in Spiveyville, Kansas wanted wives, for comfort and for help on their farms and in their businesses.  Since there were no single women in their town or surrounding parts, they collectively wrote letters to Mrs. Bingham seeking brides.  When their letters arrive, Mrs. Bingham was appalled by their crudeness and illiteracy, not to mention lack of societal manners.  In order to make sure she was not sending her girls into a bad situation, she decided that she and Abigail would travel to Kansas to provide classes for the men to teach them how to be husband material.

Although these marriage broker novels are mostly the same, this one in particular, is a joy to read.  I found it so interesting because of the various characters and their mannerisms and also I found it very humorous which kept me reading.  Ms. Sawyer has produced a good novel and I recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.com.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.