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“The Girl from the Tyne” by Melody Sachs

I requested to review Melody Sachs first novel, “The Girl from the Tyne”.  This is her first novel and I enjoyed the book very much.  The story begins in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1932.  Jack Wood lives with his Mum and is happy with his life.  He owns a business that is prospering in spite of the depression.  On this particular evening, he is heading to a dance in town.  All of the young folks are there and the bands are swinging.  There is a dance contest and he is smitten with Alice Rooney, one of the winners of the contest.  He gets his courage together and asks her to dance.  They finish the evening with each other.  Alice is a forward young lady and entices Jack, which has consequences.  Jack decides to do the right thing and marry her even though their families are nothing alike.  Alice’s family is crude, rude and smarmy; while Jack’s is the son of a veterinarian.  His family is good, supportive and loving.

Jack and Alice have a volatile relationship.  Alice’s mouth is crude and rude, just like the rest of her family.  Their daughter, Lizzie, bears the brunt of Alice’s wrath.  Nothing she does is right, she is screamed at, embarrassed in front of her friends and their parents, yet Lizzie tries to be quiet and not anger her mother.  The story continues as we see Lizzie growing up and becoming a lovely young lady in spite of the abusive relationship with her mother.

I really did enjoy reading about Lizzie.  However, it was very hard to read the abusive dialogue that Alice subjected Lizzie to, and I suffered with her.  No one was immune from her wrath and everyone walked on eggs in order not to upset Alice and cause Lizzie more trouble.  The thing I enjoyed most about this novel is the time period written about.  I wish Ms. Sachs much success with her writing.

I received a Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com.


“Jilted” by Varina Denman

“Jilted” by Varina Denman is the third book and conclusion of the Mended Hearts series.  Lynda Turner’s life has not been an easy one.  She is in a dead-end job, lives in a town where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and cannot seem to overcome her depression.  Even though she has a beautiful daughter who has married a fine man, and friends who care for her, she feels unloved.  Enter an ex-con who wants nothing more than to live a good life and forget the past.  The past has been unkind to both Lynda and Clyde, which makes them leery of their future, especially together.  Lynda is afraid to trust and Clyde is afraid to pursue Lynda.  All comes to a head when a past deed afflicts them and their friends with the truth and its consequence.

I enjoyed the book and the writing, but wish I had read the books in order.  I felt that I missed out on some aspects of the story that would have been explained had I read the other two novels.

I received a print copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest review.

“A Moment in Time” by Tracie Peterson

“A Moment in Time” by Tracie Peterson is book two in the Lone Star Brides Series published by Bethany House.  I enjoyed this book because it was well written and the story line was intriguing.

Alice Chesterfield was injured in the same attack that killed her father.  Since that attack she has been harassed by a man believing that she has something that her father left.  She has lost everything because of the attack and because of the depression that has affected most of the country in 1893.  Alice is hired by Marty and Jacob Wythe as Marty’s maid.  When the Wythe’s fortunes were reversed, they kept Alice on in return for room and board.

Jacob Wythe lost his job and traveled to Texas to find a ranching job, which was more to his liking.  Marty was not in favor of returning to Texas where her first husband was killed and where she miscarried her babies.  Eventually, Marty and Alice follow Jake to Texas to Marty’s sister’s ranch because there is no future in Denver Colorado for them and Marty misses Jake.

Because Alice has been disfigured in the attack she assumes that no man will ever want to marry her.  She finds that is wrong.  She also finds that, contrary to what her father told her, her mother and brother are still alive and living in Chicago.  This presents a problem because Alice doesn’t know whom to believe.

I truly enjoyed this novel; however, I think the references to the bible and prayer were a little overdone.  I do not mind reading a Christian book, but the references were a little over the top in this book.  I would still recommend this book highly.

I was sent a free kindle copy of this book by NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.  I was also sent a free print copy of this book by Bethany House in return for my honest review.