The War Outside by Monica Hesse – Review

The War OutsideThe War Outside by Monica Hesse has an expected publication: September 25th, 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and is a young adult historical fiction novel. It’s 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado–until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan. Continue reading

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown – Review

Gods of Howl MountainGods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown has an expected publication date of March 20th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press. In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina.

Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood – a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted ’40 Ford coupe. Between deliveries to roadhouses, brothels, and private clients, he lives with his formidable grandmother, evades federal agents, and stokes the wrath of a rival runner. Continue reading

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz – Review

The LacemakerThe Lacemaker by Laura Frantz has an expected publication date of January 2nd, 2018 by Revell Books and is a historical romance novel. Synopsis: When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?
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Love Held Captive: Lone Star Hero #3 by Shelley Shepard Gray – Review

Love Held Captive (Lone Star Hero #3)Love Held Captive: Lone Star Hero #3 by Shelley Shepard Gray was published on October 10th, 2017 by Zondervan and is a historical romantic fiction novel. After the War Between the States, a Confederate officer longs to heal the heart of a beautiful woman—but first he’ll have to right the wrongs that were done to her. Major Ethan Kelly has never been able to absolve himself of the guilt he feels for raiding a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. He is struggling to get through each day until he once again crosses paths with Lizbeth Barclay—the very woman he is trying to forget. Continue reading

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano – Review

Lady Jayne DisappearsLady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano was published on October 3rd, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a historical fiction novel. Synopsis: When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company. Continue reading

Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander – Review

Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander has an expected publication date of October 3rd, 2017 by Thomas Nelson and is a historical fiction novel. A novella to launch a brand new three-book series. In the midst of war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas, the cost of love . . . and of loving again. Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year old son. About to be evicted, she sees an advertisement for the Ladies Aid Society Auction and applies for a position—only to discover it’s been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity. And friendship. But can she trust him? Continue reading

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick – Book Review

All She Left BehindAll She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick has an expected publication date of September 5th, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a historical fiction novel. Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn’t approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she’s developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman’s widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal–but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life’s storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives?  Continue reading