Upon a Spring Breeze, new by Kelly Irvin

When you want to read a piece of “Amish fiction”, you can’t go wrong by picking up a novel by Kelly Irvin. Swiftly gaining the pinnacle of this popular genre, Irvin consistently delivers an excellent, page-turning, can’t put it down read.

Upon a Spring Breeze is no exception. How conflicted one would be if our husband was killed while we were pregnant? Young, confused, and devastated, Bess must suffer the loss of her “mann” and the pains of pregnancy alone.

Enter the source of the romance: her husband’s best friend. In fact, on of her own childhood playmates – a man who’d long loved her, but had nobly stepped aside while her husband Caleb courted and won her.

The simple life of the Amish provides a stark contrast to the complicated emotions that Irvin brings to the page.102_7723

Review of: Sandpiper Cove, by Irene Hannon

102_7722Here’s another enjoyable, well-written offering from one of my personal favorite contemporary romance writers. At first, I was wondering, “How are these two going to end up together?” But, Hannon resolved my wonderings, with her finely-crafted characters, gripping (but not nerve-wracking) plot twists, and a sprinkling of conflicts and impediments. All wrapped in a setting you just want to get to…a seaside village in Oregon.

Irene Hannon also has a very good way of connecting characters from past books in the series — they seem like old friends now — but the novels stand alone as well. One very original character that appears again is the lunch-truck proprietor who is a bit of a sage. If I didn’t know better, I’d be rushing out find a fish taco, like the ones he makes, which the author makes sound super-delicious.

Side note: My own historical fiction, under contract with a publisher, has been delayed. “A Match for Melissa”, book #1 in the Honor’s Point Series, should have a release date soon. Watch this blog for that info.

Hope for the Same-sex Attracted, by Ron Citlau

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The author of this book has walked in the shoes he writes about. I believe he re-frames the debate in some ways, and sheds new light on a path forward for people who want wholeness. No easy solutions, but much food for thought, and excellent adherence to Biblical truths, without dampening hope.

A few personal narratives illuminate the concepts, and the author’s own journey is proof of a way ahead for people struggling with this issue. I would definitely lend or give this book to an interested Christian, and believe it could give hope and direction, as well as concrete suggestions.

I received this book from the publisher, and am blogging on it because they brought it before my eyes and because I think it is a worthwhile book on the topic.

A Stolen Heart, by Amanda Cabot

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Amanda Cabot is one of Christian fiction’s most reliable authors. She pens contemporary romances as well as historical romances. I’ve enjoyed them all.

This latest offering, set in 1880 Texas, is a very sweet romance–appropriate for a story featuring a heroine who makes candy and runs a candy store for a living. Learn a little about candy-making as you enjoy this fictional romance.

The set-up is pretty creative, the villains or suspected villains not predictable. Cabot builds suspense to a comfortable level, then lets the reader enjoy the story without reader’s nerves being on edge too much! In other words, it’s a relaxing read with a mystery that adds dimension but doesn’t dominate.

I am happy to have had the opportunity to read this book and do this review. 🙂

Still Life, by Dani Pettrey

Hi! Susan with my latest book review:

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I received this book from a blog program I sometimes review books for. The author, Dani Pettry, crafts a compelling group of characters, a complex storyline, intriguing Baltimore setting, and a very satisfying journey to a thrilling ending.

A shocking, layered mystery must be solved before the hero can be cleared, or to see if he really was the killer…I am not going to say here, because that would give too much away. The storyworld was a real escape with the fascinating careers of several characters providing much information — for example, I learned some about art photography, some about medical school, and the FBI’s art theft department.

My own debut novel “A Match for Melissa” will be released in March, 2017! I’ll be blogging more about it here, sometime soon.

Rescue Me, by Susan May Warren

Susan Karsten here, with my latest review.

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I’m always up for checking out the latest from Susan May Warren. Her books are well written and enjoyable. Imagine my delight when I discovered Rescue Me…I absolutely love novels with survival plot lines, and this one’s a humdinger.

Okay let’s start, though, with the storyline where two sisters “love” the same man!! This means fireworks. One sister’s got him, the other wants him. Who will win out? Throw in a bunch more interesting conflict and action, including a death-defying adventure in Glacier National Park (loved learning about that place!), and the reader will walk away satisfied by this novel.

Redeeming Grace, by Jill Eileen Smith

My latest book review:

102_7606-1The latest of twelve biblical fiction novels by this author, she certainly has a way of bringing Bible days to life. In fact, her creative characters practically jump off the page, they are so real.

In Redeeming Grace, we join Naomi who is a practicing midwife, before she leaves Israel for Canaan. She is quite a notable woman in the community and one of the first reasons to keep reading is to learn why she left the promised land.

The story keeps Naomi in focus, but in due time turns to Ruth, her daughter-in-law. For Bible fiction fans, this is a winner!

Please leave a comment: Do you like/read biblical fiction? What have been your favorite titles?

Watch for my own debut novel to come out next month!