Sunday, September 26, 2021

Tis the Season

 



The Healing of Natalie Curtis

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About the Book

Classically trained pianist and singer Natalie Curtis isolated herself for five years after a breakdown just before she was to debut with the New York Philharmonic. Guilt-ridden and songless, Natalie can't seem to recapture the joy music once brought her. In 1902, her brother invites her to join him in the West to search for healing. What she finds are songs she'd never before encountered--the haunting melodies, rhythms, and stories of Native Americans.

But their music is under attack. The US government's Code of Offenses prohibits American's indigenous people from singing, dancing, or speaking their own languages as the powers that be insist on assimilation. Natalie makes it her mission not only to document these songs before they disappear but to appeal to President Teddy Roosevelt himself, who is the only man with the power to repeal the unjust law. Will she succeed and step into a new song . . . and a new future?

Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick weaves yet another lyrical tale based on a true story that will keep readers captivated to the very end. (Goodreads)
 
 
 
My Thoughts
 
I really enjoy reading the books that Jane Kirkpatrick writes because they are full of historical details. The cover of this book is one of the most beautiful and unique covers I have seen. 
I enjoyed this book mostly in the first section of the story. I was really intrigued on what was going to happen (which Natalie was a real person and this is a real story) and I had never heard of Natalie until reading this book. Of course her life is fictionalized in this book and I found it fascinating that a woman wanted to experience the West in 1902. Let alone spend time with different Indian tribes. It really is interesting how they traveled and who they communicated with. The main part of this book is that traditional music and dancing (among many other things) was forbidden among the Indians since the country wanted to them to be just like the settlers that took over the land. They also had control because of the reservations they were put on. It really is a horrible part of the history of the America and I am glad people are writing about it. 
In any case while all of the historical details were very interesting the latter part of the book was really difficult to get through. Not much happens though time spans a few years. I know Kirkpatrick was writing about a real person but I really didn't love Natalie's character. 
So if you enjoy historical fiction this could be the book for you. I enjoyed it but it ended up not being my favorite book by Kirkpatrick. 

Three Stars. 

"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, September 24, 2021

The Lines Between Us

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About the Book
 
Since the attack on Pearl Harbor, Gordon Hooper and his buddy Jack Armitage have done “work of national importance” in the West as conscientious objectors: volunteering as smokejumpers, parachuting into and fighting raging wildfires. But the number of winter blazes they’re called to in early 1945 seems suspiciously high, and when an accident leaves Jack badly injured, Gordon realizes the facts don’t add up.

A member of the Women’s Army Corps, Dorie Armitage has long been ashamed of her brother’s pacificism, but she's shocked by news of his accident. Determined to find out why he was harmed, she arrives at the national forest under the guise of conducting an army report...and finds herself forced to work with Gordon. He believes it’s wrong to lie; she’s willing to do whatever it takes so justice will be done.

As they search for clues, Gordon and Dorie must wrestle with their convictions about war and peace and decide what to do with the shocking secrets they discover. (Goodreads)

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 My Thoughts

If you want a unique perspective during WWII this book is for you! I was blown away with the historical aspect of this story and then surprised at how the author created a colorful cast of characters. I loved that nothing was predictable, not in the relationships or the overall story line.

This book takes us right into the woods of the men who were conscientious objectors to fighting in World War II and who ended up being smoke jumpers instead. This is not a subject that is written about especially in fiction. We also get a glimpse of the Women’s Army Corps, as the story flips between Gordon Hooper and Dorie Armitage.

Amy Lynn Green does an excellent job in simply writing the facts. She doesn’t try to sway things politically or make one view right or wrong. She does make the reader think and consider what is written. Dorie is angry at her brother for not enlisting. Jack’s religious beliefs convict him not to fight. This creates a painful family situation. Gordon’s character grows a lot through this book and I really enjoyed the story more from his perspective. I liked the details about the smoke jumpers and the facts surrounding the mystery that threads through the book. The ending is not what you expect so you must read until the very end. I really enjoyed this book and I had to dig more into the history after reading.

 

Five Stars.

 

“I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.”

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Carved in Stone

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 About the Book

 Gwen Kellerman is an heiress to the infamous Blackstone family, whose history of scandal nearly destroyed her. She now lives a quiet life at the idyllic college founded with her family's fortune and hopes to keep the tragedies of her past safely behind her.

Patrick O'Neill survived a hardscrabble youth to become a lawyer for the downtrodden Irish immigrants in his community. He's proud of his work, even though he struggles to afford his ramshackle law office. All that changes when he accepts a case to challenge the Blackstones' legacy of greed and corruption by resurrecting a thirty-year-old mystery.

Little does Patrick suspect that the Blackstones will launch their most sympathetic family member to derail him. Gwen is tasked with getting Patrick to drop the case, but the old mystery takes a shocking twist neither of them saw coming. Now, as they navigate a burgeoning attraction, Patrick is the only one who can save Gwen from new danger on the horizon. (Goodreads)

 

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My Thoughts

 I love reading books by Elizabeth Camden. I was so excited for her to start a new series and I have to say this book did not disappoint. The characters in this story have a very unique point of view and I really appreciate how the author didn't hesitate in bringing in real life issues. Life is really messy and while we get a lot of cookie cutter stories, especially in Christian historical fiction, this book is not that. Yes, there are some great lessons and a little romance, but there is also incredible growth in the characters that I didn't see coming. There are so many little parts of this book that I enjoyed and I laughed a good bit as well. The chapters in this particular story really set it up for book two, which is all about Natalia Blackstone. I already know book two is going to be fabulous. 

Honestly, if you haven't read a book by Elizabeth Camden you are really missing out. I loved this book and I am eager to read the next!

Five Stars. 


"I received this book from Bethany House for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

 











Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Under the Bayou Moon

 

 

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 About the Book

 Restless with the familiarity of her Alabama home, Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country. Though rightfully suspicious of outsiders, who have threatened both their language and their culture, most of the people in tiny Bernadette, Louisiana, come to appreciate the young and idealistic schoolteacher as a boon to the town. She's soon teaching just about everyone--and coming up against opposition from both the school board and a politician with ulterior motives.

Acclimating to a whole new world, Ellie meets a lonely but intriguing Cajun fisherman named Raphe who introduces her to the legendary white alligator that haunts these waters. Raphe and Ellie have barely found their way to each other when a huge bounty is offered for the elusive gator, bringing about a shocking turn of events that will test their love and their will to right a terrible wrong.

A master of the Southern novel, Valerie Fraser Luesse invites you to enter the sultry swamps of Louisiana in a story that illuminates the struggle for the heart and soul of the bayou. (Goodreads)

 

My Thoughts

 

This is the first book by Valerie Fraser Luesse that I have read and I don't plan on it being the last. I was completely captivated by this story. I loved the setting as it is an area in Louisiana I was able to visit this year. I wish more novels were set in the bayou because I find it to be a unique way of life. The characters in this novel were just wonderful. Very different, fun, and real. There is a lot of pain but also so much humor you can't help but laugh at times. A lot seems to happen in a short span of time but in reality for the time period in which this book is set I found it to be believable. The friendships in this book really stood out to me and I so enjoyed having that be a main thread instead of a dramatic love story. Don't get me wrong there is a sweet love story here too, a couple in fact. But I love it when secondary characters leave their mark on the story in a lasting way. 

The ending was terrific and I am eager to get my hands on more books by this author. 

 

Five Stars.
 

"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review." 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 23, 2021

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque

 

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 About the Book

 As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes has witnessed firsthand the danger of only the wealthy having their voices heard, and he's a strong advocate who defends the poorer classes against the powerful. That changes the day a struggling heiress, Lady Madeleine Jameson, arrives at his door.

In a last-ditch effort to save her faltering estate, Lady Jameson invested in a merchant brig, the Padget. The ship was granted a rare privilege by the king's regent: a Letter of Marque authorizing the captain to seize the cargo of French traders operating illegally in the Indian Sea. Yet when the Padget returns to London, her crew is met by soldiers ready to take possession of their goods and arrest the captain for piracy. And the Letter--the sole proof his actions were legal--has mysteriously vanished.

Moved by the lady's distress, intrigued by the Letter, and goaded by an opposing solicitor, Snopes takes the case. But as he delves deeper into the mystery, he learns that the forces arrayed against Lady Jameson, and now himself, are even more perilous than he'd imagined. (Goodreads)

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My Thoughts

 I haven't read a book by Johnson in a long time and this one looked intriguing because of it being historical fiction. The historical aspect of this story was fascinating. I had never heard of a Letter of Marque before and that is what this book's mystery is all about. I had to look into the historical facts after reading this because I found it so interesting.There is a mystery that weaves throughout the book and that is what kept me going until the end. I didn't end up loving the characters and I felt like there was a lot of jumping around which made parts confusing to me. I loved the setting and the overall plot was okay but I had a hard time really enjoying this book. I know many others have enjoyed this book to the fullest but it simply was not for me. 


Three Stars. 


"I received this book from Bethany House for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Cinders Like Glass






About the Book
 
Grieving her father's sudden death, Lady Ada Whitworth's childhood stutter resurfaces. She seeks solace in her charcoal sketches secretly published in London's Thames & Times newspaper. Her brother's sharp tongue and quick temper shame Lady Ada into complete silence but not before she overhears his traitorous plot to kill the queen at the upcoming International Ball.

Mute and heartbroken, Lady Ada's private pain is mistaken for arrogance, earning the ire of society.The Duke of Girard is tasked with sniffing out the elusive French spy called Tailor while an anonymous artist pokes fun at the duke's failed pursuit, taunting him every step of the way. With the upcoming International Ball just weeks away, the Duke will stop at nothing to bring stability back to his beloved Britain-including finding the artist behind the sketches.

When Lady Ada's accused brother disappears, she becomes the target of the Duke's wrath, assuming her silence is from guilt, not grief. To loosen her tongue, the Duke demands Lady Ada be interrogated at his estate, a home hidden in the wild Welsh countryside. She sweeps the chimney, launders her clothes and helps the cook-she will do anything but speak to the Duke.

Lady Ada's quiet service softens the Duke, his mind often turning to thoughts of her. But can he earn Lady Ada's trust in time to save the queen? (Goodreads)





My Thoughts

After reading Clarissa Kae’s first Victorian Retelling on Beauty and the Beast I was eager to read this second book that is a spin on Cinderella.

The first few chapters had me fully engaged and while there is a lot going on from page to page you are left with some mystery. I liked Ada’s character a lot and the cruel brother made a fantastic twist.

Midway through the book I wasn’t quite as invested as the story seemed to slow down a bit but I still enjoyed this retelling through the last chapter.

There are some unexpected characters and plot points that I thought made this a very unique story. Cinderella has never been a favorite of mine so I was happy to have it re-told in this way.

The Duke wasn’t my favorite character and I think that is why part of this story got a little slow for me.

All that to say I really did enjoy this book and the setting. The author has done a great job at making these stories fun and distinctive.

I look forward to the next book that comes out and I recommend reading this new series!

 

Four Stars.

 

“ I received this book for free from the author. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.”

 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

A Bit of Summer at Glacier National Park

 




 

Bright and early we drove through Glacier National Park. It was pretty hazy through parts of it because of the fires but still beautiful.

Monday, August 16, 2021

The Nature of Small Birds

 

 

 

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 About the Book

 In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When Mindy, one of those children, announces her plans to return to Vietnam to find her birth mother, her loving adoptive family is suddenly thrown back to the events surrounding her unconventional arrival into their lives.

Though her father supports Mindy's desire to meet her family of origin, he struggles privately with an unsettling fear that he'll lose the daughter he's poured his heart into. Mindy's mother undergoes the emotional roller coaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy's sister helps her sort through relics that whisper of the effect the trauma of war has had on their family--but also speak of the beauty of overcoming.

Told through three strong voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code. (Goodreads)

 

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My Thoughts

 This book has a lot going on but I was excited to read about a fictional account of something historical that I knew nothing about. It really is fascinating how something that happened in 1975 (not so long ago really) is not something of common knowledge. Children being airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted is so interesting and I would love to read more of the real life stories on this. But Finkbeiner does a good job at taking this part in history and weaving it into the lives of multiple fictional characters. I enjoyed reading Sonny's point of view the most as this book does a lot of jumping around. At times I had a hard time remembering whose point of view I was reading from and what time period. It got a little tricky but it was still interesting to view life from different perspectives.  

I felt like this book was a bit slow for me. I wasn't fully invested in each character but I wanted to know what happened next. It is a decent read but not my favorite of Finkbeiner's. 


Three Stars. 


"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 13, 2021

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

 

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 About the Book

 Present Day. After tragedy plunges her into grief and unresolved anger, Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home determined to finally follow her long-denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmother. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that the store is closing. Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a pact to save the store, but Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons--but she'll certainly never reveal the real one.

1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she's pregnant with her deceased fiancé's baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve the family reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.

This dual-timeline story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth. (Goodreads)

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 My Thoughts

After reading Amanda’s debut novel last year I knew this story would be something special. She is fantastic at creating unique characters with authentic life scenarios.

This book is wonderful. It is dual time line (my favorite) and both story lines held me captive until the end. I really loved ALL of the characters. Usually one part of dual time line novels I like more than the other but with this book I loved it all. There are some really hard issues brought up and secrets within family that last decades. There is a great message about forgiveness, honesty, and family bonds.  Also there is lot of grief that I found to be fairly well heart wrenching. This isn’t a fluffy read by any means so be prepared to experience all the joy, sadness, and hope.

I can’t wait to read what Amanda Cox creates next!

 

Five Stars.

 

“I received this book for free from Revell. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

When We Last Spoke Movie Review & Giveaway!

 

 



 

About the Movie

 
In 1967, two sisters, Juliet (Darby Camp) and Evangeline (Chandler Head) are abandoned and raised by grandparents Walt (Corbin Bernsen) and Ruby (Melissa Gilbert) in the town of Fireside. Walt's eccentric mother Itasca (Cloris Leachman), adds laughter and tears. Humor, heartbreak and triumph are served with whipped cream and lots of local nuts in this tale of family, friendship and forgiveness.

 

 


• When We Last Spoke is an award-winning, heartwarming story of faith, family, and
forgiveness, based on a book by Marci Henna


Watch the film on Amazon Prime


  • When We Last Spoke recently won Best Picture, Best Narrative, Best Supporting Actor, and

more at the Crown Awards at the National Religious Broadcasters 2021 Christian Media
Convention!


 

 

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 My Thoughts


What a joy to see Melissa Gilbert in a film. This is a slow moving story line for a movie but the acting is decent and there are some heartfelt scenes. This story covers a lot from war to death to dancing and joy. I really enjoyed the quirky characters of small town America and to see two young girls grow up together amidst hardship. This is a family film but there are scenes of war (nothing too gory) and also a scene of a person who has just passed away so just view with caution if watching with kiddos. There is a unique love story between an older couple that I thought was unique and added a lot to the film. 

Overall this a decent movie. It isn't one I would watch over and over but still better than a lot of movies coming out these days. 


Four Stars. 

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Friday, July 23, 2021

Yours is the Night Review

 

 

 

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 About the Book

Private Matthew Petticrew arrives in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, an arrival which a war-weary France desperately hopes will help to end the turmoil. Having faced unthinkable things on the front, he is captivated by the sound of a lullaby, sung by a voice so pure he knows he must have imagined it. But rumors sweep through the trenches like wildfire, dubbing the voice "The Angel of Argonne," a mysterious presence who leaves behind wreaths on unmarked graves and footprints in the war-pocked soil.

Raised wild in the depths of the Forest of Argonne, France, Mireilles finds her world rocked when war comes crashing into the idyllic home she has always known, taking much from her. When Matthew discovers Mireilles, three things are clear: She is alone in the world, she cannot stay, and he and his two unlikely companions might be the only ones who can get her to safety. (Goodreads)

 

 

 My Thoughts

Amanda is such a talented author that I knew this book would be fantastic. I really had no idea what to expect with the story line and I was a little surprised on where she took the characters. I loved this book but it is heart wrenching the entire way through. I loved the added details of letting the light shine in the darkness and really it made this book so much more than a typical war story. This book takes you right into the trenches of WWI and then on a journey you aren’t really expecting with some added twists that aren’t revealed until later. The romance is sweet and a wonderful friendship more than anything. The history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was very interesting having visited at Arlington. I also think stories such as this are a good reminder of what people have survived as I truly can’t imagine. It is so important to read about the past and I appreciate authors who can take us places we wouldn’t think about otherwise. I simply couldn’t put this book down and it is one of the best of the year. 

Five stars!

  "Thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a free copy. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Bridge of Gold Review with Celebrate Lit Tours

 

About the Book

Book:  Bridge of Gold

Author: Kimberley Woodhouse

Genre: Christian Historical

Release date: June 2021

Repairs on the Golden Gate Bridge Uncover a Century-Old Murder

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Underwater archaeologist Kayla Richardson is called to the Golden Gate Bridge where repairs to one of the towers uncovers two human remains from the late 1800s and the 1930s. The head of the bridge restoration is Steven Michaels, who dives with Kayla, and a friendship develops between them. But as the investigation heats up and gold is found that dates back to the gold rush, more complications come into play that threaten them both. Could clues leading to a Gold Rush era mystery that was first discovered during the building of the bridge still ignite an obsession worth killing for?

 

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About the Author

Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than twenty fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story.
You can connect with Kimberley at: www.kimberleywoodhouse.com and www.facebook.com/KimberleyWoodhouseAuthor

 

More from Kimberley

BRIDGE OF GOLD was a blast for me to write. Not only do I love writing dual-timeline stories, but the present-day hero and heroine are named after my daughter and her husband. Steven and Kayla in the book are fictitious, but there are a few things in the book that do mimic their real-life namesakes.

One of them is food.

My son-in-law Steven in real life is six-foot-four and active military. The man can eat. It’s amazing to me how many calories it takes just for him to survive! Then there’s my daughter, Kayla. She was an elite swimmer for many years along with her brother. I could never keep them fed when they were at the height of their swimming careers. In fact, I joked that all I did was cook and load the dishwasher during those years.

To celebrate the release of BRIDGE OF GOLD, I’m going to give out a recipe that I created almost thirty years ago. It went through many revisions the first few months as I perfected it and now you get a special treat because I do not give this recipe out. In fact, one of my dearest friends begged for it when our kids were little. I gave in but made her promise to close her eyes while she made it (LOL) and to never, ever give it to anyone else.

Enjoy! And thanks for joining us on the tour for BRIDGE OF GOLD. I hope you love it.

Kim’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies – recipe by Kimberley Woodhouse

2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. kosher salt

¾ cup melted/browned butter (this is important! Don’t skip this step)

2 Tb. Hot chocolate mix

1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk

1 – 12 ounce package mega morsels (I use Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips)

 

Directions: combine the first three dry ingredients and mix well. In a small saucepan on the stove, melt and brown the butter. Medium heat is recommended but you’ve got to watch it so it doesn’t burn. You want a beautiful caramel color. Set aside and allow to cool to around 100 degrees F before continuing. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Once the browned butter is cool, add the hot chocolate mix to it. Transfer to a stand mixer and blend the butter mixture with the sugar. Whip it until well combined and frothy about 2 mins. Gradually add eggs and flour mixture, beating on low just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Using a cookie scoop, drop heaping TB scoops 2 inches apart on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-14 minutes, watching carefully. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes and then transfer to cooling racks. Enjoy!

For other fun tidbits about BRIDGE OF GOLD make sure you check out my blog at – kimberleywoodhouse.com

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kimberley is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My Thoughts

 I do enjoy dual time line books so I was excited to pick up this story. I really liked the historical aspect because it takes you to the building of the Golden Gate bridge. It truly is remarkable how people built things on this grand of a scale at this point in time. I enjoyed the mystery and how it continued until the very end of the book. The modern day story ties in with it nicely but I just didn't love the present day story quite as much. I didn't love this book but this is a pretty quick read and an enjoyable split time novel.

 Three Stars.


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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Songstress Review with Celebrate Lit Tours PLUS Giveaway!

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About the Book

Book:  The Songstress

Author: Lori Bates Wright

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: April 16, 2021

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Rising opera star, Juliana Chamberlain, still has nightmares of the night she witnessed the assassination of the President of the United States from her spot on stage at Ford Theater. Recruited by The Pinkerton Detective Agency, Juliana was instrumental in bringing those responsible to justice.

Now, two years later, the Pinkertons ask her once again to join forces in exposing a corrupt political organization terrorizing her home in Texas.

Texas Ranger, Cade Matlock, has a job to do. He needs no help from a meddlesome diva with big ideas. However, he is a man of his word. He’s committed to partner with the lovely songstress to smoke out the mastermind of a dangerous clan who has proven he will stop at nothing to satisfy his thirst for vengeance.

Cade and Juliana soon discover their greatest strength is in working together until shadows of the past threaten to destroy their future.

 

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About the Author

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Lori Bates Wright is an award winning author with a love for history.

Raised in New Mexico, Lori now lives in Texas with her husband of 38 years. She has two grown kids and four adorable grand boys (who leap tall buildings in a single bound!) When she’s not writing, she’s heading up small group ministries with her husband. She enjoys speaking and interacting with women of all ages.

 

More from Lori

Growing up, my family loved to laugh.

 

Some of my favorite childhood memories are centered around my grandmother’s dining room table listening in while my parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles told amazing stories. Sometimes I laughed until I’d lose my breath. Sometimes I sat quietly, taking in the bravery and perseverance shown by those who’d gone before me.

History has been a passion ever since. Couple that with an insatiable love for story and there you have the heart of what inspires me to write.

So, when it came time to brain-storm for this brand new series, I decided to take a known historical event and think about it from every angle. Beyond the recognized players, to the “what if” characters that might have played a role. And, ultimately, how such an event would have changed the course of their lives.

 

Thus, a star was born.

 

In THE SONGSTRESS, Juliana Chamberlain witnessed the assassination from her place on the stage. Because I love a little mystery and intrigue, I decided that the leading detective agency of the day would have enlisted her help in identifying the accomplices. Allen Pinkerton had been known to hire a lady detective or two, so she would be trained by the best. Her investigative skills proved helpful in bringing a quick resolution to the case.

Fast forward four years and she’s still haunted by what she saw that night. When Pinkerton again approaches her about a case involving her family in Texas, she accepts.

 

Being from Texas, I was so happy she did. I’ve wanted to write a story based in the Lone Star State for quite awhile. I loved visiting Georgia and the shores of England in my last series, but I have to say it was good to bring this one home. With all the rugged charm of the post-Civil War era, this book has a little more local flavor than my last three. Al-in-all, I believe my readers are in for a treat. A new cast of fun, quirky characters as we revisit a significant time in our nation.

 

So, here’s to new beginnings! Or as we say in Texas, “Hang on, y’all are in for a wild ride!”

Happy reading!
Lori

Blog Stops

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 11

Reflections From My Bookshelves, June 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 12

Connect in Fiction, June 12

Inklings and notions, June 13

Rebecca Tews, June 13

Texas Book-aholic, June 14

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 14

lakesidelivingsite, June 15

To Everything There Is A Season, June 15

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 15

For Him and My Family, June 16

Labor Not in Vain, June 16

deb’s Book Review, June 17

Genesis 5020, June 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 18

HookMeInABook, June 18

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 19

Inside the Wong Mind, June 19

The Christian Fiction Girl, June 20

Connie’s History Classroom, June 20

A Baker’s Perspective, June 21

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 21

Blossoms and Blessings, June 22

Lis Loves Reading, June 22

Pause for Tales, June 23

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, June 23

Mary Hake, June 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 24

KarenSueHadley, June 24

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lori is giving away the grand prize package of a Texas Gift basket including a signed copy of THE SONGSTRESS and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My Thoughts

 This is the first book by this author that I have read so I wasn't totally certain what to expect. I really loved the story idea and the first part of the book had me totally wrapped up in the what was happening. I liked the point of view of being there at the assassination of Lincoln, I thought that added a nice element to the story. It also made me think about the fact that lots of people were there that night and all would have had different points of view. 

The rest of the book takes us on an adventure with the Pinkerton's and a Texas Ranger whom I struggled to love. Cade is a fine hero but I expected a bit more from him and he just wasn't my favorite. The mystery is interesting but I thought the middle of the book was a tad slow. I like the Pinkerton angel and how the story wrapped up but it simply wasn't my favorite. It is a decent read but I didn't love it. 

Three Stars. 


"I received this book from the author for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Come Back To Me

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 About the Book

 

 The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy.

That's exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father's quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister Ellen from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He's left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he's crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising.

William Durham, a valiant knight comes to Marian's rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund is your guide down the twisting waters of time to a volatile era of superstition, revolts, and chivalry in this suspenseful story. (Goodreads)

 

 BUY IT HERE!

 

My Thoughts

Jody Hedlund once again writes a fantastic novel. I like time travel story ideas and I was so excited to hear she wrote such a book.

I will say that this story had a lot more romance in it than I was expecting. I do think instead of this just being fiction it needs to also be labeled romance so people are aware when they pick it up.

Hedlund always keeps her books clean but the love story is pretty much the entire plot of this book. All that being said I completely loved this book for the history, the time travel, the love story, and the well-developed characters. There are some plot holes that hopefully will be brought up again in the next book (can’t wait!) but I thought the time travel idea was so well done! It is a fun unique twist and yes, it did remind me slightly of Outlander but this is it's own story for sure. The leading man in this book, Will, is such a great character and I loved getting to read the different parts of his personality. 

Once you start this book you can’t put it down. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for book two!

 

Five Stars.

 

“I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.”