Book Review: “A Home At Trail’s End” by Melody Carlson

July 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Melody Carlson in her new book, “A Home At Trails End book coverA Home At Trail’s End” Book Three in the Homeward on the Oregon Trail series published by Harvest House Publishers concludes the journey of Elizabeth Martin.

From the back cover:  The end of a journey–the beginning of a new life

After overcoming the challenges of the Oregon Trail, Eli Kincaid, the handsome scout for the wagon train, has realized that his love for Elizabeth Martin is stronger that his affinity for life on the trail.  While Elizabeth and her children stay with Malinda, also a widow with children, Eli builds a cabin and Elizabeth plans their wedding.

But how will the area’s residents feel when they find out that Elizabeth is also secretly sheltering a lone Indian woman and her young child on her property?  Or that her hired hand–a freed slave–is building his own cabin, despite laws against blacks becoming permanent residents?  And when Malinda’s fiance decides frontier life is not right for him, Elizabeth must help pick up the pieces of her dear friend’s heart.

Can Elizabeth and Eli carve out a new life and share God’s love in spite of the turmoil?  The heartwarming conclusion to the Homeward on the Oregon Trail series depicts the transforming power of love and faith on the rugged Oregon coast.

This is it, we have made it to the end of the journey and now begins the process of settling down in a new community.  Eli finally comes to his senses and proposes, then sets out to build their new home.  Elizabeth has never been on this journey for herself and now that she is settling down she continues her tradition.  She shelters an Indian woman and her child on her property and helps her freed slave build his own cabin even though that is against the law.  The people don’t like the preacher and want Elizabeth’s father to hold church for them and Malinda has problems of her own.  It wouldn’t be a Melody Carlson book without the romance though and Elizabeth has her hands full planning for her wedding.  “A home At Trail’s End” is great fun to read.  Ms. Carlson has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace.  Her characters are wonderful and she gives them life and unique voices.  All this and in a Western.  What more can anyone desire?  A really enjoyable read.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: “Mistaken” by Karen Barnett

July 31, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Karen Barnett in her new book, “Mistaken book coverMistaken” published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Laurie Burke .

From the back cover:  Laurie’s judgment about men has never steered her wrong.  Until now.

Since booze and prohibition have made criminals out of every man in her world, Laurie Burke resolves to find at least one honorable man to fill her life.

Convinced that handsome newcomer Daniel Shepherd is connected with her brother’s rum-running gang, Laurie quickly scratches his name off her list. Daniel has mixed feelings about returning to the dirty mill town of his youth, but grudgingly agrees to manage his grandfather’s drug store until a replacement can be found. The moment he meets Laurie on the windswept bluff overlooking the beach, he knows that if he can earn her love, he might have a reason to stay. But when Laurie pushes him away–for none other than Federal Agent Samuel Brown–Daniel wonders if Laurie really is the upstanding woman he thought her to be.

The Strait of Juan de Fuca, just off the beaches of Port Angeles, Washington, was treacherous water for reckless rum-runners—and the agents who tried to catch them. So when she realizes her brother is in danger, romance is the last thing on Laurie’s mind. Yet the people she believes she can trust, may not be so honorable after all.

Prohibition, Rum Runners and Federal Agents are just some of the elements that Karen Barnett has added into her new historical romance.  Laurie’s world revolves around alcohol.  Her father is an alcoholic, her brother rows illegal booze across the river from Canada and the druggist sells 100 proof “medicine” to her father which contributes to his alcoholism.  Who can Laurie trust?  Is it the druggist’s grandson, Daniel, or the Federal Agent Samuel?  Laurie has to learn that what you look like on the outside or titles are not the way you find out who a person really is.  “Mistaken” is a wonderful, charming romance.  The themes of alcoholism, a dysfunctional family, healing from emotional wounds and trusting again are explored with a deft hand by Ms. Barnett.  Ms. Barnett does an outstanding job of bringing her characters to life and you really want their romance to succeed.  I am already looking forward to more from this talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “Always Remembered” by Janelle Mowery

July 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Janelle Mowery in her new book, “Always Remembered book coverAlways Remembered” Book Three in the An American Tapestry series published by Summerside Press takes us into the life of Rosa Carter and Miles Fitch at the Alamo.

From the back cover:  From the siege of the Alamo to the battlefield of San Jacinto, this epic story of Texas’s struggle for independence shows that freedom and love are always worth fighting for.

Rosa Carter plans for the day she can leave the Alamo to find a better, safer life elsewhere. But her stepfather, a man with a mean streak wide as the Texas sky, has hidden her mother away in order to force Rosa to deliver valuable information about the Alamo’s garrison and ammunitions stores. Chances of escape look impossible.

Miles Fitch wants to regain his father’s land in south Texas, so he joins the fight for freedom from Mexico. Inside the Alamo, he is drawn to a dark-eyed beauty named Rosa…until he begins to suspect that she is betraying the cause of the Texans and feeding information to the Mexican army.

Forced to leave the mission, Rosa watches helplessly as Santa Ana’s army closes in. Did the man she love somehow escape or survive the battle? And if he did, how will she ever prove to him that she is not a traitor?

Any story about the Alamo is going to be highly emotional due to the tragedy involved.  All the defenders of this mission are going to die defending it against a vastly superior force.  That is history.  Now Ms. Mowery has given us a story that belongs up there with the terrific movies that have come before.  Rosa and Miles are emotionally wounded individuals and these wounds make it difficult for them to fully embrace the love blooming between them.  It is going to take God to heal them and really bring them together.  These are wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages and you don’t want to see anyone die.  Ms. Mowery makes the heroes of the Alamo, Travis, Bowie and Crockett as well as Houston seem so real that it makes the tragedy all the more painful.  Be forewarned this book will tear at your heartstrings but it will be all worth it.  Danger, thrills  and romance  “Always Remembered” has it all.  This book  does not disappoint in any area.  I enjoyed it and I am sure you will also.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Summerside Press for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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