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Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson

About the Book:
Author: Janice Thompson
Publisher: Summerside Press
Publication Date: 2012
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

My Thoughts: Stories that recount the tragedy of the RMS Titanic are usually not my cup of tea. In fact until the ABC/ITV film adaptation of earlier this year, I’d not see a movie depicting the events. It surprised me that I actually signed up to review this romantic tale on the high seas but given my propensity to “connect” with Thompson’s writing, a love of this era and curiosity to know how this scenario would play out, I hit the “submit” button. Here is how the story goes. Jacquie Abington has a dilemma. Wealthy and able to have whatever her heart desires, her future suddenly becomes a glaring picture of conformity. Her father has just shook hands with a wealthy business man whom her father plans to merge their name with through marriage and business. Unhappy with the way her future is shaping up, Jacquie becomes desperate to find a way to be with her true love, Peter, the family’s gardener. Knowing her husband would never approve the match prompts Jacquie’s mother to book passage for her daughter on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, hoping it will cure her daughter of any more romantic notions of Peter. Afraid of being forever separated from Peter, the two of them concoct a plan for Jacque to swap lives with Peter’s sister, Tessa. A poor farm girl who needs to be out of a bad situation, Peter sees this as his way of protecting his little sister, never realizing the consequences these choices could yield. Continue reading “Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson”

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A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman

About the book:
Author: Julie Lessman
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Winds of Change” (book 3 of 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Rating: 4 out of 5

My Thoughts: Annie Kennedy may have gotten herself in over her head now she has moved to Boston from the small-town Iowa lifestyle she knows. Hoping to lose herself in adventure and become a woman world wise – like her elder sister Maggie once did, Annie is looking for her first love. Living with the aunt who never married, disallows her from showing affection and the recent loss of her father has left Annie longing for something to fill the void. Things become complicated when Annie falls under the spell of Steven O’ Connor. Ever since he nearly lost his father, Steven has cleaned up his act. He’s an FBI agent and he no longer dates “good girls” because he can no longer stop himself from falling hard for anyone who appears innocent after his tumultuous relationship with Maggie. Then he meets the sweet Annie – another girl who reminds him of his first love. What he doesn’t know is that loving Annie is only setting him up for more heartbreak – or is it? Continue reading “A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman”

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Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan

About the Book:
Author: Maggie Brendan
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Blue Willow Brides” (book 2 of 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Rating: 3 out of 5

My Thoughts: Two women hoping for a change of pace are startled into a new reality when, after answering mail-order bride ads, they are met at the station by the brother of the man both thought they were corresponding with. Two such different women were never seen than Greta and Cora. Both feel used by Zach Gifford and are taken aback when they meet face-to-face with Jess Gifford. The man both thought they could love is, in fact a brusque, disarrayed, easily angered man who cannot seem to remember things. Zach knows his brother needs a wife to keep his dream going, running his own small ranch not the mercantile store his brother is the proprietor of. Having written to the ladies as Jess, Zach’s strategy is to allow Jess to choose his own wife and he agrees under one condition: That Zach court one of the women also. Jess’ world is about to change drastically as he finds himself captivated by one pair of very pretty blue eyes. Continue reading “Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan”

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When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason

About the Book:
Author: Lynette Eason
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Deadly Reunions” (book 2)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5

My Thoughts: Being my first novel by Eason, I was somewhat skeptical and perhaps even a bit lackluster about reading this but I knew my mother enjoyed her writing and when an opportunity arose to review it, I thought it was worth my time. Here is how the story goes. Working with dead bodies is all in a day’s work for Serena Hopkins. She is an ME and isn’t afraid of anything – except maybe her childhood crush, Dominic Allen, or more specifically, the feelings he stirs in her heart. Dom is working on stopping a serial killer who is looking like a copycat murder who was sentenced some twenty years ago, a person who is picking off former classmates of he and his sister’s but how does it all connect to his sister… and Serena? Continue reading “When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason”

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The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter

About the Book:
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Big Sky Romance” (book 3 of 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5My Thoughts: Annie Wilkerson has never been in love. She knows that and it has made her desperate. Desperate enough to ask ladies man, Dylan Taylor to help her write her lovelorn column for a western magazine that recently pulled her prior column. Annie’s small business training horses is successful but in the small town of Moose Creek supporting her job-challenged sister and Sierra’s young son, Ryder, means Annie needs all the work she can get – and she desperately needs the money this column could bring into the household. The trouble with Annie is, she doesn’t like cowboys – they always leave in the end, which is why she is so reluctant to give in to the feelings she has developed for the roguish Dylan. What’s a girl to do? Continue reading “The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter”
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You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren

About the Book:
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Deep Haven” (book 6)
Genre: Christian Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5

My Thoughts: Lies are what Annalise Decker has built her life from – she depends on them. They are what keep her safe and now, some twenty years later, they are as natural as breathing. Or that is what she tells herself. That was before her past reared its ugly head in the form of one of the only three people who could destroy her future. Over twenty years ago, Annalise was Deidre O’ Reilly, a young woman who helped put a dangerous criminal behind bars following the death of her best friend. Now, she is a model citizen in the sleepy town of Deep Haven having re-invented herself in the WitSec program but now her inspector, Frank has shown up with news that she – and her entire family, husband and children – could be in danger from the man she helped put behind bars. Suddenly her world crumbles when she is faced with choosing between leaving behind the person she has become or shattering the family she loves. Continue reading “You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren”