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Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love

Every Perfect Gift BookAbout the Book:
Author: Dorothy Love
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Hickory Ridge” (book 3 of 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

My Thoughts: New authors get me excited. A newcomer last year to the Christian fiction market after a series of successes in the secular, Dorothy Love tapped into her southern roots as a basis for her first series and wrote a set of novels in which three determined women find love and their purpose in life. Those of you who have read the other books will be delighted that a character from Beyond all Measure rises to meet the expectations of a worthy heroine in Sophie Caldwell. Sophie is desperate to find where she belongs. An orphan who was taken in by Wyatt and Ada Caldwell, Sophie feels a tugging to return to Hickory Ridge from Texas to follow her dreams of becoming a newspaper reporter. She re-opens the local office and sets about running a successful business hoping that time has changed citizens prejudices. Her first interviewee is Ethan Heyward, a man with scars of his own. Hired to oversee and design a new, high-class resort in Hickory Ridge, Ethan becomes intrigued with Sophie’s determination and the scars she so carefully protects from her past but being honest may be the one thing that could tear them apart. Continue reading “Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love”

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Cover Love: Edition Four

Re-Posting this from the “main” blog, Dreaming Under the Same Moon
It’s time again for another edition of some “cover love,” readers! I have loved your enthusiasm for these fun posts and am thrilled to discover so many of you are book lovers. This edition features Christian fiction and some young adult fiction thrown in also. Enjoy – I look forward to your feedback. Continue reading “Cover Love: Edition Four”
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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Klaypas

Friday HarborAbout the Book:
Author: Lisa Klaypas
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Friday Harbor”
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5

My Thoughts: At Christmas time, I basically throw out all my “rules” for clever entertainment and settle in for a joyous, delightful string of television films and even, the occasional novel. It’s not traditional for me to read Christmas fiction simply because I get my dose of a holiday cheer “fix” elsewhere but this year I decided it was worth reading at least one novel set at Christmas time and this gem of a novella earned the nomination. Telling a story that has been re-told many a time, Lisa Klaypas weaves a charming tale featuring characters from her “Friday Harbor” novels about Mark Nolan and the responsibility he fills following the death of his sister to his young niece, Holly. Mute since the death of her only parent, Holly is finally drawn out of her shell when the pair meets the vibrant, red-headed toy shop owner, Maggie. Hiding from her own tragic past following the death of a loved one, Holly and Mark learn that in the magic of Christmas, two people can find healing. Continue reading “Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Klaypas”

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Vengeance by Michelle Madow

VengeanceAbout the Book:
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Series: “Transcend Time” (book 2 of 3)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Novella, Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5

My Thoughts: Picking up right where Michelle’s debut novel, Remembrance left off is this, a 50-some page novella from nice-girl-turned-antagonist, Chelsea’s POV. The story is a short work of fiction detailing Chelsea’s anger, hurt, and resentment towards her best friend, Lizzie and her now ex-boyfriend Drew in the aftermath of the secret that blew everything to smithereens, and Lizzie’s near death. Seeking out a way to exact her own kind of revenge, Chelsea allows her friend, Shannon to talk her into speaking with a shelf-proclaimed witch. Talk about harsh, right!? (Remind me never to get on Chelsea’s bad side. *wink*) In many ways, I am disappointed Chelsea didn’t get her own full-fledged novel in order to better shape her character to carry over into the finale but then the writer in me recognizes this method as “good policy.” Continue reading “Vengeance by Michelle Madow”

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No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

no safe harborAbout the Book:
Author: Elizabeth Ludwig
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Edge of Freedom” (book one)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Rating: 4 out of 5

My Thoughts: While reading this historical work of fiction, I was surprised to learn that Elizabeth Ludwig has published novels prior to this since I’ve not yet uncovered the gem that was her style of writing. Under the assumption that Ludwig was another of the fabulous debut authors from 2012 (in my defense, this is her first pairing with Bethany House), imagine my further surprise when I realized I actually own one of her novels from the “Love Finds You” series. Before I reveal what I thought of this story, here is how the story goes: New to America by way of Ireland, Cara Hamilton is searching for someone. The man she meets on the docks upon arrival at Ellis Island wants to know who. Rourke Walsh has been driven by revenge for his father’s death for so long that he has forgotten what it’s like to live with peace – to be God’s servant… to accept love again. He desperately wants to learn the whereabouts of Eoghan Hamilton and Cara is his only lead. He knows that the man who killed his father had a twin sister but the more he gets to know Cara, the more he wishes she had nothing to do with the man whom Rourke has promised to visit his revenge on. Will there ever be truth between Rourke and Cara? Continue reading “No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig”