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With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author provided – thank you, Jody!
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Historical Fiction
Series: Orphan Train, 1
Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | The New York streets are brutal to Elise Neumann and her young sisters. Following the recent death of their mother, the three girls are left orphaned. Housed by an uncle who cruelly demands more money from them, Elise decides she must strike out on her own before her family is torn apart. Leaving her family in the capable hands of a kind-hearted woman trying to start a mission, Elise sets out for unknown territory: Illinois.

Once there, she is hired to cook by the wealthy entrepreneur Thornton Quincy. Facing his own complicated challenges, Thornton cannot help an interest in Elise. Beautiful inside and out, Thornton begins to wonder if she’s his chance at true love – and to fulfill the challenges his father issues to his sons to marry for love. Continue reading “With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series”

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – Historical Novel Set in the Remote Wilds of Australia

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Author: M.L. Stedman

Publisher:  Scribner

Source: Purchase

Publication Date: 2012

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Genre: Fiction; Historical Fiction

Rating: ★★★ ½

REVIEW | Tom Sherbourne is a loner. He may have come through the war physically intact, but emotionally, it’s a part of his life he closes off. As the new light keeper on Janus Island, Tom welcomes the solitude. But while on shore leave, he meets Isabel. A beautiful girl full of life and love, she makes an impression on Tom, and he on her. So much is their first meeting impressed on her that during one of his rare shore leaves, she proposes they marry. When time doesn’t waver her affection, the pair marries and move to the island, where they happily begin their life. But the future suffers one too many losses until a baby, adrift in a boat, arrives on Janus, and brings with her healing, hope and heartbreak. Continue reading “The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – Historical Novel Set in the Remote Wilds of Australia”

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Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin – WWII Historical Romance at its Best

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Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Waves of Freedom, Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Historical Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

REVIEW | With the shadow of Pearl Harbor’s fate left hanging over them, the Avery family prepares to say goodbye to their independent daughter, Lillian. As her brothers join the as Navy men, her twin sister, Lucy (whom she’s never been close with) is married and expecting her first child. This leaves Lillian with little purpose. Experiencing the pangs of trepidation and excitement she makes ready to move to Boston. Once there, she plans to put her training as a pharmacist to use while rooming with her brother’s girlfriend, Mary.   Continue reading “Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin – WWII Historical Romance at its Best”

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The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof – An Authentic Fairytale

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Author: Joanne Bischof

Publisher: Mason Jar Books

Source: Author Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | Sometimes a novel comes along that delights, enchants and entertains. Sometimes a novel comes along that disappoints and ends in disaster. And then, sometimes, a book comes along that couples only good things and leaves its readers speechless. One such novel is The Lady and the Lionheart. This is the kind of novel that left me nervous to attempt a review because it’s that good. But as I sit down to write out my thoughts in what I hope is a coherent manner, I am again flooded with memories (these few days later) of how memorable this story is. Continue reading “The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof – An Authentic Fairytale”

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The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction

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Author: Rachel McMillan

Publisher: Harvest House

Source: Author provided E-galley

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Herringford and Watts, book 1

Genre: Fiction; Historical

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | One of my weaknesses is historical settings set in or around the 1900s. I know the blame for this lies squarely on the shoulders of Julian Fellowes and a little drama called Downton Abbey. This is partial reason why the debut novel of Rachel McMillan rose up to be one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. Never mind its premise being completely different, it became the one novel I was 99.9% sure of 100% adoring. Helping to sell this educated guess of mine was the beautiful and swirly cover art that featured the old-fashioned art of silhouettes to say nothing of its gorgeous swirly font. As I turned the pages, within the span of 10-15, I was swept into Rachel’s Toronto and the fascinating historical setting of 1910. Continue reading “The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction”

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith – Darcy and Lizzy Fight Zombies

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Author: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Publisher: Quirk Books

Source: Bought

Publication Date: 2009 (Reprint 2016)

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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

REVIEW: A kind of “literary mash-up” and retelling, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (of a sort) is sassy, creative fiction. Ironically, I found it as relevant to today’s society (is there anything that cannot be cured by a dose of infected zombies? *sarcasm*), as it might appeal to those who admire the old literary language that Austen wrote with such class and grace.

The story is, at its heart, the same as Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. We meet the feisty Lizzy Bennet only instead of being snubbed for lacking graces, she’s skilled in the arts of weaponry. Mr. Darcy is still as proud as ever with an arrogance Lizzy cannot tolerate. Only in this scenario, they are equally matched in their skill with the sword as trained zombie slayers. With every meeting, the tension crackles as Lizzy’s disgust of the arrogant man rises and his attraction to Lizzy grows. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat Review ➔

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Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

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Author: Jody Hedlund

Publisher: Waterbrook

Source: Author (Publisher) Provided

Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; Historical (Biography), Romance

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Review: I’ve never been what someone would call an avid reader of historical events or figures. Any kind of historical “biography” type story kind of scares me off. Those I do experience are exclusive to the silver screen, which we all know is often skewed to suit entertainment purposes. That is also where anything I know about Martin Luther really came from as I vaguely remember watching the film starring Joseph Fiennes in the role of Luther. When I learned Jody Hedlund was tackling the iconic figure, I confess my reaction was one of neutrality. However, it’s safe to posit I have a different opinion now I’ve actually read this nearly 400-page tome…  Continue reading “Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund”

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Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley

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Author: Elisabeth Grace Foley

Publisher: Second Sentence Press

Source: Author provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Historical Fairytales, novella #2

Genre: Fiction; Historical, Novella

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: Novellas were never my thing as a reader. Or at least I didn’t think they were. Fortunately, I chose to ignore that niggling at the back of my mind and forged ahead. Since then, I’ve read a handful or more novellas that were absolutely and I might not have discovered had I let my prejudice affect my decisions. This is one such novella. Following up her 2015 release Coral Nocturne, new-on-the-scene author Elisabeth Grace Foley gives her readers what I’d assume is another (I’ve yet to read her debut), charming coming-of-age story. Continue reading “Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley”

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A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund

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Author: Jody Hedlund

Publisher: Zondervan

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Publication Date: 2016

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Series: An Uncertain Choice, book 2

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Historical, Re-Telling

Rating:  4.5 out of 5

REVIEW: When accomplished historical novelist Jody Hedlund decided to enter the fray (because, yes, it is a competitive field) known as YA literature, those of us who were already devoted fans knew it was bound to be a wonderful novel. With her debut An Uncertain Choice, we were treated to a medieval fairytale in the most chaste of manners. With her follow-up A Daring Sacrifice, she continues on with that charming trademark of historical fiction “magic.”  Continue reading “A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund”

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The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea

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Author: Rachelle Rea

Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing

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Publication Date: 2015

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Series: Steadfast Love, #2

Genre: Fiction; Historical

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

REVIEW: Rachelle’s debut novel blew me away. Its precise storytelling and quietly compelling plot sort of snuck up on me. It started out great, but as each chapter passed, it became progressively better (and better). Her sophomore novel keeps pace with the first by picking up immediately where book one left off. We catch up with Gwyneth and Dirk immediately following their disastrous encounter at Gwyneth’s ancestral home. Now without a home, Dirk safely sees Gwyneth to his family home where she can be cared for and watched over by his mother and family, but he leaves. You see there is still a price on his life – people who would see him punished for crimes he didn’t commit. This shatters not only Gwyneth and their fledging relationship, but forced Dirk to look at himself and revisit some of the dark things about his past. Continue reading “The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea”