Sunday, March 08, 2015

Book Review: Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Anna Konig is not the adventurous type. She is quite comfortable in her village with her grandparents and would be happy to spend the remainder of her life there. However, she is the only one in her Amish community that can speak English and they need her help to get to the New World where they can escape the coming persecution for their beliefs.
So leaving everything she loves behind, Anna sets out on the long voyage to seek a New Land for her people. Though the journey is hard and dangerous, Anna works hard to keep spirits up and help others where she can. That means she is often in the company of the handsome ship's carpenter, Bairn. The two form an unlikely friendship as they try to make the journey bearable for the passengers. But when a dangerous station arises and Bairn discovers a startling discovery about his past, they will have to make some tough decisions about the future!

Once again Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a charming tale about the Amish people. While her books are usually set in the present day, I love that this book sheds some light on the beginnings of this people and their coming to America. The characters are wonderful and I loved getting to know them. I read this entire book in one sitting and I really hope that we will get to visit this group of families again!

Thank you so much to Revell Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review: The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

Since all Patience's hopes for love are dead, she has decided to make it on her own. Since she has inherited her grandmother's boarding house, she plans to put her all into making it a thriving business. She has no time for anything that would stand in the way of that goal.
But it seems that the town's sheriff is always finding ways of being part of her life. He needs her help with food for his posse and prisoners, and like it or not, she needs help fixing up her boarding house.
As they get to know each other, they can't doubt the attractions, but will secrets from their past drive them apart or bring them together?

I enjoyed this cute historical romance. It was a quick read and even though it was slightly predictable, I still thought it was pretty good. Stories like this always make me hungry - seems someone is always making fried chicken and biscuits back in that time period :-) I really enjoyed reading about Patience and her relationship with her mother. Sometimes, I prefer those even more than the romance itself. I also really like when authors include some true facts from their story's time period at the end of the book - it really helps the historical part come to life for me and I appreciated that Brendan does that.

Thank you so much to Revell Publishing for a free copy of this book to review.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Booke Review: Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris

Michael Hunt only needs one more week. One more week and then he will be able to take down the organization he has been working undercover with for eight months. Finally he will be able to go see his family and friends who thought he died.
He is so close, but now it appears his cover has been blown and there is no way out. There is a hit out on his life and there is corruption within the police department so he doesn't know who to trust. The only person he can turn to is Olivia Hamilton, but that seems strange seeing as how she is the daughter of the man trying to kill him.

This is the third book in the Southern Crimes Series by Harris and it ties up the series nicely. At the end of book two we were left with just a quick glimpse at the fact that Michael was not dead and so I was really looking forward to finding out what really happened. The tough part about family series' to me is that it seems that an awful lot happens within the same family in such short periods of time which seems a bit unrealistic to me, and also that each person has some sort of romantic entanglement during that same short time is also a bit of a stretch to me. Besides that, I enjoyed the story - there was lots of action and surprises along the way and I tore through it pretty quickly :-)

Thank you to Revell Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pembrooke Park Extras

I just wanted to share these two videos relating to the last book review I posted.
The first is the trailer for the book (which to be honest always makes me want them to turn the book into a movie ;-) and the second is a look around the manor that was inspiration for the manor in the book - so cool!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

Another awesome story by Julie Klassen has just been published and you will want to get your hands on it as soon as possible!
Abigail Foster is the practical daughter in the Foster household. Sensible and organized, she is looking forward to spending her well planned life with the man she thought loved her. But it is not to be, as he seems to have noticed  Abigail's younger and prettier sister.
When their family falls in to hard financial difficulty and she has to give up her home, her dowry and it seems the future she had been looking forward to, practical Abigail does not sit around moping but puts herself to work settling her family into their new situation.
A distant relative has reached out just in time to the Foster family and has kindly agreed to let them live in the large house at Pembrooke Park provided they can make it habitable after being suddenly abandoned 18 years ago.
As Abigail sets to work putting the house to rights, she comes across secrets and mystery at every turn. Could there be a secret room filled with treasure? Did something horrendous happen there so many years ago? And will they be entirely safe staying there?
As Abigail forms friendships with her neighbors and maybe even more with the park's handsome curate, she will rely on their help and knowledge of the past as she confronts the dark secrets of Pembrooke Park.

Once again, I tore through this longest novel yet of Julie Klassen. The only bad part was that I just moved into a 100 year old house, so reading about creepy noises and footsteps was a bit scary ;-)! This book didn't seem to have as much of a historical niche as some of her past stories (like focusing on governess roles, dancing master etc...) but it was an excellent story none-the-less. I would highly recommend any Klassen story, including this one to any Jane Austen fan - you are sure to love them!