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Book: The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction
Release Date: February 4, 2020
An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.
Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.
Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.
Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.
Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.
Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.
When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.
Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.
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Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist.
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower.
Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.
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I always know when I read a novel by Rachel Hauck, that it will entertain, have a profound message, and touch my heart in a way that I can't stop thinking about it after I turn the last page. This book was even better than I could have imagined.
Five characters all drawn to a library by an anonymous invitation. The story is about learning to trust the ability, to be honest with yourself and others, accept forgiveness, and release the chains that bind you to the past.
The storyline is unique and the character's strengths and weaknesses made them come alive as I followed their journey. They found that truth brings freedom they never imagined giving them newfound hope for the future.
I feel this is one of Rachel's best so far and I highly recommend that you don't miss the opportunity to be thrilled by her magical story. I couldn't put it down.
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Sarah Hubbard makes her living as a seamstress in her solitary home beside Willoughby Run, a creek near Gettysburg. Her loyalties are firmly on the side of the North so when Confederate soldier, Jesse Mitchell, seeks refuge at her home she cautiously agrees to help him.
Jesse promised his sister-in-law to bring her husband, Jonas, home safely. With all the death he's witnessed fighting for "The Cause," protecting Jonas has become a matter of honor. He is prepared to die for his brother and his country. He appreciates his luck in finding a caring woman behind enemy lines.
When Union soldiers spill onto their property, Sarah's compassionate decision to conceal Jesse's presence in her home leads to more hardships than she can imagine.
More than borders separate the couple. Can a Southern soldier and a Northern seamstress overcome the bitterness of loss and find the love amidst the horrors of war.
A Rebel in My House is an on the edge of your seat, emotional read. It bases the storyline on the three days in Gettysburg and the days following, which gives the reader a glimpse into a fictional yet historical view of the events seen through the eyes of the main characters.
The characters are well-developed and I connected with them immediately. I felt their pain as the terror of war-affected every fiber of their being.
It was clear throughout the book, that the author did extensive research. Her descriptions of the battlefield and condition of the town during the war became very real.
A Rebel in My House is a wonderful fictional tale with well-written historical aspects woven throughout. I also was happy to see the spiritual content woven into her characters. Highly recommended.
|Posted by [email protected] on January 5, 2020 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Book: Babel Author: Brennan S. McPherson
Genre: Biblical fiction
Release Date: July 29, 2019
A sweeping, epic retelling of the story of the Tower of Babel. . .
More than a century after the worldwide flood, Noah, now the forefather of the living world, works peacefully in his vineyard until tragedy tears apart his relationship with his son, Ham.
Years later, dark prophetic dreams inextricably link him with a young man carrying scars from a painful past, and a young woman who longs for acceptance yet harbor secrets darker than either of them imagine.
Will Noah face the role he played in the slow unraveling of his family? Or will everything collapse when they meet the evil attempting to swallow the world at. . . the Tower of Babel?
Read today to experience biblical fiction that helps you think biblically and feel deeply.
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BRENNAN S. MCPHERSON writes epic, imaginative biblical fiction with heart-pounding plots and lyrical prose, for readers who like to think biblically and feel deeply. He lives with his wife and young daughter in the Midwest, and spends as much of his spare time with them as possible. Find out more about him at brennanmcpherson.com.
Bebel, is written from multiple viewpoints of what may have happened in the journey and it creates a wonderful storyline that I enjoyed very much.
I like Brennan's style of keeping the Biblical tale as accurate as possible, but he has a unique way of melding factional and fictional aspects that keep the reader engaged.
His characters come alive and I find myself examining my walk in life. Babel, makes you think of the hard times during Noah's days and transports you into the story on a new level.
Babel, is wonderfully written and I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
I especially enjoyed the question-and-answer section at the end of the book. It was a history lesson plus an insight into the author's writing process.
When I first heard the story of the Tower of Babel as a kid, it was hard for me to take it seriously. A guy named Nimrod builds a tower that he thinks is going to reach to the heavens (what a nimrod) and God punishes him? That’s pretty humorous sounding.
But is that really the whole story?
Upon closer look, we see that’s not quite what happened! And neither is the story any laughing matter. So, let’s dive through 10 facts you might not know about the story of the Tower of Babel in the book of Genesis:
Before working on the full-length novelization of the story of the Tower of Babel (BABEL: The Story of the Tower and the Rebellion of Mankind), I didn’t know any of this. This is part of the reason why I love writing biblical fiction. It drives me back to the text of the Bible in a way nothing else does. I hope reading it does the same for you! Blessings, and thanks for reading. And if you want to pick up a copy of the book, you can do so now on Amazon or Audible.
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|Posted by [email protected] on December 17, 2019 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Book: The Camera Never Lies
Author: David Rawlings
Genre: General fiction/allegory/magical realism
Release Date: December 3, 2019
David Rawlings, author of The Baggage Handler, returns with another probing story: what would you do if your secrets were revealed to those around you?
Daniel Whiteley is a successful couples counselor who regularly puts families back together, helping them face up to the things in life they hide. But his own marriage is falling apart.
His wife, Kelly, knows Daniel is hiding something from her, but she doesn’t dare probe for fear her own secrets will be revealed.
When his grandfather dies, Daniel inherits an old SLR camera from a time when cameras pointed away from the person taking the photograph. On the camera is an inscription: “Use this camera wisely and remember, regardless of the picture you think you took, the camera never lies.” When Daniel first uses his new camera he finds someone has already filled the roll of film. Annoyed, he processes the film and finds photos of a secret that he’s been hiding from his wife and daughter. He has no idea who took them.
Now every time he uses the camera, the photographs reveal another secret about himself the he is desperate to keep-as well as those of his wife, which he is desperate to uncover.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father of three who loves humor and a clever turn of phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.
The author, David Rawlings, writes an inspirational and enlightening story similar to those of James Rubart. The Camera Never Lies is full of thought-provoking situations, real connectable characters, and twists that you won't see coming.
I enjoyed this second book of his as much as The Baggage Handler. Similar style, with a storyline that will leave you scratching your head, bring tears to your eyes, and will give you some, " Ah, Ha!" moments.
You will definitely come away examining your own life when you turn the last page. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
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|Posted by [email protected] on September 22, 2019 at 9:50 PM||comments (1)|
When a girl with a Christian background decides all of her happiness depends on a daydream, she will make many mistakes. Hard lessons eventuate before she learns that what she had, in the beginning, was better than her obsessive desire.
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 1925 and Gracie McLaren has visions of becoming a country music star. Desperate to leave the drudgery of farm life behind she escapes the day after her eighteenth birthday leaving in pre-dawn darkness to walk the dusty road to Nashville.
Her determination against the life she has known is set like stone and drives her on.
Pastor Ethan Tindale is new to Hopkinsville, a handsome single man with a secretive past, he reads into the wild thoughts racing through the beautiful young woman’s mind.
Can he wisely guide her to attain her dream without the many evil temptations that he knows to lie ahead?
Will, her soul, be lost entirely or will her Heavenly Father intervene by sending messengers to enlighten her understanding of right from wrong.
Discover how Gracie's journey into spiritual awakening leads her to an unimaginable eternal love for her Savior and others.
Stinky Thoughts and Her Lost Soul, is filled with inspiration and an uplifting story of redemption. The main characters, Gracie and Ethan both have an interesting past filled with heartache and frustration.
Gracie, just coming of age, decides for herself that she wants to follow her dream. Not God's will for her life which Gracie knows nothing about. Throughout the storyline, I felt more and more connected to her. I also admire Ethan's dedication to the Lord in helping her find her true path.
There were tender moments, moments of fear, and also some of chilling suspense. This book has it all, and I came away feeling rejuvenated in God's word. It's a wonderful story which will stay with you long after you turn the last page. I feel it is the author's best so far and look forward to her next one.
|Posted by [email protected] on September 17, 2019 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
This book assures children of God's love through all their experiences—including during hard times such as being afraid of the dark or being bullied—and gives assurance that the parent was there when they were first born and will be with them even in heaven.
From New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado comes Just in Case You Ever Wonder, the classic children’s book that has made its way into hearts and story times around the world. This award-winning book about the love between a parent and child has sold 1.7 million copies, touching lives for more than 25 years now includes new, breathtaking art from Eve Tharlet; is perfect for children ages 3–7; and reminds children of Jesus’ unconditional love.
Whether you have treasured this classic book for years or are reading it for the first time with your little ones, this timeless reminder of the love between a parent and a child—and ultimately, between God the Father and us—will come to hold a special place in your heart and home. Children long to hear they’re special and loved. Just in Case You Ever Wonder assures them that as they grow and change, in both good and bad times, you—and their heavenly Father—will always be on their side . . . just in case they ever wonder.
Just in Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado is a wonderful resource to remind our children and grandchildren how much we love them and how God loves them. I found this easy to read book beautifully written and illustrated.
The illustrations are well drawn and the colors are vibrant and will catch the eyes of any child. They illustrate the storyline well. The story is easy for children to understand, the message simplistic but with a deeper meaning that is evident as you read. Very inspirational and uplifting.
I would highly recommend adding this to your reading library to be read over and over again!
|Posted by [email protected] on August 2, 2019 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Lost in the Storm
Ladies of Oberlin Book 2
By Tamera Lynn Kraft
Will war bring them love or will they be Lost in the Storm!
Lavena, a journalist during the Civil War, wants to become a war correspondent. She finally gets her chance, but there’s a catch. She has to get an interview from a war hero who has refused to tell his story to every other journalist, and she has to accomplish this impossible task in a month or she’ll lose her job.
Captain Cage, the war hero, has a secret that will destroy his military career and reputation. Now, a new journalist is trying to get him to tell what he’s been hiding. He wants to ignore her, but from the moment she came into camp, he can’t get her out of his mind.
Leading up to the turbulent Battles for the city of Chattanooga, will Lavena and Cage find the courage to love and forgive, or will they be swept away by their past mistakes that don’t want to stay buried?
Meet the Ladies of Oberlin, the causes they're willing to fight for, and the men who capture their hearts.
Available in eBook and paperback at Mt Zion Ridge Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers.
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Other Books in the Series:
Red Sky Over America: Ladies of Oberlin Book 1
The Aftermath: Ladies of Oberlin Book 3 (coming in 2021)
Forks in the Road (to be released in October): This novel is a Western that tells the story of what happened to Jed and his brothers. Jed is one of the characters in Lost in the Storm.
Soldier’s Heart: This is the story of a minor character in Lost in the Storm who comes home from the war with PTSD.
Lavina, a young reporter and determined to report on the truth of the Civil War, goes by train to the front lines of the war. Carrying the terrible hurt from the lies of her imprisoned father, she isn't ready to get close to any man.
Cage Jones, captain of the Ohio seventh brigade is carrying some hurt and guilt of his own. Taken by Lavina's truth and determination, he wrestles with the idea to be truthful with her regarding the battle he received a medal for.
The characters were compelling, yet vulnerable, and the story came alive with the vivid descriptions of the battle front.
Lost in the Storm is a story of forgiveness and a love that conquers all wrongs.
I recieved an ARC from the author and willingly chose to review it.
What would you say has been the most rewarding part of writing?
Every story I tell has a theme that shows God working throughout history. I love researching historical events and seeing how God has weaved Himself throughout our nation’s history. I love when someone reads one of my stories and gets that.
My faith permeates through everything I write because it’s a major part of who I am. Even when I don’t write something “Christian”, my faith still shines through the pages.
What made you decide to become a writer?
I have always loved to write. I remember writing my first novel when I was ten years old. It was awful. I think what sparked my love for books was my grandmother. She only had an 8th grade education and was a coal miner’s wife, but she loved to read. I remember sitting on her lap in her rocker and her reading great novels like Black Beauty to me.
In high school, I took all the English and literature classes I could to prepare for my career in writing. I even major in English in college in preparation of being a writer.
At some point in my twenties, my writing career was put on hold for decades. Between raising children and becoming a children’s pastor on staff at my church, there just wasn’t time. I still couldn’t keep from writing. I would write children’s church curriculum and puppet skits for my lessons. Some of it even got published.
Finally about twelve years ago, I resigned as a children’s pastor and started a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where I travel to other churches to do teacher training, kid’s crusades, and children’s ministry consultations. I also am launching Revival Fire for Kids children’s church curriculum in about a year. This keeps me very busy during the summer, but the rest of the time, I have time to write fiction.
My writing career is back on track and moving along. I feel like God has brought me full circle. I put Him first in raising my children and ministering to other children, and He is fulfilling the desires of my heart by opening up doors for me to write again.
Where do you get your ideas for your books? How did you decide to write Lost in the Storm or the Ladies of Oberlin Series?
I get my ideas from historical events. I love studying history. When I read about an event in history, I wonder what it would have been like for the people living during that time.
The way the Ladies of Oberlin Series began was when I thought about writing about strong Christian women in the 19th century. The more I researched, the more I noticed almost every women I read about had a connection with Oberlin College. That intrigued me enough to research Oberlin. What I found astonished me.
Oberlin College was the first college to give degrees to men, women, and blacks before the Civil War. Almost every missionary who went overseas between 1860 and 1900 was a graduate of Oberlin College. Oberlin’s president was the fiery Second Great Awakening evangelist Charles Finney. Oberlin graduates were involved in abolition, women’s suffrage, prohibition, education, laws protecting children, and many other causes of the late 1800s.
I knew I wanted to write stories about women who graduated from Oberlin shortly before the Civil War. The first novel, Red Sky Over America, is about America Leighton the year before she graduated. She went home to Kentucky to try to convince her father to free his slaves. In the second novel, Lost in the Storm, Lavena Falcon is a woman’s rights activist and a journalist during the Civil War and wants to be a war correspondent. In the third novel, The Aftermath, which will be released in 2021, Betsy Teagan fights for prohibition after the war. Each lady has a love interest to keep things interesting.
What advice/tips do you have for budding authors who are just starting out?
Don’t give up too early. It takes years to get to a point where your writing is good enough to be published. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you work hard, continue to improve, and don’t let discouragement stop you, you’ll make it. I’ve always believed that the published authors are not the ones who are the greatest or who have the most potential. They’re the ones who work hard and persevere.
What are your future plans?
I am currently writing the first of a series of novels about women who came to Jamestown in 1619 to marry. The series is called Jamestown Brides, and the first novel is The Seasoning of Elizabella.
Award winning author Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. Some of the novels she has written are Red Sky Over America, Alice’s Notions, and Lost in the Storm. You can check Tamera out on her website at http://tameralynnkraft.net.
Tamera been married for 40 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren. She has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
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|Posted by [email protected] on August 2, 2019 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Book: Identity Theft
Author: Alana Terry
Genre: Christian fiction, mystery/suspense
Release date: March 15, 2019
She imagined Alaska would be the perfect place to hide. She found out it’s the most dangerous place to be found …
Lacy has a secret. A secret nobody knows — not even her fiancé.
A secret that would cost her life … and so much more. So it’s a good thing she’s tucked away in the very heart of rural Alaska, where for once in her life she is finally safe.
But can she stay that way for long?
Suspenseful, thrilling, and impossible to put down, Identity Theft is an unforgettable novel by bestselling Christian author Alana Terry.
Buy your copy today … but be prepared to stay up late!
Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.
I loved how the author kept the underlying Christian theme alive throughout the story without being preachy. Once you read the story, the seed is planted.
The characters in the story are well-developed, and I could feel a connection early in the story. Even though Lacey made a lot of bad choices, not all of them had bad consequences. Some were by association.
There were lots of twists and turns in the story that kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending which was uplifting made the story complete for me and I would highly recommend it. Another great read from Alana Terry.
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|Posted by [email protected] on June 23, 2019 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
Britfield & The Lost Crown Description
Tom has spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might still be alive, Tom knows he must do what he can to find them. He can’t leave Weatherly without his best friend Sarah, so armed with a single clue to his past, the word Britfield, the two make a daring escape by commandeering a hot air balloon. Now they’re on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what looks like half the police officers in England. Tom and Sarah’s journey takes them from Oxford University to Windsor Castle, through London, and finally to Canterbury. Along the way, they discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne, but even with the help of two brilliant professors, it looks like Tom and Sarah will be captured and sent back to the orphanage before they have a chance to solve Tom’s Royal mystery.
Britfield & The Lost Crown is an adventure with suspense and lots of action. Tom & Sarah rush through London with the police and bad guys tring to catch them.
The author's writing style is geared for the young, but held my interest as an adult reader. The characters are humorous, witty, and very creative in finding ways to avoid being caught. There are a lot of twists throughout that would keep a young reader thinking what will happen next.
The storyline is fresh, the characters are strong as young children. They came from a hard life at the orphanage and are determined not be be sent back. The history and culture creates an interesting backstory.
The ending wrapped things up nicely, but left questions that lead you into the next book in the series. A very enjoyable read.