Monthly Archives: October 2015

An Endless Christmas By Cynthia Ruchti

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Minnesota winters are not for the faint at heart. I should know, I call it home. A Minnesota Christmas is even better. Well, it would have been if Katie had said “yes” when her boyfriend, Micah, asked her to marry him, right? Now Katie has to spend an entire week with him and his family in a tiny house/cottage after saying no to his proposal. If you live in a mostly warm area and can’t imagine being couped up in a tiny house when it’s cold and snowy, I find there are two kinds of people in that situation. Those that hate it and those that love it. Close quarters to elderly grandparents to young children make this situation a trying one for Katie. Wouldn’t it be for anyone? Katie comes from a long line of short-tempers and disasterous marriages where she cannot understand Micah’s family and doesn’t want to taint it. Christmas is a time of celebration of our Savior’s birth and spending time with loved ones. Cynthia Ruchti captures Christ’s love and an imperfect wonderful family’s love in this Christmas story. The characters are real and funny, strong yet vulnerable. I think most anyone can pick up this book and relate to at least character and learn from them. If you are new to Cynthia Ruchti, you always come away from her books learning more about Jesus, yourself and grace. This book is no exception, and it’s so beautiful with the snowy Minnestoa Christmas setting. I laughed, I cried and I highly recommend this beautiful Christmas story!

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White

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What it’s about:
From the publisher:
“Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. When her friend Justin uncovers the fact that she is possibly a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea and the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close–but will their loyalty come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother?

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that their friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession–and those who can save her still aren’t sure whom to trust.”

My thoughts:
I loved when I was introduced to Brook. If we were both real people, I am real, she isn’t, unfortunately, I am pretty sure we would get along. I love finding new “book friends” so this book was fun for me. I really love when characters who have a true, meaningful friendship and relationship are attracted to each other, rather than strangers meeting and just being physically attracted to each other. Besides the romance and strong characters, there is mystery to keep you guessing. I love how my emotions got so involved with these characters and their journey and if you know me, you know that is my favorite part of reading!

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the author:
Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna has a slew of historical novels available, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at http://www.RoseannaMWhite.com

Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong

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What it’s about:
From the publisher:

“Whether chosen or unexpected, all change brings stress. Kristen Strong knows about change–especially the kind you didn’t choose. Over the years, she’s fought hard to learn an important truth: change is not something to be feared but something to be received as a blessing from a God who works through it, not in spite of it.

In this hope-filled book, Kristen invites you to see all the ways you are loved and cared for in the midst of change. She walks alongside you as a friend, gently ushering you toward a new view of change, one that meets you at the crossroads of your own sense of anxiety and God’s sense of purpose. With practical advice for coping in every part of life, she draws from her own experiences, the stories of others, and stories from Scripture to help you find contentment, purpose, and renewed strength.”

My thoughts:
Change is hard. Really hard. I am a creature of habit and really have trouble with change. So this book called out to me as a good practical book to help with my stubbornness on change. Kristen Strong has an easy-to-follow style that I enjoyed. I loved the topic of this book and I am sure many will find practical advice in it. It didn’t hit me emotionally like I had hoped, but the advice and God-truths are still there. I still think it is a good book and many have and will really relate to it and it will have them through times of tough change.

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the author:
Kristen Strong is a popular blogger at Chasing Blue Skies (chasingblueskies.net) and DaySpring’s (in)courage. Her work has appeared in MOMSense and Family Fun magazines. She and her husband, David, have three children. Together this military family has zigzagged across the country (and one ocean) several times. They currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

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What it’s about:
From the publisher:

“The American Revolution is finally over and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her closest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe and sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the point of breaking. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?”

My thoughts:

I’ve read Laura Frantz’s last series and enjoyed it. I have seen many call Laura Frantz, Laura “Frantastic” or something along those lines, I am not sure of the correct spelling. While I really enjoyed her last series, I am now on the “Frantastic” bandwagon with is book. My heart pounded with emotions and I found myself thinking of these characters after the fact like they are dear friends. I love the history woven in, and how the characters are deeply affected by the war. It is nice to see an author show how things are not just great after a war, but how people are so deeply scared, both emotionally and physically. My favorite thing in books is when it makes me feel, and Ms. Frantz did that wonderfully! Lily Cate stole me heart from the moment I met” her! I highly recommend this book to historical romance lovers.

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the author:
Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. You can find Laura Frantz at http://www.laurafrantz.net