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Phoebe’s Light

I really like Suzanne Woods Fisher. Just sayin’.

The publisher’s blurb:

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a “minder” on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Macy, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way–just in time.

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.

What I thought of the book:

I absolutely loved the tandem storylines – one taking Continue reading “Phoebe’s Light”

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Warning: Sarcasm Ahead

Most of the books I review come from a few Christian publishing houses, for which I am grateful. I’ve discovered some great authors and read some enthralling stories thanks to their generosity in allowing bloggers with less than 100 followers (at the time) to sign on as reviewers. I also get to review books through Blogging For Books, which is part of Penguin Random House. Theirs is a decidedly wider, secular offering for blogging. This time, I couldn’t help it – I had to try this out:

The publisher’s blurb:

With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The Onion, How to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the reader to search for more than a cultural faith.

Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the reader. Through humor and sarcasm (and a handy meter to rank your “holiness” as you progress through the book), readers will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith, all while poking fun at the quirks of the modern, American Christian community.

What I thought of the book:

First thing’s first: If you take your church community or yourself too seriously, this may not be the book for you. However, if you enjoy sarcasm, good satire, Continue reading “Warning: Sarcasm Ahead”

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Violin Strings…


The second installment of the Shadows Over England series by Roseanna M. White.


The publisher’s blurb:

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I–to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won–until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t–that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

What I thought of the book:

Awhile back, I had the pleasure of Continue reading “Violin Strings…”

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Troubled Waters

More adventures with the PEAK Rescue team!

The publisher’s blurb:

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

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Death At Thorburn Hall

Travel back to the 1930s for a wonderful murder mystery.

The publisher’s blurb:

The Fartherings’ Scottish Holiday Takes a Dark Turn
Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield hoping for a relaxing holiday, but he soon finds a mystery on his hands. Lord Rainsby, his host at Thorburn Hall, fears his business partner may be embezzling and asks Drew to quietly investigate. Before Drew can uncover anything, Rainsby is killed in a suspicious riding accident.

Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each might have had a motive to put Raisnby out of the way. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.

What I thought of the book:

I am not one to refuse a good mystery, and Continue reading “Death At Thorburn Hall”

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Missing Isaac

This is one of those books you simply don’t want to put down.

The publisher’s blurb:

Discover love and the difficult truth about race and class in the 1960s south.

There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet.

It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople’s reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it’s all over, Pete—and the people he loves most—will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever. With sweet romance and unlikely friendships, this coming-of-age story has something for everyone.

What I thought of this book:

Seriously, I didn’t want to put this book down! Valerie Fraser Luesse has made a stunning entrance into the fiction world – one that makes her story reach into the mind of the reader and convince the reader this story is real. In his search for his friend, Isaac, Pete meets Lovey. Lovey’s family is very poor; they are sharecroppers on Pete’s grandfather’s farm and stay mostly to themselves. A coming of age tale of both Pete and Lovey, and a tale of growth and love for others in the book, “Missing Isaac” is one of the best, most enjoyable books I have read in quite a while.

If you are afraid this book will serve up the “usual” stories of struggling against racism, it doesn’t. In fact, the racial differences and the wealth differences are presented as incidental – this is the way things are, whether it’s right or not. Ms. Luesse looks beyond those labels and gives her readers people and events: people who happen to be labeled differently, but that doesn’t make them different from one another.


**I was sent this copy from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**

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A Slave In Iran…

A book more people should read.

The publisher’s blurb:

In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.
Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.

On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia’s brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade.

Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.

Today, Nadia’s story—as a witness to the Islamic State’s brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi—has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.

What I thought of the book: Continue reading “A Slave In Iran…”