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Audiobook Mini-Review: In The Shadow of Denali

17 Apr

Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel outside Mt. McKinley. While John will be expedition and wilderness exploration guide for the wealthy tourists, Cassidy has signed on as a cook’s assistant. Both are busy as the hotel prepares to welcome the president of the United States on his way to drive in the golden spike to officially complete the railroad.

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice of a seasoned Alaska mountain guide. Ever since his father’s death climbing Mt. McKinley, he’s worked to earn enough money to make the trek to the Alaska territory himself. His father’s partner blames their guide for the death of his father, but Allan wants to find the truth for himself. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.

Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. She is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she’s shared at more than 2,000 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family’s story have garnered national media attention for many years including ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Discovery Health channel’s Mystery ER, The Hour of Power, The Harvest Show, and over 1,000 other TV appearances and radio interviews. She lives and writes in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years and their two amazing kids.

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My Impressions:

Continuing my quest to learn more about Alaska through fiction, I listened to the audiobook edition of  In The Shadow of Denali, the first book in the Heart of Alaska series by Tracie Peterson and Kimberely Woodhouse. I really enjoyed the journey back to the early 1920s when the railroad leading to the new national park was completed. Denali had been renamed Mt. McKinley, and experienced and not-so-experienced outdoorsmen were flocking to see the wonders of the Alaskan wilderness. I loved this glimpse into the history surrounding Denali. I found the historical details interesting, while the adventure and intrigue kept me saying just one chapter more. The descriptions of the beauty of the area has heightened my anticipation to see Alaska for myself. There is also a wonderful romance for fans of the genre. Peterson and Woodhouse weave a faith thread throughout the book that focuses on the reliability of Christ to care and provide, even in the hard times. Main character Cassidy Ivanoff is the catalyst for many of the characters to discover or grow in their faith. Cassidy’s faith is also tested in ways that felt very natural. The book’s plot line is resolved, making it a standalone, but I am eager to return to Denali to see just what awaits some of the other characters that were introduced in book 1.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Top 10 Tuesday — Beachy Beach Reads

24 Jul

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is all about sensory reads — the books that engage the senses as you read. Since it is mid-July, I decided to feature books that made me taste the salt in the air, hear the waves crashing, feel the sand between my toes — beachy beach reads! My choices span genres — mystery/suspense, romance, historical — but have the beach (or coastal areas) in common. Hope you enjoy a trip to the beach from your chair!

To find out what other books made readers feel, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

 

 

 

Top Beachy Beach Reads!

Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson

Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann

Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble

Lighthouse by Eugenia Price

Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate

To Love And Cherish by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble

A Vast And Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter

 

What’s your favorite beachy beach read?

Book Review: Beyond The Silence

11 Feb

51BitrCvNyL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth.

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know.

Still, something dark did happen in the family’s past. Lillian’s seven-year-old charge hasn’t spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he’ll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love–or will it endanger her even more?

 

PetersonWoodhouse-347Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she’s shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado.

 

My Impressions:

Beyond The Silence is an historical romance novel that captures the flavor of Old California in the late 1900s. Additionally the characters are endearing and the faith message is strong. This one is sure to appeal to fans of Peterson and Woodhouse and those who desire faith in God to be at the center of the story.

Lillian Porter is a determined young woman set on following her parents’ dreams as well as her own when she sets out to be a Nanny for a young boy traumatized by the death of his mother. What she finds is a town full of gossips and a father with hurt of his own. Her spirit, tenacity and reliance on God helps to turn the family around. But a murderer is still on the loose, and he will stop at nothing to get what he thinks is his.

The historical setting of Angel’s Camp, California is very interesting with its information on the cultivation of olives for oil and the table. Other historical details — clothing, transportation, medicine, etc. — lend an authentic flavor to Beyond The Silence. The characters are endearing, if just a bit stereotypical. The villain in particular has only one dimension. But I was drawn to the secondary character of Harry. Some labeled him an idiot, others simpleminded. But with sensitivity, the authors created in him a warm, funny and wise addition to the cast. There is a very definite faith message in the narrative. Characters continually pray about their fears, doubts and shortcomings. Gossip is portrayed for what it is — an evil that destroys relationships and reputations. God is seen as the only reliable source of refuge in times of trial.

Beyond The Silence is a quick read and should be just the thing for a reader looking for history and romance.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE

(Thanks to LitFuse and Bethany House for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Giveaway!

Tracie and Kimberley are celebrating the launch of Beyond the Silence with a Loaded Fire Prize Pack giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on February 11!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
One copy of Beyond the Silence
A Kindle Fire 7
A $50 Amazon gift card to load your Fire with books

Enter today by clicking HERE. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/11. The winner will be announced at the Beyond the Silence Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie, Kimberley, and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

Book Review: To Honor And Trust

30 Aug

208881_w185Callie DeBoyer is unsettled as she arrives at Bridal Veil Island with the Bridgeport family. She’s just received a letter from her parents, missionaries in coastal Africa, stating they are in dire need of more personnel. Should Callie give up her governess job and join her parents in their important work? Is God calling her to the mission field, or does she just want to escape the emotional scars of being jilted by her former beau?

When she enrolls young Thomas Bridgeport in golf lessons, Callie meets Wesley Townsend, who urges Callie to take lessons, as well. During their time at the golf course, Callie comes to care for Wesley–until she discovers hidden secrets about his past.

Then expensive jewels go missing from various homes on the island, and suspicion is aimed in Callie’s direction. As the investigation continues, Callie wonders if she should escape it all by going to Africa. After the secrets he kept about his past, will Wesley ever be a man she can honor and trust for the rest of her life?

7384Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site at http://www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at http://www.writespassage.blogspot.com.

Nathan Ham Photography|www.whataham.comJudith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her Web site at http://www.judithmccoymiller.com.

My Impressions:

To Honor and Trust is the third novel in the Bridal Veil Island series by co-authors Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. (You can read my reviews of the first two books by clicking on the following titles — To Love And Cherish and To Have And To Hold). The novel, set on the fictional Georgia Sea Island of Bridal Veil in the winter of 1913, can be read as a standalone.

Callie DeBoyer is a young tutor to the wealthy Bridgeport family that winters at the resort on Bridal Veil Island. Her heart broken by an unfaithful and deceitful fiance, she has vowed to never marry, but devote herself to where God wants her. That question, however, has not been answered yet. She is torn between her current position, returning to teaching in Chicago or joining her parents at their mission in Africa. Wesley Townsend’s family is pressuring him to join the family business and settle down with a wife. Reluctant to do either, he is also unsure of where his future lies. When the two meet, there is instant attraction, but through a series of misunderstandings and purposeful omissions, their future together is far from certain.

To Honor And Trust is a sweet, yet predictable romance. The setting of a resort on the order of Jekyll Island is interesting, but not as prominent as in the first two books. The characters are likable even in their indecisiveness. I especially like the character of Maude, and was a bit disappointed by her treatment in the end. Without giving anything away, I had hoped she would be redeemed by the authors. Not my favorite of the three novels in the series, it will, nevertheless, appeal to those who like romances with historical settings.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book for review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Book Review: To Love And Cherish

28 Dec

208870_w185Letters strengthen their love, but Melinda remains frustrated at being apart from Evan, the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. Then she learns of a devastating hurricane in Bridal Veil and knows she must give up her position as a lady’s maid in Cleveland and make her way back to Evan, who works as the assistant gamekeeper on Bridal Veil.

The destruction on Bridal Veil is extensive, meaning every available person is needed to help with cleanup and repairs. Melinda finds a new job on the island, but Evan seems even busier than before, meaning she still never gets to see him. Has she given her heart to the wrong man?

 

 

Excerpt

 

7384Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site at http://www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at http://www.writespassage.blogspot.com.

 

Nathan Ham Photography|www.whataham.comJudith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her Web site at http://www.judithmccoymiller.com.

 

 

 

My Impressions:

Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller are collaborating on a fun historical romance series set on the fictional Georgia coastal island of Bridal Veil Island. In the second book in the series, To Love And Cherish, the resort is up and running and exciting things are happening. Unfortunately, one source of excitement is a hurricane that causes damage and anxiety. But this just adds flavor to the novel that is a great introduction to the history of the Georgia coast. To Love And Cherish centers on the romance of assistant gamekeeper Evan Turlow and ladies maid Melinda Colson. They have declared their love, but have very different timetables for starting their married life. This difference, along with bothersome relatives, co-workers, and resort guests, keeps Evan and Melinda apart. But true love is finally found.

I live in Georgia and can say that Peterson and Miller have faithfully captured the charm of the Georgia coastal islands and towns. Although fictional, Bridal Veil Island and the city of Biscayne reflect life as it was in the 1880s in Jekyll Island and Brunswick. The story hinges on the this authenticity — from the lack of communication and transportation to the wealthy that wintered at Southern resorts. The romance is a bit predictable, but there is some suspense in the last few chapters that will keep the romance fan turning pages faster and faster.

If you enjoy historical romance fiction, check out To Love And Cherish.

Recommended.

 

(I received To Love And Cherish from Bethany House in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Book Review: House of Secrets

12 Mar

They vowed, as children, to be silent…

When her father orchestrates a surprise trip to the summer house of her childhood, Bailee Cooper is unprepared for what follows. What is intended to be a happy reunion for Bailee and her sisters quickly becomes shrouded by memories from the past.

Together again, the three sisters sift through their recollections of fifteen years ago…of an ill mother, and of their father making a desperate choice. One sister believes their silence must end and the truth be revealed. But they soon come to wonder if they can trust their memories.

Mark Delahunt arrives in the wake of this emotional turmoil. Determined to win Bailee’s affection, Mark becomes a strong fortress for her in this time of confusion, and what was once a tentative promise begins to take root and grow. Caught between the past and an uncertain future, can Bailee let God guide her to healing . . . or will she risk losing the chance to embrace love?

 

Excerpt

 

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site at www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at www.writespassage.blogspot.com.

 

 

My Impressions:

House of Secrets is the first contemporary novel by Tracie Peterson that I have read.  But because of this reading experience, it certainly will not be the last. Peterson takes a normally taboo subject (mental illness), at least in Christian fiction, and handles it realistically.  There is no preachiness in this novel, or a call to get right.  Her portrayal of the heartbreak of dealing with a mentally ill loved one and the effects on the family is right on.

Bailee Cooper is the oldest daughter of a very dysfunctional family.  She and her three sisters believe they witnessed the murder of their mother at the hands of their father.  Fifteen years later, they are back at the summer house that was the scene of their mother’s death.  They are determined to uncover the secrets that have shadowed their family all their lives.

The characters in House of Secrets are well developed.  They deal with anger, guilt and shame  — emotions that have prevented them from pursing normal relationships.  Their actions to cover up or explain away circumstances also ring true. And their reactions to the truth behind the secrets are often hard to take, but seem very realistic.  The guilt Bailee feels and the blame that is directed towards her is wrenching.  But don’t worry, Peterson writes an ending that is very satisfying.

If you want an honest portrayal of a difficult problem that is handled with grace and compassion, then pick up House of Secrets.

Highly Recommended.

 

(I received House of Secrets from Bethany in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Book Review: To Have And To Hold

17 Dec

When Audrey Cunningham’s father proposes that they move to Bridal Veil Island, where he grew up, she agrees, thinking this will help keep him sober and close to God. But they arrive to find wealthy investors buying up land to build a grand resort on the secluded island–and they want the Cunninghams’ acreage.

Contractor Marshall Graham can’t imagine why the former drinking buddy of his deceased father would beckon him to Bridal Veil Island. And when Boyd Cunningham asks him to watch over Audrey, Marshall is even more confused. He has no desire to be saddled with caring for this fiery young woman who is openly hostile toward him. But when Audrey seems to be falling for another man–one who has two little girls Audrey adores–Marshall realizes she holds more of his heart than he realized. Which man will Audrey choose? And can she hold on to her ancestral property in the face of overwhelming odds?

 

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site at www.traciepeterson.com and her blog atwww.writespassage.blogspot.com.

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, two of which have placed in the CBA top ten lists. In addition to her writing, Judy is a certified legal assistant. Judy makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her Web site at www.judithmccoymiller.com.

 

 

My Impressions:

To Have And To Hold is the first book in the Bridal Veil Island series, a series set on the fictitious island off the Georgia coast during the latter years of the 19th century.  Bridal Veil Island is the site of new construction of a club for the wealthy of America, a la Jekyll Island.   Audrey Cunningham and her father Boyd are the last remaining residents on the island when the investors begin their construction. Faced with losing their home, Bridal Fair, for delinquent taxes, the Cunningham’s take in the supervisors of the construction as boarders in order to save their family home.

I enjoyed this historical romance set amid the live oaks and Spanish moss of the Georgia coastal islands.  The characters are well developed and very likable.   I especially liked the irascible Aunt Thora and her twisting interpretation of scripture and her distrust of yankees.  The realistic plot includes many poignant moments and of course the path of true love is never without obstacles.  There is even some suspense when things at the construction site start to go wrong and sabotage is suspected.  There is no doubt about the faith element that runs through the story, yet it is never preachy.

All in all, if you like historical romance, I believe you will enjoy To Have And To Hold.

Recommended.

(I received To Have And To Hold from Bethany House Publishers in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)