Top Ten Tuesdays: Frequently Used Words in Christian Fiction Titles

Top Ten Tuesdays

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!

Have you ever glanced at titles on books and noticed how similar they were to other books? That’s what today’s topic is about! Here are the most common words in Christian Fiction titles that I found while browsing through my books. Continue reading

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The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

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Release Date: November 2, 2017

Publisher: Radiant Publishing

ISBN: 978-1944638054

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Romance

About the Book:

Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally, her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she’ll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.  Continue reading

Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

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Release Date: May 2, 2017

Publisher: Waterfall Press

ISBN: 9781503942707

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Women’s Fiction

 I think it’s safe to say that all of us as women struggle with self-image and seeing ourselves as beautiful. Before you read anything else to do with this post, I want to encourage you to watch the trailer. This features a beautiful poem told through Shanty, one of the characters in the novel, written by Varina Denman. It also is powerful and gives depth to what the book is about. Continue reading

Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More by April W. Gardner

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Release Date: February 7, 2017

Publisher: Big Spring Press

Genre: Historical / Fiction / Romance

Series: Creek Country Saga, Book 4

Be sure to check out my reviews of the previous books for Beneath the Blackberry MoonThe Red FeatherThe Sacred Writingsand The Ebony Cloak.

If you haven’t read this novel yet, you should. No, wait, scratch that. Just go read this entire series. It’s amazingly marvelous. Bitter Eyes No More is book one of the newest novel, Drawn by the Frost Moon. Just like Beneath the Blackberry Moon, this will be one book split into three parts. Unlike the previous book, this will be featuring stand-alone novels about several characters points of views through the Seminole Wars. Continue reading

Beneath the Blackberry Moon: The Red Feather by April W. Gardner

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Publisher: Big Spring Press

ISBN: 9780981989617

Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction / Romance

Series: Creek County Saga, Book One

About the Book

War, captivity, a hunger that will not be denied. And a blackberry moon with enough pulls to endure the test of time.

Frontierswoman Adela McGirth has never feared her neighbors, the Creek Indians, but a suspicious encounter with a steely-eyed warrior shakes her confidence. As dreaded, a skirmish with the natives sends her family fleeing into a hastily constructed fort. But no picket is strong enough to hold off a party of warriors who fear nothing but the loss of their ancient ways.

Totka Lawe, a Red Stick bound by honor to preserve his heritage, will do what he must to expel the whites from Muscogee soil. But in the midst of battle, he is assigned to protect those he’s expected to hate and kill. One of whom is the copper-haired woman who has haunted his thoughts since that strange night under the blackberry moon. The war was simpler before his enemy became a beautiful face with a gentle warrior’s spirit he cannot resist.

But what woman would have a warrior whose blood-soaked hands destroyed her life?

Then again…does she have a choice?


My Thoughts

Where do I even begin? Beneath the Blackberry Moon is incredible!

I’m one of those people that doesn’t bother to read what the book is about because I like to be surprised as I’m reading. If you love history and romance mixed in with Christian influence, you’ll want to check this one out.

The pages are filled with tons of history that make the story flow beautifully. We’ve all heard certain stories of history about the frontiersmen and Indian tribes, but this was a bit of history that tends to get skipped over. Most of us are familiar with the War of 1812 which was the bigger priority at the time but aren’t familiar with the Creek Wars. I loved seeing history come to life in story format. Gardner includes a glossary of terms with explanations, a timeline, and more about the real-life characters at the back of the book. She explains the history incredibly well that I felt like I was there in 183-1814 with the characters, experiencing everything they are experiencing. In fact, I was so engrossed with the history that I found myself doing a little bit of research for myself because I was curious to know more.

Gardner described the places and characters beautifully. Totka, Adela, Singing Grass, Amadayh, Nokose, Lillian, Galena, and many other characters become like friends and family. They’re memorable long after the book is finished.

I can’t imagine experiencing some of the experiences that Adela experienced, but she displays love, compassion, and forgiveness towards those who have wronged her. This was beautifully done because she this couldn’t have been easy. I mean, if you were in Adela’s shoes and all of your friends and family were murdered in a massacre by the Red Skins and then taken captive as slaves, would you have done the same thing? The struggles and pain are real. You’ll laugh, cry, cheer. It has all of the feels!

Adela even uses this experience to share her faith with the Muscogee people.

There is also the theme of marriage. Adela is a strong believer in God and refuses to be unequally yoked. Totka’s culture is so different from her’s, but he respects her choices even though he doesn’t understand.

Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!

This would be perfect for teachers and homeschoolers to use because there is so much history in story form that it could be used for several subjects.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.


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APRIL W GARDNER writes history with a Christian perspective and a little imagination.
 
She is a copy editor, military wife, and homeschooling mother of two who lives in Texas. She writes Christian historical romance with a focus on our Southeastern Native tribes. In no particular order, April dreams of owning a horse, learning a third language, and visiting all the national parks.

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

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Release Date: September 13, 2016

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764213526

Genre: Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction

Series: Ladies of the Manor, Book 3

Be sure to check out my review of the previous book, The Reluctant Duchess.

Guys, I can’t believe this series has come to an end. I LOVE this series and I absolutely LOVED Ella’s story.

When we first meet Lord Cayton in the previous books, he is not a very likable character.  He played a role in Brook’s kidnapping. However, the Lord has a way of changing people for the better. The death of his wife and the birth of his daughter open his eyes to becoming a completely different man than he once was. Repentance, redemption, grace, and a new opportunity to become a Godly man and protect his family plays a huge part in this story. Then there is beautiful Lady Ella Myerston. Cayton has immediately attracted her but can he be the man she deserves or will he end up hurting her just like every other woman who has crossed his path? Can he trust himself to be around her? Continue reading

Under the Shadow of a Steeple by Carol Kinsey

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Release Date: June 20, 2013

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781490454283

Genre: Young Adult / Teens

 It’s not easy being a teenager in foster care. Tormented by verbal abuse and the threat of being separated from her brothers, Hailey knew something had to change. Hoping to find the peace they long for, Hailey, Hayden, and Grant, and their foster sister, Kyra, set out on a journey that would change their lives forever. Can Hailey keep her family together by running away? Will God heal their hurting hearts and help them find the love they long for? Hailey hopes to find protection under the shadow of a steeple. Continue reading

Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg

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Release Date: September 27, 2016

Publisher: Larkspur Press

ISBN:  9780997964202

Genre: Romance / Contemporary

Series: The Walker Family, Book 3

Melissa Tagg’s books are always amazing, but this is her best yet! First off, this cover is super cute and one of my favorite covers I have ever seen. Two, I think I have a crush on Beckett Walker. Last but not least, this is the cutest story I have ever read. Continue reading

The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

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Release Date: October 6, 2014

Publisher: Whitaker House Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781629116594

Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance

Series: The Everstone Chronicles, Book Two

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my review of the previous book, The Hesitant Heiress.

The Bound Heart is a beautiful historical fiction novel that takes place in 1891 New England, ranging from Boston’s Back Bay to Maine’s beautiful Bar Harbor. With characters seeking forgiveness and redemption, a complex story-line, a beautiful romance blossoming, and rich in historical detail that keep readers captivated. I absolutely loved this one. Continue reading