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

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Jilted by Varina Denman

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Release Date: June 1, 2016

Publisher: David C. Cook

ISBN: 1434708381  
ISBN-13: 
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Genre: Fiction / General

Series: Mended Hearts, Book Three

Jilted was a beautiful conclusion to the Mended Hearts series. It was wonderful to revisit all of the folks in smalltown, Trapp, Texas.

Lynda Turner finally has her story told from her perspective. She has struggled with depression ever her husband had abandoned her and their young daughter fifteen years ago. Her character is very real that many readers will be able to relate to. She’s been through so much during her that she hasn’t truly lived it.

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Season of Glory by Lisa T. Bergren

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Publisher: Blink

Release Date: March 8, 2016

ISBN13: 9780310735663

Genre: Young Adult / Fiction / Dystopian /Science Fiction

Series: Remnants, Book Three

Perhaps you’ve come across this series and are wondering if you should read this. The answer is simple: YES!

Fans of dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Gifting, or The Seers trilogy will gobble this one up. Lisa T. Bergren is one of my absolute favorite authors so I am beyond ecstatic to be sharing my review with you all.

I enjoyed the first two books, although it’s been awhile since I’ve read them so I forgot a lot of what occurred previously. You’ll definitely want to read these in order or you’ll be completely lost. Not only did I enjoy the first two, but this last novel completely blew me away. Continue reading

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

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Release Date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: Revell

ISBN13: 9780800724023

Genre: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary

Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams, Book 1

The Red Door Inn is stunning and beautifully written. This is my first read by this author and I was impressed. Prince Edward Island is what captured me from the beginning. If you’re familiar with Anne of Green Gables, you’ll completely understand why this is exciting. In fact, I love Anne of Green of Gables so much that I didn’t even bother to read what the rest of this book was about before picking it up. Let’s just say, it doesn’t disappoint!

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Risen by Angela Hunt

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Release Date: January 2016

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764218453

Genre: Historical Fiction / Biblical Fiction

Angela Hunt is one of my favorite authors so when I learned she wrote the novelization of the movie, I was ecstatic and had to read it! While the story is on the redundant side, it’s always fascinating to imagine the resurrection of Jesus Christ through a tribune’s eyes.

I have not seen the movie so I cannot compare the book towards it. However, I have heard that the movie is good but lacks in the scriptural content. Angela Hunt uses tons of scripture references (but not overwhelming!) and lots of historical contexts. She also includes a bibliography of her sources that can be found at the back of the book. Continue reading

Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh

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Release Date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: Tyndale

ISBN: 978-1-4143-9870-9

Genre: Fiction / Romance

Series: Paper Hearts, Book Two

If you enjoyed Paper Hearts then you aren’t going to want to miss Change of Heart. Courtney Walsh does not disappoint! This is a part of the Paper Heart series, but it can also be read as a stand-alone because it’s about different characters in Loves Park, Colorado.

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Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Plus a giveaway!)

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Release Date: February 16, 2016

Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah

ISBN-10: 0307731375

ISBN-13: 978-0307731371

Genre: Fiction / Romance / Historical

Here’s a book that I’m excited about getting to share with you all today! I’m also doing my very first giveaway so stay tuned until the very end for details!

In the midst of the Great Depression, Neva Shilling has her hands full caring for her teenage twins and keeping up the Shilling Mercantile while her husband Warren travels to neighboring communities to sell goods. Then a wagon pulls up one evening, carrying three children and a deputy with the news that will change her life forever. Warren and his wife have passed away, requesting on their death beds that their children go to live with “aunt” Neva. Neva’s heart is shattered to learn of her husband’s secret life. How can she care for three children who remind her daily of Warren’s betrayal? But how can she abandon innocent children in an orphanage?

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Undaunted Hope by Judy Hedlund

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Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764212390

Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction

Series: Beacons of Hope, Book 3

Read my review of the previous book, Hearts Made Whole, here.

Oh my! Where do I even begin? Undaunted Hope is exactly what fans have been waiting for!

We last saw Tessa Taylor in Windmill Point, Michigan with a tarnished reputation. It’s now five years later and we find her living in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, running from the mistakes of her past. Eagle Harbor is the uppermost part of Michigan where Tessa plans to be the new schoolteacher for the children of the miners. Even though they were expecting a male teacher, Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, allows her to stay through the winter since it’s too late to find someone else to replace her.

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You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren

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Release Date: February 1, 2016

Publisher: Tyndale

ISBN: 978-1-4143-7846-6

Genre: Christian / Fiction / Romance

Series: Christiansen Family, Book 6

Click here to find out more about the previous book, The Wonder of You.

You’re the One That I Want is Susan May Warren’s sixth and last novel of the Christiansen family series. This time Owen and his older brother Casper play the starring role.

Owen Christiansen had it all. He was a hockey player in the NHL for the St. Paul Blue Ox until it had all forfeited when he got injured. He leaves his home of Minnesota and moves to Alaska where he lands a job as a crab fisherman. In his mind, he believes this could be a fresh start and perhaps a shot at romance with Elise “Scotty” McFlynn, who also just so happens to be the captain’s daughter.

Scotty is used to being one of the guys with her tough girl attitude, making everyone respond with “yes, sir”. She doesn’t believe in happily ever after – especially with someone like Owen. When Casper Christiansen drags his brother home and unloading a ton of family drama, Scotty’s opinion of Owen is confirmed. What’s even worse is that Casper is wanted for questioning to a crime back home in Minnesota.

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The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison

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Release Date: October 13, 2015

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN-10: 0718042204

ISBN-13: 9780718042202

Genre: Fiction, Politics

When I first received this book to review, I wasn’t sure what to think. It wasn’t something that would normally interest me. John Grisham is endorsing this novel so I figured I would go ahead and give it a try. I’m glad I did because I had trouble putting it down!

Corban Addison did a fantastic job. His extensive knowledge and research shine through in this tale of loss, devotion, forgiveness, and compassion. I definitely will be reading more from him in the future!

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