The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford – Book Review and Tour

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433 About the Book:

Scotland, 1860.

Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably change the course of his life, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child’s fragile legs are fused together — a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? Ruth needs to solve the mystery of her new home — but the answers to her questions may lie in her own past.

Based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid, The Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.

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434About the Author:

Elisabeth Gifford grew up in a vicarage in the industrial Midlands. She studied French literature and world religions at Leeds University. She is the author of The House of Hope: A Story of God’s Love and Provision for the Abandoned Orphans of China and has written articles for The Times and the Independent and has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford OUDCE and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College. She is married with three children. They live in Kingston on Thames but spend as much time as possible in the Hebrides.

Find Elisabeth online: website, Facebook

 

The above is from the publisher.

My Thoughts:

This book is definitely different from any other Litfuse as offered. They did this tour because they had done the author’s first book which was Christian. However, this book wasn’t Christian nor published by a Christian author. I read secular books a lot, however, so this wasn’t an issue for me. It did however use the f word twice so that is a concern.

The subject matter of this book was fascinating. Seeing the world and circumstances through a girl who has deep seated hurts from her child was fascinating. The author portrayed this beautifully. The writing was truly spectacular. So many beautiful word moments in this book. Also the setting was fabulous. I loved the seaside village and the remoteness.

This book is written in two different time periods. That can be tricky to do and isn’t always handled well but Elisabeth did a beautiful job. I was intrigued by both story lines independently. Of course they fit together and it was easy to figure that out but neither suffered in the writing or story from this approach.

I would definitely recommend this book. If you have issues with mild cussing or ghost like talk then you should stay clear but otherwise give it a go.

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Enter the giveaway that goes with this tour here.

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Kara Tippetts’ THE HARDEST PEACE Blogger Challenge & Giveaway! Share Your #HardestPeace Story.

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Kara Tippetts‘ brave and touching book, The Hardest Peace is launching with a blogger challenge. Celebrate with Kara by joining the #HardestPeace conversation and share how you are finding grace in the midst of the everyday and in life’s hard moments.

The Hardest Peace, Kara Tippetts

Share your stories of everyday grace in the midst of life’s difficulties and enter to win a #HardestPeace prize pack:

  • A book club pack (10 copies of The Hardest Peace for you and your small group!)
  • A handcrafted candle
  • Journal
  • Custom Etsy The Hardest Peace print and coffee mug

To enter to win, simply blog about your #HardestPeace story and then submit the link to your post via the link-up (or see link in the Rafflecopter below). Plus stop by others’ stories to leave encouragement and offer prayers as we all travel the journey of life together and discover that the hardest peace is often the most fulfilling peace.
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The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky – Book Review and Tour

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439 About the book:

The Daughter of Highland Hall || Book 2, Edwardian Brides (Waterbrook Multnomah, October 2014)

What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor . . . what if it isn’t enough?

Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.

When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served.

Learn more, purchase a copy, and read an excerpt: http://ow.ly/C7LAY

438About the author: 
Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has written contemporary and historical romances, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, and they have five adult children and four grandchildren.
Find Carrie online: website, Facebook, Twitter
The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
 I was a bit unsure about this novel when I first got it. I was afraid it would just be another romance and be okay but not great. However, I loved this one. I decided to review it because of the time period of the story and Carrie did a great job with that. It is set in Edwardian England. It was very reminiscent of Downton Abbey even down to the way it goes back and forth between the help and the family. Of course, in this book the characters are Christian (well most of them) so they aren’t as rude.
The story line is great and the development of characters as well. I loved watching the main character, Katherine, go from only caring about getting a husband and doing exactly what her aunt wanted to finally standing up to her aunt and finding what she was passionate about and finding the Lord. The development, however, didn’t feel rushed or pushed. It felt super organic and believable.
If you love this time period and shows such as Downton Abbey I highly recommend this book. I am definitely going to get the rest of the series.
I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.



Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin – Book Review and Tour

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KeepersoftheCovenant_mck.inddAbout the book:
The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king’s palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe. When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.
When the battles come to an end, Ezra’s brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude’s widow, Devorah, and provide an heir. Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem. His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple—but the fight to keep God’s Law is never easy. As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges . . . this one for the survival of God’s covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.
Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/C7ss8
About the Author: 
 
Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago.
Find Lynn online: website, Facebook
The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
Oh man! I loved this book. I read the first in the series and fell in love, loaning it out to all my friends and family. The second book did not disappoint. I love how Lynn writes and really draws you in to the time period. It was intriguing enough that it made me want to read the book of Ezra from the Bible to learn more about the events. That’s what good Biblical historical fiction should do, draw you to the Word of God and Lynn has achieved that goal twice now. This one did take me a bit longer to get into but the last two thirds of the book I just couldn’t put it down. The setting is described beautifully. She goes between three different settings and groups of characters but does so seamlessly. Not only did you get to see the attack on the Jews from the perspective of the Jews but also from the perspective of their enemies. Also, the message of redemption for even Gentiles is portrayed so beautifully through the life of Amina. I highly recommend this book and series. They are ones you will want to add to your collection in paperback so you can loan them to your friends.
I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 


Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer – Book Review

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Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a Christian historical fiction. Lydia Eldredge longs to provide sanctuary for her son Nicky. But there is a constant threat for his drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and is willing to do anything to get him.

Dr. Micah Hatcher serves the immigrant population of Queens, New York. But under the cover of darkness, he has a secret mission that challenges everything he ever thought he wanted out of life.

When Lydia and Micah’s paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other’s callings. Together, they seek refuge and safety for Nicky and for themselves. Amid turmoil and discord, can hope and love prevail?

(above paraphrased from back of book)

I truly thought from the cover of this book and the synopsis that it would be just another romance book, but boy was I wrong. I loved this book. The characters are super well developed and the plot is fascinating. Kim Vogel Sawyer writes with such beauty and literally had me constantly guessing what was going to happen next. Just when I would think I had it figured out (because you all know most books are pretty predictable) the book would take a different turn. There was not one time that I had truly figured out where it was going. If you are in the mood for a great historical fiction work this is the book for you!

I received a free copy of this product from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  


Undetected by Dee Henderson – Book Review

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Undetected by Dee Henderson is a Christian fiction romance suspense book. It follows Commander Mark Bishop who is the commander of a ballistic missile submarine the USS Nevada. He loves training and leading his men and protecting the US, but he longs for someone to come home to after his long months at sea. His first wife died and he loved nothing more than being a loyal, devoted husband. He decides on his last deployment that he will start dating when he gets home.

Gina Gray would love to be married. She’s had it all planned out since she was younger by what age she would like to be married. But coming off of another horrible breakup she’s beginning to lose faith that it will ever happen to her. She dives back into focusing on what she does best, ocean science research. She is a genius and has come up with many great discoveries for the US Navy. But when she needs Mark Bishop’s help with her newest discovery will she get more than she bargained for?

I was really expecting this book to be full of adventure and suspense with some romance thrown in. However, it was a lot of romance with a bit of adventure thrown in but not nearly enough nor was it exciting enough. I think this book could have been made a TON better with quite a bit of editing. It’s a long book and really draws a story out that doesn’t need to be drawn out. While I enjoyed it it wasn’t one of my favorites.

I received a free copy of this product from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 


When Jesus Wept by Bodie & Brock Thoene – Book Review

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_225_350_Book.806.cover When Jesus Wept is the first book in the Jerusalem Chronicles from the masters of Christian historical fiction, Bodie & Brock Thoene. It follows the life of Lazarus as he meets John the Baptist preaching onto meeting Jesus and being raised from the dead. Obviously it adds a lot to the account being that the Bible doesn’t say much, but that’s what makes it a fabulous book. Lazarus was one of Jesus’ friends and this shows what that relationship might have been like.

This book is written beautifully as you would expect from the authors. While I didn’t find it as engaging as some of their other works, it was still great. I love the setting of ancient Israel and specifically I loved all the comparisons between the life of the vine and the Christian walk. The historical details included that aren’t from the Bible but from the historical context were amazing. This really brings to life some of the nuisances of what Biblical life was like at the time of Christ. I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in Biblical, historical fiction. It is great.

I received a free copy of this product from Book Look in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.