Book Review, Books and Reading

True to You

    If ever there was a story written that reminded me of myself, this is it! I do believe I have found my fictional twin! Lover of books, genealogy, vintage clothing and accessories, tea, BBC and PBS. I am still waiting for the family reunion with Nora. Let me introduce her to you.

Nora Bradford, genealogist, has known heartbreak. She buries her life in her job, which also includes maintaining a historical village. She has learned to protect her emotions the best she can and disappears into the fictional world of books and British TV shows. When John, a former Navy SEAL, comes to Nora needing assistance in finding his birth parents, he causes the kind of distraction she loves. However, as they get closer to finding out the truth behind his birth not only does she feel her heart opening up again, they also uncover family secrets neither of them were prepared for.

Becky Wade continues to be a favorite author of mine and this particular story is my #1 favorite of hers. As I mentioned already, Nora is basically my fictional twin. It was so easy for me to connect with her personality. Throw in family secrets and this was a definite winner for me. A five star book for sure!

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any financial way.*

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Book Review, Books and Reading

A Note Yet Unsung

a note yet unsung“Women aren’t allowed to play in orchestras.”

 

Although a master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington’s hopes of playing in the Nashville Philharmonic are quickly dashed due to her gender alone. Nashville’s new orchestra leader. Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb, agrees that Rebekah has talent, but what a shame she is female. He chooses to bow to public opinion. However, when it becomes clear he needs an assistant to help him finish his symphony he believes Rebekah is the one to ask. Yet how does he win back the trust of a woman when he has dashed her dreams?

Tamera Alexander brings music to life within these pages. Music, the city of Nashville in the 1870’s, as well as Chicory Hollow (two completely different settings beautifully flow together in this story). Ms. Alexander always has a way of bringing history to life with words. This is a beautiful story I greatly enjoyed.

 

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

Book Review, Books and Reading, My Life

The Mark of the King

the mark of the kingJulianne Chevalier has been condemned to a life in prison and branded as a criminal. Her only piece of hope is trading her prison life for a life in the new world as an exile. She is sent to Louisiana. One she is sent, however, she discovers she needs more strength than she ever imagined. Does she have enough to survive this new life?

This story took me by the hand and pulled me back to 1700’s France and America. From the Birthing Room to the prison, from the ship to the fledgling colony in Louisiana. And each step in Julianne’s journey brought trials and dangers. Some of them even meant choosing the “lesser of two evils”. I enjoyed this story very much. I will definitely be keeping a lookout for Jocelyn Green’s other books.

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have shared about this book are entirely my own thoughts.*