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When Tides Turn + Giveaway!

I turned the final page with a deep sigh and a big, sappy grin on my face. I loved this book so much, I'm giving away a complete set of the WAVES OF FREEDOM series!...

A Note Yet Unsung

Tamera Alexander once again proves why she is historical fiction royalty. I could not put this book down!...

The Ringmaster’s Wife

I loved the historical detail and backstage excitement of this story, from lavish settings to the characters' whimsical friendships with circus animals....

No Other Will Do

Witemeyer's newest romance blends a hearty dose of suspense into her trademark sizzling chemistry to create a heart-pounding page turner....

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society

Fiction based on real-life people, places and events is my absolute favorite, and in this respect Callaway's narrative truly shines....

Anchor in the Storm

Sundin breathes life into her characters, giving them hopes, dreams, fears and flaws that make them truly lifelike. ...

Together at the Table

Juliette is a fantastic contemporary heroine, equal parts snarky cynic and hopeless romantic, and always realistic. ...

Her One and Only

A beautiful story of forgiveness, trust, the futility of human striving and the freedom to love that can only come from embracing God's love first. ...

Flight of Arrows

An astonishing tale of forgiveness, redemption, and the triumph of sacrificial love, set against the turbulent early days of the American Revolution....

Like Never Before

I loved Amelia's passion for exploring the past, and the history angle was definitely my favorite part of this story....

Bride of a Distant Isle

An expertly Gothic romance with mesmerizing characters and a mystery that kept me guessing to the end....

The Goodbye Bride

Zac and Lucy's reunion-romance had me riveted, breathlessly turning the pages to see how it would all turn out. ...

Playing the Part

Exactly the zany, laughed-so-hard-I-snorted story I needed today!...

Keeper of the Stars

Hatcher knows how to deliver a solid, well-rounded story with strong spiritual themes...

Cold Shot

A fast-paced, energetic start to what promises to be an exciting new series....

Stars over Sunset Boulevard

An emotionally engaging, entertaining, and uplifting story of friendship, sacrifice, and redemption. Wholeheartedly recommend!...

What’s On Your Bookshelf? A 2016 Preview

If the new releases I've already read are any indication, 2016 is going to be a GREAT year for fiction! My TBR (to be read) pile is multiplying faster than I can type!   There are so many books I'm looking forward to reading next year that I couldn't possibly list them all...

Until the Dawn

Camden's unique setting, thrilling historical accuracy, and wondrous sense of story world really make this a book any historical fan will enjoy escaping into....

The Flying Circus

If you like riveting characters, thrilling action, and a lively historical setting, this is the book for you....

The Lost Garden

A sound, if not exactly stellar, read. Recommended for fans of Susan Meissner and Rachel Hauck...

Hearts Made Whole

Reading a Jody Hedlund novel is perhaps the closest thing to time travel we 21st Century readers can come. ...

A Worthy Pursuit

Bounty hunters, bookworms and Beethoven . . . oh my! I LOVED this story!...

As Love Blooms

The refreshing, non-1800s, non-Texas/cowboy setting alone makes these books an absolute delight to read!...

The Canterbury Sisters

Fans of English literature and history will feel an immediate connection with this retelling of Chaucer’s most famous work, as I did. ...

Falcon

An intense, action-packed military thriller that kept me guessing all the way to the very end. ...

The Last Bookaneer

Pearl weaves a fascinating tale of intrigue, vengeance, and just how far a true book lover will go to protect what he loves most....

Reservations for Two

Hillary Manton Lodge’s second installment in the Two Blue Doors series takes romantics and foodies alike on a sweeping adventure across Europe and the US—and even back in time....

The Wood’s Edge

I read this book months ago and STILL have a book hangover! I was completely captivated from the very first page — this book truly has it all....

Narvla’s Celtic New Year

Themes of prejudice, self-confidence, and having the courage to pursue your dreams will resonate with readers of all ages....

A Hope Remembered

A surprisingly sweet, emotionally charged, spirit-filled romance to savor and enjoy over and over again....

From the Start

Tagg is one of the freshest new voices in Christian contemporary romance, and brings a level of spunk and originality to a genre in which so many stories can start to sound the same....

Reluctantly Charmed

Bridget Jones meets Harry Potter meets Darby O’Gill in this saucy, laugh-out-loud funny debut novel!...

An Uncertain Choice

Wielding her pen like her gallant knights wield their swords and spears, Jody Hedlund charges fearlessly into the young-adult fiction fray and triumphs!...

Would-Be Wilderness Wife

Reminiscent of Karen Witemeyer and Deeanne Gist—with a bit of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman thrown in—historical romance fans will enjoy escaping into this charming story....

Into the Savage Country

Burke blends the Western ruggedness of Louis L’Amour and Jack Landon with the rousing coming-of-age epics of Robert Louis Stevenson and Samuel Shellabarger to create a stirring, highly enjoyable adventure through the fur-trapping expanse of 1820s North America....

After a Fashion

Jen Turano’s work is always first-rate and can be counted on to bring a laugh to even the most difficult of days. ...

A Touch of Stardust

A powerfully-written tale full of larger-than-life characters that will stick with me for a very long time....

To Save Her Child

While this wasn’t the kind of story I would adapt for prime-time television, it did posses a kind of after-school special or Saturday-morning escapist charm that made for a very entertaining read....

A Memory of Violets

Both tragic and uplifting, this story of London’s “Flower Girls” beautifully weaves through two time periods and dips into the mystical afterlife to show just how far the bonds of sisterhood and love can reach....

Secrets of a Charmed Life

While an obvious departure in tone and thematic content from the books her Christian fiction fans may know and love, Meissner's signature writing style is as enthralling as ever, with stunning historical detail and characters who tug at your heart....

Where Trust Lies

This second book in the “Return to the Canadian West” series is a tender, escapist read that lures you back to a gentler time....

Sabotaged

Pettrey weaves an ecoterrorism mystery full of red herrings into the iconic Iditarod race to create the perfect final act and curtain call for her brilliant debut series....

Still Life

“Hope isn’t an explanation. It’s a Person.” That is the journey Parrish so beautifully challenges her readers to begin....

Love Gently Falling

Fans of sweet romances and home improvement shows will enjoy this predictable but entertaining little tale....

After the War Is Over

A surprisingly sweet story about a young woman yearning to find her place in a world still traumatized by the horrors of the Great War....

At Home in Last Chance

Cathleen Armstrong invites readers to linger once again in the charming, quirky town of Last Chance. ...

Brentwood’s Ward

Adult fans of mystery/suspense novels will enjoy this adventure through the dark and dirty streets of London....

Beyond All Dreams

A spellbinding mystery set in the halls of power in our nation’s capital during the final, warmongering years of the 19th Century. ...

The Wishing Season

A sweet-but-swoon-worthy romance unafraid to push the boundaries of edginess, full of both heat and heart....

Painting the Corners

This is a must-read for any baseball fan (even those not as gung-ho as me or Jimmy Fallon), so throw on your favorite hat and jersey, grab a hot dog and your favorite brew, and PLAY BALL!!!!!...

Hawk

An immensely entertaining and exhilarating read, full of the fast-paced prose Ronie Kendig fans love....

Every Tear a Memory

A well-written, expertly-detailed historical romance that brings a unique time and setting to vivid life....

First Impressions

A predictable but very enjoyable what-if premise in which a man may have been murdered, Jane Austen may be a plagiarist, and it’s up to a young antiquarian bookseller to solve both mysteries...

Playing by Heart

This poignant story brilliantly portrays two hardworking people who must learn to let go of their goals and trust that God has bigger and better plans in store for them....

Under a Turquoise Sky

With another impressive blend of strong characters, harrowing danger and electric romance, “Under a Turquoise Sky” is an emotionally gripping search for true faith and identity, set against a backdrop of traditional and modern Indian culture....

Honor

This book will appeal to readers of all ages who enjoy clean historical novels with strong characters and compelling action....

The End of Innocence

The second half of this story completely lost me and sank this from a five-star rating to only three stars....

Secrets of the Lighthouse

An intriguing escape to the wild and haunted coast of Ireland, where the past and present, the dead and the living, intertwine....

Miracle in a Dry Season

At times truly moving, with a keen eye for historical detail, the overall structure of this story leaves a bit to be desired in terms of writing technique, character development, and romantic tension...

With Every Breath

"Anne of Green Gables" meets "Contagion" in this gripping historical novel about two former classmates who come together to battle a life-threatening illness—and their own antagonistic past...

In Perfect Time

From the battle lines of Europe and Asia to the troop-supporting homefront, Kay and Roger’s poignant story packs an exciting and emotional wallop....

The Butterfly and the Violin

Fans of “The Book Thief” and “The Diary of Anne Frank” will appreciate this stirring look at the German homefront during World War II and ultimately life behind the barbed wires of Auschwitz....

Murder at the Mikado

Julianna Deering probes the depths of her hero’s history and spins a surprisingly emotional tale of forgiveness, trust, and facing the consequences of one’s past decisions....

Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night

This haunting story of tragedy and hope in an early 20th Century mining town, is not a nuclear blast—it’s an expertly crafted arrow that shoots straight for the heart....

A Match of Wits

Jen Turano’s fourth installment of the Ladies of Distinction series packs plenty of laughs, mayhem and romance into a breezy, perfect summertime read....

Captured by Love

This engrossing novel is an absolute must-read for lovers of rich, powerful historical fiction...

Making Marion

Do not be fooled by this book’s unusual, cartoon-esque cover: what may look like a lighthearted “chick lit” novel is, in fact, an astounding debut effort that packs a spiritual, humorous, and emotional wallop....

The Hatmaker’s Heart

Fans of period productions such as “Downton Abbey,” “House of Eliott” and “Mr. Selfridge” will enjoy this well-written coming-of-age story set in the glamorous world of early 1920s haute couture....

Full Steam Ahead

Once again, Witemeyer has written a witty, humorous, highly romantic story full of the kind of words and images that just make me fall in love with reading and writing all over again....

Daisies Are Forever

While this book certainly provided a window into an unusual time and place in world history, it failed to live up to all of my expectations....

Somebody Like You

Falling in love with your late husband’s identical twin may sound impossible (or even a little disturbing), but Beth Vogt has crafted a solid contemporary romance around this very premise....

The Heart’s Pursuit

Fans of “True Grit” will appreciate this girl-in-a-man’s-world story and its subdued but powerful message of true redemption and restoration....

One More Last Chance

I admit, due to my personal reality as a woman of above-average height, I have an instant dislike of short girls who steal all the tall guys. Even fictional girls....

Through the Deep Waters

This thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, hope-infusing story was well worth the read, and stayed with me long after I turned the final page....

Until I Found You

The quality of the writing and uniqueness of the setting were enough to keep me reading, even if the romance wasn’t as swoon-worthy as I would have liked...

Here to Stay

Witty dialogue and prose melted perfectly with some seriously deep, heartfelt moments to produce an impeccably well-rounded story that touched all the right nerves and funny bones....

Gathering Shadows

I did build up enough affinity with the town and secondary characters (if not quite as much as I would’ve wished with the hero and heroine) to make me want to read more of this series....

Meant to Be Mine

All I can say is, if the Texan I once dated had been one-hundredth as charming as Ty Porter, I’d no longer be a spinster....

Silenced

This is a great addition to the Alaskan Courage series, but it may lose some readers who haven’t been following the series up to this point....

A Broken Kind of Beautiful

Every time I read a Katie Ganshert novel, I wish I owned stock in Kleenex. I also despair of ever being a good writer myself, because she continually raises the emotional, spiritual, and lyrical bar....

The Sea House

Mature readers who enjoy women’s fiction with heavy romantic threads and unusual history and setting will enjoy getting lost in this story for a few hours....

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

Some books are intended to be read fast. This isn’t one of them. Benton writes with a voice that demands each carefully chosen word be savored to its utmost....

Plots and Pans

The author wrote with a crisp, distinct voice, and her main characters all had distinct voices, too. ...

A Table by the Window

This delectable story is “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” meets “Sleepless in Seattle.”...

Dancing with Fireflies

Holy hot sauce, Batman! This book is definitely not for the faint of heart—in the best way possible!...

Death by the Book

With the complexity of Conan Doyle, the charm of Miss Marple, and the panache of P.G. Wodehouse, Julianna Deering’s second installment in the Drew Farthering series delivers an even richer, funnier, bloodier new mystery to solve....

Beneath a Navajo Moon

A gripping and gritty romantic mystery bursting with romantic chemistry and carefully researched insight into Navajo culture....

Dating, Dining, and Desperation

I was hoping to scuba dive into this story and these characters—or at least snorkel, even wade into it a bit. What I got instead was a high-speed jet ski ride. ...

A December Bride

This short, very fast read is a delectable feast of heart, heat, and holiday cheer, and reunites readers with many of the major characters from her full-length Chapel Springs novels....

Rules of Murder

If Bertie Wooster and Jessica Fletcher had a love child, it would be Drew Farthering....

The Girl in the Glass

Susan Meissner has crafted a remarkably moving story that is literally sensual and sensational....

A Noble Groom

I'll be revisiting Carl & Annalisa's story again and again. Jody just keeps me hungry for more!...

Queen of the Waves

I've never read Janice Thompson before, but I'll definitely be reading her from now on. ...