Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Historical fiction

The Daughter of Highland Hall (review)

The Daughter of Highland Hall: A Novel by Carrie Turansky My rating: 3 of 5 stars It is April of 1912 and Katherine Ramsey has come to London to do the “season.” Under the sponsorship of her aunt, Lady Louisa Gatewood—her own parents have both died—it is her goal to come out as a debutante,… Continue reading The Daughter of Highland Hall (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Thief of Glory (review)

Thief of Glory: A Novel by Sigmund Brouwer My rating: 5 of 5 stars “There (in a village on the island of Java, Dutch East Indies), a marble game beneath the branches was an event as seemingly inconsequential as a banyan seed taking root in the bark of an unsuspecting tree, but the tendrils of… Continue reading Thief of Glory (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Prelude for a Lord (review)

Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot My rating: 5 of 5 stars Lady Alethea Sutherton, main character in Camille Elliot’s regency romance Prelude for a Lord, is a social misfit, not only because of her suitorless old maid status, but because of her musical interest in the violin which is thought entirely unladylike. For… Continue reading Prelude for a Lord (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Miracle in a Dry Season (review)

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas My rating: 4 of 5 stars When Perla Long returns to Wise, West Virginia in 1954, the single 24-year-old has a five-year-old daughter Sadie in tow. Tongues are soon wagging and Perla wonders, will she ever find a place where questions about her past don’t run… Continue reading Miracle in a Dry Season (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Historical fiction

Appalachian Serenade (review)

Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas My rating: 4 of 5 stars When 33-year-old widow Delilah Morrissey comes back home to Wise, West Virginia to live with her sister Charlotte, husband Ed and daughter Perla, she’s not the happiest person. Her husband of 14 years has recently died but his disastrous handling of their money… Continue reading Appalachian Serenade (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Daisies Are Forever (review)

Daisies Are Forever by Liz Tolsma My rating: 4 of 5 stars The approaching Russian army forces people to flee from Heiligenbeil East Prussia in February 1945. Hurriedly packing belongings in a cart and hitching it to her bicycle, Gisela Cramer takes her three- and five-year-old nieces and joins Herr Holtzman and his elderly and… Continue reading Daisies Are Forever (review)

Biblical fiction, Book Reviews, Fiction, Historical fiction

The Queen’s Handmaid – review

The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lydia, slave of Cleopatra, is not only lovely but also ambitious. Her artistic pottery is in demand and already she has collected a bag of coins against the day she can escape from the palace and start her own business. But the… Continue reading The Queen’s Handmaid – review

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Historical fiction

The Auschwitz Escape (review)

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars Jacob Weisz is an unexceptional Jewish boy who lives in Siegen, Germany in the 1940s. He likes his quiet life with his parents, loves going to violin lessons because he might catch a glimpse—even a shy smile—from Naomi Silver, and is embarrassed… Continue reading The Auschwitz Escape (review)

Fiction, Historical fiction, Writing Life

Hiking around in a wilderness odyssey

"Are you going to write another book?" I've heard that question a lot since publishing my novel in 2012.  I suppose it's a question writers inevitably face after finishing a first book. My plan, when I published Destiny's Hands (a biblical fiction exploring the life of the Bible character Bezalel from when he was a… Continue reading Hiking around in a wilderness odyssey

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

The Wings of Morning (review)

The Wings of Morning by Murray Pura My rating: 5 of 5 stars Amish beauty Lyyndaya Kurtz is in love with Jude Whetstone, the blacksmith’s son. Trouble is, Jude has taken a shine to the new invention the flying machine. The year is 1917, the location the Lapp Colony of Paradise, Pennsylvania in Murray Pura’s… Continue reading The Wings of Morning (review)