Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep

About the book:

3 Page-Turners Under One Cover from Reader Favorite Michelle Griep!
Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear?

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
Cornish Coast, 1815
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?

The Doctor’s Woman (A Carol Award Winner!)
Dakota Territory, 1862
Emmy Nelson, daughter of a missionary doctor, and Dr. James Clark, city doctor aspiring to teach, find themselves working side by side at Fort Snelling during the Dakota Uprising. That is when the real clash of ideals begins.

A House of Secrets
St. Paul, Minnesota, 1890
Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house that’s secretly owned by her beau—a home that’s his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s most infamous madam.

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My review:

Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep is a lovely, light read with three heavy messages of love, hope, and faith.

Each story is driven by romance, but there is also enough mystery or adventure to keep you turning pages and hoping that the characters open their hearts and their eyes to each other before something else goes wrong.

And I appreciated how each story’s character arc brought both the women and the men closer to God through their own stubbornness or willfulness or mistakes. It was a great reminder that God uses everything for the good of those who love Him. 🙂

If you’re looking for a read that is inspirational and charming, grab a copy of Ladies of Intrigue.

Many thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for the digital copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

About the book:

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother–who is battling dementia–compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns–and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

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My review:

This story sort of blew me away! It was so much more than I expected it to be, and it was wonderful. Not only was the story well-crafted, with the parallel lives of the two main characters kept easily separated, so as not to be confusing, while merging ever closer with each turn of the page; but also, this book opens a dialogue about generational mental health and all of its implications. Very relevant for today.

Beyond that, I am so impressed with Wright’s story craft. I love how she begins by showing you waves rolling in on the beach of each life involved. Then she follows the ripples back to the moment the stone was dropped, showing how one moment, one decision, can change the entire landscape along the shore of so many lives.

This is so much more than a ghost story, so much more than a historical fiction, so much more than literary fiction. It is a story that can touch your heart and change you for the better, if you’re willing to let it.

Many thanks to Bethany House Publishing and NetGalley for the digital copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

Horseman by Kyle Robert Shultz

About the book:

Centaurs, dragons, monster hunting, and time travel. The West has never been wilder.

Todd Crane is a centaur. (Part-time.) He’s also the direct descendant of the infamous monster hunter Ichabod Crane, who disgraced his entire bloodline by failing to capture the Headless Horseman.

Todd is determined to fix his family’s reputation. There’s just one problem–he deals in illegal magic potions. This puts him on the wrong side of U.S. Marshal Amy Crockett, who makes her living by locking up supernatural offenders.

When the Headless Horseman returns to menace the western frontier, Todd and Amy reluctantly join forces to hunt the monster. But the secrets of the Crane family are darker than Todd realizes…and no hunter is safe from the Horseman’s curse.

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My review:

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Kyle Robert Shultz has a knack for creating wonderful stories. I’ve enjoyed his Beaumont and Beasley series, so I thought I’d give his Crockett and Crane tales a go. With this first in the series, Horseman, I can definitely see that these Tales of the Neverican Frontier will be just as magical.

Stuffed with everything from mythological creatures to time travel, from beloved characters of folklore to potion-wielding criminals, Horseman has something for everyone. And, as always, the characters are fabulous: full of gumption and snark and just enough narcissism to keep things interesting. 😉

Horseman is light enough for a lazy day’s reading, but still has enough punch to keep you turning pages. I’d highly recommend you pick up your own copy to enjoy. 🙂

The Christmas Bride by Melanie Dobson

About the book:

Christian and Susanna had never met when they were chosen by lot to marry in a Moravian community in Germany. But in 1754, they traveled together with a dozen other newly married couples to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, to help establish a Moravian borough and share their faith with the surrounding Indian nations.
Susanna’s heart warms toward her new husband even after she learns that he had wished to marry another woman. As war rages between the British and French Indians-—and the Moravians face a crisis that almost destroys their community—Christian must decide if he can forgive his past and love the bride that God has given him.
Only the hope found in the Christmas child can heal his faith and his family.

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My review:

The Christmas Bride was a lovely read, filled with history, tension, and romance.

The history, of course, was my favorite part. Having the story set mainly in Pennsylvania during the French and Indian Wars was fascinating, especially because Dobson gives the history from a different perspective than what we usually see: that of the missionaries who came not to fight for a side, but to spread the love of God.

I really enjoyed learning about the Moravians and the fortitude they must have had to live as they did, putting service to God above everything, even raising their own children. It made my faith seem almost weak in comparison, yet made me grateful that God has me here as part of His plan and not there! 🙂

And, of course, the tension-filled romance was captivating. Knowing that in the end the two main characters would discover the love the God had planted in them for each other, yet wondering if they could ever get past themselves, kept the pages turning. And to know that the story is loosely based on the author’s ancestors makes it all even more fascinating — I totally spent time wondering what might have really happened and what was purely from the author’s imagination.

The Christmas Bride is a perfect read for Christmastime or anytime you want to slip away into history. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and a warm blanky and snuggle in to enjoy! And have a blessed Christmas! 🙂

Note:
Legacy of Love is a series of historical romance novels based on the courageous people and significant events that wove together the rich tapestry of America’s freedom and faith. The print version of The Christmas Bride is available online under its original title of Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

The Rose and the Wand by E.J. Kitchens

About the book:

When prim and proper enchantress Lady Alexandria attempts to bewitch a magic mirror, she ends up cursed—powerless, penniless, dumped in a strange land, and stuck in the body of an old hag.

As if that weren’t bad enough, the mirror gives her two tasks: curse the prince whose arrogant cruelty she once ignored and find her way home—before the Magic Collectors find her and strip her of her powers forever and before the mysterious woodsman who finds her lost in the forest discovers who she really is.

The prince she cursed must learn to love before an enchanted rose dies or he will remain a beast forever. Will her fate also be sealed when the last petal falls?

The tale of the enchantress from Beauty and the Beast. This book was previously published as The Beast’s Enchantress.

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My review:

What an interesting twist on the traditional Beauty and the Beast story. I so enjoyed the way the author imagined the back story and gave a plausible reason why the prince was enchanted to become the beast in the first place.

I was impressed by the author’s use of lyrical language – some of her images were extraordinary. And the message was beautiful and beautifully portrayed. This is the type of book I would recommend to my friends for both them and their daughters to read!

I’d definitely recommend you grab your own copy of The Rose and the Wand and settle in for a lovely read.

Eubeltic Descent by Nadine C. Keels

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About the book:

Your soul will remember…

As a woman who wasn’t born to wealth or privilege, Abigaia has mastered the art of thievery. And she’s come to hate it. Not only is she plagued by guilt, but her shadowed upbringing and silent ways cause most of her town to question her sanity.

Yet, Abigaia’s eccentric father always taught her to be proud of her heritage. Her ancestry lies across the sea, in a prominent realm she’s read about but has never seen.

The man who desires Abigaia’s hand in marriage doesn’t share her hope of seeing the Eubeltic Realm. But disaster erupts in their path, and Abigaia’s dream may have a greater purpose—if that famed domain of her ancestors is now in crucial need of her.


My review:

This was an interesting read. I was intrigued by the way the author was able to make her main character a mute (and I was heartbroken by the tragedy that brought her silence), and somehow manage to convey her use of sign language so clearly that I could picture it as I read.

There were, however, moments when time moved strangely for me, and I found it difficult to figure out how much time had passed in the plot. I think that may be the reason that it took me longer than usual to read this book, since it didn’t flow super smoothly for me.

But overall, it was a decent read with relatively interesting characters and a good message. I would recommend this book for teen girls, especially if they are searching for a way to fit in and trying to discover what is most important to them.

Thank you to the author for the copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig

 

Thirst of Steel

About the book:

Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole “Tox” Russell only wants to begin his life with Haven Cortes, but he must first complete a final mission: retrieve that sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.

The AFO, however, is determined to claim the sword. Wielding their father’s life over Tzivia and Ram Khalon, they threaten to expose Ram’s long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things only worsen when Mercy Maddox, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the sword is tied to both Ram’s secret and a string of unsolved serial murders.

Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to focus only on the enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must stop or take the enemy down with them.


My review:

Ronie Kendig definitely knows how to wrap up a trilogy! This third and final installment of the Tox Files is non-stop and filled with just about every feel you can imagine. Secrets are revealed, questions are answered, hearts (especially mine!) are broken, all while the plot keeps you flipping pages so fast, you risk paper cuts (or for your e-reader to be unable to keep up!).

Tox and the crew may be separated, but their bonds grow stronger throughout the book. They trust each other, even when it seems that they are turning away from the right path. What an awesome picture of true friendship and faithfulness!

I have so enjoyed reading The Tox Files, this military-action-thriller series with a supernatural twist, and am sad to see it end. However, I can’t wait to see what Ronie Kendig has for us next and plan to savor her fantasy series (Abiassa’s Fire) in the meantime 🙂

Many thanks to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for the digital copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂