Themes of love, patience, trust, race, and constancy are woven throughout this story of a young woman’s journey from impoverished orphan with no prospects in 1852 Nantucket Island to open possibilities in Key West, Florida.
Faced with betrayal, Prosperity Jones seeks employment, finds friendship, and an unexpected suitor. Her new life is not without it’s trials, however, as she is pressed into a situation Continue reading
In what is likely to remain a favorite of her novels, Karen Witemeyer has written a historical romance that feels current while remaining true to an 1890’s setting.
All was fair in love and cycling. (p.38)
The story grabbed me from the start, as events involving a meeting with a Pinkerton agent (I do have a fondness for Pinkertons in fiction) Continue reading
This novella is an endearingly sweet story of emotional healing and steadfast love.
As the shopkeeper in Harper’s Station, Victoria (Tori) Adams is among the staunchest advocates for keeping men out of the women’s colony. A chance encounter while on a business outing with her son and Benjamin Porter, one of the men currently “approved” by the ladies of the colony, leads Tori to confront her past and to share it with Ben. Continue reading
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect with the second book in the Amish of Hart County series, but it exceeded any expectations I may have had. Now, I’m still not a huge fan of Suspense and Amish books have their difficulties, but Shelley Shepard Gray is turning me into a definite fan of this sub-genre mash-up of Amish Romantic Suspense (or at least her version of it). Continue reading
The Goose Girl is a fairy tale that I have found more of an appreciation for after reading a full version of it as an adult, so the minute I learned that Melanie Dickerson’s new novel was to be a retelling, I became excited about it. As usual, she did not disappoint.
While honoring the basic framework and characters of the original, Dickerson has enlarged and improved upon the traditional story. Creating characters and events that are realistic while still retaining a bit of that fairy tale feel, there is quite the adventure in store for the sheltered Lady Magdalen and the young Duke, Steffan. Continue reading
I’ve found that I have a favorite word in Amish novels – boppli. It just reads adorably, which is fitting since it means baby. The three previous Amish Heirloom novels focused on each of three sisters, and The Beloved Hope Chest is framed by the conceit of their mother telling them the story attached to the baby items they had found in her hope chest. Continue reading
As a follow up to Annabel Lee (read my review here), the second Coffey & Hill novel delivered everything I was looking for. A riveting new mystery with action, suspense, and interesting characters. Continue reading