The Lines Between Us by Amy Lynn Green Book Review

After reading Things We Didn’t Say last year and loving it, I was so excited to read this latest novel by Amy Lynn Green! It didn’t disappoint!

Synopsis

A WWII novel of courage and conviction, based on the true experience of the men who fought fires as conscientious objectors and the women who fought prejudice to serve in the Women’s Army Corps.

Since the attack on Pearl Harbor, Gordon Hooper and his buddy Jack Armitage have stuck to their values as conscientious objectors. Much to their families’ and country’s chagrin, they volunteer as smokejumpers rather than enlisting, parachuting into and extinguishing raging wildfires in Oregon. But the number of winter blazes they’re called to seems suspiciously high, and when an accident leaves Jack badly injured, Gordon realizes the facts don’t add up.

A member of the Women’s Army Corps, Dorie Armitage has long been ashamed of her brother’s pacifism, but she’s shocked by news of his accident. Determined to find out why he was harmed, she arrives at the national forest under the guise of conducting an army report . . . and finds herself forced to work with Gordon. He believes it’s wrong to lie; she’s willing to do whatever it takes for justice to be done. As they search for clues, Gordon and Dorie must wrestle with their convictions about war and peace and decide what to do with the troubling secrets they discover.

My Review

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Last year I had the pleasure of reading Amy Lynn Green’s debut novel, Things We Didn’t Say. I loved it! I was so excited to read read her latest novel, The Lines Between Us. It didn’t disappoint!

This novel had great characters. Dorie is spirited and vivacious. She was all-around a fun character that I grew to really like. She has her flaws but that’s what makes her so likable. She’s also pretty hilarious. I loved her humor! Gordon was a really relatable character for me. I really sympathized with him. I admired his desire to always tell the truth and to be a better person. I loved his character!

I really liked the side characters too. Sarah Ruth, Jimmy, Leland… all great side characters!

The historical side of the story was really interesting. I’ve never really read a historical fiction based around this side of WW2 so I was intrigued.

The story had just the right amount of suspense, mystery, and action to keep me turning pages. This book is more friendship focused than romance. I actually found that refreshing! It worked really well for this story. It allowed the story to focus on Dorie and Gordon trying to solve the mystery around Jack’s accident.

The faith is subtle is this book but still present and well done.

There were times I was laughing and times I teared up. There’s a lot of truth in this story. The themes of forgiveness and letting go really struck a chord with me.

I really enjoyed this story! If you like WW2 stories with a mystery involved, this would definitely be a great one to check out!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you have a wonderful day!

❤️Emma

A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano Book Review

I’m here with a book review for one of favorite authors newest novel. This book was amazing. I’m so excited to be reviewing it!

Synopsis:

All theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most–and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater. Yet as she struggles to maintain her tenuous place in the ever-shrinking ballet company, win the attentions of principal dancer Philippe, and avoid company flirt Jack, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the dead ballerina.

Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own tragic end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the past?

Mystery and romance make the perfect dance partners in this evocative story from fan-favorite Joanna Davidson Politano

My Review:

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars

I have no words to express how beautiful this book is, or how much I loved it. It left me breathless, and all I can do is think about it. It was so very vivid! From the characters to the story, I was completely swept away in the 1838 theater. It was as if the moment I met these characters, I was captivated by every word.

These characters didn’t just exist for me. They lived. I grew so attached to them and their unique stories.

I loved Ella. She was wholly inspiring. She was so real, so raw, so relatable. Her insecurities, her past mistakes, her struggles with perfectionism. All of it was so very relatable for me. I loved her and her story. And her faith and relationship with God was so, so inspiring. When she decided to dance for God, I was so inspired to use my gifts for Him too. I cried.

The hero was amazing. Amazing. I fell in love with his character before I knew it happened. He has become my favorite hero of Joanna’s books, and that’s saying a lot. I can’t say much for spoilers, but I was quite in love.

The romance was beautiful and everything I ever want in a book’s love story. It entirely satisfied my romantic-loving heart. It was perfect. So, so perfect. I loved these two characters with all my heart.

The faith was beautiful. It was woven so beautifully into the story. I was left so inspired. So hopeful.

The writing. Oh, how can I describe how much I love the writing? It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s lyrical and poetic while also being so very real. There’s such a distinction, tone, and grace in Joanna’s writing. I love it.

I laughed, I cried, I felt.

There were so many great plot twists. The mystery was so very compelling.

I was so reluctant to put this book down that I didn’t. I couldn’t get my head out of this book. Literally. I finished it within hours. I’m so glad I read it on a lazy Sunday otherwise my mind would not have been at peace.

The historical details were so intriguing. The setting was wonderfully neat. The 1838 theater and ballet was so interesting. I loved it!

The ending was the BEST. It was beyond perfect. I can’t say how very happy it made me. I felt like crying just by the sheer beauty of it.

I love reading Joanna’s books. I discovered her books last year, and I’m forever grateful that I did. I knew then that she would be one of my TOP favorite authors, and every book she publishes proves that.

I come back to her books because they aren’t merely entertainment for me. I come to her books because they change me. They inspire me, encouraging me to be better and grow in my relationship with God. And that’s invaluable. Something a lot of books can’t do. Not only am I swept away by the story, I’m inspired to live my life for my Savior.

A Midnight Dance was everything I hoped it would be but so, so much more. It was beautiful and I loved it. It made it straight to my list of favorite books. It’s one of those books I know I will reread over and over again. The story is timeless. It definitely made it to my favorite books lists.

I’m beyond excited for her future books.

If you’re a lover of historical fiction— read this book. Even if you aren’t, this book is amazing and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the least.

*I received this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano Book Review

Today I’m going to be reviewing Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano. This was another of her books that was 5 star read for me (all of her books have been 5 stars for me!) I read it back in February and loved it!

Synopsis:

Raina’s dreams are all about to come true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London’s East End when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley, offering her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady.

My Review

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars

This book was simply beautiful. It was everything I anticipated, and so very much more. I loved it wholeheartedly! I really have no words. But I’m going to try to sort through a few of my thoughts!

The characters were incredible. From the very beginning, I loved the two main characters. They intrigued me and I wanted to know more about them.
Raina was an incredible protagonist. I related to her so much in different ways. Through her insecurities and searching for her true identity, she realizes that her identity can only be found in God, and no one can take that away from her. That really spoke to me.
She was just amazing. She’s was human and made mistakes but she ultimately finds her strength in God in the end.
Sully was an AMAZING hero. Goodness gracious, Ms. Politano knows how to write a compelling male lead. I loved him so much! He just melted my heart. His loyalty, his love, his unselfishness. Ah, I loved him. He was the kind of hero that makes you feel ALL the feels.
I found the side characters extremely intriguing and their stories so compelling. The earl, Simone, Lyn, Philip, even nasty Prendergast (his name is even interesting!) I found them all interesting and intriguing. I couldn’t help but feel for the earl, wanting to know the rest of his story and hoping he got his happy ending too. But alas! I guess I’ll never know.

I love the atmosphere and vibe of this book. It’s so intriguing and mysterious. That being said, the mystery in this book really gripped me, begging for answers.

I also really loved that it’s told in first person. It made me feel so much more connected to Raina and her story. I was able to get into her head. It felt as if she was telling me her story. I love that! I also liked that there isn’t a lot of POVs. I don’t often like when a book overwhelms me with more than two or three POVs. So this was perfect, alternating between mostly Raina and occasionally Sully.

I can’t explain how much I LOVED how Sully and Raina sent each other coded messages through books. I loved, loved, loved it! It was so clever and beautiful, I was fangirling to no end. Ahh, it was so perfect.

Speaking of which, the romance was perfection. I adored it. It was amazing. *sighs dramatically*
I love Raina and Sully as separate individuals but together? They’re perfect. I love their story so, so much. I’m a sucker for childhood best friends falling in love and this was definitely no exception. It was beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
Also, the proposal was just about enough to melt my heart. It was beautiful and swoon worthy on so many levels. 😍 It was so perfect. (Did I already mention how amazing Sully is?) insert all the heart eyes

The writing is just so beautiful! I’m not kidding when I say I highlighted half the book on my kindle. It has a touch of classic-ness to it, reminding me a bit of a Brontë novel while also being entirely unique as this author’s own style.
There’s just a million little things I loved about this novel. It’s truly one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and it goes straight to my favorites list just like The Love Note did.
Ms. Politano’s writing has a way of gripping me and speaking to my soul in such a special way. The messages she weaves into her books always seemed to be something I need to hear and be reminded of.
I was brought to tears, I smiled, I laughed, I was touched. Moments when my heart was racing and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It made me happy, inspired me, filled me with hope. It delivered a mystery I couldn’t put down, characters I fell in love with, a story that was amazing, and a message that touched me.
Needless to say, I loved this immensely.❤️

Conclusion

This book went on my favorites list as all of Joanna’s books have. It had everything I want in a good book.

If you love historical mysteries or just mysteries in general, this one was wonderful! Also if you like historical England setting or/and the secret identity trope, I think you would love it too.

I hope you have a blessed day!

❤️ Emma

With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander Book Review

This book was amazing. I loved it so much! It kept my interest all the way through… all 417 pages! That’s saying a lot. This book was something my special. 

It gave me all of the emotions. It’s a very emotional read. I teared up/ cried multiple times. I also smiled and laughed. In my opinion, that’s the power of a good book. 

I really, really loved the characters. Lizzie was amazing! She was kind and strong. She did what she felt was right, even when she knew there would be hard consequences. Her kindness and strength made her such a remarkable, inspiring character. 
I also really liked Roland. He’s flawed but we all are. I feel like he grew a lot. 
And I love so many of side characters! Oh goodness. I just loved Tempy to death! She was a dear. 

MINOR SPOILER– 
Oh, and James😭 Ah, I loved that boy so much! *all the tears*
I loved little Levi so much. My heart broke so many times in this book but especially during the parts with him. The letters and lists he made really brought on the tears. Ah, the dear, sweet boy!❤️
And I LOVED Towny! Ugh, I was so torn. I’m not sure why I cared about him so much but oh, I did. I was a mess. Really, even the few times he was in the book, he stole my heart completely… which was unexpected. I usually don’t like the “other guy” in stories but I really loved him. Ah, Towny!❤️

END OF SPOLIER

The love story was just beautiful. I loved, loved it! Lizzie and Roland’s story… *sigh*
And the fact that it was real makes it that much better!! Makes me happy.❤️

The historical details and writing was SO good! I feel like I learned so much about the ending of the Civil War as well as the Battle of Franklin. It was very sad but also very interesting. Tamera Alexander is an amazing writer! She weaves real history so beautifully into her novels. There’s so many historical facts in here, and I loved it!

The fact that this was 417 pages and I never felt like it was dragging is saying a LOT! I enjoyed every page and chapter of it. 

Books set in the south are my favorite #southerngirl, and Tamera Alexander does such a good job writing them.

I loved the characters, the love story, the history, the emotion… all of it! It was outstanding. 

I give it all the stars!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my review of this beautiful book! I hope you have a great day.

❤️Emma

My Top Favorite Christian Historical Fiction Authors

Hey, guys! Today I thought I would do a post for a few of my top favorite historical fiction authors.

These are authors that I’ve read more than two of their books. I don’t really know if an author is my favorite until I’ve read quite a few of their books. These are authors where I’ve loved either all of their books or most of them.

So without further ado, let me talk about these amazing authors!

Rachel Fordham

Last year I discovered Rachel Fordham’s books… and I fell in love with them! Every story she has written is wholesome, clean, and beautiful. I walk away feeling satisfied and whole. The faith in her books is wonderful and refreshing. I can’t recommend her books enough because I have loved every one of them. I’m looking so forward to reading the books she publishes in the future!

Joanna Davidson Politano

I read The Love Note last year on a whim. I had no idea how much I would love it! I had no idea how I would love every single book Joanna has written. Each one of them is an intriguing mystery with faith weaves into it so beautifully. Her writing is absolutely beautiful! The story and characters always grips me. If you’re interested in historical mysteries set in 1800s England, I’m pretty sure you will love these!

Melanie Dickerson

I’ve been a fan of Melanie Dickerson’s ever since I first read The Golden Braid in 2018. It was one of the first YA books I’d ventured to read. I was hesitant, not sure what the content would be like. I was so pleasantly surprised by how clean it was! She writes fairytale retellings set in Medieval times. I absolutely love the Hagenheim series and recommend it to all teens looking for clean books to read.

Jen Turano

So far I’ve only read two of Jen Turano’s books but I enjoyed them both a lot! I first discovered her through Lindsey from BooksforChristianGirls blog. Jen writes amusing historical fiction, mostly set in England. They’re fun, light reads! I’m so excited to read more of her books in the future.

Janette Oke

Janette Oke writes such wholesome prairie stories which is right up my alley! They remind me of Little House on the Prairie and you guys know I love LHOP! So if you’re looking for sweet, clean stories— she’s a wonderful author for that!

And that concludes my favorite historical fiction authors! I’m sure I will discover new favorites in the future since I have so many on my TBR. I’m eager to discover even more amazing authors so I can share them with you guys! ☺️

I plan to do a post featuring my favorite historical fiction books in the future.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you decide to try one of these authors and love them as much as I do. 😊

❤️Emma

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano Book Review

I read this book a few weeks ago— and oh my goodness! It was so good! I figured since I loved it so much, I had to share my review for it on my blog. 😉

Synopsis:

When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death.

My Review:

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- 5/5 stars

This book was AMAZING! So, so good. Honestly, I have no words. What it is about JDP books that leave me speechless? I have now read every book she has published and I can definitely say she is one of my TOP favorite authors of all time.

The writing is breathtakingly beautiful. So poetic and classic. So many quotes I just wanted to muse over. Lines that hit deep. I LOVE her writing so, so much!
Also, I absolutely love that she uses first person! It helps me connect so deeply with the character.

The characters were amazing. Aura was such a great MC. I quickly loved her and identified with her so, so much. I think all writers will be able to.
I love how she always tries to see the good in others, and help them however she can.
Silas was definitely an interesting character. I really grew to love him!
And the side characters! Each so interesting and unique. I usually don’t care much about the background characters in books but each had a purpose in this book.

The romance was very well written,and clean! I love how the focus of this book isn’t solely on the romance but on other things such as the themes running throughout, and the mystery.

Ahh, so many plot twists and turns, and mystery and suspense, and I LOVED it!! It was wonderful. I was intrigued and couldn’t put the book down. My mind was racing, trying to figure out everything but i couldn’t. I was surprised so many times.

The setting was very vivid and I really enjoyed it.

The ending. sighs Soo good.

The faith was soo beautifully woven into this story. I love how Aura prays for specific people in her life, and the time she spends with God, going to Him when she is lonely and overwhelmed. It was truly inspiring.
I could take away a lot from the messages. It’s okay not to fit in. It’s okay to be yourself.
I really loved the verse and C.S. Lewis quote at the end. Really wrapped up this beautiful work of art!

The content was clean, something I appreciate so much!

Honestly, I can’t give adequate words for this book but I’ll just say, it was so good. I loved it.

Thanks for reading my review! It’s my goal to review all of Joanna’s books because I have loved them all. I can’t wait until her next release!

I hope you’re having a good day! Happy Hump Day, friends. 😊

❤️Emma

Castle of Refuge by Melanie Dickerson Book Review

Hey, friends! Today I’m reviewing Melanie Dickerson’s upcoming release for next month, Castle of Refuge. It’s the second book in her series, The Dericott Tales.

Synopsis:

To live an unforgettable life, she would defy all expectations—including her own.

Ever since she was a child, Audrey wanted her life to be extraordinary. But as the daughter of a viscount born in late fourteenth-century England, the only thing expected of her was to marry—until an act of malice by her sister, Maris, four years ago damaged her prospects even further. Though Maris was sent away, twenty-year-old Audrey is still suffering the scars of her sister’s cruelty. So when her father announces his plans to marry off his damaged daughter and bring Maris back home, Audrey decides to flee in search of her true destiny.

However, life outside her home is dangerous, and she soon finds herself attacked, sick, and in dire straits. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier and bears scars of his own.

Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, each must make a life-changing decision about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting.

My Review:

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Castle of Refuge was quite exciting. It did take me a little while to get into it but once the action began, it was hard to put down.

It’s a story of two scarred people finding each other and loving each other, scars and all. I find that particular storyline so beautiful!

I immediately felt so much sympathy for Audrey. I can’t imagine being so mistreated by someone who is suppose to be your role model and best friend. Throughout the book we see Audrey deal with the insecurities and scars her sister has caused her. She was such a sweet girl and I wanted only a happy ending for her!

I also felt sympathy for Edwin. We saw him lose his arm in the first book and in this book we watch him deal with the affects of only having one arm. While I felt for him, I also admired him.

Watching these two come together was very sweet. I loved that it was slow-burn and clean.

I really enjoy the faith content included. And again, I appreciate the cleanness of the romance!

There were some pretty intense scenes and suspense towards the end that kept me flipping pages. Overall, I liked this second book in the series! While I’m not loving it as much as I did the Hagenheim series (insert heart eyes!), it’s still good.

If you’re a fan of YA historical love stories, I think you would enjoy this!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham Book Review

I’m so excited to be reviewing A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham, a historical fiction novel that comes out June 1!

Synopsis:

Five years in a New York state reformatory have left a blemish on Hazel’s real name. So when she takes a job as Doctor Gilbert Watts’s lady in attendance in 1898, she does so under an alias. In the presence of her quiet and pious employer, Hazel finds more than an income. She finds a friend and a hope that if she can set her tarnished past in order, she might have a future after all.

As Gilbert becomes accustomed to the pleasant chatter of his new dental assistant, he can’t help but sense something secretive about her. Perhaps there is more to this woman than meets the eye. Can the questions that loom between them ever be answered? Or will the deeds of days gone by forever rob the future of its possibilities?

My Review

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ve been anticipating this book ever since I first saw it coming out. I’ve loved every book Rachel Fordham has written and this one was no different!

First of all, I found it so interesting how unique Hazel’s profession is for historical fiction! I was definitely intrigued when I found out she was a dental assistant (called a lady in attendance at that time.) I’ve contemplated this profession, so reading about what that was like in the late 1800s was so neat!

I loved Hazel and her story. It was inspiring and gripped me. I wanted to know all of it. I felt for her in so many ways and was rooting for her the whole time. Her past was written so well. I was so intrigued by it, and I felt so much emotion behind it. I really love how her past unfolded throughout the novel instead of having an info-dump at the beginning. It left me wanting to read and more to find out what had happened.

Gilbert was an amazing male lead. I’m sure I sighed several times throughout because he was so romantic! Yes, Rachel Fordham successfully made a 1800s dentist romantic. ☺️ I just loved him! He was awkward and shy and adorable! (I feel weird calling him adorable but he really was… in a manly way.)😉 As an introvert, I felt for the poor guy! I loved and admired his loyalty to Hazel. He was just really sweet!

I also love the secondary characters, especially Ina. Her and Duncan made my heart so happy! I even liked Eddie in the end.

The love story was beautiful! It was just the way I like it. It was slow-burn, and wasn’t based merely on looks/ physical attraction. I find so many romance novels focus on the character’s looks and outward appearance when their character and heart is what really matters. Rachel Fordham does a beautiful job at writing a romance with depth. It made me smile and sigh. It made my heart happy!

This was more than a romance novel though. There was mystery and suspense that made the book hard to put down. There were themes of forgiveness, both forgiveness towards others and yourself. Themes of moving on from your past and finding peace. The faith woven in is beautiful. Simple and yet profound.

I loved the humor. I laughed and smiled so much! The banter was so good.☺️

Also, I just have to point this out because I’m such an Anne of Green Gables fan that even a mention of the name Gilbert brings Gilbert Blythe to mind… but Gilbert and Hazel reminded me slightly of my favorite fictional couple ever, Gilbert and Anne. I think it’s Hazel’s “red” hair that did that.😉

I loved this novel! It had a good love story, wonderful characters, and the right amount of suspense. I couldn’t be more excited for her next release. Her books never fail to inspire me! I recommend to anyone looking for a good historical fiction.

A Lady in Attendance releases June 1 and is available for preorder now!

*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC. All opinions are my own.

The Court of Swans by Melanie Dickerson Book Review

The Court of Swans is the first book in Melanie Dickerson’s new fairytale retellings series, The Dericott Tales. I am SO excited, you guys! I had the honor of reading an ARC of this book and here I am with my review.💛

Synopsis

Where there is wealth and power, there’s always someone willing to do anything to take it.

England, 1381: Delia’s idyllic life as daughter of an earl is shattered when her father dies and his wife accuses Delia’s seven brothers of treason and murder. The youngest is only ten years old, but this doesn’t stop the guards from hauling them off to the Tower of London. There they await a grim fate, as child-king Richard II is executing anyone who poses a threat to his throne. Delia is their only hope for pardon and freedom.

Sir Geoffrey did not expect his first assignment as captain of the guard to be the arrest of boys so young. He dutifully imprisons the brothers, but he can’t ignore the sense, rooted in personal experience, that injustice and treachery are at work.

Determined to rescue her brothers, Delia secures a position as a seamstress for the queen. Her quest is all but impossible as the executions continue. Sir Geoffrey offers to be her ally, but should she trust him in a court where everyone has an agenda?

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a tender retelling of “The Wild Swans,” where the virtues of loyalty and love face a harrowing showdown with power and fear.

My Review

I LOVE Melanie Dickerson’s books so much and since it has been a while since I last read one, my thoughts while reading this one was “It feels so good to be back into a Melanie Dickerson book!” Her Hagenheim series was AMAZING so when I found out she was coming out with a new series… let’s just say I was extremely happy about it. ☺️

I knew nothing about the fairytale this book is based on, “The Wild Swans”, so I went into this story not knowing what to expect… except for the expectation of liking it because it’s Melanie Dickerson. And I’m so happy to say, I did!

The story gets to the action at the very beginning which I really liked. I don’t always like waiting around for the plot to get going. I like the big plot point happening right away… and this one did that! I was drawn in only a few pages in and I had a hard time putting it down after that… which is my normal when reading one of Melanie’s books. 😉

There were a lot of characters in here as you can imagine since there are seven brothers. I’ll start off by saying, I loved the brothers and I cannot wait to get their stories! I get excited just thinking about it!! Since this story is about Delia, their sister, there wasn’t a whole lot of characterization given to them yet. So, that makes me even more excited to get to know them in the coming books!

Delia was a great main character. She was seriously determined and didn’t give up. Her love for her brothers and their love for her was so sweet. I loved it!

Geoffrey was a pretty great character too. He’s conflicted by what his duty as a knight of the king is and what he is knows in his heart is right. His desire to do right and do as God would have him do was really admirable and that’s what made him a great hero.

Besides our main characters, the bad guys were definitely easy to dislike. I was so cautious of everyone Delia came in contact with that I was giving her serious talks in my head not to trust anyone. 😂

The plot was fast-paced and kept my interest the entire time. Since everything seemed impossibly doomed, I had no idea how things were ever going to make it out alive. Needless to say, the suspense in here was great and kept me turning the pages.

The faith content in here was something I loved a lot. I love how Delia and Geoffrey pray through things and put their trust in God, even when they can’t understand why things are happening as they are. I just really love how Melanie weaves faith into her stories, into her character’s lives. It’s inspiring and makes the books that much better!

The romance was completely sweet and clean, nothing but a kiss. I appreciate that so much!

In the end, I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of suspense, a sweet romance, and a plenty of action. I’m beyond excited for the rest of this series, especially Edwin’s story in the next book.

This book comes out January 5, 2021! It’s right around the corner, you guys. 2021!!! That’s crazy to me.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Conclusion

After reading this, I now want to go back and reread the entire Hagenheim series. *sigh* I had such an amazing time discovering and reading those books. Funny thing is, I haven’t mentioned them that much on my blog! I find that crazy because I love that series so much. I like to review books right after reading them though… and it’s been a little while since I’ve read them. Maybe that should be my excuse to reread them. 😏

Anyways, I hope you have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend. 😊

~Emma

The Wrong Train to Paris by Jennifer Moore Book Review

The Wrong Train to Paris by Jennifer Moore is a historical fiction set in France during 1900. Today I have a review for this lovely book that I recently finished!

Synopsis

At nineteen years of age, Julia Weston fancies herself a capable woman, far too old to require a traveling companion. But at the insistence of her overprotective father, Julia finds herself aboard the Orient Express in the care of an approved escort. In an ill-advised demonstration of independence, Julia leaves the train on a quick errand and then re-boards and sleeps away her exhaustion. Upon awakening, however, she realizes her plan went terribly awry: she boarded the wrong train and is now stranded alone in the French countryside of Provence.

Now she must rely on the help of Luc Paquet, a young French farmer who offers her accommodations with his aunt while Julia awaits the next train to Paris in five days’ time. As she settles into the rhythms of the household alongside Luc and his aunt, Julia learns more than she ever dreamed she would about France, farm life, and her handsome rescuer. There is more to Luc than meets the eye, and their chemistry is undeniable. But Julia and Luc are from different worlds, and all too soon, the train will bear Julia back to a life that suddenly feels incomplete.

My Review

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This was a sweet, simple story that I enjoyed a lot! It was easy and quick to read. Humorous at times and more thoughtful at others. I was able to finish it in less than three hours.

The characters were likable and fun. I liked Julia with her vivacious spirit and kind heart. Luc was an interesting character that I found myself wanting to learn more about. Gabi was just an all-around likable characters that made me smile. They were simple characters but each had their own personality and I enjoyed reading about them!

I found the simplicity of the plot refreshing. It didn’t take a lot of concentration and focus but rather it was just an easy book to pick up and enjoy. Sometimes, that’s exactly what I need.

The content was clean, so of course I appreciated that a whole lot! This isn’t a Christian historical but the romance was clean and there was no profanity.

Conclusion

This book was an easy, quick read. I think if you enjoy historical fiction and historical romance, you would enjoy this one! Also, I think the cover is just so pretty!😍

*Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.😊

~Emma