Posts Categorized: Book Feature

A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado by Keli Gwyn

Have you ever had a dream and people constantly told you that you couldn’t do it? And when you tried, circumstances got in your way? In A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California by Keli Gwyn, that’s what happens to Elenora Watkins. All her life she wanted to take over her father’s mercantile, but… Read more »

Book Beat – Joy Takes Flight by Bonnie Leon

If you’ve enjoyed the adventures of high-flying Depression-era pilot Kate Evans in Bonnie Leon’s Touching the Clouds and Wings of Promise, you’ll love Joy Takes Flight, the conclusion to the Alaskan Skies series. Joy Takes Flight starts with the long-awaited wedding of Kate Evans and physician Paul Anderson. Married life offers them more exciting Alaskan adventures,… Read more »

Giveaway Winner – Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang by April Gardner

On Monday I featured April Gardner’s delightful World War II novel for upper-elementary children, Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang. I used a random number generator to choose a winner from those who commented, including on Goodreads. The winner is Noelle the Dreamer! Thank you for leaving your email address, Noelle. I’ll contact you so I… Read more »

Giveaway Winner – Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my feature of Jocelyn Green’s fabulous Wedded to War. My random number generator picked…Rachel Pudelek! Rachel, I have your new address already. I’ll send that to Jocelyn, so she can mail you the signed copy. Congratulations!

Book Beat – Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang by April Gardner

The story of the Channel Islands in World War II has always fascinated me – the only British soil conquered by the Nazis, so I was thrilled when April Gardner asked me to read her children’s novel, Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang. Nine-year-old Lizzie Browning loves playing on the beach with her cousin James and brother Andre…. Read more »

Book Beat – Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green

While researching the history of nursing for my own novels, I was stunned by what I read about nursing in the Civil War. Rather than the romanticized view prevalent in modern movies and novels about the era, nursing was considered a scandalous choice for a woman, and female nurses had to fight for the ability… Read more »

Book Beat – Proof by Jordyn Redwood

Health care professionals often wince at medical inaccuracies in novels, but I knew I wouldn’t have that problem with Jordyn Redwood’s debut novel, Proof. I became acquainted with Jordyn when she started Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping fiction writers get medical facts straight for their stories. Her seventeen years’ experience in critical care… Read more »

Book Beat – The Ride of Her Life by Lorna Seilstad

Lorna Seilstad won me over in Making Waves and A Great Catch with her combination of humor, hard-hitting questions, and a charming setting at a turn-of-the-century lakeside resort. The Ride of Her Life completes the Lake Manawa series in the same delightful manner. While still grieving her late husband, Lilly Hart works at a diner to support her… Read more »

Book Beat – Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot

What would you do if you lived in a land where no one could trust anyone? Where a single misspoken word could lead to death? Tracy Groot’s Flame of Resistance explores life in Nazi-occupied France shortly before the Allied D-Day invasion of 1944. American pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down over France, and the “Flame”  Resistance… Read more »

Book Beat – Stardust by Carla Stewart

An eclectic cast of characters, a setting as rich as any character, the fascinating historical backdrop of the polio epidemics in the early 1950s, and Carla Stewart’s lyrical writing make Stardust a winner of a novel. Georgia Peyton has just lost her husband – first to another woman, and then to death. When a distant… Read more »