Posts Categorized: Book Feature

Book Beat – Where Wildflowers Bloom

Have you ever wanted to run away from your pain and find a new life? In Where Wildflowers Bloom by Ann Shorey, that’s exactly what Faith Lindberg wants. The Civil War has taken a high toll. Faith has lost her father and brother, and Royal Baxter, the man she gave her heart to, has failed… Read more »

Book Beat – A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island

Although I’ve never been there, Michigan’s Mackinac Island has always fascinated me as an automobile-free oasis. Cara Putman’s A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island takes you to this vacation spot for romance and mystery. For lawyer Alanna Stone, Mackinac is not a relaxing destination, but a painful reminder of the past that she’s avoided for… Read more »

Book Beat – Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Readers often ask for recommendations of other novels set during World War II, and I love to refer them to Kristina McMorris’s books. Her first novel, Letters from Home, grabbed me, and her second novel, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, is even better. Before I’d read her work, Kristina and I had started exchanging research resources,… Read more »

Book Club Beat – Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

Welcome to Book Club Beat, where book clubs share about their discussions. Book club name and location: Bibliovores, northern California Title and Author: Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner What it’s about: While Jane Lindsay waits for her husband to decide if they’ll stay married, she finds a 16th-century betrothal ring. Certain that it belonged… Read more »

Book Beat – The Discovery by Dan Walsh

In June of 1942, U-boats landed eight German saboteurs on US soil, at Long Island, New York and at Jacksonville, Florida. They were all captured within two weeks before any of their planned sabotage missions had been attempted, and six of the men were executed for espionage. In The Discovery, Dan Walsh takes this fascinating… Read more »

Book Beat – By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer

Be still my heart! A shipboard romance, a prodigal son, Tricia Goyer’s rich historical research, and all the Titanic’s lushness and impending doom—By the Light of the Silvery Moon is everything a historical romance novel should be. Amelia Gladstone is thrilled to board the Titanic, knowing her beloved cousin and a respectable suitor await her… Read more »

Book Beat – Against the Wind by Bodie and Brock Thoene

Living in England in the summer of 1940 was frightful, especially for parents. As the Blitz intensified, the German Luftwaffe raided London and other large cities, killing thousands. Parents longed for safety for their little ones. Britain established the Children’s Overseas Reception Board to evacuate British children to safety in Canada. However, on September 17, 1940, U-boats… Read more »

Favorite Books of 2011

Nothing says New Year’s like a list! Here are my favorite fiction reads from 2011 in alphabetical order. It’s hard enough to pick only ten, much less rank them. Sadly, many lovely novels taunt me from my to-be-read pile. Broken Wings by Carla Stewart: Beautifully written with great voice, Broken Wings tells the story of… Read more »

A Log Cabin Christmas – and a Book Signing

Christmas novella collections can be lots of fun—a sampling of several authors and styles—and A Log Cabin Christmas offers a tasty sampling. This New York Times bestselling collection contains nine novellas in an attractively bound package, complete with book flaps and ragged-edged pages. The stories are set in various locations in the 1800s, offering plenty… Read more »

Book Beat – A Lancaster County Christmas

A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a holiday story with depth. When a Christmas storm strands C.J. and Jaime Fitzpatrick at the Amish home of Sol and Mattie Riehl, neither couple imagines how the unlikely new friendships will change their lives. Mattie Riehl is struggling with secondary infertility, especially painful in the Amish… Read more »