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Book Beat – Faith Deployed…Again

The September 11 attacks altered life in America. For most of us, this meant little more than increased patriotism and longer lines at the airport, but military families experienced deep and lasting changes. Troop deployments have become more frequent, longer, and far more dangerous. Sadly, military wives are often forgotten. During deployments, these women function… Read more »

Book Beat – The Dawn of a Dream

Betrayed, humiliated, and abandoned, Luellen O’Connell reaches for all she has left – a forgotten dream. In The Dawn of a Dream, Ann Shorey takes the familiar story of a young frontier woman who wants to become a teacher and gives it a twist. Several twists actually. As Luellen fights to earn her teaching certificate from… Read more »

Book Beat – The Preacher’s Bride

Don’t let the bonnet on the cover fool you. The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund is not an Amish book. Rather it reflects a growing and refreshing trend in Christian historical fiction to explore different eras. The Preacher’s Bride is set in 1659 England, when Cromwell’s Puritans were in power, and it is loosely based on the life… Read more »

Book Beat – While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin

This has been a good year for those who love fiction set during World War II. Lynn Austin, one of the premier writers of Christian historical fiction turns to the American Home Front in While We’re Far Apart. Twelve-year old Esther Shaffer is furious with her father for enlisting in the Army soon after the… Read more »

Book Club Beat – When Crickets Cry

Welcome to Book Club Beat, where book clubs share about their discussions. Book club name and/or location: Bibliovores, northern California Title and Author: When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin What it’s about: From the back cover… “It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business… Read more »

Book Beat – To Win Her Heart

I’ve found a new author to add to my must-read list. Karen Witemeyer’s novels brim over with romance, humor, and well-developed characters, and I chewed through all three in a very short time. To Win Her Heart has a similar setting (Texas in the late 1800s) as the first two novels, A Tailor-Made Bride and… Read more »

Book Beat – A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad

What a privilege to get to read this novel in advance for endorsement. This is what I said about A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad…”A grand slam! In a story as refreshing and invigorating as lemonade, Seilstad raises deep questions about a woman’s relationship with God, her dreams, and the people in her life – while… Read more »

Book Beat – Delivered with Love

Several years ago at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, I met Sherry Kyle. She and I both hoped to be published, and have since navigated the world of being contracted and then debut authors together. This fall her debut book, The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style came out (see my review here: Christian Girl’s Guide… Read more »

Book Beat – The Deepest Waters

Doesn’t the cover of this book grab you? If the cover doesn’t, the story will. In The Deepest Waters, Dan Walsh spins a compelling story inspired by a real-life incident. In 1857, John and Laura Foster are heading to New York on the modern steamship, the SS Vandervere. After a hurricane strikes, the women and… Read more »

Book Beat – Letters from Home

Readers often tell me they’d like to see more fiction set during World War II, so I like to highlight novels featuring this dramatic period in history. I e-met Kristina McMorris through a mutual writing friend, and we’ve enjoyed sharing research tidbits. I was thrilled at the chance to read her debut novel, Letters from… Read more »