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Book Beat – Here Burns My Candle

If you want to see historical fiction done right, read Liz Curtis Higgs. She won me over completely with her compelling Scottish series based on the biblical story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel (Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Whence Came a Prince, and Grace in Thine Eyes). I was thrilled to see… Read more »

Book Club Beat – Same Kind of Different as Me

Welcome to Book Club Beat, where book clubs share about their discussions. Book club name and/or location: Bibliovores, northern California. Title and Author: Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent. What it’s about: A true story. Denver Moore grew up in Louisiana in the 1960’s, working on a… Read more »

Book Beat – The Gathering Storm

Bodie and Brock Thoene have set the standard in historical fiction with their exquisite attention to history and engaging plots and characters, so I was thrilled to read their newest novel. The Gathering Storm is the first novel in the Zion Diaries series, but it stands alone. The Gathering Storm introduces the Bittick family, missionaries… Read more »

Book Club Beat – Lost Mission by Athol Dickson

Book club name and/or location: Bibliovores, northern California Title and Author: Lost Mission by Athol Dickson What it’s about: Buried beneath the poverty-stricken barrios and wealthy enclaves of Southern California, a Spanish mission is uncovered during a construction project—along with evidence of a crime. When four people begin work on unraveling the mystery, they each… Read more »

Book Club Beat – Hurricanes in Paradise by Denise Hildreth

Welcome to Book Club Beat, where book clubs share about their discussions. Today I have a special guest, Nora St. Laurent. In addition to running two “live” book clubs, Nora also coordinates the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) on-line book club, plus The Book Club Network, an on-line community for book club leaders, book club… Read more »

Book Club Beat – All Together in One Place by Jane Kirkpatrick

Welcome to Book Club Beat, where book clubs share about their discussions. Book club name and location: Bibliovores, northern California Book: All Together in One Place by Jane Kirkpatrick (WaterBrook Press, 2002) What it’s about: When Mazy Bacon and her husband head west on the Oregon Trail, Mazy finds her boundaries stretched in uncomfortable directions…. Read more »

Book Beat – Paradise Valley

The cover endorsement for Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer reads, “If you like Amish fiction, you’ll love this book!” I would amend this…”If you don’t read Amish fiction, you’ll still love this book!” I don’t read much Amish fiction (although I’ve enjoyed Suzanne Woods Fisher’s books), but I’ll read anything Dale Cramer writes. He hooked… Read more »

My Favorite Books of 2010

Nothing says New Year’s like a list! Here are my favorite fiction reads from 2010 in alphabetical order. It was hard enough to pick only ten, much less rank them. Sadly, some amazing books are still sitting in my “To-Be-Read” pile. Taunting me. These include Beneath a Southern Sky by Deborah Raney, The Gathering Storm… Read more »

Book Beat – A Door County Christmas

A Christmas book? A novella collection? Sounds like a recipe for syrup – but guess again. Having lived in cynical California all my life, my tolerance for syrup is on the low side. I picked up A Door County Christmas because I admire two of the authors, Rachael Phillips and Cynthia Ruchti, and I was… Read more »

Book Beat – Stars in the Night

Do you love fiction set during World War II? Love classic movies? Love a good mystery? If you like any of these, Stars in the Night by Cara Putman is a fun read. Rosemary Shaeffer came to Hollywood to find fame in the movies. She found death. Her sister, attorney Audra Shaeffer, comes to Hollywood… Read more »