Posts Categorized: Book Feature

Book Beat – Spy of Richmond

What’s a Southern girl to do when she harbors abolitionist views? In Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green, Sophie Kent, daughter of a slave-holding Confederate officer, lives in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War. Moved by the plight of Union soldiers imprisoned in Richmond’s Libby Prison, Sophie and her slave, Daphne, bring food to the… Read more »

Book Beat – Remember the Lilies

When the Japanese conquered the Philippines in 1942, hundreds of Allied civilians were herded into civilian prison camps. Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma is set in the Santo Tomas internment camp in Manila, where people scraped by to survive. Irene Reynolds was raised by missionaries in the Philippines, and is interned with her beloved… Read more »

Book Beat – At Home in Last Chance

One thing I love in book series is watching characters I dislike come to redemption. And one thing I adore is authors who can make you love the unlikable character. Cathleen Armstrong does just that in At Home in Last Chance. In Welcome to Last Chance and One More Last Chance, we met selfish Steven… Read more »

Book Beat – Rush of Heaven

I don’t read much non-fiction, other than research books, and I wouldn’t have picked up Rush of Heaven except that my dear friend Cheryl Ricker is the co-author. And I’m so glad I did. In 1993, Ema McKinley suffered a horrible workplace accident. Over the next eighteen years a condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy stole… Read more »

Book Beat – A Most Inconvenient Marriage

Not welcome in her own home, nurse Abigail Stuart has nowhere to go when the Civil War ends. Dying patient Jeremiah Calhoun offers her a solution – marry him and she’ll have a home, and he’ll have peace of mind knowing Abigail can care for his invalid sister. Abigail agrees, and after Jeremiah passes away,… Read more »

Book Beat – Emissary by Thomas Locke

Today I have a special guest blogger – my 16-year-old son, Matthew! As a great lover of the fantasy genre, Matthew seemed like the ideal reader for Thomas Locke’s new novel, Emissary. And he is. He gobbled it up in a day. And now I turn the blog over to Matthew… Emissary, a Fantasy/Adventure, coming-of-age… Read more »

Book Beat – Grand Central

In a train station during World War II, a bystander could witness hundreds of small dramas unfold. Grand Central is a collection of short stories, all taking place at New York City’s Grand Central Station on the same day in November 1945, right after the end of World War II. Grand Central features ten bestselling… Read more »

Book Beat – The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

In 1942 Vienna, talented violinist Adele von Bron is known as Austria’s Sweetheart. The privileged daughter of a high-ranking Nazi officer, Adele is shielded from the difficulties and atrocities occurring in her nation. But when Adele falls in love with cellist Vladimir Nikolai, who is secretly helping Jews escape the country, Adele’s world is upended…. Read more »

Book Beat – For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

2014 has been an excellent year for Christian fiction set during World War II. For Such a Time by Kate Breslin sets the biblical story of Esther in Nazi Germany. Stella Muller is Jewish but looks Aryan. Drawn by Stella’s beauty, SS Kommandant Aric von Schmidt rescues Stella from a firing squad and spirits her… Read more »

Book Beat – Lightbearer by Marcy Weydemuller

For many years, I’ve been hoping to feature this book on my blog. Marcy Weydemuller was one of the first people I met on my writing journey, and she has become a dear friend, critique partner, and brainstorming buddy. Her knowledge of story and her lyrical writing have always impressed and inspired me. About a… Read more »