Posts Categorized: Book Feature

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 »

Book Beat – Every Tear a Memory by Myra Johnson

Joanna Trapp lives for adventure. During World War I she served as a “Hello Girl” switchboard operator in France. When a telegram arrives after the war announcing the death of Joanna’s mother, she reluctantly goes home to Hot Springs, Arkansas to care for her troubled teenage sister, Lily. However, quiet home life makes her restless…. Read more »

Book Beat – Promise to Cherish by Elizabeth Byler Younts

One of the most interesting aspects of World War II for me is how the war thrust people together from different walks of life. Cultures collide in Promise to Cherish by Elizabeth Byler Younts. Eli Brenneman is Amish. As a conscientious objector, he’s assigned to work as an aide in a mental hospital where he… Read more »

Book Beat – Watercolor Dreams by Sherry Kyle & Giveaway!

What do you do when everything – and everyone – seems to get in the way of your dream? In 1910, in the beautiful beach town of Carmel, California, artists congregate. Anna Lewis works as a nanny to two mischievous boys, but only until she can start selling her watercolor paintings. While Anna is painting… Read more »

Book Beat – Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

Country gentleman Drew Farthering wants to hang up his amateur detective hat to concentrate on his upcoming wedding to Madeline Parker. When his old flame, Fleur Landis, begs him to solve the mysterious death of an actor in her former troupe, Drew sees dual threats and refuses. As more members of the troupe are killed,… Read more »

Truth, Lies, and the Single Woman by Allison K. Flexer – Mother/Daughter Perspectives!

When Allison Flexer asked if I would be interested in reviewing her new book, Truth, Lies, and the Single Woman, I started to decline. After all, I just celebrated twenty-five years of marriage. However, I have an almost-nineteen-year-old daughter, Anna. What if we shared our perspectives, as mother and daughter? Truth, Lies, and the Single… Read more »