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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 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 – 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 »

Book Beat – Remembering You by Tricia Goyer

I’ve always enjoyed Tricia Goyer’s novels for her moving stories and comprehensive World War II historical research, so I jumped at the chance to read her newest novel, Remembering You. Ava Andrews’s career as a TV morning show producer is in trouble. When she’s asked to accompany her Grandpa Jack on a European tour of… Read more »

Book Beat – A Quaker Christmas

Do you love Christmas but find the stress of the season overwhelming? I sure do. Christmas novella collections offer a sweet remedy – short, uplifting stories to refresh your love of the holiday but without demanding too much time. A Quaker Christmas offers four such stories, each following a nineteenth-century Quaker woman. In A Crossroad… Read more »

Book Beat – Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh

It’s 1980, and yuppie Rick Denton has everything going for him. Job, cash, car, condo, and women. The only thing he can complain about is gas prices – a dollar a gallon? What is the world coming to? But then his obnoxious stepfather collapses from an aneurysm, and his mother begs for Rick’s help to keep their… Read more »

Book Beat – Don’t Leave Your Brains at the Door

It’s tough being a teenager – drama, tests, making major life decisions, hormones, parental pressure, boys/girls, and more drama. In addition, teens get conflicting messages about God, Christianity, and life. Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler’s bestselling Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door has been updated for a new generation and addresses questions teens may have about… Read more »