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My Dearest Dietrich

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My Dearest Dietrich …he could not ignore the fact that, by order of the FΓΌhrer, millions of them were being systemically murdered, crammed into railcars like cattle shipped to the slaughterhouse. Women. Children. Souls.  (Chapter One) It literally only took seconds of reading the prologue to pull me in completely. Beautiful, profound writing with a commanding and tender opening. I’ve always been drawn to war stories, both fiction and non-fiction. WWII carries atrocities, hardship, defeat, heartbreak, and darkness. Yet within its folds I find traces of triumph, strength, endurance, love, and illumination. The combination, for me, marks such a matchless time in history that can, and should, leave us forever changed.  Which is what   My Dearest Dietrich  has done.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a pastor who is involved in a dark plot. Maria Von Wedemeyer is a young woman who falls in love with him. Their unique relationship is revealed through his Nazi-era letters, and is bol

Grand Finale $50 Giveaway - Hers to Protect

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for Hers to Protect By Catherine Lanigan We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch - Note from the Author I am thrilled to bring you the eleventh story in the Shores of Indian Lake series. For those of you who are following our community, you will remember that I introduced the Hawks family in FAMILY OF HIS OWN. Although, Isabelle Hawks, the artist, has been a character from the very first story, LOVE SHADOWS, our new story is about Isabelle’s younger sister, Violet. . . . I hope you like HERS TO PROTECT. Look for my November release, CHRISTMAS UNDER GLASS. The story of Joy Boston who returns to Indian Lake to bury her grandfather and sell the family greenhouses and finds her first love, Adam Masterson, is the one part of her past she can never leave. ―Catherine It's All About the Romance - Excerpt “Sh

The Brides of Big Valley

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The Brides of the Big Valley  is a collection of three novellas set in a blended Amish community in Pennsylvania. The sweet stories are a bit predictable but contain unique and special scenarios. Two of the three stories felt slow to start, though. Mentioning mundane tasks that didn’t necessarily move the plot along. At least not at the pace I’d hoped. Especially in a short story. Deanna’s Determination  (Wanda Brunstetter) I love that this story incorporated original characters and themes. Deanna is a likable main character, which made it easy to sympathize with her, and her son, who has Down Syndrome, is sweet and unique. I empathized with Elmer’s depression, and love how authentic ally this was dealt with. Rose Mary’s Resolve  (Jean Brunstetter) I like Rose Mary. She is confidant in her faith and listens to the voice within her. Kevin is an interesting Englischer, although it took me longer to sink into this character. Rose Mary is at a crossway in her life and must mak

Review & Giveaway - Sweet On You

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours About the book Sweet on You (Bradford Sisters #3) By Becky Wade Christian Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknown to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long. Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who's spent the past 18 months traveling the world. He's achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him--Britt's heart. When Zander's uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-

A Reluctant Bride

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Inspired by true events during the 1800s,  A Reluctant Bride  takes place on the Tynemouth, a bride ship sailing from England to provide brides for the colonies’ miners. The author does an impeccable job of portraying the conditions of those on board and displays the environment of women in the slums of London who were so desperate for food, boarding, and employment they were willing to endure the treacherous journey and uncertain outcome. I instantly sympathized with Mercy Wilkins. Her gentle heart is apparent, and she is humble and engaging. The physician onboard, Lord Joseph Colville, is unconventional, looking past social differences and expectations. Both of these characters are strong in their own ways and teach each other so much. I like how their attraction slowly builds, making it feel authentic. This story holds an abundance of history, and the slow-building romance is swoon-worthy. With themes of finding your worth, following the path God has for you, and persever

The Noble Guardian

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I've read  The Noble Guardian  twice now. I'm so infatuated by this story. Whether you've read the previous two books in the trilogy or not, this story works perfectly as a standalone. I'm intrigued by this cover art. I don't usually feel a pull to books with male leads on the cover, but this one definitely grabbed my attention. Now, on to the hero. Oh. My. I adore Captain Samuel Thatcher. I love how the deeper I get into the story the deeper I see behind his stony, brooding persona. The author is patient in revealing his heart. He is one of my favorite male leads of 2019!  Abigail (Abby) Gilbert is more transparent and less complicated—yet it takes a little longer to connect to her. As she grows sturdier and more mature, my affections also grow. So much progression throughout the story. Her positive attitude and stubbornness are refreshing and entertaining.  As for the secondary characters, I’m impressed with how well developed they are, and how

Grand Finale & Giveaway - The Cowboy's Perfect Match

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for The Cowboy's Perfect Match By Cathy McDavid We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch - Note from the Author . . . I promise you, my blog tour will be tons of fun. I’ll be sharing not only excerpts from the book but some “facts” about my imaginary western-themed wedding venue and B&B. There’ll also be a giveaway at the end for one lucky winner. So, grab your partner, and let’s get started! —Cathy Becky on Books - Review "I really enjoyed Bridget and Ryan’s story. There were almost as many LOL moments as there were swoony ones–a great balance. . . . This is the second book in the series ( The Sweetheart Ranch ) but it worked just fine as a standalone. . . . Sign me up for the next book, too!" It's All About the Romance - Excerpt “You could join me.” His grin widened, and

No Ocean Too Wide

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Oh how I love a fiction story with a historically accurate backbone. I also love a book that teaches me something new.  No Ocean Too Wide  taught me something about my world, and myself. Laura is a compelling character and I sympathized with her. The tension was good throughout most of the story, but sometimes it became too much, and I’d have to put the book down. It was a bit draining. Parts of this story are heartbreaking, and some touched my heart deeply. I felt for these children and couldn’t help thinking that things like this happened in reality. This story being inspired by true events created a strong pull for me. I knew so little about the orphan immigration and love it when a story helps me grow. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Author: Carrie Turansky Publisher: Waterbrook Pages: 368 First Line:  Katie McCallister’s heart pounded out a frantic beat as she gripped the rickety railing and rushed down the back stairs. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher an

Sisters - Audiobook Review

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The Sea Glass Sisters The more time that passes before it happens, the better . ~First line This story captured me quickly. The opening scene is filled with urgency and there is an electricity in the air during the 911 call and search for Emily. Elizabeth Gallagher is an interesting character and easy to sympathize with. And her mother, Sharon and Aunt Sandy add so much to the story. The east coast setting in North Carolina is a character on its own. The hurricane gives an ominous feel rather than a sunny beach atmosphere. I experienced so many emotions and was fully immersed in the Outer Banks sea air, and enjoyed getting to know these characters, Sandy’s Sea Shell Shop, and the family ties and dynamics. A stirring story sharing the importance of family and faith while we weather life’s storms. Every decision you make in life has benefits and consequences. Sometimes you just have to go on faith, and even that comes at a price. It means you have to give up the idea that yo