Shelter of the Most High

Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette is the second book in the “Cities of Refuge” series.  I haven’t always been a fan of biblical fiction, but this series and the author’s previous series have been absolutely incredible.  (Each book can work as a stand-alone but the characters do carry over.)

Sofea and Prezi were just having a relaxing day at the beach when their lives are turned upside down.  Their families are murdered and the girls are captured.  After making a risky escape, the girls find their way into Hebrew territory, where the language is as unfamiliar as the culture.

Eitan, adopted son of Moriyah and Darek from book one of this series, is enthralled with the new girls in town.  There is obviously a language barrier, as well as an unfamiliar God and culture for them, but he is determined to make them feel at home.

I really enjoyed this book; it kept me captivated over the two days that it took me to read it.  The characters gripped me, the setting of the ancient world was fascinating, and the plot was exciting.  I loved everything about it and will continue to recommend this series!

Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.  The links in this post are affiliate links to Amazon, which means I’ll get a small commission if you purchase the book through them, but your price does not increase any.

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Fawkes

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is another book I recently received from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild.  My friend was over when I got it in the mail and he was interested in it, so I gave it to him to read, and if he finishes it sometime soon I’ll add his thoughts into this post.  Meanwhile, here’s what the description of the book on Amazon says:

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Guest Post: MaryLu Tyndall

Today on the blog, I am so excited to be hosting one of my favorite authors! I fell in love with MaryLu Tyndall’s writings around 6 years ago when I found her pirate series.  She writes wonderful historical romances that have strong inspirational themes of faith.  If you love Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll love her books! Today, she is talking about how her faith influences her creativity.

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What Blooms from Dust

What Blooms from Dust, the latest release by James Market through Thomas Nelson, is a fictional historical mystery set during the Dust Bowl.

The description from Amazon reads:

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A Daring Venture

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden is the second book in the Empire State series, following A Dangerous Legacywhich you can find my review of here.

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The Weaver’s Daughter

As promised last Wednesday, today I’m back to give you some information on the other book I received from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild last month.  This week’s book is The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd.

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May Favorites

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite things from this past month.  These aren’t necessarily released in the last month; I’ve just enjoyed them in the past month. 🙂

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Holding the Fort

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings is the first book in a new series set at Fort Reno in Indian Territory, late 1800s.

Louisa Bell just got fired from her job singing at a saloon in Kansas, and is trying to make herself some money and find her brother. In doing so, she accidentally lands herself a job as a governess for Major Adams’ two daughters.

Major Adams, after losing his wife, needs help raid his two girls at a military fort in Indian Territory. He has no idea how to turn his daughters into proper young ladies and while he has his reservations about Ms. Bell, he is just glad to have the assistance.

There are certain reasons I enjoy Regina Jennings’ novels: the historical western setting, the laugh-out-loud humor, the likable characters, and the unique romances. This novel only had the historical western setting. I found this book really hard to get into, the plot slow-moving, the characters unlikable, and the dialogue and quirkiness usually found in Jennings’ novels missing. I was disappointed in how long Louisa kept up her deception (over 90% of the book), and felt that the romance between her and the major was not believable. They had virtually no chemistry and the only reason that they seemed to get together was their common love for the Major’s daughters. The only redeeming quality of the book for me was the message of salvation woven into it, but even that seemed out of place in the midst of how disappointed I was in the rest of the book. I would recommend Karen Witemeyer’s Head in the Clouds over this book if you’re looking to find a Christian historical western about a governess who falls in love with the child’s father.

Thank you to Net Galley and Bethany House publishers for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

A Dangerous Legacy

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A Dangerous Legacy is the latest novel from Elizabeth Camden.  As of now it is a stand-alone, but a sequel is on its way.

One thing I love about Camden’s novels is the unique perspective on historical details that she centers on in each novel.  For instance, in A Dangerous Legacy Camden weaves in details about the race to string a telegraph wire across the Pacific, a Panama Canal versus a Nicaraguan canal, and getting running water in the upper floors of buildings.  These are the kinds of technological advancements that I don’t often think of or take time to appreciate, but that I enjoy when Camden brings to light in her novels.

As for characters and plot, this book includes the angsty romance typical of Camden’s works, where the characters don’t like each other but end up having to work together, then end up falling in love, the male character deciding that it just won’t work out, and then the heroine saving the day and the man falling head over heels for her all over again.

So, all in all, I’m a little disappointed that it’s just the same ol’, same ol’ with a new historical focus.  I do like the cover, however, and it was cool that it released on my birthday. 🙂

Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*