Murder at the Flamingo

Murder at the Flamingo is Rachel McMillan’s debut novel, so congratulations to her! The Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild sent me this title recently and the cover immediately caught my eye.  It’s cute and quirky this cover is while still portraying that it’s a murder mystery set during the 1930s! It’s one that definitely piques your interest and makes you want to learn more about it.

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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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Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof is the latest book I’ve received from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild.  They have been sending me several books recently, so the next couple of Wednesdays will be highlighting Fiction Guild releases.

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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 ‘Lit’ Update (yes, I cringed at myself)

I try to post book-related things on Wednesdays, and I haven’t finished a book this week, so I don’t have one to post about specifically, but I decided to write a post about what I’m currently reading and what I’m looking forward to reading next.  I usually do this just at the end/beginning of a year, but since summer’s a great time for reading, it’s always useful to know some good books to pick up.

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The Pirate Bride

The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo is part of a unique new series being published by Barbour Publishing Group.  In this series, each book is written by a different author and takes us through American history.  The first book starts with the Mayflower, and the last book (at least the last announced one, there may be more coming that are as of yet unannounced) is set during the war of 1812.

A description of the book and overview of the series is as follows:

“Can a former privateer and a determined heiress find lost treasure in 1725?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees. Continue reading “The Pirate Bride”

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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Unbreakable

Unbreakable by Sara Ella is the third book in the Unblemished book series (following book 1, Unblemished, and book 2, Unraveling).  This is a YA trilogy that garners praise from fellow YA Christian fantasy authors, Mary Weber and Krista McGee, who remark that Unblemished is “a breathtaking fantasy” (Weber) and that “Unblemished had me from the first chapter.” (McGee)  Library Journal calls it “engaging and suspenseful” and RT Book Reviews says it is “a stunning journey”. Continue reading “Unbreakable”