River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

River to RedemptionRiver to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an ok read for me. The progression from start to finish felt like it took ages, which for some readers is a quality they look for. The characters were nicely developed although Adria never seemed to develop into an adult as much as I felt she should have. There were a few minor inconsistencies related to her and decision making. The religious aspect is very noticeable although not preachy. I feel the historical aspect was well done and felt true to the setting and time period. There is some romance involved although it is clean and not rushed. Overall, this was a decent read that I feel will appeal to a lot of readers of Christian Fiction. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may not mirror yours.

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The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

The Edge of Over ThereThe Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First and foremost, I recommend reading the first book in the series, The Day the Angels Fell, before reading this one. Skipping the first may leave the reader feeling a bit lost and confused. The first book wasn’t a five star read but it wasn’t a bad read either. This one is much better, especially for a Fantasy genre book that is also classified as Christian Fiction. The religious content wasn’t over-the-top or preachy in any way. I feel the expansion on the fantasy elements was well done and added to the overall enjoyment. The characters were well fleshed out and one especially added a creepy element without detracting from the overall story. The writing was well done. Smucker ends each chapter in a way that fuels the reader’s desire to continue reading, which I really enjoy in a well-written book. Overall, this is a good solid read and something I feel the Christian Fiction arena needs more of. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may not mirror other views.

Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Minding the Light (Nantucket Legacy #2)Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This second installment of the Nantucket Legacy series is considerably better than the first. This is much more along the lines of what I’ve come to expect from Fisher’s writing style. The characters feel well fleshed out and are enjoyable to follow along through the story. I especially love how authentic the historical aspect feels and is backed by research. If readers can get through the first book I feel readers will be pleasantly surprised and enjoy the second installment much more. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I’m pleased that I was able to continue the story arc. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may not mirror other opinions.

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

The Hope of Azure SpringsThe Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one is a mix of good and iffy. The writing, outside of dialogue, is solid and easy to follow for any reader. The dialogue doesn’t feel realistic or appropriate to the setting at times. The historical aspect is also a mix with some very well done descriptions and settings along with certain parts that didn’t sit right with me. Granted, I’m not a historian but it was noticeable enough to bug me. The story is a blend of heartwarming and tugging at the heartstrings that I feel many readers will enjoy. Overall, the plot threads are well weaved and brought to a satisfying conclusion – no unanswered questions or cliffhangers here. I did like that the romance aspect wasn’t insta-love. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may or may not agree with your own.

A Rebel Heart by Beth White

A Rebel Heart (Daughtry House #1)A Rebel Heart by Beth White

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The initial chapter is a good way to draw in the reader and create a desire to continue reading to find out just what happens and how everything is connected. The characters are interesting enough although I found the writing to be a bit more telling than showing. It will be interesting to see how White develops with experience. I feel the historical aspect was well done and feels authentic, although I am far from an expert in this area. The overall read was enjoyable with nothing too detracting from the experience. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

Pelican Point (Hope Harbor #4)Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hannon has a gift with penning heartwarming stories that envelope the reader with a sense of connection and believability. Pelican Point is yet another of her stories that a wide variety of readers can enjoy. The faith element is not overwhelming yet present enough to satisfy readers seeking that aspect of the books they enjoy reading. The characters feel drawn from real life with real life experiences and emotions. The setting feels authentic and as though you could find this place and the people living there. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Phoebe's Light (Nantucket Legacy #1)Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Typically Fisher is an author that can be depended upon to deliver the complete package in her novels. I found the scenery descriptions to be so well written I could close my eyes and envision them. I enjoyed the diary entries and the lead male character. I wasn’t sold on Phoebe, however. I’m not completely set on feeling that she wasn’t fully developed, just that she didn’t come across as a full character. Instead, she felt rather immature and difficult to relate to. This took away a chunk of enjoyment for me and thus only earning three stars. Otherwise, this is an enjoyable story and definitely clean and well-told. Overall, if you can just take Phoebe as she is, it’s a worthwhile read. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.

Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Missing IsaacMissing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a good choice if you are looking for a clean, slow, light, and easy read. The Christian elements are not overly thick and there’s no preaching to the reader. The writing and content is clean with no curses or fade-to-black scenes. The overall read is very slow and light. Things seem to mosey along with no hurry or urgency to find anything out. I found the characters, while developed initially, to lose their charm along the way. This is related to a lack of depth in their relationships and reasons for their choices. This is fine for a light slow read but it can become boring for some readers. I found the wrap-up and ending a bit too convenient and felt there was a lack of content related to the historical aspects and setting. Even so, there is promise in the writing for future books and I feel there is a place for this book on the shelf of those who enjoy Christian Fiction. Overall, this is a decent read. I received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This is my opinion and it belongs to me.

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

The Secret Life of Sarah HollenbeckThe Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an ‘ok’ read. Being Christian Fiction, there’s nothing graphic or shocking in terms of the relationship between Sarah and Ben or the language used in the book. It was cleanly written and well edited but it felt preachy, both about writing Christian Fiction and relationships. There were a lot of plot gaps that left so much unexplained or just left it feeling too pieced together in order for the story to fit. While it did have a few funny moments, it wasn’t enough to bring the book up from an ok read. I did like that although the characters have that insta-love that I dislike, they didn’t immediately head to the bedroom. Still, I feel less picky readers, or those who prefer to avoid serious relationship reads, may enough the lighter read. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and belongs to me.

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hannon definitely has a way with writing intriguing novels that feel authentic and provide the reader with an exciting read. Her characters are very well fleshed out, complete with flaws and a realistic dependance on others to succeed. Colin is an excellent example of a realistic character, the type I prefer to find in my mystery, crime, drama, police, romance, type books. The plot is so well weaved that I wasn’t spending time trying to sort things out, instead I was enjoying the ride and excited to turn the page to find out more. Of all the Hannon books I’ve read, this one is my favorite. I highly recommend this one to read and would also recommend checking out Hannon’s other books such as the Men of Valor series. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and belongs to me.

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Lady Jayne DisappearsLady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a pleasant surprise and as such, is easily recommended for all readers. The Christian Fiction elements are light with no preaching; the character makes mention of God’s plans or her writing being between her and God and says a few prayers. The romance elements are also light; no instant-love, fade-to-black, or heavy petting. I absolutely loved the mystery and historical fiction elements and feel this made the read unique and fresh. The characters all feel unique and well fleshed out, complete with their little flaws. It’s not easy to write a book in first person but Joanna did a fine job with this one. The reader sees and feels everything the character does through a well-crafted and presented story. I was drawn in from the first chapter, loved the little plot threads weaved throughout the story, and feel you will enjoy it as well. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for an honest review. This in no way has influenced my opinion or recommendation.

The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings #2)The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fisher has created an endearing series, each with their own standing and touching memories. The Newcomer is the second of three and just as well-crafted as the first and third. The characters are expertly fleshed out and develop naturally through their stories. I felt I had come to know them on a personal level, they were that well crafted and their emotional journey that well conveyed. Of all the Revell authors I’ve read, Fisher has become my favorite. I feel I can pick up anything she’s written and know it will be an enjoyable journey and I’ll experience the story with my senses and emotions, as if I were there to experience it. A tiny little issue was the repetitive switching between a title and the name of a character, but it wasn’t enough to dampen my enjoyment. Thank you Fisher for gifting your readers with an amazing journey and your writing skills. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review without expectation of a positive or highly rated review. These are my opinions and they are provided without expectation of compensation.

A Primary Decision by Kevin Leman

A Primary Decision (The Worthington Destiny, #3)A Primary Decision by Kevin Leman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First, I would highly recommend reading the first two books in the series before reading this one if only to understand the history of the characters and previous decisions and events that have shaped them into the way they are in this book. This is a decent blend of political, Christian Fiction, and the psychology of birth order. Having three of my own children I found that the later aspect was a bit too rigid although it helped to provide the logic for decisions and actions. The writing is well crafted and well edited with no glaring grammatical issues that stood out to me. The plot is intriguing with enough to keep the reader engaged, even through the slower parts of the novel. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This opinion is my own, it may differ from yours, and it was provided without expectation of compensation.

Storm by Bonnie S. Calhoun

Storm (Stone Braide Chronicles, #3)Storm by Bonnie S. Calhoun

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Aside from scattered grammatical issues I noticed, the overall read was good. There are a few stretches of logic that bugged me but nothing significant enough to ruin the read. I don’t feel the characters are as well-fleshed out as they could be but for a YA book that’s acceptable. Younger readers will likely thoroughly enjoy this series, as have many of the library’s readers. Aside from those points, Calhoun has created an intriguing plot with enough between the threads to captivate most readers. Overall, I feel this was an entertaining read and one worthy of a spot on the library shelves. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I have provided this review with no expectation of compensation or high rating.