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.

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Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

Sea Rose Lane (Hope Harbor #2)Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a gentle slow moving story with an abundance of repeating retrospective thought. At times it was interesting while several times through the read I just wanted to skip several pages. This is an excellent choice for those looking for a calm summer read, keeping the blood pressure from spiking, while escaping from any sort of excitement. While the writing is excellent, the story and constant reminders of what the primary characters are thinking take away from the enjoyment. That’s not to say this is a terrible book. There are readers who can’t get enough of this type of read, and for them I highly recommend this book. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Merchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm, #2) by Thomas Locke

Merchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm, #2)Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke (Legends of the Realm, #2)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Locke has an excellent grasp of the English language and how to bring to life not just a scene, but an entire world with depth and layers. The writing is top-notch with nearly perfect pacing throughout the entire novel. The characters are so well fleshed out that they feel real. I’m a huge fantasy genre fan so I was excited to read the first book and thrilled to read the second. I admit I was a bit hesitant since the first book was so good, but Locke more than came through with this one. This is a real gem of a find. The plot is very well constructed and the fantasy elements are authentic to the genre. The read is smooth and open to a wide range of readers. This comes highly recommended from our household. I received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler

Hannah's Choice (Journey to Pleasant Prairie, #1)Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by Sarah: “I am a huge reader of Amish stories. One of my friends is Amish and we share a love of these types of stories. I loved reading Hannah’s Choice. The way Jan Drexler describes the land and scenery is so beautiful I can picture it in my mind. The title is perfect for the story inside. Hannah really has to struggle with her choice and I could feel the tugs in both directions. I like the historical parts as well, especially the different ways the slaves where viewed. Sometimes it felt like I was really there and seeing it all happen. I was able to read this book thanks to Revell Reads. My review is my own and is provided of my own free will.”

The Prophetess: Deborah’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith

The Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #2)The Prophetess: Deborah’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by Sarah: “I absolutely adore stories that originate from the Bible, especially when they come through with such authenticity and emotion as this one does. Jill Eileen Smith is an expert in her chosen craft and more than capable of weaving a story about one of God’s chosen. Deborah comes across true and faithful with some important decisions along the way. I’ve read other books by the same author and loved them as well. There needs to be more books like this one available for Christian readers and the young impressionable minds coming into their own.” We received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.