Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Book review: The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan

The London Restoration

In post-World War II London, determined to save their marriage and the city they love, two people divided by World War II's secrets rebuild their lives, their love, and their world.

London, Fall 1945. Architectural historian Diana Somerville's experience as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park and her knowledge of London's churches intersect in MI6's pursuit of a Russian agent named Eternity. Diana wants nothing more than to begin again with her husband Brent after their separation during the war, but her signing of the Official Secrets Act keeps him at a distance.

Brent Somerville, professor of theology at King's College, hopes aiding his wife with her church consultations will help him better understand why she disappeared when he needed her most. But he must find a way to reconcile his traumatic experiences as a stretcher bearer on the European front with her obvious lies about her wartime activities and whereabouts.

Camy here:

This was a beautiful book with a wonderful romance and an exciting suspense plot. In fact, the first chapter really reminded me of a John le Carre novel, crafting the intrigue of Diana’s work with a deft literary hand that created mystery and excitement.

The characters are multi-dimensional and realistic, and I enjoyed the journey toward healing their marriage.

The description of post WW2 London was incredibly rich and detailed, making the city come alive. I especially learned so much about Wren’s churches, and the author’s love for the architecture really shines through.

I admit I did get a little lost with the time jumps, but that’s only because it’s hard for me to keep two story threads—even those that intertwine like this one—in my head. The flashback chapters were done very well and were very romantic.

Overall, a very enjoyable book and a great new-to-me author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Book review: Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom Book 1)

This is surprisingly the first Sarah Sundin novel I’ve read, and I really enjoyed this! Why did I wait so long to read one of her books?!

I didn’t realize before reading this that I really enjoy romance novels set in the 1930s and 1940s. It shouldn’t have surprised me since I love Grace Livingston Hill novels, and her books all took place during the time she wrote them, from around 1900 until the 1940s.

This book was just like reading a Grace Livingston Hill novel! I especially liked the naval background of the hero and the parts at sea.

I also liked the mystery aspect a lot—another aspect that was like a Grace Livingston Hill novel, since she wrote a few romantic suspenses. The romance developed very slowly and gently between the characters, and the romantic conflict was just so great! I was actually tense as I read to see how they would finally overcome and get together!

The spiritual parts were done extremely well, making them seem very natural parts of the characters’ dialogue and growth. It was such a joy to read a Christian romance that isn’t preachy, but is still a strong testament of Jesus’s love and His power of transformation in our lives.

I can’t recommend this enough! I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series!

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

How can I pray for you?

Photo credit: lalalime.blogspot.com

日本語訳は下をご覧ください。

Lord, thank You for all that You have given us. Please help us to remember to be thankful for what we have, even in the midst of the stress and trials around us. Thank You for Your blessings to us.
Amen

How can I pray for you today? Please leave me your prayer requests!

Prayer requests can sometimes be private things, so to keep your privacy, I’ve made a form you can fill out that will keep your requests just between you and me. Also please be sure to fill out the form again to update me if you sent me a prayer request in the past. I’d love to hear how you’re doing.

主よ、私たちに与えてくださった全てのことに感謝します。ストレスや試練の中にあっても、あなたに与えられたものに感謝することができるよう、助けてください。あなたからの恵みに感謝して。アーメン

あなたのために、今日お祈りさせてください。祈りのリクエストはこちらにどうぞ。日本語で書いてもらっても大丈夫です。

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Book review: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Not If I Save You First
by Ally Carter

I have to admit, I haven’t read any YA in a while, but the storyline of this book reminded me so much of the movie and TV series Hannah that I just had to read it. And I was so glad I did! It sucked me in from the very first page and wouldn’t spit me out until hours later when it was time for me to cook dinner.

This is a wonderful romantic suspense YA with a strong heroine with a smart mouth. She’s funny and sassy and very cute. And she can throw a hatchet like it’s nobody’s business.

The boy she grew up with has changed because of what happened to them both in the prologue, but he really grew on me and showed his passion and earnestness as the story went on.

This is not a Christian book, but it’s clean.

It’s incredibly compelling and entertaining, and it made me go look for more Ally Carter books to read. I can’t recommend this one enough!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Two Christian fiction ebook sales

I have two books in these two Christian fiction ebook sales. Click on each of the graphics for some new cheap ebooks and maybe a few new-to-you authors!



My Christian Regency romantic suspense novel, The Spinster’s Christmas, is included in this sale at only $0.99. All the books in this sale have a Christmas theme and are under $3!



My Christian romantic suspense, Necessary Proof, is included in this sale and it’s FREE! All the books in this sale are suspense, romantic suspense, mystery, or thriller, and they’re either free or only 99 cents each.