BOOK REVIEW: THE ORPHAN IN THE PEACOCK SHAWL BY ANNEMARIE BREAR.

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Publication date: 27th January, 2022

Book Blurb

Yorkshire Dales 1850
As a terrible storm rages, Annabelle Wallis is shocked to find a distressed young woman at her cottage door, heavy with child. Moments later a baby girl is born. But by dawn, the mother has vanished, leaving behind the helpless child wrapped only in a silk peacock shawl.

When news spreads that Lady Eliza Hartley, sister to wealthy estate owner, John Hartley, has been found dead, Annabelle realises the terrible secret she has stumbled on. Terrified she’ll be blamed for Eliza’s death, Annabelle flees to the filthy slums of York, where she plans to raise the precious orphan as her own.

The cobbled streets of York’s slums are no place for a young woman like Annabelle or a Hartley babe and John Hartley is determined to bring them both home. But Annabelle proves impossible to find.

Annabelle can’t hide forever from the wealthy Hartley family, but can she ever give up the baby she loves?

My Review

The Orphan in the Peacock Shawl.

What a delightful book by the author. I finished this book in two sittings and I am so glad to rate it five gold stars!

The heroine of the plot, Annabelle is such a delightful character whom readers can relate with on a realistic level.

John, Dickie, Nellie and Ginny made me to love them.

The title really suits the plot.

This author writes excellently well, I must confess. Her imagination was so vivid and realistic. I read the book with the plot playing like a movie in my head.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Award winning & Amazon UK Bestseller AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, travelling, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order! She is the author of historical family saga novels.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022!

Happy New Year, beautiful people.

I am so thankful for the support and love you have shown to my book blog last year. I have amazing subscribers and visitors.

Cheers to a brighter and fulfilling year for us.💐

Book reviews are coming up. You would love the covers and the plots. I cannot wait to share them with you all.

Thank you once again!

BOOK REVIEW: HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS BY FREDA LIGHTFOOT.

Genre: Historical Saga/Romance

Publication date: January 1, 2015

Publisher: MIRA

Series: Post War Saga Trilogy, Book 1

Book Blurb

1945. Finally, peace has been declared. Cathie hardly dares believe that Alex, the fiancé she has not seen for nearly two years, is coming home. And, finally, life can begin again for Cathie and the orphaned baby in her care.

But the Alex who returns is not the kind, loving man Cathie remembers. He’s cold, selfish, sometimes even frightening. So Cathie has a choice: stand by him, and try to contain his violent temper? Or hold her tiny baby close…and run from the man she has yearned for.

Home is Where the Heart Is is a heart-wrenchingly, poignant new saga from Freda Lightfoot, set in the aftermath of World War II.

My Review

Home is where the Heart is by Freda Lightfoot.

I have never read a book that had suspense so deep and intense I sacrificed my sleep to read more pages.

This is the first book of the author I am reading and I must confess, I can not wait to read other books by her.

British Historical fiction has always been my favourite genre.

In this book, you will get to see awesome characters like Cathy, Heather, Steve, Brenda and Rona. Of course, there will be antagonists in a good novel and this author did a great job balancing them.

Indeed Home is where the heart is. There are lots of themes to discover in this book.

I read this book within three days despite my busy schedule and I love it.

I highly recommend it to you if you are seeking for an adventure back in historical sagas.

I voluntarily reviewed this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Freda Lightfoot was born and brought up in the mill towns of Lancashire. She has been a teacher, bookseller and smallholder but began her writing career by publishing over forty short stories and articles and five historical romances under a different name. Having lived for many years in the Lake District and also in Cornwall, she now tries to divide her time between the two.

BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTMAS WITH THE CORNISH GIRLS BY BETTY WALKER.

Genre: Historical Fiction Romance

Series: The Cornish Girls Series. Book 2

Publication date: November 25, 2021

Publisher: Avon

Book Blurb

It’s 1941, and Christmas is approaching in St. Ives…

Shy Lily wishes she could hide from the war. But when her friend Eva asks if Lily will join her in working at an officers’ convalescent home in St. Ives, Lily can’t refuse. There are officers to nurse back to health, and a Christmas party to plan…

Eva came to St. Ives to be near Max, the stranger who almost gave his life to protect hers. But now she’s there, the wounded pilot just keeps pushing her away.

Rose can’t help envying beautiful Eva, who turns too many heads. But when she suspects the orphanage next door is mistreating its charges, Eva is the only one who can help her uncover the truth…

Together, can they give the children, and the officers, the Christmas they all so deserve?

A heartwarming tale of sisterhood in wartime, for fans of Nancy Revell and Donna Douglas.

My Review

Christmas with the Cornish girls.

Betty Walker is at it again. Her second book in the Cornish girls series is captivating and attention grabbing.

Reading through each character in the plot, you cannot help loving them.

I do not want to give out spoilers but this book is amazing. The book cover is beautiful and the plot is realistic.

What is more amazing is that, this book is a perfect read for the Christmas season we are in!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About The Author

Betty Walker lives in Cornwall with her large family, where she enjoys gardening and coastal walks. She loves discovering curious historical facts, and devotes much time to investigating her family tree. She also writes bestselling contemporary thrillers as Jane Holland.

Beautiful Book Covers!

Hello, everyone!

I am sorry for not blogging as frequently as I used to. I have been overwhelmed with responsibilities but regardless, I still find spare time to read. A book review will be coming up shortly soon.

Here are some books I got from a dear friend. She has her own personal library and I love reading her paperbacks and discussing animatedly with her over our favourite books.

Just look at all those covers and titles!
Do you recognize any author you know?
I have favourites in this stack. Can you guess?

I ended up borrowing five novels from her. I can’t wait to share the reviews with you.

What book(s) have you been reading all this while? Can you recommend your favourite books in the comments section below, please?

Thank you for stopping by. ❤️

BOOK SPOTLIGHT AND GIVEAWAY: A PICTURE OF HOPE BY LIZ TOLSMA.

picture of hope

About the Book

Book: A Picture of Hope

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: October, 2021

9781636090191 (1)

A Photojournalist Risks Her Life to Save Children

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing pilots taking off and landing—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. She enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. On the journey, they come upon an orphanage where nuns shelter children with disabilities. Can they help save them before the Nazis come to liquidate it?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

LizTolsma

Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels, romantic suspense novels, prairie romance novellas, and an Amish romance. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their youngest daughter. Her son is a US Marine, and her oldest daughter is a college student. Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. Please visit her website at http://www.liztolsma.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@LizTolsma), Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She is also the host of the Christian Historical Fiction Talk podcast.

More from Liz

Why Another WWII Novel Set in France

You may well read the back cover of my latest release, A Picture of Hope, and wonder why on earth we need another WWII novel set in France. After all, Kristy Cambron just had one. Melanie Dobson and Sarah Sundin will be coming out with theirs in 2022. So why did I feel the need to write my novel with the same setting?

First of all, I’m a Francophile. I love all things French. It started when I took French in high school. Everyone else was learning Spanish, but I wasn’t into being part of the crowd. There were only a few of us in the class, and it was great fun. We had a wonderful teacher. Being able to pull out some of that French, refine it a bit, and use it in the book was a blast. But I also love French food (who doesn’t?) and everything else.

Secondly, I hadn’t written about France before. When I wrote this proposal at least five or six years ago, I didn’t know France would be so hot. God did, and the book came about in His perfect timing. I’d explored the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the Philippines. Such a shame that I was leaving out France, so I set about to write a novel located in that country.

Thirdly, there was so much good material to pull from. The French resistance, while small, did good work and sacrificed a great deal to get Jews out of the country and into Switzerland or Spain. The books that Kristy, Melanie, Sarah, and I write are all so different. Only the setting is the same. And when I found out that the famous mime Marcel Marceau was part of the resistance, I couldn’t help but giving him a cameo. Be on the lookout!

Along the way, I discovered some truly heartrending incidents that took place in France. They also compelled me to write this book. I long for the world to remember what happened so that we will never forget. And so that the atrocities committed there will never be repeated.

Fourthly, this was originally the third book in a series. Don’t worry – it’s a stand-alone. Maybe someday I’ll get to publish the other two. The women in the series are all American journalists in Europe. One is a reporter, the other is a broadcaster, and so I decided to make Nellie, the heroine in A Picture of Hope, a photojournalist. And where better to take pictures than on Omaha Beach soon after D-day. How she gets there is based on a very interesting true story, so be sure to read to the end for that one.

There are so many stories about WWII to be told and so many countries that participated in the conflict in one way or the other. The ground is so rich that we aren’t plowing the same parcel. You’ll find all of these books to be very different from each other, each with its own message, its own voice, and its own plot.

The focus in my book is on children with Down syndrome. I have a background in special education, and my husband and I adopted a child from the Philippines with an intellectual disability, so I’ve always had a heart for people with special needs. My daughter brings us so much joy that I wanted to share a glimpse into what these remarkable people are truly capable of.

So that is why I wrote a WWII novel set in France. Make yourself a cup of café au lait, butter up a croissant, and enjoy A Picture of Hope!

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 5

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Rebecca Tews, November 7

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 7

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She Lives To Read, November 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 8

Where Faith and Books Meet, November 8

Pause for Tales, November 9

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Through the Fire Blogs, November 9

To Everything There Is A Season , November 9

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, November 10

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 10

Mary Hake, November 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of A Picture of Hope!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/12b83/a-picture-of-hope-celebration-tour-giveaway

BOOK REVIEW: THE GENESIS BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Series: Book 6 of 6. Saints and Sinners Series

Publication date: July 28, 2021

Publisher: Gracetide Press

Book Blurb

A captivating Christian romance series from an Amazon Bestselling author.**


Colby:

Someone is out to destroy me.

I broke free from my bosses, left the darkness behind, and dared to step into the light. But now a nameless, faceless enemy is tearing my life apart bit by bit.

Then the ultimate disaster strikes. It’s a repeat of the incident that plunged me into darkness at age sixteen and set me on a self-destructive path to begin with.

Worst of all, my life is unravelling before the very eyes of the woman whose love instigated my quest for change.


Chloe:

Before Colby, I lived a mostly simple, straightforward life. After him, there’s only confusion.

But thinking I could walk away unscathed was stupid.

Thinking I could forget him was naïve.

Thinking I could settle for a ‘normal’ relationship with a nice, ‘normal’ man after experiencing the whirlwind that is Colby Carter was downright delusional.

But how do I hold on when loving him could prove fatal for me?

I can either fight for what I want or cry for what I’ve lost.

Whichever choice I make, it won’t be easy.

My Review

I lack adjectives to describe how reading this book made me feel.

This book is perfectly well written. The spin in the plot took me by surprise and I love it.

Dayo Benson has her way with words. I am doing my best not to give the plot away. It is so hard but I will keep quiet. You need to read the whole series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at http://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: A HEART’S FOREVER HOME BY LENA NELSON DOOLEY.

About the Book

Book: A Heart’s Forever Home

Author: Lena Nelson Dooley

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: August 17, 2021

A single lawyer whose clients think he needs a wife.

A woman who needs a forever home…or a forever family…or a forever love.

Although Traesa Killdare is a grown woman now, the discovery that her adoption wasn’t finalized sends her reeling. Especially when her beloved grandmother dies and the only siblings she’s ever known exile her from the family property without a penny to her name.

Wilson Pollard works hard for the best interest of his law clients, even those who think a marriage would make him more “suitable” in his career. And when the beloved granddaughter of a recently deceased client comes to him for help, he knows he must do whatever necessary to make her situation better.

As each of their circumstances worsen, a marriage of convenience seems the only answer for both. Traesa can’t help but fall for her new husband—the man who’s given her both his home and his name. But what will it take for Wilson to realize he loves her? Will a not-so-natural disaster open his eyes and heart?

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

I am still reading the book. Hopefully, I get to drop the complete review on Goodreads.

The characters are interesting and the plot is attention grabbing. I am in the first few pages of the book and I cannot say much. I have been overwhelmed with responsibilities and so little time to read.

About the Author

Lena Nelson Dooley has been an author for 36 years. Her 51st book released in June 2020. Raised in Arkansas, she married a Texan 56 years ago. They have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for decades. She is an active member of ACFW and one of the founding members the DFW local chapter. She’s often been a speaker for other writers’ groups and conferences, both as a keynote speaker and a workshop teacher. Her fans love reading her books filled with characters who grip your heart.

More from Lena

I’ve been a lover of history for decades. In college and graduate school, all my elective courses were history. Of course, I chose the countries and eras I wanted to learn about. When I began writing novels, my first one was a contemporary story. After that at least 75% or more of my novels have been historical, all the way from 1805 through the early 20th century.

One of the hallmarks of my historical novels is the authenticity I write into the stories. Because of the amount of research I’ve done over the years, I’m kind of an expert in 19th century history. My characters and their stories are completely fictional, but the other things in the book are mostly true. I search until I find what I need to know or until I reach a complete dead end.

The history of the orphan trains has interested me since I first learned about them. One of them ended in Fort Worth where a pastor and his wife helped find the last orphans a home. A few didn’t get a home, so they took them in. In the 20th century that became an orphanage, then a home for unwed mothers.

A Heart’s Forever Home has three settings—Fort Worth, Texas; Waco, Texas; and New York City. It’s a Marriage of Convenience story and much more. This is another type of story I like to read and I like to write. Finding a different reason for the necessity of the marriage is interesting.

I’d found an event that occurred north of Waco in 1896. It was so bizarre I wanted to include it in a book. It was a perfect fit for this story and became an important catalyst in the story.

I’m what’s called in the industry a seat-of-the-pants author, more or less. I do have the complete outline of the story in my head. When I sit down to write, I know where I’m going, but I don’t have every single scene plotted out as some authors do. And I pray… a lot. During the time I’m writing a book, God drops ideas into my thought processes. Not just while I’m writing, but other times, too. That’s the exciting thing about writing. This keeps it fresh for me.

When you’ve finished reading this story, I hope you’ll let me know what you think of it. I really like getting reader feedback.

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Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 19

Inklings and notions, October 19

Vicky Sluiter, October 20

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 20

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Locks, Hooks and Books, October 22

Joanna Bair, October 22

Bigreadersite, October 23

Mary Hake, October 23

Connie’s History Classroom, October 24

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 24

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 25

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lena is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/11fe3/a-heart-s-forever-home-celebration-tour-giveaway

BOOK REVIEW: FRACTURED LIGHT BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Series: Book 5 of 6. Saints and Sinners Series

Publisher: Gracetide Press

Publication date: June 11, 2021

Book Blurb

A captivating Christian romance series from an Amazon Bestselling author.**

Chloe Campbell knows all my secrets—except one.

So far, none of my dark secrets have succeeded in turning her against me. But this one will. Which is why I must tell her.

After she survives a near-death experience instigated by my evil bosses, I’m done with letting her think there’s hope for us. I need her to forget about me and protect herself. That’s why she needs to know the truth.

When I tell her my final secret, she’ll realize that I’m nothing but a big, fat dead-end. And she’ll walk away. Which is exactly what I want.

They say lasers are only effective because the light is hyper-focused. Well, my darkness fractures all light and even God can’t help me.

But with my life coming crashing down and my bosses pulling out all the stops to make sure I never break free from them, maybe I’m finally getting desperate enough to seek Him.

My Review

Wow! Book 5 gave me the edge of the seat feeling. The suspense was so deep, I could not resist grabbing Book 6.

That plot was intense and I love the progression. No boring moments at all.

Well done, Dayo Benson!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at https://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: IRREDEEMABLE BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance

Series: Book 4 of 6. (Saints and Sinners Series).

Publication Date: February 26, 2021

Publisher: Gracetide Press

Books can be purchased online wherever books are sold.

Book Description

Colby:

Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future?

That is complete bull. Chloe Campbell is so saintly and perfect, I’m terrified to even look at her. She has no past.

The phrase innocent as a dove comes to mind. She’d probably never done a single thing wrong—until she met me.

Right now, we’re stranded in LA, sharing the only hotel room we can get, and trying to ignore the electric chemistry that hums between us.

She’s hurting, which makes her thinks she wants me, but I know it’s just her pain talking.

Besides, I don’t want her getting entangled in the colossal mess that is my life.

I don’t want to break her heart.

And I definitely don’t want to fall in love.

Chloe:

Colby Carter is a devil with an angel’s face.

My head knows that but my heart doesn’t. It keeps telling me he can change. So when he asks me to put him in bootcamp and help him turn his life around, I pull out all the stops. I get him reading books, attending church, and even going on a weekend prayer retreat.

But as Colby slowly opens up to me and lets me in on some of his deepest darkest secrets, I begin to realize that maybe he’ll never break free from his problems. Maybe there are some people who are just too broken to be healed.

Maybe the man I love really is irredeemable.

A captivating Christian romance series from Amazon Bestselling author Dayo Benson.

My Review


I enjoyed reading book 4 of the series.
The action keeps getting better and better. The intrigue and suspense drew me in. I couldn’t resist each page.

Colby and Chloe are loveable. I cannot wait to read more in the final two books in the series.

Dayo Benson, you have all my stars in this review.

I received an ARC of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine

About The Author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at http://www.dayobenson.com.