HOLIDAY BOOKS SUGGESTIONS FOR YOU.

Hi! I know this is an unusual blog post but I have been overwhelmingly busy for a good cause.

I got these books from my friend. She has a mini library in her house and it felt magical touching the spines of those books.

The books from my friend’s mini library.
Who Brings Forth The Wind by Lori Wick. Oldie but goodie!

I have taken a liking to ebooks so seeing physical copies of books make me to marvel at the pages I must have read in ebook format.

Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren.

These are pictures of some books I saw in her mini library. My friend is an extremely avid reader. I am sure I can’t keep up with her pace in reading. We do friendly competitions sometimes.

Into The Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden.
The Preacher’s Wife by Brandi Boddie.
Against The Tide by Elizabeth Camden. I have reviewed one of her books on this blog. You can check it out.

Let me know which book appeals to you and I might do a book review on it in my spare time.

A collection of books I borrowed some time ago.
Just look at these books! Can you spot any familiar books?

Thank you for sticking around. I appreciate all my amazing subscribers and visitors. I love you all!

With love from The Book Chic ❤️

BOOK REVIEW: SHIELD OF THE SKY & HAMMER OF THE EARTH BY SUSAN KRINARD.

Genre: Historical Romantic Fantasy

Series: Stone God #1 and #2

Publisher: Luna Publisher

Book Blurb for Shield of the Sky.

Ever since witnessing a sacred ritual, Rhenna of the Free People has been isolated. Not outcast, yet not part of her tribe, she walks alone, guarding the land’s borders. And growing more troubled by the changes in the wind. Anger and war are rising. The mountain-dwelling shapeshifters–partners to the Free People–are disappearing, and word has come of an evil new god:The Stone God, whose followers are known by the red stones they hold and the chaos that accompanies them.

So when Rhenna hears that a shapeshifter has been captured by the Stone God’s servants, she must rescue him. Now Rhenna is embroiled in a dangerous game as the forces of evil and nature fight to control humanity’s future.Together with a growing band–the enigmatic shaman Tahvo, the panther shapechanger Cian and the rebel Quintus of conquered Tiberia–she must travel the world, seeking to prevent its destruction.

Whatever danger lies ahead, the downfall of the Stone God has begun….

Book Blurb for Hammer of the Earth

The Stone God is building in power….

Defeating an empire takes many weapons, and Rhenna and her band–including shape-shifting panther Cian–must brave unpredictable dangers, crossing vast deserts, trackless jungles and impenetrable swamps to seek the Hammer of the Earth.

Yet the Exalted Ge, who holds the Hammer in her stronghold, has set deadly traps that rise out of the Earth itself. Even if Rhenna and her companions can defeat a goddess, do they dare trust each other when the Hammer has done its work?

Meanwhile, in Karchedon, their ally Quintus must decide if working from within the Emperor’s palace will aid in the downfall of the Stone God or simply betray all he holds dear.

Despite every battle won, the power of the Stone God still stands against them. And the ultimate victory may demand the ultimate price….

Book Review


Shield of the Sky by Susan Krinard.


I was drawn into the pages by the author. This book is unlike any book I have read before. I tried to classify the genre while reading but the pages had my attention.


There are two books in the series. Book one introduced us to the characters and the deadly adventures they had. It was the war of good and evil. I had favourites in the book. Tahvo, Rhenna and Cian.


The plot was so great I had to get book two so fast.

Hammer of the Earth.


This is book two of the series. I enjoyed reading the book as I followed the adventures of the characters on a mission against evil ; the Stone God.


New characters were introduced and the suspense were building a deep crescendo in my head. I devoured each page hungrily while rooting for my characters.

I got to the last page and I must confess, I was disappointed that there was not any book three. I could not believe the book ended there. I am suffering from book hangover. These series really grabbed my utmost attention.

Susan Krinard did an excellent job with her series.

I voluntarily reviewed the books. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Author Bio

Susan makes her home in New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment,” with her husband, Serge, her dogs, Freya, Nahla and Cagney, and her cat, Jefferson. Susan’s interests include music (just about any kind), old movies, gardening and getting out into nature. She also bakes a mean chocolate cake.

THE APOSTLE’S SISTER BY ANGELA HUNT

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Series: Book 4, Jerusalem Road

Publication date: June 1, 2022

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

Book Description

Aya, daughter of Zebulon of Tarsus, does not want a traditional life. Because she has always lived in the shadow of her brilliant brother, she wants to use her gifts and be something more than a wife and mother. When her traditional father insists she marry Avidan, a Torah student, she reluctantly agrees, but when Avidan leaves for Jerusalem, she seizes an opportunity to fulfill her deepest yearning, realizing she may never have another chance to do so.

After moving to Jerusalem, she expects to be bored in her role as wife to a Torah student, but finds herself fascinated by her husband’s studies. And when her brother Sha’ul makes a life-altering decision, she finds herself faced with a troubling question: How can she remain true to all she’s been taught since infancy and still love her blasphemous brother?

Book Review

THE APOSTLE’S SISTER BY ANGELA HUNT

This is the first time I am reading Angela Hunt books and I admire her style of writing.

The book plot is a biblical retelling of Apostle Paul. This author did a nice job writing about his fictional family particularly his younger sister, Aya.

I love the book cover and the suspense in the book.

Although, I was busy with responsibilities, I was able to read the book during my free hours.

The meals in this book made me hungry and I could envy the people in the Bible says over their choice of meals.

Overall, this is a good book. I am rating it 4 out of 5 stars.

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

Author Bio

Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over five million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 150 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children have reached their thirties, Angie and her husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Turner and Hooch and Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards–one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City.

Afterward, the dog gave out pawtographs at the airport.

Angela admits to being fascinated by animals, medicine, psychology, unexplained phenomena, and “just about everything” except sports. Books, she says, have always shaped her life— in the fifth grade she learned how to flirt from reading Gone with the Wind.

Her books have won the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards from Excellence in Media, and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, her novel The Note was featured as a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

In 2006, Angela completed her Master of Biblical Studies in Theology degree and completed her second doctorate in 2015. When she’s not home reading or writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.

BOOK REVIEW: THE LADY’S MINE BY FRANCINE RIVERS.

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Publication Date: February 22, 2022

Book Blurb

A delightful new western romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to the California frontier in this sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to save.

1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle’s newspaper―and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to say―and publish―whatever she pleases, especially when she knows she’s right.

Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walsh’s same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redhead―and knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada’s problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias’s restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart.

Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but it’s a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.

Book Review

The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers.

I enjoyed this book. I followed the adventures of Kathryn in Calvada and her hero Matthias.

This book really gave me an edge of the seat feeling and I was pleased with the ending.

The themes of love, kindness and forgiveness were well addressed in the plot.

I waited almost a year to get a copy of this book and I am pleased I wasn’t disappointed.

I reviewed a personal copy of this book gotten by me. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America’s coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Visit Francine online at http://www.francinerivers.com and connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FrancineRivers) and Twitter (@FrancineRivers).

BOOK REVIEW: A VILLAGE SCANDAL BY DILLY COURT

Genre: Historical Romance/Sagas

Series: The Village Secrets, Book 2

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

Publisher: Harper Collins

Book can be purchased online.

Book Description

It was her wedding day… the roses and bluebells were blooming and their sweet-scent was filling the air, so why did Daisy feel the cold fingers of fear run down her spine?
 
Spring in the village, April 1869
 
It’s spring in Little Creek and wedding bells are ringing. After their hasty marriage the Christmas before, Daisy is overjoyed to be finally marrying dashing Jay properly, in front of the whole village.
 
But then, on the evening of their wedding, amid the festivities, Jay disappears. Daisy doesn’t know if Jay is dead or alive, if she’s his wife or his widow. And what’s more, without her husband, she has no means of supporting herself or her household.
 
Refusing to give up hope, Daisy must draw on all her strength and courage – after all, she has people who depend on her. But the secret of Jay’s disappearance is more scandalous that she could have ever imagined…

Book Review

A Village Scandal by Dilly Court.

Dilly Court has been one of my favorite authors for all books historical fiction. Her heroines are brave women and this particular book was indeed Dilly’s style.

In this book, the book plot and themes synced together. The female protagonist, Daisy displayed so much wisdom and bravery for someone so young.

There are lots of characters to choose from. My favourite are Ivy, Jack, Marius, Judy and Mary. You cannot help loving them.

I highly recommend this book. The book cover is beautiful too.

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

Author’s Bio

Dilly Court grew up in North East London and began her career in commercial television, writing scripts for commercials. She is married with two grown up children, and now lives in Dorset on the beautiful Jurassic Coast with her husband and large, yellow Labrador. 
 

BOOK REVIEW: MOSSY THE MANATEE +AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Genre: Children’s Books/ Fiction

Publication Date: April 1, 2022

Publisher: Independently Published

Pages: 39

Book can be purchased on Amazon

Book Blurb

Mossy, a Florida manatee who is unusually more green than gray, only has one wish- to feel the snow on Cape Cod. But because manatees can’t stand such cold weather, Mossy must do the impossible and find a way to make the journey. With the help of his mom and dear friend, Mossy learns that when he embraces what makes him unique, even his wildest dreams can come true!

This book is suitable for ages 5-8.

Book Review

Mossy the Manatee.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is a delightful book for young children and can double up as a bedtime storybook.

Reading through the book reminded me of my childhood where I found joy going on adventures with animals as the main characters. In this case, Mossy the Manatee has lots of themes to glean from his life.

In a world where everybody is alike, Mossy the Manatee teaches us to be unique and follow our dreams.

I must commend the author for her great imagination and choice of words. They are easy to understand for preschoolers and toddlers alike.

The book cover is beautiful and the illustrations in each page held my attention.

Overall, I am rating this cute book five bright stars for capturing my attention.

I reviewed this book and opinions expressed in this review are mine.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

1. Welcome to the Book Chic Blog, please do introduce yourself to our wonderful readers.

Hi, there! My name is Nika Tomljenovic. I’m an author, playwright, scriptwriter and video game writer. I live in Croatia with my boyfriend and Bernedoodle, Jole, who is very fluffy and enjoys swimming in the sea. I am originally from Toronto, Canada and have had my plays produced throughout North America, and a short film I wrote in a London Film Festival. Since the pandemic, I have found myself writing for children’s literature and the GameFi space. 


2. What is an interesting thing about your book?

Mossy the Manatee was originally an idea for a script of a short animated film. 

3. How many other books have you written?

I am currently writing a chapter book that is being released in segments to a growing crypto community. The book is associated with the token’s video game.

 
4. What inspired you into writing this book and writing in general?

The inspiration behind Mossy the Manatee stemmed from my childhood fascination with manatees. Because I always knew odd facts about them, when I decided to include a manatee as the central character, a simple, cohesive storyline came together quickly and naturally. 

And with writing in general, I found playwriting through drama and acting which was the world I always grew up thinking I would end up in, that is, until I discovered creative writing. Through playwriting I delved into other mediums like books, films, games…pretty much anything that incorporates storytelling. 

5. Who is your favourite character in this book?

Mossy, of course! I feel Melissa (the illustrator) did an outstanding job making him full of life and his own personality. I also can’t help but root for the little guy! We all have a dream we want to see fulfilled, making him the most relatable character. 


6. When did you first consider yourself an author?

Funny question, I still don’t consider myself an author as I never imagined I would get into book writing. But I surprised myself and absolutely love it, so here I am! But regardless, I’m more of the type of playwright/ scriptwriter/ game writer/ author who thinks of herself as a creative writer above all else. I think it’s a hard time to keep working as a writer if you’re too rigid. 


7. Tell us about your most recent work?

Aside from Mossy, I write for a blockchain game that is in the works. This includes game characters, items, locations, tools, a chapter book and creative lore entries. This material is continuously released, in phases. Currently we are in two of eight. 

8. Do you have favourite authors and books?


The Catcher in the Rye 

9. What is next for you?

Definitely more children’s books- I have plenty of ideas and really enjoyed this process! There has also been a potential book (creative non-fiction) deal in the pipeline, though I can’t say much about that, yet! 
If not, with the return of theatre, I hope to get a longtime idea I’ve had for a play up on its feet. 


10. Any words for your readers and where can they contact you?


I hope you all enjoy Mossy the Manatee as much as I did writing it, and that its message resonates with all! Thank you so much for reading! I can always be contacted at nika.tomljenovic@yahoo.ca 

Book Review: Moonlight and Ashes by Rosie Goodwin

Genre: Historical Saga

Publication Date: 28 June, 2021

Publisher: Headline

Book Blurb

Despite being trapped in an abusive marriage, Maggie still feels blessed with her eight-year-old twins, Danny and Lizzie, and baby girl, Lucy. But when the Second World War begins it seems that her blessings may have run out.

Although the war lets her escape her husband when he’s sent to the front, she must also lose the twins, as they’re evacuated to North Wales. Lizzie seems to be in the perfect family, while Danny is left with a man who seems to resent his presence. But appearances can be deceptive, and while Maggie struggles to survive the bombings at home, her children face danger of a different kind.

Book Review


Moonlight and Ashes by Rosie Goodwin

I must confess, Rosie had my full attention with this particular book. From the first pages to the last pages, I was hooked to the plot.

Maggie, Danny, Lizzie, Eric, Soho Gus and Sparky were loveable characters I watched out for.

Of course, the effects of war on people leaves them traumatized and clinging to hope of being alive. From the themes in the book, love and life won against all odds.

I could relate with Maggie and Jo when they had to make hard decisions for their lives.

Overall, this book is a fantastic read but grab some tissues because you will definitely get emotional at some scenes.

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

About the Author

Rosie Goodwin’s first book, The Bad Apple, was published in 2004 by Headline. Since then she has gone on to write many more classic and contemporary sagas. She is also the first author in the world to be allowed to follow three of Catherine Cookson’s trilogies with her own sequels. Before becoming a published author, Rosie worked in Social Services. She is now amongst the top 100 most borrowed UK authors and her books regularly appear in the Heetseekers charts. Rosie has children and lives in Warwickshire with her husband and her four Shihtzu’s.
 

BOOK REVIEW: THE SMUGGLER’S GIRL BY JENNIE FELTON.

Genre: General Fiction/ Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 6th January, 2022

Publisher: Headline Publisher

Book Blurb

She always knew a piece of her heart was missing…

Cecile has been raised to a life of privilege at Polruan House, by her widowed father and aunt. Now she’s of age, they are determined that she make a proper match, but Cecile’s heart belongs to their coachman, Sam – most definitely not suitable marriage material.

When Sam turns to his friend, smuggler Zach Carver, for help eloping with Cecile, Zach tells of a recent encounter with Lise, a beautiful but poor girl in St Ives, who is the mirror image of Cecile.

And so a daring plan is born to briefly swap the girls. But bringing Cecile and Lise together will uncover an astonishing family secret of a bold escape from a loveless marriage, a treacherous shipwreck and a sister thought lost to the sea long ago…

Book Review

The Smuggler’s Girl by Jennie Fenton

What a delightful and adventurous book.

The characters were attention grabbing and the flow of the plot was perfect.

I enjoyed the book as it is the first book by the author I am reading.

I am rating it five golden stars as the book worth them.

I love Cecile, Lise, Zach, Sam and the Moxey’s brothers. You cannot help falling in love with the characters.

The title and book cover perfectly fits the storyline.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Author’s Bio

Jennie Felton grew up in Somerset and now lives in Bristol. She has written numerous short stories for magazines as well as a number of novels under a pseudonym. Her Families of Fairley Terrace Sagas series is about the lives and loves of the residents of a Somerset village in the late-nineteenth century, and started with All The Dark Secrets.

Visit Jennie on Facebook www.facebook.com/JennieFeltonAuthor and follow her on Twitter @Jennie_Felton for all her latest news.

Book Review: Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Publication Date: June 1, 2021

Book Blurb

Whispered secrets about her parents’ past take on new urgency for Chariline as she pays one last visit to the land of her forefathers, the ancient kingdom of Cush.
Raised as an orphan by her aunt, Chariline has only been told a few pieces of her parents’ tragic love story. Her beautiful dark skin is proof that her father was Cushite, but she knows nothing else. While visiting her grandfather before his retirement as the Roman official in the queen’s court, Chariline overhears that her father is still alive, and discovering his identity becomes her obsession. Both her grandfather and the queen have reasons for keeping this secret, however, and forbid her quest. So when her only clues lead to Rome, Chariline sneaks on the ship of a merchant trusted by friends.

Theo is shocked to discover a stowaway on board his vessel and determines to be rid of her as soon as possible. But drawn in by Chariline’s story, he feels honor-bound to see her safely to shore, especially when it appears someone may be willing to kill for the truth she seeks.

In this transformative tale of historical fiction, bestselling author Tessa Afshar brings to life the kingdom of Cush and the Roman Empire, introducing readers to a fascinating world filled with gripping adventure, touching romance, and a host of lovable characters—including some they may recognize from the biblical book of Acts.

Book Review


Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar

What a mesmerising and fascinating book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book by the skillful Tessa Afshar.

Jewel of the Nile is a book that describes how Jesus loves us regardless of our scars and imperfections.

There are characters I made friends with in the plot. The scriptures above each chapter rightly matched with the scenes and themes.

I highly recommend this book if you seek for an adventure to Bible days.

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

Author’s Bio

TESSA AFSHAR is the Publishers Weekly best-selling author of biblical and inspirational historical fiction, including Harvest of Gold which won a Christy Award and Land of Silence, which won an INSPY. The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings is Afshar’s critically acclaimed Bible study based on the book of Ruth, which won the ECPA Christian Book of the Year Award, 2021 in the Bible Study Category. Born in the Middle East, Tessa spent her teen years in England and later moved to the United States. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life. She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship for a year. Having served in women and prayer ministry for twenty years, Tessa became a full-time writer several years ago. Contact Tessa at tessaafshar.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTessaAfshar/

Book Review: The Convict’s Wife By Libby Ashworth.

Genre: Saga

Publication Date: 20th January, 2022

Publisher: Canelo Saga

Series: Book 1 (Lancashire Girls)

Book can be purchased online.

Book Blurb

Can she keep her family together?

When Molly Holden’s husband, Thomas, is convicted in 1812 of being a Luddite on the word of a secret informer, he is sentenced to be transported to Australia. Left with their baby daughter, Molly must find work to survive.

But the man who informed on Thomas is a former suitor of Molly’s, and Isaac believes that with Thomas out of the way she will return to him…

Yet Molly is determined to join her husband and find a way to pay for passage, all the while trying to stay one step ahead of Isaac’s nefarious interferences. But will it be enough to cross the ocean and be reunited with her beloved Thomas?

Based on real events, this is an inspiring Lancashire saga of one woman’s journey of love, family and survival. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court, Kitty Neale and June Francis.

Book Review


The Convict’s Wife by Libby Ashworth

What a delightful and suspense filled book! Libby did it again with this book.

I went on adventures to England and South Wales. I made new friends in the person of Molly, Ellen and Thomas!

I could relate with this book on a realistic level. I felt every emotion the author wove with her words.

The Convict’s Wife is a well written book, I must remark.

I highly recommend this book if you’re seeking for an adventure between the pages.

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

Author’s Bio

Libby Ashworth (Elizabeth) has been a published writer since she sold her first short story to Pony Annual as a teenager.

Her debut saga, The Cotton Spinner (Arrow, April 2020), the first in the Mill Town Lasses trilogy, is set against the backdrop of 19th Century industrialisation. When Jennet and Titus Eastwood are forced to move from their idyllic cottage into the centre of Blackburn to find work in the cotton mills, their lives are changed in ways they could never have imagined.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Lancashire, where she can trace her family back to the Middle Ages. It was while researching her family history that she realised there were so many stories about ordinary working people that she wanted to tell. She has previously written historical novels – The de Lacy Inheritance (Myrmidon Books) and By Loyalty Bound (Pen and Sword) – as well as local history books for Countryside Books and Sigma Press.

She currently lives in Lancashire with her son.