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/

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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.

BOOK REVIEW: JEANNIE’S WAR BY CAROL MACLEAN.

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Women’s Fiction/ WW2 Saga

Publisher: Hera Books

Publication Date: 24 March, 2022

Series: Kiltie Street Girls Series. ( Can be read as a Standalone).

Book can be purchased online.

Book Blurb

War changed her country, but it couldn’t change her spirit

Glasgow, 1939

Despite being shy and reserved, Jeannie Dougal finds herself newly engaged to handsome soldier, Arthur Dunn, the day war is announced. Jeannie accepts, even if she is unsure if a girl from the tenements will fit in with Arthur’s comfortable, middle-class background. But as WW2 takes its toll on the world, her wedding must wait…

As she sets off to work at a munitions factory she meets Eileen, Janet and Annie. As her new friends bond together in war work, sharing their stories of romance, Jeannie is grateful to be settled with Arthur, even if he is set in his ways.

Until she meets charming Canadian soldier, Bill, and realises she has found a spark she was always missing. But how can Jeannie tell Arthur? And is she strong enough to fight her own battle, with the country already at war…?

An emotional and romantic family saga set in WW2 Scotland and the start of a captivating new series. Fans of Call the Midwife and Katie Flynn won’t be able to put this down.

My Review

Jeannie’s War is an amazing book I read in a sitting and so late into the early hours of the morning.

I am pleased with the twists and turns of the plot. The characterization is so great, the suspense was well controlled and the plot had that page turning effect.

Jeannie is a remarkable character and a loveable one. You cannot help following her story and that of other characters especially Kathy! I love that character and I almost thought she was real.

The book title and cover were what drew my attention and I am pleased I read this amazing book that took me on an adventure to the WW2. I am grateful for modern times like this and warm food to eat.

The author wrote the plot in a realistic way with human empathy.

I am rating this great book 5 stars because I just love it!

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

Author’s Bio

Carol MacLean lives in the Glasgow area. She began by writing pocket novels, having 18 published before deciding to write historical saga. She enjoys weaving social history into fiction and imagining how life must have been for ordinary people living through different times.

When she’s not writing, Carol can be found visiting museums or walking around the city looking for traces of old Glasgow to inspire her next novel.

THE PRINCE AND THE PRODIGAL BY JILL EILEEN SMITH.

Genre: Christian/Biblical Fiction/ Historical Romance

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: February 1, 2022

Book can be purchased online.

Book Blurb

Joseph is the pampered favorite son of the patriarch Jacob. His older brothers, deeply resentful of his status in the family, take advantage of the chance to get rid of him, selling him to slave traders and deceiving their father about his fate. It seems like their troubles are over. But for Joseph and older brother Judah, they are just beginning.

While Joseph is accused of rape and imprisoned, Judah attempts to flee the memory of his complicity in the betrayal of his younger brother. After decades apart, the brothers will come face-to-face in a stunning role reversal that sees Joseph in a position of great power while Judah begs for mercy. Will forgiveness or vengeance win the day?

Bestselling and award-winning author Jill Eileen Smith brings her considerable research and imaginative skills to bear in this vivid retelling of one of the most popular stories found in Scripture–a story of jealousy, betrayal, and a reconciliation that only God could bring about.

My Review

The Prince and the Prodigal by Jill Eileen Smith is a biblical fiction retelling on the character Joseph.

The author uses fiction to elaborate on the lives of Jacob and his twelve sons. It was fun reading through the author’s eyes as she expertly takes her readers to biblical times.

Joseph and Judah had central places in this book. I love how she did her best to stick to biblical facts despite the fictional segments of each character.

Overall, the title for this book is a perfect fit. The author did a great job.

I am rating the book five stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Author’s Bio

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of the biblical fiction series The Wives of King David, Wives of the Patriarchs, and Daughters of the Promised Land, as well as The Heart of a KingStar of Persia: Esther’s Story, and Miriam’s Song. She is also the author of the nonfiction books When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams and She Walked Before Us. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at http://www.jilleileensmith.com.

BOOK REVIEW: POLLY’S WAR BY FREDA LIGHTFOOT.

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Saga

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Date: September 1, 2000

Book Blurb

World War II may be over, but Polly Pride feels as though the fighting has moved to her own home. Polly knows that she risks losing everything, but refuses to go back to Ancoats and a life of grinding poverty. And she won’t stand by and watch her family tear itself to pieces.

Book Review

Polly’s War by Freda Lightfoot

What an amazing book! Freda did it again with her unique style of writing.

I was glued from the first page to the last page.

Every character was essential to the plot.

My favourites were Lucy, Benny, Michael, Polly and of course, Minnie!

So many themes to learn but a family that sticks together, stays together.

I highly recommend this book if you are looking for something entertaining and full of action.

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

Author’s Bio

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: THE MOTHER AND BABY HOME BY SHEILA NEWBERRY.

Genre: Historical Sagas

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction

Publication Date: November 12, 2020

Book can be purchased online or at the local bookstores around you.

Book Blurb

A charming new saga by Sheila Newberry, author of The Nursemaid’s Secret and The Winter Baby, for fans of Call the Midwife.

Sunny grew up in the mother and baby home on Grove Lane, London. The daughter of a wartime nurse and a Polish pilot, she was abandoned by her mother shortly after her birth and taken in by Nan, the warm and gentle proprietor of the home in which she was born.

Never having known her parents, Sunny has always felt like she doesn’t quite fit in, but now at sixteen-years-old she is ready to find her place in the world. Heading out to start her first job, she finally feels she has some idea of who she wants to be.

As 1950s London is changing at a rapid pace, so is Sunny. And when someone from her past returns, Sunny has some tough decisions to make. Decisions that could affect the rest of her life . . .

Book Review

The Mother and Baby Home by Sheila Newberry.

Firstly, I must say that the author is new to me and I was fascinated with the beautiful book cover hence my decision to read the book.

The Mother and Baby Home is a good book in the sense that; the themes were easy to identify. The characters were numerous but each stood independent.

What I find disappointing in this book is the absence of suspense. I was not gripped by any action. The plot was just flowing and I wanted to give up but the character “Sunny” and her unique love life kept me glued to the end.

I am not going to give out spoilers. It might be a nice cup of tea to you if you read it.

I am rating it 4 stars because the author did a good job and I loved the characters.

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

About the Author

Sheila Newberry was born in Suffolk and spent a lot of time there both before and during the war. Her family was certainly her inspiration and she was published most of her adult life. She spent 40 years living in Kent with her husband John on a smallholding, and had nine children and 22 grandchildren.

BOOK REVIEW: NEVER LEAVE ME BY JODY HEDLUND.

Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance

Publication date: 4th January, 2022

Publisher:Revell

Book Blurb

In the last stages of a genetic disease, Ellen Creighton has decided to live out her remaining days at the estate of her longtime friend Harrison Burlington. Harrison cares deeply for Ellen, but as a wheelchair-bound paraplegic, he’s never allowed himself to get serious in a relationship. However, he’s desperately trying to save her by finding the holy water that is believed to heal any disease.

When he locates two flasks, Ellen refuses to drink one of them because she believes the holy water killed her sister and father. In an effort to convince her to take it, Harrison ingests the contents first, and when Ellen witnesses the effects, she can no longer deny the power of the substance in the bottles. Dangerous criminals are also seeking the holy water, and Ellen soon learns they will go to any lengths to get the powerful drug–including sending her back into the past to find it for them.

Bestselling and award-winning author Jody Hedlund plunges you into the swiftly flowing river of history in a race against the clock in this breathtaking, emotional second Waters of Time story.

My Review

Book Review

Never leave me by Jody Hedlund.

I finished the remaining chapters in one sitting after beginning the book a day before.

As usual, Jody took me on an adventure to the middle ages and I enjoyed myself through the pages.

Never Leave Me is book 2 of the Waters of Time series.
This particular book centred on Ellen and Harrison stories. I also got to know more about Marian and Will.

I am so grateful to Revell for letting me read the two books. I still cannot forget the plots.

The themes were insightful. The action plot and twists were perfect.

I am rating this book 5 golden stars.

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

About the Author

JODY HEDLUND is a bestselling and award-winning author who loves fairy tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI, with her husband and five children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

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.