REVIEW: Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

Grace Mallory works for Western Union as a telegraph operator. This gives her an income and a unique communication method. She needs this as she’s “on the run” for most of the book, hiding out from corrupt security men who took her father’s life. Amos Bledsoe is the operator in a nearby Texas town. He overhears a telegraph conversation that is meant for Grace, and he springs into action.

The story had intrigue, mystery, humor and a lovely love story.
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Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: With You Always by Jody Hedlund

Elise Neumann and her two younger sisters are in dire straits.  They work as seamstresses and take care of two abandoned toddlers.  With the death of their mother and the unwelcoming care of their uncle, they are left to their own.  Thankfully they end up at the Seventh Street Mission. However, this is a short stay as a financial crisis in NYC means even less jobs.  Elise must step up and take the offer of the Children’s Aid Society to place tradeswomen in the Midwest.
Her male counterpart in the book is well-heeled Thornton Quincy.  Thornton must prove himself to his father by establishing a railroad town in Illinois.  From two different ends of society, Elise and Thornton keep meeting.
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Once again, Jody Hedlund has written a riveting story of adversity with God’s love to cling to in the mess.  This is set to be a book series and I’m already awaiting book 2.
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The Hideaway by Lauren Denton

Granddaughter Sara Jenkins returns to the homestead in Sweet Bay, Alabama following the death of her grandmother, Mags.  Sara was raised from about age 10 by Mags after the accidental death of Sara’s parents.  Sara couldn’t wait to escape her eccentric grandmother and found herself as a small business owner in New Orleans as a 20- and 30-something.  Mags, though, left the Hideaway homestead to Sara to be restored and either sold or loved.
During the restoration, Sara finds details of her grandmother’s life and open a whole new perspective for her on the real story behind the eccentric Mags.
I thought the story was interesting.  I was fine with how the chapters jumped around from Mags’ story to Sara’s story.

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Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me an ARC for a  review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Gate in the Fence of Time: A Journey to the Birth of America by David Robert Berry

This was a very interesting book about the Sinclair family who is able to travel back in time to 1775 and 1776 Colonial Williamsburg. Because I’ve visited the historic park a few times, I could appreciate the place names and common stories of the time period.  I greatly enjoyed this book.  Each of the four family members connected with a character from the past and hoped to make a positive difference, without changing history.  The author had done a great deal of homework in getting to some little known stories to bring to life.
Thanks to David Robert Berry for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Home by Ginny L. Yttrup

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Melanie Vander, author, and her contractor husband, Craig, are disconnected.  They live a grand life with many materials things, but they are not happy.  For Melanie it shows itself in her inability to write her next book.  For Craig, it stems from a down market for his construction company.  They need each other, but they continue to drift alone.

Neighbors Jill and Marcos provide another good storyline in this novel about finding one’s way home. Each person in the story much reach inside, reach to God, and grieve, regroup and grow.

Thanks to Shiloh Run Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

The story begins with Alice-Ann as a 16-year old and the US just entering WWII.  The town in which the story is set sends a significant number of young men into the service on account of the war.  This has impact on everyone in town.  Alice-Ann takes time to make sure her long-time crush, Mack, knows she’ll be waiting for him.

Good letter correspondents at first, Mack’s letters eventually end and there is news of his demise during a fierce battle.  Alice-Ann, whose crush was known only to a few, must endure this quietly.

A friend’s brother, Carlton, returns early from the war due to an injury.  He and Alice-Ann form a new friendship as young adults as they bond through the war time.

Alice-Ann must reshape her vision of “true love” and decide the best path for her future.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Chapel Car Bride by Judith McCoy Miller

Chapel cars in the hills of West Virginia were a new piece of history for me. It made some sense that rail cars could travel and stay at the coal mining towns. In Chapel Car Bride, Hope Irvine leaves her aunt’s care in Pittsburgh to join her pastor father on his latest trip in the chapel car. Hope easily finds her place ministering alongside her father. She adds to the mission with her own gifts of music and as a children’s teacher.

Luke Hughes is a coal mining town resident from a line of coal miners. He soaks up the teachings of Pastor Irvine and finds his own way. We also meet the mine owner’s son, Kirby, who has quite a few hang-ups to work through. Read and learn both about the history and the young folks of this story.

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Thanks to Judith McCoy Miller for teaching me about history and thanks to Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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