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REVIEW: The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Arthur and Maddy.  Arthur and Lucille.  Arthur and Nola.  Important women, all at different points in Arthur’s life.  Widower Arthur visits the cemetery every day to have lunch at his wife’s graveside.  This may sound odd, but he’s doing OK.  He gets up, gets his meals, tends to the aloof cat and gets out of the house.  He’s got a friendly neighbor, Lucille.  Arthur meets Maddy at the cemetery where she is escaping the frustration of lunch alone during high school.  He sees in her a soul most lost than his own self.  Arthur decides that Maddy needs a friend and he is at the perfect point in time, though over 80, to extend her that welcome.

This story touches on loneliness, friendship, grief and loving kindness.  I really enjoyed the story.  I felt the three main characters were developed to the point where I knew them.

Thanks to Random House for providing me an ARC for a  review in my own words.  This is a very good story!

 

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REVIEW: The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

The Writing Desk novel is set in present day and also in the early 1900s during the Gilded Age.  In the historical side of the story, we follow Birdie (an heiress), Eli (a marquis), and Alphonse (an heir).  Their stories are intertwined during and after WWI.  In the modern day story, we follow Tenley Roth (great granddaughter and daughter of prolific authors), Jonas, and Holt Armstrong.

Birdie has been commanded by her mother to enter a loveless marriage with Alphonse.  Tenley has partially accepted a proposal from Holt, with time to think it over during an extended trip to Florida to care for her estranged mother.

The publishing world of New York is exploring during two different eras.  The idea of long-ago, arranged, loveless marriages and modern, “I guess so” marriages are explored. Birdie is so restricted and Tenley, though she has choices, feels equally boxed in with her writing career.

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Interesting story by author Hauck.  Thanks to Zondervan for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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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.
Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper’s Station, #2)
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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