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REVIEW: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

In the late 1930s, the five Foss children find themselves entrapped at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage. They were collected against the true knowledge of their parents, through the work of Georgia Tann. Ms. Tann for years ran an illegal adoption ring and was in charge of child trafficking. Although the Foss children are a fictional family, the stories their lives hold are based on accounts from children impacted by the scandal. Actually much bigger than a scandal, but oh my.
It’s a riveting read as modern day granddaughter who is an attorney seeks to find out and maybe hide the possibly family dirty laundry. What Avery Staffords finds will keep the reader turning pages. In finding the truth behind May’s story, Avery is also forced to make personal decisions that will impact her own adult years.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

This was a much anticipated, by me, book as I’ve read and relished her other stories over the years. Thanks to Lisa Wingate for another super read! And, thanks to Ballantine Books for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The First Gift by Ruth Logan Herne

Cassie Caruthers longs for a normal childhood.  Cassie lives in squalor and neglect with her widowed, alcoholic birth farther.  She is so detached from him that she calls him “the man.”  Social Services does some careful stepping to get Cassie into the school system and into a nurturing environment.  Through God’s providence, Kerry McHenry is her Kindergarten teacher.
We also meet Ray and Jake, both men aim to win Kerry’s heart.  Ray, an oncologist, is wrapped up in himself and doesn’t appreciate the gift of Kerry.  Jake, who works for the sheriff’s department, is widowed with his two, biracial little boys.  He’s just coming back to the dating scene and wants to protect his sons from any flighty romances of his.
Enjoy this unfolding story as new relationships are formed.
The First Gift by Ruth Logan Herne
Thanks to Franciscan Media for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer

This is book 3 in the Zimmerman Restoration trilogy.  Follow the story of Alexa and Suzanne as both women come to terms with their relationships.  There are several explored in this book as Alexa wishes to find her birth mother.  Suzanne longs to talk to Anna Grace as more than a friend.  And, Alexa and Suzanna have work to do on their mother-daughter relationship.  I felt there was a lot going on in this “episode.”  I believe the reader would need to read books 1 and 2 to understand this one best. We also have the relationship of Paul and Suzanne as they struggle to work out their adult friendship.

This is a Mennonite community, though some readers may think it’s in the Amish fiction genre.  There are differences and I found I enjoyed this community.

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

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REVIEW: Another Way Home by Deborah Raney

This is the second book in this series, A Chicory Inn, by Deborah Raney that I have read. I enjoyed this one greatly. I thought the want-to-be parents, Danae and Dallas Brook, were developed nicely. You could sense the desperation of Danae, the frustration yet love of Dallas, and the tough decisions the couple had to make. Readers also catch up with other members of the Chicory Inn series. This book tackled challenging topics about adoption, abandonment, and fertility issues. I look forward to reading other stories about this whole family.
Thanks to Abingdon Press for providing me an ARC to review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman

Kelli Huddleston has just lost her father and step-mom in a car accident.  She also loses her job because she chose to do the right thing.  Reeling from these losses, Kelli is overwhelmed when she finds some disturbing papers in her father’s safe.  Kelli heads to Tennessee to find herself and the answers to the clues in the safe.  This book was quick to read and hopefully an uncommon happening for families.  It certainly shows the trouble people can get into when they follow false gods.  Kelli bears the weight of her father’s choices and it is a giant burden.

Thank you to Bethany House for providing me an advance copy to read and review in my own words.

Finding Me - eBook  -     By: Kathryn Cushman

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REVIEW: Love Comes Home by Ann Gabhart

Years ago I read the first part of this story in a book called Angel Sister.  In this new story, Love Comes Home, you are taken about 10 years into the future as all the girls have grown up.  Kate, Tori and Evie are young married women, embarking on motherhood and careers due to the war. Their young husbands were sent off to WWII in the intervening years and this book is set at the close of the war when the men are returning.  Adopted Lorena is in her mid-teens and becoming something of a singing sensation.  Centered on the sisters, the book follows the joys and tears of the reunions and deaths that are part of war’s legacy.

This book also brings back Fern and Aunt Hattie who are both supportive of the community in their own unique ways.  There was great heartache in the story, along with tremendous relief and love.  I must admit that I was wiping away tears for the last chapter where Fern has them in the woods.  Wonderful storytelling, Ann Gabhart!

Thanks to Revell for providing me an advance copy for a review in my own words.

Love Comes Home

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REVIEW: Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes

Driftwood Tides follows Grace (Libby) as she searches for her birth mother after learning, at age 25, that she was adopted.  She finds her birth mother’s husband.  Holton is a talented driftwood artist yet alcoholic wallowing in the grief of losing his wife, Adele, to a car accident.  Tess is his long-time friend and art studio assistant who is in love with Holton, though he is unaware of her devotion.  A financial disaster is the turning tide of the story as Libby sticks by her maybe/maybe not birth father and works with Tess to devise a plan of action. Side stories in Driftwood Tides are Libby’s relationship with Caroline, her adoptive mother and Libby’s tenuous engagement to Robert.
Thanks to Tyndale House for providing me an advance copy to review, in my own words.tides

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