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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: 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: Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink

Stephanie is working hard to become a respected literary agent. The story opens as she is trying to convince a reclusive author to turn over a new manuscript to her agency.  Unfortunately, the author’s dog, Sweetness, runs off during the meeting.  The author charges Stephanie with finding and returning the dog to her before they can complete the meeting.  The author lives quite a ways away and leaves the meeting location without her dog.  Stephanie, who has seen just a glimpse of the dog, is stunned by her assignment to recover Sweetness.  Into the picture comes media mogul Rhett Hastings.  He’s at a crossroads in his life as he considers his broken relationship with his sister and how to readjust his life’s work.  Rhett reluctantly offers to help Stephanie, a stranger to him, find the dog and then deliver the dog to the author.

Stephanie and Rhett are both chasing dreams that may not be their own.  This is a great story about a couple 30-something people who are reevaluating where they are and what God is calling them to do.

Fetching Sweetness - eBook  -     By: Dana Mentink

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

 

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REVIEW: Fearless Hope by Serena Miller

Hope Yoder and Logan Parker come from worlds which are poles apart.  She is a widowed Amish woman in Holmes Country, Ohio.  He is a crime writer from New York City.  When Logan faces burnout from his work, his manager encourages him to take some time and time to regain his focus.  Logan feels drawn to Holmes County and quickly finds and buys an old Amish homestead.  Hope enters his life when he needs a housekeeper for this large home.  Image  Each of them is facing personal obstacles.  Luckily the friendship that ensues helps them both move past some hurdles. Their attraction to one another, though, becomes an even greater obstacle as the story progresses. This contemporary novel does a good job of highlighting Hope’s concerns and also Logan’s change of heart. 

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REVIEW: What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin

I’m not sure what the future holds, exactly, for main characters Cameron and Molly.  I did find them both to be believeable characters which is refreshing.  I really enjoyed Molly’s repartee with her co-worker Emily.  Molly starts out disillusioned with romance due to a failed marriage and an unfulfilling, but on-going relationship with a chiropractor.  At times I thought that fellow did have some spunk but he and Molly were mismatched.  Cameron is a bit of a mystery to me because I could see him only through Molly’s suspicious eyes.  It was a good read with a contemporary setting and I believe many women can relate to Molly.

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