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REVIEW: Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Book 2 of the series introduces new guests to the Curry Hotel in Alaska. Set in the mid to late 1920s, this volume tells primarily of the story of Katherine, a victim of domestic abuse and her childhood love, Jean-Michel Langelier. As a retired soldier, Jean-Michel suffers PTSD. Neither Katherine nor Jean-Michel knows if they can heal. The joy-filled, God-lead owner/operators at the Curry Hotel provide gentle guidance for these wounded souls. Other guests include young adult Collette Langelier, searching for purpose and more focus on a maturing Thomas, one of the hotel staff.  We also catch up with Cassidy, Allen, John and the head chef.
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for an ARC for me to submit a review my own words.
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REVIEW: Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson

Daniel Knight is on a quest to find Brigette Berthold whom he last saw when she was 10 and he was 13.  They were separated in a reassignment in England after they fled Germany.  Can you imagine the terror of these two youths as they clung to each other for weeks when their parents willed them to run and hide and escape from the Third Reich.

Daniel promised Brigette that he would return for her.  Moves and circumstances drove them farther apart, making it very complicated to find one another.  Residing on the Pacific coast of America, Daniel was two oceans away from where he left Brigette, and he was in failing health.  Having exhausted a string of investigators, Daniel needs to hire someone with a heart for the project.

Quenby Vaughn, reporter/journalist and Attorney Lucas Hough are Daniel’s choices for the quest.  What will they find?  Can they work together?  What secrets need to be revealed and mended?

This was an amazing story with much depth.  Set in WWII and also modern day, it also compelled the reader to consider modern day refugees and the uncertainly they face.  There’s a challenge to readers at the end of the book to lend a hand and give a heart to someone else’s story.

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

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REVIEW: Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

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I just love how author Joyce Magnin brings characters to life.  They are regular people with love, laughter, aches and pain.  Maybelle and her cast of characters are in Philadelphia working at the Sun factory where they work on battleships during WW II.  Their husbands are away in the war effort and the women pick up the slack at the factories.  It’s a national effort to support the troops, ration and build war items like battleships.  Maybelle loses her mom at the beginning of the story and faces one heartache after another with her friends.  To give themselves hope and support through a small group, 4-6 women join forces to work on the “the Hope” which is a crazy quilt created from pieces Maybelle finds when cleaning out her late mother’s room.  The material scraps give Maybelle and her friends a way to reminisce and build a treasure for the future.  The story provides a peek into about six months of time as Maybelle and the other women struggle to make it on the homefront.

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