When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.
When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death.
Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.
I found this book so intriguing! Aurelie Harcourt has lived all her life in debtor’s prison with her father. On his death she wants some answers – who was her mother and whatever happened to her? Who knows the answers? As Aurelie goes to stay with her father’s wealthy family, she not only tries to fit in, but also to learn more about her parents – and what happened to them. Moreover, under her father’s pseudonym, can she finish the story her father began before his death in a way that captivates the readers? I just found this story fascinating – and kept wanting to know the answers already! So many mysteries and misunderstandings and unknowns – so different from today when it’s all available with a click on the computer! I so enjoyed reading this story – as well as learning more about life in 1861 England! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Author:Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, releases October 3 from Revell. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods and shares stories that move her at http://www.jdpstories.com.
In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah’s household rises to capture the heart of the future king.
Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name–Zibah, delight of the Lord–thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.
This book was amazing! I’ve read the Biblical book of Isaiah before and know about some of his prophecies, but I never stopped to think about them in the context of Isaiah’s life. This book weaves together the Biblical prophecies, the known facts about those days, the cultural nuances, and a beautiful (fictional) love story. I found myself rereading passages from scripture (and I love it when a book points me back to the Bible!), yet at no time did I feel like I was reading a history book.
Mesu Andrews does a fabulous job of bringing the characters to life! Ishma got my pity when I “met” her as a small, pitiful, captive child. But my admiration for her grew as she matured and learned not just to face her fears, but instead to turn and face Yahweh for her courage. But other characters also have their stories woven in – and some are good, and some aren’t!
I really loved this story and just cannot praise it enough! Mesu Andrews is a master story teller and weaves in with the story so much rich cultural background as well as Biblical truth – it truly brings the Bible alive. I highly recommend this book. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. Unfortunately, it doesn’t release until January 16, 2018 so you’ll have to wait until then to read it!
The Author: Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes and numerous other novels including The Pharaoh’s Daughter and Miriam. Her deep understanding of–and love for– God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Mesu lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.
Third Day guitarist Mark Lee is no stranger to heartache and hopes deferred; the road to success is never traveled without missteps along the way. Life is messy and uncertain and full of surprises. And one of the best things he’s ever done is let go of his expectations about how life shouldbe in order to embrace life as it is: a moment-by-moment walk with God.
Hurt Road is the engaging true story of a man who, as a teen, found in music a refuge from the uncertainties of life. Who set out to discover a better way to live than constantly struggling to make sure life turned out the way he planned it. Who stopped substituting what’s next for what’s now and learned the truth–that coming or going, God’s got us.
Poignant, funny, and thoughtful, Hurt Road dares anyone feeling knocked down or run over by their circumstances to give up control to the One who already has the road all mapped out. Includes black and white photos.
I find myself drawn to the music of Third Day so it was so interesting to read Mark’s book – about his childhood and its hurts, the loss of his father, how the band began and more. But what I wasn’t expecting was his very candid thoughts about marriage and the wisdom he has! Honestly, the chapter on marriage should be a chapter every engaged couple reads!
Hurt Road is not just Mark Lee’s story – it’s also his words to encourage others – to respond to God and reach those around you, wherever you might be. “God has given us all a platform, and … it’s all for God’s glory, not ours.” I really enjoyed reading Mark’s story and highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I know – 2 reviews in 2 days but I’m a little behind and I need to get caught up before I fly away again!! So, here’s
Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.
Packing a powerful punch, this novel had suspense, romance, and even legal drama, with the characters both seeking and questioning God. Kate Sullivan is a lawyer who is tapped to lead a big case against a large pharmaceutical company. But how far will the company go to keep from losing money? And who is behind the evil Kate finds herself up against?
After being chosen lead counsel and realizing she needs to dig deep into the case as there is much more than meets the eye, Kate decides to hire a private investigator and has Landon James recommended to her. He is former military who is “haunted by mistakes in his past” but determined to make the future different, and to protect Kate!
Both Kate and Landon have issues – will the issues keep them apart or draw them together (okay – it’s a romance novel so what do you think!). But seeing them work through them really was great! He feels God has abandoned him – she relies on God “…she closed her eyes for a moment and asked God to give her the strength to get through this litigation.” I really loved some of the seeking dialogue between Kate and Landon. Kate encourages him – “He knows your pain and struggles, Landon. They aren’t any surprise to Him.”
This is a wonderful novel and I recommend it! I had such a hard time putting it down! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at http://www.racheldylan.com.
In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she’s ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she’s out of her league–and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he’s the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.
Crackling with romantic tension and laced with intrigue, this suspenseful story from award-winning author Patricia Bradley will keep readers guessing–and looking over their shoulders.
What a neat murder mystery – although that sounds a little strange! I so enjoyed how a “cold case” came to life! And honestly, my hands got clammy as I read Kelsey’s adventures climbing up walls and rappelling down great heights without a belayer! The author is quite skilled at bringing words to life!
Kelsey is the daughter of a thief and she loves finding flaws in security systems – not for her own illegal gains but so the owners can improve their systems. And she loves the challenge – not only with the cyber part of security but also the brick and mortar as she skillfully breaks into buildings. But will Detective Brad Hollister believe her – that she is not like her father? Kelsey and Brad have a past – but will they have a future?
This novel had action through and through, yet also an underlying message that God is there. At one-point Kelsey struggles as she reads the Bible. “People let you down; how did she know God wouldn’t too? … She wasn’t even sure she’d know how to depend on God.” As an aside, I loved how Kelsey was reading her Bible on her phone!
If you are looking for a suspenseful murder mystery with some romance and the seeking for God in one’s life, I highly recommend this book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Patricia Bradley is the author of Justice Delayed, as well as the Logan Point series. Honoring God through her writing is top priority for this Mississippi Writer. When she’s not writing or speaking, she throws mud on a wheel and tries to make something beautiful. Bradley won an Inspirational Readers Choice Award in Suspense, was a finalist for the Genesis Award, won a Daphne du Maurier Award, and won a Touched by Love Award. Bradley is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Learn more at http://www.ptbradley.com.
This book had more twists and turns than a roller coaster! Seriously, several times I had to go back and reread different parts because I wondered how I had missed certain things!
The novel begins with a scene from the end of the book so from the get go the reader is wondering how mild Ian Connor could end up in a scene like that! And then the author unravels the story, with bits from the past, and dreams, and even from the view points of different characters. What a suspenseful novel – with hit men, armed robberies, shootings, etc.
I liked how this book was a clean suspenseful novel – no profanity or sex. But I will say I was expecting there to be some mention of God, since the publisher is Bethany House, but I did not find any. I do highly recommend Fatal Trust as a clean, suspenseful legal thriller but wouldn’t say it is Christian Fiction. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Author: Todd M. Johnson
Todd M. Johnson has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. Todd’s passion for writing blends well with his legal career and his novels are drawn closely from his personal experiences as a trial lawyer.
A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, Todd taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law and has served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.
The Deposit Slip, Johnson’s first novel, debuted in 2012. His second novel, Critical Reaction, was released in October 2013.
A third novel, Fatal Trust, is set in Todd’s hometown of Minneapolis.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It takes place in 1879 in London, mostly in the theater world.
Forced to Leave All She Loves Behind, She Seeks a New Life in a City Bursting with Opportunity, But Fraught with Danger
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leaves Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater putting on the most popular show in the city. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage. That is, as long as the shadows from her past don’t catch up with her.
After a hand injury forces Nate Moran from his army regiment in India, he returns home to London, a place that holds bitter memories. He agrees to fill in temporarily as a stagehand while his brother recuperates from a broken leg, but Nate is counting down the days until he can rejoin his regiment. His future is decided–until he meets a beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate yearns to leave behind.
Although I’ve read history about the Globe theater in Shakespeare’s day, I’d never read about the theater in a more “modern” time (just about 140 years ago!). I found the details about the shows fascinating as the theater was producing HMS Pinafore – a musical still known today. There’s a scene with Gilbert and Sullivan working out the details of their next show and words from some of the songs are in the book both of which getting me thinking of those tunes! A lot of the action revolves around backstage – costumes and lighting and sets as Rosalyn is hired first as a cleaning lady and then as a dresser and Nate is working as a stagehand. I also enjoyed the referencing to George Mueller’s orphanage and his beliefs/actions. I’ve heard of him, so to have his orphanage play a pivotal part in the lives of the characters and seeing how it influenced them really intrigued me.
There were just so many details of London life woven around a great story of love and forgiveness and the grace of God that I found this book captivating and look forward to reading the next one by this author, about Rosalyn’s sister Julia! I highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Author: Jennifer Delamere
Jennifer Delamere’s debut Victorian romance, An Heiress at Heart, was a 2013 RITA award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, A Lady Most Lovely, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.