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Curio

Curio

On 3/20 Laura Edwards wrote: In this debut young adult steampunk novel by Evangeline Denmark, we meet Grey Haward, a tall strong girl who tries her hardest to to not stand out by working in her grandfather’s hardware shop. Doing her best to follow all of the rules set before her, she can’t help but wonder if she needs to take ... Curio by Evangeline Denmark

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5 Stars

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The Golden Braid

The Golden Braid

On 12/1 Laura Edwards wrote: In “The Golden Braid” by Melanie Dickerson, we’re introduced Rapunzel, who longs to learn to read even though it’s not allowed for women in medieval times. She’s also constantly on the move since her mother refuses to let her get close to any man since, according to her mother, they cannot ... The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

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5 Stars

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Hiding Places

Hiding Places

On 9/14 Laura Edwards wrote: “Hiding Places” by Erin Healy tells the story of 11-year-old Kate Whitby and her family at the Harrison Lodge in Evergreen, Colorado. While the book has a slow start, it’s almost necessary considering just how many characters and story lines need to be fleshed out. On the one hand, there’s Kate ... Hiding Places by Erin Healy

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5 Stars

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Fairy Tale Romance Collection

Fairy Tale Romance Collection

On 7/13 Laura Edwards wrote: Melanie Dickerson’s “Fairy Tale Romance Collection” comprises of 5 separate novels, which are all basically a retelling of popular fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. The five books in this collection are “The Healer’s Apprentice” (Sleeping Beauty), “The Merchant’s ... Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson

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4 Stars

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Two Renegade Realms

Two Renegade Realms

On 3/30 Laura Edwards wrote: “Two Renegade Realms” is the second book in the Realm Walkers series by Donita K. Paul. It continues the story of Cantor and Bixby, along with Dukmee and Cantor’s dragon constant, Bridger. Three years have passed since the events from the first book, and the companions are now on a mission to ... Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul

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5 Stars

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Palace of Darkness

Palace of Darkness

On 12/18 Laura Edwards wrote: Palace of Darkness is a stand-alone novel in the Lost Cities novels by Tracy L. Higley. Set in AD 106, it follows a single mother named Cassia and her six-year-old son, Alexander, as they try to find someplace where they’ll fit in and no longer be destitute. Fleeing to the great city of stone, Petra, ... Palace of Darkness by Tracy Higley

Laura's Rating:

4 Stars

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MindWar

MindWar

On 8/28 Laura Edwards wrote: “Mindwar” by Andrew Klavan is an edge of your seat thriller that will keep you guessing about what will happen next. It’s the first book in a new trilogy set around Rick Dial, a former high school quarterback who was left disabled after a car accident. Instead of facing everyone about what had ... Mindwar by Andrew Klavan

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4 Stars

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 5/31 Laura Edwards wrote: “The Queen’s Handmaid” by Tracy Higley is a new historical novel set in ancient Egypt during the time of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. Centered around Lydia, an orphan girl who lives in the palace at the demand of Cleopatra and her “royal child,” it tells the story of the events that occur ... The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy Higley

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4 Stars

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The Carnelian Legacy

The Carnelian Legacy

On 2/21 Laura Edwards wrote: “The Carnelian Legacy” is Cheryl Koevoet’s debut novel. Set mostly in a fantastical parallel dimension called Carnelia, it follows the story of modern-world girl Marisa MacCallum and her search for true love. After the death of her father, Marisa feels like her world is falling apart as she seeks ... The Carnelian Legacy by Cheryl Koevoet

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4 Stars

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The Church Builder

The Church Builder

On 11/25 Laura Edwards wrote: ”The Church Builder” by A.L. Shields (pen name for Stephen L. Carter) is not what most people would think based on the title alone. Instead, it is a tale of suspense, intrigue, and mystery surrounding Bethany Barclay, a young, small town lawyer, as she finds herself in the middle of a massive game ... The Church Builder by A.L. Shields

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4 Stars

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 9/17 Laura Edwards wrote: “When Mockingbirds Sing” is the story of Leah, a child from the town of Away who is isolated from the other kids because of her stutter. Her only friend at the time is an invisible person she calls the Rainbow Man, and when she starts painting prophetic scenes, she attributes her ability to tell ... When Mockingbirds Sing – Billy Coffey

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4 Stars

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Afloat

Afloat

On 6/3 Laura Edwards wrote: "Afloat" by Erin Healy was an amazing read.  Centered around Eagle's Talon, an architectural marvel and the baby of Vance Nolan, it tells the story of the inhabitants and some strange circumstances that befall them.  Everything starts out fine, but after a freak rainstorm and flood, the world for several ... Afloat by Erin Healy

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5 Stars

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Asylum

Asylum

On 4/16 Laura Edwards wrote: Asylum is a Christian sci fi novel from a new author- Ashley Hodges Bazer. Sci-Fi is one of my favorite genres to read since almost anything goes and it’s fun to disappear into a futuristic or other-worldly place. Trista is a Ghost (rebel organiztion) and captured by the Legacy (the government) and ... Asylum by Ashley Hodges Bazer

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4 Stars

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House of Mercy

House of Mercy

On 2/9 Laura Edwards wrote: House of Mercy by Erin Healy tells the story of Beth Borzoi, an aspiring veterinarian, and the trials and tribulations that she faces because of one mistake. In the attempt to help a friend with vet bills for his horse, Beth steals a valuable saddle from the tack room at the Blazing B ranch, a ranch ... House of Mercy - Erin Healy

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5 Stars

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The 13th Tribe

The 13th Tribe

On 6/1 Laura Edwards wrote: “Their story didn’t start this year…or even this millenium.” At the base of Mount Sinai back in the times of Moses, the 12 tribes of Israel grew tired of waiting and worshipped a golden calf instead. When Moses returned with the Ten Commandments, many of these people were killed instantly, ... The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo

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5 Stars

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The Baker's Wife

The Baker's Wife

On 2/29 Laura Edwards wrote: The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy is the third standalone novel that she has written. It tells the story of Audrey, a former pastor’s wife, but after a scandalous lie caused her husband to lose his job as a pastor, the two switched to managing a bakery. Even though everything seemed alright, Audrey ... The Baker's Wife - Erin Healy

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5 Stars

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The Bone House

The Bone House

On 9/24 Laura Edwards wrote: The Bone House by Steven Lawhead is the second book in the Bright Empires series. This continues the adventure of Kit Livingstone and his great-grandfather Cosimo as they travel along the ley lines, trying to find the pieces of the infamous Skin Map before the Burley Men do since all the Burley Men ... The Bone House - Stephen Lawhead

Laura's Rating:

4 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 8/9 Laura Edwards wrote: This short biography of J.R.R. Tolkien by Mark Horne is a part of the Christian Encounters series, which looks at Tolkien’s life and the faith that he followed as well as how it affected his writing. Even though it wasn’t obvious in some of his writings, little bits of his faith got portrayed and ... J. R. R. Tolkien - Mark Horne

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4 Stars

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The Skin Map

The Skin Map

On 6/24 Laura Edwards wrote: The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead is a fun read that takes into account the concept of time travel. In this book, only certain points in the world are connected by “ley lines” that allow a person to instantly travel to another city, country, or even different time! Kit, one of the main characters, ... The Skin Map - Stephen Lawhead

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4 Stars

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Immanuel's Veins

Immanuel's Veins

On 10/5 Laura Edwards wrote: Immanuel’s Veins is the story that everyone needs to read.  It’s the story of salvation and just what price had been paid for us to be saved.  This particular story, however, centers around Toma Nicolescu, a Russian soldier who had been sent to Moldavia under the express orders of Empress Catherine the Great, and also ... Immanuel’s Veins – Ted Dekker

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5 Stars

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Never Let You Go

Never Let You Go

On 8/1 Laura Edwards wrote: Never Let You Go is the story of Lexi Solomon.  Tragedy had hit her family seven years ago and she had done her best to scrape out a living for herself and her 9-year-old daughter, Molly.  Lexi thought that things were going well until an old, unsavory friend, Warden Pavo, decided to make an appearance ... Never Let You Go – Erin Healy

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5 Stars

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Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

On 4/6 Laura Edwards wrote: Saint Patrick, one of the Christian Encounters books by Jonathan Rogers, is a biography of the renowned Saint Patrick, who went from being a slave in Ireland as a teenager to the saint that we know today. It was interesting to read since I had always liked the story of Saint Patrick so it was cool to ... Saint Patrick by Jonathan Rogers

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5 Stars

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