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Who I Am with You

Who I Am with You

On 11/24 ReviewsByErin wrote: Jessica Mason's world was turned upside down in the span of a few weeks. First her husband told her he wanted a divorce, then he and their 6-year-old daughter died in a car accident. A positive pregnancy test only complicated matters. She never had a chance to tell anyone about her husband's unfaithfulness, ... "Who I Am With You" by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Murder at the Flamingo

Murder at the Flamingo

On 8/30 ReviewsByErin wrote: "Murder at the Flamingo" is a throwback to the flashy 1930s in Boston - lots of glitz and glamour, but there's plenty to ground it as well. Our main characters are both running away from their pasts and forging a new way in a new city. Hamish DeLuca suffers from what we today would call an anxiety disorder, ... "Murder at the Flamingo" by Rachel McMillan

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3 Stars

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The Orphan's Wish

The Orphan's Wish

On 7/28 ReviewsByErin wrote: Melanie Dickerson's Aladdin retelling opens with a young orphan boy in the Holy Land, forced to steal to earn his keep. Soon rescued by a priest and taken to the Holy Roman Empire, Aladdin grows up in an orphanage while befriending the duke's daughter, Lady Kirstyn. While he works hard and learns all ... "The Orphan's Wish" by Melanie Dickerson

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The Heart Between Us

The Heart Between Us

On 5/26 ReviewsByErin wrote: Megan's whole life has been dominated by her heart condition. Her childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, and even now that she is a few years past a transplant and has been given a clean bill of health, she's afraid to remove herself too far from what is safe and familiar. What if she has a relapse? ... "The Heart Between Us" by Lindsay Harrel

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The Weaver's Daughter

The Weaver's Daughter

On 4/10 ReviewsByErin wrote: Kate Dearborne has loved growing up in a weaver's family. From a young age she's helped set dyes and do whatever she could to assist her father and brother. But times are changing with the ongoing Industrial Revolution, and cloth mills are quickly making the weavers' business obsolete. Kate's own beloved ... "The Weaver's Daughter" by Sarah E. Ladd

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Party of One

Party of One

On 3/20 ReviewsByErin wrote: Confession: Over the years I've avoided reading books on singleness. I didn't want to read them, just as I didn't want to be single. I keep hoping that eventually my singleness will cease to be an issue because somewhere along the way I'll find that I've passed on the next stage of life. You know, the ... "Party of One" by Joy Beth Smith

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The Lost Castle

The Lost Castle

On 2/15 ReviewsByErin wrote: "The Lost Castle" is a tale of The Sleeping Beauty in the Loire Valley - a castle that has kept its tales close to home through many generations. Now Ellie Carver is on a quest to uncover them all, guided only by the knowledge that once upon a time her grandmother lived and loved in its proximity. Now ... "The Lost Castle" by Kristy Cambron

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3 Stars

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The Austen Escape

The Austen Escape

On 11/21 ReviewsByErin wrote: Engineer Mary Davies fears she's going to be fired, and she finds herself closing off from those around her. Even Nathan, the nice consultant guy who keeps offering his friendship no matter how many times she awkwardly fails to communicate her own interest. In the middle of feeling stuck and disappointed, ... "The Austen Escape" by Katherine Reay

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Chasing Grace

Chasing Grace

On 9/15 ReviewsByErin wrote: As an avid fan of the Olympics, even if not so much track and field, I was glad for the chance to read Sanya Richard-Ross's autobiography. I really knew very little about her beforehand, but she covers everything from her childhood to her retirement before the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Sanya was a fast-rising ... "Chasing Grace" by Sanya Richards-Ross

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The Beautiful Word Adult Coloring Book

The Beautiful Word Adult Coloring Book

On 6/29 ReviewsByErin wrote: One of my goals for this year was to broaden the way I spent time in God's Word, including the use of Scripture coloring books. I was excited when The Beautiful Word coloring book became available for review, and I looked forward to receiving it in the mail. This is a lovely coloring book featuring ... The Beautiful Word Coloring Book

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A Stranger at Fellsworth

A Stranger at Fellsworth

On 5/30 ReviewsByErin wrote: Annabelle Thorley must make a decision. Her father has passed away amidst rumors of underhanded business dealings, and her brother's gambling debts are sinking the family further into ruin. Now her brother is leaning on her to marry a rich but repulsive - and possibly abusive - man. With her choices ... "A Stranger at Fellsworth" by Sarah E. Ladd

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The Illusionist's Apprentice

The Illusionist's Apprentice

On 3/24 ReviewsByErin wrote: Having read all of Kristy Cambron's previous releases, I thought I knew what I was in for with this Jazz Age, Houdini-inspired novel. I was wrong. The story broke the mold of her former novels, and through its dark and mysterious tone what shone through most brightly was light and hope. Our story opens ... "The Illusionist's Apprentice" by Kristy Cambron

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Courage To Soar

Courage To Soar

On 12/6 ReviewsByErin wrote: I was thrilled to have the chance to review this autobiography by Simone Biles, the darling of the 2016 Rio Olympics. While many might not have known who Simone was at the start of the Games, certainly everyone knew who she was afterwards! Winner of five medals, four of which were gold, Simone broke ... "Courage to Soar" by Simone Biles

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The Silent Songbird

The Silent Songbird

On 11/12 ReviewsByErin wrote: She's done it again! Melanie Dickerson retells a classic story with her own distinctive style, turning it into something fun and new. This time she tackles The Little Mermaid, resetting Ariel as Evangeline, cousin of King Richard II, in the fourteenth century. Evangeline has hoped and dreamed of a marriage ... "The Silent Songbird" by Melanie Dickerson

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4 Stars

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Greater Than Gold

Greater Than Gold

On 8/15 ReviewsByErin wrote: As a huge fan of the Olympic Games, I've watched David Boudia dive for Team USA since 2008 and was so excited for him when he won gold in 2012. At that time I didn't know about his faith in Jesus Christ, and now I'm even more of a fan after getting a glimpse into his heart these past couple weeks, both ... "Greater Than Gold" by David Boudia

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Dawn at Emberwilde

Dawn at Emberwilde

On 6/3 ReviewsByErin wrote: In another delightful Regency story by Sarah E. Ladd, we meet Isabel Creston on the day she receives extraordinary news. While she has grown up at Fellsworth School and expects to land a governess position in order to provide for herself and her young half-sister, she now learns that her mother's long-estranged ... "Dawn at Emberwilde" by Sarah E. Ladd

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The Hearts We Mend

The Hearts We Mend

On 3/15 ReviewsByErin wrote: Evie Bennet was widowed at age 25 and has spent the last 13 years devoting herself to raising her son. Now that Cody is out on his own, Evie struggles with grasping what her life will look like now. She's been so well taken care of by her lifelong friends and the men at the fire station who worked with ... "The Hearts We Mend" by Kathryn Springer

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4 Stars

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The Brontë Plot

The Brontë Plot

On 2/2 ReviewsByErin wrote: Lucy Alling loves stories. She enjoys working with antiques of all kinds as she mans the storefront for her prestigious interior designer boss. He doesn't know, but often Lucy uses stories to cut corners or enhance the value of a book or item. Her family has a long history of con men and grifters, but ... "The Bronte Plot" by Katherine Reay

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3 Stars

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The Curiosity Keeper

The Curiosity Keeper

On 7/17 ReviewsByErin wrote: The latest Regency novel from Sarah E. Ladd had me enchanted from its first pages. Our heroine, Camille Iverness, is tender but capable as she works in her father's curiosity shop in London, where they import treasures from all over the world for people looking to expand their personal collections. Having ... "The Curiosity Keeper" by Sarah E. Ladd

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5 Stars

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The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

On 5/23 ReviewsByErin wrote: Melanie Dickerson's new release is Robin Hood meets Swan Lake in a fairy tale mash-up. Concerned for the poor and starving children around their village, Odette begins poaching deer in order to provide meat for hungry families. Somewhat protected by her uncle's position as a respected merchant, she feels ... "The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest" by Melanie Dickerson

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3 Stars

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An Uncertain Choice

An Uncertain Choice

On 3/31 ReviewsByErin wrote: Lady Rosemarie has spent the past four years preparing to fulfill the vow her parents made on her life. She's come to terms with the unusual requirements and is ready to embrace what appears to be her calling. When the Duke of Rivenshire, her godfather, arrives for an unexpected visit, he has some shocking ... "An Uncertain Choice" by Jody Hedlund

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Still Life

Still Life

On 2/12 ReviewsByErin wrote: One overbooked flight. A man in a rush to get home to celebrate his wife's birthday. A woman who wouldn't mind staying out of town one more night in order to spend more time with the man with whom she's having an affair. When the plane crashes with no survivors, world-famous photographer Julian Goetz ... "Still Life" by Christa Parrish

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52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables

52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables

On 12/12 ReviewsByErin wrote: I was impressed at the depth of care Welch took in making "Les Miserables" approachable for all readers. At the beginning of the book there is a detailed list of characters, complete with a handy pronunciation guide for those of us who aren't familiar with the French language. Welch guides us on a journey ... "52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables" by Bob Welch

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5 Stars

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The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

On 11/4 ReviewsByErin wrote: The hero in the story is a young Englishman named Colin, who ventured into Germany to find the man who murdered his sister's friend. Discovered and beaten by knights of the villain, Colin is left for dead on the side of the road. Although he is found and taken to the healer at Hagenheim Castle, he is ... "The Princess Spy" by Melanie Dickerson

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4 Stars

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Prelude for a Lord

Prelude for a Lord

On 10/14 ReviewsByErin wrote: Regency fiction always catches my eye, and I love it when an author is able to bring a new angle in teaching me more about Jane Austen's time period. In "Prelude for a Lord," Camille Elliot reveals that playing the violin was once considered to be improper and scandalous for young women. Of course this ... "Prelude for a Lord" by Camille Elliot

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Veil of Secrets

Veil of Secrets

On 7/13 ReviewsByErin wrote: The secrets of Melanie Connors' teenage years are drastically affecting her marriage and her parenting. Her husband insists on either marriage counseling or divorce, and Melanie can't tell if her daughter really is in danger, or if she is projecting her own emotions onto the situation. Ethridge and ... "Veil of Secrets" by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel

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Daisies Are Forever

Daisies Are Forever

On 5/12 ReviewsByErin wrote: Things were not good in East Prussia in early 1945. The Russian army was advancing towards Germany, and thousands of residents were fleeing for their lives. When a young nurse refuses to leave her ailing grandfather, she entrusts her two small daughters into the care of her cousin Gisela and sends them ... "Daisies Are Forever" by Liz Tolsma

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Luminary

Luminary

On 1/31 ReviewsByErin wrote: My favorite part of this story was seeing Thalli learn and grow in her relationship with God, whom she calls the Designer. She comes to depend on Him, pray more fervently to Him, and even meditate on His Word in this story. John continues shepherding her young faith, which was very touching. Since she ... "Luminary" by Krista McGee

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4 Stars

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City on Fire

City on Fire

On 10/25 ReviewsByErin wrote: There's something exciting about picking up a Tracy Higley book. As her website suggests, a good book is almost the same as time traveling! What a gift Tracy has for making history come alive. "City on Fire" is the story of Ariella, a Jewish slave in Rome whose spirit has grown dim under the harsh hand ... "City on Fire" by Tracy Higley

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3 Stars

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Dark Halo

Dark Halo

On 8/27 ReviewsByErin wrote: "Dark Halo" picks up only hours after the previous book leaves off. Brielle must pray and wait for instructions while worrying about Jake's fate. When word comes from the Throne Room, Brielle sets off on an adventure that does lead her into a conversation with Satan. He has an offer for her: he can make ... "Dark Halo" by Shannon Dittemore

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Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 7/19 ReviewsByErin wrote: Susanna Truitt's life is finally about to come together. Her boyfriend of 12 years, whom she has waited for through his multiple military tours, is back on U.S. soil and is taking her for a walk on the beach. This will be the moment. Except instead of proposing, he breaks up with her and sends her heart ... "Once Upon a Prince" by Rachel Hauck

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3 Stars

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The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood

On 5/23 ReviewsByErin wrote: My love for Regency fiction springs all the way back to its source: Jane Austen! She dedicated her book "Emma" to the Prince Regent, from whose rule this brief period takes its name. I'm excited that Regency fiction is becoming popular in the Christian market, and when Sarah Ladd's debut novel was highly ... "The Heiress of Winterwood" by Sarah Ladd

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4 Stars

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So Shines the Night

So Shines the Night

On 3/12 ReviewsByErin wrote: I have long enjoyed Tracy Higley's historical works, but after finishing "So Shines the Night," I can now say this is my new favorite of her novels. It holds a wonderful blend of elements: Biblical accuracy, history, suspense, romance. Being a busy person, I normally catch my reading time in little spurts ... "So Shines the Night" by Tracy Higley {with author interview and giveaway!}

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5 Stars

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Broken Wings

Broken Wings

On 2/12 ReviewsByErin wrote: Spiritual warfare is happening over the town of Stratus, Oregon, in this much-anticipated sequel to one of my favorite books of 2012, "Angel Eyes." The Prince of Darkness is after Brielle, the girl who can see through the celestial veil into the world of angels. He's also hunting Jake, Brielle's boyfriend, ... "Broken Wings" by Shannon Dittemore

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4 Stars

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Right Where I Belong

Right Where I Belong

On 11/29 ReviewsByErin wrote: The cover and title of this book caught my attention right away. Two things everyone loves: sticking their feet in the ocean, and knowing we're where we are supposed to be. Both are amazing feelings! I was so happy when this book lived up the expectations built on such a great first impression. This ... "Right Where I Belong" by Krista McGee

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Isle of Shadows

Isle of Shadows

On 11/13 ReviewsByErin wrote: In May 2009 I read my first book by T.L. Higley, called "Shadow of Colossus." Three and a half years later, "Isle of Shadows" is the revised and updated version under a new publisher. I have really loved each of Tracy's Seven Wonders novels, and I was very excited to have the opportunity to go back to ... "Isle of Shadows" by Tracy Higley

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5 Stars

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Share the Bounty

Share the Bounty

On 10/16 ReviewsByErin wrote: When I received a big box in the mail from Thomas Nelson Publishers, I was stumped. What could they possibly be sending in such a large package? I wondered if I had somehow won a book club bundle through a promotion and didn't even know it. When I arrived home, I opened the box and found not 10 books ... "Share the Bounty" by Benita Long

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4 Stars

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The River

The River

On 9/18 ReviewsByErin wrote: "We Clarkes -- we're made for The River." Gabriel heard that often as a young boy, living with his father in Colorado. This is Gabriel's story, and you are likely to find part of your own story within these pages. Life is full of heartaches and pain, and joys and triumphs, too. But real life is lived ... "The River" by Michael Neale

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 7/14 ReviewsByErin wrote: America was introduced to Scott MacIntyre in 2009, when he was a contestant on Season 8 of "American Idol". The show portrayed him as a blind guy who loved music and gave performing a shot; or at least that's how I remember it. What viewers did not realize was that Scott had a rich and amazing background ... "By Faith, Not By Sight" by Scott MacIntyre

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Healing Is a Choice

Healing Is a Choice

On 6/2 ReviewsByErin wrote: There is no doubt about it: this world is full of hurting people in desperate need of healing. We know there is One Source for true healing and that is a relationship with God. All healing occurs at His hand. We are not helpless in the matter, though. Arterburn presents us with ten choices that we can ... "Healing Is a Choice" by Stephen Arterburn

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Cherished

Cherished

On 10/24 ReviewsByErin wrote: Kelli is a young woman who dreamed of a career in Christian music... until she made a decision that she is sure God could never forgive. Now trying to find fulfilment in other areas, her life seems to be on a slow ride to nowhere. When her outspoken sister-in-law discovers some of Kelli's old songs and ... God has a plan for your life!

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4 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 7/12 ReviewsByErin wrote: "Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance" -- who does not want a part of that?! Having a number of children in my sphere of influence, and wanting to make the most of each opportunity, I was thrilled to be able to read this book. Originally published 25 years ago, this updated version brings ... "The Blessing" by Dr. John Trent and Gary Smalley

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5 Stars

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Lead. Serve. Love.

Lead. Serve. Love.

On 5/20 ReviewsByErin wrote: I am passionate about service. I admire leaders and want to be one myself. Love makes all the difference in both of those areas, so when I saw this title it intrigued me. As did its concept: one hundred 3-word sentences to help us live as Jesus did. Love the unloved. Do your best. Turn from darkness. Each ... Great gift book!

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Pujols

Pujols

On 3/1 ReviewsByErin wrote: Albert Pujols caught my eye, along with attention from the rest of the world, even from his rookie season in 2001. Living in the TV market of the St. Louis Cardinals, I heard plenty about this unheralded newcomer and saw for myself that he had potential to become a force for the Redbirds. No one ... A Modern-Day Hero

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4 Stars

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