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The Kissing Bridge

The Kissing Bridge

On 4/16 Marianne wrote: I believe God gives us dreams. Not the ones that come when we are sleeping, but those that we have talents for. Rebecca's was nursing, though she didn't have those until she faced a sorrow in her life. The questions she grappled with, are honest questions we all have to face. Are the dreams we have God ... The Kissing Bridge - Tricia Goyer

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An Amish Miracle

An Amish Miracle

On 2/4 Marianne wrote: WOW. What a fabulous novel! Miracles are all around us...from conception (which is a miracle in itself) and all through life. The successful surgery? Yep. Even successful diagnosis. The sun rising. Flowers bursting into bloom. Yes and yes. An Amish Miracle highlights three different miracles, but as ... An Amish Miracle - Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid, Mary Ellis

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Butterfly Palace

Butterfly Palace

On 1/22 Marianne wrote: I chose this book primarily for the title, this time, something I do not usually do. Butterfly Palace. I love butterflies and use them in as many crafts as I can. Then, I saw that the author was Colleen Coble, and I was hooked! Or pinned. This novel is so well written, the imagery so vivid that I will ... Butterfly Palace - Colleen Coble

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Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 1/9 Marianne wrote: Jilted! And from there the story of Susanna, flows and ebbs. Adam, who has been in Susanna's life forever has just returned from a tour of Afghanistan. This is the first day she sees him, though he has been home for three days. Instead of the proposal Susanna is expecting, he tells her he loves someone ... Once Upon A Prince - Rachel Hauck

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The Survivor

The Survivor

On 4/19 Marianne wrote: In The Survivor DiAnn Mills actually gives the reader two stories in one...and though it could be confusing, she manages to use this method to increase the tension, the drama and your adrenaline. I have so far not read book one in the series, The Chase, and yet I did not find it at all detrimental. When ... The Survivor - DiAnn Mills

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5 Stars

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A Path Toward Love

A Path Toward Love

On 12/10 Marianne wrote: Cara Lynn James is a new author to me and my bookshelves, but I am sure you will be seeing more of her novels reviewed on my blog. She writes in detail about the fashions and culture of the 1900s among the elite or affluent citizens of the southern area of the U.S. None of her characters are perfect, ... A Path Toward Love - Cara Lynn James

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5 Stars

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Silent Night

Silent Night

On 12/4 Marianne wrote: Come back with me to Rock Harbor this Christmas I have thoroughly enjoyed Colleen Coble's Rock Harbor Mystery series thus far, and this is no different. I admire authors who can write novellas, with the same depth to their characters, the same suspense and awesome climax we have come to expect from ... Silent Night - Colleen Coble

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5 Stars

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Song of the Brokenhearted

Song of the Brokenhearted

On 11/29 Marianne wrote: This novel comes at a time when lives are being crushed by the recession, uncertainities in the world around us from natural causes such as earthquakes and hurricanes and broken families and lives, bringing a ray of bright sunshine to an otherwise dark world. Although my family is not dysfunctional no ... Song of the Brokenhearted - Sheila Walsh & Cindy Matinusen Coloma

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5 Stars

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Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift

On 11/24 Marianne wrote: Christmas time in Hickory Ridge with Sophia Caldwell is a great place to be. Although this is totally a stand alone story, we met Sophia in Beauty for Ashes, and it was great to revisit her, as she too returns to Hickory Ridge after growing up in Texas. The story is told so effortlessly that without ... Every Perfect Gift - Dorothy Love

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Prayers of a Stranger

Prayers of a Stranger

On 11/5 Marianne wrote: Travel with me to the land of miracles. Where is this? Here, there, but mostly right in your heart. Feel again that sense of awe you had when you first gave your total all to God, whether that was decades ago, or today. Reading this novel, I remembered again that feeling I had when I once again gave ... Prayers of a Stranger - Davis Bun

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Lovelier Than Daylight

Lovelier Than Daylight

On 10/30 Marianne wrote: Lovelier Than Daylight This novel is actually an easier read than some that I have just reviewed. The prose is so beautiful, you can feel the dry heat (so it's great to read this one while the winter winds are howling around the house), hear the explosion of the gun powder, smell the rain when it comes. ... Lovelier Than Daylight - Rossyln Elliott

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The River

The River

On 10/4 Marianne wrote: The River. This story grabbed my heart from the first page on, and as unlikely as it may seem, I finished it in one day! The narrative flowed as fast as the river, and as deep as a river can sometimes be. Although it was a fast paced and captivating novel, it is not a suspense novel, nor is it a romance ... The River - Michael Neale

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5 Stars

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The Reason

The Reason

On 9/18 Marianne wrote: First of all, I will let you know that my review of the novel The Reason is definitely influenced by the place I am in at this time of my life. I have just finished spending two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital with my mother. The things we as a family witness and experienced during that ... The Reason - William Sirls

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Faithful to Laura

Faithful to Laura

On 8/8 Marianne wrote: Faithful to Laura is the latest novel in Kathleen Fuller's A Middlefield Family Novel series following the lives of the characters in Ohio. Although I have not read Treasuring Emma, which I believe is the first book of the series, I think that this novel takes up the story of one of the secondary characters ... Faithful to Laura

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 7/4 Marianne wrote: Tidewater Inn – Colleen Coble I was just sitting here and reading Tidewater Inn and thinking that this was different from Colleen's other novels – more a cozy rainy evening read than a romantic suspense, when bam! Out of the blue came the first shot. And no...that's as far as I am going to go with ... Tidewater Inn - Colleen Coble

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5 Stars

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Starring Me

Starring Me

On 6/26 Marianne wrote: Starring Me - by Krista McGee is a very fun read. A Young Adult fiction, it was slightly out of the normal genre for me, definitely not suspense in the way of Candace Calvert, Vivian Hinze which is usually my preference. Written more in the style of Karen Kingsbury or Robin Jones Gunn, I am sure it ... Starring Me - Krista McGee

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5 Stars

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Hope Springs

Hope Springs

On 6/5 Marianne wrote: I just finished reading Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate and have to say it is one whopper of a novel. It deals with so many issues – divorce and remarriage, illegitimate children, racism as well as family relationships and losses and more. I love Grandma Geri from the very first time I met her. What ... Hope Springs - Kim Cash Tate

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5 Stars

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Brush of Angel's Wings

Brush of Angel's Wings

On 5/13 Marianne wrote: I just finished this amazing novel, Brush of Angels Wings by Ruth Reid last night. These characters will live on in my imagination for a long time. Rachel and Jordan are typical young adults dealing with the hard issues of death of a sibling/parent, regrets, parent relationships and faith. The part that ... Brush of Angel's Wings - Ruth Reid

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5 Stars

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Stand By Me

Stand By Me

On 5/8 Marianne wrote: Although I have read some of Neta Jackson's children novels, this is the first of her 'adult' novels I have read. What an awesome novel, following Katheryn Davies (also know as Kat with a K) from the exhibition tent at the Midwest Music Festival in Central Illinois where she became a born-again Christian, ... Stand By Me - Neta Jackson

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5 Stars

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Arms of Love

Arms of Love

On 5/6 Marianne wrote: I just read another awesome novel by Kelly Long. As the book description says, it takes place in 1777 which was during a time of upheaval in Pennsylvania. The understanding Kelly brings to this novel is phenomenal, and I loved learning more about the early days of the Amish. During this time, the faith ... Arms of Love - Kelly Long

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Need You Now

Need You Now

On 4/1 Marianne wrote: What makes a novel memorable? Is it strong characters? check ; believable characters and situations? check, vulnerable and true to life? check engages your emotions and senses? check Need You Now has all these and more.    I have read most of Beth Wiseman's Amish novels, and loved how she engages ... Need You Now - Beth Wiseman

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5 Stars

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The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

On 3/17 Marianne wrote: What was it about The Wedding Dress that drew me in? You mean, besides the fact that it was written by Rachel Hauck and published by Thomas Nelson? Besides the cover that sports a beautiful timeless wedding dress, or the blurb on the back? Well, it could have been the opening scene of the auction on ... The Wedding Dress - Rachel Hauck

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5 Stars

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Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

On 2/18 Marianne wrote: I found this novel to be a very tender-hearted and realistic one. Although I had actually met the characters in the first novel of the series, not having done so would not spoil the story. The story is told with rich word imagery, bringing the country side and small town folk to life, from Carrie trying ... Beauty for Ashes - Dorothy Love

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4 Stars

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Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

On 1/28 Marianne wrote: Robin Lee Hatcher has woven a novel of romance, and intrigue set in the gold fields of Idaho. Come with me, fellow reader, as we follow the Reverend Adair and his lovely daughter Shannon around the gold mining town of Grand Coeur, Idaho. They have just arrived from war torn Virginia to share Christ with ... Heart of Gold - Robin L. Hatcher

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Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek

On 1/22 Marianne wrote: Beyond Molasses Creek is a fascinating novel told in the first person point of view by each of the three main characters: Ally, Vesey and Sunila. The reader is kept abreast of the switches in story line from one character to the other by a simple headliner giving the name (and if appropriate, the place). ... Beyond Molasses Creek - Nicole Seitz

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4 Stars

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Softly and Tenderly (tpc)

Softly and Tenderly (tpc)

On 12/29 Marianne wrote: In Softly and Tenderly, Sara and Rachel had me from the first sentence to the unexpected end! The story starts in spring in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, with Jade and her mother-in-law in a favorite old pickup along a rough road. This sets the scene for a turbulent, fast-paced novel. It seems most novels ... Softly & Tenderly - Sara Evans & Rachel Hauck

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5 Stars

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Bittersweet Surrender

Bittersweet Surrender

On 12/27 Marianne wrote: My Review Although I love chocolate as much as the next woman, I am not sure I would be able to deal with being wrapped in it, or seeing other women wrapped in it, as in a chocolate spa. The idea is totally unique, though, and well done in that the reader is not subject to the sights of this. Diann Hunt ... Bittersweet Surrender - Diann Hunt

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5 Stars

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Smitten

Smitten

On 12/15 Marianne wrote: MY REVIEW i found this a very fun read...actually this is written like one book - it is just that each season and each main character is written by a different author. What makes this work extremely well is the fact that the authors are best friends, and according to them can finish each others sentences. ... Smitten - By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, & Diann Hunt

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Sunrise on the Battery

Sunrise on the Battery

On 11/22 Marianne wrote: Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart is an amazing look at the question of what would life look like if we really, really loved each other, and were eager to tell everyone we love how much we loved them and wanted them to know how great a life Christian Life is? Would it change the way we look at ... Sunrise on the Battery - Beth Webb Hart

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An Amish Wedding

An Amish Wedding

On 11/7 Marianne wrote: An Amish Wedding, a collection of three novellas by three Inspirational Amish writers – Kelly Long, Katherine Fuller and Beth Wiseman, follows the stories of three young friends as they contemplate their wedding day. A Perfect Secret by Kelly Long is Rose Bender’s story. She knows who she loves, ... An Amish Wedding - novellas

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Lonestar Angel

Lonestar Angel

On 11/3 Marianne wrote: Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble To say i devoured this novel would be stating it mildly. From an upscale restaurant in Charlie Creek, to the desert of Texas, Colleen had me sitting on the edge of the seat the whole way! This book is Intense, to say the least. Her vivid descriptions have the reader seeing ... Lonestar Angel

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5 Stars

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A Place Called Blessing

A Place Called Blessing

On 9/24 Marianne wrote: Product Description A Place Called Blessing chronicles the story of five-year-old Josh. He and his two older brothers lose their parents in a drunk driving accident. After a series of foster homes and a shocking tragedy, he and his brothers are separated, leaving him angry, alone, and distrustful. ... A Place Called Blessing - John Trent

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A Vision of Lucy

A Vision of Lucy

On 6/12 Marianne wrote: No matter how hard Lucy tries to help, something always goes wrong! And not just a tear in her petticoat either! Lucy Fairbanks lives in Rocky Creek, Texas with her father and brother and a town of colourful (interesting) people. I found myself chuckling many times at the episodes of Lucy, and how ... A Visoion of Lucy by Margaret Brownley

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5 Stars

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Beyond All Measure

Beyond All Measure

On 5/31 Marianne wrote: Beyond All Measure Beyond All Measure is wonderful historical romance novel which takes place in Tennessee in the time after the civil war. It is a Hickory Ridge Romance. Dorothy Love has done a wonderful job of making her characters complex and believable, though this is not immediately obvious. Although ... Beyond All Measure - Dorothy Love

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5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Marianne wrote: Unlike the gift books or ‘topic’ books Max has written concerning mostly one subject, this book deals with numerous subjects. Max Lucado has taken some of the questions he has been asked in his thirty year ministry as husband, father, author and pastor and compiled them in this book. The book ... Max on Life - Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Marianne wrote: To be perfectly honest with my review, i would have to admit that i would never have picked Andy Andrews’ book “The Final Summit” off of the shelf, even if i had seen it there. It looks like a motivational book, and that is what it is listed as on the back – Self-help, motivational, general. ... The Final Summit - Any Andrews

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Unsinkable

Unsinkable

On 4/3 Marianne wrote: The Unsinkable is an incredible story of 16-year old Abby Sunderland’s journey by boat from California. It is almost inconceivable to think that a 16 year old in today’s world would have the dream, stamina and courage to try to sail around the world by herself! Though her critics were numerous, and ... Unsinkable - by Abby Sunderland and Lynn Vincent

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5 Stars

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