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A Harvest of Thorns

A Harvest of Thorns

On 4/3 Nadine Keels wrote: A large American corporation. A garment factory fire overseas. Labor rights. Globalization. I wanted to read this novel and get something meaningful and challenging out of it. Instead, I rather felt like I’d been duped. Partly my fault, since I’ve run into this with a HarperCollins Christian Publishing ... A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison

Nadine's Rating:

2 Stars

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The Illusionist's Apprentice

The Illusionist's Apprentice

On 3/15 Nadine Keels wrote: Master illusionist Harry Houdini has passed, and people think his former apprentice, Wren Lockhart, must hold the key to Houdini's well-kept secrets. However, Wren is harboring her own secrets concerning her past. When a public illusion by a rival performer goes horribly wrong, Wren gets caught up in ... The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Nadine's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Dog Who Was There

The Dog Who Was There

On 2/3 Nadine Keels wrote: I'll admit that while I have a certain fondness for animals in real life, I don’t really do animal tales. The thought of reading a novel about a horse or watching a movie about a whale just doesn’t appeal to me. But perhaps what intrigued me about this particular novel was the idea of viewing some ... The Dog Who Was There by Ron Marasco

Nadine's Rating:

5 Stars

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Child of the River

Child of the River

On 1/20 Nadine Keels wrote: They were fighting for survival, she knew. Because their complexions were dark, their religion considered heathen, their traditions unfamiliar. Had she been foolish to take on this battle? Growing up as a poor, white daughter of sharecroppers in South Africa during World War II, it seems that Pérsomi ... Child of the River by Irma Joubert

Nadine's Rating:

3 Stars

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Long Way Gone

Long Way Gone

On 11/26 Nadine Keels wrote: So many thoughts I’m having. It’s quite heavy and intricately woven, this contemporary prodigal son story: Long Way Gone by author Charles Martin. I was in for a surprise when I received this book. While I’d seen the wooded path and the man in the distance on the book cover, I didn’t notice ... Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

Nadine's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Royal Christmas Wedding

A Royal Christmas Wedding

On 11/2 Nadine Keels wrote: No, Prince Colin doesn’t even plan on ringing that chapel bell in declaration of love for Avery Truitt, the athletic, auburn-haired American woman he once fell for. Sure, Avery is back in Brighton for Christmas, but there’s little chance she’ll give Colin a second chance in A Royal Christmas Wedding ... A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

Nadine's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

On 10/8 Nadine Keels wrote: A brutal attack and a devastating divorce have left Jake struggling with his identity. When he hears the legend of a hidden place at Willow Lake where his life can be restored (or destroyed?), he can’t resist finding out if the legend is true in The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by author James L. Rubart. Having ... The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart

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4 Stars

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Code 13

Code 13

On 6/7 Nadine Keels wrote: A billion-dollar drone-sharing contract with crucial, constitutional implications is at the center of a deadly plot against Navy JAG officers in Code 13 by author Don Brown. After I thoroughly enjoyed the first novel in The Navy JAG Series, Detained, there was no question in my mind about going on to ... Code 13 by Don Brown

Nadine's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Goodbye Bride

The Goodbye Bride

On 5/19 Nadine Keels wrote: Lucy Lovett's got an unresolved past (both remembered and forgotten) behind her and an emotionally daunting journey ahead of her in The Goodbye Bride, the second Summer Harbor novel by author Denise Hunter. I picked this book up with little knowledge of its plot, set on reading it on account of how ... The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

Nadine's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Hearts We Mend

The Hearts We Mend

On 3/22 Nadine Keels wrote: "Jack." Evie swallowed. Hard. "Do you ever hear God laughing?" Well, the joke was on me, this time. Not to make light of The Hearts We Mend by author Kathryn Springer, as this novel certainly isn't a joke. I must say it was the gorgeous cover that drew me to this one: the colors, the warm tone of it ... The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer

Nadine's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

On 3/9 Nadine Keels wrote: The publisher made an interesting choice for the blurb of The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by author Celeste Fletcher McHale, a story centered on a quirky but solid three-woman friendship in a small Southern town. Finally going over the blurb after I read the novel, I found the blurb to be a rather vague ... The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

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4 Stars

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The Confessions of X

The Confessions of X

On 2/6 Nadine Keels wrote: In The Confessions of X, author Suzanne M. Wolfe lyrically brings to life the mystery of a woman "lost to history," the one time concubine of a bishop of the Church, Augustine of Hippo. I think it's fair to point out early that I'm not crazy about one book blurb's description of this novel's central ... The Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe

Nadine's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Five Times I Met Myself

The Five Times I Met Myself

On 12/21 Nadine Keels wrote: The Five Times I Met Myself by author James L. Rubart: I’ve never read anything quite like it before. Much like a literary mix of Back to the Future and It’s a Wonderful Life, this novel’s hero is Brock Matthews, a man who’s giving advice to his younger self in dreams, all in the hopes of fixing ... The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

Nadine's Rating:

4 Stars

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An Amish Christmas Gift

An Amish Christmas Gift

On 11/4 Nadine Keels wrote: Naomi and Caleb, Frannie and Rocky, Abigail and Micah: their three unlikely romances unfold in An Amish Christmas Gift. 3 Stars In Naomi’s Gift, author Amy Clipston tells a sweet and uncomplicated, warm and Christmassy love story. The wording, and the story itself, is redundant in places, and the ... An Amish Christmas Gift by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin

Nadine's Rating:

4 Stars

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Falling Like Snowflakes

Falling Like Snowflakes

On 10/12 Nadine Keels wrote: When I picked up Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter, a new-to-me author, I didn’t bring expectations for more than a nice enough holiday romance with a little angst but not necessarily a lot of meat on its bones. That is, I try not to step right in demanding the world from an author I’ve never ... Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

Nadine's Rating:

5 Stars

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Her Brother's Keeper

Her Brother's Keeper

On 8/7 Nadine Keels wrote: "Charlotte was so tired of lying. It took way more energy than telling the truth, and one tiny web of lies was turning into a thick nest of betrayal." In Her Brother’s Keeper by author Beth Wiseman, Charlotte Dolinsky heads to Lancaster County under the guise of an Amish woman to find out why her ... Her Brother's Keeper by Beth Wiseman

Nadine's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Last Con

The Last Con

On 7/26 Nadine Keels wrote: The Last Con, a suspense novel by author Zachary Bartels, deals with some pretty dark themes, but the book manages not to feel overly dark, particularly where bits of humor are mixed in. Fletcher Doyle, a Christian and a former con man now on parole, needs all the skill he once wielded in the game to ... The Last Con by Zachary Bartels

Nadine's Rating:

4 Stars

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Detained

Detained

On 5/7 Nadine Keels wrote: Intrigued by the commanding cleanness of the book cover, I picked up Detained by Don Brown, a military and political thriller in which Hasan and Najib Makari, a father and son from Lebanon, are wrongly accused of terrorism against the United States. I appreciated the believable humanness in characters ... Detained by Don Brown

Nadine's Rating:

5 Stars

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Summer by Summer

Summer by Summer

On 4/17 Nadine Keels wrote: The cover design suggests a light, “beachy,” summery read, and the book blurb doesn’t exactly quash that suggestion, so I was surprised to find that most of Summer by Summer is an adventure novel with rather dark subject matter, several of its aspects reminding me of the movie Cast Away. There’s ... Summer by Summer by Heather Burch

Nadine's Rating:

3 Stars

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A Sparrow in Terezin

A Sparrow in Terezin

On 4/7 Nadine Keels wrote: As in the first Hidden Masterpiece novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, author Kristy Cambron gives us a stirring glimpse of World War II in A Sparrow in Terezin, particularly at the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Terezin and from the perspective of Kája Makovsky, a young, half-Jewish writer who’s ... A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

Nadine's Rating:

4 Stars

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Remember the Lilies

Remember the Lilies

On 3/9 Nadine Keels wrote: Life and love are on the line at Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines during World War II. There’s Rand Sterling, a well-to-do nightclub owner and a ladies’ man, and Irene Reynolds, who’s in the Philippines on account of missionary work, a woman with a heart for orphaned children. As ... Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

Nadine's Rating:

3 Stars

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A Thing of Beauty

A Thing of Beauty

On 2/8 Nadine Keels wrote: *Note: my rating for this book is based on the portion that I completed.* I was intrigued by the idea of the story of Fiona Hume, a former child star who once dreamed of living the quiet life of an artist, but instead she's been stuck in some kind of a rut for years with no art to show for it while her ... A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Samson

Nadine's Rating:

2 Stars

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Both of Me

Both of Me

On 1/10 Nadine Keels wrote: I think it says something when a reader–me, in this case–can feel rather lost through most of a piece of young adult fiction and still be intrigued, moved, and even at times, floored by it. Floored, but not stumped, I should add. Wandering, teenaged Clara’s journey with alternately paranoid and ... Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen

Nadine's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

On 11/26 Nadine Keels wrote: I picked out The Princess Spy for what promised to be a welcome switch-up in my reading: a young adult retelling of a fairy tale with lords, ladies, and dangerous intrigues. I’m not sure it’s so much a retelling as it is a novel with a couple of aspects loosely inspired by a fairy tale (note the ... The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

Nadine's Rating:

3 Stars

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Walk to Beautiful

Walk to Beautiful

On 11/21 Nadine Keels wrote: If it takes nothing else, it takes courage to write something like Walk to Beautiful, country music star Jimmy Wayne’s personal account of childhood hunger and homelessness, abuse and neglect, his experiences in foster care, and his (oftentimes humbling) rise in the music industry. I couldn’t read ... Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne

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4 Stars

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Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market

On 10/5 Nadine Keels wrote: Beautiful. Oh, the first chapters into Magnolia Market, I couldn’t help wishing that Avery could catch a break. Her late husband’s parents, the Broussards, are a ruthless set, and Samford’s small-town drama illustrates how prejudice comes in many forms, sometimes showing its face as classism. ... Magnolia Market by Judy Christie

Nadine's Rating:

5 Stars

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Palace of Darkness

Palace of Darkness

On 9/29 Nadine Keels wrote: Palace of Darkness by Tracy L. Higley is more than a historical fiction novel about a woman named Cassia and the early Church, the book’s spiritual, fantasy-like elements reminding me of a Frank Peretti read. Cassia’s journey to that “all is well, no matter what happens” place is by no means ... Palace of Darkness by Tracy L. Higley

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4 Stars

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Into the Canyon

Into the Canyon

On 9/5 Nadine Keels wrote: Sweet cinnamon, what a refreshing read. I’m not even an outdoorsy type, most of the time, but Into the Canyon took me straight there, right into the wonder of God’s open, living creation, with fantastic imagery from author Michael Neale. And, hey, the book’s awesome cover didn’t do a bad job ... Into the Canyon by Michael Neale

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4 Stars

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Prelude for a Lord

Prelude for a Lord

On 8/4 Nadine Keels wrote: Before reading Prelude for a Lord, I never would’ve imagined that playing a violin would have been considered inappropriate for a woman in Regency England. But for Lady Alethea Sutherton to already be something of an outcast in her society–on account of her unmarried state at twenty-eight years, ... Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot

Nadine's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 7/21 Nadine Keels wrote: Before reading The Butterfly and the Violin, I knew it had the potential to be a true masterpiece, and I believe it does become one. By the end of the Vienna Philharmonic concert in which Adele Von Bron was meant to honor the leader of the Third Reich with her musical gift, the imagery hooked me. There ... The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

Nadine's Rating:

5 Stars

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Veil of Secrets

Veil of Secrets

On 6/29 Nadine Keels wrote: Veil of Secrets has well crafted characters and an intricate storyline that moves at a great pace for its material. Admittedly, I was bemused for the first 25% of the book, which was pretty high on the political intrigue, the threats to national security (given a brief mention toward the end of a long ... Veil of Secrets by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel

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5 Stars

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A Mother's Secret

A Mother's Secret

On 6/17 Nadine Keels wrote: As I spent time with A Mother's Secret, this story about dreams, trust, and forgiveness grew on me. The weight of the fact that an unwed mother, Carolyn, has been living in shame for half of her life in an Amish community with "strict standards and a long memory" (as the back cover says) is carried convincingly ... A Mother's Secret by Amy Clipston

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4 Stars

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The Bridge Tender

The Bridge Tender

On 6/14 Nadine Keels wrote: The combination of the colorful sunset on the book cover, the smell of the pages of my copy, and the descriptions of the evening lights on the bridge are what got me into The Bridge Tender, a simple story that’s simply told. The movement of the plot is on the slow side, much like an evening stroll ... The Bridge Tender by Marybeth Whalen

Nadine's Rating:

4 Stars

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