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Christian Chapters – A Beauty Refined: Review, Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Party

Well-Researched But Less Than Satisfying Historical Romance

A Beauty Refined
by Tracie Peterson


Series: Sapphire Brides (Book 2)
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Bethany House
Length: 315pp
ISBN-13: 978-0764213250

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About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

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Publisher Synopsis

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions–both for her and the gemstones–are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie–a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.


My Review

A Beauty Refined, best-selling author Tracie Peterson’s latest release, is the second in her Sapphire Brides series. Although part of a series, the book can be read as a standalone without any trouble. The heroine, Phoebe Von Bergen, travels to the American West with her father, a German count. On a business trip to purchase sapphires, the count is quickly revealed to be not only unscrupulous and demanding, but abusive.

This is my second experience with Tracie Peterson’s work, the first being Treasures of the North. Award-winning Peterson has written over 100 books and has a large, faithful following. Still, I guess I’m either the odd-girl out, or I’ve had bad luck as far as selection goes, because each has left me unsatisfied. Of course, a novelist with such an abundance of works can’t hit a home run every time, and A Beauty Refined is not without merit.

First, let’s talk about where Peterson succeeds. Her research on the time period, the sapphire business in the American West and Ceylon, and the process of stone-cutting, shines through. Additionally, a Prussian character makes reference to the unification of Germany. Little details like that help make the setting come alive.

Quickly paced, the novel is an easy read that can become a page-turner. Peterson’s fast-moving plot gives her reader a desire to find out what happens next. Whether readers will be emotionally invested in those outcomes, however, is less certain. Peterson’s writing puts plot ahead of all else, at the expense of character development, dramatic and emotional tension, and plausibility. Ultimately, the underdevelopment of these elements works to undercut another of the novel’s desired intentions — Christian teachings.

While A Beauty Refined began with potential, for the reasons above, and other qualms which I can’t specifically disclose without heavy spoilers (I’ll just say I often didn’t agree with choices made by characters or the rationales behind them), I was less than thrilled with the end product. By the time I had turned the final page, I was more relieved than satisfied. It’s a shame, too, because under different circumstances, the novel’s lessons about faith, trust, honesty, and love might have had more impact and a broader reach.

— Dawn Teresa

Verdict

3 of 5 Hearts. Well-Researched But Less Than Satisfying Historical Romance.

The most interesting aspect of A Beauty Refined is the look the reader gets at the sapphire business in Montana in 1907. But characters who too often make unrealistic, illogical, or just plain dumb choices and a too easily resolved plot undercut the Christian message.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of A Beauty Refined in exchange for an honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Party!!

Join author Tracie Peterson in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

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DVD Giveaway: When Calls The Heart, Season 2: Movies 1, 3, 4, 5

Congratulations to Angela W. for winning

The Luck o’ the Hearties Giveaway!

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We at ReadLove are huge fans of the Hallmark Channel original TV series When Calls the Heart. But we know we’re only two of thousands of Hearties, so when we got our hands on an extra copy of 4 of the 5 movies from season two, we knew we had to share the wealth. So here’s what one lucky winner will receive:

 

WCTH Giveaway

(Please note: We do not have Movie 2, but you may easily round-out your collection at the usual online stores!)

How to Enter The Luck o’ the Hearties Giveaway

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  3. Leave a Comment on the post saying that you Liked and Shared it.

  4. That’s it! But please read the Giveaway Details below before entering!

** Giveaway Details **

The giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, age 13 and older.

The giveaway will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

The prize includes four new, sealed DVDs, one of each of the following:

Movie 1: WCTH: Trials of the Heart
Movie 3: WCTH: Heart of the Family
Movie 4: WCTH: Heart and Home
Movie 5: WCTH: Follow Your Heart

The winner will be notified on March 18, 2016 via Facebook IM and is required to respond within five days with the address where the DVDs should be shipped. If no reply has been received by noon on March 23, then a new winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer: The Luck o’ the Hearties giveaway is sponsored solely by ReadLove and is not affiliated in any way with When Calls the Heart or the Hallmark Channel.

Kids Corner: Review and Giveaway – Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids by Sarah Young

A Wonderfully Accessible Devotional Tool For All Ages

Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids
by Sarah Young
(adapted by Tama Fortner)


Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Length: 368pp
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
ISBN-13: 978-0718038052

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About Sarah Young

Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling, Jesus Today, Jesus Lives, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence — each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.


Publisher Synopsis

Jesus is the Friend who is always with you. Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children’s hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine. Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him. Adapted from ECPA Gold Medallion–winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures. It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.

Spend time with Jesus today . . .


My Review

A friend gifted me a copy of Jesus Calling for Christmas. I’ve much enjoyed and benefited from my daily readings of the book. So, naturally, when I had the chance to check out the children’s version of Sarah Young’s sequel to Jesus Calling — Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids — I was excited.

Though it’s not a strict day-by-day devotional (which can be good, as not everyone starts a new book on January 1st), Jesus Today, like its prequel, is presented in such a way as to make the reader feel like he/she is having a quiet heart-to-heart chat with Jesus. One difference in the sequel, which I find extremely helpful, is that rather than just referencing scripture by listing the book, chapter, and verse, Jesus Today prints the quotations on the facing page, so you don’t need to flip through your Bible or use your Bible app to look up the related verses to each day’s devotion.

Tama Fortner has expertly adapted Sarah Young’s words and design to make Jesus Today more accessible to children (suggested ages 6-10). Though the language is simple, the content is neither dumbed down nor diminished. In fact, the integrity of the content is so well maintained that I’d venture to say that, in addition to being a useful tool for moms and dads to guide their young ones toward spending time with Jesus and studying scripture, this could serve as a wonderful guidebook for new or “young” Christians of all ages — even adults! That’s why it makes such good sense to include the printed scriptures rather than just providing reference, because new believers or explorers may not yet have taken the leap of buying a Bible.

This is a book that all ages may use without trepidation. Rather than being daunting or intimidating, it speaks plainly and directly, with most of the translations (unless otherwise noted) being taken from the International Children’s Bible. The design, color, and format help underscore the hopefulness that the entries inspire. Sarah Young wrote Jesus Today during a tumultuous time of illness, so the book particularly speaks to and encourages readers in times of struggle, darkness, despair, and doubt, reminding us that Jesus is ever-present, ever ready to help, and always in control.

– Dawn Teresa

Verdict

5 of 5 Hearts. A Wonderfully Accessible Devotional Tool For All Ages.

Easy enough for kids, yet robust and meaningful enough for teens, or even adults, Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids is a special text that takes the struggle out of growing closer to Jesus and will likely make quiet time something kids not only enjoy but look forward to.


 

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Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on February 10, 2016.

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Christian Chapters – Review and Giveaway: A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

A Compelling, Civil War Era Historical Christian Romance

A Thousand Shall Fall
by Andrea Boeshaar


Series: Shenandoah Valley Saga  (Book 1)
Publication Date: November 27, 2015
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Length: 287pp
ISBN-13: 978-0825443817

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About the Author

Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs “The Writer’s ER,” a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards. Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites.

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Publisher Synopsis

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off–only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally–and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.


My Review

 A Thousand Shall Fall is the first in a new series by Andrea Boeshaar – The Shenandoah Valley Saga. This Civil War era tale, which begins in August, 1864, is also my first experience reading Boeshaar’s work. The novel’s title is inspired by Psalm 91:7:

“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” Psalm 91:7, KJV

Contextually, this biblical quote is part of a prayer recited by one of the characters, Aunt Ruth, as several females (with differing loyalties) take shelter in a Winchester, Virginia home while a battle rages outside. While Aunt Ruth is a loyalist and abolitionist living with a freed woman as her housekeeper and friend, the neighbors and longtime friends (or “frenemies,” perhaps?) support the Confederate cause. As it happens, both Aunt Ruth and Carrie Ann, our protagonist, an aspiring journalist who prides herself on her independent stance at the novel’s outset, turn out to be the most objective people concerning the war. So Aunt Ruth petitions God on behalf of the men on both sides when she offers up her prayer.

As a quick aside, I found it interesting that Psalm 91 plays a significant role in this book, as I have personally turned to that Psalm for comfort recently, just days before I began reading the novel.

It’s clear that Boeshaar did extensive research on the Civil War. And though I feel she tried to give a fair and balanced account, I have to admit that I’m a bit disappointed that, for the most part, the Union soldiers and loyalist civilians are portrayed in a positive light, while the opposite can be said about the Confederates and their sympathizers. Still, there are mentions of misdeeds and atrocities being committed on both sides, so I’ll give the author a pass.

Admittedly, being Louisiana born and a resident of Virginia for the past 20 years, I have my own biases. But I fear that too often history is viewed through today’s cultural eyes. It’s altogether too common to make value judgments on people from times gone by based on today’s standards and norms. In that light, I think it can oversimplify things to present the Union cause as both the abolitionist cause and the Christian cause. Certainly there were devout Christians on both sides, and certainly not all Union loyalists were abolitionists. I did, however, like that even loyalists in the novel referred to General Lee as a gentleman.

Though the premise requires some suspension of disbelief, Ms. Boeshaar presents a thoroughly engaging, well-plotted book. Carrie Ann and Aunt Ruth are both delightfully headstrong and feisty women, whom I always delight in meeting in historical fiction — especially if they appear a touch anachronistic. Additionally, Colonel Peyton Collier is a worthy romantic love interest. So much that this Southern girl may have swooned for the valiant “Yankee”.

I particularly enjoyed the novel’s familiar (local, for me) setting as well as the many humorous and lighthearted moments which offset the weight of the serious subject matter. The Christian elements never feel obtrusive or unnatural; similarly, the romantic thread is carefully woven (there is no instant, sudden love) and main characters are treated in sufficient depth.

I was able to sympathize with and care for Carrie Ann and her counterparts. There were even instances that really pulled at my heartstrings. Ultimately, Carrie Ann’s story is one of hope amid heartache, faith amid struggle, and love amid enmity.

At the novel’s conclusion, the war is not yet over. Though we know the outcome of the war, I’d enjoy reading more to find out how Carrie Ann’s story turns out.

— Dawn Teresa

Verdict

4 of 5 Hearts. A Compelling, Civil War Era Historical Christian Romance Starring a Headstrong Southern Woman with Independent Leanings.

Since it’s nearly impossible to write an unbiased account of any historical event, despite my quibble concerning Union bias, A Thousand Shall Fall served as an enjoyable foray into the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. It’s evident that Andrea Boeshaar did much research in order to carefully craft a historical tale of faith, hope, and love that also communicates the heartaches and hard realities of war.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank LitFuse Publicity Group and Kregel Publications for providing me a free copy of this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 


 

** Andrea Boeshaar’s Kindle Fire Giveaway **

Andrea is celebrating the release of A Thousand Shall Fall with a Kindle Fire giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of A Thousand Shall Fall
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6

Enter today by clicking the image below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 10th. The winner will be announced December 11th on Andrea’s blog.

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The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning October 26

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Kids Corner – Spotlight and Giveaway: Sweet Victory (The Cupcake Club) by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

The eighth book in a delicious series by New York Times bestselling author Sheryl Berk and her cupcake-obsessed daughter, Carrie.

MVP Sadie knows what it takes to win – both on the court and in the kitchen.

But when Coach Walsh gets sick and has to temporarily leave school, Sadie’s suddenly at a loss. What will she do without Coach’s spot-on advice and uplifting encouragement? Luckily, Sadie’s got Peace, Love, and Cupcakes on her side. Her friends know that the power of friendship – and cupcakes – might be just what Sadie needs! Together, they rally to whip up the largest batch of sweet treats they’ve ever made, all to help support Coach Walsh. When the going gets tough, a little PLC goes a long way. But this record-breaking order might just be too much for the club…

Can the girls put it all together in time to score a win for Sadie – and Coach Walsh?

[See the Spotlight and Enter the Giveaway]

 

Tuesday:

Christian Chapters: The Bishop’s Son by Kelly Irvin

4 of 5 Hearts. Out-of-the-Box Amish Fiction Guaranteed to Spark Discussion.

With The Bishop’s Son, Kelly Irvin ventures into an unforgiving Texas landscape to tackle tough questions about faith. Ultimately, whether you agree with her premise or not, should you come along for the ride, you’ll find it impossible to remain a bystander. There’ll be no sitting on the fence in this theological debate.

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

Kids Corner – Spotlight and Giveaway: Sweet Victory (The Cupcake Club) by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

Sweet Victory
by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk


Series: The Cupcake Club (Book 8)
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Length: 128pp
ISBN-13: 978-1492620822

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About the Authors

Sheryl Berk, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Soul Surfer, and her daughter Carrie, a cupcake connoisseur who has reviewed confection from around the world in her Carrie’s Cupcake Critiques newsletter, have cooked up a delightful series sure to be a treat.

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Publisher Synopsis

The eighth book in a delicious series by New York Times bestselling author Sheryl Berk and her cupcake-obsessed daughter, Carrie.

MVP Sadie knows what it takes to win – both on the court and in the kitchen.

But when Coach Walsh gets sick and has to temporarily leave school, Sadie’s suddenly at a loss. What will she do without Coach’s spot-on advice and uplifting encouragement? Luckily, Sadie’s got Peace, Love, and Cupcakes on her side. Her friends know that the power of friendship – and cupcakes – might be just what Sadie needs! Together, they rally to whip up the largest batch of sweet treats they’ve ever made, all to help support Coach Walsh. When the going gets tough, a little PLC goes a long way. But this record-breaking order might just be too much for the club…

Can the girls put it all together in time to score a win for Sadie – and Coach Walsh?


** READ AN EXCERPT FROM SWEET VICTORY **

For a few minutes, the room was silent as the girls thought hard.

“Feet!” Lexi suddenly tossed out. “Or maybe socks? Isn’t that what you wear to jump on a trampoline?”

“Flies,” Sadie added. “They’re always in the air. And little boys love bugs, right?”

“Falling,” Jenna grumped. “As in splat on your face or butt. Which is what I would do on a trampoline.”

“Um, I’m not seeing any of those things on a cupcake,” Kylie tried her hardest to envision their suggestions, but all she could see was Jenna flopping on a trampoline face-first. As cupcake club president, Kylie had the power to veto an idea — and smelly feet and flies didn’t sound particularly appetizing.

“What about balloons — balloons go up, up, and away if you accidentally let them go,” Delaney suggested. “And they’re pretty and colorful — and every birthday party has them.”

“That’s just it,” Sadie jumped in. “Cupcakes with balloons on them are so ordinary. We’re PLC. We can do better than that.”

Lexi took out her sketchbook. Designing cupcake decorations was her job. “Sadie’s right. What if we did something like this …” She drew a cupcake with blue piping around the edges and a black fondant top to represent the trampoline. In the middle of the cupcake was a small figure of a boy bending his knees with his arms in the air.

“Ooh, that is amazing,” Kylie said, watching as Lexi used her colored pencils to bring the cupcake to life on the page. “We could use fondant to mold the little jumping guys.”

“And no boring vanilla or chocolate flavors either,” Jenna insisted. As the official taste tester, it was her job to make each cupcake delectable. “I’m thinking chocolate-chocolate chip cake filled with marshmallow and churro cupcakes with a hint of cinnamon to give the vanilla a kick.”

“Nice.” Sadie high-fived her. “Do you suppose we’ll get to try out those trampolines when we make the delivery?”

“Tu mejor que yo — better you than me!” Jenna said. “I get motion sickness if my little brothers bounce on the couch.”

“Then I’d say we have a plan,” Kylie said, taking notes in her binder. “Let’s get jumpin’ on those cupcake recipes.”

** PRAISE FOR THE CUPCAKE CLUB SERIES **

“9-year-old author has recipe for success.” – The Washington Post, KidsPost

“Kids and cupcakes are the perfect recipe!” – Sophie and Katerine, stars of TLC’s DC Cupcakes

“Sheryl Berk and her nine-year-old daughter, Carrie, have cooked up a delightful new series sure to be a treat.” – New York Family

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Complete Cupcake Club Collection, Books 1 – 8!!

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The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning October 19

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Kids Corner — Spotlight & Giveaway: I Don’t Know How the Story Ends by J.B. Cheaney

4 of 5 Hearts. A Historical Coming-of-Age Tale of Family, War, Destruction, and Healing.

I Don’t Know How the Story Ends succeeds on several levels. Cheaney’s prose is both descriptive and economical. With likable, well-drawn characters, the novel explores sensitive topics with honesty and realism while providing enough comic relief to keep the tone from becoming too heavy. Middle-Grade historical fiction at its best.

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Tuesday:

Christian Chapters: From the Start by Melissa Tagg

4 of 5 Hearts. A Charming Romantic Comedy.

From the Start is pleasant, funny, and inspirational. Even if you’re sports-challenged and know little to nothing about football, you’ll enjoy your visit to Maple Valley, and, you might just learn a thing or two — about football and yourself!

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Thursday:

Christian Chapters: A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

4.5 of 5 Hearts. A Regency Romance That Unmasks What It Means To Be One’s True Self.

With A Noble Masquerade, Kristi Ann Hunter has successfully crafted a novel sure to please readers of Regency romance. If you enjoy first-rate Regency period novels with just the right balance of romance and mystery, plus some humor thrown in for good measure, you’re guaranteed to enjoy Hunter’s debut full-length effort. Recommended for readers who enjoy Jane Austen and Julie Klassen.

[Read the full review]


Friday:

Christian Chapters: Amish Promises by Leslie Gould

4 of 5 Hearts. An Honest Tale of Family, Friendship, Forgiveness, and Healing.

Gould’s protagonist Shani hoped that relocating to Lancaster County would bring healing to her family. Well, you know what I discovered by reading Amish Promises? My time spent in this fictional landscape was a balm for my own heart. Do yourself a favor — read this book!

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

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