About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Camp Club Girls: ElizabethCamp Club Girls: Elizabeth by Renae Brumbaugh Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This new book is a collection of some of the books that Renae Brumbaugh Green has written about six young girls who meet while attending a summer camp at Camp Discovery Lake. These girls work together to solve mysteries that seem to occur whenever and wherever they are and they become known as the Camp Club girls. Elizabeth is the focus of this book as she and the other five girls become involved in four different stories: Camp Club Girls and the Mystery at Discovery Lake; Elizabeth's Amarillo Adventure; Elizabeth's San Antonio Sleuthing; and Elizabeth and the Music City Mayhem.

I grew up reading Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew mysteries and I am so happy to learn that young girls now have this series to satisfy their own love of mysteries. The Camp Club Girls stories are wholesome, faith-based stories that offer scripture and examples of Christian living while offering them adventure and the joy of discovering and solving clues. The target age is 9+ but I believe that these books will be just as enjoyable for an older female audience.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Lieutenant's Bargain (Fort Reno, #2)The Lieutenant's Bargain by Regina Jennings
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What do you get when you mix a beautiful young lady who is stubborn, a little self-centered and sometimes judgemental with a handsome soldier who is compassionate, smart. but a little naive and often oblivious and throw them together because of a stagecoach robbery and a subsequent rescue by Indians? You get adventure with a capital A, romance with a capital R and fun, lots of FUN! I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book and I also thought that this was one of the most romantic books that I have read in quite a while. Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has loved Hattie Walker since he was a young boy and thoughout this book he alternates between hope and despair that she will ever realize his deep feelings, let alone recipricate them. Hattie has a hard time forgetting about the skinny classmate who was so smart and so overly eager to share his knowledge. Her opinion, however, changes when an unexpected Arapahpo wedding ceremony forces them to act like happily married newlyweds to preserve and maintain the relationship that Jack has established with the Cheyenne and Arapahpo Indians. Many of their encounters with these two tribes and the other residents at Fort Reno are hilarious and those that they experience in the privacy of their home alternate between awkward to extremely sweet and romantic. I can easily picture a madcap comedy with Hattie Walker and Lieutenant Jack Hennessey as the main characters!

I've read several of Regina Jennings's books but this may be my favorite! I recommend The Lieutenant's Bargain for anyone who enjoys Christian romance with historical facts woven into the story.

I was given the chance to read this complimentary copy from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

With This Pledge (Carnton, #1)With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a big fan of historical fiction and I love the Civil War era but I wasn't familiar with this particular event until I began reading With This Pledge. The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War and author Tamera Alexander has based her story on actual events and real people. Carnton Plantation was located less than a mile from the scene of the battle and wounded soldiers were transported there to be cared for. This beautiful home became a hospital and often a morgue because many of the wounded didn't survive. The author doesn't sugarcoat her story and I felt as though I was there with those soldiers and a witness to Elizabeth "Lizzie" Causen's efforts to treat them. I sensed her feelings of helplessness as she feverishly worked to stop the flow of blood and tried to assure them that they would one day return to their loved ones. I also felt the strong attraction between Lizzie and one of the injured men, Captain Roland Jones. An attraction that they both denied because of his injury and Lizzie's pledge to marry her childhood friend! So many beautiful passages allude to this attraction between them, such as 'She'd found him attractive before, but now.....The features of his face, strong and angular, were more pronounced. And his eyes. They looked an even deeper gray than she remembered."

I loved this amazing story of hope, love, and the ability to find good during the ugliness of war. It spans about one year of Roland and Lizzie's lives but the events that inspired With This Pledge resonate with us today, one hundred fifty-five years later! I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and Christian romance.

I received a complimentary copy from the author and publisher but voluntarily chose to write this review. These opinions are my own.

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