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!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Border Breach by Darlene L. Turner

Border BreachABOUT THE BOOK

When drugs are smuggled across the border

it’s their duty to stop the culprits…at any cost.

Forming a joint task force, Canada border officer Kaylin Poirier and police constable Hudson Steeves have one objective: take down a drug-smuggling ring trying to sell a new lethal product. But when the smugglers come after Kaylin and Hudson, this mission becomes more than just a job. Can they live long enough to solve the case?
 



MY THOUGHTS.....


Darlene Turner has written a suspense novel that has all of the elements that I love: dedicated heroes, unknown villains, criminal acts that must be stopped, and non-stop action. Kaylin Poirier and Hudson Steeves are both strong characters individually and as a team they are unbeatable but it is their personal characteristics that make them so special. Hudson's moral compass is based on his deep trust in God and Kaylin's personal doubts help lend realism as she struggles to find and develop her own strong faith in God. Grace and forgiveness are a central theme but did I mention the romance? It's apparent that both Kaylin and Hudson feel an undeniable attraction to each other but can they ever hope for a future together?

Border Breach is an exceptional debut novel that is filled with heartwarming scenes and surprising revelations. It is a must-read book and I certainly recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary Christian fiction and romantic suspense.

I received a copy of this book from the author but there was no obligation to write a positive review. I am voluntarily sharing my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where there’s suspense beyond borders. 

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

This Side of Yesterday by Angela D. Meyer

This Side of Yesterday (The Mosaic Collection Book 8)ABOUT THE BOOK

Ginger Mooreland is stretched beyond her limit. Her beloved grandfather she cares for is showing signs of dementia and she is in danger of losing the Jukebox CafĂ©, which has been in the family for generations. Without the Jukebox she’s not sure how she can take care of her grandfather. The confidence that has bolstered her in the past is replaced with doubt.

Mike, the pastor of the local community church, has become a close friend to Ginger over the years. As their feelings for each other grow, Ginger questions whether she needs one more thing unsettling her life.

Convinced that his wife, Irene, who disappeared shortly after Pearl Harbor is still alive, Grandpa sends Ginger on an unlikely quest to uncover the truth. As Ginger traces the threads of Grandpa’s past and deals with her doubts about the present, she discovers far more than she ever expected for her future.

MY THOUGHTS.....


This is a realistic portrayal of how a person can feel overwhelmed by their circumstances. Ginger finds herself dealing with her aging grandfather's dementia and struggling to keep his life-long business afloat. Add a minister who is becoming more than a friend and the possibility that she has a grandmother somewhere out there and you can see just how helpless she feels. This Side of Yesterday is a sweet story of love, perseverance, faith, and devotion and I understood Ginger's emotions as she alternates between fear for her grandfather, impatience with his actions, and then overwhelming guilt over that impatience. The hope of finding a grandmother she has never known and her increasing awareness of her deepening friendship with her minister also throws her in a tailspin. He seems eager to help but is she willing to let him? Can she trust Pastor Mike's assurances that God is truly with her on this unknown journey? Will her grandparents be reunited once again?

This is the eighth book of The Mosaic Collection and it is certainly a worthy addition. Faith, hope, and trust are always emphasized in these books and this book is no different. I certainly recommend This Side of Yesterday to all who enjoy contemporary fiction with a Christian message.

I received a digital copy of this book. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review and these are my honest thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angela D. Meyer lives in Nebraska with her husband of 28 years. They have two children, both of whom they homeschooled. Angela graduated from college with a degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, but instead of working overseas, she spent several years in New England as a nanny.

Angela co-leads a women’s Bible study at her church and serves on the leadership team of her local Christian writers’ group, Wordsowers. She enjoys the ocean, beautiful sunrises and sunsets and hopes to someday ride in a hot air balloon. Her aim in life is to love God and love others. She is a contributor to The Benefit Package, a devotional compilation.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Draw Me to Your Side by Marguerite Martin Gray: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit



About the Book



Book:  Draw Me To Your Side
Author: Marguerite Martin Gray
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: February 25, 2020

Warships in the harbor explode with battle cries for freedom in the hearts of Charles Town’s Patriots.
 Charles Town, South Carolina, 1776—With the British war ships threatening his family and livelihood, Louis Lestarjette commits to aid Francis Marion, Christopher Gadsden, Silas Deane and other fiery Patriots with secret correspondences in code and in French. Although not convinced that the colonies can succeed in separation from Britain, he abides by his word—available with funds, his time, and if necessary, even his life.

 Louis’ potential volatile role leaves Elizabeth Lestarjette uncertain of the future. Add to that her impending confinement, the secret missions her friends embark on, and the ever-encroaching danger into her domestic world, and the cost of independence grows steeper with each passing day. How will her family survive the coming turbulence?  How will she survive not being an active part of it?  One thing is certain, she must draw to God’s side or lose heart altogether.

Draw Me to Your Side… a prayer whispered against the coming destruction.

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MY THOUGHTS.....

This is a captivating story of love and devotion between a husband and wife and a tale of loyalty and commitment to the cause of freedom. Louis and Elizabeth Lestarjette have a deep love for each other and their two young children but they find themselves caught up in the efforts of the American colonies to separate themselves from England. It is 1776 and Charles Town, South Carolina is the home of both Loyalists and Patriots during this pivotal year of the American Revolution. Author Marguerite Martin Gray paints a powerful picture of a family trying to maintain a normal life during a time of secret meetings, increasing distrust, and the ever present threat of danger. Elizabeth fears for her husband's safety but she realizes that "they were fighting for family and a peaceful place to live."

From the very beginning I was drawn into the drama of Draw Me To Your Side and I found myself very impressed with the amount of historical detail that Gray included in her story. It's very apparent that she devoted a lot of time to the research of this exciting period of our nation's history and she powerfully describes Elizabeth's conflicting emotions as she alternates between fear and complete faith in God.

I certainly recommend Draw Me To Your Side to all who enjoy historical fiction and Christian romance and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author



Marguerite Martin Gray enjoys history especially when combined with fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches Spanish and French and has degrees in Spanish, French, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Presently, she lives in north Louisiana with her husband and rescue cats.


More from Marguerite


I have always loved history, probably because my father took me to every historical site he could find on our travels. As I listened to him tell the story of our ancestors to a group of tourists at our Antebellum home, I suddenly realized that he was weaving tales about my own blood line. Very soon after that I flew to Charleston, South Carolina and began my research. From that first of many trips, my Revolutionary Faith Series arrived.

Draw Me to Your Side is Book Four of the series. The titles play a very significant role in the series, each having a dual meaning. The human element is obvious. Although the series is more historical than romance, the titles offer a glimpse into a potential romance. The other element is spiritual. God is the one who weaves his love and hope into their lives.

If you love book titles as I do, as you read this series, see if you can determine the dual meanings of Hold Me Close, Surround Me, Bring Me Near, and now Draw Me to Your Side.

Happy Reading!

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Bigreadersite, March 25
Older & Smarter?, March 27
Betti Mace, March 29
KarenSueHadley, March 31
Emily Yager, April 1
Pause for Tales, April 5


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Marguerite is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon Card and a copy of the eBook!!

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Turning Tide by Melody Carlson: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit


About the Book



Book:  Turning Tide
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Release Date: Feb 15, 2020

As the Great War rages on, Sunset Cove continues to feel its impact. Running the small town newspaper, Anna McDowell can’t escape the grim reports from the other side of the world, but home-front challenges abound as well. Dr. Daniel is serving the wounded on the front lines. And Katy, expecting her first child, with her husband in the trenches, tries to support the war effort with her Red Cross club. Even as the war winds down the costs are high—and Sunset Cove is not spared.


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MY THOUGHTS.....

There are so many reasons why I've loved the Legacy of Sunset Cove books by Melody Carlson and this fourth book may be my favorite. Carlson introduced us to some memorable characters in the first book and Turning Tide allows us to see how they've grown and changed during the years. Anna and her daughter Katy have found the men of their dreams and they've both become successful business women. Now, in 1917, they are faced with the greatest challenges of all: waiting for both of their men to come home safely from serving in WWI; preparing for the arrival of Katy's baby;  and trying to deal with all of the problems that a World War causes. Will Anna's fiancee and Katy's husband safely return to Sunset Cove? Is it possible for the returning soldiers to adapt to life as civilians or will shell shock (PTSD) keep them from experiencing a happy life? Can the residents of Sunset Cove escape the terrible epidemic that is taking lives everywhere?

Readers are entertained and enlightened as Carlson continues to write about World War I, American society as it was during those years, and the Spanish Flu epidemic that ravaged the world in 1918. How ironic that many of the things that Carlson mentions are just what we are hearing and seeing today during our Corona Virus 19 outbreak! But through all of their trials and adversity, we see the citizens of Sunset Cove relying on faith and prayer to see them through.

If you are looking for a book that will fill you with many emotions as you learn about our country during the last year of World War I, you will want to read Turning Tides. I love that hope, faith, and family are stressed and I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author. I wasn't required to post a positive review and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts and opinions.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


About the Author


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.


More from Melody


Writing about the WW1 era has definitely been a good history lesson for me. Prohibition laws in Oregon (and rum-runners breaking them) combined with a massive war that changed the world and a global epidemic is worth paying attention to. Especially since history sometimes repeats itself. The early 20th century had a lot going on—much that seems nearly forgotten. I’m glad to see the movie 1917 is doing well—and we plan to see it this week. Although I’m not a fan of gruesome war movies, this era continues to intrigue me. Even as I wrapped up my Sunset Cove series with Turning Tide I was left wondering . . . what’s next? But isn’t that the beauty of story?

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, March 16
By The Book, March 19
Wishful Endings, March 19
Betti Mace, March 21
Remembrancy, March 21
Mary Hake, March 22
Artistic Nobody, March 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Older & Smarter?, March 26
SPLASHES of Joy, March 28
Vicky Sluiter, March 28
Pause for Tales, March 29

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize package of a complete set of The Legacy of Sunset Cove series!!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A Different Kind of Love Story: How God's Love for You Helps You Love Yourself by Landra Young Hughes

A Different Kind of Love Story: How God's Love for You Helps You Love YourselfABOUT THE BOOK

In this book, you're going to read about a different kind of love story. It's a love story each and every one of us is currently playing a role in--whether we're aware of it or not. And truth be told, it's scary-critical that we stay tuned-in to this love story. Because outside of a growing relationship with your heavenly Father, no other love (or lack of love) has the potential to improve or implode your life like the love that you have for you.

For anyone who has ever struggled with their identity, Landra Young Hughes has a radically simple message: give up. Specifically, give up your need to be in control of how other people see you. Instead, let God's words--not yours and not others'--define you. Through her own deeply personal story of trying to control her circumstances and others' perceptions of her through an eating disorder, Landra points the way toward a life free from self-obsession and self-resentment. She shows you how to listen to God's voice, let go of the struggle for perfection, and live authentically from your deepest self.
 

MY THOUGHTS.....


"Outside of a growing relationship with God, no other love (or lack of love) has the potential to improve or implode your life like the love that you have for you."

Landra Young Hughes is now able to love herself but that hasn't always been the case. A Different Kind of Love Story is the honest account of how she has overcome her doubts and an eating disorder and finally learned that God offers her, and all of us, an unconditional love. She has filled twelve chapters with personal reflections and Bible scripture that offer readers encouragement, inspiration, and the reminder that there is nothing that we can do to earn God's love. She also relates that "God knows who you really are. God knows what your labels are. The good, the bad, the ugly. He knows the real you."

A Different Kind of Love Story is important for all who have experienced doubts about their self-worth and its conversational style makes it especially appealing to younger women.

I received a free copy of this book from Baker Books. There was no obligation to post a positive review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Landra Young Hughes is the daughter of prominent pastor Ed Young Jr. and Lisa Young of Fellowship Church. Because of her upbringing, Landra has developed a passion for seeing people maximize their God-given potential and embrace their God-defined self-worth. She and her husband, Brad, lead Fellowship Church's Norman campus and live in the Norman, Oklahoma, area with their daughter, Sterling.

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3 Words That Will Change Your Life: The Secret to Experiencing the Joy of God's Presence by Mike Novotny

3 Words That Will Change Your Life: The Secret to Experiencing the Joy of God's PresenceABOUT THE BOOK

One tiny little sentence can change your life. Ready for it?

"God is here."

It may sound obvious at first, but truly understanding these three words is the key to more happiness, less boredom, more rest, less rush, more love, less drama, more peace, less fear.

A deeply satisfying life doesn't require a sabbatical, a mission trip, or a New Year's resolution. As long as God is glorious enough and near enough, you can enjoy the life that is truly life--not just the cheap substitutes we've settled for.

This book will help you move from just enjoying the good moments in life to worshiping the God who is right here, right now. This movement will exponentially increase your happiness, peace, and contentment. It will allow you to shake off the guilt and shame of sin and see yourself as God sees you. Learn how to recognize God's impact on your life and find the joy he's been waiting to give you.
 

MY THOUGHTS.....

Most of us have heard the words God is here. Today, as we live in the the midst of the Corona Virus 19 epidemic and witness a time that we've never seen before, these three words are needed even more. In the beginning of his new book author Mike Novotny tells us that "There is a sentence that can change your life." "GOD is here." This sentence and these words have a whole new meaning as we tread these uncertain waters of 'social distancing', 'shelter in place', and empty shelves at the grocery store. In reading this book Christians will be reminded that perhaps they have become complacent in their faith and non-Christians will realize that they may need this GOD who is here. 3 Words That Will Change Your Life is both inspiring and entertaining and the author has filled its 188 pages with scripture, anecdotes, study questions, and prayer prompts that will help you grow closer to God. He even has some black and white illustrations to grab your attention!

These three words, GOD is here, remind us that we are never alone and these words can help us truly experience the joy of His presence. 3 Words That Will Change Your Life is a book that will change your perception of what a Christian life can truly be.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing. There was no obligation to post a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pastor Mike Novotny has served God’s people in full-time ministry since 2007 in Madison and, most recently, at The CORE in Appleton, Wisconsin.

He also serves as the lead speaker for Time of Grace, where he shares the good news about Jesus through television, print, and online platforms. Mike loves seeing people grasp the depth of God’s amazing grace and unstoppable mercy.

Mike is the author of 3 Words That Will Change Your Life and From Dirty to Dancing: God's Grace for Those Struggling With Pornography

His wife continues to love him (despite plenty of reasons not to), and his two daughters open his eyes to the love of God for every Christian. When not talking about Jesus or dating his wife/girls, Mike loves playing soccer, running, and reading.


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Monday, March 23, 2020

Peace in the Storms of Life: Devotional Encouragement for Women by Julie Rayburn

Peace in the Storms of Life: Devotional Encouragement for WomenABOUT THE BOOK

God’s Word Is an Anchor in Life’s Storms

These 125 heartfelt devotional readings will challenge you to dive deep into God’s Word to find the strength and peace you need amid the storms of life.

Your Father God is ever-present, even in the deepest valleys, and His hope is available to those who seek it. This book will encourage and inspire through any circumstance when you allow your heart to be transformed as you apply God’s truth in real-life situations. As you consider questions for further thought, you’ll be drawn deeper into the heart of God.

This lovely book is perfect for personal use or as a heartfelt gift for a friend going through hard times.

MY THOUGHTS..... 

"Have you ever felt as though the waves of life are crashing over you?" is a question that author Julie Rayburn asks in the introduction to this new book and she then offers suggestions about dealing with these overwhelming waves. Peace in the Storms of Life is a beautiful devotional to help us as we deal with our everyday challenges and Rayburn has chosen some very special Bible scriptures to offer comfort and guidance during the storms of life. In each of the 125 devotionals she shares a verse, an inspirational story, and a question that prompts us to look deeper into God's Word.

Peace in the Storms of Life is a small hardback book that easily fits into a purse and the cover and illustrated pages are some of the prettiest that I've ever seen. Its beauty will lift your spirits and the content will encourage you in your efforts to grow closer to God.

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julie Rayburn is a Christian author and speaker. Her passion is to encourage and inspire the application of biblical truth. Her last book, Be Still and Know: 365 Days of Hope and Encouragement for Women, was inspired by a journal that her mother kept the last year of her life. Peace in the Storms of Life was birthed from Julie’s own life experiences. Jesus was the calm in the center of her storms. As she called to Him from the depths of her soul, He answered.
These books of devotionals are the spiritual insights she gleaned as she clung to biblical truth and listened to the Lord. She hopes that her readers will experience the peace that passes all understanding as they meditate on God’s Word in the storms of life. Julie has served as teaching director and area director for Community Bible Study (CBS).
Currently, she and her husband, Scott, are serving as CBS ambassadors to Nepal. She is also on the CBS Board of Trustees. Julie is a retired surgical orthopedic nurse. She enjoys tennis, golf, and gardening. Scott and Julie have two grown children and four grandchildren. They reside in the Atlanta area. 
As a surgical nurse, Julie went on a medical mission trip to Guyana, South America. The impact of that mission trip was a catalyst that God used to spark her writing career. Julie co-authored six devotional books with Barbour Publishing before writing Be Still and Know and Peace in the Storms of Life.

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The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible by John A. Beck

The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the BibleABOUT THE BOOK

The Bible tells the story of God meeting real people in a real time and place, yet we rarely take the time to wonder, Why there? Maybe we have a hard time even picturing where there is. To begin to fully understand the Bible, we must understand the geographical settings of Scripture and how each place participates in the biblical story.

With its colorful maps, The Basic Bible Atlas helps us link geography to Bible study so we can understand how place impacted events in the Bible. From Eden to Egypt, from the promised land to Persia, from Bethlehem to the New Jerusalem, The Basic Bible Atlas is a fascinating guide to the land of the Bible. Your Bible study will never be the same.
 

MY THOUGHTS.....


This is a great new book for people longing to know more about the geography of the places that they read about in the Bible. The Basic Bible Atlas has maps to show the geography of the lands mentioned in both the Old Testament and New Testament and these colored maps are both beautiful and very detailed. From the Creation to Paul's missionary journeys, readers are given a glimpse of both the geography and the history of the different eras. I especially like that the travels of Jesus and his disciples are shown in detail and that all of the journeys are shown in red. I also appreciate that there is a Scripture Index.

The Basic Bible Index is perfect for both new and veteran Christians and I highly recommend it. I believe that it would be a wonderful resource for both home and church libraries.

I received a copy of this book from Baker Books Publishing Group. I was not obligated to post a positive review and these are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. John A. Beck is a scholar, educator, and writer with extensive experience in biblical geography. He has a PhD in theology and Old Testament from Trinity International University and is an adjunct faculty member at Jerusalem University College in Israel. 

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Like Flames in the Night (Cities of Refuge, #4) by Connilyn Cossette

Like Flames in the NightABOUT THE BOOK

Strong-willed Tirzah wants to join her people in driving the enemy from the land of Israel and undergoes training for a secret mission inside the stronghold of Shechem. But soon after she has infiltrated the ruthless Aramean commander's kitchen, she makes a reckless decision that puts her and her allies in grave danger.

Fresh off the battlefield, Liyam returns home to discover his beloved daughter is dead. After his vow to hunt down her killer leads to months of fruitless pursuit, his last hope is in a family connection that comes with strings attached. Strings that force him to pose as a mercenary and rescue an infuriating woman who refuses to leave her mission uncompleted.

When an opportunity to pave a path to a Hebrew victory arises, can Tirzah convince Liyam to fight alongside her in the refuge city of her birth? Or will Liyam's thirst for vengeance outweigh his duty to his people, his God, and the woman he's come to love?
 

MY THOUGHTS.....

Like Flames in the Night is a fantastic way to wrap up a series that has made me a forever fan of author Connilyn Cossette. In the four books of the Cities of Refuge series she has created an amazing group of characters and the hero and heroine of this book are both wonderful additions. Tirzah is brave and she loves her country and her God; through all of her trials and efforts she continues to show great faith and determination as she becomes a spy and journeys to Shechem to uncover secrets while working in the kitchen of an Aramean commander. Along the way she joins forces with Liyam, a man intent on revenging the death of his beloved daughter. As they work to achieve their individual goals, their grudging admiration for each other turns into something much more. Cossette beautifully describes their increased awareness of each other romantically and she vividly conveys their fears as they realize that their mission could end in tragedy.

"As I headed down into the valley, I willed myself to focus on the mission before me, instead of the inexplicable pull I'd begun to feel for the man at my back."

"I could not lose her. Not like I had Havah. Not like Nadina. It was becoming clearer by the day that I would not survive if I did."

I have learned so much from reading this series and Cossette's extensive research is evident in these fictional stories that include Israel's history. God's chosen people rejected Him, and then, after repenting, they turned back to Him. Like a loving father, He forgave them and this book reminds us of the power of forgiveness. Liyam was able to forgive the man that he blamed for his daughter's death and he finally realized that God offers the gift of forgiveness to all who call on His name. Isn't it wonderful that all of us are beneficiaries of this grace?

Like Flames in the Night is an excellent way to conclude this series and I recommend it to all who enjoy biblical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy from the author. There was no obligation to post a favorable review and I am voluntarily sharing my honest opinion.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Connilyn Cossette is a Christy Award and Carol Award winning author whose books have been found on both ECPA and CBA bestseller lists. When she is not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible to discover gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in their twenty-plus years of marriage, they currently call a little town south of Dallas, Texas their home. Connect with her at www.ConnilynCossette.com

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr: Review & Giveaway with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr

Paperback Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Atria Books
Hardcover & eBook; 336 Pages
Genre: Historical/Gothic/Mystery

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Now available in paperback! A post-mortem photographer unearths the dark secrets of a famed poet’s marriage in this “sensual, twisting gothic tale…in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale, and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights” (BookPage).

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is found dead in his bath one morning in 1850, arrangements are left to his estranged cousin, historian turned postmortem photographer Robert Highstead. De Bonne’s will instructs that he should be buried in a stained glass chapel set on the Shropshire moors, built to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. It has since been locked to all outsiders—especially the rabid, cultlike fans of de Bonne’s final book, The Lost History of Dreams.

Only Ada’s grief-stricken niece, Isabelle, holds the key, but she refuses to open the chapel unless Robert agrees to her bargain: Before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record the real story behind her aunt’s ill-fated marriage to the poet over the course of five nights—a story that is both love story and ghost story.

Blurring the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death, The Lost History of Dreams is “a surrealist, haunting tale of suspense where every prediction turns out to be merely a step toward a bigger reveal” (Booklist).

“Waldherr writes that ‘love stories are ghost stories in disguise.’ This one, happily, succeeds as both.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Praise for The Lost History of Dreams

“Scheherazade-like … haunting… Waldherr writes that ‘love stories are ghost stories in disguise.’ This one, happily, succeeds as both.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “An unexpected delight that grows steadily more compelling as its pages fly by.” —Booklist

“A sensual, twisting gothic tale that embraces Victorian superstition much in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale and Emily BrontĂ«’s Wuthering Heights.”—BookPage

“Eerily atmospheric and gorgeously written, The Lost History of Dreams is a Gothic fairy-tale to savor.” – Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS

“The Lost History of Dreams is a dark, shimmering gem of a novel, glittering with love lost, secrets kept, and long-buried truths revealed. Wonder, memory, death and passion haunt every page of Kris Waldherr’s powerhouse Gothic debut.” – Greer Macallister, bestselling author of THE MAGICIAN’S LIE and WOMAN 99

“Brooding, romantic, and thoughtful, The Lost History of Dreams is a rare bird in that it shines throughout with wit. I loved every page of it.” – Erika Swyler, bestselling author of THE BOOK OF SPECULATION and LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS

“With luminous prose, stunning poetry and a fascinating cast of characters, Waldherr weaves a wonderfully atmospheric tale. Not to be missed!” – Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME and THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER

“A riveting, addictive read. Sarah Waters fans will be entranced. – Mary Sharratt, author of ECSTASY and DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL

“A novel of haunting mystery and passion reminiscent of Wuthering Heights and Byatt’s Possession.” – Crystal King, author of FEAST OF SORROW and THE CHEF’S SECRET

“An atmospheric tale of lost love, family secrets, and an inquiry into how our own histories define us, I relished every poetic page.” – Heather Webb, international bestselling author of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS and THE PHANTOM’S APPRENTICE

"With beautiful prose and poetry, Waldherr weaves a darkly seductive Gothic tale of love, art, death, and obsession. You’ll want to keep reading this one late into the night.” – Alyssa Palombo, author of THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL

“A sumptuous feast for all the senses.” – Clarissa Harwood, author of IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS and BEAR NO MALICE

MY THOUGHTS.....

My introduction to Gothic fiction was with the romances of Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart and I eagerly awaited their newest books to be published. I loved the big, gloomy houses; the handsome,brooding heroes with hidden secrets; and the young heroines who couldn't help but be drawn to those mysterious men. Mystery and intrigue were usually a part of the plots and The Lost History of Dreams certainly fits this description. There are deaths, a glass chapel hidden in the woods, doomed romances, and yes, ghosts. One of the characters even mentions that "love stories are ghost stories in disguise."

The story opens in 1850 London and it centers around Robert Highstead, his deceased wife Sida, his famous cousin Hugh de Bonne who has suddenly died, and Hugh's deceased wife Ada. There is also Isabelle, Ada's niece, and as the story progresses, there is a mystery about Isabelle's true identity and just how she could possibly know all of the details of Hugh and Ada's marriage. As a postmortem photographer Robert often seems caught between life and death and both he and Isabelle suffer guilt in the deaths of their loved ones. Is it possible for them to work through their individual grief and move on? Will Robert finally understand that Sida is really gone? Is forgiveness possible for two lost and hurting souls?

Lost love, unusual happenings, rich historical detail, and determining what is true and what is imaginary...all of these add to the charm of this story. If you enjoy Gothic fiction, you will certainly find yourself enthralled with The Lost History of Dreams.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. I am voluntarily sharing my honest thoughts in this review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author



Kris Waldherr’s books for adults and children include The Lost History of Dreams, Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The Lost History of Dreams received a Kirkus starred review and was called "an unexpected delight" by Booklist. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was lauded by the New York Times Book Review for its “quality of myth and magic.” Her fiction has won fellowships from the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, and a works-in-progress reading grant from Poets & Writers.

As a visual artist, Waldherr is the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print. She has had illustrations published as greeting cards, book covers, and in calendars and magazines. Her art has been exhibited in many galleries and museums including the Ruskin Library, the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Kris Waldherr works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, their young daughter, and a very vocal Bengal cat.

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Blog Tour Schedule


Friday, March 13 Review at A Bookish Affair
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Saturday, March 14 Review at 100 Pages a Day

Monday, March 16 Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Tuesday, March 17 Review at Clarissa Reads it All

Thursday, March 19 Review at YA, It's Lit
                                   Review at Older & Smarter

Friday, March 20 Review at Donna's Book Blog

Sunday, March 22 Review at Historical Graffiti

Tuesday, March 24 Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Wednesday, March 25 Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Thursday, March 26 Review at Books and Zebras

Saturday, March 28 Review at Nurse Bookie

Monday, March 30 Review at Jorie Loves A Story

Tuesday, March 31 Review at Passages to the Past

Giveaway


To celebrate the paperback publication of The Lost History of Dreams, Kris is offering an exclusive blog tour giveaway of some of her most popular publications! The collection includes an autographed copy of The Lost History of Dreams paperback, a Goddess Tarot deck, a Sacred World Oracle deck, a hardcover of Bad Princess, and a teaser booklet of Doomed Queens. Retail value $75. Giveaway ends 3/31/2020. US only.

To enter the giveaway, click HERE.