A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund



MY REVIEW:

I found myself zipping through the pages of “A Noble Groom” and reached the end much too quickly. The novel is so well written that it took almost no effort to read – it just flowed. Of course that could also be due to the fact that I became so involved in the story that I had to keep reading in order to learn what would happen next.

Recently widowed Annalisa Werner loves stories as evidenced by how many of them she tells her young daughter throughout the book. However she believes that true love is simply a fairytale and is not something she should ever expect. She has seen very little evidence of that kind of love in the marriages that surround her. For that reason she is resigned to another marriage to the cousin her father has sent for in Germany since she really needs help to save her farm. When Carl Richards shows up with a message that her future husband has been delayed, he agrees to help out on the farm until the man arrives. Little does he realize that he will come to care for Annalisa and her children as if they were his own family. Is it possible for two people from such diverse backgrounds to find happiness together?

I pretty much loved everything about “A Noble Groom”. The characters were so well described they could have stepped right off the pages – even the villainous Ward. Both Annalisa and Carl were such strong and determined people but each of them needed to depend on the Lord a bit more for their guidance. The story had a little of everything, humor, drama, suspense, action, and disaster with a healthy dose of romance in all the right places.

You cannot go wrong in picking up a copy of “A Noble Groom” if you like historical romance even a little. Take my word for it!

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Noble GroomMichigan, 1880

Annalisa Werner’s hope for a fairy tale love is over. Her husband failed her in every way and now his death has left her with few options to save the family farm. She needs a plentiful harvest. That, and a husband to help bring it in. Someone strong, dependable. That’ll be enough. A marriage for love…that’s something she’s given up on.

So her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom.

Then a man appears: Carl Richards, from their home country of Germany and a former schoolteacher–or so he says. He’s looking for work and will serve on the farm until her husband arrives.

With time running out, she accepts his help, but there’s more to this man than he’s admitting. He’s also gentle, kind, charming–unlike any man she’s ever known. But even as Carl is shining light into the darkness of her heart, she knows her true groom may arrive any day.

Purchase a copy here.

JodyHedlundABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling historical fiction author. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.

Find out more about Jody at http://jodyhedlund.com/.



Welcome to the campaign launch for Jody Hedlund’s latest novel, A Noble Groom. Booklist says of Hedlund, “Swiftly becoming a well-known contender in the world of Christian historical fiction …”, and Publishers Weekly says she “intricately balances romance and drama….”

Jody Hedlund is celebrating the release of A Noble Groom by giving away a Kindle Fire and hosting a Facebook Author Chat Party {5/8}! 

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One “noble” winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced at the “A Noble Groom” Author Chat Party on May 8th. Connect with Jody, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways — gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of A Noble Groom and join Jody on the evening of May 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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When The Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
When The Morning Glory Blooms
Abingdon Press (April 1, 2013)
by
Cynthia Ruchti
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cynthia writes stories of hope that glows in the dark, merging her love for storytelling with inextinguishable hope for inexpressible hurts.

Cynthia spends her days diving into words, worship, and wonder and celebrating 40 years of marriage, three grown children, and five outrageously adorable grandchildren. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she served as the assistant director and a faculty member of the Quad Cities Christian Writers Conference, has served as worship and devotions staff for the Write-to-Publish conference, and teaches at other conferences as opportunities arise. She speaks to women’s groups, at mother-daughter banquets, and for women’s refresher days and retreats. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team. Rather than “busy,” she likes the term “active.”

For 33 years, Cynthia wrote and produced the radio broadcast The Heartbeat of the Home. The scripted radio drama/devotional broadcast aired on as many as 50 radio stations and two cable/digital television stations over the years. Cynthia was the editor of the ministry’s Backyard Friends magazine, a twenty-page, twice annual publication that reached 5,000 homes, churches, and parachurch outreaches.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Becky rocks a baby that rocked her world. Sixty years earlier, with her fiancé Drew in the middle of the Korean Conflict, Ivy throws herself into her work at a nursing home to keep her sanity and provide for the child Drew doesn’t know is coming. Ivy cares for Anna, an elderly patient who taxes Ivy’s listening ear until the day she suspects Anna’s tall tales are not the ramblings of dementia. They’re fragments of Anna’s disjointed memories of a remarkable life. Finding a faint thread of hope she can’t resist tugging, Ivy records Anna’s memoir, scribbling furiously after hours to keep up with the woman’s emotion-packed, grace-hemmed stories. Is Ivy’s answer buried in Anna’s past? Becky, Ivy, Anna–three women fight a tangled vine of deception in search of the blossoming simplicity of truth.

If you would like to read the first chapter of When The Morning Glory Blooms, go HERE.

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In When The Morning Glory Blooms, the stories of three unrelated women from different eras are woven together into a beautiful and meaningful tapestry for the heart. The common denominator between the three women is out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Present-day Becky spends her days caring for her daughter’s sweet son while her daughter completes her high school education. Ivy’s story takes place in 1951 when she finds herself expecting her fiance’s child after he is deployed to Korea. She meets and cares for Anna in a nursing home where Anna dictates her remarkable story about her life running a house of refuge for unwed mothers.

I’ll admit that books similar to When The Morning Glory Blooms are not my usual first choice in reading material but I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read it. While I liked everything about the book, I especially enjoyed Anna’s first-person narrative about her own experiences. I found those elements of the novel to be especially lyrical. I was happy to follow each woman’s journey as she grew in the strength and maturity of her faith.

When The Morning Glory Blooms examines unplanned pregnancies from several angles. The author does not attempt to offer easy answers but emphasizes the need of the young women for love and acceptance as well as preparation for their lives after they give birth with the importance of leading them to the Lord as a high priority.  I would highly recommend this book , particularly for those who find themselves dealing with an unplanned pregnancy on any level.

A Healing Heart by Angela Breidenbach

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Healing Heart
Abingdon Press (April 1, 2013)
by
Angela Breidenbach
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Angela Breidenbach is a speaker/coach in mental and physical health, author of A Healing Heart April 2013 from Abingdon Press in the Quilts of Love series, Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life, Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance, and Creative Cooking for Colitis. Other works by Angela include compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers. She is certified in mentor/peer counseling as a CTA life coach, as a Stephen Minister, and a weight loss/nutrition coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister (worship/prayer leader) for her congregation in Missoula, MT. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom’s brain for the study of schizophrenia, but she’s also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital.

Learn more about Angela and her books on her Website.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Mara Keegan is an uber-successful mother and a widow of three years. She’s been chasing success and all the “good things in life” for her family to make up for the cruel whim God played on them by taking her husband. In an effort to be the perfect mom, she decides to make a photo memory quilt, a graduation present for her daughter, Cadence.

She’s not yet finished when she experiences a heart attack. While Mara recuperates, she revisits the choices she’s made that led to this physically and spiritually broken heart. The memory quilt must be finished in time for Cadence’s big day, but Mara struggles with her burgeoning feelings for the man who must keep Mara’s business going during her recovery, Joel Ryan. Can Joel find his way into Mara’s heart and onto Cadence’s quilt?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Healing Heart, go HERE.

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Mara Keegan barely has a chance to register that her new business coach is none other than Joel Ryan, the man who attempted a hostile takeover of her company several years earlier when she is forced to depend on him to keep her company afloat while she recovers from first a broken ankle, then a heart attack. Not only does he manage her company but also becomes nearly indispensable to her and her three children. Joel soon sees the Keegans as the family he has dreamed of being a part of, especially Mara who quickly gains a special place in his heart. If only he could help her to let go of her driven determination to make her late husband’s dream succeed and become the woman God intends her to be. Is it possible for Mara to trust Joel and God with the lives of herself and her children?

I found myself quickly drawn into A Healing Heart and fell in love with its characters. It was easy to identify with Mara and her tight control of her life as she struggled to run a successful business as well as being the perfect mother. Joel was the perfect hero, always ready to help, compassionate, and trying to follow the Lord’s lead in every situation. And I loved their dog – enough to shed some tears near the end. A Healing Heart is filled with true-to-life scenes, wisdom, faith, and love overflows its pages.

I’ll admit I didn’t know what to expect when I opened A Healing Heart but it didn’t take very long to find it difficult to put down. I gladly endorse this novel.

Stress Test by Richard Mabry, M.D.



MY REVIEW:

Just when Dr. Matt Newman’s life seems to be on an upward trend, everything changes for him in the course of one late night. Kidnapped, severely injured, and barely escaping with his life, Matt wakes up in ICU only to learn that he is suspected of a murder he didn’t commit and no one in law enforcement wants to believe his story. He turns to attorney Sandra Murray for legal assistance and together they work to prove his innocence only to find themselves hindered at every turn and the stakes growing higher by the day. Matt begins to wonder if he will ever get his life back.

“Stress Test” is a novel that has something for almost every reader. Featuring Dr.  Matt Newman, the narrative contains numerous hospital scenes, particularly in the E.R. and surgery – enough to please fans of medical novels. Matt’s legal problems bring in the other primary character, lawyer Sandra Murray whose legal expertise should please lovers of legal fiction. Add plenty of drama, action, danger, and suspense and yet another group of readers should be happy. Then there is the promise of romance that rounds out the story so that most every reader preference is covered.

I have read most if not all of Dr. Mabry’s previous novels and enjoyed each of them. Each one seems to be better than the last but that could be because it happens to be the one I am reading at the moment. “Stress Test” opened my eyes to how quickly a person’s life can be snatched out of his control and how important it is to depend on God in all circumstances. I would enthusiastically recommend “Stress Test” as well as every one of Dr. Mabry’s other books.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Stress TestThey may not have enough evidence to convict him, but they have enough to ruin his life.

Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left his last shift in the ER have no such plans—they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt’s only thought is escape. He does so, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU . . . where he awakens to discover he’s being charged with murder.

Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors. But when Matt calls, she knows she can’t walk away from defending someone who is truly innocent.

Matt’s career is going down the drain. His freedom and perhaps his life may be next. But with the police convinced he’s a murderer and the kidnappers still trying to finish what they started, finding the truth—and the faith to keep going—will be the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured.

Purchase a copy HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richard Mabry, M.D.A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of four critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

 

 



Richard Mabry is celebrating the release of Stress Test with a Nook HD Giveaway! Enter today.

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Pilgrimage of Promise by Cathy Bryant



MY REVIEW:

The fourth offering in Cathy Bryant’s Miller’s Creek series, Pilgrimage of Promise finally offers her readers the backstory for Mona Beth and Bo, well-loved characters from the previous novels in the series. Their story unfolds through present-day scenes as well as flashbacks and through letters from the past. Concentrating primarily on Bo and Mona Beth, the story also includes glimpses of other loved characters from earlier books. As in her previous books, Cathy has portrayed her characters in such a way that the reader can relate to them as friends and/or family and will therefore rejoice or grieve with them as is appropriate.

Pilgrimage of Promise is a wonderful story of God’s faithfulness even through the most difficult and trying times of our lives,  illustrated especially through Mona Beth’s experiences. It is a poignant tale that brought me to tears more than once but it is ultimately a story of triumph over circumstances through the strength that only comes from trusting in the Lord.

I have not seen Cathy’s books promoted as actively as many of the books I read and review but her Miller’s Creek novels have always been numbered among my favorites. If you have not read any of her books, I suggest you give them a try. I don’t think you will be sorry.

A digital copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Pilgrimage Of PromiseBroken promises, enduring love…

A dusty stack of unopened love letters forces Bo and Mona Beth Miller to revisit a part of their past they’d rather leave buried–especially in the face of death. Only as they retrace history will they learn the truth about the shattered promise that threatens to come between them. But can their relationship endure the deception and sabotage they unearth, or will the experience compel them to trust more fully in the promises that never fail?

Read a sample chapter of the work in progress (unedited) HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cathy BryantCathy’s desire is to write heart-stirring stories about God’s life-changing grace. Her first novel, Texas Roads, was a 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis finalist. Her second novel, A Path Less Traveled, was published in 2010. The Way of Grace, the third book in the Miller’s Creek novels was released in 2012, and Pilgrimage of Promise was released in 2013. A native Texan, Cathy currently resides in the beautiful Ozark mountains of northwest Arkansas with her husband of thirty years, and near the world’s cutest grandson and granddaughter. She’ll be moving to New Mexico in the near future. You can find out more about Cathy’s books under the Miller’s Creek Novels tab on her website.