Soar Like Eagles by Terri Wanguard



MY REVIEW:

“Soar Like Eagles” is a historical romance that takes place during World War 2. Written from the perspectives of both Carol and Chet, the narrative gives readers an inside look at what it was like as a navigator on a bomber and as a doughnut girl serving near military bases and the battlefields of England and France during the war.

I enjoyed reading about Chet and Carol’s individual experiences during the war but especially enjoyed how their relationship developed  during their brief and sometimes unexpected encounters in various locations. Descriptions were so vivid that I could easily picture in my mind their surroundings and the actual events. More than one somewhat graphic scene illustrated the horrible realities of war; however a few lighter moments helped to relieve the tension as did the growing romance between Chet and Carol.

I thought the book was summarized very well with this quote from Chet in the epilogue – “Neither side really wins a war. Both sides lose. One side just loses less than the other.”

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Celebrate Lit Publicity Group. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.



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Carol becomes a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GIs and boosting their morale. Convinced wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements. She didn’t plan on Chet, the navigator who tempts her to throw caution to the wind.

Chet’s father and brothers always belittled him. As a squadron lead navigator, he longs to prove them wrong. He’s already been offered a terrific job with PanAm after the war. First he must survive his combat tour. Will he even have a future?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

Guest Post from Terri Wangard:

For the third book of my World War II series, I needed something to involve my main character with. At first I considered the train canteens, where volunteers laden with food met troop trains crisscrossing the country. That wouldn’t work though, because my navigator was heading overseas and I didn’t want a correspondence relationship. Besides, someone else had already written a novel about the canteens. Then I discovered the Red Cross clubmobiles.

The American Red Cross operated canteens on the home front and clubs and clubmobiles overseas during World War II to provide soldiers and sailors with a cup of coffee, a doughnut, and a bit of friendly conversation that gave the men a familiar connection with home.

Around the world, the Red Cross staffed permanent service clubs, traveling clubmobiles, and other recreational facilities. Service clubs provided refreshments, accommodations, and comfort and recreational activities wherever American troops were located overseas. In major cities, they offered meals, recreational activities, overnight accommodations, and barbershops and laundries. Some also provided sightseeing opportunities, touring museums, castles and cathedrals, and attending local theaters and movie houses.

Smaller clubs provided food in outlying areas near American military camps. The Red Cross also operated rest homes, often in stately manor houses in rural, tranquil locations overseas, for service personnel needing respite from the pressures of war.

To serve military sites in isolated areas, the Red Cross used clubmobiles in Great Britain in 1942 and later, the continent. Staffed by three American Red Cross women and a local driver in England, they visited several sites in a day, bringing refreshments, entertainment, and a touch of home to the troops in a foreign land. They used converted half-ton trucks and single-deck London buses, which featured kitchen equipment for making and serving doughnuts and coffee. Some carried phonographs and loudspeakers to provide music for the troops, and the women often danced with the servicemen. On the continent, the women had to drive and service their trucks.

Many American servicemen had never traveled far from home. At Red Cross clubs and clubmobiles in far-flung places around the globe, they received a connection to home and civilian life through friendly American women and familiar food. The Red Cross served a basic purpose of raising morale.

Carol Doucet of Soar Like Eagles was proud to be a Red Cross Doughnut Girl.

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To celebrate her tour, Terri is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed paperback copy of Soar Like Eagles.
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The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser



MY REVIEW:

A compelling story of tragedy and triumph, “The Pattern Artist” captured my attention and imagination from the very beginning. I loved reading Annie’s story that stretched from her hopeless job as a housemaid to a sought after dress designer. Although many difficulties paved her journey to success, only God could have placed just the right people in her life just when she needed them.

Annie’s story is filled with strong supporting characters who encourage and advise her as she makes decisions that affect herself and others. The also offer comfort to her during especially difficult situations in her life. Sean’s love for Annie was so protective and unconditional even when he was unsure of her feelings for him. The plot moved along at a steady pace and was fairly well balanced with drama, danger, and romance with a touch of levity. The spiritual content was strong and I appreciated how Annie learned to hear from God.

As a lifetime seamstress myself with a mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law who also sewed, I loved reading about the early days of the Butterick Pattern Company and how the patterns were developed. It was also fun to read about the original Macys department store. My how things have changed!

“The Pattern Artist” was an excellent book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys historical novels. Those interested in fashion or sewing would probably find it particularly interesting.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Barbour Publishing. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress. Wide-eyed with the possibilities America has to offer, Annie wonders if there’s more for her than a life of service.

Annie chooses to risk everything, taps into courage she never knew she had, and goes off on her own, finding employment in the sewing department at Macy’s. While at Macy’s Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and God’s leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer—a pattern artist of the highest degree.

As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.

Read an excerpt from The Pattern Artist HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

NANCY MOSER is the best-selling author of more than twenty novels. She is a winner and two-time nominee of the Christy Award, and her latest novel was named to Booklist’s “Top 10 Romance Novels of 2011.” Nancy and her husband have three grown children and three grandchildren, and they live in the Midwest.

Learn more at Nancy’s website.

 

 

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Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons



MY REVIEW:

“Pursuing Gold” was a fairly solid story that takes place in Chattanooga during the Civil War. Both primary characters Peter and Mary Beth are true southerners but neither is supportive of slavery and must walk a narrow line in their hometown in order to stay out of trouble. In addition Peter is charged with keeping C&R Bank viable despite the war and political unrest that surrounds them. Peter is in love with his lifelong friend Mary Beth but is not certain how she feels.

I always enjoy reading about Civil War life so “Pursuing Gold” was of particular interest to me. I enjoyed learning more about the challenges of running a bank during that particular era as well as other difficulties the citizens faced because of the war. The story not only was full of historical facts but contained a nice mystery and suspense along with a tender romance. I liked how the author compared the pursuit of gold to pursuing God. The spiritual growth of both Peter and Mary Beth was an integral component of the story and was handled quite well.

Although “Pursuing Gold” is the first book I’ve read by this author, I would be open to trying more of her work.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Litfuse Publicity. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis.

With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter’s forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cynthia L Simmons and her husband, Ray, have five children and reside in Atlanta. She has taught for over thirty years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. She’s a columnist for Leading Hearts Magazine and she directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference. Cyndi has a heart for encouraging women in today’s crazy, upside-down world. She loves history and peppers her speaking and teaching with fascinating vignettes from the past. Her first book, “Struggles and Triumphs,” was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the Year. She co-founded Homeschool Answers and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio.

Find out more about Cynthia at http://clsimmons.com.

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Love,Lies & Typewriters by Heather Blanton

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MY REVIEW:

I have enjoyed a couple of Heather Blanton’s historical westerns and plan to read the rest as soon as I find a break in my review calendar. I wasn’t too sure what I would think about her latest, “Love, Lies, & Typewriters” with its setting in a totally different era. I need not have worried even one minute…this book is so clever! I loved it!

The story is fun and humorous at times with an unexpected romantic twist that left me smiling. I could just imagine this one as a Hallmark Movie! I loved Lucy and Bryce but it didn’t take too long for me to catch on to Dale’s egomania. I knew who I wanted Lucy to choose but did she?

Loved, loved, loved this book! Be sure to pick up a copy while it’s 99 cents. I think you will be glad you did.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by the author. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

A cowboy with a Purple Heart. A reporter with a broken heart. Which one is her Mr. Right?

When Lucy Daniels is rescued from a stampeding herd of cattle by war hero Dale Sumner, sparks fly and headlines are born. Smelling an opportunity, the local newspaper decides to send the couple on a tour selling war bonds—not to mention, subscriptions. Enamored with her handsome savior, Lucy is happy to play her part … until she realizes her affections are slowly slipping toward the wrong man.

Ace reporter and aspiring mystery writer Bryce Richard is tasked with building up Lucy and Dale’s budding affair. He can’t think of anything worse for a journalist than switching from hard news to pounding out romantic drivel. Complicating matters, Bryce wishes Lucy would look to him for her happily-ever-after. Only, that would wreck the whole tour and Bryce’s coveted book deal.

When love and lies collide on the front page, will Lucy and Bryce have a chance to write their own fairy tale ending? Or are they already yesterday’s news?

You can purchase Love, Lies, & Typewriters here!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Aheather-blanton former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher and skillfully weaves truth in among fictional story lines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in her hand. You can learn more about her and her work at https://ladiesindefiance.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/heatherfreyblanton. Sign up for Heather’s email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests and giveaways (https://ladiesindefiance.com/).

Heather is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies. Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless Colorado mining town, a few notable Hollywood producers have requested the script for her first book in that series, A Lady in Defiance. Heather’s writing is gritty and realistic. In fact, her books have been compared to AMC’s Hell on Wheels series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love.

She writes Westerns because she grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. Her most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to her father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!

She can be reached several different ways:

Author Heather Blanton
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https://www.pinterest.com/heatherfblanton/

Christian Westerns is the genre that lets her write about strong pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Romance is always a strong element in her stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God, and a perfect reflection of how he loves His children: sacrificially and lavishly. Heather’s stories aren’t preachy or cheesy, but she hopes they are heart-warming, realistic, illuminating, and glorifying to God. Like good old fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense.

“I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is … and God loves us anyway.” — Heather Blanton

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Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

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MY REVIEW:

“Fatal Frost” is an intense and suspense filled novel that had me turning the pages well into the night. The story also features a romance that played a secondary role and did not interfere at all with the suspense.

Characters were well developed and their interaction was realistic. I especially enjoyed the tension between Mercy and Mark. The suspense built throughout the plot with danger constantly a threat. There was violence and death with one particularly heartbreaking scene but the author handled it as tastefully as possible while keeping it real. As much as I’d like to hide my head in the sand, events depicted in this novel are becoming more and more common in our world and we as readers need to be more aware.

Despite the sometimes disturbing events that took place, there were also positive ones and the bad guys received justice. A strong message of faith was woven subtly throughout the story which always makes me happy and I also liked how things developed between Mercy and Mark.

I enjoyed “Fatal Frost” immensely and am already looking forward to Nancy’s next novel.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Following in her absentee father’s footsteps in a law enforcement career, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty. And, unbeknownst to her, her father’s recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis’s most powerful gang. Her boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent–Mercy’s ex-boyfriend–to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed.

Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn’t until a freak ice storm strands them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy to put them in great danger. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive–if help is even coming at all?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nancy MehlNancy Mehl is the author of twenty-one books, including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Visit www.nancymehl.com to learn more.

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