World War II Christian Romance

World War II Christian Romance

I just read this fantastic book, With Love, Wherever you are, by Dandi Daley MacKall. Based on a true story of Dandi’s real life parents, this was a book that would not disappoint. Just to note, the story is slightly fictionalized but the story is based on true events. Below is a video from the author to hear more about her inspiration for the novel.

This book starts with a nurse named Helen Eberhart. She has had a difficult life and has always wanted to a care and cure others of their illnesses. One day, she had enough of the hospital she was working for and decided to quit and join the American Red Cross during the start of World War II.

When she gets to her station, she is beside herself and what she has been assigned to do. During her worse moment, she runs right into the man, Frank Daley, who falls in love with her at first sight. He shows her love and care without even knowing her name. They go to church together. They talk about God and family. He meets her every single night.

Soon their relationship becomes strained; therefore, they begin to write letters to each other. Helen and Frank soon marry, but they are deployed to Europe shortly after. All they have are letters, which they write 3, if not 4, times a day. Times are tough, but will Helen and Frank’s marriage last? I’m not gonna tell you, you’ll need to get the book. 😉

ChristianBook.com: $10.99

Amazon: $15.99; Kindle $9.99

BN.com: $15.99, Nook: $10.99

Walmart: $16.11

I recommend this book for younger adults, because you will note this book does have a few graphic moments in it due to the fact we are speaking of World War II. Also, the author does mention Helen and Frank make love several times in the book. Nothing graphic, just a mention of it. Additionally, I like the fact Helen maintains her faith in God, although she struggles a lot of trusting Frank so far away from her. Frank’s faith grows as he looks up to Major Bradford for guidance and as a great example of maintaining faith in God even when everyone is dying around them.

I can’t say it enough, this is one of those books I may have to re-read again sometime. I can’t forget to mention that I want to thank the great publishers at Tyndale Publishing for the option of reading this great book for my honest and heart felt opinion.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

 

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Books and short stories for the Holiday Season

Hi, folks… We got a great selection of short stories just for the Holiday Season. We’ll also cover two great books I’ve read this month. 🙂 I’m so happy to have been sharing with you all these great stories this year. I hope that we’ll be able to continue and grow our social network next year. 15 more followers would be a great acheivement for 2017. Let’s make that happen!

So next week, watch for upcoming holiday reviews and my latest book Shadow in the Storm. This book gives me mixed feelings on whether I like it or not. I’m about half-way so we’ll be doing a review on that shortly.

Sorry. in holiday transition

Hi, folks. For those that follow me here on this blog, know I usually post about a book every week. I’ve read 20 books this year since I started last December. 🙂 Amazing feat! Props to those that have followed me this year, because I’m happy to say I have officially 14 followers. Yippee. My goal was 30, but I’m glad I’m half way there.

Due to the upcoming holiday, I got behind in reading and haven’t finished my latest book Shadow in the Storm, which is really good, but when you are only 15% through the ebook, I don’t think I know enough to share with you all as of yet. So stay tuned for that. I just have been busy trying to make things. (See my crafting blog here) Plus trying to reach out to people about my businesses (See my personal site here) Maybe I’m trying too hard with everything.  I don’t know, but let me know if you check out my sites in how I could get more attention and feedback. 🙂

However, I’m planning to share with you the sweet amish holiday romance Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall next week.  Then hopefully a couple of other great short stories will be shared throughout the month of December including the Shadow in the Storm book that I’m currently reading.

I’ll see you all next week with my latest book review and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

The O’Leary Family Saga by Susan Anne Mason

Cover ArtWhether you have followed along or not with the O’Leary’s  of Irish Meadows in Long Island, New York, I’m sure this book will not disappoint you. This is the third and last book in the Courage to Dream series.

I haven’t read the previous books from Susan Anne Mason, so the entire story was new to me. I enjoyed it very much and I wished for more sequels.

This novel Love’s Faithful Promise follows James and Kathleen O’Leary’s daughter, Deidre, and her dreams of becoming a doctor. However, her dreams are put on hold when her mother, Kathleen, suffers a minor stroke. Deidre must help find the best physical therapist she can find for her mother. Her Uncle Victor, a family friend, knows of a doctor by the name Matthew Clayborne located in Toronto, who is trying a new technique that may work for Deidre’s mother. Deidre plans a trip up to this doctor to learn the techniques and will not leave until she learns all she needs to know to help her mother gain back strength.

Once Deidre arrives in Toronto, she finds Dr. Matthew Clayborne,who seems very stubborn and unwilling help her. Matthew feels very annoyed with Deidre’s company and hopes that she will learn what she needs and leaves him. Deidre’s parents offer Matthew to be a paid employee and come help Kathleen recover, however, Matthew cannot think of such a thing. Deidre has faith that God hasn’t brought her there for no reason and knows he may be able to help her mother, although he is very stubborn. We soon learn Matthew suffers from a wound in the war and wounds on his heart, and is especially worried about his sweet daughter.

One day when Matthew is working with Deidre, he learns that his little daughter Phoebe is sick and has been taken to the hospital. Deidre soon and Phoebe take a liking to each other at the hospital, however, Phoebe doesn’t speak to anyone and hasn’t for many years nor does her father allow her to have interactions with others. Matthew wants to protect his daughter from the cruelties of the world. Matthew feels God and the world have been unfair to him. Due to doctors orders, of fresh air and relaxation for Phoebe, Matthew Clayborne gives in to Deidre’s offer of working for her mother.

Shortly, many things change for Matthew. Is he prepared for the changes he is finding? Will he open his soul and his heart again? Can Deidre accept the fact she may never be a doctor? Will God help them achieve all their dreams and heal their hearts?

There is also a side story about Deidre’s brother Connor, but you’ll have to read the book to find out more about him. What I can tell you is that the circumstance Connor has does affect the relationship between Deidre and Matthew.

This book was wonderful and I loved every minute of the O’Leary’s. It feels that I had known them forever and I will miss them very much. This is one of my new favorites along with Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin (read that review here). But I can’t close with out thanking Bethany House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this awesome novel for my honest opinion.

Here’s a few places where you can purchase this book. Always support local business in your community.:-)

Amazon: $12.33 Paperback; $9.50 Kindle

Barnes and Noble: $12.14 Paperback; $10.49 Nook

Christianbook: $9.99 paperback; $9.69 ebook

If you want, you can read an excerpt here.

Happy Reading and have a great Holiday Season! 🙂

A voice from the Oregon Trail

722331Wow! This novel, This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick, was a step back into time on the hardships many people, men, children, and women, on the Oregon Trail.

This novel is in three parts, which I found interesting in how it was broken up. We also hear from three different women’s perspectives on the journey; Tabitha Moffatt Brown, her daughter Pherne, and Pherne’s daughter Virgilia. Tabitha is the stubborn and invincible Grandmother who doesn’t know when to stop or listen to reasoning. She wants to head west to Oregon when he son Orus comes to recruit his sister Pherne and her husband Virgil to head west with him and his family. She not going to let him stop her. She cares for her children but sometimes she just doesn’t know how to express it at time, but God is definitely her strength and guidance throughout her journey to Oregon.

They find it all hard to leave the memories and heart aches behind, but it is a way to start things a-new again, a clean slate, for them all.  However, all goes well until they take a new route and become separated. Tabitha, her brother-in-law, daughter Pherne and the rest of the troop decide to take the Applegate Trail, which appears shorter but turns out harder than expected. In addition to the troop they had, they also had to care for a new young girl, named Nellie Louise, whose parents had gotten separated from her. Once on this trail they endure great trials of starvation and sadness in order to reach their safe haven.

There is a lot to cover in this book, and you may be surprised what God has lead them to see on this journey. I also wanted to note that this is a semi-true story from the real accounts of Tabitha Moffat Brown’s journal, who is the founder of Pacific University in Oregon . AMAZING!  By the way, I can’t forget to thank Revell publishing for the opportunity to read this great book for my honest review and opinion. This book was a really good read. You’ll just have to grab a copy below or at your nearest bookstore.

Happy Reading!!!

Stay tuned for next weeks review of Whiter than Snow, a great inspiring short story! 😀

Amazon: $8.27 paperback; Kindle $7.86

Barnes and Noble: $8.27 paperback; Nook $10.49

Christian Book: $7.99 Paperback; eBook $9.69

Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

If you have watched When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark channel, this book does not miss a beat. This picks up from where the last book, Where Trust Lies, left us. Since I didn’t read the last book nor have watched the series as often as I like, everything was a surprise to me.

It picks up with Elizabeth Thatcher coming home to Coal Valley after a summer break and adventure with her family and Constable Jack (Jarrick) Thornton. Jarrick has been reposted to Lethelbridge, South of Coal Valley, making their relationship a challenge as their wedding approaches in the Spring. However, as she”leans forward for her first glimpse of the little mountain town that has captured her heart, she discovers something has changed.” (back cover quote)  She notices so much has changed; more houses and miners, and the wretched tree stumps that she hates. Even Molly’s adopted daughter, Marnie, has changed so much in the past few months; older and very giggly at times. Is there a beau in her life? Plus, to make matters a little more challenging, the town hires a new second teacher, Mr. Robert Harris Hughes, who is as secular as they come, according Elizabeth, to teach the older students. Elizabeth is not very happy, plus she has to live by herself in the old crazy Grant family’s place above Abigail’s Tea House. This is just too much for Elizabeth to handle with out God’s guidance.

Elizabeth tries to cope with the living arrangements and other little issues through the help of Molly and Marnie, but her stubborn and feisty ways could lead her into trouble with the new teacher. She just can’t stand him and his curt disposition and flippancy about God’s existence. Plus she hates his teaching skills and he seems to disagree with hers. No one else seems to agree with her feelings and anxiety on the issue, not even Jarrick supports her in feeling so annoyed with Mr. Harris Hughes.  What can she do to show what’s really in her heart?

When Mr. Harris Hughes is on the brink of trouble with the town and being wrongly accused with inappropriate relations with a student, Elizabeth knows that the accusations are wrong, but the court date conflicts with other important plans? Will Elizabeth stand back and let the court decide what’s best for the man? Or will she stand up and defend him for who he really is, a lost but intelligent soul that wouldn’t hurt or do anything wrong toward any child of the town? Well… You’ll just have to grab a book to find out what happens and what else new is going on in Coal Valley.

Here’s where to get this wonderful book. If you have a local bookstore or library hurry over and get one. Always support the businesses in your home town. They support local economy and growth. Otherwise check these nice retailers below.

Amazon: Kindle $7.86 ; Paperback $8.27

Barnes and Noble: Nook $10.49 ; Paperback $8.27

As always, I’d like to thank Bethany House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this book for free and give an honest opinion. This has been a wonderful story to share with you all. See you next week for my review of Gratitude- Prayers and Praises coloring and devotional book. 🙂

Rosalind of Ipsworth and Sir Randel Penigree are both from different sides of the tracks. She’s a peasant and he’s a knight. They live in the 1200s embarking on a children’s crusade to the middle east lead by the young girl Sapphira who has been lead by God in dreams and visions that this is what He is leading them to do.

Rosalind and Randel has a many things in common and both carry very heart wrenching secrets that are eating their souls. They both are seeking forgiveness, and feel that they need to just serve God as a monk and a nun. They get closer in their friendship due to two other problem people on broad the ship. In order to distract Lady Jocelyn and Lord Rumsford from their pursuits, Rosalind and Randel decide to embark on a faux relationship. They decide to act out a romance in order to protect each other.

I also want to note that there is a mysterious character that talks for several pages periodically in the book. It’s hard to figure out who this person is that has such animosity towards Randel and the reason behind the feelings. This person also sees that Rosalind is a hinderance to their plan of revenge.

Will Randel and Rosalind be able to over come their hurts and learn to forgive themselves? Will they learn that God forgives them no matter what they have done sinfully? Will Randel and Rosalind soon see the relationship that is budding?

My opinion:

Well… I got this free through Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. This was a very good book once I got into it. At first it felt like a drag to read this book. However, once I got more involved in the grievances of the characters were under going I could relate.

The author was very good at portraying the pain of the Randel and Rosalind. In this generation, Randel would be suffer from Post-Tramatic Stress Sydrome. Rosalind was also dealing with a great amount of regret and gulit.

I recommend this book for younger adults and beyond, because there were some graphic scenes of battles and slashing blood.

Where to purchase:

Check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore for prices (please support small businesses and local businesses that are in your community). Also go to your local library and see if it is available in your area physical or digital.

Amazon: Kindle $8.81; Paperback $9.27

Barnes and Noble:Nook $10.99; Paperback $9.71

Thanks for stopping by and check out next weeks reviews on Manga Doodletopia.