The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

Hello, folks today we are going to review my latest read: The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

This book was full of endless adventure and more. It kept me at my seat and it was very well written.

When we start the book we meet a young, captive Native American girl, Mercy Lytton and her best friend and Ranger Captain Matthew Prinn. Matthew and Mercy are commanded to take the French traitor Elias Dubois to a fort in Boston over stealing gold. Mercy has been taken on in the military as a scout due to her keen eyesight. Mercy carries a lot of pain and heartaches. Due to this, she feels that God abandoned her.

Elias, Mercy, Matthew, and Rufus Bragg (the Captain’s son) are in charge of traveling through the New York forest. The group pose as a family with Elias and Mercy, as husband and wife. The trek becomes very dangerous and complicated. They run into many dangerous situations and eventually have a to bury the gold due to an Indian invasion and fight against the French. (What I believe is probably related to the French and Indian War) 🙂 It becomes a brutal fight and our travelers meet other individuals as well, which causes more issues for the group. Elias shares his faith with Mercy.

Elias and Mercy are constantly at each other’s necks, but there becomes a fondness toward each other. Will Mercy get past the fact that Elias is a traitor and show compassion? Will Mercy let go of the hurts and listen about the God Elias Dubois speaks of?  Will Elias reveal the secrets he holds and who he really is? Will they survive their journey to Boston without being killed and caught in the middle of a raging battle? You’ll have to grab a copy for yourself.

Here are some retailers where you can find this book:

Amazon: Kindle: $8.52; Paperback $8.97

BarnesandNoble: Paperback $9.69; Nook Preview: FREE

Walmart: $8.97 Paperback

Christianbook: $8.79 Paperback

I want to thank the publisher, Barbour Publishing, for the opportunity to read this great book. I didn’t have to write a review, but I enjoy my books so much, I just have to. I really enjoyed this book and the historical details were awesome. It was written well and made me want more. I was constantly thrilled to sit and read this book. A five star recommendation for sure.

I hope to see you again very soon with another book. Have a great July 4, and I’ll see you next time.

Happy Reading.


Book 2 Heart of Alaska Series-Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Book 2 Heart of Alaska Series-Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Hello, everyone. Here’s the review that has been long over due. 🙂 Today we are going to look at one of the newest books from Tracie Peterson.

First of all, I’m not new to Tracie Peterson. I have read some of her previous works many years before I’ve started this blog. I have enjoyed her writing and this book has not disappointed me and my expectations.

Heart of Alaska Book 2- Out of the Ashes- is a great novel, set in 1925 Curry, Alaska, a compilation from Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. If you have followed along, you will remember Allan and Cassidy’s budding relationship from the last book. Here we still get to see how Cassidy and Allan are doing with their marriage, but we get to meet three new characters, Jean- Michel Langelier and his sister, Collette, along with Katherine Demarchis.

Cassidy and Allan have been married about 2 years.  Their relationship continues to be a loving one with God the center of their lives. Cassidy is always busy helping Mrs. Johnson in the kitchen. Cassidy has noticed a unusual tiredness and dizzy spells when we see her again. Cassidy soon finds out that she is pregnant with her and Allan’s first child. Both parents are very excited, as well as the tough Mrs. Johnson. Cassidy soon becomes an emotional roller coaster and tries to pray for the Lord to guide her in her tough time.

Jean-Michel Langlier and his sister, Collette, have just lost their father and are both grieving. His father, in his will, suggested that Jean-Michel and Collette go on a trip around the world. Jean- Michel has been battling with, what we would say today Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He cannot escape the haunting recurrent nightmares and doesn’t feel that a trip should happen. As well, his sister Collette is very wayward and he has no idea what his father wanted him to do. All his father said was to seek God, but how can he seek God and guide his sister, when Jean- Michel doesn’t know what to do himself. However, Jean-Michel receives a letter from his former love’s, Katherine Demarchis, grandmother,Mrs. Harrison. In the letter, she expresses her growing  concern for her granddaughter and her abusive marriage (Katherine’s husband has died) and feels that if Katherine would see Jean-Michel, she would open her heart to love again.

Will Jean-Michel and Katherine be able to heal from their wounds?Will all three individuals find their way to God and will they open their hearts to love again? I guess you are going to have to grab a copy for yourself. 🙂

Lastly, I’d like to thank, Bethany House Publishers for giving me a complimentary copy and the chance to read this book for my honest opinion! This book has been awesome and I look forward for the next edition.

Check out your local library or head over to your local retailers.

Here are some locations that might be near you to purchase this book:

Walmart: $10.99 Paperback

Barnes and Noble: $11.09 Paperback; $9.99 Nook

Christianbook: $9.99 Paperback; $9.99 ebook

Amazon: $10.99 Paperback; $8.63 Kindle

Happy Reading and I’ll see you next time with another great book!

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

What a wonderful book! Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette. I believe this is the second in the series Out of Egypt. Set in the Exoimage001-1dus times as Moses is coming down with the Ten Commandments, the story gives a new prespecitve on that events and how the people handled the situation as well.

Shira is now trying to figure out where she belongs in the world. She doesn’t like weaving, knows she’ll never have children of her own, and feels worthless because of what happened back in Egypt. God doesn’t see her that way and wants her to open here mind to new horizons.

One day she meet Ayal, a shepard man and friend of her brother Eben’s. She helps him birth a little lamb. It seems natural for her to understand how to calm the mother and handle the birthing process. She also is attracted Ayal, but doesn’t let on. However, he soon shows interest in her, but he holds a secret that may scar Shira.

Through out the book the characters must learn to forgive themselves and how Yahweh has His way of dealing with things and teaching us where to go.

Will Shira find her true calling in life? Can she forgive herself and let go of the past? Will Ayal’s secret scar her or will she find it in her heart to forgive? You are just going to have to get a copy for yourself. 🙂

This was a very good book and I recommend it to young adults. It was a little challenging to read. This book has about 50+ chapters in it and at first it was difficult to become focused to read this book.

Lastly, don’t want to forget to mention I got this book to review from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion. 🙂

Find this book at some of your local retailers today.

Christianbook: $8.49

Amazon: Kindle $8.13, Paperback $8.23

Barnes and Noble: Paperback $8.73 ; Nook $10.49

See  you next week for a Christmas story that I’m planning to share with you. 🙂



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.


Interview with Sarah Sundin

I’m so happy to share with you my Q&A session with Sarah Sundin, author of Anchor in the Storm (See that book review here) I sat down and emailed her four qustion that I thought readers may be interested in learning about the book.

  1. What inspired you to write a Historical Christian Fiction set during the Pearl Harbor events of 1945 in 1942 after the events at Pearl Harbor?

It’s such a fascinating time period. Through Waters Deep, the first book in the Wave of Freedom series, was set in 1941 before Pearl Harbor—when America was deeply divided on whether we should enter the war or not. Pearl Harbor changed everything, and the United States truly become united. But the nation wasn’t completely ready for war and scrambled to catch up.

In the first six months of 1942, German U-boats came to the US East Coast and sank a hundred ships, sometimes in sight of land. It was a terrifying time as the Allies were losing on every front, but it was also an inspiring time as everyone pulled together and sowed the seeds of victory. That’s why I set Anchor in the Storm in Boston in 1942. Ensign Arch Vandenberg serves on a US destroyer fighting U-boats, while Lillian Avery works in a pharmacy, dealing with shortages and rationing.

  1. Who was your inspiration for Arch? Lillian?

No specific people. Arch was Jim Avery’s best friend in Through Waters Deep—a wealthy New England society boy to contrast with Jim’s down-to-earth, middle-class Midwest upbringing. I knew Arch didn’t want to be rich, but I didn’t know why, so I couldn’t wait to write his story and find out.

As a pharmacist myself, I always wanted to write about a female pharmacist in WWII. But in the 1940s, few women were pharmacists. I wondered what kind of woman would be drawn to a male-dominated profession. She’d have to be strong, determined, and independent. And maybe she was convinced no one would ever take care of her, so she’d have to take care of herself. And Lillian came to be.

  1. What made you consider giving the characters handicaps, such as Lillian’s prosthetic leg?

Our oldest son was born missing his left arm below the elbow, and he wears a prosthesis. An engineer and a black belt in karate, he’s never let anything get in his way. So I was eager to have a main character with a physical disability. Of course, since society was quite different in the 1940s, Lillian faced prejudices and difficulties my son hasn’t had to deal with—thank goodness! Her disability also gives her a reason to believe she’ll always be alone…and then she meets Arch…

  1. Did you have to do any research about the naval ships, battles, or locations mentioned in the book in order to give it more authenticity?

Oh yes. Lots of books and websites and primary documents to learn about the ships and the naval battles. I was able to take a research trip to Boston and to tour two WWII-era destroyers to get the feel for the settings.


For plucky Lillian Avery, America’s entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. She loves the wartime challenges of her new job but spurns the attention of society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg, even if Arch is her brother’s best friend. During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the US East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the prescriptions Lillian has received for unusually large quantities of sedatives? As Lillian and Arch work together to uncover a black market drug ring, Arch tries to earn Lillian’s trust and her affection. But can they overcome the dangers that face them from torpedoes, drug lords—and opened hearts?


Sarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm. Her novel Through Waters Deep was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups. Please visit her at




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Coming soon

Sorry for the delay… I have several things coming up within the next week or so. I got a review on the book Fading Starlight by K. Cushman… That was a lovely book so I’m wanting to get that review in for you all. And then I’m working on the book  The Quieting by Suzanne Fisher, which is the second installment in a series.

I’ll have these all in to you by the end of the month… Plus I have a Q and A with the author of Anchor in the Storm coming soon as well…

Thanks for stopping by this week. Can’t wait to share all the great reads I’m getting through my blogging networks for an honest review. 🙂