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The Space Between Words

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The Space Between Words Michèle Phoenix  Thomas Nelson
"There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned."
When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn't left her side, urges her to reconsider her decision. Worn down by his insistence, she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they'd planned before the tragedy.
"The pages found you," Patrick whispered.
"Now you need to figure out what they're trying to say."
During a stop at a country flea market, Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique. As new friends help her to translate the archaic French, they uncover the story of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lived centuries before--her faith condemned, her life endangered, her community decimated by the Huguenot persecution.
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Cloaked

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Cloaked Rachel Kovaciny
She never imagined she'd need to flee for her life.
Mary Rose feels uneasy around Mr. Linden from the moment she meets him on the stagecoach ride to her grandmother's ranch in Wyoming Territory. But he works for her grandmother, so that means he's trustworthy, doesn't it? Everyone else seems to view him as honest and respectable, and Mary Rose wonders if she's overreacting. 
She tries to ignore her suspicions until one night, she discovers his real reason for being at the ranch. Now, if she's going to save her grandmother -- and herself -- she's going to need to run faster than she's ever run before.
     I will almost never pass up an opportunity for a fairy tale retelling. It's one of my favorite subgenres, and I haven't gotten tired of it yet. Now westerns, on the other hand, aren't usually my thing, but after reading Rachel Kovaciny's The Man of the Buckskin Horse, I knew that she was someone who could pull even …

An Inconvenient Beauty

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An Inconvenient Beauty Kristi Ann Hunter Bethany House Publishers 
     I began reading Kristi Ann Hunter's Hawthorne House series when the first book came out, and I enjoyed it- I do like a good historical novel set in the Regency period, and while this series isn't written in true "Regency" style, it's lighthearted and fun, as well as often comedic.

     However, the previous book in the series left me a little disappointed, and I'm afraid the same happened with An Inconvenient Beauty as well. I wasn't sure why the novel wasn't clicking with me, but by the end I think I had it narrowed down to that fact that the writing is a bit too repetitive and over-explanatory; it dragged the plot and the humor down.

     There were some things I liked about the book, though: Isabella is a character who in any other romance novel might have been seen as the villain,  as she's beautiful and encourages multiple suitors that she never has any intention of commi…

The Mountain Between Us

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The Mountain Between Us Charles Martin Broadway Books
     I feel like I should preface this review by admitting that this novel isn't in a genre I normally read or am drawn to; contemporary fiction has never held much appeal to me. However, I saw the trailer for the movie version that's coming out soon, and thought it looked interesting (I mean, it's a survival story, right?). When I realized that the film was based on a book, and that that book was available for review, I thought I should try it- especially when I recognized the author's name. (I hadn't read anything by him before, but I've seen his books in CBD's catalogs).

     However, within the first few chapters I knew that this book wasn't going to win me over. The dialogue seemed sentimentally unrealistic to me, and to be brutally honest, I found it boring and a struggle to drag myself through. Technically, this book isn't exactly a DNF for me, since I read the last five or so chapters. Bu…

Many Sparrows

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Many Sparrows Lori Benton Waterbrook
When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob. Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah's own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken custody of Jacob--renaming him Many Sparrows--keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.
     There are a few authors out there who I will pretty much read no matter what. Lori Benton is one of them. Her stories are heartrending, powerful, and thick with meaning and emotion. Her newest novel, Many Sparrows, is no exception. I admit that the beginning of this book was a little hard for me: not …

Loving Luther

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Loving Luther Allison Pittman Tyndale
Germany, 1505 In the dark of night, Katharina von Bora says the bravest good-bye a six-year-old can muster and walks away as the heavy convent gate closes behind her.
Though the cold walls offer no comfort, Katharina soon finds herself calling the convent her home. God, her father. This, her life. She takes her vows--a choice more practical than pious--but in time, a seed of discontent is planted by the smuggled writings of a rebellious excommunicated priest named Martin Luther. Their message? That Katharina is subject to God, and no one else. Could the Lord truly desire more for her than this life of servitude?
In her first true step of faith, Katharina leaves the only life she has ever known. But the freedom she has craved comes with a price, and she finds she has traded one life of isolation for another. Without the security of the convent walls or a family of her own, Katharina must trust in both the God who saved her and the man who paved a way f…

The Promise of Breeze Hill

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The Promise of Breeze Hill Pam Hillman Tyndale
Natchez, MS, 1791 Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O'Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he's sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he'll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.
The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella's shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor's help, Isabella fears she'll lose her family's plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor's proposal of marriage.
Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to …