I loved the concept of this entire series – the split timeline, the subtle romance, the intriguing plot twists. It’s unlike anything else I’ve read and I love discovering books like that! As I read along, I kept wishing I could step into the quaint wedding shop myself and talk with Cora or give a helping hand to Haley. These women inspired me with their grit, determination, and their vision.
There’s a strong connection of legacy in each of these books. I enjoyed how the author wove the historical piece into the present and found myself surprised up to the very end. It was a beautiful journey from start to finish.
In 1970, while students at Humboldt State University, Mike and Judy Phillips began what would become the One Way BookShop as a small, informal source of Christian books and materials for their fellow students. Over the next two decades God prospered those small beginnings, and now the bookstore is a thriving part of the Humboldt County Christian community.
Mike’s first published book was about his wife’s pregnancy and the birth of their twin sons. After several more nonfiction titles, Mike undertook a lifelong dream to renew the popularity of Scottish writer George MacDonald, whose teachings had been central to Mike and Judy’s spiritual growth. Mike began editing some of MacDonald’s lengthy novels, heavy with Scottish brogue, into shorter and more readable editions, with some of the work being done right at the bookstore counter between customers.
Through the years, God has continued to guide Mike in the production of books emphasizing strong spiritual values and unforgettable characters. In addition to being best sellers in Christian bookstores all across the country, Mike’s books have been offered through several book clubs, have been translated into a number of foreign languages, and have been published in over 120 editions in all, with sales of over 3 million. Mike is today recognized as one of the Christian bookselling industry’s most prolific and versatile authors.
Family is very important to Mike. He and his wife, Judy, have taught their three sons, Patrick, Robin, and Gregory, at home throughout their education. Home schooling enables the family to frequently accompany Mike in his work-related travels.
It has always been Mike’s desire in his writing that all who read his books will find a closer and more real walk with God through the characters and stories. Both he and Judy enjoy responses from readers and find great encouragement from the letters they receive. Visit him at www.FatherOfTheInklings.com.
With a title and cover like that, how can a reader not be drawn in, right? 😉 This story held everything I enjoyed about the last one in the series – unique story line, strong relationships, humor, and even heartbreaking depth at times.
Just a Kiss proved to be so much more than just what meets the eye, giving the reader a beautiful glimpse into lives that are hurting and longing to start over, but don’t know how. By the end of it, you’ll find yourself rooting for Riley and Paige as if they were your best friends.
Jocelyn Green is the award-winning author of ten books, including fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed books and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she co-authored with best-selling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Her Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration. As a speaker, Jocelyn inspires faith and courage in her audiences. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.
I’ve really enjoyed this unique and creative series. Not only was I drawn into the mysterious land, but also the characters who called it home. This story actually brings us back to the very beginning, to the founders of the land and their stories. It answered several of my questions and brought the satisfying conclusion I was hoping for.
I liked following Marian and her family and friends across the ocean, but at times the story seemed slow. I was ready for them to reach land almost as much as they were. 😉 The second half of the book was my favorite as the adventure picked up pace and brought with it familiar parts of the previous books in the series. I loved seeing the land through the Founders’ eyes.
This year I barely squeaked out my Goodreads goal of reading 40 books. My new baby girl kinda slowed things down, but I’m not complaining. 😉
It’s been another great year for stories. The ones below are just a few of the ones that stood out to me and captured my heart. There are still way more books on my TBR list from 2016 that I hope to get to soon. 😉 You know how it is.
Before we step into 2017, I want to give one last shout out to some of my favorites from the year. Here they are, in no particular order. Read more ›
If you’re not in the holiday mood yet, I guarantee you will be after reading Wrapped in Red. This story really fits its title, wrapping you up in all of its sweet nostalgia, Christmas spirit, and love in the December air.
Our leading lady, Merry, is struggling to find her place and letting go of serious trust issues. Her life isn’t perfect, but she has an adorable support team in her family and an inner strength that I admired in her. As soon as Sam enters her world, her life gets even more complicated and confusing. Sam is one of those guys you just can’t help but like. He’s genuine, friendly, and even at times a little awkward (aka adorable). 🙂 He brings his own fears and family issues to the table, paving a beautiful spiritual journey in the end for both of them.
I’m really becoming a fan of Rachel Hauck’s books. This is the first of this series I’ve read of hers, but now I want to go back and read the first 3 in the Royal Wedding series. The mix of royals with your average folks is a unique and entertaining blend. The romance is captivating, the dialogue witty, and the obstacles in their way all perfect ingredients for one delightful story.
I loved Prince Colin and Avery from the start. These two fight their instant attraction to each other and their complicated past doesn’t make things any easier. They were in love once, until circumstances and misunderstandings separated them for years. When they cross paths again, they’re both in great denial over their feelings. Let the romantic tension begin! 😉
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Hi! I'm Savanna An aspiring author
& freelance writer.
Redeemed by sovereign love.
A busy gardener most days.
A blessed housewife every day.
The Missouri Ozarks is my home;
Civil War history, my passion.
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