Gabrielle Emmons is a 22 year old homeschool graduate. She was born in Massachusetts but lives in Iowa with her parents and four siblings. She is currently attending a small Lutheran college in Minnesota where she is pursuing a double major in History and English. Her goal is to possibly one day teach history. She loves reading, writing, historical site seeing, watching British television, WWII history, and drinking tea. She writes both mysteries and historical fiction and sometimes stories that merge the two. She also written an occasional short story some of which have been published in her college’s literary magazine. For more, visit her at https://awritersendlessjourney.wordpress.com/.
Award-winning author Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine’s novel, Bridge of Faith, won the 2015 Grace Award. Her latest novel, The Things We Knew, released July 12th, 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com
Every book I read by this author makes me a bigger fan of hers. This lovely story was no exception. I stepped inside the life of this story and had a hard time looking away. Reading it came as easily as breathing. The pages kept turning, tugging my heart with it. The Things We Knew is a tale about real-life heartache, second chances, and grace.
I read the entire book in 2 days. I instantly connected with Lynette and her heart for her family. As her siblings arrive home, carrying their own hurts and hardships with them, my heart went out to them all and hoped they’d find healing. Having lost my own grandpa to dementia a couple years ago, I especially could relate to their father’s problems with Alzheimer’s. There were several bittersweet moments, but each was written with delicate care. The Carlisle family felt so real to me.
Cynthia Roemer is an inspirational writer from rural Illinois with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of others through her writing. She and her husband, Marvin, have been married for twenty-two years and have two teenage sons. They enjoy quiet living and God’s wondrous creation on their 300 acre grain farm. When she isn’t writing, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks in the country, 4-wheeling, biking, gardening, and of course, reading.
In June, 2014, her first novel was chosen as a Finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest. In October 2014, it was named Historical/Historical Romance Category Winner in the Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler Contest. And more recently, she was named a Semi-Finalist in the 2015 Genesis Contest. She is also a regular contributor to the popular blog: Putting on the New.
This fascinating story was very unique and picturesque. I loved the beautiful combination of historical mixed with fictional. I felt like I was reading a real-life story. Each scene was painted so delicately that I found myself wishing I was standing there taking in the sights and sounds next to Mable and Rose. 🙂 The circus setting was so interesting and fun.
The characters were all realistic and likeable. Each of them worked hard to overcome the obstacles from their past and their determination and faith are inspiring. The romantic and spiritual moments were more subtle, but they still added their sweetness to the overall tale.
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine, A Love Like Ours, and Her One and Only.
This is the second novel I’ve read from this author and once again I met with a very realistic story, full of real life characters and problems and joys. The plot was simple, but strong and kept me reading to see what would happen with both the resort and the big wedding plans. I enjoy those stories where the characters are working together to accomplish a big goal. I found myself rooting for them from the start. Oh, and I love the romantic cover too. So pretty!
My favorite character in the book was Zeke. His past still haunts him and he’s struggling in his faith, but he’s also very honest and considerate. He’s a wonderful boss and a kind friend to all who know him. His compassion and love for Julia endeared me to him throughout the whole book. I also enjoyed the secondary love story between two other characters. 😉
Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant-writer and total Iowa girl. She’s also a multi-published novelist. Her latest book, Like Never Before, was named by Publisher’s Weekly to their spring 2016 “Religion and Spirituality” Top 10 list. Upcoming books include Keep Holding On (Sept 2016) and a sequel to last year’s One Enchanted Christmas, releasing in late 2016. Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as retreats and workshops. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever–not that she’s biased–watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.
The Sound of Emeralds was a beautiful conclusion to a series I won’t easily forget. I’ve loved both Gwyn and Dirk from the start and watching their relationship with each other – and with the Lord – unfold was inspiring and lovely. I felt as if I had traveled their journey with them. And I’m a little sad to say goodbye.
Once again, the setting is very strong and unique. At first, I struggled a bit getting into the book. I wondered what could be left of their story to tell, but as the pages turned, the story drew me in more and more. The tension was great and the romance easily melted my heart.
Two-time RITA® Finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion, CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at: www.karenwitemeyer.com.
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Hi! I'm Savanna An aspiring author
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Redeemed by sovereign love.
A busy gardener most days.
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The Missouri Ozarks is my home;
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