You all know I have a heart for Civil War history and this historical novel did not disappoint. Look beyond its beautiful cover and you too will find a story that will grip your heart and stay with you after the last page.
The Civil War setting and the Pennsylvania homefront are painted with great skill and testify of the author’s research. I walked every valley with the characters and held my breath as they faced pivotal moments. It’s an up-and-down journey for the reader, not always for the faint of heart, but its unexpected twists and bittersweet scenes kept me turning the page. Read more ›
Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of redemption, and spinner of hope-filled tales. She spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family, who love a good blanket fort and a stack of read-alouds. Give her a rainy day, a candle to read by, an obscure corner of history to dig in, and she’ll be happy for hours.
Currently working on a new novel for Bethany House Publishers, she is also the author of the critically acclaimed Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale, a contributing author to The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection, and enjoys connecting with her readers at her website, as well as on Facebook and Instagram.
RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.
Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.
A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots (read about their real-life romance here!). Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.
Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
I happily revisited the 1850s and prairie life through this second novel by Cynthia Roemer. Once again, the historical details and sweet message of God’s love captured my heart. The setting and characters charmed their way across the pages and before I knew it – before I was ready to say goodbye – I’d reached the beautiful ending. And what a sweet ending it was.
If you love historical romance, this is one story I encourage you to pick up. The hero and heroine spend a lot of time together on the page and their story is endearing, yet challenging. These two have some hard lessons to learn, but their strength and determination is admirable. They’ll undoubtedly inspire readers to take a second look at their own lives and see where they might also be lacking in faith. Read more ›
Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children, and two ridiculously spoiled dogs. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of the written word to ignite,
transform, and restore. Her Christian romantic suspense stories combine heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and Nebraska Writer’s Guild. Sharee is a two-time Daphne du Maurier finalist and the winner of the 2017 Wisconsin Fabulous Five Silver Quill Award.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, crocheting and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable
Every so often I come across a book I know I’ll never forget and A Light On The Hill is one of them. I’ve been a fan of this author for quite some time, but I’d say this is my favorite of hers yet. With the Biblical Cities of Refuge as the perfect backdrop, this tale swept me away with its rich history and heartfelt theme of redemption.
Reading this book created quite an emotional tug-of-war in my heart. There are some heartbreaking events that happen, but there is beauty in the ashes. The love of God – and the hand of God – is present in their lives from beginning to end. The characters have some hard lessons to learn, but their journey becomes our own.
If you’re a fan (as I am) of historical fiction, then you need this book. 🙂 The story takes you back in time to a young America and the growth pains the country faced during that time. I can’t imagine living back then, but this book did a great job painting a picture of what life was like. With a perfect balance of historical details and emotion, A Refuge Assured captured my full attention.
Life is hard for our heroine and hero, but their difficult pasts make them stronger. It blessed my heart to watch them grow throughout the story and learn to open their hearts again. It’s not an easy road, but it’s worth the journey.
Liam is such a noble leading man and Vivienne is one of those heroines I longed to see find her happily-ever-after. I was cheering for them both from the first to last page. They’re kind, caring, hard-working characters you can’t help but love.
Kimberly Joy spent sixteen years in Australia, teaching kindergarten and working in church ministries. She and her three teenage sons now live in the Missouri Ozarks, where she operates a small daycare and blogs at www.kimberlyjoyauthor.com.
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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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