Not so long ago, SARA ELLA dreamed she would marry a prince (just call her Mrs. Charming) and live in a castle (aka The Plaza Hotel). Though her fairy tale didn’t quite turn out as planned, she did work for Disney—that was an enchanted moment of its own. Now she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses and conquering realms of her own imaginings. She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away” for those who put their faith in the King of kings.
This story gives so much to its readers. It’s one very emotional ride for the characters, but the lessons in grace and forgiveness are unmistakable. It didn’t take long for me to be swept away to the lovely vineyards, where heritage and hard work are intertwined.
There is a lot of emotions for everyone to work through in this story. Natalie’s journey is very difficult and my heart cried for her through her loss and struggle. I was gripped by every page to see if she’d overcome the past that haunts her.
Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, cross country, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.
This book had my attention with its first line and I didn’t want to put it down. The story opens with such mystery! My mind raced with a thousand questions. 😉 I could not guess where the plot was going and it kept me guessing right up until its finale. The Illusionist’s Apprentice offers so much to readers – intrigue, history, and a great deal of heart.
Wren is known for being an entertainer on the stage, but this girl shined off the stage even more to me. I loved this unique character. Her strength and talents added to her charm, but it was her vulnerability, her honesty, and her faith I’ll remember the most. I loved how she changed and grew through the story too, opening her heart once more. Her journey is understated and yet profound all at the same time.
This has been such a fun series. Each unique story has drawn me in and entertained me with its charming plot twists and adorable, but imperfect characters. An Uncommon Courtship was unlike any other marriage of convenience story I’ve read and the author’s voice really made it shine.
The couple’s unconventional relationship unfolds amidst a very curious society. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, the romantic tension runs high and the witty dialogue adds extra charm to the early 1800’s backdrop.
The award-winning author of more than 20 books, Cara Putman graduated college at 20 and completed her law degree at 27. FIRST for Women magazine called Shadowed by Grace “captivating” and a “novel with ‘the works.’” Cara is active at her church and a full-time lecturer on business and employment law to undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Putman also practices law and is a second-generation homeschooling mom. Putman obtained her Master’s in Business Administration from Krannert and her J.D. from George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law. She serves on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization she has served in various roles since 2007. She lives with her husband and four children in Indiana. You can connect with her online at: caraputman.com
I’m excited to introduce this next writer to you… Andrea is one of my local writer pals and fellow mama to little ones. We see each other at our local ACFW chapter meetings often. Last year we were both pregnant at the same time. This year we’re bringing our babies with us and swapping baby snuggles. Such fun! I can’t wait for you to hear about her work-in-progress and what she’s learned along the way. I hope it encourages you like it did me. 🙂
Andrea Strong is a stay-at-home mom of three and pastor’s wife in Southern Missouri. That “stay-at-home” part is really a misnomer. Andrea rarely has a day when she stays at home. Even so she wouldn’t trade this life for anything. Only she’d like to commit herself to regular writing time so she can fulfill God’s calling by telling the stories that are constantly spinning around in her head.
I hardly know where to begin with reviewing this novel. I was blown away by the storytelling and historical depth to its pages. The hardships that Julianne faces broke my heart for her. She is such an inspiring and resilient heroine, continuing to fight through her trials and sharing that bravery with her fellow characters and the readers.
I couldn’t get over the richness in the details. Every scene was described so well, allowing the reader to feel the waves rocking the ship, or step onto the swamplands of New Orleans, or hear the war cries of the native people. This book will ignite all your senses. Read more ›
Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition. Brandy’s love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of Masterpiece Theater Classics, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance.
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