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I love a novel that pulls me in like that. If this was made into a movie, I think it would be better than the new one on Tolkien. By Susan Meissner. As I was taken back to , I learned a lot about these camps I never knew, including the fact that they housed German Americans along with Japanese and even some Italians.

While the camps accommodated families and allowed the residents to continue observing their cultural heritage through foods, activities, and language classes, they were still terribly unfair, especially to the children like Elise and Mariko who were born Americans and knew very little about Japan and Germany. The way Susan Meissner presented the older Elise and her determination despite the terrible disease she struggled with was expertly done.

The mystery of why Mariko and Elise were separated and unable to connect before kept me turning pages. Elise is a character you root for as she had to endure so many relocations to unfamiliar places—and unsafe places her family returns to Germany in the last year of the war—and the questions she inevitably had about who she was and where she belonged.

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And you will still root for the older Elise as well who married in order to find that sense of belonging and ultimately discovered she had to establish it for herself. I love historical novels that teach you history, and this one certainly does that. But in my opinion, this is one of the best Meissner novels yet.

Highly recommended. I received an advanced reader copy from the author and publisher for the purpose of review. I have given my honest opinions. Susan Meissner is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction with more than half a million books in print in fifteen languages. She is an author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism.

A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University and is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing. This novel sweeps around the country, covering events in Colorado, Michigan, and Kentucky. While Collina battles fever and illness at Shushan, Ruby and Stephen must head to the prairies in hopes of bringing him back to health from his battle with a strange lung disease. Eventually, Ruby faces her own tragedy and returns to her family in Kentucky.

This sets into effect a chain of events that will test the McConnell family even farther, into the days of the Great Depression. Brakefield has done her research and goes to great lengths to interweave historic events into the novels she writes and this one is no different. Destiny of Heart is also sprinkled with bright spots, past love fulfilled, and hope in God for the future. An enjoyable and hopeful Christian fiction read! Catherine lives in Addison Township, MI. Her children are now grown and married with families of their own.

Catherine and Edward are now the blessed recipients of two handsome grandsons and one preciously adorable granddaughter. Carrie wrote her own published pieces for magazines along with her account of their adventures in the American West.

Kirkpatrick takes the view that Strahorn probably gave a tidy version of her experiences in her memoir and in letters to her family, so she imagined what life had really been like for her based on historical accounts. These appear at the end of the chapters and are what Kirkpatrick built upon. The author is a master at this kind of storytelling.

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The historical notes at the end of the book are not to be missed. It did take me awhile to get into this story. For me the pace really picked up in the last third of the book. Overall, I enjoyed the story. I was given a review copy by the publisher with no obligation to post a review. I have given my honest opinion. In most dual-time period novels I prefer the historical line more than the contemporary one. In the contemporary line we meet Callie, a bookstore owner who reads stories to children and is comfortable living in the secluded nest of Mount Vernon, Ohio.

This appealed to me because I live nearby. The author has definitely been here as everything she described was completely accurate from the hiking trail to the Ohio State campus. Likewise the stories of Annika and the boy she admires Max and the girl he longs to marry Luzia set in Austria at the onset of WWII was so vividly drawn and compelling that I could not say which storyline I preferred. The stories are tied together at the beginning. We, along with Callie, suspect that Charlotte, who spent time in an orphanage in France during the war, has some connection to this old book that no one yet understands, not even Charlotte.

All the characters, even Josh the man that Callie finds herself drawn to, have pasts that make it hard for them to trust and love again, and that makes a reader root for them all. The faith element is clear in this novel and the characters cling to the hope that Jesus brings into their lives. I thought the first time Josh tells Callie about his faith it seemed more like a sermon than a conversation.

However, when it comes up later it flows naturally within the story. The novel did not come off preachy in my opinion. From a bookstore in a small Ohio town to a castle beside a lake in Austria, these places spoke to her and they certainly spoke to me as I read the story, not just as interesting locations, but as places where common people lived, loved, and did the best they could to overcome obstacles and evil. I loved this book. I think you will too!

An advance copy of Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson was provided to me by the publisher for the purpose of review without any requirements. She has also co-authored a baseball biography. Most everything she writes reflects her belief that history has stories to teach. Cindy and her husband live in central Ohio near their three grown sons and their families, and can be found online at www. Back Cover Copy:. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he is sadly lacking.

Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has no intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land. Jodie Wolfe has created a lovely chemistry of opposites between Elsie Smith and Benjamin David as they each bring their dreams to the Cherokee Strip and fight for their right to the same piece of land. To Claim Her Heart is a beautiful story of perseverance, hope deferred, and reconciliation with God and fellow man. Wolfe draws the reader into the world of frontier settlers with impressive historical detail, revealing their daily struggles and battles against nature with realism.

Her spirited characters, Elsie and Benjamin, have stayed with me long beyond closing the last page of the book. I highly recommend To Claim Her Heart to fans of inspirational historical romance! As a side note, Ms. The author has compiled one hundred of Mrs. Kathleen wanted to be a writer before she could even read.

She lives in Michigan with her hero and husban d, Jack, and the sassy tailless cat who found a home in their empty nest. Connect with Kathleen on her website at kathleenrouser. He remembers his mother and is sure the singer who is performing in town by the name of Willow Frost is his mother Liu Song. He escapes along with his blind friend Charlotte and they search for her. I was surprised how my view of the two men and who I was rooting for changed over the course of the story.

I only wish that the book had been a bit longer so that we could have gotten to know all three a bit better and seen more of the characters' arcs play out. I know that love triangle's aren't everyone's cup of tea, but it is well done and fits well with the storyline. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Oct 21, Teresa rated it it was amazing. Destiny by Teresa Feather Loved it showed how that their past and their childhood affects them as adults. It shows that he wanted to help her with unanswered childhood he wanted to help her because he went through it he wanted to help her because he finely found someone who meant something to him and he was willing walk away and his best friend have her because she was hurt because of him and his mate.

Shows true friendship and respect for history and the environment. I received a free copy of this Destiny by Teresa Feather Loved it showed how that their past and their childhood affects them as adults. Oct 22, Ruth Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: arc-books. Follow along with the characters of this well-written love story, which draws you in and holds you until the finish.

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Taylor Brent has outdone herself with this outstanding book that has you guessing from the start. There are ancient secrets to uncover. The mystery and indecision of the who to love.

Friendships that are tested, and scenes that will have you squirming with sexual tension. Brent has the reader nailed to their seats, trying to guess what the next twist is coming and gnawing on y Follow along with the characters of this well-written love story, which draws you in and holds you until the finish. Brent has the reader nailed to their seats, trying to guess what the next twist is coming and gnawing on your nails when they do. Make sure that you have time to read this book entirely, as once you start there is no stopping.

I would recommend this book to all of the romance readers who like a little mystery mixed in. Ruth Newton I have received this book from Bookfunnel and this is my honest review. Oct 22, Adrienne Carrieri rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I totally expected this one to go a whole other way. I mean don't get me wrong, I honestly enjoyed the whole storyline. But I really thought that Jill would have kept them both.

I mean the each satisfied a different side of her that the other couldn't quite do. It was a happy balance, or so I thought. Jill really shocked me with how cool she was about Luke and Rogers contest. But I also understand how her connection with Luke was stronger. He challenged her, pushed her past her comfort zone. That's how it should be in a relationship. I loved Rose and all her meddling too. I am glad Jill was able to meet her father and the outcome was in her favor. Can't wait to find the next book by this author! Oct 20, Evelyn Dotson rated it it was amazing.

Rose is an older woman who runs a business. The women in her family have a gift of pairing people up with their soulmates. She hires Jill to be the new Wilderness Guide with a live-in position. Roger and Luke are best friends who are firefighters. They both took one look at Jill and they knew they had to have her.

They decided a dating competition would be best for her to decide which one to pick because she I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. They decided a dating competition would be best for her to decide which one to pick because she had feelings for both of them.

Then one night changes everything…will she pick Luke, Roger…or both? What occurs that they both might lose her? This story is slow moving at first getting to know the characters. As it picks up so does the pace. You will not want to put this one down at till the end. Just when you think you have it all figured out…be prepared to be surprised! Oct 18, Judy Munoz rated it it was amazing.

What a fantastic story! I loved this book - everything about it. The characters were all incredibly interesting and the two male leads were positively yummy! I actually read this book in one sitting - it was that good.

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The story had me laughing at very funny parts, crying at very tender parts and drooling at incredibly hot parts. This story oozed passion and erotic heat, but at t Wow! This story oozed passion and erotic heat, but at the same time was incredibly tender and sentimental. A fantastic story! I am looking forward to reading more from this author. Oct 24, Crazy Dance Mom rated it it was amazing. This is a very funny book about an adopted woman that gets the opportunity of a lifetime to be a wilderness guide.

Luckily, the woman that hired her is a bit of a match maker. So when Rose tells Jill that she is a match for two men, Jill has to find out for herself. As these two hunky firefighter start to fight over her, Jill sees that both Roger and Luke possess qualities she craves. Not wanting to hurt either men, Jill agrees to some abnormal dating arrangements. And although she is a wilderne This is a very funny book about an adopted woman that gets the opportunity of a lifetime to be a wilderness guide.

And although she is a wilderness guide, she could still use a rescue or two. I dont want to give away the ending, but this was an awesome plot to get lost in! Loved the characters and cant wait to read a follow up book! Oct 18, Anita Hanekom rated it it was amazing. Now I grew up in a small town and it was fun, but not nearly as fun as where Jill moved to I enjoyed the characters, I found them to be well-crafted and multi-dimensional which just makes them all the more real for me as a reader. The story line was put together really well and as you learn more of each of the characters and their stories the more you like them and the more invested you will become in the outcome of their journey Now I grew up in a small town and it was fun, but not nearly as fun as where Jill moved to The story line was put together really well and as you learn more of each of the characters and their stories the more you like them and the more invested you will become in the outcome of their journey together.

Jill didn't move to Utah expecting to find love but what she did find there was so much more, she discovered parts of herself that she never knew existed and her journey of self-discovery along with these two fabulous men just held me spellbound. Oct 22, Renata Gill rated it it was amazing. I absolutely fell inlove with book Matchmaker Rose has hired Jill to work at the inn as a wilderness expert. Once Rose does a matchmaker test for Jill the older woman sits back and decides to enjoy the show as Jill's life is going to give the townsfolk something to talk about Jill finds herself having not one but t I absolutely fell inlove with book Jill finds herself having not one but two men interested in her, firemen and best friends Roger and Luke start competing and trying to outdo each other for Jill.

Who will Jill choose, the romantic Roger or the playboy and passionate Luke? Oct 18, Margaret rated it it was amazing. Jill meets and is attracted to Roger then she meets his best friend Luke. She encounters firefighter Roger and is attracted to him so she agrees to out hiking with him. She has a great time and agrees to another date.

She also meets his friend fellow firefighter Luke who teases and aggravates her but something about him is aroused by him. How will she choose between they two attractive but so differ Jill meets and is attracted to Roger then she meets his best friend Luke. How will she choose between they two attractive but so different men. While struggling with this she finds out secrets about an earlier owner of the Inn. A romance to relax and enjoy I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Oct 22, ByFelicia rated it liked it. This is my first time reading Taylor Brent and is a new to me author.

I enjoyed the book but it got a little confusing at times within the subplot. The main story deals with Jill and her attraction to best friends Roger and Luke. She likes them both equally but for far different reasons. Deciding who she likes more is presenting a challenge for her. Luke howeve This is my first time reading Taylor Brent and is a new to me author. Luke however is absolutely swoon worthy. He definitely gets my vote. Oct 18, Korkoi rated it it was amazing. The playboy loses his heart by Korkoi OMG! I was hooked right from the beginning of the book.

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The twist, turns and drama Roger, Luke and Jill had to go through, to get the love they wanted and desired, was nothing short of mind blowing. The part each of the characters played in the storyline, was very well written and showed the author planned out the book very well. I can't wait to read the next book, hopefully about Rose helping Roger find love, as he really deserves it. This book is a definite must read with a high recommendation. Oct 22, Kelly DeMarco rated it it was amazing. Destiny fulfilled beyond expectations Destiny by Taylor Brent is an intriguing, engaging story that captivates the reader with more than the steamy romance.

Taylor Brent grabs your attention right away with this character as well as how events and circumstances evolve. I loved how this author brought characters together in a variety of ways. Overall a well written book that provided this reader with a pleasant surprise in addition to the HEA.

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I recei Destiny fulfilled beyond expectations Destiny by Taylor Brent is an intriguing, engaging story that captivates the reader with more than the steamy romance. Oct 17, Christina Luberts rated it really liked it. A day read, about finding two people with different personalities to love. Jill is adopted and never met her real parents. Rose hires Jill to work for her and help her find love. Roger is sweet and caring and met Jill first. Luke is Roger's best friend, but he is having feeling for Jill too.

Luke is a ladies man and never hooks up with just one. Will Jill ever figure out who her father is? Why does she have feelings for both guys? Can she choose one over the other? Can they accept her dating bot A day read, about finding two people with different personalities to love.


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Can they accept her dating both? What will she do? Oct 20, Barbara Hynes rated it it was amazing. At first, I was a little confused but once I got in a couple chapters I started really enjoying the book. It was a page turner wanting to know if she would end up with Luke or Roger. I really enjoyed reading about Rose and how the story came about with her and Jill. I love what Luke did for Jill and her reaction to it. I love romantic stories and happy endings.

I also felt as if it was left in a cliff hanger and left me wanting more. Thank you Taylor. I enjoyed the story. I hope there will be mo At first, I was a little confused but once I got in a couple chapters I started really enjoying the book. I hope there will be more to this story. Oct 20, Linda Rea rated it really liked it.

This author is new to me and I really love this story. Now Roger and Luke are best friends that work together but when they set their eyes on Jill their friendship is going to be put to the test. Rose also tells Jill how she gets feelings about relationships and she has one about Jill, but Jill dismisses the feeling and until she finds an old diary does ev This author is new to me and I really love this story. Rose also tells Jill how she gets feelings about relationships and she has one about Jill, but Jill dismisses the feeling and until she finds an old diary does everything really get going.

Oct 19, Nan rated it really liked it. Rose runs an inn with a side job as a matchmaker that has been passed down through her family for generations. When her new wilderness guide arrives Rose feels that Jill will be drawn to two very different types of men. Roger is thoughtful and romantic while his best friend Luke is arrogant and sexy. Jill is drawn to both and now she has to make a choice. The main characters are likable and the interactions between Jill and Luke are especially well written.

I received a free copy of this book via Rose runs an inn with a side job as a matchmaker that has been passed down through her family for generations. Jan 20, Cheryl Sanders rated it really liked it. This is book one in the Callahan series and it features Luke and Jill. I was completely and pleasantly surprised at the outcome all the way around. This is a sweet and sizzling romance. The story line is well written and has fabulous, well-rounded characters.

So far, Rose seems to be the character everything moves around in the series This is book one in the Callahan series and it features Luke and Jill. So far, Rose seems to be the character everything moves around in the series. Oct 19, CS rated it really liked it. Jill accepts a job offer from Rose as a wilderness expert. Little does she know that her life will change forever after accepting the job. Two firefighting hulks fall for her and want her for themselves. Roger is sweet, gentle and romantic, and Luke is a wildly exciting badboy player.

Who will Jill choose? I received a free copy of this boo Jill accepts a job offer from Rose as a wilderness expert. Oct 18, Debbie Caswell rated it it was amazing. This is a nice quick read that will have you steaming up the kindle but also having a giggle Rose Callahan has a new employee Jill Martin thy are both in the business of matchmaking as a bit of fun They decide to do a matchmaking for Jill, its really strange when she throws up two love personalities.

When she meets both Roger and his friend who are both local firefighters it answers the question of why there where two love matches. Now she has to decide which one is for her or will she choose the This is a nice quick read that will have you steaming up the kindle but also having a giggle Rose Callahan has a new employee Jill Martin thy are both in the business of matchmaking as a bit of fun They decide to do a matchmaking for Jill, its really strange when she throws up two love personalities. Now she has to decide which one is for her or will she choose them both.

Each makes her feel different things if she could just mix them they would be perfect. Oct 21, Marilyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , romantic-suspense , hot , great-read , arc. Never push your luck with destiny, because it will bite you when you aren't looking. Jill gets a job as a wilderness guide, meeting Roger and Luke both fire fighters.

She lives in the inn as a guest of Rose.


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Rose comes from a long line of matchmakers. Rose tests Jill and is surprised to find out Jill has two romantic sides, but only tells her about one, waiting for Jill to decide if she wants Roger or Luke or both. What will happen next? I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am v Never push your luck with destiny, because it will bite you when you aren't looking.

Oct 17, Stefania rated it it was amazing. Very enjoyable Nicely written although I was expecting another ending, I was happy with the outcome. Jill was adopted as a child but always felt there was something missing in her life. She takes a job in Utah, where not only does she find her family and discovers her heritage but also finds love and becomes whole. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Taylor Brent. Taylor Brent.