An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray

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An Uncommon Protector (A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story)
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Zondervan, February 7, 2017
320 pages
Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction

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Description from Goodreads:

Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post…

Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.

My thoughts:

It’s always refreshing to pick up a Christian Fiction book. An Uncommon Protector is a tender, sweet love story. It was a quick read probably due to the short chapters. The main characters were very likable and I loved following their romance as it grew. I love historical fiction so I thoroughly enjoyed the parts where it told what it was like to be a Confederate prisoner on Johnson’s Island in Lake Erie following the Civil War. This was the first time I have ever read any books by Shelley Shepard Gray and hope to read more in the future.

This book was given to me from Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series:

The Loyal Heart

About the Author:

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Shelley Shepard Gray

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The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

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The Memory Weaver
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
Publisher: Revell, September, 2015
354 pages
Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Description from Goodreads:

Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now the young mother of two children, Eliza faces a different kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants them to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home and her departed mother’s grave–and returning to the land of her captivity. Eliza longs to know how her mother, an early missionary to the Nez Perce Indians, dealt with the challenges of life with a sometimes difficult husband and with her daughter’s captivity.

When Eliza is finally given her mother’s diary, she is stunned to find that her own memories are not necessarily the whole story of what happened. Can she lay the dark past to rest and move on? Or will her childhood memories always hold her hostage?

Based on true events, The Memory Weaver is New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick’s latest literary journey into the past, where threads of western landscapes, family, and faith weave a tapestry of hope inside every pioneering woman’s heart. Readers will find themselves swept up in this emotional story of the memories that entangle us and the healing that awaits us when we bravely unravel the threads of the past.

My thoughts:

I love historical fiction that centers on America’s pioneer years and Jane Kirkpatrick has a gift of
bringing real life characters and events to life. The story is told through the eyes of Eliza
Spaulding and also through the journals of Eliza’s mother. This is the first book I have read from
this award winning author but I will be reading more.

This book was provided to me from Revell publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

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Jane Kirkpatrick

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Blood of a Stone by Jeanne Lyet Gassman

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Blood of a Stone
Author – Jeanne Lyet Gassman
Tuscany Press, March 17, 2015
333 pages
Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Description from Goodreads:

Set in the first century on the edges of the Roman Empire and the Jesus movement, Blood of a Stone is a sweeping story of murder, betrayal, love, and the search for redemption.

Faced with the brutality of slavery, Demetrios confronts his master and flees by the blood of a stone. Determined to escape his past, he struggles to create a new life and a new identity with his friend and fellow escaped slave, Elazar.

However, freedom has its price. Secrets cannot remain secret forever. A chance for love is lost. Elazar betrays Demetrios to a so-called prophet named Jesus of Nazareth. Fearing the Roman authorities and Jesus, Demetrios risks everything to silence those who would enslave him again. His quest leads him to startling discoveries and dire choices. Demetrios must answer the question we all ask: Can we ever be free of our past?

My thoughts:

I usually prefer my protagonists to be female but the words at the beginning of the story
were so well crafted and descriptive that I continued reading until I was hooked. About 80%
of the book was well paced. I enjoyed this period of history which takes place in ancient Judea
during the time of Christ.

However while I mostly enjoyed the characters, especially the character of Demetrios, I did
feel a couple of the characters were weak. I also sensed the writing at the end of the story
could have been more tidy and I did not care for the ending. Since the book is labeled as
Christian, I would have liked the it better if it could have concluded with the
resurrection instead of the crucifixion.

I received this book from Tuscany Press through Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author:

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Jeanne Lyet Gassman

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Between Us Girls – Book Review

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Between Us Girls
Author: Sally John
Publisher: Harvest House, July 1, 2014
352 pages
Paperback, Kindle
Christian Fiction

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Between Us Girls is the first book in a new heartwarming series (Family of the Heart series) by Sally John.

The novel builds as you read it and eventually you just can’t put it down. The characters are what makes this book great. Jasmyn Albright is the main character who feels she just can’t fit in anywhere, but there is also Sam, Liv, Keagan, Chad and Beau. During the novel each character grows. The novel is set in communities in California and Illinois.

I liked this book because it was different from anything I had ever read. There is a Christian slant to it, but it definitely is not preachy.The plot was well thought out and it and moves very quickly.

The main setting, Casa de Vida, is a place I’d love to live. The characters are far from picture
perfect. They could be people you’d know in your own community.There is an element of romance, but it is not the main theme. I would recommend it.

A complimentary copy of this book was given to me from Harvest House through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Other books by Sally John
The Beach House, 2006
Heart Echoes, 2012
Moment of Truth, 2005
A Journey By Chance, 2008
Desert Gift, 2011
Just to See You Smile, 2008
Castles in the Sand, 2006
A Time to Mend: Safe Harbors Book One, 2008
In a Heartbeat, 2004
The Winding Road Home, 2008
A Time to Gather: A Safe Harbor Novel, 2008
Flash Point, 2004
A Time to Surrrender: Safe Harbor, Book #3, 2009
Ransomed Dreams, 2010
After All These Years, 2008
Surrender of the Heart, 1999
In the Shadow of Love, 1998
To Dream Again, 2000