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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Luther and Katharina – Jody Hedlund

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Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: WaterBrook Press, October 6, 2015
400 pages
Historical Fiction

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Description from Goodreads:

Katharina von Bora has seen nothing but the inside of cloister walls since she was five. In a daring escape, Katharina finds refuge with Martin Luther and seeks his help to pair her with the noble, wealthy husband she desires.

As class tensions and religious conflicts escalate toward the brink of war, Martin Luther believes that each day could be his last and determines he will never take a wife.

As the horrors of the bloody Peasant War break out around them, the proud Katharina and headstrong Martin Luther fight their own battle for true love, in one of the greatest love stories of history.

 

My thoughts:

This is the first time I have read a book by Jody Hedlund. I enjoyed her style of writing; the words flowed fluently. I thought the book was very well researched. It isn’t just a historical fiction book about Martin Luther and his wife Katharina, there is also the ingredients of mystery, romance and adventure.

I delighted in reading how the main characters developed just as their romance developed.

Although raised as a child in the Lutheran faith, I had never read anything about Martin Luther. This was a good book to start with. The author made his story interesting and not bogged done with boring elements. It sparked an interest in reading more about this duo. I’d also like to read more from Ms. Hedlund.

I requested a copy of this book because I thought the story looked compelling. I was not disappointed.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

About the Author:

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Jody Hedlund is a CBA best-selling author of ten books. Her first novel, The Preacher’s Bride, won the Reader’s Choice Award as part of the RWA Faith, Hope, and Love contest. Hedlund revels in bringing forgotten historic women to life and can usually be found with a book, a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate. She lives in Midland, Michigan with her husband and five children.

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Book Review – The Nightingale Girls

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The Nightingale Girls: (Nightingales 1)
Author: Donna Douglas
514 pages
Publication: Random House UK – North America, August 2012
Kindle
Historical Fiction
Minor Adult Language, Sexual abuse

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Description from Amazon:

Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother, who dominates every aspect of her life. Can a nursing career free Helen at last? The third of our heroines is naughty, rebellious Millie an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life. She is doomed to clash over and over again with terrifying Sister Hyde and to get into scrape after scrape especially where men are concerned.

This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre-war hospital vividly to life.

My thoughts:

First released in Great Britain, I loved reading the words, spellings, and
colloquialisms that differ from our American English.

The characters were believable and affable. My favorite character was Helen
because she was the quiet, serious one.

There was some romantic element to the story but I didn’t think it was
overpowering. It definitely was more a story about three young women
studying to become nurses.

I would have liked to have read a little bit more about the history at that
time. Also would have liked to have read more about the setting which
primarily takes place in London. But that would have made the book, which
was already long (514 pages), even longer.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about Great
Britain and the nursing field. I look forward to reading more about these
surmountable women in the next book in the series, The Nightingale Sisters.

I was given this book by Random House UK – North America through NetGalley in exchange for my honest and fair review.

About the Author:

Donna Douglas

From the author’s website: I’ve always loved telling stories. Even before I could hold a pen, I would sit on top of the coal bunker in our south London back yard, making up tales in my head. My greatest joy was when my grandmother bought me an exercise book, which I could fill with stories (a shiny new notebook still gives me a thrill now – oh, the endless possibilities of those empty pages!)…I read voraciously, too…When I was 40, I published my first novel, Waiting in the Wings, under the name of Donna Hay. The novel won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award.

You can learn more about Donna on her webpages:

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Cop Town – Book Review

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Cop Town: A Novel
Author: Karin Slaughter
Pulisher: Delacourt Press, June 24, 2014
417 pages
Kindle, Hardcover, MP3 CD, Audio
Content: Strong language, sexuality, racism

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Please note the Publication Date for this book is June 24, 2014

From Amazon:

Karin Slaughter, author of the New York Times bestselling Will Trent novels, is widely acclaimed as “one of the best crime novelists in America” (The Washington Post). Now she delivers her first stand-alone novel: an epic story of a city in the midst of seismic upheaval, a serial killer targeting cops, and a divided police force tasked with bringing a madman to justice.

Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city’s police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She’s determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way—wearing a badge and carrying a gun. But for a beautiful young woman, life will be anything but easy in the macho world of the Atlanta PD, where even the female cops have little mercy for rookies. It’s also the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and the city is on the edge of war.

Kate isn’t the only woman on the force who’s feeling the heat. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When she and Kate, her new partner, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach the boiling point. With a killer poised to strike again, they will pursue their own line of investigation, risking everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart.

My thoughts:

Cop Town is a fiercely entertaining novel that takes place in Atlanta in the seventies. I liked
this book because it had strong female characters as the protagonists. Maggie has been on the force for four years and comes from a family of cops. She teams with a newbie, Kate Murphy who is rich, Jewish and easy on the eyes. I loved these characters and would like to read more about them. There’s a colorful undercover cop named Gail, who taught Maggie everything she knows. There’s also a veteran cop named Rick that we don’t really get to know, but he seems like a nice guy so I really would like to know more about him and what happens to him. Like most crime thrillers it is loaded with strong language and sexuality. There is a lot of racism and homophobia, but it was the seventies. I was so excited that I was not only reading a crime novel, but it was also historical fiction. Slaughter researched her era of the 70’s well. The descriptions were out of this world! The atrocities and degradation were compelling. The chapters were short and well-paced. I had trouble guessing who the shooter was, had to wait till the end when it was revealed. I’m ready to read another Karin Slaughter book!
Many thanks to Delacourt Press which supplied me with a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest opinion.

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OTHER BOOKS BY KARIN SLAUGHTER
The Will Trent Series
The Grant County Series
Martin Misunderstood
Like a Charm
First Thrills
The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories
The Unremarkable Heart
Thorn in My Side

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