‘For Elise’ by Sarah M. Eden Book Review Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY

  Welcome to this review tour   Presented by Covenant Communications. For Elise by Sarah M. Eden  Goodreads’ Synopsis: They were inseparable in their youth, the very best of friends, two halves of a whole. For four years, Miles Linwood, the Marquess of Grenton, has felt incomplete without her. When a carriage breakdown leaves him temporarily stranded in a tiny town, Miles makes an unexpected discovery that will alter the course of his life, and rewrite the pages of his past.  Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been addicted to historical romance ever since. With a degree in research and a fascination with history, Eden loves delving deep into history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and has been a Whitney Award Finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone (Covenant Communications, 2008) and Courting Miss Lancaster (Covenant Communications, 2010). You can visit her at www.sarahmeden.com My REVIEW: This a poignant tale of girl and boy childhood best friends suddenly separated in their youth. Now, four years later, so much has changed and Miles has mostly given up his quest to find what happened to his best friend. Now he has a…

‘The Silent Governess’ by Julie Klassen – book review by LAWonder10

The Silent Governess was only silent for a time. A young woman strikes the man strangling her mother with a fire iron. Fearing she had killed him the mother sent her away and told her not to return, that she would find her daughter when it was safe. While fleeing she encountered some very ‘shady’ men plus a group of gentlemen hunting. Neither were happy with her. Later she encountered uplifting people along with the negative sort. She was imprisoned, injured and was hired as a servant. All she wanted to do was to teach school. The flow of the events and attitudes were consistent and smooth. The reader never felt the need to skip pages. It was a large novel but very well written and connected prior events to the present-tense in a smooth flow.  Parents can feel free to allow their YA to read this tale. There is not anything contained within to corrupt one’s mind. The characters and situations were well formulated giving the reader a sense of actuality.  One could easily envision himself/herself there. My review of this book give it a strong Five Stars rating. *I won this in a Goodread’s giveaway but would have…

Historical Fiction Lovers..! Lord Grenvillle’s Choice’ by G.G. Vandagriff is a great read! – Book Review by LAWonder10

  Lord Grenville’s love of his life was wedded to another man through an arranged marriage. Only months later, he was approached by the father of a very wealthy young woman. She wasn’t as pretty as his former love but still was quite attractive. Since he was having financial difficulties, her large dowry would solve his financial worries. Now, five years later, he had a wonderful son whom he dearly loved and admired the way his wife loved their son equally. He felt bad he could not give his heart  to his wife. She was sweet and a good wife and mother but he could not get over his lost love. Lady Felicity loved Lord Grenville from the moment she saw him. He had barely noticed her at the social events they attended, but everything about him attracted her to him…, everything except his obsession with Lady Elizabeth. Yes, it had been five years but at the beginning of “the Season” circumstances changed, disrupting several lives with no clear solution to the problems. This is a melodramatic story in the fashion of Jane Austin. It was quite predictable except for a few unexpected twists, but it was indeed very well…

Jennie Hanen’s Action/Suspence Novel – ‘Where the River Once Flowed’ – Book Review by LAWonder10

  The setting of this historical novel is in the late 1800s, after the Mexican/American War. Unrest still existed and flare-ups by the Mexicans and by Indians occasionally occurred. There was often much resentment by the Mexicans toward the Americans, but this was not the case in a small New Mexico town where the Sebastian Hacienda was located.  Therefore, it was upsetting to some when Don Sebastian sold the land to an American – Ross Adams – with a stipulation he marry Don’s granddaughter, Lliana, and their son become heir. The bordering neighbor – Ben Purdy – was especially angry..He must have that land or be destroyed! Travis Telford was a cowboy who headed round-ups of horses to sell to the Americans. He discovered the Sebastian ranch to have some of the finest horses he often included in the round-up. He soon became friends with Mr. & Mrs Adams and soon after, he became more involved in their family than he ever dreamed possible. This tale has a lot of action and suspense. The author effectively intertwines the lives and individual situations in her usual well-written, smooth manner.  This book will not disappoint the reader! The Title has a definite…

It Is My Pleasure to Present Author – Christine Keleny – As My Special Guest This Week!

       Christine is the Author of the Remarkable New Rose Series!  If you enjoyed ‘the Hunger Games’, then it is most certainly a book you will truly enjoy! 1. When you were very young, did you enjoy reading?  What do you feel planted the desire to read within you? I liked reading mysteries but I didn’t read much as a kid. When I was forced to read other types of books in middle school, I kind of rebelled and dropped reading altogether until after college when I had some free time again. Now I read whenever I can. Funny how things can change. The key is for educators/parents to make reading fun and not a chore…easier said than done. 2.  Did you keep a journal/diary growing up? Is this something you feel is helpful to one desiring to become a writer? Why or Why not? I was a diary girl, even more so as I got older. I’m not sure if it’s needed to be a writer, but I know many writers who journal. I think it’s more about learning about yourself. That helps with a lot of things 😉 It surely aids in helping children and YA if…

‘Rosebloom (Rose Series)’ by Christine Keleny – Book Review by LAWonder10 – Meet the Author on this Site 03/28/2014!!

Feeling like a burden on her family and seeking adventure, Rose hesitantly – but determinedly – leaves home under the guise of spending the night at a friends house. Rise quickly learns how dangerous this can be. This experience changed her  whole life and she continues to see how unfair this world can be.  Raised in a country town with by a good family, Rose never realized the color of a person’s skin can make a difference in one’s life. This story’s setting is during the late 1920s and early 1930s…A time when The United States was experiencing devastation and other countries were in a terrible war the US would soon join. It is a time when old prejudices still dominated a large portion of individuals.  Interracial association was still frowned upon by both Black and White cultures. Rose’s tale is very entertaining and full if adventure. There is only one brief area it felt a little too prolonged. However, the reader’s attention was captured and enticed to eagerly await the next event. There are a few sexual situations which are not explicit but require the supervision of a parent for younger YA readers. The characters were very realistic with numerous…

‘Walking into the Wild’ by Nancy Means Wright – Book Review by LAWonder10

This is hilarious! It is the comical tale of two girls and a brother who was forced to move in with an aunt during the Revolutionary War time period. The three siblings “set out” with a cousin to meet with 16-year-old Rachael’s betrothed and the siblings Pa, several days journey away. “Murphy’s Law” ensues them on their journey and they are forced into many delays.  The story is told by 13-year-old Deborah who grumbles the whole way. The reader, however, cannot help but chuckle at her rebellious yet submissive obedience in doing as her determined sister instructs. One’s attention is captured from the beginning and is captivated to the final conclusion of this tale. It allows a YA to have a sense of the difficulties most experienced during that time in history, but in an entertaining way. It is an ideal book for the middle school grade year student. It is entertaining to the older YA and Adult reader, as well. The author portrayed the scenes well, “flowing” easily from one scene to the next. The reader could easily picture himself/herself there.  The Characters seemed real.  There was a variety of very interesting and diverse characters who added appeal to…

Presenting Gifted Author, June Caedmon! It Is Certainly a Joy to Have This Interview You, June!

You are a mystery to many of us. There is little information on you throughout the Internet. I am excited you agreed to this Interview so we – your readers – can get  to know you better. 1.  You became June Caedmon in July of 2002. Did you write other books under a different name?  If so, were they this same genre?  What inspired you to become a writer? Please elaborate some. I never really aspired to become a writer. Heart’s Desire was born out of a dream. I wanted to know how the rest of the story went – – so I wrote it. After that, the stories kept coming. So I kept writing. My inspiration comes from God. He is involved in every story I write, because He is our story, real or imagined. I find that fascinating!  Many authors writings began with their dreams. I would just as soon my crazy dreams were never written, 2.  Since 2002 you have written seven books but only four are published. Why is that? Will the others be published soon?  There is a lot that goes in to publishing a book. Right now, I can’t spend 100% of my time…

‘Heart’s Desire (Whispes of Grace series)’ by June Caedmon Book Review by LAWonder10 Visit This Site March 6, 2014 for an Interview With the Author!

Mel was headed to Savannah, Georgia for an overdo visit with an aunt.  Partway to Vicksburg, bullets whizzed past and the prize stallion borrowed from home “spooked” and bulled lose from the buggy, sending it the buggy on a collision course toward a stationary wagon near the river’s edge.  The two Elliot brothers hurried toward the accident to assess the situation. John was furious at the carelessness of the young man driving plus the dent in his wagon. Sam, however, was more concerned with the well-being of the young man who looked to be about 16 years old – too young to be driving in the rough country alone. It appeared Mel had nothing more than a few cuts and bruises. The forehead cut needed stitches. John demanded payment or restitution of the damage while Sam tried to diffuse the situation. John demanded the young man stay on the Plantation and”work off” the damages while his wagon would be repaired in the nearby tow. The boy readily agreed.  John stormed off and Sam led the boy to the main house to take care of the injuries when suddenly he fainted. Calling out to his aunt, asking her to quickly clear…

‘The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr ‘(Ladies in Waiting #2) by Sandra Byrd Book Review by Sabrina…Discover more about my Guest Reviewer on Saturday’s Interview with Sabrina!!

I thought this book held a lot of historical content, which I love, and the story was entertaining and clean. This book covers a longer period of time than I am used to reading in one book so I felt at times that I had a hard time connecting with the characters and story because many things were glazed over. That being said the story line was interesting and the character building well done. It was interesting to read the story of Kateryn Parr from the eyes of a lady in waiting. There are a couple things I didn’t love about this book. The first is that I couldn’t get really involved in what was going on all the time. When I read a book I look for a lot of character interaction and a little excitement. I felt that this was more observation with moderate character interaction so I didn’t get to involved. Also, it lacked entertainment factor. The second thing that I didn’t love was that it was almost too nice of a book. My understanding of the time during Henry III’s reign is that is was very twisted and lots of craziness. This book addresses the issues…

‘Little Joe’ by Michael E. Glasscock III – Book Review by LAWonder10

Attention all “Baby Boomers”! This is the beginning of a great new classic series! For all those who enjoyed the Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and all those other nostalgic stories, you will absolutely love this! It is so well-written and steadily accelerates, never losing the reader’s interest. When I first saw the title, I was not especially anxious to read it but I made the commitment so had to give it equal consideration with an “open mind”.  I was so mistaken with my first impression. This is a perfect book for a ‘family reading time”.  Most all ages can appreciate “Little Joe” and his story. It is a great book club book for any age group – male or female. (There are a few crude words which can easily be substituted) Little Joe’s father was a Naval fighter pilot during World War II.  His mother was a “stay-at-home” mom. His father had orders to relocate so nine-year-old Little Joe was forced to leave his beloved Texas and all his friends there.  They veered slightly out if the way to their new location so the family could visit Little Joe’s maternal Grandpa and Grandma Washington. On the way there,…

‘Liberty Belle’ by Patricia PaJac Carroll – book review by LAWonder

What a fun, clean, wholesome romance story! Feeling the need to “save face’ plus a spirit of rebellion, Libby, with her tag-along-aunt, escapes to gain independence. She begins to wonder what she was thinking as series of events take place. Nothing worked out as she planned – almost nothing. Continued action until the very end, keeping one in suspense makes this a very worth while book to read.  Occasionally there is a small lapse of adventure but the final chapters make up for it This book has a variety of characters which are very well-defined..They seem very real. The book cover is colorfully eye-catching and perfect for the story.description of the background scenes are very vivid. This book has earned my review, giving it a Five Stars rating. Buy this book from Amazon here. [raw] [/raw] My Thoughts: I love book like this that are full of adventure and emotion but very clean!

‘Heartland’ by Warren Bull – Book Review by LAWonder10

 This is a delightfully entertaining yet, inspiring novella. Warren Bull is a talented writer/story teller. The YA adults will love this light story of a youth, Tom, trying to adjust to his parents divorce and a new step parent. His grandmother was hospitalized so gifted him with keys to a very special hidden treasure… One that will help him see life differently and discover what real treasures lies within. He shares this adventure with his best friend, Pat, who soon is caught up into the adventures they experience. The Title and Cover does not do justice to the story. They do not depict the subject matter fittingly, although both do have an element of portrayal. However, this will not detract from the rating. There was never a time the story dragged. It was fast-moving and fluctuated between events expertly. The characters were developed well and the background scenes described well. This is definitely worthy of the Five Stars rating my review gives to this book. This book was sent  to me by the author for an honest review and rating, of which I have given.   Buy this book now from Amazon. [raw] [/raw]

‘Secrets of the Realm’ by Bev Stout – Book Review by LAWonder10

Who can resist a fun, historical story involving ships and the ocean? Secrets of the Realm was a very well written historical novel. It starts out briefly with an orphaned girl given to the care of a cruel aunt. Her slightly older cousin fears for her safety so helps her escape to the city where she might be able to find work. She soon fears she will die of starvation and exposure.  If somehow she could be hired at the docks…she so loves the sea! This is a cute tale with action, adventure, intrigue and some romance. The reader’s interest is captured with the first paragraph and from that point on it is very hard to put the book down for anything.  Oh, and grab a box of Kleenex to have on hand towards the end of the story. There is never a dull moment. The heroine is a sassy, determined young woman.  So many in that time of history had to be in order to survive in a man’s world. I do hope this is only the beginning of other sequels. Although the ending was complete, the reader was left with so many questions concerning the future of various characters….

‘Born of Persuasion’ by Jessica Dotta – Book Review by LAWonder10

I generally do not post on Sunday, but this was so uplifting and amazing I decided I could not wait until midnight. ‘Born of Persuasion’ is remarkable work of art! It keeps the reader”on edge” the whole book! As I read, I kept waiting for the sleazy scenes to enfold – it is published by Tyndale, so of course it can’t be that bad! It wasn’t! In fact, it was a remarkable historical tale of a “foursome” who were close childhood friends and were now Young Adults.   This was a story of monstrous challenges they had to deal with. It was a tale of hard lessons learned, difficult decisions made, and enormous fears to overcome. there were moments of pridefulness, daring, adventure, danger, humility, spitefulness, mischief, tenderness, romance, self-discovery, deceit, and much more. What is there not to like?   The storyline brings to one’s attention, how perception is often one-sided and incorrect. It proclaims desires and attractions can be masked in cunning evil. An important point is made that, although we differ greatly in opinions, we can still maintain friendship and love. Born of Persuasion is definitely a “page turner”. It never ceases to amaze with its twits…

‘Quest for the Nail Prints’ by Don Furr – Book Review by LAWonder

  ‘Quest for the Nail Prints’ was a very-well written novel, mixing contemporary with historical Sci-Fi.   The story mainly centers around three individuals’ experiences – Elizabeth (a physician),  Dr. Van Eaton (a Professor of religious history), and Paul (a pastor).  Beginning as total strangers, their lives are “tossed together” through a miraculous turn of events.  What began as a venture to Israel, through various reasons, sends them into a Sci-Fi escapade. Somehow each knew they were bound by a secret nobody else would believe – if they even survived. Would any of them ever return to their “real” lives? What would become of the skeptical Dr. Van Eaton? ….Every story must have at least one obstacle.  This story has several. This is a fast paced tale with a few unexpected twists.  Although not totally correct as far as biblical points go, it is close enough to add to the adventure enveloping the reader into the situations.  It is at times, annoying, frustrating, tender, emotional, exciting, enraging, fearful, and sentimental.  It never loses the reader’s interest and leads into the next part of the series very cleverly. This is especially written with Christians in mind. However, I feel many non-Christians would…

‘Every Hill and Mountain’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

‘Every Hill and Mountain’ is a fast-paced drama which is partially Contemporary and partially Fantasy/Historical Fiction. It is the last of Deborah Heal’s exciting trilogy. This final book mostly is centered on Abby, John, Kate, and Ryan and their efforts in discovering Kate’s missing ancestor to complete het “Family Tree”.  It is presently very lopsided.  Will she be able to find her missing ancestor? She has two clues. If these clues do not culminate, she will have to leave that side of the tree asa mystery. They experience unique and intriguing instances. This escapade will either draw them closer together or may prove to be disastrous to their friendships. I enjoyed this novel as much as the other two.  However, I felt there could be a better title to fit the storyline. The book cover, also, could have been more creative. The character development was very well done. The description of the surrounding area “brought it to life”.  The ending was OK but felt slightly incomplete. It was clean, well-written, fast paced, and a quite fun adventure. The few things remiss were minor. This review of Deborah’s final book of the series offers a Four and a half Stars rating….

‘Unclaimed Legacy’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

Unclaimed Legacy’ is the second book of Deborah Heal’s exciting, new series. Abby & Merri continue in their adventures but now include a church member,  John, into the equation.  Of course, Michael, is still an important character in the story.  Not only does the House Beautiful program open up a whole new                  perspective of earlier history, but further assists in discovering history in other places.  The “Old Dears” are introduced, adding a fun flair into the increasing            action and intrigue of the story plot.  Who knew house-sitting could be so informative? The friendship between the group strengthens. New personal challenges develop.  Does it all relate somehow? If so, how?  Where will this new situation take them?  Will they be able to find the answers before they are further discovered? In this book of the series, there is even more action and poignant circumstances. If it is possible, this is even better than the first novel! It moves at an even faster pace than the first one. A number of new situations and people evolve. The character profiles are well-defined and one becomes emotionally “caught up” in the…

‘The Substitute Bride’ by Linda S. Glaz – Book Review by LAWonder10

  I love mail order bride stories! I am certain many of them did not turn out well, it still is somewhat of a romantic concept. People actually fell in love through the mail as some do now through the internet.  They sometimes actually fall in love with the person and not just the image.  Some of the strongest marriages I know were first built on their friendship before they fell in love.  Sometimes, as it is now, it was simply to get away from an unhappy home or situation.  I am sure many of those were not as happy. Anyway,…. ‘The Substitute Bride’ is a mail order bride story with a different twist. Before she could arrive on the train, it was derailed.  Some were killed, some injured and most all were in a state of confusion and shock . They did the best to survive until help came.    Rebecca was no exception.  She was hauled into a wagon and taken to the next town of the train stop.  Her husband to be was worried and anxious awaiting the train that never arrived. Finally a telegram was sent that the passengers would be arriving by wagon and would…

‘Time and Again’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

 Time and Again’ by Deborah Heal is an unparalleled story of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Historical fiction all into on one extraordinary tale! Abby decides to do some volunteer summer tutoring for a student during her summer break. It will give her some good experience – and perhaps a recommendation – after she completes her final year earning teaching degree at the university.  Is Abby “in over her head” with this experience? Eleven year old Merridith and her mother move away from her father and his new girlfriend, her friends and her school, after her parents divorce.  Meredith is angry  and feels defeated. She resents it all!  She will not make it easy for her mother or new tutor.  Maybe her dad will come and get her and take her back. She has more than  one problem that drives people away from her. Will she do anything about it? These are the two key people in the first book of this intriguing trilogy. Other characters are introduced but the challenge begins with these two individuals. Who is in the computer room during each night when everyone should be in bed? Deborah Heal has successfully created a unique story that YA and…

‘For Love or Loyalty’ by Jennifer Hudson Taylor – Book Review by LAWonder10

For Love or Loyalty is a good title for this touching historical romance novel.  It relates to more than one instance. The serene appearance of the cover is also a good choice.  It is very descriptive of the female main character and the background hints at the storyline. It is light enough to be eye-catching and dark enough to set the verve of the story. The characterization was solid and the reader felt a definite connection to each. I love “highland” type stories. I find Ireland, Scottland, Wales contries to be so fascinating with a sense of mystic lore. However, only part of the story is in Scotland but is very much a story of early colonization before the Revolutionary War.  It reminds us there were many, other than black people, who were cruelly treated and made slaves of under the ruse of “indentured servants”.  Many of the “indentured servants” were never freed and many died under the deprivation and cruel treatments of slavery. This is a story of a family clan severely wronged by another family clan.  The eldest son of a widow is determined to seek revenge and tries to get even in a partial way by implementing a…