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Keturah

Keturah

ISBN-13: 9780764230240 Publisher: Bethany House

Lisa Bergren’s latest release Keturah is an intriguing, historical novel that I enjoyed more than I thought possible. The story takes place in the late 1700s and centers around Keturah and her two sisters. When the three learn their father has met an untimely demise, they know someone must tend to his affairs to help save their home. Ket decides she will operate the plantation their father started in the Caribbean and sets out on an adventure. When Ket’s old friend Gray appears to be doing the same, he becomes her ally. But will she be able to run the plantation and keep her family from losing all they love? Will her heart get in the way?

Colonial history is typically not one of my favorite subjects, but when I heard Lisa Bergren was going to be writing a novel set in the period, I thought I would give the time period another go. I was not disappointed! Keturah was not the typical colonial tale, and that is why I believe I liked it so much.

First, it was set in the Caribbean, which is a historical area I have very little knowledge about—unless one counts The Pirates of the Caribbean. So, it was fun to explore this land with the characters. The rich descriptions of the islands made the setting come alive.

Second, Keturah deals with the very harsh realities of slavery and the limits placed on women in this time. I became so enthralled with the story that the unfairness of many situations made me physically sad and angry—that’s how one knows she is reading a good book, though.

Third, and one of my favorite parts of the book, Bergren incorporates so many aspects of this historical period, including grand balls and pirates, that I felt as if I were in the period every time I opened the book.

Most of all the tale of a young woman doing everything in her power to overcome the stereotypes and limits put on her and finding her faith make all the other parts of this book come to life. Between the men of the island and the new environment, Ket and her sisters find new challenges around every corner—including love.

I enjoyed Keturah very much and cannot wait to read the next books in the series!

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Oath of Honor

oath of honor

ISBN-13: 9780800727215 Publisher: Revell

Lynette Eason does it once again with her latest book, Oath of Honor, book one in the Blue Justice Series. I love the characters and am excited for the rest of this series. It’s high-action, high-octane and high-romance. Izzy St. John’s determined to find the killer of her partner. She winds up in the middle of a suspenseful mess that could involve one of her family members, but the accusations may be pointing at her as well.

I am a huge fan of Lynette Eason’s books and each one gets better than the last. Oath of Honor is a must read.

Callum’s Compass

Callum's Compass CoverCallum’s Compass is a powerful trip from the past to the present. Wounds from her history provide the catalyst for Kat to move beyond the familiar in an effort to solve an unknown. Sara Foust writes a suspenseful and intriguing tale of adventure. She weaves the importance of forgiveness and healing without preaching full on. This debut novel proves to be a fabulous beginning. I can’t wait for book two in the series!

Mending Broken Branches

mending broken brances

ISBN-13: 9780825444265 Publisher: Kregal

Mending Broken Branches is a powerful bible study and devotional wrapped in one. Because of the flexibility of the lessons it can be self-paced or done in a group setting. I was excited to work through the book and have found it to be a worthwhile study that offers counseling, wisdom and biblical application.

The book addresses the heavy topic of family hurts, but it doesn’t do the blame game. Rather it dissects issues into individual passages of time, Past, Present and Future and further breaks those down into chapters addressing specific topics.

I cannot recommend this book enough. It is an exceptional tool in healing the wounds of family dysfunction.

Devotions for the Hungry Heart

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ISBN-13: 9781683224327 Vendor: Shiloh Run Press

I love starting a new devotional and I’ve truly enjoyed Devotions for the Hungry Heart. The book is broken down into twenty weeks with six days of devotions in each week and because they aren’t dated, it can be started at any time. It would make a great gift too.

Each day offers a scripture and brief story. But what makes this book extra special is the added recipes. Shellie Rushing Tomlinson offers fun and interesting comments with scripture. Devotions for the Hungry Heart is a delightful read and a great investment.