A Review of “Heart’s Revolution” by Roseanna M. White

Heart's Revolution book cover“Heart’s Revolution”  by Rosanna W. White is  a Historical Romance set in the year 1783,  just after the Revolutionary War ends. The places are  Wiliamsburg, Virginia and Annapolis, Maryland.

The war has ended for everyone except Lark Benton. She has an internal war going on inside herself. A battle only she can win or lose. It is a battle of her heart and mind, for she has been in love with a man named Emerson Fielding all her life. A man who has asked her to marry him, yet ignores her constantly, and barely acts as if he notices her, much less cares for her.

This book takes the reader on journey with Lark as she deals with anger, hurt, and betrayal from a man she both loves and hates. You will find yourself caught up in each aspect of her journey as she runs from her past and present, towards an unknown future, where she hopes to find freedom and true love.

But, will she escape Emerson Fielding? And if she does, will her heart ever forget him and love again?

If you love Historical Fiction you will surely enjoy learning about this time period of life in the US after the Revolutionary War as author Rosanna M. White has done much research to bring much truth regarding actual places and people into this fictional story.

This is a book I would enjoy reading more than once and I probably will!

–Leona J. Atkinson

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Review of “A Breath of Hope” by Lauraine Snelling

A Breath of Hope book coverReview of “A Breath of Hope” by Lauraine Snelling
“Under Northern Skies” Series–Book 2

” A Breath of Hope” is what Signe Carlson is feeling as Spring comes to Minnesota and with it news that her sister-in-law and brother-in-law are being invited by Uncle Einar and Gerd to come from Norway to live and work on the farm.  This is a dream come true for Nilda Carlson and her brother, Ivar who have been working hard to save enough money to make the trip and also for Signe and Rune who can use the extra help with their heavy workload put on them by Uncle Einar.

Einar is still overbearing and rude,  even though Signe,  Rune, and the boys try their hardest to please him, but Gerd has softened in her attitude and is becoming healthier, much to Signe’s delight.

Rune is trying his best to build his own home to house his family but Uncle Einar is not helpful at all and so demanding upon his time that it is difficult.

Will Uncle Einar ever change?  They all wonder that daily.  Signe has been praying for him but finds her faith and hope is beginning to weaken as she sees no results. Rune is at the point of exasperation and his patience is wearing thin. What will it take to change Einar? Will he ever think of them as family instead of just slaves? Was he always this heartless? What happened to him to cause him to be so hateful?

The Carlsons try to keep moving forward in faith, hope and love as a family even though Einar’s bad spirit dampens every occasion when he is present.

Hopefully, with the arrival of Nilda and Ivar, the work will get easier and the family will have more time to enjoy life and each other, and hopefully get their new home built so they don’t need to live under Einar’s roof any longer.

This book two shows us what can happen to a person when they hold onto the past and let themselves become buried in anger, bitterness and greed. It also shows us that the only one that can change a person is God, and that we can only pray for them, as we treat them with kindness and try to love them as God does, hoping that they will come to repentance and seek God’s help.

(I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)

–Leona J. Atkinson

A Review of ” The Promise of Dawn” by Lauraine Snelling

A Promise of Dawn book coverA Review of ” The Promise of Dawn” by Lauraine Snelling
“Under Northern Skies” Series–Book 1

This is a story of a family’s journey in 1909 from Norway to America.
This is a dream come true for Rune Carlson and his three sons, but not so much for his wife, Signe who is pregnant.

After many months of difficult traveling the family finally comes to settle in a small town in
Minnesota where Rune’s uncle and wife live. Their excitement of arriving in “Amerika” as they call it is quickly diminished when they meet their trip benefactor, Einar Strand and his wife, Gerd.

Will they be able to fulfill the agreement made with hard, demanding Einar or will they have to return to Norway? This is a question both Rune and Signe have in their minds daily as they struggle to live out this new life in America, the land of opportunity and abundance, or so they thought when they left Norway.

You will experience their pain, anguish, anger, and fear as you read page after page of this family’s daily life and you will come to know them as friends. You will cry with them and laugh with them and you will pray with them too, as they trust in God for help and guidance against all the human odds they face.

This is a compelling story. One you will not want to stop reading, yet one that pulls you forward to the finish, and it will keep you waiting on pins and needles to see what happens in Book 2 of this series.

(For those of you who are familiar with Lauraine Snelling’s books , Rune Carlson in this series is the son of Gunlaug, cousin to Ingeborg Bjorklund, of  “The Red River of the North” series that was set in North Dakota. )

–Leona J. Atkinson

Book Review of “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson

n-Hidden-Places-TraciePetersonMy Review of “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson

The first thing I said after finishing “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson was:  “ When is Book 2 Coming Out!”

“In Places Hidden” is Book 1 in the Golden Gate Secrets series and it’s a page turner for sure! Not only is it filled with mystery, intrigue, and surprises, it also has a sweet romance and a reminder of how life was in the early 1900’s in San Francisco.

Camrianne Coulter, the main character in the story, is an independent young women who is highly educated and from a wealthy family in Chicago. She is active in the Woman’s Sufferage Movement and is very out spoken.
She also has a strong faith in God and prayer.
She travels alone to San Francisco to search for her missing brother, Caleb, and meets two other women of different backgrounds on the train. The three soon become friends and all end up staying together in Caleb’s home in San Francisco.
The story winds around the search for Caleb and the people Camrianne and her friends meet in San Francisco.
Faith, prayer, and trust in God are a very prominent part in all of their everyday happenings.

I really enjoyed this book and I do look forward to reading the next book in this series .

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review.   All opinions are my own.

—Leona J. Atkinson

Review of “Judah’s Wife” by Angela Hunt

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” Judah’s Wife ” by Angela Hunt

This was my first time reading an Angela Hunt book, but it will not be my last! I was totally captured by her very descriptive writing and attention to detail.

“Judah’s Wife” is a story of The Maccabees, who were a group of Jewish warriors living in Judea, which at the time was part of the Seleucid Empire. They strictly adhered to the Jewish religion and expanded the boundaries of Judea by waging war and conquering those under the influence of Hellenism who were trying to take over the Jews and silence their beliefs and worship.

The Books of The Maccabees are not in our Christian Bible today, but are part of the Apocryphal books. These Apocryphal books are included in the Catholic bible and I do remember reading Maccabees years ago when I was raised Catholic.

They are historical books that are about the many wars that were fought by Israel against the ungodly kings and rulers of those days. However, Angela Hunt weaved a wonderful personal story of love, strength and courage throughout her telling of all the wars and fighting.

“Judah’s Wife” focuses on Leah, a girl raised by an abusive father, who becomes the young wife of Judah, who was Judas Maccabaeus. one of the five Maccabaeus brothers, and the leader of the Maccabees. The story goes back and forth showing events from the perspective of Leah and then from Judah. This way of writing, to me, made the book much more interesting.

If you enjoy Biblical History coupled with a sweet love story and the drama of those fighting for freedom to live their beliefs, then you will enjoy this book. It will truly hold your attention from the first page to the last. I found it very hard to put down.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review.

–Leona J. Atkinson

My Review of “A Passionate Hope” by Jill Eileen Smith

A Passionate HopeAs I read through the pages of “A Passionate Hope” I felt I was in the biblical hill country of Ephraim, interacting with Hannah, the mother of Samuel, and Elkanah, son of Jeroham as they lived their lives as Kohathite’s dedicated to daily worshiping Adonai Tzva’ot, at home and at the tabernacle of Shiloh during the time of Eli the Priest and his two corrupt sons, Hophni and Phinehas.

Though these people lived long ago they have been brought to life through Jill Eileen Smith‘s newest book titled “A Passionate Hope.”

The Bible doesn’t say much about Hannah except what is read in 1 Samuel 1:2 and 2:21. Other than that, she is never mentioned anywhere else in the Bible.

But Jill Eileen Smith took what was said in those few Bible verses and coupled it with biblical history and research to weave an incredibly true to life story of hope and trust that is captivating to read.

“A Passionate Hope” is the story of Hannah, who though married to a man who truly loves her as much or more then she loves him, cannot conceive a child that both of them desperately want.

It is a story of hope that endures through many trials.  It is a story of trust in a God who seems to not hear the prayers prayed day by day, and year by year.

It is a story of heartache and heartbreak as a childless Hannah deals with the unkindness and rejection of family and the evil she sees being carried on in the tabernacle by those who are supposed to be God’s priests. It is a story of a woman whose faith is strong, who chooses to pray and praise instead of murmur and complain.

Many times as I read this book I found myself relating to the situations Hannah and Elkanah faced.

When I read:   “Tears fell in drops as though she were standing in a storm, her heart burning within her. Oh, Adonai. Do You even listen to my prayers? I ask and I ask and beg and I plead, and nothing changes.”  (page 180)

Many times, I like Hannah, prayed and prayed for something for years and years without any results, wondering, as Hannah did, if God actually did see and hear.

“Oh Adonai, why do You not act?  Why do You let the evil go on and on?” (Page 199)

Many times I have also uttered a similar question to God regarding evil works I have seen, just as Elkanah did when he saw the continual evil being done by Eli’s sons.

This book was filled with emotions of frustration, fear, sadness, and anger.  Yet, also of hope, love, forgiveness, kindness, self-sacrifice, hope and trust.

This book shows us that God does see and hear all the circumstances we face but sometimes He seems to be silent because we have  to wait for His timing.  He has a plan for good that can only be fulfilled in His time.

So, we have  to wait, trust and hope, sometimes for what seems like a long, long time.  But, in the end it is always worth the wait.

–Leona J. Atkinson

“The Sound of Rain”–Book Review

   My Review of “The Sound of Rain” by Sarah Loudin Thomas

“The Sound of Rain” has a beautiful cover that is soft to the touch and which holds within a beautiful story filled with adventure, suspense and romance!

There are many things to like in this book “The Sound of Rain” by Sarah Loudin Thomas.

The story revolves around two characters Judd Markley, an Appalachian miner turned timber worker and Larkin Heyward a dissatisfied socialite in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. These two people lead very different lives, with very different dreams, yet they are brought together through two disasters–a mine cave in and a hurricane. How will these disasters cause changes in their life pathways and will it be for good?

As Judd Markley, deals with leaving behind the Appalachian mine tragedy, Larkin Heyward dreams of going to Appalachia to live and work. How could these two people ever come together to be friends or even more?

As the story evolves I see God’s hand at work throughout, leading and guiding in various ways and events that will lead to great changes in Judd and Larkin’s lives. Will those changes bring happiness and fulfillment to both?

The above questions were some that came to mind as I read this truly a beautiful story that held my attention from page 1 to page 331.  I highly recommend it as a great read!

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review and in no way received any monetary compensation.

Visit Sarah Loudin Thomas Website at: https://sarahloudinthomas.com/

–Leona J. Atkinson
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