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Bethany House Book Reviews


Due to the adoption I am a bit behind, so I have several books up for review.

Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

This book took place in my hometown area. I was really curious to read it, because it centered around the areas were I grew up. This was a new author for me, and I will say, she did not disappoint. I was completely enthralled with the entire book. The historical elements were well done, and I found that I learned a great deal about the area. I thoroughly enjoyed the main character and the entire theme of the story. If you are looking for a good book, and historical fiction is your genre, don’t hesitate to buy this book. I give it five stars.

The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

This book takes place in a gorgeous seascape in England. I was really looking forward to the read. While it pains me to say this, as I know the author worked very hard on this manuscript, it was not a favorite read for me. I found the main character to be a bit dull, and incredibly irritating. The plot of the story seemed to be a poor attempt at using bits and pieces of the enchanting tale of Wuthering Heights, and it fell drastically short of measuring up to the old classic. I also felt that the hero of the story while likeable, had some highly annoying sayings. I would be well into the tragedy, and when the hero would find out what had befallen, he would consistently say, “By Thunder!” This seemed to me to be a laughable expression, and an incredibly poorly timed euphamism.
Having said that, she did set absolutely lovely and vivid scenery for her book. There were elements of the story that I found fascinating, I just would have personally preferred a bit better main character and less odd euphanisms from the protanganist. I am well aware, that all of these are my personal opinions, and I do hope that some of you will read this book and think more highly of it than I. I would give this book 3 of 5 stars.

No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

To my great delight, this is book one of a series. I would like to convey how very much I am looking forward to reading the subsequent books in this series. This book takes place in America and is centered around immigrants that came from Ireland. I found the main character to be completely enjoyable. This story is full of intrigue and many surprise twists. I thoroghly enjoyed it and am anxiously awaitng the remainder of the series. I give this book five of five stars.

Shattered by Dani Pettrey

Shattered is the sequel to Submerged, which was an all time favorite of mine. I was so thrilled to find this book on the review list. I enjoyed it very much, but not quite as much as Submerged. The characters were the same and were every bit as perfectly created by the author as they were in the first. I found that they stayed true to character, and were incredibly enjoyable. The book was another suspenseful plot that I thoroughly enjoyed. The plot was creative and had some completely undexpected but wonderfully derived twists. My one and only disappointment was the first book was full of rich and creative possibilities to a historical myth. This book was completely void of historical elements. As a great lover of historical fiction, it left me only slightly disappointed. Without hesitation, I will be reading the rest of the series as they come out, and whatever else this author comes out with, as she is truly a master of her craft.

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

This book was absolutely so very fun to read! I was literally laughing so hard I cried within the first two chapters. An heiress disguises herself as a portly nobody to secure a job as a governess. The story line is fabulous and I enjoyed it to the very end! A must read!
Hope some of you will add some of these books to your list as we are all still waiting for spring to appear!
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Book Review


I will be posting a lot in the upcoming days, so much to share, but for now, I am doing some book reviews. I’ve been privileged to do some book reviews for Bethany House Publishing, so you’ll be seeing these more regularly. If you are looking for some excellent reading material, make sure to read the reviews. I have read some of the best books and highly recommend them!!!

The first book I reviewed was Tracie┬áPeterson’s Chasing the Sun. Peterson is always great about including some wonderfully accurate historical accounts in her books, and I always come away learning something new. I find her writing a bit predictable, and this book was certainly no exception. She presents a clear gospel message, which I love, but the actual content of the book was a bit anticlimactic for me. Again, that is just my opinion, and romance, isn’t typically my favorite genre of choice, so take that into consideration. I would give it a three out of five stars.

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis was a very pleasant surprise. As stated above, romance is not my favorite genre, and I happen to live very close to the area this book was written about, so I was a bit skeptical before even opening the book. However, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the read. Lewis’ facts were very accurate, and her story line compelling. It was a quick read, and I highly recommend it. I give it four and a half out of five stars.

Dani Pettrey’s very first book, Submerged, is an absolute must read. If you are looking for a gripping suspense novel, or a Christmas gift for a loved one, I cannot recommend this book enough. This was, without hesitation, one of the best books I have had the privilege of reading. It was full of historical facts, as well as interesting facts about Alaska. The story line was beautifully done. I found it gripping to the very last page, but I also loved the way that she wove the thread of God’s grace and redemption throughout the entire novel. I will be anxiously awaiting her subsequent novels. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

The Deposit Slip by Todd M. Johnson was the first I have read of this author. It was an excellent suspense novel. I stayed up in the wee hours of the morning devouring it’s contents. Anything compelling enough to keep me from sleep is a recommendation in and of itself. My only disappointment was the lack of any solid Christian testimony. I would have expected this in a secular publisher, but with a Bethany house book, I expected a bit more of a clear view. Simply because of this, I would give this fact, I would it a 4.5 out of 5.