Giveaway: Eden Hill

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A handful of marriages on the rocks, a tense racial climate, and now–goodness!–two competing service stations may upset the easy order of this small ’60s town.
Eden Hill by Bill Higgs

Four Silver Stars

Eden Hill

Find the giveaway for this book in the Faith, Hope, and Book Love group on Facebook.
Giveaway ends February 27, 2017.

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Unveiling Love: Episode IV by Vanessa Riley

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Five Gold Stars

Unveiling Love: A Regency Romance by Vanessa Riley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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My goodness. This series about Barrington Norton, a barrister of color, and his wife, Amora, put me through so much that I’m rather speechless by now. But I enjoyed every winding, pulsing minute along the way to this fitting ending–an imperfect and glorious ending to a tale of suspense and searching, doubt and faith, darkness and light, anguish and love.

Its minor flaws aside, the series is such a must-read for fans of Regency ChristFic. I look forward to reading this author again.

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Unveiling Love in all four episodes

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Seasons of the Heart by Janette Oke

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Five Gold Stars

seasons-of-the-heartSeasons of the Heart/Four Complete Novels in One Book by Janette Oke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(4.5 rating for the whole four-book series)

When an orphaned boy is raised by his Aunt Lou, Gramps, Uncle Charlie, and Grandpa, the boy’s life is bound to be anything but typical.

I don’t read book blurbs when I don’t have to, and I had no intention of looking at any blurb or other beforehand to know what Seasons of the Heart was about. Janette Oke’s name and the fact that I’ve known for years that the series exists was enough.

I was in for three noteworthy surprises from the first novel.
1) The story is told in first-person, which, even considering her Canadian West series, isn’t the most common for Oke’s novels.
2) The protagonist is an adolescent boy, Joshua, which isn’t common for Oke’s novels.
3) Josh’s perspective (along with the well-intentioned but not-the-best-idea scheming of his grandpa and uncle) actually had me laughing  out loud, something I’m not used to doing with Oke’s novels. I mean, sure, I’ve enjoyed light moments she’s handled with a light hand before, but some of the stuff here is just downright hilarious.

I liked seeing the dynamics of the different kind of family Joshua has. Though the tone of the writing gradually changes through the series as Joshua grows, it’s well worth it to follow his story right on into his adulthood.

Simple novels of faith and love and learning through trials–and prairie life and the like–are what I count on this author for, and I’ve not been disappointed. There’s genius in telling uncomplicated but engaging stories that just get the job done.

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Me and my oftentimes old-fashioned self. Yes, the Seasons of the Heart book covers have been updated over the years, but I’m partial to the cover images from the 80s, back when the books were first published.

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Unveiling Love: Episode III by Vanessa Riley

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Five Gold Stars

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

“Not a victim any more. No more. I won’t be. Monster, you will have a name.”

Even a delicate vase when broken had sharp shards.

She’s still battling the terror of a hazy past incident that haunts her. Yet, Amora Norton is determined to help her barrister husband, Barrington, uncover the truth concerning a string of horrendous crimes. Doing so may or may not help bring the Nortons’ marriage back from the brink of disaster in Unveiling Love, a Regency suspense tale by author Vanessa Riley.

Here I am, plunging through this tale a good deal faster than I expected to. Can’t really help it, since Episode II left me on the edge of my seat (figuratively, as I was actually on my feet), and Episode III here had me engrossed from the get-go.

Yes, this is why I had to download the complete series at once, as I wouldn’t be able to stand the virtual cliffhanging sensation this story would surely leave me with if I had to sit waiting for a following episode.

Really, though, I’m as anxious as Amora and Barrington are to get to the bottom of the troubling mystery that’s left several victims in its wake. And I appreciate how Amora is consciously pushing back against victimhood.

She and Barrington still frustrate me–Barrington jumping to drastic conclusions at lightning speed, and Amora resisting him in various ways when it’s as plain as day how they really feel about each other, how well they fit together. But, hey, their marital missteps play into the need for a true “unveiling.”

I could say more, but I’m ready to just get on with the unveiling, now…

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Unveiling Love in all four episodes

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