Inspirational Romance

B-
The Butterfly and the Violin

Do you believe that love can survive even the direst of circumstances? In this engaging tale of hope amidst horror the author looks at what happens to love when the worst we can imagine separates us from the one we love. As a young girl, Sera James saw a painting which has haunted her ever since. ...

C+
Murder at the Mikado

This is the third in the Drew Farthering mystery series, where we return to the glamorous world of the wealthy amateur sleuth and his beloved fiancé Madeline. They are only weeks away from wedded bliss but is there any chance that they can walk down the aisle before yet another mystery finds them? ...

C+
Breath of Spring

I attended college in Amish country. Having lived in close connection to the Amish for four years was certainly an interesting experience for me coming from the city. A lot of my friends who grew up there watched me in fascination as I got giddy about passing a horse and buggy on the road. Over time ...

B+
Full Steam Ahead

The old saying, “Be careful what you wish for. You just may get it” is one the heroine of this novel learns the truth of. Her prayer to find the right husband leads her on a madcap adventure across Texas and into the arms of a handsome, eccentric scientist. I enjoyed the experience just as much ...

B+
Fair Play

I’ve never been to a World’s Fair. I do have an idea of their pageantry and romance gleaned from movies like Meet Me at St. Louis though, and this book does an excellent job of using the glitz and glamour of a World’s Fair as a backdrop for a heartfelt romance. Billy Jack Tate’s parents d ...

C
One Perfect Spring

It’s interesting to watch authors jump from one genre to the other or from one series to another. I often find that while I love their voice in say, romantic suspense, I can’t stand them in historicals or contemporaries. Or vice versa. This is Ms. Hannon’s second novel that is contemporary rat ...

B-
Lost Loves of World War II

Anthology
To paraphrase Forest Gump, anthologies are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. This anthology is a perfect example of that – in a book about World War 2 I got a story on the Cold War, another on the fascinating Kindertransport and a third tale of love during one of ...

C+
Plots and Pans

What do you want to be when you grow up? The best answer I ever heard to that question was from a three-year-old girl who answered, “A butterfly.” Like that little girl, the heroine of this novel knows exactly what she wants to be and more importantly, where she wants to be, when she grows up. T ...

B
Murder Simply Brewed

Unexpected friendships are one of the sweet surprises of life. It is always a joy when we find ourselves bridging age diversity or another difference to form an acquaintanceship with a person truly at variance from ourselves. The two main characters of this novel cross the divides of a generation ga ...

B
Death by the Book

Growing up I saw a lot of black and white movies, many of them depicting the glamorous, high society world of the 1930s. The Drew Farthering novels do such an amazing job of capturing that era that when I read one I feel like I have stepped into one of those beloved classic films. ...