Reviews by LaVerne St. George

C+
Troubled Waters

I generally enjoy Susan May Warren’s contemporary books but unfortunately, Troubled Waters is not one of her stronger works. It acts as a bridge episode in the popular Montana Rescue six-book series and as I had not read other books of the series, I found I had trouble connecting to the characters ...

A-
The Weaver's Daughter

Just as the cloth at the center of The Weaver’s Daughter is woven by skillful hands, the author’s skill weaves a warm and engaging tale of a way of life forced into change by new technology and of the growing love between two people on opposite sides of that change. For centuries, weavers of ...

A
Grounded Hearts

In Grounded Hearts the storyline is simple – an RAF pilot bails out of his damaged bomber, sustains injuries and seeks help from a lovely woman in enemy territory. The storytelling, however, is anything but simple. Here, I found romance, adventure, spiritual wisdom, humor, pathos, and a picture of ...

B+
A Most Noble Heir

Most romances follow a tried-and-true pattern — thrust the hero and heroine together under circumstances which place them in conflict and show how they resolve their differences to arrive at happily-ever-after. In A Most Noble Heir, the author wrenches the hero and heroine apart near the beginning ...

C
The View from Rainshadow Bay

The View from Rainshadow Bay, the first in Coleen Coble’s new Lavender Tides series, is set in the fictional bay-side community of Lavender Tides, Washington State. While Ms. Coble is a well-known, prolific writer of romantic suspense within the Christian community, I haven’t read her before, an ...

A
On Love's Gentle Shore

It’s always a pleasure to find a new-to-me author to enjoy, and Liz Johnson is one of those I discovered in 2017. Her novel On Love’s Gentle Shore won me over with its perfect balance of believable characters, faith-filled themes, wonderful setting, and emotionally deep romance. This is the thir ...

B
Love Held Captive

During the past year I’ve enjoyed reading and reviewing Ms. Gray’s contemporary Amish romances. So when I learned her next novel would be set in both a different time period and culture, I looked forward to trying it. Love Held Captive is part of an historical trilogy following the lives of four ...

C
Home All Along

Based on the cover copy of Home All Along, I was looking forward to an emotional read about two people separated by culture and religion, and the obstacles they overcome to find their happily-ever-after. Sadly though, I was disappointed in the novel’s execution; the author assumes familiarity with ...

B+
The Two of Us

I’ve been a Victoria Bylin fan since first reading her historical inspirationals, and several of her books sit on my Keeper shelf. So I was pleased to have the opportunity to review one of her contemporary novels, and a pleasure it was. The Two of Us is multi-layered, written from the heart, and s ...

B-
What Hope Remembers

What Hope Remembers is the final book in Johnnie Alexander’s Misty Willow trilogy that takes place in a small fictional town only a short commute from Columbus, Ohio. The focus of the story is Amy Somers, related to both AJ and Brett whose romances played out in the previous books. I had not read ...