Reviews by LaVerne St. George

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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 ...

B
Chasing Down a Dream

Chasing Down a Dream is the eighth book in the popular Blessings series set in Henry Adams, Kansas, a fictional town representing the townships founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. In the first novel, Bring on the Blessings, Henry Adams had fallen onto such hard times that the town lead ...

B
His Guilt

His Guilt is the second book in the author’s Amish of Hart County series and, having enjoyed the first book, Her Secret, I looked forward to discovering in which direction Ms. Gray would take the series. We revisit Hart County, Kentucky, but move to Horse Cave, a town near Munfordville with a new ...

B
The Captain's Daughter

Many historical romances are full of high drama and characters whose daring and tragedy flood the page with emotion. The Captain’s Daughter comes to us from an author whose style is a dip into warm and calming waters.  I was immersed immediately in the flow of the writing and the struggles of peo ...

B-
Fatal Mistake

Fatal Mistake is a great example of why this particular genre is called romantic suspense, as opposed to suspenseful romance. The plot, packed with tension and procedural detail, takes center stage with a love story and a touch of faith threading their ways around the action. When the story opens ...

B
Echo of Danger

Marta Perry has been one of my favorite authors for many years, and I’ve always enjoyed her short inspirational romances, many inspired by her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage.  Although Echo of Danger is set in Amish country, any inspirational elements are tangential to the strong romantic suspense. ...