Inspirational romance

C
The Prince of Spies

Prince of Spies is a tale of star-crossed lovers with a charming hero and heroine who are a delight to read about. However, it combines that appealing romance with some troublesome plot points which made grading the tale a conundrum for this reviewer. This is book three of the Hope & Glory tr ...

C+
Court of Swans

Court of Swans provides a fairly decent opening for Melanie Dickerson’s A Dericott Tale series, which will focus on the Dericott siblings and retell various fairytales through the lens of their love stories.  Court of Swans is a half-realistic/half faith-based retelling of The Seven Swans, though ...

B-
A Castaway in Cornwall

If I were to use just one word to describe Julie Klassen’s writing it would be the word gentle. Gentle - almost leisurely - pacing is a hallmark of her style and kindly, amiable folk people her tales. Even her villains are milder than most. All of that is in full force in her latest novel, A Casta ...

B
The Cul de Sac War

Let me say this right up front.  I'm not fond of practical jokes.  I don't see the humor in going out of your way to annoy someone, and it's not a style of humor that I enjoy.  But if you like pranks and love watching inventiveness play out between two worthy opponents, The Cul-de-Sac War may be ...

B+
Things We Didn't Say

I’m a big fan of epistolary novels and books set in the WWII time period, so Things We Didn’t Say, a story told in letters, snippets from newspapers, and telegrams about  a WWII prison camp for German soldiers in a small town in Minnesota was a perfect fit for me. Johanna Berglund was always ...

B+
Vying for the Viscount

A nice and mild-mannered romantic comedy with a tender aura of Christian warmth, Vying for the Viscount is well-researched and humanist in its description of life in just-post Victorian England. Hudson – the new Viscount Stildon – is less than happy with his position as firstborn son.  Thoug ...

C
The Crushing Depths

Given that this book includes some of my favorite story topics — the U.S. Coast Guard, my home state of North Carolina, a mysterious death, and romance — I was eager to dive right in. In fact, The Crushing Depths, the second book in the Coastal Guardians series, interweaves suspenseful action wi ...

A
A Gilded Lady

A Gilded Lady is the absolutely fantastic second book in the Hope and Glory series set in the dazzling world of Washington D.C.’s Gilded Age. Fans of the first story - The Spice King - will recognize the heroine as a secondary character in that volume but you don’t need to have read that novel t ...

B+
The Chisholm Trail Bride

This is the first novel I’ve read by Kathleen Y’Barbo, and I can see why she’s a bestselling author – she’s a good storyteller. Each of her characters is drawn with descriptive detail, and she has a deft way of weaving romance and adventure together. The Chisholm Trail Bride is one of seve ...

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The Spice King

There is no sweeter joy than finding an author who consistently publishes great romance, and for me, one such author is Elizabeth Camden. I love the way I never know what to expect from her books – mystery, adventure, heartwarming family stories, or journeys of self-discovery – and yet I know ex ...