Inspirational romance

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Jane of Austin

Jane of Austin falls somewhere in the middle of a Venn Diagram of Texas, tea, and Jane Austen, and since I consider all three of those interests of mine, I thought I would give it a chance. Sadly, I found it lacking on all three fronts, too slow, and overly long with little to say. There are quotes ...

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Castle on the Rise

Castle on the Rise weaves three narratives from three different time frames together to give readers a glimpse into Ireland’s storied past and exciting present. It’s an Inspirational tale about facing life’s challenges with vigor, hope and faith. This is the second book in the Lost Castle s ...

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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 ...

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Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point is the fourth installment in Lisa Harris's Nikki Boyd Files series, and, while the story stands reasonably well on its own, readers are likely to get the most out of it if the series is read in order. The chronology might be a bit difficult to figure out, as this story begins several ...

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A Dangerous Legacy

Clean drinking water. It’s something that the majority of people in the Western world take for granted but for many on Earth, it is a luxury that remains seemingly out of reach. In A Dangerous Legacy the history of water in the New York tenements comes to life amidst the backdrop of a scintillatin ...

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An Inconvenient Beauty

One of the most famous lines in literature is the opening sentence of Gone with the Wind: Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm. I felt that way as I read through Kristi Ann Hunter’s An Inconvenient Beauty; this novel had some problems but I barel ...

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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 ...