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Set in 1813, #MidnightontheRiverGrey by Abigail Wilson emphasizes the struggle single, young women faced. Rebecca, having lost her parents and brother, is forced to be under the guardianship of the unknown Mr Browning, the inheritor of their wealth. Independent in spirit and mind, Rebecca bucks against the traces but, along with Aunt Jo, she has no alternative to moving to Greybourne Hall and live with Mr Browning.

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At the end of Mind Games, I couldn‘t wait to start the next one and Fire Storm doesn‘t disappoint! Kaely has driven to care for her ill mother with whom her relationship has been strained for years. To this, a recent spate of home fires is added and Kaely immediately sees its more than just coincidence. She determines she has to help the small town find out what‘s really going on.

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Always | Jody Hedlund
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Fast-paced and action-packed, I read it straight through.

As a war closes, the losing royals struggle to protect their infant children and thrust them into the arms of Lance, a highly trained knight, and Felicia, a friend of the Queen and the race to safety begins. [read more]

https://moonglotexas.com/2019/08/09/book-review-always-by-jody-hedlund/

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From the first page, #TheKillingTide by Dani Pettrey keeps a cracking, action-packed, pace full of tension and suspense. The ”good guys” are all awesome and I loved seeing the investigations unfold from their multiple viewpoints, and without repetition, it‘s been beautifully done!

Our leading ladies are feisty, intelligent and determined. The gents are equally well-rounded and the team gels together fabulously.

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The Inn at Hidden Run | Olivia Newport
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From the first line, I was hooked (as anyone with a favourite mug would be), the writing is so comforting and warm, conversational but interesting. Curious, I had to keep going!

Meri‘s journey is the centre piece of the story but genealogist, Jillian and family lawyer, Nolan are the narrators and the delightful father-daughter duo who lead us through the story.

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Thinking about doing an online Bible study? Check out P31 OBS‘ “Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner”! It starts June 17. Here are just a few things you get when you sign up:
🌟A study that fits your busy schedule, any time and anywhere!
🌟Six videos to hear from author Wendy Blight and Proverbs 31 staff as we gather to set the tone for the week.
🌟A Bible Study Companion to help you get into God's Word and His promises for you.

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More Than Words Can Say | Karen Witemeyer
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After thoroughly enjoying More Than Meets The Eye, I began its sequel by Karen Witemeyer, excited to see how Zach‘s tale would unfold. Abigail is a delight from the first page and a wonderful counterbalance to Zach. To keep control of her bakery she must marry a man who will respect her business savvy. Attracted to one another, the marriage between Zach and Abigail solves the problem and also offers the opportunity for love to grow.

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The Number of Love | Roseanna M. White
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“The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own.” Opening line of The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White Being a lover of mathematics and, by extension, codebreaking, this book‘s plot appealed immediately! Spies, decryption and an intelligent female lead? Yes please! Add Roseanna White as the author and it‘s a winning formula! Margot, codebreaker extraordinaire, fast became one of my favourite fictional characters.

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The idea of bride ships piqued my interest when I read the back cover. Our leading lady, Mercy, is amongst the poorest of the poor in London and desperate to save her sister from the workhouse. The opportunity to travel to British Columbia, where jobs are available aplenty, is one she can‘t pass up. Unbeknownst to her, she joins a bride ship full of women from across the economic scale seeking husbands. {read more}

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I‘m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori but it has far exceeded my expectations and I have every intention of rereading it! It‘s a fantastic combination of information, anecdotes, humour and environmental concerns. Each tree has it‘s own profile highlighting its key aspects, history and impact on the world. [ 414 more words ]

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The Noble Guardian | Michelle Griep
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From the back cover copy I anticipated disliking Abigail, the leading lady, at least in beginning, as she‘s framed as someone who is living a privileged life. However, from the opening lines of Michelle Griep‘s The Noble Guardian I immediately felt empathy for Abigail instead. Experiencing a Cinderella-like situation at home, Abigail is excited her marriage and starting a new life in which she hopes she will be loved… [ 438 more words ]

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The first book from Natalie Walters and what a great start! I shall be enjoying more of this author in the future.
Lane returns to her small hometown after a family tragedy which continues to haunt her. She is a complex and realistic portrayal of struggling with guilt and #depression. Natalie does an expert job of challenging her character to work through the pain with the murder mystery storyline integrating Christianity gently throughout.

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Summer by the Tides | Denise Hunter
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“Mandy Monroe was cowering behind a ficus tree near the hostess station when her cell phone rang. Her hands shook as she silenced the phone before it drew the attention of the staff.”

A new Denise Hunter is always a treat and Summer by the Tides doesn‘t disappoint! Our leading lady, Maddy, begins the book distraught about a break up with her boyfriend and her week gets worse when her dear grandmother goes missing! [ 400 more words ]

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Sick of me by Whitney Capps Thoroughly impressed by Whitney Capps‘ writing for the First 5 app, I jumped at the opportunity to enjoy an entire book! In my eagerness, I didn‘t read the back cover description for Sick of Me. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed it, it is packed with Biblical wisdom and well-written.

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As with many good fantasy series, the story hits it‘s stride in the second book as the beautiful world created is known to the reader and the author can focus on the action. Such is the case with Flight of the Raven, I thoroughly enjoyed the first but the second book by Morgan L Busse is even better. Similarly, in these sorts of series, the end comes too quickly and the next is eagerly anticipated!

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There was nothing for it. Verity had to set aside her misgivings and do what she felt she ought. She dug her booted heels into Fiona‘s flanks, and the big chestnut mare resumed their climb up the steep, rocky path. She wished her resolve could be as steady and sure as her mount‘s gait. Because what was to come…well, the mere thought of it left her feeling quite ill.

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Grace Hitchcock creates a world one doesn‘t want to leave in The White City. Set as the Chicago World Fair opens in 1893, our leading lady Winnifred sees before her a woman kidnapped and yet, aside from her word, she has no evidence so is brushed aside by the local police force. Her father, and inspector, knows better than to believe she‘ll let it slide and assigns her a detective.

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The Golden Bride | Kimberley Woodhouse
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#TheDaughtersoftheMayflower series has grown to be one of my favourites and The Golden Bride by @kimberleywoodhouse is a wonderful addition! In this novel, we head to #California at the time of the Gold Rush. When greed is at the heart of San Francisco, trouble abounds. Grieving and world-weary, Olivia arrives exhausted and desperate at her brother‘s restaurant.

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Anticipating a romanticised version of a time when Jerusalem has a queen…one of whom I have never heard…Jerusalem‘s Queen by Angela Hunt was a surprise! It is a phenomenally accurate historical journey through a very difficult time in lives of the Jews. Written from a first-person perspective, the story begins by switching between a Jewish girl Salome Alexandra and an Egyptian slave girl, and follows their journey and friendship into old age.

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I fell in love with this novel within minutes and the writing is so emotive, the pages flew past. Delia is an endearing, multi-layered character who endures so much in her journey, she has an air of Jane Eyre about her. Our leading man, Jac, is a grounded, country man who doesn‘t be have airs and graces. The two come together to raise the five children left in their care. This focus gives both new purpose and an appreciation for familial love.

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Between Two Shores | Jocelyn Green
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The back cover describes Jocelyn Green as inspiring faith and courage and that shines through her latest historical novel Between Two Shores. My shallow understanding of the war between the British and the French fought in Canada didn‘t prepare me for the brutality. As is often with wars, poverty, disease and the denial of human rights is rife and Jocelyn exposes all of these.

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Verity by Lisa Tawn Bergren is the second in the sugar baronnesses series and continues where Keturah leaves off. Whilst a story in and of itself, I highly recommend reading this series in order to fully appreciate the journey. Having loved the first, I have been anticipating this one ever since and it doesn‘t disappoint!

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https://moonglotexas.com/2019/03/24/book-review-verity-by-lisa-t-bergren/

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Cast in Oblivion | Michelle Sagara
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Michelle Sagara‘s 14th novel in this series is brilliant! I loved it! I can‘t believe Michelle can write so well as to make half a book about an upcoming dinner riveting! The history, the world building, the characters are all amazing but what strikes me over and over again is the way Michelle captures the struggles of humanity, which are so real, in a fantastical setting in such a way that it reframes them for me!

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A second in a series, A Return of Devotion is a return to a favourite cast of characters. Focusing on Daphne‘s journey, it picks up the threads from the previous novel and digs deeper into how Haven Manor came to be a safe place for the children of fallen women. William is introduced to the house believing it to be a deserted property in his newly inherited title of marquis but the details don‘t align and his curiousity is piqued.

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Rarely do I describe a book in food terms but this delicious Christian novel is deserving of being called comforting, rich and satisfying! If Brunch At Bittersweet Café was a physical café, it would go on my favourite spots list! Fortunately, this wholesome novel has a predecessor, The Saturday Night Supper Club which is fantastic, and there is another in the series coming - yay! [ 500 more words ]

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Flights of Fancy | Jen Turano
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From the outset I took a liking to our leading lady, Isadora, and, as with a Jen Turano novel, there is a playfulness in the writing style which I so enjoy! Her arrival on the farm is now one of my favourite scenes in a novel and the book just gets better from there. If you‘re thinking this is just a historical romance, you‘re selling this book short!
https://moonglotexas.com/2019/02/03/book-review-flights-of-fancy-by-jen-turano/

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair | Jaime Jo Wright
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The Curse of Misty Wayfair by @JaimeJoWright opens with “Melancholy was a condition of the spirit and the soul, but also of the mind. Still, she‘d never seen melancholy claim a life and be the cause of a body laid to rest in permanent sleep.” Mary Coyle‘s death, in 1908, is explained away as melancholy and a family curse in action.

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair | Jaime Jo Wright
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The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright, Writer & Professional Coffee Drinker opens with “Melancholy was a condition of the spirit and the soul, but also of the mind. Still, she‘d never seen melancholy claim a life and be the cause of a body laid to rest in permanent sleep.” Mary Coyle‘s death, in 1908, is explained away as melancholy and a family curse in action.

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair | Jaime Jo Wright
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Melancholy was a condition of the spirit and the soul, but also of the mind. Still, she‘d never seen melancholy claim a life and be the cause of a body laid to rest in permanent sleep.

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Mark of the Raven | Morgan L. Busse
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In Mark of the Raven, @morganlbusse creates a new world full of gifts and realms. She does a wonderful job of taking the reader on a journey, far from the real world. Whilst I love fantasy novels, I get impatient for the action to start. It takes to about halfway through the novel for the story really takes off. [ 263 more words ]
https://moonglotexas.com/2018/11/27/book-review-mark-of-the-raven-by-morgan-l-bu...

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I‘m learning to appreciate the novella and Ladies of Intrigues has 3 beautifully written historical romance novellas! The characters and settings are so well created, I would have enjoyed spending more time in each. The reader is given enough to connect to each of the lead characters but I still have questions about what will happen next in their worlds!

https://moonglotexas.com/2019/01/02/book-review-ladies-of-intrigue-by-michelle-g...

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From the outset, In the Shadow of Croft Towers has the feel of Jane Eyre. Sybil is an opinionated and independent orphan set to find herself a position and information of her family. Within days of her arrival at Croft Towers, Sybil is in the midst of something but unsure what and everyone in the Towers has a different motive. [ 302 more words ]
https://moonglotexas.com/2018/12/16/book-review-in-the-shadow-of-croft-towers-by...

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Julie Klassen brings the reader back to the beautiful village Ivy Hill in The Bride of Ivy Green. At the end of The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill, I was eager to hear what would be next for Mercy and Jane. This one picks up those threads and creates a beautiful tapestry with them. We are introduced to several new characters including a new dressmaker and prospective grooms of Miss Brockwell. [ 356 more words ]

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Julie Klassen brings the reader back to the beautiful village Ivy Hill in The Bride of Ivy Green. At the end of The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill, I was eager to hear what would be next for Mercy and Jane. This one picks up those threads and creates a beautiful tapestry with them. We are introduced to several new characters including a new dressmaker and prospective grooms of Miss Brockwell. [ 356 more words ]

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The captivating cover of Mind Games by Nancy Mehl caught me and I had to know the significance of that bench and those trees! Kaely Quinn is a fascinating character, multilayered and with a complex history. Opening with a creepy and disturbing poem detailing the upcoming deaths of several people and ending with Kaely‘s, the chills are there from the beginning. [ 281 more words ] Moonglotexas.com

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The captivating cover of Mind Games by Nancy Mehl caught me and I had to know the significance of that bench and those trees! Kaely Quinn is a fascinating character, multilayered and with a complex history. Opening with a creepy and disturbing poem detailing the upcoming deaths of several people and ending with Kaely‘s, the chills are there from the beginning. [ 281 more words ] Moonglotexas.com

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We‘re human. We break things. It‘s what we do with the brokenness that counts

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We are introduced to Sophie and Reinhold in the two previous novels which form part of this captivating series by Jody Hedlund. Whilst knowing their background is helpful, you can read Searching For You as a stand-alone. Sophie is equal measures of endearing and frustrating. I love her passion for caring for two small children, Olivia and Nicholas, but she resists any help so stringently, it hampers them and her. Highly recommended!

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We are introduced to Sophie and Reinhold in the two previous novels which form part of this captivating series by Jody Hedlund. Whilst knowing their background is helpful, you can read Searching For You as a stand-alone. Sophie is equal measures of endearing and frustrating. I love her passion for caring for two small children, Olivia and Nicholas, but she resists any help so stringently, it hampers them and her. Highly recommended!

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I proudly welcome my mum and fellow book reviewer, Karren Hodgkins to the blog to review a book we both thoroughly enjoyed and has led us into interesting discussions. Over to her: This is a must-read… there are words of wisdom on every page, based on true realities of life Every chapter of this book is a combination of authenticity and truth.
https://moonglotexas.com/2018/11/13/guest-book-review-its-not-supposed-to-be-thi...

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Rachel does a wonderful job of weaving Jane‘s prayer, Biblical truths, scripture and knowledge of the books together to form a relevant #devotional. Contrasting behaviours of Jane‘s characters and family members, Rachel brings each section of the prayer to life and inspires the reader to make a change, every day, with a reflection question and a prayer.

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Chocolate...one of my favourite things! Melted, baked, coated or in bar, I LOVE chocolate! I picked this book up simply because it has a spoon dipped in chocolate on the cover...I know, judging a book and all that! I have no intention of taking cacao beans on their strenuous and fascinating journey to the delicious substance I enjoy but, that in no way limited my experience and appreciation for The Art and Craft of Chocolate by Nathan Hodge.

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The four sections are made up of several short chapters each offering a story and inspiration building towards the section‘s message. The journey is from the gift of a Saviour through to the ultimate choice we all made. I found each well thought-out, easy to to read and encouraging. Whilst, in general, I prefer Max‘s long-form books, this one was a great pick-me-up reminding me of essential principles and the awesome wonder of what God gives us.

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Caught by Surprise | Jen Turano
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Happily, amidst familiar faces from the “Apart from the Crowd” series, I excitedly joined the adventure which kicked off immediately as Temperance stages her great escape from a coffin! With Jen Turano‘s usual light and witty writing, the story flies along with twists and turns in each chapter. The characters are delightful, I find this particular cast well-balanced, interesting and the sort with whom I‘d like to have a cup of tea.

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Jaime Jo Wright‘s writing is so exquisite and illustrative, I could feel the breeze off of Gossamer Pond! This skill creates a chilling tension, an ominious foreboding, as the characters of Reckoning at Gossamer Pond race to solve the mysteries wrapped into this small town‘s history. It also ensures I read her novels during daylight with my German Shepherd, Teddy. near to hand and my heart racing!

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I loved this book and have already recommended it to several friends! It is a delight from start to finish and it thoroughly refreshed my soul whilst challenging me to reach for more in my relationship with God. Five out of five!

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As #Winter settles in properly, here in South Africa, I can feel my body relax and, it‘s time to get on top of my To Be Read pile! Is yours like mine? No matter how many in the stack, I MUST also have the latest by my favourite authors too!

I‘m in week two of #seamless by @angiesmith19, it‘s the current @p31obs and you can still sign up

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Whilst I have been exposed to the familiar Bach Remedies bottles both on pharmacy shelves and in my home, I have never stopped to learn the history of their development or the basis for each remedy. Secrets of Bach Flower Remedies covers both admirably without getting bogged down in details. If you are curious about how to create your own flower remedies, it covers how to do it step by step.

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The cover of this book captured me from the first. Marianne and Drew are easy to like and relate to, both have suffered hardships and are stepping out on a new journey. Each of the orphans has their own sad story, difficult to read but interesting historically. I enjoyed finding out more about this unique way of homing children. The romance builds from sweet and light-hearted to earnest and abiding. I am looking forward to the next one!

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I tucked into Modern Drawing to pick up a few new ideas and brush up on my drawing principles and techniques. The book is a step-by-step guide to drawing but a little basic for my needs. Highly illustrative, it has a lot of demonstrations and tips making the techniques easy to understand and action. Every key element of drawing from materials to perspective is discussed and shown. It really is a great starter