Christian Fiction: Historical Romance


The Preacher’s Bride



by Jody Hedlund


The shrill, desperate screams of a hungry baby can cut straight to a woman's heart. And this, on our opening page, is where we meet Elizabeth. Unable to let a newborn, motherless child die of starvation, this young Puritan maiden oversteps her welcome and gently, yet determinedly, takes responsibility for the child's welfare. John Costin, a well-respected - and now widowed - preacher is the father of this child and three others, one of whom is blind. With a young brood and politically dangerous circumstances to endure, John has no choice but to allow this woman into his life. But while faced with fresh grief, mistrust and constant misunderstandings, can John really appreciate all that Elizabeth has sacrificed to help his family?
In this novel, new author on the block, Jody Hedlund, takes us on a rollercoaster journey through a turbulent period in British history - fraught with religious and political dangers - whilst also romancing us with the simple life of a poor, but faithful, Puritan family. We are drawn to Elizabeth's kind-hearted, yet resilient, nature and we find John's complete devotion to his calling both admirable and frustrating. Hedlund paints a vivid picture of life in 17th Century England, and captures all the scenes of violence and romance successfully without the use of graphic language. Based on the life of the famous preacher and writer John Bunyan (author of Pilgrim's Progress), The Preacher's Bride is a well-crafted tale of love, faith and hope shining brightly for God in the dark face of loss, persecution and uncertainty.
A brilliantly penned story from beginning to end, and utterly impossible to put down! I'm very much looking forward to reading more of her work in the future.

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Review by Sarah Broady  (04/10/11)
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Publisher: Bethany House imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published: 01 November 2010
ISBN: 978-0-764-20832-4

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Striking a Match

- The Complete series

by Tracie Peterson


Embers of Love, Hearts Aglow and Hope Rekindled all in one box – what a treat. I read all three while having a break, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
The books follow the stories of three college friends who in differing circumstances follow Deborah back to her home in a logging community in Texas. Deborah feels bound to help her family with their business, after all that is why her father sent her away to be educated isn’t it? Now her father has been killed in an accident she feels she has no option but to stay – but longs to study medicine and that’s where the local Doctor comes into the scene.
Lizzie comes to Texas with Deborah, escaping moments before her marriage to a man she realises she was marrying for all the wrong reasons. Jael the third friend comes on the scene married, again for all the wrong reasons, to Lizzie’s former beau, which proves to be a recipe for disaster.
During the telling, some lovely characters are introduced among them Deborah’s mother Euphanel and her black ex-slave, now very dear friend, Sissy. Through many twists and turns the underlying theme throughout is of a Christian family living through natural and man-made disasters, and finally winning out against the evil intent of one very rich young man.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (12/09/11)
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Publisher: Crossway Books from IVP
Published: July 2011
ISBN: 978-0-764-29565-2

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The Deepest Waters



by Dan Walsh


Based upon a true story from the 1800’s, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat. As I began reading The Deepest Waters I found I couldn’t put it down and the more I read, the more I fell in love with the characters of the story.
It’s first a story of love, love that overcomes everything, every evil, every harm, and love that reminds us of hope and one that will never die. This book follows a married couple on a ship that sinks, they become separated with only enough life boats and light to get the women and children to safety, the men are left to die. However God’s hand is upon these people, and the faithful husband holds on in faith that he will see his wife again when a boat comes to rescue him. Then there is the faithful Micah, a slave to the captain of the ship that saved the women. Micah’s faith in God is stunning in the midst of adversity and because of his faithfulness God turns this man’s life around and gives him more than he could ever hope for.
This book is a novel but it is inspirational, spiritual and totally miraculous. I would truly put this alongside those of Jane Austin & Thomas Hardy due to the depth of the book and how much the reader can take from it.

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Review by Jayne Hounsome  (13/08/11)
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Publisher: Revell imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published: June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-800-71980-7

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A Great Catch

- Lake Manawa Summers - Book Two

by Lorna Seilstad


Light holiday reading with enough interest to keep you turning the pages, or so I thought as I started to read, but there is a serious subject beneath the froth.
While her parents are abroad, Emily is spending the summer with her grandmother and two great-aunts; she loves Lake Manawa and all its recreational possibilities. It is the summer playground of the rich and influential with time on their hands. Emily is a committed suffragist and intends to use her time pursuing the aim of getting the state of Iowa to give women the vote and is the leader of the local group.
As an accident prone young woman she has no appreciation of her own beauty, and intends to remain unwed, and committed to the cause. Carter, a rising baseball star is instantly attracted to her and a friendship develops. Her aunts are set on finding her a husband, with hilarious results, there is a lady who is jealous of Emily and causes problems within the group, her brother is a successful business man – or is he? There are many strands here to keep you reading.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (03/08/11)
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Publisher: Revell imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published: July 2011
ISBN: 978-0-800-73446-6

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Masquerade



by Nancy Moser


It is 1886 and her titled father’s misdemeanours both financial and sexual mean Charlotte (Lottie) Gleason is sent to America from her home in Wiltshire, to meet and marry the son of wealthy New York store owners, the Tremaines. As her Mother is not fit to travel and the Tremaines have sent two first class tickets, Dora, Lottie’s personal maid, friend and confidante, is groomed as a ‘lady’ and sent to accompany her as her ‘companion’.
Now Lottie is an independently minded young woman, thoroughly spoiled and completely ignorant of how the world works, particularly of how the ‘other half’ lives.
Dora has known hardship and from a very young age had risen in service from the kitchen to that odd position of being not quite below stairs, not quite above. She has a lively and enquiring mind and read Sir Thomas’ newspapers when he had discarded them.
When Lottie persuades Dora to change places with her, so that she can be free to do as she wishes on their arrival in New York, the scene is set for both to find things not as they expected.
At the back of the book is a list of true facts that have been touched on in the story, emphasising the accuracy of the descriptions of both social scenes that the girls find themselves in. A history lesson that you hardly realise you are learning, it is such a good read.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (03/08/11)
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Publisher: Bethany House imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published: October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-764-20751-8

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Tomorrow’s Garden

- Texas Dreams Book 3

by Amanda Cabot


Each Texas dream novel is a stand-alone story, but it enhances the enjoyment if you have read the others as some characters reappear in each. This story is about the erstwhile Texas Ranger Lawrence Wood, now Sheriff and Mayor of Ladreville and newcomers to the town, Harriet Kirk and her younger siblings. As you can imagine immediately, these two are destined to fall in love, but there is a rocky path to tread before the happy ending.
Harriet has been appointed as the new teacher, but straight away she is dismayed with the half timbered school and the house allotted to her and her brother and sisters. We learn how and why she became such an independent spirit, and why this makes it difficult to accept help from others. She also has to learn that the two eldest siblings are becoming persons in their own right, and will not rely on her for ever, nor will they behave as she expects.
There are plenty of twists and turns in this story to keep you reading, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (26/07/11)
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Publisher: Revell imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-800-73326-1

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