An Appalachian Summer~ book review

An Appalachian Summer is a whet-your-appetite for more, kind of book! After reading this well written Christian historical fiction novel by Ann Gabhart, I wanted to learn more about the Frontier Nursing Service.
The protagonist is Piper Danson, the daughter of a wealthy father and mother. She is looking for something more in life besides socialite life, the latest fashions, and luxury. When her Aunt Truda hosts a tea for Mary Breckenridge, Piper’s viewpoint begins to change. Mrs. Breckenridge convinces Piper to join the Frontier Nursing Services as a courier, just for the summer, in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. Piper becomes happily enmeshed with the organization, enjoying the challenging responsibilities, while trying to forget the two young men in her life who are courting her, one actively, one passively.
Mary Breckinridge, the granddaughter of U.S. Vice President John C. Breckinridge, went to school and college in Switzerland and Connecticut before getting her nursing degree from St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. She took graduate courses in midwifery in the United Kingdom, which enabled her to run the hospital she established in Kentucky.

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I enjoyed reading the well-placed Scripture verses Mrs. Gabhart used throughout her book, and I hope with her next novel, she uses even more. Each verse brought a more in-depth meaning to whatever part of the story I happened to be at. The Word of God is a living book, and it always adds much depth and treasure to any Christian novel when used properly, which is was, in An Appalachian Summer.
I liked the descriptions of the treks through the mountains, it felt almost real. I enjoyed the relationship Piper had with her lifelong friend, Jamie, and her dilemma with Braxton Crandall.
The relationship and then romance between Piper and Jamie was so well written! The way they interacted with each other and how their friendship matured was admirably done. Good job, Ann Gabhart. Solid writing through the entire book. I do recommend this Christian historical fiction novel.

Romans 10:9-13- [9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
[11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
[12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
[13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Ann Gabhart’s website:

Her books have won several awards!

The Shenandoah Road-A novel of the Great Awakening

Lynne Basham Tagawa’s book, The Shenandoah Road, is an impressive story about what life was like in America during the mid-1700s.

The Shenandoah Road is about traveling through the pristine woods in order to get back home, and about encountering dangers, real life situations, and how they were resolved. Lynne Basham Tagawa does have an eye for story continuity and adding pertinent content to tie the history neatly with the fiction. 

This is also about a Scottish frontiersman, John Russell, who needs to marry again, and about a woman, Abigail Williams, who finds out her faith is not all she thinks it is.  Abigail is talented  in using natural herbs to heal people.  She reads books about botany and herbals, and makes quite a useful collection of them to keep nearby when she needs to use them.  This was an interesting detail about Abigail, and I would have liked to learn more about herbal medicines used back in that time.

John is a kenspeckle (Hi, Lynne!) Scotsman,a responsible family man, and a good provider.  He has a daughter from a previous marriage, since his wife had been killed.  A faithful Christian, he consistently does his best to do what the Lord expects from him.

This book was more of a spiritual great awakening of Abigail, and in some aspects, John. Many thought-provoking bible verses and insights.   John’s duty-bound devotion to Abigail, after he married her, and before he fell in love with her,  was refreshing, and something I think needs to be emphasized more to people today. I enjoyed each time John shared the bible with Abigail, and how the sermon from George Whitefield brought up very important questions in her mind. 

The way Mrs. Tagawa ends the book is genuinely sound and sensible!  All of it comes together nicely, and in a way that makes you glad you read her book.  I’m looking forward to reading more from her. Lynne Basham Tagawa, author





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John 17:3 – And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 

The Everlasting Flame~ a book by Linda L. Chaikin

The Everlasting Flame, a book by Linda L. Chaikin

Linda L. Chaikin’s historical fiction account of reformed Protestants working to provide the world with the bible written in English is a book EVERY Christian needs to read. 

The topic was well-researched, and her story was structured in a way that made it easy to follow.  The basic plot :

Justin Brice and Lady Regina Redford, through a series of interlinked events,  join up with William Tyndale to translate and print thousands of copies of the Holy Bible, with the help of merchants and printers who are sympathetic to the Protestant Reformation.

The account is set in the early to mid-1500s in England, Germany, and parts of the Netherlands.  The reader will meet the true heroes of the Protestant Reformation, men and women who heroically risked their very lives in going against the corrupted Catholic church. 

You will learn about Erasmus, Bishop Stokesly, Dean John Colet, Martin Luther, Thomas Poyntz, Thomas Cromwell, and other real people who were involved, either for or against, providing understandable, English-language bibles for every person.





The Everlasting Flame exceeded my expectations, and kept me interested from chapter one to the end.

Throughout this wonderful historical fiction book, the message of determination, perseverance, in spite of horrendous consequences, and above all, a love for the finished work of Jesus Christ, the holy Lamb of God, was constant and encouraging.  This is a valuable historical lesson for every born again Christian.


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A Mosaic of Wings ~ Book Review

Author Kimberly Duffy gets an A with her debut novel, A Mosaic of Wings!
Her book is an exciting read, with vivid descriptions of the sights and ambience of India.
This isn’t a light, silly book, it’s a story of deep emotions, well formed characters, written with intelligent insight. I look forward to Mrs. Duffy’s next dozen novels.

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About the story: Nora Shipley is a student at Cornell University, studying to get her bachelor’s degree in Entymology. Nora Shipley’s character is based on the real person Anna Comstock. Now, Nora doesn’t get along with her step-father, and after a huge incident between her stepfather and herself ,she packs her bags and takes up her college professor’s offer to study abroad in India. In India, she experiences prejudice because she is a female, and suspicions about her abilities to be a scientist. After being there a few weeks, she is invited to a dinner. At the dinner, she tells Mission board director that he has failed in rescuing a young Christian girl, Sita.

Nora has become involved in Sita’s plight, and vows to help her any way she can.
Owen Epps is the romantic interest, and another scientist, but Nora feels that she can’t allow herself to become involved with him because her career and independence are very important to her. I liked how she kept her distance from him. It allowed her to become firmly established in the story for her own merits.

I was able to relate to Nora because she’s blunt, honest, intelligent, and probably introverted. Quick-witted, astute.
This book was well written, it was clear and fluid, and at times riveting. Once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down. Some well-done drama in parts of the story. It was a book I looked forward to reading.
I was drawn in quickly, and got completely absorbed in the story at times.
What I didn’t like was, God and Jesus were mentioned a few times, but a strong Christian message was not central to the theme. The romance part was a bit repetitive, and predictable.
The characters were excellent and I found them easy enough to relate to. Their connection and the way they interacted with each other was sometimes funny, sometimes deep. I found that a great relief. I’m so weary of Christian romance and Christian historical fiction written for a person with a 5th grade education. This book didn’t fall short at all in delivering a good, solid story and a myriad of fascinating details about the people , India, America, travel, and entomology. It would be rewarding and satisfying to be a research scientist. This book lets you get a glimpse of what that’s like.

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You can learn more about Anna Comstock, the person this story revolved around, by searching for Anna Comstock on Startpage or DuckDuckGo.
Recommendation: I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean, intelligently written Christian historical fiction. Her knowledge of India, and her obvious connection to it, made the book a worthwhile and powerful story.

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Junonia Orithya~ this will mean something special to you, when you read A Mosaic of Wings.

And, as always, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN:  [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.Jesus on the cross
[18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
[19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
[20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
[21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Until next time……

Westward Wanderers: Book One Where He Leads~book review

Romans 10: [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Westward Wanderers: Book One: Where He Leads, a book by Angela Castillo, is a clean Christian historical fiction book about a young woman who leaves her home in hopes of finding freedom and a better life in Oregon.

Ami, or Amethyst, comes from a wealthy family, and her father has pre-arranged a marriage for her to an odious fop.  In desperation, Ami sneaks away, and joins up with a wagon train headed for Oregon. 

The story was engaging, very well written, and it kept my interest from start to finish.  Angela has a God-given ability to tell wholesome stories about history, and I hope to read more of her books in the future.  I hope she writes more about the West, and historical fiction.

This story was especially interesting to me, since it had dozens of authentic facts interspersed throughout the book, which helped me become quite absorbed in the historical aspects of life on the Oregon Trail.  I hope to learn more about that part of America’s history.

It was lighthearted enough to make it something to look forward to reading, and also had enough facts to make it engrossing and entertaining.  The romantic aspect was well done, VERY light and clean, THANK YOU ANGELA!  Keep all your books that clean, and talking about Jesus, and you will do a lot of good!

Romans 10:9-13- [9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 
[11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
[12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
[13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.



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Journey of the Heart ~ book review

Journey of the Heart was authored by Johnnie Alexander, and is part of a book called The Erie Canal Brides Collection, and ALL scripture quotations are taken from the King James bible.  Praise the Lord!

Journey of the Heart was well-written with attention to historical details, which makes this story so enjoyable for me.   I didn’t know about the Fugitive Slave Act, or the Bloodhound Law.  I did know about the Underground Railroad, and learned more about it, because Mrs. Alexander puts a lot of facts into the fiction.  Did you know, Chillicothe is a city in Ross County, Ohio.  It is located along the Scioto River, 45 miles south of Columbus, and was the first capital of Ohio?

The Underground Railroad was a vast network of abolitionists and Quakers who assisted slaves in escaping to freedom.  The slaves would move at night, from one safe house to another, and eventually make it to a free state, or into Canada.

The Bloodhound Law was the nickname given to the Fugitive Slave Act, after it was expanded to basically allow anyone white to drag a black man or woman back to his property, without due process of law.


This absorbing story starts in Circleville, Ohio, at the residence and post office of Charity’s dad, Mr. Sinclair.  Circleville was near the Erie Canal, and was part of the Underground Railroad.  Charity is involved in writing anti-slavery pamphlets under the name of Moses Freed, and her Aunt Stella and Charity’s dad assist them in helping slaves to freedom.


There is a gentleman named Tavish Dunbar, an architect who is trying to get Mr. Sinclair to agree to a renovation of the Post Office, in order to make it compatible with the newly redesigned buildings which were eradicating the circular construction of the city.

I liked the way the relationships intermingled and played out, giving me plenty of impetus to keep reading the fascinating story taking place in 1852.   Tavish Dunbar and Charity are attracted to each other, but Tavish doesn’t know Charity’s secret, and she wonders if she can trust him with such life and death information.

Really a good story, and full of historical facts, I recommend this story as part of the Erie Canal Brides collection.  Clean Christian historical fiction, and sure to teach you something new and valuable.


You can learn more about the author, Johnnie Alexander, here:    She also has a Facebook page, which can be seen here:

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The Ruby Ring-Battle for an English Bible (The Reformation – A Family Divided Book 1)

Book Review: The Ruby Ring: Battle for an English Bible (The Reformation – A Family Divided Book 1)

Karen Rees, The author, obviously has talent, and it’s refreshing to read a new writer’s work and find that it is someone whose books you’d like to be absorbed in. The story is set in the time of the 1500s, when Catholicism had an oppressive and dictatorial hold upon the people. There was little to no religious freedom, and that produced the exciting time of the Protestant reformation, with Johannes Gutenberg and the printing press, the Tudor dynasty, the Christian Brethren, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and the awakening of the people’s hearts for the pure Word of God.

All which laid the setting for this story, of a young man, Owen, who had left the priesthood and had become rather obligated to work in the family’s grocery business, and keep it running. The story is also about Jane Horne, a young Catholic woman who falls in love with Owen, the ex-priest. You are brought deep into the narrative, and Karen Rees does have skill for drawing the reader into the story. Her God-given talent to write has phenomenal potential.

That time in history was fascinating, and Karen Rees did an exceptional job with her first book, The Ruby Ring. If you’re not a big student of England’s Protestant reformation period, this would be an excellent introduction for you, and will most likely pique your interest in the era. She wrote The Ruby Ring to help Christians understand the sacrifices our spiritual ancestors made to have the Scriptures.

This is a good historical romance, light on the romance part, which I appreciated, and many,many details about the struggles of smuggling New Testaments into various lands. It was well-written and a delight to read. God willing, I’ll read the second book, and I’m looking forward to seeing more historical details interwoven into that storyline.

It will be a shame if publishers like Bethany House, Zondervan, or Barbour don’t grab her and promote her books. She really has money-making potential.

Karen Rees and her missionary husband Benjamin have served the Lord in Hong Kong since 1975. Besides her involvement in the mission work, Karen loves history, quilting and writing. They have two children, Matthew and Megan.
The Ruby Ring came out in 2013 and is a Finalist in the Religious Fiction category in the 2014 Indie Excellence Awards. Find Karen on Facebook at


Read Romans 10:8-13;  and John 3:16-21  You must be born again to get into Heaven!

PRE-ORDER SALE! The Mischief Thief by Johnnie Alexander


Two wrongs don’t make a right . . . except when they do.

For con artist Chaney Rose, life hasn’t been easy. In desperate need of cash, she readily agrees to find Mischief, a stolen racehorse. Hunting for clues, she breaks into the suspected horse thief’s home only to be caught—with a few pilfered items in her pockets—by the police detective who’s tailing her.
By-the-book Adam Thorne was fired from his church because of his father’s involvement with the valuable thoroughbred. In a burst of Les Miserables-inspired grace, Adam tells the detective that he gave Chaney the stolen items.
Adam wants Chaney to find his missing father. When Chaney learns that Mischief’s owner intends to kill the racehorse, she needs Adam’s help expose the cruel plan before it’s too late.
Will a con artist with a conscience and a minister without a ministry risk imprisonment to do the wrong thing for the right reason?

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Romans 10:8-13;  John 3:16-21


An Unforgivable Secret ~ Book review

What can I say about this book that will really give it the accolades it deserves?
I’ll try.

This story begins like a little snowball, and gains momentum, getting more powerful
and bigger with each chapter. It has a moving and deeply spiritual message of hope and
forgiveness, extended to anyone identifying with the main subject of the novel.

Hannah Glick, a young Amish woman, is engaged to Christian a young Amish man in her community. Through a happenstance “chance”, she finds out something about him
that totally changes her course in life. The book Mrs. Spredemann has written deals
compassionately yet truthfully about her alternate pathway, and those whom she is
involved with along the way. I don’t want to give much away, I’m hoping everyone who reads
this review will read An Unforgivable Secret. It really has so much valuable information, along with
tidings of hope and directives for how a couple can go about repairing the damage this unforgivable secret that can and does, unleash catastrophe in the involved person’s life.  JEB Spredemann weaves a series of events that COULD happen, and it gives you such a joyful blessing.  She’s a Godly author, and I love that.

Again, I encourage everyone reading the review to read this book for yourself. You’ll be amazed, uplifted, and oh so much better equipped to help yourself, or someone else.

Thanks be to God, for giving his faithful servants such awesome talents.  If we would all use them for HIS glory and to bring honor to Him, what a better world this would be!

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Healing After Abortion – Creative Ways to Memorialize Your Aborted Baby

I’m reading  a Kindle book now, by J.E.B. Spredemann, called “An Unforgiveable Secret”.   In it, she gives very helpful resources for ANYONE affected by an abortion, miscarriage, or death of a child. Anyone.

I’ve listed some of them above.  In her book, the National Memorial for the Unborn in Chattanooga, Tennesee was mentioned.  I found other helpful organizations, for anyone who needs to work through their grief at losing a child through abortion, or losing a grandchild, or niece, or nephew.   I’m going to give my aborted grandchild a name, and hopefully honor that child on a wall for the National Memorial for the Unborn. The child’s mother is welcome to help me name her unborn baby.