Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Review: The Crimson Cord

Jill Eileen Smith - The Crimson Cord (Daughters of the Promised Land #1)Title: The Crimson Cord

Author:Jill Eileen Smith

Series: Daughters of the Promised Land #1

Pages: 368

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2034-6

Genre: FICT, Historical Fiction

Short Book Description:

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.

In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Under Jill Eileen Smith’s talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity–and a permanent place in your heart.

My Thoughts:

Biblical fiction has always been a favorite of mine, so when I got an email asking if I wanted to review this one I couldn’t resist. I have actually never read a story based on Rahab and the spies that Joshua sent into Jericho.

I have always wondered though about the rest of the story. Like, why did Rahab become what she was? who did she marry in the Israelite camp? So although this book is fictional, I believe it painted an accurate picture of the Bible story.

I have actually never read any books by Jill Eileen Smith before, now I can’t wait to get the rest of her books and the rest in this series when they come out.

This book painted a really realistic portrait of Rahab I believe. She wasn’t overly strong mentally or emotionally, she was pure human. She made mistakes, trusted the wrong people, got into the wrong line of work, but in the end she prevailed and came out a strong follower of Yahweh and someone who other women, and men, looked up to for her faith.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Biblical fiction or historical fiction in general.

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“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

Review: Steadfast Heart

Tracie Peterson - Steadfast Heart (Brides of Seattle #1)Title: Steadfast Heart

Author: Tracie Peterson

Series: Brides of Seattle #1

Pages: 336

ISBN: 978-0-7642-1061-7

Genre: FICT, Historical Fiction.

Short Book Description:

Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn’t pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she’s wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners–who is seventeen years her senior–an idea that is out of the question for Lenore.

Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn’t there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.

Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out…

My Thoughts:

Like every other book that I’ve read by Tracie Peterson, I couldn’t put this one down once I started reading. Although it was a bit different than her other books that I’ve read I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

I have to say though, it did take a bit to get used to all the different point of views in the book. I much prefer having one or two, any more than that it gets a little confusing, other than that though this book was really good.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book is the humor involved. There were times I sat and laughed at some of the scenes.

Filled with women going to school to learn to be proper wives, a rich young woman looking for her place in life, a headstrong female that looks out for the sick and the poor living on the streets, and a young lawyer looking for his runaway sister, you are sure to be entertained from the first page to the last.

This is another book that I would totally recommend to any historical fiction lovers.

Other books in this series:

  1. Refining Fire (July 2015)

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Review: Love Unexpected

LoveUnexpected_mck.inddTitle: Love Unexpected

Author: Jody Hedlund

Series: Beacons of Hope #1

Pages: 352

ISBN: 978-0-7642-1237-6

Genre: FICT, Historical Fiction

Short Book Description:

1859
Presque Isle, Michigan

What Is the Secret That Could Shipwreck Both of Their Lives?

All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, she’s left destitute and with no place to stay.

An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. He’s just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child. So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other’s dilemma. After a hasty marriage, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Nothing in her aimless life, though, has prepared her for parenting a rambunctious toddler, as well as managing a household.

Emma soon suspects Patrick may be hiding something from her, and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife’s death. It seems as if her wish for a home and family of her own could end up leading her once more into turbulent waters.

My Thoughts:

Having read only one book by Jody Hedlund before, which is a favorite of mine, I was really looking forward to reading this one. I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

This was the perfect beginning to the series. I loved it and couldn’t put it down once I started, which resulted in some neglected chores among some other things, and finished it in about 4 hours.

Emma is a character that I think most girls can relate to somehow but, especially in the fact that just as she doubted that she would ever find her soul’s mate and that is something that most if not every girl struggles with at one point in their life.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series and any other books that come out by this author. They are exceptionally well written and both of the books I’ve read have become favorites.

Other books in this series:

Prequel. Out of the Storm (November 2014)(E-book only)

  1. Hearts Made Whole (June 2015)

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Review: A Most Inconvenient Marriage

Regina Jennings - A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Ozark Mountian Romance #1)Title: A Most Inconvenient Marriage

Author: Regina Jennings

Series: Ozark Mountain Romance #1

Pages: 336

ISBN: 978-0-7642-1140-9

Genre: FICT, Historical Fiction

Short Book Description:

Abigail Stuart Thought She was Jeremiah Calhoun’s Widow.
But Jeremiah Calhoun Is Very Handsome, Very Alive, and Very Perplexed.
Most Inconvenient Indeed.

With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies, giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care for his ailing sister after he’s gone–a practical solution for both of them.

After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain–until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive, and wastes no time in challenging Abigail’s story. Abigail is flummoxed. After months of claiming to be his widow, how can she explain that she’s never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before? How can she convince him that she isn’t trying to steal his farm? And will she find a way to stay, even though this practical arrangement has turned into a most inconvenient marriage?

My Thoughts:

I read this book in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. This was my first book by Regina Jennings and I have to say that I can’t wait to get my hands on more of her books.

I couldn’t keep the smile off of my face during some of the scenes. Abigail and Jeremiah literally acted like a married couple from basically the first meeting. Their scenes together were just epic.

Set right after the civil war ended Abigail and Jeremiah were both home from the war; and as I have often said in my other reviews this is one of my favorite eras. They are both adjusting to a new normal and dealing with aftermath of war.

Just reading this one book, I am undoubtedly a huge fan off Regina Jennings and would recommend this book to anyone hankering for an awesome historical novel. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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