First Line Friday #24

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is The Healer from the series called Hillbrooke, by Beverly Joy Roberts. This is an incredibly captivating book that takes placed in a small town in Michigan and centers around a church. Anyone who attends church regularly and tries living a godly life knows that there are spiritual forces that work against believers individually and the church as a whole.

Beverly Joy Roberts takes you into the lives of the sincere believers in this church, as well as the lost in the community. You see their hurts and struggles, and the obstacles they are facing. You observe how both good and evil are reaching out to them, one to draw them to God and the other to draw them away and into deeper turmoil. At the same time, you see the struggles that believers face and how evil wants to bring them down.

By the end of the book, tears were streaming down my face. I wanted to do a victory dance, but didn’t dare since I was sitting in a airplane thousands of feet above the ground and I didn’t think the other passengers would understand.

I highly recommend this book. Your heart will beat in rhythm with the characters of the story.

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“Deer Lake was a beautiful backdrop for the al fresco anniversary gathering of the Brown’s small group.”

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First Line Friday #23

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is probably one of my all time favorite novels. It’s part of a wonderful series, but each novel can stand alone. The Knight and the Dove by Lori Wick is a beautiful Christian historical romance where love comes after the marriage vows have been spoken.

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Prologue

Windsor Castle

1531

“What of Vincent of Stone Lake? He’s a loyal lord.”

The king commands Bracken to take Megan of Stone Lake as his wife. He is captivated with her right away, but he’s unskilled in love and isn’t used to sharing his thoughts and feelings. He’s more used to giving commands and expecting immediate obedience.

Megan is rather independent and used to being pushed away because of the dysfunctional home she grew up in. She spent more time away from her family than with them.

They marry because the King commanded it, but now they must find a way to understand and get to know each other. Love slowly grows in both main characters. She tries to please him by finding ways to help make his castle more efficient, which only causes him to think she doesn’t believe he knows how to run his castle. On the other hand, he tries to protect her by taking some of her freedoms, but doesn’t bother explaining why he is doing so. Lack of communication leads to misunderstandings until he almost loses her.

There are fascinating side characters in this novel. I loved Bracken’s family. Where Megan’s family is a sad situation that causes her no end of heartache, his is warm and wonderful. They welcome her with open arms and she experiences the warmth of family her heart has always longed for.

This is a beautiful story that was worth every moment of my time. Loved it!

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First Line Friday #22

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is A Worthy Pursuit by one of my favorite authors, Karen Witemeyer.

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February 1891

Austin, Texas, Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths

“I’m closing the school, Miss Atherton, and that’s my final word on the subject.”

Charlotte Atherton is a teacher on the run. A wealthy railroad investor hires bounty hunter, Stone Hammond, to return his abductor granddaughter to him. Stone never comes home empty-handed, and he has no intention of doing so this time either. However, when Miss Atherton produces documentation stating she is Lily’s legal guardian, Stone must decide whether the teacher is a villain or a victim. Being forced to spend time together causes him to see Charlotte Atherton in a new light and his heart doesn’t remain untouched.

Anytime you pick up a Karen Witemeyer novel, you will not be disappointed.

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First Line Friday #21

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser.

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Stone Creek, Michigan

1900

“Sophia Bidershem jerked awake as the train whistle blew.”

I haven’t finished reading this book yet. I’m about halfway through it, so I can give a little glimpse as to what you can expect. What is unique about this book is the subject of single girls who found themselves in the most uncomfortable position of being with child. Some through promiscuous living, while other were seduced into believing this is how you show true love, while other’s were forced to submit. The pastor of the town feels burdened to start a home that will house these ladies and allow them the opportunity to keep their children or, if they prefer, give them up for adoption. Sophie arrives in town with a two-year-old child she claims is her sister, but you realize right away it’s actually her daughter. She feels terrible about the lie, but fears for her illegitimate child and how she might be treated hold her back from admitting the truth. The pastor and Sophie feel drawn to each other, but how will he react when he finds out Sophie has been lying? What will he do when the people in town find out the truth about Sophie? He’s still new in town and likes his new position. Will he choose to stand with Sophie and her child, and risk losing his job? The thing I wonder most about is, how will the ladies in such a home be treated by the town’s people? Will they truly be accepted or always looked down upon by many of their neighbors. How will their children be treated once they begin attending school? If you consider society’s frame of mind on this subject back in 1900, this is a situation that has countless obstacles to overcome. I will keep reading to see how the author brings about a happy ever after.

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First Line Friday #20

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The book I’m featuring today is Wilted Dandelions by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield.

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Buffalo, New York

1837

“Spinster Rachael picks weeds, hoping someone will pick her.” 

I met this author at our ACFW Great Lakes Chapter meeting in January and decided to read one of her novels. It was time well spent. The characters are well developed and believable. I love that the heroine is strong and self-sufficient, yet vulnerable. The hero is brave and desires to obey God, while dealing with his inner weaknesses in a way that do not diminish him as a man. This novel was hard to put down.

The story takes you on an adventure through the heart of Indian country in the 1800s. Rachael Rothburn’s one desire is to be a missionary and share the love of Jesus with people who have never heard of Him. She sees herself as a spinster and has given up on marriage. Dr. Jonathan Wheaton desires the adventure of going west and, as a believer, would like to use his skill to help people as well as tell them about Jesus. Unfortunately, anyone desiring to join in the expedition must be married, so they agree to a marriage of convenience. On the journey, they battle raging rivers, hostile Indians, and treacherous mountains, while having to deal with ungodly men and women, yet the greatest battles are the ones within themselves. How long will pride and feelings of jealously keep these two from surrendering to God’s perfect plan?

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First Line Friday #19

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The book I’m featuring today is Serendipity by one of my favorite authors, Cathy Marie Hake. She writes books that inspire you to want to live a godly life while at the same time providing entertainment and laughter for the reader.

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Carver’s Holler, Arkansas, 1893

“Hoo-ooo-ie, she’s het up!”

The story is about two people who fall in love and quickly marry. Unfortunately, they know little about each other and, after the vows are spoken, realize they come from two very different cultures. Clashing dreams and the pressure of marriage makes them realize they mistook infatuation for love. Now they must find a way to build a life together.

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First Line Friday #18

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The book I’m featuring today is The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep. This novel is a page turner, filled with action, adventure, and emotion.

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London
February 1770

My precious Lord;
My only hope;
My Savior, how I need You now.

Eleanore Morgan repeated the words, over and over, scrubbing her fingernails more vigorously with each repetition.

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First Line Friday #17

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The book I’m featuring today is Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy. This book is part of a series by this gifted author who loves to take her readers on an adventure. This particular book is a novella.

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Houston, Texas

March 20, 1879

Quiet, she had to be quiet.

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First Line Friday #16

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The book I’m featuring today is A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer. This book is part of a wonderful series by this gifted author.

Texas Panhandle

Summer 1893

Neill Archer sighed and slouched a bit in his saddle when he caught his first glimpse of Dry Gulch.

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First Line Friday #15

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The book I’m featuring today is A Match Of Sorts by Lucette Nell.

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Cedar Grove, Texas

December, 1875

“She changed her mind.” 

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