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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Threads of Faith by Andrea Boeshaar

Threads of Faith by Andrea Boeshaar is a mixture of adventure and romance.  Julianna Wayland is a young housemaid in 1877 London who is on the run. When the young master has designs for her, she flees, hiding in a crate on the docks. Before she can cry out, a lid is nailed to her hideaway and she gets loaded into the hold of a ship.

Captain Daniel Sundberg doesn't take kindly to stowaways, intended or accidental. But with a crew of all men, he feels obligated to protect the young miss. He needs to keep on schedule to sail to America, and doesn't have time to stop at a port to drop off Julianna.

Once they reach America he finds the desire to continue to provide for her confusing, but makes plans for her to help his mother with the family farm. As the couple journey they both are challenged to a deeper faith in God.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am excited to find a new historical Christian writer.

This book was provided free for review by the author and Realms.

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

Jen Turano weaves a delightful tale in A Change of Fortune. Lady Eliza Sumner has lost everything - her family, her fortune, her fiance, and her faith in God. She travels to America from England with one thought - to find the man who ran off with her fortune and regain her inheritance and return to her homeland.

In New York City she must go under cover as a governess, so as not to reveal her true identity. At the insistence of her employer, she attends a dinner party and meets Mr. Hamilton Beckett. He is the much sought after bachelor in New York society. As Eliza seeks information about the thief who stole everything from her, she continues to bump into Hamilton Beckett.

The duo undergo many twists and turns as they join forces. Will they choose to have more than a dwindling faith in God, or will they seek Him with their future?

This book was provided free for review by the author and Bethany House Publishers.