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A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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My Review:
Sometimes you read a book that you finish and you go, “Good book.” Other times you don’t enjoy the book as much and move on easily.
This was neither of those. This was a book that I finished and thought, “Wow. I wish I had not just read that book as I would like to read it again!”
Elizabeth Camden is an exceptional author, but I love her unique characters. They have quirks, fun personalities, and flaws, yet you can love getting to know them while learning amazing historical facts without even realizing it.
Carrier pigeons, Morse code, newsrooms, spies, and narcissistic/abusive family members are only a few of the topics covered in this fast paced story. It is one you will not want to put down.
Elizabeth Camden is one of the authors that is an automatic buy for me. I see she has a new book out and I don’t even stop to think if I will enjoy it.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her writing and books! I never think I can have one that tops my favorites by her, and then another one comes along.
I obtained this book through NetGalley and Bethany House publishers. The opinions contained herein are my own.
You can purchase your own copy, (and I encourage you to do so) at local booksellers and online. “A Dangerous Legacy” 
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Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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Book Description

Bestselling author and serial entrepreneur Dale Partridge provides a concrete, easily executed plan for readers looking to start a business that will result in greater freedom, a stronger family, and healthier finances.

Dale Partridge, bestselling author and founder of StartupCamp.com and many other highly successful businesses, has helped thousands of people launch new startup businesses—and find unimaginable freedom in the process—through his highly acclaimed Startup Camp program. In Launch Your Dream, Partridge distills the essence of that course into a hyper-practical, 30-day journey for readers looking to follow their passions and realize their dreams. In clear, easily grasped steps, he teaches readers how to hone their ideas, build an audience, construct an online presence, launch a business, master social media, craft a beautiful brand, and create experiences that keep customers from ever considering competitors. Sharing time-saving “smartcuts” to make readers more efficient, Partridge also helps them identify and resolve business-killing blind spots.

For anyone looking simply to make money on the side or seeking to become a millionaire, for the CEO or the stay-at-home mom, for the would-be entrepreneur or the freelancer, Launch Your Dream provides the steps necessary to begin living your dream in just 30 days.

My Review:

I was encouraged as I picked up this book, at how simply it was laid out for the dreamer seeking to launch a business. As a newer business owner, I really appreciated that. I did not do all the steps as of yet, but as I read, I realized how encouraged I was to be on the right path!

Each chapter has the estimated time it would take you to read it, as well as an assignment to complete the task explained in the chapter. It is concise and would be excellent for young high school students wishing to launch their dream in an organized manner.

When I finished this book, I purchased a copy of “People over Profit”  on audio, for my son and I to listen to.

I would highly recommend this book to new business owners, those unfamiliar with social media marketing and anyone that is just starting up or needs a fresh start in their business. It has excellent tips and goals to achieve.

I obtained this book through BookLook Bloggers. The opinions contained herein are my own.

To purchase your own copy, Amazon sells it as well as other retailers. “Launch your Dream”

I felt this book did an excellent job of practical advice towards launching your dream beyond the basics. Pick on up today! This one is also available on audio!

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To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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Book Description

Can a railroad man and a Southern Belle turned teacher find a way to work together to achieve their dreams in the new reality of the post-Civil War South?

Sylas Rutledge, former gambler and new owner of the East Line Railway, invests everything he has into this venture, partly to see if he can do it—but mostly to avenge his father.

Spurning her family’s wishes that she marry, Alexandra Donelson is pursuing her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen’s university in the United States. But her family does not approve, and ultimately, her father expels her from the family home and cuts her off completely.

Set at Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, To Wager Her Heart is a sweeping Southern love story about a nation mending after war, the struggle to move a country forward, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves for who they truly are—and can be—with each other.

My Review:

As I read the description above, (since I didn’t write it), I found myself wondering at how much it leaves out. This has to be one of my favorite books by this author. I have not been so deeply moved by a novel in quite some time. While this description makes it sound romance centric, it really is not.

Instead, you will find yourself experiencing more of what the Fisk University students experienced, I was riding the train when there was an accident, or so I felt when I finished this novel. I experienced the historical events as they happened, and found myself close to tears several times.

I had heard of Fisk University and the Jubilee Singers on Adventures in Odyssey, but otherwise, have not read much about them. Phillip Bliss is a well known name to me and others that come up in this novel.

This story is not just about two broken people that found healing, it is a story that can help you understand what many faced in that time period, but also find healing yourself through their story.

I obtained this book from BookLookBloggers. The opinions contained herein are my own.

This book is available for purchase through Amazon and other book retailers. I highly recommend you set money aside to purchase it straight away!

“To Wager Her Heart”

You will not be sorry you did, even if you have not read the previous books in the series.

 

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The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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About the book:

In 1927, Margie Lane, an avid naturalist, convinces her Senator father to procure her a position at the fledgling Mount Rainier National Park. Since Ranger Ford Brannon lost his father in a climbing accident, he doubts his ability to protect the park and its many visitors. He certainly doesn’t relish the job of watching over an idealistic and privileged young woman with no practical survival skills.
When Margie’s former fiance sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, Margie and Ford will have to work together to preserve the beauty and simplicity of this mountain hideaway, but the developer’s plans might put more than just the park in danger.

My Review:

I was not sure what to expect from this novel and it sat on my “TBR” pile for a bit waiting for the right moment to pick it up. When a review came across my feed letting me know that others found it humorous, it was the encouragement I needed to pick it up.
While I did not find it over the top humorous as it is really not that type of book, I did find the history of Mount Rainer and Tacoma fascinating. I lived in Tacoma as a child when my parents were in YWAM, so it gave me a point of reference.
This book, while on the lighter side in many ways, does briefly touch on abuse by a significant other and parents that are controlling.
I found that I loved the quirky packrat, and her adventures with wildlife as those made me smile!
If you enjoy history and would love a great story about national parks, pick this one up.

It is available for purchase from Amazon. “The Road to Paradise”

This book was received from Blogging for books. The comments are my own and no one else.

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An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Hunter

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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My Review:

It is not often that you read a book where you feel the author really made it a point to bring the point home on how hard it was to be a beauty.

I felt this story really showed the drastic measures that men took in the time period to use and abuse their power over women and their families, while playing with their heart.

The story was totally enjoyable, while not too deep, it was enjoyable and I would love to read more by this author. If you enjoy regency fiction, you will want to check this one out. It is likely my favorite by this author so far.

I received this book through NetGalley. The opinions contained herein are my own.

This book is available for purchase from Amazon.

An Inconvenient Beauty

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Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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My Review: 
I love Lynn Austin’s books. This one is not a race to the story kind of novel, but a slow build up to the fever pitch that dies down and then revs up again.

The story is written in a different style than some of her books, giving it to you in pieces, leaving you wanting in some areas as you travel through the pages and travel the globe with the two sisters. It is not a romance, even though there is mention of romantic attachments in the novel, but it is more the story of discovery. It would be excellent to go along with a homeschool study of Ancient history and world history.

The book is available for preorder on Amazon!
I obtained this book through NetGalley. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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Soul’s Cry by Cara Luecht

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About the book:

Ione has everything she’d wanted with her busy shop filled to the brim with sumptuous fabrics, gossiping debutants, and a neatly increasing profit margin. Not to mention the unexpected attention of a man who doesn’t know her past.
And then the letter dropped from the mail slot onto to lush carpet. He was back. And the abuse, the shame, rushes in, reminding her of how unworthy she really is.
Miriam also has everything she’d wanted—and with a baby on the way, for the first time in her life, she has everything to lose. When she’d been alone, the future had held promise, but now with her life full, it also holds fear.
Unwilling to risk a vision of loss, Miriam stops painting what will be…right before Ione needs it most.

My Review:

I entered this series late. It did not ruin the series for me, but instead made me want to experience the rest of this author’s novels. I added all of them to my wish list.

I would have to say this book reminded of Pepper Basham’s novels in a way. The seamstress with past issues that she was dealing with, for some reason brought that to mind. But I loved the mystery as well that encompassed the story. White Fire Publishing has not disappointed me yet in one of their books that I have purchased. I am destined to purchase many more, based on my enjoyment of this novel and others. If you are looking for realistic fiction, pick this one up.

 

This book is available for purchase from Amazon and White Fire publishing.

“Soul’s Cry” 

This book was provided for review by the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.

 

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Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

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My Review:
As always, Lynette Eason delivers a fast moving suspense novel that will keep you holding your breath.
What is not to love, women that are bodyguards? Then a grandfather than owns a castle?  Death stalking you on every corner, gunshots, knife wounds? This book is full of them.
While probably not the most realistic, I loved how this story brought out about children that end up in bad situations because of how life has been for them. Haley and the street children story that was told in small bits and pieces throughout it really brought it home.
Book #4? I hope there are more to come in this series!
This book is available for purchase on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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A Dangerous Engagement by Melanie Dickerson

 

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About the book:

Just as merchant’s daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone’s country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone’s handsome guests catches Felicity’s attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton Hall.

Government agent Philip McDowell is infiltrating a group of cutthroat revolutionaries led by none other than Lady Blackstone and Ratley. Their devious plot is to overthrow the monarchy, and their unwitting pawn is Felicity. Now Philip needs Felicity’s help in discovering the rebels’ secrets—by asking her to maintain cover as Ratley’s innocent bride-to-be.

Philip is duty bound. Felicity is game. Together they’re risking their lives—and gambling their hearts—to undo a traitorous conspiracy before their dangerous masquerade is exposed.

My Review:

You ever want a light and happy regency mystery? Look no further. Here you have one. Following the theme of spies and regency romance, this light and happy tale leads you down paths of intrigue. And it might have you questioning why on earth parents of that time period thought that sending your child off to stay with a unknown relative was a good idea.

I loved the whole big family idea/them that was in this one as being one of 11, I totally related to it!
Melanie Dickerson triumphs again with a great read!

You can pre-order it now on Amazon!

A Dangerous Engagement 

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Healing the Scars of childhood Abuse by Gregory Jantz

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My Review:

I felt this was a fascinating book. It had some very good info in it, detailing what abuse was. It talked about how sometimes things we don’t even recognize as abuse can be that way, whether we mean them to be or not in our culture today. Lack of child restraints in a car for example, not getting medical care or help for children with learning disabilities, things that even 20-30 years ago was more commonplace, but now realizing that this is not an okay thing and is legally on a neglect scale.

The one key thing that I felt should been concentrated on a bit more, was delving into that even though you have been abused, you do not have to be an abuser. I felt that it instead highlighted some of the greatest fears that childhood abuse victims have of becoming their abuser. It was good to lay it out, but I felt this could have been a bit more key and clearly detailed.

The book was an easier read, despite it topic at hand, but clear and to the point.

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