Showing posts from April, 2012

Prize of My Heart

Prize of My Heart  Lisa Norato Bethany House Publishers
An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son--his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child's whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder's daughter, Lorena Huntley.
Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own--until the day another's evil deceit leaves her helplessly shipbound, heading toward England. As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. Bu…

Upcoming Fiction From Bethany House

Can she solve the crime before they uncover her true identity?

Jobless and down to her last dime, Ellie Moore hears about a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and believes it's the perfect chance to put her acting skills and costumes to use. Reluctantly, the agency agrees to give her one assignment, one chance to prove herself. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie travels to Arizona to begin her investigation. When the need arises, she also transforms into the dazzling Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk. Mine owner Steven Pierce is going to lose his business if he can't figure out who's stealing his silver shipments. In his wildest dreams, he never expected to receive help from a gray-haired widow... or to fall in love with her beautiful niece. Then the thieves come after Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn't safe no matter which character she plays! Should she give up and reveal her true identity? What will Ste…

To Win Her Heart

To Win Her Heart Karen Whitmeyer Bethany House

     For some reason I thought I had already done a review of this book. But apparently I haven't.
So here it is. Even if I did read the book/write this review three months ago!

Having completed his sentence for an unintentional crime, Levi Grant plans to start over in Spencer, Texas. Meanwhile, Eden Spencer has sworn off men, devoting her time instead to the lending library. Does this couple---the blacksmith with a criminal past and the librarian with pacifist ideals---have a fighting chance at love?

     This book was adorable. First of all, the heroine was a librarian (yay!). I've found some reviewers that found Eden to be too self righteous. I disagree. Eden is a pacifist and not. But I understood her feelings better than I thought I would. Yes, at times she did annoy me, but never for long. She learned from her mistakes quickly. At first, I was afraid that her issues when she found out about Levi's past would drag o…

The Charlatan's Boy

The Charlatan's Boy Jonathan Rogers Waterbrook
As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village in the company of a huckster named Floyd. With his adolescent accomplice, Floyd perpetrates a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the good citizens of the Corenwald frontier, such as the Ugliest Boy in the World act.
It's a hard way to make a living, made harder by the memory of fatter times when audiences thronged to see young Grady perform as "The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp." But what can they do? Nobody believes in feechies anymore.

     As this book has been described as "C.S. Lewis and Mark Twain rolled into one" I figured it could go either way for me: I love C.S. Lewis but am not overly fond of Mark Twain. The cover intrigued me, though, with its vintage circus-y look.
     To my surprise, there were things I loved about this book. To some, it may sound silly, but I loved the names of the chapters. Titles such as "…