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Thursday, April 27, 2023
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Book: When Tomorrow Came
Author: Hannah Linder
Genre:Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Release date: April, 2023
They Waited Their Whole Lives for Their Papa to Return
Nan and Heath Duncan, siblings abandoned by their papa and abused by their guardian, have no choice but to survive on the London streets. When a kind gentleman rescues Nan from such a life, the siblings are separated and raised in two vastly different social worlds. Just when both are beginning to flourish and years have healed some of their wounds, their long-awaited papa returns and reunites them—bringing demands with him. Nan is expected to marry a rich suitor she’s never liked, and Heath is expected to forsake his gentle spirit and become the hardened man his father always was.
Dangers unfold, secret love develops, fights ensue, and murder upsets the worlds Heath and Nan have built for themselves.
They’ve waited their whole lives for their papa to return, for tomorrow to come—but now that it has, will they be able to see through to the truth and end this whirlwind of a nightmare before it costs one of their lives?
Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award finalist, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers. She is also a local photographer and a self-portrait photographer. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse. To follow her journey, visit hannahlinderbooks.com.
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Love interests me. Not just in the romantic sense, but in every sense, because love is the driving emotion behind so much of what we do. It’s the heartbeat of everything. What do we have but love? Yet isn’t it the very essence of our greatest pain?
Sometimes it doesn’t make sense. Sometimes love has no reason. Like a tumultuous wind or a wet branch that sways in different directions, love is often petulant and aimless and powerful. But sometimes it’s soft, like a flower lifting dewy petals to the sunshine. The epitome of everything good, sweet, and true.
What makes love change? What makes two friends who have always been fraternal one day confess romantic affection? How much wrong, how much affliction, does it take for sweet love to sizzle into hatred? Even then, is it really hatred? Or merely the charred crust of the adoration still throbbing beneath? And how strong are the cords of new love? Will they break at every pull and tug, or are they more unfaltering than anyone might think?
Maybe those are silly questions. Maybe, like snowflakes, every heart knows a different answer. But if I explored anything in When Tomorrow Came, it was this. I glided through the story and felt love shift from brotherly to intimate, from hopeful to disappointed, from untested to proven, from safe to betrayed.
Just as love is the heartbeat of life, it is also the heartbeat of this story. I hope you will find yourself falling in love with the characters and their journey as much as I did.
What an emotional journey the author has taken readers on in this book. I was immediately drawn to Heath and his sister Nan. Abandoned on the streets by their father they had to beg and steal for food. Their shelter was nothing more than a place to try to keep warm. I loved how faithful they were and held on to the promise their father told them before he left. He told them not to leave from their spot because he was coming back to get them. After a long time their dreams vanished and knew in their heart he was not coming anytime soon.
It is hard not to talk about Nan without also mentioning Heath. Their bond was powerful and Heath was always there to protect his sister. As you read the story you will see how their lives went separately but they never forgot each other. Nan is such a strong character but she also had this innocence about her. Heath was determined yet would take blame if it would save his sister in a situation. I felt the emotions from these two characters deeply and appreciate how the author shows how different yet the sane their journey took them.
The story does deal with sone sensitive subjects like abuse and alcoholism which may be a trigger for some readers. We see the ugly side of two characters who represent evil as they use others. There is someone that comes into Nan’s life that shows her how a lady should be treated. Gilbert was wise and compassionate as he tried to win Nan over. It is easy to see why Nan is guarded around people when she has heard nothing but cruel words from her father.
I don’t think I can put into words how evil Nan and Heath’s father was. He had no guilt when it came to using his daughter for his own selfish reasons. When she pleads with him I cried with her. Heath comes to the rescue but it may cost him his life or freedom.
At the close of the book, it was a little unsettling at times but we do see how forgiveness can set you free from the things that keep you from happiness. In the end the truth wins out as we see a new beginning for others.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Grab your hammock and your bug spray, and join Mae and the Laundry Club Ladies on a wild ride through Happy Trails Campground, where the only thing more dangerous than the handguns is the gossip.
When famous bounty hunter Colt Lincoln is found dead in the Smelly Dog Groomer, clutching a sponge curler that belongs to Dottie Swaggert, Mae West and the Laundry Club Ladies know they've got a real doozy of a case on their hands. Despite Colt's catfishing ways and the fact that he'd parked his fifth wheel camper in Happy Trails Campground, owned by Mae and run by Dottie, they know their friend couldn't have done it.
As they start digging, they discover that Colt had been chasing a member of a notorious motorcycle gang member across the country. To complicate matters further, there's a motorcycle convention in town, and the Laundry Club Ladies have to go undercover to find out if any of the gang members are among the convention attendees.
But that's not all - Mae's mama, Mary Elizabeth, is breathing down her neck about finalizing her wedding plans with her fiancé Hank. With a killer on the loose and the campground buzzing with rumors, Mae's got her hands full.
As Mae and her pals weave their way through the hearsay and red herrings, they uncover a web of deceit that threatens to take down more than just Colt. With the killer still on the loose and time running out, Mae must use all her Southern charm and camping know-how to catch the culprit.
Will they catch the killer before it's too late, or will this case be the one that got away?
Welcome back to another fun adventure with Mae and The Laundry Club Ladies. This time the murder involves a well know bounty hunter. He has a television show and has found himself in Normal, Kentucky. I loved how the author brings excitement to the story with danger right from the start. Once again one of Mae’s friends is accused of the murder which puts Mae in a fight to solve the mystery. Our ladies are still feisty and full of shenanigans as they wade through the evidence.
Motorcycles, Mobs and Guns oh my does this story have it all. The secrets are many and the truths are hard to find in this fast pace story. I love following Mae as she unravels the clues while finding herself once again in danger. Mae finds herself getting closer to the truth while back at camp, a couple’s bridal shower was being planned. Leave it to the ladies to keep priorities in place.
The ending is very good with suspects coming forward, undercover work being exposed and a killer caught in a web of deceit. I can’t wait for the next in this series to be available. For now I say see you soon Mae and friends. Job well done.
Clay is messy and so is Sabrina’s life sometimes, but will God mold it into a work of art?
Sabrina Wheeler, single mom and business owner, won a scholarship to expand her pottery studio on Luamua Island. Now, she can finally have the career and life she’s been praying for. The scholarship includes a mentor, and Sabrina is anxious to make a good impression.
For Chad Berkley, an impromptu business trip to the Suamalie Islands couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Aside from it triggering his OCD personality, he also has important obligations in Yorkshire, and being absent for a month was not in his plans. The new assignment is an honor, however, and a huge step up in his career. He can’t risk disappointing his boss now.
But then he sees Sabrina. After their brief meeting at the business conference, he hasn’t stopped thinking of her. How had he missed that she is the business owner he’s been sent to mentor? Talk about distractions on his first big assignment. Will he be able to push his personal feelings aside and keep his focus on business?
Take a trip to the Suamalie Islands where palm trees sway, the sand and sea pulse with life, and the people will steal your heart.
Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing Christian romance and devotionals. Rachel has published over a dozen novels, including books in the Hart Ranch Series, set in the Montana wilderness and the Ladies of Ardena Series, set in medieval times. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming and Brides of Pelican Rapids Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find more information about Rachel and her books on her website: www.rachelskatvold.com.
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Sabrina Wheeler’s life has not gone quite the way she imagined. As a single mom, waitress, and in-home art studio owner with many responsibilities, she often wonders how her life could have gone if she’d taken a different path. After attending a small business convention and winning a scholarship to launch her mobile art studio, Sabriana sees her path shifting. Could this signal a new beginning for her? Find out in Wheeler’s Design.
Wheeler’s Design is inspired by the verse, Isaiah 64:8. “And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand.”
During hard times we can all feel as though our lives resemble lumps of discarded clay. Yet, the truth is, we are God’s masterpiece in progress. He is still molding and shaping us into what we are meant to be. He will never discard us if we are His children.
During high school, I discovered a love for making pottery. While learning the art, it amazed me clay can be recycled over and over if the project doesn’t turn out right. It only has to be dried out a little and wedged until all the air bubbles are out before it can be molded into something new. As a busy homeschool mom and author I don’t have as much time for art, but it is still something I enjoy and have taught my children how to throw a pot on our pottery wheel at home. This special experience with my kids provided the inspiration for the relationship between Sabrina and her daughter, Hazel, who both share a love for making pottery.
Thank you for following the celebration tour for Wheeler’s Design. Please remember to follow the blog stops this week and don’t forget to enter in the giveaway!
This story introduces us to Sabrina and Chad. There are some cameos from other characters from the previous series that add a bit of excitement. I loved how the author brings Chad to the islands where Sabrina lives and helps her see her dream of having her own shop come to life. I was able to really connect with Sabrina as she becomes a vital part of the story. The islands sound so nice and I love how you feel like you are there enjoying the scenery. I did have to go get some pineapple while reading the book though. You will understand why when you enjoy this wonderful adventure.
Let’s talk about Sabrina and her past a little. Her life was changed the minute she decided to let her guard down and go against what she knew was wrong. From that came a blessing of a wonderful child named Hazel. What we discover is how Sabrina was abandoned by the father as well as others and left to raise her daughter on her own. It is evident that Hazel is loved and has turned into a beautiful young girl with values and faith.
I loved how Sabrina is blessed with a scholarship to have a pottery shop on wheels. I enjoyed learning more about pottery and how much work it takes to make something. Sabrina’s knowledge is evident and her enthusiasm is contagious as Chad helps her design her new shop. What I found endearing was how Sabrina felt comfortable around Chad and allowed him to become acquainted with her daughter.
Chad has a lot going on with his mum being ill and now taking on the task of helping Sabrina. Leaving London to take on this new responsibility is challenging for him but I liked how his confidence was reinforced by his boss and Sabrina. Don’t miss the added bonus of seeing who Chad’s boss is and how generous he is to everyone. Chad is charming and easy to like with his positive attitude.
The story does have a few emotional moments that are important to mention. Without giving any details away be looking for a moment where forgiveness is illustrated. Oh how I loved the way the author shared this important scene that made me cry. I will never forget this from the book which says, “Holding on to bitterness is the worst kind of poison. It steals your life away.”
The other scene I will briefly mention is a moment where someone jumps to conclusion about a situation that almost causes a missed opportunity of happiness. We sometimes see a situation in the wrong way and pass judgment. This part in the story is significant because it allows us to see how we need to give grace and trust those we care about. I loved this story and found it to be very well written.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
In the second book of The Underground Book Readers, Leena, Kahn, Casey, Jairus, Asher, and Conroy face unpredicted challenges. The World Force tightens its grip on the remaining teens and children of the Blue Ridge Mountains area. Increased patrols and drones are seen nearly every day as they visit their underground cavern to read forbidden books and study the Bible. The Underground Book Readers attempt to find out the identity and purpose of a new threatening group seen on a nearby mountain while they continue to work on an escape tunnel. But they soon discover there is more under Leena’s house than a cellar. The underground group design a spy mission to the other mountain. Questions remain about possible escapees who left to find a free territory in what used to be called the United States in the world before.
Terry Overton obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed. D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. She began her second “career” after retirement writing Christian fiction books and devotionals. She hopes to share the Christian worldview through her writing and touch the lives of her readers. Her novels, middle grade readers, and picture books seek to entertain readers through the travel experiences and characters included in her books. Her books have earned Bookfest Awards, Firebird Award Winner, American Writing Award Gold, International Finalist Book Award, Reader Views Awards, Reader’s Favorite Awards and the Mom’s Choice Award. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas, near the Texas-Mexico border. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, and enjoying family and friends. She has seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
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The series was motivated by discussions with local community and school librarians who expressed frustration with their inability to order and display classic books, and newer conservative or Christian based books, in their own libraries. The series reflects what is currently seen in many news stories where parents are outraged by the books their own children are being shown in schools. This Christian dystopian book series, written for middle grade readers and up, is an attempt to remind children of the blessings of books and of the Bible. In addition, several historic documents and time periods are discussed. It is my hope that introducing these topics in this way will pique curiosity of young readers who may not have had the opportunity to study these documents and events.
I must recommend this book to everyone who has ever wondered what it might be like if the world is taken over by evil. The story is great for middle schoolers, young adults and adults. Be sure if you have not read the first book in this series to grab a copy of it. It would be helpful if they are read in order. From the book description you get an idea of what the story is about. The group of kids in the story have one goal and that is to be free from those who have taken over. Their ability to read a Bible, get food on their own or read books is forbidden. The lines are long to get the meager rations handed out each day.
As the story continues we find our group beginning to become more structured in their daily activities. They watch out for each other and are careful that no one knows about their secret place. I loved the discovery of something very important that will help them stay hidden. The group is now more determined to make a plan to escape where they are and find the place where they will be free.
I like how the author incorporates stories from the Bible which help them understand that God protects them and they can know that He is there with them. The church service they have is good as they find new songs to sing to praise God. There are also documents that they find which describes how it use to be when the Declaration of Independence was something people followed.
This story will introduce a few new characters that the group must decide if they can be trusted. I do worry that they may be adding too many people but their hearts can’t leave anyone behind. We begin to see the author expand the groups territory a little and find that maybe there are others who are out there looking for freedom like they are. I am really enjoying how authentic the story is and the details the author gives so we may be able to follow them on their quest.
I love how the faith element is in this story and lays a foundation for the group. They rely on God as they make decisions and never miss a chance to read the Bible and study it as a group. It is a good illustration for the young people to see how this group hungers for His Word. I will anxiously be waiting for the next addition in this series.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
They must set aside their own plans and rely on their faith to bring their true destiny to light.
Lilac Nielsen’s dream has come true: handsome young Reverend Ethan Pritchard has finally noticed her. Yet she must balance this new courtship with the pursuit of another dream–the publication of her artwork in a New York paper. She has secretly been submitting a series of drawings under a pen name, and if anyone traces the drawings back to her and finds out where Lilac and her sisters settled, the entire Nielsen family could be in danger.
As their family farm expands and Lilac’s relationship with the reverend grows, it’s a time of new beginnings. But when a family crisis back in Ohio shakes the Nielsen sisters, can they continue to build the new life they’ve begun in Nebraska? And will Lilac be prepared for what God has in store for her future?
Lauraine Snelling (www.laurainesnelling.com) is the award-winning author of more than 100 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold more than five million copies. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.
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One of the things I love about writing novels is that the characters often surprise me as I write. I usually jot notes, then have to hunt for them because I have the bad habit of scribbling on whatever paper happens to be handy. But as I play with the characters who’ve already taken up residence in my head, they seem to develop a mind of their own. Once I have the opening line, the adventure flies off in directions I never expected.
Lilac’s story, Fields of Bounty, is book three of Leah’s Garden. The series follows the adventures of four sisters, all named after their mother’s favorite flowers. Lilac is the youngest sister. She’s a dreamer, as I’d already learned in two of her sisters’ stories. She loves playing the fiddle with her sisters, who are each proficient on a different instrument. As she lives the frontier life, she sketches everything around her, their farm animals, her growing extended family, and their new life in Nebraska. Her story unwinds in ways you might not expect.
It’s interesting how flowers show up in so many of my books. I love to talk about flowers. I choose and plant them so I can pick flowers, arrange them, and enjoy the fragrances. I take photos and paint watercolors of my flowers as well. Our acreage is hedged in lilac bushes. In the spring when my lilacs are blooming and a breeze is spreading the perfume, I can take my laptop out to the deck, inhale deeply, and write.
Since we wish we could keep the scent of lilacs around all year, I found a great recipe for making lilac potpourri from The Experimental Homesteader. Check out her website for instructions. I think our Nebraska Lilac would approve.
I loved reading this story and how it illustrates grace and a multitude of faith as we follow a family whose sisters are close. They help each other on the farm, with children and give emotional support when needed. I loved watching the town grow from the beginning stages and blossomed over time. The small town feeling is evident as the townspeople help each other out and encourage each other when they face tragedy.
It was exciting to see Lilac become more confident as her drawings were a hit with a newspaper. I could picture the way she brought the town to life with her tender sketching of a picnic, a family sitting on the porch or a look between sweethearts. It all comes together to bring life to the story. Lilac struggles with a decision that could change her life. Her prayers lead her to be strong as she decides her future.
The other sisters have trials as well but through each stumbling block, they grow closer. It is a beautiful story that shows how important family is and the sacrifices made to keep food on the table. Their faith is evident in every decision made and I liked how we watch them grow spiritually.
I need to mention Ethan who is the preacher for two towns. His heart for God’s work is evident as he wants to help start new churches in the area. It will come at a cost when the woman he falls in love with must decide if she wants to be a preacher’s wife. It is hard work and there is little time for yourselves as you take care of the congregations needs. I admired Ethan and how he wanted to follow in his father and brothers footsteps. There is a little plot twist when jealousy and bitterness makes someone bring false claims against Ethan.
I enjoyed reading how God worked in many lives in the book and brought joy to many. It was fun to watch a town start from the beginning and work together to make it a place where people want to put down roots. I adored the sisters and how they helped others and shared in celebrations when a wedding or the birth of a baby happened. It is a simple life that is filled with promise and God who brings unity when a lie tries to ruin someone’s reputation.
As Lilac and her sisters follow God’s direction for their lives they realize how important it is to follow His path for their future. It is okay to say no to something when you know it is not where God wants you. It is a journey where love, dreams, faith and family come together to find their path to happiness.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.