High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

This is a beautiful story. I think this is the first book I have read about WWl that takes place in Brussels. It was so descriptive and I did not want to put this book down. I loved the characters. This book showed the love that two people can have for each other even during times apart. I laughed and cried a lot during this story. I received this book from the author and Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle’s café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She’s a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service. 
When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.

Sailing Out of Darkness by Normandie Fischer with a giveaway 

This was a wonderful romantic book. I loved Samantha and Teo. They both grow in their lives. They learn to forgive themselves in many ways. I needed to find out more about each character as the story developed. This was well written. I enjoyed finding a new author to read. This makes Italy sound very inviting. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


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About the Book
Book: Sailing out of Darkness
Author: Normandie Fischer
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: February 25, 2017 (2nd Edition)
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Love conquers all? Maybe for some people.
 
When Samantha flies to Italy to gain distance from a disastrous affair with her childhood best friend, the last thing on her mind is romance. But Teo Anderson is nothing like her philandering ex-husband or her sailing buddy, Jack, who, despite his live-in girlfriend, caught her off guard with his flashing black eyes.
Teo has his own scars, both physical and emotional, that he represses by writing mysteries—until one strange and compelling vision comes to life in the person of Sam. Seeking answers, he offers friendship to this obviously hurting woman, a friendship that threatens to upend his fragile peace of mind.
But not even sailing the cobalt waters of the Mediterranean can assuage Sam’s guilt for destroying Jack’s relationship and hurting another woman. Soon the consequences of her behavior escalate, and the fallout threatens them all.
Sailing out of Darkness is the haunting story of mistakes and loss…and the grace that abounds through forgiveness.
Awarded: Aspen Gold, Selah, and Maggie Finalist 2014 (1st edition)
 
About the Author
Author PhotoNormandie Fischer is a sailor who writes and a writer who sails. After studying sculpture in Italy, she returned to the States, graduated suma cum laude, and went to work in the publishing field as an editor. She and her husband retired from cruising Pacific Mexico on their 50-foot ketch, Sea Venture, to care of her aging mother and enjoy her two grown children and her grandchildren. She is the author of six books: Becalmed (2013), Heavy Weather (2015), Twilight Christmas (2016), Two from Isaac’s House (2015), From Fire into Fire (2016), and Sailing out of Darkness (2013 and 2017).
 
 
 
Guest Post from Normandie Fischer
In Sailing out of Darkness, the female protagonist longs for something, anything that will validate her after her husband leaves. She’s propelled into such an emotional wasteland that she becomes vulnerable to what seems a safe friendship.
It isn’t. And so she flees to Italy, but the repercussions of her actions continue to affect her and others—as consequences are wont to do.
After my divorce, hurting women seemed to flock to my vicinity. (Either that, or suddenly husbands in the church were leaving in droves.) These were abandoned women, angry women, women searching for love in the wrong places. I wasn’t in any shape to minister to them as I too was struggling at the cross, but that period helped me understand how woefully ignorant and unprepared many church goers are when it comes to hearing the cries of the hurting. I know of two women (to whom I dedicated the book) who actually killed themselves because no one listened or reached out a hand when they needed it.
The process of divorce and healing taught me about grace in a way that I’d never fully internalized. I’d ministered and counseled for years about the Love of God. I’d preached and written about it, but part of me, the part that needed healing, still held on to the idea that I had to be perfect to be loved by God and by man. I knew better, but the heart and the head weren’t working well together, especially during my years of living with an alcoholic husband and during divorce recovery after he left. As I wrote about Sam’s guilt and helped her find peace, I think new pieces slid into place for me as well. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from the love of God. And that’s probably the most powerful message we have to share with this hurting world.
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The One True Love of Alice Ann by Eva Marie Everson

This was a wonderful book. I did not want to put it down. This was a wonderful love story. This is at the beginning of WWll. Many young men were anxious to join the war effort. The young women were left behind. This tells the story of one young woman and two young men. How can she choose. Can any of them learn to trust in God? Can a love be sustained during a war when it hardly has a chance to begin. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Nlog Network for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

  
Living in rural Georgia in 1941, sixteen-year-old Alice-Ann has her heart set on her brother’s friend Mack; despite their five-year age gap, Alice-Ann knows she can make Mack see her for the woman she’ll become. But when they receive news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Mack decides to enlist, Alice-Ann realizes she must declare her love before he leaves.
Though promising to write, Mack leaves without confirmation that her love is returned. But Alice-Ann is determined to wear the wedding dress her maiden aunt never had a chance to wear―having lost her fiancé in the Great War. As their correspondence continues over the next three years, Mack and Alice-Ann are drawn closer together. But then Mack’s letters cease altogether, leaving Alice-Ann to fear history repeating itself.

Dreading the war will leave her with a beautiful dress and no happily ever after, Alice-Ann fills her days with work and caring for her best friend’s war-torn brother, Carlton. As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if she’ll ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?

The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter

I so enjoy every book that Wanda E. Brunstetter writes. This was definitely no exception. This was fun to have the characters a bit older than normal. This story had me going back and forth as to whether Elma was going to end up with Ben or her old friend Delbert. This was such a good story. I received a copy of this book from Barbour for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter and Daughter-in-Law, Jean, Weave a Lighthearted Romance from Indiana’s Amish Country

 

Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister Thelma recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma’s time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love.

 

Through a mishap at the farmers’ market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill—50 miles away! But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it won’t work for her. Besides the store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp.

 

Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart?
How did Thelma meet her husband? Find out in The Lopsided Christmas Cake.

 

Murder Between the Lines by Radha Vatsal with a giveaway

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This is the first book that I read by Radha Vatsal. It will not be my last. I loved the way this book flowed. This takes place before the beginning of WWI and has us learning more about the women’s suffrage movement. Kitty Weeks is a reporter for the New York Sentinel’s Ladies Page. It is mostly fluff pieces but she is getting to do a bit more serious stuff by interviewing members of the suffrage movement and learning about a girls boarding school. While interviewing people at the boarding school she meets girls close to her age and soon learns of the death of one of the students. This hits her hard and she wants to find out all she can about what caused the girls death. I so enjoyed the characters and am looking forward to more in this series. I received this from Sourcebooks for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

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In Murder Between the Lines, the second book in the much-praised Kitty Weeks mystery series by Radha Vatsal, Miss Busby, Kitty’s editor at the Ladies’ Page, sends her out to write a story about Westfield Hall, a prestigious girls’ boarding school.

Elspeth Bright, a gifted student Kitty meets there, dies over winter break—frozen to death in Central Park. Without any other signs of foul play, the doctor and even Elspeth’s family believe that her sleepwalking is the cause of the tragedy. But Kitty isn’t so sure.

Kitty visits the family to pay her respects and meets Elspeth’s mother, Maria Bright, a member of the Congressional Union, a vocal suffrage group. Elspeth’s father, Dr. Bright, is a scientist who serves on the Naval Consulting Board, which evaluates civilian proposals for new naval inventions. 

One of Elspeth’s friends says she was working on something to do with batteries, and Kitty learns that the inventor, Thomas Edison, has a new battery that will soon be submitted to the naval board for approval. Could Elspeth’s father’s job have anything to do with her death?

 

Murder Between the Lines: A Kitty Weeks Mystery

ISBN: 978-1-4926-3892-6; MAY 2017

$15.99 U.S.; Trade Paper; Mystery

 

Radha Vatsal grew up in Mumbai, India, and came to the United States to attend boarding school when she was sixteen. Her fascination with the 1910s began when she studied female filmmakers and action-film heroines of silent cinema at Duke University, where she earned her PhD from the English department. She is the author of A Front Page Affair (Sourcebooks, 2016). Vatsal lives with her husband and two daughters in New York City.