Book Recommendation - Until the Mountains Fall

Connilyn Cossette is one of my go-to authors for Biblical Historical fiction. She began with the Out of Egypt series that followed the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and beginning the battles for the Promised Land. The follow-up series is the Cities of Refuge series that speaks of the cities of refuge in the Old Testament that were set up in the newly established Israelite territory for those who had accidentally killed someone to flee from the next of kin, or avenger of blood. Until the Mountains Fall is the 3rd book in the Cities of Refuge series. It follows the story of Rivkah, a young widow, and Malakhi, her late husband's brother. They are betrothed in a Levirite marriage in order to carry on her dead husband's name, but Rivkah cannot stomach the thought of marrying the boy who has tormented her from her youth, and so she runs. This story has a great "prodigal son (or in this instance, prodigal daughter)" message to it. I enjoyed the Biblical cultural aspec…

Book recommendation - Yours Truly, Thomas

I recently had the pleasure of reading this lovely historical romance novel. Inspired on a post office tour, author Rachel Fordham was intrigued by the dead letter office, which is where mail went that couldn't be deciphered. Clerks in the dead letter office would open the letters and search for clues as to where they should go. If sufficient clues were found, the letters could be forwarded along. If not, they were tossed out. Since these days, it is a federal offense to read someone else's mail, even if you do work at the post office, this process was fascinating to me as well! It was through the intrigue of the dead letter office that the idea for "Yours Truly, Thomas" was born. In this novel, Penny, who has a deep affection for written correspondence, works in the dead letter office in Washington DC. One day, a letter comes across her desk from a man named Thomas to a woman named Clara, and Penny's heart aches for the tender emotion he expresses. She longs to…

Book review - Fire Storm

My most recent read was Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl. This is the second book in the Kaely Quinn Profiler series. While I enjoyed the story line, some of the emotional depth and conversation was a bit stilted for my liking. However, I would still recommend this one (and book 1 - Mind Games) to lovers of inspirational mystery and suspense.

Here's the back cover blurb:

When FBI profiler Kaely Quinn's mother is diagnosed with cancer, Kaely takes time off work to go to Dark Water, Nebraska, to help her brother care for their mother. Upon her arrival, she learns of a series of fires in the small town, attributed by the fire chief to misuse of space heaters in the frigid winter. But Kaely is skeptical, and a search for a pattern in the locations of the fires bolsters her suspicions. After yet another blaze devastates a local family, Kaely is certain a serial arsonist is on the loose. Calling upon her partner from St. Louis, Noah Hunter, and her brother's firefighter neighbor who backs…

Book Recommendation - The King's Shadow

If you enjoy Biblical Historical fiction, Angela Hunt is an author you don't want to miss! Most recently she has written a series called "The Silent Years" that take place during the 400 year gap between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament. This series covers the Maccabeean revolt, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, the Hasmonean Dynasty and the reign of Herod the Great. This book and subsequently, the series, ends just after the birth of Christ.

Here's a summary of King's Shadow:

The fourth and final volume in The Silent Years series. Two women occupy a place in Herod’s court. The first, Salome, is the king’s only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she is from an inferior race, a people God will never accept or approve. The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome, but where Salome spies conspiracies and treachery, Zara sees hurting people in need of understanding and compassion. Powerful and powerless, Idumean …

Book Recommendation - Living Lies

I was recently invited to help launch a debut novel by author Natalie Walters. Since mystery and suspense is my genre of choice, I jumped at the chance to read this one in advance. I mean, just look at that cover! I was absolutely floored that this was a debut novel. It was so well written and had a great deal of depth in the story-line, the characters and emotions. In addition to the mystery/suspense element, there was also a sweet romance.Normally, I don't like the romance aspect of romantic suspense, but I thoroughly enjoyed Lane and Charlie's story. There was also a strong faith thread throughout that was not at all preachy, but got to the heart of the matter.

One of the things that struck me was the raw reality of the mental health aspect. The heroine struggles with depression and there's another character with PTSD. Their feelings and thoughts were definitely true to life.
Here's the back cover blurb in case you need more to entice you:

In the little town of Walton…

Book Recommendation - The Number of Love

Roseanna M. White is well known for her historical fiction that includes adventure, mystery and romance. This one is no different from that. One of the things I love best about historical fiction are the tidbits I learn about history that I never knew before. This book examines the work of the cryptographers in London's infamous Room 40. Margot, the main character, is an exceptionally gifted mathematician and one of the city's top cryptographers, which was highly unusual for a woman. The main male character, Drake, is an intelligence asset who reports to the same command as Margot.

I thoroughly enjoyed not only the story-line, but the character of Margot, who sees the world in mathematical equations and trusts in God because "He is the only one that she knows for a fact is smarter than she is". I loved how Drake responded to who she is in how he pursued her and I loved that God spoke to Margot in numbers. This book touched on the true measure of love as well as how …

Book Recommendation - Sweet On You

Sweet On You is the last book in the Bradford Sisters series and follows the story of the youngest sister, Britt Bradford. While romance has never been my genre of choice, and I especially shy away from contemporary romance, Becky Wade has won me over with her witty characters, fun writing style and in-depth story lines that go beyond just the romance story. The romance portion is believable as well, and not at all eye-roll-worthy as many romance books are (to me, at least). While I didn't enjoy Britt's story as well as her other sisters, I think it's because Britt's severe independence reminded me of myself and I didn't like what I saw there. Characters that share a negative quality with you always turn you off just a little, but are often the mirror you need to see.

Here's the back cover blurb for anyone who is interested:

Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknownst to Britt, Zander has been in …