A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell

Title: A Heart Most Worthy

Author: Siri Mitchell

Series: Against All Expectations, #4 (is meant to be a standalone)

Genre: Historical Romance with Christian undertones

Era: 1918 (WW1)

Setting: Boston, United States

Publisher: Bethany House

Source: bought myself a copy at the local library

Time Taken to Read: about three days

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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Swazi Sunrise by Donna Chapman Gilbert

Title: Swazi Sunrise

Author: Donna Chapman Gilbert

Genre: Christian Nonfiction/Biography (missionaries)

Era: early 1900s (1907 through the early 1920s)

Setting: New York, then Africa

Publisher: Donna Chapman Gilbert

Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Swazi Sunrise by Donna Chapman Gilbert

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19-year-old Lula is bookish and shy. She longs for a husband and children of her own, but gives up that dream to become a missionary. Lula never imagined the life of hair-raising adventure that awaits her. Nor does she expect to meet the most thrilling adventure of all in the form of a handsome young preacher.

Harmon leaves his home in Ohio with only goal in mind—converting Africans to Christ. No one is going to stand in his way. Not even a little brown-eyed slip of a girl with a sweet smile.

Young Emely lives in fear of the snake spirits and the witchdoctor who summons them. Then she encounters a pale man who tells her she can be free from fear. Will she find the courage to defy the witchdoctor and grab hold of that freedom?

Kosa loses his standing as a Swazi prince due to the conniving of his hateful younger brother. To regain his honor and his father’s respect, he trains hard to become a renowned fighter. But he discovers that fame and fortune do nothing to bring peace to his tortured soul.

Swazi Sunrise is a safari ride into early 20th century Africa. Its vivid depiction of life in Swaziland and the trials and triumphs of pioneer missionaries makes for a highly satisfying read.

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This Hostile Land by Willowy Whisper

Title: This Hostile Land

Author: Willowy Whisper

Genre: Historical Fiction (Western)

Age-Range: 12+ (upper middle grade-young adult)

Era: 1911

Setting: Wyoming (cattle country …)

Publisher: Willowy Whisper

Source: author (in exchange for free review)

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Content: 2/5. Violence. Didn’t bug me at all, but then, violence never bothers me.

Cover: 5/5! Oh my goodness gracious it’s so beautiful!

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A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Title: A Refuge at Highland Hall

Author: Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky.com)

Series: Edwardian Brides, #3

Genre: Christian historical romance

Age-Range: young adult/adult

Era: WW1 (1915)

Setting: England with some scenes in France will our darling Alex.

Publisher: Multnomah Books

Source: library

Rating: 5/5 stars

Content: 2/5. Okay for any highschool teen. One of the characters (a servant) has a child born out of wedlock (this happened in Book 2). She’s still around. Treated as wrong. It’s set during a war, so there are people dying and getting wounded, although it’s not described in detail. Romance is clean and beautiful. Mentions of childbirth and pregnancy. Mentions of a miscarriage.

Cover: Oh. My. Word. It’s just so … so … perfect! *sobs* Really, though, the girl looks just like I imagined Penny and the biplane in the background (okay, technically it’s not a biplane …) is just so awesome! I adore this cover. 🙂

The Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

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In this third and final book in the Edwardian Brides Series, you’ll be swept away to England and France in 1915 as the Ramsey family and their staff and friends face the dramatic challenges and losses of World War One, yet they also experience the hope and triumph that comes as they put their trust in God to carry them through.

Penny Ramsey helps the family welcome a group of orphaned children to Highland Hall, but she soon discovers caring for them is more difficult than she’d expected. She writes to Alex Goodwin, a daring British pilot, who chases German zeppelins across the sky over the Front Line in France, and longs for the day she will see him again.

You’ll be delighted by two pure and heartwarming romances: Penny and Alex, and Lydia Chambers and Marius Ritter, a lady’s maid and a prisoner of war. But most of all I hope you’ll be inspired by the characters’ examples of trusting God through the trials they face.

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Journey to Love by Amanda Tero

Title: Journey to Love

Author: Amanda Tero (https://amandatero.com/)

Series: Orphan Journey, #1

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Age-Range: middle grade/young adult

Era: 1901

Setting: United States

Publisher: Amanda Tero

Source: author

Rating: 4.5/5 stars. One of the best stories I’ve read in a while! Incredibly inspirational! The author has a gift for spreading God’s light!

Content: 1/5, perfectly ok for all ages. I can’t think of a single thing that made me uncomfortable.

Journey to Love by Amanda Tero

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Now orphaned, Marie is swept miles away from the only life she knew to be sheltered by unknown guardians. Caught in the challenges of a new life, she cannot prevent changes from happening, but she can keep the Bowles and their friends at arm’s length. Or can she?

While things appear to transition smoothly on the outside, Marie struggles against the turmoil she faces on the inside. She sees something in the Bowles and her new friends that she had never experienced before…but should she trust what the preacher is teaching when it goes against everything she had accepted as truth? Is God really a God of love? If He is, then is Marie willing to accept it?

Follow Marie as she begins the journey to love.

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