Breaking Down The Barriers
Deception On Sable Hill by Shelley Gray is the second book in the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series. It was completely gripping from start to finish. Although part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However for full enjoyment, read book one first.
Eloisa was first introduced in the previous novel, The Secrets of Sloane House, but she is the focus of this novel. Eloisa belongs to one of the richest families in Chicago. She is a popular debutante, but over the past few months has become more reclusive. A previous event is haunting her waking and sleeping moments. Shelley Gray depicts Eloisa as hiding from her past. She has no one to confide in. She needs a friend, and she needs God, in order to move forwards.
Sean Ryan is from a poor Irish family, and he has worked his way up through the ranks of the police. He and fellow officer Owen Howard are searching for the Society Slasher, a villain who slashes society ladies faces. Shelley Gray keeps the reader guessing as the number of victims begins to pile up. The Chicago streets become increasingly dangerous. Eloisa and Sean’s paths cross, and inspite of their class differences, they feel a connection.
A Roller Coaster of Emotions
Another Way Home by Deborah Raney is the third book in the Chicory Inn series, although it can be read as a stand-alone. Having read the previous novels, it was wonderful to catch up with the familiar characters.
This novel follows the fortunes of Danae and Dallas as they desperately try to fulfil their dreams for a baby. They have been caught up in the IVF system for several years and failure is affecting Danae’s mood and all she comes into contact with. Another Way Home follows the couple on their roller coaster emotional journey.
Linked in to the IVF theme is the theme of family. Danae comes from a close knit family of five siblings, with their parents at the head. Her parents believe in fostering family bonds, and open their home every Tuesday evening for a family bring and share meal. The young cousins grow up knowing each other and with a huge sense of family.
Amusing and Grounded In God
A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings is a Christian historical romance. It is a highly amusing read that had me smiling over some of the situations portrayed. It was a comedy of errors with various plots and match making.
Abigail nurses the injured prisoners during the American Civil War. On his deathbed Jeremiah Calhoun marries her, leaving her his ranch and horses, and extracting a promise that she will nurse his sister Rachel, and take care of his mother. Following the war, Abigail is welcomed with open arms by Jeremiah’s Ma. Abigail is making a success of the farm when her life is interrupted by the arrival of Jeremiah himself! This is most inconvenient, especially as Abigail has never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before. Who did Abigail marry? Who is the real Jeremiah?
The novel deals with a number of themes, including that of forgiveness. Rachel harbours unforgiveness in her soul, it oozes from every pore, making her bad tempered and bitter. Can she ever be persuaded to let go of her grudge and anger?