Of Promises And Brotherhood
An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray is a marvellous Christian historical romance, set in the aftermath of the American Civil war. I absolutely loved it.
War changes people – for better or for worse. Bonds of brothers formed in hardship, persist in peacetime, united by shared memories and promises. Women and children suffered. Men did unthinkable things. Some people still believed in goodness. “She still believed in goodness in the world, even though she had survived a war.”
War can make or break people, freeing them from their past. In times of crisis, men turned to God. “I realise how much they have to be thankful for and they count their blessings.
The Summer Of Truth
My Daughter’s Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is a Christian contemporary and historical mystery romance and I loved it. It is the third book in the Cousins Of The Dove series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The action alternates between present day and 1864, as secrets in the past are unearthed today. The two stories are linked by common ancestors, a love of history, old photographs and the desire for truth. Both have similar themes in their different time periods.
There is the theme of healing – both literal healing for those in the American civil war and mental healing today from the addiction of drugs and alcohol caused by a past event. God heals souls as we seek Him out. We can discover a God who loves us.
Do Not Worry Or Be Afraid
The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck is the most wonderful contemporary and historical Christian romance. It is a perfect read, one that will warm your heart and soul. It leaves you feeling good and with a smile on your face as you celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness.
The novel explores how God desires a relationship with us all. Even when we do not know Him or do not acknowledge Him, He is present in our lives, speaking into them. It’s just that we fail to recognise His voice.
Going to church does not necessarily mean knowing God. “She attended church only to be seen by people, not God.” Church in the early twentieth century (and sometimes today) could be seen as a status symbol. It was never God’s intention for this to be so. The church is the people – people who live for God. “He kept his faith quiet and simple.” By viewing one’s example of living out a Christian life, others will be drawn to Jesus.
Overcoming With God
The American Conquest by Jenna Brandt is the third and final book in the Window To The Heart series. It is a Christian historical adventure and can be read as a stand-alone as action from the previous books is recapped.
It has certainly been an exciting and cosmopolitan series, travelling from England to France and then to America. Each book, whilst being united by themes has had a totally unique flavour. This final book is one of conquest, discovery and adventure. It has a pioneering spirit at its heart.
As with previous books, the heroine has to face and overcome many struggles. Here it is the Native Americans that are the threat, along with unscrupulous Yanks. It was interesting to note the simple but content way of life of the Native Americans. “They did only what they needed to live. They did not kill themselves to gain more than what they needed.” This contrasts with the drive for ‘more’ of western society.