A Journey Of Discovery
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear is a fabulous Christian historical novel and the fifth book in The Daughters Of The Mayflower series. It can be read as a stand-alone.
History comes alive for the reader as we journey with those early pioneers determined to conquer and settle in new territories. Along the way we encounter Native Americans, mishaps and we catch that pioneering spirit.
The novel shows the bravery and determination of those early settlers in 1794 as they pack up their lives and families, and travel on horseback into unchartered territory. Scouts were hired for their protection and knowledge of the land.
Family is important. They stick together and pull together.
Love Is In The Air
Christmas At Cedarwood Lodge by Rebecca Raisin is a delightful contemporary novel about family, friends, fun, traditions and making memories. There is a wonderful light atmosphere that permeates the story, coupled with highly amusing moments. The reader is in for a few fun filled hours.
Escaping disaster and living the dream is the focus of the novel as an old lodge is renovated, restored and bought back to life. The restoration of the lodge is mirrored by the restoration of a character who has lived with one eye on the past and under the burden of guilt. As the lodge returns to life, can the same be said of the character?
Christmas is a magical time of year where old traditions come to the forefront and new memories are made.
To End All Wars
The Skylarks War by Hilary McKay is a delightful children’s historical novel to be enjoyed by ages ten to adult. The story begins in 1902 continuing into World War I.
The reader follows two siblings, their cousin and friends. We get to know them intimately. We like them and care about their outcomes. We watch as they grow and develop before becoming embroiled in war. Their idyllic childhood summers contrast with the battlefields of World War I. War effects those at home and at the Front. Lies are told to keep spirits high. What purpose would it serve to reveal the true horrors of war? The reader gets caught up in the patriotic fervour as we witness the preparations of parcels and letters.
The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a marvellous Christian historical novel with a dual timeline of the late seventeenth century and mid nineteenth century. It is the third book in the Nantucket legacy but can be read as a stand-alone. This has been a fascinating series that is grounded in reality as fact blends with fiction to enthral the reader.
The novel is about treasure – actual and literal. The real treasure is to be found within people, people whose hearts are in tune with God and whose eyes see others, and whose hands reach out to others. Bricks and mortar, earthly treasures can be replaced. People are priceless.