Love’s Mending Embrace by Jenna Brandt is a Christian historical novella and part of the First Street Church series. I enjoyed it.
The action is set in 1918 on the home front in America and in the prisons in Germany. Life is hard for the soldiers and for those left behind. Jenna Brandt shows how war changes people forever. Their bodies return home but their minds are still on the battlefield. Today we recognise this as PTSD but in 1918 people only saw damaged minds that only God could heal through prayer.
The novel is very reminiscent of Brother Yun’s ordeal in The Heavenly Man. Jenna Brandt reminds the reader that angels and miracles still exist today.
Coming Full Circle
The Oregon Pursuit by Jenna Brandt is a Christian historical romance. It is the fourth book in the Window To The Heart series but can be read as a stand-alone. The beginning of the book recaps the action in the previous books so there are no gaps for the reader.
The Oregon Pursuit has a wonderful, warm feel to it, with the action being set around a bakery. Mouth watering descriptions really tantalise the reader’s taste buds.
The leading lady is refreshing with her big heart, her love for God and yet a very modern outlook on life for the 1870’s.
The novel is about family. Family pull together. Characters attract others to the family of God as they shine His light in dark places.
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.
The French Encounter by Jenna Brandt is a swash buckling historical Christian adventure. It is the second book in the Window To The Heart series and an exciting read.
Continuing where book one left off, the reader catches up with familiar characters. Strengthened by a faith in God, the lead character leans on Him when life seems challenging. “Help me to trust You and not to worry.”
Prayer is important. God always answers prayer but not always in the way we imagine.
There is the theme of healing – both physically and of hearts.