Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review as I am part of the blogging review team. This does not influence my rating on this book at all. 

From the back of the book:

Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town's red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn't limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well--if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community. 

David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father's companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he's shown interest in Evelyn's work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.

They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David's dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

My thoughts on Melissa Jagears:

Melissa Jagears is an amazing and talented writer. Her faith is shown through out the books that she writes. She does her homework so to speak---you can tell that this is one author who researches for her plot ideas, her character names and just the story lines in general. To be a mom is challenging enough I am sure but to be a homeschooling mom to not just one kid but three and then to be a writer....I can imagine some days she wonders where all the hours of the day went. Melissa Jagears is a pro at balancing things and you can tell by the way she writes things....just enough romance, enough action, enough history that bleeds through out the pages. 

My thoughts on the book:

This book was a little bit hard for me to get into. I have to remember that in order to know more about the time period, I should have done some more research. The book itself is very well written and has a lot going for it. Well made and complex characters. The cover is really cool in the aspect of the man is watching her and she turns to face him. I love the ideas that Melissa Jagears has put into the story itself. It brings a light to red light districts and how dangerous it can be for the mothers and the children. 

I love the elements of faith in this story because as a Christian, I sometimes find it hard to trust God but in the end I know He has my life in His hands and that its better to trust Him than to try to find my own path in this world. This book has moments where you can feel your heart beat faster for Evelyn and David and then there are moments where you are like...where did that come from? 

I rate this book 4 stars out of 5. A Love So True by Melissa Jagears is a great read for anyone who loves historical fiction with a great romance between the lines. 

Where to buy:

Who I can see playing Evelyn Wisely and David Kingsman

Evelyn Wisely

Thomas Beaudoin

Until Next Time-

The Traveling Gypsy

Friday, June 9, 2017

True to You by Becky Wade

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review as part of the Bethany House Blogger program. This did not influence my rating in any way. 

From the back of the book:

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. 

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

My thoughts on Becky Wade:

Oh my goodness.....what can I say about Becky Wade?! First of all, she is an AMAZING and very TALENTED writer. She is hilarious and really builds stories around each character. Becky will make you laugh till your sides hurt, make you cry and feel the heartbreak with the characters, make you want to live in the cute towns she has dreamt up. Becky Wade is humble, down to earth and just all around an amazing christian influence. She shares her faith in such a way with the characters and just her sneaky way of putting in the story line. 

My thoughts on the book:

I knew from the top of my head who was going to play John Lawson. My sweet, lovable and amazing Richard Armitage from North & South on the BBC or in Robin Hood on the BBC. He is tall, dark and extremely handsome. Then I was thinking about it and I knew who popped into my head to play Nora Bradford....which is the beautiful and talented Melissa Archer from One Life to Live. I knew these people are probably way older than Becky Wade was thinking of but they just fit perfectly in my mind. 

This book started out a bit slow for me but now that I am in the thick of it....I love the chemistry between the characters, the amazing history that Becky took time to write out. 

Speaking of Genealogy, I found out more about my own family's history and we are related to Paul Revere on my mother's side twice and my dad's side...we are related to the pastor of the pilgrims John Robinson. So I guess you can say that is a big deal. 

I also loved reading about Nora's sister Britt. She was the one who caught my attention. I can't wait to read more about her. I also knew who I picked to play Zander from the top of my mind. The actor I can see playing him is Austin Butler.

Like Nora Bradford, I like tea.....history and once in a while finding out more about my family. This is definitely an intriguing book series so far. 

I give this book a 5 since that is the highest rating though I feel it deserves more of a 7. 

Where to buy:

Here are people I can see playing the characters:

Nora Bradford

Willow Bradford


Britt Bradford

John Lawson

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy