Lady Jayne Disappears


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When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.

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Hidden in Harmony: Danger is Imminent


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HE NEEDED HELP. The Russell family came home one evening to find an uninvited visitor sleeping on their porch. Brock appeared to be quite harmless.

SO THEY TOOK HIM IN. Knowing the Bible says they are to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, the Russells take Brock into their own home and quickly befriend him, only to find out he has formerly been accused of a horrifying act.

AND TRIED TO BE LOYAL. The Russells do not believe in allowing rumors to tell them who to befriend or who to turn away. They decide to do some detective work and find out about a decade worth of unexplained disappearances in the town Brock was originally from.

BUT IT COST THEM BIG TIME! Threats, violence, death, and kidnappings haunt the Russells as someone desperately attempts to stop their investigative efforts.

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Five Random Favorites


The original genre, Indie, was a toughie… considering I have not read enough to necessarily choose a favorite. I just decided to pick five random books, hence the title. What if I just couldn’t choose one genre ( I contemplated over a few)? It makes more sense to pick random anyways. 😛

Shattered Sky (Warriors: A Vision of Shadows, #3)

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This is the third book in the series, but I honestly think it was the best one out of all so far! Honestly, I read Hawkwing’s Journey right before this, so I saw a bunch of things coming suddenly.

Maria Takes a Stand: The Battle for Women’s Rights (Sisters in Time #18)

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This was the first book I ever read out of the series and it was so good! Sisters in Time is basically similar to the American Girl books, except it’s christian and has longer stories.

A New Hope – The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

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My favorite Star Wars novel of all time. I loved this one! I need to read the book again since it’s been a little over a year since I read this beautiful book, but here’s my awful review:

This book was well-written! It’s based on the Star Wars movie, A New Hope.
It was interesting seeing what the characters felt.
Luke, Leia, and Han’s point of views each had their own section of the book.
I liked The Princess, and the Farm Boy the best. The Scoundrel was okay, but it just wasn’t my favorite.. I liked seeing what he felt about Luke and stuff though.
I highly recommend this book!

The Restorer (The Sword of Lyric #1)

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This is a great fantasy read, but I would recommend it for high-school. I recall mentions of torture…. It’s been nine months since I’ve read it so I don’t exactly remember what happened/specific details. I just know it’s a great book! 😀

Flowers (The Lady of the Vineyard #2)

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I’m beta-reading it for Kellyn Roth and this short story was so sweet… I just loved it! It hasn’t been officially published yet, but stay tuned to Reveries (Kellyn Roth’s blog). So what if I haven’t read the first book in the series yet? I will read it very soon… just have to finish a few other review copies first.

-Crystal


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Five Fall Series Favorites


I know it’s really late (since it’s about midnight here… I just couldn’t sleep), but I’m back with another post.

IDIA by C.B. Cook

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“Twinepathy
(twin-eh-pa-thy)
n. a telepathic connection between twins, both figuratively and literally

Albany York has a secret.

Albany and her twin sister, Brooklyn, have spent years successfully hiding their telepathic connection. But when a girl falls unconscious at their doorstep, the girls learn that they might not be the only people in the world with extraordinary powers and that a memory thief is on the loose. As the twins try to help the girl find her memories, they discover that the superhero world might be bigger—and more dangerous—than they ever imagined.”

Twinepathy by C.B. Cook is a great read for those who like Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Mystery. I instantly fell in love with the characters in the book! I really want the second book now. Check out my review here.

Warriors by Erin Hunter

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“For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying– and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.”

The Warriors series by Erin Hunter is so amazing! The book shown in the picture above is the very first one in the whole series. This cover is old and now they have an updated one, but I just love this one. I simply adore all the details in the books and the characters… There is violence since the cats do battle at some point and a little romance.

The Red Rock Mysteries by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry

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“Watch out! The Timberline twins are on the loose. Bryce and Ashley are ATV-riding tweens from Colorado who unearth action-packed mystery and adventure wherever they go. From clearing the name of a local miscreant to thwarting a gold-stealing heist, the twins’ growing faith and the strong example of their parents guide them through even the most life-threatening situations. With the trademark page-turner style used by Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry in the Left Behind: The Kids series, these fast-paced books will keep even reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Readers will definitely get hooked by the unbelievable cliff-hanger at the end of book one, Haunted Waters. Perfect for ages 8-12.”

The Red Rock Mysteries is a great series! My favorite is the first book and the last book. This series is pretty clean, but there are mentions of romance. Keep in mind that this series could be a bit scary.

Light of London by Victoria Lynn

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“London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents.She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.”

London in the Dark is a great book, and the next book has not been released yet, but I’m sure it’ll be just as good as the first one! I did a review on the book a month or two ago. Check it out here. 🙂

 

Tales of Faith by Amanda Tero

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“Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose was to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?”

Tales of Faith is a great series to read. Although I’ve only read the second book in the series, I know it’s such a great read! That’s why I only added the description for the second book. 😉

-Crystal


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Five Romance Books


I thought it’d be fun to attempt to post about five fall favorites daily.. Today it’s romance.

Although I really don’t read romance that often, I do have some clean favorites. I tried to layout this post differently, with more info and organized better. I feel like the post yesterday was a mess.

Check out Read Another Page for info about other bloggers involved in the party and the giveaway.

Left to Die by Ivy Rose

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“Lindy Greene’s life is perfect. Too perfect. But living as a missionary nurse, serving in a small hospital in China, soon brings the disaster she fearfully anticipates. All of her well-thought-out plans for the future disintegrate after pulling a fatally ill, disfigured, abandoned child from a pile of trash. She doesn’t even like babies. Nathan Thomas can’t find balance. College suited him just fine until his cash ran out, forcing him to the Chinese mission field with his parents. The chaotic atmosphere in China does little to relax his agitated mind, and the pretty blonde nurse at the hospital does nothing to help him focus. The Chinese mission field isn’t for the faint of heart. Nathan wonders how he can survive his remaining time there, while Lindy struggles to help everyone she can. With different ideals pulling them in separate directions, there is one thing drawing them together: a tiny, sickly, crippled orphan who relies on them to stay alive.”

Left to Die by Ivy Rose is very thought-provoking. It doesn’t necessarily focus on romance, but instead on the abandonment of babies in China. The threads of romance throughout the book are so sweet! It might be a little scary for the younger audience, but certainly a great read for tweens. I’m going to read the book again and post a review on the blog in the future.

When Calls the Heart (Canadian West #1) by Janette Oke

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“Nothing in her cultured East Coast upbringing prepared Elizabeth for a teaching position on the Canadian frontier. Yet, despite the constant hardships, she loves the children in her care. Determined to do the best job she can and fighting to survive the harsh land, Elizabeth is surprised to find her heart softening towards a certain member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke isn’t my favorite series, but it’s still a good one. I prefer the first two books and maybe the last one. It’s been a year since I’ve read it, and seeing my review on Goodreads…. I should probably check it out again. It’s not the same as the tv series, though.

Where Courage Calls (Return to the Canadian West #1) by Janette Oke

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“Her courage and her heart will be tested in ways she never expected…

Beth Thatcher has spent her entire life in the safe, comfortable world of her family, her friends, and the social outings her father’s wealth provides. But Beth is about to leave it all behind to accept a teaching position in the rugged foothills of western Canada. Inspired by her aunt Elizabeth, who went west to teach school several years ago, and gently encouraged by her father, Beth resolves to put her trust in God and bravely face any challenge that comes her way.

But the conditions in Coal Valley are even worse than she’d feared. A recent mining accident has left the town grieving and at the mercy of the mining company. The children have had very little prior education, and many of the locals don’t even speak English. There isn’t even a proper schoolhouse. In addition, Beth’s heart is torn between two young men–both Mounties, one a lifelong friend and the other a kind, quiet man who comes to her aid more than once.

Despite the many challenges, Beth is determined to make a difference in the rustic frontier town. But when her sister visits from the East, reminding her of all the luxuries she’s had to give up, will Beth decide to return to her privileged life as soon as the school year is over?

A special companion story to Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart TV series”

Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke is a great read… I think I actually like this series better than the original. This one is based off of the television series, or maybe it’s the other way around. It’s a cute and sweet romance set in the 1900s if I remember correctly. Totally read it sometime.

Christy by Catherine Marshall

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“At nineteen, Christy Huddleston left home to teach school in the Smokies — coming to know and care for the wild mountain people, with their fierce pride, terrible poverty, dark superstitions…and their yearning for beauty and truth. But in these primitive surroundings, Christy’s faith would be severely tested by the unique strengths and needs of two remarkable young men — and challenged by a heart torn between desire…and love.”

Christy by Catherine Marshall is a great, but long read. It has been two years or so since I’ve read it. I think it’s clean, since my mother let me read it… but yeah.

Secrets of the Jedi by Jude Watson

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“Three generations of Jedi.
Three untold secrets.

A Jedi is never to fall in love….

Grieving for the loss of his friend Tahl, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn has been sent back to the Jedi Temple to recover. But this peace is soon shattered by an urgent mission — a young boy with a knack for technology has intercepted a message that indicates a mass assassination of planetary leaders is about to take place. It is up to Qui-Gon and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to protect the boy from the bounty hunter assassins…and to foil the deadly plot.

Joining Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan on their mission are the Jedi Master Adi Gallia and her headstrong apprentice, Siri. Obi-Wan and Siri have been sparring friends for a long time. But as the assassins’ pursuit tightens, they find their relationship beginning to change in an unexpected direction….

A generation later, Obi-Wan, Siri, and the boy they tried to save are reunited once more — with the fate of the Clone Wars hinging on the outcome. Old tensions rise once more — as well as new conflicts and secrets. Obi-Wan’s apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, has many things to hide, and when his secret wife, Padmé Amidala, joins the Jedi mission, the risks becomes even greater than before.

Secrets are dangerous.
Secrets are difficult.
Secrets can kill.”

Secrets of the Jedi by Jude Watson is not a christian book nor my favorite book, but I thought the romance between Obi-Wan and the blonde girl named Siri was cute.


Might be back tomorrow for another post. I promise I’ll have a review up and running soon. 🙂

-Crystal


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Five Historical Biblical Fiction Books


Hey bookworms! This post is certainly different from what I normally post: reviews.

I follow Read Another Page and there is a blog party going on right now. Although I’m not officially a part of it, I figured I’d just unofficially take a small part in it. 😉

So today, I’m posting my favorite (is this how you put it? :P) Historical Biblical Fiction. The first three books are in the same series, but the next two aren’t. I am currently reading other historical fiction novels, but I didn’t finish them…maybe I would’ve posted them here, but they’re not biblical ones and that’s why. 😛


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The Dreamer, the Schemer, & the Robe by Jenny L. Cote is one of my personal favorites. Although I skipped the first book (don’t blame me… it just, you know, happened.), I was instantly in love with this one and eventually caught on with what had gone on in the first book. This book is the second one in the series The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz. ((To avoid confusion, the next books after this one are in a new series called the Epic Order of the Seven.)) This book is set in Joseph’s time and I always found myself smiling at the events going on/characters.

 

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The Prophet, the Shepard, & the Star is the third book in the Epic Order of the Seven series (it continues after being left off by The Adventures of Max and Liz). I enjoyed this one thoroughly! I was so excited for Jesus to be born… I just felt like I was there!

 

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The Roman, the Twelve, & the King is fourth book in the series. I have to admit that this one was not as good as the others, but then it was.. I felt like it wasn’t biblically accurate when it came to Jesus’ childhood. To sum it up, I believe that Jesus would know who he was and why he was there. Mary and Joseph did not have to tell him about that. But Jesus’s crucifixion was just so moving and sad…. 😥

I suppose it was a great book, excluding the part about what I said.

 

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Methuselah’s Father (book one of The Methuselah Chronicles) by Terry Lee Hamilton is set in the time before the Flood, the novel traces the lives  of Enoch, Methuselah, and Noah. This is one of my favorites and a great read. I still need to read a few of the other books in the series…

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Daniel in the Lions’ Den (The Brick Bible for Kids) by Brendan Powell Smith is based on what the title states, of course. Very cute and appealing to the younger audience.. How would Legos not be appealing?? I think it’s biblically accurate.


And there is a giveaway that you can see at Read Another Page.

I might be back tomorrow with another post. 🙂

-Crystal


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The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook


The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook: Fresh and Foolproof Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker
“Authorized by Instant Pot and filled with beautiful photographs and more than 75 simple, well-tested comfort food recipes, this indispensable book is the ultimate collection of delicious weekday meals.

The best-selling Instant Pot has been a runaway hit, with an almost cultlike following and users who swear by it. But finding delicious, well-tested, weekday-friendly recipes that are both inspiring and trustworthy has proven difficult, until now. The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook covers each meal of the day, offering plenty of tried-and-true classic recipes, such as spicy beef and bean chili, a whole roasted chicken with mushroom sauce, and decadent New York cheesecake, alongside a hearty array of contemporary meals, such as Greek-style Gigantes beans with fresh feta, braised pork loin with balsamic vinegar and caramelized onions, buttery cauliflower mashed potatoes, pork adobo, and more! Whether you’re looking to expand your pressure cooker recipe repertoire or seeking the ultimate gift for the Instant Pot aficionado, this is the book to have.”

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My New Schedule


As much as I love reading and want to post reviews as often as I can, I’ve realized it’s impossible to do so. I’ve decided to plan a schedule so there will always be a book review at least twice a week. If my week is super busy, this could sometimes be once a week. OR there could be an extra post because of deadlines for reviewing certain books I received from authors. The best days for this new schedule are:

Tuesdays and Fridays

Although I might not stick to it this week. 😉

Thanks for having patience with me as I work on Purely by Faith Reviews! 🙂

– Crystal

 

Hiding in the Light


“Rifqa Bary grew up in a devout Muslim home, obediently following her parents’ orders to practice the rituals of Islam. But God was calling her to freedom and love. He was calling her to true faith. He was calling her to give up everything. Leaving Islam for Christianity cost her more than she imagined but gave more than she could have dreamed. Hiding in the Light is the story of Rifqa’s remarkable spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity. It is also the untold story of how she ran from her father’s threats to find refuge with strangers in Florida, only to face a controversial court case that reached national headlines. Most of all, it is the story of a young girl who made life-changing sacrifices to follow Jesus-and who inspires us to do the same. Teens and young adults will be moved by Rifqa’s story of standing up to religious persecution, literally giving up everything to follow her faith.”

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