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This week, we’re featuring reviews of titles from Baker Publishing Group. We are so grateful for their continued partnership!
Grace Mallory is tired of hiding. She hungers for a normal life, perhaps even a suitor like two of her friends in Harper’s Station have found. But when the man she believes responsible for her father’s death discovers her whereabouts, survival takes priority.
Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His fellow telegrapher, the mysterious Miss G, has been the ideal companion. For months, their friendship–dare he believe, courtship?–over the wire has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intends for him. However, when he intercepts an ominous message and discovers her life is in peril, Amos must shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.
“Witemeyer has a flair for romantic comedy and it really shines in this novel. The kind of story that induces grins and giggles while a reader basks in the warm glow of all that humour and romance…I love the mix of Historical and Suspense so the danger and intrigue upped my reading pleasure to euphoric levels. Honestly, the way this story is put together is sheer brilliance…An abundance of love, laughter and danger combine to make this an exciting addition to the Ladies of Harper’s Station novel. (And there’s even a bonus secondary romance to swoon over!)” ~ Best Reads
“Heart on the Line made me sigh. And laugh, smile, and wipe my eyes more than once. Grace is thoroughly admirable and likeable. A quiet and lovely young woman hiding from a murderer, she manages to carve out a useful and fulfilling life as a telegraph operator in a small colony of women (plus one or two men)…Amos is a wonderfully unusual hero with his bookishness, quiet demeanor and slender build. When their relationship is pushed to a closer level by the threat to Grace, I could not put this book down. Their faith urges them to trust God when everything looks hopeless, a reminder we all need. A joy to read, I give Heart on the Line five stars.” ~ Kathleen Friesen
A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a café . . . or so it seems. Eve’s most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group.
When a plane crashes as she’s en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?
Book reviewers can’t say enough good things about this book!
“Oh my goodness, nail biter!!! What an incredible story set in WWI in German occupied Belgium. I really felt that I could not read fast enough…I learned so much about the history of the time and the atrocities that took place in the war…This story is full of mystery, intrigue, romance and just pure bravery in the face of atrocity, hope in the face of trials, and it left me grateful for the freedom many fought for the we enjoy today. May we never forget.” ~ Melony Teague
“Normally I am not a fan of books set in the first and second world war, but have to say this book was very interesting…The story moves along at a fast pace and you have to keep up with it…Once again the author’s notes at the end fills in a number of questions you may have and as with many good books, this story includes both fact and fiction in it…Stars out of 5: 5. A really good book with plenty going on in it to keep you interested.” ~ That British Woman’s Book Review Blog
“…It is an interesting time in history with interesting characters and an exciting plot that keeps the pages turning. A WWI novel without most of the gore of war, but still a clear and riveting pictures of what life is like in a war zone and what one must do just to survive. The characters were smart and thoughtful. The romance was present but not overwhelming, just as I like it. Highly recommend to those who enjoy historical fiction with a touch of suspense and romance.” ~ The Talen’s Tales
“INTENSE! High as the Heavens is an amazing story with a tangled plot, compelling characters, and a setting so tense I had to put the book down to catch my breath every few minutes…Faith plays an important part of their journey, inserting brightness into the darkness of war. Now that I’ve caught my breath again, I award High as the Heavens four and half stars.” ~ Kathleen Friesen
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins who helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets–instead they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to question whether she can continue in this life when she’s offered the challenge of a lifetime–determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family’s history, their very name?
As Europe moves ever closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can’t help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown–so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, Peter believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past.
When danger and suspicion continue to mount, both realize they’re in a race against time to discover the truth–about Peter’s past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.
“Clever concept brilliantly executed and I’m in a euphoric tizzy because this is the first in a new series. A kind of Dickens meets Austen with a healthy dose of Downton Abbey thrown in…I’m still swooning over the snappy dialogue — especially when Rosemary gets her Cockney dander up. Hysterical. She’s an enigma that Peter can’t quite grasp. She finds his mysterious ways at odds with his gentle kindness…This book has it all — romance, humour, intrigue and the wonder of new found faith.” ~ Kav
“This is the first book in the “Shadows Over England” series and what a good start to the series. The background story of the main characters is very interesting and they keep you on your toes. This book made you think and it’s one of those books where you have to pay attention to what is happening to keep up with the story…Stars out of 5: 4 1/2. The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 was that I did get a bit lost with what was going on at one point, but did get back on course a few pages later. This book does grab your attention and I am really looking forward to the next one in the series as I am guessing it will be just as interesting. This is a must read, as you too will wonder how on earth she thought up this story.” ~ That British Woman’s Book Review Blog
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