Reviews: To the Farthest Shores, Behind the Scenes, and Upon a Spring Breeze

Round two of me playing catch-up on my reviews. 🙂

The following books were given to me by the publisher/author. The reviews are my honest opinion.

Naval officer Ryan Gallagher broke Jenny’s heart six years ago when he abruptly disappeared. Now he’s returned but refuses to discuss what happened. Furious, Jenny has no notion of the impossible situation Ryan is in. With lives still at risk, he can’t tell Jenny the truth about his overseas mission–but he can’t bear to lose her again either.

Review: Ms. Camden took one nurse, one supposedly treasonous soldier, and a little girl to write a story of love so poignant that I couldn’t put it down. Even though I don’t generally care for war era (any war) stories, this one kept me engaged and interested that I didn’t much notice the war references.

Rating: 5 stars

Miss Permilia Griswold, the wallflower behind “The Quill” gossip column, knows everything that goes on in the ballrooms of New York. When she overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Asher Rutherford, she’s determined to warn him. Away from society’s spotlight, Asher and Permilia discover there’s more going on behind the scenes than they anticipated.

Review: Another wonderful Jen Turano novel. I just love her work. I loved Permilia and her “wallflower” status. Had I been born in late 1800’s, I too would have been relegated there (if I managed to be in the TON, which is doubtful). And the things Ms. Turano puts her poor heroines through. I just love the scrapes they manage to get themselves in.

Rating: 5 stars

After a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a new chance at love.

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?

Review:  A lovely book about renewed hope after tragedy strikes. Sometimes we’re ready for the hope God provides, and sometimes it takes time to accept that life can be good again, that there can be new beginnings and second chances. As always, I enjoyed Ms. Irvin’s story telling.

Rating: 5 stars