As a fan of Jane Austen, I enjoy reading about all things England. Jennifer Delamere’s London Beginnings series is one I’m sure to finish after reading the first in the series, The Captain’s Daughter. This Victorian-era novel focuses on the middle class as well as life in the theater during this time.
When Rosalyn Bernay flees her employer in order to escape a worse situation, she has no idea the trouble that awaits her. Despite her naiveté, she manages to evade a cascade of trials and meet someone who is willing to help.
Through a series of events, Rosalyn meets then reconnects with Nate Moran, a military man on leave who is working at the theater in order to save his brother’s position.
It is rare that a story—whether a TV show, movie, or a book—takes me by surprise. I can usually guess the twists before they are revealed. Yet, occasionally, someone manages it and I enjoy the ride even more because of it.
In High as the Heavens, Kate Breslin managed to surprise me more than once. As Eve Marche navigates her job as a nurse, her duties to her family, and her secret missions for her country, she leads a full life. The first surprise comes quickly when a face from her past appears in Brussels (sorry, no spoilers but I can say I liked this twist to the story).
This week, I’d like to introduce you to an author whose posts are often hilarious but other times honest, open and thought provoking. Meet Melissa Tagg.
About Melissa Tagg
Award-winning author Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant-writer and total Iowa girl. The second book in her popular Walker Family series, Like Never Before, was named to one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Spring 2016 Top Ten lists. Her most recent releases include Keep Holding On(Sept 2016) and One Enchanted Eve(Nov 2016). Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women’s retreats. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever–not that she’s biased–watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book.
I loved the main characters of Melissa Jagears newest Teaville Moral Society book, A Love So True. From the way Evelyn Wisely and David Kingsman meet, I knew their story was a unique one. From Evelyn’s seeming unlike of David and his determination to figure out why, these two form an unlikely friendship.
But they each make the other a better person. Through Evelyn’s interactions with the lesser in society (the orphaned children and the soiled doves), David takes notice of the needs for the first time. And Evelyn learns to hope for more than the minimum help she needs to make her dreams come true. Yet she also learns she is settling for less than the best in her own dreams due to a mistake in her past.
The interactions with the children at the orphanage were spot on and it was fun to catch up with Lydia, Nicholas, and Charlie from the previous stories while getting a quick introduction to the new members of the Moral Society.
In the end, Jagears’ message of God’s perfect timing rings clear and bright. Sometimes God’s answer is “wait” for the best of reasons.
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Jesus calls His followers to be lights in the midst of darkness. If you’ve ever been to (or thought of going to an ABA book conference), the darkness is rampant.
During the first week of May, I got to hang with other readers at the RT Booklovers’ Convention in Atlanta, GA. This convention moves every year, and in 2018 it will be in Reno, NV. But despite the ever-changing city, the crowds flock to this convention for the parties and opportunities to meet with their favorite authors.
I’m by no means an expert at book conventions but this was my second RT (I went to Vegas for my first RT in 2016) and I thought I’d pass along some tips and hints to make the trip more enjoyable and worthwhile.
And if you hang with me until the end of the post, I’m doing a BIG giveaway for fans of Christian fiction (with multiple winners)!! Believe me, you’ll want to stick around and enter!!