Monday, February 22, 2010

Value Fiction for Spring!

It's not quite warm yet where I live. Okay, so it's supposed to snow, rain, sleet and give us some freezing rain today, but most people around here are SO ready for spring. Not me, I love winter. To help get through the short days or to make spring break go by quickly, Waterbrook Multnomah has come out with some value titles (most re-released by top selling authors with updated looks).

Some of the books offered are:

Beneath a Southern Sky

by Deborah Raney – Daria Camfield is expecting her first child when her husband Nate is reported dead on the mission field. Devastated, she returns to the States and soon marries again. But two years later Nate is found alive in the jungle. How can Daria possibly choose between he two men who love her?

The Golden Cross

by Angela Elwell Hunt – Aidan O’Connor may be a poor barmaid but she’s also a gifted artists. When a famous cartographer takes her on as a student, Aidan is swept into an adventure that will bring her back to her heavenly Father, and into marriage with the love of her life.

Deep Harbor

by Lisa Tawn Bergren – Tora, Elsa, Kaatje, and Karl face trouble, tragedy, and treachery across the Wast, Hawaii, Japan, and the high seas. These four immigrants from Bergen, Norway, each grow closer to God and learn afresh the value of faith, family, and coming alongside each other in times of need.

Faithful Heart

by Al and Joanna Lacy – The adventures of certified medical nurse and dedicated Christian Breanna Baylor continue as she travels by wagon train to visit her sister, Dottie, in California. Little does she know that her most dangerous encounter might be with Jerrod, her brother-in-law, who’s suffering from dementia caused by combat fatigue.

Waterbrook Multnomah provided me with the following two books to review.

Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn was initially released in 1995. Christian fiction has come a long way since then and this book reminded me of that fact. Melo-dramatic and sweet, this story probably wouldn't fly as a new book in todays market, but it was great when it was first printed. I'm a huge fan of Robin's Sisterchicks series and loved seeing how much this author has grown since this particular book was written. If you're looking for an easy to read book then this might be perfect for you.

This book follows Jessica as she moves to a new town. Upon arrival she has a car accident and is rescued by a firefighter who takes care of getting her the help she needs. Jessica begins her new life with a new name, new job and new quest to keep her past hidden. Her secrets begin to eat at her as she falls for the firefighter who has secrets, it seems, of his own. Jessica's new boss is unbelievably pushy and vindictive and Jessica's new friend is on a mission to get Jessica saved. It all ends up neatly tied together with a little too much drama (and a lot of preaching).

Yesterday's Promise by Linda Lee Chaikin is the other book I received to review. It's the second in her East of the Sun series. Truthfully, I couldn't get into this book at all. It may be something that you'd like however.

About the book:
He fought to seek his fortune.
Would he lose a greater treasure: the love he left behind?

As the son of the squire of Grimston Way, aristocrat Rogan Chantry has fought hard to win his independence from Sir Julien Bley and the British South Africa Company. Now, his pursuit of a mysterious deposit of gold, marked on a map willed to him by his murdered uncle, Henry Chantry, is challenged by a new complication: the impending British colonization of South Africa. Can Sir Rogan find the gold in the midst of escalating tensions among the native tribesmen, the missionaries sent to win them, and the new colonists?

Meanwhile, Evy Varley, the woman Rogan loves back in England, is headed for a brave yet dangerous confrontation with Henry’s killer–but at what price? With so much against Rogan and Evy, a reunion seems improbable, if not impossible. Can yesterday’s promise hold them faithful to the hope of future freedom and a victorious love?

About the Author:
Linda Lee Chaikin has written numerous best-selling and award-winning books and series, including the Silk series (Heart of India Trilogy), A Day to Remember series, The Empire Builders, Royal Pavilion Trilogy, Arabian Winds Trilogy, The Buccaneers Trilogy, and For Whom the Stars Shine, a finalist for the prestigious Christy Award. Chaikin also is the author of Tomorrow’s Treasure, book one in the East of the Sun series. She and her husband make their home in Northern California.

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