Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Beginnings: Christmas at Harmony Hill by Ann H. Gabhart

Come join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

Today's First Sentences Come From...


Heather Worth sat propped against her washboard, listening to her husband's light snores. Gideon could sleep anywhere. Out on the hard ground of a battlefield. In a tent with her on washer row

My Thoughts...

I have to laugh because I feel like my husband is the same way! It doesn't seem where we are or what position he's in, he can go to sleep so quick. I'm looking forward to reading more of Heather's story to see other ways we can relate.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Review: Veiled at Midnight by Christine Lindsay

Veiled at MidnightThe British empire draws to an end...
but the turmoil has only just begun. 

The Partition of India has sent millions to the roads, instigated riots as uncontrolled as wildfire...and caught up in its wake Captain Cam Fraser, his sister Miriam, and the beautiful Indian Dassah. 

Cam has never been able to put Dassah from his mind, ever since they played together at the mission as children. But a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he?

For a while, Dassah believes that Cam loves her. But as the impossibility of a future with him becomes clear, what choice does she have but to run? He may hold her heart but she cannot let him break it again. 

Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, and as British forces prepare to leave India, she struggles. She finds purpose in teaching, in helping...but is Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland her soul mate or a distraction from what God has called her to do?

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My Thoughts/Review 

The history that has been in this series was very fascinating, but especially in this one! I did not realize that India had such a tumultuous and at times sad history. I learned quite a bit of the unrest that was just among the Indian people during the time period Christine wrote in (even if this story was fictional). 
Christine Lindsay | Veiled at Midnight
I really enjoyed the banter between Miriam and Jack! It brought such a light-heartedness that I desperately needed in this book. I felt this one had the most descriptive violence out of all three books and being pregnant I was really sensitive to it. 

There were also numerous positive Gospel messages that I can imagine almost any reader could relate too or be encouraged by.

Overall this was a good final ending to the series! It was great to have Cam back and getting to know Miriam despite that it wasn't an easy journey for either one of them. 

I give Veiled at Midnight 4 out of 5 stars!

*(I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*

About the Author

Christine LindsayChristine Lindsay writes historical inspirational novels with strong love stories, and she takes pride in her Irish roots. Her great grandfather and grandfather worked as riveters in the Belfast shipyard, one of those ships her ancestors helped build was the Titanic.

Stories of ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in India that seeded Christine’s long-time fascination with the British Raj and became the stimulus for her multi-award-winning series Twilight of the British Raj.

The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home where she lives with her husband, Like a lot of authors, Christine’s chief editor is her cat.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Review: Captured by Moonlight by Christine Lindsay

Captured by MoonlightPrisoners to their own broken dreams…

After a daring rescue goes awry, Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana flee to the tropical south of India…and headlong into their respective pasts.

Laine takes a nursing position at a plantation in the jungle, only to discover that her former fiancĂ© is the owner…but fun-loving Laine refuses to let Adam crush her heart like he had years ago.

Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle and forced once more into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts freedom will ever be hers again, much less the forbidden love that had begun to flower.

Amid cyclones, epidemics, and clashing faiths, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?

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My Thoughts/Review 

I really enjoyed reading Captured by Moonlight. It was great to hear more of Laine’s story, but I especially liked hearing more of Eshana’s since she was one of my favorite character’s from book one.

The beginning opened up exciting and instantly grabbed my attention. The momentum kept up for the majority of the read (with Laine living in the jungle it certainly brought some excitement!) and kept me turning pages even when I should have been asleep.

Captured by Moonlight by Christine LindsayI felt there wasn’t a lot of tension in the novel except from Eshana’s story. She blew me away in her devotion to the Lord and seeking Him during trials rather than giving up when she felt like it. Her cousin became a quick favorite for me as she interacted with Eshana. However I will admit that I was not quite as satisfied with her ending as I was Laine’s. I wanted a little more, but will not say of what since I don’t want to spoil it.

This is another novel in the Twilight of the British Raj series that I would recommend to anyone who likes a romantic adventure! 

 I give Captured by Moonlight 4 out of 5 stars!

*(I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*

About the Author

Christine LindsayChristine Lindsay's latest release is a romance novella LONDONDERRY DREAMING of the Passport to Romance line with Pelican Books, inspired by the fact that she was born in N. Ireland not far from the city of Londonderry. Christine loves to write Christian novels with strong love stories and equally strong family life themes such as her multi-award-winning debut novel SHADOWED IN SILK which is set in India during a turbulent era. Christine's long-time fascination with the British Raj was seeded from stories of her Irish ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India.

CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT is Book 2 in this series Twilight of the British Raj, and she is currently writing VEILED AT MIDNIGHT the third book to this series which will be released August 2014.

Adding to Christine's Irish pride is the fact that her great-grandfather and her grandfather both worked as riveters in the Belfast shipyard and one of the ships they built was the Titanic.

The Pacific coast of Canada is Christine's home, and like a lot of writers, her cat is her chief editor.
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