The Earl’s Lady Geologist

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Title: The Earl’s Lady Geologist
Series: The Linfield Ladies Series
Author: Alissa Baxter
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: 
February 28, 2021
Genre: Clean Regency Romance

Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury.

Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment, he vows never to fall in love again and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad.

Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy’s life is threatened, the two realize that love matters more than their objections.

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Book Review:

A unique and sweet Regency romance, The Earl’s Lady Geologist is the first book I have read of Ms. Baxter. It was so cute! I went in intrigued, because I had little knowledge about the geology and archeology of that time. It was fascinating to see that setting for this book. Cassandra, Casssy is a lady fossil collector. She is adamant that she will never marry, yet her aunts are just as determined to get her to Town for a Season.There she at least can attempt to infiltrate the Geological Society. However, while in Town she is dismayed to encounter the Earl of Rothbury, who she finds infuriating and confining. Rothbury, a fellow geologist, has had troubles with love in the past and now is ready for a sensible marriage of convenience. Through family ties, Cassy and Rothbury are brought together and begin working together on a geological paper. As feelings emerge and the two clash, will they find that love is greater than their objections?

This was super cute! I really like Cassy. She had a backbone and opinions, but she was not stubbornly obstinate or thoughtless. She cared about her family, even though she had her own views.I appreciated her intelligence and her love of geology. Her passion was so cool to see! It was also cool to see some of the work done by females at that time.Rothbury was also a sweet character. He was also quite sure of his beliefs and cared for his family. I liked seeing the family interactions and setting that it brought to the story. He cared for them and tried to listen to them. I thought that their love story was also adorable!  They grew to appreciate one another and like each other as people. I loved seeing how they cared for each other, especially how Rothbury tried to court her.At the end of the book, I actually said aloud, “That was so cute!”.

The elements of mystery and danger that come through are also very exciting. I think it was a nice addition that fleshed out the story. I am also interested in Harriet, she had a secondary plot with her featured and I would love to see her story continued! Overall, this was a clean, sweet Regency read! I liked the addition of geology, though I am by no means an expert myself, I was able to understand and I thought it added to the story. I would recommend this to those who enjoy a sweet romance and like historical fiction!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.


Alissa Baxter

Alissa Baxter wrote her first Regency romance, The Dashing Debutante, during her long university holidays. After traveling the world, she settled down to write her second Regency romance, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which was inspired by her time living on a country estate in England.

Alissa then published two chick-lit novels, The Truth About Clicking Send and Receive (previously published as Send and Receive) and The Truth About Cats and Bees (previously published as The Blog Affair).

Many years later, Alissa returned to her favorite time period and signed a three-book contract with Vinspire Publishing for her Linfield Ladies Series, a trio of Regency romances that feature women in trend-setting roles who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways… at least eventually.

Alissa currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two sons. She is a member of The Beau Monde – Regency Fiction Writers.

CONNECT WITH ALISSA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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The Earl's Lady Geologist

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A Brother’s Promise

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the A Brother’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: A Brother’s Promise
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Release Date: 
February 23, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

A little girl will change his world…

He didn’t realize he wanted a family…

until he suddenly became a single dad.

After his sister’s death, rancher Mick Ashford’s determined to ensure his orphaned niece, Sadie, feels at home. And accepting guidance from Christa Slocum is his first step. But just as Christa and Sadie start to settle into Mick’s heart, Sadie’s paternal grandparents sue for custody. Now Mick must fight to keep them together…or risk losing the makeshift family he’s come to love.

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We were so excited to be able to interview Mindy Obehaus, here is our interview.

Author Interview

  • Is it easier or harder to write a continuation of a series? Why or why not?

I think it’s a little easier because there are things that have already been
established, like many of the characters and the setting.

  • How did you decide to write about who to write about next?

You know, I’m not really sure. One book in the series is a Christmas story, so
I had to work around that. Of course, I also had to look at what time of the
year each story was set, so that was likely the biggest factor when choosing.

  • Is it more difficult to write children than adults? Why or why not?

Kids are definitely easier to write, at least for me. I love writing children
and old people because you never know what they might say, so they can
really put the hero/heroine on the spot.

  • How did you come up with the idea for this story? 

I knew Christa had been a savvy tech industry exec who’d walked away from
it, looking for a simpler life. So in coming up with a partner for her I took
the opposites-attract approach. Throw in a little fish-out-of-water by having
a single cowboy suddenly become a father and it seemed like the way to go.

  • Are you a pantser or plotter? How did this tendency show up with this book?

I’m a pantser at heart, but I’m forced to plot. However, if I’m writing along
and something deviates from the plot, I usually take it as a nudge from God
and go with.

  • As you were writing, did you always know how the story was going to go? Were there any surprises for you?

The ending was actually a surprise for me. I had envisioned it much
differently. It turned out much better than I’d anticipated.

  • Do you have a favorite character in this book? Who is it and why?

Definitely Sadie because I never knew what she was going to say. And she
made a pretty good voice of reason, too.

  • Do you have ranch/cowgirl roots? Is there any inspiration for Mick and his ranch from your own life?

I actually live on a working cattle ranch, though my husband is not a rancher.
We lease the land. That said, I know lots of ranchers and have watched
them work cattle, aid with birthing calves when a cow is in distress and all
sorts of other things. It was inevitable I put that knowledge to use one day.
Though I’m glad it was only through storytelling. Those ranchers are some
tough people.


Mindy Obenhaus

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer and the occasional coyote, mountain lion or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and watching the Hallmark Channel. Learn more at

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The Lost Heiress


The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor Book #1) by [Roseanna M. White]

Title: The Lost Heiress
Series: Ladies of the Manor Book #1
Author: Rosanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: 
September 1, 2015
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close–but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of
the very rare treasure in her possession–and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

Book Review:

 This book has been on my tbr for a long time. I have read some of Ms. Whites’ other books and loved them, but never got around to reading this one. However, I finally read it for the prompt “Set in the Past”. The Lost Heiress is set in the early 1910’s primarily in England. It is an exciting tale of family, mystery, and love.

Brooke has always felt out of place as the un-official adopted granddaughter of the prince of Monaco.Though she has grown up in Monaco, she is not of the land or its people. She has been longing and praying for answers about her heritage and family for most of her life. When her best friend, Justin brings possible answers, she comes eagerly, even though it is to England. There she meets both welcoming love, distrustful hostility, and possible danger. Will Brook ever truly find her family?

Even from the first few chapters, I was sucked into the story. Brooke was so strong and compelling. Despite her fets and others’ actions, she stayed true to her God and her convictions. Though she could be a bit reckless and impulsive, she cared deeply for people. She was open to people and sought to truly help. Ultimately, what she really wanted was a family. Justin was so sweet! He felt such responsibility for all that was entrusted to him. He had tragedy in his life and was very honorable about what he ought to do. Unfortunately, this often led to him focusing on what he thought he needed to do without seeing God’s working. I loved their friends-to-lovers relationship, although there was a long way to go before they got to their HEA. It was so cool to meet the other characters along with Brooke. Her grandfather was incredibly sweet!  I am excited to see more in the future.

I would totally recommend this book! It was exciting and interesting. I loved the characters and was totally pulled into the story. This is the first book in the series, so although it has an overall conclusion, the overarching story is not finished. It is a clean Christian historical fiction/romance book. I would recommend it to teens and up!

The Revenge of the Shadow King


Title: The Revenge of the Shadow King
Series: Grey Griffins #1
Author: Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date:
March 1, 2006
Genre: Children’s Fantasy

Max Summer and his three best friends, Harley, Ernie, and Natalia – who form the secret club The Grey Griffins – seem to be the only people in their very normal Minnesota town to notice that strange things have started to happen. When creatures like goblins and fairies and unicorns, all characters from a card game the Grey Griffins play, begin to make appearances in Max’s backyard, Max and his friends know something is terribly wrong. And it’s up to them to stop the wicked creatures of the cards from destroying their town – indeed, their world!

Book Review:

The Revenge of the Shadow King is an exciting middle-grade fantasy adventure that will appeal to those enjoying their fantasy with a little history and magic! This is the first in the Grey Griffins Trilogy, which combines mythology and folklore into the world of here and now. It follows the Grey Griffins, four kids in a small town who have made their own secret society and play a card game full of monsters and other creatures. Max,  Harley, Natalia, and Ernie begin to notice the strange appearance of those same creatures around their town. As trouble continues to brew and it becomes clear that there is more going on than what seems, will they be able to save not only their town but possibly the world?

I have had this book for years! I loved the series as a kid and continue to love it as a young adult reader! It is exciting, full of magic, adventure, and friendship. I love the mix of magical creatures and the real world. It  is so exciting and I love the characters! It is always so fun to read about friends who are despite their differences connected through a shared interest. As always, the characters are some of my favorite part. From Logan, to Iver, to Max’s Grandma Calibrun, the characters make the book so much more fun!

This is for any young fantasy reader and especially for those who enjoy fantasy games! Also there are old English and European mythological elements in this book too, which is always exciting! I gave it to my younger brother, who is much more interested in sports and active things and he enjoyed it! He rarely reads series, but he finished the entire series and even the next one!

Age of Auroras


Age of Auroras (The Riven Kingdoms Book 4) by [Shari L. Tapscott]

Title: Age of Auroras
Series: Riven Kingdoms #4
Author: Shari L Tapscott
Release Date:
January 29, 2021
Genre: YA Fantasy

Temporary peace has settled across Draegan as a new era begins for the cursed kingdom, but the royals know that tranquility is fleeting. In order to fulfill the magic and save the continent from its imminent destruction, Rhys and Amalia must once again return to Renove and see the rightful king ascend his throne.

The sorrows of yesterday forgotten, Amalia looks forward to crossing the rift one last time to see her family, filled with hope that the impossible task she and Rhys were charged with will soon be complete.

But the happy reunion doesn’t go as planned. The curse has fully descended on the once-blessed kingdom, and an imposter king wears a stolen crown.

Already, the broken magic begins to tear their world apart, and amidst it, an unavoidable battle looms that will test the royals in ways they never dared imagine

Book Review:

The amazing conclusion to the Riven Kingdoms series, Age of Auroras is finally here!! I have had the privilege to read the earlier books in the series and have been impatiently awaiting this final book. I was so excited to finally read it, I finished it in less than a day! 

Although Rhys and Amalia have now wed and Draegan is beginning to recover, the curse is not yet lifted. Braeton and Cassia need to journey back to Renove, to ensure that the rightful king is crowned. Amalia is full of hope for the future, but there is still much danger along their travels. As the curse descends upon Renove and an imposter king wears a stolen crown, the royals face magic and danger like never before.

What an amazing conclusion! I was so ready for this! After seeing Rhys and Amalia’s marriage and some of the peace coming over Draegan, I was anticipating how the next stage would go. All the characters from the last three books are back, Rhys, Amalia, Braeton, Cassia, Aeron, and Seraphina each sharing their perspective across the adventure. I really like having all those different viewpoints, it helps flesh out the story. As new characters were introduced along the series, it developed what was going on and the backstory. Having all the different perspectives in this book was really cool, I appreciate how Ms. Tapscott accomplished different voices while still keeping a smooth flow of the story. As always, it was super sweet to see the couples in the story! Aeron and Seraphina’s romance was developing the most in this story, which was adorable! I also liked seeing the developments with the other couples as they had to face troubles and danger. Rhys and Amalia had to learn to trust each other in new ways. It was also cool to see more about the other men from Draegan. However, Keir made me so irritated! He totally allowed his anger and bitterness to cloud his judgement. There were a few points where I wanted to give him a good scolding, but maybe that is my older sisterness coming out. 

I thought that the conclusion felt well worth the wait. There was a struggle to get there, but ultimately there was a happy ending. I totally suggest this book! With the action/adventure, the fantasy elements, the romance, and the happy ending, it is all so amazing! It is a clean fantasy book that I would definitely recommend to those who like this genre. I think it would be teens and up, just for the general action and romance. However, it is the last book in a chronological series, so you definitely should read the other books!.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

The Piano Teacher


The Piano Teacher (The Ladies of Roderick Glen Book 1) by [Kristie Self]

Title: The Piano Teacher
Series: The Ladies of Roderick Glen
Author: Kristie Self
Release Date: 
January 19, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

She longs to escape a dreadful secret from her past, but can she ever run far enough to truly forget?

Melody Creston is left penniless following the death of her father. Desperate to escape the threat of an unwanted and dangerous marriage, she flees to the small village of Roderick Glen in the English countryside to begin life anew as a pianoforte teacher. She is hired to teach the daughter of the Earl of Rockingham and soon falls in love with the quaint village and its quirky residents. Despite her newfound freedom, she is haunted by the secrets of her past, as well as the constant fear that she will be discovered and forced to return to London.

Lord Henry Roderick is the younger son of the Earl of Rockingham and has no desire to obey his father’s wishes and help his brother attend to their family’s estate, Cheswick Park. Carefree and fun-loving, his reputation as a scoundrel often hides the true nature of his heart. Upon meeting Melody, he is instantly captivated by the beautiful piano teacher, and is determined to do whatever it takes to win her heart and become the man she needs.

Melody is intrigued by Henry and encourages him to follow his own path as he searches for his purpose in life. Shy and reserved, she is reluctant to admit her feelings for him, but as they grow closer, he begins to break through the barriers of fear and mistrust that surround her heart. As their love deepens, she becomes increasingly afraid of what will happen when he learns the truth of her turbulent past. Can love forgive a secret hidden in the shadows when it is exposed to the light of day?

Brimming with laughter, love, emotion, and heart, this first book in The Ladies of Roderick Glen series introduces us to the citizens of Roderick Glen as they follow their dreams and discover that one’s heart is always happiest near the friendly faces of home.

Book Review:

A story about facing fears and finding new hope, The Piano Teacher is an engaging inspirational historical romance. Melody Creston is forced to flee from danger in London. In Roderick Glen, she serves as a piano teacher to the daughter of the Earl of Rockingham. As she finds shelter and friends in Roderick Glen, Melody also meets Henry, the 2nd son of the Earl. Henry is stagnate and struggling to make peace with his future. Upon their meeting, both Melody and Henry’s lives will be forever changed.
Wow! I can’t believe that this is Ms. Self’s first novel! It was so engrossing and I felt so much with and for the characters. From the first chapter, I felt such empathy for Melody. She was in a situation of fear and darkness. It was lovely to see her grow in confidence and build relationships. Her love of music was so cool! I personally love music and I love seeing her expression through it. Through her time in Roderick Glen, Melody interacts with many different characters. I liked meeting all the characters and it was interesting to see different perspectives. This book uses multiple perspectives, though it is all in 3rd person,. Personally, I think that it gave a lot of depth to the story. Although Melody and Henry are the main characters, there is a weaving in of many stories, most of which are left loose at the end of this book. This is the first in a series and I already feel connected to many of these characters. I have hopes for them already and want to see their stories! Fiona, Marigold, Fanny, even Victoria were so fun to read about and they are all so unique and interesting.
The story itself was really stirring. While I am by no means an expert on British history, I felt like I was in another time reading it. I enjoyed seeing the tastes of everyday life in the village as well as the characters’ growth. Henry had to go beyond himself and discover what he could truly accomplish with his life. It was so sweet to see ! The elements of adventure and suspense were also really engaging. There were a few times where I wanted to warn the characters, because I just knew that something was going to happen. However, Melody had gone through some awful things, though it was treated very delicately and gently.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! Personally, historical fiction is an hit or miss genre for me, so it took a little bit for me to get into the book. I would totally recommend it to those who enjoy romantic historical fiction . It is very clean, though like I said earlier, Melody has gone through some difficult things. I would personally suggest it to teens and up.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review

A Study in Charlotte

About the Book:

Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date:
January 3, 2017
Genre: YA Mystery

The first book in a witty, suspenseful new series about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. This clever page-turner will appeal to fans of Maureen Johnson and Ally Carter.

Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends.

But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

Book Review:

An exciting and compelling twist on the tales of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Jamie Watson has just started in England and he is intrigued by Charlotte Holmes. He has grown up hearing the stories of their ancestors and can not help wondering about Charlotte whose brilliance is matched by her inscrutableness. However, when a murder occurs with Jamie and Charlotte right in the middle of it, they are thrown into the chase. As they search for clues and dive into the mystery, there are more secrets than anyone realizes. 

I really enjoyed this book! Jamie was the narrator, like in the original Holmes books. He is a great narrator and it is cool to see everything through his eyes. However, there were times that he could start thinking less with his head and more with his emotions. In many ways, he was the heart of the story. Charlotte was very analytical. She had been taught, essentially from birth, how to deduce, uncover, and manipulate. She had been taught to be a Holmes. She knew how to fake almost anything and hid so much. It was so cool to see their contrast and their friendship grow.

The mystery was so surprising too! I had no idea what was going to happen or how everything would work out until the reveal. I do not normally read mystery, but I really enjoyed this one! This book is a YA novel and it definitely has some parts that are meant for older teens. There is language, discussions around rape, drugs, and some violence. I would personally suggest this book to older teens, 16 and up.

The Off Limits Rule


The Off Limits Rule: A Romantic Comedy (It Happened in Nashville Book 1) by [Sarah Adams]

Title: The Off Limits Rule
Series: It Happened in Nashville Book 1
Author: Sarah Adams
Release Date:
January 4, 2021
Genre: Rom-com

I have found rock bottom. It’s here, moving in with my older brother because I’m too broke to afford to live on my own. It’s okay though, because we’ve always been close and I think I’m going to have fun living with him again.

That is until I meet Cooper…

Turns out, my brother has very strong opinions on the idea of me dating his best friend and is dead set against it. According to him, Cooper is everything I should stay away from: flirtatious, adventurous, non-committal, and freaking hot. (I added that last part because I feel like you need the whole picture.) My brother is right—I should stay away from Cooper James and his pretty blue eyes. He’s the opposite of what I need right now.

Nah—who am I kidding? I’m going for it.

The Off Limits Rule is a closed door romance, perfect for readers who love lots of sizzle but no explicit content.

Book Review:

Once again, Sarah Adams has written a fun, hilarious story that I flew through! Sarah Adams is a relatively new author to me, but I have loved every one of her books that I have read (which are most of them)!  The Off Limits Rule is the first in her new series It Happened in Nashville. Lucy has just moved in with her brother, because she can’t afford to live on her own. She is feeling like she is at rock bottom, though she is close to her brother and hopeful about living with him. Then she meets her brother’s best friend, Cooper. But Drew, Lucy’s brother, is quite against her dating Cooper, who he considers flirtatious, adventurous, non-committal and completely wrong for her. Lucy understands, she probably should stay away from the incredibly attractive Cooper with his pretty blue eyes, but will she actually?

Lucy was so fun! She had very little filter and was so relatable-y awkward. I loved hearing her thoughts, they were so funny! Her family was also super sweet! Lucy’s son, Levi, was super cute and she obviously adored him. It was really interesting to see how she tried to balance being a mother and the effects of it, with being a young woman. Like many, she had insecurities about herself, especially her looks after having Levi. She was discovering more about herself as a person and finding her adventurous side.

Cooper was also super fun. It was so sweet how he and Lucy were drawn together and how they clicked. He had to face some of the perceptions that she and Drew had about him, after he had come to Nashville for a new start. Cooper was ready for a family and he wanted Lucy and Levi. It was so cute how quickly they meshed. I thought it was sweet how he wanted to have Drew see his intentions clearly, considering how close Drew and Lucy were. Though it was a bit frustrating at times, he had good intentions. I loved watching Lucy and Cooper’s relationship progress. They were so cute, as they became friends and the care they had for each other. It felt really smooth and there were so many funny interactions!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It is a feel-good rom-com, perfect to make you smile and laugh! It is a little more mature than her others, I think she described it as PG-13, there are some innuendos, some cursing. I would recommend it for older teens and up. 4 ½ stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ ! BTW, I also loved meeting Jessie and Drew who will be getting their own story!! I am super excited for that too! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.



Title: Redemption
Series: The Baxter Family, Redemption series #1
Author: Karen Kingsburg
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Release Date:
September 1, 2009
Genre: Christian Fiction

A Shocking Betrayal
Kari Baxter Jacobs is furious, hurt, and confused. Her husband, Tim, a respected professor of journalism, is having an affair with a student. Stunned, Kari returns home to the Baxter family to sort things out. But when an old flame comes back into her life, she is more confused than ever.

A Difficult Decision
How can Kari forgive her husband? What could possibly ease the pain? And what about her own revived feelings for Ryan, a man she knows she should avoid?

A Reason to Hope
As Kari searches for answers, an unexpected discovery gives her hope for the future. But when she faces her darkest hour, can she find the faith and strength she needs to move on?

Book Review:

A heart -wrenching and beautiful tale of reconciliation after betrayal, hope after darkness, and redemption. When a tragic betrayal hits Kari, she is shaken in her relationships, in herself, and in her faith. After her life of faith and fidelity, she has no idea how to respond. But she is not the only one with problems, her family is all struggling. 

This was a super emotional book! It was really good, but, oh! I  felt for Kari. She was really seeking to honor God, to be obedient to Him in her response. Yet, she felt so broken and betrayed. Her parents, both who were believers and had trials before, stood by her, tried to bear her burdens, and pointed her to God. However, in the end, she had to trust and obey. It was very encouraging how she did continue and God’s blessing and care for her. 

Redemption is a book that deals with real life problems. It draws the effects of bad decisions, the hardship of following Christ, but also His hand over His people, His peace and love. It is not an easy book and it is definitely an adult book, with discussions of adultery, drug abuse, all addressed from a Biblical perspective. There is definitely an emphasis of Biblical counseling. It is very encouraging and sobering, and a reminder of some of the dangers of sin. If you connect easily to books, then this will likely cause tears. Also, warning, like real life, this book does not have a HEA, but there is peace and hope. God’s hand is clear in this book. However, this is the first in a series. The next few books follow her siblings and God’s work through them.