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Review: 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

DescriptionA mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger...and love?

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds.

But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancĂ©, Benjamin Lane.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.

What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

Pour a cup of tea and settle in for Book 1 of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas…

Review: Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands

`Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands` is an anthology by seven different authors. The fore edge of the book is deckled, which makes an interesting book-style, and it makes the pages easier to turn. 
The setting is 1866, in the aftermath of the War Between the States, the husbands do not return home. So the ladies think it's a great idea to advertise for a husband. Several men come to town and there is great opportunity to find a wife. But, first, the men have to go through an audition process.
The new sheriff in the town of Turtle Springs, Kansas. The Sheriff may need some help, while at the same time he is looking for a wife, along with all other husbands, he is also seeking solace in God.
This short, light-hearted story is another great one for a Christian Book Club. My favorite part was when a 12-year old & 9-year-old brother kidnap a groom so he can marry the boys' mother.
I have read several books of mail-order brides, this one is a first for me. It is quite u…

Review: The Sacrament of Happy

Is it ok for Christians to be happy and if so, is it ok for them to be outwardly happy in public? This is what author Lisa Harper discusses in her new book, `The Sacrament of Happy`. Lisa was raised in a religion that didn't allow dancing, card playing, or apparently any public signs of happiness. She also experienced child abuse. Her book, `The Sacrament of Happy` is written for all women. Lisa tells her book as if she were sitting with the reader face-face.

        The very first chapter had me laughing as she explains an episode where she and a friend were to walk the red carpet. Instead, they wound up falling into a plot of mud with their high heels and fancy dresses on. What could they do but laugh?

        Lisa referenced a couple of authors in her book; author Randy Alcorn and theologian John Piper. Randy Alcorn states there are 2,700 passages where terms related to happy (gladness, merriment, pleasure, etc.) are used in the Bible. God wants us to be happy. The rea…

Q & A with author Debbie Lynne Costello

Please welcome author Debbie Lynne Costello to New Horizon Reviews

Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was about eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

UPDATE!! Read to the bottom of the post for a giveaway! The Winner is Alison!  Congratulations!!
Thanks to each of you for stopping by.
Once again, I thank Debbie Lynne for the interview.
Alison, Debbie Lynne will be emailing you.

Interview Questions:

Michelle: What is the overriding lesson you would like your r…

Review: Colors of Christmas

`Colors of Christmas` is a collection of two different stories by author Olivia Newport. In the first story eighty-year-old Astrid wants to stir up some Christmas cheer and in the second story, Angela just wants Christmas to be over.

        Astrid fell and broke some bones so now she lives in an assisted living apartment. It's Christmas and Astrid is helping to put decorations on the Christmas trees. It reminds her of Christmas time when she was a child. Another memory from her childhood occurs when so hears the bell for a fire drill, she remembers what life was like in Wuerzburg, Germany under the rule of Hitler.

        Carly is a young mother who finds it hard to juggle work and her child's daycare. I could relate to Carly with her guy trouble and that of being a single parent. Carly was Astrid's physical therapist at the apartments. While Carly worked on helping Astrid heal Astrid told Carly what life was like when she was a child in Germany.

        Angela, …

Review: Sword of the Matchmaker

Sword of the Matchmaker is a historical fiction novella set in the year 1399. Author Debbie Lynne Costello recommends reading her novel `Sword of Forgiveness` before `Sword of the Matchmaker`. Although in this series the books are written as stand-alone.

        `Sword of Forgiveness` introduces the reader to Thomas and `Sword of the Matchmaker` is his story. Thomas Godfrey had no use for a warrior type woman. If he ever married he wanted one that was tender and sensitive. Other than that the only wife he wanted was his horse named `Wife`.

        Penelope Beatty was a take charge woman. She had her own bow and arrows and was a sharpshooter with those. It had been years since she had worn a dress and wanted nothing to do with them.

        It felt like the characters fit in well with the medieval era. My favorite part of the book was the ending because Penelope had run away and Thomas went looking for her. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I plan to go back and review…

Q & A with author April W. Gardner

Please welcome author April W. Gardner to New Horizon Reviews.

Bio: APRIL W GARDNER writes history with a Christian perspective and a little imagination. She is a copyeditor, military wife, and homeschooling mother of two who lives in Texas. She writes Christian historical romance with a focus on our Southeastern Native Tribes. In no particular order, April dreams of owning a horse, learning a third language, and visiting all the national parks. April loves to hear from her readers at: and
April, thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to visit New Horizon Reviews.

Michelle: What is the main theme of your book `The Red Feather`?
April: The main theme in The Red Feather is how to endure trials. In captivity, Adela not only perseveres in her faith, she grows in it. She senses God’s continued presence, clings to his promises, and trusts His plan is best. The theme verses are 2 Corinthians 4:8-9:  We are…

Review: The Red Feather

`The Red Feather` is the first novel in the Beneath the Blackberry Moon series. It is a historical fiction novel about the Creek Indians by author April W. Gardner. The setting is the Mississippi Territory- 1813.

        This novel is rather long - 409 pages, and to admit it there were a few times I was ready to throw in the towel and forget it. But, just as I was about to chunk the novel, an interesting part of the story kept me going.

        Because the novel has a glossary, discussion questions, maps, a list of the Cast of Characters, a list of historical figures along with their bio's, and a Creek war timeline, this series would be an excellent choice for a book club.

        The author is good at creating a world the reader can associate with, one that the reader can believe in. Some of the words dispersed within the novel is the language of the Creek Indians, so some skipping over words is bound to happen. However, it doesn't take over the storyline.


Q & A with author Jan Edttii Thompson

Please welcome Jan Edttii Thompson to New Horizon Reviews.

Jan, Thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to stop by New Horizon Reviews.

(1) What has been the most surprising aspect of becoming a published author? How much I enjoy the process of bringing my books to market. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but publishing and marketing are interesting, albeit totally different from writing itself.

(2) What is your strangest experience, whatsoever? Can’t think of any!

(3) Who was the first author who inspired you to write? My mom is an unpublished writer. Seeing her write her manuscripts inspired me to write too. She is no longer writing, but I am.

(4) What book have you reread the most? The Bible.

(5) If you could have 2 wishes fulfilled, what would they be? One of my prayers is to see my brothers come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And for my saved family members to grow spiritually in the Lord.

(6) What are the challenges/…

Review: Healing Love

`Healing Love` is an inspirational fiction novel by author Jennifer Slattery.

        Brooke Endress is a news reporter with a chance in a lifetime of being a co-anchor on t.v. Her young sister, Aubrey, wants to go on a missions trip with the church youth group. Their parents say Brooke must go on the mission trip too if Aubrey goes. Brooke wants to stay home and be on t.v., she wants nothing to do with the mission trip.

        Both girls go on the trip and work in an all girls orphanage. Brooke has fallen in love with the orphanage girls, she has an interest in one of the El Salvadoran male workers, too. She realizes once she gets back home, in America, she won't see these people again so she reminds herself she can't fall in love with these people, she is only here for two weeks.

         I liked this book because it touches on every emotion, keeping the book interesting. There is a great twist at the end, and it sparked my interest in missionaries.…

Review: As Southern As It Gets

Book Description Life Is Sweet in the South Full of small towns and sparkling cities, this welcoming area invites all who visit to put your feet up, have a glass of ice tea in a mason jar and reminisce on some of the most wonderful things in the South. Written by true Southern gentleman H. Jackson Brown Jr., As Southern As It Gets is a charming book of lists—a celebration of all things Southern that will charm and delight anyone who was raised south of the Mason-Dixon or who wish they lived there. Recall the tastes, sounds, and beauty of Southern treasures such as: Juicy Georgia peaches in July Glorious changing leaves on the Natchez Trace A steaming cup of gumbo from New Orleans The smooth, soulful voice of Patsy Cline From Music Row in Nashville to Daytona Beach in Florida, and Charleston to New Orleans, As Southern As It Gets will remind you of why we Southerners so love our home. My Thoughts:

       `As Southern As It Gets` is an inspirational book by author H. Jackson Brown, JR. …

Q & A with author Lena Nelson Dooley

Please welcome Lena Nelson Dooley to New Horizon Reviews.

Michelle: Lena, can you briefly describe your novel `A Heart's Gift`? Lena:    A Heart's Gift is a marriage of convenience book that turns into a suspense in the last part. Michelle: What's the most memorable "rabbit-trail" one of your characters took you on? Lena:    Actually, I can't remember a rabbit trail, unless it's when the hero goes looking for the doctor and the doctor can't come because there has been a cave-in at the mine. Michelle: What upcoming release are you most looking forward to? Lena:    I have a book that just released (June 29) on Amazon Kindle. It's a 4th of July novella collection with 9 stories. I'm both the publisher and one of the authors. The stories are varied, and three of the authors are debut authors. Michelle: What do you think is significant about Christian fiction? Lena:    All of the Christian novels I've read hav…

Review: A Heart's Gift

`A Heart's Gift` is a family drama novel by Lena Nelson Dooley. The setting is Colorado - 1893.
I felt the characters were portrayed well as the storyline intermingled throughout the novel. The novel was a bit long, a few chapters shorter would help in keeping the reader's interest. However, there are at least three storylines: a murder mystery, a marriage of convenience, and a suspenseful ending.

        I would recommend this novel to readers interested in westerns and historical romance. I give this book 4* out of 5* and I want to thank the author for sending me the book to review. I love the cover and feel it portrays what the novel is about.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this novel. All opinions are my own."Author Bio: Multi-published, award-winning author Lena NelsonDooleyhas had more than 875,000 copies of her 30+ books sold. Her books have appeared on the CBA, Publisher’s Weekly, and ECPA bestseller lists, as well as Amazon bestseller lists. She is…

Finding Love spotlight

Purchase your copy here. About the Book

Book: Finding Love
Author: Toni Shiloh
Release date: June 28, 2017
Genre: Contemporary
Delaney Jones has finally started to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the death of her husband, Parker. Just as life enters a new normal, in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. Just when she makes the decision to trust him, life deals her a heavy blow.Sergeant First Class Luke Robinson can’t get over his part in the death of Delaney’s husband. In hopes to assuage his guilt, he offers to lend a hand. Only, he never counted on the feelings she evokes with just a smile. Will his secrets widen the gulf or will he finally find absolution?
About the Author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. S…