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Love’s Pure Light Book Review


BOOK BY: Susanne Dietze, Shannon McNear, Deborah Raney, Janine Rosche

Christmas is coming and now is the perfect time to read a collection of stories to get readers into the spirit of the season.

This brand new collection of short stories from Barbour Publishing follows a nativity set throughout four generations and through four significant times in history. The talented authors sew the threads together tightly and seamlessly providing the reader with a delightful reading experience.

I enjoyed each story and appreciated the work and research that went in to creating stories set from the end of the 19th century through to present day.

A wonderful book to get readers ready for Christmas.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Blue Cloak (True Color Crime #5)

Book Review

Book by Shannon McNear

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This is a dark story from the reign of terror, and follows America’s first serial killer brothers in Kentucky. The novel starts in 1797, the year the brothers began their notorious killing spree, at the wedding of Wiley Harpe and his bride. The novel weaves history and fiction seamlessly and doesn’t shy away from the gruesome truth of the wickedness of these two murderers.

I can’t imagine how difficult this story was to write. Just reading through the author’s notes, it’s shocking how much of the story was actual fact. It piqued my curiosity enough that I checked other sources that affirmed the author’s notes. YIKES!

There is a faith element that continues to show through the details and plot. The young bride at the beginning of the story is a Baptist minister’s daughter who ends up clinging to her faith through the traumatic experience she has as one of the Harpe’s wives. Her friend, Rachel Taylor is a woman of faith, though not without her own challenges in understanding what is going on with her friend.

I’m just not sure what to think. It’s a tough book to read, but Ms. McNear did a great job with handling a dark subject matter.

The descriptions are fabulous and the author is able to pull the reader into the time period.
If you like true crime stories, this is one to check out.

If you do not like dark, upsetting, or stories about murder, you might want to try reading another book.

I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own

The Rebel Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #10)


Book by: Shannon McNear

photo source: GoodReads
photo source: Goodreads

How many times have we heard sermons on loving enemies rather than hating them? What would you do if you were faced with the very people responsible for killing loved ones, but who desperately needed help?

These are questions addressed in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear. A family ripped apart by war is thrust in the middle of relief efforts when their small farm is acquired for the healing and treatment of prisoners of war, leaving eldest daughter Pearl searching for answers about the world she lives in and how God must view it through His eyes.

The descriptions of war are vivid and at times it was unsettling to read (though how much more unsettling it would have been for those living through the trauma of war). In spots, I could almost smell gun powder mixed with dirt and blood.

The majority of the story takes place in Pearl’s home where she cares for sick and dying soldiers so there isn’t much change of location, but it sheds a light on how challenging it would have been to be a middle class family in her position.

It was well written, but just not my topic of choice. I’m not one for civil war stories, but I have enjoyed some of the other books in this series. One doesn’t need to read the other books to enjoy the story of Pearl and Josh.

I received an ecopy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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