Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Stories with fictional characters and events in a historical setting. Includes Amish, Westerns, Cold War, Historical, Ancient History, Roman, Greek, etc. Also includes virtual history and alternative history.

The Lassoed By Marriage Collection

LassoedNine relationships started after saying I Do

The Lassoed by Marriage Collection
by Bell, Breidenbach, Carter, Connealy, Jepson, Lillard, Welborn, Y’Barbo, Zediker
Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Jan 2016

Lassoed by Marriage is a collection of short stories about unwilling marriage. Start a journey with all the characters that start off in a situation that forces them into marriage. Walk with them as they try to overcome obstacles and try to start a relationship. See them try to overcome their fears and reservations and strive to help better their relationship. Follow Cynthia and Lord Elliot Carlyle struggle to get past her sister’s deceptions and work to make their marriage work. Observe Katie as she strives to keep her son by marrying George her son’s uncle. See as she fights to break the stigma that follows her as she is the mother of a illegitimate son. Root for Penny as she fights to keep her family’s land by marrying a prisoner. Watch her try to teach her husband forgiveness for past wrongs done to him. Watch Coral and Hiram try to break the family feud despite being virtually forced to marry each other. Witness as a lord without title preform act of mercy as he rescues a widow and her land from people that threaten her. But both have secrets they are keeping from each other will they drive them apart or bring them together. Notice as a new minister offers sanctuary to Molly who was in a desperate situation. But will her outlaw brother drive the m apart? Laugh at Hattie’s antics that land her married to the town sheriff. Watch Maila fight to free herself and her husband from Rose the first wife. Observe as Tanner discover Debba after 4 years of isolation.

This book is filled with so many different elements its impossible to get bored.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

 

Whispers in the Reading Room by Gray

ReadingCan a man with a mysterious past and naive librarian work together to solve a murder.

Whispers in the Reading Room
Shelley Gray
Zondervan Fiction
Nov  2015

Lydia is fascinated by the handsome mysterious stranger that visits her library every day. Not knowing who he is or having ever spoken to him she feels puzzled when he rescues her at the lobby of a prestigious hotel. She discovers his name and the fact that everyone in the city is either afraid or intrigued by him. After rescuing her at the Hartman Hotel they ensue a fragile relationship. Sebastian Marks is intrigued by the quiet librarian but is hesitant to form any kind of tie to her due to his secrets. After peering into her seemingly happy life he discovers that she is penniless, with a demanding mother hounding her to marry anyone for money. On the other hand Lydia knows nothing about what he does and demands that he take her to his establishment. When he finally agrees to take her to his establishment things take an unexpected turn. A gentleman’s murder puts both of them in danger. Sebastian afraid that because of him Lydia will get hurt tries to break off their blooming relationship. Will Sebastian and Lydia realize their feelings for each other and find the murder?

I loved the book it was mysterious and hard to put down. I loved how much detail was put into the book and the perfect balance of mystery. I will probably read the rest of the series as soon as I can. I would recommend this book to historical fiction lovers. Get ready to be blown away by this book.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

 

A Spy’s Devotion by Dickerson

CSpy an two people who seemed to be destined to be apart work together to stop a traitorous plot?

 A Spy’s Devotion
The Regency Spies of London
By Melanie Dickerson
Waterfall Press
Feb 2016

Julia Grey is an orphan that grew up in the charity of her uncle’s home. Growing up in upper society she was never let forget that fact she was not up in the social class. With a small dowry her hopes of landing a good match are slim. She and Phoebe her cousins have grown up as close as sisters, so when Phoebe is enamored with Nicholas Langdon and asks Julia’s help to land him she willingly agrees. Nicholas Langdon is a second son who needs to marry someone with a good dowry. Back from the army due to an injury he tries to fulfill a promise to a dying man to deliver his diary to someone at the War Office. When he gets mugged and the journal stolen he gets pulled in to the spy game. After being brought up to date his mission is to get as close as possible to Robert Wilhern who is suspected of treason. Using Phoebe as his way in, he meets Julia Grey who captures his attention and feelings. Having been burned by his past fiancé who left him for a much older richer man he decides to be cautious. Julia is trying her best to get Nicholas to notice Phoebe but soon realizes that she has growing feelings for him. After being continuously reminded by her aunt and uncle that she is the poor relation and should stay away from Nicholas she starts to see things more clearly. So when Nicholas reveals that he is a spy and asks for her help she agrees. As danger mounts and sparks fly will they be able to stop a traitorous plot and figure out their feelings?

This book was very hard to put down. It had mystery intrigue at every flip of the page.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Black City Saint by Knaak

BlackCitySaintNick saved the world years ago in an event humans know as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Unfortunately, another “opportunity” has come his way.

Black City Saint
by Richard A. Knaak
Pyr
March 2016

This is a fascinating setting: Chicago in the 1920s, the height of prohibition with bootleggers and gangsters warring for turf, and very few electronic devices. [SPOILERS] Nick even humorously ponders about how great it would be if there were such things as portable devices to contact people from their automobile, among other things. [END SPOILERS] The two gangs and name dropping of some real gangsters gave readers something to connect with in such a foreign world. A detective noir set in this world isn’t so much of a stretch, but adding in magic, fantasy creatures and more makes this very different from most books. But not all.

Fans of the Dresden Files by Butcher wont be able to miss the obvious parallels. [SPOILERS] An out of time detective that only solves fantasy problems, with fantastical, and not always trustworthy sidekicks, tied to a ruling council from another, hidden world, tries to stop the big bad from using their magic to destroy a Chicago. [END SPOILERS] As a fan of Dresden, more is usually better. But Knaak’s Nick isn’t the same as Butcher’s Dresden, though for one very big reason: the addition of Christian characters into the mythology.

I was introduced to Knaak in my adolescence via his contributions to the Dragonlance saga. Legend of Huma is a favorite all these years later. One thing a Christian who loves fantasy has to do is to distinguish between fantasy “gods” and the real “God.” I dislike (very much) when an author takes real Christian characters and changes them and their theology/ the theology they represent to fit the fantasy of their world. This was a real concern for me when [SPOILERS] Nick turns out to be Saint George (who fought the dragon), who believes in the real God, but also fights to keep the realms of humans and faeries separate. Faeries aren’t allowed to enter churches, holy water and blessed items hurt them, Saint Michael/ Michael the Arch Angel shows up possibly, and so on also conflate the issue. While I’m not usually a fan of this, Knaak did a good job walking a line here of being respectful to the characters while integrating them into the mythology. Nick Medea, for instance, is grounded even by his name – he is named after the real place of St. Georgius’ death, Nicomedia. [END SPOILERS] But the main issue for me still exists: the Christian characters have been merged with fantasy characters and included and treated like mythology. As a Christian, and acknowledging that the battle between St. George and the Dragon is very likely legendary, I prefer that Christianity not be included as just another source for mythology, because to me it isn’t.

This is a fast paced, fun fantasy noir that fans of both genres will enjoy.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Calico Spy by Brownley

CalicoCan a Sheriff and Pinkerton agent work together to catch an elusive murder and work out their feeling for each other.

Calico Spy
Undercover Ladies #3
by Margaret Brownley
Shiloh Run Press
January 2016

Katie Madison, a Pinkerton operative, is sent undercover as a waitress to Calico Kansas. Her new assignment is to investigate the murder of two Harvey House restaurant waitresses . Branch Whitman as the town’s sheriff is mad at the fact that a Pinkerton is sent to solve the case. He is stunned at the fact that the beautiful waitress that frequents his thought is the Pinkerton operative sent to help. When a secret from the past threatens to tear away what the sheriff holds dear he must decide to trust Katie or risk losing it all. As they face challenges together they can feel the growing attraction between them and don’t seem to know what to do about it. Will they be able to work together and catch the elusive murderer and figure out their feelings for each other?

The Calico Spy is the third book in the Undercover Ladies series. I really enjoyed this book. Once I started it I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the vivid description that brought the story to life. The descriptions of the waitress protocol had me cringing and feeling sorry for Katie while laughing during the funny parts. It had me guessing what was going to happen throughout the whole book. The characters and their antics were very refreshing. The author wove the western, mystery and romance elements beautifully. I would highly recommend this book to historical romance lovers or someone who loves a good mystery. I will definitely read the rest of the series.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Blessing by Lyn Cote

blessingCan two seemingly opposite people unite together to face the danger that seems to lurk everywhere?

Blessing
Quaker Brides #2
by Lyn Cote
Tyndale House Publishers
June 2015

A chance encounter at the Seneca Falls women’s suffrage movement leaves Blessing Brightman and Gerard Ramsey hoping to never cross paths again. Blessing is the Quaker widow of a difficult man whose death left her with wealth and a high standing in society. Gerard Ramsey is the son of a wealthy Boston family who craves independence and respect from his father. As Gerard’s best friend decides to court Tippy, Blessing’s best friend, he decides to dissuade him and moves to Cincinnati. There he gets to know Blessing for who she is. A simple Quaker woman with a passion to help those nobody deems worth helping. As he decides to enter in a business venture that will seemingly give him the independence he seeks from his father, nothing is as it seems. Someone wants to ensnare him with deceit, while the past Blessing has tried so hard to overcome seems to come back and taunt her. Things start to escalate as racial tensions start to give way to violence. As they fight their way through everything the feel themselves falling for each other but their past and their need for independence get in the way. Will they work their way through their problems and feelings?

This was historical masterpiece. It explored two of the major movement of that time, women’s suffrage and the anti-slavery movements. It also brought a sense of intrigue and danger I was not expecting. The book was well researched and was masterfully written. The author wove the historical, intrigue, and romance elements together very beautifully. I loved it and will recommend and read the rest of the series.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The River by Beverly Lewis

riverShe looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna’s death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past. A line I can’t move beyond…The River

The River
by Beverly Lewis
Bethany House
September 2014

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents’ landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn’t entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can’t undo?

My Thoughts:

I often get asked if I tire of reading Amish Fiction. The answer is yes and no. I like that I know the books will be clean and centered around Biblical values. Beverly Lewis is not one that I tire of as she has changed a lot in her Amish genre. Mrs. Lewis was the first author to hook and reel me into Amish fiction and I guess you could say she is still hooking and reeling me in with her stories.

Tilly and Ruth are well developed characters that you just adore. Both of the sisters have unresolved hurts that have kept them in a place that they have been stuck dwelling in for far too long.

This is a story of redemption, healing, forgiveness, and family. Both girls have to find peace and resolve and be content in their decision that led them away from their Amish roots.

I’m not going to give away any spoilers but, this is a worthwhile story that will pull at your heart strings and break your heart at the same time.

Thank you for another wonderful story. This story ended with a wonderful conclusion. I look forward Beverly Lewis next book.


ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Red River by P. G. Nagle

download Most of the action in this story takes place in Louisiana where the Union and confederates are in a battle to have control of the Red River.

Red River
by P. G. Nagle
Evennight Books
August 2003

Red River by P. G. Nagle is a well written book but I found it somewhat hard to really get into the story because there were so many Generals, Colonels, Lieutenants, Captains, Sergeants, and Privates for both the South and the North that I had trouble keeping them straight. In fact, I gave up and just focused on the story line that involved Marie Hawkland, mistress of a large plantation, Nat Wheat, a Union Navy carpenter, and Jamie Russell, a Confederate Captain. The story features battles that took place on the Red River in Louisiana where it flows into the Mississippi River. This was the largest waterway in the country and both the North and South wanted control. A good bit of action takes place at Marie’s plantation for she was more or less friendly with both the South and the North. The Confederates wanted to buy cotton to exchange for weapons and the Federals wanted to buy cotton just to keep it from the Confederates.

The battle scenes were quite graphic and in my mind I could see all the horrors of the battles. I could not keep all the battles straight but the friendships between the men, both Confederate and Federal, made for enjoyable reading. There was a great deal of suspense in the story for I never knew which side would win the battle. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot line concerning the individuals for there was lots of suspense wondering how each of the main characters would end up. At least for me the story had a happy ending.

I recommend this book if you are really into stories about the battles fought in the Civil War and don’t mind profanity in the story.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Healer’s Touch by Lori Copeland

91HW5ZUNtxL._SL1500_Lyric Bolton and her younger sister Lark live with their mother but are shunned by everyone in the community because of the mental illness of the mother.

The Healer’s Touch
by Lori Copeland
Harvest House Publishers
August 2014

The Healer’s Touch by Lori Copeland is a great story of love and faith in God and also provides a lot of great laughs. Lyric Bolton and her younger sister Lark live with their mother but are shunned by everyone in the community because of the mental illness of the mother. Lyric has convinced herself that she will always be alone but then Ian Cawley comes into her life in a very unexpected and funny way.

The characters, dialogue, and scenes were all very well developed by the author. All the characters came to life on the pages of the book but Lyric and Ian were especially real and I was pulling for them to work out all their problems. Scenes were so vivid that I was holding my breath during some of them and laughing like crazy at other happenings. And then when the author added in the “spook” lights that frightened nearly everyone in the community except Lyric and Ian, you have more good laughs and also some suspense. The note left by the dying mother was quite a surprise but cleared up a lot of things.
I liked the way that the author combined scripture into the story and that she had Lyric and Ian remaining firm in their Christian beliefs.

I highly recommend this book to all that enjoy a great historical novel with lots of romance, suspense and a good laugh or two.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

A Call to Arms by P. G. Nagle

91sRDL0m-NL._SL1500_ Fictional story based on the real life adventures of Sara Emma Edmonds who served in the Civil War for two years as Private Frank Thompson.

A Call to Arms
P. G. Nagle
Evennight Books
April 2014

A Call to Arms by P. G. Nagle is fiction but based on the real life adventures of Sarah Emma Edmonds who served in the Civil War for two years as Private Frank Thompson. Sarah grew up on a farm with a father who wanted a son, therefore, she could ride and shoot as well as any man. Since she had a strong feeling of patriotism, she joined the 2nd Michigan Volunteers. In the army she worked as a nurse, a spy, and other non-combat jobs. Her greatest fear was that she would be exposed as a woman for this would have lead to a court-martial and disgrace. The story began many years after the war had ended when Sarah was in Washington seeking her pension.

The characters were well developed and they all came to life on the pages of the book. I could feel Sarah’s worry as she had to always be on guard that she did nothing to reveal that she was a woman. The battle scenes were very realistic and I was anxious to know the outcome of each battle. For me it seemed that the only mystery was if Sarah would be found out. We all know how the war ended so there was nothing to anticipate there. The author did a good job of switching between the years of the war and to the events happening in Washington twenty years after the war ended.

II recommend this book but be aware that there is some profanity.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.