Adobe Gold by Robert C. Mowry

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of my review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

He’s been dead for fifteen years. That’s what everyone believes. The truth is, that’s when Colonel Tyrone Rafter disappeared down in Mexico while on a top secret mission. After the loss of a leg and seven long years in a decrepit prison, he escapes only to learn his beloved wife, Laura, has married another.

Rafter then manifests his bitterness by foisting terror on any and all who dare cross his path as he roams the Rio Grande area south of the border. Then, one night an old padre brings word that Laura has died. Rafter starts on a quest to clean up his life, get justice for his hardships, and find his son.

He calls on his old friend, Abe Lincoln, newly elected President of the United States. Rafter once saved Lincoln’s life when the two were teenagers. Lincoln now persuades this old spy to take on one more mission—well, two, really. Can this military -hero -turned -outlaw, known to the fearful Mexican populous as El Pata Fantasma (the wooden-legged ghost), now “die” again, to be transformed forevermore into a radically new man: Parson Justine P. Stone?

My Review: 

Robert Mowry is a new-to-me-author but after reading Adobe Gold, I anxiously look forward to reading more of his novels, especially the rest of this series!

Adobe Gold is a really awesome story that illustrates God’s grace in a special way that brings to life His amazing forgiveness and mercy. The characters are well developed and well defined. The story flows beautifully, keeping you reading as the action unfolds. I enjoyed the history tidbits and the link to President Lincoln and the author did really good at keeping you informed of what time in the Civil War his book takes place.

Please bare in mind, however, that this book does take place in the Civil War and therefore there is some gun violence as well as men with drinking problems. Though none is this is overly detailed.

I give Adobe Gold 4 out of 5 stars.

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The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

My Review: 

I am a huge fan of Biblical fiction novels so I am always on the lookout for new authors. So, having heard fabulous things about Mesu Andrews, I saw that The Pharaoh’s Daughter was available for review, and I thought I’d give it a shot.

Starting off, Andrews’ writing style is beautiful and I love the way that her book is outlined as well as how it flows. All of the Egyptian history and how the story focuses on the Egyptians’ way of living, as well as the Hebrews, is definitely interesting and there was much to learn. The fact that there is a “hero” on both sides is also neat.

The characters are wonderfully developed and I couldn’t put the book down for the better part of the week, however, there were a few things that I didn’t care for.

Annipe’s wedding night with her husband is a tad bit too detailed for me to comfortably recommend this novel to other Christian readers, as well as is the night before he leaves. I would have enjoyed the book better had the author simply hinted at what they were doing (like we didn’t know….) rather than actually showing the scene. Now, as a disclaimer, neither scene was explicit but still, both scenes being so close together and so equally detailed actually caused me to put the book down and not read on.

Having said this, I can only rate The Pharaoh’s Daughter 2 out of 5 stars and will be extra cautious of this author in the future.

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After a Fashion by Jen Turano

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The Synopsis:

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can’t make her fashionable. She’ll never truly fit into Oliver’s world, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

My Review: 

Once again, Jen Turano has perfected the art of writing a hysterical romance!

Jen has remained one of my favorite authors because she never disappoints her readers. Her characters are amazing and unique, and her story-lines are simple yet full of light, funny scenes.

After a Fashion follows two delightful characters in their everyday life and beautifully brings them together in a sweet and charming way that is sure to make you smile. The characters are realistic in their faith in God, meaning that they have doubts but manage to hang on. The morals of loving your neighbors and giving to the poor are also illustrated beautifully and I was very pleased. Jen cannot write her next book fast enough!

I rate After a Fashion by Jen Turano 5 out of 5 stars!

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Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Katharina von Bora has seen nothing but the inside of cloister walls since she was five. In a daring escape, Katharina finds refuge with Martin Luther and seeks his help to pair her with the noble, wealthy husband she desires.

As class tensions and religious conflicts escalate toward the brink of war, Martin Luther believes that each day could be his last and determines he will never take a wife.

As the horrors of the bloody Peasant War break out around them, the proud Katharina and headstrong Martin Luther fight their own battle for true love, in one of the greatest love stories of history.

Review:

Jody Hedlund is an incredibly talented author! Her writing all but dares you to put the book down as you read vigorously what will happen next! Her characters come alive in such a unique way and her stories always have motivation and inspiration found in the main plot.

In Luther and Katherina, Jody dives into Martin Luther’s world and brings it alive like I’ve never seen, or read. So it was definitely tense and suspenseful yet it was beautiful at the same time. The only thing that I would warn the readers on, is that Jody is a master of description, so the sexual issues that took place in this time of history are shown, yet they aren’t overly detailed. However, the violence is detailed enough to see clearly.

Nevertheless, I rate Luther and Katharina 5 out of 5 stars and will probably be reading this book again in the future!

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Time of Useful Consciousness by Jennifer Ott

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Louisa Unger, a young German woman in Post-War World II Germany kills a man in cold blood. Despite her crime, her fate is up to her – give up her countrymen for her freedom. She decides to play the loyalty card and remain in prison. During the interrogations, Louisa weaves her tale of the events by evading any real information. She relives reuniting with her estranged brother Freddy, falling in love with Kris, a former reconnaissance pilot and learning to fly to a plane. She recounts in fairy tale fashion of monsters cloaked in shadows and lessons learned by incorrigible children. Seduced into the bliss of romance and flying, Louisa fails to recognize any threat. She grows immersed in the life of a smuggler, a pilot and a lover. It is hard to come back down to earth, when soaring so high.

Review:

A novel that captures the pain, heartache, trials, and even the bit of hope and romance that so many people endured through WWII.

Even though I probably could have fallen in love with the story for Time of Useful Consciousness, I did not care for any of the characters nor was I pleased with the amount of cursing and sexual conversations and actions that were present in this novel. And because of that, I dropped the book fairly quickly.

I do have to applaud the author on her writing style because I love her use of vocabulary, and the intelligent way that she wove the story together. The only reasons that this book receives such a low rating from me, is because of the above mentioned.

I give it 2 out 5 stars and do not recommend to readers who are wanting a clean WWII novel.

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