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CrossReaders Book Review: Love’s Every Whisper: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 2) by Naomi Rawlings

CrossReaders Book Review: Love’s Every Whisper: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 2) by Naomi Rawlings

Title: Love’s Every Whisper:

Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 2)

Author: Naomi Rawlings

Love's Every Whisper

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Victoria Donnelly wants to do something right at least once in her lifetime. With five years of failed courtships behind her and the calendar inching closer to another birthday, she’s finally found a way to redeem herself in the eyes of her family. But her plan requires her to return to her home town of Eagle Harbor, where forgotten feelings for a man she can never have lie buried.

Elijah Cummings has loved Victoria for fifteen years. But fishermen’s sons don’t marry shipping barons’ daughters. He knows it. She knows it. The entire town knows it. Resolved to keep his distance from Victoria, Elijah focuses on establishing a much needed life-saving station, risking his own life by rescuing sailors stuck aboard shipwrecks… until he learns she’s about to make an irreversible decision, one she’ll spend the rest of her life regretting.

He knows how to save drowning sailors—but how is he to save the woman he loves from the biggest mistake of her life… without destroying both their hearts in the process?

Come back in time and revisit the remote town of Eagle Harbor, Michigan, in this memorable story of love, courage, and drama by fan-favorite author Naomi Rawlings.

Eagle Harbor Series–Where Love Finds Its Anchor
Book 1: Love’s Unfading Light (Mac and Tressa)
Book 2: Love’s Every Whisper (Elijah and Victoria)
Short Story: Love’s Beginning (Elijah and Victoria)
Book 3: Love’s Sure Dawn (Gilbert and Rebekah)
Book 4: Love’s Eternal Breath (Seth and Lindy–winter 2016)
Book 5: Love’s Constant Hope (Thomas and Jessalyn–summer 2016)
Book 6: Love’s Bright Tomorrow (Isaac and Aileen–winter 2017)

Review

I HAVE LOVED YOU WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE
This is the second book in the Eagle Harbor series but can read easily as a stand-alone. It does have many of the characters from the first book, Love’s Unfading Light. What a beautiful story and a reminder that God has created each of us fearfully and wonderfully. That includes any imperfections or flaws that others may see. Victoria Donnelly feels inferior to others, she is tall and does not think herself pretty, but even worse, she stutters. Elijah Cummings has always been a champion for Victoria and has been in love with her since they were in grade school. Gilbert Sinclair and Elijah have been at war since school, and even as adults, they battle, for land and her affections. What happens when Gilbert proposes marriage to Victoria with the encouragement of her parents? She is no more than a pawn in their game. What happens as the town becomes divided regarding a new dock and warehouse by Gilbert and the request for a U.S. Life-Saving Service station by Elijah and both are vying for the same piece of land? This story is a beautiful story of faith, family and friends. The plot kept me captivated with a cast of delightful characters, heartwarming moments and the love of God without feeling like a preachy story. “When a man’s way please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReads Short Takes: The Postcard & Belonging

CrossReads Short Takes

The Postcard

by Laura V. Hilton

The Postcard

An Amish girl who longs to travel…Rachel Miller dreams of traveling beyond her Amish existence in Jamesport, Missouri. To satisfy her wanderlust, she sends letters to the people she reads about in the Budget, the Amish newspaper, and asks that they consider mailing her a simple postcard in return. Her collection of correspondence from various Amish communities isn’t as exciting as traveling, but it keeps her occupied, especially when one of her communicants routinely responds. His name is David Lapp, of Seymour, Missouri, and she soon feels as if he knows her better than her own beau. Too bad she is already promised to Obadiah. An injured young man on the mend…Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, David Lapp moved to Seymour, Missouri, as part of a “man swap.” The transition was going fine until a serious buggy accident landed him in the hospital, where he nearly died following surgery on his broken leg. After extensive therapy, he has lingering mobility problems and is still struggling to find his place in the world. When he realizes that his spirited pen pal, Rachel Miller, lives in a community where closed buggies are used, he decides on a whim to move there, hopeful for a fresh start. A shared desire to break from rigid tradition…Rachel never expected to meet David Lapp in person. Even less did she anticipate his intentions to court her. As their friendship moves from the written page to in-person encounters, they discover that the chemistry in their correspondence was real. But what will this mean for the future? Following their hearts, and God’s leading, will require no small amount of sacrifice and significant life changes.

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Belonging

by  Ruth Oneal

Belonging

Shelly never saw the need for companionship outside of her father and Professor Yates. Now her father is gone and Professor Yates is pushing her to step out her front door, out of her comfort zone. Then there’s Jay. His comfort zone includes the entire universe and he is bound and determined to drag Shelly along with him.
In honor of her father’s memory, Shelly picks up one of their old pastimes, genealogy. She figures it would be nice to know where she came from. It would be nice to belong. What would it feel like to belong?

Everyone seems to have a place in the world where they belong. Except Shelly.

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The End of all Things by BJ Robinson

The End of all Things by BJ Robinson

The end of all things is near. Therfore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. 1 Peter 4:7

I have prayed to God since I was a child, and I still have the childlike faith that God will hear and answer my prayers. I believer in the power of prayer because God has answered so many. No, He didn’t always give me the answer I hoped for, but mother taught me as a child to end my prayers with if it be Your will.

God knows what is best for us even when we don’t. There have been times He said, “No,” as all good fathers must at times, but so many times, He said, “Yes,” and I was so grateful. I’m also thankful for those unanswered prayers because He knew what I needed better than I did myself.

I prayed for deliverance hard and continuously once, and He answered and delivered me. I thank Him for that every day of my life, for He gave me a life of peace and content. I wouldn’t trade that for riches or gold, fame or fortune.

Prayer is important. In the first fiction book I wrote, I used it because the theme was prayer versus superstitions. The Good Book says to have nothing to do with old wives’ tales or superstitions. As a child, I didn’t know that, and my mother was full of them, though she was also a believer, a Baptist. I know she always believed God reigned though, and she believed in the power of prayer. After all, she taught me to pray as a child, and she also taught me many Bible verses, but at the time I didn’t realize they came from the Good Book. You might say I was confused and all the superstitions and old wives’ tales ran together, but God uses everything for the good of those who love Him. Mom loved him, and so do I. The good that came out of that situation was I grew up to be a believer who firmly believes in the power of prayer.

My husband and I watched the new Sherwood movie “The War Room” not long ago, and I loved it as I do all of their movies. A common thread in them is the power of prayer. I love that. Some scoff at the movie just as they did at my first novel because of the prayer in it. Others love that movie just as many loved my first book regardless. Some understood I used it because of the theme of the novel. Some got it.

In Matthew 6:6, it says, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

You can pray anywhere, and God will hear you. It does not have to be in church in front of others. I have a habit of talking to my Father throughout the day in prayer as I feel the need. No one knows but me when I am praying. I decided to make my own war room or prayer room after watching the movie. Though I have always prayed without one, I thought I would try it. I used one of our largest closets, and I love it. I feel so alone with God at those times, and when I start reading scripture, I find myself wanting to continue. I’m in no hurry to live the peace and solitude with my heavenly Father. I used one of the extra kitchen chairs, a small tray table, have a KJV Bible on it, a pen, a scripture writing tablet, a scripture calendar hangs above it, and the smell of Maine fir. I placed two small bags of it we purchased in Maine on vacation in the closet, and I love the smell of the great outdoors. It gives you some alone time with your Father in peace and quiet, and I love it. I’m so glad I tried it.

Below is a blurb for the first novel I wrote years ago with the theme of prayer. It is titled Mysterious Ways and is available at Amazon for the Kindle. It is my oldest book, the one Mom loved and had my sister read to her over and over before she died. She never lived to see it published, but she had it read to her many times and loved it. The book has been tweaked and edited again from earlier versions. It started off as a short story I won first prize for during my college days. Later, I developed it into the novel. The short story was published in the university’s literary magazine and won first prize in fiction-writing competition. The short story alone is also available on Kindle and is titled First Priority.

Prayer versus southern superstitions when a woman’s husband mysteriously disappears in the swamp on a deer-hunting trip. Reviewer Kathy Boswell says, “Very good! She never gives up hope that Andy will return to her someday. She puts it all in God’s hands like she’s done every crisis in her lie. She knows He will take care of this for her.” As steamy as the hot, thick, sticky heat of Louisiana, this page-turner will keep readers in suspense, as the author spins a tale of love, loss,

superstition, pain, heartache, and faith in God. God and the power of prayer versus southern superstitions. Through belief, faith, hard work, the power of prayer, and God’s help, this powerful, moving story is a thought-provoking Christian romantic suspense about a young couple who fall in love, but have to change her mother’s mind in more ways than one, if their relationship is to survive. Can Andy convince June there’s more to their relationship than friends? Will he win the approval of Myrtle, her mother, and can love survive strawberry season and an April flood? Will June be able to give Andy a child?

I still believe as much in the power of prayer as I did as a child and as I did when I wrote that first novel. I praise God that I can talk to Him anytime without any technology, anytime, any place, and I don’t even need a cell phone to do it.

Dear God, I pray that others will keep a clear mind and have self-control and come to you anytime, any place when they need guidance, help, wisdom, or answered prayers. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

B. J. RobinsonIf you would like to check out the novel, short story, or the many books I’ve written since then, please go to my Amazon Author Page at Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1452521584&sr=1-2-ent

Bio: B. J. Robinson is the author of over twenty books as well as short stories and novellas. Many have ended up as Amazon bestsellers. She writes in a variety of genres to allow reader selection. Three dogs and a cat are her writing companions. She is blessed with five children, thirteen grandchildren, and four pets.

CrossReaders Book Review: Love’s Sure Dawn: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 3) by Naomi Rawlings

CrossReaders Book Review: Love’s Sure Dawn: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 3) by Naomi Rawlings

Title: Love’s Sure Dawn

Author: By Naomi Rawlings

Love's Sure Dawn

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

No matter how hard she tries to help, Rebekah Cummings always ends up causing more problems than she solves. This time, though, things will be different. She’ll find a way to pay her family’s debts, even if doing so requires leaving Eagle Harbor. Maybe then they’ll start treating her as a capable woman who makes her own choices.

Gilbert Sinclair is going to marry an heiress. With his latest business venture sunk at the bottom of Lake Superior, he needs money to replace the steamship he lost, so he heads to Chicago where his father’s business connections should land him a suitable wife. Like most things in his meticulously planned life, everything goes as expected—until he discovers Rebekah Cummings working as the new cook on his ship.

Rebekah well remembers the pain she endured the last time she tried trusting Gilbert, and Gilbert can’t afford to pursue the love of a working class woman. But they can’t stop the forgotten feelings swirling between them—or ignore the sacrifices they’d both have to make for a future together.

If you love Christian romance, small towns, and historical places that come alive on the page, then you will love Love’s Sure Dawn.

Eagle Harbor Series–Where Love Finds Its Anchor
Book 1: Love’s Unfading Light (Mac and Tressa)
Book 2: Love’s Every Whisper (Elijah and Victoria)
Short Story: Love’s Beginning (Elijah and Victoria)
Book 3: Love’s Sure Dawn (Gilbert and Rebekah)
Book 4: Love’s Eternal Breath (Seth and Lindy–winter 2016)
Book 5: Love’s Constant Hope (Thomas and Jessalyn–summer 2016)
Book 6: Love’s Bright Tomorrow (Isaac and Aileen–winter 2017)

Review

SEEKING GOD’S GUIDANCE IN EVERYTHING
This third story in the Eagle Harbor series can read as a standalone. I love series and seeing people we find in previous stories and meeting new ones. This story did not fail to share so many emotions of love, forgiveness, and acceptance. This story has a strong lesson and reminder of seeking God first in everything and waiting on his guidance in our life. The story kept me captivated and the pages turning. There is a great cast of characters, witty and enlightening dialog and just the right amount of angst between characters. This isn’t a preachy story, but a gentle reminder of seeking God. I love how when God and His will is placed first everything else seems to fall into place. This story does not leave on a cliffhanger. I look forward to many more books in this wonderful series.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReads Short Takes: The Huguenot Sword & The Thankful Principle

CrossReads Short Takes

The Huguenot Sword

by Shawn Lamb

The Huguenot Swort

For Faith. For Friendship. For Freedom. During the time of Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu, being a Protestant could mean imprisonment or death. The Huguenot Sword roamed the streets of Paris by night, protecting those of the young heretical religion from reprisal. The nobility scorned them. To the Protestants they were saviors, but to the Cardinal’s Guards, they were a pestilence needing to be terminated. Born into a powerful noble family, yet threatened with a life of solitude to keep her faith hidden, Sabrina Charbonier flees to Paris and the safety of her cousin. However, when intrigue and personal vengeance uncovers the family’s secret past whom can she trust: her cousin or a dashing King’s Musketeer with a secret of his own?

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The Thankful Principle

by  Marcia Day Brown

The Thankful Principle

The Thankful Principle follows Marcia Day Brown’s life-changing journey into thankfulness. While frustrated and dealing with a troubled teenage daughter, the author reluctantly began thanking God in the midst of trying circumstances, according to Philippians 4:6-7. Feeling empowered, she began applying it to other areas of her life. Dramatic results followed. Through sharing her testimony with friends, strangers, on the mission field of South Africa, and even in a women’s prison, the Thankful Principle is continuing to change lives today.

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