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All in Good Time by Maureen Lang

A woman with a dream to build a haven for former prostitutes in Denver circa 1887 and who needs money.All_In_Good_Time_Screen_Shot A banker who is highly successful with money to lend.  What more could be needed to bring Dessa Caldwell’s dream to fruition?  A great deal as Maureen Lang shares in her book, All in Good Time.

Lang’s characters come alive on the pages as Dessa obtains her loan from Henry Hawkins’s bank but not because of Hawkins’s approval.  Hawkins’s uncle, Tobias Ridgeway, sees the goodness in Dessa’s plans and dreams and hopes to see her do well in cleaning up a part of Denver.  Hawkins, however, only sees Dessa’s plans as foolhardy and futile, and he openly expresses his ability to foreclose if she misses a single payment date.

Despite their differences about Dessa’s hope for helping former prostitutes, Henry and Dessa begin to find themselves drawn to each other.  Because of Dessa’s inability to wait patiently for things to happen, she finds herself in interesting scrapes and yes, even in danger.  Turk Foster, a rake who runs an establishment serving gamblers, begins to pursue Dessa.  But for his own purposes or to help her efforts?

A secret in Henry Hawkins’s past is troubling to him and threatens to destroy any possibly relationship with Dessa Caldwell, but he does not know that she too is hiding something.  What will it take to bring the two together in a harmonious relationship?  Lang once again uses this beautiful story to share the love of God and His faithfulness to each one of us, if only we believe.

This was my first Maureen Lang read, and I will read more.  After receiving this historical romance novel from Tyndale House, I learned that All in Good Time is the second in the Guilded Legacy Series.  After researching the series, I’m happy to report that the books in this series are stand-alone books and can be read in any order without fear of losing the thread of any story.

STARS:  4

RECOMMENDATIONS:  Those who enjoy Christian and historical romance novels, those with an interest in Denver history, lovers of Maureen Lang, church librarians.

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Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Northern Lights Trilogy by Lisa Tawn Bergren

northern lights trilAs an eBook, the reader has the advantage here.  The trilogy is complete when loaded to your eReader!  No waiting to pick up the books in order.

Lisa Tawn Bergren presents her reader with three historical romance novels focusing on the Anders sisters, Elsa and Tora, and Elsa’s friend, Kaatje Janssen. All three young women immigrate to America from Bergen, Norway, with other Bergensers looking for a newer, more enriching way of life.

Not only does each of these three young women make the trip to America, each has her own romance, heartbreak and renewal.  The character development is rich and diverse.

Bergren is not afraid to insert the subject of adultery in her trilogy.  Some have expressed a discomfort with that subject, but this reader sees it as an important introduction of the effect of sin in relationships and against God, and the result of such actions and choices. Definitely much-needed reminders for us all.

Bergren is a good writer stylistically and her descriptive language paints amazing images for her readers.  These three books rely heavily on the meaning for these women, especially Elsa, of the Northern Lights. Bergren uses this to show off her clever handling of description.

Truly, these are enjoyable stories but definitely depend on one another. The endings create a looseness that would leave the reader without much to solidly complete their interpretation of the story, if the next book were not available.

I highly recommend these books, whether read in eBook format or otherwise.  They are rich with relationship, love, friendship, but also show the truth that life has its heartbreak, loss, tragedy.  And yet, there can always be healing.

RECOMMENDATION:  Lovers of historical fiction and family saga, interest in sailing ships of the 1800s, Alaskan gold rush

STARS:  4.5

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Waterbrook Multnomah provided me with a free copy of this book
in return for an honest review.

 

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