Through Waters Deep
by Sarah Sundin
America is on the brink of joining the allies in WWII, in 1941 tensions was high and opinions was many. Mary Stirling is a young Boston Navy yard Secretary that is not looking for love. Then along comes an old childhood friend, the handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery. As evidence starts to pile up that someone is sabotaging the ships in the navy yard. Mary starts to see a mystery brewing that she needs to solve just like her childhood heroine Nancy Drew. She goes to Jim and shares her thoughts and he agrees to help her uncover the culprit that is doing the sabotage. As the time passes and the list of suspects grow, it seems that they are not getting any closer to finding out who is trying to push for america to go to war. the challenges grow as Jim and Mary grow closer to finding out that they love each other.
If you love reading a WWII novel this is the one for you. I love that it mentions the Nancy Drew series, which was one of my favorite series to read growing up.
A big Thank you to revell reads for providing this book for free for exchange for a review.
The Mapmakers Children by Sarah McCoy
Two women from very different eras lives interconnect across the generations. Sarah Brown the vibrant and talented daughter of abolitionist John Brown finds her life turned around when she starts to work with the Underground railroad. Watching as her family deals with the loss of her father and brothers, she resolves to continue her fathers work with the help of a friend. Using her artistic talents to provide hidden maps for the fleeing slaves to follow north to freedom.
Eden Anderson is a modern day woman facing some struggles of her own, having not been able to have a child and moving to a new home. The discovery of a old doll head leads her on a search for information about the house she lives in. Sarah and Eden connect across time thru the dolls head and letters that are found connecting to the house.
This book takes us back to a time when war was brewing between the states. It shows a side to the John Brown story that I have never thought about.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for free.
As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad
The third installment to “The Gregory Sisters” series is about the youngest Gregory sister and her search for her place in life. Having studied horticulture at the ladies college she was attending and a love of gardening, Tessa Gregory pursues a job at the Como Park. But in a time period when women are not accepted in certain positions and jobs, she is turned down for the job. Upon meeting Reece King a very handsome gardener that worked in the Como Park things start looking up for her. Donning a masculine costume to hide her feminine looks she is able to assist Reece on the newest garden project in the park. At the same time Tessa uses her talents to drum up financial support for the new world class Conservatory in the park, with the hopes that the park superintendent will change his mind about hiring her. As Reese and Tessa work together to create a new garden, their feelings for each other grow. Will be they be able to set aside their own goals and pursue a life together as a couple?
Received this book for free for blogging by Revell Reads.
“The Pharaoh’s Daughter ” A Treasures of the Nile novel by Mesu Andrews
The Pharaoh’s Daughter is the first installment of the “A Treasures of the Nile” series. It follows the life of the daughter of Pharaoh who found the little baby Moses in the Nile River. Delving deep into a very dark time period of the Hebrews journey toward freedom, this story follows the life of the one who saved the bay Moses from a pending death. Growing up in a culture that seen their king as a God and with a fear of being snatched to the afterlife, Anippe has carried a dread of childbirth. The time has come for her to marry and start a family of her own. To protect herself from the gods, she chooses to create many deceptions and lies, while involving a slave people called the Hebrews. While bathing in the river, she finds a baby, which it seems that the gods had answered her prayers. But unbeknownst to her she was chosen to protect the leader of the Hebrews from death, the very same thing she feared.
As time passes, bloodshed increases, politics change with the death of a ruler, Anippe starts to wonder if the child she rescued could become the next ruler of Egypt or does the one true God, El Shaddai have bigger plans for the boy she calls son.
Mesu Andrews takes deep into the culture and world that the boy Moses would have grown in.
Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Charming Nancy, a merchant ship set to sail across the Atlantic ocean with a load of Amish Believers headed to the New world. One of those many passengers is Anna Konig, being the only one in her community who can speak English she is making the voyage as their translator. Her thoughts are to finish the journey and return home to where she feels she belongs if they survive the ocean crossing.
To Bairn, the ships carpenter this is another voyage toward working his way up the ladder to becoming the First Mate. All he wants to do his get this journey over with and put his past behind him, but it seems there is other thing in the works. The more time he spends with the group dubbed Peculiars by the ship hands, the more his nights are interrupted with dreams.
As delays, storms, illnesses and the diminishing provisions test each and everyone on the ship, will they make it to New World? When Anna is caught in a very dangerous situation, Bairn comes to her rescue while making a earth-shattering discovery of his own. Will this revelation reveal the deep longing down deep inside both of them and provide healing for both Bairn and Anna.
Suzanne Woods Fisher takes a leap into history taking us back to the beginnings of the Amish Life in the New World. Giving us a glimpse into the ocean crossing and two of the lives of the people that braved the journey.