17 February 2017

Audiobook Review of Melanie Dickerson's "A Viscount's Proposal"

A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson

A Viscount's Proposal
by
Melanie Dickerson
(Brilliance Audio, 2017)
A very enjoyable listen!
At first Leorah Langdon was not a very sympathetic character, seeming rather shallow and seemingly determined to show she could thumb her nose at society's rules. However, as the story progresses, her faith and her dislike of social behavior that is all for show and that restricts women, becomes more understandable. She perceives her parents have had an unhappy passionless relationship. Her nemesis, Edward, the Viscount Withinghall, seems to show up everywhere she goes and always has some complaint about her which he seems only too happy to announce in public, making him come across as a pompous prig. Edward has his life mapped out. He's in line to become Prime minister and has a suitable woman in mind for wife. But he does have a big heart and a huge sense of justice. 
Leorah's brother is friends with Edward and speaks highly of him. But she has already formed her own opinion of him. When she is injured and rescued by the Viscount and then a frightening accident occurs, the two are pressured to consider marriage. But strong-willed Leorah isn't about to be forced to accept a proposal from a man she can never imagine falling in love with and returning that love. 
Both the heroine and hero have to work through their pasts, their current relationships, and fend off a potential killer. A satisfying ending makes it worth it to have to have listen to the accident recounted over and over again in the audiobook. The narrator is pretty awful but I've heard worse. The plot is rather slow and redundant in parts but it really suits the audio format, making it easier to keep track of the plot lines. This reminds me of some Georgette Heyer audiobooks and should please her readers. Unlike many Regency stories, there aren't a lot of party scenes or social settings in this book but the plot doesn't need it for "dressing."
I am a member of audible.com and listened to a download from their site. This book is available in paperback, ebook, audio download, and MP3. As of February 17, 2017 this book was the #1 Bestseller in Historical Romance
Giveaway: We have a giveaway (USA only other than ebook) for one of our commenters on this post. Which of Melanie's books have you enjoyed most and why?

12 February 2017

Lisa Prysock Guest post - A testimony of Overcoming Divorce & Finding Purpose

Author Lisa Prysock

A testimony of Overcoming Divorce & Finding Purpose
Guest Post
By Lisa Prysock

Twenty years ago I went through a devastating divorce after ten years of marriage.  I had a three-year-old little boy with a heart condition.  I was heartbroken that the marriage had not worked out. 
I kept praying and reading the Word during this time, doing my best to remain faithful to the Lord.  I had to start over and find an apartment after living with my mother during the divorce.  The Lord basically had to rebuild my life from the ground up.  About seven months after my divorce was final, I found an apartment in an old-fashioned Victorian house to live in with my little boy.

It wasn’t easy, but I continued to pray and trust God for a miracle and a new chance at finding love again.  One evening, I found myself at the altar at the end of a Wednesday night service where a special evangelist had ministered to us.  I prayed earnestly for God to give me a Godly husband, someone who would be a Godly father for my son.  The evangelist prayed for me while I was praying and asked God to answer my prayers.  That really strengthened me to know that the man of God was praying for me also.  I had been praying at home too, knowing that the fervent, continual, effectual prayers of the righteous man (or woman) avail much.  I had made a list of attributes I desired to see in a husband.  I don’t remember much about my list, but I know that God likes to answer specific prayers.  I also remember that I asked God for a man who would like to do gardening with me as I enjoyed gardening.

God works so fast sometimes!  When I went back to my seat as the service closed and gathered my Bible, purse and keys to leave, I heard the Holy Spirit speak audibly to me.  Some people don’t believe God can do this sort of thing.  However, the Bible says that my sheep hear my voice and they know me.  He said to me, don’t leave yet.  So I stood still at my seat and tried to act natural as I slowed the process of gathering my things, wondering what was about to happen next.

The evangelist was turning off lights and most people were already spilling out into the parking lot.  I had no idea what was going to happen but I knew I was supposed to wait.  So I waited, expectantly.  I knew God was up to something.  Sure enough, the evangelist asked if I would be willing to give an elderly lady a ride home from church.  He said she’s in her 90’s and doesn’t drive.  So I said, “Yes!  I would be happy to do that for her.”  I knew who he was talking about.  She was a Spirit-filled believer and mighty prayer warrior named Ezella Morris.

For the next three months I took Ezella to church and gave her rides home.  She often prayed over my three-year-old son, who sat in his car seat next to her.  One day, I asked her if she knew anyone who could do minor apartment repairs for some things I needed done at my apartment.  She said her grandson had his own business doing home repairs and gave me his phone number and her name as a reference.

Today, I am happily married to her grandson!  He is a gift from God!  We met and fell almost instantly in love!  He loves God, takes me to church, works hard to be a good provider, and the best part -- he is faithful to the Lord.  He had two daughters (grown now living in other states), so we had three children right off the bat.  The Lord blessed us with two more children for a total of five children!  We have been going strong ever since!  He still owns a handyman business and guess what… he used to be a landscaper.  He knew everything about gardening a woman could want to know.  We do lots of gardening together!

We eventually moved from Ohio to Florida, and then to settle in Kentucky where God revived my writing dreams.  Last year, he built me my very own writing/sewing office.  I’m so thankful for my writing office.  It is such a blessing to me and my work!  I am living proof that dreams do come true!  This year will be our 20th wedding anniversary!

Author Bio:
Lisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of nineteen years.  She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating-- with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  

How to Connect with Lisa:
Links:
Books:
Lisa's most recent publication is a devotional, Arise Princess Warrior (October, 2016) and is currently available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble on line in a full color paperback version or black and white on cream paper.  Also available in Kindle eBook format at Amazon.)  

The Victorian Christian Heritage Series (also available at Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble online):

Giveaway:  One PDF of Arise Warrior Princess, a 30 Day devotional challenge and One PDF of Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story, a clean historical Christian Victorian Romance reminiscent of Anne of Green GablesLeave a comment for which book you would like to win and two random winners will be chosen.  Be sure to leave an email where you want your book download sent

09 February 2017

Review & Giveaway: The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze

The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze

The Reluctant Guardian 
by Susanne Dietze
(Love Inspired Historical, 2017)

Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Exceptional Regency by an 
Exceptional 
Inspirational Fiction Author!

Gemma is being held "emotional hostage" by her narcissistic and toxic sister-in-law. Her love for her two darling nephews keeps her in place as she awaits a long-expected forthcoming marriage proposal. Then Tavin Knox interrupts her life, turning everything around.


Initially subtle, the spiritual thread weaves stronger as the novel progresses. I've loved all of Ms. Dietze's other stories and this book was also wonderful. 


I received an advance copy PDF from Susie Dietze, upon my request. I am under no obligation to give a positive rating or review. 

I highly recommend this 
delicious read!!!

Giveaway: Susie has offered the giveaway of a signed paperback copy to one of our lucky readers! Answer this question: What makes you like Regency romance?

07 February 2017

Diana's Fond Farewell! A "Retirement" Party!

Diana L. Flowers
I can't believe it has been SIX YEARS since my first invitation of Diana L. Flowers to do a guest review on the blog. I'd been blogging by myself for a number of years already -- over on ShoutLife (no longer around) and on My Book Therapy blog. But I didn't really get blogging until I started what was Overcoming Through Time blog, which later got renamed Overcoming Through Time With God's Help, and finally Overcoming With God blog! Whew!  A lot of names for a blog that I'd initially started to share how God helps us overcome (I was still working as a psychologist at that time) and how that reflected in fiction. But it got lonely!!! I didn't like blogging by myself.  And there was a fabulous reviewer out there who was such a nice person -- Diana Flowers. So I asked this amazing Christian fiction reviewer if she'd guest post.  And she did! Finally I got to meet her in person in the spring of 2011.



Praise God, Diana has had almost 180 reviews since coming on OWG blog in 2011. Thirty book reviews a year on average! That despite having gone through major surgery and having struggled with ongoing health difficulties.
The above picture was taken in Diana's lovely home in South Carolina last spring, 2016.  We here at OWG blog will MISS "Malibu Barbie" (that's who I thought she looked like when I met her in person!) and our "Senior Reviewer" and AKA "Angel Girl" but she's certainly earned her retirement!


Favorites: 
Some of her favorite authors, whose books she has faithfully reviewed have been: Laura Frantz, Julie Lessman, MaryLu Tyndall, Coleen Coble, and Maggie Brendan and so many more!!!

Here's a message from Bonnie Roof: Diana, I'll miss seeing/reading your beautiful reviews on OWG blog, but am comforted by the fact that I'll still see/read a few, now and then, on Amazon and other sites. I'm even more joyful that I'll continue to see your posts on Facebook, etc. I can't thank you enough for patiently helping/guiding this senior, but newest, member of the OWG team in "learning the ropes." I'm blessed by your friendship, love your sense of humor, and am inspired by your godliness. I can't wait to see what future plans and blessings God has in store for you, and am praying and believing for your total healing. Love, hugs, and prayers!

Here's a message from Teresa S. Mathews: 
Diana to say that words fail me today is almost laughable because we both know how I can talk, but it's so difficult to express the sadness my heart is feeling. 
I can still remember your excitement that night at church when you told me you had become a part of OWG. I was so happy for you and a tad jealous! lol Then the Lord surprised me with the opportunity to join you and Carrie and what a glorious time it has been. You, my precious friend, will be missed immensely but thank the Lord I am blessed to live close enough to you that I can visit from time to time. May GOD bless your future endeavors as only He can do! Love you so much angel girl!


GIVEAWAY: Surprise box of books for one of our party guests! And a tea party gift bag with treats (candy and chocolate!) and earrings for one of our guests, too! Leave a comment for Diana below to enter.

02 February 2017

Erica Vetsch's My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille

My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas: Priscilla's Reveille, by Erica Vetsch


Great Historical Fiction
My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille
(Barbour Publishing)
By Erica Vetsch

Guest Post Reviewed by Andrea Stephens
5 Stars!!!
Great historical fiction! This story made me feel like I was really at Fort Bliss in 1874. Priscilla Hutchens takes leave from her job as artist for the Carterson Ladies' Emporium Catalog in Cincinnati, Ohio to go to Fort Bliss in Texas. 

The book description tells you what she finds when she gets there so I won't repeat it. I will tell you that Priscilla detests Army life. Army first, always. Her father died while out on patrol her mother became estranged from her son, Priscilla’s only sibling when he joined the army. 

Priscilla has no intention of staying more than a few days to retrieve the twins. But those days turn into weeks and her heart begins to change toward their uncle. She is stronger than Major Dr. Elliot Ryder ever thought she would be. 

The author does an amazing job of describing normal every day life in the Fort. There is some action with local and other Indian Tribes. Humorous moments are woven into the story very nicely too. It is the romance that slowly develops between Priscilla and Elliot and what was going to happen to the twins that kept my attention.

I loved this book from the first line to the last.

*I requested and received a copy of this book from the author. A review was not required. These are my own thoughts and feelings about this book.

Giveaway: We're giving away a copy of this launch book in My Heart Belongs series from Barbour!  Leave a comment to enter. Open to international winners, too, as long as Book Depository delivers to your country!  

29 January 2017

Janet S. Grunst -- Overcoming Divorce & Single Parenting

Author Janet S. Grunst
CFP: I am happy to have my friend, author Janet S. Grunst visit with us. Janet is the co-leader with me, of the Tidewater Christian Writers Group. She's also a member of Colonial American Christian Writers and a contributor my group blog, Colonial Quills. She's an amazing lady and I'm so delighted with her debut in Christian fiction! Please welcome Janet to the blog!

Janet:
In the fall of 1993 my world came crashing down when my husband announced he was leaving me and our two sons.  There had been no warning signs. Shock, despair, and anxiety for the future continued in the weeks and months to come. But I also knew that the Lord would see us through all that faced us. 

I clung to Joshua 1:9  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I would never want to relive all the trauma and health crisis of that decade, but I am so grateful to have experienced how God manifested His presence, power, provision and protection in it.  
1. I prayed for wisdom and guidance in how to respond to my husband, my sons and to the circumstances and choices ahead. 
~ God gave me an unbelievable composure and the words whenever I needed them. It was all God’s work. 
2. I asked God for the truth of why my husband was leaving.
~ God provided a miraculous and unexplainable phone call with the answer.

3. In despair I cried out to God. 
~ God provided clergy, and godly friends to counsel, pray for, and support each of us, a family who included us at holidays and other times, friends who sent things and showed up unexpectedly at crucial moments. 
4. I asked the Lord for godly men to mentor my sons.
God sent men from the church to take them to sporting and to Promise Keepers events. 
5. I prayed for professional help of his choosing for our family
~ God provided a wonderful Christian Counselor and later a Christian lawyer


6. I traveled many miles each day to get my sons to their schools with only two hours of sleep each night. I asked God for protection for my health and travel needs.
~ For eight years I never got sick. He kept me alert and saved us from a head-on accident with a large van in a completely unnatural way. Later, a friend I hadn’t seen in years who witnessed it, called to tell me she had seen angels protecting our car. 
7. I prayed God would provide a job, if at all possible working in ministry.
~ The Lord provided me with a job at the ministry I’d been serving in as a volunteer for the previous twenty years. I could even continue to attend a CBS class. 
8. I asked the Lord to find a purchaser for our home and for an affordable home closer to church and schools.
~ God provided all of that, and eleven to move us on the Friday after Thanksgiving, a day they had off work and should have been spent with their families. Before they left, they gathered and prayed peace for us and blessings on our new home. Two girlfriends provided lunch for them.  A stressful, emotional move was transformed to a time of intense humility and gratitude to God and His servants.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,  plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”                       Jeremiah 29:11-13

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:2-3, 12

Bio: Janet worked in banking or ten years and as a freelance writer for two regional publications. After taking a break to raise her children, she worked for an international ministry, Community Bible Study, most recently as the Executive Assistant for the Executive Director. She continues to serve as a leader in her local Community Bible Study class and in her church. She resides in the Historic Triangle of Virginia with her husband and West Highland White Terrier.


Janet Grunst can be found online at:
http://JanetGrunst.com
http://colonialquills.blogspot.com/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                https://twitter.com/janetgrunst 
CFP: Thanks so much, Janet for visiting with us and sharing your testimony of God's provision!                                                                                                                                   

Giveaway: We're giving away a copy of Janet's debut novel A Heart Set Free from Smitten Historical Romance (a division of Lighthouse of the Carolinas) to one lucky guest. Please leave a comment to enter! 

24 January 2017

Diana's Review Of 'A Moonbow Night' By Laura Frantz

A Moonbow Night

A Moonbow Night By Laura Frantz
Revell Publishing, January 3, 2017

Reviewed By Diana Flowers
~5 stars!~

Synopsis:~ Her wilderness survival skills are without rival. But her greatest talent is keeping other people's secrets.

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersman traveling the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke - men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide.

Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn't long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?

With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

My Thoughts: Author Laura Frantz is a masterful artist who paints stunning pictures with words, and A Moonbow Night is a portrait that left me awestruck. This novel is an evocative, heartbreaking, and hauntingly beautiful tale with courageous, strong characters, and deliciously descriptive prose. The author's historical research is impeccable and well-detailed and her writing style is indescribably spectacularquite possibly the best I have ever read by Ms. Frantz! The reader is immediately drawn in to the dangers and beauty of the early Kentucke wildernessfrom the constant terrifying fear of savage Indian attacks to the dazzling allure of the moonbow o'er misty waterfalls.

Although I would love to have had more romantic tension between Sion and Tempe earlier on, I realize that they were both haunted by loss and heartbreak...and to rush things would have been unseemly and unrealistic. The waiting and anticipation was well worth it, however, and the romance was utterly breathtaking...and yes, might I add toe-curling!?😛As I read the last chapter with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, I knew that I had been someplace specialinto the heart and mind of Laura Frantz and her beloved Kentucky. And what a beautifully captivating journey it was.


**Note to OWG viewers** This review is actually my tribute to Laura Frantz, whose first book The Frontiersman's Daughter, paved the way for me to begin writing reviews on OWG...which literally changed my life. Our mutual love of this fabulous book first drew Carrie Fancett Pagels, Marian Baay (one of our earlier reviewers), and I together as FB friends and we maintain a staunch friendship to this day. This in turn led Carrie to ask me to join OWG blog. I have read every book Laura Frantz has ever written and I urge you to as well. As I will soon be leaving OWG, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell Laura "thank you" for all the hours of reading pleasure (looking forward to many more!), and for helping me get through the death of my mother with Courting Morrow Little and her loving support. A Godly, humble lady, and a precious friend to allmay God bless you, dearest Laura!

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This novel may be purchased through Amazon, CBD, B&N, BAM, and your local Christian bookstore.

GIVEAWAY: A paperback copy of A Moonbow Night will be given away to one blessed commenter! US entrants only. To be eligible, please leave your email addy written (at) and (dot) to protect yourself from spammers. DRAWING SUNDAY!

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