Fall Into Reading 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

I have been involved in Katrina's reading challenges since I started my blog in 07. I really enjoy doing it. It's just a log of fun to do with the other bloggers.
It also helps me finish up books I need to.

My list

A Wedding Invitation - Alice J. Wisler

The Baker's Wife - Erin Healy

The Diary of a Teenage Girl - Melody Carlson

Shadowed in Silk - Christine Lyndsey

Love on the Line - Deanna Gist

Forsaking All Others - Allison Pittman

A Christmas Journey - Kathy Macias

The Wonder of Your Love - Beth Wiseman

Reclaiming Lily - Patti Lacy

Sheep's Clothing - Michelle Sutton

Deeply Devoted - Reviewed

Book Description:
When Catharine Olsen leaves Holland for Wyoming as a mail-order bride, she brings some extra baggage with her: two sisters, her mother's set of Blue Willow china, and a tragic past. As she steps off the train, Peter Andersen is glad to see that she is everything her letters showed her to be. But he is a bit perturbed by her unexpected companions. How will he support them all? And what other secrets might Catharine be keeping from him?

Filled with sweet romance and vivid characters, Deeply Devoted highlights a clash of cultures as a highborn European and a simple wheat farmer learn to love one another and trust God with the past—and the future.

My Thoughts: Catharine and her sisters had me giggling so many times, and poor Peter. He has waited for this mail-order bride to arrive however he was not prepared for her two sisters Anna and Greta to come with her. The girls were use to having servants in Holland and here in Wyoming they were the ones that were going to be doing the chores. They had no idea how to tend a garden, milk a cow, cook, wash or any other household chores. It was so fun to watch these girls learn the way of the west, and the love story between Peter and Catharine was so sweet! I was actually reading this during a football game and I never do that! Highly recommended!!!

Preview: Captive Trail

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Captive Trail
Moody Publishers (September 1, 2011)
Susan Page Davis


From Susan: I've always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. My young adult novel, Sarah's Long Ride, also spotlights horses and the rugged sport of endurance riding, as does the contemporary romance Trail to Justice. I took a vocational course in horseshoeing after earning a bachelor's degree in history. I don't shoe horses anymore, but the experience has come in handy in writing my books.

Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I'm proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim's and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters.

For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer, covering local government, school board meetings, business news, fires, auto accidents, and other local events, including a murder trial. I've also written many profiles and features for the newspaper and its special sections. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman's World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. We're so glad we did. It allowed our six children to grow up feeling close to their cousins and grandparents, and some of Jim's family have even moved to Maine!

Our children are all home-schooled. The two youngest are still learning at home. Jim recently retired from his vocation as an editor at a daily newspaper, and we’ve moved from Maine to Kentucky.


Captive Trail is second in a six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896. Although a series, each book can be read on its own.

Taabe Waipu has run away from her Comanche village and is fleeing south in Texas on a horse she stole from a dowry left outside her family’s teepee. The horse has an accident and she is left on foot, injured and exhausted. She staggers onto a road near Fort Chadbourne and collapses.

On one of the first runs through Texas, Butterfield Overland Mail Company driver Ned Bright carries two Ursuline nuns returning to their mission station. They come across a woman who is nearly dead from exposure and dehydration and take her to the mission.

With some detective work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu identity. He plans to unite her with her family, but the Comanche have other ideas, and the two end up defending the mission station. Through Taabe and Ned we learn the true meaning of healing and restoration amid seemingly powerless situations.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Captive Trail, go HERE.

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