Christmas Traditions is a boxed set of Christian romance novella’s. Each one is a stand alone book, or the first book in separate series, and by different authors. All were good, some I loved! As a whole I give the set four stars. I really enjoyed them. Great read for the holidays. I can recommend for teens and up, though written for adults. Where I could, I wrote individual reviews for each book.
I was given a copy of “Jewel of Hiram” by the Author, Frank Felton, in exchange for an honest review. This book was packed with U.S. History, (including Masonic lore), as well as mystery. Hidden treasure and hidden agendas abound in this story. I have to admit I got a little confused in a couple of places, but it all came together as the story progresses. Warning: Written by a Christian, but there is some swearing, including taking God’s name in vain. Also it quotes some books as part of the bible, but that are not part of the biblical canon. For these reasons I give it 3 stars. I read it as fiction, as it was intended and I liked it. His characters, though flawed are the kind you can root for. Frank Felton has a good writing style and the story kept me going despite the differences in our beliefs. I do intend to read the rest of the series as they come out.
Titanic: Unsinkable is the first book in a trilogy. The series is written for ages 8 and up. I happen to love all things Titanic so this story gets a star just for the subject matter, right up front. The book is well written and the story is told through the adventures of four teenagers. Paddy is an Irish lad, running from some notorious gangsters, only to find out they have also booked passage on the very ship that he has stowed-away on. Alfie, an English boy has lied about his age to acquire his job as a steward on the same ship his father works as a broiler man. Sophie and her Mother, who is a woman’s rights activist are on their way back to America. Julianna is the daughter of an earl. She and her father are visiting America on business. The four teens find trouble, mystery and suspense on the Titanic. I enjoyed book one and will be moving on to the next two. I give this book 5 stars.
Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin was a great Christian fiction read. It tells the story of a time in the history of Judah when they had turned their backs on God and even brought false gods into the temple. It includes biblical history with creative fiction and spans a few generations. There are more in the series and I will probably read them all. Lynn Austin knows how to tell a good story. I give this book 4 stars.
Shadows Grey is a timetraveling story with a twist. Just loved the book. Melyssa Williams is a new author for me and I can’t say enough about her writing style. She had me on the egde of my seat through the whole book. Great fantasy, love the main character. Not a fairytale princess!! Since I love history, this one was even extra special. Looking forward to reading the next two! I give this book 5 stars.