Beneath a Starless Sky (by Tessa Harris) … different WWII historical fiction perspective

This was a very entertaining book focused on Lilli and her dream of becoming famous … either a dancer or a star in Hollywood. The book is also set in the time period at the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and the efforts Lilli makes rescue her family and work against Hitler’s atrocities. The characters are well developed and the pace of the story line is action-driven. You will be drawn into the story and kept enthralled as you flip quickly through the pages. This is a wonderful read for those who appreciate WWII historical fiction with a touch of love and sacrifice.

Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Dress Shop on King Street ~ Heirloom Secrets #1 (by Ashley Clark) … heartwarming aspects

This is a dual timeline story which I really enjoy reading. The historical fiction aspect of the book was most interesting. The author has done an amazing job of presenting a story of God’s will and how He works things out for the best … in His own time. The characters are well developed and the story itself is full of emotion and moments of highs and lows. I love how we discover aspects of Millie’s past, but are also given a peak into the future. Even with the themes of racism, there are many heartwarming aspects to the book and I strongly encourage you to take the time to read this book.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Saints of Swallow Hill (by Donna Everthart) … too much detail of sexual relationships

I have enjoyed previous books by this author so I was looking forward to reading this one. I was very disappointed when I got involved in the story. While information about turpentine production and how North Carolina ended up being known as the Tar Heel State was interesting, the amount … and detailed descriptions … of sexual relationships was too much for me to stomach. This was a slow read and it just plodded along which did not keep my interest. There are plenty of 4- and 5-star reviews, so this book might appeal to you.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Easter Bonnet Murder ~ Lucy Stone #28 (by Leslie Meier) … can’t wait to spend time with the gang in Tinkers Cover again

I enjoy catching up with the characters in this series and seeing what adventure Lucy Stone will get into each time. this is a good wholesome series with wonderful and well developed characters. Though I wouldn’t want to live in Tinkers Cove because I couldn’t stand the cold weather, I would enjoy visiting the town. This particular story kept your attention as you spent time with Lucy, both helping her 100-year-old friend, Miss Tilley, and trying to find a missing person. There were good clues scattered throughout and I appreciated how the puzzle was eventually solved. I continue to be amazed at the author’s ability to find new adventures for Lucy and can’t wait to spend time with the gang in Tinkers Cove again.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corporation for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

I’ll Start Again Monday: Break the Cycle of Unhealthy Eating Habits with Lasting Spiritual Satisfaction (by Lysa Terkeurst) … God cares about every aspect of our lives

This is a quick read. I enjoyed the focus on allowing God to fill us rather than food. This is not a proponent of a diet. It is a scripture-based read that reminds the reader that God cares about every aspect of our lives … even food and how we allow it to control us.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

In Darkness, Look for Stars (by Clara Benson) … more of a young adult book

I love historical fiction books set during WWII. I loved the prologue and how it started the book with a peak into a family’s involvement with the French Resistance. This is a dual timeline book, but the timeframe is closer in years. To be honest, I felt that the dialogue was trite and not deeply engaging. It seemed to be more of a young adult book if it weren’t for the subject matter. I did not care for any of the characters in the story except for Maggie. And she did not play that significant of a role. It’s not a horrible book to read, but also not one of my favorites in this genre.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookoutre for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Find Her Alive ~ Detective Josie Quinn #8 (by Lisa Regan) … I can’t wait for the next adventure with Josie Quinn

Wow! Lisa Regan has done it again. I love the Josie Quinn series and this one does not disappoint. Even though it is the eighth book in the series and it would give significant background to read earlier books, you could read this as a standalone. This book was nonstop action. The characters are well developed and the suspense will grab your attention and not let go. While you know a lot about Josie’s past, you will get a glimpse into Trinity’s years growing up. Family dynamics play a large part in the story. The end has a good twist and the relationship between Josie and her twin, Trinity, will have you sniffling a little. A wonderful read that will have you flipping pages to see if the mystery can be solved. I can’t wait for the next Josie Quinn adventure.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookoutre for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Code Name Hélène (by Ariel Lawhon) … more about Nancy Wake’s relationship with Henri Fiocca

I love WWII historical fiction books. And I was excited at the opportunity to read this one since it was about Nancy Wake. I was looking forward to story that was full of danger, bravery, and intrigue. Unfortunately, this was focused more on Nancy’s relationship with Henri Fiocca…more of a romance novel. The author should be commended on the amount and quality of research she conducted. However, the manner in which she presented Nancy Wake drew away from the extraordinary influence she had on bringing an end of Hitler’s horrendous acts. I felt like Nancy’s reputation was tarnished by focusing on aspects that did not highlight her extreme bravery and willingness to be such an integral part of the French Resistance. I believe I am in the minority in my low opinion of the book, so I would encourage you to read it for yourself to see if it appeals to you.

Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

A Fatal Family Feast ~ Farm-to-Fork #6 (by Lynn Cahoon) … great clues sprinkled throughout the pages

I have loved the books in the Farm-to-Fork series and this one does not disappoint. The characters are well developed and I enjoy the relationships that have evolved. This book will grab you from the first page and the murder mystery will keep you invested in the story. There are great clues sprinkled throughout the pages. You can’t help but cheer on the Scooby Team as they do their best to prove Estebe’s innocence and discover who is guilty of the crime. I can’t wait for the next adventure with Angie, Ian, Felicia, and Estebe and the rest of the County Seat gang.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lyrical Press for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Orphan Collector (by Ellen Marie Wiseman) … interesting historical fiction

This book was interesting to read at this point in history as we struggle with the worldwide epidemic of COVID. The issues of race and bigotry are brought forth. The details about the Spanish flu was interesting and provided information of which I was not aware. The character of Bernice was simply evil. Her prejudices were overwhelming and led her to be a very bitter woman. I also had some issues with Pia’s sixth sense of who was ill just by touching them. This was an emotionally challenging book to read. It is a difficult story but is one that I think would appeal to fans of historical fiction.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corporation for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.