Sunday, November 21, 2021
Payne thinks it’s just another day of work until she receives a call from Mat
Hammond, an old college friend and historian. But pleasantries are cut short.
Mat has uncovered a scandalous secret kept buried for decades: In World War II,
Caroline’s British great-aunt betrayed family and country to marry her German
to find answers and save her family’s reputation, Caroline flies to her
family’s ancestral home in London. She and Mat discover diaries and letters
that reveal her grandmother and great-aunt were known as the “Waite sisters.”
Popular and witty, they came of age during the interwar years, a time of peace
and luxury filled with dances, jazz clubs, and romance. The buoyant tone of the
correspondence soon yields to sadder revelations as the sisters grow apart, and
one leaves home for the glittering fashion scene of Paris, despite rumblings of
a coming world war.
letter brings more questions. Was Caroline’s great-aunt actually a traitor and
Nazi collaborator, or is there a more complex truth buried in the past?
Together, Caroline and Mat uncover stories of spies and secrets, love and
heartbreak, and the events of one fateful evening in 1941 that changed
this rich historical novel from award-winning author Katherine Reay, a young
woman is tasked with writing the next chapter of her family’s story. But
Caroline must choose whether to embrace a love of her own and proceed with
caution if her family’s decades-old wounds are to heal without tearing them
even further apart.
“Carefully researched, emotionally hewn, and written with a sure hand, The London House is a tantalizing tale of deeply held secrets, heartbreak, redemption, and the enduring way that family can both hurt and heal us. I enjoyed it thoroughly.”— Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars and The Book of Lost Names
expertly researched and marvelously paced treatise on the many variants of
courage and loyalty . . . Arresting historical fiction destined to thrill fans
of Erica Roebuck and Pam Jenoff.”— Rachel McMillan, author of The London
Restoration and The Mozart Code
fast-paced foray into the past cleverly reveals a family’s secrets and how a
pivotal moment shaped future generations. Readers who enjoy engrossing family
mystery should take note.”— Publisher’s Weekly
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Hazel Stillman is
a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed
foot, she was sent away as a child and, knowing her disability means a marriage
is unlikely, she devoted herself to scholarship and education.
Now working as a
teacher in an elite private girls' school, she is content with the way her
story has unfolded. When her uncle Elliott Mayfield presents her with the
prospect of a substantial inheritance if she marries, Hazel is offended. What
kind of decent man would marry for her money? Besides, she loves her freedom as
a professional, respected woman. When she hears rumors of the school possibly
being sold, however, she knows she must consider all her options.
has a brilliant mind and thrives on order and process. He does not expect to
marry because he likes his solitary life, shared only with his beloved cat.
When Elliott Mayfield, his guardian's brother, presents him with an inheritance
if he marries a woman of social standing, Duncan finds it intrusive. However,
with the inheritance, he could purchase the building in which he works and
run his own firm. It would take an impressive and intellectual woman to
understand and love him, quirks and all.
Hazel and Duncan
believe they have found a solution to both of their problems: marry one
another, receive their inheritances, and then part ways to enjoy their individual
paths. But when Uncle Mayfield stipulates that they must live together as
husband and wife for one year before receiving their inheritances, Hazel and
Duncan reluctantly agree. Over time, their marriage of convenience becomes much
more appealing than they had anticipated. At the end of the full year, will
they go their separate ways or could an unlikely marriage have found
lovely romance. The historical details, the depth of the authentic characters,
and the realistic dialogue all contribute to an immersive story. [A] beautiful
and inspirational story about loving people just as they are.”— Katie
Jackson, Regency Proofreading
This book was phenomenal. The very best in the series.”— Lyssa Armstrong, For
Where Your Treasure Is
love story was unique and such an uncommon take on a marriage of convenience!
[S]weet and well worth the wait!”— Ashley Johnson, Bringing Up Books
written, sensitive, poignant addition to the Mayfield Family series.”— Susan
K., The Flipped Page
four children and lives in Northern Utah.
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021
I am so excited to announce that I won third place in the Southern Christian Writers Fall "Fear" Writing Challenge! It was a wonderful surprise, and I thank the Lord for the opportunity to enter this contest and for His daily help and encouragement in life and in my writing.
My piece was published on their blog, which is so exciting! Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my story. Happy reading friends!
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Every Word Unsaid: A Novel by Kimberly Duffy
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House (November 2, 2021)
Length: (368) pages
Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook
Augusta Travers has spent the last three years avoiding the stifling expectations of New York society and her family's constant disappointment. As the nation's most fearless--and reviled--columnist, Gussie travels the country with her Kodak camera and spins stories for women unable to leave hearth and home. But when her adventurous nature lands her in the middle of a scandal, an opportunity to leave America offers the perfect escape.
India, she expects only a nice visit with childhood friends, siblings Catherine
and Gabriel, and escapades that will further her career. Instead, she finds
herself facing a plague epidemic, confusion over Gabriel's sudden appeal, and
the realization that what she wants from life is changing. But slowing down
means facing all the hurts of her past that she's long been trying to outrun.
And that may be an undertaking too great even for her.
shines in elegant, flowing prose and delicate precision that underscores the
nineteenth-century setting."— Booklist, starred review
"An author to watch."— Library Journal
"Duffy's writing is beautiful, deep, and contemplative."— Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City