CAN Book Review: The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough

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 THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE by Vickie McDonough  Review by Carla Stewart  Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (April 1, 2010) ISBN-13: 978-1602606968   Veteran writer Vickie McDonough’s first trade length novel, THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE, delights and entertains with fresh characters and puts a fun, new spin on the mail order bride story. Set in late nineteenth century Texas in the fictional town of Lookout, the characters dance off the page from the very first scene. When Luke Davis returns to the hometown he left several years, he is excited about being the new town marshal, but dreads facing Rachel, the woman who betrayed…

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CAN Book Review: A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

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 A DISTANT MELODY by Sarah Sundin  Review by Carla Stewart Publisher: Revell; Original edition (March 1, 2010)  ISBN-13: 978-0800734213   Once in a while a book comes along that wraps its arms around you and so enchants you that you don’t want to the story to end. Sarah Sundin’s debut novel, A Distant Melody, is one of those books. At the height of WWII, a chance meeting brings Allie Miller and Walt Novak together, but Allie’s upcoming marriage, arranged by her wealthy parents, and Walt’s dispatch to pilot a B-17 bomber from an airbase in England, halts the romance before…

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CAN Book Feature: Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico by Lena Nelson Dooley

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Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico By Lena Nelson DooleyISBN: 978-1935416746Summerside PressHistorical Romance All that glitters is not gold. It’s 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride—despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah. Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeleine Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip—and Jeremiah himself—the…

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The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough

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The Anonymous Bride,  Book 1 in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough from Barbour Publishing released April 1, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-60260-696-8 Three mail-order brides arrive in Lookout, Texas, each expecting to marry the local marshal. But—he didn’t order a bride. When a contest ensues to discover which bride will make him the best wife, there is a surprise fourth entry –an anonymous one. Mayhem occurs as the whole town tries to figure out who the anonymous bride is, and the mayor pressures the marshal to pick a bride or lose his job. Will Marshal Davis tuck tail and run for the hills? Or…

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CAN Book Feature: More Than Conquerors by Kathi Macias

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More than Conquerors  Book two of the four-book Extreme Devotion series from New Hope Publishers ISBN-10: 1596692839  ISBN-13: 978-1596692831  Release Date: April 5, 2010   With violent crime on the rise and the political climate changing throughout certain parts of Mexico, the opportunity for open Christian witness, particularly in some areas of Chiapas State, is rapidly decreasing. Hector Rodriguez pastors a small church in the tourist-popular border town of Tijuana. He also routinely carries Bibles deeper into the hostile areas of Mexico, where he ministers despite increasing difficulty and persecution. Hector’s mother accompanied him on one of those trips and felt God called her to stay in…

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CAN Book Feature: No Greater Love by Kathi Macias

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 No Greater Love  Book one of the four-book Extreme Devotion series from New Hope Publishers ISBN-10: 1596692774  ISBN-13: 978-1596692770  Release date: April 5, 2010   Orphaned four years earlier when their parents, active in the African National Congress (ANC) movement against Apartheid, were murdered, 16-year-old Chioma and her 15-year-old brother, Masozi, now live and work on an Afrikaner family’s farm. When Chioma and Andrew, the farm owner’s son, find themselves attracted to one another, tragedy revisits their lives. Chioma escapes to join an ANC rebel band in her effort to survive and gain revenge for her family and race. When cultures clash…

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CAN Book Feature: Patterns and Progress by Amber Stockton

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Patterns and Progress By Amber Stockton December, 2009   ISBN-10: 1602606870 ISBN-13: 9781602606876 Shannon Delaney was right. Every time she might consider changing her stance on what other people called progress, something bad would happen and she would be proven right again. Take the day Jacob Berringer almost ran her over in that new Model-T, for instance. And he had the nerve to suggest she'd been daydreaming? Or the Titanic. A marvel of modern invention. Look where that got them. Or how about the new tractor her brother insisted they try out. What did he get from that? A broken…

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CAN Book Feature: Babes with a Beatitude by Linda Kozar

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Babes With A Beatitude—Devotions For Smart, Saavy Women of Faith by Linda Kozar  (Howard/Simon & Schuster)  Releases in December, 2009. Daily Inspirations for the Blessed Life “The blessed life”…that’s what the word beatitude actually means…and that’s the life God created you to live. The 366 devotions (yes, there’s an extra one for leap year!) were written with today’s busy woman in mind. Each message is short, but more than sweet, as it delivers powerful words of hope, purpose, direction, and encouragement. For every day of the year, you’ll find an uplifting scripture, a straight-to-your-heart message, and a “Beatitude Check” that gets…

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Book Review on Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives

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   I have a friend whose husband is deployed in Afghanistan. I've been searching for the perfect gift to let her know not only how much I appreciate her husband's service to our country, but also to recognize her faithful service, too. With Faith Deployed, I've found it the perfect gift. Jocelyn Green and her army of been-there, walked-a-mile-in-your-shoes writers, have packed a lot into this little book. Each two-page devotional is a morsel of food for thought and spiritual nourishment. Not being a military wife myself, I was surprised at how the book affected me. In it I found…

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Book Review on Direction by Cheri Cowell

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This is Jocelyn Green, and today I have the pleasure of offering a book review of Cheri Cowell’s  Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of Your Life. Many times, it’s easy to discern a good choice from a bad one. But when neither option is bad or wrong, how does one know which path to choose? While most of us would prefer the proverbial “handwriting on the wall” to show us the way, that kind of unmistakable message from God is rare. But according to Cowell’s book, that’s OK. We don’t need it. In fact, instead of trying to guess what…

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