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With You Always by Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund does not shy away from topics such as injustice, poverty, separation and sadness. She also has a way of weaving hope into all of this! With You Always is set in New York City in 1857, one of the many struggling immigrants, Elise Neumann has lost her home, her mother, and when her world collides with the privileged and rich Thornton Quincy, things get…complicated.

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An Awakened Heart By Jody Hedlund

It’s almost time for the release of the brand new Jody Hedlund series called The Orphan Train Series, starting with With You Always soon to be released, but first, to wet our appetites is the delightful and quite important, (I think) novella which introduces us to New York City in 1857. One thing I love about historical fiction is that it brings a snapshot of history to life and Jody Hedlund is among my favorite authors to do this!

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What? What do you mean Romance isn’t for everyone?

Cupid gets a lot of attention today! It’s Valentine’s Day. In a conversation online recently I was shocked to read that some people, (who will remain nameless) prefer less romance in their reading. What? This I just could not understand. I mean, what?

Then I got to thinking, okay so there are different personalities and not everyone is romantic and swoons, but for this gal, I need romance. Not just for the sake of romance, but I am fascinated by the interaction of two people who have a connection and are exploring said connection. So today, since it is Valentine’s day, I thought I would share some of my favorite reads with romance in them for you and I hope that you will find a good Valentine’s read,

right here.

One of them if free! Enjoy!

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Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer is a lifelong reader and writer. Her love of history began at an early age, too. Anne holds a degree in history from Southern Methodist University. One my favourite books that she wrote is At Every Turn. Today I have Anne here with me and we get to know more about the Person Behind The Pen and tell us more about her unusual college life.

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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

I have been a fan of Julie’s books for many years and have loved her stand alone books. I did however recognize that this one is the first in a series and as such it is setting up for a series, which makes it a little different to a stand alone. It reminded me of Lawana Blackwell’s Gresham Chronicles,

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Not By Sight

Not by Sight is Kate Breslin’s much anticipated second book, set in Britain in 1917 during WWI. Sparks begin to fly when Grace Mabry hands a white feather of cowardice to the handsome Jack Benningham, the Earl of Stonebrook, who is known for his pacifist views. Grace is motivated by her patriotism and fierce love for her twin whil is fighting in the trenches in France. From the moment Grace hands over that feather, things are set in motion beyond their control. Secrets, intrigue, heartache and betrayal challenge Jack and Grace’s outlook on the world, as they search to walk by Faith and not by sight and overcome their prejudices of one another.

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Kate Breslin

A Florida girl and former bookseller, Kate Breslin migrated to the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her guitarist husband and a persnickety cat. Author of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing’s 2015 Best Award for first time author, and her debut novel, For Such A Time, is a Christy award, RITA award, and Carol award finalist. Kate’s second novel, Not By Sight, will release in August, 2015. In her interview she reveals a fun fact about herself that you are going to love!

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