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The Alamo Bride (Daughters of Mayflower #7)


Title: The Alamo Bride (Daughters of Mayflower #7)
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Pages: 256
Year: 2019
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The series, for those who don’t know, is written by various authors, starting with Kimberley Woodlouse’s novel titled The Mayflower Bide. Following that there are the five novels: The Pirate Bride, The Captured Bride, The Patriot Bride, The Cumberland Bride, The Liberty Bride, and coming in April 2019 is The Golden Bride. Each novel is unique and filled with adventure, mystery, and romance along with faith of the characters.
Every one of the previously listed stories I have read and enjoyed for different reasons. The Alamo Bride took me a few chapters to become engaged but was still worth reading. Here, the lead female character is known mainly by her shortened named Ellis. Her personality is one of stubbornness, strength, knowledge of herbs and healing along with courage.
The story is not set when the battle of the Alamo is taking place. Readers will be lured into the story by a man from New Orleans who is on a presidential mission. However, harm comes to him and not only is his life in danger but so is concluding the mission. Ellis and her family don’t know if they can trust this man, as he is having memory issues and they aren’t sure which side he stands with, Santa Anna or those loyal to Texas.
The book was for hard to get into but once I did, it was good. I thought the story would take place at the Alamo and during the fighting. There are individual skirmishes, but the tale focuses on Ellis and the man who has a mission. It is worth reading and enjoying, and I look forward to the last book in the series to see how this is all going to conclude!


The Liberty Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower Series #6)



Title: The Liberty Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower Series #6)
Author: Marylu Tyndall
Pages: 256
Year: 2018
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating: 5 stars our of 5
All the books in the series are written by different authors who do a fantastic job of telling a tale set in a certain time period. In the front of the book, a reader is reminded of the generations of a certain family that began with the Mayflower landing, and the name of the how the family has grown through the years regardless of the trials.
This book is set in 1814 on a boat off the coast of Virginia. Emeline Barrett has been caring for many people including her mother until her passing. Her father sends her to England to learn how to become a lady with an eccentric aunt. Aboard her father’s boat of privateers, she is contemplating her future that is less than what her heart desires. On top of this, she has a fledging and misguided faith and view of God when she meets Hannah whose husband works on the ship.
The tension climbs when the boat is attacked by the HMS Marauder and Emeline meets Lt. Owen Masters. I don’t want to disclose anymore for fear I would ruin your enjoyment of discovery of what happens in the book for yourself. All I can say is this story is engaging, tense at times, filled with characters of faith and those who aren’t, and romance that a reader is never sure whether it will become anything or not.
The Liberty Bride was thoroughly a fun read, filled with daring adventures and dangers. I cannot wait until the next installment is released in 2019 titled. The Alamo Bride. The whole series of books are worth reading again and again, along with gifting them and sharing with family and friends. Have fun with history through fiction!

The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower Bride #5)



Title:  The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower Bride #5)

Author:  Shannon McNear

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

What fun and exciting stories this series offers with another blockbuster added that is set in the late 1700s!  Families are gathered to travel on the Wilderness Road into a new area to settle down, one with room to grow.  Kate Gruener is a very interesting female character.  One of her favorite activities is to journal.  Kate loves writing out the stories she has heard her father share but because it isn’t looked on favorably by her parents she hides the papers.

When they decide to travel the Wilderness Road, Kate’s father hires a guide named Thomas Bledsoe.  Kate has been raised to be able to do the tasks the women of that era were expected to learn.  On this dangerous journey, Kate is about to experience so much that what she journaled before is about to grow exponentially!  Thomas tries to ignore Kate and put space between them.  Then, when Kate’s life and that of a younger sibling hang in the balance, he moves swiftly to save them.

Thomas’s past has negatively impacted his faith.  Kate’s faith is strong even when she has questions or doesn’t understand life.  Readers will enjoy the scenes described in the book, just imagining them takes one’s breath away.  Plus, the strong theme of faith and how it can sustain one through very hard trials if one opens their heart to Him.

It was a pleasure beyond words to read this story.  It was exciting with a touch of adventure, mystery, and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows on the trail.  Then, add some romance, and out comes a great tale to curl up and enjoy!  Look for this book and then sit down and escape into the past with this wonderful novel!


The Patriot Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #4)




Title:  The Patriot Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #4)

Author:  Kimberley Woodhouse

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

The Daughters of the Mayflower series starts with The Mayflower Bride, The Pirate Bride and The Captured Bride before the story continues with this book.  While each book could be read as a stand- alone, reading the series makes it more enjoyable to see the various family members adventures in different eras.

Here the Revolutionary War hasn’t started, but the rumors of war are definitely in the wind and people know it!  Kimberley Woodhouse did a wonderful job putting together a very believable and lifelike tale!  When readers start the book, the author has a letter for readers and in Note From the Author, we get to learn about her research.

Faith is the main female character throughout the book and she is full of fight and fire!  Faith suffers through some hard times, but that is what shapes this woman’s heart and patriotism.  There are no lengths Faith won’t go to aid others, and I loved how the women got together to read and memorize the Scriptures prior to war breaking out.

There are real historical characters in the book with a little change here or there in reference to the time, if I remember right.  Reading about our forefathers and how they might have lived or spoke makes them so real to me.  One scene made me giggle, and I can’t wait for you to enjoy picturing it in your head!  It’s great!

The tale is also a sobering reminder of the cost many paid in many ways so that their descendants would have a much better and free life in a new country.  Here is an example of historical fiction at its best, so read one or read them all.  There are two more coming out soon!  Perhaps this would make a great gift for a reader you know be they family, friend or acquaintance!


The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3)


Title:  The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3)

Author:  Michelle Griep

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

The first two books in the series are written by other authors with book #1, The Mayflower Bride written by Kimberley Woodhouse followed by The Pirate Bride written by Kathleen Y’Barbo.  Each book is a stand-alone story, though they follow a particular family line.  Each is uniquely written in a way to capture the heart and imagination of the readers.  In this third book of the series from Michelle Griep, I found myself a bit more involved in the story whether it was because of the romance, danger, intense moments or the faith of some unusual characters I can’t say for sure.  I only know that I truly was lost in the story as it was also filled with a couple different mysterious scenes that I wasn’t sure how they were going to be played out in the book.

Many times, I felt as if I was there viewing the action, danger, conversations and more.  It captured my mind, heart and emotions, especially the main female character named Mercy Lytton.  She was a very unusual woman who had gifts and abilities that aided her as a scout.  Yet, as she was becoming more aware of being a woman, the emotional turmoil intensified.

Elias Dubois is one of the male characters Mercy is sent on a mission with, and she cannot figure out who the real man is or if he even allows the real reason why he is sent on this mission to be fully known to anyone.  So, Mercy intensely watches him while they are traveling with a couple of others.  Her feelings are confusing her as they begin to reveal to her the hidden part of her own heart.  Both Elias and Mercy have a past they dare not speak of or show, but as the danger intensifies so does the need to know the real person they are facing multiple dangers with along with being sure they stay alive.

At the end of the story, readers will get to read very interesting Historical Notes.  I cannot wait for the next book to be released!  These are fascinating, historical stories that are both entertaining to read and engaging tales.  If you haven’t read any of the book, please catch up before the fourth book is released titled, The Patriot Bride, by Kimberley Woodhouse in August of 2018.



The Pirate Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #2)



Title:  The Pirate Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #2)

Author:  Kathleen Y’Barbo

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

What a fun story to read!  I sat and read it in one night and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  There is mystery and danger, intrigue and drama; yet, there are some parts of the story that are just comical.  Maribel is a young girl who wants to be a privateer.  As she reads about these men in books, the sense of adventure just speaks to her heart.  Maribel is a character who bucks what is expected of her or even the mold others want to place her in.

Maribel experiences many different and dangerous moments she didn’t sign up for, but she is determined nonetheless.  She is raised in a convent and becomes a teacher, but there is still a part of her that longs to escape into a book without being bothered.  What I laughed about was the place she chooses to read her books and how others react to her choice!

Towards the end of the story the author throws a twist in the plot that really made my heart race and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!  Here is one book I know I will read again and enjoy at some time in the future.  Until then, I plan on telling others about the series as well as encouraging people to get the book for their own personal libraries!  So, ahoy mateys, grab a copy and come aboard for an adventure you won’t regret it!


The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1)



Title:  The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1)

Author:  Kimberley Woodhouse

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

When I start a story, it sometimes takes me a minute or two to find myself engaged in the book.  It doesn’t matter what type of book I am reading.  After I finished this book, I took time to contemplate and consider my review before I began writing.  Kimberley Woodhouse is a favorite author of mine.  I have read most of her stories, including those with Traci Peterson.  One of the strongest points of Kim as an author is her attention to research and detail, which then carries over into her books.

I understand by reading other reviews that some didn’t care for the book or thought the hype of the book didn’t live up to the reality.  Each person has an opinion, but what I don’t get is how or why reviews are downgraded simply because of marketing techniques used or it didn’t live up to a person’s expectations.  Well, even if to you think the book was not worth a 5-star rating, it most certainly wasn’t worth a 3-star one.  Appreciate the hard work authors do in telling a story the next time you write a review.  They know not every book will be a blockbuster, but understand the work they do is time consuming and they give it their best.

For me, this book was a stark reminder of the price people paid for crossing an ocean to start a colony to worship freely.  The lack of medical knowledge at that time or even privacy for months on a ship was really a humbling picture to me.  I felt the heart of the main character, Mary Elizabeth, break every time she lost a loved one.  In a time when there were so many uncertainties and daily life was dangerous, it was simply inspiring as the characters faced their trials.  I loved seeing the holding onto God, prayer, and trusting in Him was a moment by moment choice at times.

This book and those that follow in the series will be well worth reading just to be reminded of the price people paid for religious freedom.  The history, fighting the elements, and clinging to their faith was so captivating to my heart!  Each day people faced was fraught with danger.  They never knew if they would see their dreams or hopes become a reality and that should cause us all to thank God that He brought them safely across the ocean.  Their faith, fighting to live, desire to bring glory to God in everything, gathering together to worship and pray are truths I won’t forget anytime soon!

So, thank you Kim for all your hard work in reminding the audience of the past so that we can be thankful for life today, and be actively living our faith for God’s glory!


Tefillin (A Study on the Commandment of Tefillin)


Title:  Tefillin (A Study on the Commandment of Tefillin)

Author:  Toby Janicki

Pages:  67

Year:  2010

Publisher:  First Fruits of Zion Ministry

Website:  https://ffoz.com/tefillin-book.html

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

I found this small book very interesting reading for me as this was an unknown topic prior to opening the book.  The contents are as follows:  Tefillin Tales, Torah Commandment, The Master and Tefillin, History, Symbolism, The Nature of Tefillin, Non-Jews and Tefillin and Conclusion.

While it is short and easy to read, the information was quite interesting.  My favorite section was the one on history as I learned material I never knew before.  One of the best ways to go through books such as this is with a friend or friends who are interested in learning too.  The discussion my friend and I had helped me better understand the material and brought insights I didn’t see simply reading on my own.

I hope you grab a copy and enjoy the material as learning anything should be a life long endevour!        

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Hallowed Be Your Name (Sanctifying God’s Sacred Name)

Title:  Hallowed Be Your Name (Sanctifying God’s Sacred Name)

Author:  Aaron Eby & Toby Janicki

Pages:  75

Year:  2008

Publisher:  First Fruits of Zion

Website:  https://ffoz.com/hallowed-be-your-name-book.html

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

Hallowed Be Your Name is part of the Mayim Chayim Series published by First Fruits of Zion Ministry.  While this is a small book it is packed with powerful truths and life changing thoughts!  With Aaron Eby and Toby Janicki coauthoring the book, readers get a flavor of what Messianic Judaism is from a Messianic Jewish perspective and a Messianic Gentile one as well.                         

What makes it worth reading is learning the way Judaism understands, treats and reveres His name.  A friend and I took weeks to slowly unpack and discuss what is written in the book and found many ideas brand new.  Coming from a Christian perspective we found this book so helpful and challenging in how we speak and live our lives for His glory.

In society today, we can use this gentle yet powerful reminder of who He is and how we should reverence Him in all areas of our daily lives.  The chapter titles are as follows:  What is God’s Name?, Should We Use the Sacred Name?, Arguments and Answers, The Master’s Use of Evasive Synonyms, The Unpardonable Sin, How Do We Sanctify the Name?, and Practical Application. 

I am sure that I will reread this again in the future because it has gems I will need to remind myself of as I learn to live out the truths revealed.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 


A Silken Thread


Title:  A Silken Thread

Author:  Kim Vogel Sawyer


Year:  2019

Publisher:  Waterbrook

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Willie Sharp is busy working full-time and taking care of his father, who has suffered a stroke.  They don’t have much money, just enough to make do.  Willie’s best friend is Quincy, a young African American who has a hot temper when riled.  They both get jobs at the Atlanta exposition featuring cotton and other textiles.  Quincy encounters a great deal of racism, and Willie wonders why everyone is so concerned with the outside of a person instead of what’s on the inside.

Laurel Millard has gotten a job weaving silk at the new exposition.  She is the youngest of six children and her older siblings have told her it is her job to take care of their mother before starting a life of her own.  Laurel hopes that by being out amongst people she will meet a young bachelor, fall in love and marry as long as he is willing to take care of her mother, too.  Langford Rochester is the son of a wealthy businessman, who spends his days playing cards and wasting time.  His father wants to train him to take over the business and his mother wants him to marry.  Langford wants to keep living the life of a wastrel, but he figures he can pretend interest in both his parents’ objectives for a little while.  He wants a wife that is naïve and easily manipulated.  He sets his sights on Laurel to fill the bill, and Laurel thinks she has found a man to solve her situation.

I normally enjoy this author’s stories, but this one fell short for me.  I couldn’t connect to the characters, the romance between Willie and Laurel didn’t seem realistic in that it came out of nowhere, and the plot was predictable.  I did, however, adore Quincy’s mom.  She was the strong voice of wisdom and faith.  She is a character I would have liked to have heard from more often.  The historical setting was interesting too.  I had never heard of the exposition put on in Atlanta in 1895, so I learned something new.  All-in-all, the book was okay.  I look forward to reading this author’s next endeavor and hope for a better outcome.

Becoming Us (Haven Maker #1)

Title:  Becoming Us (Haven Maker #1)

Author:  Robin Jones Gunn

Pages:  320

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Multnomah

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

Becoming Us is the most authentic or lifelike look into the hearts of various people who really do inhabit earth.  The characters in the story deal with loss, infertility, family issues, marital strife, and finding friendship to name a few.  Robin’s writing draws readers into the book and invites them to learn that what they are reading can be like a mirror.

Robin’s writing is truly unique.  She is telling a story but moreover she is reflecting the ails of society along with the hope that faith brings into lives.  There is no sugarcoating the real struggles that Emily and her husband Trevor deal with, along with how it affects their daughter Audra.  There are happy moments, memory making ones and a curve of learning how to be a family without the intrusive or controlling aspects of extended family.

Not all families are like this and Robin does as superb job of showing that in the book.  There are female characters in the book who, like Emily, have some struggles.  The focus of the novel revolves around Emily and her life, while also showing us how Emily must overcome the past and step into her future.  Emily meets some neat women, and it was exciting to see friendships develop even with the women being different.  Each of the women who befriend Emily have their own struggles, triumphs, fears and faith lessons that become the very bond that unites them.

Here is tale that shows society how friendships can be a very encouraging aspect in life even with the messiness around us.  I think the author did a great job of pointing to the strength women can gather as well as men when they fellowship and be real.  I think many will enjoy the heart touching scenes as well as tears that pooled in my eyes when the ladies come around Emily’s daughter as she grows and welcome her into womanhood. 

Here is a gem of a tale that I highly recommend and hope that the other stories in the Haven Maker series are just as touching!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 


Redemption (Memory Man #5)


Title:  Redemption (Memory Man #5)

Author:  David Baldacci

Pages:  432

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

If you haven’t yet delved into the world of Memory Man’s main character, Amos Decker, you’re missing out!  While each novel can be read as a standalone, for me it worked better to read from the first book to date.  I enjoyed seeing how Amos was growing as an FBI agent and as a man who suffered a head injury via the NFL.

The series introduces Amos when he returns home in book one titled, Memory Man, to learn of the murders of his wife and daughter.  From there, Amos spirals into a pit of darkness both professionally and in his personal life.  What was really gripping in the latest novel was the way the author wove a mystery.  Readers get a hint early as to who is the culprit only to learn…well, I won’t say so as not to ruin it for you who haven’t enjoyed it as of yet.

The author has written a very engaging and riveting tale that kept me turning pages for hours.  There were intricacies that made the story a surprise in the direction it takes and reveals a deeper plot than what is first apparent to the eye.  Amos is changing since his appearance in book one and in many ways, he is also the same.  There were a few heart touching-moments as I read parts that revealed Amos’s internal struggles and thoughts.  Amos Decker is definitely a deep thinker.  His personality quirks are at times frustrating to other characters but also endearing.

I think readers will enjoy watching Amos Decker as he solves crimes, bucks the system and learns to live with loss.  The series starts with Memory Man followed by The Last Mile, The Fix, The Fallen and now Redemption.  Suspense, mystery, intrigue, and more fill the pages and will keep your nose in the book all the while engaging your mind as you try and solve the puzzle presented in each installment.

I highly recommend starting at the beginning to really appreciate the character as he changes, grows and in some ways remains the Amos from the first book to the fifth.  I hope the author plans more exciting adventures for Amos!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Riding Shotgun (Red Ryan Series #1)


Title:  Riding Shotgun (Red Ryan Series #1)

Author:  William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone

Pages:  352

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Pinnacle

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars.

The novel has many strengths that might entice readers to open the pages.  One is that the main male character, Red Ryan, is a tough man.  He has a strong work ethic and goes above and beyond what is necessary to do what is right.  Red doesn’t look for trouble, but it seems to follow him none the less.  Some of the predicaments he gets entangled in come upon him suddenly and others are by his choice and put him in a spot!  Red rides shotgun for a stage company, treats his passengers well and makes sure that any trouble hunting the stage is defeated.

Usually Johnstone stories may allude to what is known as the oldest profession in the world.  However, in this book I found there were too many references or scenes that specially referenced the act between a man and woman.  The scenes were at times overshadowed by this material and made reading the book, although one of the few Johnstone books, less than enjoyable.  So, be aware if you read the book, there are more references to sex and such.

I hope the next Red Ryan focuses more on action, adventure, mystery, etc. and leaves the other material out of the book.


Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Hearts in Harmony (An Amish Journey #1)

Title:  Hearts in Harmony (An Amish Journey #1)

Author:  Beth Wiseman

Pages:  320

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Zondervan

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.                      

The novel brings to the forefront how God can use even the worst moments of our lives to provide rays of hope, faith and love. Within the page’s, readers will discover how one older woman’s journey in her twilight years brings together three unlikely people.  Together these young people discover a life well lived and loved, as well as how God may be bringing them the greatest of gifts.

The ending was somewhat hard to read having lost a loved one to cancer, so in that respect I didn’t enjoy it.  It makes me wonder why other diagnoses aren’t used when desired in a story in climatic moments.  This is not the first book I have read where this same disease is used to remove a character or brings climax to a plot.

Other than that, the story is a quick and enjoyable read.  The tale ends with hope and new beginnings, plus the cover of the second book in the series was shown and is titled Listening to Love.  I think readers will want to read the first book in order to really appreciate what is about to happen in the second installment.  I love how the author showed God’s faithfulness and eventually filling up the holes broken dreams can leave behind.

The book will also be a good way to have people remember to love on the previous generation whether related by blood or not.  This was the first full length novel of Beth Wiseman’s that I have read and plan on reading her future ones that have such faith filled themes.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 


Beneath the Surface (Dive Team Investigations #1)


Title:  Beneath the Surface (Dive Team Investigations #1)

Author:  Lynn H. Blackburn

Pages:  352

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Leigh Weston has moved home to North Carolina to feel safe.  She is a former oncology nurse who had a terrifying experience with a patient.  She now has taken a job at the local hospital in the emergency department.  When someone knocks on her door, she answers and sees the familiar face of Ryan Parker.  They went to high school together but haven’t seen each other in years.  Ryan now works as a homicide investigator and a volunteer as an underwater investigator for the county sheriff’s office.  Leigh lives on a home that has lakeside access.  The sheriff’s office needs access to the lake to recover a body that has been found secured underwater.  Leigh’s dock is that access.  She agrees to let them use her property.

Ryan has had feelings for Leigh ever since high school, but her brother made sure his friends knew that she was off limits as far as romance was concerned.  Now, that she is back in town his feelings resurface, but he knows she isn’t aware of how he feels.  Leigh has had a crush on Ryan since high school, but he never showed any signs of interest.   When an attempt is made on Leigh’s life, Ryan puts is investigator skills to use.  He and Leigh work together to keep her safe and discover who is out to kill her and why.

This is a great start to what I’m sure will be an exciting and entertaining series!  With plenty of suspense and tension, readers will be glued to their seats while their fingers quickly turn pages.  The relentless and dogged determination of the investigators pursuing every possible angle of the inquiry made me appreciate their dedication to their jobs and finding answers to keep people safe.  The mystery and character development were well done.  Readers will meet a likeable supporting cast, one of whom will be the main focus of book two in the series, In Too Deep.  I can’t wait to read Adam Campbell’s story!



Whispers in the Reading Room (A Chicago World’s Fair Mystery #3)



Title:  Whispers in the Reading Room (A Chicago World’s Fair Mystery #3)

Author:  Shelley Gray

Pages:  352

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Zondervan

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Sebastian Marks has remade himself from a poor, illiterate boy to a rich, well-read man.  No matter how much he thinks he has changed, he still feels his low status on the social scene.  The upper class claims he is just pretending to be a gentleman, and he doesn’t really belong in their class.  However, the upper class is more than happy to go to Sebastian’s gambling club for entertainment.  Sebastian enjoys his time away from the club at the local reading room to improve his knowledge and refinement as well as to secretly catch a glimpse of the lovely librarian, Lydia Bancroft.

Lydia is barely keeping her head above water.  Upon her father’s death, she and her mother learned he had put them deep debt.  They had to sell their house, their fancy clothes, jewelry and paintings that had adorned their home.  Living in reduced circumstances and surviving on Lydia’s meager salary has made her mother desperate for Lydia to marry well.  They spend what little money they can spare on keeping up Lydia’s wardrobe, so she can garner a proposal.  Her mother strongly encourages her to accept a proposal from a wealthy gentleman of an equal social status.  Lydia accepts the proposal but has no plans on giving up the job that she loves at the reading room.  She also has spent some time wondering about the handsome gentleman who frequently visits the reading room.  When they finally meet, their lives will take an unexpected turn.

This is my favorite series by this author.  All three books showcase her writing talent with mystery, romance, social class distinctions and the narrow views included therein to name just a few of the elements in the novels.  I found the setting very interesting and I learned about what life was like for a woman in this time era and the restrictions she had to live under.  I also found Lydia’s character so likeable and in her love of books a kindred spirit.  I sincerely hope Ms. Gray will write more historical mysteries as she has done an outstanding job with this series.