This week in Fiction Friday, I want to introduce you to one of my 15 year-olds favorite authors. I’ve read a couple of Melanie Dickerson’s books this year, and really look forward to catching up on her backlist. She has a knack for taking the fairy tales we know — or think we know — and retelling them in a way that brings fresh life to them. Love #fairytales? Have a teen in your life? @cara_putman highly recommends @melaniedickerson latest… Click To Tweet This month her latest The Golden Braid released.The Golden Braid is a sweet retelling of Rapunzel. The author drops the reader into the heart of medieval Germany and weaves a story of mistaken identity, the search for love, and hidden betrayal. My understanding is that it ties into another of the author’s books that I haven’t read yet. My teen loves the author’s books — it’s amazing I got to read it first. The more I read them, the more I understand the appeal. A strong hero, a self-sufficient heroine, and an epic story create a recipe for a...
Cherry Blossom Capers: A Novella Collection (January 2012) Four women encounter love, danger, and mystery beyond their neighborhood near Washington D.C. Tara Whitley, assistant chef at the White House, helps FBI agent Jack Courtland unmask a state-dinner saboteur. Attorney Ciara Turner and her nemesis Daniel Evans investigate a judge’s murder. Archeologist intern Samantha Steele almost loses her nerve and children when she and security guard Nick Porter investigate a forgery at Mount Vernon. Coffee shop owner Susan Holland and builder Vince Martini encounter danger in her late uncle’s mansion. Can these couples trust God with their lives and love as they track down killers and culprits? In this book I got to join three writing friends as we created a series of connected stories about four friends who live on the same cul-de-sac. The truly fun part was we based their neighborhood off of Fairlington Village in Arlington, VA, a place I lived for several years. My heroine just happens to live in my old townhouse! Publisher: Barbour A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island (April 2012) Can the truth set Alanna Stone free? Attorney Alanna Stone has never forgotten Jonathon Covington–or the pain of his betrayal. In fact, he’s...Read More
Fort Robinson remains a wonderful state park tucked in the far northwestern corner of Nebraska. If you ever have the chance to visit, take the detour and explore a base rich in history from the days Custer through World War Two. Many building are still standing, and the museum’s curator Thomas Bueckner is a wealth of knowledge about the history of the Fort. I’d love to hear from you, so email me your...Read More
Shadowed by Grace “With an authentic knowledge of World War II history, a gentle hand of artistry, and a heart for true love, Cara Putman has written a story that stole my heart.” –Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times best-selling author of The Winnowing Season She found peace in a time of war. Desperate to save her dying mother, an American woman accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy where she takes photographs dangerously close to the front lines during World War II. But Rachel’s real motive in this journey is to find the father she never knew, an artist she hopes can offer the comfort and support both she and her mother need to survive at such a desperate time. In her quest, Rachel becomes involved with the Monuments Men effort to save great monuments and works of art from the Third Reich. Soon she will find more than she ever imagined—in war, in love, and in God. Coming January...Read More
Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. The refrain beat a steady tempo through Alanna Stone’s mind as she dragged up the gangplank to the ferry where it rocked in the early morning light at the St. Ignace’s dock. She avoided gazing to her right in the direction of Mackinac Island. A place of beauty and peace to many, it symbolized all the harshness that could shimmer beneath the surface in a small town. She’d sworn never to return and honored that vow for eleven years. Now? Now she abandoned her firmly held avoidance to help her parents. A wave rocked the boat, and she bobbled as she struggled to stay steady on more than her feet. A man in the green polo that bore the Arnold Transport Company logo steadied her with a smile. “You’ll find your sea legs in no time.” “Good thing, since the trip’s so short.” He laughed and nodded. “About fifteen minutes.” How could she tell him she wished it lasted fifteen months or years? That time would freeze, and she’d stay on this side of the lake? Seagulls cawed as they took to the air and swooped around the boat. Fifteen...Read More
Shadowed by Grace
“I hope you know what you’re doing, Justice.”
“I do.” She put as much force behind the word as she could without shouting.
He leaned back in his chair, unlit cigar poised to punctuate a thought. “You’ve got talent. A way with that camera.”
She stroked the case, feeling as if it extended from her, a natural extension.
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