Message in a Bottle Romance Collection: Hope Reaches Across the Centuries Through One Single Bottle, Inspiring Five Romances
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An Irish monk throws an engraved bronze bottle into the sea in A.D. 834, praying its one-word message will reach a hurting soul. Follow the legacy of the mysterious vessel as it touches the lives of an Irish princess, a Scottish story weaver, a post-colonial nurse, a cotton mill worker, and a maid suffering from amnesia. 448 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1683220919
ISBN-13: 9781683220916

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Five historical romances inspired by a messaged passed down through time.

Join the journey as one word etched in Latin on an ancient bronze bottle travels through the centuries to reach five young women who are struggling to maintain their faith in God and love. An Irish princess, a Scottish story weaver, a Post-Colonial nurse, a cotton mill worker, and a maid who nearly drowned each receive a message from the bottle just when they need their hope restored. But will the bottle also bring them each to a man whose love will endure?

The Distant Tide by Heather Day Gilbert
1170: County Kerry, Ireland
When a Viking bent on revenge mistakenly raids the castle of a bookish Irish princess, will she cast her fears aside to befriend the enemy, finally realizing God’s plan for her life?
 
A Song in the Night by Amanda Dykes
1717: Scotland and England
When a Scottish story-weaver loses her family in a clan war, she finds herself aided by a handsome, secretive bagpiper in a race against time to reunite with someone she never dared hope she'd see again.
 
The Forgotten Hope by Maureen Lang
1798: New York
As a champion of the sick, a young New Yorker never doubted her worth until a new doctor arrives to work with her father, one who believes her to be nothing more than a social butterfly. Can she gain his respect—and his love?
 
A River Between Us by Jocelyn Green
1864: Roswell, Georgia
When a Georgian cotton mill worker is arrested and sent North, the Union officer who tries to protect her is the last person she wants to forgive—and the only man who can bring hope and healing to her heart.
 
The Swelling Sea by Joanne Bischof 
1890: Coronado Island, California
After washing ashore on the California coastline, a young woman’s yearning to discover her past leads her to the courageous oarsman who helps her find the key.

Author Bio

Joanne Bischof has a deep passion for Appalachian culture and writing stories that shine light on God’s grace and goodness. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, folk music, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life. She is a Christy Award-finalist and author of Be Still My Soul, Though My Heart is Torn, and My Hope is Found (WaterBrook Multnomah). www.joannebischof.com.
Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of Truth, and  spinner of hope-filled tales. She spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family, who love a good blanket fort and a stack of read-alouds. Give her a rainy day, a candle to read by, and an obscure corner of history to dig in, and she’ll be happy for hours. She’s awed by the strong thread of God’s grace and provision woven through every era, and hopes her stories reflect that grace. A former English teacher with a B.A. in English Education, she is the author of the critically acclaimed Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale, and enjoys connecting with her readers at www.AmandaDykes.com.
HEATHER DAY GILBERT writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up. Heather's Viking historical novel, God's Daughter, is an Amazon Norse Bestseller. She is also the author of  the bestselling A Murder in the Mountains mystery series, and the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.
 
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the author of more than ten books to date, including The Mark of the King, and the award-winning Heroines Behind the War Civil War series, which includes Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of Gettysburg; Yankee in Atlanta; and Spy of Richmond. She also co-authored The 5 Love Languages Military Edition with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.
 
Maureen Lang writes stories inspired by a love of history and romance. An avid reader herself, she’s figured out a way to write the stories she feels like reading. Maureen’s inspirationals have earned various writing distinctions including the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, a HOLT Medallion, and the Selah Award, as well as being a finalist for the Rita, Christy, and Carol Awards. In addition to investigating various eras in history (such as Victorian England, First World War, and America’s Gilded Age), Maureen loves taking research trips to get a feel for the settings of her novels. She lives in the Chicago area with her family and has been blessed to be the primary caregiver to her adult disabled son.

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  1. Yvette K.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Novella Collection
    November 26, 2017
    Yvette K.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Linked by the premise of a bottle with the inscription "spero" (hope) as set up in the prologue, these are novellas of faith and love set in different historical times. As the bottle is found and the inscription deciphered in each novella, the meaning of it's message becomes clear.

    As so often happens when I read these collections, I find that the stories by the authors that attracted me to it are quite good, but that some other author whose name and writing I am unfamiliar with somehow manages to have contributed my favorite of the novellas. While each of the stories is well-constructed and engaging, it is Maureen Lang's The Forgotten One that just barely edges out the others.

    This is a solid set of novellas that will be gratifying reads for those who enjoy Historical Fiction with themes of faith, love, devotion, and of course, hope. While I found that waiting for and wondering about how the bottle would be incorporated in each story was a bit of a distraction, I did enjoy the conceit and plan to reread these novellas in the future.

    This review refers to an e-galley read courtesy of the publisher, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    GOD wrote a message too
    May 30, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The message in a Bottle is a book of love (where you have a Viking who is taken prisoner but is kept taken lovingly care of by an Irish princess.), romance ( Abigail wanting to fall in love and marry a man that would let practice medicine), adventurous(General Sherman had tons of Southern mill workers were displaced what did they do?)., boundless (the stories of geography and time period), enlightening (the superstitions and ideas that the people had for medicine and for their beliefs in each of their time periods.) and all of it floating in a bronze bottle going from Scotland, New York, Georgia, and California. Starting in 1715-1890. This book is awesome and each story is better than the last. It is so worth it. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  3. abookandacuppa
    Prairie Village, KS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sigh-worthy travels through the ages!
    May 25, 2017
    abookandacuppa
    Prairie Village, KS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a great collection of romantic tales all connected by, as the title suggests, a message in a bottle. Traveling through different centuries, the stories are created by 5 talented authors. Two authors were new to me, Gilbert and Dykes. Now, I have added even more books to my to-read list!

    It was quite fun to read pages a bit purposefully rough at the edges. It rather feels as though you are reading parchments which have been circumventing the globe.

  4. Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Hope Through the Centuries
    April 26, 2017
    Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A bronze bottle featuring the word Spero (hope) is featured in each of these five stories spanning the centuries from 1170 to 1890. Each story was unique and it is hard to pick a favorite! The main characters in each story were well-written. Each female protagonist was an exceptionally strong woman. I recommend this romance collection to others. I received my copy of The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection from the authors. This is my honest opinion.
  5. Robin Willson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Oh my gosh I loved this book!
    April 15, 2017
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Oh my gosh I loved this book! I gave it 10 stars. I read a LOT and I put this on my top 10 list of keepers.

    It opens in Ancient Ireland with a Monk under attack - trying to save manuscripts, putting a message in a bottle. Beginning in Ireland is a great way in itself to hook me - then each tale is so very well written. They all have a strong Christian message and although they share the same bottle with a message (added to along the way), each is unique with journey of its own. I would love to read a continuing story of each one. There is a big gap between the timelines and we dont know how the bottle got from person to person. Its not a short read so youre given lots to get lost in. This was one that I did not want to end!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Barbour Publishing - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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