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. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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."
  4. Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing intertwining giving hope in just the right moment
    April 13, 2017
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection ~ Joanne Bischof, Amanda Dykes, Heather Day Gilbert, Jocelyn Green, Maureen Lang, 2017

    Hope Reaches Across the Centuries in One Single Bottle, Inspiring Five Romances

    My Review:

    You are in for a treat when you begin reading the stories of hope traveling in the different time periods.

    A sprinkling of hope that ignites hearts to believe again ~ beyond their limited scope. How narrowly do we keep our boundaries?

    A new voice seemed to penetrate his hearta truthful voice that seemed older than time itself. The voice said only one word, but he heard it very clearly: hope.

    --The Distant Tide, 41.

    1170: County Kerry, Ireland

    Join Princess Britta as she finds a foe is a person who is not a threat to her ~ only to his memory of past confrontation with her kingdom home.

    ~*~

    Long days have maneuvered between what was and what is today...

    And there--just in the very depths of her eyeshe saw it. A flicker of hopedistant and elusive as a will-o'-the-wisp light upon the loch. If she could dare to believe...

    --A Song in the Night, 115.

    1715: Scotland and England

    Could it be all that her heart desired? Meg MacNaughton sought a touch of home, strength enough to bolster courage. Longingly, the messenger.

    "I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search."

    Psalm 77:6

    Peace to renew strength.

    ~*~

    Miss Abigail Van de Klerk has been sent to the home of her friend by her father for the summer season to entertain proper decorum away from his medical practice.

    "...Age is only important as it relates to experience."

    --The Forgotten Hope, 187.

    1798: New York

    It is so important to be who we are, and not to emulate another for societal expectations. Frivolity does not match solidity in character when misrepresented, especially on first impressions. For in being ourselves we find out who we truly are intended to be. Beloved.

    ~*~

    Miss Cora Mae Stewart had a decision to make to be able to continue care for her mama: By settling for her pap's parting request, now including care for young June, herself needing a mama. Or... upturned by war, the dispatch of Union soldiers removing her from her Southern mill work drawing patterns for Confederate uniforms. This second decision wasn't hers to make.

    Hearing her talk had been like looking at his own reflection, the recognition so complete, it was like coming home. The woman he captured just this morning was now seizing his heart instead.

    --A River between Us, 293-4.

    1864: Roswell, Georgia

    Following orders does not cover the courage of a longing to care for another protectively. Dreams, faith, and hope, not lost amid uncertain travel to destiny as it seemed.

    Dare to imagine a different life than the one you got used to expecting.

    --Ibid., 296.

    Is that beautiful, or what!

    "Hope is on the inside. Even if the vessel is battered and scarred. Hope can still live within."

    --Ibid., 322.

    You will indeed cry with this story!!

    ~*~

    "I write things down that I mean not to forget. Notes for remembrance."

    --The Swelling Sea, 379.

    1890: Coronado Island, California

    Rosie Graham meets Jonas McIntosh on the beach as he frees a bottle from the salt-laden sand near the edge of the water. Insistent that it is hers, she attempts to have it. A story of encouragement, understanding, and a hope without boundaries.

    I know I will be starting back to the beginning as these stories are interwoven with a single word on a bottle that is cherished and sent forth to a further generation who will realize its message at just the right time.

    Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.

    Psalm 139:10

    ***Thank you lovely authors for gifting me with this beautiful volume. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
  5. Miriam Knoy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a Wonderful Collection!!!
    April 9, 2017
    Miriam Knoy
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    The awaited book arrived! Like a treasure to be discovered it sat on the table enticing me to begin reading. The book is a feast for the eyes. The page edges are torn which gives the book a very warm feeling. Inside the cover is a beautiful scene that makes one feel at peace. The prologue began with the scripture You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Job 11:16 NIV This was very encouraging at this time in my life!

    What a journey this book takes the reader on. Starting in the year 1170 in County Kerry, Ireland to 1715 in Scotland, England to 1798 in New York to 1864 in Roswell, Georgia to 1890 in Coronado Island, California. The message of hope and a bronze bottle winds its way from start to finish. It is so interesting to see how each author weaves this bottle in each individual story.

    The authors Heather Day Gilbert, Amanda Dykes, Maureen Lang, Jocelyn Green, and Joanne Bischof so carefully wove their stories together yet each story stands on its own and has its own flavor and style. Maureen Lang is one of my favorite authors and she did not disappoint me. I had not read the other authors previous to this book. It is always fun to learn about other great authors!!!!

    Everyone needs hope. It is a timeless need throughout the ages. Put this book on your to read list and be encouraged!
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