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Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
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Cathy Marie Hake is a Southern California native. She met her two loves at church: Jesus and her husband, Christopher. An RN, she loved working in oncology as well as teaching Lamaze. Health issues forced her to retire, but God opened new possibilities with writing. Since their children have moved out and are married, Cathy and Chris dote on dogs they rescue from a local shelter. A sentimental pack rat, Cathy enjoys scrapbooking and collecting antiques. "Im easily distracted during prayer, so I devote certain tasks and chores to specific requests or persons so I can keep faithful in my prayer life." Since her first book in 2000, shes been on multiple bestseller and readers favorite lists.
Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, shes fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, shes attained her BA in English literature and composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in writing popular fiction.
Writing for Barbour combines two of Kellys great loveshistory and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, shes been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Readers Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances.
Sally Laity has written both contemporary and historical novels, many of which have appeared on ECPA bestseller lists. She is a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist, a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and has placed in the Inspirational Readers Choice contest. Along with numerous romances and novellas for Barbour Publishing, she also coauthored with Dianna Crawford a three-book historical series for Barbour and a six-book series on the Revolutionary War for Tyndale House. She considers it a joy that the Lord can touch hearts through her stories. Her favorite pastimes include oil painting, quilting for her churchs Prayer Quilt Ministry, and scrapbooking. She makes her home in beautiful central California with her husband of over fifty years, and loves that their four married children have made her a grandma and a great-grandma. Sally can be contacted at email@example.com. You can also write to Sally at P.O. Box 1855, Tehachapi, CA 93581.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of Americas Faith, Hope & Love chapter; and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.
Janelle Burnham Schneider has published six novels with Heartsong Presents. After thirteen years as a Canadian military family, she and her loved ones are now settled in Manitoba, Canada, near the geographic center of North America. In addition to being an author, wife, and mother, she has also worked as an administrative assistant, catalog delivery person, school bus driver, and Starbucks barista.
Lynette Sowell is an award-winning author with New England roots, but she makes her home in Central Texas with her husband and a herd of five cats. When she’s not writing, she edits medical reports and chases down stories for the local newspaper.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable collection of stories!December 20, 2015The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Sentimental Journey Romance Collection is a novel containing nine historical romance stories set during the 1940s. They are nice, heartwarming Christian stories. The stories are all set from 1940 through 1945. We get to experience life during the war from people in Europe and in the United States. The stories contain civilians, soldiers, nurses, a spy, and auxiliary staff (like drivers of ambulances). I enjoyed all the stories in the book. Some were definitely better than others, but they are all good. My favorites were the four stories that tied together in the middle of the book. A Living Doll, Filled with Joy, A Thread of Trust, and A Stitch of Faith are the four that tie together. I give Sentimental Journey Romance Collection 4 out of 5 stars. The books are all nicely written, good characters and settings, and I really liked the time period. If you like Christian, historical romances, you will enjoy this collection.
I received a complimentary copy of Sentimental Journey Romance Collection from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.
Karen RWAGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Exciting Collection of Stories featuring the Greatest Generation!November 23, 2015Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An exciting collection of stories featuring the brave men and women of the greatest generation!
Progressing from 1940's London, until the end of the war in 1945, the stories take place between England, the U.S. home front, military bases, and Scandinavian Europe. Four of the stories are connected by a family thread, which made an interesting series; the others are separate, but flow well along the timeline of the war.
I thoroughly enjoyed every one of these stories! These were not fluffy romances, yet they were tender and heartfelt, with some sigh-worthy moments. The characters had a lot of depth, like you'd find in a full length novel. They seemed to cover the many real-life heroes of the time, from soldiers, sailors, pilots, nurses, women in the service and those working at home, as well as the underground resistance in Europe; the many different people who courageously risked their lives to help others. Unique features of the war were adeptly included, from the selling of war bonds, food shortages and rationing, planting victory gardens, to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, hiding Jewish refugees, dangerous missions, separation from loved ones, and many examples of personal sacrifice. Wrestling with issues of faith, like how a good God could allow evil to exist, trusting in God's sovereignty, and having the courage to love in times of uncertainty, made the stories feel real on a deep level. The Scripture and quotes included added a lot of meaning and inspiration to the characters' struggles, especially in dealing with fear, grief and loss.
Highly recommend this well-written, quality collection of novellas to anyone who enjoys Christian historical romance fiction, especially during the time of war. Fans of Sarah Sundin, Liz Tolsma, and Cara Putman's WW2 fiction will really like this book!
(Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for the book provided in exchange for my honest review.)
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Sentimental JourneyNovember 19, 2015Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Sentimental Journey Romance Collection is a collection of 9 stories set during the 1940s. These stories include:
Of Immeasurable Worth by Joan Croston
Flower Amidst the Ashes by DiAnn Mills
Another Day by Kim Vogel Sawyer
A Living Doll by Cathy Marie Hake
Filled With Joy by Kelly Eileen Hake
A Thread of Trust by Sally Laity
A Stitch of Faith by Dianna Crawford
Letters from Home by Lynette Sowell
A Light in the Night by Janelle Burnham Schneider
What an awesome collection by such fabulous authors. You can never go wrong with a book when Kim Vogel Sawyer is among the authors.
5 plus stars.