Love’s Sure Dawn

Rawlings, Naomi. Love’s Sure Dawn: An Eagle Harbor Novel. Cedar Lake Press.  2015.

SUMMARY:
lovessuredawnWith the price of fish dropping, Rebekah Cummings knows she must find work to help support her family. Leaving her home in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, she accepts a position upon a ship owned by Gilbert Sinclair, son of a wealthy shipping family. Knowing Gilbert since she was young, Rebekah is surprised at the feelings within her heart for Gilbert, especially as he searches for an heiress to wed due to his crane sinking to the bottom of the lake. Growing romance, strong faith, unexpected surprises, and the lure of the rugged Lake Superior coast all combine in the newest installment of the Eagle Harbor series…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Yet again, Naomi Rawlings amazes me, stirs my emotions and convinces why she is such an accomplished author. Left pondering how I can enjoy this novel even more than the previous one which I thoroughly loved, I am also deciding how I will wait for the fourth book in the series. Very familiar with Eagle Harbor, Michigan, I am astounded at the exactness with which Love’s Sure Dawn exemplifies the landscape, characters and town. Piquing my interest with her novels, I visited and researched the lifesaving station across from the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and really learned quite a bit. As one of my favorite authors, this particular novel may be my most treasured one this year.

RATING:
5+ (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Love’s Sure Dawn from the author for my honest review*

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Lost Passenger Steamships of Lake Michigan

St. Mane, Ted. Lost Passenger Steamships of Michigan. Charleston, SC: The History Press. 2010.

SUMMARY:
steamshipsAll but non-existent today, steamships were once a flourishing industry moving cargo and passengers across the Great Lakes. Full of steamship and vessel history, renditions of passenger experiences, the role of war on the Lakes, the effect of westward expansion, and the life of working on the Lakes (at the height of passenger steamer service in 1890, captains made the wage of $109 per month!), Lost Passenger Steamships of Lake Michigan is complete with pictures to be a compact history lesson.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Though not specific to Lake Michigan passenger steamships as the title suggests, it was still a very interesting book chock full of historical information. I appreciated and enjoyed the included pictures as well as the personal stories and accounts interwoven throughout the information. Easy to read and follow, this book was wonderful to fulfill a personal interest but would also work well as a reference book for school reports, history buffs and shipping fans. An excellent resource.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies.

*I received a complimentary copy of Lost Passenger Steamships of Lake Michigan from The History Press for my honest review*

Full Steam Ahead

steamWitemeyer, Karen. Full Steam Ahead. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
Having been called home to Galveston, Texas, due to her father’s illness, Nicole Renard discovers more than she bargained for…bandit rivals after the family’s revered Lafitte Dagger. Determined to keep the dagger safe, Nicole leaves home with it, accepts a job as a secretary to support herself, and surprises herself by developing feelings for the secluded and troubled, Darius Thornton. However, things soon go awry and Nicole must choose between those items and people who matter most to her…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Decidely a Karen Witemeyer fan, I enjoyed Full Steam Ahead just as much as her other novels. Full of spunk, sass, sauciness, faith, hooligans, a dapper bachelor, a determined heroine and good-old-fashioned historical romance, the author also threw in a storyline surrounding the shipping industry set in the mid-1800’s. Definitely a good, clean read with a bit of mischief, mystery and adventure included. Worth the read, worth the time and worth a spot on the bookshelf…Full Steam Ahead was a fun novel with a bit of knowledge intertwined. I look forward to this author’s next book already!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Full Steam Ahead from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*