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The Heart Of Thornton Creek – Around The World In 80 Books #69

Setting: Australia Time Period: 1871 Suddenly orphaned and left penniless, Boston born Rebecca marries Aussie Daniel Thornton and leaves for Australia with her new husband. In this first novel in the Queensland Chronicles, author Bonnie Leon takes a marriage of convenience to the outback where Rebecca is put to the test on whether she has…

ICE – Around The World In 80 Books #68

Setting: Antarctica Time Period: Modern Day “ICE” by Kevin Tinto is a fun, contemporary read with a bit of sci-fi thrown in! When Leah Andrews finds a rock in a cave dwelling in New Mexico that can only be found in Antarctica, she’s convinced the only one who can help her is her estranged mountaineering…

To Love Anew – Around The World In 80 Books #67

Setting: Australia Time Period: 1800’s At the beginning of “To Love Anew,” we meet two ordinary people living in England. All too soon, one mistake brings their lives to a screeching halt. Shackled and chained, they are arrested, tried and sentenced to live out their days in a prison colony in Australia, then, New South…

Crystal Blue – Around The World In 80 Books #66

Setting: US Virgin Islands Time Period: Modern Day “Crystal Blue” by John H. Cunningham is an action adventure novel about a pilot who helps a concert promoter with a show in the US Virgin Islands. But before Buck even has a chance to fly the husband and wife team out of Key West to the…

The Bridge To Belle Island – Around The World In 80 Books #65

Setting: Berkshire, England Time Period: 1819 I don’t typically read murder mysteries, but when I do, I want them to be just like this one…  In “The Bridge To Belle Island,” Julie Klassen took motive, a “Downton Abbey” feel and a little island on the Thames River to give readers a believable, yet magical tale…

An Unusual Adventure – Around The World In 80 Books #64

Setting: Arabia Time Period: 1880 Historical Fiction, missionary work and overseas adventure fill “An Unusual Adventure” by Anne Perreault. Judith has been in love with Austin her whole life, but being a rather plain girl and him being sent off to school, she had no hopes for them as a couple or marriage in general….

The Miracle of the Kurds – Around The World In 80 Books #63

Setting: Iraq Time Period: Modern Day Author Stephen Mansfield has lived a once in a lifetime opportunity. Where most people are lucky to travel outside the US and form an attachment to another land in a temporary fashion, Mansfield not only traveled to Northern Iraq often, but formed friendships with the people of that land,…

Sudan – Around The World In 80 Books #62

Setting: Sudan Time Period: 2000 “Sudan” by Art Ayris and Ninie Hammon is the story of a father’s unrelenting love and sacrifice to find his daughter who was kidnapped by Muslim human traffickers. This novel of war between Muslim gorilla’s against Sudanese Christians is based on a true story. May we all learn to appreciate…

Peruvian Gold – Around The World In 80 Books #61

Setting: Peru Time Period: 1919 I was in desperate want of a book set in Peru for the “Around The World In 80 Books” reading challenge when I found this short, sweet biography from the Assemblies of God in a used bookstore. The volume was written by one of the Assemblies of God pioneer missionaries…