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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…

Shanghai Story – Around The World In 80 Books #60

Setting: China Time Period: 1936 This story totally intrigued me! Jewish families moving to China during WWII? I never knew China accepted Jewish refugees until this book came into my hands! (Or, more realistically, my Kindle. lol) But here we are, in China with a Jewish refugee family establishing a medical practice in Shanghai during…

Summer By Summer – Around The World In 80 Books #59

Setting: Belize Time Period: Modern Day “Summer By Summer” is a YA (young adult) novel by Heather Burch set in Central America. In the story, Summer is hired as a babysitter for a rich family’s annual vacation to Belize, where she meets and falls for their oldest son, Bray. Through some crazy circumstances, Summer and…