Najila – Around The World In 80 Books #8

“Najila” by C. J. Illinik is a sequel to another book called “The Tablets of Ararat.” (I haven’t read the first book yet.) In the story, Najila, her Christian father and Muslim grandmother leaves Baghdad to return to Constantinople. Young and spoiled, Najila has only known Baghdad as her home and has no desire to…

Where We Belong – Around The World In 80 Books #7

Setting: Sinai Peninsula Time Period: 1860-1890 The gorgeous cover of this book caught my eye the first time I saw it advertised and thought it would make a great addition to the “Around The World In 80 Books” reading challenge I’m doing this year. At first, I thought I would place it under Egypt for…

Keturah – Around The World In 80 Books #6

I’ve been on a little bit of a Lisa Bergren kick lately. I read one of her books for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love with her style. After taking an Eastern Caribbean Cruise with one stop at a British West Indies island at the end of January, I knew…

Glamorous Illusions – Around The World In 80 Books #4

The Grand Tour. Oh, to be among the wealthy in the days when parents sent to their children to England, France and Italy to complete their education in luxury, among the world’s finest cities. (Insert swoon here!) Lucky for us, Lisa T. Bergren takes us around the world on this very tour with Cora, a…

The Far Horizon – Around The World In 80 Books #3

After reading the first book in the Macquarie Series, I couldn’t wait to dive into the second, “The Far Horizon.” Beginning in Scotland and moving to Botany Bay (Sydney, Australia – before the country was called Australia), we get to see Lachlan Macquarie remarry, have a child and become governor of New South Wales, the…

By Eastern Windows – Around The World In 80 Books #2

I loved this novel! Never thought I would read something that would make me wish I could time travel back to Bombay, India in the late 1700’s, early 1800’s, but this book did. “By Eastern Windows” by Gretta Curran Browne follows Lachlan Macquarie through his early years in the British Army as he leaves his…

The Liberty Bride – Mary Lu Tyndall

There are two time periods I can’t get enough of when it comes to Mary Lu Tyndall’s novels – her pirates and her romances set during the War of 1812. Luckily for me, the sixth title in the “Daughters Of The Mayflower” Series, “The Liberty Bride,” was set in those turbulent times between America and…

Redeeming Grace – Jill Eileen Smith

Earlier in the year I read Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith and really enjoyed it, so I decided to dig into another one of her books, Redeeming Grace.  The Biblical story of Ruth is my favorite.  I’ve always viewed it like an ancient Cinderella, where loss and heartache turns into true love and the couple…

The Reckless – Mary Lu Tyndall

Frederick and Reena couldn’t be more different than night and day.  He’s a preacher, she’s a pirate and together, they make an odd couple.  Odd, because one is trying to follow God and the other is running as far away as they can from Him.  Throw in an old map that’s scattered among the Caribbean…