The Sky Above Us, by Sarah Sundin

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Facing the past may be the most fearsome battle of his life.

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wants to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, arranging entertainment for the men of the 357th and setting up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near . . . and secrets can’t stay buried forever.

The Formal Stuff:

Thank you to Sarah Sundin for my complimentary copy of The Sky Above Us, which I won in a Spring online scavenger hunt. No review was required.

First Thoughts:

Sarah Sundin has written some great fiction set during World War 2. I loved winning a copy of this book during the last Christian fiction scavenger hunt.

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The Heart of a King, by Jill Eileen Smith

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Get swept away by a story of love, loss, and longing

King Solomon could–and did–have anything he wanted, including many women from many lands. But for all of his wealth and wisdom, did he or the women he loved ever find what they were searching for?

In this engrossing novel, find yourself whisked away to ancient Israel, where you’ll meet four remarkable women: Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba. As you experience the world of Solomon through his eyes and theirs, you’ll grapple with whether this king’s storied wisdom ultimately benefited him and those he loved . . . or betrayed them.

First Thoughts:

I’m proud to be a member of Jill Eileen Smith’s launch team for The Heart of a King. I’ve enjoyed her previous novels, and have found them true to the Biblical text. Continue reading

A Rumored Fortune, by Joanna Davidson Politano

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Welcome to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England

Tressa Harlowe’s father kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Now Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. 

It doesn’t take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they’re really up to. She’ll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father’s fortune–before someone else finds it first.

First Thoughts:

This is Politano’s second novel, after Lady Jayne Disappears which I have previously read and reviewed. Continue reading