Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Secrets and Yesterday's Promise

These two books are part of a grab bag tour hosted by Multnomah & WaterBrook Press

Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Publisher: Multnomah
February 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60142-273-6
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Jessica Morgan is running from her past. She doesn’t want the life that was mapped out for her, and instead chooses a small, peaceful town in Oregon to start over. She is hired as an English teacher, but on the way into town she is in an accident, totaling her car. Fire and rescue worker, Kyle Buchanan, is first on the scene, and he goes above and beyond in trying to help Jessica settle her first few eventful hours in Glenbrooke.

But everything in Glenbrooke is not a bed of roses. Jessica did make friends easily, and Kyle seems to be interested in her, but the school’s new principle seems to be out to get Jessica.

Can Jessica even survive a month in Glenbrooke? Or will she go running back to where she came from? What will it take for Jessica to open her heart to love?

SECRETS is the first book in Robin’s Glenbrooke series, originally published in 1995. I read SECRETS (and the whole series) when they first came out, and I fell in love with them then. It is kind of nice to be send this book in participating in a grab bag tour – it was like revisiting an old friend.

SECRETS might be a little out of date now, (no cell phones, computers, and she drove a station wagon) but it still has heartwarming characters that will make you fall in love with them. I can’t wait to revisit the other books in this series. If you missed SECRETS the first time around, then you won’t want to miss it now. I love this book. A couple sample chapters from Robin’s Sister Chick series are included at the end of the book, as well as a recipe for currant scones. I can’t wait to try it! $6.99. 267 pages.


Author: Linda Lee Chaikin
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
February 2010
ISBN: 978-0-307-45875-9
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Aristocrat Rogan Chantry is the son of the squire of Grimston Way, and he has fought to win his independence from Sir Julien Bley and the British South Africa Company. Now, he is in pursuit of a mysterious deposit of gold, marked on a map willed to him by his murdered uncle. But this quest is challenged by the impending British colonization of South Africa.

Evy Varley loves Rogan, and is devastated when he left home to go on a treasure hunt. She is further hurt by Rogan’s failure to communicate via letters, and a rumor that another lady is going to go to South Africa and marry Rogan in the spring. Evy is still thinking about that news when she hears what sounds like footsteps in her attic. An investigation reveals a figure dressed in black who rushes at Evy and pushes her down the steep stairs…

Rogan dreams of going back home to Evy, but first he wants to find the gold—but can he even do so in the midst of escalating tensions among the natives, the missionaries, and the colonists? And is Evy even alive to come home to?

YESTERDAY’S PROMISE is book one in the East of the Sun series, originally published in 2004. If you missed this book (or series) the first time around then now is your chance!

The conversation is a bit stilted in the story, but that may be the way people talked back in 1898 in Britain and her colonies. Ms. Chaikin is a master at description, making me see the cottages, feel the rain, and the dampness of the cottages. I almost could smell the flowers. If you enjoy historical British fiction, then you won’t want to miss this reissue of YESTERDAY’S PROMISE. A map is included in the front of the book, and a timeline and the author’s historical notes are included at the end of the book. $6.99. 367 pages.

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