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Inspirational Overview: January

BY , JANUARY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Slavery is never an easy topic to tackle, but this month’s Inspirational picks all address this serious issue with hope and love. Whether they’re battling sex slavery, navigating the Underground railroad or struggling to free themselves of society’s control, the characters in the following books persevere and show that there’s always light at the end of a dark road.

In Michael K. Reynolds’s Songs of the Shenandoah, the final installment in his Heirs of Ireland trilogy, Clare Royce is happily married and enjoying motherhood, but something else is on her mind. Wanting to free those in slavery, Clare sets out to use her husband’s newspaper connections to help her succeed. But as other members of her family find success in unexpected places, she must decide which course is best for all.


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Inspirational Overview: December

BY , DECEMBER 19, 2013 | PERMALINK

Baby, it’s cold outside, which means it’s the perfect time to grab a good book and get cozy under your favorite quilt. In this month’s Inspirational recommendations, we’re highlighting stories that all feature quilts — special, magical blankets that bring families together and help others discover who they really are.

In Tempest’s Course, Lynette Sowell weaves the story of Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator who has been tasked with restoring a 150-year-old quilt belonging to the Gray House estate. Kelly must live at Gray House while restoring the quilt and there she meets Tom, the caretaker. As Kelly explores the old house, she discovers she and Tom have surprising connections to the estate. When strange accidents begin occurring, they must work together to stop more accidents from happening and endangering others.


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Lacy Williams Shares Her RT-Approved Holiday Candy Recipes

BY , DECEMBER 16, 2013 | PERMALINK

We have to be honest, our favorite part of the holidays here at RT HQ is getting yummy treats from authors and industry folk. This year, when Lacy Williams gifted us homemade candies, we gobbled them up before anyone could even snap a photo. Keeping these candies to ourselves would be a crime, but since we're not fond of sharing our chocolate, we asked the author to share her recipes instead! Enjoy and happy holidays! 

I love Christmas and always have. Putting up the tree. Outside lights. The get-stuck-in-your-head music. And since my first daughter’s birth four years ago, I’ve gotten to see Christmas with the wonder of a child all over again.

But I’m not that great a cook and I always struggle with making homemade gifts for close friends — or even my editor. Until last year. I found two really easy recipes for homemade candy that even I can’t mess up, and the ladies at RT invited me to share them with you.

 

Peppermint Bark – This recipe is easy and always gets rave reviews. You need:

1 12-ounce package of white chocolate morsels

12 candy canes, crushed


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Love and Marriage (and Ownership) in the Victorian Age

BY , DECEMBER 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

We love historical romances, sure. But would we really want to live in the olden days? Today inspirational author Dorothy Love — whose historical inspirational romance, Carolina Gold, is out now — gives us some real talk about being a woman in the Victorian era. We'll take our rights and our WiFi, we think! Take it away, Dorothy!

As a reader and a writer of novels set in the Victorian age, I’m fascinated with the sumptuous clothing and jewelry of the period, and with the elaborate rules and rituals surrounding courtship and marriage. The signing of a marriage bond, the publishing of banns, the chaperoned walks about the garden, picnics by the sea, the filling of dance cards, the ardent love letters, breathless with longing and anticipation — is there anything more romantic?

The realities, however, were often quite different.


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Inspirational Overview: November

BY , NOVEMBER 22, 2013 | PERMALINK

Everyone's going undercover in this month’s noteworthy Inspirational reads! From undercover cops to family secrets to the witness protection program, Novembers’s Inspirational recommendations feature characters who are not who they say they are …

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s Peace, Beth Byler has been keeping her attraction to Chris Ellis a secret, after all he’s a DEA agent working undercover in her Amish community. As an outsider, Beth can never have anything more than friendship with Chris. But her life takes a dangerous turn when Chris shows up badly hurt and in need of a place to hide. Going against her better judgement, Beth helps keep him safe and hidden from his enemies, making this holiday season trickier than she could ever have imagined.


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Anita Higman: What Is Truly Passionate?

BY , NOVEMBER 22, 2013 | PERMALINK

Many of today's reads feature hot and heavy scenes that go beyond mere kissing and straight into fiery passion. And while these wild displays of desire are fun and enjoyable, we sometimes forget that a passionate moment isn't just limited to what happens in the bedroom, behind closed doors. Inspirational author Anita Higman, who recently released A Marriage in Middlebury, is here today to discuss what makes a moment passionate, and how she strikes the right balance in her novels.

When a man kisses a woman — and the two care about each other in an amorous way — well, we’re most likely guaranteed some sweet magic. Maybe even some bolts of lightning. And we women never tire of experiencing or watching or reading about those dreamy moments when a man and woman feel those first stirrings of attraction, affection and then love. However, in many of today’s modern novels, the romantic scenes go far behind an ardent kiss.


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2013 RT Awards Nominees Celebration: Inspirational Romance

BY , NOVEMBER 20, 2013 | PERMALINK

Every year, the review staff at RT Book Reviews reads and rates more than three thousand books. And when each year draws to a close, we pick the best of the bunch for our readers to enjoy — the Reviewers’ Choice Awards. For the next few weeks, leading up to Thanksgiving, we’re going to be celebrating the nominations for many of these awards, across genres. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating all these wonderful authors, and, hey, if you find a great new book to read, all the better! Today, we'll be taking a look at the nominees for Inspirational Romance!

 


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Inspirational Overview: October

BY , OCTOBER 16, 2013 | PERMALINK

Loss is a powerful emotion, one that can feel too powerful to overcome. But through love, family and friends, we can indeed rise above it all and come out a stronger individual. This month’s inspirational recommendations provide readers with heartfelt and uplifting stories of loss and those who found a renewed sense of life in spite of difficult times.

When Gray McDonough loses his wife to ovarian cancer, he doesn’t think he’ll ever recover from the loss. A year later, his nine-year-old daughter, Sadie, wants to join a cancer support group. At the group, Gray and Sadie meet Annabelle Curtis, a survivor, and a woman who will help ease their grief and open them up to love. Sandra D. Bricker’s Raw Edges is sure to pull at your heartstrings in all the best ways.


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Sarah Sundin On the Balancing Act

BY , SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 | PERMALINK

Relationships are never 100% easy, but they're certainly not diffucult all the time either. Like most things in life, relationships are all about finding the right balance, and the characters in Sarah Sundin's On Distant Shores know a thing or two about the push and pull of love. Today, Sarah discusses the new book and the power of finding the right balance.

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What attracted you to the love of your life? At first glance it might have been his dreamy eyes, broad shoulders, or chiseled chin. You might have been drawn closer to him by common interests, cemented by his personality and humor.

At first we’re attracted by commonalities. You both love Labrador retrievers or sushi or water-skiing. Maybe even labs who eat sushi on water skis. You both laugh at the same jokes and enjoy the same movies and like to travel.

But I believe a relationship becomes strong and enduring because of differences, which lead to balance and growth.


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September Inspirational Overview

BY , SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 | PERMALINK

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the past, no matter how dark or lovely, but sometimes a simple change in scenery can help people move on and walk toward a brighter future. In this month’s inspirational recommendations, we’re highlighting five endearing stories about moving on, both literally and figuratively. Take a look!

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In The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate, Tandi Reese finally escapes an abusive relationship and leaves Texas with her two children to start over in the Outer Banks. When her Iola, her new landlady, dies, Tandi is in charge of cleaning out the house and finds a box of letters Iola wrote to God over the past 80 years. As she reads the letters, Tandi comes to learn more about herself and where she wants her life to go next.


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