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A Hope Fulfilled by April W. Gardner is Biblical Fiction. Tikvah, a Hebrew slave, lives in Edom and hopes to live again in Jerusalem. When a Babylonian general and his dashing Jewish liaison arrive at her master’s house and talk about destroying Edom and making other promises, she senses Yahweh working in their midst..

With a blinded and muted slave, referred to as Abba, she is determined to secure freedom for them both. The way the author creates this story drew me and kept me reading. Based on Obadiah’s prophecies, I found this book worth reading.

The storyline and characters help bring this book to life. I felt like I was part of this story, and the author weaved together the storyline in a way that kept me reading. I appreciate seeing how the author allowed characters to work on Yahweh’s behalf.

So, if you enjoy Biblical Fiction, check out A Hope Fulfilled by April W Gardner.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
 
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PattiP1992 | 2 other reviews | Apr 2, 2024 |
I don’t know much about Obadiah which piqued my interest in this book. I appreciate how the author stayed close to the Bible in this retelling and think anything that was added only helped bring the story to life. Being introduced to Tikvah was very eye opening. A slave girl who works hard but is treated with dishonor was emotional for me. I tried to put myself in her position and knew that I at times would feel alone and worried about the future.

The story brings us to an important prophecy in the Bible where Edom would be destroyed . Do you ever wonder if you knew something profound like that would anyone believe you? That is a huge responsibility but the prophet knew he had to share it. Tikvah will have a hard decision to make and this is where I found the story to move at a good pace. After reading this book, I found myself researching more about Obadiah. For me when an author writes a Biblical fiction book which makes me want to study more about the subject it is a book that deepens my hunger for His Word.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
 
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Harley0326 | 2 other reviews | Mar 30, 2024 |
Pure faith. Very little is known about Obediah, the prophet who foretold that God would destroy Edom and then the Jews would return to Jerusalem. God wouldn't accept the treatment of Edom against Jacob his brother's people. There had been a few Jews taken as slaves to Edom. This is an author's idea of how it might have played out in Edom at that time. These were two devout Jews who knew the prophecy and had waited faithfully on the Lord. This was the time, as prophesied, when Babylon came to destroy Edom, and they helped make it happen. Beautifully told, so real it's as if you were there. You can feel their faith and excitement of this time. Very enriching read.

I received this book free from the author, publisher and CelebrateLit book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Robin.Willson | 2 other reviews | Mar 24, 2024 |
I have really enjoyed this book and how two authors worked together to write stories that intertwined with ease. Meghan has a dream to become an author and get published. She tirelessly works on her manuscript in her spare time. Meghan becomes disappointed that her husband Steve doesn't seem to be supporting her. I could easily see how Meghan started to feel lonely in her marriage. The enemy finds anyway he can to put doubt in your mind and cause you to start questioning trust. I liked how the author introduced Curtis in the story who became someone Meghan started to find interesting. I knew danger was waiting around the corner as Meghan seemed to be drawn to him.

The other part of the story is set in 1916 and lets us have a front row seat in Corona, California. Winnie works hard at her family's mechanic shop. It was very uncommon to see a woman as a mechanic in those days, but she sure could do circles around anyone when it came to fixing cars. Russell needs someone like Winnie to help him get his car ready for the race. They don't exactly get off to a good start. Winnie is strong willed and doesn't back down from threats. Someone is trying to sabotage her shop and cause bodily harm to her. I did like the slow pace of their relationship as we discover the loss Winnie and her family has suffered.

The authors have done such a great job of tying both stories together that I had a hard time not jumping ahead to see what happens. The concept of a person writing a story and we see the characters come to life is worth praise. Meghan sets her story in 1916, and we get to join her as she writes about Winnie and Russell. Both women are similar in the fact that they have low self esteem and always seem to think nothing good will ever happen to them. They both want someone to love them and notice them. They both work hard at their dreams but lack the ability to believe in themselves.

The lessons in the story are powerful as we see a marriage start to crumble and temptation seep in. Instead of communicating with her husband, Meghan jumps to conclusions . I didn't like where she was headed emotionally , but liked getting to see her turn to God for help. Winnie finds herself in danger and Russell could be the answer to her prayers.

I won't say what happens to these two couples, but I will say that both authors give us a look into trusting God, believing in yourself and being reminded that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Communication is key in any relationship and it will be a lesson both women will experience. I thought the book was very well written and hope the authors' team up again and write a book together.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
 
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Harley0326 | 6 other reviews | Oct 19, 2019 |
This was an interesting way to read a story. There were two storylines that worked together. I liked that in the present Meghan was writing a book about the past. It was fun to learn some of what happened during the race in Corona, California during 1916. Meghan wasn’t sure what was going wrong in her family life and she learned that one of the best things to do is communicate. I enjoyed these characters. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
 
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Virginia51 | 6 other reviews | Oct 17, 2019 |
Fiction that challenges one to think carefully about real life is always welcome in my book (or Kindle, to be exact.) April W. Gardner and Michelle Massaro have combined to create a time-slip novel of racing, avarice, grease monkies, and modern-day friends who juggle families, church life, and keeping fit. Romance and the lack of it are big themes in this novel. What do you do as a modern married woman in a Christian marriage blown cold? Where do you take refuge? A very fun way to examine a tough but very real topic in the church today.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the authors and publisher via Celebrate Lit. This in no way influenced my opinions, which are solely my own.
 
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Becky_L | 6 other reviews | Oct 17, 2019 |
I loved the concept of this book, and we are gifted with actually two books in one!
The two authors have melded this into one book, and although we are flipping between 1916 and present day, and I never felt lost.
A strong point in both of these stories is that often our thoughts/impressions are not fact! Lessons are learned, and conclusions are made, and we are there to the very end.
Looking forward to more by these new to me authors.
I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
 
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alekee | 6 other reviews | Oct 16, 2019 |
I have often wondered if authors finding themselves caught up in the pages of their writing, living out fantasies through the words they write. I remember watching television shows and movies where the lead characters became involved with filming a television show or movie within their jobs. The characters would have conversations with each other. I always found it interesting to think of writers becoming wrapped up in the stories they are telling.

The two stories within this book are skillfully and interestingly told. One set in the present day deals with a woman, Meghan Townsend, who tries to recapture the love of her husband by losing weight and writing her own fictional novel.

The second story deals with the character in the wanna-be novelist’s book and the hero, Russell Keegan is based on a man Meghan knows in real life. She becomes caught up in seeing Curtis as being the ideal man. But I wanted her to recognize real life is better than fiction, and marriage takes work and is worth fighting for no matter what it takes.

So check this book out for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
 
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PattiP1992 | 6 other reviews | Oct 15, 2019 |
Authors must be creative to come up with their fictional stories, but April W. Gardner and Michelle Massaro take it to the next level by giving readers a story within a story.

As Meghan’s attempts to reignite her marriage fail, she immerses herself more and more into the historical novel she’s writing. At times, the book parallels her life but basing her hero and someone she knows leads to temptations.

I loved the historical portion of this book. Winnie and Russell are great characters and the details of the Corona race are fascinating. I liked the contemporary part of the book but when things were getting so bad in her marriage, it bothered me that she didn’t just lay it all out there with her husband. After so many years of marriage and the trials they’d already weathered, the lack of communication was frustrating. If she’d sat down with him, gotten mad at him, something, so many of the questions and doubts she carried would have been solved.

Granted, without that tension, the modern day story would have simply been fluff and the warning to guard your heart wouldn’t be necessary.

Better Than Fiction will appeal to historical and contemporary romance readers alike.

Disclosure statement:
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
 
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Suzie27 | 6 other reviews | Oct 14, 2019 |
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

This story within a story finds us learning all about the struggles of car racing in Corona, CA in 1916. I certainly can imagine how incredibly dangerous it must have been to travel at such high rates of speed without all the safety features we have in the cars of today. Winifred (Fred), after losing her father in a racing accident has taken up where he left off and has become a mechanic, preferably not for race cars. Russel is a race car driver with a damaged car. Can they work together to get the Stutz ready for the big Corona race?

Meghan is having a great time writing this story, but her life is not turning out quite as wonderful as the life of her characters. Lack of communication with her husband, Steve, has found them struggling in their relationship. Will the realization that giving God control, instead of expecting Him to ride shotgun, help her stay away from actions she can’t erase? Can their life really be better than the fictional story she is writing?

I received a copy of this book through CelebrateLit. The impressions and opinions are my own and were not solicited.
 
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Eamace | 6 other reviews | Oct 8, 2019 |
What I think you should know:
Beautiful In His Sight is a historical fiction novel that is based around the true life events that occurred during 1917 in Halifax, Nova Scotia when a ship exploded, whipping out part of the town and killing over 2,000 people. The first chapter gives you a glimpse of the story, only to whisk you back in time two months bring the backstory to life.

What you might want to know:
Helen of Slumdum is no more after being rescued and being given the opportunity to start her life over by Major Jack Gordon, however she is still haunted mentally and physically by her time in a brothel.

What I enjoyed most about this book:
Silas Quinn, a survivor of the Titanic needs to learn to forgive himself, he is such a great character and may be my favorite in the book. Silas is used to show now matter how insignificant your job is you have value for being yourself. I really enjoyed the way that April W. Gardner , the author wove the story filled with spies, possible German traitors, and mysteries, she kept me intrigued and guessing until the end of the story.

Who will enjoy this book ( just to name a few):
Fans of Historical Fiction
Fans of Suspense

I received a complimentary copy for this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
 
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DonnaC83 | 3 other reviews | Sep 21, 2019 |
This has been an emotional journey with characters that will never be forgotten. Helen is a wonderful character who has had a hard life. Her life seemed to be over until someone finds her laying on the ground with life threatening injuries. The compassion Silas shows Helen is far beyond what I could imagine. His willingness to help her was heartfelt and I feel that he had taken on a task only God could have ordained.

The history that the author gives us was very intriguing. It made the story more realistic and I learned things about a war I never knew. The explosion that wipes out everything in its path was hard to read. I loved how Silas never gave up finding Helen and their time together is well written. I really enjoyed reading that Silas had been a survivor of the Titanic. He does go through a lot in the story which gives a lesson on perseverance. His determination was overwhelming and I loved seeing this man become someone who finally believed in himself.

Helen has a lot going for her as well. Being in the explosion has changed her life forever. her injuries were serious and I liked how the author used it to grow her spiritually. The story is filled with faith and encouragement. The story brings us forgiveness, redemption and healing.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
 
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Harley0326 | 3 other reviews | Sep 21, 2019 |
This book has some very good characters. I think this was one of the first books I ever read about Halifax during this part of the war. I enjoyed the romance and the spying. This made me laugh and cry. I felt it was a little long but it did keep my interest for most of the story. There were some very interesting characters. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
 
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Virginia51 | 3 other reviews | Sep 19, 2019 |
It’s always interesting to learn more about history through a story that ‘fleshes’ out that history. I do not remember learning about the catastrophic explosion on December 6th, 1917 in the Halifax, Nova Scotia harbor. The devastation and loss of life made this maritime disaster the largest man-made explosion of the pre-atomic age. The Mont Blanc was fully loaded with munitions for the war in Europe when it was struck by another ship causing first a fire and then an explosion that leveled a large portion of the city. Curious bystanders were either immediately killed or suffered grievous injuries, many of them causing blindness due to the glass being shattered.

Our heroine, Helen, finds herself in just such a situation. The windows have blown in, the ceiling is collapsing and unable to see, she wonders if she will even survive. In all this experience, she learns that the light needs to come from the inside through a God that loves her just as she is! Will she accept His forgiveness and believe that she is worthy to be loved?

Silas Quinn has already survived one disaster, the sinking of the Titanic. At that time he felt that God was not finished with him yet. Will he some out of this one unscathed?

This book is long, with a great deal of detail. Besides the explosion, there is also prejudice, treason and physical abuse to keep the reader wondering if this could possibly end well.

I received an ARC of this book through CelebrateLit. The comments and impressions are my own.
 
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Eamace | 3 other reviews | Sep 4, 2019 |
This was an enjoyable historical fiction story. This is the fourth book in the Creek Country Saga. This can be read as a stand alone but it would probably be better to read the other books in the series first to understand a bit more of the story. I really liked Captain Marcus Buck. Liana was interesting but sometimes I did not agree with some of her decisions. I haven’t read much about Spanish held Florida or the Seminole Wars before. This was interesting. I received a copy of this ebook from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
 
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Virginia51 | Oct 26, 2017 |
I loved, loved this book. The main character Adela, was a strong but loving character. The story has love, romance, adventure, faith and Gods love. A little bit of something for everyone. Their is a scene in the fort that may be a little difficult for some, although it was very authentic. I received a copy of this book from the author, which I am so thankful for. I was not aware of April Gardner before reading this story of hers. I can't wait to move on to the second book.
 
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Sandralb | Jun 22, 2017 |
If you want a good book to read, I highly recommend this one. Full of heart-pounding action, watch as our heroine battles everything from Indian attacks, desperate sisters, and forbidden love.

April Gardner is going to be a force to be reckoned with. She is a fantastic writer that has no problem gaining and keeping your attention.

Bravo, Ms. Gardner! I for one am ready for your sequel!
 
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AmandaWrites | 2 other reviews | Dec 30, 2013 |
I loved this book! Now that I’ve got that out there, let me tell you why. Wounded Spirits by April Gardner is compelling, well written, fast paced, entertaining, informative without becoming expository, has interesting well-developed characters, and from an historical perspective, delves into an area of ‘forbidden love’ that is uncommon in this genre. Have I missed anything?

Set in the Southeastern US during the early 1800s, we are dumped smack into the middle of a conflict between the settlers and the indigenous people of the area. The ‘Creek War’ as it has been called, is told from both the point of view of a white family and a ‘Creek’ family – a refreshing take on this real historical event. In the midst of the blood and carnage, love manages to creep into the mix.

Adela McGirth is taken captive by a Creek warrior along with her mother and sister after a bloody raid. In fact, they are taken for their own safety, since the warrior had once been helped by the McGirth family when he was a child. Taking them as ‘slaves’ ensures their survival since they would have been slaughtered along with everyone else left in the fort. Adela’s father, who was away at the time, does not know the truth. Thinking his whole family has been killed, he sets off on a quest for revenge.

Meanwhile, Totka, a relative of the captor, has been put in charge of the women. He shows them kindness and patience as he takes his role as protector and provider to heart. Mutual admiration and respect soon blossom into love for Totka and Adela, but a relationship seems unfathomable. Not only are they from completely different worlds, but Adela’s strong Christian faith stands in the way as an insurmountable stumbling block.

Without revealing any more, let me just say that the end was a bit of a surprise, although it did read ‘true’. If you want to know what I mean, you have to read this book. It is a solid five stars in my books on every count. I was left wanting more – please!
 
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Tracykrauss | 2 other reviews | Feb 27, 2012 |
April Gardner's debut is absolutely wonderful! While I admit, I had a bit of trouble getting past the beginning until I saw where all the Indians were going to fit in, but that was a short lived problem. Once I got further into the story, it all cam together PERFECTLY!

It was interesting to read this debut, as it was centered around TWO wars. One being a historically real war between Indians and soldiers, and the other being 3 souls battling an inner war of conflict, heartache and fully trusting in God to overcome the struggles. While written to be fiction, Gardner's rich detail to a time in history that was utterly tragic,filled with slaves and lots of warring action, was fantastic. Every mention of plantations, Indian villages and soldiers brought me deeper into the plot, as if I was a part of the story, running for my life and trying to stay alive.

April Gardner's characters are ALL so meaningful that I can't say that just one is my favorite. Each one went through a struggle that I wish I could have helped them with, yet they all blended together in a storyline that felt absolutely real, like 2011 turned to 1800s!

Though I didn't want to say goodbye to the characters yet, I know that Gardner has another one on the way that will pick up where this start left off. I highly, highly recommend this captivating story with 5 star praises. You'll become a part of history and the raging battles of war first hand. You'll quickly find yourself praying for all the amazing, tender characters like they were your family. If you love history, if you love reading about a time of war, then this start to a fantastic series is the perfect place to turn!
 
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ReviewsbyMolly | 2 other reviews | Jan 20, 2011 |
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