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ABOUT Follow the Dawn

Anna Emory grew up the invisible younger sister, shy and quiet, and she prefers it that way. But her father’s attempts to arrange an unsavory marriage teach her that courage is sometimes found in adversity.

Then she meets a boy and his father who tip her quiet world upside down.

Captain Mathieu Tudder has run from responsibility, entrusting his young son’s care to another and devoting his Sea Beggar ship to the cause of the Dutch Revolution. After the cause fails, Tudder returns to England for the son he left behind, all he has left of the wife he lost. But Titus prefers a mysteriously quiet nursemaid to his estranged father.

Tudder wants his son back, yet Anna stands in his way. Will these two hearts—the battle-scarred and the broken—ever find true freedom?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachelle Rea Cobb has history with words. She penned her first short story in middle school, her first novel right out of high school, and signed a three-book publishing contract right after college. Her Steadfast Love series (from WhiteFire Publishing) and 2020 release, Follow the Dawn (Illuminate Publishing) are set during the Dutch Revolution. She is also the author of Write Well, a short writing guide designed to teach the structure of good writing. Rachelle is a freelance editor, an author of six books, and voracious reader. If you're looking for her, check the bookstore. In 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero and they live happily ever after in a fixer-upper by the sea. She's a fan of chai and lemonade (though definitely not together)!

Instagram: @RachelleReaCobb

Praise for Follow the Dawn

"Follow the Dawn rides the waves of a tumultuous period of history amidst the churning brokenness of two people held captive by past failures. A beautiful story of redemptive and affirming love." —Anne Mateer, author of Wings of a Dream

"Through a finesse of description and with a cast of sometimes flawed but loveable characters, Cobb brings us a story of love amidst heartbreak and tragedy. Placed in an unusual but refreshing time period and setting, Follow the Dawn explores the true meaning of family, friendship, loss, and restoration. It's refreshing to see a romance that knows its stakes, but still leaves readers feeling satisfied from beginning to end." - Hope Bolinger, author of the Blaze trilogy

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Although Follow the Dawn is written as a stand-alone for a Young Adult audience, cameos from beloved characters from the Steadfast Love series do make an appearance. Info on that series on the next page ...
About the Steadfast Love series

In 16th-century Europe, the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, a half-Dutch Catholic, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?


BOOK ONE

The Sound of Diamonds



Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.

With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle's castle. She doesn't dare to trust him...and yet doesn't dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.
Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her but what is he to do when those goals clash?
The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope...or be overcome.

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ISBN: 1939023599                                                    
ISBN-13: 978-1939023599
PRAISE FOR The Sound of Diamonds
With a lovely style that is mature and seasoned, at an enviable professional level, readers are in for a real treat with Rachelle’s debut. Beautifully written, The Sound of Diamonds is a gem. An unusual heroine, a unique setting, and a heart-stopping hero make this a must-read for historical fiction fans. Encore, Rachelle!
—Laura Frantz, author of The Mistress of Tall Acre
Rachelle’s debut novel transports readers back to the danger and mystique of Europe during the 1500s. Rich in church history and woven together with romantic suspense, The Sounds of Diamonds is a fascinating story and stellar debut. I look forward to reading more from Rachelle!
—Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Chateau of Secrets and The Black Cloister
Readers of Jody Hedlund’s new medieval YA series and Melanie Dickerson’s fairytale-based YA novels will love Rachelle’s The Sound of Diamonds.
—Dawn Crandall, award-winning author of The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, and The Captive Imposter
The Sound of Diamonds is a rare treat for young adult readers who love historical fiction. Rachelle’s prose is rich and exquisite and her story is impeccably researched. She gives readers a stunning setting and layered, flawed characters who, in finding their way through a dangerous and dark time, made me want to know everything about the Iconoclastic Fury. I’m a huge fan!
—Laura Anderson Kurk, author of Glass Girl and Perfect Glass
In her eloquently-written debut novel, Rachelle brings a story of grief and restoration, heartache and redemption. Dirk’s love for Gwyn kept me flipping the pages, and I found it to be the perfect illustration of God’s adoration for His children: Gentle and unconditional, despite our anger and misjudgments. This well-researched historical novel accurately portrays the language of the sixteenth century, enticing the reader to be swept away on a journey from the very first page … one that they will certainly not forget.
—Tessa Emily Hall, YA author of Selah Award Finalist Purple Moon
BOOK TWO

The Sound of Silver



The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One fights for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

LINKS

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ISBN: 1939023610                                                    
ISBN-13: 978-1939023612

PRAISE FOR The Sound of Silver
In The Sound of Silver, Rachelle Rea Cobb weaves a tremendous tale that takes flight with vivid prose and lands with complex characters caught up in the turbulent times of the Reformation. Like a cup of tea on a cold winter’s night, The Sound of Silver hits the perfect spot. It warms you from the inside out and leaves you feeling beautifully contented while the wind howls deliciously of danger outside your door. This, my dears, is one novel you won’t want to miss.
— Gillian Bronte Adams, author of Orphan’s Song and Out of Darkness Rising
In her much-anticipated second novel The Sound of Silver, Rachelle Rea Cobb invites readers to step into 16th century life through her irresistibly rich prose. Rea continues the story of Dirk and Gwyneth as they navigate loss, fear, and love at a time marked by intense turmoil and faith-shaking questions. A deeply moving, historically accurate, thrilling adventure for all!
—Laura Anderson Kurk, author of Glass Girl and Perfect Glass

BOOK THREE

The Sound of Emeralds



What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as tragedy rips apart a fledgling truce. Enemies from the past and grief for the future threaten to tear asunder what God had brought together…

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

LINKS

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ISBN: 1939023637                                        
ISBN-13: 978-1939023636

BOOK FOUR

Letters Home: A Christmas Short Story



Since the Steadfast Love series came to a thrilling conclusion, readers have clamored for more from Cade and Margried. This Christmas, that wish is granted in this charming epistolary novella that reveals more about Margried--and her family.

In the year 1566, she fled from an arranged marriage to a convent by the sea. Then a political and religious uprising shattered her plans to remain sheltered there, and she found safety only through an unlikely rescue.

See the events of the Steadfast Love series unfold through Margried’s eyes—and meet the sister never mentioned in those books but with whom Margried longs to reunite… if she will ever write her back.

LINKS

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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS WITH RACHELLE


1. When and where did you first get the idea for the Steadfast Love Series?

A song I was listening to on the radio inspired the title of the first book. So I wrote Diamonds, but when I finished it, I realized to my great frustration that the characters weren’t done with their story, even though I had been quite adamant that I would write a stand-alone novel. But the story wasn’t finished, so I kept writing.

2.  Readers often pick out favorite quotes from a novel. Do you have a favorite of your own from The Sound of Silver?

Yes! In fact, my friend Mindy, a calligrapher, even created a beautiful piece of art from one of my favorite quotes: “Within the pages of books one’s heart can be revealed.”

3.  Can you tell us what first drew you to writing Inspirational Historical Romance?

My first exposure to the genre came when I read Heartsong Presents novels when I was twelve. Those small books introduced me to how much I believe in the power of story, especially love stories set in times gone by.

4.  I saw on your website that you also write reviews, articles and offer editing services. What's one of your favorite things beyond writing novels that you enjoy?

Editing is such fun! I daresay I enjoy editing a page full of my own (or others’!) words just as much as I enjoy splashing words onto a blank page.

Review: The Spice King




by Elizabeth Camden

About the Book



My Thoughts

This is my favorite Camden novel to date. Every element was pitch-perfect and came together in a truly lovely novel. I loved Annabelle and Gray, as well as the supporting cast of characters. Sweet, inquisitive, and intelligent Annabelle Larkin is the opposite of the brusque, business savvy and reclusive Gray Delacroix, yet together they are the perfect couple. I loved these two and championed for their happily-ever-after, even though the odds were against them. And, without giving away any spoilers, they had a rocky road to travel. I was kept in suspense wondering how things would work out not only for Annabelle and Gray, but for the Delacroix business and all those involved.

Camden’s passionate prose and thorough research breathe new life into obscure bits of history. What I love about her novels is that they are very smart with women protagonists who do amazing things in their respective eras. I love reading about bold women who defy expectations and follow their hearts and this is a hallmark of Camden’s writing.

I adored The Spice King and cannot wait for more in the Hope and Glory series. Highly recommend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Review: A Perfect Silhouette




by Judith Miller

About the Book

 In 1850, Mellicent "Mellie" Blanchard takes a job at a mill in Manchester, New Hampshire, to help support her family. In search of additional earning opportunities, she approaches a daguerreotype shop owner with the proposal that he hire her to make paper cuttings or silhouette portraits for those who can't afford an expensive daguerreotype.

When a particularly charming customer--whose broad smile and twinkling eyes catch her off guard--asks to escort her home, the seeds of romance begin to blossom. All the pieces of her new life seem to have fallen perfectly into place, but when her new venture brings her an unexpected opportunity, she is confronted with the truth that all is not as it seems. Will Mellie, who is keeping secrets of her own, find happiness in the new life she has carved out for herself in the busy mill town?

My Thoughts

With nods to North and South, Judith Miller’s A Perfect Silhouette is a sweet historical romance. Being a fan of Gaskell’s classic novel, I loved reading about a factory worker who falls in love with the mill owner. I liked both our hero, Morgan, and our heroine, Mellie, and enjoyed reading about their romance as it gently unfolded. Mellie’s riches-to-rags story and the secret of Morgan’s identity gave a deft nod to the Cinderella story, which I appreciated, while adding more depth to the plot and kept the reader guessing as to how things would unfold. A well rounded cast of supporting characters as well as a quaint New England setting provided a cozy backdrop for this endearing story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

Fans of sweet, inspirational historical romance will love A Perfect Silhouette.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Review: Finding Lady Enderly




by Joanna Davidson Politano

About the Book
Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London's east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within--and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.


My Thoughts

I loved this book. With a rags to riches to rags story told in a first person narrative, Finding Lady Enderly is a treat to my Brontë-loving heart. The setting was a total win. Victorian England, on a country estate with a crumbling old abbey…it’s one of my favorite literary settings. Yet what made this story was the characters. While far from perfect, I loved Raina. Though she was a bit naïve and made her fair share of mistakes, I thought she was sweet and underneath the mask she wore, she had a good heart. Her flaws made her relatable and she’s someone I would love to befriend. And Sully! Definitely one of my favorite heroes in recent memory. His devotion to Raina and his courage made him the definition of a hero.

Yet while their romance is very much a part of the novel, I think this is also a story of Raina’s self-discovery. As a person in the world, yet also a being in Christ, her identity is questioned throughout and luminously answered.

I can’t write a review of this book without mentioning the secret correspondence between Raina and Sully. Reading about the messages passed between them through favorite passages in beloved books was a true delight and made me love this book that much more.

Finding Lady Enderly is a marvelous new tale from a very talented author. I can’t wait to read more from Joanna Davidson Politano!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Review: Midnight on the River Grey


by Abigail Wilson

About the Book

She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak…

After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning–known by locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.

Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.

Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?

My Thoughts

Murder, espionage, and secrets result in a fresh take on Regency fiction that will appeal not only to fans of authors like Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and Julie Klassen, but to avid mystery readers, as well.

Wilson’s novels combine so many elements of fiction that I love. Regency settings that are reminiscent of Jane Austen, a first person narrative and characters that harken to the Brontës, and enough intrigue to keep the reader guessing until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed her debut, In the Shadow of Croft Towers, and was very much looking forward to her second novel. It did not disappoint.

I really like our heroine, Rebecca Hunter. While in the beginning she seemed a little cold, the further I read, the more I got to know her and found her to be likable. She was strong and smart and it was clear that she loved her brother. While in the beginning, she seems somewhat naïve, the further the story developed, the more mature she seemed and began thinking for herself. And while I wasn’t entirely sure of Lewis in the beginning, my opinion of him changed as the novel progressed and I began to like him more. Without giving any spoilers, I will say that I was utterly blown away by certain revelations, and to me, that is a sign of a good book.

I loved that this book was set in the fall/early winter. It perfectly lends that spooky feeling to an already spine chilling mystery and creates for a deliciously eerie reading experience.

Perfect for readers across the board, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery. I can’t wait for more from this talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Spotlight + Review: The Number of Love




by Roseanna M. White

About the Book

The toughest puzzle she’ll have to solve might be the wishes of her own heart.

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network–field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack German telegrams for hints of the enemy’s plans. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the quick and brainy Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to team up to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

My Thoughts

Once again, Roseanna M. White has blown me away with her talent at writing strong and intelligent protagonists, as well as a romance that will make you swoon. I loved everything about this book; the characters, the setting, the message. I did not want to put it down and it quickly earned a spot on my list of all-time favorite books. Many things factored into this, not the least of which are the amazing heroine and hero.

Margot De Wilde is a heroine after my own heart. Granted, she’s a cryptologist and a mathematical genius, and I have always anything math related abhorrent. But I loved her because she was so smart and strong, and she defied expectations for women of her time while also being a humble follower of Christ. Her struggles with maintaining her own hopes and dreams while falling in love are relatable to many people and are portrayed perfectly in the book. Another hardship Margot faces is grief, and I think that Roseanna M. White portrayed this thoughtfully, as well. While it is apparent from the start that Margot is a strong believer and that her faith is very important to her, that faith is tested and I think this is something all believers can relate to. Among the most life-like and surprisingly relatable heroines in recent memory, Margot is one of the best heroines I’ve read about in a long time.

While Peter Holstein will always hold first place in my heart where White’s heroes are concerned, Drake Elton has to be among my favorite heroes in recent Christian fiction. A little mysterious and very adventurous, Drake has such a big heart, for Margot, especially, yet also for his family and his countries. Similar to Margot, Drake is also a strong believer whose faith is put to the test as he wrestles with the demands of war. Yet while at times he struggled with certain tasks, he maintained a strong faith. I loved this big hearted hero.

Aside from our lovely heroine and hero, I loved the secondary characters. The book boasts a rich cast of characters that create a very full, diverse reading experience. I love that Margot and Drake’s family and friends were portrayed with their own quirks, showing that even though none of us are perfect and we all struggle with different things, God is still there, loving us and helping us through it all.

I must also mention Room 40, a character in and of itself. Prior to White’s Shadows Over England series, I had never heard of the secretive intelligence hub known as Room 40. This mysterious network was described so vividly that I practically felt as though I was there myself, watching these incredibly gifted individuals cracking codes and razzing one another. It definitely made me eager for book two in the series!

Fans of WWI fiction and Christian historical fiction alike won’t want to miss The Number of Love. I can’t recommend this book enough.

All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Thank you to the author and Bethany House for the complimentary copy of this book.

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About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, designing book covers, editing, and pretending her house will clean itself.  Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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Review: Murder in the City of Liberty





by Rachel McMillan

About the Book

 Hamish DeLuca and Regina "Reggie" Van Buren have a new case--and this one brings the war in Europe dangerously close to home.

Determined to make a life for herself, Regina "Reggie" Van Buren bid goodbye to fine china and the man her parents expected her to marry and escaped to Boston. What she never expected to discover was that an unknown talent for sleuthing would develop into a business partnership with the handsome, yet shy, Hamish DeLuca.

Their latest case arrives when Errol Parker, the leading base stealer in the Boston farm leagues, hires Hamish and Reggie to investigate what the Boston police shove off as a series of harmless pranks. Errol believes these are hate crimes linked to the outbreak of war in Europe, and he's afraid for his life. Hamish and Reggie quickly find themselves in the midst of an escalating series of crimes that seem to link Boston to Hamish's hometown of Toronto.

When an act of violence hits too close to home, Hamish is driven to a decision that may sever him from Reggie forever . . . even more than her engagement to wealthy architect Vaughan Vanderlaan.
 

My Thoughts


With a war stirring across the pond, tensions are high in 1940s Boston. As sides are taken and lines are drawn, Hamish and Reggie must find out where they stand–both as individuals and together–and who to trust.

Returning to the Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries is a bit like revisiting old friends. I love Hamish and Reggie and Nate and was so eager to read more about them. It was charming to see the friendship between Reggie and Hamish evolve over the course of the novel, as well as to learn of a budding romance for Nate. In Murder in the City of Liberty, we see the dynamic duo further grow into their independence in the fabulous and charming city of Boston. I adored the early ‘40s setting and reading about Reggie and Hamish’s fledgling detective business. Scattered throughout the novel are references to classic literature and film, as well as history tidbits that will keep you turning pages; hallmarks of Rachel McMillan’s writing style.

Yet the book is not all fun and games. The serious issues of racism and mental illness are dealt with openly in this novel. Again, we are given a look at Hamish’s anxiety and panic disorder. His mental illness is dealt with in an honest and open way that will give fellow sufferers like myself someone to relate to. At times, it seemed as if the mystery took a backseat to Hamish and Reggie’s romance. Still, it was heartbreaking to read of the hate crimes that were so prevalent in the early 20th century.

While Murder in the City of Liberty might not have been my favorite offering from McMillan, I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it to fans of vintage tales and cozy mysteries.
                                                                   
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.