A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears

Mail order bride, Eliza Cantrell, heads out to meet her groom.  He owns a general store, and Eliza is chomping at the bit to help him with his work.  But when she arrives, Axel is nowhere to be found and his business partner, William, dislikes the business and would rather be a doctor.  When Eliza arrives in town, penniless and alone, William tries to take care of her – in honor of his absent partner.  Eliza soon becomes indispensable around the store… which leads to some tension.   And even though she’s promised to another, Eliza finds herself spending more and more time with William.

Overall, I thought this book lacked a strong plot line and good characters.  It was a light read, that just failed to bring me in.  I’ll give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

Jeremiah Prins is 10 years old, and leads a sheltered, pampered life in the East Indies.   In 1942, when the Japanese Imperialist invasion begins, Jeremiah’s life is turned upside down and backwards.   He becomes the man of the house for his younger siblings, and realizes that his mother needs more care than he realized.

Life in the camp is full of hardship, cruelty, and a life that Jeremiah never imagined possible.  He comes to lean on Laura, who is quickly becoming his best friend.  Jeremiah and Laura learn a lot about the strength that God gives and the light that shines in the dark as they live through the horrors of camp, and find beauty in life.  But it’s what happens later in life… when Jeremiah is 81 that will bring tears to your eyes.

This book was good and powerful.  I found it a little slow going, but it was good.  And I love historical fiction.  I’ll give it a 4 out of 5 stars.