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Cover Reveal of Becoming Madam Secretary by Stephanie Dray

     I’m thrilled to share the cover of Stephanie Dray’s super anticipated new novel,  Becoming Madam Secretary! It goes on sale March 2024. Becoming Madam Secretary traces the life of one of America’s unsung heroes: Frances Perkins. Frances Perkins was the first female Cabinet secretary, who helped pulled the nation out of the Great Depression. Becoming Madam Secretary sounds really exciting, and I can't wait to read it Here is the synopsis for Becoming Madam Secretary :        After moving to New York and throwing herself into the social scene, Frances Perkins met such people as millionaire socialite Mary Harriman Rumsey, then-budding author Sinclair Lewis, and the brilliant but troubled reformer Paul Wilson (with whom she falls deeply in love). Frances meets a young lawyer named Franklin Delano Roosevelt at a tea dance and over the next twenty years, they will form a historic partnership that will carry them both to the White House. Preorder at Penguin Random House   and Amaz

The Blackthorn Queen (Eagles and Crows #1) by Melanie Karsak: A Book Review

Blackthorn Queen (Eagles and Crows #1) Author: Melanie Karsak Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Publisher: Clockpunk Press Release Date: July 25, 2023 Pages: 338 Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis : From ancient henges to windswept mountains, dive into a world where pagan gods rule, powerful priestesses weave magic, and fierce Celtic tribes battle for dominance.      Britain, AD 38, Princess Cartimandua—Carti—of the Brigantes tribe faces an uncertain future when her father’s sudden death ignites turmoil. Suspicion falls on the Crow People of the Votadini tribe, straining the fragile peace between the factions.      But they’re not the only ones bearing a grudge.      A tangled web of political games soon unfolds. When enigmatic Prince Cormag of the Votadini shows the princess unwanted attention, the Brigantes’ alliance with the Carvetti is shaken. Cartimandua’s dream of marrying gallant Prince Venutiux of the Carvetti is put at

In Feast or Famine (The Egyptian Chronicles #2) by Mesu Andrews: A Book Review

In Feast or Famine (The Egyptian Chronicles #2) Author: Mesu Andrews Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian, Biblical Fiction, Romance Publisher: Waterbrook Release Date: May 9, 2023 Pages: 449 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis : Thrust into an arranged marriage, the daughter of ancient Egypt’s high priest plays a pivotal role in Joseph’s biblical narrative in this powerful novel from the award-winning author of Potiphar’s Wife .      After four-year-old Asenath’s mother is murdered by Egypt’s foreign rulers, the child is raised to be a priestess by her overprotective father—high priest of Egypt’s sun god. For fifteen years, Asenath is sequestered in the upper levels of Ra’s temple, convinced it is her destiny to heal the land by becoming queen to the next Egyptianpharaoh. But when Egypt’s foreign king instead gives her as a bride to the newly appointed vizier—a Hebrew named Joseph—her entire world is shaken.       Beyond the walls of her tower, Asena

Iceberg by Jennifer A. Nielsen: A Book Review

  Iceberg Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen Genre: Children, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Adventure Publisher: Scholastic Release Date: March 7, 2023 Pages: 317 Source: My State Public Library Synopsis : As disaster looms on the horizon, a young stowaway onboard the Titanic will need all her courage and wits to stay alive. A thrilling tale from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen!     Hazel Rothbury is traveling all alone from her home in England aboard the celebrated ship Titanic . Following the untimely death of her father, Hazel’s mother is sending her to the US to work in a factory, so that she might send money back home to help her family make ends meet.     But Hazel harbors a secret dream: She wants to be a journalist, and she just knows that if she can write and sell a story about the Titanic ’s maiden voyage, she could earn enough money to support her family and not have to go to a sweatshop. When Hazel discovers that mother didn’t send her with enough money for

Guest Post by Cathy Gohlke: The Bonds of Friendship Among Women

 Today’s guest writer is author Cathy Gohlke. Ms. Gohlke explores the tremendous value of women who form life-long friendship bonds with other women. Using examples from literature, the Bible, and her book Ladies of the Lake , Ms. Gohlke explores the meaning of friendship. She also describes the pitfalls that come between some friends and what steps may be required to overcome them. I hope you enjoy the article! Thank you, Ms. Gohlke!  THE BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP AMONG WOMEN Women have always known that we need the friendship, companionship, mentoring and sisterhood of other women.  We not only live and thrive daily in those relationships but find them celebrated and strikingly painted in the Bible and in literature.   Don’t we love the close-knit bonds between Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi; between Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her older cousin Elisabeth; between Mary and Martha of Bethany; and between the women who stood at the foot of the cross as they watched their Savior die and