January in Review

If you haven’t had the chance to check out all of our January content, this is what we read and discussed last month. We hope that something here will appeal to you–and if not, we have plenty of new, exciting reviews, interviews and articles coming in February!



Checkmate by Steven James, reviewed by Melissa Willis

The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller, reviewed by Sara Shoop

Wonder by Travis Thrasher, reviewed by Melissa Willis

The Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta, reviewed by Marisa Deshaies & Rachel Brand

Motherless by Erin Healy, reviewed by Melissa Willis

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh, reviewed by Beth Bulow

Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green, reviewed by Marisa Deshaies

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey, reviewed by Shondra Brown

A Robertson Family Christmas by Kay Robertson & Travis Thrasher, reviewed by Jodie Moore



Steven James on Checkmate, with Melissa Willis

Kelly Long on The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain, with Rachel Brand

Erin Healy on Motherless, with Melissa Willis


Upcoming Events

In honour of Valentine’s Day, we will be focusing primarily on Historical Romance novels for the month of February.  Along with reviews of popular Historical Romance novels and interviews with industry leading authors, our writers are also working on some fun articles that delve into the reasons why this genre has remained so popular over the years. Look out for the following articles next month:

  • Why is Historical Romance one of the most popular genres in the CBA? Sara Shoop shares how she fell in love with this genre.
  • Rachel Brand reveals some of the “hidden gems” just waiting to be discovered in this genre. Not just love stories, these novels cover unusual time periods and settings, and more gritty subjects that shed light on the more realistic aspects of our history.
  • Ever wonder what goes into making the cover art of these novels?  Danyelle Hunnicutt talks with Amy Green from Bethany House about cover trends, what sells, and the thought process behind the beautiful cover art that graces their Historical Romance novels.
  • Every genre has its share of favorite troupes and pet peeves.  Which ones made our list? Christel Jeffs has written an article highlighting our writer’s favorite storylines along with those that are just a little irritating.
  • Beth Bulow will be giving our readers a sneak peak at some of this year’s most anticipated novels, as well as revealing a few of our writers’ personal favorites.

February Recommended Reading

Michelle Black will be introducing a regular “Recommended Reading” feature in February. In honour of African-American History Month, she’ll be sharing some of her favourite lesser-known titles celebrating African-Americans.

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