Five historical romances inspired by a messaged passed down through time.
Join the journey as one word etched in Latin on an ancient bronze bottle travels through the centuries to reach five young women who are struggling to maintain their faith in God and love. An Irish princess, a Scottish story weaver, a Post-Colonial nurse, a cotton mill worker, and a maid who nearly drowned each receive a message from the bottle just when they need their hope restored. But will the bottle also bring them each to a man whose love will endure?
The Distant Tide by Heather Day Gilbert
1170: County Kerry, Ireland
When a Viking bent on revenge mistakenly raids the castle of a bookish Irish princess, will she cast her fears aside to befriend the enemy, finally realizing God’s plan for her life?
A Song in the Night by Amanda Dykes
1717: Scotland and England
When a Scottish story-weaver loses her family in a clan war, she finds herself aided by a handsome, secretive bagpiper in a race against time to reunite with someone she never dared hope she'd see again.
The Forgotten Hope by Maureen Lang
1798: New York
As a champion of the sick, a young New Yorker never doubted her worth until a new doctor arrives to work with her father, one who believes her to be nothing more than a social butterfly. Can she gain his respect—and his love?
A River Between Us by Jocelyn Green
1864: Roswell, Georgia
When a Georgian cotton mill worker is arrested and sent North, the Union officer who tries to protect her is the last person she wants to forgive—and the only man who can bring hope and healing to her heart.
The Swelling Sea by Joanne Bischof
1890: Coronado Island, California
After washing ashore on the California coastline, a young woman’s yearning to discover her past leads her to the courageous oarsman who helps her find the key.
Empowering and inspirational!
I was absolutely enthralled with this book for so very many reasons! The five highly talented Christian authors who corroborated on this collection brilliantly combined their efforts to tell the story of a ancient bottle from the Ballyfir Monastery in the North of Ireland in 834AD that was tossed into the sea by a monk who gave his life so that The Living Word would endure. Through each authors' imagination I was immersed in stories of true faith and inspiration that engaged every single one of my emotions and embraced my joy of reading by taking me to places that I had never traveled to through my books before. To Ireland amongst revenge seeking Vikings, to Scotland's shores amid feuding clans, to New York City after the American Revolution, the Civil War and then to present day California. Each story has interesting and inspiring characters who act selflessly time and again to change their fate while teaching me about the true meaning of faith and the strength that faith employs. My favorite story, by far, was A River Between Us by Jocelyn Green because I have always been fascinated by the history of the Civil War though I never could have anticipated how harrowing the lives of her characters could become. With every page of this collection I was engrossed in these stories featuring everyday people in extraordinary circumstances who find love and the empowerment of hope. It's a journey that I will never forget. I read a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.