Book Review: The Promise of Tomorrow by AnnMarie Brear

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The synopsis on the back of the book:

Charlotte Brookes flees her lecherous guardian, McBride, taking her younger sister with her. After a year on the road, they stumble into a Yorkshire village. There, they are taken in by the Wheelers, owners of the village shop. This new life is strange for Charlotte, but preferable to living with McBride or surviving on the roads. 
Harry Belmont is an important man in the village, but he’s missing something in his life. His budding friendship with Charlotte gives him hope she will feel more for him one day, and he will have the woman he needs. 
However, when McBride finds out where Charlotte lives, his threats begin, and Harry takes it upon himself to keep Charlotte safe. Only, World War I erupts and Harry enlists. 
Left to face a world of new responsibilities, and Harry’s difficult sister, Charlotte must run the gauntlet of family disputes, McBride's constant harassment and the possibility of the man she loves being killed. 
Can Charlotte find the happiness that always seems under threat, and will Harry return home to her?

  • Genre: Historical Fiction

  • Publisher: Self Published

  • Published: 9/2018

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.52

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Why I Chose This Book

I am taking part of the blog tour for this book. You all know I can’t say no to a Historical Fiction novel!

First Initial Thoughts

Charlotte and Hannah are two sisters who’s grandparents and parents passed away within the last 5 years. They were living on the streets when they are in Yorkshire village. With only a few shillings left she hopes that she can get a room for the night at Wheeler’s shop. However, when the Wheeler’s meet Charlotte and Hannah, Stan especially doesn’t want them to go. For years they have wanted to have children of their own. He believes that it’s their second chance. So they hire on Charlotte as a shop keeper and Hannah goes back to school.

The Wheeler’s remind me of the couple from the movie, UP - if they had a chance to have children. They are just that sweet old couple. I love that they took a chance in taking in Charlotte and Hannah when they had nowhere to go.

However, as soon as things are going well with the Wheeler’s McBride returns back to her life. McBride is a cousin of her Father’s. Her Father put McBride as her guardian in his will. McBride - ugh he was not a good man. Let’s just say he was an old creep that was disgusting and cruel. And not only that, he wants to marry Charlotte. After Charlotte fled his home with Hannah a few months prior, he finds out where Charlotte lives and starts harassing her to come back.

Harry Belmont is an owner of a coal mine in town and is a wealthy individual. He lives on the Belmont estate. Once he meets Charlotte he is smitten with her. I really liked Harry. He is a good man that cared not only for his class, but others as well. I loved how Charlotte and Harry met. It was so sweet (and a little romantic). Charlotte was hesitant in letting Harry in but she also secretly liked him.


I love an English countryside setting. From the old village to rolling green hills, it just sounds romantic and dreamy. It makes me miss the UK very much! I also found it interesting how she wrote about England during the time of WWI. In the beginning of the story she emphasized how England was happy and prosperous but as WWI started, you read how the English countryside faired during such a time.

Final Thoughts

To protect Charlotte Harry proposes marriage. Marriage would protect Charlotte from the hands of McBride. Charlotte agrees. Even though it was a marriage of convenience, there was a spark between them that they could not deny. I loved how they both had a secret crush on the other before marrying. Their strength and loyalty was definitely something they both had in common and could share.

The other half of the story was about WWI. Just as soon as they married WWI began and their life was turned upside down. Harry enlisted in the war. Charlotte is devastated and is afraid that Harry may never come back home. While he is away Charlotte has to run the household and still deal with the harassing letters from McBride. Speaking of letters, the letters between Charlotte and Harry during the war were so sweet and beautiful. Through those letters their love blossomed and grew. I think it also helped Harry stay alive and hopeful through those dreadful times.

Promise of Tomorrow is an emotional story that reminds that there is no promise of tomorrow. But what we can do is cherish the now. Stand for what you have and protect your family. And family is what you make of it, it doesn’t have to be by blood.

I have never read AnnMarie’s books before but this one did not disappoint and I was staying up late into the hours reading this story. I loved this story of a strong female character who took it upon herself to make sure her sister was taken care for and would do anything for. Charlotte really grew as a character in this novel. In the beginning she was a little timid and frightened but by the end she became a strong and assertive (in a good way) woman.

Would I Recommend?

Yes! If you love the English countryside you will throughly enjoy this story. Even though it’s not a Christian book, it is still a clean read. It does have some parts with offensive language, but that is about it.

About AnneMarie Briar

The Promise of Tomorrow AnneMarie Brear

Australian born AnneMarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances and sometimes the odd short story, too. Her passions, apart from writing, are travelling, reading, researching historical eras and looking for inspiration for her next book.

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the review! Have you ever visited Yorkshire in England?

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review from Rachel Random Resources Blog Tours. All opinions are my own.

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Book Review: In Dreams Forgotten by Tracie Peterson

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The synopsis on the back of the book:

Judith Gladstone came to San Francisco after her parents died to find her last living relative, an aunt she has never met. Instead she has fallen head over heels in love with Caleb Coulter, her friend's brother. Caleb has promised to help Judith find her aunt, but she can tell he thinks of her only as a friend, and she struggles to hide her feelings.

When Caleb traces Judith's aunt to the wealthy Whitley family, Judith is reunited with her long-lost relatives. The truths she learns about her past and her parents are shocking and overwhelming, however, and the more she gets to know her new family, the more danger she uncovers. Someone does not want Judith in the picture, and they will do whatever it takes to get rid of her.

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

  • Published: 7/2018

  • Pages: 336

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.26

In Dreams Forgotten by Tracie Peterson
Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Why I Chose This Book

I read the first book in the Golden Gate Secrets Series, In Places Hidden. I wanted to continue the series and read more about Judith’s story.

First Initial Thoughts

In Dreams Forgotten is the second book in the Golden Gate Secrets series. I don’t think you need to read the first book in the series in order to read and understand this one. Tracie catches the reader up in the beginning of the book about what happened previously. This book picks up right after the events from the last book.

In this book we learn more about Judith’s story. Judith came to San Francisco because she found out that she has an Aunt in the family after her mother died. She is currently living with Camri, Caleb, and Kenzie. She has a big crush on Caleb - which I found rather adorable.

Caleb does help Judith find her family and Judith finds out she belongs to the very wealthy family, The Whitley’s. She grew up quite poor and can’t fathom belonging to such a society. When she meets her Grandmother, Mrs. Whitley she is soon overwhelmed by her past and the pressure to join her new family. Why did she grow up poor when her family was obviously well off? Also, why was Judith being targeted in her new home? Did someone want her dead to inherit the fortune/inheritance?


Tracie has a special talent in immersing the reader into the story. Even though the story is taken place in only a few places, she had a way of making you feel like you were there standing along the characters. Whenever The Whitley’s house was mentioned I kept thinking of Downton Abbey and it’s grand home. I would also feel overwhelmed like Judith!

Bear with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgive each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
— Colossians 3:13

Final Thoughts

Although I enjoyed In Places Hidden, I didn’t like it as much as Tracie's other novels. However, with In Dreams Forgotten, I felt like Tracie was back and this book was much better. Which is rare to find when the second book in a series is a little better than the first.

Judith in the beginning I found her to be timid and shy. We see her grow in the story into a woman who can stand for her own, and most importantly learn the grace and love of God. I also loved reading the relationship between her and Caleb develop. She had such a big crush on him in the beginning and it developed into love later on. I appreciated that Tracie did this - the natural progression of a relationship. We usually are smitten with another at first, and then that develops into love over time.

What I also enjoyed about this story, there wasn’t just the POV from Judith and Caleb in the story but also Camri, Kenzie, and Mrs. Whitley had their own chapters and point of view. I really like it when novels do this because you get a complete view of the story.

At first Judith feels all out of sorts with her new family. They are from another world, a world she never grew up in. She was not accustom to being taken care of hand and foot. I loved that she still stayed true to herself and didn’t let the wealth/greed overtake her. I absolutely despised her cousins though. They reminded me of those snobby wealthy people that had no time for anyone less than them.

I really enjoyed this story, especially the mystery and reading it unfold. It’s a story that reminds us to forgive and learn how to embrace new beginnings.

What I Recommend?

Yes, most definitely! Anyone who loved the first book in the series will enjoy this second book as well.

You can purchase the book —-> HERE

I am looking forward to reading the 3rd and final installment in this series about Kenzie’s story. That review should be up soon, hopefully!

the caffeinated bibliophile
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Book Review: The Christmas Remedy by Cindy & Erin Woodsmall

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The synopsis:

Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene's Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community--a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can't marry and hold onto her professional job. She's Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases--like the one that claimed her father's life.

As long as Holly continues to avoid Joshua Smucker, the one man who draws her like a warm hearth in winter, she should be fine. When something unexpected threatens Greene's Pharmacy, Holly and Joshua must work together to unravel what's happened and find the "missing" patient before the Board of Pharmacy shuts them down. As the snows of December arrive, with Christmas in the air, will Holly succumb to the generous spirit of the season?

  • Genre: Amish Fiction

  • Publisher: Waterbrook Press

  • Published: 10/23/2018

  • Pages: 200

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.47

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[Joshua] People get sick, Holly. Some get better. Some don’t. It’s been that way for thousands and thousands of years.
[Holly] But the key is using knowledge to bring some sort of control to as many health issues as possible.
[Joshua] But that’s just it. Even when we do everything right within our power, life can hit us upside the head with a compost bucket.
— Joshua & Holly

Why I Chose This Book

I was kindly sent this book to review. I love Cindy’s books so I knew I would enjoy this one!

First Initial Thoughts

Holly is an Amish single woman who is working for a English pharmacy as a office/pharmacist assistant. She desires to become a LPN to further help her Amish community. I found it interesting that an Amish person could work in an non Amish establishment. I also found it interesting that she had her own iPhone. I know that certain Amish communities are more modern than others - so it was fun to learn about a more modern Amish community. I really liked Holly’s character. I found her to be stubborn, determined, and surprisingly progressive. Yes, she was Amish, but she also saw the improvements that such a community could take, medically speaking.

Lyle Greene is the owner of Greene’s pharmacy. He is such a jolly man but also stubborn and persistent. In the beginning he suffers a stroke and everyone that use to work for him come’s back to run the pharmacy while he recovers. Including his son, Brandon. Brandon is in the final stages of being licensed as a pharmacist. At the beginning he resents his father and doesn’t want to be there.

However, soon as Lyle is recovering someone turns them in to the board for writing a false prescription. Or did Greene actually do such a thing? Holly must find out or Greene’s pharmacy will close!


I love small town businesses. Something about them are just charming and sweet. Greene’s Pharmacy is just that. It was interesting to learn that Amish could work outside the home in a more modern day store. I liked that the entire story was set within Greene’s pharmacy and just a few other places. It made me feel closer and more attached to the store.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
— Romans 5:3-5

Final Thoughts

This was such a charming story. I liked how fast the story progressed and it was so easy to read this whole book in one sitting. The mystery itself, I didn’t guess who it was till the very end! I also liked that it wasn’t predicable.

The romance between Joshua and Holly wasn’t the main part of the story but I enjoyed their time together in the book. They were so cute - and I loved their little banter and flirting. At first Joshua didn’t understand why Holly wouldn’t accept his invitation to courting. I won’t say why, however, as to not spoil the story. ;)

One of the main messages in this book was why do bad things happen to good people? Holly struggled with this, medically speaking. She didn’t understand why people wouldn’t get medical help in time to avoid becoming more sick or unfortunately die. We may never know why some people are handed the Cancer card or Diabetes in the case with Joshua’s mom. Is it’s God’s plan? We can avoid becoming sick but sometimes we still get sick anyways. I think it’s how we handle the situation and trust in God.

As Christian’s it’s hard to know God’s plan. Or at least be patient with it. With today’s culture we want things to happen quickly. However, we have to be patient and know that God know’s our hearts desires. He will make them happen, in time.

Would I Recommend?

Yes. Since this book is only 200 pages it’s the perfect book to read over a weekend. It’s also just a fun and sweet read - perfect to lift your spirits up this season!

You can purchase the book —-> HERE

Do you have a local pharmacy business where you live? When I lived in Oregon, there was one, and I miss having such a cute small business pharmacy!

I could also see this book made into a Hallmark Christmas movie! Don’t you agree?

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I was sent an ARC copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.

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Book Review: The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos

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The synopses on the back of the book:

A sweeping family saga and love story that offers a vivid and unique portrayal of life in war-torn 1941 Bucharest and life behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet Union occupation—perfect for fans of Lilac Girls and Sarah’s Key.

On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger, undergoing increasingly violent persecution. The girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind. They are even further from her mind when Romania falls under Soviet occupation.

Yet, as Natalia comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading gradually to a discovery that will change her destiny. She has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early twenties and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. This time they are fatefully drawn into a passionate affair despite the obstacles swirling around them and Victor’s dark secrets.

When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her. Natalia must make an agonizing decision: remain in Bucharest with her beloved adoptive parents and the man she has come to love, or seize the chance to finally live life on her own terms, and to confront the painful enigma of her past.

  • Genre: Historical Fiction

  • Publisher: Atria Books

  • Published: 10/09/2018

  • Pages: 368

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.39 Stars

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They will stumble repeatedly; they will fall over each other. They will say, ‘Get up, let us go back to our own people and our native lands, away from the sword of the oppressor.’
— Jeremiah 45:46

Why I Chose This Book

I am taking part in the TLC Book Tour for this book. You know I love a good historical war novel! And it intrigued me that it was based on a true story.

First Initial Thoughts

Natalia is a young woman who has gone through a lot. She was adopted by Anton and Despina when she was only 4 years old. Her former parents are unknown but she longs to know where she came from. I really liked that her adopted parents told her that she was adopted. I appreciate it when adoptive parents do this. I think if I was adopted I would want to know, and have the chance to find out who my birth parents were.

We do get a brief background story on Natalia’s parents in the beginning. Let’s just say it made me so sad! It really brought the issues right front and center of what the Jews had to endure. And what they had to do to survive.

Anton and Despina, their love story was so cute in the beginning. I liked that Roxanne briefly mentioned their struggles to have children, and their journey to adopt. Anton and Despina were lovely parents and totally doted on Natalia. I love adoption stories like this!

Victor doesn’t appear till later in the story. But he has an important role later on. He had a lot of opinions about communism and the wealthy. Usually you have a character who is agains such regime’s but he was for communism. It was interesting to read his viewpoints and opinions.


Roxanne brought Romania to life and what it was like during WWII in that country. I could tell Roxanne did a lot of research for this book. I learned a lot about Romania during this time, especially what they did to the Jews. No spoilers here but I had no idea they did that (and it’s not the obvious)!

There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens.
— Ecclesiastes 3:1

Final Thoughts

One thing to note about this book is that it reads slow. It definitely takes a few chapters for something big to happen. However, I can see why Roxanne did this. I think she wanted to have it slowly build up to something bigger. This book is also entirely written in 3rd person. Which is different. I am use to reading books in 1st person. This book rarely had any conversation like you do in 1st person. I liked this though, it gave the book a unique vibe.

What I found interesting about this book is that usually in WWII novels, the main character is from a working class family. Natalia is from a well off family. They are not exorbitantly wealthy but they have enough to afford summer homes and luxury vacations. Therefore, it was interesting to see the viewpoint of the war from a person who was a little more well off than others in the city.

This book emphasized resilience and love. You really got a sense of how these people lived and felt during this time. They kept going on despite the tight regulations of the communists. Their will to survive and their love as a family was very inspiring.

What I most loved about this novel was that the author not only based this on a true story, but on her own families history. I loved that she was able to honor her family in that way with telling their story.

Would I Recommend?

Yes. I think anyone that enjoys learning more about WWII history will throughly enjoy this book! Especially those that have Romanian heritage might enjoy reading more about their culture and history.

About The Author

roxanne veletzos

Roxanne Veletzos was born in Bucharest, Romania and moved to California with her family as a young teen. Already fluent in English and French, she began writing short stories about growing up in her native Eastern Europe, at first as a cathartic experience as she transitioned to a new culture, then simply to pursue what had become an unrelenting passion. She has worked as an editor, content writer, and marketing manager for a number of Fortune 500 companies and has been writing fiction since 2012. Her first novel, THE GIRL THEY LEFT BEHIND, is based on her family’s true story.

Connect with Roxanne

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Purchase Links

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I hope you enjoyed this review and are having a fabulous week!

the caffeinated bibliophile
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