Sandy Barwick

Sandy reviews Christian fiction and is a development officer on WORLD's fundraising team. She is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute. She resides near Asheville, N.C.

Secret pasts and daring escapes

Books | Four novels from Christian publishers
by Sandy Barwick
Posted 12/10/20, 12:31 pm

The Gentleman Spy by Erica Vetsch: Upon the sudden deaths of his father and older brother, Marcus Haverly becomes the Duke of Haverly. He fears his new title will interfere with his secret occupation as a spy for the British Crown, so he proposes marriage to Lady Charlotte, hoping she’ll provide the cover he needs. However, Charlotte is not a typical shallow, shy debutante. She is well-read, outspoken, and determined to help London’s population of prostitutes, including her recently discovered half-sister.

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Room in the family

Books | Four novels from Christian publishers
by Sandy Barwick
Posted 10/21/20, 06:13 pm

The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox: Cox’s debut novel celebrates the worth of every human life and showcases the beauty of a family built not by blood relation but by choice. A homeless man, Harvey, finds an abandoned newborn on the side of the highway. Hoping to spare her a future lost in the foster care system, he decides to raise the baby girl by himself in the woods. A local pastor and his elderly widowed neighbor disrupt Harvey’s plans as they form an unbreakable bond with Harvey and “his” baby.

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Deception, mystery, and romance

Books | Four novels from Christian publishers
by Sandy Barwick
Posted 6/11/20, 05:18 pm

If I Were You by Lynn Austin: Audrey and Eve become fast friends as children on an estate near London. They grow up and grow apart until the onset of World War II rekindles their friendship. Audrey plans to move to the United States with her American husband after the war. But when he’s killed, she opts to stay in familiar surroundings in England. Seeing a way out of poverty, Eve assumes Audrey’s identity and moves to America, duping Audrey’s in-laws into thinking she’s their dead son’s wife.

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