Find the Hidden Message 1: The Distant Tide by Heather Day Gilbert of The Message in a Bottle

Title:  The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection
Authors: Joanne Bischof, Amanda Dykes, Heather Day Gilbert, Jocelyn Green and Maureen Lang
Publisher:  Barbour Publishing
Release Date:  March 1, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction / Novella Collection

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.

Welcome to the first stop in the Find the Hidden Message with The Message in a Bottle feature. For those that don't know what I'm talking about, you can click HERE to take you to a little info.  Basically, for the next 5 days, I will hide a part of the hidden message from the authors of The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection within my review posts. At the end of the feature, the message will be revealed and the authors will share why this message and what it means to them.

Revenge and hope. Now those words you don't see together often, yet it was from the spark of revenge that led to the type of hope that one can't see, but feel. In The Distant Tide, Heather Day Gilbert brilliantly present so much angst and hope in such a short story! The journey of one Viking warrior to an unknown land, coupled with an Irish princess with a missionary heart, the vast difference in background, personality and culture is surprising, yet stunning. I love how a silly thing like language doesn't contain the Truth and Hope in our Lord. His words will continue on. The Distant Tide also is my first Viking story, but it didn't hinder my understanding of the story. The author managed to put in culture, language, romance, suspense, battle and the submission of one who is thirsty for more, and as a reader, you'll drink it all.  Perfect length, perfect start and perfect all around. 

"One sacrifice, lasting through the ages. One sacrifice that inspired others to give more of themselves..." (76)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Heather Day Gilbert writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up. Heather's Viking historical novel, God's Daughter, is an Amazon Norse Bestseller. She is also the author of  the bestselling A Murder in the Mountains mystery series, and the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.

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  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review! What a fun project, to find all those hidden clues!

    1. Thank you Heather! This is a wonderful collection! I am inspired by your words. So thank YOU!

  2. I look forward to reading this collection! Thank you!


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