Find the Hidden Message 2: A Song in the Night by Amanda Dykes 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 second 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, beginning March 22nd, 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.

A Song in the Night by Amanda Dykes in The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection continues to carry the bottle of hope, "Spero" to another dry land, pouring much of what it's meant to do for those that search. This second story of the collection gave us a sad story of lost. Yet, among the ruins, there are more than meets the eye. As Meg find courage to "spread her wings and fly," to recover what she lost, and to open her eyes and heart to what was always there. A Song in the Night was poetically written, affectionately received and enthusiastically shared.  The image of white heather and green grass continues to soothe my soul.

"Seems to me your wings were made to fly. Your heart was made to beat. . . Ye fly, sure and true, for that is what you were made to do.  Ye never need forget your friend, but neither must the life ye shared disappear." (108)

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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Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of Truth, and  spinner of hope-filled tales. She spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family, who love a good blanket fort and a stack of read-alouds. Give her a rainy day, a candle to read by, and an obscure corner of history to dig in, and she’ll be happy for hours. She’s awed by the strong thread of God’s grace and provision woven through every era, and hopes her stories reflect that grace. A former English teacher with a B.A. in English Education, she is the author of the critically acclaimed Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale, and enjoys connecting with her readers at

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  1. Thank you so much for this post-- what a blessing to hear that the white heather and green grass hast found a special place in your beautiful heart! I'm so glad, and so thankful for you. This series of posts is so very creative!

    1. Thank you Amanda for indulging me with this series. I felt so inspired from reading this collection. Thank You!

  2. When is the deadline to enter after you have all the words? I'm getting the blog posts a day late! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    1. Hi Paula. It will be revealed Sunday at 6 PM. It's just for fun. So no worries.


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