Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Mistletoe Countess

Title: The Mistletoe Countess

Author: Pepper Basham

Publisher: Barbour

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Christmas

Source: Net Galley

My review:

I absolutely adore Pepper Basham's writing. I do not know if all her books have literary references and bookish quotes, but the ones that I have read, do, and I LOVE it!!

Top Ten Tuesday-Summer Goals updated

An Unlikely Pair (Dream's Edge, #1)
*****

 

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today I am excited to be doing another link-up with top ten Tuesday. Today the topic is fictional crushes. Since that is not my jam I am going to do an update of my summer reads. While summer is not *technically* over, for me it is. My daughter went back to school over the weekend and we started school here yesterday (I homeschool), so, our summer is over 😭 I have listed all the books I had hoped to read this summer and have updated them with my rating of the ones I finished. For more fun with fictional crushes or other people's take on today's topic check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Love and the Silver Lining

 Title: Love and the Silver Lining

Series: State of Grace #2

Author: Tammy L. Gray

Publisher: Bethany House

Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Source: Borrowed from Library

My Review:

Darcy's dream of being a missionary is utterly shattered, leaving her devastated.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

MIA-reading interrupted

 You might (or might not have) noticed that I have been missing in action since Wednesday. When I started this blog I was determined to post regularly and I have been until Wednesday. While I love reading and blogging and don't like having things interrupt my reading, I was fully present as I helped pack up my daughter and move her back to college in Ohio, for her second year of college. I had some time to read (not a lot), but I was mostly focused on helping her and enjoying the time with her. I also enjoyed helping her pick some books to take with her πŸ˜€ as she is also an avid reader...I might even have bought her a new book before I left her πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

While I would love to jump right back in and write the book reviews for the three books that I have finished and tell you about the current one I am reading, today I am resting. I am exhausted and I start back Homeschooling my son, who is in 11th grade this year, and I just need today to rest. I am going to spend most of the afternoon reading, which sounds deliciously delightful, doesn't it? Over the next few days, I will get into the swing of things and look forward to posting regularly again. If you are the praying sort, will you say a few prayers for my family, and especially my daughter? These transitions are hard and getting back into the normal routines is also difficult. We are a very close family and my daughter was already having some emotional issues yesterday afternoon. Thanks so much, my lovely bookish friends. 




My two loves!!!!
My daughter and her roommate πŸ˜€ They were roommates last year and have a great friendship, so thankful and blessed!
Book mail that was waiting for me when I got home!!! My favorite kind of mail... I won the top three books this past month and the bottom one is for a review...

What have you been up to over the last few days? What are you reading?? What books have you added to your stacks?

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Can't Wait Wednesday-The Memory Quilt

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Typically they are books that have not been released yet. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This week I am showcasing The Memory Quilt by Lenora Worth. It's expected to release November 30, 2021. It is the first book in her newest series, Shadow Lake. It does not sound like your "typical" Amish read and I look forward to this unique story line!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday-Reread for the first time

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you are off to a great start to your week. This week’s topic is books that you wish you could read again for the first time.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can head over there to see other readers' books they wish they could read for the first time or their twist on today's topic.

 The first book that comes to mind is Pepper Basham's Hope Between the Pages. I thought this book was a literary genius! You can see all my thoughts here.

Lost and Found Faith

 

Lost and Found Faith JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Lost and Found Faith by Laurel Blount, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Lost and Found FaithTitle: Lost and Found Faith

Author: Laurel Blount

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: August 24, 2021

Genre: Christian, Contemporary Romance

A terrible tragedy nearly broke him. Can love put him back together again?

Widowed history teacher Neil Hamilton has lost his way—at work, with people and even with his faith. But Neil's shut-down existence is disrupted when a small toddler and his would-be foster mother, vibrantly pretty Maggie Byrne, come crashing into Neil's yard and his life. Can this absentminded teacher find himself again…and take a chance on love, too?

Monday, August 23, 2021

Husband Auditions

 Title: Husband Auditions

Author: Angela Ruth Strong

Publisher: Kregel

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction, Romance, RomCom, Humor

My Review:

I was not sure if Meri and I were going to get along when the first words out of her mouth was that she hated My Best Friend's Wedding!!! However, I quickly forgave her as she explains why she hates it and how she and Julia Roberts are alike. 

An Amish Schoolroom

Title: An Amish Schoolroom

Authors: Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Shelley Shepard Gray

Publisher: Zondervan

Genre: Amish, Romance

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

A Class for Laurel by Amy Clipston 

Laurel is excited when she gets to Colorado. It was her first train ride and she was thrilled with all the new sights she had seen as she traveled from Pennsylvania. She is looking forward to being a teacher and the opportunity to teach in a new community.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

The Amish Baby Finds A Home

Title: The Amish Baby Finds a Home

Series: Hearts of Lancaster County #2

Author: Barbara Cameron

Publisher: Forever

Genre: Amish, Christian Fiction, Romance

My Review:

While this is the second book in the Hearts of Lancaster County series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. I would recommend going back and reading the first book, The Amish Midwife's Hope, before beginning this one. I did not read the first book and feel that I would have enjoyed this story, even more, had I read it first. 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

The Shepherd and the King

Title: The Shepherd and the King

Series: The Kings of Israel #1

Author: Bryan R. Saye

Publisher: @2021 by Bryan R. Saye

Genre: Biblical Fiction, Historical Fiction

Source: Author provided

My Review:

Just know we are all called for something.

Friday, August 20, 2021

First Line Friday #14-The Amish Baby Finds a Home

Happy Friday! I hope you are having a great day and looking forward to a relaxing weekend! I know I am πŸ˜€ Welcome back to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!  To join in the fun grab the book you are reading and leave a comment with the first line. This week I am sharing from The Amish Baby Finds a Home by Barbara Cameron. I love Amish fiction. This one is set to release on August 25, 2021.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

The Cryptographer’s Dilemma

Title: The Cryptographer’s Dilemma 

Series: Heroines of WWII #1

Author: Johnnie Alexander

Publisher: Barbour

Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII, Mystery, Romance

My Review:

Mystery, intrigue, and a look at what a cryptographer does makes for an interesting read.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Can't Wait Wednesday-Freedom's Song

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Typically they are books that have not been released yet. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This week I am showcasing Freedom's Song by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I really enjoy this author's writing so I am looking forward to this one! It is set to release October 19, 2021.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite places to read


Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you are off to a great start to your week. This week’s topic is favorite places to read.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can head over there to see other readers' favorite places to read or their twist on today's topic.

I can read most places (except the car) so I will list 10 places I have read a book and in a small way it helps you to get to know me a little better:

Monday, August 16, 2021

The Legend of the Stinky Sock

The Legend of the Stinky Sock

 Title: The Legend of the Stinky Sock

Author: Laura Riley

Genre: Children's Fiction

My Review:

 The title is what caught my attention of The Legend of the Stinky Sock. I thought it was clever and funny and wanted to read to see what it was about. The author is Laura Riley. Laura is a children's book author and stay-at-home mom. She currently lives in the Dallas area with her husband Patrick and her children. She was motivated to write her first book as the result of teaching her first grader how to compose his own story for a school project. His excitement and creativity encouraged her to complete a lifelong dream to write a book. 

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Back to School

August is the typical back-to-school month. and my daughter will be going back to Ohio soon for her second year of college and my son will be starting the 11th grade...and so will I since we home-school πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Are you reading for the school year to start?

Friday, August 13, 2021

Ember

Title: Ember (Audio Book)

Series: Crafted with Love #1

Author: Sharon Srock 

Publisher: A Blond and a Prayer Books

Narrator: Eliza Kiss

Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Fiction

My Review:

Ember is the first book that I have read by Sharon Srock. She has written over two dozen books and this is the first book in the Crafted with Love series.

First Line Friday #13- Husband Auditions

Happy Friday! I hope you are having a great day and looking forward to a relaxing weekend! I am not superstitious, but I think it is funny that my 13th week of joining in happened to fall on Friday the 13th!!!

Welcome back to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!  To join in the fun grab the book you are reading and leave a comment with the first line. This week I am sharing from Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Silent Shadows

Title: Silent Shadows

Series: Harbored Secrets #3

Author: Natalie Walters

Publisher: Revell

Genre: Christian fiction, suspense, romance

Source: Borrowed from the library

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Chase

 Title: The Chase

Series: US Marshals #2

Author: Lisa Harris

Publisher: Revell

Genre: Christian fiction, suspense, romance

My review:

 So, if you remember from my review of the first book, The Escape, it left you on a cliff-hanger and wanting more. Well, The Chase, picks up from that event and keeps on rolling. Again, sucking the reader into the story immediately. Usually, these types of books do fine as a stand-alone, but I would HIGHLY recommend reading The Escape before picking up The Chase.

Can't Wait Wednesday-Firefly Diaries

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Typically they are books that have not been released yet. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This week I am showcasing Firefly Diaries by C. C. Warrens. I love her books, they are full of edge-biting suspense and I can't wait to read this one!!! It releases on October 6, 2021. I love the creepy house on the cover...what do you think of the cover?

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

TTT-Next 10 books to Read

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you are off to a great start to your week. This week’s topic is supposed to be Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love, but that requires way more brain power and thought than I possess right now. So, I am going to go with the next 10 books that I will be reading, not necessarily in order. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can head over there to see what secondary/minor characters deserve more love, or others twist on the topic.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Courageous Influence

Title: Courageous Influence: Embrace the Way God Made You For Impact

Author: (in)courage Grace P. Cho

Publisher: Revell

Genre: Bible Study/Devotional 

My Review:

But in its purest form, influence is simply the capacity to effect change in someone.

This is the third book in the Courageous series and also the third that I have read. I love the way these studies are designed and organized. I appreciate the way they are created for personal growth. You can do the studies alone, or can do it with a group. Either way, I highly recommend these studies.

What If Jesus Was Serious About Prayer?

 Title: What If Jesus Was Serious About Prayer

Author: Skye Jethani

Publisher: Moody Publishers

Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Christian Living, Prayer

My review:

I thought with the size of this book that it was going to be a quick and easy book to read. I was wrong. While you can read it quickly because it does not have a lot of pages, you would miss so much about it. This book is best to be read slowly and savor each section. 

Sunday, August 8, 2021

This Time Around

 Title: This Time Around

Author: Denise Hunter, Melissa Ferguson, Kathleen Fuller

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Romance, Christian Fiction

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

 A Summer Detour by Denise Hunter

Allie is dreading the trip for her grandparents fiftieth anniversary party. Her family treats her with kid gloves and her parents didn't even trust her to bring more than napkins to the party. When Allie offers to drive her grandparents restored Chevy, you would think she had a record of wrecking cars and driving irresponsibly! 

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Get Out of Your Head

 Title: Get Out of Your Head

Author: Jennie Allen

Publisher: Waterbrook

Genre: Christian Living, Christian Nonfiction, Bible Study

Source: I own it

My review:

 Do you ever feel like your thoughts are spiraling out of control? You have one stray thought and then another and before you know it you have spiraled so far down the rabbit trail that you wonder how you got there? Yea, me either πŸ˜” If we're honest, we all have. Jennie Allen has written this book to help us stop spiraling into the pit of toxic thoughts.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Then There Was You

Title: Then There Was You

Author: Kara Isaac

Narrator: Angela Dawe

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance

My Review:

First Line Friday #12- This Time Around

 Happy Friday! I hope you are having a great day and looking forward to a relaxing weekend! Welcome back to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!! I will also be linking up with Gilion on Rose City Reader for Friday Beginnings. It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. This week I am sharing from This Time Around by Denise Hunter, Melissa Ferguson, and Kathleen Fuller.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Then Came You

 






Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Then Came You by Rachel D. Russell presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Title: Then Came You

Series: Deep Haven Collection #4

Author: Rachel D. Russell presented by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing

Release Date: July 6, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction 

He doesn't need any trouble. She can't seem to escape it.

Can't Wait Wednesday-A Christmas Courtship

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Typically they are books that have not been released yet. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This week I am showcasing A Christmas Courtship by Shelley Shepard Gray. This is the third book in the Berlin Bookmobile series and it releases October 19, 2021.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

TTT-Cover Love

 Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you are off to a great start to your week. This week’s topic features books that I would want to buy/read based on the cover. Since I just bought 33 books over the weekend, I will pick 10 from that book haul. If you want to see all 33 books or find out why I bought so many books at one time (trust me, not my normal!!!) you can read that blog post here. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can head over there to see what books others would buy/read or some other take on this week's topic.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Woman In Shadow

 Title: Woman In Shadow

Author: Carrie Stuart Parks

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Suspense 

Source: Net Galley

My review:

 Targhee Falls, Idaho

"Why are those dogs barking?" I pointed across the wooden picnic table toward two obviously upset canines yelping nearby.

My First Best Cousin Friend

My First Best Cousin Friend

 Title: My First Best Cousin Friend

Series: The Adventures of Khay-La-La Bookie and Gabby Goo #1

Author: Lynn C. Page

Publisher: Pagegirl 101 Publishing

Genre: Children's Fiction

Sunday, August 1, 2021

No add July update

 July was hard because I decided not to buy any books or add any books to my to-be-read list on Goodreads. The plan was to work on catching up on reviews and obligated books, not adding any more obligations. Which I did. I read quite a bit and while I am not as far behind I am not completely caught up either! I went to several bookstores in July and walked out with no books for me...until yesterday. We are in Virginia visiting friends and they mentioned they had a McKay's bookstore 😲 Not sure how we have been here for 10 years and not know that (our checkbook thanks us!).