Sunday, October 31, 2021

Undercurrent of Secrets

Title: Undercurrent of Secrets

Series: Doors to the Past

Author: Rachel Scott McDaniel

Publisher: Barbour Fiction

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Mystery

Source: Net Galley

Each book in the Doors to the Past series will feature a dual-time period romantic suspense story set against a historic American landmark.

Sunday Spotlight #4-Book Nerds and Boyfriends

Happy Sunday, friends! A few weeks ago I started doing a "Sunday Spotlight" where I highlight a book/author that deserves more love!  I take a book that I have read and enjoyed that has less than 100
reviews on Goodreads and give it some extra love by drawing it to your attention! Maybe someday I will host a link party (if I can figure it out) to make it easier to participate. 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Tacos for Two

 Title: Tacos for Two

Author: Betsy St. Amant

Publisher: Revell

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christian Fiction,

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

The bright cover of Tacos for Two is was first drew me to this book. I had not read Betsy St. Amant before but will be reading more of her books.

A Christmas Courtship

 Title: A Christmas Courtship

Series: The Berlin Bookmobile Series #3

Author: Shelley Shepard Gray

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish, Christmas, Christian Romance

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

While this is the third book in the series it can be read as a standalone novel. However, the Bookmobile and the librarian, Sarah Anne, are in all the books, and it would be best to start at the beginning and see how Sarah Anne started with the Bookmobile, how her life has changed from the beginning, and how she changes the lives of those who come into her bookmobile.

Friday, October 29, 2021

First Line Friday #23-Tacos for Two

 Happy Friday! I hope you have a great day and a relaxing weekend surrounded by books πŸ˜€!  My hope for this weekend is to catch up as I am still behind on some of my deadlines!! Welcome back to First Line Friday hosted by Meez Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower!! To join in the fun grab the book you are reading and leave a comment with the first line (or your link).  This week I am reading Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant. This is the first book I have read by this author and I can already tell you, it won't be my last! πŸ˜€

Perfectly Arranged

 

Perfectly Arranged JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Perfectly Arranged by Liana George, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Perfectly Arranged

Title: Perfectly Arranged

Series: The Hopeful Hearts #1

Author: Liana George

Publisher: Scrivenings Press

Release Date: October 26, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction

MY REVIEW

I'm hanging up my label maker. 

I was caught up in the story from the first line. I love that Nicki is a professional organizer. She is down-to-earth, sweet, and easy to connect with. You immediately empathize with her fear of having to move back in with her mother. I think most adults have the same fear when things are not going quite as well as we hoped they would be going.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

First Kiss at Christmas

First Kiss at Christmas JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for First Kiss at Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

first kiss at christmasTitle: First Kiss at Christmas

Series: The Off Season #5

Author: Lee Tobin McClain

Publisher: HQN

Release Date: October 26, 2021

Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

MY REVIEW 

While this is the fifth book in the series it can be read as a stand-alone. I have not read any of the other books and feel that I did not miss anything.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Can't Wait Wednesday-The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water

 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. This week I am sharing The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water by Erin Bartels. It's expected release is January 4, 2022.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

An Unexpected Amish Christmas

Title: An Unexpected Amish Christmas

Series: Surprised by Love #3

Author: Rachel J. Good

Publisher: Kensington Publishers

Genre: Amish, Christmas, Christian Fiction, Romance

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

While An Unexpected Amish Christmas is the third book in the Surprised by Love series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. However, several characters make appearances in all the books, so for a broader understanding of them, I would read the series in order.

Top Ten Tuesday-Morbid Titles on TBR list

 Happy Tuesday, friends! The theme for today's top ten Tuesday is a Halloween Freebie, meaning we can come up with our own topic. I wasn't sure what I was going to do, but then decided to do an idea I had a while back and hadn't gotten around to: Morbid Titles on my to be read list, which fits Halloween week perfectly! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ To find out what our other bookish friends are doing for Top Ten Tuesday check out That Artsy Reader Girl.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Falling For Your Best Friend

Title: Falling For Your Best Friend (audio book)

Series: Love Cliches #4

Author: Emma St. Clair

Narrators: Kevin Eiger, Melie Williams

Publisher: Emma St. Clair

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Source: Scribd

My Review:

By now you know I am loving this series. I enjoyed this one as well, but not quite as much as the first three. 

Sunday Spotlight #3-Nor Forsake

 Happy Sunday, friends! A few weeks ago I started doing a "Sunday Spotlight" where I highlight a book/author that deserves more love!  I take a book that I have read and enjoyed that has less than 100 reviews on Goodreads and give it some extra love by drawing it to your attention! Maybe someday I will host a link party (if I can figure it out) to make it easier to participate. 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Christmas Grace

 Title: Christmas Grace

Author: Mindy Steele

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Genre: Christmas, Amish, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

 Christmas Grace is the first book that I have read by Mindy Steele. The two things that drew me to this book were its Christmas theme and the fact that it is about Amish people.  I also loved the cover, but that was minor compared to the other two! I would read more by this author.

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon

I love Christmas books and I love challenges!! I recently came across this one hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and thought it would be fun to join!

πŸŽ„ ALL THE DETAILS πŸŽ„

It’s time to mark your calendar and sign up for our annual Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon. During the thon we encourage you to read or listen to as many holiday or winter themed books as you can. There will be fun events, contests, prizes and more. Get all the details below, then head over to the Caffeinated Reviewer to sign up and invite your bookish friends!

Friday, October 22, 2021

Flabbergasted

Title: Flabbergasted (Audio book)

Series: Flabbergasted #1

Author: Ray Blackston

Publisher: Oasis Audio

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Humor, Christian Fiction, Romance

Source: Scribd

My Review:

This is the first book that I have read by Ray Blackston and I loved it. I listened to it with my husband and son and we all enjoyed it. We found numerous lines to quote back and forth, and shared many laughs.

First Line Friday #22- Christmas Grace

 Happy Friday! I hope you have a great day and a relaxing weekend surrounded by books πŸ˜€! I was traveling and visiting my daughter last weekend so I got behind on my reading. My hope for this weekend is to catch up!! Welcome back to First Line Friday hosted by Meez Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower!! To join in the fun grab the book you are reading and leave a comment with the first line (or your link).  This week I am reading Christmas Grace by Mindy Steele. This is my first time reading this author. The book is set to release on October 26, 2021.

Balu Saves the Day

Title: Balu Saves the Day

Author: Pria Dee

Illustrator: YoungJu Kim

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Children's Fiction, India and Culture

Source: Reedsy Discovery

My Review:

Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Home for Hope

Title: A Home for Hope

Author: Kimberly Sprayberry

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Christian Fiction

Source: Author provided

My Review:

Darcy is living her dream life and celebrating her one-year anniversary with her husband, Dillon. As they are enjoying their dinner, Dillon takes a call and ultimately decides to help a woman who is in a domestic abuse situation. Darcy is upset that Dillon is choosing work over her. Little did they know this one decision would radically alter their lives.

Deadly Connection

 

Deadly Connection JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Deadly Connection by Kathy Harris, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Deadly ConnectionTitle: Deadly Connection

Series: The Deadly Secrets #2

Author: Kathy Harris

Publisher: Iron Stream Fiction

Release Date: October 12, 2021

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Christian

MY REVIEW

Deadly Connection is the second book in the Deadly Secrets series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. This is the first book that I have read by this author. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Can't Wait Wednesday-Behind Love's Wall

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. This week I am sharing Behind Love's Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels. This is part of the Doors to the Past series.

Top Ten Tuesday-Online resources for book lovers

 Happy Tuesday, friends! The theme for today's top ten Tuesday is online resources for book lovers. I am pretty excited about today's topic so I can see if there are any great resources that I am missing out on!! I am not sure if I can come up with 10, but will list the ones I use. To find out what our other bookish friends are doing for Top Ten Tuesday check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Trace of Doubt

Title: Trace of Doubt

Author: Diann Mills

Publisher: Tyndale House

Genre: Christian Suspense

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

From the beginning, we doubt that Shelby is the one who killed her brother-in-law. I found this book to have a slow start, but once it got moving it was difficult to put down.

Sunday Spotlight: A Light in Bailey's Harbor

I decided start something last week. I am taking a book that I have read and loved that has less than 100 reviews on Goodreads and giving it some love! I hope to spotlight a new book each week.


Title: A Light in Bailey's Harbor

Author: Bethany Baker

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction,

5 ratings and 3 reviews 

Friday, October 15, 2021

First Line Friday #21-A Home for Hope

Happy Friday! I hope you have a great day and a relaxing weekend surrounded by books πŸ˜€! Welcome back to First Line Friday hosted by Meez Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower!! To join in the fun grab the book you are reading and leave a comment with the first line (or your link).  This week I am reading A Home For Hope by Kimberly Sprayberry.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Spouse in the House

Title: Spouse in the House: Rearranging Our Attitudes to Make    Room for Each Other

Author:  Cynthia Ruchti & Becky Melby

Publisher: Kregel

Genre: Relationships, Christian Living

Source: Kregel Publications

My Review:

The concept for Spouse in the House started long before a pandemic forced many families to be home together. While the authors are specifically speaking to couples who are entering their retirement years, many of the concepts outlined in this book can be used during any transition where people are new to living together.

Letting God be Enough

 Title: Letting God Be Enough

Author: Erica Wiggenhorn

Publisher: Moody Publishers

Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Self-help

Source: Moody

My Review:

Erica Wiggenhorn is the founder of Every Life Ministries. The purpose of this ministry is designed to help you discover your purpose and embrace God's promises.  Letting God be Enough is the first book I have read by her.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Can't Wait Wednesday-The Last Piece

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. This week I am sharing The Last Piece by Terrie Todd. This book releases November 6, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Book Settings

Happy Tuesday, friends! The theme for today's top ten Tuesday is favorite book settings. I am not sure if I can come up with 10, but I imagine the more I think about it the more I will find πŸ˜‚ To find out what our other bookish friends are doing for Top Ten Tuesday check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Falling For Your Fake Fiance

Title: Falling For Your Fake Fiance (audio book)

Series: Love Cliches #3

Author: Emma St. Clair

Narrators: Kevin Eiger, Melie Williams

Publisher: Emma St. Clair

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Source: Scribd

My Review:

It is no secret that I am loving this series. However, it took a while to get used to the new female narrator. I am not sure why there was a change (maybe because of Delilah's accent?). But I found it distracting at the beginning. Especially since the male narrator stayed the same.

Monday, October 11, 2021

The Heart of Splendid Lake

Title: The Heart of Splendid Lake

Author: Amy Clipston

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

Amy Clipston is known for her Amish fiction but I believe her debut novel into contemporary romance will be a hit. Two things drew me to this book and that was the beautiful cover and the author.  

Courageous Kindness

Title: Courageous Kindness: Live the Simple Difference Right Where You Are

Series: Courageous Bible Studies #4

Author: (in)courage, Becky Keife

Publisher: (in)courage Revell

Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Bible Study

My Review:

This is my fourth Bible Study by the (in)courage team and it will not be my last. I love the way they design and organize these studies. I appreciate the way they are designed for personal growth.

It's Monday! What are you reading? #6

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are planning to read over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and add to your TBR pile! This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.

What I am currently reading:

 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday Spotlight: The Bristol Park Detective

I decided to do something new today. I am taking a book that I have read and loved that has less than 100 reviews on Goodreads and giving it some love!

Title: The Bristol Park Detective

Series: Contemporary Reboot #1

Author: Ellie Thornton

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Contemporary Romance

73 ratings and 24 reviews 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

Title: The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

Author: Amanda Cox

Publisher: Revell

Genre: Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Christian Fiction

Source: Revell

My Review

Three generations. Three women. All with secrets and a stubborn will to keep them buried...the question is, don't they know things hidden in the dark often come into the light?

Friday, October 8, 2021

First Line Friday #20-The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

Happy Friday! I hope you have a great day and a relaxing weekend surrounded by books πŸ˜€! That is MY hope for the weekend, a girl's gotta dream, right?! Welcome back to First Line Friday hosted by Meez Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower!! To join in the fun grab the book you are reading and leave a comment with the first line (or your link).  This week I am reading The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox. While I have books on my want to read list by her, this is my first time reading this author.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop

Title: Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop

Author: Shelley Shepard Gray, Rachel J. Good, Loree Lough

Publisher: Kensington

Genre: Christmas, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

This is a great collection of Christmas novellas. I love how Rebecca's  Porch is used in all three stories, even though the novellas are written by three different authors. I appreciate the way that the authors collaborated to bring the stories together. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Falling for Your Boss

Title: Falling For Your Boss

Series: Love Cliches #2

Author: Emma St. Clair

Narrators: Lorana Hoopes, Kevin Eiger

Publisher: Emma St. Clair

Genre: Romantic comedy

Can't Wait Wednesday-Deadly Connection

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. This week I am sharing Deadly Connection by Kathy Harris. It is the second book in the Deadly Secrets series and it releases October 12, 2021.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Since You've Been Gone

Title: Since You've Been Gone

Series: Restoring Heritage #3

Author: Tari Faris

Publisher: Revell

Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Source: Revell

My Review:

 I loved the Heritage Series. If you have not read any of the books in this series I highly recommend going back to the beginning and starting there.

Top Ten Tuesday-Bookish pet peeves

Happy Tuesday, friends! The theme for today's top ten Tuesday is bookish pet peeves. I am not sure if I can come up with 10, but I imagine the more I think about it the more I will find πŸ˜‚ To find out what our other bookish friends are doing for Top Ten Tuesday check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Monday, October 4, 2021

It's Monday! What are you reading? #5

 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are planning to read over the week.  It’s an opportunity to visit and comment on other blogs and add to your TBR pile! This meme is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

What I read last week:

 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

An Alphabet for Change

 

An Alphabet for Change JustRead Blog Blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for An Alphabet for Change by Steve Hallblade, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

An Alphabet for ChangeTitle: An Alphabet for Change

Author: Steve Hallblade

Publisher: Good Soil Press

Release Date: May 21, 2021

Genre: Devotional

An accessible and thoughtful book that provides concrete steps for people to take as they seek to be genuinely transformed in their relationship with Jesus.

The alphabet provides a simple road map that will draw you into the readings and encourage you to take practical steps toward personal transformation.

First Christmas on Huckleberry Hill

 Title: First Christmas on Huckleberry Hill

Series: The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill #10 (prequel)

Author: Jennifer Beckstrand

Publisher: Zebra

Genre: Amish, Christmas, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

 I loved the unique story line of First Christmas on Huckleberry Hill.

Until I Met You

Title: Until I Met You

Series: Restoring Heritage #2

Author: Tari Faris

Publisher: Revell

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christian Fiction

My Review:

In the second book of the Restoring Heritage series, we are mainly focused on Libby (Luke's sister) and Austin (Nate's brother). I thought it was funny that they were both new to the town of Heritage. I wasn't expecting that at all.