Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin

Jack is wounded on a mission. But the pretty nurse may just make up for that. Ruth says she doesn't date, and she definitely has a past, has some baggage, but Jack is sure that he is up for the challenge. Ruth is just as sure that she won't let any man past her defenses. They both wind up being in for some big surprises, and they also need to work on coordinating efforts a little more. (just my opinion there)


Well.... I'm definitely giving this one 5 stars.

1: Let's start with the riveting storylines. Don't get me wrong, horrible things happened, but I could not tear my eyes away from the pages. I felt myself drawn back to WWII and felt the craziness all around me.

2: I love the cover (and you will too!) It's so beautiful and it definitely adds to the historical feel of the book.

3: Speaking of the historical feel, this book has so many details about the airplanes and nursing and all that stuff. And it was way more interesting than any textbook could ever be! History-buffs......... this series is right down your alley (Or runway.. if you're into really bad puns/jokes)!

4: Learning to trust God in any and all circumstances. That was the main theme of this book. Whether it's facing your biggest fears or realizing that He will see you through, even though He may not take you around, your problems.

5: This is the second book, but it pretty much stands alone. There is a brief glimpse of Allie and Walt (YAY!) and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again in book 3. Just not Aunt Pauline. She's a jerk and I really wanted to just... something. Unfortunately... she has protected status as a member of the fictional community ;)







Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller

Hope finally convinced her father to let her help out on his chapel car ministry, and she can't wait to get to Finch... until she's there and realizes the place is smaller than she'd imagined and wary of outsiders. Except for a miner named Luke. And if she isn't mistaken, there's a spark between them. If only Luke wouldn't get into it with Kirby Finch all the time. Hope is sure Kirby is trying to help the children, but Luke doesn't trust the man as far he could throw him.



I'm giving this book 5 stars and I've got very good reasons to do so! (But instead of the usual 5 point thing I'm gonna ramble)


This book, with its themes of the railroad, strikes, and unionization, are like my "back to basics" combo since In The Company of Secrets (also by Judith Miller) was the first adult book I read (besides I think maybe The Shunning, but other than that it was all teen/kids section for me at the library) and while I haven't ever managed to find a Judith Miller that I enjoy as much as the Postcards from Pullman series, this book was amazing. I honestly had no clue that this was even a thing! Kirby was so annoying, and I really wanted to slap him upside the head with his own book (or maybe his still) and I found myself comparing him to Mr. Howard in the Pullman series. (sorry if you haven't read them, because they are probably going to be all over this review! I'll try and control myself.) Luke learning so much from Preacher is so sweet to watch, and my heart dropped through my stomach at one point in Preacher's story. I was definitely crying by the end of the book. This is the type of book that has you saying "I wish I could have met Aunt Mattie, I'm sure I would have loved her" and then going "oh....yeah" as you try and bring yourself out of the fog of the West Virginia mountains. (Also, very authentic mountain talk! I love the mountains and this book carried me away to a place I'd rather be than almost anywhere else.) Really long... paragraph?........ short, read the book, buy the book, treasure the book. Plus, the cover has that raised lettering that I love. Yay!!


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan

Since this is a short children's book, I won't do my typical 5 point thing-a-ma-bob. But here goes...

The Grumpface is a grouchy, ugly green fellow. (And I've just finished reading this, so I'm trying not to write this in matching cadence and rhyme!) This adorable little book (I'd give it a 5) is the story of how the Grumpface catches someone wandering though the woods and forces him to try and pass three tests to gain his freedom. However, he's a bumbling guy and his mistakes may just be funny enough to un-grump the Grumpface. With beautiful pictures and rhymes, this story will be sure to capture kids' attention, and, at some point, they will burst out in laughter! Be sure to check out this book for your kiddos, (Although the ugly green face is a bit disconcerting at times, (but in a cute way!) ;) I wish I'd had this before my sisters went back to Massachusetts. I'm sure Julie would have burst a gasket!



Thanks Bryce for allowing me to review your book!



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review: Room For Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer

After waiting ages to get my hands on this book, I was quite pleased with the outcome of the family trip to Barnes and Noble. The book follows Neva, happily married mom of two, as she finds out that her husband died while out of town. But not on business, like she had been led to believe. No, he was spending time with his other family. And now, he's left his three illegitimate children in her care. Neva must find a way to get past the hurt and anger and hate if she's going to make it.



You may have noticed that I've lately been in a little slump, not finishing anything. Well this 5 star wonder has thoroughly brought me out I do believe.


1: I've said it before, I'll say it again. I love stories about adoption or orphans or kids in general and this is like the ultimate culmination of what I've been needing the past little bit here. Anyone who loves stories like that will definitely need to read this one!

2: Set in 1936, this is a time-period I don't often get to read about. I found it fascinating and attention grabbing. The detail was incredible.

3: This book is a book of growth. Each of the characters experiences a real growth throughout the story, and even the characters that you set out to hate, become liked. (I was rather shocked at this! It's been a while since I've manipulated in quite that way!)

4: The vivid word pictures and engaging plot will soon have you (if you're anything like I am) forgetting that you are even reading. You'll be transported across the way before you know what's hit you.

5: As far as unexpected endings, what I had imagined around chapter 8 or 10 or so, was nowhere near what was happening in chapter 40. And the ending, like all good books, left me longing for another glimpse into this family. I want so badly for there to be another installment in this story! (And there might be one. As soon as I've posted this, I'm going to look it up!)


A book you can't afford to miss, Room for Hope will sweep you away, and you won't want to come back!



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ugh...guys! (aka Chit Chat 3)

I've seriously been in like a little slump here. I've been reading but I haven't finished a single book. Also, I've been watching too much British period drama. And I'm waiting on two books to come in the mail. I'm getting awfully impatient. Plus mom wants me to decide what to do for my 18th birthday party and I am stumped. Anyway, what I really got on here to say was "sorry for not posting in a while." Hope to have some reviews up sometime very soon.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

Drew and Madeline must solve the murder of a certain Mr. Lincoln and Drew's mother, but things are not as they seem. Soon it appears not to have been Lincoln at all who was killed, and more and more people seem to have deaths related to this case. And when Mason Parker, Drew's stepfather and Madeline's uncle, is accused of being top dog in the scheme, things get much much more complicated.


I'm giving this book 5 stars.

1: It will keep you guessing the entire time! I did mostly have it solved right soon, but with as many twists and turns as a ride a Carowinds, I found there were a few small points on which I was incorrect.

2: Madeline and Drew are so adorable. Too adorable for words. But they're constantly calling each other darling in the sweetest way imaginable.

3: If you enjoy being swept into a historical work in such a way that you feel yourself truly in that time, then this book, and this series, are definitely for you! (Warning: British period drama cravings will ensue!)

4: I loved how Madeline kept pushing Drew to what he needed to do to get right with God. It was sweet and amazing, and only upped the level of adorableness.

5: I don't think any review is complete without mention of Mr. Dennison, affectionately called Denny by Drew, and his incorrigible son Nick, who just happens to be Drew's best friend. Quite the pair, the two of them. And I guarantee that you'll love them as much as I do!






Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waiting-On-Wedesday: The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis

I've recently remembered how very much I love Amish stories, and I'm sure that this one will be amazing like most everything by Beverly Lewis. Here is the description from the website. This book is do to come out in May of this year!

About

Oh, to see the ocean, Sallie thought. And to spend the summer as a nanny. She shook her head in amazement. This seemed too good to be true, but she really must talk it over with Dat and Mamm, especially since she'd be gone so long.
And after I promised Mamm I'd take baptism classes this summer . . .
The Ebb Tide

Sallie Riehl has dreamed of traveling at least once before settling down to join church, so she is thrilled at an unexpected summer opportunity to nanny in Cape May for a well-to-do family. However, saying even a temporary good-bye to Paradise Township means forgoing baptism another year, as well as leaving behind a would-be beau. Yet the weeks in Cape May soon prove unforgettable as Sallie meets a Mennonite young man whose friendship she quickly begins to cherish. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will she only find what her heart is longing for back home?


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review: A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

This WW2 novel will have your heart breaking as it follows Alli, who struggles to obtain her parents' approval, and Walt, a Air Force pilot, on their incredible and bumpy road to love. But when Alli's parents wish for her to marry Baxter, even threaten to disown her over the issue, it may be a bump to big to bounce over.


I'm giving this awesome romance 5 stars!


1: This is the first book I've ever read by this author, and I will tell you straight up, it won't be the last. The incredible WW2 research and detail have you soaring back to the 40s every time you open it up!

2: As someone who loves music, I found the references scattered throughout delightful. I laughed, truly laughed, when Allegra found out Cressie's name.

3: I believe this book probably is a pretty accurate detailing of what it's like to be a Christian in the military, having to stand strong when everyone around you is, well, not. Like I said, or meant to say if I didn't, the accuracy of this book, historically and otherwise, is amazing!

4: I loved the strong characters. I felt that even people with only one line made an impact on the lives of Alli and Walt. And I rather liked Cracker's turn-around. And don't get me started on how glad I was to see Mrs. Novak take to Alli.

5: Honestly, I didn't even read the back. I saw the cover, and the author (even though I've never read any by her before) and said, that's the one! I love the cover guys!


Well, looks like I'm hooked for life!




Friday, March 31, 2017

The Giveaway is OVER!

And the winner is.... Stacie Legacy! Thanks to everyone who entered or read the post! Stacie, send me an email to claim your prize!




Review: Agent Undercover by Lynette Eason

This Love-Inspired Suspense takes place in the mountains of NC, right close to Bryson City (been there, this isn't  helping!). Paige is an undercover DEA agent and the one person who could be a witness for her case is a six year old boy who hasn't spoken since the night of the fire that killed his mother and Paige's friend Larry. Paige and Will seem to bond though, and she finds herself drawn to his uncle Dylan. But will the fear from her past loosen its grip enough for Paige to become part of this family? This book will keep you guessing til the very end as to who was responsible!



5 5 5 5 5! (I liked it, can you tell?)

1: I fell in love with Will immediately, and his adorableness was almost too much to handle! I was seriously close to tears when he said "I love you Paige!" AGH! His relationship with Paige was indescribable, in the best possible way!

2: Oh my goodness, watching Dylan and Paige fall in love was aMAZing! Lynette Eason really has the whole love-at-first-sight thing down to a sigh-worthy science!

3: Definitely was rooting for Paige as she rediscovered the peace and love of God! Way to go Dylan, for helping her!

4: Guess what! It's part of a series, and if the sample chapter I read for book two was any indication, I'm going to be devouring these books. They only take me about 2 1/2 hours to read, while the Revell ones take 5-5 1/2. And yes, I do read them in as few sittings as possible. Sometimes I just have to put it down and pull myself back mentally. Remember that it is a work of fiction. And, heaven help me, stop praying for the people in the books. Seriously?

5: So I know I always say this, but this time I mean it! That epilogue about put me out of commission! It was perfection, literal literary perfection!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Waiting-on-Wednesday: Pursued by Lisa Harris

This Revell book is coming out next month and just reading the back has my mystery-loving self tingling all over.

Here is the blurb from Revell:

About

Nikki Boyd's flight into Nashville was routine--until the crash landing at the airport.
When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing--and no one will admit she was ever there. When she learns that Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial, Nikki wonders if her disappearance from the crash site means she's running from trouble--or straight into it. Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris has planted danger around every turn in this can't-put-it-down thrill ride that will leave you stunned.


Waiting-on-Wednesday is hosted hereWhat are you ready to read? Let me know in the comments! As always, don't hesitate to contact me for anything!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Update

Just wanted to say that there is a short novella sequel to the Women of Justice series by Lynette Eason. It's called Gone in a Flash, it takes about 30 minutes to read, and it is everything I needed yesterday! I really want there to be more books in this series, and I know that if you read them that you'll agree. So yeah, that was the update.... (it was a little short to write a proper review, but if you've read my reviews for the others in this series, well, you know what I'm feeling for this book)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review: A Killer Among Us by Lynette Eason

This book follows the book I reviewed yesterday, and I'd be careful reading this one because it might probably have a spoiler (general, not the who-dunnit) Anyway, you've been warned so on with the show. Kit and Noah have just been partnered up, but already they make a great team, in more ways than one. A serial killer called the Judge is getting his revenge on people who've slighted him, but he seems to have an obsession, a romantic obsession, with Kit. Working with Noah and her two brothers-in-law Connor and Dakota, Kit must get this guy before someone else dies.


Ok, so I'm giving this the same sentiment as the other two in this series, a 5, but at heart a 6.

1: Noah gave everyone his pastor's number! Such an example. Wow. And watching him help Kit was amazing! (so many exclamation points.... yeah that's probably not gonna stop anytime soon, sorry) Definitely loved the spiritual side of this story!

2: So remember yesterday how excited I was that Sam and Connor's story kinda kept being built on in book two... well guess what! Book three is kinda cumulative too! I'm so happy that I'm having a hard time writing this review... I only wish that they would have at least mentioned Jenna in passing...

3: I had book 2 bad guy pegged from the beginning. This one was so much harder, but I did get it. Eventually. I love how every one of Lynette Eason's books have just the right clues to find the bad guy. It's quite the game. Also, the Judge's dad, he might give me nightmares. Not expecting that one, and you can't unsee it.

4: Every room was described so perfectly, without being bogged down with words. This book created a world I could step into. I was there. (I reiterate, why is this series not made into movies? Hmm?)

5: So, I know this comes up a lot, a lot a lot actually, but stories that have to deal with adoption appeal to me, so much. And I loved watching Kit's journey back to God and to peace with her past and her future. I need to cry. Help! I love this series so so much.

This is a must read. I'm not joking around. Go buy this series. You need it in your life.




Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: Don't Look Back by Lynette Eason

Sequel to Too Close To Home, this is the story of Samantha's sister Jamie. After a decade of crippling fear, Jamie is starting to come out of her shell. She's got a job at the mortuary, and she's good at it. And a handsome FBI man named Dakota has sparks flying. But when a case starts bringing back the horrible nightmares and flashbacks, Jamie may have to face the fact that he's back.



I'd give this 6 if I could. As it is, I'll have to deal with 5 stars.

1: I like scary books. I just do. And a mystery isn't worth the read if you don't have tingles running up and down your spine, or jump at the least provocation. Lynette Eason has given me chills with every book of hers I've read so far. If you're looking for a new author to try, look no farther! Warning: It's a dark book, and a lil but gruesome.

2: Ok, this is gonna sound whatever, but I totally had him pegged from the first time I saw his name. Lucky guess, or learning to be a detective, I couldn't tell you. But I do know, it feels good to get it right every once in a while!

3: I simply couldn't get enough of  Dakota and Jamie! Seriously though. I loved the back and forth dynamics of their relationship. I enjoyed getting to watch and to feel their relationship growing. It was perfect! All of the people were amazing and such strong characters, characters that I want to meet! So badly.... (no but really, why hasn't this series been made into movies yet?)

4: For those of us who need a sequel to at least have a pretty good reference to the first one, so far as romance lines go... man oh man! This might be a SPOILER if you haven't read book 1, but I was so so so so so happy when I read that Sam and Connor got married that I had to stop and take a second so I wouldn't screech. (I have a bad habit of doing that!) I wished there had been a few speaking lines for Jenna, would've liked to have seen what she thought of Jamie, and a relationship there, but that's okay! The book was amazing. And then I hoped against all hope and just about died when I realized (pretty quickly) what was going on with Sam. So where I was going with all this was, quite satisfactory!

5: OH MY WORD!! Kit called Dakota "big guy" and I seriously about died!  I can't wait to learn more about Kit and get to know her better in the next book (which I will be starting very soon!) because that is probably going to be one crazy roller-coaster there!



Friday, March 24, 2017

BookApp of the Week: Nook

Nook is possibly my least favorite app. You cannot search any books that aren't already on your Nook. The only reason I actually use this app is to read books that aren't on my Kindle or iBooks but that I've already payed for. Unless you've got a Nook account, then this isn't an app I'd recommend. Sorry that this week wasn't a great app like the others, but it goes both ways here.







Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chit Chat (take 2)

I know it seems like it's been a long time since I posted, and it has. It's just that I've been reading, but also actually doing stuff. There hasn't been too much time. Plus, the book that I'm reading now is for Christmastime. So you won't even see that review for ages! But I promise that soon I'll have a review up. Soon as I can! Also, if you have ideas for posts that you'd like me to do then comment or let me know in the contact me form on the right sidebar. Also, I'm super excited to let you know that I've been accepted to the CelebrateLit team! (Whaaaat?!?) Crazy awesome right? As always, thank you so much for reading (and for your patience)!

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

P.S. again.... Was yesterday Wednesday? I probably would have remembered waiting-on-Wednesday if it hadn't been for the dentist appointment.... Sorry bout that. Ugh!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Review: The Movement of Crowns by Nadine Keels

I hope you've forgiven me for yesterday's ramble review, instead of the usual orderly way I do things. I'm back to my usual orderly self today though!

Movement of Crowns is the coming of age story of Princess Constance. She's excited and worried about taking her place as official Junior to her father. She's unsure as to how the council will react to a girl being brought into their midst. And she's also realizing that her childhood friend Staid, is starting to mean more to her than she realized.

I'm giving this book 4 stars.

1: I loved how full of life and ready to go Constance was. She wasn't afraid of learning about other cultures, and in fact, her knowledge of other countries and customs was a boon to her country. Constance was a strong heroic leading female character, stronger than  many in this genre of YA (is that the right genre? I'm assuming it is).

2: I love love loved the ending for Grace. I was definitely drawn to her from my first introduction and was cheering for her from the beginning. And I love how the king was able to balance kingship and fatherhood. I mean he called her his Apple for goodness sakes! That was so cute and adorable!

3: Although the book is a fairly quick read, I found the chapters were a little bit long and I struggled to find an appropriate stopping point.

4: This book definitely falls under the genre of romance, whatever else it may or may not be. Staid is gentlemanly and sweet. And even the king and queen have there own line of romance.

5: This book was filled with stunning word pictures that recreated each seen in vivid detail in the mind's eye! Splendidly done!

So definitely a sweet read for the fantasy loving teen out there!

A big thanks to Nadine Keels for showing me her book!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Love Story by Karen Kingsbury

This review isn't like my others, if you'll permit me the liberty. I found that I had rather just ramble through this one, rather than organize myself rationally. This book gets 4 stars. And the plot synopsis is a copy and paste from goodreads.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters.

From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years—until Elizabeth died of cancer.

So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole’s heritage project, he’s not sure he can do it. The sadness might simply be too great. But he agrees and allows his heart and soul to go places they haven’t gone in decades. Back to the breathless first moments, but also to the secret heartbreak that brought John and Elizabeth together.

At the same time, Baxter family friend Cody Coleman is working through the breakup of his complicated relationship with Andi Ellison. He is determined to move on when a chance sighting changes his plans—and heart. Can Cody convince Andi to give their love another try, or is it time for them to say goodbye, for good?

As school comes to an end, Cole presents his report on the love story between his grandparents John and Elizabeth Baxter. It is a tale that touches the hearts of the entire family, and one that causes Cole to better understand his own beginning.

Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time or finding them all over again, Love Story will stir your heart and remind you of the generational impact of love and the eternal bond of family.


Okay, bout time for a picture.

This book is the foundation of all the Baxter family story, though it is written after more than 20 previous books. I found myself, like Cole, having the story "clearly weaving its way into my soul". I enjoyed so much the story of Andi and Cody. I loved seeing how they were able, with lots of prayer, to find their way to each other, especially when just the chance sighting of Andi on TV was what got the ball rolling, so to speak. I enjoyed finding out about how the Baxter family all got started, even though I haven't actually read all of them, or even half of them. I did find that I was quite uncomfortable with week 2 of John's interview, and yet I never once thought "Well, that should never have been written". Quite the opposite in fact, I found myself saying "why did they do that, that wasn't wise" and laying all the blame squarely on the shoulders of people that for a few hours I had forgotten were only characters in a book. And Bailey was amazing!

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.




1 Year Blogversary!! And GIVEAWAY!!! (Which we all know you are more excited about)

This week's BookApp post has been postponed till next week because...

One year ago today I started this blog. I can't believe it's been so long! And yet, I can't believe it's only been a year at the same time. I can't seem to remember what life was like before this blog(wow, why do I sound like a bad cliché?). At first, I was so nervous. What is no one read it... What if no one liked it... What if I couldn't stick to it...(by the way, you readers are the reason I did stick to it. Seems like Christmas really was a kickoff point for me sticking a little closer to it) What if.. What if... But now, there is no what if. It's only, what can I get into next. You may have noticed that about a month ago I jumped face first into the world of book blog memes. I've had my first author interview (still a highlight, such a major step). I've had authors contact me to read their books. I have followers! Which is amazing. A big thank you to all of you. And to all of you who read my blog but never wound up following, you matter too! Thanks for being there as my style expanded, as my shy one-line points grew into almost paragraphs. I can't believe the incredible journey this blog has taken me on. A year ago I could never have imagined any of this happening. And in case you've been wanting to take the leap, but you're afraid to, I want you to know that this has been one of the most transformative things I've ever done. It's pushed me out of my comfort zone so many times, but now I can say that my zone is just that much bigger. It's even changed the way I read books. Now I have stars floating around in my head while I'm reading ;)


Okay, now that my sappy "this is the best thing ever to happen" speech(which was much MUCH longer than I expected, so kudoz to you if you actually read the whole thing. I'm impressed!), here's the prize. The only rule is you need to live in the US.


a Rafflecopter giveaway
Link to Lydia's Charm review


Here are the pictures. The front cover. The inside flap thing-a-ma-bob (forgive my horrible description powers) and a picture of the pretty pages from the center of the book. This book has quite a few Amish recipes too. In case you ever want to try some of the foods featured in this book. Also, the pictures aren't the greatest quality. Sorry about that.


I'll announce the winner here, on Twitter, and Facebook. The winner will also get an email, so be on the lookout!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

Grace and her sisters, Hope and Mercy, were traveling to Oregon City with the wagon train to join their Uncle Edward. On the way, measles strikes and Grace decides to stay the winter of 1847 at the Whitman Mission. The epidemic spreads throughout the mission and into the nearby Cayuse village. Things become heated and danger lurks around every corner. Alex, a trapper, is considered a brother to the Nez Perce, but he has little sway in the Cayuse thought. All he wants is to protect Grace, the woman he loves (although he didn't realize it for a while).


This book is a 5 star.

1: For years, I've had a lowkey(as in I enjoy reading about it but don't google it) obsession with the Whitman Mission, especially with Narcissa Whitman. I had hoped that she would have a stronger presence in this book than she wound up having, but it's not like (okay, so if you failed American History, this might be a spoiler for you) she even survived all that long. But seriously though, her husband was not all that great a fellow.

2: Honestly, I could about live off of just Tracie Peterson books. I have a shelf dedicated to her books. This book was no exception, and while I will say that the Yukon/Alaskan Quest trilogies are still my absolute favorite thing, this one may be at the top of my list from now on. I can't wait to see more from this series (Heart of the Frontier). This book just got here yesterday afternoon, and I would have finished it last night had I not had something that I needed to do.

3: I keep getting distracted from writing this review by the book. I keep picking it up, running my hands over it, turning it over and over to capture the beautiful cover. It draws me more than a cover has since, I don't know, In The Shadow Of Denali (Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse... It's amazing and you absolutely have to read it!)

4: While I've never appreciated the way the government treated the Indians, umm... Native Americans is probably a better label but whatever..., in this book I was torn between my sympathy for the Indians and my horror at the heinous acts that took place at the Whitman Mission. I'm not sure what to say. Or think. The history, the research, all of it clearly shows the care.

5: The  characters were...heartbreaking. Finding themselves in difficult situations, they not only had to deal with the emotional and physical pain, they had to reconcile themselves spiritually, and the seeing the struggles, feeling them through the vivid writing, was an amazing experience.

                                      I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Answer a Question: What is the longest book you've ever read?

The longest book I've ever read is Bleak House by Charles Dickens. I'm generally a really fast reader but honestly, it takes 2 solid weeks to read Bleak House. Not only because of the length, but also, I mean, Charles Dickens. He's a heavy read. And sometimes wordy. It took me forever to straighten out the different characters in Bleak House. And that's with a very good character list at the beginning. And even though it is a little difficult, Bleak House is one of my favorites of his. What's the longest book you've ever read? How long did it take to read it? Let me know in the comments.


Friday, March 10, 2017

(half)Review: Together at the Table

This book was interesting while I was reading it. I enjoyed all the cooking stuff. However, when I put it down, I was never compelled to go pick it up. I've taken it on at least two vacations, hoping I would finish it, but wound up just staring out the window instead. I got about 100 pages or so into it, but I wasn't able to finish it. I guess it just wasn't my style. If I ever actually get around to finishing it, I'll update my review. Maybe it gets better. And i didn't read the first two books in the series. That might would have helped. And I'm not trying to be mean, just honest. It was a good book, but not a great book.

Also, the cover isn't really that great.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review through BloggingForBooks.

Review: To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

Jenny and Ryan were hopelessly in love, six years ago... Then he left with promises to always love her. Now he's back. With his 4-year-old daughter in tow. Ryan desperately wants Jenny to love him the way he has always loved her, but his past manages to keep getting in the way. Can the two overcome these obstacles to find true love and forgiveness with each other, or is Jenny destined to work in the amputee ward for the rest of her life?


This book, in my opinion, gets 5 stars.

1: It's been a while since I've read anything by this author, but as far as I can remember, I like this one the best. I'll probably have to get out From This Moment again just to refresh myself. Either way if you love historical romance, then this should definitely be on your TBR list.

2: I loved all the characters, but I feel like Ryan is a sort of kindred spirit. It's nice to find a character who blushes at the least provocation (something that happens to me at least daily) and doesn't realize half the time what is plainly before his face.

3: SO MANY PEARLS!!!! I knew some of this stuff beforehand but this book takes a long look at the beginnings of cultured pearls. It was fascinating and I loved it.

4: I'd like to take a second and say, Oh my word that's one of the prettiest covers I've seen in a very long time.

5: You all know that I'm a sell-out for a good ending, and this book had an almost perfect epilogue.


I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

BookApp of the Week: Book Bazaar Reader

This is an app I downloaded on my laptop. I can download books in kindle form (and probably other forms, it's just I've only tried kindle) from email straight to this app. It's really easy to use and saves your spot. And also has the cutest logo ever! I use this all the time! Free!!!!!!








Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: No One To Trust by Lynette Eason

Summer wakes up to three thugs in her bedroom. They keep asking where David is... but who is David? Not her husband, cause his name is Kyle, right? And suddenly, Summer has no clue what is going on with her life. Who is threatening her, and why? And who is she married to? Kyle, or some man named David with a whole other life?


This book definitely deserves all 5 stars. I loved it just as much as Too Close To Home!

1: I found myself on the edge of my seat for the whole book. It starts off with a bang (almost literally) and never slows down. There's no chance to catch your breath before the next dangerous thing happens, and honestly it's always escalated. So starts off with a bang and does a salmon ladder kind of thing.

2: As always with Lynette Eason mysteries (so far), the characters were amazing, realistic, and relatable. With the PERFECT amount of romane.

3: Let's just say that poisonous snakes and organized crime are high on my "things in a book that are probably going to give me nightmares" list. Looks like it's feel-good movies for me tonight.

4: Things I would say to Marlee if she were sitting in front of me right now. "What the world Marlee? What have you done? Why did you do that? That was a very selfish and immature, jerky thing to do."

5: I almost screeched aloud at the ending! I wanted that so bad! And it totally explained the fact that (is this a spoiler?) Summer was green the entire book.

Also, sorry that I skipped waiting on Wednesday this week. I'll have one next week(if I remember).

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Reveiw: Dragon's Heritage by Kandi J Wyatt

Do you remember my second Waiting-on-Wednesday? Well....Dragon's Heritage is a prequel to the Dragon's Courage series (you'll find reviews for all 5 of the other books on this blog). It is the story of youngling Duskya as seen through her granddaughter's eyes. Mere wants to be a dragon rider, but so far, no dragon has chosen her. Duskya gives her granddaughter a journal from her first winter as a rider, hoping it will clear up some things for Mere. Turns out, dragon riding isn't the only desirable skill, and Mere might just have a never-before-seen talent!


This book, unshockingly, is definitely getting 5 stars!

1: I have yet to read a book by Kandi that I didn't love! She definitely has a way with words that makes me experience everything, almost like the way Duskya can see through Wryn's eyes and experience that way.

2: I was so excited to see Duskya as the main character..... and to be able to fill in a little bit of the gap that happened between chapters in Dragon's Future was incredible (although since I know what's gonna happen in Dragon's Future, I really wanted to be able to tell Duskya about Glendyn, like so badly)!

3: As always, I found the antagonists to have an amazing part in the story, causing frustration for 99% of the story and then spiraling up into an amazing, and sometimes shocking, redemptive arc!

4: WOW!!! Mere's calamadyn abilities..... they may be my favorite ones yet!

5: If you read the others and you wanted a bit of backstory/prequel, Dragon's Heritage explains why every name has a Y and all the dragons have a W and a Y. It also totally expands the dragon senses, and how they work, and how awesome they are!




Thank you Pam! I feel so blessed to have been able to read the ARC of this story! I started as soon as I was done with classes for the day, and read it straight through, despite the fact that I'm in the middle of at least two other books!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Too Close To Home by Lynette Eason

In this suspenseful tale, Connor finds himself searching for a serial killer. The victims seem to have very little in common. All teenage girls, all pretty, and smart. All recently had a baby. The missing link seems to be in the girls' computers. Enter Samantha, the computer expert from the FBI. Connor and Sam hurry to stop this guy before more girls go missing and the killer gets a little too close to home. Things start to get personal and Connor and Samantha must strive harder than ever to solve the mystery.



This book is the best mystery I've read this year. It's getting 5 stars, and if it were possible I'd stick another star on there.

1: Okay, so I loved Moving Target (my first Lynette Eason book) but this book blows that out of the water. The warning from the blurb says "read this one with the lights ON" and I will admit that I followed this advice. The suspense and the scariness level... through the roof. Also, the emotions. It was a roller coaster of every feeling a book has ever given me. And somehow I didn't cry. Maybe too much shock? I am emotionally exhausted from this book, and yet I desperately want to turn it back over and start again.

2: The chemistry between the characters. Was. Perfect. I just wanted to read more about Sam and Connor. And Jenna. And Sam and Connor and Jenna.

3: Lynette Eason has a way of getting into the villain's head. Like "the Chosen One" in Moving Target, "The Agent" was on of the POVs in this novel. Which was scary... but awesome. Also, I so had him pegged from, wel1 not Chapter 1, but early on!

4: Seeing Connor and Jenna's changing attitudes toward church and God was a special subplot that was very enjoyable.

5: Excuse me, but I was NOT ok with that epilogue. And I don't have the sequel yet, so that's a priority now too!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: Lydia's Charm by Wanda E Brunstetter

I'm just going to use the plot synopsis that came with the book, as I'm not sure I can do it justice.

Lydia King has a secret admirer!
Suddenly a widow, Lydia King moves her son and herself to Charm to be close to her mother and help with her grandfather. But is her hear ready for romance when gifts begin appearing on her porch from a mysterious source?

Menno Troyer, a furniture store owner, is also recently widowed and the father of four energetic boys. He has come to realize that, though he isn't ready to love again his sons need a mother.

Levi Stutzman, another newcomer to the area. is the only one in his family not handicapped by dwarfism. and he has dedicated his life to caring for them. Though determined never to marry, he is always willing to be of help to others.

As fall colors the countryside, will the anonymous gifts let for Lydia bring her hope foe a new life? And when tragedy befalls her yet again, will the gift giver be there to support her?

Well, that was longer than I had thought it was initially. How about I go ahead and out the picture, since you're probably tired of words.

I'm giving this wonderful Amish romance 5 stars!

1: Wanda Brunstetter (along with Beverly Lewis) is one of the queens of Amish lit! This is one of my favorites by her. Her research and passion are easy to see on every page.

2: The pages are riddled with phrases and words in the Pennsylvania-Dutch language, even more-so than is usual for an Amish book. It adds color and life to the story!

3: The characters were so sweet and many faceted. They all had feelings and none of the main characters fell flat. In fact, this book had me going through the whole scope of emotions. Also, in case you couldn't tell from the blurb thingy, there is a very interesting love triangle.

4: The chapters are short and easy to read, making this book a swell choice for casual reading! (did I just say swell?)

5: This book dealt with sensitive matters in a way that was very close to perfection. Death and dwarfism are both addressed and the fear, feelings, and prejudices that come with them are laid out in a very impressive way.



What are your feelings on Amish lit? Let me know in the comments! This is a new favorite of mine in that genre.

MAYBE SPOILER... idk
PS I forgot yesterday to mention that the epilogue was everything I needed, almost. I kinda wanted them to say something about Josh, but that's ok.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: Postcards from War by Vanita Oelschlager

Who's ready for the first review of March? This isn't a typical review. This book is a children's picture book that I would give 5 stars to. It's about a little boy whose mom is in Afghanistan, so his grandpa tells about when his dad went to WW2. As someone who had a parent in the Navy when I was little I feel like this book will help children understand what's going on! And it has awesome pictures! Definitely recommend this story! (also, sorry that the review was so short. I was trying to make sure the story was at least longer than my review ;)

I received this title from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

BookApp of the Week: iBooks

I have iBooks, but I don't use it as much as Kindle, simply because all my books are on Kindle. One feature that I really like about iBooks is the fact that when the room is dark the screen switches colors so that the words are white on a black background. It helps save the eyes. You can sort books by recent, title, author, or categories. And it's free, so that's not nothin'...


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Answer a Question: Who is your favorite mystery/suspense writer?

I love all things mystery. I've recently found the Drew Farthering and Moving Target mysteries by Julianna Deering and Lynette Eastwood (not together, that's a confusing sentence!) and I love both of these series. However, I have to say that for years my go to mystery writer has been Patricia H Rushford! Her Jenny McGrady novels captured my heart from the first line (unfortunately I've not been able to get my hands on book #8, which is so annoying! I feel like that book has a big part of the story in it.) Her Helen Bradley novels are for adults but have the same characters as the Jenny McGrady series. The Angel Delaney mysteries give me chills all over, and the Max and Me mysteries are perfect for kids. And Strangers in the Night is amazing, bringing up every emotion possible in a mystery! In short, she has a mystery for all ages, and they are GOOD!!!!

Who is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Waiting-On-Wednesday: To The Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

Once again I find myself browsing the "coming soon" section of Bethany House. I think I may have found a real gem this time. And (shockingly enough) it's coming out in March not April! The book is called To The Farthest Shores and it's by Elizabeth Camden (you may remember a long time ago I read her book From This Moment and loved it!)

Here's the plot summary I found on the Bethany House website. Also, how gorgeous is this cover, am I right?


About

The unpredictability of her upbringing prepared army nurse Jenny Bennett to face any challenge at the Presidio Army base, but the sudden reappearance in her life of the dashing naval officer who broke her heart six years ago is enough to rattle even her.

Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher is one of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring government mission overseas--an assignment that destroyed his reputation and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor-bound never to reveal where he was during those years, he can't tell Jenny the truth, or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution to his impossible situation, but he needs Jenny's help. While her loyalty to her country compels her to agree, she was too badly hurt to fall for Ryan again despite his determination to win her back. When an unknown threat from Ryan's past puts everything at risk--including his life--can they overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them in time?


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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Chit Chat

So, I just wanted to pause and take a moment and say a few things. This month has been crazy! I've posted 24 times (this post makes 25) this month, which is an insane amount. I'm going to have to slow it down at least a little! I love posting every day, I do! But next month is probably not going to have as many posts. I am excited that next month I'll be reviewing Movement of Crowns (hopefully) and a new Tracie Peterson book (Yay!). Next month is also the one year Blogversary of Live. Love. Read. and I'm hoping to come up with a special way to celebrate. Trying. Also coming up soon is a review of the book featured in next week's W-o-W! Also, if you guys have ideas on what  posts I should do, or questions for me to answer in my answer a question posts please comment them. Also, I counted, and according to what I have written down (and I hope I haven't missed anyone) there have been visitors to this blog from 30 countries, from all 6 habitable continents! I can't say how very much that means to me! Thank you! (now if I could just get a few of you to subscribe ;) *cough* and +1 /tweet/pin) Also, I finally signed up for NetGalley! It's incredible!

Friday, February 24, 2017

BookApp of the Week: Overdrive

I had this app on my phone, but it was just to small and wasn't working that well. I much prefer using the website. It uses your library card to check out ebooks. You can have 6 holds and 5 check outs at a time. You can have the books for 21 days. Formats include EPub and Kindle. Which I love since I can send the book directly to my kindle app.












Thursday, February 23, 2017

Meet the Author: Lea Waterhouse

I'm very excited (like so excited I can't even! {no references need be made to this article!}) to share my very first author interview with you guys! Her name is Lea Waterhouse and, coinciding with today's interview, her first Christian YA book is set to come out! You may remember that a few days ago I posted my review of it. In case you missed that here's a link.

And without further ado, here are the questions and Lea's answers!



What was your first book?
Lea: Dawn on the Road is my first published book--I'm SO excited!

What has been the most encouraging comment you've gotten on a book? 
Lea: The most encouraging comment was from Girlz 4 Christ Magazine's editor, Jessica Lippe. She wrote: "As a Christian who craves adventure, I could definitely resonate with Dawn and Justin on their trip up the West Coast. But more than a journey to see the sights, they are on a spiritual journey to find their purpose, and ultimately to find God. Dawn on the Road will give hope to those facing the tough choices that come during the teen years." This was so encouraging because she got from the book what I was aiming to do.

Which of your characters would you want to be your best friend?
Lea: Justin, for sure. I want to be on the back of his motorcycle heading out on the open road...to anywhere. His awkwardness as a new Christian is endearing too.

Who was your favorite author growing up and why?
Lea: Robin Jones Gunn. The first Christy Miller book lead me to Christ. That series inspired me to write Dawn on the Road, to hopefully encourage other young women, as Gunn's books encouraged me.

Outline or Make it up as you go?
Lea: I definitely outline, but my characters surprise me sometimes. Dawn and Justin were originally supposed to travel to Minneapolis to an art show, and instead headed up to Vancouver to an art school preview. Evidently they felt like a West Coast road trip instead!

What is your cure for writer's block? Or do you even get that?
Lea: Reading beautifully written books reinvigorates my creativity.

What social media do you like to share your works through most? How can readers best connect with you?
Lea: Twitter is a great way; I'm @LeaWaterhouse (follow her here). I'm not great at social media, actually--I tend to turn my phone off to fully experience whatever I'm doing (otherwise, I'm highly distractible!), but then I catch up with readers at night.


Here is a blurb from her book Dawn on the Road! Enjoy!

DAWN ON THE ROAD - ABOUT THE BOOK
She’s here for the ride. For the road. For inspiration.
   Dawn Berlin dreams of adventure, inspiration, and to feel something deeper. She’s certain that art will be the catalyst for these goals, except that the adults around her think she’s not being realistic. When Justin Devenport returns to her life the summer before her senior year, he convinces her to find inspiration on the road. Now she’s off, perched on the back of his motorcycle, heading up the coast to a preview weekend at an art school. 
   It isn’t long before Dawn realizes Justin’s view of inspiration is quite different than hers. He believes it comes from a God she was taught absolutely does not exist.
   On the road, maybe she’ll find a friendship renewed. Maybe art. Maybe even love. Or perhaps she’ll find all three wrapped up in a different kind of inspiration, but only if Dawn can break from her upbringing, open her heart, and figure out what she believes.


You can buy her book here!!!


Have more questions for Lea? Please feel free to ask her on Twitter (use #AskLea and tag her using @LeaWaterhouse ) or leave them in the comments below! We'd both love to hear your questions!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Waiting-on-Wednesday: Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

This is the 6th book on the Drew Farthering series, which, you may or may not have gathered from this review , I am a big fan of! It's set to come out this fall and I am counting down the days. I'm not sure what it's about but I know it's set during the 1935 British Open and that I'm going to love it!

(This is the cover for book one, which I can't wait to get my hands on)








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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Nick Newton Is Not A Genius by S.E.M. Ishida

Nick's entire family is genius. But not Nick. When Nick finds a robot bird in his attic and puts it together it leads him on an amazing journey to discover things about his grandfather that no one ever knew! Nick Newton may not be a genius, but he is amazing!


I enjoyed this book a lot (even though this review may not make it look that way. The thing is that I struggle with reviewing short books). I'm going with 5 stars here!

1: This book is perfect for third-fifth graders I would say. It was a pretty quick read for me, but it'd probably not be for them.

2: This was a really unique book. I've never read a children's book quite like it(especially from this publisher). The plot was really creative! And it had a really happy, satisfactory, fulfilling ending.

3: I loved all the characters. They were really well-rounded, especially for a kid's book! And unique! Especially Jude! Also, don't believe all the rumors you hear about people, especially about them being robots! Plink is so cute! She's guaranteed to capture the heart of every reader! I want a Plink!

4: The pictures and especially the cover are all amazing!

5: I laughed (a lot) with this book! Especially finding out who the owner of the purple mansion was. This book will probably have kids in stitches!




I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith

Blog Tour Dates Feb20-Mar6

Naomi follows her husband and sons to Moab to escape the famine. While there her husband dies, leaving Naomi powerless to stop her sons from taking Moabite wives. After a decade of marriage to Ruth and Orpah, Mahlon and Chillion die. Naomi decides to take her daughters-in-law back to Israel, but on the way decides to send them back to Moab. Orpah goes, but Ruth refuses and returns to Israel with Naomi. There, Ruth gleans in the fields of Boaz to provide for the two of them.



This book is worth 5 stars!

1: As far as I could tell, this book was incredibly accurate! The research that's been done is evident. 85 verses of the Bible transformed into 350 pages of amazing literature!

2: So, like the book of the Bible, the romance level is a 10. A really big 10.

3: This book contained so many names of God. Yahweh, Jehovah, Adonai, Elohim, Almighty.

4: I love the characters. They truly come to life. And to read this at the same time that I was studying Ruth, completely coincidently, was an incredible experience. And much of the dialogue, I recognized as direct quotes from Scripture. My favorite passage in Ruth is definitely her declaration of "Where you go, I will go, where you stay I will stay, your people shall be my people, and your God, my God" That is seriously going in my wedding.

5: This book most definitely highlights the differences between the awful religion of the Moabites and the perfection of true worship of God. Also, how much change Ruth had to get used to.


                                       I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Answer a Question: What's the best retail site to use to post a book review?

My favorite retailer to post my reviews on is Books-A-Million. Their format is very user friendly. You are given options for pros, and for cons, and you can add your own. They have an option for if you received the product in exchange  for an honest review. You can pick what level of reader you are from occasional to bookworm. It's my absolute favorite place to post a review (retailer wise). What is your's? Tell me in the comments!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering

In this Poirot-isque novel Drew and Madeline are called on to solve the murder of a village vicar, someone with no enemies. While investigating that murder, an old woman who used to be a governess is also murdered. She had no enemies either and Drew is hard-pressed to find either suspect or motive. Added to it all, someone's cut the brake lines on a car, and there's a huge dog running around leaving spectral footprints! Also, this is fourth or fifth in the series I think. How have I never read these before????




I believe I'll give this book 5 stars!


1: I was absolutely positively transported back in time! I could feel myself there, and not here. I was gone. (I would so watch this if it were a movie!)

2: So this plot was so crazy! The only thing I explained correctly was the source of the huge paw prints! The killer was not who I expected it to be, in more ways than one! Don't jump to conclusions! Ever. Also, I may regret reading this right before bed...

3: Madeline and Drew are the perfect couple! Their teamwork and devotion is so amazing! Help!!! I can't!

4: I loved all the characters! Everyone was so real! Even the ones without many lines... I feel that I'd recognize them if I were to ever meet them! (Don't worry, I haven't gone off the deep end. A very small part of me does recognize the fictionality of this work. Also, did I just make up a word?)

5: I absolutely loved the references to classical literature such as the Bronte sisters and Sir Arthur Canon Doyle! Anyone that is a classic lover will enjoy that aspect to this amazing(!!!!) mystery!



I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review (and look-forward to the 23rd):Dawn on the Road by Lea Waterhouse

Dawn is 16 and with a dream. She wants to go to art school. In Vancouver. But to get there she needs to take a road trip with Justin, her childhood friend. Turns out, this road trip might lead to more than a school. (So if that's not a good enough summary for you, keep tuned. Feb 23 is the day I'm posting the author interview with Lea, and it'll have the official blurb.)

I'm giving this book 4.5 stars.

1: The story line was really quite unique. I enjoyed the trip to Vancouver very much. I felt myself taking the journey with Dawn and Justin. The cover is beautiful, and it's books like this that make me wish I was into photography! And especially for a first book, this was great!

2: The emphasis on creation was beautiful. And one of the most important things to believe, biblically speaking. If you can't believe Gen 1:1, how can you believe John 3:16?

3: The reason this lost half a star is because frequent use of OMG and darn/dang. Also, uncomfortable thought process of a non-Christian, an atheist more specifically (which did change, so yeah) but still... I was a little 😐... (which I can easily be discomfited, I'm pretty conservative...)

4: This is a fast(ish) read. Although it only has 8 chapters, it took 2 hours(ish) to read. A one-afternoon-er. Such a sweet little book. Perfect length.

5: I loved the way this book touched on the fact that salvation isn't something that must happen in a church. Prayer isn't something that should be memorized and rolled out like a speech for class. It's in your heart, which He knows.

 Thank you Lea, for sharing your beautiful book with me!


Ready to learn more about Dawn, Justin, and their journey? February 23 is the day Dawn on the Road comes out. And.... The day Lea's author interview will be posted here! Make sure to follow so that you don't miss this! I can't wait! You're going to love it!

Friday, February 17, 2017

BookApp of the Week: BookBub

BookBub isn't actually an app. It's a website that sends you emails tailored to your book selections. These emails contain new release updates from your favorite authors & free and discounted books in your favorite genres and authors. I love getting this email. I have such a large collection of ebooks ready for me to read now that I've signed up for BookBub. And it only sends me emails I want to see. No spam. Just emails that deal with the authors/genres that I chose when signing up. And don't worry, you can always go back in and add more authors afterwards if you forgot one. It offers free ebooks for Kindle, iPhone, Nook, and a few others! And, also free to sign up for! Yay for free stuff!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waiting-On-Wednesday: The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller

I've been a big fan of Judith Miller for a few years now. While looking through the Coming soon section of Bethany House Publishers I saw this. It's set to release in April this year! So far all the books for my Waiting-On-Wednesday are coming out in April...

Here is the plot summary from Bethany House.


After a sheltered life in Pittsburgh, Hope Irvine is ready for a new adventure. When her father takes a position as a preacher in a railroad car converted into a traveling church, she's thrilled at the chance to accompany him. While accommodations in their new chapel car home are tight, Hope couldn't be happier putting her musical skills to good use and ministering to the people of West Virginia alongside her father. But when their chapel car arrives in Finch, West Virginia, they find a coal mining community that has hit hard times and is suspicious of outsiders.

Luke Hughes works for the coal mine when he can, but the struggling company doesn't always offer steady work. When Reverend Irvine and Hope arrive in town, Luke is intrigued by what the reverend can teach him--and by the lovely and kind Hope.

When Hope's desire to bring supplies and Sunday school classes to neighboring counties leads to her traveling with a flirtatious young mine manager, Luke is hard-pressed to suppress his jealousy. But when he begins to suspect the manager's motives are less than charitable, can he prove it without hurting Hope, or worse, putting her in danger?


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