Saturday, May 20, 2017

My Favorite Authors

Okay, so here are a few of my favorite authors. I'm going to do my always-go-back-to and a few newer authors that I haven' read but one or two books by. Let me know in the comments if you like any of the same authors or if you have recommended authors!


Okay, so I'm just going to throw out a couple of classical authors first and then get to the others. I love Louisa May Alcott! Beyond explanation! I also love Dickens, and he has written some of my favorite books, Bleak House and Great Expectations. But he's kind of hit and miss for me. I didn't like Hard Times, and I didn't finish A Tale of Two Cities. I also enjoy Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters and Cranford.


But enough about dead people. You want to know who I like that's actually still writing! Okay, well... Tracie Peterson is my.... I don't know but I have more of her books than any other author (not counting the Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy books, since I have like the whole set of both of those!) My favorite Tracie Peterson's are... you guessed it... the Alaska ones! I found an Alaska book by her co-authored with Kimberley Woodhouse and found out that I'm a fan of her too! I've read three of her books and can't wait for more! Judith Miller is another favorite of mine, although some of her stories are definitely better than others! My favorite of hers, my all-time favorite, has to be the Postcards from Pullman series! It was the first non-kid section series I read! I've said it before, but I love Patricia H Rushford's mysteries, and I have for years! But recently I discovered Lynette Eason and her books always give me a thrill! Julianna Deering also writes mysteries and hers always make me want to watch British period dramas! Kim Vogel Sawyer has a way with words that have me not moving for 5 straight hours! Lauraine Snelling hardly ever disappoints, although obviously not everyone gets it every time. Cathy Marie Hake is another I love. My favorites of hers are Whirlwind (or maybe That Certain Spark, I can never make up my mind) and Mixed Blessings!

A few authors that I've only read one or two books by, but loved include...

1: Jen Turano- her book had me in stitches
2: Dani Pettrey- Alaska and a mystery? Does it get any better?
3: Roseanna M White- The Lost Heiress and A Lady Unrivaled were incredible!
4: Patrick W Carr- I loved his fantasy book... I'm ready for another anytime!
5: Elizabeth Camden- It takes a couple pages, but once I'm in, I'm in for the long haul!
6: Rhonda Gibson- she writes cowboy stories!
7: Sarah Sundin- WWII at it's best
8: Beverly Lewis- the queen of Amish fiction, am I right?
9: Janette Oak- hit and miss but Love Comes Softly and Canadian West are the way to go!
10: Melanie Dickerson- I've only read The Golden Braid... but it was crazy good!


I hope I've given you some ideas for new authors to check out or if not, I hope you liked getting to know who I enjoy! Can't wait to hear from you!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yeah. I know it's really late....

...but I have a lot of important things to say, so listen up! First off..... June 13th! It's an author interview and I  am beside myself! More info to come on that later, I don't want to say everything all at once. But make sure you're following the blog so you don't miss out on this. Also, follow my Twitter to get more info on the interview and for daily updates on what I'm reading.

Another thing, in case you haven't heard, I'm going to the beach this weekend, so I'm not sure what's going to be going on with my social media and my blog posts, but I'm going to try and send you pictures. And if you were wondering what books I'm taking on my vacation... Tracie Peterson's Striking a Match series is safely packed in my bag (Yes the whole series, and if I finish that, and I probably will, depending on how much I'm required to interact with people, I'll have to see what's on my Kindle app)

Anyway, that's all for tonight... or I guess this morning since it's past midnight now. Oh well. I just couldn't wait!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Review: Everyone Has a Mother by Sally Huss

This is a kid's book so it will be a short review. But I wanted to point out this book to read on Mother's Day. This book gets 4 stars. The message was golden. I loved that this book placed equal emphasis on birth mothers, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers. This is the kind of message that needs to be in all kids books! I truly does appreciate all kinds of mothers.The pictures were a little weird, but other than that, this book was great! Totally something to read with your kids today! Have a great Mother's Day today guys, and enjoy the book!



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

Evelyn Wisely loves working at the local orphanage, but her heart can't ignore the women of Teaville who are also in need. Her boss is willing to help build a shelter for them, but only if she gains the cooperation and financial support of other local businessmen.

While David Kingsman plans to stay in Teaville just long enough to get his father's business back on solid ground, he's intrigued by Evelyn's cause and finds himself more invested with each passing day.

Will their plans and partnership fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them, or can they trust in God's plan despite it all? (Not my words, as if you couldn't tell already!)


I'm debating with this one.... but  I think I'm going to give this one a 4.5 stars

1: I loved the orphanage storyline! I'm so interested in orphanages and one day I might work at one if I can! The kids were adorable and they added a lot to the story even though they weren't on every page!

2: When I found out what Evelyn's secret was.... well let's just say that it was the most surprising plot twist I think I've ever read, though maybe not. I can't think.... but this one was definitely a top 3 contender at the least!

3: I really was drawn to this book, as far as choosing it, by the orphanage part, not necessarily the women who also needed help, and I'll admit that that part did not appeal to me as much, even though it was a larger part of the story, but that's not because of bad writing it was just personal preference. And I do admire Evelyn and David's wanting to help those women.

4: One thing hat was really cool was that the story started with David's POV (I don't really remember any other books that start with the guy's POV) and at first I was confused, but then it wound up being awesome because the first time we see Evelyn it's not out of her eyes but the eyes of a stranger.

5: You guys know that I'm a sucker for the perfect ending... and I absolutely adore epilogue when done right! And this one was. done. SO. well! I bout burst into tears at the beauty of it. I'm such a wimp about fictional characters. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚




                                                 I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Why a lot of my reviews are 5 star!

So if you've been here very long, you'll have noticed that I have a higher end grading scale, as in a ton of 5s. It's not a "don't wanna hurt noone's feelins"  kind of thing. Here's the deal. I get emotionally invested in almost all the books I read. Like way too badly. It's definitely a problem. So unless something happens in the book that

A: Makes me uncomfortable
B: Has language
C: Is super poorly written
D: Doesn't engage me, or make me get emotionally involved

I'm most likely going to give a 5 star rating. Then I'll go down to 4.5 or 4. I'll also grade on how compelled I am to reread it. I'm not sure that I even have a 3.5 on this blog. I know that I have a 3, and that was a book that I did not finish. The only reason that their aren't any 2 or 1 ratings on this blog is because, frankly, if it's going to get that low of a rating, I am not going to read it. I will put it down and not look back, so why even put myself through the struggle of scarring my eyes with bad lit. You feel?

Not that any of you were wondering or anything, but in case you were interested in knowing how my brain works. Also, review coming tomorrow! A Love So True by Melissa Jagears!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: No Safe Haven by Kimberley Woodhouse and Kayla Woodhouse

Jenna and her daughter Andie are stranded on the side of Sultana, their plane sabotaged by their pilot, a man they believed to be a friend. Now their only chance of survival is Cole Maddox, but can they even trust him. He says he knew her late husband, but Jenna's not convinced. The problem is, if they trust him they might die, but if they don't, they will die. The three of them work together to survive, but Jenna's still not sure why she and Andie were targeted in the first place. Something to do with Marc, apparently, but Cole isn't talking about it very much. With only God and each other, Jenna has to make a choice, for Andie's sake.




I'm definitely giving this book 5 stars!

1: Alaska! I've said this about a dozen times now, but I love all stories set in Alaska. I told my mom I was reading this and that it was about Alaska, and I was really surprised when she said "Oh, your favorite books are in Alaska!" Apparently she does listen to me ramble about my books ;) Anyway, this was great. I love native Alaskan words, and I love Denali and Sultana's original names. Way better than the other names given to them when it became a national park way back when.

2: I loved how the story went back and forth between third person for Cole and Jenna and Leaper and first person for Zoya and Andie. At first I was confused but then I really started to like it. It's really unique.

3: I liked learning about HSAN. I love a book that teaches you as you read. This was crazy informative. It was really interesting to read about. It genuinely peaked my curiosity in a really good way.

4: The mystery part was so super intense. At the end, I was so super close to tears. And it wasn't because of sadness or something like that. It was just SO intense. One of the best mysteries I've read recently!

5: Cole's conversion was possibly the best thing ever! Andie was so insistent and shared her faith so readily. And then Cole and oh my word it was the best thing ever. Best ending ever! I'm serious, go buy the book and read it! Highly recommend this book to all of y'all!

I was gonna wait and post this tomorrow but that isn't happening. I'm wayyyyyyy tooo excited!

Waiting-on-Wednesday: Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson

It's been a while since I've done one of these. Sorry bout that...

Here's the plot summary to this sequel to Treasured Grace (Remember that one?) It comes out in July I believe.

About

Shackled by Her Past, One Woman Searches for Healing, Forgiveness, and Love
Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, the gentle rhythm of tending her family's flock of sheep is slowly healing her mind and soul, but her precarious new peace is shattered when Hope is asked to testify against the Cayuse responsible for the massacre. She's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days, but neither can she risk her attackers being released if she doesn't tell her story.

As Hope struggles to make her choice, an Army lieutenant named Lance Kenner becomes an unexpected ray of light in her life. Perhaps she is still capable of love after all. But will Lance still want her if he learns the whole truth of what happened to her at the mission? Or are the secrets that lie in his own past more troubling?




Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: Submerged by Dani Pettrey

Bailey Craig goes back to her hometown of Yancey, Alaska, for her aunt's funeral, but all she really wants to do is leave. She wants to get away from her past, and all the mistakes she made there, including breaking the heart of Cole McKenna. Unfortunately, Cole won't let her be, and she's starting to feel things for him again. Bailey knows that she could never hope to be Cole's...well, anything. And then, she's surrounded by mystery, death, sabotage. Will she even get out of this one alive?



UMmm... let's go with... 5


1: Alaska is my favorite book setting EVER!!!! This book captured that spirit. It was (Honestly) the main reason the book appealed to me.

2. First time for Dani Pettrey (I've been reading a lot of new authors lately!) and I can't wait to get my hands on the others in this series. I loved the writing style (And as previously stated, the setting!)

3: I loved the characters. I can't wait to read more about them, even if it's just what color their pajamas are. The characters reach out and grab your heart, and pretty soon you're ready to book a ticket to Alaska and meet them. (Wishful thinking)

4: I love how Cole helped Bay see that her past didn't define her future, or even her present. That when Jesus died for her, and she accepted him as Savior, she became a new creature, and all of that was laid to rest.

5: I loved learning all about diving. It's never really interested me that much but this book has rather niggled that hook (I muddled that up, but please understand what I was going for) I also love love love reading about Alaskan history, & I learned something new about that too in this book. Russian-Alaska is really cool, all of it is really!



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: After A Fashion by Jen Turano

Harriet and Oliver, an unlikely pair, since she's a hairdresser and he's a member of the New York 400, decide that it will be mutually beneficial to have a pretend engagement. But complications arise, some caused by vindictive women, and others by a former employee, and Harriet wants to back out of their deal. Only, the thing is, their hearts might have gotten a little tangled into the mess. And then, when things look their worst, things might actually be at their best.



For a book like this, 5 stars is the only acceptable rating!

1: This is my first Jen Turano book, and I find her style of writing to be both refreshing and enjoyable. I'll definitely be reading more.

2: This book was hilarious! The most ridiculous things happen, and written in any other way they would seem cheesy. However, in this book, everything just adds to the merriment. Between the fights between characters, and Buford's mishaps, this book had me smiling, and often laughing, the whole way through.

3: I love how Harriet just stands up to Oliver, and he honestly just doesn't know what to do. He seems at such a loss, and that was very refreshing. A fellow who seems lost 90% of the time, ahhhh.....

4: I can't wait any longer to say this! At the end, everything suddenly clicked, and I knew that tears were coming, and I just got up and ran out of the room. It was so perfect I think I might start crying again just thinking about it!

5: I enjoyed Abigail's storyline. I was so glad when she took to Lucetta and Millie and Harriet. Lucetta was so funny with her theatrical airs, and Millie with her bad vocabulary and (not)skills with the hair tongs. Awww... So sweet!



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Hey, who wants free books?

Here's a link that has great deals and discounts on ebooks. Check it out and tell me which books you saw that you liked. I downloaded a ton of these to my kindle and reviews are coming soon! Currently reading After a Fashion by Jen Turano and can't tell if it's ridiculously funny or just plain ridiculous! I have a feeling it's a mixture of both.

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/ebookdeals

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz

Morrow Little is coming home, to the Red River. She's been gone for two years, and she is ready to see her Pa. If only her ma and baby sister were still alive, and if only Jess hadn't been taken captive by the Shawnee. Morrow's fear of the Shawnee is understandable, surely, but Pa doesn't seem to think so as he befriends a Shawnee chief and his handsome son. Facing the dangers of the frontier, Morrow must look to the Lord as her guide in the trying circumstances.


I'm giving this book 4.5 stars.


1: Looking at my shelves, I saw no books set in the Revolutionary War, and I was pleased at the history in this book. Also, this was a book from the frontier, which is altogether different from the east coast. It's an action packed book, covering about 3-4 years, and that makes for a really complete story. Everything that I wanted to happen had time to come out, since the book covered such a long period of time.

2: I was a little shocked to see that Morrow was the only POV in the whole book, cause it's been so long since I've read a book like that. However, I think that it almost made me feel more like Morrow (I'm butchering this wording!) and feel her emotions and everything deeper than if it had been switching. It's like becoming Morrow for 362 pages!

3: The chapters were a little long, but the story was captivating enough that I hardly noticed that. The writing and characters were so wonderful, and, without spoiling anything, the ending made my eyes a little wet. I loved how all the characters interacted with each other, each relationship unique in its sweetness, or lack thereof in some cases.

4: The 1700s dialect! Tis and Twas being used all the time, it was awesome! Goodness! If you're one for written in accents and speech quirks, then this is the book for you. Also good if you want to learn a few Indian words.

5: Seeing the change it took for Morrow to get over her hatred and to learn to forgive, and just to see how free she was from bitterness after she forgave, shoot! It was so beautiful!


Monday, May 1, 2017

May Update

Hey there! It's a new month and I'm so excited to share with you some upcoming posts and other things.

Reviews to look forward to include a few books sent to me by readers and authors who've been reading my blog! Thank you! Also, A Love So True by Melissa Jagears is on my list this month. I've never read anything by her, but leave a comment if you have! I'll probably also be revisiting a few favorites this month, something I haven't done in a while. I can't wait to share reviews, or updated reviews, of my favorite books with you. Also, I'm almost finished with a Laura Frantz book, so be looking for that review either late this evening, or, more likely, tomorrow morning.

In other exciting news, I've been accepted to join both the Celebrate Lit blogging group, and the Lit Fuse blogging groups. My first tour with Celebrate Lit will be at the end of this month/beginning of next. My date is May 28, so be watching! (And yes, I did already finish the book. I couldn't help myself!) I hear back from Lit Fuse on May 8, I think, to see whether I was accepted in the tour I signed up for there. I'll let you know if I do.

Also, at the end of this month, from May 29-June 4, I'll be on vacation, so unless I just schedule posts, I probably won't have any up then. But you never know, I might. I'll be getting to see April the giraffe and baby Tajiri, going to the Crayola experience, colonial Williamsburg, and possibly Mystic Aquarium. I'll be sure to take a ton of pictures, and I will try to post them here. At any rate, I will be posting on Twitter. You can follow my Twitter by hitting the bar on the right.

I can't wait for this month and all that's going to be happening! It's going to be super busy, but so much fun! I hope I get to share a little bit of that fun with you! For now, that's all. Thanks for reading this incredibly long post! A bientot! And Happy May!

(Here's a Snoopy for reading the whole long post!)


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review: Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I'm going to use the plot summary from the back again, because I'm afraid the dialect in this book has rather brought out the deep south accent from inside me and I'm liable to sound awfully country trying to sum up this book.


At the age of twenty-three, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires but has only met through his letters.

Theophil Garrison is on the run from his past. Ten years ago his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now they’ve finished their sentences, but the plan for vengeance has just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, Theo has aa chance encounter that could provide him with the escape he needs. 

But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?



Well, this book most definitely falls under the category of 5 stars!

1: I love stories that have the older people falling in love too. Especially when it's a fellow who's raising daughter or niece on his own, and he starts to fall for the woman that the girl views in a motherly sort of way! It's sweet to see romance at that age too.

2: This is a story with a redemptive/growing story for almost all of the characters, including one plot twist that I wasn't expecting when the story began. I'm all for a storyline that'll throw me! At one point I let out this strained squeak, and for a couple of chapters, I couldn't sit still, so much anticipation was building up!

3: You have to love Theo's struggling attempts to become the preacher. It's humorous and sweet and sad all at the same time. This story will role you through your emotions. You find a connection with the characters, and I wasn't ready to leave the story when it was over! Side Note: How did such a spiteful man come to be Deacon?

4: People in stories who aren't family but are totally sweet and all like "Call me Aunt Bess" make me want to cry with joy. Family isn't just blood.

5: Even though Granny Iva died when Theo was just 7, the things she taught him still stuck with him, proving that training up a child in the way he should go really does work. I loved all the different spiritual aspects to this story. It was a great read and you should definitely add this one to your TBR list as well.

I know my review didn't hardly do the story justice, but I totally recommend this book!

Also, look at this pretty cover!




Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: Beyond The Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

I'm going to use the plot summary from the back of the book, since I have way too many thoughts flying around in my head to make a comprehendible blurb.

 Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know.

Still, something dark did happen in the family's past. Lillian's seven-year-old charge hasn't spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love--or will it endanger her even more?



5! 5! 5 Stars!


1: I'm going to start off slow, because this is going to build up before it's over! Anyway, the historical details. And the information about olives. It was incredible. You can't read a book by either of these authors without coming out with knowledge on a subject that you'd never really considered. So, not only enjoyable, but also informative.

2: The writing itself, it's one of those that pulls you in so deeply. Whenever I put this down (under duress, apparently I need to eat) I was stunned by the fact that the house was so quiet. The fact is, I heard everything, in my mind, but so convincingly that I could feel the absence of sound whenever I lifted my eyes. Like when you've been in a room full of children and you walk out and your ears are echoing in the quiet. And, I really need to know. Is it hard to co-author? Do you say, "you write chapter 1, I've got 2" and keep going? I feel like this is probably kinda hard. But fun. I bet it's lots of fun.

3: This book was full of the consequences of gossip and hatred. It had bits of the pastor's sermons, and it had those sweet sweet prayers of  Lilian and Woody. It was a blessing, really, to read. (Plus, I was glad to see that Lilian also had a spacey moment in church. That makes me feel better.....That sounded terrible, but oh well!)

4: The bad guy, he always seems to get a section, but oh well. Such is life. Darwin is one of those that believes he is entitled. Everyone should bow to him, to his wishes. No one could cross him. The inability to be wrong. Traits that make for a dangerous man. One who's willing to kill, even in front of a 6-year-old boy. Forget in-front-of, he's willing, and ready, planning really, to kill Jimmy. A bad guy to make you squirm for sure.

5: Sweetest. Romance. Ever. I loved how Lilian and Jimmy took to each other, and without giving anything away, the ending was perfect. I hope hope hoped for that to be what Harry wound up doing. By the last hundred pages, maybe less, I was squirming in my seat from the perfection and sweetness that was happening. SPOILER now though so be careful, but I was so glad that they got married before the last page of the book. It upsets me when that happens, because I want to see what happens next.

So basically, you have to read this book. The story and characters will capture your heart. Add this title to your shelf! Now I REALLY have to get my hands on All Things Hidden (by the same authors, set in Alaska YAY! You know how much I love those Alaska stories!)


Thanks to Mimi and Papaw for my birthday present. (They got me another one too, and I can't wait to start it!)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Just a little update...NOT! IT's my 18th BIRTHDAY

Oh My Word guys.... Today is my 18th birthday! What even just happened. I can't wait to spend lots of time with my family and maybe I'll get a couple of books for my birthday. Then I can share them with you! That would be awesome! Thanks for reading.


Also, for your enjoyment, pictures of adorable baby me, and one of today me.






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 clichรฉ?). 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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