Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

What Matters Most (Texas Gold #4)What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

  • Series: Texas Gold Collection
  • Publisher: Revell (July 5, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0800722752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722753


Leta Breckenridge is forced to drop out of college to care for her dementia-ridden mother. After learning a severely delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta steps out of her comfort zone and lands a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her dream job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition machine--and that the research she's been collecting will be used against her new love interest, Nathan Emerson.

Nathan is a rising political star being pressured to run a bid to unseat the current governor of Texas. He's already in a relationship with a woman much better suited to be a politician's wife, but he's never met anyone like Leta. Could this feisty, challenging woman hold the key to his heart?

What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert is book four in her Texas Gold Series. While this book is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone book. It's been awhile since I've read one of her books and boy, I've been missing out. It's clear from how much I enjoyed this novel, it's time for me to catch up on this series!

I really connected and liked Ms. Gilbert's portrayal of Leta, the story's main character. She was portrayed as a strong female character who is facing difficulties on many levels of her life. I found her to be relateable, engaging, committed and resourceful within this novel.  With depth of character and a deeply emotional story line, this story won my heart after only a few pages. Ms. Gilbert has a definite gift in writing Women's Fiction and I can't wait to read more of this series.

I highly recommend What Matters Most ~ 4 Stars

Thank you to Revell Publishing and Netgalley for the gift of this free book in exchange for an honest review.  

If Not For You : A Novel by Debbie Macomber {Waiting on Wednesday}

A weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released books hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My pick for this week  is ...

  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN-10: 0553391968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553391961

Release Date ~ March 21, 2017


After living in the shadow of her overbearing parents for twenty-five years, Beth Prudhomme is finally taking charge of her life. She moves from Chicago to Portland, reconnects with her favorite aunt, and finds a job as a high-school music teacher. Everything seems to be coming together—except for her love life, which is going nowhere. 

Her friend Nichole introduces her to Sam, but the tattooed mechanic is her parents’ worst nightmare. Then tragedy strikes, forcing Beth to reevaluate everything—because sometimes life can be so wrong it’s right.

Why this book? 

There were two things that drew me to this book other than it being a Debbie Macomber novel. The first is that this book's cover is absolutely gorgeous! I could look at it all day long and never get tired of it. 

The second thing?  The phrase "because sometimes life can be so wrong it's right" in the synopsis just tugged at me.  I can't wait to find out what is "so wrong, it's right!"

What new books are you waiting to read? 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Snapshot for the day ~

This was my morning ...

How was yours? 

P.S. I'm not going to ask the fly how his day went.

Friday, July 22, 2016

An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

  • Series: Hawthorne House  {Book 2}
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 5, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0764218255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218255


Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl.

With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he's irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.

What Colin doesn't know is that Georgina's desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina's plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.

An Elegant Facade  by Kristi Ann Hunter is the second book in the Hawthorne House series  though it can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. I haven't yet read the first novel and I was able to easily follow this story. 

I liked Ms. Hunter's style of writing, the characters who were humanly flawed but trying to be the best they can be as well as the elements of faith highlighted within this book. 

Over all? I definitely enjoyed An Elegant Facade and can't wait to catch up on this new-to-me book series!

4 Stars

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

The Realm of Darkness by C. F. Dunn

  • Series: The Secret of the Journal (Book 4)
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction (July 27, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1782641963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782641964


Emma and Matthew are finally free to marry, but Matthew's secret continues to haunt them.

Emma D'Eresby can look forward to a future with Matthew Lynes. She at last reveals to Matthew the nature of her relationship with Guy Hilliard—her supervisor at Cambridge—and the reason she has found it difficult to forgive him or to trust any other.
Their joy at marrying is short-lived as, to her disgust, Emma discovers that Guy is visiting the United States to attend the history conference at which she is the keynote speaker. Although everyone seems charmed by him, Emma doesn't trust Guy. Worse still, she discovers that Ellie is dating Guy, bringing him within the family fold.
Long-held grudges and wounds surface and it is clear that Guy poses a threat to everything Emma loves.

I have loved each book of The Secret of the Journal series since it first came out and I was super excited to read Realm of Darkness  (book 4) by C. F. Dunn. 

This series is truly addicting!  It felt so good to be back in the world of Emma and Matthew even if it was fraught with intrigue, danger and secrets.  While it took me a bit to get back into the story as the last book was released about 2 years ago, once I passed the first few pages, it all came back to me. 

Realm of Darkness is aptly named ~ it's a bit more darker than the previous books but it still is an intriguing, exciting and an "edge of the seat" kind of read. I truly enjoyed  this book ~ 5 Stars!

I'm also excited to announce that book 5 of The Secret of the Journal ~ Fearful Symmetry is to be release in September of 2016!

Thank you to Lion Fiction and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.