Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

  • Series: Hope Harbor 
  • Publisher: Revell (June 7, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0800727541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727543


After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who's invaded the house with her motley crew.

As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves? 

Sea Rose Lane  by Irene Hannon is the second book in her Hope Harbor series. I was introduced to Ms. Hannon's books last year when I read Hope Harbor  and fell head over heels for this series. Don't you just love when you find a new-to-you author and a series you can dive into? I sure do!

Ms. Hannon's writing style is compelling and Sea Rose Lane was a wonderful read!  The setting for this story (and series) is one of the things I really enjoyed ~ a quiet sea side town where everyone knows each other. The characters have depth, are realistic and engaging.  The story captured my interest from start to finish.  I was definitely sad to reach the ending.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this faith based romance and can't wait to read the third book in this series ~ Sand Piper Cove being released in April 2017! 

5 Stars

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch ~ WOW

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

My pick for this week ... 

  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1503935248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503935242

Release Date ~ July 1, 2016


Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.
But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.
Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.

Why this book? 

After reading the synopsis, I just can't wait to find out what it's all about! 

What Books Are You Waiting To Read? 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron ~ Waiting on Wednesday

  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545945216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545945219

Release Date ~ September 13, 2016

What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories -- of parents, children, love, life, and self -- are lost. Unless they have been written. 

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. 

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence - before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget "her."

Why this book? 

When I saw this gorgeous cover and read the synopsis, I knew this book was for me. I just have so many questions that I want to find out the answers to! :)  

Thank you to Breaking the Spine for hosting this weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released books. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

  • Publisher: HarperTeen (June 7, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 006239925X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062399250


Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.
As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

Being a huge fan of Jean M. Auel's writings, I was excited  to hear about Ivory and Bone, a debut novel set in the ancient ice age era. 

Ms. Eshbaugh has written a novel that is very creative and eloquent. Her lyrical and descriptive prose surpass that of many seasoned authors.  

The story moved at a steady pace and the subtle tension continues to increase as the story progresses to significant action towards the end of the book. I enjoyed reading Ivory and Bone! 

3.5 Stars!

Thank you to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele

  • Publisher: HarperTeen (June 7, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0062380338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062380333


Worlds collide in Lindsey Klingele’s debut young adult novel, The Marked Girl, an exciting fantasy tale turned upside down. Elissa Sussman, author of Stray, calls The Marked Girl “a magical debut with a big heart.”
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day LA via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. 
Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task.

The Marked Girl is a fantastical tale full of action, adventure, a bit of horror (ie - the wraths), some betrayal and a whole lot of fighting off the bad guys as the good guys try to save two worlds from the evil plans of a madman.  Has this caught your interest yet?!  

I enjoyed the humor and heart that the author wrote into this story. It lightened up the plot and made this a truly enjoyable read! 

The book's ending is definitely a cliff hanger so I was happy to read that this book is part of a duology! Needless to say, I can't wait to read book 2. 

3.5  - 4 Stars!

Thank you to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.