Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week's pick is .... 

  • ISBN-10: 0451476204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451476203
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 20, 2018)


Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants--the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming--until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister's boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can't shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past--and a voice that won't be silenced. . . .

Why this book? 

I love books that combine history and present day and the synopsis for The Broken Girls just captured my attention and wouldn't let me go. It hint's at so many secrets and I can't wait to read it and find them out! 

What books are you waiting to read? 

Friday, January 5, 2018

2017 Reading Wrap Up!

Below are the top 10 books I have read in 2017. I've chosen the books that touched my soul, made me  laugh, cry and hold my breath as I eagerly turned the pages to find out what happens next. 

I've listed them in random order but all were and are books I thoroughly enjoyed and will re- visit time again over the years to come. 

I read this as an audio book and found it delightful - a wonderful book for readers of any age. 

A lovely romance read that touched my heart and made me want to pack up and head far, far north. 

Excellent book full of action, suspense, romance. I can't believe I haven't reviewed it here on the blog yet.  I will definitely rectify that very soon!

This one had me tied up in an emotional  knot and I experienced every emotion possible. I must have gone through {at the very least} 2 boxes of tissues before getting to the end. Needless to say I loved every minute of reading this book. 

An absolutely amazing book! Time Travel, historical fiction, action, drama.  A deeply moving story on so many levels that stayed with me and never quite let me go.

A gut wrenching emotional story that was/ is SO WORTH the reading. Cried my way through the whole book which means I absolutely LOVED it!

  Great story and I truly cannot wait to read the next book in this series!

A delightful romance set in the south, highlighting a baker who can magically determine the exact meal one needs to eat. Add in one cranky hunk with kids,  romance, drama and some truly great recipes  and you've got a fantastic read.  

Oh, and an excellent set of recipes from the story can be found at the end of the book.   Definitely my cup of tea!

I eagerly await Ms. Macomber's books all year but especially her yearly Christmas book. This engaging, delightful and funny Christmas romance just started my Christmas season off in the absolute best way possible. Thank you  Debbie!

This book is absolutely one of my favorite books this year. I've been wanting to bring a healthier and more wholesome focus for my family and our home and this book just spoke to my heart on so many levels. This book has SO much good information and shared in such a lovely way. I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Relaxing and Delightful Read!

  • Series: Tales from Ivy Hill (Book 2)
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (December 5, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0764218166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218163

From the Publisher 

  • Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for? 

    Rachel's friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls' school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or who--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all.

    Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return--but where is he?

    As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?

  • I found The Ladies of Ivy Cottage to be an enjoyable and relaxing read. The story is heart warming and the characters engaging. While I hit a few dry spots as I read, those were very few and short lived. Overall? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait till the third book in this series is released!

4 Stars!

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Klassen, Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2018


Blue Lilly Lilly Blue by Maggie Stievater

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wishing you all a very ....

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Picture: Source Unknown (But isn't it lovely?!!)