Friday, July 29, 2016

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson {Keys of Promise series}

  • Series: Keys of Promise (Book 2)
  • Publisher: Revell (July 5, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0800723511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723514


Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life. Arriving penniless in the South, Prosperity is dismayed to find David married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, she gains the friendship--and the affection--of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?

With a deft hand, Christine Johnson fills the reader's senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Key West in this heartwarming story of honor lost, honor redeemed, and a love forged in adversity.

Honor Redeemed by Christie Johnson is book 2 in the Keys of Promise series. I seem to be starting new series in the middle, so I can assure you this book can be read as a stand alone but after reading it? I want to read  the first book as well!  

This book had everything I enjoy in reading romance novels ... great characters, engaging plot and faith based romance that makes my heart feel the gambit of emotions as the characters find the path to love. 

I will definitely be reading more of Ms. Johnson's books! 

4 Stars

Thank you to Revell  as well as Netgalley for the wonderful gift of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

Series: Sapphire Brides (Book 2)
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 5, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0764213369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764213366


Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans--for the gemstones and his daughter--are not what they seem.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie--a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything. Phoebe is determined to stay in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger as the deception begins to unravel.

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson is the second book in the Sapphire Brides series.  While this book is part of a series, it definitely can be read as a stand alone book. 

I've enjoyed Ms. Peterson's books in the past and found she has a fantastic writing style, great character portrayals and plots that are engaging, creative and a joy to read. In A Beauty Refined, all of the above was included and I was impressed with the nice touch of mystery and suspense that added a wonderful addition to this story.   

If you love historical, faith based romances ... this book (and series) are for you!  

4 Stars 

Thank you to Bethany House and Revell  as well as Netgalley for the wonderful gift of this book in an exchange for an honest review. 

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. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran

Publisher: Lion Fiction 
ISBN-10: 1782642072
ISBN-13: 978-1782642077

Release Date ~ September 27, 2016


All Faith Harp wants is a quiet life--to take care of her troubled brother, Sam, earn enough money to stop the poverty wolves snapping at her heels, and to keep her past buried as deep as possible. And after years of upheaval, she might have just about managed it: Sam's latest treatment seems to actually be working, Faith is holding down a job, and she's engaged to the gorgeous and successful Perry. But, for Faith, things never seem to stay simple for long. Her domineering mother-in-law-to-be is planning a nightmare wedding, including the wedding dress from hell. And the man who killed her mother is released from prison, sending her brother tumbling back into mental illness.

When secretly planning the wedding she really wants, Faith stumbles across a church choir that challenges far more than her ability to hold a tune. She ends up joining the choir, led by the fierce choir-mistress Hester, who is determined to do whatever it takes to turn the group of ragtag women into something spectacular. She also meets Dylan, the church's vicar, who is different than any man she has ever met before . . .

The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran is a delightful book full of humor, wit, faith, engaging characters that help the story jump off the page and engage the reader in an emotional experience of this book.  

What so impresses me about Ms. Moran's writing style is that she brings the story to life with a charming blend of wit and wisdom, all the while introducing deeper issues that her protagonist faces. She addresses these issues with tact, respectfulness and with a depth of understanding that invites the reader in to experience and share the subtle lessons that she portrays in the story. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Name I Call Myself and I highly recommend it! 

4.5 Stars!

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

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Heart Answers by Colleen Coble

  • The Wyoming Series (Book 3)
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (June 14, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0529103443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529103444


Jessica DuBois is not used to getting her hands dirty or her heart broken. When her mother remarries and takes Jessica with her to rugged Fort Bridger, Wyoming, Jessica longs for her Boston parties and the control she used to have over her life.
Then she meets Reverend Clay Cole, a man who seems only to have eyes for God and his adoring three-year-old cousin. Clay is not just immune to Jessica’s charms, he challenges her selfish attitude.
When tragedy brings this unlikely pair together, they must decide: Is love truly powerful enough to heal the soul?
Rich in historical detail, The Heart Answers takes us to 1867 Wyoming, where a misplaced socialite and an independent preacher ask the deepest questions of the heart.

I love historical fiction romances ~ they are one of my favorite genres to read and how I missed reading more of Ms. Coble's novels till now is beyond me! 

The Heart Answers by Colleen Coble is book 3 in a 4 book series but it can definitely be read as a stand alone book. I have not (yet) read any of the other books in this series but I was able to follow this story with ease.  

This well written novel  is packed with drama, gentle romance, wit, drama, suspense, Faith, redemption and an ending that touched my heart. Well worth the reading!  

4 Stars

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

Great E Book Deals this July!

Wanted to pass on these great E Book deals as they're just too good to miss!  All Books are $1.99 or less ...

Literature and Fiction


Young Adult/Teen

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Close To Home by Deborah Raney

  • Series: A Chicory Inn Novel (Book 4)
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (June 7, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1426770464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426770463


Bree Cordel Whitman is a Whitman by marriage, but sometimes she forgets she wasn't born into Grant and Audrey's family. Her late husband, Timothy Whitman, gave his life for his country on a windblown hill in Afghanistan. Bree has let the love of Tim's family keep her ties to him strong--in the same way she keeps Tim's memory alive for them. But it's been almost five years, and she can't hang onto the past forever.

Fighting the guilt she feels for wanting to love again, she can't help her dreams about a tall, dark, and handsome man--a man who is not her Tim. How can she accept the flirtations from Drew Brooks without throwing the Whitman family back into grieving? And how can Drew compete with the ghost of a hero and the hero's very alive family who seem to hold some spell over the woman who shares their name . . . a woman he might just love?

I decided to stay indoors today as it was over 100 degrees where I live so when I had a break this afternoon I jumped at the chance to read Close To  Home  by Deborah Raney. I curled up in my favorite reading chair and lost myself in the pages of this novel.  

Close to Home is the 4th book in The Chicory Inn series.  I  spent this afternoon laughing, crying and cheering Bree and the Whitman family on as I progressed through the story. By the end of the book, I had a big smile on my face and a warmth in my heart that comes from reading  a  really good book.

What did I like the most? How Ms. Raney has the ability to create characters so real they truly feel like friends you  know and love to hang out with. She also builds a realistic world, great characters and weaves in real life issues/struggles for her characters to experience, learn from and overcome. 

Ms. Raney is a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading more of her work!  

5 Stars

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

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig ~ WOW

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

My pick for this week ... 

Book 2  of The Girl From Everywhere Series
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • ISBN-10: 0062380788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062380784

Release Date ~ March 28, 2017!

From Goodreads:

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. 

Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the center of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. 

Why This Book? 

I fell head over heels in love with Nix's story in The Girl From Everywhere when I read it last year  so I was already sold on The Ship Beyond Time when I heard it was coming out.  

After reading the synopsis, I  was hooked even more. Poor Nix and Kash. It sounds like they have a lot to face in this upcoming book and I can't wait to read all about it!  

What books are you waiting read?