Saturday, December 31, 2016

Books Read in 2017


An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray*

The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall*

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson *

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish *

Never Forget by Jody Hedlund *


Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes *

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech * 

The Dressmaker's Dowry by Meredith Jaeger *

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas *

The Young Wive's Club by Julie Pennell *

Rise and Fire by Sophie Jordan *

Tricked by Jen Calonita *


The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig *

Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts (audio book) #

Black Rose by Nora Roberts (audio book) #

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber *

An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Sheppard Gray *

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner *

Red Lilly by Nora Roberts (audio book) #

Gardenia by Kelsey Sutton *

Without Warning by Joel Rosenberg *

The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale (audio book) 

Hunted by Megan Spooner *

The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden *

Home At Last by Deborah Raney *

Treasured Grace  by Tracie Peterson *

A Crown of Wishes by Rohsani Chakshi *

Miramar Bay by Davis Bunn *

The Body Market by Donna Freitas *

The Promise Sisters by  Marie Bostwick *

Glitter by Aprillynne Pike (Audiobook) 

Beauty and the Beast Novelization  (Disney) by Elizabeth Rudnick  (Audiobook) 


Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves *

Good Veg: Ebullient Vegetables, Global Flavors ~ A Modern Vegetarian Cookbook by Alice Hart *

Heidi by Joahnna Spyri    (Audiobook) 

Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman *

In Over Their Heads by Margaret Peterson Haddix *

One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails *

Literally by Lucy Keating *

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer  

The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy 

Switched by Amanda Hocking (audio book) #

Torn by Amanda Hocking (audio book) #


Ascend by Amanda Hocking (audiobook) #

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Audiobook) 

For Love and Honor by Jodi Hedlund *

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Audiobook) 

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater  (Audiobook) 

With You Always by Jodi Hedlund *

FrostFire by Amanda Hocking (audiobook) #

Iced Kissed by Amanda Hocking (audiobook) #


Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking (audiobook) #

A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd *

The Secret Slipper by Amando Tero *


Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter * 

Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson *

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer *

Shadow ~ Wendy Darling#3 by Colleen Oakes *

The Underground River by Martha Conway *

Sandpiper Cover by Irene Hanon *

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber *


Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan *

Kindred by Octavia E Butler

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber *

Unblemished by Sara Ella *


Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility by  Hillary Manton Lodge *

Right Where You Left Me  by Calla Devlin*  

The Glass Kitchen: A Novel of Sisters by Linda Francis Lee 

Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander *


Warcross by Marie Lu *

An Amish Christmas Love: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin *

The Christmas Room  by Catherine Anderson 


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater

Hand Made: The Modern Guide To Made From Scratch Living by Melissa Norris *

Eight Days On Planet Earth by Cat Jordan


The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson *

Loving My Actual Christmas by Alexandra 
Kuykendall *

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden *

The Gift  by Shelley Shepard Gray *

12 Days at Bleakly Manor: Once Upon a Dickens Christmas  by Michelle Griep * 

# Re-reading Favorite Books

* ARC ~ Advanced Reader Copies. I received these books for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

A Plain and Sweet Christmas Romance Collection!

  • Publisher: Barbour Books (September 1, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1634097815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634097819


Enjoy a simple Christmas, sweetened by love, in historical communities of plain faith people. Four romances develop among the Ohio River Valley Quakers of the mid-1800s. Two Mennonite couples face influences from outside their old traditions. Two Amish couples from the early 1900s are affected by world events. And in an Amana community, childhood sweethearts are reunited. Each story also includes a recipe for a sweet traditional treat.

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to read a few Christmas romances as a treat for myself. This year I chose to read A Plain and Sweet Christmas Romance Collection

The stories are full of the plain faith, community, love and the spirit of Christmas. With authors such as Melanie Dobson, Lauralee Bliss, Ramona Cecil, Diane Christner, Jerry Eicher, Olivia Newport, Rachael Phillips, Claire Sanders and Anna Shmidt .... how could it not be a wonderful Christmas read!

I highly recommend A Plain and Sweet Christmas Romance Collection and I plan on visiting these enchanting stories again and again throughout the year to keep the Christmas spirit alive all year long. 

5 Stars!

Thank you to Barbour Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book. I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund

  • Publisher: WaterBrook (September 20, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1601427646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601427649


Now remembered as the author of the world’s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father—until the night he hears Polly Catlett’s enchanting voice, caroling. He’s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John’s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?

Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe.

Amazing Grace is one of my favorite hymns and when I came across Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jodi Hedlund, I snapped it up and couldn't wait to read it. While this book is a fictional account of John Newton's life and romance with Polly Cattlet, the story is based on true facts of both of their lives. 

As always, Ms. Hedlund did a superb job with this story. The plot was creative, captivating  and filled with some surprising twists and turns. I found the characters and this story to be compelling!  

I came away from reading Newton and Polly with the glow of reading a wonderful romance story and a much deeper appreciation and understanding of the hymn, Amazing Grace.  I highly recommend reading this book!  

                   5 Stars!

Thank you to Blogging for  Books program and Ms. Hedlund for the opportunity to review this book. I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Soar Like Eagles by Terri Wangard ~ A Celebrit Blog Tour

  • Publisher: Celebrate Lit 
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • ASIN: B01M4OD0V9


Carol becomes a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GIs and boosting their morale. Convinced wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements. She didn’t plan on Chet, the navigator who tempts her to throw caution to the wind.

Chet’s father and brothers always belittled him. As a squadron lead navigator, he longs to prove them wrong. He’s already been offered a terrific job with PanAm after the war. First he must survive his combat tour. Will he even have a future?

Soar Like Eagles is a wonderful historical fiction novel full of romance and faith. This historical fiction story is full of realistic characters and a plot that just jumped off the pages when I started reading it. 

While this book is part of a series, it can be enjoyed as a stand alone book as well. I really, really enjoyed this book!

4.5 Stars!

Blog Stops

December 8: Artistic Nobody
December 9: Daysong Reflections
December 10: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
December 10: Bukwurmzzz
December 11: Petra’s Hope
December 12: The Power of Words (spotlight)
December 14: Carpe Diem
December 15: Bigreadersite
December 15: Quiet Quilter
December 16: Christian Bookaholic
December 17: A Path of Joy

Please note ~ I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray Blog Tour

  • Publisher: WestBowPress
  • ISBN-10: 1512755117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1512755114


As the dark curtain of the rumors of revolution threatens to descend, Louis Lestarjette pursues his relationship with Elizabeth even as the emotional and physical struggles set the course for a life of changes. Will his commitment to God stay firm, or will the tide of change cause fear and flight?
The chance of reconciliation with England moves further out to sea, leaving Elizabeth Elliott on the shores of surrender to a greater challenge. Although others of unwavering courage give her strength, she must choose to allow God's love to surround her. How can she enter into a marriage during a time of uncertainty? Will selfish, safer options take her away from Louis and his love?
Set in 1773 Charles Town, Surround Me, the sequel to Hold Me Close, takes the reader into the lives of colonists confronting imminent change and unpredictable circumstances binding them together to become a formidable force.

If you love historical  Christian romances filled with drama, action, and romance ~ this book is right up your alley! 

As I read Surround Me, I was immediately immersed in colonial life set in 1773 Charles Town. I followed the story of Elizabeth and Louis as they face choices of faith, love and the threat of imminent war.  I found this story to be enchanting and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

4 Stars!

Blog Stops

December 2: A Reader’s Brain
December 3: Moments Dipped in Ink
December 4: Lane Hill House
December 4: Karen Sue Hadley
December 6: A Greater Yes
December 7: Proverbial Reads
December 10: Bigreadersite
December 10: Bibliophile Reviews
December 12: Pause for Tales
December 13: A Path of Joy

To celebrate their tour, Marguerite is giving away a print copy of Hold Me Close and Surround Me, a print copy of A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson, a $10 Amazon Card, and a Yorkshire Gold Box of Tea! Click the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this blog post to claim nine extra entries in the giveaway!

Please note ~ I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.