Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review: "Glory Road" by Lauren K. Denton

Though I most often gravitate toward romance, I do love a good family story now and again, especially one that deals with several generations of women. Glory Road is one such story.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Review: "Knox" by Susan May Warren

Nobody writes inter-connected series like Susan May Warren, and she's back with her new Montana Marshalls series! I can't wait to read all of them!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: "Within These Lines" by Stephanie Morrill

Over the last month or so, I've been seeing so much buzz about Within These Lines. The book intrigued me when I first heard about it, but then when the glowing reviews (and gorgeous pictures) started hitting Instagram, I couldn't wait to read it!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: "Mending Fences" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I am absolutely NOT a fan of Amish fiction ... except when it comes to Suzanne Woods Fisher's books! There's just something about her Stoney Ridge books that draws me in, and I want to read each and every one of them!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Review: "Ladies of Intrigue" by Michelle Griep

Michelle Griep has become one of my go-to authors of historical fiction, so it's pretty much an automatic "yes, please!" whenever I have a chance to review one of her books. So I'll admit that I signed up for this tour without realizing that Ladies of Intrigue is actually a book of three novellas. But that was fine by me—I love a good novella now and again!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: "Low Country Hero" by Lee Tobin McClain

While I have a couple of Lee Tobin McClain's books on my Kindle (thank you, Kindle freebies!), I hadn't read any of her books before picking up Low Country Hero. Now I'm ready to read more!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Review: "The Secrets of Paper and Ink" by Lindsay Harrel

First of all, can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is? It drew me in the first moment I saw it. Happily, the words inside are just as beautiful as that cover 😊.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Review: "Between Two Shores" by Jocelyn Green

I am a reader who always wants her books to have a happy ending. Almost every book I read has at least an element of romance ... and one thing every good romance novel has is a happy ending! Between Two Shores does have a happy ending, but not in the way I anticipated.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love with Few Ratings on Goodreads

Today's Top Ten Tuesday theme is Books I Love with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads. I've discovered that lots of the books I love don't have 2,000 ratings, so I've decided to go with 500 as my cutoff number. These books were all 5-star reads for me, and I'd love for them to get more buzz!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Review: "Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe" by Carla Laureano

Happy Valentine's Day!!! Could a book scream "February" more than this one? The font makes it look romantic, and sweet treats bring Valentine's Day to mind. Basically, I'm saying that this is a perfect read for your Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: "Secrets at Cedar Cabin" by Colleen Coble

When I first started book blogging, Colleen Coble was one author whose books I couldn't get enough of. I haven't read much of her writing recently ... for no real reason other than the fact that I tend to get "stuck" reading my preferred genres, and romantic suspense isn't what I gravitate toward anymore. When Secrets at Cedar Cabin came up for review, nostalgia took over, and I decided to go for it!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Review: "A Return of Devotion" by Kristi Ann Hunter

I often read before bed, and most of the time I can put the book down after 30 minutes and go to sleep. But every once in a while, I get so swept into a story that I throw good sense to the wind and read far into the night. That's what happened with A Return of Devotion—I finally put the book down at 1:30 a.m., and that was only because my Kindle ran out of battery!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019

January's Mini Reviews

This post should be subtitled A Bunch of the Kindle Unlimited Books I Read Before My Subscription Ran Out.

I had a 3-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited that I got for a 99¢ deal in November. My subscription expired on February 1, and I decided not to renew for $9.99 per month. So I spent a lot of January trying to read as many KU books as possible! I've posted reviews of some already; these are ones I didn't want to give full-blown, normal reviews to, but I also wanted to document in some way. So here ya go ... no waiting until the end of the year this time around!

Review: "Pretty in Punxsutawney" by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Time loops are totally my thing. Groundhog Day is probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a time loop, but I've enjoyed other movies as well: Edge of Tomorrow, About Time, and the ABC Family Christmas movie The 12 Dates of Christmas are some of my favorites. Over all, though, I prefer two TV episodes: Stargate: SG-1's "Window of Opportunity" and Lois & Clark's "Twas the Night Before Mxymas."

But with all those movies and shows, I don't think I've ever read a book that features a time loop. Until now.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Review: "The Curse of Misty Wayfair" by Jaime Jo Wright

Over the past couple years, I have heard so many good things about Jaime Jo Wright's novels. When The Curse of Misty Wayfair came up for review, I knew this was a good time to check her out.

Friday, February 1, 2019

First Line Fridays: "The Thirteenth Chance"

Happy Friday! We've made it through another work week, it's beautiful here in Nebraska today (currently 57°!!!), and the thought of sleeping in tomorrow makes me smile.

Monday, January 28, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (1-28-19)

Happy (cold, cold, cold) Monday! It's currently 17° with a wind chill of 8, and it's only going to get worse over the next few days. However, I'm thankful that we're not facing the extreme cold that my friends in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan have coming their way. Can't it be spring yet?

Review: "How the Light Gets In" by Jolina Petersheim

In How the Light Gets In, author Jolina Petersheim takes the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz and transplants it into a modern-day Mennonite community.

Friday, January 25, 2019

First Line Fridays: "How the Light Gets In"

Happy Friday! It's bitterly cold here—January is definitely acting like January—and I can't wait to spend tomorrow curled up with a blanket and a good book!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Review: "Beauty and the Baron" by Joanna Barker

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings! I've read many retellings of Beauty and the Beast, and even though some have been horrifically terrible, I just can't seem to resist picking up another. So when one of the bookstagrammers I follow posted about Beauty and the Baron, I snapped it up on Kindle Unlimited!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Review: "Who I Am With You" by Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher has become one of my go-to romance writers. The lowest star rating I've ever given any of her books is 3-1/2, and I've rated most of her books 4-1/2 or 5 stars. They're always excellent! Who I Am with You is different from the other Hatcher books I've read in that it's a split time (dual timeline) novel; those are often hit or miss for me, so of course I was hopeful that this one would be a hit!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018

Happy Tuesday! This week's topic is Authors I Read for the First Time in 2018 ... and there were a lot of them! I'm focusing on the ones whose books I enjoyed ... because I also discovered some new authors I didn't like, but there's no need to rehash that here 😉

Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: "At First Glance" by Susan L. Tuttle

I remember hearing about At First Glance when it released last year, but I didn't give it much thought—after all, my TBR list was already super long! But I had a lull between review book over Christmas break, and I stumbled across it on Kindle Unlimited, so I decided to give it a shot!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Review: "Becoming Mrs. Lewis" by Patti Callahan

I'm a huge fan of C.S. Lewis's writing. Narnia, of course, but also his Space Trilogy (my favorite quote of all time comes from Perelandra), Till We Have Faces, and nonfiction like Mere Christianity. I took a C.S. Lewis class in college, and it was by far my favorite lit class.

But with all of my knowledge about Lewis's writing, I knew very little about his personal life. Sure, I knew he'd been a bachelor for most of his life before marrying a divorced American woman who died shortly thereafter, but I didn't really know anything of their story. So when I heard about Becoming Mrs. Lewis, a novel written from Joy Davidman's perspective, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it—but wait I did, as I was way down on the hold list at my library! My hold finally came in just before the new year.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review: "Betrayed" by Dee Henderson

During my college years, I probably would have said that Dee Henderson was my favorite writer. Her O'Malley series was one of my favorites, and I devoured everything she wrote. But aside from a novella I read (and reviewed) a couple years ago, I haven't read any of her books in probably ten years.

This novella, Betrayed, appears in The Cost of Betrayal, a novella collection that also includes entries from Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason. (It will also be available for ebook purchase by itself next month.)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Review: "The Bride of Ivy Green" by Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen's delightful Tales from Ivy Hill series concludes with The Bride of Ivy Green, a book I simply couldn't put down!

(I'm not kidding: I started reading at 7 p.m. and didn't quit until I finished the book at 1:15 a.m.)

Friday, January 4, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Top 5 Christmas Movies of 2018

Why not keep the lists coming, right? On Monday, I published my rankings of this year's Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas movies. But the Hallmark channels weren't the only ones who put out Christmas movies this year, and my favorite movie of the season actually aired on Lifetime. So here are my Top 5 Christmas movies of 2018 ... and a couple honorable mentions at the bottom (just for fun). As I did with my Hallmark list, I'm including the blurbs from my Instagram stories, so you can see what I initially thought of the movies.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Review: "Novelly Upon a Time" by Sarah Monzon

I mean, this cover! So cute! I've enjoyed Sarah Monzon's books in the past, so when I saw this pop up on Kindle Unlimited, I knew it would be the perfect first read of the new year.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Best Books of 2018: Top Ten

2018 was a bit of an odd reading year for me. According to Goodreads, I read 104 books, and I can think of a handful of others that I read but didn't review, so the total is probably closer to 115. But out of all of those books, I didn't have that one read that made me think, "This is it—I bet this will be my favorite book of the year!" Don't get me wrong: I read a lot of great books, and some I identified immediately as ones that would probably make this list, but not one stood far out from the rest as the book of the year. I'm still ranking these books from ten to one (as I always do), but I might feel differently about the order tomorrow 🤣.

2018 mini reviews

Here's what I love about my mini reviews: they're perhaps not quite as objective as I try to be in my regular reviews. It's pretty much my "hot take" or gut reaction to the book, and I'm a little more blunt. None of these books are ones I agreed to review (review books always get a full-blown post); I either bought or borrowed them, and, for whatever reason, didn't want to write full reviews of them.