Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer TBR

Happy Tuesday! Can you believe it's almost July? Where has this year gone? (Of course, it now sounds like July in my neighborhood—today is the first day that it's legal to shoot off fireworks in my town, and some of my neighbors are taking full advantage.)

Today's Top Ten Tuesday post is one I couldn't resist: Books on my Summer TBR. I didn't do a Spring TBR post, but one of these was actually on my Winter TBR ... and a couple others made my monthly TBRs for March and April. Maybe NOW is the time to read it! (I wouldn't hold my breath 🤣)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Review: "More than Words Can Say" by Karen Witemeyer

If you've been around here very often, you know that marriage of convenience stories are my absolute favorite! You also know that I'm much more drawn to contemporary than historical novels ... but I will absolutely read just about any historical marriage of convenience novel, which is why I decided to pick up More than Words Can Say. It was a wise decision 🙂

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review: "The Number of Love" by Roseanna M. White

I'm so happy I discovered Roseanna M. White's books several years ago! Her latest release, The Number of Love, features a familiar face in Margot De Wilde, introduced in A Song Unheard (part of a previous series, but they all interconnect). Now an adult, Margot works for Room 40, a British intelligence organization.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: "Summer by the Tides" by Denise Hunter

I am always up for a Denise Hunter novel. It all started with The Convenient Groom back in 2008—I spied the book in a catalog (those were the days ...), bought it, and I've never looked back. I'm fairly certain I've read each book Hunter has released since then! So of course I had to get my hands on this book, which came out at the end of May.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Review: "Ornamental Graces" by Carolyn Astfalk

Every February, my library does a "blind date with a book," where books are all wrapped in brown paper and some hints about the book are written on the outside. While I've never participated, I've always been curious, so when I was given the opportunity to sign up for a blind tour through JustRead, I decided to do it.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Review: "Hope and Other Punch Lines" by Julie Buxbaum

Julie Buxbaum is one of my go-to YA fiction writers when I'm looking for something that has a little more depth. (Don't get me wrong—I enjoy a fluffy romance, obviously, but every once in a while I'm in the mood for something a little more serious.) She's also become an "auto get" for me, so when Hope and Other Punch Lines came up for review, I pounced 😉.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Review: "Whose Waves These Are" by Amanda Dykes

You know how some books aren't meant to be read quickly; they're meant to be savored? That's Whose Waves These Are. It took me more than a week to read, in bits and pieces, thinking about it during the in between times. And it was beautiful.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review: "Now and Then and Always" by Melissa Tagg

I love every literary trip to Maple Valley, Iowa. I wish it was a real place—it's like the midwestern version of Stars Hollow! Now and Then and Always marks the first book in Melissa Tagg's new Maple Valley series, and it's a delightful return to the adorable small town she created.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Review: "On a Summer Tide" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is my favorite writer of Amish fiction (hers is the only Amish fiction I'll read after getting burned out on the genre) ... so when I heard she had written a contemporary non-Amish romance, I was certainly intrigued!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Review: "A Reluctant Bride" by Jody Hedlund

You know a book is good when you read it late into the night. That's what happened to me while reading A Reluctant Bride. It's a good thing I'm on vacation and didn't need to get up in the morning, as I read until 1:30 a.m. in order to finish it!

Friday, May 24, 2019

First Line Fridays: "Whose Waves These Are"

Happy Friday, friends! School's out for the summer (my condolences to those of you who go into June ...), so my boss has decided to let us adjust our office hours, and we're now officially closed at noon on Fridays! I still have lots of yearbooking to do, so this long weekend won't actually be much of a break for me, but at least I can work on the book from the comfort of my living room (with the Cubs game on, currently) instead of in the office!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Review: "Rise of the Mystics" by Ted Dekker

Rise of the Mystics continues Rachelle Matthews' story ... a story that really began with Black oh so many years ago.

Review: "The 49th Mystic" by Ted Dekker

I first "met" Ted Dekker in 2004 when my college roommate gave me a copy of Black, the first book in the Circle Trilogy (which later became a four-book series, but I prefer to think of it as just the three books).

For a while, I read everything Dekker wrote, and the twist endings he's a master of still awe me (hello, Skin and Three!), but after a while his books became a little too much for me. Boneman's Daughters was the final straw, and I drifted away from his writing. But a couple years ago, I heard about A.D. 30 and A.D. 33, biblical fiction set during Jesus' ministry. I really enjoyed both of those books, which made me more inclined to check out the Beyond the Circle series, of which The 49th Mystic is the first.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Review: "Sweet on You" by Becky Wade

Seven years ago, I picked up a little book called My Stubborn Heart by an author I'd never heard of. I loved it, and I couldn't shut up about it. I lent it to anyone who asked me for a book recommendation, I named it my favorite book of the year, and I eagerly awaited news of the author's next book.

Ever since then, I've read everything Becky Wade has written. When my sister talks about her, she calls her "your girl Becky Wade" ... because I definitely haven't kept my love for her books quiet!

For the last two years—ever since I read book one of the Bradford Sisters series—I've been anticipating Britt Bradford's story. And now, it's finally here!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: "Her Oklahoma Rancher" by Brenda Minton

A couple weeks ago, I reviewed Rescuing His Secret Child as part of TLC Book Tours' Love Inspired tour. Today, I'm back with another Love Inspired title, Her Oklahoma Rancher.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: "Moments We Forget" by Beth K. Vogt

Earlier this week, I (finally) read Beth K. Vogt's excellent Things I Never Told You. It had been on my TBR shelf for nearly a year, but with the upcoming release of Moments We Forget (and the looming deadline for this review), I finally picked it up. I was captivated. I loved the introduction to the Thatcher sisters, and I was so glad to be able to move right into this book once I finished Things I Never Told You. (Also, you didn't miss it—I haven't posted that review yet. Coming soon, I promise!)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

April Wrap-Up

Hello, May! I'm happy to say goodbye to April—after losing a friend to cancer and making it through some crazy-stressful work stuff, I'm thrilled to be moving into May! (May will be crazy, no doubt. But I'm hoping it won't be as hard as April was.)

Review: "Shadow among Sheaves" by Naomi Stephens

I am all about retellings of famous stories—Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the Bible. So when I heard that Shadow among Sheaves was based on Boaz & Ruth in the Bible, I knew I wanted to read it.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Review: "The Memory House" by Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is one of the best at writing time-slip (split time, dual timeline) romances. I love how the two stories end up intertwining ... especially in this case, when it was something I didn't expect!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Review: "When He Found Me" by Victoria Bylin

Three women, each lost in her own way, are united by letters written more than 100 years prior in Victoria Bylin's When He Found Me.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: First Ten Books I Reviewed

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is one I couldn't resist (submitted by my blogging buddy Rissi at Finding Wonderland!): The First Ten Books I Reviewed. How fun is that?

Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: "Driftwood Bay" by Irene Hannon

Every return to Hope Harbor is like going home. Irene Hannon has created a wonderful town that's always a pleasure to visit—it's the hometown you wish you had.

Review: "Rescuing His Secret Child" by Maggie K. Black

Over the next several weeks, TLC Book Tours is touring several Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense titles. I haven't always enjoyed Love Inspired books, but I feel like recently the quality of the writing has improved drastically, and the descriptions of two of the books on tour caught my attention, so I decided to jump in! Today, I'm reviewing the Love Inspired Suspense title Rescuing His Secret Child, and in early May I'll have the Love Inspired title Her Oklahoma Rancher.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Review: "Justice Delivered" by Patricia Bradley

While I don't read a ton of romantic suspense, I've quickly become a fan of Patricia Bradley's novels. I've especially enjoyed her Memphis Cold Case novels, of which Justice Delivered is the fourth.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Preview & Giveaway: "The Memory House" by Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck books are always my favorite! I'm so looking forward to reading her new release, The Memory House, and I hope to have a review posted soon. In the meantime, though, check out the book information and a great giveaway!

Review: "Far Side of the Sea" by Kate Breslin

Over the years, I've read a lot of fiction set during World War II, but I haven't read much set during World War I. It's a fascinating time in history that I know little about, so I was happy to dive into the period through Far Side of the Sea.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: "We Were Beautiful" by Heather Hepler

Let me just say, the Blink imprint is quickly becoming my favorite publisher of YA novels! They are always on the clean side (no sex, maybe a minor swear word but nothing more), and the stories are so engaging! We Were Beautiful is probably my favorite Blink title to date, and it's definitely one of my favorite reads of the year (so far).

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Review: "Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss" by Kasie West

Ah, Kasie West. She's become a go-to for clean YA romance, and I could not wait to get my hands on her latest release, Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss. (Well, I did have to wait because I was way down the list on library holds, but I didn't want to wait 😃.)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Things that Make Me Pick up a Book

Happy Tuesday, friends! I think, maybe, fingers crossed, spring has finally arrived in Nebraska! At least these past two days have been nice, so we're starting a trend! Of course, my dad had to mention that the grass is growing ... mowing my lawn is one of the things I dislike most about home ownership. Ugh. Mowing time is, however, the one and only time I listen to audiobooks, so I guess I have that to look forward to. Silver linings, you know?

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is things that make me pick up a book. I didn't quite make it to ten, but here's my list ...

Monday, April 1, 2019

March Wrap-Up: What I Read (And Didn't Read)

Happy April!!! I'm glad to see April make its appearance ... surely it will be more "spring-like" than March was!

I'm continuing to build my bookstagram account (I've pretty much given up on recovering my personal account—you can read about that saga here), and last month I posted a March TBR picture. I thought it would be fun to revisit that pic and see how I did ... which is actually better than I expected! (If you've ever seen any of my "It's Monday! What Are You Reading" posts, you know that I'm terrible at predicting which books I'll read next.)

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Review: "A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh" by Carolyn Miller

It's hard to believe I read my first Carolyn Miller novel only two years ago—she's so quickly become a go-to for regency fiction that it feels like I've been reading her forever! A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is the first book in her third series, which connects to her others.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: "Justice Mission" by Lynette Eason

I don't read a lot of Love Inspired books, but I do love Lynette Eason's romantic suspense, so when a review request for Justice Mission came, I decided to give it a shot. It was a good choice 🙂.

Friday, March 22, 2019

First Line Fridays: "Sweet on You"

Happy Friday, friends! This week has been A WEEK, you know what I mean? But it's been nothing compared to what many of my fellow Nebraskans are dealing with. Last week, we saw historic flooding that has devastated many towns; destroyed countless bridges, roads, and property; caused the loss of many livestock; and has led to the deaths of at least three people, maybe more.

I'm safe. My family is safe. We've had zero damage in my town, but towns nearby have been completely flooded and in some cases totally cut off from everything. Here's a look at some of the flooding—really just the tip of the iceberg. (That first photo? I drove over that bridge a week ago Wednesday. It was out by Thursday morning.) The devastation is astronomical, and the cleanup and rebuilding process will take a long time. So when you think of Nebraska, would you pray for all the people impacted? Though the flood waters are receding, the heartache they've caused will last much longer.

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!