Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Review: "Crystal Witness" by Kathy Tyers

I'm not normally one for reading science fiction, but after loving Ronie Kendig's Brand of Light last year, I've been more inclined to give it a chance. So when Crystal Witness came along, I decided to read it. It turned out to be a good choice!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Review + Giveaway: "Once Upon an Irish Summer" by Lisa T. Bergren

When I was first getting into adult Christian fiction (as opposed to series like Grandma's Attic and the Mandie books), Lisa T. Bergren was one of the first authors I discovered. Her books in the Palisades line (anyone remember those?) were some of my favorites. Over the years, I've picked up her books here and there, but it's been a very long time since I've read one of her novels. So when the opportunity to read and review Once Upon An Irish Summer came along, I couldn't resist!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Review: "The Woman in the Green Dress" by Tea Cooper

This cover 😍😍😍 Doesn't it just scream, "Read me!" Fortunately, the story inside is just as wonderful as the cover!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Review: "Stories that Bind Us" by Susie Finkbeiner

In recent years, I've heard a lot about Susie Finkbeiner's writing. I didn't know much about it ... except that it wasn't as romance-focused as I generally like my books to be! But her new book, Stories that Bind Us, captured me with the cover, and I knew I needed to give it a shot.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Review: "The Summer House" by Lauren K. Denton

If you like Southern fiction, then Lauren K. Denton is the author for you! The Summer House is the second of her novels that I've read, and it evokes such a sweet charm that you just want to immerse yourself in the story. And, maybe it will make you want to visit Safe Harbor in person, even if you're not quite the appropriate age 🙂

Friday, June 19, 2020

Review: "Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Julie Wright

You've probably noticed I've been on a Proper Romances kick lately. I didn't realize, though, that these romances aren't solely Regencies ... there are some contemporary ones, too! I found Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany's while browsing Libby, and I was intrigued ...

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer TBR

Happy Tuesday! It is Tuesday, right? Time is so weird right now. I can't believe that it's already the middle of June, yet pre-Covid feels like years ago. So, so strange. I actually read a really interesting article about it the other day. Anyway ... to the list! This week's topic is Summer TBR, and, while I could take the easy way and pick ten books I've gotten to review (and will, therefore, certainly read), I'm picking other books that I'd like to read (and will, therefore, read approximately one). Let's go!

Review: "Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey" by Abigail Wilson

In the past six months or so, I've developed a great love for Regency romance. I'd enjoyed a few titles here and there in the past (mainly written by Julie Klassen and Carolyn Miller), but for me, 2020 is turning into the year of the Regency! So if you take a Regency-era novel and combine it with a marriage of convenience plot (my favorite romance trope!), you've got a book I can't resist!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Review: "A Mosaic of Wings" by Kimberly Duffy

This is a case of choosing a book based on its cover. While the description didn't really draw me in, the cover sure did! In this case, judging a book by its cover turned out to be a good thing!

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Read with Us 2020: A Debut Novel

For our May book in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge, we chose A Debut Novel. And we all participated this month! (Sort of ... none of us actually read these books in May 🤣)

(Note: The title of each book links to its Amazon page. These are affiliate links.)

Friday, May 29, 2020

Review: "Grace Looks Amazing on You" by Amy Seiffert

Right now (and really always) we could use a little grace—grace for ourselves, grace for each other. And we could use a reminder of the ultimate Giver of grace. That's where the devotional Grace Looks Amazing on You comes in.

Spotlight & Excerpt: "Perfectly Imperfect" by Kara Leigh Miller

Happy Friday, friends! Today, I'm joining the blog tour for Perfectly Imperfect, a YA romance by Kara Leigh Miller. I haven't read the book yet, but I have an excerpt to share with you, and you can bet I'll be reading the book soon!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Review: "Throw Like a Girl" by Sarah Henning

I read this book a while ago and just never got the review posted ... but there's no time like the present, as Throw Like a Girl made Modern Mrs. Darcy's Summer Reading Guide!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Review: "On a Coastal Breeze" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I love series that focus on families, especially when they combine romance with family drama. Suzanne Woods Fisher's Three Sisters Island series does just that!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Review: "Starfish Pier" by Irene Hannon

Now that Hallmark and Netflix are both into the "turn romance book series into TV shows" game, I'm thinking one of them needs to turn the Hope Harbor series into a show! I know I would love to connect with these characters on a weekly basis 🙂

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Eight Reasons I Love ... Libby

Today's Top Ten Tuesday was a bit of a head-scratcher for me at first. "Top Ten Reasons I Love ..." I always have trouble with those open-ended prompts! I finally decided to write about my fairly new-found love for Libby, the app I use to check out audiobooks and ebooks from my library. But I only came up with eight :-)

Monday, May 18, 2020

Review: "Rakes and Roses" by Josi S. Kilpack

I have recently become quite enamored with Shadow Mountain Publishing's "Proper Romance" line. (See my thoughts on all the Proper Romances I've read here.) So when the opportunity to read and review another one came up, I didn't hesitate!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Review: "Blackmoore" by Julianne Donaldson

After devouring Julianne Donaldson's Edenbrooke and Heir to Edenbrooke in little more than a day, I was so pleased to find her second novel, Blackmoore, available through my library. It turned out to be another unputdownable read!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Review: "Stay with Me" by Becky Wade

Each year, I eagerly anticipate Becky Wade's new release. And each year, I'm not disappointed. Stay with Me, the first novel in Wade's new Misty River Romance series, is just as wonderful as—and a lot more thought provoking than—I'd anticipated.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Review: "The Wait Will Not Be Wasted" by Lauren Lianne

This year, I decided I wanted to read more nonfiction ... but I'm pretty picky about nonfiction, as I don't want to get bored! It definitely needs to be something that will either be enjoyable (like a celebrity memoir) or applicable to where I am in life. So when an invitation to review The Wait Will Not Be Wasted, written by a thirty-something single woman, landed in my inbox, I took a chance ... because I am also a thirty-something single woman 🙂

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Review: "Heir to Edenbrooke" by Julianne Donaldson

When I heard about Heir to Edenbrooke, I wasn't sure what to think. Did we really need a retelling of part of Edenbrooke from Philip's perspective?

The answer is yes, we did.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Review: "Before I Called You Mine" by Nicole Deese

A couple months ago, I started seeing buzz about Nicole Deese's Before I Called You Mine. Some of the bloggers and bookstagrammers I follow were even calling it the best book they've read so far this year. Naturally, I was intrigued ... and now that I've read the novel, I understand the buzz!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Review: "Edenbrooke" by Julianne Donaldson

For literal years, I've seen some of my book blogging friends raving about Julianne Donaldson's Edenbrooke. I snagged it on a Kindle deal a while back, but it just sat there, unread ...

Flash forward to a couple months ago, when I was asked to join the blog tour for Promised, one of Shadow Mountain Publishers' "Proper Romance" novels. I practically inhaled the novel. Same story with the second "Proper Romance" I read, Lakeshire Park. So then I went looking for other books in the line, and I discovered Edenbrooke on the list. So I started reading ...

Monday, April 27, 2020

Review: "Lakeshire Park" by Megan Walker

Earlier this year, I read my first "Proper Romance," the delightful Promised (my review). I knew then that I wanted to read more of these books, so when the opportunity to join the blog tour for Lakeshire Park came up, I jumped at the chance. It was a good choice!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Review: "Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire" by Jen Hatmaker

Five years ago, I was on the launch team for Jen Hatmaker's For the Love. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the book changed my life. (See my review here.) In the time since she wrote For the Love, Hatmaker went through a very public (and very painful) shift in some of her beliefs, which moved her out of the conservative Evangelical sphere where I still reside. I think it's very healthy to hear from voices different from our own, so I was eager to read Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire—knowing that I wouldn't agree with 100% of Hatmaker's words but hoping to understand a different perspective and find myself challenged.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Review: "The Socialite" by J'nell Ciesielski

I am always up for a World War II novel, especially when it's getting great buzz. I've been hearing good things about The Socialite for a while now, and I'm so glad I finally had a chance to read it!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Review: "Silent Shadows" by Natalie Walters

After reading Natalie Walters' debut novel Living Lies last year, I knew I'd found an author to watch! Somehow, I missed the second book in the series (something that will be remedied once my Libby hold comes through), but I was eager to dive back into the Walton, Georgia, world with Silent Shadows.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Review: "A Gift to Cherish" by Victoria Bylin

I read (and loved!) Victoria Bylin's When He Found Me last year (my review), so I was eager to read the second book in the Road to Refuge series, A Gift to Cherish.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Review: "The Thorn Bearer" by Pepper Basham

I've been a fan of Pepper Basham's writing for a while now, and I've heard so many good things about her Penned in Time series ... but I'd never picked the books up ... until now.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Spotlight & Giveaway: "How Do You Kill 11 Million People?" by Andy Andrews

11 Million People Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for How Do You Kill 11 Million People? by Andy Andrews, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I haven't had a chance to read this book yet, but I've enjoyed other books by Andy Andrews, and I'm looking forward to this one! Keep reading to learn about the book, and be sure to enter the giveaway!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Read with Us 2020: A Re-Read

For our March book in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge, we chose A Re-Read. This turned out to be a great choice, as when things went upside down with the coronavirus, I had trouble concentrating on reading, and revisiting an old friend was nice.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Review: "Star Rising" by Janet W. Ferguson

Ever since COVID-19 overtook our collective consciousness, I've struggled to read. I just couldn't focus. But one day last week I decided to give Star Rising a try ... and I kept reading it until I'd finished it!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Review: "It's Not Over" by Joshua Gagnon

Do you ever feel restless? Like you were made for more than what you're currently doing with your life? The good news is that, as long as you're still alive, there's time to work toward the dreams God placed inside you, because It's Not Over.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Review: "More than We Remember" by Christina Suzann Nelson

While my first instinct is always to pick up a romance, I do enjoy a good women's fiction novel every so often ... and More Than We Remember fits the bill!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Read with Us 2020: A Book Published in the Decade You Were Born

For February's category, we picked A Book Published in the Decade You Were Born ... which means you'll get two books from the '80s and one from the '90s.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Review: "Traces" by Denise Weimer

Traces by Denise Weimer

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Traces by Denise Weimer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I've been reading a ton of historical fiction lately—mainly Regency and Victorian romance—so it was nice to have a change of pace with this suspense novel.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Review: "The Runaway Bride" by Jody Hedlund

After reading the first book in Jody Hedlund's Bride Ships series last year, I've been eagerly awaiting book two, and it's finally here!

(Fortunately for me, in the intervening time, Hedlund published an entire YA series, so I wasn't completely without her books!)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Review: "The Winter Companion" by Mimi Matthews

Sometimes, you get a taste of an author's writing and fall completely in love. It's happened to me a few times ... most recently with Mimi Matthews!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Review: "Promised" by Leah Garriott

Welcome to my stop on the Promised blog tour! (You can see the full schedule below.) Over the last several years, I've fallen in love with Regency romance, so when I heard about the Promised tour, I was eager to join—not just because of the Regency aspect, but also because it's part of Shadow Mountain Publishing's "Proper Romance" line, which I've been curious about 🙂.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Review: "A Convenient Fiction" by Mimi Matthews

Oh, my. Mimi Matthews just keeps getting better! This is the sixth of her books that I've read, and it's definitely in my top two. (I adored The Lost Letter, and I think it still gets the edge, but just barely.)

Friday, February 28, 2020

Review: "My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream" by Pepper Basham

I have really enjoyed several of Pepper Basham's contemporary romances, and I've heard good things about her historicals, but I hadn't read any until I received My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge as part of a blind tour with JustRead Tours. This made for a perfect "blind date with a book"!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Review: "Two Steps Forward" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Let me start this out Hank Lapp syle: IT'S FINALLY JIMMY FISHER'S TURN!!!

Jimmy Fisher has long been a recurring character in Suzanne Woods Fisher's novels set in the Stoney Ridge Amish community, and I'm so glad it's finally his turn to grow up and find love.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Review: "The Land Beneath Us" by Sarah Sundin

Wow, did I have a great reading weekend or what?!? On Friday, I finished up Jessica Kate's romantic comedy A Girl's Guide to the Outback (see my review here), and then I spent hours on Saturday and Sunday reading The Land Beneath Us. Both books were wonderful!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Grand Finale Blitz: "The Fifth Avenue Story Society" by Rachel Hauck

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt from The Fifth Avenue Story Society I posted the other day! (If you missed it, you can see it here.) Keep reading to see what the other tour hosts shared, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Review: "A Girl's Guide to the Outback" by Jessica Kate

You know how they talk about the sophomore slump? That is certainly not the case with Jessica Kate's second novel—I adored A Girl's Guide to the Outback!