Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review ~ The Sea Keeper's Daughters

The Sea Keeper's Daughters (Carolina #3)

This is the third book in the Carolina trilogy by Lisa Wingate and it is my favorite of the three. This follows the story of Whitney Monroe as she tries to save her restaurant. She returns to her family's historic hotel in North Carolina in hopes to sell it, but she stumbles across several mysterious items that send her on a search for her roots and family members she didn't even know existed.

This novel is told with a contemporary story line and an historic story line that is told through letters. I enjoyed both equally. I thought the characters were engaging and well developed. I couldn't wait to uncover the mystery along with Whitney. I also loved the setting. It was the perfect end of the summer read. I would recommend reading the series in order. There are some loose ends that are tied up in this final book. I would recommend this whole series to women that enjoy literary historical fiction.

I received this book for free for review from Tyndale through Netgalley.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ARC August Wrap Up

I had great success this month getting my ARCs read and reviewed. I had six ARCs. I read and reviewed five, and I am halfway through the sixth. It really helped that these were all books that I was looking forward to reading. Here are the books I read and links to the reviews.

Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #2)

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion

Hope Harbor

Not by Sight
Not By Sight

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stacking the Shelves ~ August

Here are the books I got in August.

For Mom:
True Honor (Uncommon Heroes #3)True Devotion (Uncommon Heroes #1)Dying to Read (The Cate Kinkaid Files, #1)

For Review:
The Sword and the Song (The Song of Seare #3)Secrets She Kept

Physical Books:
The Wood's Edge (The Pathfinders, #1)The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)Everything I Never Told You

Kindle Books:
:Maggie Bright: A Novel of DunkirkWhispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional PrayerWith Every BreathThe Beautiful AmericanThe Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless DemandsThe Gifting (Gifting #1)Found and Lost (Haven Seekers #2)The Girl in the Glass

Check out what everyone else is buying at Tynga's Reviews.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Review: Chivalrous

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)

This book was a DNF for me. I got almost halfway through and decided to put it aside. It moved very slowly and I wasn't really connecting with the characters. The romance seemed a bit cheesy to me, also. I don't really care for the whole girl dresses up like a boy and fools everybody trope. That's a lot of deception for me to buy into. I was disappointed in this book because I really enjoyed the first one so much. Still, if you like YA historical romance, you might want to give it a try, and I would definitely recommend the first book in the series, Dauntless.

I received this book for free from the publisher for review.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Hiding Places by Erin Healy

What I am waiting on:
Hiding Places

When does it release? September 8, 2015

Why am I waiting? Erin Healy's books can be hit or miss for me, but I always give them a try. This is a departure from her usual magical realism. It looks like a rich family drama. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Historical Fiction 101

Here are a few books I would have on my syllabus if I were teaching an historical fiction class.

Secrets of a Charmed LifeLegend of Sheba: The Rise of a QueenThe Accidental Empress
The NightingaleThe Shadow WomenUnhallowed Ground (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #4)Redeeming LoveHidden Places
Havah: The Story of EveThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Check out more top ten lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Monday, August 24, 2015

ARC August ~ Week 3

Here is my progress so far:

ARCs Completed
Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and RebellionHope HarborBathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #2)Not by Sight

Currently Reading
Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)

Up Next
The Sea Keeper's Daughters (Carolina #3)

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