Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson

What I'm waiting on:
Honor Redeemed (Keys of Promise #2)

When does it release? July 5, 2016

Why am I waiting? I'm a Florida native who loves historical fiction. It's very rare to find books set in Florida. I'm excited to see what life was like down here in the nineteenth century.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Favorite Reads of the Year (so far)

Here are my favorite books of the first half of 2016:

The Beach TreesBig Little Lies
Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (Dangerous Beauty #3)If I Run (If I Run, #1)
Sisi: Empress on Her OwnThe Gifting (Gifting #1)
Stars Over Sunset BoulevardSimply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World
The Feathered BoneAcross the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I didn't include any re-reads on this list. I know some of these books won't make the cut for favorites of the year, but they were all good, and I gave most of them five stars on Goodreads.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Book Review ~ The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim

The Alliance

The premise of this novel is very unique. I enjoyed the plot and the writing style. Unfortunately, I really struggled to connect to the characters. There were some good plot twists and a lot of action. I also learned a lot about the Mennonite faith. It ended on a huge cliffhanger, so I hope there is going to be a sequel. I recommend this book to readers that like post apocalyptic fiction and/or Amish fiction.

I received a free copy from Netgally for the purpose of review.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Book Review ~ Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt

Delilah: Treacherous Beauty
Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (Dangerous Beauty #3)

This is the story everyone knows. I remember hearing this story in Sunday school when I was very young. I had record/storybook of the Bible and the story of Samson and Delilah was featured in it. All of the basic parts of the story are in this book, but Angela Hunt brings the characters to life and gives them feelings. She gives reasons for their actions, and helps us understand what their motivations may have been.

I have loved this whole series and did reviews of Esther and Bathsheba. I don't always like to read Biblical fiction. I have my own ideas about how the characters in the Bible were. Ms. Hunt's characters were very different from how I had imagined them, but they were very real and believable. She also wove faith elements seamlessly throughout. I highly recommend this whole series.

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Quick Lit ~ June

Here are the books I have been reading lately and what I thought about them.

If I Run (If I Run, #1)
I picked this up on a whim at the library, and pretty much finished it in one day. I think I will have to wait a year for the follow up. I will try to be patient.

Big Little Lies
I thought I was going to hate this book, but I ended up loving it. another one that I stayed up way  too late reading. There is a TV show in the works. I'm excited.

Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life's Transitions
I've been through a lot of change in the past few years. I was hoping for something new and insightful in this book. It was an encouraging read, but there was nothing I didn't already know in this one.

The Beach Trees
I read this during our car trip to St. Louis. The writing style reminded me of Susan Meissner, and it had that whole duel time frame story going on. It was a great vacation read. Fast paced but not too fluffy. I have another book by this author on my Kindle.

Talk of the Town
This was another road trip read. It was a cute story. I have the rest of the series on my Kindle, but I'm not really in a hurry to read them.

The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles, #1)
This is a really enjoyable historical romance. I did a review here.

Lady in Waiting
I got an Audible subscription recently, and this was my first purchase. I read this book several years ago, but I had forgotten most of the story. This was a nice book to listen to in the car. I thought the narrators were fine, but they didn't blow me out of the water. This was great for vacation, but I don't think I am going to become an audio book convert.

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Waiting on Wednesday ~ They Danced On by Carre Armstrong Gardener

What I am waiting on:
They Danced on (The Darlings #3)

When does it release? July 1, 2016

Why am I waiting? I have loved getting to know the Darling family. This one looks like it's gonna be a tear jerker.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Upcoming Releases

Here are my most anticipated releases for the rest of 2016.

A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3)They Danced on (The Darlings #3)
Waves of MercyThe Cautious Maiden (The Everstone Chronicles #4)
Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing GraceThe Things We Knew
UnblemishedThe Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill, #1)
This Road We TraveledA Lesson in Love and Murder (Herringford and Watts Mysteries, #2)

I have a list of my anticipated reads for the first half of 2016 here. I'm happy to say, I've read all but three of them.
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