Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ A Sparrow in Terezin

A Sparrow in Terezin (Hidden Masterpiece #2)

What I'm waiting for: A Sparrow in Terezin.

When does it release? April 7, 2015

Why am I waiting? Book one in this series was amazing, the cover is beautiful, and I love books about art.

Check out more up coming releases at Breaking the Spine.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Favorite Books from the past Three Years

Here are some of my recent faves. I picked three from 2012~14 and my favorite so far this year.

Wonderland CreekThe Girl in the GlassThe Magic of Ordinary Days

Gone to GroundChasing LilacsThe Remedy for Regret

Chateau of SecretsA Fall of MarigoldsThe Prayer Box

Secrets of a Charmed Life

This was a hard list to make. I feel like I left out some good ones. I do see some trends. Most are historical. Several are frame stories, Susan Meissner makes several appearances. I think Wonderland Creek and Secrets of a Charmed Life are all time favorites now. What are some of your recent favorites?

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

Friday, February 27, 2015

Stacking the Shelves ~ February

Stacking the Shelves
Here are all the books I have acquired this month: 

For review:
Deadly Echoes (Finding Sanctuary #2)Summer's ListDauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)

Secrets of a Charmed LifeAll Things NewLove Again, Die AgainFirewall (FBI: Houston, #1)Rachel (Wives of the Patriarchs, #3)Extravagant Worship: Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord God Almighty Who Was and Is, and Is to Come

Physical Books:
The Accidental EmpressMotherlessThe Amish BlacksmithThe Amish ClockmakerStill LifeThe Offering: A NovelRoses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I (Ladies in Waiting #3)The Black CloisterRehoboth (Keepers of the Ring #4)

Check out what everyone else is stacking on their shelves at Tynga's Reviews.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Better All the Time

What I am waiting on:
Better All the Time (The Darlings, #2)
Better All the Time by Carre Armstrong Gardener

When will it release? April 1, 2015

Why am I waiting? I really enjoyed the first book in this series, All Right Here. I am looking forward to finding out what happens to the Darling family.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Review: Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl

 Deadly Echoes (Finding Sanctuary #2)

This romantic suspense story follows Sarah Miller as she tries to discover who her sister's killer is. At first the murder looks like a robbery gone wrong, but as the evidence reveals itself, this murder bears a striking resemblance to Sarah's parent's murder years before. Sarah and her friend Paul have to find out who the real killer is before he comes after Sarah.

I thought this story was fast paced and interesting. Every chapter seemed to have a cliffhanger that made me want to keep reading. I also liked the small town setting. Sarah's mentor Janet was a strong character that helped guide and encourage Sarah as she was making decisions and struggling with self doubt.

Unfortunately, I can't say I enjoyed the writing style. There was a lot of telling instead of showing, and many of the conversations seemed forced and overly formal. I was hoping for a little more romance, too.

Overall, this was an entertaining read. If you like romantic suspense, you will probably enjoy this book. It does stand on its own, but there are spoilers for the first book in the series, Gathering Shadows. I would recommend starting with book one.

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

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Book Heroines

Here are some of my favorite ladies in literature.
Jane Eyre ~ I want to be Jane when I grow up.

A Proper Pursuit
Violet Hayes ~ smart, clever, and very determined

Wonderland Creek
Alice Grace Ripley ~ This girl puts up with a lot, and finally gets the adventure she has always wanted.

The Restorer (Sword of Lyric Series #1)
Susan Mitchell ~ No ordinary soccer mom

After the Leaves Fall (Threads of Change #1)
Julie Desmit ~ I have never rooted for anyone harder.

For Time and Eternity
Camilla Deardon ~ My heart broke for her.

Doesn't She Look Natural (Fairlawn, #1)
Jennifer Graham ~ This woman got her act together and became a funeral home director.

Anne Elliot ~ We need more people like Anne in this world.

Those are some of the women in books who have stuck with me. Check out more top ten lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Pharaoh's Daughter

The Pharaoh's Daughter: A Treasures of the Nile Novel
The Pharaoh's Daughter by Mesu Andrews

When does it release? March 17, 2015

Why am I waiting? I have been enjoying books set in ancient Egypt recently. I have read a book by this author before and enjoyed it. And, of course, the cover is beautiful and haunting.

Check out more upcoming releases at Breaking the Spine.