Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stacking the Shelves ~ May 2015

Here are the books I picked up this month.

Physical Books:
 Goodnight JuneBelong to MeThe Beautiful DaughtersThe Language of FlowersA Secret KeptStill Life with Bread CrumbsBridge to HavenLove Walked InStill Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Spy of Richmond (Heroines Behind the Lines #4)Yankee in Atlanta (Heroines Behind the Lines, #3)Sadie's Secret (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker, #3)The Summer Queen (Eleanor of Aquitane, #1)Be Still My Soul (The Cadence of Grace, #1)Lady of the English

Review Books:
The Mapmaker's ChildrenUntil the Harvest (Appalachian Blessings #2)

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Review: Summer's List

Summer's List

I ended up abandoning this one about a third of the way through. I found the writing style strange and hard to connect with. It is supposed to be a contemporary romance, and the main characters are supposed to tackle a bucket list of sorts. Thirty percent in they were just starting to talk about it. This one just wasn't for me.

Thanks to Moody publishers for providing me with a copy of this book through Netgalley.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Eight Hundred Grapes

What am I waiting on?
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

When does it release? June 2,2015

Why am I waiting? I saw this on someone else's Waiting on Wednesday post and thought it looked interesting.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ What's in Your Beach Bag?

Here are a few light, easy, and short reads I would take to the beach this summer. Of course, I'm not vacationing at the beach this year. I'm going to Iowa. They don't have a beach. But if they did, I would read these books.

An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice, #1)This Quiet SkyWelcome to Last Chance (A Place to Call Home, #1)Sweet Mercy
My Mother's ChamomileMiracle at the Higher Grounds CafeMaking Marion: Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him?Love Without End (Kings Meadow Romance, #2)Seek and Hide (Haven Seekers #1)

What's in your beach bag? Check out more top ten lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ A Flying Affair by Carla Stewart

What I am waiting on:
A Flying Affair

When does it release? June 2, 2015

Why am I waiting? I enjoy Carla Stewart's writing style and characters. I look forward to her newest release every year.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more upcoming releases.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Cover Love 2015

Here are some of my favorite covers from this years releases.

Better All the Time (The Darlings, #2)Nobody's Cuter Than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of FriendshipSecrets of a Charmed LifeEsther: Royal Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #1)Not by SightMaggie Bright: A Novel of DunkirkThe Brontë PlotLuther and KatharinaThe Sea Keeper's DaughtersThrough Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom, #1)

So many pretty covers this year! Check out more top ten lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Review ~ Until the Harvest

Until the Harvest (Appalachian Blessings #2)

I read the first book in the Appalachian Blessings series last year, and really enjoyed it. I have been looking forward to book two ever since. This story revolves around the next generation of the Phillips family. Following a tragedy, Perla and Casewell's son Henry becomes rebellious. He is trying to find himself in all the wrong places. He befriends Margaret and her sister Mayfair, who has a way of making people feel better physically and emotionally.

There are themes of redemption running throughout the story, not just with Henry, but with other characters as well. As with the first book, there are elements of magical realism that are subtle and well done. The characters all grow throughout the story, and the writing is very even and well paced. The plot is quiet, but I found myself compelled to turn the next page to find out what was going to happen next.

I would recommend this book to people who love quiet stories set in small towns or on farms, and to readers who love family and generational stories. I would recommend starting with Until the Harvest. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me a copy to review.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quick Lit ~ May

Here's what I've been reading lately.

Just Finished:
Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1)

I loved this Gothic romance set in a big, creepy house in England. An heiress returns from India to claim her estate, only to find an imposter had gotten there first and died before her arrival. The story keeps you guessing all the way through. If you are a Bronte fan, you will probably enjoy it.

Better All the Time (The Darlings, #2)

I did a full review of this book here. I didn't enjoy this installment in the Darling Family series nearly as much as the first one. Still, it was an easy, fun read. There was a good cliffhanger at the end, so I'm interested to see what happens. 

The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile)

I have read some really great Biblical fiction this year. This one was full of lies and palace intrigue . I did a full review here.

Currently Reading:
Until the Harvest (Appalachian Blessings #2)

I'm enjoying this one right now. I'll be reviewing it soon.

Check out Modern Mrs. Darcy for more Quick Lit.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Book Review: The Pharaoh's Daughter by Mesu Andrews

The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile)

I'm always a little hesitant to read Biblical Fiction. I have a lot of my own ideas about the characters, and if the author strays too far from the Biblical account it bugs me. The Pharaoh's Daughter was a very good blend of history and fiction. It tells the very familiar story of Moses floating in the Nile, but focuses on his Egyptian mother.

There are a lot of familiar characters in this book. Miriam and her mother play an important part, but the story is mostly about Annipe and Moses, the Hebrew baby she rescues from the Nile. The author assumes that Annipe has to keep Moses' heritage a secret. This leads to lots of palace intrigue, which makes the story very exciting. If you enjoy stories about royals, this is a good one to read. The plot takes an interesting twist at the end, and I am still not sure how I feel about it. Overall, however, I loved it, and I look forward to reading the second book in the series.

I would recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and Biblical fiction, especially if you like  royal families and palace intrigue.

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of review.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Case of the Sin City Sister

What I am waiting on:
The Case of the Sin City Sister

When does it release? May 26, 2015

Why am I waiting? I love the idea of a mystery solving nun.

Check out more upcoming releases at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books I Will Probably Never Read

Here are some books I will probably never read. For the most part, they are too long, or there is a perfectly good movie to watch instead. I could only come up with nine.

Gone with the WindMoby-Dick; or, The WhaleWar and PeaceGreat ExpectationsMiddlemarch
Les MisérablesWolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

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