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

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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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Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Review: Bathsheba Reluctant Beauty by Angela Hunt

Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #2)

I always start a Biblical fiction novel with a little hesitation. I have my own ideas about Bible characters that have been formed over many years. When I read Biblical fiction, I want a fresh idea of the character but a true account of the story. Angela Hunt has done both with this story of Bathsheba. I have read several novelizations of the David and Bathsheba story and this is definitely my favorite. The characters were so real and flawed. She captured the time period so well, which is very hard to do. I would not call this a romance, but a fictional biography. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to readers who like rich historical fiction.

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What I am waiting on:
A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1)

When does it release? September 28, 2015

Why am I waiting? The premise looks interesting, and I'm always up for trying a new author.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Auto Buy Authors

Here are the authors that I but no matter what and, very often, at full price. That's saying a lot.
Lynn Austin
Lynn Austin

Susan Meissner
Susan Meissner

Mary E. DeMuth
Mary DeMuth

Nicole Baart
Nicole Baart

Lisa Wingate
Lisa Wingate

Siri Mitchell
Siri Mitchell

I think that's about it. Like I said earlier, I don't like to pay full price for books, so I usually wait for sales or get them through the library. Check out more Top Ten Tuesday posts at The Broke and the Bookish.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Quick Lit ~ August

I have participating in ARC August this month and I have had great success. I have read and reviewed three ARCS and have three to go. Here is what I have been reading lately.

Recently Read:
Not by SightLuther and KatharinaHope Harbor

Review Links:

Up Next:
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Siren's Fury (Storm Siren, #2)Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #2)

I am also participating in Bout of Books next week, so I am hoping to get lots of reading done. Check out more Quick Lit posts over at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Book Review ~ Not By Sight

Not by Sight

Not by Sight is an historical romance set in England during WW1. The main character, Grace Mabry is a suffragette and patriot. When she gives a white feather of cowardice to Jack Benningham, she thinks she will spur him to join the fight for their country. Instead, she is the one who learns a lesson.

I enjoyed this romance. It was a lot more light-hearted than I thought it would be. Grace was a strong heroine even though she was a bit naive through out the story. Jack was grumpy but likable. The main characters had really good chemistry.

I was disappointed that there wasn't more action in the story . Jack was a spy for the British, but he didn't do much spying. I also would have enjoyed more history woven into the plot. It felt like the book could have been set during any war and had all the same things happen.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy historical romance.

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Secrets She Kept

What I am waiting on:
Secrets She Kept

When does it release? September 2015

Why am I waiting? I have read several books by this author already. She writes amazing historical fiction.

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