Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Calling

What I'm waiting on:
The Calling

When does it release? March 8, 2016

Why am I waiting? The first book was really good. I can't wait to see where the story goes. This is also a book that my 14 year old is looking forward to. I can't wait to talk about it with her.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books Out of My Comfort Zone

Here are a few books that are out of my usual historical fiction happy place.

The Gifting (Gifting #1)Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Buried Secrets (Men of Valor Book #1): A NovelLittle Beach Street Bakery: A NovelGone to GroundAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideNot a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)Infiltration (Harbingers #7)Anomaly (Anomaly #1)

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Miriam

What I am waiting on:
Miriam (Treasures of the Nile #2)

When does it release? March 15,2016

Why am I waiting? I really enjoyed book one in this series, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Mesu Andrews does with rest of the story.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Lyrical Book Titles

I love a good book title almost as much as I love a beautiful cover. Here are some of my favorites.

The Feathered BoneStars Over Sunset BoulevardThe Sea Keeper's Daughters (Carolina #3)Cinnamon and GunpowderThe Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern-Day Novel of Jane AustenTaking Tuscany (A.J., #2)The Remedy for RegretA Corpse at St Andrews Chapel (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #2)The Shadow Lamp (Bright Empires #4)Some Wildflower in My Heart

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Quick Lit ~ February

Here's what I have been reading over the past few weeks.

Just finished:
The Feathered Bone

I'm still thinking about this one. It was completely different from what I was expecting. I've read two other books by this author, and they were both slower, character driven novels. This one was much more plot driven. It kept me up late reading, and really broke my heart. 

Currently reading:
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

I'm reading this for The Deliberate Reader's book club. I'm not a big fan of biographies, but I'm enjoying this one. It's a good refresher of French history, which I always found confusing. Alex Dumas is a fascinating character. I would love to see him fleshed out more in a movie or fictional biography.

The Gifting (Gifting #1)

I just started this YA dystopian a couple nights ago. I was looking for something a little lighter. So far it's very good. I had a hard time putting it down last night. It's one of those "just one more chapters" kind of books. The series is already finished and fairly cheap on Kindle, so I may marathon these.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Book Haul ~ February

Here are the new books I picked up last month:

Paperback Swap
Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the MistWhite Picket FencesThere Goes Santa Claus (Ivy Towers, Bk 4)A Woman's Guide to Knowing What You Believe: How to Love God With Your Heart and Your Mind

Stars Over Sunset BoulevardWild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way HomeJustified (Mended Hearts, #2)The Stones Cry Out (Raleigh Harmon Mystery #1)The Feathered Bone
The Memoir of Johnny Devine

I have already read Stars over Sunset Boulevard. It was excellent. I'm really looking forward to The Feathered Bone, so I'll probably read that one next.

I'm linking up with The Deliberate Reader for New on the Stack  and Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Book Review ~ Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell

Flirtation Walk

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance set just before the Civil War at West Point. Siri Mitchell did a great job researching and bringing the era to life. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but then it took off at a good pace. This novel rotates between the main characters POV, but they are very unique and easy to differentiate. I especially enjoyed watching  Lucinda's story unfold and her character grow throughout.

The themes of redemption and grace are prominent in this story, and the faith elements are woven in very well. There is also a lot of humor and lightheartedness from the supporting cast. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy romance and Civil War era novels.

I received this book for review from Netgalley.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Annabel Lee

What I'm waiting on:
Annabel Lee (Coffey & Hill #1)

When does it release? March 1, 2016

Why am I waiting? The cover really caught my eye, and the synopsis makes me want to know more.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Historical Settings

Historical fiction is by far my favorite genre. There isn't a setting or time period I don't enjoy. Here are some of my favorites.

Biblical Fiction
Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings, #1)The Shadow WomenThe Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile #1)

Ancient Rome/Early Church
The Centurion's Wife (Acts of Faith, #1)A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1)

Middle Ages
Afton of Margate Castle  (Theyn Chronicles, #1)The Greatest Knight (William Marshal, #2)The Unquiet Bones (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #1)

Early American History
The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray AmericaWashington's Lady (Ladies of History, #3)

Regency England
The Apothecary's DaughterSecret of Pembrooke ParkThe Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1)

Civil War
Flirtation WalkFire by Night (Refiner's Fire, #2)All Things New

Turn of the Century
A Proper PursuitA Fall of MarigoldsBeyond All Dreams

Roaring Twenties
Love Comes CallingThe Hatmaker's HeartA Flying Affair

Depression Era
Hidden PlacesAngel Sister (Rosey Corner, #1)

World War 2
Secrets of a Charmed LifeWhile We're Far ApartSecrets She Kept

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