Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Last Treasure

What I'm waiting on:
The Last Treasure

When does it release? August 2, 2016

Why am I waiting? There has been so much hype surrounding Aaron Burr lately. I would love to read more about his daughter's disappearance.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Lost Girls by Heather Young

What I am waiting on:
The Lost Girls

When does it release? July 26, 2016

Why am I waiting? I saw this one on someone's Instagram, and thought it looked really good.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books Set Outside the United States

Here are my favorite books set in other countries. 

The Girl in the GlassThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The NightingaleSecrets of a Charmed Life
Chateau of SecretsSaving Amelie
Secrets She KeptThe Butterfly and the Violin (Hidden Masterpiece, #1)
Snow Flower and the Secret FanVienna Prelude (Zion Covenant, #1)

I am pleasantly surprised by how easy that was, and that every book wasn't set in the UK. 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Quick Lit ~ July

Here are the books I've been reading lately and some of my thoughts.
The Sound of Glass

I am quickly becoming a Karen White fan. This book was very similar to The Beach Trees, which I read last month. This was a great summer read. Lots of family secrets, and not much air conditioning.

The Two-Family House: A Novel

I loved this book. I went in not knowing a whole lot about it, which I would recommend. The author did a great job with the characters. I loved and hated different people by the end of the book. Highly recommended.

The Ringmaster's Wife

This was a lovely historical. I enjoy Kristy's writing style. My only complaint was that the dual timelines were very close together, so I got a little confused at times. Other than that, I loved it.

They Danced on (The Darlings #3)

I reviewed this one here.

The Calling (Seer #2)

I have mixed feelings about this one. It propelled the story along well enough, but I felt like there was a lot of filler material. I don't know if it really needed a whole novel. I missed Carrington. She wasn't in it much. There were some good twists, and a cliffhanger that makes me want to read the next book. It looks like book three will be out early next year.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas

What am I waiting on?
A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3)

When does it release? August 2, 2016

Why am I waiting? This is another one of those family sagas I have enjoyed. I can't wait to see how everything plays out.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ 10 Random Facts

Here's a few things you might not have known about me.

~I am a Florida native. I was born and raised in Jacksonville. 

~I am a musician. I have been playing the piano since I was seven. That's a long time.

~I have been married for twenty-four years. Also, a long time.

~I have three children. Adam is 22, Elin is 19, and Anna is 14.

~I home schooled all three of said children. I am exhausted.

~I'm going to be a Grandma next year. I'm SO excited!

~ My husband is a music pastor.

~ I hate to drive. Like, I really hate it.

~ My favorite food is pizza. And baked ziti. And just about everything on Olive Garden's menu.

~I love Jesus.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Book Review ~ They Danced On by Carre Armstrong Gardener

They Danced on (The Darlings #3)

I have really been enjoying The Darling Family series. The characters are quirky and fun. They deal with the same struggles as the rest of do. I also love the small town Maine setting. My mom is from New England, so I always enjoy reading about life in that part of the country.

I'm not sure if there will be more books in this series or not. Many of the plot lines seemed to be wrapped up. I felt like the author hit the fast forward button at the end. But, there were several story lines that could be explored. I think it needs another book.

I would recommend this series to readers who like family drama. If you liked Karen Kingsbury's Baxter series, you will enjoy the Darlings. You will definitely want to start with the first book, All Right Here. 

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Things We Knew by Catherine West

What I'm waiting on:
The Things We Knew

When does it release? July 12, 2016

Why am I waiting? I've been really into family drama lately, and the New England setting looks fabulous. This one is getting great reviews. It had a really low pre-order price, so I'll get it on its release day.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Underrated Books

Here are some books that I loved that haven't gotten many ratings on Goodreads.

Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (Dangerous Beauty #3)Postcards from Fred (The Fred Books, #4)
The Deliverer (The Sword of Lyric #4)Better All the Time (The Darlings, #2)
Taking Tuscany (A.J., #2)The Muir House
I Have Seen Him in the WatchfiresMiriam (Treasures of the Nile)
Until the Harvest (Appalachian Blessings, #2)Passing Strangers

I gave all of these books 4 or 5 stars, and they all have fewer than 200 Goodreads reviews. Check out more top ten lists on The Broke and the Bookish. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Book Haul ~ July

Here are the books I've gotten recently.

Kill DevilThe Tea Planter's Bride (The India Tea Series Book 2)
Everything We KeepCarolina Gold
Carolina GoldThe One-in-a-Million Boy
A Cry from the Dust (Gwen Marcey #1)Center of Gravity
The Brontë PlotFive Miles South of Peculiar
The Lilly Stars (Lilly Stars, #1)The Sea of Tranquility

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