Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall

What I am waiting on:
The Cautious Maiden (The Everstone Chronicles #4)

When does it release? October 4, 2016

Why am I waiting? I've really been enjoying this historical romance series. The characters are memorable and the stories are oh so romantic.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Back to School

I have been home schooling for a very long time. I've graduated two students and my third is starting high school. I love making may own schedule and planning curriculum around my individual child's needs.

When we were doing elementary school, I used a literature based curriculum called Five in a Row. It used picture books to teach all the basic subjects. My kids all love to read, and I attribute that to this amazing program. Here are some of our favorite books.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy EveningHow to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
A Pair of Red ClogsCranberry Thanksgiving
1189132Very Last First Time
A New Coat for AnnaThe Clown of God
The Rag Coat360261

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

What I am waiting on:
Waves of Mercy

When does it release? October 4, 2016

Why am I waiting? Lynn Austin is an auto-buy author for me. I'm super excited that she is writing another generational novel. 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review ~ Disillusioned by Christy Barrit


Even though this isn't my usual kind of read, I really enjoyed this romantic suspense novel. There was lots of action and good chemistry between the main characters. If you like books by Irene Hannon or Terri Blackstock, you should give this book a try. This was such a short book, but it was packed with twists and turns. Lots of fun and perfect for the end of summer.

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

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books Languishing on my TBR

Here are a few of the more rejected books on my TBR. I have every intention of reading these some day. They just seem to keep moving down the list.

Tending Roses (Tending Roses #1)The Language of SparrowsWings of Glass
Five Miles South of PeculiarOffworld (Dangerous Times, #1)
On Distant Shores (Wings of the Nightingale, #2)House of Mercy
Rebekah (Wives of the Patriarchs, #2)When Jesus Wept (The Jerusalem Chronicles #1)The Air We Breathe

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Bout of Books Day 1 Challenge ~ Book to Movie Adaptations

I'm really excited to start Bout of Books today! I'm hoping to get a lot of reading done this week, and see my TBR shrink a little.

Today's challenge is favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptations.

My favorite:
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

I have so many feelings for this movie. It was actually an improvement over the book. Our local movie theater showed it recently, and my husband took me to see it. I had never seen it on the big screen. It was amazing. So sweet and cute and funny. I want to reread the book one day soon.

My least favorite:
 New Moon (Twilight #2)

I have really mixed feelings about this whole series, but this was my favorite of the books. I feel like the story really fell apart in the next one. The movie was so boring. About halfway through, I was ready to leave. Or fall asleep. The fact that the people behind us talked the whole time didn't help. Neither did the fifteen unsupervised middle schoolers that came in right before the previews started. It was the worst movie experience ever.

I'm going to link up with Writing My Own Fairy Tale for today's challenge, so check them out.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Newton and Polly

What I am waiting on:
Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace

When does it release? September 20, 2016

Why am I waiting? I love fictional biographies. I've already read a couple this year, and I have had this one on my radar for a while. Hopefully I'll be able to snag an early copy.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books Set in the Ancient World

Biblical fiction can be a sticky wicket for me. I don't mind edgy, gritty stories, but sometimes I find Christian writers romanticize the era. I prefer to read books with a realistic feel, even it makes me uncomfortable. Here are a few books that I feel have hit the mark.

Havah: The Story of EveThe Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen
The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile, #1)Miriam (Treasures of the Nile, #2)
Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (Dangerous Beauty #3)Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #2)
Esther: Royal Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #1)Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings, #1)
The Hidden Flame (Acts of Faith, #2)A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1)

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Quick Lit ~ August

Here are my most recent reads and some of my thoughts.

The Bound Heart (The Everstone Chronicles, #2)

The second book in the Everstone Chronicles has lots of romance and a swoon worthy leading man. I loved the characters and the setting in this book. I'm looking forward to book three.
I was received this book for free from the author for review.

Last Ride to Graceland

Last Ride to Graceland

This one is a lot of fun. If your in the mood for a road trip book, this will probably fit the bill. A warning: there is quite a lot of profanity. I ended up switching from audio to print because I didn't want to hear anymore F bombs. Also, the title makes me sing Last Train to Clarksville.

Lead Me Home
Lead Me Home

Overall this was a good book. I liked the characters and the setting. It is, however, a heavy read. It deals with grief and depression, so it is pretty sad. And this title causes me to sing Take Me Home by Phil Collins.

From This Moment
From This Moment

I really enjoyed this historical mystery/romance. I did a full review here.

A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3)
A Tapestry of Secrets

This was another good one, and, I think, the finale of the series. That always makes me feel like I have accomplished something. I did a full review here.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Book Review ~ A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas

A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3)

A Tapestry of Secrets is the third book in the Appalachian Blessings series. I have read all three of these books and enjoyed each one. I was especially excited to read this book because we would finally learn the circumstances of Perla's pregnancy. I was hoping to have some questions answers, and I was very satisfied with how things were wrapped up.

The characters in these books are very realistic. They have deep struggles, and they are far from perfect. I understood Ella's feelings, and enjoyed getting to know her and watching her grow. Perla is always delightful, and I liked how the author handled her relationship with her daughter, Sadie.

All of the books in this series deal with themes of forgiveness and redemption. Faith was an important part of everyone's lives, and community is also an important part of the story. The plot moved along nicely, but overall I would categorize these as cozy and heart warming reads. Perla's story is told in flashbacks, and I think I enjoyed that story line the most.

I really enjoyed this series and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy small town, heart warming stories.

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

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Book Review ~ From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

From This Moment

I have read and enjoyed several books by Elizabeth Camden, and From This Moment is no different. It's rich in historical detail and character development. There is so much packed into this novel, but the story lines all stay straight and on track. I actually enjoyed the mystery a little more than the romance.

The main characters are very colorful, and they both have a bit of the drama queen thing going on. Romulus has a flair for fashion and is a bit of a play boy. Stella is artistic and headstrong. They make a great team when they aren't arguing.

The plot has a lot of suspense and some twists that I didn't see coming. I also loved the side romance between Clyde and Evelyn. I would love a follow up book or novella to see how everyone is getting along, and to see what scrapes Stella has gotten into.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical romance or mystery.

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

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Road We Traveled

What I'm waiting on:
This Road We Traveled

When does it release? September 6, 2016

Why am I waiting? Well, there's the gorgeous cover. Also, it's a generational family saga, so count me in!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books I Want to Buy

I didn't get the chance to do this top ten a couple weeks ago, so I'm gonna do it now. Here are some books I would love to buy I had a big ol' gift card.

Counted With the Stars (Out from Egypt, #1)Broken GroundAt the Edge of Summer
Honor Redeemed (Keys of Promise #2)Giddy Up, Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other
Mrs. Lee and Mrs. GrayRadio GirlsDeep Shadows
Like a River from Its CourseThe Last Treasure

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