Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Book Review ~ The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)

I loved this return visit to Ivy Hill. Julie Klassen has done a wonderful job bringing this world to life. The characters are very real. I feel their struggles and root for them the whole time I'm reading. I can't wait to see where this journey takes them in the next installment. I highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy quaint village settings and British period drama.

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

Can't Wait for Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews

I'm linking up with Wishful Endings to share an upcoming release I'm excited about.

What I'm waiting for:
Isaiah's Daughter (Prophets and Kings, #1)

When does it release? January 16, 2017

Why am I waiting? I really enjoyed this author's previous series, Treasures of the Nile.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Worlds I Want to Visit

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish to share this week's top ten list.

Here are a few places I would love to escape to right now.

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill, #1)The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)

The Restorer (The Sword of Lyric #1)The Restorer's Son (The Sword of Lyric #2)The Restorer's Journey (The Sword of Lyric #3)

Anne of Green Gables

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

Where would you like to get away to? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, December 4, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

I'm linking up with Book Date to share this week's TBR.

Here's what I'm reading this week.

Currently Reading:
Peace Like a RiverThe Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)
Peace Like a River
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

I'm not sure what I'll read next. This holiday season has been very stressful for me. We have had some family problems that have left me worn out and a little heart broken. I'm craving some comfort reading, so I may read another Regency era novel. What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

December Book Haul

I'm linking up with The Deliberate Reader and Tynga's Reviews to share my most recent book purchases.

So, there have been some sales lately. I'm a little embarrassed about how many books I've bought, but not really. I got some I'm really excited about, and I picked up several physical books that I'm looking forward to reading. Almost all of my reading lately has been ebooks, but we put a lamp on my side of the bed. Now I can see!

Here are my book purchases from the last few weeks.

Physical Books
Peace Like a RiverThe Other AlcottThe Forgotten Room

Future Home of the Living GodLast Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I

Kindle Books
The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)A Bridge Across the OceanYou Are Highly Favored: Reflections from the Nativity to Encourage Your Faith

Caroline: Little House, RevisitedThe Husband's SecretGrief Cottage

Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #13)The Last AnniversaryGirl in Disguise

Nectar in a SieveThe Unkillable Kitty O'Kane: A Novel

What books did you get this month? Did you get any black Friday deals? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, December 1, 2017

November Wrap Up

I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share what I read in November.

Here are my November reads and reviews.

The Sound of Rain

I did a full review of this one here.

The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ

I read this with my ladies group at church. It lead to some great discussions about habits good and bad. The chapters are fairly short with a challenge at the end. It's a great book for personal introspection and growth. I would suggest starting with the first book, The Good and Beautiful God.


This was a lovely book, and it gave me a lot to think about. It wasn't an easy read even though it's quite short. It deals with theology and end of life thoughts. It's one to pick up if your in the mood for some thing slow and thought provoking.

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

This was a condensed but thorough look at all of the popular personality schools of thought. I'm a big fan of Anne Bogel, and I love her writing style. Give this a try if you enjoy those personality tests that are so popular on Facebook.

One True Loves

This was my "bubble gum" book for the month. It had an interesting plot, and the writing kept me interested the whole time, but I struggled with how much this woman led these two men along. One poor guy had been stranded on a deserted island for years, but she was the one struggling with the situation. Very angsty. I don't know if I would really recommend it.

Emily of New Moon (Emily, #1)

This was the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club pick for November. It's by the author of Anne of Green Gables. I really enjoyed, but the language felt more dated to me than the Anne books. I may pick up the second book in the series at some point.

The Christmas Letters

I enjoyed this novella. It got a little heavy at the end, but for the most part it was a sweet Christmas read. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.

What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Can't Wait for Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke

I'm linking up with Wishful Endings to share an upcoming release I'm excited about.

What I'm waiting for:
Until We Find Home

When does it release? January 9, 2018

Why am I waiting? Cathy Gohlke writes beautiful historical fiction. It's been a while since she had a new release, so I am super excited to read her new release.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday ~ My Winter TBR

I'm linking up with The Broke and The Bookish to share this week's top ten list.

I love TBR posts. I enjoy seeing what everyone else is planning to read for the season, and I love to plan ahead and make lists of what I'm going to read. That doesn't mean I'll stick to it, but it's fun to plan. Here are the books I'm hoping to get to this winter.

Isaiah's Daughter (Prophets and Kings, #1)Judah's Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees (The Silent Years #2)Until We Find Home

As Bright as HeavenThe Great Alone

The Lost CastleThe Snow ChildPeace Like a River

I Was AnastasiaA Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #2)

What are you reading this winter? Let me know in the comments.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November Book Haul #2

I'm linking up with Tynga's Reviews to share the books I picked up this week.

Audio Books
The Library at the Edge of the WorldAnne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)The Good Girl

Kindle Books 
Daughter of FortuneThe Enchanted AprilThe Unkillable Kitty O'Kane: A Novel

Physical Books
A Fall of MarigoldsThe Sound of RainDeeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #10)

I don't usually get audio books, but The Good Girl and Anne of Green Gables were free. Audible allowed me to redo my free so trial, so I used my credit to get The Library at the Edge of the World. 

I was thrilled to find A Fall of Marigolds at my local used book store. It's one of the few Susan Meissner books I didn't already own. I have already read The Sound of Rain and reviewed it here.

What books did you get this week? Let me know in the comments.