Saturday, April 29, 2017

April Book Haul Week #3

Here are the books I picked up this week. They are all physical books, which is very unusual for me.

For Mom:
An Amish Cradle: An Amish Cradle NovellaUnlocked

For Me:
Alex and ElizaCatching the Wind
The Women in the CastleThe Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows

What books have you gotten lately? Let me know in the comments.

Check out more book hauls at Tynga's Reviews.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review ~ A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)
A Stranger at Fellsworth

I really enjoyed this third installment in Sarah E. Ladd's Treasures of Surrey trilogy. I was sad to see it end and would have enjoyed a longer story. This was a quick read that kept me guessing. I enjoyed the sweet love story between Annabelle and Owen. Owen is a widower with a child dealing with grief. Annabelle is on the run from her cruel older brother who wants to marry her off to someone even worse than he is.

Annabelle's character development is fun to watch. She is definitely a fish out of water as she tries to fit into a new life as a school teacher. I also enjoyed watching her try to deal with her former servant, Margaret, who is (shockingly) excited about not being a servant anymore.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical romance with a touch of mystery. This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Can't Wait for Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

What I'm waiting for:
Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3)

When does it release? May 2, 2017

Why can't I wait? I have really enjoyed this series, and I can't wait to see how it's concluded.

Check out more upcoming releases at Wishful Endings.

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Currently reading:
The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus KnowsA Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)Truly Madly Guilty

Up next:
Catching the Wind

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Haul Week 3

Here are the books I picked up over the past couple of weeks. They are all Kindle books, and several of them were free.


Freebies
The Blue JayA Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great DepressionLeaving Oxford (Southern Hearts #1)
The Man Who Was Thursday: A NightmareSo True a Love (Daughters of His Kingdom #2)Arms of Promise

Kindle Books
A Broken Kind of BeautifulThe Tumbling Turner Sisters: A NovelBreath for the Bones: Art, Imagination, and Spirit: Reflections on Creativity and Faith

Check out more Stacking the Shelves at Tynga's Reviews for more book hauls.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Review ~ A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

A Fragile Hope

About the book:
Hope grows when seeds are planted-even in the muddy middle of life.
Josiah Chamberlain's life's work revolves around repairing other people's marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife's unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she's unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.
Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what's left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

A Fragile Hope has a great message of hope for marriages in trouble. Unfortunately, I struggled to connect with the story or the writing style. The book is told in third person, but it's told through the eyes of Josiah in a style that keeps you inside his head the whole time. I found Josiah to be arrogant and self absorbed to the point that I just could not enjoy the story. I also felt things wrapped up too quickly and neatly for all the problems the couple had going on. I wish I could have enjoyed this book more than I did. There are a lot of four and five star reviews on Goodreads. I would suggest checking those out to see if this is something you would enjoy reading. 

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Can't Wait for Wednesday ~ Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson

What I'm waiting for:

When does it release? May 9, 2017

Why am I waiting? I've read two other books by this author and loved them both.

Check out more up coming releases at Wishful Endings.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Things That Make Me Want to Read a Book

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish to share my top ten reasons I want to read a book.

1. It has a beautiful cover.
2. It's by one of my favorite authors.
3. It is the next book in a series I've been reading.
4. It's on the "new" shelf at the library.
5. It goes on sale.
6. It's set during WW2.
7. My book club is reading it.
8. It's set during a time period I don't know much about.
9. Modern Mrs. Darcy recommends it.
10. I have to review it soon.

What are your reasons for picking up a book to read? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, April 17, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Just finished:
The Secret Keeper

Currently reading:
A Fragile HopeNone Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)

Up next:
A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)Truly Madly GuiltyThe Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Can't Wait for Wednesday ~ A Stranger at Fellworth



What I can't wait for:
A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)

When does it release? May 16, 2017

Why am I waiting? I love a good Regency era mystery.

Check out more upcoming releases at Wishful Endings.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books That Took Me by Surprise



Whether it was how much I liked them, a unique format, or how they were resolved, these books all took me by surprise.

The Two-Family HouseI Let You GoBig Little Lies
Gone to GroundThe Wife, the Maid, and the MistressThe Shack
Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every TurnTroublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

Check out more top ten lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Review ~ NKJV Woman's Study Bible and Grow in the Word Giveaway



The Woman's Study Bible  
poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation.
Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, 
The Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:
-Beautiful full-color design throughout
-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
-Book introductions and outlines
-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
-Quotes from godly women throughout history
-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
-Topical index
-Concordance
My Review:
I have really enjoyed using this study Bible over the past few weeks. It is beautiful. I especially enjoyed the biographical portraits of the women of the Bible that are scattered through out. They give extra insight into what it meant to live during this time period and how essential women were to the work of God.
This is a full study Bible with lots of notes and charts to help you study God's Word more thoroughly, and get the most you can get out of your quiet time. The font is nice and dark, which makes reading a breeze. I was sent the cloth bound, hard cover. It's very sturdy, and I love the floral pattern. I highly recommend the NKJV Women's Study Bible if you are in the market for a new study Bible.
Litfuse is hosting a giveaway. Check it out here.
I received this book for free for the purpose of review.

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Currently reading:
The Secret KeeperThe Memory of YouNone Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)

Up Next:
The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant, #5)A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April Book Haul ~ Week 2

Here are the books I got this week:

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! (Elmwood Springs, #1)Eight Hundred GrapesFunny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
This Time AroundAn Awakened Heart (Orphan Train #0.5)Crimes Against a Book Club

I'm pretty excited about Welcome to the World Baby Girl. I haven't read a Fannie Flagg book yet, and I don't remember seeing one on sale before. I've had my eye on Eight Hundred Grapes for a while. It looks like a fun summer read.  I've also wanted to read Funny in Farsi for a long time. I've heard it's hysterical, and The Deliberate Reader has it as one of her book club picks. 

I won This Time Around in a Goodreads giveaway. It's not my usual genre, but I'll give it a try. An Awakened Heart is a free novella to introduce Jody Hedlund's new series, and Crimes Against a Book Club was my Kindle First pick for this month.

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