Saturday, September 23, 2017

September Book Haul #3

I have a smallish haul this week, but I'm really excited about all three of them. They are all new releases, and two of them are physical book. I usually get ebooks when the go on sale. I'm cheap and they don't take up any shelf space. However, there are some books that are so pretty I want to hold them and smell them and put them on my shelves so I can look at them. Here are the books I picked up this week.

To Wager Her Heart (Belle Meade Plantation, #3)

Physical Books
Awaken: 90 Days with the God who SpeaksReading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

I decided to get Tamera Alexander's books whenever they go on sale. She writes historical romance with a lot of really interesting details. They're comfort reads for me. A little bit of substance, a little bit of fluff.

 I pre-ordered Reading People a while a go so I could take advantage of the pre-order deals. It's a beautiful book, and it has the added benefit of the matchbook price on Kindle. I'll probably download it for $2.99 when I'm ready to read it. I wish more publishers would do this.

I've seen Awaken around the internet for the past couple of weeks, so when I saw it was on sale at Lifeway I picked it up. It's been a while since I've had a new devotional. I'm two days in and loving it so far.

What books did you get this week? Did you find any good sales? Let me know in the comments. Check out more book hauls at Tynga's Reviews.

Book Review ~ The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright

The House on Foster Hill

I really loved this debut. It had a great characters and edge of your seat suspense. I loved the dual timelines and was equally interested in both stories. There were mysteries in both story lines that kept me guessing throughout the book. If you enjoy the mystery/thriller genre, I highly recommend this book.

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Can't Wait for Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

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

What I'm waiting for:
Where We Belong

When does it release? October 3, 2017

Why am I waiting? Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors. I've already read and reviewed this book here, but I'm looking forward to getting physical copy for my shelves.

Monday, September 18, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Just finished:
Where We BelongPerennials

Currently reading:
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1)

Up next:
The House on Foster Hill

I did reviews of Where We Belong and Perennials here and here, so check those out if you're interested. What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

September Book Haul #2

Here are the books I picked up this week.

Some Tame Gazelle (Open Road)Jane and Prudence

The Uncertain SeasonWhen We Were Worthy

All of these are still on sale at the time of posting. I was really excited to get the Barbara Pym books for super cheap. I haven't seen them on sale before. The Uncertain Season and When We Were Worthy are both on my "can't wait for" lists. What books did you pick up this week? Let me know in the comments. Check out more book hauls at Tynga's Reviews.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Book Review ~ Where We Belong

Where We Belong

I really enjoyed this story about two plucky sisters, Rebecca and Flora, living in 1800's Chicago. These ladies followed their passion for travel and adventure in spite of the fact that very little was expected of them other than getting married and hosting social gatherings. I was presently surprised to discover this story is based loosely on a true story.

Rebecca is very stubborn and sometimes frustrating, but it's this stubborn streak that drives her to follow her heart and travel the world looking for ancient Bible manuscripts. She is brave and very loyal to her sister.

Flora is my favorite character. She is very caring and compassionate. She is an activist for the poor in the city of Chicago, but she's always up for an adventure with her sister. She and Rebecca make a good team.

Themes of forgiveness, the importance of prayer, grace, and the truth of scripture are frequent throughout the book. There were a lot of details about Christianity in America and other parts of the world at the time. Much of this story is set in 1890's Egypt which I really enjoyed. It felt exotic and unique...and hot. 

If you enjoy historical fiction with strong faith elements and not a lot of romance, I would highly recommend this book. 

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

Book Review ~ Perennials by Julie Cantrell


This family drama really sucked me in from the very beginning. I love Julie Cantrell's writing style. Her writing is lyrical and deep without weighing down the story with too many details. Her characters are introspective and flawed. Sometimes I found them to be immature. I had a lot of sympathy for them, but they really needed to grow up. Still, by the end of the book they had come a long way. I enjoy the Oxford, Mississippi setting and the Faulkner references. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy southern contemporary fiction.

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Can't Wait for Reading People by Anne Bogel

I'm linking up with Wishful Endings to share an upcoming release I'm looking forward to,

What I'm waiting for:
Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

When does it release? September 19, 2017

Why am I waiting? I have been reading Anne Bogel's blog for years and recently joined the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club. She takes reading seriously, and I'm excited to see what she has to say about reading and people's personalities.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books That Made Me Fall in Love With Christian Fiction

The church my husband and I first attended as a married couple had a fabulous library. It wasn't the first time I was introduced to Christian fiction, but it was the first time I had a lot of it to choose from. We didn't have cable, so reading was my main source of entertainment. Here are some of the books that I found during that time of my life.

Redeeming Love

A Voice in the WindAn Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion, #2)As Sure as the Dawn (Mark of the Lion, #3)

Vienna Prelude (Zion Covenant, #1)Prague Counterpoint (Zion Covenant, #2)Munich Signature (The Zion Covenant, #3)

The Gates of Zion (Zion Chronicles #1)A Daughter of Zion (Zion Chronicles #2)The Return to Zion

Afton of Margate Castle  (Theyn Chronicles, #1)The Troubadour's Quest (Theyn Chronicles, #2)Ingram of the Irish

Wow! These covers are making me nostalgic! What books got you into reading your favorite genre? Let me know in the comments. Check out more top ten lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Just finished:
With You Always (Orphan Train #1)

Currently reading:
Where We Belong

Up next:
The House on Foster HillPerennials

Hopefully this will get posted on Monday. I will be riding out Hurricane Irma with the rest of Florida, so I will probably be without power for the better part of the week. At least I'll get a lot of reading done. Let me know what your reading this week in the comments.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

August Wrap Up

I completed six books in the month of August. I wasn't really blown away by any of them. This was probably my least favorite reading month of the year so far. however, I did make progress on my Goodreads challenge, and I got a couple of reviews done. We'll call that a success! Here are the books I read and what I thought about them.

The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel (Shadows of the Wilderness #1)

This was a cute historical romance. I did a full review here.

Freedom's Ring

I loved the Boston setting. I did a full review here.

Do Not Become Alarmed

I didn't care for this one at all. It's supposed to be a thriller, but you know what's going on with the missing children the whole time. Also, the parents are just stupid and irresponsible. Not recommended.

The Almost Sisters

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I thought the love story was really sweet. I had some issues with some of the morals or lack there of, but the writing was really good. This was a Modern Mrs. Darcy book club pick, and we got to have a chat with the author. I have a couple of her books on my shelves that I want to check out.

The Lost Book of the Grail: A Novel

This was my favorite book of the month. If it hadn't been in the Modern Mrs. Darcy summer reading guide I doubt I would have picked it up. Although it was set in the real world, the writing style reminded me of Stephen Lawhead. It also wrestled with some big questions about faith and religion. I'm not really sure how to describe it other than a literary mystery. If you enjoy books with lots of literary references, you should check it out.

The Identicals

I absolutely hated the people in this book. They were stupid. I don't really have much else to say except if there was a bad decision to make, they made it. 

Check out more book reviews on Modern Mrs. Darcy.

September Book Haul #2

Here are the books I picked up this week, or in this case downloaded.

Ascension of LarksBread of AngelsHome
Ascension of Larks
Bread of Angels

Ascension of Larks and Bread of Angels were on my wish list for this year, so I really excited to get those on sale. As of posting, Home is still free, so check that out if your interested.

Check out more books hauls at Tynga's Reviews.