Friday, February 16, 2018

First Line Friday ~ The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

I'm linking up with Hoarding Books to share the first line of my current read.

The Cottingley Secret
The Cottingley Secret

"Fairies will not be rushed. I know this now; know I must be patient."

Isn't that a wonderful beginning? I'm really enjoying this dual timeline novel. What are you reading? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Can't Wait for A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

What I'm waiting for:
A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society #3)

When does it release? March 6, 2018

Why am I waiting? I read the first book in this series when it first came out. I really enjoyed the setting, and I'm interested in reading the rest of the series.

Check out more upcoming releases at Wishful Endings.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Love Stories on My TBR

I like to say I don't read romance. However, I have found if there isn't at least a hint of romance in the book I'm reading, I'm usually a little bored. Here are the books on my TBR that look like they might have a hint of romance in them.

Always Watching (Elite Guardians, #1)The Lost Castle (The Lost Castle #1)The Lacemaker

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England, #1)The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor, #1)

A Broken Kind of BeautifulA Table by the Window (Two Blue Doors #1)A Moonbow Night

The Weaver's DaughterTo Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation, #2)

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Monday, February 12, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Currently reading:
The Masterpiece

Up next:
Oath of Honor (Blue Justice #1)The Lost Castle (The Lost Castle #1)

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

February Book Haul

I'm linking up with The Deliberate Reader and Tynga's Reviews to share this month's book haul.

I treated myself to quite a few books this month. There were some good Kindle sales, and i took advantage of a couple of Amazon's Matchbook prices as well. I also bought the Kindle versions of several of the books that I reviewed last year. I love to support my favorite authors, and spending a couple of dollars on a book I've already read is an easy way to do that. Here are my newest acquisitions.

Kindle
Montana Rose (Montana Marriages, #1)The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)My Life As A Country Album

The LacemakerA Name Unknown (Shadows Over England, #1)Flight of Dreams

The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor, #1)Our Own Country (Midwife, #2)A Dangerous Legacy (Empire State, #1)

Not Perfect: A NovelForever is the Worst Long Time
Forever is the First Long Time

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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Book Review ~ A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green

A Refuge Assured

I loved this book! The characters are rich and layered. I love that I learned so much about The French Revolution and The Whiskey Rebellion. I studied both of these events in high school, but I have forgotten so much over the years. The main character is a lace maker which makes her a traitor to the new French government. She flees the country for America where she thinks she will be safe, but there is a lot of anti-French Monarchy sentiments in the states at this time. Alexander Hamilton makes an appearance as well as several lesser known historical figures.

I loved the faith thread that was woven through out the story. Vivienne is always looking for a literal and spiritual refuge and finally finds it in the end. I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction.

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

Can't Wait for If I Live by Terri Blackstock

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

What I can't wait for:
If I Live (If I Run #3)

When does it release? March 6, 2018

Why am I waiting? This is the conclusion to the If I run series. I can't wait to find out how things wrap up. 

Have you read this series? Let me know in the comments.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

One of my reading goals this year was to read more back list books. I'm planning to pick most of those from my own bookshelves. Here are some of the books I'm hoping to get off my TBR this year.

The Distant HoursWhite Picket FencesThe Look of Love

BlessingsThe Time BetweenSaving Grace

In This SignWhispers

Cordelia Underwood: Or, the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath LeagueSaint Maybe

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Monday, February 5, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Currently reading:
A Refuge Assured

Up next:
Interpreter of MaladiesThis Must Be the Place

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

Friday, February 2, 2018

First Line Friday ~ A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green

I'm linking up with Hoarding Books to share the first line of my current read.

A Refuge Assured

"Propping open the door to her shop, Vivienne Rivard listened to a distant rumble that vibrated the window and shivered in her chest. A rumble that might have been mistaken for thunder."

I'm about 25% into this amazing read. I'm really enjoying it. What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January Wrap Up

I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy and The Book Date to share what I read this month.

I read a total of seven books this month. Two were audio books which is not normal for me. I don't know why, but I don't really think about listening to audio books. I need to try more of them especially with the whisper sync Kindle option. I participated in the Bout of Books read-a-thon this month, and that really got my reading off to a great start. Here are the books I read in January and what I thought about them.

Until We Find Home


This was a very sweet WW2 home front novel that dealt really well with the displacement of European Jewish children at the time. The main character Claire had a lot of growing up to do, and could be a rather difficult character to like. Fortunately, her character matures throughout the story. I enjoyed all the literary references that were sprinkled throughout the book. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy small town, British settings and refugee stories. I received this book for free for the purpose of review.


When We Were Worthy


I couldn't put this down. It's fast paced but with surprising depth. Loved it!

Judah's Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees (The Silent Years #2)
Judah's Wife

I'm loving this series by Angela Hunt. The characters are so vivid, and I love learning about parts of history that I am unfamiliar with. Highly recommended! I reviewed the first book in the series here.

The Promises of God: Discovering the One Who Keeps His Word
The Promises of God


This was a really good introduction to the Biblical covenants. Highly recommended if your looking for some accessible theology.

As Bright as Heaven
As Bright As Heaven


I think I could read Susan Meissner's grocery list and be thoroughly entertained. This story about one family's struggle to survive the Spanish flu broke my heart. I had to the book down at about the halfway point. I didn't love the ending. I felt like it wrapped up too neatly, but after all the heart break, a happy ending was nice.


First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
First Impressions


This was an enjoyable literary mystery. I listened to it on Audible which I think enhanced the reading experience. Give it a try if you're up for a little who-done-it fun.

The Memory of Us
The Memory of Us


I have really mixed feelings about this one. I didn't realize going in that this is a straight up romance. There wasn't much history to it except for the World War 2 setting. It felt like it could be set at any time in history really. it picked up halfway through, and I listened to the audio book. I think that helped me enjoy it more. Recommended if you like romance.

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

Can't Wait for The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

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

What I'm waiting for:
The Lost Castle (The Lost Castle #1)

When does it release? February 6, 2018

Why am I waiting? I have enjoyed all of Kristy Cambron's books, and I'm really excited about this new series.