Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Among the Fair Magnolias by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray ,Dorothy Love, Elizabeth Musser

About the book: 
Among the Fair Magnolias
 (Thomas Nelson, July 2015)

In the most turbulent decade of our nation's history, four Southern women---destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war---face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
Savannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family home. So when new owner, Aidan Bedford, a Boston attorney and former Union soldier, seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But the clock is ticking. Can she find the box her father supposedly hid there during the war before her assignment is completed? And before she sees yet another battle lost on the home front. This time, one of the heart.

An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray
When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he's determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother's homestead, he discovers she's very ill, and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
Emily has a secret: She's in love with one of the freedmen on her family's plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.

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About the authors:
Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression andThe Inheritance. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. A native of west Tennessee. websiteTwitterFacebook 

Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels.websiteTwitterFacebook

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. website,TwitterFacebook

Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls 'entertainment with a soul.' For over 25 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams. websiteTwitterFacebook

My Take:  I don't usually read novellas because I usually want a little more to my stories.  These four stories were just the right length and didn't leave me wanting for more.  These stories are set during the period after the Civil War in the south so there are alot of issues that need to be addressed in each of these stories.  I think my favorite story was To Mend a Dream.  If you have read any of these authors give yourself a treat and try these stories which are just right for that inbetween time when you don't now what to read next.

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion from Litfuse.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Becky K Vogt

About the book: 
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: A Destination Wedding Novel
 (Howard, June 2015)

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple's journey down the aisle to "I do."

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father's military career. She's overcome what her mother called "the biggest mistake of her life" and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

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About the author:
Beth K. Vogt believes God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can't Buy Me Love, (May) and a novel,Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June).

Visit Beth online:  websiteFacebookTwitter

My Take: This was a very enjoyable Summer read.   It is the perfect book to take with you to the beach. When Vanessa goes to Destin Florida to plan her wedding because her fiancee wants to kill two birds with one stone so he can attend a conference where he can get education credits for work. She doesn't want to return there because that s where she meet her ex-husband.  When she gets there she is throw together with him often even though there are both just visiting.  If you want a light fun read then this is for you. 

I received a review copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Bride At Last by Melissa Jaegers

About the book: 
A Bride at Last (Bethany House, July 2015)

Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony-until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

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About the author:
Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.

Find Melissa online: websiteFacebook

My Take:  This was really an enjoyable book.  I did get irritated after awhile when the two main adult characters kept looking at each others lips and think about a kiss that they shared.  i felt at those times they had some very serious things that they should be thinking about other than kissing each other.  this didn't take away from how much I enjoyed this book.  As with most books like this alot of the problems the couple had could have been solved with better communication but that is the same with most couples I know.  this is the third in a series but it can be read as a stand alone.  If your like books set out west or books about mail order brides you will enjoy this book. 

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion from Litfuse. 

July Wrap Up and August TBR

I unofficially participated in four readathons in July but I only finished 6 books.

I participated in the yearathon last month because the theme was Agatha Christie or mysteries.

I read two books during this readathon

Just Plain Pickled to Death (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery, #4)
Just Plain Pickled to Death by Tamar Myers

Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #3)
Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay

Next was the Crammathon. I read one book during this readathon.

Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Next was Week of Wisdom Readathon which I didn't finish any books.

Then was #tbr takedown 2.0 which I finished two books for this readathon.

A Bride at Last (Unexpected Brides #3)
Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears This satisfied a sequel.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer This satisfied outside my comfort zone.

I also finished my audio book that I was listening to.

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
read by Fiona Hardingham and Steve West

So That Was the six books I read during July

Here is my Tbr for August

Audio Book
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Destination Wedding #1)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories
Among the Fair Magnolias by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, Elizabeth Musser

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)
Cress by Marissa Meyer

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

The Ugly Stepsister
The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Invasion (C.H.A.O.S., #1)
Invasion by Jon S. Lewis

The 12 Brides of Summer - Novella Collection #3
12 Brides of Summer by Margaret Brownley, Miralee Ferrell, Pam Hillman

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Influenza Bomb (TSI: Time Scene Investigators, #2)
Influenza Bomb by Paul Mc Cusker, Walt Larimore M.D.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now
Glory Days : Living Your Promised Land Life Now by Max Lucado

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

13 Stolen Girls
13 Stolen Girls by Gil Reavill

Irish Meadows (Courage to Dream #1)
Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#yearathon wrapup #crammathon

#yearathon theme for this month was Agatha Christie or mysteries
Just Plain Pickled to Death (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery, #4)
Just Plain Pickled to Death by Tamar Myers

Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #3)
Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay


Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Words of Wisdom Readathon

This Readathon goes from July 20-26

Mature Monday
Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

Timeless Tuesday
Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

Whimsical Wednesday
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Thrilling Thursday
Murder Freshly Baked

Friday Feels

Series Saturday
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Sunday Funday
Read what needs finishing

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett

About the book:
Beyond the Ashes (Abingdon Press, June 2015)

Where better to rebuild and face one's fears than in 1906 San Francisco, a city rising from the ashes?

Ruby Marshall, a young widow, is certain she'll discover new purpose assisting her brother Robert with his cancer research, but she doesn't anticipate finding new love.

Dr. Gerald Larkspur dreams of filling his empty home with family, but he'd always hoped it would be a wife and children. In the aftermath of the great earthquake, the rooms are overflowing with extended family and friends left homeless by the disaster. When Robert's widowed sister arrives, the close quarters seem close indeed.

Ruby and Gerald's fledgling romance is put at risk when Gerald develops symptoms of the very disease they're striving to cure. Together they must ask---is it worth a second chance at love when time might be short?

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About the author:
Karen Barnett is the author of Beyond the AshesOut of the Ruins, and Mistaken. Named the 2013 Writer of Promise by Oregon Christian Writers, Karen lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. When she's not writing novels, she loves speaking at women's events, libraries, and book clubs.

Find Karen online: websiteTwitterFacebook

My Take:  This book is the second book in a series but you can read it as a stand alone.Ruby Marshall is tired of everyone feeling sorry for her in her hometown so she decides to go visit her brother in San Francisco.  This is shortly after the big earthquake.  Ruby intends to help her brother in the hospital he works in. Her brother was one of the doctors doing early research on the use of x-rays in cancer patients.  She meets her brother's partner in this research Dr. Gerald Larkspur, who has always dreamed of having his house filled with family by that meaning a wife and some children,not his sister, and other family and friends.
I enjoyed this book as I learned abit about how San Francisco rebuilt from the earthquake. I enjoyed all of the characters , they reminded me of holidays when my family and extended family would enjoy getting together.

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant

About the book:
Love Arrives in Pieces (Zondervan, June 2015)

For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.

Former pageant queen Stella Varland doesn't trust beauty anymore after her divorce. Her appearance betrayed her and led to brokenness, so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but she always falls short. So she keeps her passion for art to herself and focuses on her interior design work. But if she doesn't get another job soon, she'll be stuck living with her parents.

Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancée. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he'll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town's old theater and is shocked to discover that the designer for the project is his old flame, Stella.

Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and past as they struggle to compromise and work together on a vision for the theater. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness---and their unresolved feelings for each other-until Chase discovers the hidden parts of Stella, while losing her trust in the process.

A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice---to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from their brokenness.
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About the author:

Betsy St. Amant 
lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

Find Betsy online: websiteFacebook

My Take: I really liked this book. I gave it a four star rating.  the only thing that kept me from giving it a five star rating is the author kept reminding the reader of the two main characters previous relationship like the reader can't remember from one chapter to the next what had happened between them.  I liked that the story incorporated a homeless shelter and some of the homeless population into the story.  The main girl character let others and what she use to be define who she is now.  She had a hard time trying to get people to take her seriously. Both main characters worried to much about how others defined them and they wasted way to much time when they could have been living much happier lives.  Both characters seemed to truly want to live lives that God would want them to live.

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Two Roads Home by Deborah Rainey

About the book:
Two Roads Home (Abingdon Press, June 2015)

What if it's too late for dreams to come true?

Minor---but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman's initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans' son-in-law, Jesse. Jesse Pennington's friendly, outgoing personality has always served him well, especially in a career that has earned him and his wife Corinne a very comfortable lifestyle. But Corinne and Jesse are both restless---and for similar reasons, if only they could share those with each other. Instead, too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk.

With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams. Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?

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About the author:
Deborah Raney's books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas-the setting of many of Deborah's novels-for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

Find Deborah online: websiteTwitterFacebook

My Take:  I really enjoyed this book.  It just proves that we all need to be diligent when it comes to the other sex. Something we might consider minor someone else could think it was something more or can make trouble for an innocent person.  Also they could make trouble for members in your family or target your children.  We must constantly be in prayer for our marriages and our children.  We also must be honest with our spouses about our dreams and goals for our families.  I love that this family is so close.  that is what I strive for for our extended family.  

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse and the opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June 2015 Wrap up and July 2015 tbr

I had a really good reading month until I hit the last book of the month which took me a whole week to read because I hit a reading slump. It was a good book but I was just read out.

Hear are the book I read this month plus the star rating I gave them on Goodreads.

I started the month with a good book

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer ****

Hearts That Survive: A Novel of the Titanic
Hearts that Survive by Yvonne Lehman ***

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan ****

Yarn to Go (Yarn Retreat, #1)
Yarn to Go by Betty Hechtman ****

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
Audio Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl **

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner ****

14th Deadly Sin (Women’s Murder Club, #14)
Audio 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro ****

Two Roads Home (Chicory Inn, #2)
Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney ****

Love Arrives in Pieces
Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant ****

so I read Nine books this month.  That is good since I used to read about four a month.

My TBR for July is pretty ambitious but I will just work on the books one at a time and read those I don't finish later in the year.

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins


Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children
The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children by Stormie Omartian

Season of Wonder (The Remnants #1)
Remnants : Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Bergren

Frantic by Mike Dellosso

The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life
The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

The Rising: Antichrist is Born  (Before They Were Left Behind, #1)
The Rising by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jones


In Good Company (A Class of Their Own, #2)
In Good Company by Jen Turano

Beyond the Ashes (Golden Gate Chronicles #2)
Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett
Blog Tour

The Yearathon is the first full week of each month with different goals each month. This month's theme is Agatha Christie/mysteries so here are the books I hope to read for that. #AYEARATHON

Just Plain Pickled to Death (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery, #4)
Just Plain Pickled to Death by Tamar Myers

Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #3)
Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay

Murder Freshly Baked
Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman

#CRAMATHON  is the weekend of July 10-12 so I will be finishing up any of these books that I need to finish and adding more if I need. 

For the rest of the month I will be trying to read these books.

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor
Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson
Blog tour

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Friend Me
Friend Me by John Faubion

Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Lazarus Game
The Lazarus Game by Stephen J. Valentine

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

A Bride at Last (Unexpected Brides #3)
A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Wicked Charms (Lizzy & Diesel, #3)
Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton