Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jaded by Varina Denman

Their small-town church wants them apart. But God has other plans.
        As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation. Now, thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed, and a string of secrets are unearthed that threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside down.
        Jaded is the rare novel that is a love story between both a woman and a man…and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness, and restoration, this book will resonate with every woman who’s experienced a loss of heart…and a thirst for hope.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Bookshelf: A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid

Mattie is at opposition with Bo before they even meet. And the stirrings of love are overshadowed by the need for a miracle to heal a young boy.
        Widow Mattie Diener’s son is terribly sick, and she doesn’t know why. At her wit’s end, she takes him to the local hospital, except a city doctor is filling in for the usual physician. When the new doctor accuses Mattie of child abuse because of the boy’s mysterious symptoms, Mattie’s nightmare turns from bad to worse.
        Bo Lambright works for social services and is assigned to the case. Even though he believes in his heart that Mattie is innocent, he is required to investigate the boy’s symptoms.
        Mattie checks her son out of the hospital against medical advice, but is arrested. Bo ends up bailing her out, but she feels she can’t trust him because of the horrible accusations, and she would never harm her children. Meanwhile, Bo is having dreams that seem crazy but might actually be the answer to all of their prayers.

Books I Own But Somehow Still Haven’t Read

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is actually all about what we think are the top ten bookish things, but I just wasn’t really feeling that topic this week. So instead, I thought I would write all about the books I own but yet still haven’t read. That was actually the reason I started doing a My Bookshelf post every Tuesday: because I have so many books that I still haven’t read! So, since there’s still far too many, I decided to feature them for today’s Top Ten Tuesday. I had more than ten, so I picked the ten I’ve had for the longest. Here are my top ten!

Without a Trace by Colleen Coble
Without a Trace is the first book in Colleen’s Rock Harbor series.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Must-Have May Releases

        How is it already almost May?! I have absolutely no idea, but I am so glad, because that means I get out of school this week! Summer break is finally here, and I am so glad as I desperately need it! Also, I’m so excited for all of the books releasing the next couple of months, and I’ll actually have time to read them because I won’t be doing schoolwork. So, get ready for lots of reviews! For now, though, here are the May releases I’m excited for!

Dawn at Emberwilde
Annabelle is about to enter the world of le bon ton. But there is more to it than meets the eye. And not all of it is good.
        Fellsworth School is the only home that Annabelle Creswell has ever known. An artist at heart, she is curious about what adventure lies beyond Fellsworth’s walls. When her long-lost aunt invites Annabelle and her younger half-sister to accompany her to Bellfield Crossing for the summer, Annabelle cannot resist a new adventure.
        Colin Ashton, on the other hand, has more adventure than he cares for. As a magistrate in Bellfield Crossing, he focuses on keeping illegal activity at bay. He has little time for frivolous activities, which he’s certain are Annabelle’s focus.
        Annabelle is enamored by the opulence that surrounds her at her aunt’s home—more wealth than she has ever known—but it is the orphans at the local orphanage who really capture her heart. As she works among the community, Annabelle quickly finds herself the interest of several suitors. Colin warns her not everyone can be trusted, but she wonders if she can trust him. After all, she has been told stories about him.
        Colin’s and Annabelle’s paths continue to cross as Colin works to unearth the local smuggling ring and Annabelle takes her place in high society. Could Colin have been telling the truth? And will her aunt listen when Annabelle voices her concerns? Or will she send Annabelle back to Fellsworth and away from the life…and man she has come to love?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My Bookshelf: The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

Beneath the façade of a wealthy aristocrat may beat the black heart of a killer…
In 1910 Toronto, most girls are perfecting their domestic skills and finding husbands.
        But Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts have never been ordinary. As the two detectives launch their business, the deaths of two young Irish women lead them deep into the mire of the city’s underbelly.
        While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well become Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever—if they can stay alive long enough to do so.

Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about the books that make us laugh. I’ve tackled this topic once before, so I’ll try not to repeat, but forgive me if there’s just a little bit of overlap. And if you want to see my full review of one of the books, you can just click on the coral titles in the text. Anyway, I’ve picked ten books that I absolutely love, and I can promise that they are definitely funny. So, here is my list!

Playing the Part by Jen Turano
Playing the Part is the third book in Jen’s A Class of Their Own series, coming behind After a Fashion and In Good Company.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My Bookshelf: Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

The prodigal is coming home.
        It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged of his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.
        He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest—a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.
        Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or find the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

Ten Books Every X Should Read

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about the ten books I think every … should read. Because I am extremely fond of historical novels, I decided to pick the ten books every lover of historical fiction should read. I’ve picked ones from my all-time favorites list; the first half are set in England and the last half are set in America. Also, if you want to see my full review of any of the books, just click on the coral colored titles in the text. So, here goes!

Not by Sight by Kate Breslin
Not by Sight is Kate’s second stand-alone novel.

Monday, April 11, 2016

My Bookshelf: The Reluctant Duchess by Rosanna M. White

Will fleeing the Scottish Highlands only leave her in more danger?
        Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she’s never felt good enough—not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping those threatening her life.
        Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, yet the last thing he needs is the distraction of the newly introduced Lady Rowena. He has enough on his plate having recently come into possession of a rare treasure for which many would kill, yet those around him seem intent on pairing him with this desperate but beguiling girl.
        Rowena is reluctant to marry this notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fear she’ll end up in more danger than she fled.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

Come home to Hope Harbor—where hearts heal…and love blooms.
        Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life—and love—altered her plans. Now she’s home again—with a floundering farm to run…a tragic secret…and a wounded heart. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets and devastating regrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help with a project that is close to her heart, winds of change begin to sweep though Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives—including their own.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My Bookshelf: Playing the Part by Jen Turano

        Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.
        Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.
        Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

Sequels I’m Anticipating

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is another topic I’m not all that fond of writing about. Therefore, I’ve picked my own topic this week, and decided to tell you all about the sequels I am absolutely dying to read. Because there are quite a few sequels I haven’t yet taken the time out to read, I’ve narrowed down the topic by only choosing ones that haven’t released. So, here goes!

A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton
Releasing on April 19th, this is the second book in Lori’s The Pathfinders series, coming after The Wood’s Edge.