Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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.

When a plane carrying Bree Nicholls’ husband and son disappears, her life changes forever. Her relentless determination to find them starts an investigation that links their disappearance to a violent crime threatening to tear the peaceful town of Rock Harbor apart.
Mystery fans will love this romantic suspense novel from best-selling author Colleen Coble. Set in the untamed beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Rock Harbor novels draw readers into the life and adventures of a canine search-and-rescue teams as it unravels the secrets of an enchanting wilderness.

Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer

Dateline: 1945. The war is over.
And USO singer Betty Lake travels to post-Hitler Germany to entertain occupying U. S. troops. Her first performance is a hit, and she’s enthralled by the applause...by her quarters in a former Nazi-held mansion…and by the attention of Frank Witt, a dashing U. S. Army Air Corps combat photographer. Yet this songbird gets her feathers ruffled when her roommate, Kat, goes missing under suspicion of foul play. Is Betty a target too?
Betty and Frank team up against post-war grudges, and together, the lovebirds seek answers. But will they have a chance for their romance to sing? The truth is revealed under a German moon.

Flies on the Butter by Denise Hildreth

Can you ever really go home again?
Rose Fletcher’s come a long way from her South Carolina up-bringing of Sunday church and Mamaw’s fried chicken. As a high-powered child advocate in Washington, DC, Rose has put her Southern upbringing behind her. But the peace and happiness she sought has eluded her. with her marriage on the brink of disaster, her mind races with the chaos her life has become.
But now Rose must head South for home—a place where the mother she headed north to escape still resides.
She’ll face her demons, relive her coming-of-age, and confront the issues that kept her away all these years. It’ll take the intervention of strangers and a painful miracle of grace to help her find that place called “home” once again.

Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury

A peaceful town… An idyllic family… A phone call that threatens them all.
When Joey Campbell’s biological father is released from prison, four-year-old Joey faces a life no one could’ve planned. His father wants custody, and a judge’s quick decision deals a devastating blow to the Campbell family: Joey must be returned to his biological parent. In a haze of grief and disbelief, the Campbells watch their adopted son pick a dandelion and blow the feathery seeds into the wind.
And in the days following the ruling, Jack Campbell conceives a desperate and dangerous thought. What if they can devise a way out? What if they take Joey and just disappear? Both families will learn that sometimes the greatest love is in letting go—like dandelion dust.

Look to the East by Maureen Lang

A village under siege. A love under fire.
France, 1914
The small village of Briecourt may be isolated from the early battles of World War I, but a century-old feud between the de Colvilles and Toussaints rages in the streets. Despite being adopted as a child, Julitte Toussaint endures the scorn of the de Colvilles more than most, given the folklore surrounding her heritage.
Then everything changes the day the German army sweeps in to occupy Briecourt, trapping a handful of outsiders behind enemy lines, including Belgian entrepreneur Charles Lassone. When Julitte discovers Charles hiding in the church basement, an unexpected and dangerous love blossoms between them.
But heroes aren’t made in cellars. Eager to join the Allied forces—and prove himself worthy of Julitte’s love—Charles convinces the de Colvilles and the Toussaints to finally work together to smuggle him out.
Yet with the life of every villager on the line, who can be trusted? And when the line between ally and enemy is blurred, will faith and courage be enough to sustain them all?

Unforgettable by Trish Perry

Some of life’s trickiest steps happen off the dance floor…
Rachel Stanhope tries to see the good in everyone. But Josh Reegan tests even the benevolent Rachel’s good graces when they meet outside her Arlington, Virginia dance studio on a brisk fall morning in 1951. Admittedly, he’s attractive, yet his cynicism and cockiness are hard to tolerate.
A journalist and former World War II Air Force pilot, Josh considers a distraction like ballroom dancing a frivolous waste of time. Yes, Rachel’s confident nature is a refreshing challenge, but he wouldn’t tangle with her if his newspaper hadn’t roped him into covering one of her studio’s competitions in New York City.
Between Arlington and New York…between the melodrama of ballroom antics and the real drama of political corruption…between family involvement and romantic entanglement…Rachel and Josh have their hands full. The last think either of them expects is mutual need and support. but once they stop dancing around the truth, the results are unforgettable.

On Hummingbird Wings by Lauraine Snelling

Gillian Ormsby’s younger sister has always been the favorite—the one who stayed close to home, got married, and gave their mother grandchildren. She’s also the best at dealing with their mother, Dorothy. Nevertheless, when Dorothy claims yet again that she is dying, Gillian leaves her job in New York at the worst possible time to care for her, even though her primary ailment seems to be hypochondria.
In California Gillian finds her mother’s beloved garden wilted and brown, the blinds drawn, and Dorothy indeed in bed, waiting to die. She focuses on quickly restoring Dorothy’s health and will to live so she can get back to her own life. However, surrounded by new friends, Gillian is unprepared for the warmth that steals into her heart. Gradually her priorities are challenged, particularly as she grows close to Adam, a neighbor whose friendship holds the promise of becoming something more. Can a successful career compete with the one thing New York was missing—family?

Nightingale by Susan May Warren

Esther Lange doesn’t love her fiancé—she feels trapped in the engagement after a mistaken night of passion. Still, she grieves Linus when he’s lost in battle, and the letters sent to her by medic Peter Hess, who stayed by Linus’s side as he lay dying, give her a strange comfort. So much so that she strikes up a correspondence with Peter, a wholesome Iowa farm boy. But is he? Peter is hiding a secret, something that could cost them both dearly, especially when the past comes back to life. In this bittersweet home-front battle between duty and the heart, only one will prevail.

Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren
Taming Rafe is the second book in Susan’s Noble Legacy series, coming after Reclaiming Nick.

Two-time world champion bull rider Rafe Noble had no idea how quickly his world could end.
In less than eight seconds, he lost his title, his career, and his best friend—all on the floor of a noisy rodeo arena.
Katherine Breckenridge just wants to make a difference by running her mother’s charity foundation. But the mysterious disappearance of half a million dollars has forced it to the brink of bankruptcy. Her last chance to save it is the annual fund-raiser, an event that’s destroyed by an out-of-control Rafe Noble.
Desperate to rescue the foundation, Katherine heads to the Noble family ranch to enlist Rafe’s help in raising the money he cost her in lost donations. What she doesn’t know is that Rafe is broke—in cash and in spirit—and helping her could end up costing him his life.

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?
Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole’s father has always focused on what she’s not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.
Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it’s too late, icole sets out with the Renard family’s greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father’s rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole’s plans.
After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.
Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father’s rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family’s legacy?

Those are ten books that I own but still haven’t gotten around to reading! What about you? What are some books you own but haven’t read?
Happy Tuesday and happy reading!

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