Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My Bookshelf: The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

Evangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal—until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave Westley le Wyse. Can he help her discover the freedom to sing again?
Desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II’s closest advisor, Lord Shiveley—a man twice her age with shadowy motives—Evangeline runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village.
Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grow between them.

More than Evangeline’s future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

Top Ten Tuesday: Gift Guides

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about holiday gift guides, since Christmas is almost upon us! I focused my gift guide on historical fiction that has been released in the last year, since I absolutely love historical fiction, and so many good books have come out in the last few months! So, here are my suggestions if you’re buying books for someone who loves historical fiction!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Must-Have December Releases + A Linkup

It’s almost December! And you know what that means: Christmas is right around the corner! I for one cannot wait for the holiday, and I’m looking forward to celebrating with all my family and friends. Plus, I have just a couple more weeks before I’m done with another semester of school, and I couldn’t be more excited about that. Unfortunately for me, as far as this post is concerned, there aren’t very many books releasing this month. However, I am really excited for the few that are! So, let me tell you all about them!

Monday, November 21, 2016

No Linkup for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Week!!!
Because of the holiday (and a really busy week/weekend) Sarah and I aren't hosting the linkup this week, but we will be right back on schedule for next week!
Can't wait to be back with you next Monday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity. The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.
When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians to protect his son. But when Wade’s bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap.
Olivia’s skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade’s stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him—including Olivia but in her mind, even more dangerous than the threats to her life is the hold her handsome client has on her heart.

Top Ten Tuesday: I LOVE These Books!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is actually supposed to be a freebie about movies, but I have already talked about my favorite movies and books I think should be turned into movies, so I thought this topic could use a rest. Instead, I’m going to talk about ten of my favorite books of all time, ten books that just might be the top ten novels I’ve ever read. I’m not going to make that statement, because it might not be completely accurate, especially since I’m going to try to stick to books I’ve read in the past couple of years, and I’m going to try not to list too many novels by the same author, but this list comes very close. I’m going to put these in order as best I can, book one being the one I love the most and then on down from there!

Monday, November 14, 2016

My Bookshelf: Trust My Heart + A Linkup

Love is headline news when a small-town reporter teams up with the heir to a local estate.
Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.
After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.
The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…

Friday, November 11, 2016

300th Post and Coming Soon

Happy Friday! As I was deciding what to write about for today, I was looking around on my blogger account, and I thought to myself “how have I already written this many posts?” Sometimes it seems as if I just started blogging, and yet here I am, publishing my 300th post, and I can’t believe it! However, I’m so excited about how far this blog has come, and I can’t wait to see what the next 300 posts will bring!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

My Bookshelf: The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet—freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. A trade so costly, it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice.
As the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke nurse Ella Beckley arrives to ten to this Gypsy girl. All under the watchful eye of a guardian who not only bears a striking resemblance to the child, but who protects the baby with a love that wraps around Ella’s own tragic past, awakening a hope that goodness may yet reign. When their forbidden friendship deepens, Charlie dares to ask for her heart, bringing her behind the curtain of his secret world to reveal the sacrifice that gave hope to one little girl—boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own.

Top Ten Tuesday: More Books to Read

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books that I have lately added to my TBR list. I’m constantly adding books to my list, so this was a super fun post for me! These are listed in order from the absolute most recent book to the later recent books, so you know exactly what I’ve been adding lately! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

October Numbers & November Goals + A Linkup

How is it November already?! The past few weeks have completely flown by, and I can't believe it's already almost Thanksgiving and the end of the school semester, at least for me. I only have four full weeks left, and it it still feels like I just started a couple of days ago. But, my numbers/goals posts have become one of my favorites to write, so I am excited about that! Let's get to it!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

My Bookshelf: A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation.
Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that Cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child. So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton.
Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong.
Avery is torn between considering a future in Brighton and taking a coaching job in Georgia, and Colin is finally pushed to pursue what he really wants. Is it too late to convince Avery that she is his true love? And even if he does, will she make it to the chapel on Christmas Day to give him her heart?

Top Ten Tuesday: It’s All About Family

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about our suggestions for what your book clubs should read if they like a certain type of books. I love series, so I started out thinking about doing that, but it was too broad of a topic. So, I looked deeper, and I found one of my favorite types of series—the kind that follow one family/set of siblings—and decided that I had some wonderful suggestions. Therefore, if your book club, or just you, love reading series that are all about one family, here are some books for you!