Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Memes 11/21

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

My Answer:
Don't be afraid to give your true opinion! I used to be really scared of writing reviews for books I didn't like but as time went on I realized that people wanted my thoughts so I gave them-in the nicest way possible though! There is no reason to be mean!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

The blast of a gunshot awoke Emma Chambers. But it was the whiz of a musket ball over her head and its ping against a metal beam that brought her out of her sweet dreams.
Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

My Thoughts
This beginning certainly sucks you in!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #139: The Secret of Pembrooke Park

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
Bethany House-December 2, 2014

About the Book
Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister. 
Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll's house left mid-play...
The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor's past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.
This catches Abigail's attention. Hoping to restore her family's finances--and her dowry--Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn't the only one secretly searching the house.
Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries about the past. 

As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?

Why I Want It
Julie's books are always beautifully written and I am looking forward to this release!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait to Get

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

#1. Hawk by Ronie Kendig (The Quiet Professionals #2)
Ronie's books are always amazing and I am excited to get Hawk's story!

#2. Can't Let You Go by Jenny B. Jones (A Katie Parker Production #4)
I loved all of the first three Katie Parker books so when I heard the author was releasing a fourth I was beyond excited!

#3. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey (Alaskan Courage #5)
Reef McKenna has always been a bit of a mystery so I cannot wait to read his story!

#4. Always on My Mind by Susan May Warren (Christiansen Family #4)
We got a bit of a peek at what this book will hold in the last book but I desperately want to figure out how Casper and Raina's story will play out!

#5. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade (Porter Family #3)
I've wanted Jake's story since I first met him in Undeniably Yours and I am so happy that he will get his happily ever after that he deserves!

#6. The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter (Chapel Springs #3)
I've been loving this series and I am really looking forward to PJ's story!

#7. Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris (Southern Crimes #3)
It's Michael's story, need I say more?!

#8. Now & Forever by Mary Connealy (Wild at Heart #2)
I always enjoy Mary's books and this one promises to be just as good especially with the shotgun wedding angle!

#9. No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason (Hidden Identity #3)
Lynette's books are always action packed and this one sounds like it will be too!

#10. Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley (Logan Point #3)
I'm interested to how this mystery that has been hinted at in the previous books turns out plus Livy is a great character!

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #148

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
Where Treetops Glisten was amazing and I loved rereading these Gallagher Girl books!

What I am currently reading:
So excited to be finally reading United We Spy and it's really good so far! Again no progress...

What I hope to read this week:
My next three review books! Not sure which I'll get to first but I would love to finish them this week!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #147
Top Ten Characters I Wish Would Get Their Own Book
Waiting on Wednesday #138: A Most Inconvenient Marriage
Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten Novella Collection

About the Book
The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?

In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?

My Thoughts
From the moment I heard about this collection I knew I wanted to read it! Not only was it WWII, which is my favorite time period, but it was also about siblings and I love when there is a collection of books about families! Then to top it off one of the authors is one of my absolute favorites, another I'd really enjoyed a few of her books, and the third I hadn't read before but I'd heard good things! So it goes without saying that I was pretty psyched to read this book and thankfully it did not disappoint!

Winter Wonderland (Prologue) The perfect way to start off and set the mood for this collection! I loved the chance to get to meet the characters before their individual stories began.

White Christmas. First of all I loved sharing a name with the heroine of this story, it's always fun to read books that have your name in them! But beyond that, I loved Jackson and Abigail! Their story was so sweet and I loved how everything played out for them. Jackson was so nice and sweet that it was no wonder he broke through Abigail's barriers almost seamlessly, and I loved how Abigail's gentle nature was just what Jackson needed to open up about his problem. Their romance was well paced and I enjoyed every minute of it!

I'll be Home for Christmas. This one was definitely my favorite of the three! I read this story in pretty much one sitting and it was the perfect thing to be reading as we celebrated Veteran's Day! Pete was amazing! I loved that he was a pilot and it was cool to see how events from the past had changed him into the hero he was. But in that change he lost his joy and it was so cute to watch God through Grace and Linnie help him find it again. And speaking of Grace and Linnie, I loved them too! Grace was a bit closed off, which was understandable due to all she'd gone through but I loved seeing Pete wear down her defenses bit bit. And Linnie was an adorable precocious bundle of energy that you couldn't help loving. In case you couldn't tell I loved everything about this novella from start to finish!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas-This tale was definitely a bit different from what you normally expect from a novella but that did not mean that I didn't enjoy it! Instead of having two people meet and fall in love it was about David and Merry, two people who'd been in love until David suddenly left the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. They end up in the same town in the Netherlands without knowing each other was there. So the majority of the story the couple spent apart, which as I mentioned is unique for a novella but the author made it work and it made their reunion all the sweeter. I loved how they each had sacrificed to do their part to thwart Hitler's plans, Merry through nursing wounded soldiers and David through helping the underground rescue and hide people. So even though it was outside the norm I did really enjoy this story too!

Let It Snow, Let it Snow (Epilogue) This epilogue made me smile a lot! It was cool to see all of the family together and it was the perfect ending to a beautiful collection!

Meet the Authors
CARA PUTMAN is a woman living a dream God planted in her heart years ago.
An honors graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School, Cara is an attorney licensed in Virginia and Indiana. She clerked for the Honorable Loren Smith at the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. before following her husband to Indiana.
In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. At the book signing her husband told Colleen Coble that she wanted to be writer. She's been running ever since to keep up.
Cara is also an attorney, wife, mom to three, homeschool teacher, occasional professor at Purdue, women's ministry leader, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is.
Website, Facebook, Twitter

SARAH SUNDIN is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California, with her husband and three children.
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TRICIA GOYER is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 40 books, including the
novelization for Moms’ Night Out. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Tricia coordinates a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. They have six children.

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I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Memes 11/14

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
As you grow in your blogging experience, have you become more particular in terms of what you will post on your blog or what books you will read for review on your blog?

My Answer:
I haven't really noticed that much of a change though I have become more able to tell what books I will or won't like!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Grey, the color of the sky outside the makeshift hospital. Grey, the bare tree limbs that reached into the horizon, as if offering prayers for the Dutch countryside and its war-torn people. Grey, the ashen faces of the soldiers as the stretcher bearers carried them in on litters.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Tricia Goyer
(Part of the Where Treetops Glisten novella collection)

My Thoughts
I love this beginning. It immediately draws you into the time and place and it is beautifully written!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

About the Book
Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the district attorney's office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school--and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram's vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a kid sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?
Fan favorite Julie Lessman draws a romantic triangle that will have readers in a tizzy in this glittering Gilded Age tale of transforming love.

My Thoughts
I am so in love with this book (as I am with all of Julie's books)! I could barely put this book down and had it finished less than eight hours after it arrived in the mail.
Bram and Megan were some of my favorite characters in the first two books of this series and I was beyond ecstatic to read their story! And what a story it was! I was totally lost in the turmoil that was their relationship. From worrying if Devin would manage to steal Megan away to feeling Bram's pain as he struggled with falling in love with someone he'd seen as a little sister and realizing he couldn't have her because of an obligation he felt he had to his father. I was unable to stop turning pages to see how everything would play out!
I loved how sweet and kind Megan was. She handled everything with an endearing gentleness and it was impossible not to love her! I also liked how she never let her new found beauty affect her attitude at all!
Bram was equally amazing! I loved he was always putting others above himself and that his relationship with God was so strong. It was hard to watch as he struggled through things that had happened in his past but I was so happy when he finally broke free of it.
I also loved that we got to see Caitlyn and Logan's relationship play out! Julie honestly had me worried for a bit that they wouldn't get a happy ending but I should have known she'd never do such a thing! Their story was so full of ups and downs that it just made the end result all the more sweet!
In short I adored this book and could not wipe the smile off of my face for a really long time!
(Also it was totally awesome to have not only my name but my niece's name in this book! Dream come true!)

Meet the (Amazing) Author
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series, the Winds of Change series, and The Heart of San Francisco series. The recipient of seventeen Romance Writers of America awards, as well as many other accolades, Lessman was chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers' Choice Awards. She resides in Missouri with her family. Learn more at www.julielessman.com.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #138: A Most Inconvenient Marriage

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
Bethany House-December 2, 2014

About the Book
With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies, giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care for his ailing sister after he's gone--a practical solution for both of them.

After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain--until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive, and wastes no time in challenging Abigail's story. Abigail is flummoxed. After months of claiming to be his widow, how can she explain that she's never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before? How can she convince him that she isn't trying to steal his farm? And will she find a way to stay, even though this practical arrangement has turned into a most inconvenient marriage?

Why I Want It
A twist on the normal marriage of convenience story this book sounds hysterical! Plus the author is good so it should be an enjoyable read!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Ten Characters I Wish Would Get Their Own Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

#1. Conner Young from Team Hope by Susan May Warren
He is always the first person that comes to mind when I think of this topic since he was one of my favorite characters and I really want him to have a story of his own!

#2. Gabriella Dawn O'Conner from Winds of Change by Julie Lessman
I kinda fell in love with this adopted O'Conner and I would absolutely love to see what happens when she meets the right guy! Plus it would mean more O'Conners which would make me one of the happiest people on earth!

#3. Blake McClare from The Heart of San Francisco by Julie Lessman
Ok yes, he's not the most upstanding of characters but I would love to watch the right woman reform him! And if anyone is good at writing about reformed rogues it's Julie!

#4. Gabi and Marcello's Luca and Lia's, and Greco and Ali's kids from The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren
How awesome would it be to have a second series about their kids?! I think it'd be mind-blowingly amazing!

#5. Laura McClellan from Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy
Admittedly this wish has already been granted since she just released a novella about her in Seekerville's collection but it has been a story I've wanted for awhile so I decided to include it! Plus it'd be even cooler if it was a novel instead!

#6. The Reeves boys from Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy
This has partially come true since Ike is the hero in the novella mentioned above (A fact that I love), but I always thought it'd be fun to have a series about these boys all grown up!

#7. Heath Kincaid from The Kincaid Brides by Mary Connealy
I think it'd be pretty cool if this fourth Kincaid brother got his own book!

#8. Big John Conroy from Trouble in Texas by Mary Connealy
I can't remember whether or not he was single but he was such a mysteriously interesting character that I really think it'd be fun to know more!

#9. Vivian & Lillian Kensington & Nell Morgan from The Grand Tour by Lisa T. Bergren
While I wasn't the biggest fan at first these three got better as the books went on and I think it'd be cool to get their stories!

#10. Rory "Bear" Riordan from Husbands for Hire by Kelly Eileen Hake
 I don't know why but he always stuck in my mind and he was rather sweet so I think it'd be cute to see him find a girl!

Monday, November 10, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #147

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I decided to renew my library books instead of doing a reading blitz but I was still pretty happy with how much I got in! All three of these books were really good!

What I am currently reading:
I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever finish these first three since it has been weeks with no progress but who knows! I am continuing to enjoy my Gallagher Girls reread and I am already loving Where Treetops Glisten and I am only on the prologue!

What I hope to read this week:
I am hoping to at least finish the Gallagher Girl books this week if not something else!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #146
Top Ten Books/Series I Want to Reread
Waiting on Wednesday #137: Love Unexpected

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!