Monday, July 27, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #183

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I had a fantastic reading week! Not only did I read all of the books on my docket for this week (minus the one I started and stopped due to not liking it) but they were all fantastic to boot!

What I am currently reading:
Just starting the novella collection but so far so good! As for Glory Days, I'm loving it and I'm so happy to finally have another devotional book to read!

What I hope to read this week:
So unbelievably excited for these three books!!!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #182
Top Ten One Word Book Titles
A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears
Waiting on Wednesday #171: The Lost Heiress
A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

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!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Memes 7/24

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Do you use bookmarks? If so, do you match them to the book you're reading or do you use random scraps of paper?

My Answer:
I use bookmarks! I don't match them to the book I'm reading I have a bunch but I tend to get stuck on one and use it for awhile! My current one is a Whovian one!


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."

Closed until June 13. 
Michael Hunter stared at the hand-lettered sign on the Gull Motel office, expelled a breath, and raked his fingers through his hair. Not the welcome he'd been expecting after a mind-numbing thirty-six-hour cross-country drive to the Oregon cost.
Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

My Thoughts
It's a good beginning! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

About the Book
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?

My Thoughts
Such a good book! I've been fighting a bit of a reading slump lately but I had this book finished in about twelve hours, it was that good!
Since I knew that Silas was going to be the hero of this book I payed extra attention to him in A Bride in Store, and while he had some changes to make I just knew that he would become a man to be proud of. And boy was I right! I loved how real the author made him, he overcame his addiction but the temptation was still there and it was inspiring to watch him fight to maintain what he'd worked so hard for. I loved how much he was willing to sacrifice for Anthony, and how hard he worked at being the best father he could be. Kate was fantastic too. I loved her selfless love and care for others, especially Anthony. Both Silas and Kate had painful pasts that made them scared about surrendering to love and it was beautiful to watch them both overcome their hurt and find healing with God and each other.
So in closing, this book (well this whole series) is amazing and I heartily recommend it!

Meet 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 her online at www.melissajagears.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.

Waiting on Wednesday #171: The Lost Heiress

"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 Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White
Bethany House-September 8, 2015

About the Book
Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she's British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook's friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.
The mystery of her mother's death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook's life is threatened do they draw close--but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.
As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?
And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of 

the very rare treasure in her possession--and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

Why I Want It
I have loved every book I've read by this author and this one sounds really good!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears

About the Book
Impatient to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell sets out on her travels a week early. But her plan goes sadly awry when her train is held up by robbers who steal her dowry and Axel, her groom-to-be, isn't even in town when she finally arrives.
Axel's business partner, William Stanton, has no head for business and would much rather be a doctor. When his friend's mail-order bride arrives in town with no money and no groom in sight, he feels responsible and lets her help around the store--where she quickly proves she's much more adept at business than he ever will be.

The sparks that fly between Will and Eliza as they work together in close quarters are hard to ignore, but Eliza is meant for Axel and a future with the store, while Will is biding his time until he can afford medical school. However, their troubles are far from over when Axel finally returns, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both.

My Thoughts
I read this author's debut and absolutely loved it, so I could not wait to get my hands on book two! I was ecstatic when I discovered that I had won a copy and I made plans to read it as soon as I could. But then review books came that I needed to read first and life got busy and this book sadly sat on my shelf begging me to read it. Then book number three's release date approached and I got the chance to be an influencer for it so since I am a stickler for reading books in order I had the excuse I needed to finally blow the dust off of this book and dive into it's beautiful story! Thankfully the wait just made the reading that much sweeter!
Will's character in A Bride for Keeps was one of my favorites and so I was quite happy that he was going to be the hero of this book! And what a hero he was! I loved his selfless care and love for anyone and everyone he came in contact with. He truly challenged me to think less about my own needs and to help people regardless of the personal cost! I felt so bad for him as he struggled with the guilt he heaped upon himself for the people he was unable to help or save, and it was lovely to watch as he realized that their lives were in God's hands and not his.
Eliza was a fun heroine. She berated herself for being selfish but she really had a heart to love others. I loved they way she accepted Mrs. Lightfoot and never treated her differently because of how she looked.

The author did a fabulous job of making you wonder until the very end if Will and Eliza would be able to overcome the obstacles keeping them apart in order to be together! In short I loved everything about this story and I am so excited for A Bride at Last!
Meet the Author
Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade, 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.

Top Ten One Word Book Titles

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

I couldn't come up with any books for this week's actual topic so I decided to do one of my own. I think one word titles can be pretty cool and it also must be hard to condense an entire book down to just a single word! Here are my top ten!

#1. Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren

#2. Interrupted by Rachel Coker

#3. Dauntless by Dina Sleiman

#4. Anomaly by Krista McGee

#5. Shattered by Dani Pettrey

#6. Serendipity by Cathy Marie Hake

#7. Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun

#8. Heiress by Susan May Warren

#9. Rebels by Jill Williamson

#10. Vanished by Irene Hannon


Bonus: Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman
(This book isn't released yet so I didn't count it but I love the title so much I couldn't resist sharing it!)

Monday, July 20, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #182

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I actually had a decent reading week (review deadlines helped)! I enjoyed all three of these books!

What I am currently reading:
Just starting this one!

What I hope to read this week:
My next three review books!

Blog Posts
It's (Not) Monday! What Are You Reading? #181
Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession
Waiting on Wednesday #170: Not By Sight
Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley
Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett
Monthly Reflections #41: June 2015

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!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Memes 7/17

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Do you listen to audio books?

My Answer:
Nope! I hate being read to and I can read a book much faster than it takes to listen to an audio book!


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."

"I refuse to attend another wedding. I'm through." Ruby King Marshall juggled two glasses of punch in her gloved hand as she shepherded her blind cousin through the overcrowded ballroom.
Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett

My Thoughts
So I've actually just finished this book but I did enjoy this beginning so I thought I'd share! I'm starting to feel the same as Ruby, there are just too many weddings happening!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Monthly Reflections #41: June 2015

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So this post is going up super late in the month but I was on vacation when June ended and I've been rather busy ever since! June was a bit crazy and I only managed to read 5 books and 2 novellas and post 4 reviews but it was a good month nonetheless!

Books I Read
Hearts Made Whole and A Worthy Pursuit tied for best book!

Reviews I Wrote:

In July I Hope To:
Read at least 8 books
Post at least 5 reviews

Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett

About the Book
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?

My Thoughts
After hearing nothing but good things about this author's debut I jumped at the chance to review her next book. I loved it and I've been quite anxious to read this one! Thankfully it lived up to my expectations!
I loved all of the rich historical details about the rebuilding of San Francisco after the quake and about the early research into curing cancer. I haven't read much about either so it was quite fascinating!
Gerald and Ruby were both amazing characters and it was sweet to watch them fall in love! I loved Gerald's generosity and his care for those around him, and Ruby's courage to face and overcome her fears.

It was also great to see more of Robert and Abby's story! All in all this was a fantastic book that I highly recommend!

Meet the Author
Karen Barnett is the author of Beyond the Ashes, Out 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. You can learn more at KarenBarnettBooks.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.