Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Memes 2/12

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Are you able to read in the car? 

My Answer:
I go back and forth. Growing up I had no trouble reading in the car then in my late teens I started getting car sick on occasion. But it's hit or miss!


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."

Fog wafted over the silent hilltop, dancing in eerie waves amidst the centuries-old trees, the weathered trunks the sole markers of the lost graves littering the grounds surrounding them.
Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

My Thoughts
Love the imagery of this beginning! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen

About the Book
Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It's where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she's beautiful.
Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother's neglected duties. Home on leave, he's sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter's daughter. He's startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him--one of Wesley's discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.
Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she'll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.
Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family's estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?

My Thoughts
As a fan of Julie Klassen and marriage of convenience stories I knew from the get go that I would love this book, and love it I did.
Stephen was the quintessential strong but quiet hero, and I loved his character. He was military so he had a bit of a fierce side but it was tempered by his kind heart. His first instinct was to solve any problems that presented themselves and he wanted what was best for those around him without much thought to his own happiness. Sophie was a sweet heroine and she handled the difficult circumstances she found herself in with grace. I admired how she was determined to do whatever was necessary to protect and provide for her child. I loved the romance between Stephen and Sophie, it wasn't flashy or dramatic but rather it was a quiet love that slowly blossomed and it was beautiful.
There was a large cast of brilliantly written secondary characters and they each added their unique flair to enhance the story. Julie's beautiful storytelling was once again showcased in this novel as she wove this tale in such a way that I hated putting it down! All in all it was another Julie Klassen masterpiece and I highly recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed her previous novels and to those who are fans of Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, and the regency era in general!

Meet the Author
Bestselling, award-winning author Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn more at www.julieklassen.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, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #199: Silence in the Dark

"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:

Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley
Revell-April 19, 2016

About the Book
Two years ago, Bailey Adams broke off her engagement to Danny Maxwell and fled Logan Point for the mission field in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now she's about to return home to the States, but there's just one problem. After Bailey meets with the uncle of one of the mission children in the city, she barely escapes a sudden danger. Now she's on the run--she just doesn't know from whom. To make matters worse, people who help her along the way find themselves in danger too--including Danny. Who is after her? Will they ever let up? And in the midst of the chaos, can Bailey keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again?
With lean, fast-paced prose that keeps readers turning the pages, Patricia Bradley pens a superb story of suspense and second chances.

Why I Want It
I have really enjoyed the other books in this series and I'm looking forward to this one!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White: Cover Reveal

About the Series
The Ladies of the Manor Series take readers back in time to Edwardian England, when automobiles and electric lights were all the rage, but the old way of life still ruling the land. Lords and ladies, maids and valets…and in this case, a dose of danger and mystery to take them.

And without further ado here is the gorgeous cover for A Lady Unrivaled!


About the Book
White Is Quickly Becoming the Top Name in Edwardian Romance
Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better. Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?

Meet the Author
Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna’s novels range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com

The whole series together! So pretty!


Top Ten Fictional Crushes

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

Cinema Crushes

#1. Steve Rogers from Captain America

#2. Steve McGarrett from Hawaii Five-0

#3. Dean Winchester from Supernatural

#4. Auggie Anderson from Covert Affairs

#5. Walter Sherman from The Finder


Book Crushes

#1. Luca Forelli from The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren

#2. John Brady from A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman

#3. Sean O'Conner from A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman

#4. Blake Hunziker from Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg

#5. Casper Christiansen from Always on My Mind by Susan May Warren

Monday, February 08, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #210

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Loved this book SO much!!!

What I am currently reading:
Enjoying this so far!!

What I hope to read this week:
Looking forward to both of these!

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, February 05, 2016

Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

About the Book
She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.
In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther.
His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself.
Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different.
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love.
Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.

My Thoughts
Growing up in a Christian homeschool family I've heard a lot about Martin Luther, but I really hadn't seen him in this way before. For some unknown reason I've always pictured him in my head looking like Friar Tuck from Disney's 1952 live action The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men. (If you don't know what I'm talking about look it up-you'll laugh!) So taking that image and trying to have him as the lead in a romance novel took a bit of adjusting but once I did this book was fantastic! I have loved every Jody Hedlund book though, so that wasn't really a surprise! I love how she takes history and makes you see it in a whole new light!
For all of my knowledge about Luther I hadn't paid much attention to Katharina so it was cool to get to know where she had come from and the circumstances that brought them together. Both Luther and Katharina were passionate about God enough to risk their lives and each other to share His love with the world. It was truly inspiring. Theirs was not a typical romance but it was special all the same. I loved all their bantering with each other and how you could tell that underneath it all the really cared about one another.
All in all this was a great look at a part of the life of one of Christianity's greatest leaders. Some minor things were changed for the story but the author kept as true to the real story as she could!

Meet the Author
Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.
As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she's not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories.
She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee.

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 Memes 2/5

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Does your significant other share your reading passion? 

My Answer:
I do not currently have a significant other but I hope when I do that he at least enjoys reading!


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 music played in the background while the charity's benefactors finished their dinner. A few danced, some chatted. Others looked slightly bored with the whole thing. 
But one person caught her eye.
Always Watching by Lynette Eason

My Thoughts
Since I'm familiar with this author's style this beginning had an ominous feel to me, though I'm sure at first glance it seems perfectly innocent! Great beginning though, I love the way it's written!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Monthly Reflections #47: January 2016

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January was a pretty great book month! I read 11 books and posted 6 reviews! A fabulous start to this new year!

Books I Read
So many good books! They were almost all 5 stars with one or two 4 stars! Favorite was probably The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren!

Reviews I Wrote:

In Febuary I Hope To:
Read at least 10 books
Post 7 reviews

You're the One That I Want by Susan May Warren

About the Book
Owen Christiansen has been in a downward spiral since an injury ended his NHL career. But a job on an Alaskan crabbing boat offers a fresh start . . . maybe even a shot at romance with Elise “Scotty” McFlynn, the captain’s daughter.
Used to being one of the guys, to never relying on anyone, Scotty doesn’t believe in happily ever after―especially with someone like Owen. Her instinct is confirmed when Casper Christiansen arrives to drag his prodigal brother home, bringing with him a truckload of family drama―and even worse, the news that Casper is wanted for questioning in connection to a crime back in Minnesota.
But Owen is more than the sum of his mistakes, a truth both he and Scotty discover when she escorts both brothers to Deep Haven as part of her new job on the Anchorage police force. Thrust into an unfamiliar world of family, faith, and fresh starts, Scotty begins to see potential for a happy ending . . . if she’s brave enough to embrace it.

My Thoughts
Reading this book was bittersweet because sadly this is the last Christiansen novel, the ending of an epic series. But what an ending it was! I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this was probably my favorite book in this series!
Throughout all of the previous books Owen wasn't exactly someone to admire, he was cocky and arrogant, then angry and short-tempered, he made some pretty big mistakes, and finally he just disappeared off the map. But God was working on him while he was away and as this story opens we get to meet a much different Owen. He still has some problems (don't we all?) but it is obvious that he's working to change his life around. I love how fiercely loyal he is to those he cares about and how he is willing to do just about anything to protect them. Some of the things he does appear reckless but at the heart of it is his desire to save those he loves. Scotty was downright amazing and absolutely perfect for Owen! Being raised by a single dad and spending almost all of her time around men gave her a realistic view of the world and she is able to see past Owen's past to the man he is and the man he's becoming, unlike anyone else in his life. They both had some things to work through before they could let themselves be in love but it was a beautiful journey and I loved every step of the way.
The whole thing with Casper's arrest and everything that followed was rather crazy but I loved seeing the entire family standing together to help him! The epilogue was the perfect way to end this amazing series and I was sighing with happiness as I closed the book.
If you haven't already then I highly recommend that you check out this series, you won't be sorry! And if you've read all but this one, then let me tell you, it's everything you've been hoping for!

Meet the Author
Critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA, and Carol Award-winning author of over forty-five books, including the Deep Haven series and the Daughters of Fortune series. Susan is also an award-winning writing coach who teaches at conferences throughout the country. Visit her at susanmaywarren.com.