Monday, June 17, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #344

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Finished off my three ongoing reads and enjoyed them all. Picture Perfect was a cute if imperfect read.

What I am currently reading:
This collection is taking longer to get through than I anticipated but it's not bad!

What I hope to read this week:
My next review read and one of my TBR picks!

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund

About the Book
Living in London's poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she's offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. After witnessing so much painful heartache and loss in the slums, the bride ship is her only prospect to escape a bleak future, not only for herself but, she hopes, someday for her sister.
Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship's surgeon, he's in charge of the passengers' welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love.

With hundreds of single men congregating on the shore eager to claim a bride from the Tynemouth, will Mercy and Joseph lose their chance at true love, or will they be able to overcome the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart?

My Thoughts
Jody Hedlund's books are always fascinating to me! I love the way she takes a bit of history that is often overlooked or not even known about and creates a beautiful love story around it! This book, and the ensuing series, give us a peek into the lives of women who found themselves on one of the "bride ships" headed to the other side of the world.
Mercy and Joseph were both great characters! Though they came from completely different stations in life they both had a heart to help others in need. I loved how even though Joseph was an aristocrat he never hesitated to help those who society deemed beneath him, regardless of what his peers thought. And Mercy had a servant's heart willing to literally give the clothes off her back if it meant someone else was taken care of. They had some obstacles to work through in their relationship but their romance was sweet.
This book didn't have a lot of surprising twists and turns or any huge dramatic moments but I honestly really enjoyed that fact. It was at it's core just a beautiful romance set during a unique part of history. Definitely another win from an amazing author!

Meet the Author
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of over twenty historical novels for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards, including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. Jody lives in Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats. Visit her at jodyhedlund.com.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner

About the Book 
After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn't love her in the "forever" way she loves him, Cadie believes it's time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.
But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie's favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It's a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?

Bethany Turner is back with more of the heart and humor readers love. Anyone who enjoys a good romance or binges romantic comedies on Netflix will devour this delightful story.

My Thoughts
After thoroughly enjoying Bethany Turner’s debut last year I have been anxiously awaiting this novel! And with her trademark humor and such an entertaining plot I knew it was gonna be a good one!
I have to start with Will. I loved his adorably clueless self so stinkin much! From the moment he walked onto the scene in the prologue he stole my heart. He wasn’t perfectly chiseled handsome but he had the perfect combination of imperfections that made him completely attractive. But he was one of those guys who has no clue how good-looking they are and that just made him cuter. He was trying so hard in his relationship with Cadie but their lack of communication was really their downfall. I felt so bad for the poor guy who really just didn’t have a clue what was going on.
I started off liking Cadie but through the second half I started to get a little frustrated with her and her reactions to Will (#TeamWill). But once again it came down to them not talking, she kept so many things bottled inside for so long that they festered into ugly wounds that poisoned her thoughts and actions. And even though I got annoyed for a bit I still cheered when they finally cleared the air and found each other again!
Will’s crash course on romcoms provided so much entertainment, especially when he got the other guys involved! They were all cracking me up so much!

Basically this book was exactly what I was hoping it would be, full of humor that made me laugh out loud and romance that made me melt a little! Definitely one I recommend!

Meet the Author
Bethany Turner is the author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn't matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she's chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #343

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished in the last two weeks:
I forgot to post last week so this is what I read in the last two weeks! Lots of good books and some okay ones but all in all some great reading weeks!

What I am currently reading:
Slowly working through the top three books and they're all enjoyable! Technically finished Picture Perfect today and it was an enjoyable read, the novella collection is fun so far!

What I hope to read this week:
Not sure which of these is next!

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

About the Book
Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren't enough.
Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but how can he convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life's answers lie in the heart?

Amid biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

My Thoughts
Roseanna M. White’s books are always among my most anticipated releases each year and they always find a place on my favorites list. And this one was no different! I completely loved every single second of it!
After meeting Margot in the last series all of us readers were begging for her story and White delivered in a spectacular way! Margot is definitely unique, she’s a mathematical genius in a time when women were still expected to do little more than be a wife and mother. She sees things in a different way than the rest of the world and views everything through numbers and facts instead of feelings. I absolutely loved how the author wrote her thoughts in such a way that truly got inside her head and saw things from her unique perspective. But even though she didn’t always understand people or their feelings I loved how she did try and she cared about and for them in her own way.
Drake was an amazing hero and the perfect match for Margot! I loved loved loved the way her pursued her without pushing. He met her on her level and slowly won her over. He had me stupidly grinning so many times as he broke down her walls! And he wasn’t just a gentleman in his pursuit of Margot he was just an all around stand-up guy. From his dedication to his job and the selfless work he did to the way he protected and loved his sister, to helping his friends without being asked he was completely deserving of the title of hero.
One of my favorite things about Margot and Drake’s relationship was the banter between them that started from the very first time they met! Their wit was evenly matched and made for hilarious conversations!
It was also so much fun to have some characters from the Ladies of the Manor and Shadows Over England series pop in! I love catching up with old friends!
Basically this book was amazing and you need to read it! I cannot wait for the next book, especially since it’s about Camden!

Meet the Author
Roseanna M. White (www.roseannamwhite.com) is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, designing book covers, editing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg

About the Book
“It was just a house. Just a weathered old house in a hidden grove, shuttered and still . . . ”

Last year, after traumatic circumstances forced her from her job as a nanny, Mara Bristol finally found a place to belong—the winsome Everwood Bed & Breakfast at the edge of Maple Valley, Iowa. For months, she’s helped its owner, Lenora, maintain the ramshackle property despite their shortage of guests. But when Lenora fails to return from a month-long trip and the bank threatens foreclosure, Mara worries she’s once again alone . . . abandoned . . . about to lose the only true home she’s ever known.
Detective Marshall Hawkins is no closer to whole today than he was two years ago . . . the day his daughter died. Between his divorce, debilitating migraines, and a dependence on medication, his life is falling apart. And when a reckless decision on the job propels him into administrative leave, he has no other plan but to get in his truck and drive. A one-night stay at the Everwood was supposed to be just that. But there’s something about the old house—or maybe its intriguing caretaker—that pulls him in.

Together, Mara and Marshall set out to save the Everwood. But its secrets run deeper than they could’ve imagined. As they renovate the house and search for its missing owner, they’ll each confront the pain that brought them to the Everwood in the first place . . . and just maybe discover a faith and love to help them carry on.

My Thoughts
I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for pretty much forever. I’ve built it up so high in my mind that you’d think the real thing wouldn’t even have a prayer of meeting my expectations. But guys, it not only met them, it exceeded them! Such an absolutely and wonderfully amazing book that I couldn’t love more if I tried!
Marshall is so broken as the story starts and my heart broke for him and I fell in love with him all at the same time. The loss he’d faced was unimaginable and I can’t even fathom thar kind of pain. Two years later and he was a shell of the man he once was. But even through his hurt he was still kind and he cared about people. I loved watching as his time in Maple Valley started to slowly heal him and lead him back to the ultimate Healer.
Mara hadn’t had an easy life either. Her father left when she was young, her mom basically checked out from then till her death, she had to deal with a stalker, and through it all was alone with no one to lean on and no place that felt like home. Until she stumbled onto the Everwood, Lenora, and a place to belong.
Marshall and Mara were wonderful together, a perfect team from the start. Their meet-cute was hilarious and I loved watching their relationship grow as the book went on. They both had a lot of healing to do and God used a quiet little bed & breakfast, each other, and the right words at the right times to draw them closer to him and to help them heal.

I honestly loved every second of this book from the lighthearted moments to the deep ones everything was beautifully crafted to create an amazing story! Maple Valley is my fictional home and I loved getting to come back again. I cannot wait for the next time!

Meet the Author
Melissa Tagg is the award-winning author of the popular Walker Family series, the Where Love Begins series and the Enchanted Christmas Collection. She’s a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl.
Melissa's recent releases include a 2018 ACFW Carol Award Winner (One Enchanted Noel), an RT Book Reviews TOP PICK (All This Time) and a Publishers Weekly Spring Top Ten Pick (Like Never Before).

Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women’s retreats. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever—not that she’s biased—watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #342

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Had a little bit of a slower week after the craziness of the readathon but I really enjoyed these two!

What I am currently reading:
Rayne is my current kindle read and Cadie is our newly formed Instagram book club's first pick. Loving both!

What I hope to read this week:
Last two books from this month's TBR and my next review book that I am extremely excited for!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Living Lies by Natalie Walters

About the Book
In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name--but no one knows your secret. At least that's what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son. Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body.
Lane must work with Walton's newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she'll have to decide if saving the life of another is worth the cost of revealing her darkest secret.

Debut novelist Natalie Walters pulls you to the edge of your seat on the first page and keeps you there until the last in this riveting story that will have you believing no one is defined by their past.

My Thoughts
I always love when a suspense book starts off with a bang and this book definitely grabs you at the start! Things slowed down a bit as the investigation continued on, and realistically that’s how things go, you don’t always catch the killer in a day. Things definitely picked up again in the last third as they got closer to the truth!
This book wasn’t all about the suspense though, the author also tackled some big mental health issues and the stigmas surrounding them. They’re not things that have really touched close to my life so I don’t want to say much about it but I admired her for bringing attention to issues that aren’t often talked about.
Lane wasn’t easy for me to connect to personally. She had a lot of things to work through in her life and didn’t have any easy go of it.
Charlie was a little easier for me to understand and I appreciated his desire to see justice found and the way he cared unconditionally. I especially appreciated the way he handled certain things that were revealed.
There was a host of unique characters in the small town of Walton and they definitely were a close knit community!

If this sounds like your kind of story I definitely encourage you to check it out!

Meet the Author
Natalie Walters is a military wife of 22 years and currently resides in Hawaii with her soldier husband and their three kids. She writes full-time and has been published in Proverbs 31 magazine and has blogged for Guideposts online. In addition to balancing life as a military spouse, mom, and writer, she loves connecting on social media, sharing her love of books, cooking, and traveling. Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #341 & Bout of Books 25: Wrap-Up

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Here is what I finished last week:
I had a wonderful week of reading for the Bout of Books Readathon! I read 13 books for a total of  4,484 pages! All of them were 4 or 5 star reads too which made it extra awesome!

What I read the week before last:
I forgot to post last week so here are the three books I read the week before the readathon!

What I hope to read this week:
Not sure what will be next-taking a little breather after all the reading last week!

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bout of Books 25: Day 6 Update


Day Six Update

Books I Read Today: 
All Who Dream by Nicole Deese (103 pages)
Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg (303 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg

Pages Read Today: 406

Total Books Finished: 12

Total Pages Read: 4,137

My Thoughts on Day Six:
A bit of a slower reading day. The books were amazing and I think I was savoring them so my pace was slower. Also I had some other things come up.