Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Memes 4/18

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Are your reviews more of a rehash of the story or do you comment on writing style, characters, and reflection?

My Answer:
I never rehash the story in my reviews! If someone wants to know what the book is about they can read the description-which I include with each review. When I look at reviews I want to know what the person thought not a reiteration of the summary and I assume that's what others want too. Sorry if this sounds a bit harsh, it's a pet peeve of mine and I usually won't read reviews if the start with rehashing!


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."

If the letter-the one that could change everything-didn't arrive today, she'd stop hoping.
Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg

My Thoughts
Once I got done squealing in excitement over finally getting to read this book, I thought it was a great beginning! Makes you keep reading wondering what the letter could hold that will be so life-altering!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

About the Book
Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.
Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know.
Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.
Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake's yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty's dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.
What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways . . . and dreams and secrets collide?

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My Thoughts
Ever since I read Love Comes Softly I have been a huge fan of marriage of convenience stories, so as soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew I had to read it. Thankfully it lived up to my expectations and I finished it in less than twenty-four hours!
Marty was a great heroine with a fun blend of tough and gentle. Tough enough to do whatever needed done, yet gentle enough to care about everyone around her. It was fun to watch her transition from a Texas rancher, to a Colorado socialite, though she did it rather well!
Jake was also a pretty awesome hero. I loved his hard-working nature and the way he took care of those in his life.
The staff was an enjoyable mix of characters and I especially enjoyed Brighton and Mrs. Landry's playful bickering!
It was interesting to get a look at this time in history through the eyes of a banker, since usually we get the other side of the story.
The only real problem I had was that the book ended without some things really being figured out that I really would have enjoyed some closure on but it was still a great book that I definitely recommend!

Meet the Author
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.
Learn more about Tracie at: www.traciepeterson.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.


Welcome to the campaign launch for Tracie Peterson's 100th book! A Sensible Arrangement launches Tracie's new Texas-based series, Lone Star Brides, that’s sure to please. As a special treat, devoted fans will be able to catch a glimpse of several popular characters from previous series.



Tracie is celebrating by giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a LIVE webcast event on 4/29.

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  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the A Sensible Arrangement Live Webcast Event on April 29th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of A Sensible Arrangement and join Tracie and friends on the evening of April 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #108: Raptor 6

"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:

Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig
Shiloh Run Press-May 1, 2014

About the Book
Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean’s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, compromising the US military, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart—a move that might come at the highest cost.

Why I Want It
Ronie Kendig's books are some of my absolute favorites, I have loved each one of her novels and I can't wait to dive into this new series! It's also cool that we've already "met" Dean in the last series, so I'm excited for his story!
P.S. The model for this cover is an actual Special Forces veteran, which I think is really cool 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Bookish Things I'd Like to Own

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

#1. Floor to ceiling bookcases with a rolling ladder
#2. Cool antique Bookends
#3. Some sort of book related artwork
#4. A hammock for outdoor reading
#5. A room that is just a library
#6. A book related necklace
#7. A small shelf next to or above my bed for my current reads
#8. A bookish zip-up jacket
#9. A comfy reading chair
#10. A phone or laptop case that looks like a book

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #118

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I had a pretty great reading week! All of these books were 4-5-stars! I was reading them all at that same time and they were set four different centuries, 1704, 1883, 1944, and 2014 (I think)!

What I am currently reading:
I've only read the prologue of this since it's been a busy day but I'm super excited about it!

What I hope to read this week:
Hoping to get to all three of these this week! One review book, one just for fun book, and an Easter book!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #117
The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley
Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read
Sincerely Yours Novella Collection
Waiting on Wednesday #107: Rebels
A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr

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, April 12, 2014

Vow Unbroken by Caryl McAdoo

About the Book
A spunky young widow hires a farmhand with a bad reputation to help her get her cotton to Jefferson to meet the wagon train, and sparks fly—but can she love a man who doesn’t love the Lord?
Susannah Abbot Baylor reluctantly hires Henry Buckmeyer to help her along the Jefferson Trace, the hard stretch of land between her Texas farm and the cotton market, where she is determined to get a fair price for her crop. It’s been a rough year, and she’s in danger of losing the land her husband left to her and the children, but she’ll need help getting both of her wagons to Jefferson safely. She knows Henry’s reputation as a layabout and is prepared for his insolence, but she is not expecting his irresistible good looks or his gentle manner. Soon they are entwined in a romantic relationship that only gets more complicated when Susannah learns that Henry doesn’t know God the way she does. Dangers arise on the road—but none as difficult as the trial her heart is going through.

Will Susannah and Henry’s love overcome their differences? And will she get her crop safely to the cotton market with enough money to save the farm? In this heartening and adventurous tale, a young woman’s fortitude, faith, and heart are put to the ultimate test.

My Thoughts
I would prefer to just not write this review at all, since I didn't really enjoy this novel and I don't like to talk bad about books even if I didn't like them. but I was given the book in exchange for my honest review so that's what I'm going to give.
For the most part I did not like the characters. Sue was, in her own words, a shrew, despite the fact that she was supposed to be a Christian. It seemed almost every scene she would say or do something uncalled for, feel remorse over it, decided to never do it again, then turn around and start all over again. Her daughter acted like she was six instead of nine and was a bit of a spoiled brat though she did have some good moments. Levi was okay, he had an attitude problem at first but he came around to be a pretty decent guy. Henry was the best of the bunch. Despite not being saved he was the most Christ-like of them all. He was kind, gentleman-like, respectful, generous, self-sacrificing, and hard-working. Honestly I thought he was too good for Sue.
The plot was okay, though I thought it was a little ridiculous that she thought the reason her husband had died was because she had gone against her father's wishes when she'd married him, and now refused to remarry without her father's blessing. I also wasn't a fan of the dialogue, it felt unnatural and rubbed me the wrong way.

That all being said, I'm apparently the minority in my thinking since this book has several 5-star reviews. So please don't take my word for it and take look at the other reviews before deciding whether or not to read this!
Meet the Author
Caryl has always loved to write and is excited with her first historical Christian romance VOW UNBROKEN from Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, set in 1832 Texas. For every good blessing - including 10 children (4 by birth, 6 by marriage) and 14 grandchildren - she gives God the glory. Caryl lives a country-life with Ron, her husband of forty-six years and four grandsons, outside Clarksville, Red River County Seat, located in far Northeast Texas

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, April 11, 2014

Friday Memes 4/11

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
What do you think is the best book marketing tool? Blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest, or goodreads?

My Answer:
For me I'd say blogs. I may hear about a book somewhere else but when I decided whether I want to read it or not I check blogs I trust and see what their thoughts were. Goodreads is also great so you can see what your friends thought of it or if they are wanting to read it to!


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."

Monday, February 14, 1944
The stench was unmistakable. Seeping through the walls of the two-story chalet, turning pungent from the warmth of an oil furnace, the insidious odor drifted upstairs to where Stella lay asleep on a window seat. It filled her nostrils and roused her with a jerk; she struggled upright, shielding her eyes against the bright light penetrating the glass. Dawn. The burning had begun.
For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

My Thoughts
First off, this beginning is beautifully written (and so is the rest of this book)! The author created such a vivid scene with her words. If also raises questions the biggest of which being the question of what is burning.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr

About the Book
Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun
Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they've been branded enemies of the kingdom.
In the wake of the king's death, Duke Weir is ruling the country--and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war--and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.

A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra's destruction?

My Thoughts
This was such a great conclusion to this series! I had no idea how the author was going to work everything out but he did it excellently!
As with the previous two books this one took a little bit of time to get into which was mostly due to the fact that I had to try to remember everything from the first two books and get my bearings. But once I did I kept wanting to know more and figure out what was going to happen. This author is very good at constantly keeping you guessing, never revealing what's coming up!
All of the characters were once again fantastic. There are so many key players in this story but they are all distinct enough that I was never confused and I connected to them all.
One of the great things about this series is all of the action. I love how the author writes everything in such a way that you can almost see it playing out in front of you. For some reason this book kept making me think of The Lord of the Rings and I kept imaging things in that context, which was actually pretty cool!

I won't say anything ore for fear of spoilers but just know that this is a great series that I highly recommend! And since I don't usually like fantasy that is high praise indeed!

Meet the Author
Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick's day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

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, April 09, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #107: Rebels

"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:

Rebels by Jill Williamson
Blink-August 26, 2014

About the Book
The remnant of Glenrock has been scattered. But they are not beaten. The Safe Lands have long kept the true meaning of Liberation secret from their people. But after being sentenced to Liberation themselves, Mason and Omar soon discover the truth. Levi watched his brothers' public sentencing and tries to hold out hope they are still alive, He is forced to focus his attention elsewhere, however, when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and made the Safe Lands' newest Queen. His only choice to save Jemma may be to take up Omar's old role of undercover vigilante, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will Levi's new role be enough? Meanwhile, Jemma's sister, Shaylinn, is ready to give birth to the 'Safe Lands'' children ... but not even Ciddah is sure they can be delivered safely in the midst of a rebellion. And Mason must face the fact Omar's illness could be fatal. If they can all unite their efforts, together they may be able to expose the Safe Lands' lies to the people. But if they fail, they will all surely die.

Why I Want It
I just finished and loved the first two books of this series and I cannot wait to see what all happens in this one!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Sincerely Yours Novella Collection

About the Book
Four unexpected letters. Four intrepid women. Four lives changed forever.
Spanning a century and a continent, these romantic novellas will lead you on a journey through the landscape of love. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote hospital, you'll be swept into the lives of women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.
Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes
Camilla Renfrew is a highborn English lady fleeing false accusations when she runs smack into love on a steamboat bound for the new Erie Canal. But can this unexpected attraction survive the treacherous journey?
Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
Marigold Montgomery Bentley writes marriage advice for Kipler's Home Weekly even though she is single. Everyone assumes from the initials that "M. M." is a man. When the editor asks to meet Mr. Bentley, can Merrie come up with a ruse to keep her writing job?
One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Lorraine Caldwell will lose her family fortune to a reckless cousin if she doesn't marry quickly. When she learns her long-lost brother is alive, she hopes she's found the answer to her problems. What she finds instead is a mysterious carousel carver who turns her life upside down.
A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
Grace Hathaway must rescue a dear friend from a remote and notorious clinic that promises healing but delivers only heartache. In a place laced with deceit, where lives hang in the balance, whom can she trust to help her?

My Thoughts
Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes
This was a well-written, fun novella. I enjoyed both Camilla and Nathaniel's characters, and while the romance was a bit fast, even for a novella, their relationship was sweet. It was also kinda cool to get a look into the early steamboats and how they worked! All in all a good read!

Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
I really enjoyed this story! I loved the fact that the characters had known each other for a little while before the story started, and they were both great! Everything played out realistically and it was fun to watch their story unfold.

One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous two but it was still good! Lorraine and Jonah both took me a little while to warm up to, since they were both a bit standoffish at first. They became more likable as the story went on and I was rooting for them by the end. I loved learning more about the making of a carousel and it was fun to watch it come together.

A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
To be honest this story was a little strange. The whole secretly bad sanatorium angle was not only a bit creepy but it felt like something out of an old mystery show like Hart to Hart. Then there was the fact that everything was extremely rushed, from the time-line to the romance (which really seemed to come out of nowhere). So as you may have guessed I really wasn't a fan of this story but I'm sure others will enjoy it!

Meet the Authors
Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning author of many novels, including A Flickering Light. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and lives in Oregon. Visit www.jkbooks.com for more.

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. She lives in Wyoming. Visit www.amandacabot.com for more.

Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of The Midwives series and The Daughters of Bainbridge House series. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband. Visit www.lauriealiceeakes.com for more.


Ann Shorey is the author of the At Home in Beldon Grove series and the Sisters at Heart series. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon. Visit www.annshorey.com for more.

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.