Monday, October 15, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #314

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Didn't enjoy The Frontiersman's Daughter as much as I thought I would but it was still good. Romancing the Bride was a great marriage of convenience story!

What I am currently reading:
Finishing this today and I'm absolutely loving it! 

What I hope to read this week:
Excited for this new Jenny B. Jones story that I'm sure will make me laugh out loud!

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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

#1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo-1,463 pages

#2. Harry Potter #5-7 by J.K. Rowling-734, 870, 652, 759 pages

#3. Operation Zulu Redemption by Ronie Kendig-633 pages

#4. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas-608 pages

#5. Little Women by Loisa May Alcott-586 pages

#6. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas-560 pages

#7. Insurgent & Allegiant by Veronica Roth-525, 526

#8. Reached by Ally Condie-512 pages

#9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

#10. A Heart Revealed & A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman-503, 505 pages

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #313

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Loved both of these so much!! 

What I am currently reading:
Not loving this one as much as I thought I would based on all of the other books I love of this author.

What I hope to read this week:
So excited for this one!!

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall

About the Book
In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again--this time for love...and to someone safe

As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can't help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of "what if" at bay?

My Thoughts
I was absolutely enchanted by this gorgeous story (pun completely intended)! I only just discovered this amazing author at the beginning of this year. And after devouring each of her four previous novels at the speed of almost one a day I not-so-patiently awaited this story. When it arrived I scrambled to finish my current read so that I could dive into this beauty!
It was everything I wanted it to be and more. I didn’t feel like I knew Nicholette all that well from the previous books, she was just kind of there and then when tragedy struck she wasn’t. But in this story we not only got to know her but come to love her as well.
And Cal. I was entirely charmed by this hero, every time he opened his mouth I melted. He’d been practically in love with Nicholette for years but respectfully stayed away when it seemed like he couldn’t have her. Then she waltzed into his life again, unattached, and I loved watching him slowly pursue her. From their very first reintroduction they had a connection that went well beyond the physical and it was beautiful to watch their relationship unfold.

This story, like the others before it, was purely beautiful from beginning to end and I couldn’t love it more if I tried!

Meet the Author
Dawn Crandall’s debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, “The Hesitant Heiress,” was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader's Choice Award and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader's Choice Award. Her follow-up novel, “The Bound Heart,” received the 2016 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles. Dawn earned a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University. She’s been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the four books of her Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House from 2014 to 2016. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.

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, October 02, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Want to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Thanks to CFRR I got to meet quite a few of my favorite authors, but there are still so many I'd love to meet! First I will share ten I hope to meet soon and then as a bonus I'll share some of the ones I have met!

#1. Julie Lessman

#2. Roseanna M. White

#3. Joanne Bischoff

#4. Dani Pettrey


#5. Denise Hunter

#6. Lindsay Harrel

#7. Sarah Sundin

#8. Karen Witemeyer

#9. Erynn Mangum

#10. Jenny B. Jones



AUTHORS I'VE MET

#1. Susan May Warren

#2. Melissa Tagg

#3. Dawn Crandall

#4. Kristi Ann Hunter

#5. Pepper Basham

#6. Katie Ganshert

#7. Ronie Kendig

#8. Courtney Walsh

#9. Jen Turano

#10. Becky Wade

Monday, October 01, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #312

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
We'll Always Have Summer was decent and I loved My Hope Next Door!

What I am currently reading:
Just starting this one and I'm excited!

What I hope to read this week:
Chomping at the bit to read this one! I adore Kara's books!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Rose in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan

About the Book
Some people marry for love; others marry for music...
Rose McNeil is rising the ranks at the Mozarteum in Salzburg as a violinist to watch. Her musical Nova Scotian heritage has loaned an unparalleled technique to her interpretation of some of the most beautiful compositions in the world. The opportunity of a first chair assignment to the Rainer Quartet under the baton of Oliver Thorne is a dream come true--- until her visa expires and the threat of leaving Vienna looms. As much as she grieves the prospect of leaving Vienna and the quartet, it is Oliver—with his dry sense of humour and unexpected charm- she will miss most.
British ex-pat Oliver Thorne’s recent appointment as conductor to the Rainer Quartet make him the youngest in the role during its prestigious history. But it wasn’t the path he wanted. A tragic accident years ago forbade him from ever playing his beloved cello again. Now he spends his life teaching and guest conducting for premiere orchestras at the Musikverein. When he first hears Rose McNeil play, all the dreams he left by the wayside are reborn with her unexpected talent. When Rose learns she may have to leave Vienna, Oliver has to come up with a solution. Losing his first violinist is unfortunate, losing her is unimaginable.
So he comes up with a crazy idea: A marriage on paper only. She’ll take his name and his citizenship. They’ll split rent money and coin toss to decide who takes the bed or the the futon every night. They’ll keep their secret from the orchestra. She’ll play and he’ll conduct and, most importantly...she’ll stay.

Unbeknownst to each other, Rose is in love with Oliver and Oliver is in love with Rose. They might even find a happy ending, if only their pesky marriage doesn’t get in the way.

My Thoughts
Breathless. This book literally stole my breath. It made my heart soar and hurt. I was sighing in happiness and leaning forward in anticipation of how things would play out. At one point I was literally clutching my hair, feeling every emotion that the characters were. It is so hard to put into words the beauty that is this book. The way it is written is unlike anything else I’ve read. It makes me long for a place I’ve never been and hadn’t really given thought to before reading it. How can you feel homesick for a place you have never seen? But that’s the only way to describe the way I felt, wanting to go back to a place I’d only visited in a book. This author’s ability to truly transport you somewhere else is second to none.
I adored Oliver, he was selfless, kind, patient, and a hopeless romantic. The way he kept going when an accident took the most important thing from his life, and the sacrifices he made for Rose without a second thought made me deeply admire him. That he was willing to live in a name-only marriage with a person he was starting to care deeply for not knowing whether she'd ever come to love him the same way, enough to make any woman melt.
The fact that this was a marriage of convenience story just made me love it all the more since that is my favorite trope. Watching their relationship unfold from a maestro listening to a violinist, to friends, to husband and wife, to being in love with each other was absolute perfection.
I know nothing about music beyond that fact that I like to listen to it but the way the author writes about it makes me feel it in every part of me, her descriptions making everything come to life.

This story was quite simply stunning and it will stay with me forever.

Meet the Author
Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

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. 

A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris

About the Book
Psychologist Grace Callahan has no idea that she has a secret--one worth killing for. But when she finds out one of her clients has been murdered, she quickly realizes that the computer security specialist wasn't simply suffering from paranoia.
Detective Nate Quinn has just been cleared for active duty after a bombing killed eighteen people, including his partner, and left him dealing with PTSD. His first case back on the job involves the murder of Stephen Shaw, and his only lead turns out to be an old friend, Grace Callahan--and her life is in grave danger. Someone believes Shaw gave his psychologist information before he died. Information they are willing to kill for.

With her signature pulse-pounding suspense, Lisa Harris takes readers deep into the heart of fear in this race against the clock.

My Thoughts
Lisa Harris certainly knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat! From the very first sentence to the very last I was completely sucked into this story! It almost felt like an episode of a crime show (which I love) but with a deeper look into everything.
Grace and Nate had a bit of a unique relationship. They had known each other in college when Nate’s best friend was dating Grace but they’d lost touch. Now they meet again under very crazy circumstances. I really appreciated how the author handled their relationship. Even though the story takes place over a short period of time things didn’t seemed rushed and flowed at a natural pace. They were getting to know each other again, building on what they’d known in the past and discovering who the other had become in their years apart. They both had experienced trauma that deeply affected them but they were able to confide in each other and help the other work through things.
I loved the suspense and mystery of the story, racing against the clock with the characters to piece together everything before it was too late. I did guess part of it but it still kept me turning pages till everything met a satisfying conclusion.

This book was non-stop and I absolutely recommend it for all lovers of romantic suspense!

Meet the Author
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than thirty books, including Vendetta, Missing, Pursued, Vanishing Point, and the Southern Crimes series, Harris and her family have spent almost fifteen years living as missionaries in southern Africa. Learn more at www.lisaharriswrites.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. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books by Authors I Love That I Still Need to Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The list of books I need to read is endless so I kept this list to ones that I actually own by authors I really really love. Can't believe I still haven't read these! Hopefully soon!

#1. The Colonel's Lady & The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz

#2. A Most Inconvenient Marriage & For the Record by Regina Jennings

#3. Life After by Katie Ganshert

#4. The Sweethaven Series by Courtney Walsh

#5. With Every Breath & Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

#6. The Illusionist's Apprentice & The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

#7. The Wedding Shop & The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

#8. A Beauty So Rare & A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

#9. The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

#10. Love Finds You in Annapolis Maryland by Roseanna M. White

Monday, September 24, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #311

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Finally got fully over my reading slump and had an amazing week of reading! I was crazy busy but a lot of it was babysitting jobs and so I had a decent amount of nap/bedtime reading hours! I adored these books, I've been waiting forever for most of these and they were certainly worth the wait!

What I am currently reading:
Finishing this series while the first two are still fresh in my mind and before summer is too far gone!

What I hope to read this week:
Excited to read these!

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