Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

About the Book
In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.
As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.
The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life under Sarah Sundin's practiced pen with this powerful new series.

My Thoughts
I first have to talk about how much I love this whole series idea, three brothers, one in the navy, one in the air force, and one in the army, each taking part in a different facet of the D-Day invasion. Giving us three different looks at the same historic event. I could not love the genius of this more, it's completely brilliant.
Wyatt is the oldest of the three brothers, but after an unfortunate accident and a wrong committed in fear, he hasn't spoken to any of his family memebers for years. He deeply regrets his actions and is driven by a desire to make things right and one day beg his family's forgiveness. I really admired the way he was honest about his sins and ran to God, clinging to his faith. Honestly there was so much I loved about Wyatt, his quiet strength, his desire to do the right thing regardless of personal cost, and the gentle way he loved without pushing. Really I could go on for days about just how amazing this hero was!
And then there was Dorothy. I loved her a lot too and my heart broke for her. She faced so much loss and lived life feeling unlovable but that never stopped her from loving others. Whether it was caring for a father who seemed to be checked out from life or making sure a friend had enough to eat she was always looking out for others. It was a bit frustrating to watch as she hid her true self just to please a guy who didn't deserve her, especially since it blinded her to the amazing guy right in front of her.
Wyatt and Dorothy's strengths and weakness complimented each other and it was beautiful to watch as they encouraged the other and helped them see their best selves. Dorothy learned to stop seeing herself as unable to be loved and to accept the love of God and Wyatt. And Wyatt realized he had to stop working for the forgiveness God had already given and to forgive himself for the mistakes of his past.
All of the historical details that were woven into this story were absolutely facinating and I was loving them as much as the characters. Many of the behind the scenes actions that made D-Day happen I'd never really learned at it was so cool to read about.
So in case you couldn't tell I absolutely adored every second of this book and I cannot wait to read Adler and Clay's stories!

Meet the Author
Sarah Sundin is the author of Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, and When Tides Turn in the Waves of Freedom series, as well as Wings of the Nightingale and the Wings of Glory series. Her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. Her popular Through Waters Deep was a Carol Award finalist and named to Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years." A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. Sarah lives in California. Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

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. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday: A Chance at Forever

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine


A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears
Teaville Moral Society #3
March 6, 2018
Bethany House Publishers

About the Book
In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain, determined to protect Teaville's children from the bullying she experienced as a child, finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against him getting the job.
Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy's mistrust, but he's returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the best interests of the children at heart.
Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they're working for?

Why I Want It
Love this author and I've been really enjoying this series! Excited for Mercy's story!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten (New) Heroes to Love

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.

I wanted to feature some swoon-worthy heroes for the V-day freebie but there are just too many that I love! So I narrowed it down to heroes from books that I've read in the last year(ish) and limited myself to one per author. So without further ado, here are some heroes that had me melting more than a little bit!

#1. Lawry Hampton from The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

#2. Trent Hawthorne from An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

#3. Peter Holstein from A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

#4. Ryan Brooks from Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

#5. Wyatt Paxton from The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

#6. Seb Pierce from One Enchanted Noel by Melissa Tagg

#7. Wes Harrison from Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham

#8. Chase Griffin from His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman

#9. Noble Rynallt from The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

#10. Parker Mitchell from Still Life by Dani Pettrey

So if you've read these books do you agree with me? Who are some heroes you've been loving lately?

Monday, February 12, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #279

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Three amazing books that touched me in different ways!

What I am currently reading:
I'm really enjoying Let's All Be Brave. I've just started Founding Brothers but with my love of early American history I'm sure it will be interesting! As for Just Look Up I say "currently reading" but technically I've just reread the first page a couple times since every time I pick it up I'm interrupted. But I know I'll love it!

What I hope to read this week:
Not sure if I'll get around to it but I'm hoping to read this next!

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!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday: A Most Noble Heir

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason
March 6, 2018
Bethany House Publishers

About the Book
When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl's heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.
Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father's demanding expectations.
At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan's new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

Why I Want It
I loved the two books I've read by this author and I'm looking forward to this one!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Top Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

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. The Colonel's Lady and The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz
I've read every other one of Laura's books but I just haven't managed to get to these two.

#2. The Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen
This is the only one of this author's early books I haven't read (though I've missed her last several releases too).

#3. Proof by Jordyn Redwood
This book has been on my radar since it's release and I was lucky enough to win a copy but it has sat unread on my shelf for too long.

#4. A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham
I've had this one on kindle for forever and I also recently purchased the paperback. This will be the year I finally read it!

#5. A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
I love Regina's books but when I didn't get this one for review it slipped through the cracks. I eventually got it as a birthday gift but I still haven't read it.

#6. The Secert Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rorick & Bernie Su
Loved this YouTube mini-series and was so excited to get the book but life and other books have kept me from it.

#7. Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
I loved this author's debut but yet I haven't read anymore of her books.

#8. Fair Play by Deeanne Gist
Love this author and the first book of fair books was fun but sadly I still need to read this one.

#9. Stuck Together by Mary Connealy
I'm a little ashamed I still have not read this one. I read all her other books and even the others in this series but it took me a little while to get my hands on this one and I just keep forgetting I haven't read it.


#10. A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander
Loved book one in this Belmont series and yet book two (and now three) still have not been read.

Monday, February 05, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #278

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Two great reads this week! Love how the covers colors coordinate!

What I am currently reading:
My two non-fiction reads that I'm working through. Both are powerfully good!

What I hope to read this week:
So excited to start this one as soon as I get some reviews written!

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 02, 2018

Month in Review: January 2018


January was a good month for me, especially in the book and blogging departments! The new year brought a renewed passion for reading and getting back into regularly posting on here! I finished NINETEEN books!! That is almost a third of the total I read last year-definitely looking up! I also started a bookstagram (@adventuresofaliterarynature) this month and I'm really enjoying it! 

The Books
Crossfire by Susan May Warren
Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B. Jones
You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado
Courtship in Crisis by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
Cool Beans by Erynn Mangum
Latte Daze by Erynn Mangum
Double Shot by Erynn Mangum
The Lawman Claims His Bride by Renee Ryan 
Hearts Entwined by Witemeyer, Connealy, Jennings, and Jagears
For Woman Only by Shaunti Feldhahn

Other Reviews I Wrote This Month

Books I Added to My Collection This Month
All review copies except Let's All Be Brave!

Goal Progress

-Read 75 books 19/75
-Read 12 Christian Living Books 1/12
-Read 2 educational books and/or biographies 0/2
-Finish 1-2 classics 0/2
-Read 15 non-review fiction books 10/15
-Read 5 kindle TBR 4/5
-Try 5 new-to-me authors 3/5

Already getting close to some of these goals so I'll probably being uping them! Based on last year I thought they were reasonable but so far this year is going much better than last!


Thursday, February 01, 2018

Bookstagram


Somehow I've been remiss and forgot to post about my new bookstagram account here on the blog so this is me remedying that! 
I have been toying with the idea of an Instagram account dedicated solely to books and my love of them! So if you are on Instagram stop on over @adventuresofaliterarynature and if you like what you see and want to see more I'd love it if you'd click that follow button!

Here are a few of my favorite posts so far!



Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection

About the Book
The ways of love can be complex. Sometimes a relationship full of unexpected twists and unlikely turns leads to a bond that's strong and secure. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that follow the winding path of romance in stories that celebrate a love that lasts forever.

My (Overall) Thoughts
I loved this collection! Four amazing authors and four stories that connect to series of theirs-a reader's dream! Each story was well-written and equally enjoyable!

The Love Knot
Summary-When Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?

Review-I’ve been loving The Ladies of Harper Station series and each new installment makes me smile! Claire has been a fun character and it was good to see her get her happily ever after. Pieter was a hero to admire, when he set his mind to something whether it be his career or the woman he loved, nothing could stop him! I liked how Claire and Pieter had a history and seeing them work through the “knots” that had separated them to a place of forgiveness and renewed trust, was beautiful!

Author-Karen Witemeyer is a winner of multiple Carol Awards and has been a finalist for the RITA Award and National Readers' Choice Award. She lives in Abilene, Texas. www.karenwitemeyer.com


The Tangled Ties That Bind
Summary-Connor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?

Review-I enjoyed The Kincaid Brides series when I read it years ago and actually the first book in that series was the first book I ever reviewed! So it was fun to see some of the Kincaid kids all grown up. It was a little weird at first since Conner and Maggie were technically cousins but there was no actual blood relation so it was easy enough to get past. They had always had a strong bond and both had hopes of a relationship forming but the years got away from them. It was fun to see them reconnect and realize their love for each other. They had some adventures along the way but they only served to show them what good partners they were.

Author-Mary Connealy is well-known for her award-winning, bestselling historical romantic comedies. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska. www.maryconnealy.com

Bound and Determined
Summary-As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.

Review-Bradley amused me in Holding the Fort so I couldn’t help but smile when I realized he was getting his own story! He certainly met his match in Ambrosia and their teasing banter made me laugh several times! The camels were certainly a unique twist that added a whole new level of entertainment! I also enjoyed Ambrosia‘ as father, Captain Herald, he was a tough cookie with a sense of humor. Bradley and Ambrosia were young and I appreciated that they acknowledged that and made wise decisions at the end of the story!

Author-Regina Jennings is the acclaimed author of The Fort Reno Series. She lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children. www.reginajennings.com

Tied and True

Summary-Wealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference in their social status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?

Review-We got to briefly see Marianne and Calvin in A Love So True and it was fun to see their story play out! I loved how they both had a heart for service doing what they could to help those in need. Calvin was being a bit bullheaded (though I could see where he was coming from) but I loved that Marianne never gave up on him. The way she was determined to prove him wrong was endearing. They may have been from different social sets but they were perfect together!

Author-Melissa Jagears, author of the Unexpected Brides series, lives in Kansas. Her novella, "Love by the Letter," won the 2014 Carol Award. www.melissajagears.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.