Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Keturah

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

Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren
The Sugar Baron's Daughters #1
Feburary 6, 2018-Bethany House Publishers

About the Book
In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.
Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined--and that's just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world.
Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.

Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

Why I Want It
Lisa T. Bergren's books are always absolutely amazing! This is such a unique setting that I can't wait to see what she does with it!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top 10 Bookish Resolutions

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. Read 75 books

#2. Read 12 Christian Living Books

#3. Read 2 educational books and/or biographies

#4. Finish 1-2 classics

#5. Read 15 non-review fiction books

#6. Read 5 kindle TBR


#7. Try 5 new-to-me authors

#8. Sort books into shelves on Goodreads

#9. Get better about keeping on a review book schedule

#10. Write more reviews for non-review books

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bout of Books 21: Wrap-Up

Bout of Books

I am so happy with how much reading I got done this week so! It was so much more than I thought I would finish and it was a great way to kick of the 2018 reading year! I made a goal of reading 5 books but I ended up finishing a total of 11! Two of them were started before this week since they were ones that I read daily and I also read 24 pages from Les Mis that I've been trying to work through so my total page count was 3,040! I loved so many of these but I think A Song Unheard might be my favorite!

The Books



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bout of Books 21: Day 6 Update

Bout of Books

Day Six Update

Books I Read Today: 
Double Shot by Erynn Mangum (98 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
None

Pages Read Today: 98

Total Books Finished: 10

Total Pages Read: 2,829

My Thoughts on Day Six
I left on a road-trip with my best friend's dad at 6 this morning and we arrived at my bestie's a little before 4. Then we spent the rest of the day just hanging out. Snow-mageddon hit us just before we left so I got to read a little while he attempted to clear the drive-way but that was all I got in.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

About the Book
Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.
Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

With her signature fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, Lynette Eason invites readers into a captivating new series where justice is a family affair.

My Thoughts
This book kept me up way longer than I planned on, I was exhausted but I just couldn’t put it down until I knew how it ended! From start to finish I was sucked into the story, trying to figure out how the pieces fit and who to trust, right along with Ryan and Izzy. There were so many twists and unexpected turns that it wasn’t until just about the last second that I finally put it all together.
I loved both Ryan and Izzy, they were both great cops and even though they faced a devastating loss they found their way through it to make sure justice was found for their brother and partner. They had known each other forever but they were both starting to feel something more and their relationship seemed to develop naturally from the foundation of their friendship.
I loved the closeness of Izzy’s family and I’m looking forward to getting more of her sibling’s stories!

This book was so good with non-stop action and a sweet love story! Definitely a must read for romantic suspense lovers!

Meet the Author
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well as Always Watching, Without Warning, Moving Target, and Chasing Secrets in the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of two ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.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.

Bout of Books 21: Day 5 Update & Day 6 Challenge

Bout of Books

Day Five Update

Books I Read Today: 
Latte Daze by Erynn Mangum (297 pages)
The Lawman Claims His Bride by Renee Ryan (282 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Latte Daze by Erynn Mangum
The Lawman Claims His Bride by Renee Ryan

Pages Read Today: 579

Total Books Finished: 10

Total Pages Read: 2,731

My Thoughts on Day Five
Another fabulous day of reading! I started and finished two books! I'm sure this will be my last good reading day since I'm road-tripping to see my bestie today (Sat) so the last two days of this read-a-thon will probably only include a little bit of reading if any at all. But I'm definitely happy with how much I've read already so if I don't get any more read that's okay!

Day Six Challenge
Book Spine Poetry

I didn't have a lot of time so I just threw together the first books I saw that went well!

From the start
You're the one that I want
No other will do
I'll be yours
Forevermore

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

About the Book
It is the eve of a new age of freedom in the colonies.
But can a proper English lady dare hope for her own independence?
Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson has nearly everything a lady of her position could want. Daughter of the British lieutenant governor of the Virginia Colony and a darling of fine society in a rugged land, she is anticipating an advantageous marriage. That her betrothed is a rake and love is lacking is of little consequence--or so she tells herself.

Though her own life seems in order, colonial Williamsburg is a powder keg on the verge of exploding, and her fiancé's cousin Noble Rynallt carries the flame of revolution in his heart. Those with connections to the British nobility are suspected as spies, and Liberty soon finds herself left with a terrible choice. Will she stay true to her English roots? Or side with Noble and the radical revolutionaries?

My Thoughts
Yet again this author blew me away! The historical detail is seamlessly woven into every fiber of the story and transports the reader back in time. I have always been a bit enamored with the American Revolution (and one needs only to glance at my the reading and writing habits of my school days to verify that) so it’s always a treat to find beautifully crafted stories set in that era. And this book was nothing if not beautifully crafted! It’s a decently large book at about 400 pages and I finished it in a day, unable to put it down.
And now to talk about the heroine and the hero. Noble lived up to his name in every way-a true hero. The quiet way he was always there to help, seeing need and immediately doing what was necessary and often going beyond, but also knowing when to step back. I don’t think there was a thing about him that I didn’t admire! Elizabeth, or Liberty as she later chose to be called, was definitely admirable too. As the daughter of a staunch Tory father and a Patriot mother she was pulled in both directions, but as events play out she begins to see which cause is the right one. I appreciated how even though she was abandoned by friends and family alike she didn’t wallow in it. Instead she took the skills she had and found a job and even though it was hard and endless she did it without complaint.
Noble and Liberty’s relationship developed slowly but steadily, their paths continuously crossing an unlikely friendship developed into love. A timeless kind of love that just kinda took your breath with its simple beauty

Everything about this book was brilliant the writing, the characters, the romance, the historical parts, and I loved every part of it and highly recommend it to all historical lovers!

Meet the Author
Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
According to Publishers Weekly, "Frantz has done her historical homework." With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net

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.

Bout of Books Day 4 Update

Bout of Books

Day Four Update

Books I Read Today: 
A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White (244 pages)
Cool Beans by Erynn Mangum (298 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White
Cool Beans by Erynn Mangum
Courtship in Crisis by Thomas Umstattd Jr. (100 pages)
You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado (81 pages)

Pages Read Today: 542

Total Books Finished: 8

Total Pages Read: 2,152

My Thoughts on Day Four
Got a bunch more reading done today, this read-a-thon is going better than I dared hope! Finished a book I started yesterday, read another start to finish, and read the last bit of two non-fiction books that I began before the read-a-thon and have been reading a chapter a day from.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bout of Books 21: Day 3 Update

Bout of Books

Day Three Update

Books I Read Today: 
Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B. Jones (200 pages)
A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White (158 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B. Jones

Pages Read Today: 358

Total Books Finished: 4

Total Pages Read: 1,429

My Thoughts on Day Three
I read a bit less today than I did on the first two days. The cause of this decline rest with the girls I nanny who decided that sleep wasn't overly necessary today. I also had an evening commitment that took a large chunk of my night . All in all though it wasn't a bad amount for the day!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bout of Books 21: Day 2 Update & Day 3 Challenge

Bout of Books

Day Two Update

Books I Read Today: 
Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason (362 pages)
Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B. Jones (168 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

Pages Read Today: 530

Total Books Finished: 3

Total Pages Read: 1,071

My Thoughts on Day Two
Another great reading day! I got almost as much read on day two as day one! I'm glad these first days are going well since I'm sure my reading will drop off for the last bit since I'm travelling out of town.


Day Three Challenge
Book Spine Rainbow