Monday, August 29, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #232

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
I was really hoping to get a lot more read this week but life had other ideas. I had several things come up that I wasn't planning on and it left little reading time. I did manage to finish this amazing book though and the review will be coming soon!

What I am currently reading:
Just realized I have to have this finished by Wednesday...

What I hope to read this week:
Can't wait to read this!

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!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Books I'd Buy Right Now if Someone Gave Me a Fully Loaded Gift Card

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

This week's actual topic was "Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet" but a made a goal one year to have read every book I owned and I did it! It only lasted about a day and now I have about 70 unread pretties sitting on my shelves. But that one day means that I have exactly zero books that have been unread on my shelf since before I started blogging! That being said I decided to go with one of the topics I missed in my unplanned absence these last two months!

#1. I'll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones

#2. Close to You by Kara Issac

#3. The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

#4. Forever Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

#5. Embers by Ronie Kendig

#6. A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

#7. From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

#8. The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea

#9. The Selection Series by Keira Cass

#10. Told You So by Kristen Heitzman

Monday, August 22, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #231

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished in the last 6 weeks:
Sad number of books over the past six weeks! No Other Will Do was definitely my favorite!

What I am currently reading:
Loving this!

What I hope to read this week:
Really need to get to these books and I can't wait for all of them!

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!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bout of Books 17: Sign-Up

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Hoping to kick-start my reading again but not sure how much I'll actually get read this week!

My Humblest Apologies

I just wanted to write a quick post to say sorry that I have been MIA in the blogosphere this summer! These last couple months have just flown by in a whirlwind of busyness and blogging got set on the back burner. Other than being crazy busy the main contributing factor to my absence is that my summer schedule is quite different than my normal fall through spring schedule. You see, I am a nanny and I typically arrive at work an hour or so before my charge wakes up and I get my blogging done in that window of time. But since the mom that I work for is a teacher she is off for the summer and so I worked three jobs this summer all of which didn't have the built in time for blogging that I am used to. And that led to me forgetting to post on my normal blogging days. So long story short I am sorry I haven't been posting these past few months and I will try to get back on track these next couple weeks!

Some of the highlights of my summer included: birthday parties galore (my family has several summer b-days), lots of quality time with my favorite littles, one of my sisters coming in for a visit and another sister coming back for a while, going to see Luke Bryan (with Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town) in concert, the family I nanny for had their second little girl (she's adorable), and I got to go to Disney World with my brother and his family!

What were some of your favorite things about this summer?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink

About the Book
Standing Between Stephanie and Her Dream
Is One Hundred Pounds of Lovable Trouble
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.
But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.
When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings—a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog...thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it's a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.

My Thoughts
This was a cute fast read. I'm not much of a dog person but I still found the story enjoyable and it brought a few smiles to my face. There was a bit more depth to the story than I expected as Rhett and Stephanie both journeyed to the discovery that our plan and God's plan are not always the same but His plan is always best for us in the end. Both of the main characters were likable and their love story was cute albeit the fact that it was rather quick. The plot was entertaining though at times it felt a bit rushed especially at the end. Overall though I had fun reading it and if you're looking for a light read this may just be the book for you!

Meet the Author
Dana Mentink is an award winning author of Christian fiction. She's written more than twenty five mystery and suspense novels. She is honored to have received two ACFW Carol Awards, a Holt Merit Award, and a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. Please visit her on the web at www.danamentink.com or find her on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. Dana hosts monthly contests at www.dmentink.wordpress.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.


A recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest can only be found in Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink. It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Retrieve a reclusive author's valuable new manuscript and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent. But when the author's canine companion, Sweetness, makes a break for it and Stephanie has to track Sweetness down, she meets Rhett Hastings. They’re in for a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Celebrate the release of Fetching Sweetness with Dana by entering to win the Sweetness Unleashed Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 24. The winner will be announced August 25 on Dana's blog.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson

About the Book
Two Men Vie for Her Affection--Survival Will Depend on Choosing the Right One
Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life. Arriving penniless in the South, Prosperity is dismayed to find David married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, she gains the friendship--and the affection--of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?

With a deft hand, Christine Johnson fills the reader's senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Key West in this heartwarming story of honor lost, honor redeemed, and a love forged in adversity.

My Thoughts
This author's debut novel, while not amazing, was enjoyable and intrigued me enough to give this book a chance. The plot reminded me a lot of a book I read years ago so I predicted a lot of what happened, though at the start it was a little hard to figure out which direction the story was going. That being said it was still an entertaining read. I liked the characters and was rooting for things to work out between them from the beginning. I especially admired David's desire to do the right thing and make the best of the situation he was in. Prosperity's emotions were a little all over the place and I found it a bit unrealistic how she constantly went back and forth between loving and hating David at a moment's notice. And speaking of unrealistic, I felt the end was a little forced and everything got wrapped up too neatly too fast.
The setting was very unique and I enjoyed catching up with the characters from the first book.
All in all not a bad read but I'm not sure if this will be an author I continue to follow.


Meet the Author
A small-town Michigan girl, Christine Johnson has lived in every corner of the state's Lower Peninsula. After trying her hand at music and art, she returned to her first love--story. She holds degrees in English and library studies and works part-time as a librarian. She feels blessed to write for Love Inspired and Revell.

When not at the computer keyboard, she loves to hike, kayak, and explore God's majestic creation. She and her husband split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys. Christine enjoys hearing from readers through her web site at http://christineelizabethjohnson.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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #230

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
I had yet another crazy week and didn't get much reading done.

What I am currently reading:
Loving No Other Will Do and I'm just starting Sins of the Past for a buddy read!

What I hope to read this week:
Thinking this will be my next read!

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, July 06, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #218: A Heart Most Certain

"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:

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears
Bethany House-August 2, 2016

About the Book
Lydia King knows what it's like to be in need, so when she joins the Teaville Moral Society, she genuinely hopes to help the town's poor. But with her father's debts increasing by the day and her mother growing sicker by the week, she wonders how long it will be until she ends up in the poor house herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the moral society's president is her suitor's mother. Her first task as a moral society member--to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town--should be easy . . . except he flat-out refuses.
Despite appearances, Nicholas wants to help others but prefers to do it his own way, keeping his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, though Nicholas has a few surprises up his sleeve. Neither foresee the harrowing complications that will arise from working together. When town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs--and hearts--truly align.

Why I Want It
I have loved this author's books and can't wait to start this new series!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 200 Ratings On Goodreads

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

This week's topic is meant to highlight some underrated books that are still really good! It is supposed to be books that have under 2000 ratings on goodreads, but since the Christian fiction market is a much smaller than the mainstream one about 3/4 of my books had under 2000 ratings. So I instead decided to feature books that had less than 200!


#1. Hollywood Nobody Series by Lisa Samson

#2. Brides of Simpson Creek by Laurie Kingery,

#3. Happy to Be Alive, Because by Chelsea Jacobs

#4. Jupiter Winds by C.J. Darlington

#5. Of Love and War Series by Stacy Henrie

#6. Waltham Academy Series by Laura Jackson

#7. Cowboy Christmas by Catherine Palmer, Lisa Harris, & Linda Goodnight

#. 8. Miracle Girls Series by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt

#9. The Anniversary Waltz by Darrel Nelson

#10. Yesterday's Tomorrow by Catherine West