Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday 109: Fatal Exchange

"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:

Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris
Revell-May 6, 2014

About the Book
Emily Hunt might come from a family of cops, but she never goes looking for an adrenaline rush. She lives the quiet--well, relatively quiet--life of a teacher and thrives on making a difference in the lives of her students. But she'll have to draw on a well of strength and savvy she didn't know she had as student Rafael Cerda takes her class hostage for ransom money to save his brother's life.

Undercover cop Mason Taylor has been working with Rafael to find his brother and bring the cartel thugs who hold him to justice. Can he talk Rafael down from his impulsive actions? And is there something more sinister at work here than he realizes?

Why I Want It
I loved the first book in this series and I can't wait to dive into this one!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg

About the Book
After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally had enough of adventure. Not sure what reception he'll get from everyone back in Whisper Shore, he's stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer. The job is his if he can successfully pull off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events...
If there's one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it's Whisper Shore. For years, she's been stuck running her family's inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has a visit scheduled from a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot.

The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys may not get along, but Blake knows Autumn's the only one who can help him. She agrees to a trade--she'll help with the Festival and he'll help with inn repairs. But what was meant to be a simple deal quickly becomes much more than that when the guy who's done running away joins forces with the girl who can't wait to leave.

My Thoughts
Oh, where to start?! Saying I loved this book would be a gross understatement, adored is closer but still doesn't quite describe how amazing this book was! Made to Last was one of my favorite reads of 2013 and I loved Blake's character in that book. So needless to say I had some insanely high expectations for Here to Stay and I am quite happy to announce that Melissa surpassed them all, leaving me giddy happy and totally in love with this new book!
Blake was so completely awesome! I loved his character's sense of humor and fun-loving nature in the first book and while those things were still there we were given a much deeper look into who Blake Hunziker really is, and it just made him even more amazing! I especially loved the scenes where he allowed himself to be vulnerable, I honestly melted and just wanted to wrap him in a big hug. Then there was his caring side, some of the things he did for people were just so stinkin' sweet but I won't spoil them for you! And the last thing I'm going to mention is how much I admired how he was no longer running from his past but was finally ready to stand up and face it.
Autumn was fantastic too! I appreciated how hard she worked to keep her family's inn running even though she was planning to leave and how much she cared for everyone there. Her personality reminded me of myself a bit, funny, cautious but willing to take risks with the right people, wanting to do what was best for everyone, book loving, and remembering random facts. I also loved how perfectly she and Blake fit together, definitely a match made in heaven.
And then there were all the minor characters who were great as well, the inn staff, Ellie and Jake, Mrs Satterly, Lucy, the Hunzikers, and the Kingsleys. I thought it was really cute how Melissa incorporated her nephew Ollie, who has Down Syndrome, by having a little boy named Oliver and another character who had DS. Knowing about Ollie made those parts of the book all the more sweet!
One random thing I want to mention that I absolutely loved was the fact that Blake gave Autumn the nickname of Red! If fit so well and I loved the connection to The Philadelphia story.

I could gone on gushing for quite a lot more but this review is already crazy long so I'll wrap up! I love Melissa's writing style, her humor, the way she throws in fun movie references, and it just seems like every word is perfectly placed to create this wonderful story.  In short this book was absolutely superb and I think it was even better than Made to Last! Also it is one of those rare books that I wanted to reread as soon as I'd finished it!

Meet the Author
Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she's also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she's not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever (not that she's biased), watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next story. She's passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.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.

Top Ten Characters Who Love Books

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

#1. Lizzie O'Conner from A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman
#2. Autumn Kingsley from Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg
#3. Eden Spencer from To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer
#4. Adelaide Proctor from Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer
#5. Samantha Moore from Dear Mr. Darcy by Katherine Reay
#6. Marty Davis from Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
#7. Mona Reynolds from Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren
#8. Caylor Evans from The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus
#9. Alice Grace Ripley from Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin
#10. Lilly Westbrook from Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James

Monday, April 21, 2014

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer

About the Book
A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all
Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.
The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her.  Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?

My Thoughts
 I think this is my favorite of the three books I've read by this author. Both of the main characters were very broken and it was cool to watch them let God heal their brokenness. Amos was such a sweet hero, he didn't have much and he walked with a limp but he never let that affect his personality and he was kind and gentle with everyone. And my heart broke for Dinah and what she'd had to endure and while I kept wanting her to open up and let people in I completely understood why she closed herself off. Ruthie, Dinah's friend, was a pretty good character who I either really liked or was really annoyed with. I did like how she presented a good picture of what being a Christian is like in the day to day. She would mess up but she repented and did her best to change. All in all this was a sweet story!

Meet the Author
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author with more than one million copies of her books currently in print. Awards include the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Sawyer lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren.

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.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #119

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I was pretty busy this week with babysitting and relatives in but I still managed to read Here to Stay which was purely awesome (I'll get the review up this week!) and I reread Six Hours One Friday on Good Friday.

What I am currently reading:
Still working on this one. I took a break to read Here to Stay and just haven't had the time.

What I hope to read this week:
I doubt I'll get to any of these since this week is filling up pretty fast but I'm still hopeful!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #118
Top Ten Bookish Things I'd Like to Own
Waiting on Wednesday #108: Raptor 6
A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
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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?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/vlp1S

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!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!

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!