Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn't Get To

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


#1. The Goodbye Bride & Just A Kiss by Denise Hunter

#2.  Montana Fire Series by Susan May Warren

#3. Love's Faithful Promise by Susan Anne Mason

#4. Four Winds by Lisa T. Bergren

#5. The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillian

#6. From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

#7. My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray

#8. Season of Glory by Lisa T. Bergren

#9. For the Record by Regina Jennings


#10. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen


Monday, January 09, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #249

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Loved this one so much! Couldn't put it down!

What I am currently reading:
Really good so far!

What I hope to read this week:
Gotta do a refresher course on the first two books but I'm looking forward to this one!

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Never Forget by Jody Hedlund

About the Book
Will she betray his trust to stay on the island she loves?
Abbie Watson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him in the one place he knows and loves. Wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III’s wild living has gained him a reputation as the ‘bad boy’ among the elite social circles of Newport. After a blow to the head in a yachting accident washes him up on Rose Island, Nathaniel has no memories of his past. Abbie tends the wounded stranger in her home only to realize he assumes they’re married. Although she knows she needs to correct Nathaniel’s mistake, his presence calms Gramps and provides a way to prevent eviction from the lighthouse. The longer the charade continues, the harder it gets for Abbie to tell Nathaniel the truth, more so as she begins to fall in love. Everyone she’s ever loved has abandoned her. Will Nathaniel leave her too, once he discovers he’s not really her husband?
**NOTE: Never Forget is Book 5 in the Beacons of Hope series but can be read as a standalone novel.

My Thoughts
*happy sigh* Oh what a gloriously wonderful book this was! To be honest, it's been a long while since I devoured a book as quickly as I did this one. I read the first quarter one morning and then the next I finished it in practically one sitting. I was so wrapped up in Abbie and Nathaniel's lives that I couldn't bear to leave.
I didn't have a high opinion of Nathaniel after the previous book but he redeemed himself and more in this one. At the start, he'd actually gotten worse than when we last saw him, but a knock to the head gives him a clean slate. I loved the way he handled the second chance he was given! He didn't remember who he was but he knew he hadn't been living right and instead of just accepting that was who he was he determined to never be that man again. He turned to God and started being a better man. Honestly his words and actions had me melting into a puddle!
Abbie has been abandoned by people close to her more than once and as a result is a bit guarded. She has a fierce devotion to her grandpa and she works as hard as she can and makes whatever sacrifices necessary to help him, all without a word of complaint.
They were an entertaining couple, with Nathaniel convinced he'd been a horrible husband and trying to prove he'd changed, and Abbie knowing it was all fake, doing her best to distance herself, yet falling for him anyway. There was obstacle after obstacle thrown into the path of their relationship. But they somehow made it through each one to an ending that left me sighing with happiness!
I could go on and on about this book but I'll let you discover the rest on your own, trust me, you won't be sorry!

Meet the Author
Winner of 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults. Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!). When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

I received an e-book copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Friday Memes 1/6

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Where's your favorite place to read?

My Answer:
I'll read just about anywhere, typically it's on my bed at home or on the couch at work. But if I was to pick a favorite, in the warm months I love to sit on the deck at the house where I work which looks out over a river. It's beautiful and calming.


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."

What cannot be cured must be endured.
There was no cure for the whirling April snow, the cold seeping through thin, trail-worn moccasins from the frozen forest floor.
A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

My Thoughts
Kind of a good outlook for life, beautifully written.

Monday, January 02, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #248

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished in the last two weeks:
With the holiday craziness I didn't get a lot of reading in but I loved these two Christmas novellas!

What I am currently reading:
Loving this one so far!

What I hope to read this week:
Looking forward to this one!

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig

About the Book
Kendig Ratchets Up the Action in Her New Suspense Series!
Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole "Tox" Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that's fine--he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.
Partnered with FBI agent Kasey Cortes, Tox has to pull together a team to begin a globe-spanning search for answers--and a cure. As their quest leads them from continent to continent, it slowly becomes clear they're not just fighting a plague--but battling against an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.
With time running out and opposition growing on every side, the key to everything may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem--but will Tox and his team be able to trust each other enough to break this century-spanning conspiracy of silence?

My Thoughts
I swear Ronie just keeps getting better and better! I have been an avid fan of hers since I read Dead Reckoning back in 2010 and I've loved every book she has written since. If I would have had my way I would have sat down with this book the second it arrived and not gotten up till it was done, but unfortunately with the craziness of my life right now it took me what seemed like forever to finally be able to finish it. And Tox had to travel with me several places including work, a tire place, and to have my oil changed. I always hated having to put it down because I was on the edge of my seat from page one. I loved the premise behind this new series from the fact that almost everyone believed the hero had been dead for years to the whole plague aspect, and the unique biblical spin on it all. I got to meet Tox and his team in the prequel novella and they all intrigued me greatly. Tox has a very tough exterior but he cares deeply about those close to him and will do anything and everything it takes to protect them and for that I greatly admired him. He kinda got the short end of the stick and I really couldn't blame him for his gruffness at all. His team was a very diverse group and I would love to get more of all of their stories, especially Ram. Tzivia and Kasey were both great characters but I like Kasey a little more and I really hope she and Tox end up together.
This story was brilliantly and beautifully crafted from start to finish in typical Kendig style and I recommend it for anyone who loves an adventure, male and female alike! Though make sure to read the prequel novella first since they are extremely connected!

Meet the Author
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of a dozen novels. She grew up an Army brat. Now, she and her husband, an Army veteran, have an adventurous life in Northern Virginia with their children and a retired military working dog, VVolt N629. Ronie's degree in Psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.
Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and Rapid-Fire Fiction novels have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim.
Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), Instagram (@kendigronie) and GoodReads.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

One Enchanted Eve by Melissa Tagg

About the Book
A delightful Christmas romance about finding the perfect recipe for love.
After years of mistakes and regret, Colin Renwycke finally has a plan: Hone his baking talent at the Denver Culinary Institute and embark on a new career as a pastry chef. If he's lucky, he might even manage to earn back his family's respect. But despite his skills in the kitchen, Colin's a mess in the classroom and his ongoing disasters are proving too much for his prickly instructor. If he loses his spot at the school, he's out of backup plans.
Culinary school instructor Rylan Jefferson has the chance to reclaim her dream of running her own bakery. But she only has until Christmas Eve to come up with the perfect recipe to impress an eccentric investor. She has no time for holiday parties or family plans . . . and especially not for the unruly student baker who couldn't follow a recipe if his life depended on it.
But Colin has the one ingredient Rylan needs most—talent. Lots of it. And when he makes a proposal that just might solve both their problems, Rylan can't say no—even if it does mean traveling all the way to Iowa. It just might be that the snow-covered plains and a charming small town full of postcard Christmas cheer are exactly what her hungry heart needs . . . along with a man who is much more than he seems.

My Thoughts
It's probably no surprise to anyone who is at all familiar with me or this blog that I absolutely adored this novella! It was filled with Melissa's trademark humor, wit, and all around brilliant writing from the very first word to the absolute last! We met Colin in One Enchanted Christmas and while he wasn't the best of guys in that story he had something that made me want to know more and see the guy he could be. Melissa did an amazing job of redeeming his character and turn him into the great hero that we meet in this story. Rylan was a bit unhappy at first, not without reason though and it just took a little bit of coaxing and some Maple Valley Charm to turn that around!
I loved Colin and Rylan together whether it was when they were driving each other crazy (making me laugh out loud) or having melt your heart moments. Rylan was a by the book type while Colin was more inclined to wing it but their differences complimented each other and they were exactly what the other one needed. Their relationship was a joy to watch unfold.
I loved briefly "living" in Maple Valley again, seeing all of my favorite people in what just might be my favorite fictional town!
In short this novella was perfectly amazing and I highly recommend you go buy yourself a copy, get a cup of your favorite holiday beverage, find a comfy spot, curl up and enjoy!

Meet the Author
Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. She writes romantic comedies in the banter-filled style of her favorite 1930s and 40s classic films. The second book in her popular Walker Family series, Like Never Before, was named by Publishers Weekly to their spring 2016 "Religion and Spirituality" Top 10 list. When she's not writing she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

I received an ebook copy of this book free from the author in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Top Ten Books I'd Love to Get For Christmas

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

#1. The Montana Fire Series (in paperback) by Susan May Warren

#2. Love's Faithful Promise by Susan Anne Mason

#3. Embers & Accelerant by Ronie Kendig

#4. Jupiter Storm by C.J. Darlington

#5. My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray

#6. From this Moment by Elizabeth Camden

#7. A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

#8. Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann

#9. The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea 

#10. For the Record by Regina Jennings

Monday, December 19, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #247

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Loved this one! Working on getting my review up but I'm in a bit of a review slump and I've been rather busy!

What I am currently reading:
Really enjoying this one especially since it's set in Pittsburgh!

What I hope to read this week:
Trying to get to all the Christmas stories I've been saving before the season is over!


Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Memes 12/16

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
What is your favorite holiday beverage to drink while you're reading?

My Answer:
Eggnog has long been my favorite holiday beverage but I just discovered Peppermint White Hot Chocolate at Starbucks and I'm in love!


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."

"I'm warning you, girl," Zeke Crawford called from his dory. "You and your crazy grandpa can leave the island nice-like. Or I'll run you off."
Abbie Watson shielded her  eyes against the bright morning sun and glared at Zeke across the glittering water.
Never Forget by Jody Hedlund

My Thoughts
Lots of questions brought to mind! Why does Zeke want them off the island and why won't they leave?