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

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!
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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

It's (Not) Monday! What Are You Reading? #229

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished the last two weeks:
I had a couple of crazy busy weeks but I still managed to get some great books read!

What I am currently reading:
About to dive into this one!!

What I hope to read this week:
Not sure how many of these I'll be able to get to or which ones I'll start with but I'm looking forward to them all!

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