26 August 2016

The Friday 56: Starving Hearts

Hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
Happy Friday!

This week, I'm sharing a snippet from Janine Mendenhall's Starving Hearts, a book I'm excited to start reading this weekend.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God's existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way...

Mr. Peter Adsley is joining the clergy, and he desires a godly wife by his side. After his failed attempt to obtain one, he engages in a clandestine meeting with the bewitching young woman who keeps crossing his path. But she is so unsettling.

Destined for disappointments, Peter and Annette endure disgraceful situations. Will Peter's faith sustain him through overwhelming setbacks? Can Annette overcome her doubts? Or will their starving hearts yield to the machinations of a mad man?

So, what do you think?

24 August 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Raven & Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

Goodreads | Amazon
Title: The Raven
Author: Mike Nappa
Publisher: Revell
Expected Publication Date: 6 September 2016 

As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn't seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, "Nevermore." 

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues--and their complicated feelings for each other--to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge. 

Mike Nappa snags readers from the first page of this fast-paced thriller--and he never lets go until the end.

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Title: Twilight at Blueberry Barrens
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Expected Publication Date: 20 September 2016 

“I need you to keep these girls safe...”

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family. The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again...or if this twilight is her last.

Set on the beautiful coast of Maine, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens brings together suspense, romance, and the hope that one day new life will come again.

23 August 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR List Since Before I Started Blogging That I Still Haven't Read Yet

Hosted weekly by The Broke and the Bookish.

 My TBR list has always been unrealistically long. Since starting this blog in 2012, I've done quite a bit of reading, yet many books have still remained untouched. Here are ten books I've been meaning to read for far too many years: 

The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings
Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Wicked by Gregory Maguire
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

So... what books have been on your TBR list for too many years?

22 August 2016

Bout of Books 17

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 timezone 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

It's time for another Bout of Books read-a-thon! I really want it to pull me out of my recent reading slump - but realistically, I know this week will be full of distractions (outside of working full-time), since my roommate is getting married this weekend. I guess we'll just see how it goes... Regardless, I still assemble an ambitious list of books I would like to read:

-A.D. 33 by Ted Dekker
-As You Wish by Cary Elwes
-Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
-Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
-I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
-In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
-Life of Pi by Yann Martel
-P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
-Rooted by Banning Liebscher
-Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall
-Without Warning by Lynette Eason  

And throughout this read-a-thon week, I'll be posting here with my progress. 

Happy reading! 

Monday, August 22nd:
Books I read: Life of Pi (audiobook, finished), Without Warning

The week’s total number of finished books: 1

Tuesday, August 23rd:
Books I read: Without Warning, Before the Fall (audiobook, finished)

The week’s total number of finished books: 2

Wednesday, August 24th:
Books I read: Without Warning, As You Wish (audiobook, finished), I Let You Go (audiobook)

The week’s total number of finished books: 3

Challenge: Show Off Your Shelves

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Thursday, August 25th:
Books I read: Without Warning, I Let You Go (finished), Rooted (audiobook, finished)

The week’s total number of finished books: 5

Friday, August 26th:
Books I read: Without Warning, In the Unlikely Event (audiobook)

The week’s total number of finished books: 5

19 August 2016

The Friday 56: Christy

Hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
 Happy Friday! 

This week, I'm participating in the Friday 56 for the first time, and I'm choosing to share a snippet from Catherine Marshall's Christy.

Goodreads Synopsis:
In the year 1912, nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains -- and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.

Have you read this book? Did you love it, like I did?