21 September 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Christmas With the Cowboy & The Christmas Prayer

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

It may still be September, but Christmas books are already coming up on the TBR—I'm not mad about it. I love indulging in sweet holiday reads, and these two new releases look like they won't disappoint.

19 September 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | The Lieutenant's Bargain

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

I just read Holding the Fort, the first Fort Reno book, so of course, I'm looking forward to Jack's story now.

18 September 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Books on My Fall TBR

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

Fall is nearly here! I'm so excited! (It definitely isn't feeling like it yet, however.)

I have quite a genre-diverse list of books I'm hoping to read in the next few months. Lots of books I've been meaning to read for too long, plus some lovely new releases.

17 September 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #14

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

It was an exhausting week of way too much homework, sanity breaks with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, UnREAL, and The Darkest Minds (I need to read the book now!), and good meals with friends.

14 September 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Holding the Fort

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

I'm finally getting to read this book from Regina Jennings soon! It looks like a fun mistaken-identity, western romance, and I'm so excited.

13 September 2018

A Story to Remember | Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

ABOUT THE BOOK

From the award-winning author of Catching the Wind, which Publishers Weekly called “unforgettable” and a “must-read,” comes another gripping time-slip novel about hidden treasure, a castle, and ordinary people who resisted evil in their own extraordinary way.

The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan—even their very lives—in jeopardy. Especially when the Nazis come to scour the estate and find both Luzia and the treasure gone.

Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story . . . and maybe to the long-buried story of a dear friend. As she digs into the past, Callie must risk venturing outside the safe world she’s built for a chance at answers, adventure, and maybe even new love.

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Release Date: September 4, 2018


12 September 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | Escaping From Houdini

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

I listened to Hunting Prince Dracula yesterday, and I loved Aubrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Creswell even more than in the first book. I'm so excited for more of them and their murder-solving brilliance.

11 September 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Hidden Gems

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

In recent years, I have read and loved a lot of books, and plenty of them haven't received the attention I think they deserve. So, let me spread a little hype to ten "hidden gem" books now: 

These books are so wonderful. You should probably read them.

10 September 2018

Different Than Expected | An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor K. Gustafson

Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor K. Gustafson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

“I trusted you, and some day, you may know just how much you hold in your hands.”

Linda Jensen leads a relatively quiet life in Westchester County, New York, as the owner of a highly-acclaimed garden. Inherited from her parents, the garden is her pride and joy. What is not so joyful is finding a strange man sprawled near her delphiniums! The mysterious man is sick, unable to do anything more than drink water—and beg for secrecy. Ignoring all alarm bells, Linda sees to his needs, but her caring act takes on unexpected significance, an unpresentable glory.

Seeds of trust, and perhaps love, are planted in Linda’s garden haven. But as secrets are revealed and scandal hits the headlines, the act of caring for this man threatens to tarnish both of their reputations. Like weeds in Linda’s garden, circumstances threaten to choke out their fledgling relationship, and small moments prove to be the biggest influencers—on a national scale.

Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: July 1, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #13

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

My week was essentially work, homework, and watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Still, I managed to squeeze in some fun book adventures.

08 September 2018

The Cost of Betrayal | Spotlight & Excerpt

Welcome to The Cost of Betrayal Blitz with JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Faith will be tested. Trust shattered.
Three bestselling romantic suspense writers reunite for novellas of deadly betrayal.

Betrayed by Dee Henderson: After serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she didn’t commit, Janelle Roberts is finally freed. But the truth is still waiting to be discovered, and a murderer is still at large. Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another act of treachery.

Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey: Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer before they become the next victims?

Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason: When Detective Isaac Martinez lands in the ER with a gunshot wound, he pulls through thanks to trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John. But as the witness to a crime and possible corruption, Martinez is at risk from someone intent on silencing him–and those around him–forever. When he barely survives another attack while recovering, both he and Ruthie must flee, trying to outrun deadly killers while locating the evidence they need to end the danger.

Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: September 4, 2018


Sweet, Intriguing & Romantic | A Cowboy's Pride by Karen Rock

ABOUT THE BOOK

Old wounds run deep.

Only the truth can heal them…

Rancher Cole Loveland has no interest in dredging up the past, but his ex-fiancĂ©e, Katlynn Brennon, has other plans. To save her struggling TV show, she’s come back to Colorado to investigate the infamous Cade-Loveland feud. Trusting Katlynn again isn’t easy—she’s already chosen her career over Cole once. But he’s beginning to realize that true love, like legends, never dies.

Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: September 1, 2018


OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES


07 September 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | The Grapes of Wrath

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!


Today, I'm tackling this John Steinbeck classic for the first time (and unlike Cory Matthews, I think I'll start reading from the beginning). The VeggieTales song is stuck in my head already, so it's sure to be an interesting day.


05 September 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | Shelter of the Most High

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

I love all of Connilyn Cossette's books, so of course, I'm excited to continue her Cities of Refuge series.

04 September 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Bingeworthy TV Shows

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

Between work, school, friends, and of course, reading, I don't spend a lot of time watching TV—but there are a few shows I can't resist.

03 September 2018

Relatable, Thought-Provoking & Genuine | The Struggle Is Real: Getting Better at Life, Stronger in Faith, and Free From the Stuff Keeping You Stuck by Nicole Unice

ABOUT THE BOOK

“It just shouldn’t be this hard!”

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a day where everything that could go wrong does go wrong—you lock your keys in the car while it’s running, lose control with your kids, make a mistake at the office that results in hours more work. And just when you think not one more thing could possibly happen . . . well, fill in the blank.

The struggle is real, friends. It may not be major stuff. Lives are not on the line here. But it makes us feel awful . . . and then we feel guilty for stressing when other people have “real” problems that are so much more serious.

Yet the fact remains: We live in a world that often feels harder than we think it should be. And so it can be easy to believe the stories we tell ourselves—that we’re doing it wrong, that we’ll be stuck in this place forever, that God doesn’t love us. We struggle to practice gratitude, to make godly choices, and to live our daily lives with confidence and contentment. So what can we do?

Join popular Bible teacher and counselor Nicole Unice to discover why the struggle is real . . . and what to do about it. Nicole offers practical tools to help you navigate the daily ups and downs, and ways to rewrite your struggle into a new, God-centered life story. The Struggle Is Real is an invitation to take the hard, hurtful, and confusing moments and turn them into opportunities to grow in wisdom, strength, and joy.

Publisher: Tyndale Momentum
Release Date: August 21, 2018


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #12

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

And September, too! I can't believe fall is nearly upon us—I'm so ready.

Anyway, it's been a busy-fun week: I socialized more than normal, spent more time doing schoolwork than I prefer, and read less than I like. I still enjoyed it.

31 August 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | A Cowboy's Pride

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

Up next on my TBR, this new book from Karen Rock is one way I'll be passing time over the weekend. Enjoy the peek!

29 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

Everything I've read by Sandra Byrd has been wonderful. I'm expecting nothing less from her upcoming release.
 

28 August 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Books & Schools

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

It's that time of year, full of dread and excitement, again: Summer is ending, school is starting. Personally, I'd much rather read about school than actually go to school (alas, that can't be helped right now). With all their drama, school stories can be a lot of fun to read—especially when set outside the halls of a traditional school, as the following books are.

27 August 2018

The Patriot Bride | Spotlight

Welcome to The Patriot Bride Blitz with JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?

A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause 
 Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.

Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2018

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #11

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

I survived my first week of classesand finished 10 books for Bout of Books! It was a tiring, but good week.

25 August 2018

A Trip to New Orleans | Darkwater Secrets by Robin Carroll

ABOUT THE BOOK

A murder investigation uncovers sordid secrets and haunting mistakes.

The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and General Manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at full capacity. She, along with everyone else, is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim’s past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend—the woman he’s quietly loved for years—kept the truth from him. And, to make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . he’s keeping secrets of his own.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?

Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: July 17, 2018

24 August 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | No One Ever Asked

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

I finally had time to pick up Katie Ganshert's latest novel this week, and I loved it. So good, so well doneI highly recommend it.

22 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | A Sparkle of Silver

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

I loved Liz Johnson's Prince Edward Island Dreams series, so I'm really looking forward to starting her new series, Georgia Coast Romance.

21 August 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Books to Break a Reading Slump

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

 The nemesis of any bookworm is the reading slump. It's terrible to have no will to read, no books quite interesting enough. When I feel the beginning of a reading slump hitting me, I rely heavily on romance to keep me reading. The fun of falling in love and the hope of happily-ever-after never fail to draw my attention and help me combat the reading-slump blues.

So, if you're like me, here are a few (of the many) romances I love and recommend:

20 August 2018

At First Glance | Cover Reveal

Welcome to the cover reveal for Susan L. Tuttle’s debut, At First Glance, with JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

When it comes to love and matters of the heart, she's got a lot to learn.

Estate planner Penny Thornton loves dusting off items others gloss over, especially since she relates to feeling tossed aside for the “bright and shiny”. When her younger sister’s approaching wedding launches Penny back into the throes of her dysfunctional family, she decides to use the festivities to close the gap in their relationships—even if it means appeasing them and finally losing the few pounds they’ve hounded her about for years. But she doesn’t expect to meet two very different men in the process. East Fisher, the personal trainer who personifies everything she believes she could never attain, and Jonah Black, a man who reminds her so much of herself. Both men are more than they appear at first glance, and both seem interested in her romantically. As Penny uncovers their hidden layers, she discovers when it comes to love and matters of the heart, she’s got a lot to learn about estimating value.

Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing (Blink)
Release Date: November 2018


Surpring & Satisfying in an Alaskan Setting | Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks

ABOUT THE BOOK

An artist hiding from an escaped killer uncovers one of World War II’s most dangerous secrets—a secret that desperate men will do anything to keep hidden.

After the murder of her twin sister, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska, to avoid the press and publicity. But when local authorities discover she’s an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man’s memories, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight again—and back in the killer’s crosshairs.

The deathbed confessions of an Alaskan hunter have Murphy drawing the five bodies he discovered on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago. But what investigators find has them mystified. Evidence suggests that the bodies were deliberately destroyed, and what they uncover in an abandoned Quonset hut from World War II only brings more questions.

As one by one the investigators who were at the hut die, Murphy knows there is something much darker at stake. What happened on this island during the war? And who is willing to kill to keep its secrets buried?

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 3, 2018

Bout of Books #23

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th 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 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

It's that time again—Bout of Books! I'm excited for a great week of reading, even though it is my first week of fall classes (I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the schoolwork won't be too demanding). Tentatively, though my TBR is always subject to change, my hope is to read the following books:


Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys*

Darkwater Secrets by Robin Caroll*
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith*
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
The Trial by Franz Kafka

* = started reading before August 20th


And throughout the read-a-thon week, I'll be posting here, on Twitter, and on Litsy (@hes7) with my progress. (Feel free to join the reading fun by signing up over at Bout of Books!)

Happy reading!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #10

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

It's been a calm week with lots of reading, plus bowling, Bachelor in Paradise, and To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which is exactly what I needed before starting fall classes today.

18 August 2018

High-Stakes Suspense | Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

ABOUT THE BOOK

For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

When US Marshall Blake MacCallum's daughter goes missing, he's ordered to kill the judge he's protecting and tell no one about his daughter's disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: July 31, 2018


OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES


17 August 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Called to Protect

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

This second of Lynette Eason's Blue Justice books, the high-stakes Called to Protect added some much-needed excitement to my weekI really enjoyed it.

16 August 2018

Playful & Professional | The Lawman's Secret Vow by Tara Randel

ABOUT THE BOOK

To have and to hold—

Until the case is solved?

When an undercover assignment pairs laid-back Florida detective Dante Matthews with by-the-book cop Eloise Archer, he knows it won’t be easy. And not just because they’re competing for the same promotion. Now they’re living together under the same roof, and it’s getting harder to ignore his deepening feelings for his “wife.” Can he convince Eloise to partner up—for life?

Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: August 1, 2018