23 January 2019

The Scroll | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK


The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of Masada. It draws from an authentic archaeological find: the divorce document of a woman named Miriam.

This fictionalized version of Miriam’s story begins in the year 73 CE on Masada’s final horrific day, where enemies within and without bring about the downfall of the last Jewish fortress. Its survivors are forced to choose between nation and family, and finally, between life and death. Will they learn the lessons of Masada’s downfall?

Although it tells of events that took place two millennia ago, The Scroll sheds extraordinary light on the complexities of modern Israeli society and the dilemmas faced by Israel and its leaders today.

Publisher: The Toby Press
Release Date: January 19, 2019 (re-issue)


Waiting on Wednesday | Romanov

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'm so here for an Anastasia story by Nadine Brandes.

22 January 2019

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Meant to Read In 2018 But Didn’t

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

I read an insane amount of books in 2018 and still didn't get all of them. (The TBR situation is hopeless!) Here are a few that fell to the wayside:

An Alaskan Proposal | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK


Can he teach her survival skills—

without endangering his heart?

When Sabrina Bell taps Leith Jordan for a crash course in conquering the great Alaskan outdoors, he figures he’s on safe ground. They’re polar opposites and his spectacular home state’s just a pit stop for the hotshot fashionista. So no one’s more surprised than Leith when he starts falling for her. Now he’s a man with a plan: get Sabrina to fall in love with Alaska…and, hopefully, with him.

Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: January 1, 2019


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21 January 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #32

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

It's been a simple week of settling into the school routine and squeezing in some good reading.

18 January 2019

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | So Fair a Lady

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

Happy Friday!

I've been enjoying Amber Lynn Perry's Daughters of the Kingdom series this week (finallyit's only been sitting on my TBR for years), so here's a peek at Book One.

17 January 2019

Who I Am With You | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK


For these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith.

Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows.

Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination. 

When Jessica begins to read her great-grandfather’s Bible, she finds a connection with a man she never knew. Somehow the verses he marked and the words he wrote in the margins open her heart to healing. And as Ridley and Jessica help each other forgive the people who have broken their hearts, they must decide if the past will define them or if they will choose to love again.

Who I Am With You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to transform families forever.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: December 11, 2018


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16 January 2019

Waiting on Wednesday | The Printed Letter Bookshop

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'll get excited about anything Katherine Reay writes.

15 January 2019

No Safe Place | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK


He lives by the law.

She’s running for her life.

After forensic accountant Beth Greenwood uncovers a money-laundering scheme tying her company to the organization that murdered her mentor, she knows she needs to go into hiding. With ruthless killers in pursuit, she’s forced to rely on homeland security agent Corbin Ross’s protection—even as his investigation suggests Beth is complicit in embezzlement. Can their uneasy alliance develop into something deeper—and keep them alive?

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: January 1, 2019


14 January 2019

With This Pledge | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK


What can a woman–a mere governess–do against the scourge of slavery?

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston’s quietly held principles oppose those of the Southern Cause–but when forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. The Carnton home, where she is governess, is commandeered as a Confederate hospital; and Lizzie must summon fortitude to assist the military doctor with surgeries that determine life or death–even as she fears for the life of Towny, her fiancé and lifelong friend.

A young soldier’s dying words convey an urgent message that Lizzie promises to deliver, yet she knows little more than the boy’s first name. That same night, decorated Mississippi sharpshooter Captain Roland Ward Jones extracts a different promise from Lizzie: that she intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate. Even if it costs him his life.

Lizzie is nothing if not a woman of her word, earning the soldiers’ respect as she tends the wounded convalescing within Carnton’s walls. None is more admiring than Captain Jones, who doesn’t realize she is already pledged to another. But Captain Jones holds secrets of his own, which prove costly for Lizzie. Because a betrothed woman shouldn’t harbor feelings for a man other than her intended. Especially not when that man is a slave owner.

When Towny vanishes after a crushing battle in Nashville, Lizzie must confront the costs of war. And torn between love, principles, and promises made, she struggles to be true to her own heart while standing for what she knows is right–no matter the cost.

From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.

“Tamera Alexander takes us to the Civil War battlefield with a vivid yet sensitive portrayal of war and its aftermath. With warmth and grace, she shows us hope and faith at work in the midst of suffering. The beautifully-drawn characters and rich history in With This Pledge work seamlessly to demonstrate that Christ’s love and romantic love can triumph even in our darkest moments.”–Lynn Austin, bestselling author of Legacy of Mercy

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: January 8, 2019

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #31

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

As my Bout of Books post shows, I had a great reading week, and I loved it! Plus, I accomplished all I needed for my first week of classes, enjoyed spending time with my parents, and watched some interesting movies, including Bird Box and Dumplin'. Overall, a good week.

12 January 2019

Teal Paisley Tights | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK


Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed, Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired. 

Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone. 

Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks. 

Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?

Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: November 15, 2018


11 January 2019

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

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

Happy Friday!

This historical YA book is on my TBR for the week, and while I haven't gotten to it yet, I'm hoping to maybe, fingers crossed, have time for it this weekend.

10 January 2019

Family Blessings | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOKS


A Place to Call Home

Lawman Joe Sheehan is desperate to bond with the daughter he's just discovered he has. But as a virtual stranger to twelve-year-old Amelia, the task seems impossible. Until Claire Conley moves to town. A social worker renovating a mansion into a foster home, Claire is the first person to get through to Amelia. Falling for the single dad was not on Claire's to-do list. But with Joe and Amelia around, the house finally starts to feel like home. Claire's ready to fight to convince Joe that together they've done more than fix a house...they've built a family.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: April 18, 2017


A Family to Call Her Own

After becoming a foster parent to a young boy, equine therapist Jordan Conley’s life gets turned upside down. Little Levi is in need of an exceptional pediatrician, which means seeking help from Dr. Ash Sheehan—a man that, despite her heart-pounding crush, isn’t her type. Her life is horses and hay, and she can’t imagine the suit-clad doctor in a pair of cowboy boots. As a confirmed bachelor, Ash has never been nervous around women, but there’s something about Jordan that flusters him, and working closely together doesn’t help. The last thing he’s looking for is long-term romance. But the more involved he gets, the more he wishes they could stay together…always.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: September 17, 2017



He wanted roots. She chose career. Can a baby bring them back together?

Wynn Sheehan planned to change the world—not return to Alabama alone and pregnant. Her life is in shambles, but at least she can help take care of Latham Grant’s ailing grandpa. Latham isn’t ready to trust the woman who eagerly left him and their small town behind. But can they ignore the spark rekindled by unexpected Family Blessings?

Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: February 20, 2018


Falling for her convenient groom
Family Blessings lead to new beginnings

Jules Sheehan will do anything to keep custody of the two orphaned girls in her care—including a marriage of convenience with their uncle. Cam Quinn crosses the globe as a travel writer, but he’s ready to settle down. Now tough, tender Jules is offering the home he’s secretly longed for. Can this marriage in name only become a family of the heart?

Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: January 15, 2019


09 January 2019

Garrison's Law | Clue & Excerpt

Welcome to the scavenger blog hunt and giveaway for the Garrison’s Law contemporary romantic suspense series by Mary Connealy, hosted by JustRead Tours!

At each stop, there will be:
-special content by the blogger, and
-a clue

Keep track of these clues each day because you’ll need to enter the clues you’ve gathered that day in the Rafflecopter (a new entry each day for that day’s clues).

On the last day, the final piece of the scavenger hunt will be revealed in a puzzle on JustRead’s (and JustCommonly’s) blog.

ABOUT LOVING HER TEXAS PROTECTOR


Jacie Moreau is a tough-as-nails security specialist who works with the Long Pine Texas police. She takes care of herself and doesn’t ask for help from anyone.

Brett Garrison is an odd-man-out in the Garrison family. He’s a soft-hearted veterinarian from a family of daring Texas lawmen.

Jacie runs afoul of a hired killer and no one is there to step between her and danger but Brett.

Brett’s good-hearted plan to care for the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen draw an assassin’s attention. Jacie never needs help, but Brett’s kindness when she is so vulnerable sneaks past all the emotional walls she’s built around her heart.

The killer keeps coming and their only hope is to run. And as they run they try and figure out who’s hired a killer, and why, and how to stop him.

If they hide well enough and live long enough, they might make it to the day they can fall in love.

Release Date: July 13, 2018


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Waiting on Wednesday | Superman: Dawnbreaker

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

Happy Wednesday!

It's the final DC Icons installment, and I'm so excited.

08 January 2019

Bess and Frima | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK


Bess and Frima, best friends from the Bronx, find romance at their summer jobs at Jewish vacation hotels in the Catskills—and as love mixes with war, politics, creative ambitions, and the mysteries of personality, they leave girlhood behind them.

When Bess and Frima—best friends, both nineteen and from the same Jewish background in the Bronx—get summer jobs in upstate hotels near Monticello, NY, in June 1940, they have visions of romance . . . but very different expectations and needs. Frima, who seeks safety in love, finds it with the “boy next door,” who is also Bess’s brother. Meanwhile, rebellious Bess renames herself Beth and plunges into a new life with Vinny, an Italian American, former Catholic, left-wing labor leader from San Francisco. Her actions are totally unacceptable to her family—which is fine with Beth. Will their young loves have happy endings? Yes and no, for the shadow of world war is growing, and Beth and Frima must grow up fast. As their love lives entangle with war, ambitions, religion, family, and politics—all kinds of conventional expectations—they face challenges they never dreamed of in their struggles for personal and creative growth.

Publisher: She Writes Press
Release Date: August 21, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

I'm excited for so many books this yearso. many. books. Here are just a few of the ones that have me eagerly counting down the days. 

(More to be featured on upcoming Wednesdays!)

07 January 2019

Bout of Books #24

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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Time for the first Bout of Books read-a-thon in 2019! Here's what I'm hoping to read this week (but of course, I'll likely change my mind and read a bunch of other books instead, ha!):



Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
The Marriage Bargain by Stephanie Dees
Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford

* = started reading before January 7th


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? #30

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

I don't think I'm ready for the holidays to be over; I've had so much fun with family, playing lots of board games and doing out-of-the-ordinary things. Today, the new semester starts, and I don't want to do homework again! At least I have my books and a new season of The Bachelor to console me.

05 January 2019

White as Silence, Red as Song | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK


Hailed as Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars, this Italian bestseller is now available for the first time in English.

“I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days...”


Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.

And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.

Having already sold over a million copies, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: September 4, 2018

04 January 2019

A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing | Spotlight


ABOUT THE BOOK

From bachelor to daddy…

Shepherd’s Crossing is full of surprises.

Cowboy bachelor Jace Middleton was ready to leave Shepherd’s Crossing for good—until he learns his family’s unspoken secrets. 

Now Jace finds himself not only caring for his twin baby nieces, but working with beautiful, strong-willed designer Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother’s run-down estate. 

Love wasn’t part of the plan… but Jace soon finds himself wishing Melonie could become part of his unexpected family.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: January 1, 2019


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The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Song of the Current

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

Happy Friday!

What a week! With a new year comes a whole new batch of firsts. What was the first book you read this year? I've been working on (and finishing) a few different books in the last few days, but here's a peek at the fun YA fantasy that started my 2019.

03 January 2019

A Fever, a Flight, and a Fight for the World | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK


A Fever, a Flight, and a Fight for the World is a compelling African adventure story that will enthrall eight- to fourteen-year-old youth who love adventure and learning about faraway places. In the exciting fourth and final book in the Rwendigo Tales series, readers will be inspired by ordinary people who make the extraordinary choice to stand against great evil. Written by J.A. Myhre, a doctor living and working in East Africa, this adventure story teaches readers of all ages important truths about justice, overcoming evil, and the courage to make a difference.

In A Fever, a Flight, and a Fight for the World, a doctor volunteering in a village plagued by a mysterious virus wakes up on a deserted island injured, sick, and near death with no memory of how he got there. As Dr. Mujuni slowly regains his memory, he pieces together the horrific reality of what happened to the community and learns just how far the government-backed officials will go to silence all knowledge of the epidemic. As a young girl named Nyakato, the only other survivor, nurses him back to health, the doctor must devise a plan to make their way back to the mainland, but what they discover on their journey is even more dangerous than they could ever imagine.

Through a series of perils and hazards, Mujuni and Nyakato must fight for more than their own lives, learning the true cost of overcoming evil and greed. Through their adventures, readers will find hope in the midst of great loss, triumph and courage in the midst of death and injustice, and love in the midst of darkness.

Publisher: New Growth Press
Release Date: October 1, 2018


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