What I’m Reading!~ April Edition

Hi Everyone! I know I haven’t posted anything much in a while. I’m going to try to get better with that. I love to blog but somehow here lately I’ve been pretty busy to just sit down and post or even schedule things to posts. Hopefully I’ll get better in the near future. 🙂  So on to what I’m reading. These are also some of the reads that I started in March. So here it goes,

 

A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)

 

The Secret of the India Orchid (Proper Romance)

Grace and the Preacher

 

When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom, #3)

The Vicar's Daughter: A Proper Romance by [Kilpack, Josi S.]

 

All of these books have very wonderful beginnings and I’m very optimistic as to me finishing at least some of the books this month.  🙂

To the Farthest Shores~Elizabeth Camden~

To the Farthest Shores

 ~Synopsis~

Naval officer Ryan Gallagher broke Jenny’s heart six years ago when he abruptly disappeared. Now he’s returned but refuses to discuss what happened. Furious, Jenny has no notion of the impossible situation Ryan is in. With lives still at risk, he can’t tell Jenny the truth about his overseas mission–but he can’t bear to lose her again either.

~My Review~

Wow! Just wow! I fell in LOVE with Elizabeth Camden’s writing all over again.(I know I might say that just about every book that I’ve read by her but I can’t help myself.) I usually have her books on pre-order or whatever way I can find to get my hands on a copy of her books. I’m a fan of her novels and if you haven’t read any of her writing. I highly recommend her writing!

Anyway, about the book. I was so happy and thrilled that the author really went to another level!!
At first I was really worried that I wouldn’t like the main heroine in this story but I’m so glad to have had went on the journey with the heroine to see her ups and downs in the story.
I really loved the different culture that the author added in the story. It was a step in a the right direction I thought to include more diversity in Christian Fiction novels.
The story itself was touching and I devoured every last page. I can’t wait for her next book to come out!
The hero,Ryan, was dreamy!! Swoon. There are only a select few in my opinion that are swoon worthy heroes. Number one swoon worthy hero of the year. Yay! Check. lol.
The story flowed and it had meaning in every page. I loved the writing and I give this book 4.5 stars. 🙂

Here’s the cover for her next book,

A Dangerous Legacy

~Synopsis~

Lucy is determined to keep working as a telegraph operator at a news agency, even though the arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith threatens her position. When she discovers Colin’s shocking secret, she agrees to assist him if he helps her find her family’s stolen inheritance–not realizing that the trail leads into a web of treachery, danger, and conspiracy.

To be released: October 3, 2017!!

I can’t wait! 🙂

My List of Best Read Books for 2016!

Hello Ladies and Gents! It’s another year and by God’s grace I’m looking forward to bigger and greater things this year! I’m kinda disappointed in my list of books I read in 2016. I think 2016 was  a very strange year for me in more ways than one. I usually finish my Goodreads challenge before the year is out but not last year unfortunately. Hopefully this year I can do way better than last year. So without further ado, here’s my list of the best books I read in 2016. I had planned to read 80 books in 2016 but only finished 18 books. It’s a far cry I know. lol. I’m very positive about this year though. Hopefully I’ll have my post up soon about the books I’m looking forward to reading in 2017. See y’all soon. Peace! 🙂

 
The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus

Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies #3)

Counted With the Stars (Out from Egypt, #1)

Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace

Sarah My Beloved (Little Hickman Creek #2)

Shadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt, #2)

Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom, #2)

The Prayers of Jane Austen

Land of Silence

 

What I’m reading plus my recent book haul!!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know the exciting news! I know,know, not very big news but I recently went on a pretty big book haul which I would consider big cause I’m usually big on buying and finding great deals on e-books. I still love having a real book in my hands. So here it goes…..

 

Here’s what I’m currently reading,

A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders #3)From This MomentRoom for Hope

With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone AwryThe Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #2)Playing the Part (A Class of Their Own #3)

 

 

Books from my Big Book Haul for this month!

Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1)Words Spoken TruePrelude for a Lord (The Gentlemen Quartet #1)

Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity, #2)Love on Assignment (Ladies of Summerhill, #2)Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #2)Full Steam AheadLand of Silence

So some of these books I’ve already read but I remember loving them so much that I wanted to add them to my already overflowing collection. In my opinion, I can never have too many books. 🙂 So what books have you been reading or want to read? 🙂

A Worthy Heart~Susan Anne Mason~

A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream, #2)

~Synopsis~

Can an Irish Lass with a Dream
for America Find True Love?

Maggie Montgomery’s long-held wish to see America is finally coming true. She’ll visit her beloved brother Rylan and his wife, Colleen, and at the same time, escape Neill Fitzgerald’s unwanted attention. In addition, Maggie has a secret! She plans to remain in America to seek her fortune and to hopefully find love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Only when Rylan demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she realize he’s Colleen’s brother, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her heart conform to her brother’s request.

Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Spending time in jail only reinforces his belief. Now that he’s free, Adam hopes to make amends and earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans.

Despite everyone’s effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break–but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome?

 

                                ~My Review~

This is my first book that I’ve read by this author. I did start on one of her other books which would be the first book in this series but I didn’t get to finish it. I wish that I did finish it so that I could’ve had a better understanding what was going on in this book. My advice to anyone who is planning on reading “A Worthy Heart” needs to read the first book,”Irish Meadows” in order to be up to speed to what is in this book. That’s just my opinion.
First of all, there were a whole lot more characters in this novel than what I was used to reading in a book. I did still enjoy reading this novel and I can say that it kept my attention throughout the story. If something can keep my attention as far was a book goes then it definitely gets a plus from me. Though I liked the characters pretty decently and the writing flowed well, I still felt that the story was covering the basics and not really going into the depths of the soul of the different characters in the story.
I finished this book within a day or two. I can definitely see potential in this author’s writing but hopefully in the next book there will be fewer characters to keep up with and I just need to see more life and depth in her stories so that every time I read her novels I know it won’t be cliche’.

I love stories that weaves tales of how many different cultures immigrated to America. I find the struggles that they went through and their perseverance very intriguing to read about.
The book cover is absolutely beautiful which I must confess is something that drew me to the story in the first place and also I’ve been wanting to read books from this author. I enjoyed reading this novel and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. (4 stars)

*I received this book through Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

The Painter’s Daughter~Julie Klassen~

The Painter's Daughter

~Synopsis~

Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It’s where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she’s beautiful.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother’s neglected duties. Home on leave, he’s sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter’s daughter. He’s startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him–one of Wesley’s discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.

Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she’ll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family’s estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?

~My Review~

 

This was a very extraordinary read. I can truly say that Julie Klassen is one of my go to authors when it comes to regency fiction. I was not disappointed.
From the front to back cover I was spellbound with this novel. To me, The Painter’s Daughter seemed like a different level of Julie Klassen just waiting to be discovered.  Loved it!
The book cover is absolutely beautiful. Just saying.
Anyway, I really loved reading from the heroine,Sophie’s point of view. This was a very well written story and I don’t want to spoil it! You must read it for yourself!

I liked reading about the different aspects of art and artists. I wasn’t bored at all.
Any story that has a marriage of convenience as the main plot I know that I’m going to love reading it. As a reader, I experienced the growth of the love and romance of both the main characters . It was interesting to read about all the drama in between as well. This book was definitely a different turn of events than what I would usually expect in her novels.  This was another book by Julie Klassen that I highly recommend! (4.5 stars)

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*I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley from the Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

A Noble Masquerade~Kristi Ann Hunter~

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1)

~Synopsis~

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother’s old school friend, a duke–with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she’s heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marcus, her brother’s new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marcus accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men–one she’s never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marcus is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.

~My Review~

As always I’m very excited to have read a fantastic book from a new author. I thought the writing flowed very nicely and the characters were all wonderful! This book was AWESOME!!!
The main character,Miranda, was very easy to identify with. This novel was based around the time were it was so important for a woman to be a lady. I found it very interesting read about the different society rules and such. They were so proper back then!
I must say that this novel was original and out of the box. It was a masterpiece!!
The hero,Ryland,whoa,whoa. Swoony much! I thought that he a very good character as well.
There was also plenty of times where I laughed my head off and I think that it’s always a relief to have an author include humor along with a wonderfully written story.
The romance,drama,and adventure were well worth losing some sleep over! I have no regrets. I loved reading this nove
l and I am in high expectation to see what else this author has in store! I highly,highly recommend this book! 🙂

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*