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! 🙂

Shine Like the Dawn~Carrie Turansky

Shine Like the Dawn

~Synopsis~

Separated by an inconceivable tragedy, can faith and love reunite childhood friends and light the way to a bright future?
In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother’s millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart because she wonders if what happened that day on the lake…might not have been an accident.
When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son and Maggie’s estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father’s vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father’s engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend.
Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate–and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents’ death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?

 ~My Book Review~

Well,well,well I haven’t enjoyed a book so much for a very long time. This was a heart wrenching and moving story to read. It was a bundle of life,romance,and adventure rolled up into one.

To me the writing itself flowed and had a wonderful way of capturing my undivided attention.

I must say that when I saw the book cover I was blown away. I do have a weak spot for beautiful book covers. It’s beautiful!

Both main characters pulled at my heart-strings for sure and I thought that their characters were very well thought out.

If you love Downton Abbey and that period, then you’ll definitely love reading this novel.

I highly recommend this book! I was drawn to read it into the wee hours of the morning. This is probably one of the best books I’ve read so far for this year. Awesome!

 

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

 

Author

Carrie Turansky

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My List of the Top Anticipated Reads for 2017!

Hi! This is the list of books that I’m looking forward to reading this year! Enjoy and if feel free to share any books you’re looking forward to reading this year. I tried to post the 17 top reads I’m waiting to read first then add more because there are a lot of good books coming out this year. Enjoy!  😉

 

To the Farthest Shores

I’m always looking forward to Elizabeth Camden’s books!

 

 

 

 

The Noble Servant (A Medieval Fairy Tale #3)

Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd, #1)

When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom, #3)

I’m blown away by this cover!

 

The Illusionist's Apprentice

Love this cover!

A Moonbow Night

 

 

A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3)

Shine Like the Dawn

Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper’s Station #2)

The Mark of the King

 

Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3)

 

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

 

 

Bread of Angels

This book is based off of one of my favorite stories in the Bible. Can’t wait!

Still Life (Chesapeake Valor #2)

Worth the Wait (Ladies of Harper’s Station #1.5)

 

Before We Were Yours

Grace and the Preacher

 

A Stolen Heart (Cimarron Creek Trilogy #1)

A Viscount's Proposal (The Regency Spies of London, #2)

Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #3)

Rescue Me (Montana Rescue, #2)

At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd, #0.5)

High As the Heavens

A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2)

Never Forget (Beacons of Hope, #5)

In the Shadow of Denali (Heart of Alaska #1)

To Wager Her Heart (Belle Meade Plantation #3)

Amelia and the Captain

The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings #2)

True As Fate

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England #1)

With You Always (Orphan Train, #1)

True to You (Bradford Sisters #1)

A Secret Courage (The London Chronicles #1)

The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings #1)

Because You're Mine

So this so far is my list of books I’m looking forward to reading. I’m still waiting for some of my to-be-read books to have book covers and then I’ll try to post those too! What are some books you are looking forward to this year?

 

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

 

My latest book haul! Nov-December Edition. Part 1!~

This is true............now, forever, and Amen.:

Hi everyone!!! I know, I know it has been a while. I’ll try to do better in the future. Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. Anyway, I wanted to post about my latest conquests!  I have a lot of new books and some of them are for review as well. Below are some of the books that are to be reviewed and I’m very excited about them!!

 

First one that I’m really excited about!…..

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill, #1)

And…

For the Record (Ozark Mountain Romance #3)

Never read any of her books so I’m super excited!

Conspiracy of Silence (Tox Files #1)

 

I’ll try to have my other books that I have added to my collection in another upcoming post.  😉

Dawn at Emberwilde~Sarah Ladd~

Dawn at Emberwilde (Treasures of Surrey, #2)

~Synopsis~

Isabel Creston never dared to dream that love could be hers. Now, at the edge of a forest filled with dark secrets, she faces a fateful choice between love and duty.

For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady yet unexciting role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would provide her a steady environment to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.

The unexpected arrival of a striking stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabel’s small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives.

At her new family’s invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with mysterious rumors and ominous folklore—along with whispers of something far more sinister. And perhaps even more startling, two handsome men begin pursuing Isabel, forcing her to learn the delicate dance between attraction, the intricate rules of courtship, and the hopes of her heart.

At Emberwilde, Isabel will discover that the key to unlocking the mystery of her past may also open the door to her future and security. But first she must find it—in the depths of Emberwilde Forest.

 

~ My Review~

I was really impressed with the beginning of this book. I always love it when an author can draw me into another world with their writing whether it be with the story,characters,or the timeline.

In “Dawn at Emberwilde” the main character Isabel was a very refreshing breath of fresh air. I really liked her character. On the other hand, I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t as impressed by the hero. I just didn’t get that swoony feeling that I love to see in any hero in a novel.
Overall, I just think that the book cover was really beautiful! Even though I did enjoy the beginning of the novel, there were times in the novel that I felt kinda lagged behind. All in all, I still like reading Sarah Ladd’s books and I highly recommend her writing to anyone who love to read regency fiction.

UPCOMING NOVEL FROM SARAH LADD!!

COMING ON MAY 2017!

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

~ABOUT~

When a stranger comes to Fellsworth School, everything begins to change . . . including the stranger.

Annabelle Grayson has it all—beauty, wealth, and wit, but when her guardian brother loses their fortune, he insists that she marry his colleague to help restore his business—a colleague she knows is involved in illegal activities. She sees only one way out of the dangerous situation: she escapes from her home in London to the safety of her estranged uncle’s home at the Fellsworth School.

Owen Stratford, a widower, father, and gamekeeper at Amberton Park, is intrigued yet suspicious of the newcomer. His daughter, along with the townspeople, sings her praises, but something about this stranger is different. As the only person in town aware of her secret past, he determines to solve the mystery surrounding her in order to protect those he loves.

After settling into a new way of life, Annabelle falls for the humble gamekeeper and dreams of a future in this simpler life, and over time, Owen thinks he can trust Annabelle, despite the dark mystery shrouding her. But when Annabelle’s brother learns of her whereabouts and blackmails her back into his world, she grows desperate. She wants to resist her brother’s demands, but by remaining at the Fellsworth School she puts everyone in danger. When the unthinkable happens, only Owen can piece together the puzzle to set Annabelle free. When all comes to light, the two souls must come to terms with the secrets in the shadows before they can find peace and love in the light.