2019, Bethany House, Christian Fiction, Encouragement, fiction, God, Historical Fiction, Uncategorized

Yours Truly, Thomas~Rachel Fordham

Yours Truly, Thomas

 

~Synopsis~

For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more–a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn’t expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.

When Penny’s undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring–perhaps too much–for the one who wrote it.

 

 

~My Review~

 

Yours Truly, Thomas~Rachel Fordham

This was one of the best books I had read last year. It was very entertaining and I read it in about one sitting!

I had read one of the the first books by this author and I wasn’t really a fan the first time around. This story however was the complete opposite. I fell in love with this book from the
very first page. That’s why I always try to give an author at least 2 chances before I can decide if I’m going to continue reading their books or not.

This book was very lively,witty, and romantic.

As for the letters, I really loved them! Sometimes it’s my preference to not read a book mostly composed of letters. I’m an action type of girl. 😉
This novel was definitely the exception for sure! It was awesome!

The main character Penny was just a lovely and wonderful character.

I really loved reading this book and I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a good read. It was a lovely and wonderful book. Also the book cover is just beautiful!

 

4 stars

2019, Bethany House Publishers, Book, Christian Fiction, Faith, Uncategorized

The Spice King~Elizabeth Camden~

The Spice King (Hope and Glory, #1)

 

~Synopsis~

Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building an acclaimed global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before they spiral out of control, he returns to his ancestral home for good after years of traveling the world.

As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.

Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?

 

~My Review~

I just loved,loved the book cover when it first came out! I was mesmerized as usual when it comes to Elizabeth Camden’s books and I hadn’t even read it at the time.

It was absolutely stunning!

I was very intrigued reading about the different spices and how the main character traveled the world to explore and acquire the many different spices we
take for granted today. It was amazing!

I also really liked how this novel gave us a glimpse of the different jobs that women worked hard to earn respect in way back when.

I also thought it was sweet to read the camaraderie between the siblings. It was funny and charming to read about.

I think it’s a brilliant story and I think all of Elizabeth Camden’s novels are just incredible to read. I’m always waiting to read any of her upcoming books. She’s awesome!

I also can’t wait to read Luke’s story I feel that his story will be a very interesting one. I highly recommend this book and series. I’m ready to start the next book after this,
“A Glided Lady” I cannot wait!

4 stars.

2020, Bible, Blog Series, Book, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized

Books I want to Read in 2020! : Part 3

Can’t wait to read these!  🙂

 

Lakeshire Park
1. Lakeshire Park
The Promised Land
2. The Promised Land
The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall, #2)
3.The Thief of Lanwyn Manor
Daughter of Rome
4.Daughter of Rome
Woman of Sunlight (Brides of Hope Mountain, #2)
5.Woman of Sunlight

 

 

Isaiah's Legacy (Prophets and Kings #3)
6.Isaiah’s Legacy
The Runaway Bride (The Bride Ships, #2)
7. The Runaway Bride
Veiled in Smoke (The Windy City Saga, #1)
8. Veiled in Smoke
On Wings of Devotion (The Codebreakers, #2)
9.On Wings of Devotion
Out of the Embers (Mesquite Springs, #1)
10. Out of the Embers
The House at the End of the Moor
10. The House at the End of the Moor

😉

2020, Bethany House Publishers, Blog Series, Book, Christian Fiction, New Releases, Uncategorized

Books I want to read in 2020! : Part 2

Here’s part 2 of books I want to read and I can’t wait! The book covers are gorgeous!

 

Before I Called You Mine
1. Before I called you mine

 

 

Star of Persia: Esther's Story
2. Star of Persia

An Uncommon Woman
3. An Uncommon Woman
The Light at Wyndcliff (Cornwall, #3)
4. The Light at Wyndcliff
If I Were You
5. If I were You
Like Flames in the Night (Cities of Refuge, #4)
6.Like Flames in the Night (I love this author’s books! So awesome!
A Bride of Convenience (The Bride Ships, #3)
7.A Bride of Convenience
Line by Line (Love Along the Wires, #1)
8.Line by Line
At Love's Command (Hanger's Horsemen, #1)
9.At Love’s Command

 

2020, Bethany House, Biblical Fiction, Blog Series, Book, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized

Books I want to read in 2020! : Part 1

Hello everyone! I know it might be a little late for this post but I wanted to post it anyway. lol. I did plan to read at least 12 books for this year but we will see how it goes. Here’s my list of books I want to read in 2020. What are some books you’re looking forward to reading?  🙂

 

Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel
1.Courting Mr. Lincoln

 

The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #3)
2. The Land Beneath Us (Love the cover!)

 

The Librarian of Boone's Hollow
3. The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow
To Steal a Heart (The Bleaker Street Inquiry Agency, #1)
4. To Steal a Heart
The Love Note
5.The Love Note
Courting Misfortune (The Joplin Chronicles #1)
6.Courting Misfortune
A Gilded Lady (Hope and Glory, #2)
7. A Glided Lady (Last but not least! I love anything Elizabeth Camden so I’m definitely ready to read this book!)

2019, Bethany House Publishers, Biblical Fiction, blog, Book, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized

Books that are on my 2019 TBR list!: Part 1

I know, I know this post is so overdue but better late than never right?  I’m always adding to my TBR list. Hopefully I get to read more books this year than last year.  Let me know about the books you’re hoping to read this year. I do also hope to reread some books as well. Click the Cover to know more about the book.  🙂

 

A Bound Heart

 

The Warrior Maiden (Hagenheim, #9)
I love the story of Mulan and I can’t wait to read this book!

The Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #2)

 

The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)

 

A Desperate Hope (Empire State, #3)
Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite authors! Can’t wait to read this.

 

More Than Words Can Say (Patchwork Family, #2)
Love this book cover. So beautiful!

 

Until the Mountains Fall (Cities of Refuge, #3)

 

A Reluctant Bride (Bride Ships, #1)

 

Of Fire and Lions

 

A Silken Thread

2018, Christian Fiction, Faith, fiction, Historical, Uncategorized

When Tides Turn~Sarah Sundin~

When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom, #3)

 

~Synopsis~

Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy’s newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.

But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

 

 

~My Review~

Wow! Sarah Sundin never fails to disappoint! Why did I wait so long to read this book?

What really drew me to this book was the beautiful book cover of course! I LOVE this book cover and when I saw it I knew that I had to read it.

The story was very moving and I love how Sarah Sundin interweaves history and drama into her novels. I also love how most of her books are interconnected but you can still read this book as a stand-alone as well.

I just love reading Sarah Sundin’s books and I can’t wait to read her next novel. I highly recommend this novel!

 

 

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

2018, Christian, Christian Fiction, Faith, fiction, Uncategorized

The Vicar’s Daughter~ Josi S. Kilpack~

 

~Synopsis~

Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There’s only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.

Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle’s heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted in a new town and in his new position.

A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister. Her good intentions lead to disaster when Cassie realizes she is falling in love with Evan. But then Evan begins to court Lenora, thinking she is the author of the letters.

As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar’s daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?

 

~My Review~

I really,really,really wanted to like this book. I was interested in this book because it was published by the same company that published Edenbrooke and Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson.
I’m always ready to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to reading books because I think that is the only way to find a good read.

The synopsis sounded very interesting so I decided to give this book a go. The beginning started out really well and it kept my interest at first and not to mention the book cover is beautiful. That’s one of my weaknesses is to read a book with a beautiful book cover.
As the book progressed I lost interest pretty quickly.

I was just disappointed because the plot sounded so mesmerizing but the book just didn’t do it for me. It fell flat. I’m not giving up on this author just yet but this book just wasn’t a
favorite of mine at all.

 

 

*I received a free copy in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

2018, 2019, Christian Fiction, Shadow Mountain, Uncategorized

Healing Hearts~Sarah Eden~

Healing Hearts (Savage Wells #2)

 

~Synopsis~

Wyoming Territory, 1876

As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.

When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara’s message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.

But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.

 

 

~My Review~

 

I’ve been waiting for a long time to read something by Sarah Eden for quite a while now. I was really intrigued by this story from the very beginning.
It’s really hard for me to find books that draw me in from the start. I loved this book! I think that the cover was beautifully well done.
The romance was just amazing!

The plot was solid,entertaining, and well thought out. I fell in love with both of the main characters which is hard to do with some books.

I was so delighted by this book and I hope to read more by Sarah Eden really soon! I loved reading this novel and I was engrossed by every word. I highly recommend this book!

 

 

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

2018, Bethany House Publishers, Biblical Fiction, blog, books, Christian Fiction, Historical, Uncategorized

Books on my July-August TBR list!

Hi everyone! These are the books that are on my TBR list for this month and August! Enjoy!

 

More Than Meets the Eye (Patchwork Family #1)

*More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer*

 

 

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)

*The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket*

 

Together Forever (Orphan Train, #2)

 

*Together Forever by Jody Hedlund*

 

 

The Hope of Azure Springs

 

*The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham*

 

Thief of Corinth

* Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar*

2018, Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized

A Dangerous Legacy~Elizabeth Camden~

A Dangerous Legacy (Empire State #1)

 

~Syopsis~

Lucy Drake’s mastery of Morse code has made her a valuable asset to the American news agencies as a telegrapher. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Newly arrived from London, Colin is talented, handsome, and insufferably charming.

Despite their rivalry, Lucy realizes Colin’s connections could be just what her family needs to turn the tide of their long legal battle over the fortune they were swindled out of forty years ago. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, neither of them realizes how far the web of treachery they’re wading into will take them.

 

My Review

 

As you all know if you’ve followed my blog for a while, Elizabeth Camden is one of my all time favorite writers!
For the most part, her books are heartfelt,funny,and unforgettable.

I’m always waiting to read her books as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.

As always, this book had a very interesting beginning. I loved learning about the character Lucy. The mystery in the book
was very intriguing to read about. I think this might have been one of the first book by this author that really embraced mystery and suspense
into the story. I must say that were a little slow-moving moments in the story from time to time. I also felt that there could have been a little bit more chemistry between the two main characters.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this novel. As always, I’m looking forward to reading more from Elizabeth Camden. Her next book comes out in June! I can’t wait!

 

A Daring Venture (Empire State, #2)

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

2017, Christian Fiction, Faith, fiction, Historical, Uncategorized

Grace and the Preacher~Kim Vogel Sawyer~

Grace and the Preacher

~Synopsis~

The Kansas community of Fairland anticipates the arrival of their new minister and in recent months, late in 1882, postmistress Grace Cristler has communicated with Reverend Dille via letters, answering his questions about the little town, and developing affection for the man who pens thoughtful missives.

Theophil Garrison grew up under the loving influence of his saintly grandmother, but was roped into his cousins’ train-robbing plan. When they fail and are apprehended, Theo fled the scene, evading jail time. Now an angry cousin is out to avenge Theo’s duplicity, and he’s on the run. He encounters a fatally ill traveler–a minister. Seeing a way to keep hidden, Theo trades identities with the man, dons his fine black suit, carries a Bible, and prays that he’ll be accepted as Rufus Dille.

Once in Fairland, if Theo’s true identity is uncovered, what will be left of the world he has built for himself, Grace, and those in the town who have come to love and accept him?

~My Review~

 

 

Wow!  I must say that I was blown away by this novel!

Kim Sawyer has been one of my favorite authors for a while now so every time a new novel of hers come out I’m giddy with joy and begin reading it because I know it’ll be good!
So for starters, in my opinion, sometimes it’s difficult to really master a book where it tries to tell the stories of both the hero and the heroine because sometimes the author may focus on one character more than the other and it leaves the reader wondering why is this story about this character in the first place. In this novel, I found the perfect balance between the hero and the heroine’s story that I fell in love with both characters which is a rare thing for me.
I really loved how that the author weaved redemption throughout the story line. That was an awesome feat in itself!
This novel had the wonderful combination of redemption,romance, adventure,and humor all the way through.
I just loved how well written this novel was and I have to admit that it is one of the best novels that I’ve read in a while. I highly recommend this book and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of her upcoming books. (4.5 stars)

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

 

Upcoming Release! (squeals of joy!)

Coming out in March 2018

Beneath a Prairie Moon

 Synopsis

Estelle Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness?

 

Bethany House, books, Christian, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized

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.  🙂

2017, Bethany House, Book, Christian Fiction, My Favorite Authors, Uncategorized

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! 🙂