Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday - Fall TBR

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is our fall TBR. A good number of my fall TBR was on last week's top ten so, I may have some duplicates.

Might as well add this bad boy because I'll be going back to school and I'll be reading it more than anything else. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Jocelyn (Sewing in SoCal #2) by Sarah Monzon - Reviewed


Title: Jocelyn 

Author: Sarah Monzon

Series Sewing in SoCal #2

WWSOD—What would Scarlett O’Hara do?
Anything to survive, that’s what. But instead of a man-eating Southern belle in hoop skirts and big hats, my version of existence looks an awful lot like a financial conglomerate employee staring blankly at budget analysis spreadsheets. Either way, the motto has served me well most my life. Until now, that is. The corporate retreat location has just been announced, and this city girl is headed to a dude ranch in the country. How will Scarlett help me survive that? No, this time I’ll turn to the sage advice of preteen YouTubers and their ponies to keep me from making a fool of myself.
But who’s going to help me navigate the kind yet reticent cowboy in the black Stetson—the cattle ranch owner who’s slowly                    claiming corners of my heart?

Goodreads || Amazon 

About Sarah Monzon

A Carol award finalist and Selah award winner, Sarah Monzon is a stay-at-home mom who makes up imaginary friends to have adult conversations with (otherwise known as writing novels). As a navy chaplain's wife, she resides wherever the military happens to station her family and enjoys exploring the beauty of the world around her.

Like most writers, I hear voices, a.k.a my characters, and can't get those voices out of my head until I write down their story (which they tell to me...I have no control whatsoever). Think I'm a bit crazy? That's okay. My husband thinks so too and he still loves me.

My family is my life and I am 100% devoted to them.

I'm socially awkward and canNOT small talk for the life of me. Which, one would think, authors should be good at since we sit and make up dialogue all day. Sigh. I wish that were the case. Thankfully my husband and kids can both talk up a storm so I normally just hide behind them and smile. (This was said in fair warning in case we meet in person)

And because I've admitted I can't carry on a conversation, if there is anything else you want to know about me, just send me a message! Can't wait to hear from you. =)

You can connect with Sarah on these social media platforms. Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter 

My Thoughts:

I think Jocelyn is my current favorite! These cute, fun and sassy stories are just a delight. 

As a city girl who is married to a cowboy I could relate and I was laughing out loud. 
Malachi and Jocelyn's awkwardness towards each other made this all the more enjoyable.

Highly recommended!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Red Ribbon (True Colors Series) by Pepper Basham - Reviewed

Title: The Red Ribbon

Author: Pepper Basham

Series: True Colors

In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned.

​The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

Goodreads || Amazon 

About Pepper Basham

I love a good romance, whether it’s set in an Edwardian era manor house or a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Readers enjoy my fun, dramatic, heart-warming, and inspirational novels with the certainty of a happily-ever-after.

Though some of my contemporaries have a Britallachian twist, others are Mayberry-esque, while others bring about the elegance and struggles of the Downton Abbey era. If any of these story ideas sound good to you, take some time to peruse my cyber corner of the world. “Sit a spell” as we’d say in my neck of the woods and let me ‘spin you a yarn’ filled with a few of my favorite things.

You can find Pepper on the following social media sites. Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter 

My Thoughts

There is something about a Pepper Basham book that gives you all the feels. I had the privilege of proofing this book as I ended my first editing course so it will hold a very special place for me. 

The feuding in this book makes the Hatfields and McCoy's look like child's play. 

Everything about this book was spot on. The setting, Appalachian diction, the historical fact, and most of all the way Ms. Basham wove in faith in God. 

I adored everything about this book so I can't just point out one specific thing. I loved how Ava and Jeremiah's sweet love story rose above the crime revolving around them.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes.

Bitterness is a wicked poison. Fogs up the head and sickens the heart till folks call wrong right and right wrong.

God ain't sittin' up in heaven watchin' a show down here on earth. He don't mind gettin' His hands dirty. Else, He'd never sent the Savior. ~Granny Burcham

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Nine by Rachelle Decker Reviewed

About the book:

Title: Nine
Author: Rachelle Decker
Publisher: Revell

Zoe Johnson spent most of her life living in the shadows, never drawing attention to herself, never investing in people or places. But when a wide-eyed, bedraggled teenager with no memory walks into the diner where Zoe works, everything changes. Now, against her better judgment, Zoe, who has been trying to outrun her own painful memories of the past, finds herself attempting to help a girl who doesn't seem to have any past at all. The girl knows only one thing: she must reach a woman in Corpus Christi, Texas, hundreds of miles away, before the government agents who are searching for her catch up to them.

Award-winning author Rachelle Dekker throws you into the middle of the action and keeps the pressure on in this page-turning story that, asks Are we who the world says we are--or can we change our story and be something more?

Goodreads || Amazon

About Rachelle Decker

The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their son, Jack.

Website || Facebook || Instagram || 

My Thoughts:

Rachelle Decker has dipped her foot into a few genres as a writer. She wrote an entire dystopian series, a psychological thriller, and a collaboration with her father, Ted Dekker that was a speculative novel, which he is known for. Nine seems to be suspenseful yet also speculative.

For me the book had a very slow start and took awhile to actually get into. The internal struggle of the characters was spot on. Characters had to make choices to either be chained to their past or make changes to be better.

Overall the book is a suspenseful emotional read. I would caution you that there is gun violence, and torture.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Fall Cover Love

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! Today's topic is a cover freebie and I haven't done a cover love post in awhile so I thought I'd use Pantone's fall color palette along with some upcoming releases.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Books I Wish Were Around When I Was a Teen

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post. Today's topic is books for my younger self. Well, since I was quite a reader as a kid and teen I thought I'd do a list of books I wish were around when I was a teen/young adult.

The Hagenheim Series by Melanie Dickerson

A Court of Thorn and Roses Series by Sarah J. Mass

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Gifting Series by Katie Ganshert 

The Ravenspire Series by C.J. Redwine

The Weaver Trilogy by Lindsay Franklin

The Sunrise at Normandy Series by Sarah Sundin

A Class of Their Own Series by Jen Turano

The Veritas Project by Frank Peretti

Treasures of His Love Series by Mesu Andrews

I am so thankful that there are such great books out there for our teens and young adults to read. I read a lot of missionary books - UGH - as a kid and teen. I would've loved to have more variety.

What do you wish were around when you were a kid? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Books That Are Guaranteed to Make You Hungry

Welcome to another Tuesday edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is books that make you hungry. 

You have your choice from cupcakes, dinner club, coffee and pastries, chocolatier shop, a bookish version of MasterChef, a family owned pizza shop, anything and everything apples, watermelon, finish up with more coffee and pastries. 

Have you read any of these delectable books? What books would you add? Tell me in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday - Fall TBR

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is our fall TBR. A good number of my fall TBR was on last week's top ten so, I may have some duplicates. Mig...