Spring Into Colorful Reads

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

For today's Top Ten Tuesday I am going to use Pantone's Spring Colors for 2019 and pair them with books on my TBR pile for spring. 



Pantone's Sweet Lilac paired with Sweet on You by Becky Wade

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Pantone Pink Peacock paired with The Pages of Her Life by James L. Rubart
 

























Pantone Mango Mojito paired with Moments We Forget by Beth K. Vogt






















Pantone Barrier Reef paired with The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner






















Pantone color Princess Blue paired with Knox: The Montana Marshalls book 1 by Susan May Warren





















Pantone Lime Zest paired with To Best the Boys by Mary Weber






























 What books are on your spring TBR pile? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!




A Sequel Is Needed

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


I read a lot of series. As I look at my bookcase I see more series than not which made this Top Ten Tuesday topic very tricky.





I have to know what happens to Evalina and Taichi after WWII.

I need another book about Lark and Magnus!

Johnathon and Laurel need another story!!

What have James and Bella been up to?


















I would love to see this book "series" by Kate Breslin set in WWI have another book. I loved Not By Sight as well as this book.

















Five books is all I could find that either NEED a sequel or could use a sequel. Do you have any books that need a sequel? Please let me know in the comments!!


Daughters of Northern Shores (Blackbird Mountain #2) by Joanne Bischof



Title: Daughters of Northern Shores
Author: Joanne Bischof
Series: Blackbird Mountain Book 2
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor’s child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger brother and rival who haunts her memories. Haakon—whose selfish choices shattered her trust in him.
Having fled the farm after trying to take Aven as his own, Haakon sails on the North Atlantic ice trade where his soul is plagued with regrets that distance cannot heal. Not even the beautiful Norwegian woman he’s pursued can ease the torment. When the winds bear him home after four years away, Haakon finds the family on the brink of tragedy. A decades-old feud with the neighboring farm has wrenched them into the fiercest confrontation on Blackbird Mountain since the Civil War. Haakon’s cunning and strength hold the power to seal many fates, including Thor’s which is already at stake through a grave illness brought to him as the first prick of warfare.
Now Haakon faces the hardest choice of his life. One that shapes a battlefield where pride must be broken enough to be restored, and where a prodigal son may finally know the healing peace of surrender and the boundless gift of forgiveness. And when it comes to the woman he left behind in Norway, he just might discover that while his heart belongs to a daughter of the north, she’s been awaiting him on shores more distant than the land he’s fighting for.







About Joanne Bischof:

Joanne has a long-standing passion for romance and a budding fervor for theology. She is more and more awed by how wondrously the two go hand in hand. 

So depraved are we in our sinful state—so in need of a Savior—that the love story between God and his people is nothing short of astounding. A quenching of the thirst to parched souls. A light that makes the darkness tremble. A freedom from the bondage of pain and sin. Joanne is beyond thankful to be a part of this great love story and writes books to not only portray the glorious wonder of human love, but to reflect the ultimate romance and rescue that comes through Christ.

“We all have ways of bringing offerings to His feet. Words and the telling of story are one of those gifts that I lay down. It is my constant prayer that they honor and please Him." 



My Thoughts:

As expected Joanne Bischof beautifully, and lyrically continues the saga of the Nogaard family in book two of her Blackbird Mountain series.

This book centers around the youngest Nogaard brother, Haakon, and an ongoing feud with the neighbors. Think the Hatfields and McCoys. Which is a perfect analogy since they too lived in Appalachia.

Ms. Bischof's descriptive abilities made me feel as though I was experiencing the birth of my first child as Aven gave birth to hers. I could once again smell the apples and the dirt of the fields. Feel the warmth of the fire. Each of the elements although small made the book an experience not just a book I read.

I loved catching up with Thor, Aven, Jorgan, Fay, Ida, and Cora. Series open the doors for not only catching up with all the characters but getting to know each character more personally.

The themes that run through this book are forgiveness of others and self. Restoration to God and family. As well as healing of body, soul, and even land.

If you haven't noticed . . . Yes, I loved this book!! Joanne Bischof literally hits a home run right out of the park.

I highly recommend this book.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher in association with Joanne's Street Team. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill Review with Giveaway

Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Welcome to the Blog & Review Tour - and Giveaway - for Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

9780310765264Title: Within These Lines  
Author: Stephanie Morrill  
Publisher: Blink YA  
Genre: Historical Young Adult Fiction  
Release Date: March 5, 2019

When Evalina Cassano and Taichi Hamasaki are torn apart by the events following the attack on Pearl Harbor, they must fight if they want any hope of returning to one another before World War II steals their future together. Within These Lines is one unflinching, haunting, historical novel you don’t want to miss; perfect for fans of Monica Hesse, Ruta Sepetys, and Elizabeth Wein.

Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family living in San Francisco in 1941 is quiet and ordinary until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite the scandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up their farm and move to a Japanese-American internment camp.

Degrading treatment makes life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi’s only connection to the outside world is treasured letters from Evalina. Feeling that the only action she can take to help Taichi is to speak out against injustice, Evalina becomes increasingly vocal at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he will ever leave the camp alive.

With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to their ideals and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable odds.  

Within These Lines:
  • Is a young adult historical novel set in the World War II era
  • Contains themes of love, separation, social justice, war, and diversity
  • Perfect for junior high and high school students
  • A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Stephanie Morrill writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world. She is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as the 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the WWII era romance, Within These Lines. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children. You can connect with Stephanie and learn more about her books at StephanieMorrill.com, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  

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My Thoughts:

This book made me angry and sad while giving me hope that American's can be better and do better!

I loved both Evalina and Taichi. I related to Evalina. In fact her being an Italian-American teenager is one of the things that drew me to the story, because I am also Italian-American. Her fiery, spunky personality is one of my favorite type of female character. I loved that she was a political science major, and one that went against the grain of political correctness and fought for the injustice done to Japanese-Americans.

Taichi was the sweetest. He has integrity, courage, and a heart for others. His care and concern for not only Evalina, and his family; but everyone at the camp, other families that rode the same bus to the Manzanar. There wasn't anyone he wouldn't help.

The story of these two young adults was raw, gritty, real, inspiring, and one I won't forget anytime soon. It depicts a horrible time in American history. One that I don't believe is talked about or even taught much. I don't remember learning much about this period of time in American history class. This is just one of many reasons I love historical fiction. No history class can teach us everything about each time period and historical fiction gives us a great story and a more personal view of history than any text book.

I highly recommend this book! I had a great opportunity to talk about this book with our server at a restaurant the other day and she was so interested in it she said she was going to get a copy!










Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in association with Just Read Publicity Tours. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


GIVEAWAY

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(1) Grand Prize winner will win a release copy of Within These Lines & a special designed poster of Within These Lines from the publisher, Blink YA. Featured quote on poster: "Be Brave Enough to Care and Bold Enough to Act"

(5) First Prize winners will each with a special designed poster of Within These Lines from the publisher, Blink YA. Featured quote on poster: "Be Brave Enough to Care and Bold Enough to Act"

Be sure to check out each stop on the Bookstagram Tour and (upcoming) Takeover Tour, as well as this tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway began at midnight March 5, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 18, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid. For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.


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Top Ten Tuesday - Characters I'd Like to Switch Places With

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Before this topic for Top Ten Tuesday I've never thought about this. I just enjoy living vicarious through the characters in the story. And since I've never given much thought about it coming up with ten wasn't easy, and I actually only came up with eight.


One - Aven from Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Two - Maeve from Castle on the Rise

Three - Isadora from Flights of Fancy

Four - Rachel from Saturday Night Supper Club

Five - Lark from A Bound Heart

Six - Dorothy from The Sea Before Us

Seven - Tanwen from The Story Peddler

Eight - Laurel from My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge 


Each of these character's have very swoony men which makes switching places with them for a day or so very appealing however, they are also on amazing adventures. It's their adventures that draw me into a story and the adventures I want to experience myself.

What character(s) would you like to trade places with? Are any of them on my list?

Let me know in the comments!




Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews Reviewed





 About the book:

Title: Of Fire and Lions
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publisher: Waterbrook Press

The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel for readers of Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings series or Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series.
Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she'd perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar's court. Now, as Daniel's wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she's safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear--until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar's palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili's tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone?
Ultimately, Yahweh's sovereign hand guides Jerusalem's captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions.





About Mesu
Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transforming Savior through the changed life of an old friend.
The desire for God's Word exploded with her new commitment, but devotional time was scarce due to the demands of a young wife and mother. So Mesu scoured the only two theology books available--children's Bible stories and her Bible. The stories she read to her daughters at night pointed her to the Bible passages she studied all day. She became an avid student of God's Word, searching historical and cultural settings as well as ancient texts and original languages. 
Mesu and her husband Roy have raised those two daughters and now enjoy a tribe of grandkids, who get to hear those same Bible stories. Mesu's love for God's Word has never waned. She now writes biblical novels, rich with spiritual insight learned through fascinating discoveries in deep historical research.
Mesu writes in their log cabin tucked away in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Her best friend is an American Staffordshire Terrier named Zeke, who keeps her company on long writing days. Zeke also enjoys watching movies, long walks in the woods, and sitting by the fireplace on rainy days. 




My Thoughts:

If you grew up in Sunday school like I did I’m sure you’ve heard the story of Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace and their best friend Daniel in the lion’s den during their exile in Babylon. But, have you truly experienced the story in a way that makes it unforgettable? That is what Of Fire and Lions does. 

I’ve read Daniel, studied it, even Bible quizzed on it as a kid, but Mesu Andrews with the use of an exiled Hebrew girl, Abigail/Belili makes the experience of Daniel all encompassing. In fact it is so incredibly rich and detailed with exquisite research it begs to be savored rather than devoured.

The theme of faith, commitment, and trust run through this novel from beginning to end. Living in America we’re not going to see someone tossed in a fiery furnace or fed to the lions for a crime but as I read through this story I hoped I would’ve behaved like Meshach, Shadrach, Abednego and Daniel and willingly gone into the furnace and lion’s den trusting that God would take care of me instead of the fear that would surround me.

This book is not to be missed!




 
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher in association with Mesu Andrews street team. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Oh, The Places Books Take Us

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


I was one of those little girl's that got in trouble A LOT for reading under the covers with a flashlight after I'd been told to go to bed. I snuck my dad's out of his toolbox and even bought one with money my grandma gave me and he took both of those away from me. And I was reading, doing something positive and I still got in trouble. With an early bedtime which just mean that I got to read longer anyway. At least until my dad said light's out.

When I was thinking about today's Top Ten Tuesday topic places mentioned in books I'd like to visit I thought I'd spin the topic and do places I'd like to visit from some of my favorite children's books. Books that kept me company under the covers with a flashlight.






You'll need a fur coat to go to the number one place I'd want to go, NARNIA!!!! Who else wants to go?


















Miss Suzy was a book I read over and over again until I started reading chapter books and her little squirrel tree house is one I'd love to explore. 

















 Harvey's Hideout was another bedtime storybook that I loved and his hideout on the river is where I'd like to go.
















I want to visit the magical Times Square in A Cricket in Times Square.




















The Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh and all of his friends would be a great place to spend the afternoon.


















Zuckerman Farm in Charlotte's Web spending the day watching Charlotte's children spin webs.


















Let Charlie show me around the Chocolate Factory and introduce me to Willy Wonka.



















Get a tour of the Limberlost Swamp by Elnora  and have her show me how she collects moth eggs to sell to the Bird Woman.



















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From the moment I opened up the pages of Anne of Green Gables I've wanted to go to Prince Edward Island. It's been on my to visit list since I was a little girl.


















                         

And of course like Narnia I want to use an invisibility cloak and get a tour around Hogwarts.

















What places from books would you like to visit? Let me know in the comments!!!




















 
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