Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday . . . Some of My Top Book Wishes


Happy Tuesday, and welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we get to play Book Fairies and grant wishes. 

It's been a crazy day around here as we're having our pergola that we had built in 2019 re-built because the previous builder didn't do it correctly. So, I woke up to drills, and hammers. Tomorrow is more of the same. But it's going to be so nice when it's done.

I saw this one on my friend Carrie's list and as an adoptee, I'm always interested in reading books about adoption. 

I've had this on my Goodreads want-to-read list for quite a while. It's still intriguing and I haven't read it.

I've seen a lot of my reader friends reading Christy Barritt and I've not read her books, at least I don't think so, but this looks super cute.

This cover is amazing, and the fact that it is about the Titanic made me add it to my TBR immediately.

I don't read a lot of mainstream fiction but this one sounds really good. Especially for a true crime junkie like me. 

Robin Lee Hatcher is a local author here in Idaho and I always want to read local authors.

I'm always looking for good books on Christian Living and this one looks good.

We all deal with trauma and learning how to heal trauma from within is a plus. Having epilepsy means that every seizure I have is a traumatic event.

I really enjoyed Charles Martin's It is Finished and I remember when this book released I was super interested in it.

My dad has Alzheimer's. I'm losing him before he's actually gone so learning how to deal with my grief is something I'm constantly on the look-out for.

I'm sorry my post is so late. Being woken up at the crack of stupid with construction workers working on our new patio/pergola. 
My link for my wishlist is Amazon Wishlist.

Keep an eye on your inbox...Gifting books is one of my most favorite things to do.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

The Road Before Us by Janine Rosche Reviewed


About the book:

Title: The Road Before Us

Author: Janine Rosche

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance  Historical Road Trip Fiction

How far would you go to fix the mistakes you've made and regain the trust you lost? For Jade Jessup, the answer is 2,448 miles. Once one of Chicago's significant financial advisors, Jade lost her credibility when her fiancé (and coworker) stole millions of dollars from their clients in a Ponzi scheme. Now she's agreed to help one of them--an aging 1960s Hollywood starlet named Berenice "Benny" Alderidge--seek financial restoration.

Jade sets off along Route 66 with Benny and her handsome adult foster son, Bridger, who is filming a documentary retracing the 1956 trip that started the love story between Benny and her recently deceased husband, Paul. Listening to Benny recount her story draws Jade into memories of her own darker association with Route 66, when she was kidnapped as a child by a man the media labeled a monster--but she remembers only as daddy.

Together, all three of these pilgrims will learn about family, forgiveness, and what it means to live free of the past. But not before Jade faces a second staggering betrayal that changes everything.

My Take:

A road trip on the classic mother road Route 66...yes, please! This book is told in alternating time periods and perspectives. 
As our three main characters; Bernice "Benny", Jade, and Bridger set out on this road trip, they are at a crossroads in their life. Janine Rosche layers these characters with not only struggles but also personalities that you can feel through the pages. 
Jade is doing all she can not to fall for Bridger and Bridger is making it extremely difficult. 
The banter between Bridger and Jade had me laughing out loud a few times. Bridger and Benny's relationship is super sweet. His protection for his mom made me tear up a few times.

Bottom Line: This is a fantastic road trip book; it has love, romance, history, and exploration along the iconic Route 66. Watching these characters embrace their pasts and become better at the end is everything great story-telling is about. This is just the second book of Janine Rosche's that I've read and she's quickly become a must-read author for me.

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About Janine Rosche

Although I reside in Ohio with my husband, four children, and two spoiled Labrador retrievers, I have lived and traveled all over the United States. Since each of these lovely places has stolen a piece of my heart, I write to revisit them.

My stories are set in rustic towns, along rivers and between mountains where love is sweet, faith is genuine, and ever afters are happy. I promise you’ll always find inspiring characters, moving tales of redemption, and riveting romance.

In addition to writing novels, I teach university courses in Human Development and Family Relations, and I am certified in Family Life Education. This education and experience has led to the production of the Love | Wander | Read Journal, a quarterly digital magazine that provides inspiration for a life well-lived.

You can connect with Janine on the following social media platforms.

Facebook || Instagram || Twitter || Website

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday Books I Was Super Excited to Get, But I Still Haven't Read


Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! It was beautiful here. 

This is kind of an embarrassing post to write as a reader. Haha I'm only taking books that I can visually see on my bookcases. I'm not even touching my kindle, because if I did I'd have several pages of books.

Jodi Picoult has been a favorite author of mine since I read The Pact years ago. I love how she's not afraid to tackle tough issues.

Victoria McCombs was recommended to me by a blogger friend, and it's still sitting on my shelf.

My Aunt recommended this one and I don't even think I've cracked the spine.

I have started this one; however, I had to put it aside because I had review books I'd signed up for that I needed to read.

So, what books were you so excited to get your hands on but haven't cracked the spine? Do we share any of the same books? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Love Overboard by Shannon Sue Dunlap

Love Overboard JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Love Overboard by Shannon Sue Dunlap, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Love Overboard

Title: Love Overboard
Love Overboard #1
Shannon Sue Dunlap
Kregel Publications
Release Date:
May 21, 2024
Genre: Christian Romcom

A snort-laughing, cruise ship romance takes readers into topsy-turvy waters 

When a group of four quirky friends retire on a neverending round of cruises, their attire consists of more than floral shirts and gaudy skirts. Armed with walkie-talkies and battle plans, these relationship experts--who've dubbed themselves the "Shippers"--target hostess Lacey Anderson and director Jonathan King in their romantic schemes. But the young couple refuses to cooperate. They've been on the "love boat" together before, and it went down in flames. 

Boss matchmaker Emily Windsor has orchestrated multiple romantic successes, and these two upstarts certainly won't get the best of her. The chemistry between Lacey and Jonathan is obvious, but the couple rebuffs every outlandish plot and "coincidental" meeting, forcing the matchmakers to chart a new course to true love--all while inadvertently thwarting drug smugglers threatening to ruin their floating home on the ocean. 

This laugh-out-loud rom-com features loveable characters, over-the-top situations reminiscent of 1950s sitcoms, and a dash of mystery. The toe-curling romance will push the reader overboard and all in with Shannon Dunlap's new series.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook | Bookshop | BookBub

My Thoughts

Love Overboard was a complete HOOT! One night while I was reading the "Love Boat" theme song from the 70's came on and I was rolling! The "Shippers" are a fun group of ladies that will remind you of the Golden Girls. These Golden ladies have set their eyes on making a match while onboard and it turns into the hilarity of the season.

We see Ms. Dunlap's writing ability soar with the mystery she wove in and around the rom-com. It made the book different and so enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next installment.

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.

About the Author

Shannon Sue Dunlap

Shannon Sue Dunlap writes books with a dose of laughter and a spoonful of love. One of the greatest compliments you can give her is saying her stories made you laugh-out-loud. She loves traveling around the world, singing tunes from classic musicals, and drinking Dr. Pepper. Shannon is a die-hard fan of happy endings and believes God has designed one for each of us.

Connect with Shannon at shannonsuedunlap.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.

Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will win a signed copy of Love Overboard plus character-themed items for each matchmaker!

Love Overboard JustRead Tours blog giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight May 20, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 27, 2024. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday - Authors I Miss Reading


Happy Tuesday! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday edition sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today's topic is basically the authors we miss. Whether they've passed on, retired from writing, or put it on the back burner for a while. Whatever the reason, these authors have made an imprint on our lives and we miss them. I'll link a favorite book to their name.

I will also have a blog update at the end.

Sandie (Sandra) D. Bricker. I never met this sweet lady face to face but I had the privilege of helping her with her street team when street teams first started being a thing. Love Finds You in Hollywood, Florida was the first book I read of Sandie's and I fell in love. She knew how to wrap romance, comedy, and the gift of salvation in her writing and touch so many readers. She lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer on October 28, 2022

Frank Peretti. Way before I became a reviewer my Sunday School Class read This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness and I've read all of his books since and have found out recently that he lives Coeur d'Alene here in Idahoand would love to find a way to meet him.

Deanne GistI haven't seen hide nor hair of Deanne in I don't know how long

The last book I read of Deanne Gist was Tiffany Girl, but my 

favorite book of hers is It Happened At the Fair.

Camy Tang. As a Navy brat and former Navy wife,
 I loved being around all the different races and ethnicities 
that we lived around in base housing, and Camy's books 
were likebeing immersed in the culture. 
Deadly Intent was the first book that I read of hers.

Diann Hunt. The only books I've read of Ms. Hunt's 
are those written with other authors. Which is the Smitten 
Book Club series. It is a hoot of a series, so if you 
haven't read themand are looking for a good beach read 
these are perfect. Secretly Smitten is probably my favorite.

Tracy L. Higley is a biblical fiction author and while
 I haven't seen much from her in a year or two I believe
 she's still writing. Garden of Madness which focused on the 
Babylonian captivity and Nebuchadnezzar has to be my favorite.

Julie Cantrell. I see her on social media but the last book
 I reviewed of hers was Perennials and I'd love another one!

Varina Denman. I see her on social media but I miss her books. 
My absolute favorite was Looking Glass Lies. It's a book 
every woman should read!

Rachel Dylan. While we don't agree on college football teams 
GA VS UF, we do agree on reading material though. I really 
loved her Capital Intrigue series and would love 
another book from her.

Blog Update:

Dear Authors, Readers, and Friends,

I wanted to update you about why my reviews, posts, 
and responses are lacking or less than what has been 
the norm since I began blogging back in 2007. In 2019 my
Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and after four years 
of trying to get my mom on board with moving into assisted living, 
which was their plan they purchased long-term
care insurance because they knew it was going to happen.
Finally, last summer my Mom agreed that it was time to move. 
Things were going fine for a while and in 
March of this year it was discovered that my younger sibling 
had been stealing money from them. 
During an Adult Protection Investigation,
I and my husband became both Guardians 
and Conservators for my parents. 
I have a nightmare-ish mess that I am in 
the process of cleaning up. So, if reviews 
are delayed, I don't participate in Top Ten Tuesday, 
First Line Friday, or respond to comments I promise 
I am not blowing anyone off. 
I'm literally trying to clean up a mess I didn't create.

Thank you for reading and I am so blessed 
and thankful for this blogging community.


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday April Showers Bring May Flowers


Happy Tuesday, and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today's prompt is April showers bring May flowers. I went through my archives to find these beauties. I love daisies, carnations, and of course roses; but pink is my favorite color so if it's pink it's perfect.

We have lilacs, lilies, roses of Sharon, and daffodils in our yard. My husband is a master gardener and does an amazing job keeping everything alive and blooming. 

What's your favorite flower? 

Please let me know what your favorite flower is. With Mother's Day on Sunday, this is a perfect prompt. Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday. 

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Shelterwood by Lisa Wingate Reviewed

About the book:

Title: Shelterwood

Author: Lisa Wingate 

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Dual-Time

Oklahoma, 1909. Eleven-year-old Olive Augusta Radley knows that her stepfather doesn’t have good intentions toward the two Choctaw girls boarded in their home as wards. When the older girl disappears, Ollie flees to the woods, taking six-year-old Nessa with her. Together they begin a perilous journey to the rugged Winding Stair Mountains, the notorious territory of outlaws, treasure hunters, and desperate men. Along the way, Ollie and Nessa form an unlikely band with others like themselves, struggling to stay one step ahead of those who seek to exploit them . . . or worse.

Oklahoma, 1990. Law Enforcement Ranger Valerie Boren O’dell arrives at Horsethief Trail National Park seeking a quiet place to balance a career and single parenthood. But no sooner has Valerie reported for duty than she’s faced with local controversy over the park’s opening, a teenage hiker gone missing from one of the trails, and the long-hidden burial site of three children deep in a cave. Val’s quest to uncover the truth wins an ally among the neighboring Choctaw Tribal Police but soon collides with old secrets and the tragic and deadly history of the land itself.

In this emotional and enveloping novel, Lisa Wingate traces the story of children abandoned by the law and the battle to see justice done. Amid times of deep conflict over who owns the land and its riches, Ollie and Val traverse the wild and beautiful terrain, each leaving behind one life in search of another.

Goodreads || Amazon || Barnes & Noble || Random House

My Thoughts

I have been drawn to Lisa Wingate's books since I read Tending Roses years ago. Her book Before We Were Yours is especially dear to me as I'm adopted. In Shelterwood we are introduced once again to children in trouble and the Choctaw nation which added an interesting aspect to the story.

As we meet Olive and Nessa in 1909 my heart is immediately drawn to them. Olive is doing all she can to save her little sister Nessa from the scum of a stepfather they have; then as we move to 1990 we meet Valerie, a park ranger who is as loving and protective as Olive. This book is set in Oklahoma, a place I lived for a short period, and Ms. Wingate uses the history of the Choctaw nation to create a story that will both wreck your heart and encourage your spirit as you learn things in history that should never be forgotten. I loved the historical part which is typical.

Lisa Wingate has a unique ability to tell compelling and heartwrenching stories involving children in danger wrapped in historical timelines, which has made her a go-to author for me. I love learning things while reading, which is probably why historicals are some of my favorite reads; and dual-time lines are the best in my opinion.

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.

About Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours, which remained on the NYT Bestseller List for over two years, has been translated into over forty languages worldwide, and has sold more than three million copies. She has penned over thirty novels and coauthored a nonfiction book, Before and After with Judy Christie. Her work has garnered or been nominated for many awards, including the Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, and the Goodreads Choice Award. Her blockbuster hit, Before We Were Yours was Publishers Weekly’s #3 longest-running bestseller of 2017, and was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award winner for historical fiction.

Lisa lives with her husband in North Texas and Central Colorado.

You can find and interact with Ms. Wingate on the following social media platforms.

Facebook || Instagram || Website


Top Ten Tuesday . . . Some of My Top Book Wishes

  Happy Tuesday, and welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl . Today we get to play Book Fairies a...