Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday - Books With Numbers in the Title


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Today's topic ... books with numbers in the titles. I was so happy that all the books I found I'd read. Well. . . almost, I haven't read Tacos for Two yet!!

This book by Betsy St. Amant will release on October 12th and I am super excited to read it! Make sure you pre-order it!

This was a fun list to put together. Let me know if you've read any of these books in the comments.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday - Covers With Smiles On Them


Happy Tuesday! I had planned to post this earlier today but . . . college football is back and I got caught up in a game last night and then our new little dog decided to keep me up whining and barking last night and this morning. He's pretty cute so we'll keep him!

I am a reader who loves a cover just as much as I love a book and since today's Top Ten Tuesday was about smiles I decided to post covers that have smiles on them.

I hope these bright and smiling covers put a smile on your face. Have you read any of these? Three are on my TBR.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday ... Fictional Crushes


Today's top ten Tuesday topic is fictional crushes, we call them book boyfriends. This is a favorite subject among my book buddies so it will be interesting to see if we have some of the same ones. 

Kai from Husband Auditions


Prince John from To Save a King

Peter Lang 
from When Twilight Breaks

Xander from Tidewater Bride

from The Red Canary

Sebastian from Let it Be Me

Are any of my fictional crushes yours? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong Reviewed with Giveaway


About the book:

Title: Husband Auditions

Author: Angela Ruth Strong

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Comedy

How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?

In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she's handed a strange present at the latest wedding--a 1950s magazine article of "ways to get a husband"--she decides there's nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can't get any more single, can she?

Her brother's roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love--Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made.

When Meri Me debuts, it's an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she's looking for . . .

With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.

Purchase a copy HERE!

About Angela Ruth Strong

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there's nothing else she'd rather write about.

She is the author of the Resort to Love series and the CafFUNated mysteries. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. Finding Love in Big Sky was recently filmed on location in Montana and will air soon. Her latest release is Husband Auditions.

Strong also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho and teaches as an expert online at Write That Book.

Learn more at www.angelaruthstrong.com, and follow her on Facebook (Angela Ruth Strong Fan Page)Twitter (@AngelaRStrong), and Instagram (@ang_strong)

My Thoughts

With the title I envisioned guys on a stage literally auditioning for Meri's hand . . . doing some outrageous things like you'd see on The Bachelor/Bachelorette show. This book was so far from that. 

It had crazy, outrageous, fun, and embarrassing things within the list that Meri and her cameraman Kai did throughout the book but the book was deep and made you think about not only the importance of marriage but the seriousness of choosing the right person and allowing God to be the one to not only direct you but place His hand directly upon you both.

Even with all the fun inside these pages, there was the need for healing among the characters and Ms. Strong wasn't afraid to write about the hard things that have affected us all. The healing from the brokenness that only God can provide.

This is one of my favorite books of the summer and I hope there will be at least one sequel!

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

Monday, August 23, 2021

Yours is the Night by Amanda Dykes Reviewed


About the book:

Title: Yours is the Night

Author: Amanda Dykes

Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

Private Matthew Petticrew arrives in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, an arrival which a war-weary France desperately hopes will help to end the turmoil. Having faced unthinkable things on the front, he is captivated by the sound of a lullaby, sung by a voice so pure he knows he must have imagined it. But rumors sweep through the trenches like wildfire, dubbing the voice "The Angel of Argonne," a mysterious presence who leaves behind wreaths on unmarked graves and footprints in the war-pocked soil. 

Raised wild in the depths of the Forest of Argonne, France, Mireilles finds her world rocked when war comes crashing into the idyllic home she has always known, taking much from her. When Matthew discovers Mireilles, three things are clear: She is alone in the world, she cannot stay, and he and his two unlikely companions might be the only ones who can get her to safety.

Purchase a copy HERE!!

About Amanda Dykes

Amanda Dykes has written and published a few short stories including, “Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale“, the critically-acclaimed bicycle story that invited readers together to fund bicycles for missionaries in Asia. A former English teacher, she has a soft spot for classic literature and happy endings. She is a drinker of tea, a dweller of Truth, and a spinner of hope-filled tales, grateful for the grace of a God who loves extravagantly.  Also, by Amanda Dykes: “Tin Can Serenade” and “A Song in the Night” featured in the Message in a Bottle Romance Collection. You can connect with Amanda at the following locations:

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter 

My Thoughts

Each time I sit down to read a book by Amanda Dykes I know that I am going to experience a place and time like I never have before. 

Yours is the Night centers around WWI; using her poetic style Amanda Dykes creates a story with vibrant characters showing the devastation of WWI as well as what our soldiers endured on a day to day basis. 

I was completely captivated by the story and when I wasn't reading I was thinking about the story and wondering about the characters.

This story is loosely based on The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. As Ms. Dykes described the changing of the guard and the preparation of the Marine before taking the watch. I was eight or nine when my dad, who was active duty in the Navy and stationed in D.C. took me to Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard. It was a moving to watch and I will never forget it.

This is a book to be savored and not rushed. There is so much within the pages and you don't want to miss a thing!

I highly recommend it!

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.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday - - - Favorite Places to Read


Hi, and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Today's topic is my favorite places to read. 

ONE - My backyard with my waterfall going.

TWO - The beach . . . my favorite would be the North Shore beach on Oahu or New Smyrna Beach in Florida. 

THREE - On the front porch of our friend's cabin in the swing.

FOUR - On the couch with my four legged pal.

FIVE - In bed . . . just before I fall asleep.

SIX - My gramma had this awesome tree in her front yard and I'd love to climb up into it and read. 

SEVEN - Under the pews at church, when I was a kid and my parents practiced with the choir.

EIGHT - Long car rides!

NINE - While flying!

TEN -  Waiting for the doctor/dentist/hygienist. I love that I can read right on my phone.

Where are your favorite places to read? 

Do we like to read at any of the same places?

Let me know in the comments!

Monday, August 9, 2021

To Write a Wrong (The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency #2) by Jen Turano Reviewed


About the book:

Title: To Write a Wrong

Author: Jen Turano

Series: The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency #2

Genre: Inspirational Historical Mystery Romance

Miss Daphne Beekman is a mystery writer by day, inquiry agent by night. Known for her ability to puzzle out plots, she happily works behind the scenes for the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, staying well away from danger. However, when Mr. Herman Henderson arrives on the doorstep of the agency, desperate for someone to investigate numerous attempts on his life, Daphne soon finds herself in the thick of a case she's determined to solve.

Mr. Herman Henderson is also a mystery writer, but unlike the dashing heroes he pens, he prefers living a quiet life, determined to avoid the fate of his adventurous parents, who perished while searching for the Lost City of Gold.

As the list of suspects grows and sinister plots are directed at Daphne, the situation quickly deteriorates, and a revealed secret jeopardizes their newfound affection. Only time will tell if Daphne will be able to regain Herman's trust and save both their lives.

Purchase a copy HERE

About Jen Turano

A USA Today Best-Selling Author, Jen Turano has written the critically acclaimed Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as JenTuranowell as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist.  It is also a nominee for Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013. Her seventh book, Playing the Part, released in the spring of 2016, and will be followed by a new four-book series, Apart from the Crowd. When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying herself as an empty-nester since her son recently abandoned her for the college life. 

My Thoughts

When I sit down to read a book by Jen Turano I know that I am going to be truly entertained by the characters and antics within the pages. 

Her latest release, To Write a Wrong, is no different and just when I think she couldn't write a better book she blows it out of the park with a new one! 

Daphne Bleeker has to be a Jen Turano character legend! She is spunky, witty, intelligent and flawed; she is my absolute favorite character that Jen Turano has created. Just writing this I'm smiling.

All the twists and turns; along with rabbit trails that Ms. Turano puts Daphne and the quirky secondary characters into are both funny and quizzical. 

Currently this book stands as my favorite, but I know that will most likely change when Jen Turano writes another book.

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.

Top Ten Tuesday - Books With Numbers in the Title

  Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Today's topic ... books with numbers in the titles. I was so happy that all the books I found I'd read...