Mama’s Bank Account (Book Challenge #2)

This was the second book that I read for my book challenge, Female Author. My sister helped me pick it out, having read it the year before. She really enjoyed the book, following a Norwiegen immigrant family living in San Francisco during the early 1900s. It is a collection of stories throughout their lives, with their mother always one of the star players.

It was really sweet! I loved the simplicity of the stories about family, coming of age, and finding your place. They are timeless themes and experiences though set in the past. I love stories about families, especially those with lots of siblings. I think that it is because I relate to those bigger families and the stories that come from it.  Mama’s Bank Account is truly a classic slice of life book.

Persuasion (Book Challenge #1)

One of Jane Austen’s first classic romances, Persuasion is the story of mistakes, loss, and second chances. I chose to read Persuasion for the first week of the NerdDaily book challenge, Author beginning with an A. I had only read two Jane Austen books, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I had enjoyed them both, but was meaning to read more of them. So I made sure that I had to read it!

This was such a sweet book! As always, Ms. Austen writes yearning love and misunderstandings like no other. I really liked Anne, she was a more “normal” heroine. She was not especially beautiful, especially witty or especially charming, but she was kind and practical. Anne truly hoped for the best for people. Although she had experienced pain and sorrow, she was hopeful.

Throughout the whole story, I was not sure about the ending. There were quite a few moments of tension and uncertainty during the book, I was a bit worried for Anne’s HEA (Happily Ever AFter). However, in this book there is a happy ending. The build up and twists made the ending all the sweeter.

Books to Look Forward To

I love reading and I love books. There are so many amazing authors that bring to life wonderful stories and tales. Every day it seems more books come, more than a person can ever read in their lifetime. However, I will certainly try! There are so many books that I am looking forward to that I would like to share with you all!

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Talk Nerdy to Me by Tiffany Schmidt This book just recently came out and I have been waiting to read it! Talk Nerdy to Me is the third book in her YA series Bookish Boyfriends. I loved the first two, for their relatable and endearing characters, the focus on friendship and family as well as the sweet romance. I adored reading about Merri and Rory and all the characters. The books provided set up for this most recent one and I am so excited! I loved the glimpses of Eliza and Curtis that were given in the earlier books, Even before reading the description, my sisters and I had puzzled over what book Eliza might have, and I was very pleased to learn that my guess, Anne of Green Gables was right! I was looking forward to the book so much that my sisters and I preordered it and I will claim oldest sister rights to read it first!

How to Steal a Thief's Heart by Bree Wolf

How to Steal a Thief’s Heart by Bree Wolf My sister stumbled upon a deal of Bree Wolf’s book, How to Wake a Sleeping Lady, the first in her fairytale inspired Regency romances. After reading it, I flew through the next two, both in the same day! Ms. Wolf did an amazing job of introducing characters along the way, setting up the stories that were coming. I love meeting characters and getting a glimpse of them, knowing that in the future I will get to see their story. Caroline and Pierce are both characters that were introduced in an earlier book, and they are so intriguing. I am so excited for this book!

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The Peasant’s Dream by Melanie Dkickerson. I have been reading Melanie Dickerson’s books for a few years now. I have loved all of the books in her Hagenhiem series. All of the family have had lovely stories that through trouble and trials find peace and love. Each of the siblings, along with other family members, have had stories based on fairytales. Last in the series, the youngest in the family, Della, is getting a book! Though Della has not had much time in any of the other books, it is so exciting to see her story. I am a little sad, as this is the last book in the series and I have so enjoyed these characters, however I have no doubt that Ms. Dickerson will continue to bring amazing and sweet stories!

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The Secret Princess by Melanie Cellier. Melanie Cellier has written many wonderful and enchanting fairytale retellings and she is preparing to release the first book in her newest series, Return to the Four Kingdom. She is bringing back characters from her other series, moving forward in time, and telling new twists on fairytales. Giselle is the younger sister of Prince Oliver, who had his own story in the Beyond the Four Kingdom series. In her book, a retelling of Goose Girl, she is having her own adventure. I have loved all of her fairytale books, and read them almost as soon as they come out. I have no doubt that this next one will as wonderful as the others!

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Enchantment by Camille Peters I am so excited for this book! I loved Ms. Peters’ books! Every book that she has released has been better than the one before. After reading Reflection, the book preceding Enchantment, where Prince Briar is introduced, I was eagerly anticipating Briar’s book. I felt like I barely got an understanding of who he is or what his story is, so I am so ready to learn it.  My sisters have also read Ms. Peters’s books and we have all been discussing our different theories and favorite characters. We have been theorizing about Briar for months!

The Prince’s Bargain by K. M. Shea K.M. Shea’s books are so fun! They are hilarious, entertaining, and sweet. One of her series is the Elves of Lessa, a fantasy romance series of magic and adventure. I loved both Red Rope of Fate and Royal Magic, the first two books in the series, though I have to admit that Royal Magic was my favorite. I loved Ben and Gwendafyn’s story, it was so sweet! However, Royal Magic came out nearly two years ago, and I have been dying waiting!!! It is finally coming out this year! Even though there is not that much information about this coming book, but I am still so excited! I will be eagerly waiting for this book!

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10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon I stumbled upon Sandhya Menon’s book, When Dimple Met Rishi, almost by accident on a library resource, Libby by Overdrive. It was a great story about family obligations, cultural pressures, finding your way, and finding love. I so enjoyed it and immediately reached for the sequel Something about Sweetie. It was just as good! I think I might have even liked it more! There were so many interesting and compelling characters! Two of them are getting their own story in 10 Things I Hate About Pinky! I was hoping for more books in their world and am so excited for this one!

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The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee The sequel to the exciting book The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, is coming out in 2020! I love mythology. I remember checking out so many books on mythology and folklore from the library, even a few encyclopedias! So when I found a book inspired by and involving Chinese mythology, which I have not been able to learn as much about as I would like, I was so excited to read it! It was exciting and funny and relatable and so cool to read about an Asian character! The book did end on a cliffhanger and so I was waiting for the next one! I am really excited to read it and see the continuation of Genie’s adventures!

Forest of Firelight

Forest of Firelight (The Riven Kingdoms Book 1) by [Shari L. Tapscott]

A princess with a task, to find the next king. A man with a mission to befriend and betray her. Amalia is touring the kingdom to find a man to take the throne, after the tragic death of her brother. Rhys’s mission requires him to follow her and with every step, he finds himself strangely drawn to the innocent, trouble-marked princess. However, there is a darkness bigger than either of them and only their partnership holds the key to the salvation of their world.

This was a super cute! I thought that Amalia and Rhys’s interactions were so funny and cute! Amalia was so sweet and Rhys was so begrudgingly amused and drawn to her. They were both sweet on each other (do people say that still?) and yet knowing that they could not be together. Rhys was so conflicted too, he knew that he had a mission to eventually betray her. Yet at the same time, he truly believed that it was necessary. He felt a tremendous responsibility.

The story was unfolding throughout the entire book. There was danger lurking beyond even what Amalia and Rhys knew. As they journeyed, they discovered more clues of darkness coming. Up to the last page, there were surprises! As in almost any series, I am now very eagerly anticipating the continuation of the story in Ms. Tapscott’s upcoming second book to the Riven kingdom series. Although, there were some answers by the end, there were also many more questions!

Overall this was a great book that leaves you on the edge of your seat waiting for answers!It is a sweet fantasy story that both introduces the world of the Riven kingdom with all its characters and begins the story of history and magic.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Stay With Me

Stay with Me (A Misty River Romance, #1) by Becky Wade

Becky Wade’s new book Stay with Me is full of falling in love, growing in faith, and learning to lean on those you trust. 

Genevieve is struggling with the pressures of her career in the spotlight as well a dangerous secret that is tearing her apart. She comes to her hometown after a letter comes her way hinting at her parents hiding dangerous secrets. She is forced to seek help from the owner of the cottage she wakes up in, Sam. Sam, the owner of a large farm, is a disciplined and solitary man, who does not want to have Genevieve stay in his cottage. However, she needs help and he cannot refuse. 

I really enjoyed this book! It was sweet and so suspenseful! Genevieve and Sam were so different and they really balanced one another. She needed his steady support and convictions. He needed her vibrancy and tugging out into life. They helped one another grow and forced them to be honest about their trials. 

I could relate to Gen’s feelings of not wanting to share troubles and trials. It is difficult to share your failings, especially when you feel like you ought to be responsible and an example. I also appreciated how Genevieve grew closer to her family. They had a great relationship and really loved one another. However, they still had to learn how to adjust their relationships as the children grew up. 

It was also a great set up to the Misty River series! I loved meeting the characters, (hopefully some that will have their own books!) and am already theorizing about what comes next! I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to those who are looking for a Christian romance with a touch of mystery. However, it does deal with some significant issues so be prepared if you are sensitive. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

A Piper’s Pursuit

Amazon.com: The Piper's Pursuit (9780785228141): Dickerson ...

The next installment of the historical fairytale retellings of Melanie Dickerson is here! Having loved all of the other books telling the stories of the Gerstenberg family, following the tales of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and more recently Mulan and the Pied Piper! A Piper’s Pursuit is the 10th book in the series, and it was just as good as the others!

Steffan, another of the children of Wilhelm and Rose, considers himself the black sheep of the family. He is seeking glory and redemption when he comes upon Hamlin. In Hamlin, Katerina is looking to protect her people from the Beast that seems to be taking their town’s children. Can they work together and save the town?

I was so excited for this book! After reading the last book, Warrior Maiden, where Steffan was introduced, I was ready to read his story! Steffan is brash and impulsive. He is seeking glory and honor, after making some wrong choices. I loved seeing his growth and redemption. And Katerina was so brave and she really wanted to protect those around her. Though she had faced hard times and was hesitant to trust, she finds in Steffan an ally and friend. They have to work together and search for the cause of the troubles of Hamlin. 

 I really enjoyed reading about them and their growing relationship. I would totally recommend this book to girls late teen and up, who enjoy Christian historical fiction. Though it is in the series, I believe that it can be read as a stand-alone.

Princess of Wind and Wave

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The last book in the Beyond the Four Kingdoms series is here, with Teddy’s book based on the Little Mermaid.

Isla is the youngest princess of an underwater kingdom that she fears is in grave danger. After an impulsive decision has her coming to the surface, she realizes that there are forces against both the land and sea. Isla will need the help of the prince and princess of Trition, as well as her mind and heart to battle the enemies she discovers.

I was so excited for this book! I had read all of the preceding books in both the Four Kingdoms series and the Beyond the Four Kingdom series, and was so ready for Teddy’s book. It was also super fun to see Millie and Daisy again after meeting them earlier in the series. The introduction of Ray, Isla’s uncle was also fun. I loved meeting new characters!

I really enjoyed this book. It was a retelling of the Little Mermaid and so had many of the classic elements. However, there were many twists and turns in the story as well. I liked how Teddy and Isla got to know each other and see the good and bad in one another. They learned to care for one another as the full person they were, not simply who they thought the other was.

I thought it was really sweet and I enjoyed seeing all the characters again. It was a lovely ending to the series and I would definitely recommend it to those who like fairy-tale retellings with an HEA.

Traces

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Traces by Denise Weimer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

 Title: Traces
Author: Denise Weimer
Publisher: BLING! Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

When a failed romance and a $500,000 prize lure Kate Carson into participating in the reality TV show, Traces, the least she expects is to pick her partner. After all, she’s the PR spokeswoman of the company that derived a thirteen-lens, rotating camera from military use and installed it atop Atlanta’s tallest skyscraper. But she never would have chosen to evade techno hunters for twenty days with “G.I. Joe.”

Stoic, ex-military Alex Mitchell is the sort of man she always vowed to avoid, while the shadows of Alex’s past cause him to spurn emotional involvement. When Kate’s insider knowledge makes her a target of someone more threatening than game show hunters, Alex offers her only hope to reveal the dark plans of proponents of The Eye.

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Book Review:

I really enjoyed this book, though it was not my usual genre. I was so happy to find it really entertaining! It definitely kept me reading, and I was, at different points, so nervous for the characters.

I really felt for Kate, she was really relatable in the circumstances. If anything like that happened to me, I probably would react like her, super out of my depth. She definitely grew throughout the book, even though it really only spanned a few days. Kate and Alex have to learn to trust each other, although they really do not know the other.Though they were both trying, it was quite an crazy adventure they were on.

Alex was really focused, but he was such a sweet guy! He was a protector, looking out for so many. Though he was very intense and could be gruff, he and Kate began to open up to one another.

The story felt really possible, which made it even more suspenseful. It is a concept that is very relevant and a little frightening. The book was a little on the shorter side, though it did feel completed. I appreciate how she incorporated their faith, though I would wish it was a little more prominent. They were still growing in their faith. It was cool how they learned to trust more and more in God and His strength. I do hope that we get to see more of Kate and Alex, I would love to see their future.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author:

Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored eleven published novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor at Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Fiction, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.

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The Governess of Penwythe Hall

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The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd is an exciting romantic story set in Regency era England. It follows the journey of Cordelia Greythorne, who after escaping her late husband’s family, becomes a governess. 

However, when the children’s father dies, they are sent to live with their uncle, who lives in Cornwall, the very place Delia has fled from. There, at Penwythe Hall, Jac, lord of the land seeking to rebuild its fortunes with an orchard, is shocked to discover that he has become guardian to his nieces and nephews. Together, they try to build a home for the children, and begin to fall in love.

I have a soft spot for love stories with kids. It was one of the things that drew me to the book, along with the intriguing synopsis. I thought that this was a sweet book, though it was quite exciting near the end. I did enjoy seeing the unfolding of the story and overall loved the mystery. I would recommend this story to older teens and anyone who likes clean romances with a bit of mystery.

A Constant Struggle of a Book-lover

One of the constant struggles of a book-lover is storing their books. You want to know where they all are, be able to access them at any time, probably should keep series together, and at the same time you are probably, if you are anything like me, constantly buying new books (or used ones). For me, inevitably my books end up being haphazardly stacked upon each other wherever there might be space. However, every once and awhile, I have the dream of beautifully arranged bookshelves. This winter break, after a semester of scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram and seeing beautiful shelfies, I decided to organize my books by color. 

Having not organized my books in over a year, this felt like a bit of a daunting task. As I began pulling out books from their original shelves, I wondered where I would put them back. I have bookshelves scattered throughout the house. There were not enough shelves together to properly see the color change. Unfortunately, they would need to be separated. With that unfortunate decision being made, the task of pulling out and organizing books by color continued. I was honestly surprised at how many books I owned. I had not taken out all of them. Only the books with a mostly solid binding were to be organized. But there were so many! A trend seemed to also appear, I had a lot of blue books, closely followed by green and purple. There were many black books, quite a few red, brown, and white, with yellow, orange, and pink having only a handful a piece. 

With my stacks of books covering the floor, it was time to return the books to shelves. I am so thankful for friends and family that helped with this process, because even though it was very fun, there were a lot of books! My bookshelves cross multiple rooms and the color also crosses multiple rooms. It is really cool to see some books that were behind other books. My siblings and I notice that the books in the front of the shelves often get read more often, because of ease.

In this new year, I hope to consider some of the color of my reading diet. It is interesting to consider why books have the color binding they do. I have heard that the colors of movie posters and other advertisements give a certain feel or influence to it. Color definitely has connotations for each person, though culture, background, and preferences definitely play a role. In browsing through books, what do I gravitate too? And what makes me do so? Blue and green are two of my favorite colors, so that is probably why I have a lot of them. Blue seems like a “fantasy” color to me and it can easily be a “mystery” color. There are also many realistic fiction in blues and greens. However, I also love yellow, but maybe there are less books with those vibrant yellows and oranges. There are probably more children’s books in those color than YA or adult books. What do you think? Are there colors you gravitate towards?

Here is a picture of one of the completed shelves
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One of the constant struggles of a book-lover is storing their books. You want to know where they all are, be able to access them at any time, probably should keep series together, and at the same time you are probably, if you are anything like me, constantly buying new books (or used ones). For me, inevitably my books end up being haphazardly stacked upon each other wherever there might be space. However, every once and awhile, I have the dream of beautifully arranged bookshelves. This winter break, after a semester of scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram and seeing beautiful shelfies, I decided to organize my books by color. 



Having not organized my books in over a year, this felt like a bit of a daunting task. As I began pulling out books from their original shelves, I wondered where I would put them back. I have bookshelves scattered throughout the house. There were not enough shelves together to properly see the color change. Unfortunately, they would need to be separated. With that unfortunate decision being made, the task of pulling out and organizing books by color continued. I was honestly surprised at how many books I owned. I had not taken out all of them. Only the books with a mostly solid binding were to be organized. But there were so many! A trend seemed to also appear, I had a lot of blue books, closely followed by green and purple. There were many black books, quite a few red, brown, and white, with yellow, orange, and pink having only a handful a piece. 



With my stacks of books covering the floor, it was time to return the books to shelves. I am so thankful for friends and family that helped with this process, because even though it was very fun, there were a lot of books! My bookshelves cross multiple rooms and the color also crosses multiple rooms. It is really cool to see some books that were behind other books. My siblings and I notice that the books in the front of the shelves often get read more often, because of ease.



In this new year, I hope to consider some of the color of my reading diet. It is interesting to consider why books have the color binding they do. I have heard that the colors of movie posters and other advertisements give a certain feel or influence to it. Color definitely has connotations for each person, though culture, background, and preferences definitely play a role. In browsing through books, what do I gravitate too? And what makes me do so? Blue and green are two of my favorite colors, so that is probably why I have a lot of them. Blue seems like a “fantasy” color to me and it can easily be a “mystery” color. There are also many realistic fiction in blues and greens. However, I also love yellow, but maybe there are less books with those vibrant yellows and oranges. There are probably more children’s books in those color than YA or adult books. What do you think? Are there colors you gravitate towards?



Here is a picture of one of the completed shelves.