“What I’m Reading” Wednesday

Hello readers,

Here’s this week’s version of “What I’m Reading” Wednesday!

The first book I’d like to tell you about is:

Calico Brides

by

Darlene Franklin

This is a four-in-one collection of novellas. It is part of the Romancing America series, set in Calico, Kansas. I have finished the first two novellas and I have enjoyed both of them. I am looking forward to reading the next two.

Here is the description of the book via Goodreads:

Determined to sow good deeds into the lives of needy people, the four youngest members of the 1876 Calico, Kansas, sewing circle reap romance. Gladys Polson, designing to aid a crotchety widower, falls for a stranger. Annie Bliss, knitting for soldiers, has a fort chaplain on pins and needles. Birdy Landry, sewing dresses for saloon girls looking for a new life, has her feathers ruffled by a beneficent shopkeeper. Schoolteacher Ruth Fairfield is about to teach a new guardian a few lessons in life and love. Will God stitch forever-after romances into the lives of these four women? 

Have you read any Romancing America books? Which ones?

The next book I am reading is:

The Governess of Highland Hall

by

Carrie Turansky

I received a free Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Blogging for Books. I am enjoying it so much! I just started it last night but I now only have 50 pages left! I haven’t read anything by Carrie Turansky before but this cover drew me in, and believe me, it’s a wonderful story!

Here’s the description via Goodreads:

Worlds lie between the marketplaces of India and the halls of a magnificent country estate like Highland Hall. Will Julia be able to find her place when a governess is neither upstairs family nor downstairs help? 
 
Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey. 
 
Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith. 
 
While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?

Have you read any Carrie Turansky books?

Be sure to check back soon for my reviews of both of these books!

So now, my question to you, what are you reading this Wednesday?

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