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[Book Review] The Mistress of Tall Acre

Hello readers! I would like to apologize for my long absence. I recently gave birth to my first son and my life has been full of preparing for his arrival and now of course spending time with my baby. I still make time to read but haven’t had the chance to read for reviews – mostly when I’m reading, I just try and enjoy it. I do have some old reviews that I need to post though and that is what I will be posting the next couple months. I hope someday that I will get back into blogging for books but for now, I will play “catch up” and make sure to post once or twice a month. Hope you all have read some great books lately!

The Mistress of Tall Acre

by

Laura Frantz

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My review:

I always look forward to any new release from Laura Frantz. She has found her way to the top of my favorite author’s list and I don’t see her leaving that spot any time soon!

The Mistress of Tall Acre was slightly different from Laura Frantz’s previous novels but that didn’t change the fact that it was still beautifully written and entrancing. Her novels have a way of drawing you in and refusing to let go until long after you’ve read the last page. I took my sweet time reading this book because I didn’t want to rush through it and miss the magic. I was glad I did because I was able to savour it more with each page.

I was a little disappointed with the description of this book because I feel like it gives too much of the story away. Especially since part of the description doesn’t even happen until the last quarter of the book! So because of that, I’m only going to give you a small description – though you’ll probably go read the book description anyway because don’t we all?

The Mistress of  Tall Acre is set in the post-American Revolution. Sophie is awaiting news from her brother as her home is on the verge of being taken from her and leaving her homeless. Her neighbor Seamus, a widower with a young daughter, takes a shine to Sophie and they both must decide what is best for their futures.

Laura Frantz created another winning cast of characters. Lily Cate is liable to steal your heart – she is so innocent and sweet, you can’t help but love her.

I’m always disappointed when I finish a Laura Frantz novel because I know I have to wait a while for the next one. But I love that for a short amount of time I can be whisked away to another time and place and be entertained for several hours. Whatever Laura Frantz writes, I will read!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

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[Book Review] Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

Like a Flower in Bloom

Like a Flower in Bloom

by

Siri Mitchell

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Each Siri Mitchell novel brings a variety of entertainment. I love that all of her historical novels are based on different time periods. I have enjoyed her books very much and always look forward to her new releases.

 

Like a Flower in Bloom follows the story of Charlotte Withersby. She has assisted her botanist father for as long as she can remember and she absolutely loves her job. However, when her uncle and father decide that Charlotte needs to find a suitable husband, they hire a replacement for Charlotte. Charlotte is infuriated with not only her uncle and father, but also her father’s new assistant who seems so intent on changing up everything. Charlotte and a friend come up with a plan to get her job back but her plan seems to backfire and Charlotte finds herself with a mess of potential suitors. But who truly holds Charlotte’s heart?

 

This was not one of my favorite books by Siri Mitchell. Some of the characters kind of annoyed me – including Charlotte. However, it was very interesting learning about some of the history of botany and how so many people enjoyed it as a hobby. I loved the pictures this novel created in my mind as the flowers came to life and the smells invaded my senses. If only I had a bouquet of flowers sitting next to me as I read it!

 

Like I said, not a favorite, but this won’t turn me off of Siri Mitchell’s novels.

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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Reading Goals for 2015

In 2014 I challenged myself to read 52 books. I knew this shouldn’t be a problem since the past few years I had read over 100 books a year. When 2014 rolled around, I was working a full-time job and started the year off by getting engaged so I knew I wouldn’t have as much time to read – hence the lower goal. As expected, I made my goal plus a few extra. This year I am raising my goal again hoping that someday I can reach the 100 books a year again.

 

In addition to making a challenge to read x amount of books, I am going to challenge myself to participate in a couple other reading challenges. So, here are my goals for reading in 2015:

Goal #1: Read 60+ books

Goal #2: Finish Eldest by Christopher Paolini

While I have read this book before, I started re-reading it over a year ago. I have less than half of the book left so I would really like to finish it this year.

Goal #3: Finish Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I started this book in August and haven’t made much progress but I would love to dive into the book and read the rest of it this year.

Goal #4: Participate in the “Jody Hedlund Challenge”

Two of my favorite blogs have teamed up to create the Jody Hedlund Challenge. Jody Hedlund is one of my most favorite authors so I am so excited to participate in this challenge and reread some of my favorite books! To find out more about the Jody Hedlund Challenge, check out Books and Beverages and Bookshelves and Windows. I greatly encourage you to participate in this challenge whether you’ve read a Jody Hedlund book or not. All of her books are FANTASTIC!

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Goal #5: Participate in a Goodreads Reading Challenge

There are plenty to choose from, I just got to find the right one (or two or three or four!) to participate in. Here’s the list of ones I will be choosing from: https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/list?group_id=742

 

Goal #6: Have fun!

Reading is all about enjoyment for me. My goal is to not only try and read a lot, but have fun while reading!

 

To finish this post off I wanted to share with you the list of books I want to read in 2015. Of course, this list is just a general list and is liable to change at any time by adding more books to be read or pushing some of these books further back on my reading list.

 

  1. The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
  2. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen
  3. Rapture of the Deep by L.A. Meyer
  4. The Wake of the Lorelei Lee by L.A. Meyer
  5. The Mark of the Golden Dragon by L.A. Meyer
  6. Viva Jacquelina by L.A. Meyer
  7. Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer
  8. Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer
  9. Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin
  10. The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton
  11. Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green
  12. Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green
  13. A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
  14. A Lady of Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd
  15. Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
  16. Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden
  17. With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden
  18. Fair Play by Deanne Gist
  19. Tiffany Girls by Deanne Gist
  20. The Bracelet by Dorothy Love
  21. Forever With You by Robin Jones Gunn
  22. Home of Our Hearts by Robin Jones Gunn
  23. Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund
  24. An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund
  25. Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman
  26. Playing by Heart by Anne Mateer
  27. Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell
  28. In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar
  29. Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
  30. Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan
  31. Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg
  32. From the Start by Melissa Tagg
  33. Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas
  34. Secrets in Savannah by Amalie Vatana
  35. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
  36. My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
  37. Love on the Mend by Karen Witemeyer
  38. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
  39. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  40. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  41. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  42. The Death Cure by James Dashner

 

What about you?

How many books are you challenging yourself to read this year?

What are some of the books on your to-read list for 2015?

Do you have any challenges you are participating in?

Will you join me and several other bloggers in the Jody Hedlund Challenge?

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment and join me in conversation!

 

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[Book Review] Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings

First of all, let me just say, “I’M BACK!” I’ve been caught up in the whirlwind of getting married and moving in with my husband so things have been CRAZY! But, I am starting to get settled in so that means, time to catch up on book reviews! I want to apologize to the publishers for my delayed postings. However, better late than never, right?

 

Without further ado: BOOK REVIEWS:

 

Caught in the Middle

by

Regina Jennings

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

It has been enjoyable following the characters of Caldwell County. I love how each book connects the character and gives you more insight on who the characters are.

 

Caught in the Middle spotlighted Anne Tillerton and Nicholas Lovelace. Both of these characters played part in the series before this novel but Caught in the Middle told their stories and brought these characters more to life.

Trying to escape from her past, Anne is trying to become more sophisticated. When Anne is left with an infant boy, she wants nothing to do with him except get rid of him. She finds herself on a mission to find the boy’s family. But along the way, she can’t help falling in love with this innocent boy.

Nick is working to help Anne take care of the infant and also to help Anne become more “socially acceptable.”

Torn between their work and growing attraction to each other, Anne and Nick are in for an adventure of a lifetime.

 

If you have not read the previous two books in the series, you may want to pick those two up first in order to know more of the details of the story. Otherwise, you’ll still be in for an enjoyable novel that will sweep you off your feet. I greatly enjoyed this novel, as I have enjoyed the previous novels from Regina Jennings. I look forward to anything else she writes in the future.

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

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[Book Review] Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

Love Comes Calling

by

Siri Mitchell

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

In Love Comes Calling, Siri Mitchell transports us back to the Roaring 20’s in this delightful novel. Ellis can never do anything right. She constantly feels pressured by her family so Ellis plans to run away to Hollywood and pursue an acting career. But first, she needs to earn some money. When a look-alike friend asks for Ellis’s help filling in for her at work, Ellis jumps at the opportunity. But being a telephone operator is much more work than she thought.

When Ellis accidently overhears a plot to hurt a close friend of hers, she is determined to put an end to the plan.

 

While Ellis was not a favorite heroine for me, it did not distract me from the charm of the novel. I have read a few novels set in the Roaring Twenties that weren’t particular enjoyable to me but this was not the case for Love Comes Calling. I was drawn right in to Ellis and Griff’s friendship, Ellis’s clumsiness, and the suspense of a murder threat. Love Comes Calling will make you laugh, make you hold your breath, and make you sigh with happiness. Siri Mitchell has yet to disappoint me and I have greatly enjoyed each novel. As always, I look forward to reading any future novels she writes.

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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[Book Review] A Heart’s Rebellion by Ruth Axtell

A Heart’s Rebellion

by

Ruth Axtell

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

A Heart’s Rebellion is the sequel to Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell. We briefly met Jessamine in Moonlight Masquerade and saw that she had deep feelings for Rees Phillips. In A Heart’s Rebellion, Jessamine is pining after the newly-wed Rees and refuses to get over her broken heart. Entering her season in London, she tries to heal her broken heart by surrounding herself with other handsome men. While flirting, she finds herself caught up with some men who may not have her best interest at heart and may cause her reputation to be ruined.

 

Lancelot has taken an interest in Jessamine but she shows him no interest because she does not find him exciting as her other suitors. Despite being snuffed, Lancelot continues to seek out Jessamine and get to know her.

 

I thought this was a good sequel to Moonlight Masquerade. Personally, I think you will be able to follow along a lot better if you read Moonlight Masquerade before you read this one. I was excited to see Celine and Rees back in the story and see what is going on in their lives.

In regards to A Heart’s Rebellion, I was a little disappointed. To me, Jessamine was a little annoying the way she refused to let Rees go and I felt like that dragged on for longer than it should have. But other then that, it was still entertaining and Lancelot was a hero worth swooning over.

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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Books for Sale!!!

Hello Readers,

I am getting married in July and as a result, I need to get rid of some books! I love my books but there’s just not room enough for all my books in the apartment I will be moving into. So I thought I’d offer them to you! I’ve tried posting them on PaperBackSwap and Amazon and no one is biting… perhaps there’s a reason as all of these books are somewhat old, but I still thought I’d show them to you all and see if anyone is interested. I’m asking $4 for each book in order to help with shipping. If you would like more than one book, we can work out some kind of deal so that it’s less than $4 per book since shipping would be cheaper that way.

So here’s the books, sorry they’re not in any order:

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Top Row:

A Time to Dance by Karen Kingsbury

The Shunning by Beverly Lewis

Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn

Summerhill Secrets Book 2 by Beverly Lewis

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Girls of Grace Devotional

One Minute Bible for Students

Middle Row:

Whispers by Robin Jones Gunn

1 Minute Bible 4 Students

Woodlands by Robin Jones Gunn

Waterfalls by Robin Jones Gunn

Echoes by Robin Jones Gunn

The Wonder of Christmas

Sunsets by Robin Jones Gunn

Technical Virgin by Hayley DiMarco

The Choosing by Jim and Terri Kraus

Bottom Row:

A Young Woman’s Call to Prayer

The Reckoning by Beverly Lewis

Summerhill Secrets Book 1 by Beverly Lewis

Let’s Talk! by Danae Dobson

Girl Talk with God by Susan Shellenberger

The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge

The Choosing by Beverly Lewis

 

If you are interested in any of these, please don’t hesitate to email me or comment on this post! We can work out something different than $4 as well if need be. If you have any questions, let me know!

Now, buy up!

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[Book Review] My Hope is Found by Joanne Bischof

Hey readers! Today is the release day of My Hope is Found by Joanne Bischof!!! I truly loved this series and I really think you would too. Check out my review for this book right here and don’t forget to order your own copy today!

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My Hope is Found

by

Joanne Bischof

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Joanne Bischof is an author I discovered this year and I am so glad I did. Her series, The Cadence of Grace, has touched my heart, pulled at my emotions, and taught me so much about love and forgiveness. In Be Still My Soul, Gideon and Lonnie are forced to marry when Lonnie’s father believes Gideon took liberties. The book is about their love growing for each other and Gideon growing up and learning to be a responsible man. In Though My Heart is Torn, we find out that Gideon has another wife besides Lonnie and he is forced to annul his marriage with Lonnie to be with Cassie. At the end of that book, Cassie realizes that she will never hold Gideon’s heart and she lets him go to be with Lonnie.

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[Book Review] Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Sweet Sanctuary

by

Kim Vogel Sawyer

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Having only read one or two other books by Kim Vogel Sawyer, I am not really familiar with her writing. I wanted to read Sweet Sanctuary because it seemed like something I would enjoy and I wanted to read more from this author. I am glad I decided to read this book because I found a very sweet story indeed.

 

The book begins with Micah Hatcher, a doctor who is caring for the immigrant population in Queens, receiving a letter claiming that he is the father of a child. Knowing this to be a misunderstanding, Micah goes to clear the issue up with a woman, Lydia, from his past. Lydia opens up to Micah about her son, Nicky, and how she is trying to save him from his drug-addicted father. A man who will stop at nothing to get his son back.

Micah feels drawn to Lydia and Nicky. What started out as a mission to clear things up, ended up stealing his heart and putting him into a complicated situation where he decides to do what he can to help these two people out.

 

You’ll be sucked right into this story. You’ll fall in love with Nicky and you’ll root for whatever can be done to put him in a safe situation. My heart tore for little Nicky as he is so young, he doesn’t understand what is happening most of the time.

This book is a great reminder that there is hope and redemption for everyone. I really enjoyed this book and was very satisfied with how everything turned out.

 

I received a free ecopy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Never Forget [9.11.2001]

I still remember the day so clearly… Getting ready for school.. and then our whole world turned upside down.

This is what I wrote in my journal that day. I was 9 years old.

I can’t believe this really happened. The World Trade Center was crashed at 8:45am by terrorists. At 9:03 the other building was crashed. At 9:58 the first building collapsed. At 10:28 the other building collapsed. The Pentagon was also crashed by terrorists. But as God says love your enemies. But still what if my Dad was killed. I would be very sad. We watched the news a lot, they’re out there watching right now as I write. The borders were also closed. I am glad that we weren’t in Canada. I hope G-pa and G-ma can come home when they want to. I am rather scared. But I know that God is watching over us. And also another one thing, this is the worst day of my life!

Even though I was young, I knew that this was going to change America.

Here’s a video that I listen to every year on 9/11. It’s heartbreaking. It makes me cry.

We are at the 12 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Has it really been that long? As you go throughout the day, I ask that you remember to pray for our nation. Pray for our country, for our leaders. But most importantly, I ask that you pray for those who lost loved ones on this day. For those who are still mourning the loss of their loved ones. Pray and Never Forget.

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