[Book Review] Tears of the Sea by MaryLu Tyndall

Tears of the Sea

Tears of the Sea

by

MaryLu Tyndall

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

MaryLu Tyndall, PLEASE never stop writing. I have enjoyed every book you have written and I never want to stop being so entertained! Whether I’m reading about adventures on the high seas or about colonists braving the jungles of Brazil, I’m always swept away in the romance and adventure of MaryLu Tyndall’s novels.

 

In Tears of the Sea, MaryLu Tyndall explores new territories as she dives into the world of fantasy. Over 300 years ago, Perdita fell under a curse that turned her into a mermaid. Every 10 years she gets the chance to break the curse by becoming human for a month and trying to find true love. But after 300 years of giving herself freely to men and never finding ways to make them stay, Perdita has just about given up hope.

 

Savion is on a mission to return to his father’s kingdom in Nevaeh. But unfortunately for him, he is unsure what task he must complete in order to return. In the meantime, he tries to ignore Perdita’s constant attempts to gain his affections.

 

Tears of the Sea is a beautiful biblical allegory. Not only does MaryLu Tyndall bring this fantasy world to life, she paints a beautiful picture of Jesus’s love for us. While this was not my favorite read from MaryLu Tyndall, I still enjoyed it immensely and I know that whatever MaryLu writes, I will read it!

 

I bought this book and was not required to write a 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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Monthly Wrap-Up [February in Review]

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Another month filled with great reads! Here’s what I read in February!

Books Read in February:

A Lady of Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

A Moment in Time by Tracie Peterson

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

Playing By Heart by Anne Mateer

Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

Love on the Mend by Karen Witemeyer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Books I am Currently Reading:

Reviews Posted in February:

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

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The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

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Other Blog Posts Posted in February:

Monthly Wrap-Up: January in Review

Reading Goals for March:

Finish Rapture of the Deep and How to Catch a Prince

Read 4-5 Books

Post 3-4 Book Reviews

Books to Read in March:

I’m disappointed that I didn’t post very many book reviews or posts this month. I’ve just been really busy and with a computer that is very temperamental, it’s hard to make it behave long enough to write reviews and posts on my blog. It’s my goal to catch up on all my reviews within the next couple months and then start posting them on a regular basis.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I read in February. Check back soon for more Book Lovin’!

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[Book Review] The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

by

Julie Klassen

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

When reading a Julie Klassen book there is one thing I know for sure – it will not disappoint me. I have yet to read a Julie Klassen book that I didn’t enjoy. The romance, the history, the mystery, the characters – they all add up to riveting tales that will captivate your heart. I have found myself speeding through each book, wanting to find out what happens next and other times slowing savoring each sentence, not wanting the story to end.

 

The Secret of Pembrooke Park was no exception to Julie Klassen’s wonderful novels. Intriguing on every page, mystery surrounding each chapter, and I loved the cast of characters Julie Klassen created.

 

When the Foster’s run into financial problems, they are forced to sell their home and find a new home to reside in. The Foster’s receive a strange invitation to stay at Pembrooke Park which hasn’t been lived in for several years. The Foster’s accept the invitation and upon arriving realize that the house has been left in disarray and there is much work to be done to make it adequate for living in. Abigail soon hears whispers and rumors of the past occupants of the manor, including a secret room and hidden treasure. These rumors intrigue Abigail and she can’t help but search for the treasure as she helps with the cleaning of the manor.

 

But it appears that Abigail is not the only one searching for the treasure as she hears strange sounds and sees mysterious shadows at night. The local curate also seems curious about Pembrooke Park and Abigail is curious to find out what kind of secrets he and his family know about the manor.

 

Every time I read a Julie Klassen novel, I know I’m going to be intrigued through the end. Just when you think you may have figured the “mystery” out, Julie Klassen throws a wrench in the road and you find yourself on a different path. I know that when I pick up a Julie Klassen novel, I am going to enjoy it no matter what. The Secret of Pembrooke Park is no exception to the magic that Julie Klassen can create. I very much enjoyed this novel, it will not disappoint you!

 

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] Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

Lizzy and Jane

by

Katherine Reay

My Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

My Review:

Oh the feels this book can give! Katherine Reay has produced another winner and I suggest that if you haven’t yet read one of her books then you find time to do so!  Katherine Reay has a unique voice in the contemporary world. I love the way her books have a Jane Austen theme to them.

 

Lizzy and Jane is the story of two sisters living worlds apart. After their mother died of cancer, they have become estranged. Lizzy – now Elizabeth – lives in New York where she is the top chef for a small restaurant named Feast. When Elizabeth starts struggling with her cooking, her boss brings in another cook to share the kitchen with her so Elizabeth decides to take some time off to rediscover herself. Elizabeth finds herself returning home to Seattle where Jane lives. Jane has been diagnosed with cancer so Elizabeth decides to stay for a while and help cook meals for Jane that she will be able to eat – and hopefully rediscover her magic with cooking. Not only does she help cook meals for Jane, but she starts cooking meals for other cancer patients as well. Elizabeth also meets Nick – the handsome family friend – and can’t help opening up to him and his son, Matt. But Elizabeth is determined to return home and and follow her dream, but something about Seattle has gotten a hold of her heart and she is faced with the hard decision of whether or not to stay.

 

Not only does Katherine Reay write captivating reads, she creates loveable characters with real problems. She grasps the readers attention and doesn’t let go until every word had been read. I also love the covers to her novels. It gives the characters a mysterious aspect since they are not shown on the cover. I highly suggest you enter the world of Katherine Reay. She is a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading whatever magic she produces in the future.

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers 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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Monthly Wrap-Up [January in Review]

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It’s a new year and so I’m bringing “Monthly Wrap-Up” back! Monthly Wrap-Up is where I share with you what books I read throughout the month, list what books I’m currently reading and also list what books I’m hoping to read the next month. I will also post links to all my reviews and other blog posts I’ve posted throughout the month in case you missed anything.

Books Read in January:

 

The Vow by Jody Hedlund

This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof

Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

Truth Be Told by Carol Cox

Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

 

Reviews for several of these books will be posted over the next couple months. However, click on Unending Devotion to be directed to my review of Unending Devotion.

Books I’m Currently Reading:

 

Reviews Posted in January:

Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Other Blog Posts Posted in January:

2014 Favorite Reads

Reading Goals for 2015

Reading Goals for February:

Finish Lizzy & Jane and A Moment in Time

Read 4-5 Books

Post 4 Book Reviews

Check back soon!

Book to Read in February:

 

How many books did you read in January?

What books did you read in January?

What books are you hoping to read in February?

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[Book Review] Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Princess Ever After

by

Rachel Hauck

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Imagine this, one day you’re working in a mechanic shop restoring classic cars and the next day you’re swept away to a new country where you’re told you’re a princess and you have all these new rules and regulations to uphold.

 

Such is the story of Regina Beswick. She is so excited about the beginnings of her new mechanic shop that focuses on restoring old classic cars. Then a handsome stranger named Tanner Burkhardt shows up claiming she’s a princess and wants to whisk her away to some strange new country. Regina decides to give it a try – after all, what girl doesn’t want to be a princess? However, when challenges arise, Regina isn’t sure she’s really up for this job and she dreams of returning to her home to pursue her mechanic job.

 

Who doesn’t love modern day fairy tales? I’m a sucker for fairy tales so of course I have absolutely loved the Royal Wedding series by Rachel Hauck. Each book gives you a warm feeling and sucks you right into the story so that you don’t want to leave. The characters Ms. Hauck has created are so loveable and they make you feel welcomed into the story. I love how each story represents separate couples but all the books are connected in a small way. I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series – How to Catch a Prince. All the books have such fun titles as well!

 

I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley 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] The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

The Daughter of Highland Hall

by

Carrie Turansky

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

We were introduced to the world of Highland Hall in Carrie Turansky’s first book of the Edwardian Brides series; The Governess of Highland Hall. In that book I fell in love with the characters and setting, feeling like I was transported to the world of Downton Abbey. In the second novel of the series, The Daughter of Highland Hall, we are reintroduced to Katherine Ramsey who has recently turned eighteen and is about to debut in society.

 

Under the wing of her overbearing aunt, Katherine hopes to obtain a proposal from a worthy gentleman. Her Aunt Louisa constantly pushes her toward Edward; handsome and wealthy, what more could she want? However, she is drawn to Jonathan’s quiet spirit and his desire to serve the poor in the East End of the city. Her faith in God grows and as family scandals surface, Katherine isn’t sure what her future holds. But as her Aunt tries to secure her future, Katherine soon learns only God can secure her future.

 

I loved stepping back into the world of Highland Hall. We had plenty of more scenes with Julia & William – the hero and heroine of The Governess of Highland Hall. This series is all very much related so if you haven’t read The Governess of Highland Hall yet then I would strongly suggest doing so before picking up The Daughter of Highland Hill. You will appreciate the story so much more so if you do!

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books 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 Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

Love Unexpected

by

Jody Hedlund

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

I want to start off by saying that I have grown up going to Presque Isle, Michigan. My Grandparents have lived there since I was 3 and so I have literally grown up climbing the Presque Isle lighthouses summer after summer. Presque Isle is my second home and I absolutely loved reading this book and being able to visualize so much of it.

 

Love Unexpected is the first book in Jody Hedlund’s new Michigan lighthouse series – Beacons of Hope. I had a lot of expectations for this book since I am from Michigan and this is the lighthouse I am most familiar with – not to mention Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors anyway. I must say that Jody Hedlund met my expectations and more for a great story and I am so looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

 

Love Unexpected is the story of Emma Chambers. She has never really had a place to call her home so when her steamboat sinks and she is stranded in Presque Isle, the preacher suggests she marry the recently widowed Patrick Garraty. Patrick Garraty is the lightkeeper and he needs help taking care of his young son. Emma is so excited to have her own home and family and believes nothing can make her happier. But when she hears rumors in regards to her mysterious husband, she begins to wonder who the man she married really is.

 

As always, Jody Hedlund made these characters come to life. I loved the innocence of Emma, the romantic tension between Emma and Patrick, and the mystery that surrounded Patrick’s past. And what’s not to love about sweet, little Josiah?

 

If you haven’t read Jody Hedlund’s novella, Out of the Storm, I would suggest you do so! While it will not make or break this story, it does have a special tie-in to this story that will make you appreciate it more.

 

Thank you Jody Hedlund for continuing to write wonderful stories that transport us to different times and places. I so enjoy each novel that you have written and look forward to reading many more!

 

I received a free copy of this book from the author and 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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