Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Books on My Fall 2023 To-Read List

 Oh how I love fall book releases. There are a great many books coming out this fall! 

Top Ten Tuesday 

I can't wait for all of these!

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Relationships


Top Ten Tuesday!

These are only some of the first ones that came to mind or popped up when scrolling Goodreads. There are SO many one could never narrow it down! 


I love the "brotherhood" in this story. So well written and makes this book what it is.

Rosa Edwards & Sir James Morgan are simply a DELIGHT! 

I adore Libby and her relationship with her family and mother in particular in this book. 

Marigold & Tristan. Just superb.

Ingrid Christiansen & John Christiansen are the parents of a wonderful family. The entire Christiansen family is my favorite.

Tess & Luka. All of the characters in this series make it terrific. 


 Lucy & Dash

Sixty-three year old Gerrit Laninga & fifteen-year-old Rae Walter. LOVE. 


 Every character in this book is superb. I love them all and their journeys.

Adria Fontaine & Mr. Crayne. LOVE this book!

Monday, September 4, 2023

Letters From My Sister Review



 About the Book

 Two Sisters. One Single Event. A Family Changed Forever.

At the turn of the twentieth century, sisters Emmy and Callie Bullock are living a privileged life as the only daughters of a wealthy Alabama cotton farmer when their well-ordered household gets turned upside down by the arrival of Lily McGee. Arrestingly beautiful, Lily quickly--and innocently--draws the wrong kind of attention. Meanwhile, Callie meets a man who offers her the freedom to abandon social constraints and discover her truest self.

After Lily has a baby, Callie witnesses something she was never meant to see--or did she? Her memory is a haze, just an image in her mind of Emmy standing on a darkened riverbank and cradling Lily's missing baby girl. Only when the sisters are separated does the truth slowly come to light through their letters--including a revelation that will shape the rest of Callie's life.

Bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse weaves a complex and suspenseful tale dripping with intrigue, romance, and Southern charm. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

I just love the cover of this book! I was excited to read another book by Valerie Fraser Luesse and I really enjoyed the first half of this story. The main characters are intriguing and I was interested in Lily and what her life was all about. Some of this part of the book seemed a bit choppy to me so at times I had a hard time following what the author was writing. There is a running "mystery" that doesn't really develop until a few chapters in. The romance is sweet and doesn't overtake the entire plot. I wanted to find out what happened in the end but this book did take me a bit to finish. It was a slow read and so for me it wasn't my favorite read by this author. I did enjoy the diverse cast of characters and the historical perspective of life in Alabama.  


Three Stars. 


"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Of Jasmine and Roses Review




 About the Book

 Orphaned as a child, Anna Beasley was raised alongside her titled cousin in the high Society of the ton. But part-Indian Anna knows better than anyone that appearances trump social grace, even to those who raised her. After the loss of both her inheritance and her adoptive family’s support, work as a governess seems to be Anna’s only path forward . . . until she meets a man who is completely unattainable, and she feels seen and accepted for the first time. Aspiring politician William Thaxton had no intention of falling in love with a governess. But from his first embarrassing encounter with Anna, he knew she was exceptional. As William gets to know Anna better, he can’t help falling in love with her, despite the infuriating stumbling block that her social status presents. As they navigate intolerance, cruelty, and William’s own ambitions, William and Anna must prove that love knows no boundaries and that the heart doesn’t play by Society’s rules. (Goodreads)


Releases November 14th!


My Thoughts

I loved the idea of this story and Anna's heritage had me eager to read this book. The first few chapters I was engaged and curious where the pages would take the characters. About halfway through this story I really had a hard time with the plot. Anna tries to find her place in a society that is more concerned with the color of her skin than anything else. She is a strong woman who fights a hard battle and I do appreciate the author writing about this issue. I was not fully invested in Anna or William and even near the end I was pretty confused and upset with both of them. I do wish there would have been more addressed in the last pages as it seemed to end abruptly. The setting is fine and the idea for the plot is good but so many of the chapters just seemed to move so slowly. All that to say this was not the book for me but I know many will also love it.


 Three Stars. 

"I received this book from NetGalley for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."



Friday, August 18, 2023

The Hill--Movie Review and Giveaway!



 About the Movie

 Growing up impoverished in small-town Texas, young Rickey Hill shows an
extraordinary ability for hitting a baseball, despite being burdened by leg braces
from a degenerative spinal disease. His stern, pastor father (DENNIS QUAID) discour-
ages Rickey from playing baseball to protect him from injury, and to have him follow
in his footsteps and become a preacher. As a young man, Rickey (COLIN FORD) be-
comes a baseball phenomenon. His desire to participate in a try-out for a legendary
major league scout divides the family and threatens Rickey’s dream of playing pro-
fessional baseball. Based on a true story, THE HILL is directed by Jeff Celentano and
also stars JOELLE CARTER, country music singer and songwriter RANDY HOUSER,
Golden Globe nominee BONNIE BEDELIA, and SCOTT GLENN.



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My Thoughts


I enjoy films that are based on true stories so I was pretty excited to watch this! I knew nothing of Rickey Hill so the entire story was a surprise to me. The start of the film is when he is a young boy and living in a small Texas town. I really loved his siblings and there are some side characters that were very real to life that I enjoyed. As the movie progresses it does an excellent job at character development and showing character growth. I will say that it was pretty slow moving and I feel like they could have told the story in a much shorter time frame. Some of the scenes I thought were a bit extra and not necessary but it is still a good movie. There is some light language and a scene that indicates physical abuse and drunkenness but nothing graphic. James Hill, Rickey's dad, is a pretty hard character to fully understand but the ending really brings it all together. I do think this is a decent film and it was worth watching because it is based on a true story.  

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 Many thanks to Briarcliff Entertainment, LLC for providing a sample of the product for
this review. Opinions are 100% my own.






Thursday, August 17, 2023

Summer in the Spotlight Review


About the Book


A hurricane may have destroyed her livelihood on Prince Edward Island, but she's determined to save her community

Kelsey Ahern has performed at the Victoria Playhouse on Prince Edward Island every summer since she was seven. But when a hurricane destroys the building, it's not just her memories that are in jeopardy. Her future as a teacher and drama coach are too. She teams up with Levi Ross, the facilities director at the high school, to produce a benefit show to raise money to rebuild the theater. He has a reputation for being able to fix anything, and Kelsey is sure there's more to the quiet man than meets the eye.

For his part, Levi has admired Kelsey for years, but he can't seem to find the words to tell her. When a popular weatherman arrives in town to cover the aftermath of the hurricane and takes an interest in Kelsey and her show, Levi realizes that the time has come to speak up--or lose the heart of the woman he longs for.

Join New York Times bestselling author Liz Johnson for a season of rebuilding, restoration, and romance with this final book in the Prince Edward Island Shores series. (Goodreads)




 My Thoughts

Oh how I LOVE PEI. It is such a special place and reading any book with such a beautiful setting is a joy. The author has done a great job with this series. You don't have to read the previous two books to enjoy this one. This story does mention the other characters from the other books so it would tie everything together if you did! Kelsey has a personality that jumps off the page and Levi...does not. He is a very quite person, so much so that I got a bit irritated at his shrugging and facial expressions with zero dialogue. I love Levi but there were times I wanted to "hear" him say SOMETHING. All that to say, I really enjoyed this book and the ending was wrapped up simply. I think book one is still my favorite but this one had a fun theater vibe that I loved.

 Four Stars. 

" I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."







Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Ordinary Angels (2023) Trailer

 Based on a remarkable true story, ORDINARY ANGELS centers on Sharon (Hilary Swank), a fierce but struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed (Alan Ritchson), a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters. With his youngest daughter waiting for a liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family and will move mountains to do it. What unfolds is the inspiring tale of faith, everyday miracles, and ordinary angels.






This looks like a good one!



Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Blind | Official Trailer (2023)

Long before Phil Robertson was a reality TV star, he fell in love, started a family, and began to spiral out of control. THE BLIND shares never-before-revealed moments in Phil’s life as he seeks to conquer the shame of his past, ultimately finding redemption in an unlikely place. #TheBlindMIN

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Unsinkable Review


About the Book


The Titanic was only the beginning. What she survived has become legend.

Violet Jessop is Miss Unsinkable.

Violet is a stewardess and wartime nurse who not only survives a shipwreck but also two sinkings, one on the infamous Titanic. No one can understand why she would return to sea, but Violet is simply trying to survive. Her childhood was fraught with illness and death in her family. Her distraught mother is too ill to work, that responsibility falling to Violet as the oldest of nine. When the world enters the Great War, she becomes aboard as a nurse, helping men who could very well be her brothers. But disaster strikes again, this time as the Britannic strikes a mine. Miraculously, Violet survives, but her obligation to her mother and siblings still remains, leaving Violet to wonder if she'll ever be able to put her tumultuous life at sea behind her and pursue a life and love all her own.

Daphne has survived calamity of her own.

Daphne Chaundanson grows up as an unwanted child after her mother died in a tragedy. She throws herself into education, collecting languages like candy in a desperate attempt to finally earn her father’s approval. When the Special Operations Executive invites her to be an agent in France in World War II, her childhood of anonymity and her love of languages make her the perfect fit. She sees it as an opportunity to help the country she loves and live up to her father's expectations. But unthinkable moments of challenge and resilience change Daphne in ways she could never expect, including an eye-opening encounter where she must come to terms with the secrets in her own past.

Two unsinkable women. Two stories of survival, family, and finding one’s own happiness. One connection that reshapes both their lives forever. (Goodreads)


Pre-Order HERE


My Thoughts

 I have always been intrigued by the Titanic and any other ship disasters. I had not heard of Violet Jessop and didn't realize until I read the historical details at the end of the book that she was a real person. Wow! What a life she led and a story that was created. Granted this is not a biography and many parts are fiction but the details that are fact really surprised me. The first part of the story was really difficult for me to follow and I was so confused where the story line was headed. It seemed really choppy and I LOVE dual time line novels and this one seemed very thrown together-at least at first. About half way into the story it takes a turn and I was able to be more invested because I finally knew what was happening. The ending is a bit rushed and unrealistic but I smiled while reading it anyway. I liked the historical timeline and a peek into what life might have been like during both world wars. I did enjoy this story, it just took me a bit to get into. I know many will love this book and those that enjoy historical fiction will be excited to pick this one up!

Three Stars. 

"I received this book from NetGalley for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Rebecca with Celebrate Lit Tours

About the Book

Book: Rebecca

Author: Shannon McNear

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical Romance

Release Date: July, 2023


A Native Princess Follows Her Heart

Immerse yourself in the “what if” questions related to the Lost Colony of Roanoke when a native princess meets an English widower.

Born the daughter of a Powhatan chieftain and a woman of unknown origins, Matoaka enjoys a carefree life. When strange men from across the eastern waters appear near her home, she regards them at first as a mere curiosity. Soon, though, she finds herself torn between friendship with one of their leaders and the opinions and politics of her elders. Drawn to a young Englishman, John Rolfe, who has lost a wife and baby daughter, she shares his griefs. . .and perhaps something more. Could she have a future among the English of Jamestown, accepting their ways and even changing her name? Could her fate be a part of the lasting legacy of the Lost Colony of Roanoke?

Author Shannon McNear portrays history with vivid authenticity.


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About the Author


Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. She’s a military wife, mom of eight, mother-in-law of three, grammie of two, and a member of ACFW and RWA. Her first novella, Defending Truth in A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® finalist. When she’s not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies. Connect with her at www.shannonmcnear.com, or on Facebook and Goodreads.


More from Shannon

Daughters of the Lost Colony—how are we at book 3 already? I’m both excited and nervous about this one, which features Pocahontas and the original Jamestown. Why did I choose her, and this place, when the overall series is about the Lost Colony?


Among their various other aims, the Jamestown colonists were charged with finding the Roanoke Colony. John Smith’s own reports reference this, and one can sense his discouragement and frustration over their inability to find answers on the fate of those who came to the New World before them. William Strachey, early secretary to the colony, stated that Powhatan (that is, the paramount chieftain often called by the same name as his people group) had slain the last known survivors of the Roanoke Colony. But nowhere is that claim substantiated.


There were no solid historical connections between the Lost Colony and Pocahontas—so I created a plausible fictional one in the form of Emme Merrimoth, a historically documented member of the Roanoke Colony who in book 1, Elinor, experienced the fictional adventure of being carried captive to the Powhatan nation. Where Strachey lists the names of the paramount chieftain’s favored wives, I put Emme in the place of the real-life Winganuske.


I knew the research would be challenging on this one. What I didn’t expect was to find Emme’s aspect of this story so compelling—or to fall in love with Wahunsenecawh, the great Powhatan himself. The name alone is intimidating, but you can find sound clips of how to pronounce it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q_10PYf_0U and here: https://www.nameslook.com/wahunsenacawh/ (ignore the weird stuff and click on the little red arrows for different voices). There are at least five or six documented ways to spell it, and the one I picked is probably the most obscure. I had a year to get used to saying it, but repeat after me, slowly:  wah-HUN-senacoh. Or wah-HOON-senacah, depending upon which rule you use for the U in Algonquian pronunciation, and how you interpret that “wh” at the end.


Names overall were an issue with this story. A few reviewers have already mentioned this difficulty. The thing is, in Native culture, especially what we know of the Eastern Algonquian-speaking peoples, a name wasn’t simply a casual identifier—it defined a person’s entire identity. We don’t know what most of the names recorded from that time meant, but we can be sure they weren’t chosen lightly, and they were valued by those who held them. Indeed, a change of name often accompanied a change of purpose. It has even been suggested that if the English had been paying attention, they’d have realized when Opechancanough changed his name shortly before the great attack of 1622, it signaled a critical shift in his attitude toward them.


So when you read this story, you may find it helpful to keep a finger in the cast list—or to place a bookmark on that page if you’re reading the Kindle version. Thank you so much, again, for taking this journey with me!

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, July 27

Texas Book-aholic, July 28

Cover Lover Book Review, July 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 31

Alena Mentink, July 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 1

Connie’s History Classroom , August 2

For Him and My Family, August 3

Mary Hake, August 3

Holly’s Book Corner, August 4

Sylvan Musings, August 4

Tell Tale Book Reviews, August 5

Pause for Tales, August 6

Betti Mace, August 7

Books Less Travelled, August 7

To Everything There Is A Season, August 8

Lights in a Dark World, August 9


To celebrate her tour, Shannon is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



 My Thoughts

 I have really been enjoying this series and while I have read the previous two novels, this one is very different. You could read this book as a stand alone pretty easily. Of course the other two books might shine a light on a few things in history but you won't be confused in just picking up this book. The author has done tremendous research on the topic of the life of Pocahontas and the lives of the others intertwined with her story. There is a historical reference guide, cast of characters, timeline, name glossary, and overview of people groups in the back of the book. I referenced all of these MANY times. I love this time period and history so I was engrossed from the first page. This is not a light read and to be honest I really struggled reading a few of the chapters due to the gruesome details. There is nothing graphic but many things are implied. It was a really hard life and people could pretty much do whatever they wanted when it came to interaction with the native people. I didn't love this book. If it had been written about a fictional side character I think I would have liked it more. Since the main people are prominent or central historical figures it was a struggle for me to read this as fiction. I thought the historical research was really interesting and the notes in the back of the book make it worth reading. 

Three Stars. 

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."







Sunday, July 30, 2023

The Queen and the Knave Review + Paperback Giveaway!



About the Book

 Romance and mystery come full circle in the fifth and final book of Sarah M. Eden's best-selling Victorian Proper Romance series.

London, 1866

Móirín Donnelly has spent the last five years working in the shadows for the Dread Penny Society, a secret fraternity of penny dreadful authors who use their profits, influence, and street smarts to protect the poor and vulnerable of Victorian London. But spending so much of her life in secret is taking its toll on her soul—and her heart.

When members of the Dread Penny Society begin disappearing, Móirín turns to her friend Detective Constable Fitzgerald Parkington for help. The two have developed a friendly rapport, and Móirín feels like she can trust him, though perhaps not with all of her secrets.

Fitzgerald Parkington has a sixth sense when it comes to tracking down criminals, which is why he's recently been transferred to the Detective Department at Scotland Yard. But when roadblocks and red tape keep him from tracking down the criminal mastermind known as "The Tempest", he must rely on the one woman who has unexpectedly captured his heart—the brash, bold, and fiery Irish lass, Móirín Donnelly.

As the Tempest's deadly reach threatens to overwhelm all of London, Móirín and Fitz are caught in an elaborate game of cat and mouse that leads down back alleys, through dark London buildings, and right to the gates of Kensington Palace. Móirín has one chance to save Fitz and the Dread Penny Society from the Tempest, and she might have to sacrifice her one chance at love to do so. (Goodreads)

 Releases September 5th!



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My Thoughts

This is the last book in the Dread Penny Society series which has been quite the adventure. I never knew much about penny dreadfuls until this series and it has been really fun to get an idea of what they could be like and also do more research on them myself. You do need to read the rest of this series, or at least most of it, before you read this final book. I wouldn't recommend reading this as a stand alone novel. I had fun with the characters and of course the setting I always enjoy. The mystery is pretty unique in this one and I found myself flipping the pages in curiosity more than anything. While this wasn't my favorite in the series I did still enjoy it. A lot of strings are pulled together and it makes for a good solid ending to the series. Sarah M. Eden has an incredible way of creating fictional worlds and you simply don't want to miss reading one of her books. 

Three and a half stars. 

"I received this book from Shadow Mountain Publishing for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."





Sunday, July 23, 2023

A Lady's Promise Review


 About the Book

For orphaned New York socialite Isabella De Vries, finding a husband has become imperative. After unsuccessfully navigating four Seasons, it’s time to enlist the help of an old family friend to find her a suitable match. She trusts Preston implicitly, but his solution is both unconventional and he himself will marry Isabella in name alone so that she may be the sole beneficiary of his inheritance when he succumbs to the disease that will soon take his life. His plan solves everyone’s Isabella will be cared for, and his inheritance will be protected from his irresponsible younger brother, Prince. There is no love left between Prince Baxter and his older brother. When he hears that Preston is going to marry Isabella, Prince knows he will have to charm his way into friendship with Isabella if he wants to see any portion of the inheritance money. His plot, however, quickly crumples to pieces as he and Isabella establish a genuine connection―and he makes the mistake of falling in love with her. (Goodreads)

 Available September 5, 2023

Pre-Order HERE


My Thoughts

I do not like any type of love triangle in a story. They are frustrating to no end. This book isn't exactly a love triangle but VERY close. I had imagined this book taking a different direction than it did so I was pretty surprised part way in to find that it was going in a direction I was not expecting. I really wanted to love the plot line and overall story but I just could not. Isabella is a decent character but I really like Preston most of all. Even with his faults he does what he thinks is best no matter what. He is a strong character that holds the pages together. There are some great scenes that deal with grief and caring deeply for friends. I think friendship shines a bit in this book and I love that part. The romance is what I did not care for and I didn't think it was handled in a redeeming way. This was an okay read and just not my favorite, though I am sure many will still enjoy it. 

Three Stars. 

"I received this book from NetGalley for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."



Thursday, July 20, 2023

Fragile Designs Review

About the Book

 Family secrets can be the most dangerous of all. When Carly Tucker’s police-officer husband is killed during a home break-in, she knows that her side hustle finding the antique treasures at flea markets isn’t enough to support her and their infant son, Noah. So her grandmother’s proposal to have her and her two sisters restore the family’s waterfront Beaufort home into a bed-and-breakfast--that Carly will run--is immediately intriguing. But it’s equally daunting with the animosity that exists between the three sisters. What Carly never expected as she begins to go through the attic was to find a letter in a trunk, written in her husband’s handwriting . . . dated two days before his death. Eric had discovered that Carly’s grandmother was adopted--a fact Carly is certain Gram is not aware of--and had already begun trying to track down her birth family. Is it possible that Eric’s death wasn’t random after all? With few options, Carly reaches out to Gram’s neighbor Simon—and the older brother of her high school sweetheart--who is a local homicide detective. One of the items in the trunk is an enameled egg. If it truly is a Faberge egg, the value could set Carly up for life . . . and would certainly be worth killing for. The journey to find the truth and protect her family will have Carly delving deep into the lost treasures of Eastern Europe--if she and Simon can survive that long. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

Wow, this book takes you on a wild ride! I was so excited to read this story because the history on Fabergé eggs is fascinating to me. Right from the first chapter the reader is caught up in a murder investigation. Carly is trying to take care of her son and start over with life and very strange things keep happening. I really like the setting and Lucas basically makes this whole story worth reading. He delivers some superb dialogue that had me cheering out loud. He isn’t wishy washy and is just a plain all around terrific hero. There are some pretty obvious things and situations that weren’t really suspenseful but did add to the layers that make up the plot. The romance is subtle as the main focus is the mystery plot. There are a lot of casualties in this story and I was really confused why the main characters weren’t more concerned for their lives. I am not sure the reactions in the story are very accurate. However, this is a good read that will hold your attention and surprise you in the end. I recommend for lovers of suspense and Colleen Coble.

Four Stars!!

"I received this book from NetGalley for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Windsong Manor Review




About the Book

A young widow. A gentle stable master. A secret that could change everything. Will Nora dare risk her heart?

The London Countryside, 1820

Eleanora Coventry comes from a life of title and privilege, but even that isn’t enough to prevent her from being wed at sixteen to a controlling and dismissive husband. So when she finds herself a widow at only twenty-seven, the idea of choosing her own path forward both thrills and terrifies her. She knows how to be a daughter and a wife and mother, but she has no idea how to be Eleanora.

She moves her son and daughter to her late husband’s country estate, where she meets Ridley, the young stable master. He is ruggedly handsome, but also kind, and Eleanora finds herself drawn to him. There is only one problem: Eleanora has a title, and Ridley does not.

Ridley Ellis has a way with horses. Even the most spirited stallions trust his soft voice and gentle touch. He has the same effect on people, and when he first lays eyes on Eleanora, he is smitten by her beauty. But he quickly discovers it will take more than soft words to gain her trust—Lord Coventry had been cruel to people and animals alike. But the closer he gets to Eleanora, the more he is willing to share his heart, and more importantly, his secret.

In a world where title and privilege mean everything, will Eleanora and Ridley risk it all to find happiness? Or will the shadows of their pasts destroy everything they hope to build together? (Goodreads)


 PRE-ORDER HERE! Releases October 3, 2023!



My Thoughts

I was excited to read this story since it involves a stable and a country estate. Eleanora has a distinctly different personality as a heroine and the characters in this book all have very strong personalities. This is a love story but really it is more of a woman figuring out her life after being married to a terrible man. Her entire world has changed and she now gets to choose how to raise children and run her life. There were multiple times while reading that the events happening took me out of the book because it seemed like more of a modern story. I didn’t feel like I was reading historical fiction set in the 1820s. I am not someone who notices or makes a big deal of things being perfectly historically accurate, but this book reads so much more like modern fiction when it comes to the plot and dialogue. I love the beautiful setting and there are some really great scenes with Ridley, especially with the children. While this isn’t my favorite book, the ending wraps up nicely and it was still a pleasant read. 

Three Stars.

"I received this book from Shadow Mountain Publishing for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Affiliate links may be used."





The Literary Book Club Unboxing~Treasure Island

 I got this beautiful book box from The Literary Book Club. I decided to unbox it as a first timer. I didn't unwrap the gifts though because I wanted it to be a surprise. I love the book Treasure Island so I was really excited to read it again and open the little gifts as I went along. This really is a beautiful book box and I am so excited I made it in on the wait list! 



Monday, July 10, 2023

Rescue in the Wilderness


About the Book

Book: Rescue in the Wilderness

Author: Andrea Byrd

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: June 27, 2023


William Cole cannot forget the cruel burden he carries, not with the pock marks that serve as an outward reminder. Riddled with guilt, he assumed the solitary life of a long hunter, traveling into the wilds of Kentucky each year. But his quiet existence is changed in an instant when, sitting in a tavern, he overhears a man offering his daughter—and her virtue—to the winner of the next round of cards. William’s integrity and desire for redemption will not allow him to sit idly by while such an injustice occurs.

Lucinda Gillespie has suffered from an inexplicable illness her entire life. Her father, embarrassed by her condition, has subjected her to a lonely existence of abuse and confinement. But faced with the ultimate betrayal on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lucinda quickly realizes her trust is better placed in his hands of the mysterious man who appears at her door. Especially when he offers her the one thing she never thought would be within her grasp—freedom.

In the blink of an eye, both lives change as they begin the difficult, danger-fraught journey westward on the Wilderness Trail. But can they overcome their own perceptions of themselves to find love and the life God created them for?


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About the Author


Andrea Byrd is a Christian wife and mom located in rural Kentucky, who loves to spend time with her family in the great outdoors, one with nature. Often described as having been born outside her time, she has a deep affinity for an old-fashioned, natural lifestyle.

With a degree in Equine Health & Rehabilitation gathering dust and a full-time job tethering her to a desk eight hours a day, Andrea decided it was time to show both herself and her children that it is truly possible to make your dreams come true. Now with over 1,000 contemporary Christian romance novellas sold, Andrea is pursuing her passion of writing faith-filled romance woven with a thread of true history.


More form Andrea

There is so much inspiration that fed into the creation of Rescue in the Wilderness.

Not only was the Good Lord’s guiding hand ever-present, but so was the influence of those that came before me. This story was inspired by my own ancestors, as well as the countless others, that made the arduous journey through Cumberland Gap to settle in Kentucky. Those brave souls opened up a whole new world, and for some of us, established the area in which their families would preside for centuries to come.

As a lover of books that integrate history into fiction myself, I also wished to shed light on the “Hard Winter” of 1779-1780. This was a winter that came early, and with great intensity. While it caused hardships for many across the country, it made the journey through the Cumberland Gap all the more perilous.

Beyond these historical facts, I also wished to pay tribute to those who suffer from chronic pain conditions. I will never forget the day a friend of mine, whom the Lord called home all too soon, told me of her childhood rheumatoid arthritis and how there were days she was in too much pain to leave her bed. In this book, I wished to explore what pioneer life might have been for someone who suffered from such a condition.

Blog Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 28

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 29 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 29

Connie’s History Classroom, June 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 1

Books You Can Feel Good About, July 1

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 2

Texas Book-aholic, July 3

Lighthouse Academy Blog, July 3 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

lakesidelivingsite, July 4

Betti Mace, July 5

Pause for Tales, July 5

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, July 6

For Him and My Family, July 7

JESUS in the EVERYDAY, July 7

Karen Baney Reviews, July 8

Cover Lover Book Review, July 8

Jeanette’s Thoughts, July 9

Splashes of Joy, July 10

To Everything There Is A Season , July 10

Holly’s Book Corner, July 11


To celebrate her tour, Andrea is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



 My Thoughts

This is a pretty good book! I really enjoyed the characters and the adventure that they embark upon. I thought the author did a good job fleshing out what made William and Lucinda into the people they were. The story takes the reader on a westward journey and there are many things that happen along the way of course. Both William and Lucinda are not picture perfect and I really appreciated that aspect because it was much more real to life. What starts out as a rescue leads to so much more and I couldn't put it down until the end! 

Four Stars. 

" I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review."



Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Man of Shadow & Mist Review



About the Book

Book: Man of Shadow and Mist

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: June, 2023


“The world seems full of good men—even if there are monsters in it.”

–Bram Stoker, Dracula

England, 1890

Vampires are alive and well in North Yorkshire, leastwise in the minds of the uneducated. Librarian Rosa Edwards intends to drive a stake through the heart of such superstitions. But gossip flies when the mysterious Sir James Morgan returns to his shadowy manor. The townsfolk say he is cursed.

James hates everything about England. The weather. The rumours. The scorn. Yet he must stay. His mother is dying of a disease for which he’s desperately trying to find a cure—an illness that will eventually take his own life.

When Rosa sets out to prove the dark gossip about James is wrong, she discovers more questions than answers. How can she accept what she can’t explain—especially the strong allure of the enigmatic man? James must battle a town steeped in fear as well as the unsettling attraction he feels for the no-nonsense librarian.

Can love prevail in a town filled with fear and doubt?


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author


Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

And guess what? She loves to hear from readers! Feel free to drop her a note at michellegriep@gmail.com.


More from Michelle

A Visit to Whitby

Every time I skip across the pond, I make it a point to visit Whitby. What’s the draw? This northern Yorkshire town is steeped in history and is every bit as magical today as it was back in Bram Stoker’s day…when he went to visit and was inspired to set much of his Dracula tale there. In fact, that is exactly where he got the inspiration for the name Dracula when he visited the library and did a bit of research.

Sound interesting? Then come along with me on a virtual visit with pictures from my last trip.


When walking the windy, narrow roads of Whitby, you can’t help but let your imagination wander because it’s as if you’re there in the nineteenth century. Can’t you just see a long-gowned heroine glancing over her shoulder at you as she flees down this lane?

And overlooking these lanes is the infamous abbey ruins, an eerie sentinel that sits atop the cliffs. It is rumoured a ghostly woman appears in the window, but I didn’t see her.

Still in operation today is this old coaching inn, which of course I had to use in one of my scenes.

There are still fishermen who ply these waters for trade, but this harbor isn’t nearly as active as it was centuries ago.

Twice I’ve made the coastal hike from Whitby to Robinhood’s Bay. This is where I imagined librarian Rosa Edwards riding her bicycle delivering books.

And yes, indeed, the sea mists are a very real thing, sometimes so thick it’s disorienting.

So, see what I mean? Whitby is a magical place, well worth the effort to get to if you ever venture over to England. And if that doesn’t quite fit into your budget or schedule, never fear.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L, June 29

Book Looks by Lisa, June 29

Betti Mace, June 30

Vicky Sluiter, June 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 1

Back Porch Reads, July 1

Daysong Reflections, July 2

Texas Book-aholic, July 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 3

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, July 3

To Everything There Is A Season , July 4

Cover Lover Book Review, July 4

Kristina Hall, July 4

Connie’s History Classroom, July 5

Scott’s book reviews, July 5

Lights in a Dark World, July 5

Sylvan Musings, July 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 6

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 7

Pause for Tales, July 7

Tell Tale Book Reviews , July 8

annette_reads_daily, July 8

Through the Fire Blogs, July 8

Simple Harvest Reads, July 9 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Blogging With Carol, July 9

Where Faith and Books Meet, July 10

Wishful Endings, July 10

For Him and My Family, July 11

Blossoms and Blessings, July 11

Holly’s Book Corner, July 12

Splashes of Joy , July 12


To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



My Thoughts

Oh how I enjoyed this story! Also, have you seen this cover?! After reading Michelle Griep's novel Lost in Darkness I was thrilled to find out there would be more in the series! This one is a bit of a twist on Dracula, which I have never read so those that have might appreciate it all the more. While this is a gothic read and the topic of vampires comes up in the pages it is NOT a horror story. This book makes it quite clear that vampires are indeed not real. BUT it does bring up why people thought they were and the history behind the idea. I LOVED the history tidbits in the back of the book. I adored the characters. I couldn't get enough of James and his personality. Rose was simply delightful and a strong female lead. She wasn't wishy washy and stood up for herself and those she loved. There is mystery, suspense, and romance all wrapped up in the best setting. It is possibly one of my favorite books of the year so far! I can't wait to read what Michelle Griep writes next! 

Five Stars!

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."