Book Review

Not Your Typical Fluffy Romances

  The Love Letter Rachel Hauck Thomas Nelson, 352 pages, June 12, 2018. Chloe Daschel has grown up in Hollywood—but for the first time in long career she’s fallen in love with a character and she’s willing to call in a few favors to get the part. Something about the character of Esther Longfellow pulls at her like no other character has done before. The script, a freshman effort by the unknown Jesse Gates tells the epic story of a…

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You’ll Swoon for these New Historical Inspirational Titles!

More Than Meets the Eye (A Patchwork Family Novel) Bethany House, 354 pages, June 5, 2018. Karen Witemeyer Karen Witemeyer’s latest release has everything swoon-worthy tucked between its covers. Logan Fowler arrives in the tiny Texas town of Pecan Gap in the 1880s with carefully laid plans to wreak revenge on the gambler who stole his family’s ranch. Determined to hunt down Zach Hamilton and bring him to justice, Logan starts to question his quest when he finds no evidence…

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Good Reads from Irene Hannon

Another Sweet Read from Irene Hannon I love it when an author can change gears successfully to a different genre. Irene Hannon has done just that with her latest release, Pelican Point. The story takes place in the seashore town of Hope Harbor, Oregon. She has written two previous stories in the Hope Harbor series, Sandpiper Cover and Sea Rose Lane. In Pelican Point: A Hope Harbor Novel we meet Dr. Ben Garrison, ex-army orthopedic surgeon, who returns to his…

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History, Mystery, and Romance Your Way into May

History: Together Forever Jody Hedlund, Bethany House Publishers, 352 pages, May 1, 2018 The second book in Judy Hedlund’s Orphan Train series features Marianne, the middle Neumann sister. Marianne, impetuous and big-hearted, struggles to find her way in life outside of her big sister Elise’s capable shadow. Elise, featured in With You Always, splits her time between Quincy, her husband’s town, and New York City. Marianne, newly employed (with the help of her influential brother-in-law) as a placing-out agent with…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: The Literary Genre and My Name is Venus Black

What IS Literary Fiction? What makes a book ‘Literary Fiction?’ The fiction category has two limbs-each of which serves a different purpose. Genre fiction, according to Steven Petite, provides a path of entertainment and escapism. I confess that I usually read genre fiction (historical inspirational, especially). I prefer reading books to watching television shows or movies. Mysteries, thrillers, suspense, Westerns, romance, science-fiction, and horror (I probably missed a few) make up the genre fiction limb. Petite claims that the purpose…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: The Edwardian Era and Across the Blue

The Edwardian Era The Edwardian Era in England covers little more than a decade between the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914. During this time period, wealthy British subjects set aside some of the conservatism of the Victorian Era. Instead, they focused on expanding their use of technology and developing their leisure-time activities. King Edward, a leader in both arts and fashion, favored the styles and trends of continental Europe. Wealth…

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Curl Up With a Good Book This November

I spent my October furiously writing the 31 Ways to Nurutre Yourself series for the Write 31 Days challenge, and thus I missed my usual post about October new releases. In this post, you’ll find out about books I liked last month, as well as ones that release in November. For those curious, I receive a free digital version of the books from NetGalley.com in exchange for reviewing the books on their website. I often share my thoughts on Goodreads…

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Best Book of 2016? Impossible Question!

From Books to eReader I pressed my finger on the page of a book and waited. Puzzled, I wondered why the definition to the word under my finger hadn’t popped up yet. And then I realized what I had done. I sheepishly looked around the living room, hoping no one else had noticed that the book I held in my hands had actual pages. When I first started using a Kindle six or seven years ago, I never dreamed that an…

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Fairy Tales for Young Adults

If you’re looking for a graduation gift for a young reader, look no further! (Ok, I loved the book and I’m not exactly young). If you love fairy tales and medieval intrigue, you’ll love The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson. If you’ve read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest you’ll remember the mysterious Margrave of Thornbeck (Jorgen Hartman’s employer). You don’t need to read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest first to enjoy The Beautiful Pretender. The reclusive margrave needs a wife and he needs…

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