Take Back Your Shelves Readathon: MAY 28-30

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Here’s a great opportunity to finish
May Reading on a strong note!
Three days focus on our TBR shelves is sure to be helpful in shifting some books.

Any in particular you want to get to?

I’m focused on finishing as many ARCs during May as possible during
the #CleanSweepARC Challenge.
Of course review writing needs to complete the picture
so that might take some time this weekend as well.

I have my eye on a couple #tbysreadathon reads in particular.

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Whatever readathon books I’m into by end of May 30th
Then become part of my 20 Books of Summer Challenge  

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Any you’re decided on reading?
What helps you make the decision in choosing
which will be a readathon addition?
Which books are relegated to waiting?
Are you a mood reader?  I know I am!
Which is why I always have more choices for meeting that need for variety…
Be sure to let us know in comments.
Hoping you’ll be joining us.
Tweeting #tbysreadathon to keep connected
and keeping company.

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COMPLETED . . .

mudhouse sabbath by lauren f. winner

Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio

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20 Books of Summer 2016

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Joining Cathy at 746 Books
20 Books of Summer Challenge
once again.

Naming my 20 Books of Summer would end in disappointment as I’m sure
to edit my list enroute to  Sept 5th closing.
So, I will name books already on my summer ARC list
plus authors I’m sure to read and audiobook listen
to give a semblance as to what the rest of my participation will include;
which allows me the reading freedom this free spirited reader prefers…
Hoping that satisfies everyone and host, Cathy, about my participation.
She’s not a tough host requiring strict adherence to expectations,
I can assure you!
Don’t be intimidated in joining in.  You can even choose your reading totals
or goals to 10 / 15 / 20 as fits your summer reading plans.
Cathy’s reading 20 by female authors.  Mine are as well,
with addition of 1 male writing team member.

Plus the fact my reading is influenced by
JUNE as AUDIOBOOK MONTH  –  PARIS in JULY  –  AUSTEN in AUGUST –
and BIG BOOK SUMMER for 400+ page reading.
Be bold and join the lineup for the June 1st start.  I’ll be reading and tweeting
@_eHope with #20b00ksofsummer to identify progress
Find @cathy746books and fb 746 Books

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My 20 for Summer Reading Starters?

1. Matchmakers of Minnow Bay – Kelly Harms
2. The Reluctant Duchess – Roseanna M. White
[also BIG BOOK Summer at 400 pgs]
3. The Wedding Shop – Rachel Hauck
4. Lavender Lies – Susan Wittig Albert
5. Anna Lee Huber – probably more than 1
6. Charles Todd – mother/son writing team [audios]
7. Georgette Heyer – I have yet to give this author an opportunity
> VENETIA – currently listening via hoopla audios <
8. Meet Me in Scotland – Patience Griffin
9. Invitation to Provence – Elizabeth Adler
10. A Rather Lovely Inheritance – C.A. Belmond
11. Invitation to Solitude and Silence – Ruth Haley Barton
12. Rainbow Valley – L.M. Montgomery
13. Elizabeth Musser – will be 1 about France
14. Donna Leon – any one will be fab –
> A Question of Belief via library OverDrive <
15. Louise Penny – any! –
> The Beautiful Mystery < audio listen via hoopla
[also BIG BOOK Summer at 400 pgs]
16. From this Moment – Elizabeth Camden
17. Hillary Manton Lodge – either/both?
A Table by the Window &/or Reservations for Two
18. Susan Meissner – A Window to the World
[also BIG BOOK Summer at 400 pgs]

19. Margaret Feinberg – some great choices  [hoopla audios]
20. The Jane Austen in August meme will run me well over 20
just saying – though I’ll be adding them closer to the start of the Challenge

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So, that’s about as close as I can guesstimate my 20 BOOKS of SUMMER.

Here’s my 20 Books Read Progress …

  1. LAVENDER LIES by Susan Wittig Albert {4.6}
    2. AUNT DIMITY AND THE BURIED TREASURE by Nancy Atherton {4.6}
    3. The RELUCTANT DUCHESS by Roseanna White  {5.6}
    4. A WINDOW  TO THE WORLD by Susan Meissner {6.6}
    5. The BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny {7.6}
    6. The GOODBYE BRIDE by Denise Hunter {10.6}
    7. The TALE OF HILL TOP FARM by Susan Wittig Albert {11.6}
    8. BACHELOR GIRL’s GUIDE TO MURDER by Rachel McMillan {11.6}
    9. The MAGICIAN’s NEPHEW by CS Lewis { 13.6}
    10. ARRANGED by Catherine McKenzie {15.6}
    11. The MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN by Agatha Christie {17.6}Choosing to participate in 20 Books of Summer? Book Choices?
    Reasons to influence your choices?
    Any close runners you had to choose between ?  Will you read for 10/15/20 books?
    And…
    HapPy Reading Start!

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SUMMER READING OPTION: #COLLABOREADS 29.5.15

COLLABOREADS

In the interests of Summer Reading resources, here’s a tempting summer option.
Hosted by a collaboration of Rachel A Dawson and mrthomasandme
[click either host for full deets]
They’re ready for a June start.

From Rachel……
How it’s going to look:

  1. They pick a random criteria for your book.You find your book.
    [local, used bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, the library, ordered from Book Depository [=Free delivery]  whatever works for you
  2. Read. [You’ll have a month per book.]
  3. At the end of the month we’ll review(ish) our books. [With unique book aspects as posted at Amber and Rachel’s who will both have places for readers to share book links in their posts.] Linking to wherever and however works for you – vlog, goodreads, blog, twitter, fb, instagram, pinterest, etc. using #collaboreads hashtag
  4. Repeat steps 1 – 4 each month. 

Here’s the JUNE book prompt: 

” On the NYT Best-sellers List when you start reading it.

I’m liking the variety of reading this enables from the basic book prompt.

My choice will be either The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
or….  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
It’s actually going to be –

Boundaries John Townsend Henry CLoud

#6 on the NYT Bestseller List for Religion, Spirituality and Faith

I really liking the review suggestions…riveting, elements, associations, design, and stars
Check Rachel or Amber’s blogs for explanations .

 Got it?  Let’s go.
Grab your choice of NYT best seller and meet up Monday, June 29th !

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VALENTINE WEEK READING: THE TRAVELLING TEA SHOP and … 10.2.15


VALENTINE WEEK READING !{What I’ve Read.  Am Reading.  Reading Next. }


*Adding a few Sweet Reading Treats for this Valentine Week…
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Here’s this past week’s completed ~


an Oasis Audiobook – A Promise Kept – Robin Lee Hatcher
Double storyline included – Emma’s storyfrom the 30’s as she succeeds in overcoming her life losses and creates a new and fulfilling life that will deeply impact the future of her great niece, Allison, who discovers Emma’s journals when staying in the country home Emma renovated during her own exile. 

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Fantastic story of Ruth and Naomi meeting in Moab,Ruth’s marriage to Mahlon and his subsequent death.Their journey to Naomi’s homeland of Israel withall the rejection Ruth receives as a foreign immigrant,the realities of  grief and struggling to survive.The romance between Ruth andBoaz, who has lost his children and then his wife to childbirthcomplications, is poignant and tender.  Wonderful story.
Authored by Tessa Afshar originally from Iran.
I am definitely looking for more of her writing.


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Pleased to have had time available for this excellent debut by Katherine Reay.  Complexity of her MC characterization is both strong  and dynamic.Love the plot and epistolary style offering the protagonist freedomto be herself in the telling of her journalism studies at Medill.Secondary plotting is a definite contribution to the main story.Lots of emotional engagement as I read.[especially when we get to meet the gorgeous Alex!]



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A quick Saturday novella from fav Brit author, Victoria Connelly.6th in the Austen Addicts series, this offered the opp of spendingtime with the characters of  A Weekend with Mr Darcy as theyjoin the original host on a Jane Austen Weekend tour of thegrand homes used in the Pride and Prejudice movies .A fun reunion and romp through the English countryside ,I always enjoy another glimpse into Victoria’s contemporaryAusten fans and a great break from longer reads.



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Third of the historic romance series by Sarah E Ladd,Whispers on the Moors.A Lady at Willowgrove Hall,an impressive story right from the intense opening,kept my interest and emotions engaged through to a mostsatisfying conclusion.
Which also brought me to 35 books read so far in this year.Thanks to Freda, I’m now adding them to the 50 Book PledgeChallenge at Harper Collins.


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Now to decide what’s next up…



Intriguing secondary characters and lush scenery contribute to the often sinister, even creepy, moments readers will come to anticipate. Infusing her story with mystery, tension, and emotion, Byrd strikes a fine balance between the darkness of a Gothic mystery and the sweetness of a captivating love story. Byrd—and Brontë—fans will enjoy. 
Publisher’s Weekly 


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From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes an emotionally rich, inspiring new novel about family, second chances–and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing. . .
Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey’s boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson’s Bay, her small, close-knit, Wisconsin hometown.   -publisher



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Sweet Treats for Valentine’s this week ~
from Belinda Jones The brief is simple: With three other women, Laurie will board a London bus – kitted out as an English tea shop – on a deliciously different road trip of the USA. 
Their mission: To bring home-grown classics like Battenberg, Victoria sponge and scones to the land of cupcakes, whoopie pies and gold-leafed chocolate sundaes. 

And to show them how a real cup of tea is made. All of the women have their own secrets and heartaches to heal. As well as a grand appreciation of cupcakes, there’s also the chance for romance…


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WINTERS RESPITE READING 2.2.15

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?Having been participating in #WintersRespite Reading ChallengeI’ve had a good reading week and weather by this weekend to support it. *Books read?

Extremely well written Austenesque, Stephanie Barron has a knack for writing dialogue and description accurate to the era.A pleasure to be vicariously immersed in a Regency mansionfor a week long Twelve Days of Christmas party replete with food and festivities.Mystery and method of sleuthing finds Jane’s capabilities usefuldespite being questioned. Family personality clashes providenew insights to the lesser known Austens.  Recommended for JA fans.*

Striking black and whites of children of Calcutta and the work ofMother Teresa and her sisters of Charity.Brief prayers and foundational thoughts expressed in interviewsduring production of a movie on Mother Teresa’s work form written content.Overview of her birth and biographical background forms the intro to Words to Love By…*

Short story collection, All Together Now, from a popular Australian born author,Monica McInerney.Great sense of humour in her writing combined with unique storiesof varied generations.The novella, included, offered a great ‘new beginning’ for the protagonist with a surprise ending that countered any suspected predictability.*

Helpful book in so many ways.  Fight Back With Joydealing with Margaret’s breast cancer diagnosis, the medical journey, chemo, doctors, family and friend’s support and her responses through all of it.Great advice for what is and is not helpful from those of us in supportiveroles.  Creativity in dealing with the incredible life changes for thoseexperiencing first hand battles.Recommended reading even for Margaret and Leif’s tips alone.*

*Two audiobooks kept me busy for 2 days.

Fascinating Hercule Poirot audio mystery with an accomplished narratorcapable of covering a wide cast of characters.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find him listed in any part of the After the Funeral paperback accompanying the audio.  Possibly Gary Waldhorn but nothing stated to confirm that.  Enough plot twists to keep me guessing and maybe a few too many charactersto keep track of in this one. *Such a great continuation of Anne’s story as she leaves Prince Edward Island to attend Redmond College in Nova Scotia.Anne of the Islandcovers 4 years of her life – moving from dorm living to share rent and lives together with friends in a private home for the remaining 3 years of school and socializing.  Anne discovers the home of her birth, receives several very unusual proposals, visits Green Gables home for weddings of her childhood friends, and studiously avoids Gilbert’s attentions.An excellent addition to the Anne series, I’d certainly recommend either novel reading or audio copy.*Not entirely committed to any particular reading this week.  Definitely happy to have postedthree netgalley reviews.  Feeling positively inspirited by that wee success.I do have Somewhere in France on audio from the library *

and a couple ebooks to catch up on netgalley reads before I get too far along with my current reading selections.

Highland Call When Great Britain declares war on France, Napoleon orders the arrest of all British men on French soil, including Selena Delaroe’s twin brother Nicholas.All attempts to secure his freedom fail. By 1811 he has been detained for eight years. When the French threaten to kill him, Selena agrees to spy for them to keep her brother alive, though she is a Christian and loyal to England. The British government asks Gabriel Macpherson to help them determine whether or not she is working for Napoleon. Soon after Gabriel becomes the manager of her country estate, he falls in love with Selena. When he learns she is a French spy, he must choose between his heart and loyalty to his country …

In the Field of Grace  is a fictionalized telling of the Biblical story of Ruth and Boaz.

One of my favs, and a perfect romance for this month of Love, I look forward to experiencing this tale.Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi’s home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left–a strong back and a willing heart–to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.

Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi.  But his heart knows better…

Sounds like the perfect Valentine read 






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BOOK REVIEW: HOPE AT DAWN by Stacy Henrie

HOPE AT DAWN[OF LOVE AND WAR #1]by Stacy Henrie

IN A TIME OF WAR,
LOVE IS THE INSPIRATION

With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents’ farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home-and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .

More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country’s struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy-and dark secrets from the past-threaten their future,
Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what’s right . . .
and one chance to fight for their love.

*Pages: pb/kindle 384 pgsPublished: June 24.2014Publisher:  Forever [Grand Central Publishing]*My Thoughts?~Captured by the evocative cover, I was pleased to discover content offered as captivating a story.
March 1918, we meet Livy waiting to celebrate her 20th birthday at the town dance.The promised date with her boyfriend, Robert, never materializes.  And Livy has good reason to know why.  A soldier, returned wounded from the Great War, chooses the company of alcoholover her and their anticipated future. So when a handsome young man notices her tears and takes the opportunity to invite Livy to the dancefloor, she decides against her original regrets and allows him to escort her to the floor.Thus begins the enchanting story of Hope at Dawn. *Through this meeting with Friedrick, Livy has a teaching job connection and independence in a new community.  When government laws are introduced that jeopardize the German American inhabitants of that community, the fragility of life and relationships come to the fore.  A horrifying and unknown component of the cost of war as Ms Henrie so aptly describes this aspect of the American homefront.*The entire story is gripping with romantic tension, wartime realities, and social injustices.First in the series Of Love and War, readers are introduced to the Campbell family members via Livy’s story.  We are made aware of  two brothers away on the warfront, one of whom features in book 2, Hope Rising based in WWI France, and due to release December 2014.Book 3, A Hope Remembered, to release March 2015.*I am anticipating more exquisite reading, having completed this beautifully written first entryOf Love and War.  Hope at Dawn has certainly lived up to its theme.I full heartedly recommend Stacy Henrie’s series to wartime romance fans everywhere.A story and characters you’ll remember long after you’ve reached ‘The End‘ …*

*Author Bio:
Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. While she had a goal to write and publish a book one day, she turned her attentions first to graduating with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances as a stay-at-home mom. Stacy loves reading, romantic movies, and most of all, laughing with her husband and three kids. She appreciates the chance to live out history through her characters, while enjoying all the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century.  Stacy  is a road trip enthusiast and a novice interior decorator besides writing fantastic novels.

*Find Stacy online :StacyHenrie.com on twitter @StacyHenrie 
Click to Order HOPE AT DAWN  and HOPE RISINGpre-order A HOPE REMEMBERED[no delivery charges at Book Depository]**Appreciation to Forever [Grand Central] for providing an ecopy to read and review without cost or compensation.*Shared With ~
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WINTER’S RESPITE: IT’S ALL ABOUT TEA and READING!


Seasons of Reading
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Signups remain Open until end of Friday cst during A Winter’s Respite Read-a-Thon.*Coming off a 28 hr global readathon for a LibraryThing ReadaThingin conjunction with National ReadaThon Day.I enjoyed Saturday off with a couple great reads.  Both were lengthy and entirely different genres.*Canadian author, Murray Pura writes at the top of his game in this family saga, The Danforths of Lancashire,keeping me spellbound for the final installment of the trilogy.LONDON DAWN amazed with gripping, well researched, historical battle scenes and the impact of warthat repeatedly tested the Danforth family’s strength and character.  Loved it.  Compelling WWII story replete with life, death, betrayal, and romance .What I loved?  It was filled with Light in the midst of war’s destruction.Tears?  Definitely, yes.  Yet hope prevails.  My heart remained captured by relationships and actions long after the cover closed.
*I also completed a long anticipated read of Brit author,  Vanessa Greene‘sThe VINTAGE TEACUP CLUB

At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet and fall for the same vintage teaset. They decide to share it –
and form a friendship that impacts their lives.

Jenny can’t wait to marry Dan. Then, after years of silence, she hears from the woman who could shatter her dreams.
Maggie has put her broken heart behind her and is gearing up for the biggest event of her career – until she’s forced to confront the past once more.
Alison seems to have it all: married to her childhood sweetheart, with two gorgeous daughters. But as tensions mount, she is pushed to breaking point.

Dealing with friendship and families, relationships and careers, life’s highs and lows, The Vintage Teacup Club is women’s lit storytelling with plenty of surprises along the way.

*Prior to the National Readathon Day, I posted for MizB’s new book/blog memeSHARE WHAT YOU KNOW [ S.W.Y.K.]Click to link to the topic I chose – sourcing eBooks
to which I also added sources for audiobooks.If you’d like to know or if you’d like to S.W.Y.K., please let us know!*Another completed book ?  An unexpected book reserve I found awaiting me at the library,FINDING FATHER CHRISTMASA charming story of finding unexpected love at Christmas, I was pleased it came available.[Even if  one Christmas is past and another 11 months ahead!]

A poignant Christmas novella about a young woman, daughter of a deceassed actress, desperate for a place to belong, who finds herself in London a few days before Christmas, looking for the father she never knew.

Miranda Carson’s search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in London with only a few feeble clues to who he might be. Unexpectedly welcomed into a family that doesn’t recognize her, and to whom she’s quickly growing attached, she faces a terrible decision.  Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of their father?  Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world?  

Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she isn’t ready to leave.  Lyrical writing unique characters, and a well-crafted story kept me entranced and easily led me on to part 2, Engaging Father Christmas.

*I also completed last week’s anticipated read of The DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL by Carrie Turansky.

Book 2 in the Edwardian Brides seriesThis novel is set in 1912, giving insights to the conflicting thought and changes in society of that era.  Familial conflictsvie with our protagonist’s heart and expectations of societyas she develops strength of character to withstandthe course her aunt has determined for Katherine’s future.Excellent journey from self -focus to other-focusfilled with struggles and danger in the travelsrevealed in this picture of  England’s contrast betweenpoor and wealthy. *What am I anticipating for #WintersRespite ReadaThon?Several books I’ve been wanting to get to from library reserves,including Stephanie Barron‘s newest [and though its Christmas, its just in] so I must read now that it’s available …JANE AND THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Christmas Eve, 1814: Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family and friends at The Vyne, the gorgeous ancestral home of the wealthy and politically prominent Chute family. As the year fades and friends begin to gather beneath the mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory mood:Mansfield Park is selling nicely; Napoleon has been banished to Elba; British forces have seized Washington, DC; and on Christmas Eve, John Quincy Adams signs the Treaty of Ghent, which will end a war nobody in England really wanted.

Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide revelers dies in a tragic accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Jane’s fellow snow-bound guests. With clues scattered amidst cleverly crafted charades, dark secrets coming to light during parlor games, and old friendships returning to haunt the Christmas parties, whom can Jane trust to help her discover the truth and stop the killer from striking again? 

*I also hope to complete at least one of the audios as posted for last week’s MONDAY READING.ANNE OF THE ISLAND by Canadian author,  L.M. Montgomery

Anne leaves Green Gables and her work as a teacher in Avonlea to pursue her original dream (which she gave up in Anne of Green Gables) of taking further education at Redmond College in Nova Scotia. Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane enroll as well, as does Anne’s friend from Queen’s Academy, Priscilla Grant. During her first week of school, Anne befriends Philippa Gordon, a beautiful girl whose frivolous ways charm her. Philippa also happens to be from Anne’s birthplace of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia, Canada.Narrated by Colleen Winton [as the first 2 books in this series by Post Hypnotic Press]*Emailed today with a lovely surprise as Winner of BRENTWOOD’S WARDby Michelle Griep

Published just 3 weeks ago, I am thrilled to have this on its way in the post to me!.  Thank you, Kav.  [Best Reads Blog]Hoping to have it in time for #WintersRespite ReadThon…*

Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. 
She is determined to find a husband this season. 
He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. 
After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.





*Received in this weekend’s post –
Margaret Feinberg‘s Feb 3rd release ~*FIGHT BACK WITH JOYCelebrate More, Regret Less, Stare Down Your Greatest Fears.
Diagnosed with cancer a year ago,I’m thinking Margaret’s thoughts on JoYwill be worth discovering.I look forward to the exploration!Storytelling with unexpected humourand imaginative responses to life’s battles.




*Jenn at Should Be Reading’s Musing Monday random question asks –

Give a list of 4 books you read last year that you’d recommend to others — and why.
How would you respond?
Tough question when last year’s total came in at 130 reads!
Here are 4 I’d recommend :

Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta – audio version especially as the narrator, Amanda McKnight adds incredible realism with her Brit accents.  The suspense of this historical romance is edge of seat intensity.
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A Lady’s Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes – whose writing keeps me glued to the pages
from opening to ending.  National Reader’s Choice Award for Best Regency novel
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For fellow Jane Austen fans – The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen by Shannon Winslow
who knew how to keep a secret and surprise this reader with an ending of delight.
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Death By The Book by Julianna Deering
A winsome, debonair sleuth with the personality to win readers and skills to solve extreme murder cases all set in the English countryside… What more could I ask?


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That pretty much wraps up my week’s reading past, present and upcoming.What’s on your reading list ?
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