Friday, April 3, 2020

April TBR

To Finish

Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr

Daughter of Cana by Angela Elwell Hunt

To Read

Nonfiction Pick: Find your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with Fit52 Life by Carrie Underwood

TBR Jar Pick: Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Kindle TBR Jar Pick:  A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

                   Above the Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Audiobook: The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

Review Book: The Traitors Pawn by Lisa Harris

Classic Read along: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Straight on Till Morning by Liz Braswell

Take a Chance on Me by Becky Wade

Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar

Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett


Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz

The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz

Emma by Jane Austen 

Egg Drop Dead review

 Title:  Egg Drop Dead 

Author: Vivien Chien 

Series: A Noodle Shop Mystery book 5

Chapters: 34

Pages: 320

Genre: Cozy Mystery 

Rating: 3.5 Stars 

Publisher: St. Martin's 

Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien is the 5th book in the A Noodle Shop Mystery series. I love reading what new mystery Lana Lee finds herself involved in.  Though this one wasn't my favorite of the series I did enjoy reading this one. I enjoy the puny titles in which part of the titles are Chinese dishes as Lana runs her family's Chinese restaurant.  If you like cozy mysteries set around food and restaurants then this is the cozy mystery series for you. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

March Wrap Up

I started the month with (37) unread books. Brought () books.  Got my owlcrate book (1) Book of the month () Got (2) book for review Won a book in a giveaway () Got books for gifts () which brought my total to (39). Read (3) owned books. DNF’d () So I am ending the month at books (36) unread books and hoping to get back on track with the whole read 5 physical books before I buy anymore.  I read a total of (12) books across () pages.

Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman

Death With a Dark Red Rose by Julia Buckely

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (owned)

Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr

Finding the Road Home by Tina Radcliffe

Star of Persia: Esther’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith

The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz (Kindle)

Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (owned)

Death on the Page by Essie Lang 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (kindle)

Silent Shadows by Natalie Walters (owned)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Death on the Page review

Title:  Death on the Page 

Author: Essie Lang 
Series: Castle Bookshop Mystery Book 2

Chapters: 38

Pages: 330

Genre: Cozy Mystery 

Rating: 4 stars 

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Death on the page by  Essie Lang is the second book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery and bookstore owner Shelby Cox finds herself in the middle of another murder mystery.  But with this one she wasn't even trying to get involved.  

I enjoyed this one more than the first book in the series, and I look forward to more in the series.  This book just like with most cozy mysteries was a fairly quick read. It's a good book to read if you're looking for a temporary escape. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Silent Shadows review

Silent Shadows (Harbored Secrets #3) by Natalie Walters | GoodreadsTitle:  Silent Shadows 

Author:  Natalie Walters 

Series: Harbored Secrets book 3

Chapters: 34 Plus epilogue


Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense 

Rating:  5 Stars 

Publisher: Revell 

Silent Shadows the third book in the Harbored Secrets series by Natalie Walters has three things that I love in books, small-towns, small-town life, and military heroes and loveable kids just not always in the same book. But with Silent Shadows the combination worked. Not to mention my favorite meet cute that I’ve ever read and most unique one to date.

In Silent Shadows you have a heroine Pecca Gallegos  who's basically running from her past in order to protect her son. Colton Crawford hero who's undiagnosed disorder has derailed his plans for long term career in the military. Neither was looking for romance or a relationship, but when the past catches up with the heroine the hero is determined to protect her and her son. 

While I didn't love Silent Shadows as much at the first one in the series Living Lies but I did enjoy reading this one. I loved being back in Walton Georgia and I didn't want it to end. It was nice to revisit some of the characters from previous books and see what they are doing now.  My favorite character from this book was  Maceo a seven-year boy who in many ways is wiser than most adults and in other ways just wants to be a normal kid. I didn't think that any character could be more over the top than Ms. Byrdie until I met Shirley in this one. 

I loved the Veterans D-Wing because I loved their banter and teasing each other about their different branches of the military. They reminded me  of the veterans that were residents of the nursing home that I used to work at. Even though they teased and bickered about which branch was better they still supported each other and no one else was allowed to do it. 

One last thing that stuck with me with Silent Shadows that while it was a suspense novel it was also a book about people and how special small-towns are and that everyone knows everyone and they watch out for each other. 

Silent Shadows was a great wrap up to the Harbor Secrets series, and even though each book is a stand-alone I do recommend reading the books in order, otherwise, you may spoil yourself for the other books. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher a part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Star of Persia Review

Cover Love and Book News: Coming in early 2020 from Revell Books | relzreviewz.comTitle:  Star of Persia: Esther's story 

Author: Jill Eileen Smith 

Chapters: 42 plus prologue and epilogue 

Genre: Christian fiction, Biblical fiction 

Rating: 5 stars 

Publisher: Revell

     One of my favorite books of the Bible is the book of Esther, so when I saw that Jill Eileen Smith had written a Biblical fiction book on Esther called the Star of Persia: Ester's Story I knew that I had to read it.  Jill Eileen Smith is one of only two authors I go to for, for Biblical fiction. 
Star of Persia: Esther's Story is different than Jill's previous books but is just as good as the other books of hers that I've read.  In this one, she balanced the Biblical account of the book of Esther with that of the historical account of Xerxes rein. Both the Biblical and historical accounts were woven together to bring this awesome book to live.
Star of Persia brings the story of Esther to life an after reading this book I went back and read the book of Esther from my Bible. 
This book is perfect for fans of Biblical fiction and Tessa Afhsar. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Adorkable review

AdorkableTitle:  Adorkable 

Author: Cookie O'Gorman 

Chapters: 17 plus some extra content


Genre: YA Rom Com Chick lit 

Rating: 4 stars 

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

I have to say I loved the title of this book Adorkable it's described as a descriptive term as equal parts dorky and adorable, which describes the main character, Sally Spitz, to a T.   She's been friends with the boy next Becks for years, the only problem is she's had a crush on him for just as long.  But she's a nerd and he's the captain and star of the soccer team. But when she needs a fake boyfriend to get her mom and her other best friend to stop setting her up on blind dates Becks willing steps in to play the part, because while Sally's been keeping secrets from everyone including her mom, Becks has been keeping secrets for Sally. 

I loved this book I think mainly because Sally reminded me so much of me in high school a nerdy girl on the petite side whom my guy friends thought was adorable. I would have loved the term adorkable in high school.  Like Sally in high school I tended to slip into German when I was upset.   And one of my best guy friends whom I did have a crush on but never dates was on the soccer team.   This book gave me all the early 2000s teen Rom Com feels.  I also loved that his book was set in North Carolina and mentioned two of the top Colleges in North Carolina who do have a bitter rivalry Duke and UNC (North Carolina). 

This book is perfect for all those girls who feel like too much of a nerd to ever get the guy and well as anyone who felt that way in high school.   And keep in my mind according to Disney the nerdy bookworm been getting the guy since 1991, thanks, Belle.