Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Can't Wait for The Vanishing at Loxby Manor

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

The Vanishing at Loxby Manor

By: Abigail Wilson

Expected Publication: January 26th 2021 by Thomas Nelson

336 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--Disappearances, strange activities in the night, and secret organizations abound in this mysterious Regency romance.

Haunted by the assault she’s kept hidden over the past four years, Charity Halliwell finally has a chance to return home to the quaint village she left more than five years before and the happy life she wants so badly to reclaim. All she needs is good conversation with her old friend and an opportunity to find a governess position, and she can leave the fear and guilt behind. But the family who agrees to her yearlong visit turns out to be a far cry from the one she thought she knew, particularly when her friend disappears and the one man she made certain would not be at the house is forced to return. How can she possibly heal and claim her independence when day in, day out she must face the only gentleman who ever held a piece of her heart?

Piers Cavanagh was branded a coward when he failed to show up for a duel he arranged. He had his reasons, of course, but disclosing them would hurt far more than continuing life as an outcast. And worse, with the mysterious departure of his sister, the strange nightly occurrences in the ruins of an old abbey, and the uncomfortable whispers of a secret organization, Piers must overcome his aversion to society and work with the last person he ever thought he would get the chance to speak to again—the girl whose heart he had no choice but to break.

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!

Monday, August 3, 2020

Vying for the Viscount - Review

Vying for the Viscount (Hearts on the Heath, # 1)

By: Kristi Ann Hunter

Expected Publication: August 4th 2020 by Bethany House Publishers

352 pages

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction

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Goodreads description--When a strange man appears to be stealing horses at the neighboring estate, Bianca Snowley jumps to their rescue. And when she discovers he's the new owner, she can't help but be intrigued--but romance is unfeasible when he proposes they help secure spouses for each other. Will they see everything they've wanted has been there all along before it's too late?

The description for Vying for the Viscount was a little vague. Here's what you need to know. Hudson's grandfather is a Viscount. His father fled to India because his brother (Hudson's uncle) threatened to kill any heirs to the title. Hudson was born and lived his entire life in India. Yet he was trained and educated to take over the title one day. His grandfather eventually passes away and Hudson heads back to England to take his rightful place. Yet he thought the transition would be much simpler. Social customs are different, the weather is different...almost everything is different. Except for the horses.

Bianca has always been allowed to kind of do her own things. Her stepmother was always more concerned with her own daughter. But Bianca's father has informed the stepmother that Bianca's younger half-sister should not get married before Bianca. Now her stepmother is set on marrying her off to the one man she can't fathom being married to. Yet she has no other prospects. She's been so uninterested in social things and the idea of a husband that she's let her prospects slip by. Now she's motivated to find a match on her own. She would love to marry for love, but she hopes she can at least marry a man she will respect.

Bianca and Hudson repeatedly encounter one another because Bianca has an agreement with the stable manager to exercise one of the horses at Hudson's estate every day. Bianca loves riding and being able to continue to do so is of huge importance in her choosing a husband. Hudson is so determined to establish and prove himself as a worthy heir to his title, estate, and his grandfather's stable that he sets his sights on a woman who comes with a racehorse stud as part of her dowry. The problem comes in that Hudson does not know how to navigate English society. Bianca chooses to help him even when recognizing early on that she wishes he would set his sights on her.

Bianca's admiration continues to grow with the exposure she has to Hudson. The more opportunities they have to converse the more she realizes her regard for him. He, however, is oblivious. And this made for one of the more difficult parts of the story for me. I connected easily enough to Bianca and her heart. I appreciated her struggles and her heart pining for a man that didn't seem to return her affections. But it was disappointing that Hudson's attention was so thoroughly directed away from Bianca for so long in the book. I was disappointed at how late he realized his feelings. I did appreciate that there wasn't a complete bow put on the entire relationship but rather the expectation of a complete happily ever after.

I will say that my favorite part is the fan-service in tying in characters from Kristi Ann Hunter's prior series. Trent and Adelaide from the Hawthorne House series were present and others from the Haven Manor series were mentioned. I can't say that Bianca and Hudson have my favorite love story from Kristi Ann Hunter, but I did enjoy this book. And more than anything, I can't wait to read Aaron's story next. Vying for the Viscount gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Vying for the Viscount? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sunday Post - 08/02/20

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This past week was really busy. The kids and I headed to Gulf Shores to visit my sister and her family. We spent the night and came home the next afternoon. We really don't get to see them as often as we'd like so it was really good to visit. They've just moved into a new house. My mom came to hang out with us on Thursday. We are still going for walks and swimming after. It makes for a good mix, but Little Boy is getting a little tired of the pool I think. He's always excited to go swimming, but he is also always the first one ready to get out. Saturday, my mom went with us to visit my grandmother. I haven't seen her since February, and she's very lonely. The visit seemed to do her a lot of good. But man I'm exhausted from traveling so much over the last week. Thankfully this week should be less active.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Colors of Truth (Carnton, # 2) by Tamera Alexander (4 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Almost a Bride (The Bride Ships, # 4) by Jody Hedlund
Saturday: July 2020 EOM Wrap Up

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Vying for the Viscount (Hearts on the Heath, # 1) by Kristi Ann Hunter
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2020 to sing up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Friday, July 31, 2020

July 2020 EOM Wrap Up

I have read 8 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Vying for the Viscount (Hearts on the Heath, # 1) by Kristi Ann Hunter
Moment of Truth (Love, Life, & the List, # 3) by Kasie West
Secrets and Suitors by Joanna Barker
Colors of Truth (Carnton, # 2) by Tamera Alexander
Fable (Fable, # 1) by Adrienne Young
Fair as a Star (Victorian Romantics, # 1) by Mimi Matthews
*Wild at Heart (Wild, # 2) by KA Tucker
You Have a Match by Emma Lord

I have reviewed 8 books. *These qualify for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
A Bride of Convenience (The Bride Ships, # 3) by Jody Hedlund
Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 1) by Sarah J Maas (Upon Further Review)
Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love, # 2) by Alisha Rai
Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson
A Proper Charade (A Proper Scandal, # 2) by Esther Hatch
Maybe This Time by Kasie West
Colors of Truth (Carnton, # 2) by Tamera Alexnader

Other Posts:
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 07/05/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 07/12/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 07/19/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 07/26/20
Top Ten Authors I've Read the Most (as of 2020)
Ten Books That Made Me Smile
Can't Wait for Layla by Colleen Hoover
Can't Wait for The Prince of Spies (Hope & Glory, # 3) by Elizabeth Camden
Can't Wait for Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover
Can't Wait for Almost a Bride (The Bride Ships, # 4) by Jody Hedlund
2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - July Wrap Up
June 2020 EOM Wrap Up

Goals:
I am 35 days ahead on of schedule my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 52 out of 52 books (including children's books).
I've read 5 out of 5-10 series enders.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Can't Wait for Almost a Bride

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

Almost a Bride (The Bride Ships, # 4)

By: Jody Hedlund

Expected Publication: August 25th 2020 by Northern Lights Press

184 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Adult

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Goodreads description--Always close, but never a bride.

Longing to find true love, Kate Millington arrives in British Columbia on a bride ship. With countless men waiting to snag a bride, Kate has no trouble getting engaged. It’s staying engaged that’s the problem. After traveling to the remote mining town of Williamsville to marry her newest fiancĂ©, she finds herself single again.

As the prosperous owner of a gold mine, Zeke Hart has everything he’s ever wanted except for a wife. At Kate’s arrival, he takes it upon himself to protect his childhood friend from the men clamoring to court her. The more he renews her friendship, the more he wants to win her for himself. But as much as Kate admires Zeke, she’s resolved not to marry someone who doesn’t share her faith.

When Zeke begins receiving anonymous threats, he unwittingly puts them both in grave danger. In the midst of peril, the past rises up to haunt them both, and Zeke realizes the fight for Kate’s affection may be his biggest challenge yet.

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!