Sunday, July 3, 2022

Sunday Post - 07/03/22

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.

Monday I took the kids to my parents after lunch for them to spend a couple of nights away. Since we lived with my parents for almost a year, we haven't had any overnight babysitting in that long. It was wonderful to have some one on one time with Husband. And we were super productive during that time. Monday night we went out to dinner and went to Lowes and Home Depot looking at closet organization systems. We decided what we want which is exciting even if we haven't purchased yet. Tuesday is Hubby's off day, so we worked non-stop all day. We went to our second storage building to load up Little Girl's furniture. We brought it home and set it up. Then drove to the first storage building to get our ottoman and recliner. We decided then to try to merge the two units so we can save on the monthly fee. We took one load from the first building to the second because the second is closer to our house. We took a load from the second unit to our house, and then Husband left me at home to organize, put away, and clean while he went for the 2nd load from the first unit to the second unit. But we got it done. We were almost 8 pm having dinner. And it was midnight before we went to sleep both nights the kids spent away. Wednesday morning I had a dentist appointment so I went to my parents to get the kids after that. Thursday I had my annual doctor's appointment so Grammy came to stay with the kids while I went to that. Little Girl is loving her new room. She is organizing and reorganizing almost every day. We also got her Barbie doll house in from the garage that my Dad made for me as a little girl and revamped it for her for her 5th birthday. I haven't done much on the house since Wednesday morning, but I feel good about our progress. Slow and steady wins the race. We've been able to walk every day this week even though rain and scattered thunderstorms were in the forecast for every day this past week and at least through this coming Thursday.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Discovering Grace (Inglewood, # 2) by Sally Britton (3.5 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Summer 2022 TBR List
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Cursed (Gilded, # 2) by Marissa Meyer
Thursday: June 2022 EOM Wrap Up

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: No blog posts. Happy 4th of July!
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: Review of Discovering Grace (Inglewood, # 2) by Sally Britton

Don’t forget to link up for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2022 to sign 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!

NEW BOOKS:

I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God

By: Diane Stortz

Publication: February 2nd 2016 by Thomas Nelson

224 pages

Genre: Non-fiction, Christian, Parenting, Devotions

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Goodreads description--God’s names tell us who He is, what He is like, and what He does. This beautiful book covers 40 of the Bible’s many names and descriptive titles for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

Jehovah Jireh

The Lord My Shepherd

Immanuel

Rabbi

I Am

Through Bible stories, short devotions, and prayers, children discover the meaning of each name and how it relates to their lives. As they develop understanding of God’s character and His love for them, children will grow to know, love, and trust the great I Am more and more.

Those who know your name put their trust in you. —Psalm 9:10

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!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

June 2022 EOM Wrap Up

I read 4 book (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Discovering Grace (Inglewood, # 2) by Sally Britton
To Tame a Cowboy (Colorado Cowboys, # 3) by Jody Hedlund
The Dreaming Beauty by Anneka Walker
Junie B Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth (Junie B Jones, # 3) by Barbara Park

I have reviewed 5 books. *These qualify for the 2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Edward and Amelia by Karen Thornell
The Singles Table (The Marriage Game, # 3) by Sara Desai
A Healer's Promise (Brides of Laurent, # 2) by Misty M Beller
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch
Discovering Grace (Inglewood, # 2) by Sally Britton

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 06/12/22
Sunday Post - 06/19/22
Sunday Post - 06/26/22
Can't Wait for A Daughter's Courage (Brides of Laurent, # 3) by Misty M Beller
2022 Series Enders Reading Challenge - June Wrap Up

Goals:
I'm ahead on my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 22 out of 52 books (including children's books).
I've read potentially 2 out of 5-10 series enders.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Can't Wait for Cursed

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.

Cursed (Gilded, # 2)

By: Marissa Meyer

Expected Publication: November 8th 2022 by Feiwel & Friends

496 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Retellings, Fantasy

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Goodreads description--New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer concludes her young adult retelling of Rumpelstiltskin in Cursed, the sequel to Gilded.

Serilda and Gild attempt to break the curses that tether their spirits to Adalheid's haunted castle before the Endless Moon, when the Erlking means to capture one of the seven gods and make a wish to return his lover, Perchta, from the underworld. But as the story progresses, it becomes clear he doesn't want just one god—he wants to capture all seven, and force them to bring down the veil that keeps the Dark Ones separate from the land of the mortals. Serilda and Gild must try to thwart his plans, all while solving the mystery of Gild's forgotten name, freeing his younger sister who is trapped inside Gravenstone Castle, and trying to protect their unborn child.

Romance, adventure, and Serilda’s journey to finding her power as a woman, a mother, and a partner make this a retelling that Meyer fans—old and new—will treasure.

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Top Ten Summer 2022 TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week's topic is Top Ten Summer 2022 TBR List.
  1. The Second Blind Son (Saylok Chronicles, # 2) by Amy Harmon
  2. In Honor's Defense (Hanger's Horsemen, # 3) by Karen Witemeyer
  3. The Valet's Secret by Josi S Kilpack
  4. May His Face Shine Upon You by Susi Larson
  5. A Tenuous Betrothal by Jen Geigle Johnson
  6. This May End Badly by Samantha Markum
  7. The Decoy Girlfriend by Lillie Vale
  8. From the Jump by Lacie Waldon
  9. A Wicked and Beautiful Garden (Witches of the Island, # 1) by Katie McGarry
  10. A Fate of Wrath and Flame (Wrath and Flame, # 1) by KA Tucker

Which books are on your Summer 2022 to be read list? Let me know!

Monday, June 27, 2022

Discovering Grace - Review

Discovering Grace (Inglewood, # 2)

By: Sally Britton

Publication: August 13th 2019 by Blue Water Books

224 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency

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Goodreads description--To avoid being sent across an ocean, Grace switches places with her sister. The only man aware of their deception? A dear friend, and her secret love.

Grace Everly has no desire to set sail for the Caribbean, unlike her adventurous twin sister, Hope. Thanks to her sister’s irresponsible behavior and subsequent banning from the journey, Grace’s father decides to send her in Hope’s place. Desperate to remain where things are familiar, Grace proposes an unthinkable plan: that she and sister switch places. They only have to keep up the act long enough for Hope to board a ship in London. When the man who has stolen Grace’s heart learns of their secret, things get more complicated.

Jacob Barnes, soon to be ordained a vicar, has known Grace and Hope his whole life. Though close to both sisters, he’s dreamed of courting Hope for months. When he realizes his friends have switched places, putting the woman he admires out of his reach, he agrees to help with the subterfuge despite his bruised heart. As he watches Grace stumble in her acting abilities, attempting to change who she is, he realizes how much she means to him. But how does he tell her, without risking their friendship?

The deception puts their relationship to the test. As Grace hides her heart and her identity, Jacob examines his feelings, and no one in their community will be happy when the truth is discovered.

Ugh, you guys! I did it again! I am finally sitting down and forcing myself to write my review of Discovering Grace 20 days after I finished it. My real problem is that I don't currently have a regularly scheduled time to sit down at the computer. Real-life has been random and sporadic. And the time I used to sit down at the computer desk has been filled with painting and getting the house back in order from our renovation that feels like it will never end. Besides that, with Husband working from home now, I don't even have a computer desk that I feel like I have access to during the day. Oh well, I'm rambling at this point. Let's get into the book.

Grace is the quiet twin. She is subdued. She's happy to be behind the scenes and let her sister, Hope, take center stage. Hope prefers the attention and adventure anyway. Grace is often the mastermind and Hope gets to take the credit because she becomes the face of whatever Grace has thought up. Of course, up until now, that has never been a problem. Hope is impulsive and in your face. She's outspoken and loud. She's dramatic and fun. And when Hope gets the two sisters into a pickle with their father, Grace has to mastermind again. Hope was set to go on a trip with some friends and while Grace was heartbroken to be separated from her sister, she all out panics when their father told them they will be switching places.

On top of all that, there's Jacob. Grace has been in love with Jacob for as long as she can remember. The problem is that Jacob can only see Hope. And he's also heartbroken that Hope will be leaving. Jacob has always been close to both sisters, and he realizes where no one else does that Grace is pretending to be Hope. He's angry for a couple of reasons. 1) He wanted more time with Hope. Ultimately, he'd hope to make his interest known and perhaps begin courting Hope. And 2) He's going to become a clergyman, and he doesn't feel like he can support the deception that Grace is currently trying to pull off. Yet he won't leave her alone.

I don't feel like there's much to say beyond this that won't spoil the story. I found Grace and Jacob's journey to each other to be enjoyable. Jacob was a little slow on the upswing, but I appreciated the way Sally Britton handled the situation. I wasn't sure how I could be okay with the switch of affection from one sister to the other, but she wrote it in a way that made sense. And I loved that she didn't spell it out word for word for the reader. (**Highlight for spoiler: Basically, Jacob loved the aspects he thought were Hope's characteristics like her altruism while he disliked her tendency to buck societal norms. And the altruistic tendencies that he thought he loved about Hope were actually ideas that Grace had and executed herself while allowing Hope to be the face and get the credit. At the same time, Grace never struggled with chaffing against society like her sister.**end spoiler.)

Favorite quote:

-Pretending to be someone else was tiresome.

I'm a little torn about Hope's book. On the one hand, Sally Britton has done a great job of pulling me into her stories quickly and hooking me. On the other hand, I struggle with characters like Hope at times. Ultimately, I'm putting off reading her story for now because I have too many other review books that I need to read first.

I enjoyed Discovering Grace almost as much as I enjoyed Rescuing Lord Inglewood. Jacob and Grace had a nice journey to each other. Unrequited love can be a favorite trope. Discovering Grace gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Discovering Grace? What did you think? Let me know!