Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Can't Wait for Crossed Lines

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.

Crossed Lines (Love Along the Wires, # 2)

By: Jennifer Delamere

Expected Publication: August 3rd 2021 by Bethany House Publishers

384 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--Emma Sutton knows she should be satisfied with her position at London's Central Telegraph Office. But ever since she was orphaned young, she's longed for a family of her own. Things look up when a handsome engineer is thrown into her orbit and he sends Emma the love note of her dreams.

Mitchell Harris's sharp wit and facility with a pen have enabled him to thrive despite serious obstacles. That the woman of his dreams works just one floor above his should make life perfect. But a childhood accident has left Mitchell convinced he'll never draw a woman like Emma Sutton's attention. When his best friend--who once saved his life--falls in love with Emma, too, and asks for help writing her love letters, Mitchell is torn between desire and loyalty.

Believing the writer of the letters is the answer to her prayers, but confused over her growing attraction to Mitchell, Emma's heart must decide where to call home.

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

Monday, April 12, 2021

Layla - Review

Layla

By: Colleen Hoover

Publication: December 8th 2020 by Montlake

302 pages

Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Source: Personal Kindle Library (Christmas present from Husband)

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Goodreads description--From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

Sigh. I hate to admit it. It's taken me a while to come to terms with this, but I think Colleen Hoover and I are growing apart. After 24 books, I am just not surprised anymore. I feel a little bit like I've figured her out...as an author anyway. Colleen Hoover told us a long time ago that she only ever plans to write "happily ever afters". And what I've learned is that she's all about the big reveal. The payoff. The end result. It's like "as long as the characters end up happy then the journey to get there isn't as important." And I say that because I've realized I often don't enjoy the journey all that much. I usually devour her books, but looking back that has been due to the terrible situations she puts her characters in that propel you to please! find some measure of peace in the end. One of the biggest telling factors for me is that other than her Slammed series (which is still my favorite), I have had zero desire to re-read any of her books. Now that I know how they've ended, the journey wasn't enjoyable enough for me to want to experience again. I realize not everyone will take issue with this. Maybe it's only the payoff or the end result that you read for, but it's not for me.

Leeds and Layla have a whirlwind relationship from their first meeting. They pretty much go from two separate beings to a couple instantly. They enter into a relationship where they don't even really leave each other's presence for like 2 months. The two survive a life-changing experience, and ever since things have been different. Layla is struggling and Leeds decides to take her back to the place they fell in love. All of this sounds good.

I knew Layla was categorized as a paranormal romance, and so I was constantly looking for where and when the paranormal would come into play. It took a while. And I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to admit that it came in the form of a ghost. The book isn't exactly divided into "then" and "now" segments but that's basically what's happening. Leeds has involved a detective to help this ghost and the book swaps back and forth between Leeds interacting with the detective and him telling the story of his and Layla's past and how they came upon this ghost that needs help. I often struggle with "then and now" books but the sections were mostly focused on the telling of their history that it didn't really feel disjointed to me. I didn't get annoyed because I wasn't exactly pulled out of the story for constant back and forth.

My biggest problem with Layla was the fact that Leeds continues to follow a path he knows is selfish and wrong. I highlighted numerous quotes where he notes this to be the case. I just cannot support characters who do this. And it's especially troubling when said characters don't have any real consequences for their selfishness and all seems to work out for them in the end. This touches on one of my deal-breaker topics (highlight for spoiler cheating). And so I was doubly annoyed when everything ties up in this nice pretty bow in the end.

I could tell there was supposed to be a giant twist in the end. Maybe about the 75-80% mark. But I figured it out around 60%. I don't mean that to sound arrogant. I don't mean it that way. I simply state it because I felt like it was further proof (to me) of how I feel like I understand Colleen Hoover as an author. Others might have figured it out even sooner. Some might have been continually guessing until the reveal. Neither way is wrong or bad and I often enjoy the experience even more if I'm NOT able to figure it out ahead of time.

Ultimately, Layla gets 3.5 Stars from me. It wasn't a bad book. I can see why others would rate it much higher. But for me, the characters following a selfish, wrong path purposefully, repeatedly choosing this path, sits so wrong with me that I couldn't enjoy the journey or the ultimate payoff like I would have liked. I truly am afraid that I'm growing away from Colleen Hoover. At this point, I'll probably still read her future books, but I certainly won't anticipate them with the same level nor will I expect as much from them as I have in the past. Have you read Layla? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 04/11/21

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.

We missed a good bit of our normal Easter celebrations due to linger effects of that stomach virus. Little Girl was able to go to school Monday morning, but Little Boy had to stay home. We met with our builders about our upcoming house rennovation and went over all things budget. I'm so excited to get started, but I'm pretty nervous as well. We have got to completely clear out our main living space so that we're ready when work is set to begin. So we've been working on that during any free moment. Friday night we resumed Easter plans that we postponed from last week. We ate dinner with Husband's family and dyed Easter eggs. Saturday we went back over for lunch and an egg hunt. About midnight last night the big kids woke up about the same time running 103 temperatures each. Sigh, we just can't seem to get well.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, # 1) by Jennifer L Armentrout (4.5 Stars)
Tuesday: Ten Books I'd Gladly Throw Into the Ocean
Wednesday: Can't Wait for The Heart's Charge (Hanger's Horsemen, # 2) by Karen Witemeyer

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Layla by Colleen Hoover
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram, # 2)

By: Darynda Jones

Expected Publication: July 27th 2021 by St. Martin's Press

400 pages

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Humor

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--From the New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones comes the second novel in her laugh-out-loud Sunshine Vicram mystery series, A Good Day for Chardonnay.

Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. Sadly, full-time Sheriff--and even fuller-time coffee guzzler--Sunshine Vicram, didn't get that memo.

All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. You know, the kind that starts with coffee and a donut (or three) and ends with take-out pizza and a glass of chardonnay (or seven). Turns out, that's about as easy as switching to decaf. (What kind of people do that? And who hurt them?)

Before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny's got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior. All evidence points to a local distiller, a dangerous bad boy named Levi Ravinder, but Sun knows he's not the villain of her story. Still, perhaps beneath it all, he possesses the keys to her disappearance. At the very least, beneath it all, he possesses a serious set of abs. She's seen it. Once. Accidentally.

Between policing a town her hunky chief deputy calls four cents short of a nickel, that pesky crush she has on Levi which seems to grow exponentially every day, and an irascible raccoon that just doesn't know when to quit, Sunny's life is about to rocket to a whole new level of crazy.

Yep, definitely a good day for chardonnay.

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!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Can't Wait for The Heart's Charge

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 Heart's Charge (Hanger's Horsemen, # 2)

By: Karen Witemeyer

Expected Publication: June 1st 2021 by Bethany House Publishers

384 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--Members of Hanger's Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they'd deliver a baby as well. Left with an infant to care for, they head to a nearby foundling home, where Mark encounters the woman he'd nearly married a decade ago.

After failing at love, Katherine Palmer dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. From mixed ancestry, illegitimate, and female, Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society's mold. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her with his courage and kindness, but there are secrets behind his eyes--ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.

However, when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. Working together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well?

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Ten Books I'd Gladly Throw Into the Ocean

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 Books I'd Gladly Throw Into the Ocean.

  1. Mr. President by Katy Evans
  2. Lies We Believe About God by William Paul Young
  3. Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks, # 2) by Miranda Kenneally
  4. The Body Electric by Beth Revis
  5. Left Drowning by Jessica Park
  6. The White Coat Diaries by Madi Sinha
  7. Revived by Cat Patrick
  8. Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, # 3) by Miranda Kenneally
  9. Song of the Fireflies by JA Redmerski
  10. Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Which books would you like to throw into the ocean? Let me know!

Monday, April 5, 2021

From Blood and Ash - Review

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, # 1)

By: Jennifer L Armentrout

Publication: March 30th 2020 by Blue Box Press

634 pages

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

So I've had two separate friends message me to tell me that I HAD to read this book. I wasn't in a rush because I was in the middle of a different JLA series. When I didn't get approved for book 2 of that series for review, I put it on hold and moved on to other books. Plus the 2nd friend warned me about content as she knows I'm not the biggest fan of descriptive content. Amazon gave me a $5 gift card for reading in November. (I mean, do they know me at all? Just continue to throw money at me Amazon. I don't mind.) So I used it to purchase From Blood and Ash, and I went into this book prepared for too much description. Perhaps my expectations were off. Certainly, the content exists, but it wasn't quite as bad as I expected it to be.

Poppy is the Maiden. She's gifted with the ability to feel others' pain. I'm not sure if it is the gift exactly that makes her the Maiden or not. That wasn't 100% clear. What also isn't clear is what being the Maiden means for the kingdom. She's a symbol and supposedly important for the future, but how so wasn't clear. I'm not even sure Poppy knew the reason either. But being the Maiden means she has to live differently from everyone else. She has to be veiled. She can't have any close relationships. She's not sure she even wants to be the Maiden. She does know that she just wants an opportunity to live and a choice of what happens in her life.

Poppy's attention is continually drawn to a new guard that works his way up the ranks until he becomes one of two personal guards for her. Hawke shows interest in her as a person. What her dreams are beyond her duty. She intrigues him and is continually surprising him. The two develop a connection with significant tension between them.

Twists abound in From Blood and Ash, but to be honest, none of them surprised me except the very last sentence of the book. But I found that I didn't even mind because the story was so engrossing that I was sucked in. I don't feel like this is anything spoiler related, but I also found the take on fantasy creatures unique-ish. Vampires and werewolves and maybe even zombie-ish creatures. All of it was new yet not.

Favorite quotes:

-...but lust was not love, it was not loyalty, and it was not long lasting.

-"I won’t ever prevent you from lifting a sword to protect your life or those you care about,” he said. “But I won’t let you shove that sword through your own heart to prove a point.”

From Blood and Ash was every bit as good as my two friends indicated. Yes, there is language and content if that's something you'd like to know about ahead of time, but my expectations were off due to warnings from my friend so I was actually expecting more than there was. I wasn't surprised by hardly anything within the story that I imagine were intended to be twists, but I didn't mind because the story and the characters made everything come alive. The cliffhanger ending had me dying to break down and purchase book 2 immediately. From Blood and Ash gets 4.5 Stars. Have you read From Blood and Ash ? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday Post - 04/04/21

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.

Well guys! This has been the week from hades. My daughter got home from her trip with her grandparents Sunday night. She didn't bring home COVID. Instead she brought home a stomach virus like we've never seen before. She'd actually been symptom free for over 24 hours when she came home, but we imagine the virus was on her possessions somehow or something. The kids went to school like normal on Monday because she was seemingly well. Tuesday at 4:30 am it hit our middle child and my husband. Tuesday evening I got hit. Husband and I were symptom free by Wednesday at noon, but the two oldest kids continued to alternate periods of symptom free with periods of diarrhea and vomitting. Husband took them to the doctor on Friday. But that was basically a wasted trip because the doctor wasn't concerned about the diarrhea since neither was dehydrated and hadn't vomited that day. But even with all of that, we still have much to be thankful for. Because Jesus Christ died and rose again! We know He loved us because we died for us. And we know He is who He says He is because He rose from the dead. Happy Easter everyone!

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter by Mimi Matthews (3.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood & Ash, # 3) by Jennifer L Armentrout

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of From Blood & Ash (Blood & Ash, # 1) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2021 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!

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!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Can't Wait for The Crown of Gilded Bones

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 Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash, #3)

By: Jennifer L Armentrout

Expected Publication: April 20th 2021 by Blue Box Press

625 pages

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy

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Goodreads description--Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series…

She's been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…

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

Monday, March 29, 2021

The Viscount & the Vicar's Daughter - Review

The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter

By: Mimi Matthews

Publication: January 23rd 2018 by Perfectly Proper Press

226 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--A WORLD-WEARY RAKE

After years of unbridled debauchery, Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton has hit proverbial rock bottom. Seeking to escape his melancholy, he takes refuge at one of Victorian society’s most notorious house parties. As the Christmas season approaches, he prepares to settle in for a month of heavy drinking…until an unexpected encounter changes his plans—and threatens his heart.

A PRIM VICAR'S DAUGHTER

Valentine March is not the drab little spinster she appears to be. When her new job as a lady’s companion lands her smack in the middle of Yorkshire with England’s most infamous rake, she resolves to keep her head down and her eyes fixed firmly on her future—a future which most definitely does not include a sinfully handsome viscount.

A MATCH MADE IN SCANDAL

A friendship is impossible. An affair out of the question. But when one reckless act binds them together, will two star-crossed souls discover there’s more to each other than meets the eye? Or will revelations from the past end their fragile romance before it begins?

I found Miami Matthews with the release of The Lost Letter . And I've read all of her published books since and have been slowly working my way through the books she published prior. The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter went on sale, and I snatched it up. When I finished a fantasy retelling, I knew switching things up to historical fiction would be the best way to keep me from going into a reading slump and so I picked up this book.

The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter was a quick and short read coming in at just over 200 pages. Tristan St. Ashton is a notorious rake. He's spent the last twenty years gambling, drinking, and bouncing from woman to woman. He's headed to a house party that is notorious for basically being an orgy. But he's been alerted that his father, the Earl, is ready to intercept him with some lecture or other. When he stumbles upon a crying woman he uses the opportunity to delay interacting with his father.

Valentine March has just hired on as a lady's companion for one of the women attending the same house party as Tristan. She's unaware of the party's true nature, but she needs the money as her mother died in childbirth with her and her father recently passed away. Her heart is broken because her mother's drawings, the last tangible link she had to her, were destroyed by her employer's spiteful daughter. Tristan stumbles upon her and he's rude, truthful, and comforting to her.

Tristan warns Valentine of the nature of the house party as well as the reputation of Viscount St. Ashton...himself. He just doesn't exactly tell her he's talking about himself since he introduced himself to her with his Christian name. Upon arrival at the house, Tristan's father tells him that within the year he will be cut off from his father's funds if he doesn't straighten up and stop his wild behavior. In a bit of a tizzy and slightly inebriated, Tristan follows Valentine to the conservatory and proceeds to entice her into a kiss that turns quite passionate. The two are discovered by Valentine's employer, her daughter, and Tristan's father. And so begins the plans to minimize the scandal and save Valentine's reputation.

The two agree to marry and have a bit of an instalove relationship. But they have to spend a little time apart to distance themselves from the scandal and do everything above board. The time apart allows Tristan to find himself and something he can be passionate about that both is and isn't spurred by Valentine. And she spends the time connecting with her late mother's family.

The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter wasn't a perfect read for me. It felt more surface-level than many of Mimi Matthews' other books have been. Yet I didn't mind because it was just a feel-good, fun, and fast book. If you enjoy stories where the bad boy turns good to win the girl, you'll probably like The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter . I'm giving this book 3.5 Stars. Have you read The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 03/28/21

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.

Little Girl left last Saturday to go to Gatlinburg with her grandparents on Spring Break. I was excited about having some extra time to spend with our middle child. And we did. Yet I also brought a spring sinus infection with me and felt miserable most of the week. Baby Boy had his 2 month check up Monday. He's already 14 pounds 14 ounces (which is MORE than Little Boy weighed at 4 months old). Tuesday, my brother needed to bring a check by our house, and he went with us to the park and to grab some lunch. Tuesday afternoon I had the craziest experience. I saw a teenager jump the fence to our neighbor's house across the street. Their house has been broken into in the past so I immediately called the police since no one was home. Well come to find out, the daughter of the man who lives there has recently moved in with them and she was sneaking her boyfriend in the house. The young adult (am I still a young adult at 34 years old???) in me felt so bad for busting her. Yet the parent in me would appreciate someone calling the cops on my fifteen year old daughter trying to sneak someone in my house. The rest of the week we had rainy weather and stayed home. Our state had tornados on Thursday, but thankfully the weather for our specific area didn't get too bad. Little Girl and my parents were supposed to head home on Saturday, but Friday night my dad called about 8 pm that my daughter had thrown up twice. I felt so helpless because they were about 6 hours away from us. Well by 1 am Saturday morning, my dad called that he was taking my daughter and my mom who was now sick to the ER. By 2, my dad was throwing up too. They were going to be released from the ER about 6 am but my dad started vomitting again and the doctor wanted to give him an IV. They decided to stay another night to get well. They slept about 16 hours and still it was Sunday afternoon before they felt well enough to travel. They're still not home, and my mama heart needs to see my baby soon.

THE PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Encouraging Words for Mothers by Michelle Medlock Adams (3.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for A Fate of Wrath & Flame by KA Tucker
Thursday: 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - March Wrap Up

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Viscount & the Vicar's Daughter by Mimi Matthews
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2021 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!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

The Gentleman Spy (Serendipity & Secrets, # 2)

By: Erica Vetsch

Publication: July 28th 2020 by Kregel Publications

320 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--He only wanted a duchess for a day―but she's determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she's meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life―as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She's determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society―the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she'd remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?

The Indebted Earl (Serendipity & Secrets, # 3)

By: Erica Vetsch

Publication: March 23rd 2021 by Kregel Publications

288 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Captain Charles Malvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Malvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

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, March 25, 2021

2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - March Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Neither Sandy nor Holly finished any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link the up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the March giveaway runs from March 25th - April 25th. On April 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a grand prize winner.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Can't Wait for A Fate of Wrath & Flame

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.

A Fate of Wrath & Flame

By: K.A. Tucker

Expected Publication: May 25th 2021 by K.A. Tucker

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Genre: Fantasy

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Goodreads description--She would know the world of vengeful gods and monsters, and the lengths one would go for love. And nothing would ever be the same for her again.

Gifted thief Romeria has flourished from her days as a street kid pilfering wallets to survive. Now she thrives, stealing jewels from the rich under the involuntary employ of New York City’s most notorious crime boss. But when an enigmatic woman secures her services at swordpoint, Romeria is plunged into a startling realm of opposing thrones, warring elven, and elemental magic she cannot begin to fathom.

Her quest is straightforward: Steal a stone from Islor’s sacred garden without anyone discovering her true identity, which would earn her certain death. But the identity she has inexplicably assumed is that of the captured Ybarisan princess—an enemy to Islor after she poisoned their beloved king and queen on the day she was to marry the prince.

Her betrothed, the newly crowned King Zander, detests her with every grain of his handsome being. Fortunately for Romeria, she is more valuable to him alive than dead. Zander gives her a choice: life in a cell, or an acquittal of all charges in exchange for her help in exposing the growing plot against him.

Romeria sees no other option and embraces the tricky role of smitten queen-to-be until she can escape, a ruse that brings her far closer to the king than she anticipated and threatens more than her safety. As she digs deeper into this sacred garden and the ancient feud between Ybaris and Islor, she discovers monstrous truths that could spell ruin for all.

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

Monday, March 22, 2021

Encouraging Words for Mothers - Review

Encouraging Words for Mothers: Morning Evening: Daily Devotions for a Mother's Soul

By: Michelle Medlock Adams

Publication: August 1st 2019 by Barbour Books

384 pages

Genre: Non-fiction, Christian, Parenting, Devotional

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Goodreads description--Moms, find wisdom and support when you really need it!

This 365-day morning and evening devotional book is by a mom—award-winning writer Michelle Medlock Adams—for moms. Especially for women with children still at home, Encouraging Words for Mothers offers brief, relevant, and biblical reflections with monthly themes such as worry, unconditional love, discipline, and praying. Each will show you how scripture applies to your everyday life—and equip you to be the best mom you can be.

Encouraging Words for Mothers is a 365 day devotional. I've learned that devotional intended to cover an entire year aren't my favorite. Even if each day's devotional is short, I often lose interest before the year is complete. And that was sort of the case for me with Encouraging Words for Mothers.

This devotional does have short devotions. It is designed for one a day and is split into a section to be read in the morning and one in the evening. Both are short enough that reading them at the same time made the most sense to me. There is a verse for the day/topic and a short prayer. Normally, I prefer a little more meat to my devotions. I prefer deep topics that make me think, but in this season of life with 3 kids 5 and under, short and sweet hits the spot. I feel like this devotional is especially geared towards mothers with very young children. Life is just so busy with taking care of the needs of others that even this short devotional should be fine to work into a daily schedule.

For me though, I knew I was reviewing this book and I really didn't need to take a year to do so. Thus I would read as large of a section of devotionals at a time that I felt I could before putting it down for the day. Doing this, however, led me to fatigue and I ended up putting the entire devotional down for an extended period.

I always take issue with books that use paraphrase translations of the Bible. Particularly, The Message translation is a pet peeve of mine. I personally use literal translations. I've talked about this on my blog enough that I won't get into much detail about it here in this review. Even if the intent of the author was only to use this translation as a supplement to their own study, it can give the unknowing reader the idea that the translation is a great option for their personal study Bible if they're looking for one.

The author discusses a few things that I didn't 100% agree with. I never expect to agree with anyone else 100% of the time though. I do know the topic of spanking will be an issue for some readers. Just be aware of that going into the book and you won't be surprised.

Encouraging Words for Mothers is a great devotional for the busy Mom. I especially think this one is good and applicable for the Mother of very young children, like myself. It isn't too deep in terms of content, but sometimes that isn't the season of life that you're in. Paraphrased translations of the Bible were often used which is a pet peeve of mine. Encouraging Words for Mothers gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Encouraging Words for Mothers ? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sunday Post - 03/21/21

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.

I'm still adjusting to three children. We're settling into a pretty good daily routine, but I'm still trying to figure out how to fit blogging into the mix. Baby Boy is a good sleeper. He's overall a really good baby. Most of the time the struggles come when more than one child needs something from me at the same time. I'm actually reading right now when I can (which isn't often). My last grandparent, Nanny, hasn't been doing so well. She's been in and out of the hospital since about the time Baby Boy was born. We were able to go see her two Saturdays ago. That was much needed. She got to meet Baby Boy and we got to spend some time with her. She lives about 3 hours away so visiting regularly isn't easy. Little Girl left yesterday to go with my parents to the Smokey Mountains. She'll be gone all of spring break. I'm glad she'll get the experience, and I'm actually thankful to have a little more 1 on 1 time with our middle child. Being in the middle is hard, isn't it? No new books this week.

THE PAST TWO WEEKS:

Monday 3/8: Review of First Comes Like (Modern Love, # 3) by Alisha Rai (4 Stars)
Thursday 3/11: Review of Forever Phoebe by Chalon Linton (4 Stars)
Monday 3/15: Review of Namesake (Fable, # 2) by Adrienne Young (4 Stars)
Tuesday 3/16: Top Ten Spring 2021 TBR List
Wednesday 3/17: Can't Wait for A Proper Scoundrel by Esther Hatch

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Encouraging Words for Mothers: Morning Evening: Daily Devotions for a Mother's Soul by Michelle Medlock Adams
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - March Wrap Up

Don’t forget to link up for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2021 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!

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!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Can't Wait for A Proper Scoundrel

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.

A Proper Scoundrel

By: Esther Hatch

Expected Publication: May 10th 2021 by Covenant Communications

256 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult

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Goodreads description--As the successful owner of multiple railroad lines, Diana Barton is all too accustomed to fending off suitors seeking to stake their claim on her wealth. In order to keep the wolves at bay, Diana has contrived the perfect plan: appeal to the most notorious rake in London, the Baron Lord Bryant, to ruin her reputation and scare off the worst of the time wasters. The ruse will be no hardship—she’s secretly been fascinated by the man for years.

Lord Bryant is well aware of his questionable reputation. Indeed, he has cultivated the image carefully, and the last thing he wants is a wife. But when he’s approached by the younger sister of a business associate, he tells her in no uncertain terms that he cannot help. However, when he sees for himself what she is up against, Bryant grudgingly offers his assistance. Faced with his most complicated entanglement yet, Bryant is firm in his conditions—and Diana knows that to get romantically involved with Bryant would spell certain heartbreak. But as the counterfeit couple grow ever closer, the line between truth and lies becomes blurred, threatening both Lord Bryant’s well-laid plans and the future of Diana’s railroad business.

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

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Top Ten Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 TBR List.
  1. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep
  2. Hooked on You (A Maple Falls Romance, # 1) by Kathleen Fuller
  3. A Wild Hope (Wild Swan Trilogy, # 1) by Celeste de Blasis
  4. The Other Side of the Sky (The Other Side of the Sky, # 1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  5. Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
  6. The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash, # 3) by Jennifer L Armentrout
  7. A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 4) by Sarah J Maas
  8. The Prince of Spies (Hope & Glory, # 3) by Elizabeth Camden
  9. Winning the Schoolmarm (Wind River Hearts, # 14) by Lacy Williams
  10. Sword of Rage (Reigning Kingdoms, # 1) by Jennifer Anne Davis

Which books are on your Spring 2021 TBR List? Let me know!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Namesake - Review

Namesake (Fable, # 2)

By: Adrienne Young

Publication: March 16th 2021 by Wednesday Books

368 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Goodreads description--Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final book in the captivating Fable duology.

Trader. Fighter. Survivor.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.

As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.

Fable was one of my favorite reads from 2020. Considering the cliffhanger that it ended with, I would have started Namesake immediately if I had it in my possession. So when I saw it for review request, I jumped on it. And read it as soon as I could.

Due to the nature of events--Fable being kidnapped by Zola--Namesake didn't exactly start off in the best of places. She's surrounded by enemies that pose a threat to her even if they've been warned not to touch her. Zola needs her to do a job for him along with as many other dredgers as he can get. What's more, Clove, who used to be her father's right-hand man, is crewing for Zola as well. Fable takes this to mean that even he can't be trusted. I won't discuss much more about the plot so that I don't spoil anything.

Fable isn't even sure that West will look for her, but she should have known better. West is willing to do just about anything to get Fable back. He's determined not to return to the Narrows without her. Even at the detriment of himself, his crew, his ship... anything is fair game in his attempt to save Fable. I felt slightly conflicted because these two could use some communication skills, but trust and love were there between them.

All of the side characters were lively even if I wish we'd had a little more time with them, particularly Koy and Willa. Even Saint didn't have much of a role. I mean he was integral but also absent.

The world is still one of my favorite parts of this series. The ships and the dives. The gems and various ports of call. All of that made this world a place I'd love to return to in the future.

I won't say that I enjoyed Namesake quite as much as Fable, but it was a pretty good follow up. So much of the plot was about one-upping the various big bad enemies. But I enjoyed the relationships and world-building. I would love to read more books in this setting. Namesake gets 4 Stars. Have you read Namesake ? What did you think? Let me know!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Forever Phoebe - Review

Forever Phoebe

By: Chalon Linton

Publication: February 8th 2020 by Covenant Communications

224 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--At the dignified age of eighteen, Phoebe Jamison knows she should behave in a manner befitting her station, as her three loving elder brothers often tease. Unfortunately, the lively young woman has a personality every bit as fiery as her red hair, a fact brought to her attention in the criticism from the gentleman she has long pined for. But not every man is of the opinion that a woman should be decorous above all else. The newest resident of Somerset, Mr. Franklin Everly, is considered a most eligible bachelor, and he is immediately drawn to Phoebe’s spirited nature as he becomes acquainted with the delightful Jamison siblings of Primly Park. Franklin embarks on a friendship with Phoebe that quickly deepens into a warm and thrilling connection. But even as he fights for Phoebe’s attentions, a very real danger is revealed: girls in neighboring villages have gone missing, and the kidnapper is moving ever closer to Primly Park. Despite the guard of her fiercely protective brothers and Franklin, Phoebe must rely on her own strength when she finds herself in the sights of the Bride Snatcher.

I wasn't sure about Forever Phoebe mostly because I was unfamiliar with the author, but also, because I don't always want to read mysteries. Sometimes I'm in the mood for mysteries but not always. But I picked it up when I did due to the publication date, and I ended up reading it mostly in one day.

I have to admit that I fell in love with the entire Jamison family. Phoebe is much like the description states. She's used to being included with her brothers whether that be racing horses, shooting pistols, or teasing each other mercilessly. She has always wanted her brother Peter's close friend William Mason to show her particular attention, but Mason seems to only offer "constructive criticism" rather than compliments.

Peter is the closest brother in age to Phoebe. He seems to be the biggest joker of the brothers. Abraham is the fashionable one, but I think he got the least amount of page time being the middle brother. And then her oldest brother was often just referred to as Jamison. I can't remember his first name off the top of my head. But he was perhaps the most serious given he's the oldest and the responsible one while their parents are traveling. He also has a bit of a romance develop throughout the book.

Franklin moves to the neighborhood because he has inherited Ravenhouse from his uncle. He had intentions to put off his inheritance but after his older brother marries he sees the need for his brother and his new wife to have some time alone. Once in the neighborhood, he meets the Jamison siblings and quickly begins to see traits within Phoebe that he admires. Unlike Mason who is only ever critical, Franklin appreciates Phoebe for who she is. And he seeks to begin winning her favor. They had a sweet love story, and I enjoyed every page of it.

The mystery...well that felt a little unnecessary to me. It wasn't really a focal point of the book until the ending and major conflict for the climax of the story. Yet at the same time, I wasn't put off by it as I sometimes find. I think I would have enjoyed the story just the same without this part, but including it didn't lessen my enjoyment of Forever Phoebe either.

Overall, Forever Phoebe gets 4 Stars from me. I loved the romance and the side characters. I would love future books about the other Jamison brothers. And the mystery neither added to nor took away from the rest of the story for me. Have you read Forever Phoebe ? What did you think? Let me know!

Monday, March 8, 2021

First Comes Like - Review

First Comes Like (Modern Love, # 3)

By: Alisha Rai

Publication: February 16th 2021 by Avon

432 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--The author of The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral returns with a story about finding love in all the wrong inboxes...

Beauty expert and influencer Jia Ahmed has her eye on the prize: conquering the internet today, the entire makeup industry tomorrow, and finally, finally proving herself to her big opinionated family. She has little time for love, and even less time for the men in her private messages—until the day a certain international superstar slides into her DMs, and she falls hard and fast.

There’s just one wrinkle: he has no idea who she is.

The son of a powerful Bollywood family, soap opera star Dev Dixit is used to drama, but a strange woman who accuses him of wooing her online, well, that’s a new one. As much as he’d like to focus on his Hollywood fresh start, he can’t get Jia out of his head. Especially once he starts to suspect who might have used his famous name to catfish her…

When paparazzi blast their private business into the public eye, Dev is happy to engage in some friendly fake dating to calm the gossips and to dazzle her family. But as the whole world swoons over their relationship, Jia can’t help but wonder: Can an online romance-turned-offline-fauxmance ever become love in real life?

I blew through First Comes Like. I really like the modern issues that couples face due to technology in this series (although I haven't read book 1). Husband and I utilized email in our early relationship so I appreciate seeing these aspects presented in a realistic way.

First Comes Like was exactly like the description states, yet still different from what I had in mind. When Jia finally meets Dev, he immediately feels an attraction to her but has no idea who she is. She's hurt and embarrassed. He attempts to investigate who could have written the messages to her in his name and is determined to make things up to her as much as possible. This causes them to interact more and eventually come up with the plan to fake date. Of course, getting to know each other sparks feelings on both sides, but neither knows where the other stands.

I devoured this book. Even though the challenges of modern technology felt realistic to me, the solutions to the problems facing this couple didn't feel the same level of realism in my opinion. Maybe this stems from my lack of cultural knowledge, but I felt some of those pieces of the puzzle were too easy. Honestly, though, I was enjoying the journey too much to care about the realism in the moment.

Often times I end up complaining about books that have forced extreme conflict just for the characters to have something to overcome. I was thankful that nothing crazy happened to force conflict between these two characters. There were little things that they had to work to overcome but nothing drastic or forced.

Overall, I enjoyed First Comes Like . It was clean for the most part. The only scenes came at a point where I couldn't morally object. Shoot these characters didn't even kiss until past a certain point (no spoilers). The technology challenges were realistic even though the solutions to some of the conflicts were not in my opinion. Ultimately, I'm happy to give First Comes Like 4 Stars. Have you read First Comes Like ? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 03/07/21

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.

Well, life has been a bit of survival mode. Baby Boy is actually a very good baby. Adjusting to three is still...well...an adjustment. Schedules have to be adjusted. Big kids have to learn a little patience and independence. I haven't had time to read, but to be honest, the mood hasn't hit me either.

THE PAST MONTH:

Monday 1/18: Review of The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson (3.5 Stars)
Tuesday 1/19: Ten Books I Didn't Get to in 2020
Wednesday 1/20: Can't Wait for Like You Love Me by Adriana Locke
Monday 1/25: 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - January Wrap Up
Tuesday 1/26: Announcing Remy Jeriah
Wednesday 1/27: Can't Wait for A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerers, # 1) by Elise Kova
Blogging Break for the Month of February
Thursday 2/25: 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge - February Wrap Up
Monday 3/1: Review of A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright ( Stars)
Thursday 3/4: Review of Georgana's Secret by Arlem Hawks ( Stars)

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of First Comes Like (Modern Love, # 3) by Alisha Rai
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: Review of Forever Phoebe by Chalon Linton

Don’t forget to link up for the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2021 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!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Love Scenes

By: Bridget Morrissey

Expected Publication: June 22nd 2021 by Berkley Books

320 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Acting like she's in love with her handsome nightmare of a co-star--in a movie directed and produced by her complicated Hollywood royalty family--is Sloane's job. But what happens when the lines between script and reality get blurred?

Out-of-work actress Sloane Ford is in desperate need of something to do after losing her steady TV gig. When her famous family ropes her into working as a producer on their World War II-era romance, they neglect to mention that the film will be headlined by Joseph Donovan, her least favorite former co-star of all time. The roguish actor made her life a living hell the last time they worked together, using his movie star good looks and Irish charm to cover for his erratic professional behavior. On their new film set, he promises he's different now, but Sloane is far from convinced.

As filming gets underway, it becomes clear that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. When the lead actress is abruptly fired, Sloane agrees to step in and take over the role, and she starts to remember why she fell in love with acting in the first place. On camera, she and Joseph share an electric chemistry. Off camera, they've been honing their characters and, much to Sloane's surprise, growing closer. But playing the role of a woman in love with Joseph Donovan is a dangerous business, and the more time they spend together, the less Sloane can tell what's real between them, and what's just for show.

Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger, # 2)

By: Jennifer L Armentrout

Publication: June 9th 2020 by Inkyard Press

576 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--Dangerous secrets and forbidden desires lead to shocking consequences… Don’t miss book two of the fantastical Harbinger trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

“Jennifer L. Armentrout’s intoxicating new fantasy is her best yet!” — New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter on Storm and Fury

A half human, half angel and her bonded gargoyle protector must work with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, # 4)

By: Sarah J Maas

Publication: February 16th 2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing

648 pages

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Fae

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Goodreads description--Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she's struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can't seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre's Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta's orbit. But her temper isn't the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other's arms.

Instructions for Dancing

By: Nicola Yoon

Expected Publication: June 3rd 2021 by Penguin

304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--#1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon is back with her eagerly anticipated third novel. With all the heart and hope of her last two books, this is an utterly unique romance.

Evie Thomas doesn't believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began . . . and how it will end. After all, even the greatest love stories end with a broken heart, eventually.

As Evie tries to understand why this is happening, she finds herself at La Brea Dance studio, learning to waltz, fox-trot, and tango with a boy named X. X is everything that Evie is not: adventurous, passionate, daring. His philosophy is to say yes to everything--including entering a ballroom dance competition with a girl he's only just met.

Falling for X is definitely not what Evie had in mind. If her visions of heartbreak have taught her anything, it's that no one escapes love unscathed. But as she and X dance around and toward each other, Evie is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love. In the end, is love worth the risk?

Winning the Gentleman (Hearts on the Heath, # 2)

By: Kristi Ann Hunter

Expected Publication: April 20th 2021 by Bethany House Publishers

416 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--Aaron Whitworth hasn't had control over most aspects of his life, but he's always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.

Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don't take her seriously because she's a woman, but she can't pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron's guarded heart might be an even more worthwhile challenge.

As secrets come to light and past vulnerabilities are confronted, will Aaron and Sophia sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together--against all odds?

Winning the Schoolmarm

By: Lacy Williams

Publication: February 12th 2021 by Lacy Williams Books LLC

206 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

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Goodreads description--Swirling rumors forced Cecilia White out of the teaching job she loved. She vowed not to get involved with a man again—no matter what. But when the term begins at a new schoolhouse in a new town, disaster strikes. No matter what she does, she can’t seem to escape the handsome, single chairman of the school board.

John Morgan has a secret. He’s not who he says he is. He’ll do anything to protect and provide for his young sister—including cozying up to the prickly schoolmarm.

Sparks fly and Cecilia must deny her heart if she hopes to keep her job. But what’s more important? Duty or love?

When Calls the Heart (Canadian West, # 1)

By: Jannette Oke

Publication: first published 1983

220 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--Nothing in her cultured East Coast upbringing prepared Elizabeth for a teaching position on the Canadian frontier. Yet, despite the constant hardships, she loves the children in her care. Determined to do the best job she can and fighting to survive the harsh land, Elizabeth is surprised to find her heart softening towards a certain member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Book 1 of the bestselling Canadian West series.

When Comes the Spring (Canadian West, # 2)

By: Jannette Oke

Publication: first published 1985

252 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--After a year of teaching in a one-room schoolhouse on the western frontier, Elizabeth plans her wedding to Wynn Delaney, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As they begin their new life together at his isolated outpost in the far north, Elizabeth is unprepared for the loneliness she feels and the rigors of life without any of the conveniences she's accustomed to. Her deep love for Wynn and her faith in God seem like all she has. But will that be enough?

When Breaks the Dawn (Canadian West, # 3)

By: Jannette Oke

Publication: first published 1985

215 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--After surviving a harsh first year in the far north, Elizabeth Delaney and her Royal Canadian Mountie husband, Wynn, are settling into the small community of Beaver Creek. Elizabeth is once more teaching school, and they seem to be gradually making a place for themselves among the Indians. And then the news arrives...

When Hope Springs New (Canadian West, # 4)

By: Jannette Oke

Publication: first published 1986

224 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--Leaving behind their dear friends in Beaver Creek, Elizabeth and Wynn take over an even more primitive RCMP outpost in the Canadian Northwest. Elizabeth finds herself totally isolated when the local Indian women are afraid to even communicate with her. The Delaneys thought they had already faced the most crushing disappointment of their lives when they saw little Sammy disappear from view in the arms of his father. Would they be able to survive the challenges ahead?

Beyond the Gathering Storm (Canadian West, #5)

By: Jannette Oke

Publication: first published 2000

251 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--The love of Wynn and Elizabeth Delaney has healed their adopted son Henry's painful memories and helped him grow into a man of character. But when his job as a Royal Canadian Mountie brings tragedy into his life once again, Henry is left frightened and vulnerable. Assigned to a new post some five years later, he rediscovers someone who, once and for all, may be able to help him put his past behind him.

Henry's sister, Christine, also leaves home to explore life's possibilities. Moving to the city, she finds employment and loses her heart to the worldly son of her wealthy boss. Boyd is a lonely young man with an aching heart and does not share Christine's strong faith. Is her heart leading her down the wrong path?

When Tomorrow Comes (Canadian West, #6)

By: Jannette Oke

Publication: first published 2001

256 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--As Canadian men volunteer for World War II in Janette Oke's When Tomorrow Comes, Christine Delaney recovers from her broken heart and finds solace in helping her adored brother Henry settle into married life with the widowed Amber and her young son Danny. However, the Delaney family's happiness is shattered when a terrible auto accident mars an anticipated family celebration. At this crucial turning point in her spiritual maturity, Christine must decide if she is willing to give up her dreams of living in the North, and let God help her choose between her suitors to find a lifelong love.

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!