Thursday, August 31, 2023

August 2023 EOM Wrap Up

I read 8 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2023 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Homeschool Bravely by Jamie Erickson
Sleepless in Dubai by Sajni Patel
Raising Grateful Children in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch
Rocky Mountain Rendezvous (Sisters of the Rockies, # 1) by Misty M Beller
How Great Is Our God: 100 Indescribable Devotions about God and Science by Louie Giglio
Of Jasmine and Roses by Jill E Warner
Fourth Wing (The Empyrean, # 1) by Rebecca Yarros
A Regrettable Proposal (Memorable Proposal, # 1) by Jennie Goutet

I have reviewed 8 books. *These qualify for the 2023 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
A Bride by Morning by Katrina Kendrick
Sacred Marriage by Gary L Thomas
Chiara's Choice by Chalon Linton
Voice of the Ancient (The King's Men, # 1) by Connilyn Cossette
Homeschool Bravely by Jamie Erickson
Sir Andrew and the Authoress (Claivoir Castle Romance, # 3) by Sally Britton
Rocky Mountain Rendezvous (Sisters of the Rockies, # 1) by Misty M Beller
Her Unsuitable Match (Supposed Scandal, # 1) by Sally Britton

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 08/06/23
Sunday Post - 08/13/23
Sunday Post - 08/20/23
Sunday Post - 08/27/23
Can't Wait for The Lily of Ludgate Hill (Belles of London, # 3) by Mimi Matthews
A Brilliant Match (The Earl's Sisters, # 1) by Jennie Goutet
2023 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up
July 2023 EOM Wrap Up
Homeschool Friday - # 1

I'm about 10 days ahead on my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 59 out of 52 books (not including children's books).
I've read 4 out of 5-10 series enders.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Can't Wait for Rocky Mountain Promise

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.

Rocky Mountain Promise (Sisters of the Rockies, # 2)

By: Misty M Beller

Expected Publication: November 23, 2023

320 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--Lorelei Collins possesses a soft heart for any animal in need, so when she finds a buffalo calf bawling beside its mother's lifeless body, she can't help but bring it home to raise on the ranch she and her sisters are building in the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Little does she realize that its white coloring is rare and considered sacred by Native Americans, which makes it highly valuable to them and the European trappers alike.

A flood of men visit their ranch to regard the marvel, some trying to woo Lorelei into marriage so she'll bring the buffalo calf along as dowry, and others trying to steal the calf outright. When the men's advances become more sinister, she approaches Tanner Mason, the quiet and mysterious owner of the new trading post, with an idea: She and the calf will move to his post, along with her family's trusted Blackfoot friend. This will solve both their problems, bringing customers to his trade room and protecting her family from the trouble brought on by so many strangers. Yet as the danger travels with her, Lorelei and Tanner are faced with a threat greater than anything they're prepared for--one that will test the limits of both their abilities and the love growing between them.

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

Monday, August 28, 2023

Her Unsuitable Match - Review

Her Unsuitable Match (Supposed Scandal, # 1)

By: Sally Britton

Publication: October 25, 2021

268 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Source: YouTube Audiobooks

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Goodreads description--Lady Philippa must wed to gain her fortune and freedom. A former soldier wants only peace and seclusion. Marriage to each other is their best solution.

Lady Philippa Gillensford is three and twenty, an heiress, and sister to a penny-pinching earl. After rejecting every bachelor her mother approves of, Philippa is ready to take her future into her own hands. Though she doubts she’ll marry for love, she is more than willing to marry for freedom from her family’s influence.

Myles Cobbett has withdrawn from Society, content to remain alone after surviving the horrors of the Napoleonic wars. When a friend convinces Myles to attend a ball benefiting wounded veterans like himself, Myles meets the lively Lady Philippa. Shortly thereafter, to help Philippa avoid scandal, Myles rescues her from a complete cad.

Sensing a chance to escape her family’s control, Philippa convinces Myles he must marry her to save her reputation. In exchange for this favor, Philippa promises him the very thing he thought he always wanted: a quiet life, alone in the country.

While the two put on a show of marital happiness for their neighbors, both realize they want much more from this arrangement. Can they take a marriage of convenience and turn it into a love match?

Her Unsuitable Match is a sweet Regency romance and can be read as a stand-alone or as the sequel to Sally Britton's previous novel, His Unexpected Heiress.

It is also part of the upcoming Supposed Scandal series.

When I started listening to Her Unsuitable Match, I felt like the side characters were discussed in such a way that the reader is expected to be familiar with them. I figured there must be a book covering Elaine and Adam, but I was confused since Her Unsuitable Match was book 1 in a series. You'd think I'd never encountered a spin-off series before. HA! Anyway, it's true. Elaine & Adam's tale is told in His Unexpected Heiress which I went on to listen to later and will be reviewing soon. If you're reading this review before reading either book, I do suggest reading/listening to His Unexpected Heiress first. Although, I'm sure you'd manage just fine without doing so as I did.

Basically Phillipa is twenty-three years old. Her father's will left her an inheritance she was supposed to receive when she reached her majority, but her older brother is keeping it from her and trying to force her into a marriage of his choosing. Phillipa is having none of it. If anything, she'd prefer to remain unmarried. Mostly she just wants her freedom to move about and do as she sees fit. But she will take a marriage of convenience if only the gentleman will agree to let her have her freedom.

Myles is a gentleman, but he doesn't have a fortune or title to his name. After the war, he just wanted to settle down away from society. I didn't understand society's reaction to him. Indeed, he wasn't wealthy but I felt his family's position in society was enough to garner him more respect than he was offered. Maybe I don't understand society's standards enough to speak to this.

I always seem to love marriages of convenience. I've said this over and over and over. Something about teaming up with someone out for practicality's sake: each party benefits in one way or another, but then slowly builds towards becoming a team and a unit. Of course, the two can't stop there. They have to overcome obstacles that one or both face for the good of the whole. And ultimately, feelings develop and strengthen through the process.

Her Unsuitable Match was enjoyable from beginning to end. I liked Phillipa and Myles. And I couldn't help rooting for them from the start. Her Unsuitable Match gets 4 Stars. Have you read (or listened to) Her Unsuitable Match? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Sunday Post - 08/27/23

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 was a good day except Little Girl was really emotional for some reason. She'd said she didn't sleep well the night before. And Little Boy was being a smidgen defiant about doing his school work. I've learned that if I can stay calm and present his consequences for choosing to refuse school work diplomatically, he will usually end up coming around on his own in a short amount of time. Tuesday, we went to the library to return books and check out new ones. We met some friends there and continued to the park right next door. At the park is a creek that we sometimes let the kids play in. I don't usually mind it as long as I come prepared with towels and changes of clothes. After that we did grocery pick up. But we were all zapped by the time we got to school that afternoon. Little Girl asked me if we could skip school that day, and I love that we have the flexibilty to do that, but I didn't think it wise to introduce that in the beginning of our third week lest that become a common request. We pressed on, and it was fine. Wednesday, my parents came over for lunch. The kids finished all their school work before they got here so we could relax and enjoy their presence. They'd gotten a desk from my grandmother's house when she passed away and refinished it to go in my daughter's room. She spent all day organzing her new desk. Mostly she plans to do crafts there. Thursday, we normally spend the day with my parents, but we didn't since they'd come the day before. We did swim and pretty much had a good day. Friday, after getting Baby Boy from mother's day out, we ran to Walmart to get a gift for a birthday party. Then close to dinner time Little Girl and I headed off to the birthday party at the local trampoline park. She was so excited because there were going to be mostly kids from the public school she went to last year and girls from her softball team. She had a blast. They got to do laser tag and arcade games after jumping and pizza. It was a good night. Saturday, we decided on a lazy day. We never do days like this with the kids. But we allowed way too much TV time, and I spent nearly all day reading.


Monday: Review of Sir Andrew and the Authoress (Claivoir Castle, # 3) by Sally Britton (4 Stars)
Thursday: Review of Rocky Mountain Rendezvous (Sisters of the Rockies, # 1) by Misty M Beller (3.5 Stars)
Friday: Homeschool Friday - # 1 (Mini Reviews) &>2023 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up


Monday: Review of Her Unsuitable Match (Supposed Scandal, # 1) by Sally Britton
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday?
Thursday: August 2023 EOM Wrap Up

Don’t forget to link up for the 2023 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2023 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!


No new books this week.

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, August 25, 2023

2023 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2023 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 August giveaway runs from August 25th - September 25th. On September 25th we will use and the linky entries to pull a grand prize winner.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Homeschool Friday - # 1

Homeschool Friday is a feature here at Somewhere Only We Know that showcases books my family reads during homeschool and provides a mini-review for each.

Goodreads description--An entertaining and moving tribute to big brothers by the author/illustrator of Meet Me at the Moon and Following Papa's Song .

Continuing her picture book stories about family relationships, Gianna Marino introduces Little Giraffe, who adores her big brother. Set in a stunning African landscape, the story begins with a game of hide-and-seek as Little Giraffe looks for her big brother, who's just out of her sight, but always safely nearby. As she asks the many animals she encounters on her search if they've seen him, it's evident how much she admires him. He's taller and faster and braver than her, she tells them. But as the search continues, the other animals insist that Little Giraffe is tall, and fast, and brave, too . . . and best of all, she has a wonderful older brother who looks out for her!

This was a cute read. We're struggling through a season of sibling rivalry and fighting. So we've been doing a Bible study on sibling relationships, and I've incorporated some picture books that feature sibling relationships. I loved how much Little Giraffe looked up to her older brother. He has so many wonderful attributes in her mind. I want my children to admire the best in each other, but I also want them to see the strengths and abilities they each possess. As stories go, this one had a positive message. I'm pretty sure Little Giraffe's gender isn't specified, so younger brothers or sisters should easily be able to place themselves in the place of Little Giraffe.

Goodreads description--For every parent tired of telling their kids to PLEASE JUST GET ALONG, this hilarious and imaginative new picture book--from the beloved creators of Babymouse--is here to help. Sort of.

Meet the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight. She casts terrible spells, while he fights dragons. He rescues cats in distress, while she makes mischief. No wonder there isn't much peace in this kingdom! But is the Evil Princess really so evil? And is the Brave Knight truly as chivalrous as he seems? Children and parents will laugh at seeing familiar family dynamics play out in this charming and imaginative new story.

I liked the twist (for our family) on this book where the sister is the evil one and the brother is the hero. In my family, it is usually the opposite roles. The little brother seems almost constantly to be trying to cause mischief against the whole family, but specifically, against the older sister. I appreciated how clear what was right and what was wrong appeared in this book. But I was a little disappointed that the evil princess remained evil by the end of the story. Of course, that is more to true life, but I do want books that we read to have a positive influence on my kids. Show them what the world can be and not just as it is. I didn't want my "evil knight" walking away thinking that was how he should be.

Goodreads description--Celebrating imagination and inventive play, Lori Nichols’ follow-up to Maple perfectly captures the dynamics of siblings and their ability to figure things out on their own and find a way to meet halfway.

Maple and Willow do everything together. They love playing outside throughout the whole year, welcoming the sun, rain, leaves, and snow. But it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, because sometimes big sisters can be bossy—and sometimes little sisters can be frustrating—and even the best of friends need a break from each other . . . at least until they can no longer bear to be apart.

Maple and Willow Together was the best of both worlds for the books I've featured so far today. These girls start out as best of friends, doing everything together. They each have their own way of doing things, and that's okay with them. That is until one's way of doing things interrupts the way the other one wants to do things. Like real life, Maple and Willow begin to take their frustration out on each other. They are punished, but soon they realize that it's much more fun to be together than apart. And they return to best friends, doing everything together. A great book about sibling friendships and getting over the little disagreements we can have in our families.

Goodreads description--What do you do with a curmudgeon that just won't budge? Why, shake off the grumpy 'tude and embrace the fun!

Have you ever seen a curmudgeon that looks like your brother, but is in such a bad mood you hardly recognize him? You can try all the peanut butter sandwiches and brownies you have, but he is not moving.

Nothing works, especially nudging, and he just makes you so grumpy that eventually you have no choice but to fight back--and then...

Have you ever become a curmudgeon that just won't budge?

Matthew Burgess's playful depiction of bad moods and sibling rivalry is matched perfectly by Fiona Woodcock's unique childlike art style.

This was a fun book for us to include in our homeschool. My curmudgeon likes to think everyone else is the problem. But it was fun to see the visual distinction between the brother in his normal state and in his curmudgeon state. This book does a good job of showing that our attitudes, moods, and even emotions can wear off on other people. Many times others around us are affected by our bad tempers and bad moods. I would love to see some tips on how not to let a curmudgeon rub off on you, but that wasn't the point of this story. My kids laughed and played curmudgeon after finishing this book.

Goodreads description--Reminiscent of Pete the Cat and Llama Llama, Dragonboy begins a new series about a curious, imaginative, playful little boy and his band of lovable stuffed animal friends.

Dragonboy is curious. He is playful, pensive, and kind. More than anything, he is himself: an imaginative little boy who loves to be a dragon. His stuffed animal friends—Darwin, Yellow Kitty, Simon, and Drako—are always by his side as he explores and discovers something new. Because the best part of an adventure is being with the ones who know you best.

The first in a new series, Dragonboy is the friend every child has been waiting for, a little boy full of empathy and joy who's ready to discover anything and everything our wonderful world has to offer.

Ok so this is a tough one. On the surface, there's nothing to complain about. Dragonboy is kind, and he finds a friend who needs encouragement. Dragonboy doesn't see what other's might consider to be faults in his friends. He just sees them as being who they are--who they are supposed to be. However, the rainbows, the posters in the unicorn girl's bedroom, and the hidden messages are all inspired by the LGBTQ community or messages. My children didn't understand the subtleties, but I did. My son requested this book over and over. So there's that, but I don't want subliminal messaging included in my children's literature.

Goodreads description--Winter is just over, the sky is gray, and the ground is brown. Little Mortimer Mouse munches on sunflower seeds and longs to see something green.

Upon overhearing the story of how springtime rain and sunshine nurture little seeds to grow into great big green plants, Mortimer is skeptical but decides to plant one of his seeds, just to see if such a miracle really can happen. Mortimer finds a perfect sport to plant the seed, and then...he waits.

And waits.

And waits.

Impatient, Mortimer thinks nothing is ever going to happen to the little seed. But then something does happen. Something wonderful. Something divine. Something green!

First introduced in the bestselling Mortimer's Christmas Manger, Mortimer Mouse returns with gutso in this inspirational offering that celebrates the miracle of springtime.

In opposition to the LGBTQ agenda mentioned in the book above, I was fully surprised to find that Mortimer's First Garden includes God in the story. Mortimer hears God whisper to him to wait and not dig up the seed he's planted. I loved this inclusion of God's voice. It can be so hard to explain to our children how God speaks to us even today, but this book did so in such a subtle way that I appreciate how it isn't telling kids this is how God speaks to us in like a step by step approach, but simply sharing that this is what Mortimer experienced. I loved how thankful Mortimer was and how he chose to give God the glory for his flower's growth.

Have you guys read any of these books? What did you think? Got any children's fiction or picture book recommendations for me that we should read in our homeschool? Let me know!

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Rocky Mountain Rendezvous - Review

Rocky Mountain Rendezvous (Sisters of the Rockies, #1)

By: Misty M Beller

Publication: June 6th 2023 by Bethany House Publishers

320 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--In 1837, Juniper Collins and her sisters are shocked by their father's final request in his will for a special set of beads to be returned to a Piegan Blackfoot woman he credits with saving his life during his travels west. Together, the sisters set out for the trapper rendezvous to find the woman, but their mission turns more daunting when they come upon the mass of men and lodges spread out in the Green River Valley.

Riley Turner came west to find peace and quiet and live off the land, but when four unprotected women arrive at the rendezvous, he feels compelled to help them and is more fascinated by Juniper than any other woman he's known.

As their search brings only empty leads and dead ends, the sisters must decide whether to return east or stay in the mountains to continue looking--and that's if the mystery woman is even still alive. Is the risk to honor their father's last request worth the danger they find at every turn?

Discover the majesty--and treachery--of the Rocky Mountains in this unique combination of exhilarating adventure, inspiring faith, and sweet romance from USA Today bestselling author Misty M. Beller.

I like Misty M Beller. I've read two previous series by her (Hearts of Montana & Brides of Laurent). The description of Rocky Mountain Rendezvous didn't sound as exciting to me as some of her other books, but I felt she had enough track record with me to request it. The description kept me from diving in immediately, but I finally got around to reading this one and I did enjoy it.

Juniper is the second oldest sister of the four Collins sisters and the main female character of this story. She isn't the natural leader, that would be Rosemary--the eldest. But she is fiercely protective of her sisters putting her forward in many situations. The sisters were tasked by their father on his deathbed to return a necklace given to him by a Peigan healer when she saved his life many years ago. Despite the danger to them all, they set out on this mission. And they are determined to see it through. Even still, they do have a plan for after. They just didn't have any clue how difficult finding one woman would be in the Colorado wilderness.

Riley is a trapper and immediately takes on the role of protector for the Collins sisters. He can't believe that they know the potential dangers they face among the men of the rendezvous. Since he's determined to protect them, he also takes on the role of guide on their journey in searching for Steps Right. Riley does have an almost immediate attraction to Juniper although he doesn't have any romantic feelings for quite a while.

The journey of searching for Steps Right is what gives Riley and Juniper a chance to form a connection and develop further feelings for each other. Juniper and her sisters did have an agreement that no matter what they would not allow their attentions to be swayed by any men on their trip. And I appreciated their judgment to determine to pay for any services offered by a man along the way to not become indebted or beholden to any man in any way.

As per usual in Misty M Beller's books, there's also a bit of mystery. Steps Right isn't found among any of the native tribes they visit. Although more than one Native American they meet reacts a little oddly when they ask about her. Also, horses seem to be getting stolen from the rendezvous. Who is behind the thievery?

Rocky Mountain Rendezvous had a really slow start. I struggled to get into the book because it took longer than I wanted for the characters to connect in a meaningful way. The beginning at least was full of necessary setup and the overall plot of trying to find Steps Right. Necessary, sure, but I prefer romance-driven books where the relationships are driving the story. I am intrigued about future books in the series so I do look forward to finding out which sister will be the focus of the next book. Rocky Mountain Rendezvous gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Rocky Mountain Rendezvous? What did you think? Let me know!

Monday, August 21, 2023

Sir Andrew and the Authoress - Review

Sir Andrew and the Authoress (Clairvoir Castle Romances, # 3)

By: Sally Britton

Publication: April 9, 2022

234 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Regency

Source: YouTube Audiobooks

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Goodreads description--Lady Josephine, the duke's eldest daughter, has a secret. When her brother's horrid best friend discovers what she's been hiding up in the castle tower, she has no choice but to take him into her confidence.

As the daughter of a duke, Lady Josephine has a long list of responsibilities, and an even longer list of things she must never do to dishonor the family name. Josephine knows exactly which side becoming an author falls upon, but she's determined to try her hand at it anyway. For months she has worked on her novel in secret, writing chapter after chapter of intrigue and romance. Unfortunately for Josephine, her sworn enemy stumbles upon her secret.

Sir Andrew Wycomb's close relationship to the Duke of Montfort's family and heir gives him more than one advantage in life. His loyalty to the family is absolute, even if he finds at least one of its members an annoyance. He and Lady Josephine have never seen eye-to-eye. But when he discovers that she's written a novel upon a subject she knows nothing about, he cannot help but sympathize with her dream. This creates an unlikely ceasefire between them.

But things at the castle are always changing, and when a determined suitor arrives to court Josephine, Andrew has to decide which secrets he's going to keep. Especially when he discovers the one he's kept even from himself - that perhaps he doesn't find Josephine an annoyance at all. In fact, she is quite charming. The more time they spend together, the more he hopes she will realize they aren't enemies, and they could be so much more...

As the third stand-alone novel in this sereis by author Sally Britton, this story continues the Clairvoir Castle romances. This is a light-hearted, sweet romance series set during the Regency era in England.

The Series:
Mr. Gardiner and the Governess
A Companion for the Count

I've mentioned it in all of my reviews of this series, but one thing I absolutely love is the low drama in this series. Sally Britton started the series during the COVID-19 pandemic and needed something low-stress and fun to keep her spirits up. And I can honestly say that sometimes I need low stress and fun too. Sometimes conflict feels forced, and I find it refreshing to have a series that doesn't have any of that to deal with.

Andrew was an obvious love-interest choice for Josephine since book 2, A Companion for the Count. Their banter was so enjoyable in that book as well as this one. Enemies-to-lovers is a favorite of so many people, for good reason. The tension between characters like this is off the charts.

Because Sally Britton chose to start the story after Josephine's first novel has been rejected by a publisher, Josie finds herself in a depressed state. Emma has recently married and left her, and her family assumes her melancholy comes from her loneliness. Andrew worms his way into discovering Josephine's secret hiding place in the castle and her biggest secret. And secrets shared have a way of bonding people.

I liked that Andrew discovered his feelings sooner than Josie, but each character still had to slowly find their way to each other.

I will say Sally Britton's inclusion of the British commoner's unhappiness with the gentry and ruling Lords did add a bit of higher stakes during this novel than the previous in the series. Even still, the main characters were removed from that conflict early and thus didn't face it directly as they could have.

I have nothing but good things to say about this book, these characters, and this story. I was once a little afraid that Josie might annoy me when her book arrived, but she did not. As usual, once you're in a character's mind, they become more understandable and less annoying than they might have otherwise been. Sir Andrew and the Authoress gets 4 Stars. I look forward to continuing this series as soon as possible. Have you read Sir Andrew and the Authoress? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Sunday Post - 08/20/23

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.

Our second week of school went really well. Like really well. Thursday we had a playdate at the playground, walking trail, and farmer's market. We also went for Frios after also. Saturday we went for a walk and went swimming. The kids and I did some baking. I got a cookie mix for Little Girl and a brownie mix for Little Boy. We decorated them all with orange frosting and some Halloween sprinkles just for fun. I've already exceeded my Goodreads reading goal for the year thanks to audiobooks. I also got sucked into The Summer I Turned Pretty even though I never read the books.


Monday: Review of Voice of the Ancient (The King's Men, # 1) by Connilyn Cossette (4 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for A Brilliant Match (The Earl's Sisters, # 1) by Jennie Goutet
Thursday: Review of Homeschool Bravely by Jamie Erickson (5 Stars)


Monday: Review of Sir Andrew and the Authoress (Claivoir Castle Romance, # 3) by Sally Britton
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday?
Thursday: Review of Rocky Mountain Rendezvous (Sisters of the Rockies, # 1) by Misty M Beller

Don’t forget to link up for the 2023 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2023 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!


No new books this week.

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, August 17, 2023

Homeschool Bravely - Review

Homeschool Bravely

By: Jamie Erikson

Publication: April 2, 2019

208 pages

Genre: Nonfiction, Parenting, Christian, Education

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--Quiet the voices of "not good enough" and step courageously into guilt-free homeschooling Many homeschool parents have a long-term relationship with self-doubt. "Did I make the right decision?" "Could someone else do this better?" "Am I robbing my kids of something by not sending them to ‘regular school’?" What if there’s a better way? Not a 3-step technique or a shiny, new curriculum, but a change in perspective that transforms the way you plan, teach, and homeschool? Homeschool Bravely teaches you to see homeschooling as a calling, helps you overthrow the tyranny of impossible expectations, and guides you through the common bumps in the road, including how Reclaim your hope, renew your purpose, and transform your homeschool. Because the truth God will use every part of your homeschool, even your fears, faults, and failures, to weave good plans for your kids.

I was inspired to homeschool when Little Girl was only 18 months old. I remember watching video after video on YouTube. There were so many pros and only a few cons. However, when she was two and a half, I realized we didn't have many other children her age around us. Our church is small, and at the time she was the only child under the age of ten years old. We enrolled her in a mother's day out program for three days a week from 8 am until noon. She loved it. And we came to realize how social she is. By the time she turned four, I was convinced she was smart enough to learn to read. And I still believe she could have. But I now understand that she wasn't interested at that time. And my pushing her resulted in frustration for her and for me. I started to feel like I wasn't capable of teaching her, or maybe she wasn't capable of learning from me. She seemed resistant all around. Her kindergarten year started when we were in the middle of our home renovation and were living with my parents. Baby Boy was also only 6 months old. Homeschooling her then would have saved me some drive time, but it also would have added extra stress on top of an already extremely stressful period in our lives. So we sent her to public school for kindergarten and first grade. And she had wonderful experiences there.

I started to move away from the idea of homeschooling because public school seemed to work out well for her. Yet I still had a couple of issues. I missed her terribly. I felt like she was missing on so much family time. When I picked her up from school, she was grumpy, irritable, and tired of being around other people. Yet Little Boy had been looking forward to playing with her all day. Nearly every day there were fights in the car before we even made it home from school. Add to that, Little Boy started getting into trouble in his K4 class. He was acting up, disobedient, and generally disruptive to the other students in class. His teacher suspected he may have ADHD. He has not been formally diagnosed, but I do think it's possible. I also think ADHD is overdiagnosed in our country. And so I began to explore options that might be better suited for him than being in a classroom for 6-8 hours a day. I came back to homeschool.

In all transparency guys, I am not a patient person. Parenting hasn't come easy to me in that area. So much of parenting feels like putting out fires in all directions all day long. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. Maybe I'm too reactive and not enough proactive. I'm constantly trying to improve myself as a person and parent. So this aspect of my personal struggles terrified me when I thought about homeschooling. Yet, I yearn for the opportunities to overcome my personal struggles, and teach my children how to overcome theirs. My reasons for homeschooling go beyond those I've mentioned here, but this is just setting up my journey and state of mind. I pretty much determined by January/February of this past year that we would try homeschooling. And so I set out to research in all the ways possible for resources, curriculum and help in any area possible. I saw this book recommended so frequently, that I knew I would have to check it out.

Jamie Erickson touched on it all. The fear. Other's people's reactions. Whether homeschooling feels like a calling for you or a convenient temporary thing. Dealing with the struggle of homeschooling a difficult child. The challenges of teaching a child that is struggling. The difference between schooling at home and homeschooling. And of course the entire point is pressing forward with bravery and handing your homeschool over to God to work in and through it and you.

Favorite quotes:

-"Fear will be a threat whenever you set out to pursue a desire that means something to you." Emily P Freeman A Million Little Ways

-And the work, when done faithfully, will always lead to worship. When I set aside my wants, my plan, my goals, and joyfully embrace the calling God has placed in my life to train my children in this short season, I am offering up worshipful praise to my King.

-Trouble will always brew when you allow your own narrative to speak louder than the whispers of God. But His voice is always there.

-Fortunately, hearing God's voice in the big things, such as a child's education, requires no more faith than it takes to find His voice in the everyday. He's not clutching it tightly just waiting to see if you can muster up enough strength and tenacity to peel it from His steely grasp. He's holding it out for you. He's inviting you to trust Him with it. Ambiguity is not in His nature. His plans are certain. His way is sure--especially for you, especially in this.

-God does not withhold His will from me, and He won't withhold it from you, friend. If you ask for wisdom for your child's education, He will give it abundantly--no secret codes or special security clearance required. Immerse yourself in Scripture, and it will become a compass, guiding you toward True North. His rhema will answer your heart cries and cast out your fears. What once looked like a coincidence will begin to show itself for what it's been all along, God's calling.

-My fear was not a sin, but my disobedience in my fear would have been.

-Since the very beginning, Satan has taken the self-doubt of humanity, coupled it with some truth, and slipped in an ittybitty lie when no one was looking in order to dupe entire generations into believing God will never give a Christian any more than she can handle on her own. In this case, he’d like you to believe that if you were called to homeschooling it was because God knew you could do it— and so you better come through. Satan wants nothing more than for you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and try to get this thing done all on your own. ... God didn’t call you to homeschooling because you could handle it. He called you because He could handle it.

-When you finally hand Him the reins, step back, and let Him do His thing, you’ll watch your liabilities become your greatest assets. His power will be made perfect in your weakness (2 Cor. 12: 9). As you decrease, He will increase (John 3: 30). Knowing that, why in the world would you ever want to just sit silently in your fear?

-God is at work right now in the midst of your fear to break your bonds of self-sufficiency.

-God is in the business of calling foolish, simple people to do great and mighty things—not because they are able, but because He is. ... Your glaring inadequacies will only stand to prove His might.

-And when we came to the end of us, we saw God. Without the fear, we would have missed His presence entirely. We wouldn’t have been looking for it. We wouldn’t have been waiting expectantly for it.

-The key is to set your sights on who your child is becoming and not just how he is acting at this moment. God is writing a story in the life of your child. And stories, at least the good ones, always have a beginning, a middle, and an end. It would be so much easier to skip to the last page— to the completed work.

-The middle pages are what make the last page so captivating. They’re where all the action takes place. The pretty resolve is only pretty because of the struggle that happened just before it. To remove the struggle is to remove the story. That’s not to belittle the struggle or to dismiss it away but to realize that the struggle is a necessary plot point in the bigger narrative.

-Most people believe that conflict and sibling rivalry are to be avoided. But it’s in the conflict that basic heart issues and differences are brought to the surface and can be dealt with accordingly. Without the conflict, the sin issues fester and multiply.

-What you don’t know, or perhaps what you may need to be reminded of, is that a “struggle” shows that you are doing something right. Struggle is a verb. It implies action; effort; giving it all you’ve got. If you are teaching a struggling learner, it means that you are, right now, developing a learner. You’re not sitting idly by or watching from the sidelines. You’re not growing comfortable with good enough. You’ve gathered all your pluck and moxie and are moving forward, helping him do the same.

-Joshua 1: 9, and the promise that God would be with me ministered to my heart. I realized that God wasn’t saying, “There’s the path; go down it”; he was saying, “Here’s the path that I have prepared for you. Take my hand, let’s walk down it together.” So I held tightly to His hand and took the first step. And then the next and the next.

-You can’t always opt out of the struggle for you or your child.

-But don’t forget that Christ’s best moments of teaching were wrapped in chaos too. In crowded homes, along the lakeshore, and even in the house of God, Jesus was familiar with messy living. He had to teach stubborn people who refused to listen.

-...should you feel dead to homeschooling because of the struggle that surrounds you, remember that God can resurrect anything. Pray He resurrects your love for your children, your calling, your commitment, and remember that this moment doesn’t define your entire homeschool. You are more than your worst days. Nothing is ever too far gone for His redemptive power. He is always working even when it doesn’t seem like it (John 5: 17).

-In His kindness to me, God’s shown me that in trying to do everything perfectly, I end up doing a lot of things with mediocrity. In His kindness, He’s revealed the idol I’ve molded out of my mothering. In His kindness, He’s encouraged me to stop wondering if I’m doing enough and has given me the courage to ask, “Am I doing what’s mine to do?”

-Your identity cannot be found in your ability to meet someone else’s quota. You don’t have to set yourself on fire just to keep others warm. God constrained Himself when He took upon human flesh. He gave Himself physical limitations. If God recognized the need to do less for a time, then why shouldn’t you? Why shouldn’t I?

-But by prayerfully making a don’t-do list at the start of each school year, you are mentally preparing yourself to be able to give a hard and fast no to those things that deplete you and leave you with little to give to homeschooling. You’ll have more room for the yeses that matter most.

-We go in with guns blazing, touting homeschooling as the answer to everyone else’s problems. We see a friend’s public- schooled child falter socially, spiritually, or academically and pridefully announce that homeschooling is the answer— the quick fix that will right every wrong. We see our “perfect” curriculum and our “perfect” methods and our “perfect” well- ordered plan and begin to prescribe it to our friends and their obviously- in- need- of- change children. We place homeschooling on the throne of God and forget that change comes only through Him.

-That’s God’s way. He forecasts victory because He can see all the way to the very end. He called Abraham the “father of many nations” before he and his wife Sarah ever conceived one child. He called Gideon a “mighty warrior” before the man ever set foot on a battlefield. He dubbed David as king when the kid was nothing more than a shepherd. And Peter? Well even in the midst of Peter’s cowardly denial, Christ nicknamed him the “Rock,” and made him a leader of the fellowship of Christ- followers.

-you can’t always tack a pretty system onto spiritual transformation.

-You are like the farmer carefully planting seeds that won’t actually bear fruit until much later. The field might look fallow and dormant, but many things are happening just below the surface. Your task is to plant while the soil is rich and fertile and then have patience like the farmer, allowing the invisible, silent work to happen slowly over time.

-If you’re willing, God wants to travel some long roads with your kids. Every mile will mean something, even the wandering ways and the missteps. It will all matter.

-When your abilities seem small, when you’re surrounded by people who could do it better, when your time and finances and patience are depleted, bring your small offerings to Christ. Trust that He can take your simple loaves and fish and create a feast for you and your children. Your impossibilities will become twelve baskets full and overflowing in His hands.

-God does not require your success, my friend, only your surrender. You’re charged with simple obedience. God is in charge of the results. But you can’t have one without the other. Don’t believe me? Take a quick flip through Scripture, and you’ll find that obedience always precedes the miracle.

And the quote that made me cry...

-The best part about simply obeying in faith and trusting God’s good plans for your homeschool is that obedience and trust take the pressure off of you. You don’t have to be a math genius if you’re not. You don’t have to be impressively patient if you’re not. You don’t have to have lots of letters behind your name if you don’t. You just have to believe God can and will provide—that He will take whatever small offerings you hold out and multiply them. You don’t have to stand at the back of the line fearing the fish and bread will run out when you get to the front. They won’t. He’s got enough for you. He’s got enough for me. Trust Him and just obey. The obedience always has to come first, then the miracle. God’s in the business of turning all of our nothings into somethings. He’s good at it. After all, He’s had a lot of practice; He’s been doing it since the very beginning.

-Bravery, on the other hand, exists in the present tense. It happens right here, right now. It’s not a lack of fear, mind you. It’s just a decision to do the thing even in the midst of fear. Bravery is the courage it takes to say with boldness, “Here is my homeschool, God. Here, too, are my fears, faults, and failures. They’re Yours now to face, fix, and forgive.” In my bravery, I might never say farewell to all my fears, but I’ll face them.

Homeschool Bravely is my first 5-Star book of 2023. It will easily be a book that I come back to over and over and over again. As I'm writing this review, we are only 3 days into our homeschool journey. These three days have been challenging for sure. My commitment is still strong. But I know days will come when I waver and wonder. And I know that coming back to this book will be just what I need because Jamie Erikson addresses nearly every potential breaking point that I can imagine. There is truth to be gleaned about the Christian walk outside of homeschooling. Simply following the call God has placed in our lives and stepping out beyond fear. I will recommend this book a ton, I know. Have you read Homeschool Bravely? What did you think? Let me know!

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Can't Wait for A Brilliant Match

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 Brilliant Match (The Earl's Sisters, # 1)

By: Jennie Goutet

Expected Publication: October 25, 2023


Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

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Goodreads description--A love match would not do. She would make an advantageous match — a brilliant match!

Lady Dorothea Rowlandson was practically on the shelf at the age of nineteen. Had she had not suffered her father the earl’s untimely death, months before last year’s season, she would surely by now be a married lady—the established wife of an illustrious peer. With such a regrettable delay, time was ever more of the essence if she wished to secure her own future and that of her sisters.

Miles Shaw holds an encumbered estate, and if he were a man of reason, he would spend his time in London on the hunt for a well-endowed wife. He was not a reasonable man, however, and could only view with distaste a union based on mercenary considerations. He would find his own way to solvency, allowing his heart to be free to pursue its fancy.

When chance forced Miles and Dorothea to partner one another for the first dance of the first crush of the season, Fortuna could only have been in a funning mood. For what could a peer of the realm’s daughter and a gentleman of no consequence, with his pockets to let, possibly have in common?

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

Monday, August 14, 2023

Voice of the Ancient - Review

Voice of the Ancient (The King's Men, # 1)

By: Connilyn Cossette

Expected Publication: August 15, 2023

352 pages

Genre: Adult, Biblical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--As the eldest son of a Levite and a Philistine, Avidan is torn between his duty to his family legacy and the desire for something more. When Ammonites attack the city of Yavash-Gilead, he takes the opportunity to fight with his cousins for the newly crowned King Saul. But when one of the cousins goes missing during the battle, Avidan stays behind to search for him in hopes that he's still alive.

Keziah is the daughter of one of the most powerful clan chiefs in the territory of Manasseh. On the brink of a forced marriage to a loathsome man decades older than her, she has no choice but to run. Dressed as a boy, she takes her horse and heads for the south, hoping to find sanctuary with her mother's family.

Battling to survive the dangers surrounding them, Avidan and Keziah make a pact to travel together. As Keziah's true origins are revealed and Avidan's search for his cousin becomes increasingly futile, they must not only rely on each other to stay alive but learn to trust the true and eternal King of Israel to guide their every step.

With impeccable research and award-winning writing, bestselling author Connilyn Cossette brings to life the first years of King Saul's reign.

Voice of the Ancient had a very slow start for me. The background story needed to be established for both of the narrating characters. But I think it was about 30+% before I felt invested in the story and wanted to keep reading.

Avidan is a Levite. He isn't meant to go to war. His future is serving the priesthood and God. But Avi rebels against the path that has been planned for him. He wants to go with his cousins to fight. He wants to be a warrior. So when the call for every able-bodied man comes from King Saul, Avi slips away with his cousins to join the fight. He has one cousin that is old enough to fight, one who is just shy of being of age, and then their little cousin sneaks out and follows at a distance. Avi quickly finds out that the battlefield is not the place for him, and to be honest, it's a miracle that he survived the battle. When he returns to the spot his younger cousin is supposed to be hiding out waiting for him, Avi finds him missing and a bunch of blood and hyena tracks. The other two cousins believe him to be dead, but Avi can't face going back to his home and his aunt and uncle without his cousin and so he sets out to find him.

Keziah's mother passed away a while back, and her father hasn't treated her the same since. His other wives and their children never treated Keziah very well. And now she's basically being sold to a man in marriage in return his people will protect the clan from the threats around them. The man she has been promised to his much older than her. He is already married to more than one woman, and he gives Keziah no indication that he will be a good husband. In fact, he bruises her simply for speaking to his son. Keziah's mother's faithful servant helps her escape by dressing her like a boy and taking her place in her wedding clothes to fool her betrothed. Keziah runs into Avi when he thinks that she might just be the cousin that he's looking for.

Avi can't let Keziah travel by herself. She's already been robbed and nearly beaten. And besides, traveling with her to her mother's people is actually in the same direction as the only lead his has on his cousin. So two birds with one stone. These two of course fall in love on the way as they share their pasts and experiences and lean on each other for safety and comfort from the challenges they face and the memories they've left behind.

I have to applaud Connilyn Cossette for the amount of research she must have done to be able to write this story so deeply rooted in the culture and historical events happening during this time. She wrote the story and culture in such a way that I wasn't bored or put off. I was interested. And honestly, the number of Biblical stories she was able to include due to Avi's affinity to tell stories was really impressive. Also, reading the Bible growing up, I've so often wondered how it was possible for God's chosen people to so easily forget Him, His miracles, His promises. But Connilyn Cossette does a great job showing how easily this happened. I liked her author's note on how she saw so many parallels between this time period and the one we live in now.

Favorite quotes:

-"A truly great leader will inspire his people to unite, not threaten them into submission."

-"There is no glory in war, only destruction."

-"In the kingdom to come, we may understand all. But for now, our eyes are blind to the ways of the Ancient One, are they not? Only Yahweh knows the end from the beginning. You, my new friend, do not."

-...if there was anything I'd learned from Avi's stories of Yahweh, it was that love was nothing without sacrifice.

I also highlighted three lengthy quotes from the author's note at the end, but I'll refrain from including those.

Voice of the Ancient had a slow start for me. But once things got going I got sucked into Avi and Keziah's story and their journey. I wasn't thrilled that we didn't have any closure on the cousin (I can't remember his name), but I imagine he will take the lead role in an upcoming book in this series. I was so impressed with the amount of history woven into this story. Connilyn Cossette did a wonderful job, and I will certainly be back to check out the other books in this series. Voice of the Ancient gets 4 Stars. Have you read Voice of the Ancient? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Sunday Post - 08/13/23

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've started a new journey in life. If you've paid close attention to my blog you might have picked up on it, but I've started homeschooling my two oldest children. Little Girl is in 2nd grade this year. Little Boy is in Kindergarten. And Baby Boy is in preschool this year three days a week. We started homeschooling on Monday. It has been challenging, but I didn't expect it not to be. Tuesday, we took a trip to the library to return books and get new ones. Baby Boy gave me my most difficult public parenting experience to date, but I'll save you the disgusting details. Wednesday was Baby Boy's first day at school. He seems to have enjoyed it, but I'm trying not to pull too many details out incase he changes his mind. Thursday we were able to visit my parents' house and just did school in the afternoon when we got home. Friday after getting Baby Boy from school we went to a homeschool meetup at the local YMCA for a swim party. The kids had a blast. We survived the first week! Saturday, I was exhausted. But we still went for a walk and went swimming.


Monday: Review of Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas (5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for The Lily of Ludgate Hill (Belles of London, # 3) by Mimi Matthews
Friday: Review of Chiara's Choice by Chalon Linton (4 Stars)


Monday: Review of Voice of the Ancient (The King's Men, # 1) by Connilyn Cossette
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday?
Thursday: Review of Homeschool Bravely by Jamie Erickson

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No new books this week.

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, August 10, 2023

Chiara's Choice - Review

Chiara's Choice

By: Chalon Linton

Publication: August 8, 2023

208 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Chiara Madero, daughter of an Italian baron, is the epitome of beauty and fire, and when confronted, her lovely lips reveal a sharp tongue. But her enchanting facade hides a less-than-elegant her family believes her true value lies in her ability to secure an advantageous match. And there is no better place to find a wealthy, titled husband than the London Marriage Mart.

Mr. Abraham Jamison is not a firstborn son and has procrastinated choosing an occupation. Nevertheless, his honest and forthright nature immediately captures Chiara’s attention. He is unsuitable for a woman of her station in all ways, but she can’t seem to resist seeking out his company. Abraham sees through her fiery personality and refuses to play her games, yet after waging a mutual battle of wits, an unexpected friendship forms between them―a rapport that soon blossoms into something more. Abraham’s wish is to become a man worthy of her. But when faced with her family’s determination to manipulate circumstances to their advantage, he and Chiara must face their feelings and find the strength to defy an insurmountable Chiara’s mother.

I read Forever Pheobe in 2020, and I remember hoping that this would turn into a series and Chalon Linton would write books about each of Pheobe's brothers. They each popped off the page. I forgot about them, but I saw Chiara's Choice listed on NetGalley and knew I had to check it out. I didn't even put it together that the leading male character, Abraham, was one of Pheobe's brothers. But once I realized it, I was so happy.

I enjoyed the dynamic of this duo. Chiara is a wealthy girl. Her dowry is impressive, but both her father and mother seem to try to use Chiara whenever possible. She has had little affection from her mother and less from her father. When she meets people, she has developed methods to get what she wants from them as they are nearly always trying to use her also. Only as soon as she meets Abraham, his nature suggests he might be someone she is interested in knowing more deeply.

Abraham is the most serious of Pheobe's brothers, excluding Gregory. He's honest and no-nonsense. But he's floundering a bit because he can't figure out what he wants to do with his life, his profession. As a second son, there is no inheritance for him. He has to make his own way in the world and earn his own living. He isn't interested in the church or law, nor the military. That leaves very few options for him. And as such, he has nothing to offer Chiara. And he certainly isn't aiming to marry her for her money. Chiara attempts to use the manipulation games she's created and used on others, but Abraham sees straight through her ruse and refuses to play along.

Normally, books set in this time are against a particular path for a couple. That is because this path typically leads to scandal. But I liked that Chalon Linton presented it in this case in a way that the reader could root for success where we normally would root for failure. Anytime you can put a spin on something that isn't usually done in a way that still causes you to root for the characters is a bonus. I'm being vague on purpose, but that's the best I can do without spoiling things.

Chiara's Choice was very enjoyable, and I read it quickly. I was happy to root for Chiara and Abraham. And I liked that their relationship, journey, and choices weren't typical in my experience with this genre. I couldn't help hoping they succeeded. And I am still dying to read at least Peter's story. I don't know how things will play with Gregory since he is already in love, and it seems a good portion of his story is already written. Chiara's Choice gets 4 Stars. Have you read Chiara's Choice? What did you think? Let me know!

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Can't Wait for The Lily of Ludgate Hill

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 Lily of Ludgate Hill (Belles of London, # 3)

By: Mimi Matthews

Expected Publication: January 1, 2024

? pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

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Goodreads description--Fortune favors the bold—but is a confirmed spinster daring enough to loosen the reins and accept a favor from the wicked gentleman who haunts her dreams?

Lady Anne Deveril doesn’t spook easily. A woman of lofty social standing known for her glacial beauty and starchy opinions, she’s the unofficial leader of her small group of equestriennes. Since her mother’s devastating plunge into mourning six years ago, Anne voluntarily renounced any fanciful notions of love and marriage. And yet, when fate puts Anne back into the entirely too enticing path of Mr. Felix Hartford, she’s tempted to run…right into his arms.

No one understands why Lady Anne withdrew into the shadows of society, Hart least of all. The youthful torch he once held for her has long since cooled. Or so he keeps telling himself. But now Anne needs a favor to help a friend. Hart will play along with her little ruse—on the condition that Anne attend a holiday house party at his grandfather’s country estate. No more mourning clothes. No more barriers. Only the two of them, unrequited feelings at last laid bare.

Finally free to gallop out on her own, Anne makes the tantalizing discovery that beneath the roguish exterior of her not-so-white knight is a man with hidden depths, scorching passions—and a tender heart.

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