Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag! // Book Video

Since we are already halfway through June and halfway through 2019, I decided that today would be a great day to do The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag!
(Sorry about my loud siblings in the background... ;))

What's the best book you've read so far in 2019?

Monday, June 10, 2019

A Bookish Tag

My friend, Brooklyne, over at Showers of Blessings just did this fun book tagged and she said she tagged the first five people who commented on her blog. I was the second comment and decided I just had to do this one!

1. What genre do you read the most?
I used to read a ton of Amish fiction, but now I've read all of Beverly Lewis's books so I don't read it as much anymore, except of course, when she writes new books.
I read quite a few contemporary books.

2. Do you prefer books that are in a series?
I really do like series because you have lots more time to get to know the characters!

3. On average, how many books do you read a month?
Lately it's been around 3 or 4.

4. What is the last book you rated 5 stars?
Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn was the last 5 star read for me. It is so good!

5. First person or third person? Past or present narrative?
I like both first and third person, but I prefer past tense.

6. What book do you relate to the main character the most?
Maybe Christy Miller... She's pretty relatable to me and we have some similarities (some kind of shocking!)

7. What is the most over-used plot twist that drives you crazy?
I'm not quite sure....

8. Name three books that you absolutely love the cover design.
Forever With You by Robin Jones Gunn

Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis

9. What book series would you recommend to your best friend?
Definitely the A Life of Faith Millie Keith series!! They are amazing and I've recommended them to pretty much everyone I know!!

10. A book that you liked a side character better then the main character.
I cannot think of any book where I liked the side character best.

Monday, June 3, 2019

My May Highlights

Another month has come and gone. 2019 seems to be literally flying by! May was a good month. Busy, but good.

~When Calls the Heart is so good! Season 6 just finished. (The season finale was on Sunday!) It's been fantastic, but I wasn't ready for it to end yet. Season 7 comes out next year though! :D

~Speaking of When Calls the Heart, my favorite post that I did this month was my When Calls the Heart Story Time With GIF's

~I went to lots of graduation parties. I went to a graduation ceremony then four graduation parties.

~Unfortunately I didn't post any bookish videos this month. I had planned to then something didn't work out and I never got to do it. There will be videos in June though! 

~I read some really good books this month! (Yay! :D) I read The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis and Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn. 

~Mr. Brownsfield by Jonathan Hangstefer came out in paperback and kindle on May 22!

~I watched some fun Hallmark movies like: The Lost Valentine, Sailing into Love, Pearl in ParadiseHailey Dean Mystery: Death on Duty and A Prescription for Murder

~We had some really stormy weather the last couple weeks! It's been very rainy. One day the streets of downtown were flooding!

I'm looking forward to June, it will bring some exciting things! =)

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Freedom and Beloved Cover Reveal

Today I am here with a cover reveal for two new books that release this September. Freedom by Faith Potts and Beloved by Kaitlyn Krispense. I had the privilege of beta reading Freedom, and it was so good! I haven't read Beloved yet, but it sounds really good and I can't wait to read it this fall! Now, I present the covers! Plus a little about the books and the authors. ;)

Freedom by Faith Potts

   Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. 'Double amputee' doesn't seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out. 

Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients' recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.

When these two broken ones' paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace? 

A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness? 

Add on Goodreads 

About the Author:
   Saved by God's grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.


Beloved by Kaitlyn Krispense

Life hurts. 

Cara Richards just doesn’t care anymore. Alone and unloved, she decides that there’s only one response to the nightmare that has become her life. 

When an unwelcome intervention disrupts Cara’s plans, her life is changed in a way that she never imagined. Regardless of how tough she believes herself to be, she’s unprepared for another foster family. She’s even less prepared for five foster brothers, one of whom is convinced that God is the answer to all of her problems. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her life continues to spiral into a world full of questions.

Is death really the answer? Does God actually care? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?

Add on Goodreads

About the Author:
Kaitlyn is a farmer's daughter that loves the Lord, her family, and her books. Psalm 46:10 gives her inspiration, her brothers make her laugh, and there's nothing quite like the excitement of opening an unread book for the first time. Writing takes up much of her free time, whether actual writing takes place or writer's block, in which case she's probably browsing Pinterest.


Are you excited to read these books this fall?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hymns in the Hills Blog Tour

Author Rebekah Morris has released a new book! I haven't read this one yet, but I'm super excited to!

Today I am here doing a book spotlight!

About the Book:
“Could you not teach them what you do know?”

Separated from her parents and sent to live with unknown relatives for the summer, Belle Standish clings hard to the promises found in her dear Bible and her beloved hymns. As she grows to love her newly discovered family, she finds much work to be done for her Lord in this neglected field.

But when danger threatens those she loves, Belle's faith and courage are tested in ways she never imagined. Will God's promises hold true even in the midst of the storm? And what can she possibly accomplish with just her one little light?

You can grab yourself a copy of Hymns in the Hills on Amazon or add it on Goodreads.

About the Author:
Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm and her best-selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.
Check out Rebekah's blog, Read Another Page!

There's also a really cool giveaway going on! Go here to enter!
Word for today: YOU

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mr. Brownsfield Releases!

Jonathan Hangstefer's newest book, Mr. Brownsfield, releases today!
Mr. Brownsfield is a YA Urban fantasy book. It's really good (and that's coming from someone who doesn't like fantasy!). I'll be reviewing it here on the blog soon!

About the Book:
Mr. Brownsfield has never seen a ghost before and he surely hasn't used magic. Especially not the kind real magicians use, but that's about to change. 

On a not so normal day, Mr. Brownsfield discovers his house is built on the entrance to a secret society of magicians. These are not your typical slight of hand illusionists though. 

The magicians need someone to help them locate the second entrance to their society. The only logical choice is Mr. Brownsfield. Finding the door is harder than it sounds and a lot more dangerous.

About the Author:

Jonathan Hangstefer is the author of Royal Fire. He lives in Idaho where they grow more than potatoes. He writes wild stories and experiments too much with coffee. When he's not writing, you can find him running and spending time with family and friends.

You can follow Jonathan on: Instagram, Goodreads, and his blog.

You can purchase Mr. Brownsfield on Amazon in kindle and paperback!

For today only Royal Fire is free on kindle on Amazon!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Becoming Us // Book Review

About the Book:
Five young women, including beloved Gunn characters Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen, gather for a simple Christmas party and soon become unlikely best friends. Told from the viewpoint of Emily, a timid young mom going through a difficult season of life, the regular gatherings provide the much needed community she's longed for. As the women begin sharing their life stories in Becoming Us they are endeared to each other and find ways to challenge, encourage, and help each other become the nurturing mothers they wished they'd had when they were growing up. They see themselves as Haven Makers and unite to be remembered for what they do and not for what was done to them.

Becoming Us is a great book! I really enjoyed it. I was so excited when I heard about this book because Robin Jones Gunn’s other character, Christy Miller, is in this book. Sierra Jensen is as well and it was fun seeing them again, getting to know Jennalyn better, and meeting Emily and Tess. Emily is the main character in this book and it’s a story about her life. I loved her friendship with the other four ladies and their talks and get togethers always made me smile. On the front cover there is an endorsement about the book from Alyssa Bethke and it says, “You will feel like you’re a part of this sweet circle of friends—welcomed and known.” I definitely felt like that! I loved the whole book, but I especially loved the friendship aspect of the book. It was so sweet and encouraging.
Whether you’ve read Robin Jones Gunn’s beloved Christy Miller series or not, this is a fun one. It was great hearing about old characters and reconnecting with them, but if this is your first Robin Jones Gunn book it will all still make sense and not be confusing.
I’d definitely recommend this book to fans of the Christ Miller books. There is little bit of mature content, but not much. I wouldn’t say the content is anymore then what you’d read in the Christy & Todd: the Married Years or the Baby Years.

I give this book 9 R's out of 10