Reading Challenge Check-In

Hey y’all! How are your corners of the bookish world? I’ve been catching up with a few old favorites, but I’ll have new reviews for you soon. Recently I’ve reread Shattered by Dani Pettrey, and right now I’m in Regency London revisiting the Hawthornes in Kristi Ann Hunter’s An Inconvenient Beauty.

Do you have any favorite titles you like to reread now and then? Do you count rereads in your books-read total for a given year?

Since Memorial Day is fast approaching and we’ve got some time before I have fresh reviews to share, I thought I’d check in on your reading challenges. I’m a little ahead on mine (58% complete). How about you? If you’re behind, no worries! You’ve still got a solid seven months left. : )

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Recommended Read: Falling for You by Becky Wade

36347611Falling for You is the second novel in Becky Wade’s fabulous Bradford Sisters series, and this time it’s eldest sister Willow’s turn. And her costar is none other than former flame, ex-NFL player Corbin Stewart. When a family mystery and his precocious niece bring them back together, will they find more than they expected in one another? 

All I can say about this book is: ARGH! I can’t handle this many committed relationships with fictional characters, people. I’m starting to love the Bradfords as much as the Porters. 

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Review: Storm Front

36430725“I know you feel decimated, but don’t let your circumstances tell you who God is. Let who God is tell you how to deal with your circumstances.” – Storm Front

Susan May Warren’s latest novel might just tip you OFF the edge of your seat! When a tornado rips through a small Minnesota town, a group of teens disappears – and with them, PEAK Rescue team leader Chet King. Haunted former pilot Ty Remington refuses to lose his mentor or anyone else, so he leads the PEAK team in a search for the missing. What could make this more dramatic, you ask?

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Review: Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

Irecover125709-mediumne Hannon invites you back to charming Hope Harbor in Pelican Point, the story of a crumbling lighthouse and two equally battered hearts searching for peace. 

After inheriting a ramshackle lighthouse from his grandfather, Dr. Ben Garrison wants nothing more than to sell it and move on with his post-military life. But when stubborn newspaper editor Marci Weber interrupts his plans, can she convince him to help her save Hope Harbor’s favorite landmark instead? Sparks, romance, and community activism abound in this delightful return to Hope Harbor.  Continue reading

Mini-Review: The Weaver’s Daughter

Sarah E. Ladd’s The Weaver’s Daughter offers a look at the changing landscape of the textile industry in England. Think Industrial Revolution, cottage industry, textile mills, factories vs. artisans. Toss in a little romance, and you’ve got the gist of this story. 

My thoughts: Not as interesting as some books in this vein, but still a solid read. I loved how that iconic crimson cloak just seems to embody Kate’s character. I enjoyed Kate’s relationship with her big brother Charles, and the slow-growing romance between Kate and Henry was sweet. Definitely some Darcy/Elizabeth Bennett moments, especially that scene the night Pennington was *spoiler.* (BTW, I totally saw that revelation coming.) 

I did enjoy how Kate clung to her convictions rather than simply to ‘weaver’ or ‘miller’ stances. She chose to do what was right and kind, even when it hurt. And Ladd’s books are always well-researched, with the historical details woven in seamlessly. Pun semi-intended. 🙂 

My rating: 3.8/5 stars 

Recommended for: fans of Sarah E. Ladd’s books; readers of Regency and Industrial Revolution era fiction; those who enjoy historical inspy romance

Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley and Thomas Nelson. All opinions are my own. 

Recommended Read: The Lost Castle

35554148Hey y’all! I hope your Easter was full of joy and family, and your weekend the break you needed. Did you take a few minutes to read a good book? I did. : )

Kristy Cambron’s latest split-time inspirational romance is a delight! The Lost Castle takes you from a thirteenth-century castle in France’s Loire Valley – the original Sleeping Beauty castle, Chateau de Doux Reves – while the French Revolution rages to the same castle in WWII, and then to present-day Michigan, where Ellie Carver clings to her aging grandma’s last days.

As Grandma Vi slips further into the haze of Alzheimer’s disease, Ellie is astounded by the story she tells of a castle forgotten in the woods of France. Desperate to find the truth of her only family’s past and give Vi closure before it’s too late, Ellie travels to France, where Continue reading