Review: Love Story by Karen Kingsbury

51x35iB1wDLLearning that Karen Kingsbury was returning to the Baxter family was exciting news. It’s been years since the very first Baxter book, and the characters are all older and in different places in their lives now. We’re also starting to see the grandkids’ stories, like those of Maddie and Cole.

Love Story shares the Baxters’ beginnings: John and Elizabeth. Their romance has been alluded to throughout the many Baxter series, but this is the first Continue reading

Recommended Read: Jen Turano’s Behind the Scenes

51x-+06-6jL__SX321_BO1,204,203,200_I love Jen Turano’s books. 🙂 Behind the Scenes is a humorous tale of mischief, mayhem, and romance in the Gilded Age, and Permilia Griswold is such fun to read!

The premise of this Apart from the Crowd series is fascinating: a glimpse into the Gilded Age focused on the “wallflowers” instead of the popular ladies always twirling on the dance floor. Permilia doesn’t mind the wallflower label. Being on the fringes suits her and allows her to find fodder for her society column. She never expects to overhear Continue reading

Becky Wade, You Made Me a Fangirl.

51mgkvhmetL__SY346_Recently, I had the pleasure of reading an early galley copy of True to You, the first in Becky Wade’s new Bradford Sisters series, and I’m in love with the characters. I may very well start fangirling at any moment over Nora Bradford and John Lawson.

You’ve been warned.

Let me start by saying this: Read Then Came You, the prequel novella to this series, first. It’s Nora’s parents’ story told in epistolary fashion, and it provides a lot of important background for True to You. It’s e-free, and who doesn’t love a story told through letters and journal entries?

Now, on to the review:

Nora is a quiet and bookish yet indomitable leading lady, who loves big words and uses them regularly in casual conversation. She anchors her family. She’s fabulous. I adore her. She’s my spirit animal.  Continue reading

Between Heaven & the Real World

51OByLz6ieLThe man is an icon in Christian music. For more than two decades, he’s been the name to know – 23 albums, 5 Grammys, an American Music Award, 58 GMA Dove Awards – one of the most decorated artists in the industry.

Now Steven Curtis Chapman is opening up in a deeply personal memoir, Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story. He reminisces about his past and present in a way that makes you feel like a close friend rather than a reader. He shares how Continue reading

Review: When Tides Turn

518Za7NkqTLWell, you can always count on Sarah Sundin for a good WWII romance! When Tides Turn is her latest (out just this month), and if you’ve loved her previous novels, you should definitely try this one.

When Tides Turn is the final chapter in the Waves of Freedom series. Lt. Dan Avery is a Navy man to the core – focused, determined, loyal. Tess Beaumont is new to the military, part of the WAVES program adding women to the Navy. Both fight their pasts and self-doubt to serve their country in one of the worst wars in history. And of course, there’s a swoony Continue reading