New Release Monday

Dear Readers,

Things are different once again. Thanksgiving will be a quieter holiday. Maybe your plans have change greatly as have mine. I know personally I am struggling with the not having as many people over as I wish. I am trying to remind myself, it is for the great good. Also maybe it will give me more reading time. 😀

Happy Thanksgiving to you all,

Courting Misfortune – Regina Jennings – Calista York needs one more successful case as a Pinkerton operative to secure her job. When she’s assigned to find the kidnapped daughter of a mob boss, she’s sent to the rowdy mining town of Joplin, Missouri, despite having extended family in the area. Will their meddling expose her mission and keep Lila Seaton from being recovered? When Matthew Cook decided to be a missionary, he never expected to be sent only a short train ride away. While fighting against corruption of all sorts, Matthew hears of a baby raffle being held to raise funds for a children’s home. He’ll do what he can to stop it, but he also wants to stop the reckless Miss York, whose bad judgment consistently seems to be putting her in harm’s way.

A Picture of Love – Beth Wiseman – Sweet Naomi Byler cooks meals for the guests at The Peony Inn, where Amish sisters and owners of the inn Esther and Lizzie love her like a granddaughter. She’s as happy there as a young woman can be, considering that her fiancé, Thomas, has left her to court someone else. She knows she’ll get over the love of her life in due time, but she assumes marriage will never be a part of her future. Amos Lantz and his mother are guests at the inn, visiting town for a cousin’s wedding. Attending a wedding is the last thing Amos wants to do since his own fiancée, Sarah, died tragically just a year ago. Naomi and Amos understand each other’s grief and become quick friends when they discover their mutual love of painting. As the two begin to paint through their sadness together, Esther and Lizzie play matchmaker—a risky move with the potential to backfire. And when Thomas makes an unexpected return intending to win back Naomi, she realizes she no longer knows her own heart.

Burying Daisy Doe – Ramona Richards – Over sixty years ago, Daisy Doe was murdered and discarded outside Pineville, Alabama, buried without a name or anyone to mourn her loss. When Star’s father tried to solve the case, he was also killed. Now a cold-case detective with resources of her own, Star is determined to get to the bottom of both crimes. But she’ll have to face an entire town locked in corruption, silence, and fear–and the same danger that took two other lives. The only people in town she can trust are her grandmother and the charming Mike Luinetti, and both of them trust a God Star isn’t sure she believes in. Can Christians so focused on the good really help her track down this evil?

Ottoman Dominion – Terry Brennan – #3 Empires of Armageddon – Diplomatic Security Service agent Brian Mullaney wants out. He’s been drawn against his will into a dangerous international mission with world-ending implications–and his final assignment is going to pit him directly against the terrifying, evil entity known only as the Turk. But when the Turk’s minions breach the US embassy in Israel and the American ambassador disappears, Mullaney has no choice. He must accept his role as the final guardian of a mysterious box, his only weapon against the powers of darkness bent on preventing the second coming of the Messiah, no matter who or what they annihilate to accomplish their goal. Can this man who’s already lost so much find the strength and faith to save the world–and fulfill the prophecy of peace?

Reading Challenge 2020 – try something new

Dear Readers,

This week’s challenge is Read a book by a favorite author.

Oh dear, I have no idea which book I would read. I have soooo many favorite authors. It completely depends on my mood, what is going on in my life and what are the other stories I am already reading. I don’t even dare to start listing my favorites because I would be afraid of missing someone.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Do you love everyone of their books or do you have a favorite among their titles?

Read on my friends, read on,

The Love Note – Joanna Politano – a book review

Dear Readers,

I met Joanna Davidson Politano when her first book, Lady Jayne Disappears, was releasing. She so impressed me with her passion for writing that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her book. Oh, and she has the cutest kids, who I got to visit with and cuddle while she shopped and relaxed.

The Love Note is Politano’s newest novel, which features a fantastic love story, but also a mysterious letter that affects everyone who reads it.

Willa has one dream, and it does not include a husband. She longs to be a doctor. To work alongside her father as they improve conditions in hospitals. Being a woman in 1865 England doesn’t present many opportunities for women to attend medical school, but she isn’t giving up hope yet.

When she turns down her 4th wedding proposal, she strikes a bargain with her father and heads off to Crestwicke to prove to her father that she does not need the husband he keeps telling her she does. What she discovers at Crestwicke is a mystery, a romance, and a letter that turns the household upside down.

A mixture of family secrets, romance, and beautiful setting, Politano has written a story that will attract a wide variety of readers. She makes sure everyone is engaged with the story and that you end up caring for and liking, or hating, those you are supposed to. She also places in just enough quirky characters to make The Love Note a fun read. (Who wouldn’t want to meet and speak to a famous poet of that time?)

Politano’s books are the ones you want to sit and read all day. Her characters are well developed, her settings make you want to travel and she always adds a bit of a mystery to engage the reader in trying to figure it out.

I recommend Politano’s book to anyone who loves romance, historical and a hint of mystery. They are the perfect fit for a cup of tea and a comfy chair.

Read on my friends, read on.

New Release Monday

Dear Readers,

Thanksgiving is next week. Umm is anyone else ready? I am not, but I am really thankful for all the great new titles that have arrived this year. Here are a few more to enjoy over the holidays.

Read on my friends, read on,

What You Said to Me – Olivia Newport – #4 Tree of Life – When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy files. Tisha doesn’t seem interested in taking the job seriously, and Jillian’s patience wears thin. Besides, everyone in Canyon Mines knows the Crowder family has experienced generations of brokenness. Then a sliver of hope turns up in long-ago words in plain sight, challenging shrouded assumptions about Tisha’s family. Now Jillian is the one who can walk with Tisha back to 1893 and uncover where everything went wrong in the first place—and save her from the past.

The Blended Quilt – Wanda Brunstetter – Sadie Kuhns has a lot happening in her life. She is creating a unique quilt by blending a traditional Amish pattern with a Hawaiian pattern as a tribute to her time spent in the islands, and she is working on a self-published book. But her relationship with Wyman Kauffman has stagnated after six months of courtship. He can’t seem to commit to a profession that would secure a future, and he is jealous of the time Sadie gives to her own pursuits. Is there really any reason to drag this courtship out?

The Cul-de-Sac War – Melissa Ferguson – Bree Leake doesn’t want to be tied down. She’s had more jobs than she can count, and she plans to move as soon as the curtains fall on her less-than-minor stage role at The Barter—the oldest live performance theater in the US. But just when it’s time to move on again, Bree’s parents make her an offer: hold steady for a full year, and they will give her the one thing she’s always wanted—her grandmother’s house. Her dreams are coming true . . . until life at the theater throws her some curve balls. And then there’s Chip McBride—her handsome and infuriating next-door neighbor.  Chip just might be the only person whose stubborn streak can match Bree’s. She would move heaven and earth to have him off her cul-de-sac and out of her life, but according to the bargain she’s struck, she can’t move out of her house and away from the man who’s making her life miserable. So begins Bree’s obsessive new mission: to drive Chip out of the neighborhood—and fast

The Dress Shop on King Street – Ashley Clark – Harper Dupree has pinned all her hopes on a future in fashion design. But when it comes crashing down around her, she returns home to Fairhope, Alabama, and to Millie, the woman who first taught her how to sew. As Harper rethinks her own future, long-hidden secrets about Millie’s past are brought to light. In 1946, Millie Middleton–the daughter of an Italian man and a Black woman–boarded a train and left Charleston to keep half of her heritage hidden. She carried with her two heirloom buttons and the dream of owning a dress store. She never expected to meet a charming train jumper who changed her life forever . . . and led her yet again to a heartbreaking choice about which heritage would define her future. Now, together, Harper and Millie return to Charleston to find the man who may hold the answers they seek . . . and a chance at the dress shop they’ve both dreamed of. But it’s not until all appears lost that they see the unexpected ways to mend what frayed between the seams.

Reading Challenge 2020 – try something new

Dear Readers,

Today’s one of my favorite. Read a book that you loved as a kid. I have so many that I would love to share. I was just talking to someone about it a couple weeks ago and I mention Meindert DeJonge. He wrote one of my favorites, Wheel on the School. It is about a tradition in the Netherlands of putting a wooden wheel on a chimney and a nesting pair of storks will build a nest and bring good luck to the village.

A beautiful penned story of school children who team up to bring the storks back. One that I have shared with my grandchildren, but also recommend to many others when they are looking for something for the kids to read together.

DeJonge also penned other books that I recommend also. Each one is a good read in its own way.

Read on my friends, read on.

The Jim and Marcia Kipp award

Dear Readers,

There is new award and it is voted on by you readers. Fiction Readers Summit has announced the Jim and Marcia Kipp Award. Named for the Kipps who were and are great supports of not only FRS, but anything to do with reading. They were church librarians until Marcia lost her battle with cancer this year. They both recommended hundreds of books to hundreds of readers. They loved being able to share not only their love of books, but their love of Jesus through the written word.

It was my pleasure to call both Jim and Marcia my friend. They were and are a couple that supported me through so much. To be able to name this award for them both, brings a tear to my eye. They are the kind of people you want to know.

Now for the award. You can nominate any book published in 2020. There are 4 genres – Historical, suspense, romance and contemporary. I have included the link to the Facebook announcement for all the details for you.

Join the fun and nominate a book today. Follow this link, https://forms.gle/A3qHGbHxnzY9HY746 to the google doc.

Read on my friends, read on.

New Release Monday

Dear Readers,
This list makes me want to curl up with a warm blanket, a cup of hot chocolate and a warm fire. Where is your favorite place to read?

Read on my friends, read on,

Things We didn’t Say – Amy L. Green – Headstrong Johanna Berglund, a linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, has very definite plans for her future . . . plans that do not include returning to her hometown and the secrets and heartaches she left behind there. But the US Army wants her to work as a translator at a nearby camp for German POWs. Johanna arrives to find the once-sleepy town exploding with hostility. Most patriotic citizens want nothing to do with German soldiers laboring in their fields, and they’re not afraid to criticize those who work at the camp as well. When Johanna describes the trouble to her friend Peter Ito, a language instructor at a school for military intelligence officers, he encourages her to give the town that rejected her a second chance. As Johanna interacts with the men of the camp and censors their letters home, she begins to see the prisoners in a more sympathetic light. But advocating for better treatment makes her enemies in the community, especially when charismatic German spokesman Stefan Werner begins to show interest in Johanna and her work. The longer Johanna wages her home-front battle, the more the lines between compassion and treason become blurred–and it’s no longer clear whom she can trust.

The Right Kind of Fool – Sarah Loudin Thomas – Thirteen-year-old Loyal Raines is supposed to stay close to home on a hot summer day in 1934. When he slips away for a quick swim in the river and finds a dead body, he wishes he’d obeyed his mother. The ripples caused by his discovery will impact the town of Beverly, West Virginia, in ways no one could have imagined. The first person those ripples disturb is Loyal’s absentee father. When Creed Raines realized his infant son was deaf, he headed for the hills, returning only to help meet his family’s basic needs. But when Loyal, now a young teen, stumbles upon a murder it’s his father he runs to tell–shaping the words with his hands. As Creed is pulled into the investigation he discovers that what sets his son apart isn’t his inability to hear but rather his courage. Longing to reclaim the life he abandoned, Creed will have to do more than help solve a murder if he wants to win his family’s hearts again.

The Promised Land – Elizabeth Musser – With her oldest son taking a gap year in Europe, her aging father losing his sight and his memory, and her husband of twenty years announcing that he’s leaving her, Abbie Jowett is surrounded by overwhelming loss. Desperate to mend her marriage and herself, she follows her son, Bobby, to walk the famed Camino pilgrimage. During their journey they encounter Rasa, an Iranian woman working in secret helping other refugees, and Caroline, a journalist who is studying pilgrims on the Camino while searching for answers from her broken past.  Each individual has their own reasons for the pilgrimage, but together they learn that the Camino strips you bare and calls you into deep soul-searching that can threaten all your best laid plans. 

Burden of Proof – Davis Bunn – Three weeks after his twenty-third birthday, Ethan missed the chance to save his brother’s life when he was murdered on the steps of the courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida. Ever since that fateful day, Ethan has sensed a deep disconnect between the man he should have been and the one he has become. His days play out a beat too slow, his mind replaying the scene of his failure again and again. But when his brother’s widow appears, asking for his help in uncovering what was really behind his brother’s death, Ethan is stunned to hear that she and her late husband were involved in a much larger case than he knew–one that threatens the global power structure. As Ethan joins the search for answers, he will enter into his own past–and discover a means of redeeming his future.

Reading Challenge 2020 – try something new.

Dear Readers,

We are closing in on the holiday season and I know many have started decorating for Christmas. Today’s reading challenge is to read a book about a holiday. Of course Christmas books are a favorite for some all year around.

You can read a book about any holiday. What books have you read that are not about Christmas but one of the other holidays?

Read on my friends, read on,