Summer Reading list 208 part 3

Dear Readers,

Installment #3.  Every time I add another page to the list, I add more books to my TBR pile.

Happy Reading,

The Pirate Bride – Kathleen T’Barbo – #2 Daughters of the Mayflower – historical – Mama may have been named for a great-grandmother who traveled from England on the Mayflower, but that fact certainly did not keep her in the land of her birth.

The Road Home – Beverly Lewis – Amish – (prologue) – If you’re anything like me, you want to plan ahead.

Shadows of Hope – Georgiana Daniels – contemporary – Seven dollars was a small price for a latte and a little conversation.

Need to Know – Karen Cleveland – action/adventure/spy – I stand in the doorway of the twin’s room and watch them sleep, peaceful and innocent, through crib slats that remind me of bars on a prison cell.

No One Ever Asked – Katie Ganshert – contemporary – (prologue) – An earthquake started it all.

The Lost Castle – Kristy Cambron – split time – (Prologue) Crumbling walls were rare, beautiful things.

As Bright as Heaven – Susan Meissner – historical – Morning light simmers on the apricot horizon as I stand at the place where my baby boy rests.

Beneath the Surface – Lynn H Blackburn – romantic suspense – #1 Dive Team Investigators -Homicide investigator Ryan Parker flashed a thumbs-up to his dive buddy and fellow homicide investigator, Gabe Chavez.

In Places Hidden – Tracie Peterson – #1 Golden Gate Secrets – historical – “San…Fran…cisco!”

The Kremlin Conspiracy – Joel Rosenberg – action/adventure – Lousia Sherbatov had just turned six, but she would never turn seven.

Loving Isaac – Heather Kaufman – contemporary – The sun glinted off the water and threw flashes of light into Hana’s face, which made it hard to keep an eye on her son.

High Treason – DiAnn Mills – #3 FBI task force novel – romantic suspense – FBI special agent Kord Davidson had survived missions in the Middle East, been detained in Iran, excaped an ISIS death trap, and still walked and talked.

The Saturday Night Supper Club – Carla Laureano – contemporary – Three hours into the Saturday night dinner service and she was already running on fumes.

The Sea Before Us – Sarah Sundin – WWII – #1 Sunrise at Normandy – (prologue) – Wyatt Paxton never realized coming home could be as bittersweet as leaving.


Shawn Smucker

Dear Readers,

If you have read The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker, book #2 is here!!!  The Edge of Over There is fantastic and a must read. (review to come)  Get your copies now at Baker Book House or on

If you haven’t read book one, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?!  Sorry didn’t mean to shout, but goodness go get a copy, get it read.  Oh while you are grabbing book one grab book 2 as you are going to want to read that one also.  I will wait here so you can get them read and we will discuss once you are finished.

Happy Reading,

shawn smucker cover

Kristin Hannah

Dear Readers,
I am reviewing a book today that is not a Christian book, but it might be one that many of us should read. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah is the story of a family caught in the vicious cycle of abuse. Kristin did such a great job of writing the story and it drew me in so much I was reacting just like the women in the story. I was tense, a bit stressed and on edge while reading, which, when you are listening to the book on your commute to work, is not a good thing. (Thank goodness for cruise control in my car.) I could hardly stand having to leave my car once I got to work as I wanted to keep listening. I had to know what was going to happen.


Set in the stark beauty that is Alaska, you quickly learn how fragile life was and is there. As Lenny said, “there a million ways to die in Alaska.” Lenny and her parents head north to live off the plot of land left to her father. They arrive very ill-prepared for what was needed to survive. They learned quickly from many of the neighbors, but what none of them were prepared for was what the Alaskan winter would bring out in Lenny’s father, Ernt.

This book wrecked me. It took me two days to really get back to enjoying reading. I was reading a couple other books at that time and even though I read them and even liked their storylines, it all felt flat after finishing this book. This book will stay with you after you close the pages. Kristin creates characters that are real and believable. Ones that could be my next door neighbor. She lets us look behind the curtain of their home and help us understand what it is like to live in such situations and maybe give us some ideas of how to help.

Happy Reading,


New Releases – June 11 – 16

Dear Readers,

Schools are out for the summer.  Have you joined the Baker Book House summer reading programs?  We have them for both kids and adults.  Go to for more information.

Happy Reading,

A Defense of Honor – Kristi Ann Hunter – When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.  After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and to raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. But as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, the risk of revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.

A Rebel Heart – Beth White – Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family’s Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land–until a hotel management agent for the railroad offers her hope for the future.  If she’ll turn her home into a hotel, Levi Riggins says, he can all but guarantee it will be saved. Selah isn’t sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee. Yet what other options does she have? She’ll have to stay on her guard . . . but she never expected to have to guard her heart.

More than Meets the Eye – Karen Witemeyer – Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Evangeline has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Evangeline has two–Seth and Zach, fellow orphans she now counts as brothers.  Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. And when Hamilton’s unique sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time they cross paths, Logan finds his quest completely derailed.

Justice Betrayed – Patricia Bradley – #3 A Memphis Cold Case – It’s Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide detective Rachel Sloan isn’t sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators–one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken–she’s forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic’s home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend’s killer?  When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?

Before I Saw You – Amy Sorrels – Folks are dying fast as the ash trees in the southern Indiana town ravaged by the heroin epidemic, where Jaycee Givens lives with nothing more than a thread of hope and a quirky neighbor, Sudie, who rescues injured wildlife. After a tragedy leaves her mother in prison, Jaycee is carrying grief and an unplanned pregnancy she conceals because she trusts no one, including the kind and handsome Gabe, who is new to town and to the local diner where she works.  Dividing her time between the diner and Sudie’s place, Jaycee nurses her broken heart among a collection of unlikely friends who are the closest thing to family that she has. Eventually, she realizes she can’t hide her pregnancy any longer―not even from the baby’s abusive father, who is furious when he finds out. The choices she must make for the safety of her unborn child threaten to derail any chance she ever had for hope and redemption. Ultimately, Jaycee must decide whether the truest form of love means hanging on or letting go.

Summer Reading list 2018- part 2

Dear Readers,

Here is the second installment of the Summer Reading list.  Do you have all your books picked out for your summer reading?

Happy Reading,

Looking into You – Chris Fabry – contemporary – There is no greater power on earth than a mother’s love.

The Hidden Side – Heidi Chiavaroli – split time – When I was fourteen, I hid a pack of Virginia Slims in the top drawer of my dresser

Things I Never Told You – Beth K. Vogt – contemporary – The what-ifs taunted me every time I visited my parents, but any hope of beginning again had vanished years ago – if there’d ever been one.

223 Orchard Street – Renee Ryan – historical – Time had become her greatest enemy, the one obstacle Katie O’Connor hadn’t anticipated.

The 49th Mystic – Ted Dekker – fantasy – (prologue) – I’m walking through a field of yellow daisies, wanting to love the way they sway in a gentle breeze, wanting to enjoy the scents of fresh earth and natural grasses, the bright blue sky, the sound of chirping birds in the trees just ahead of me.

The Forgotten Road – Richard Paul Evans –  contemporary – I had a dream last night

Becoming the Talbot Sisters – Rachel Linden – contemporary – Waverly Talbot gritted her teeth and smiled brightly for the television camera

Honeysuckle Dreams – Denise Hunter – contemporary –  Playing house was just a little too easy for Hope Daniels.

The Heart Between Us – Lindsay Harrel – contemporary – (prologue) – Amy says in order to move forward, I have to stop clinging to the past.

Beneath A Prairie Moon – Kim Vogel Sawyer – historical – “When’re you gonna have your letter ready, Mack?”

Pelican Point – Irene Hannon – contemporary romance – #3 A Hope Harbor novel – He’d inherited a lighthouse?

The Accidental Guardian – Mary Connealy – #1 High Sierra Sweethearts – historical romance –  Deborah Harkness came awake with a snap, her hand already steady on the six-gun under her pillow.

The Wounded Shadow – Patrick W. Carr – #3 Dark Water Saga – fantasy – Ealdor emerged from the shadows to palpable silence – the lines of his face and the iron-gray of his beard familiar, and his gaze intense enough to see through walls.

Hometown Girl – Courtney Walsh – contemporary –  Beth Whitaker hated flowers