Fall Reading List

Dear Readers,

Here is the second halfof my suggested fall reads.

Happy Reading,

Murder at the Flamingo – Rachel McMillan – When a corpse is discovered at the Flamingo, Reggie and Hamish quickly learn there is a vast chasm between the haves and the have-nots in 1937 Boston–and that there’s an underworld that feeds on them both. As Hamish is forced to choose between his conscience and loyalty to his beloved cousin, the unlikely sleuthing duo work to expose a murder before the darkness destroys everything they’ve worked to build.

Called to Protect – Lynette Eason –  #2 Blue Justice – After being dumped by her fiancé, Chloe St. John has decided that the only male she likes is her K-9 German shepherd partner, Hank. But being over the whole romance thing has perks–like giving full attention to her job. Attention she’s definitely going to need because a case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

Thief of Corinth – Tessa Afshar – After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis – Patti Callahan – When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy. October release

Rise of the Mystics – Ted Dekker #2 Beyond the Circle – Rachelle Matthews, who grew up in the small town of Eden, Utah, discovered just how wrong when she dreamed and awoke in another world. There she learned that she was the 49th Mystic, the prophesied one, tasked with finding five ancient seals before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, the world will forever be locked in darkness. October release

Lady of a Thousand Treasures – Sandra Byrd – Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone. October release

Chosen People – Robert Whitlow – During a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her four-year-old daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.  Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, typically uses her multi-language skills to represent international clients for an Atlanta law firm. When her boss is contacted by Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer aggressively pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the family under the US Anti-Terrorism laws, he calls on Hana’s expertise to take point on the case. After careful prayer, she joins forces with Jakob, and they quickly realize the need to bring in a third member for their team, an Arab investigator named Daud Hasan, based in Israel. November release


Nadine Brandes

Dear Readers,

Remember, Remember the fifth of November,

The Gunpowder treason and plot;

I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ‘twas his intent

To blow up the kind and Parliament;

Threescore barrels of powder below,

Poor old England to overthrow.

By God’s providence he catch’d

With a dark lantern and burning match.

So starts Fawkes by Nadine Brandes.  With a poem that is memorized by many a school child in England.  I didn’t personally know it, but I knew of the incident with Guy Fawkes.  Once that connection was made I had to read this book.

I so relished reading this historical book with a twist.  The facts and what is going on in history at that time is accurate, but Nadine adds a twist.  Instead of Protestants and Catholics, the Ignitors and Keepers are the two parties at war with each other.

The Keepers believe those that control one color are the ones who know correctly and the Igniters, those who control two or more colors, are heretics.  Keepers think that working with and controlling the White color is what causes the plague that turns a person to stone.  The Igniters believe that the old thinking is what is causing the Plague.


Guy wants to rid the world of the plague and hatches at plot to blow up Parliament, kill King James and take over the monarchy.

History mixed with a great deal of fantasy and you have my dream book.  Now wrap that up with some really good writing that makes the characters relatable or such a good villain, then it is like the perfect combo.

I have read many of Nadine’s books before, after checking her website I realized I had not read them all, Fawkes just maybe my favorite because to the creativity behind it.  It is always good to read books that teach us something, but to read and learn about history makes the story even better.

Happy Reading,

New Releases Sept. 3 – 8

Dear Readers,

Summer is un-officially over.  I know that last year September was our hottest month, so outdoor reading isn’t over with yet.    Here are a few new titles to enjoy while relaxing in the wonderful fall weather.

Happy Reading,

First Love – Beverly Lewis – Jah, that was undeniably a difficult time, one that opened my eyes in countless ways. And my heart, most of all. It was a season of sorrow and searching, of questions and answers.  It was the summer of my first love.
It’s the summer of 1951, and Maggie Esh is in need of some hope. Sweet-spirited and uncommonly pretty despite struggling with illness, she is used to being treated kindly by the young men of her Old Order Amish church district. Yet Maggie wishes she were more like other courting-age girls so she could live a normal, healthy life. When tent revival meetings come to the area, the words of the preacher cause her to reconsider what she knows about faith. Can she learn to trust God even when hope seems a distant dream?

The Second Coming – John Heubusch – sequel to the Shroud Conspiracy – When a fallen angel is mistakenly resurrected from the blood of an evil “Watcher” stolen from the Shroud of Turin, the fiend’s first gift to the world is an unstoppable plague. Dr. Jon Bondurant, the forensic anthropologist, joins with Domenika Josef to bring a second child of the Shroud into the world, this one borne of DNA believed to be that of Jesus Christ. Can this child be the answer to their–and the world’s–prayers?  Is their child truly divine? His parents are still not sure who the child really is or what he will become, but when he starts demonstrating remarkable powers to heal, they start to understand that whatever he is, he is not of this world. Might he bring miracles to the world when it needs it the most? Or has science given mankind a tool with which it will destroy itself as the tempting power of the Watcher unfolds?

Through the Autumn Air – Kelly Irvin – # 3 An Every Amish Season -The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove?

As the Tide Comes In – Cindy Woodsmall/Erin Woodsmall – When an unthinkable loss sends Tara Abbott’s life spiraling out of control, she journeys from North Carolina to Georgia’s St. Simons Island. Although confused and scared, she hopes to find answers about her past – her life before the years of foster care and raising her two half-brothers as a young adult. Will she find steady ground on the island, surrounded by an eccentric-but-kindhearted group of older women called The Glynn Girls and a determined firefighter? Or will the truth splinter what’s left of her identity into pieces?
Cost of Betrayal – Henderson/Pettrey/Eason – Dee Henderson – “Betrayed”
After serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she didn’t commit, Janelle Roberts is finally freed. But the truth is still waiting to be discovered, and a murderer is still at large. Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another act of treachery.
Dani Pettrey – “Deadly Isle”
Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer before they become the next victims?
Lynette Eason – “Code of Ethics”
When Detective Isaac Martinez lands in the ER with a gunshot wound, he pulls through thanks to trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John. But as the witness to a crime and possible corruption, Martinez is at risk from someone intent on silencing him–and those around him–forever. When he barely survives another attack while recovering, both he and Ruthie must flee, trying to outrun deadly killers while locating the evidence they need to end the danger.

In Times Gone By – Tracie Peterson – #3 Golden Gate Secrets – After getting left at the altar, Kenzie Gifford flees to San Francisco to start her life over, determined never to love again. She’s made new friends and has a good job in the office of her cousin’s chocolate factory. The only thorn in her side is Dr. Micah Fisher, who insists on pursuing her despite her constant resistance.  Then the Great Earthquake of 1906 strikes the city, and everything changes. The devastation all around her makes Kenzie reevaluate her outlook on life–and possibly even her feelings for Micah. Her world is rocked again when her ex-fiancé appears, determined to win her back. But Arthur already broke her heart once. Does she dare trust him again? The sudden arrival of a hidden danger will expose the motivations of all involved, but it could cost Kenzie her heart–and her life.

Fall Reading list

Dear Readers,

I know I did a ‘looking forward to these titles’ list already.  After releasing that, I was asked about a recommend Fall Reading list.  So I made one.  I will be sharing the list this week and next week.

All titles are available at bakerbookhouse.com and in the bookstore.  For those not released yet, pre-orders are available.

Happy Reading,

First Love – Beverly Lewis – It’s the summer of 1951, and Maggie Esh is in need of some hope. Sweet-spirited and uncommonly pretty despite struggling with illness, she is used to being treated kindly by the young men of her Old Order Amish church district. Yet Maggie wishes she were more like other courting-age girls so she could live a normal, healthy life. When tent revival meetings come to the area, the words of the preacher cause her to reconsider what she knows about faith. Can she learn to trust God even when hope seems a distant dream?
Legacy of Mercy – Lynn Austin – releases Oct. 2 – Having returned to Chicago, young socialite Anna Nicholson can’t seem to focus on her upcoming marriage. The new information she’s learned about her birth mother continues to pull at her, and she hires Pinkerton detectives to help her discover the whole truth.
Mark of the Raven – Morgan Busse – November – Lady Selene is heir to the House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. Soon after the gifting, however, Selene discovers that the Ravenwood women have been secretly using their gift to gather information or to assassinate those responsible for the fall of House Ravenwood to the Dominia Empire hundreds of years ago.
Jerusalem’s Queen – Angela Hunt – #3 the Silent Years – Born in the small village of Modein, a place made famous by the warrior Maccabees, Salome Alexandra knows better than to harbor grand dreams for her future. She pales in comparison to her beautiful older sister, and though she learns to read at an early age, girls are not valued for their intellectual ability. However, when her father and sister are killed, John Hyrcanus, a distant relative, invites Salome and her mother to live with his family in Jerusalem, where her thirst for knowledge is noticed and indulged.
Things I Never Told You – Beth Vogt – It’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever ways they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine―as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.
The Edge of Over There – Shawn Smucker – Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller’s life had been predictable. Safe. Normal. But after the Tree, everything has felt fragile . . . like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. After years of fruitless searching for the next Tree, she begins to wonder if it was nothing more than a vivid dream.
Auschwitz Lullaby – Mario Escobar – On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene’s worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into custody. Though Helene is German and safe from the forces invading her home, she refuses to leave her family–sealing her fate in a way she never could have imagined.
The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond – Jaime Jo Wright – For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and Midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant facade. Yet her strange and sudden inheritance of a run-down trailer home–full of pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters–leaves her wholly unprepared for how truly dark and deadly those secrets may be.

favorite lines

Dear Readers,

I have been listening to Louise Penny’s A Fatal Grace, book #2 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series.  (How have I not found these books before)  I am completely enjoying the series, but this morning I heard a line that made me laugh right out loud.  (there have been several, but this line almost made me have to stop my car I was laughing so hard)

The scene is that a group of people are looking at a photograph to help identify a murderer.  One of the character points at something on fatal_grace_cov_bookspage2the photo and asks “what is that?”  One of the other characters identifies it as the first character.  To which she replies “I look like a potato in a laundry basket.”

After the laughter settled down and I rewound the book a bit as I had missed a bunch, I got to thinking.  First what a great line.  It makes the character so very real.  Secondly I had to wonder how the author came up with that description.  I never would have imagined someone looking like that.

That got me thinking about favorite lines.  Some of them are funny and when you repeat them in certain groups will get the whole group laughing. My family has several of those and I am sure so does yours.  Emperor’s New Groove has provide many of a line we use.

How about you?  Any favorite lines that you have written down, memorized and/or use over and over?  I would love to hear them.

Happy Reading,