New Releases – Nov. 27 – Dec. 2

Dear Readers,

Christmas shopping is in full swing.  Over and over I will hear, “My (fill in the blank with any title here) reads everything.  I need a book that is so new they won’t have read it yet.”  Well here are a few titles to fit that bill.

Happy Reading,

Probing – Meyers/Peretti/Hunt/Gansky – Harbingers Cycle Three – As Evil Lurks Around Every Corner, This Misfit Team Must Work Together If Anyone Wants to Make It Out Alive. This is Harbingers.  The stakes are higher than ever as Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky return again to the universe of Harbingers for four more stories set in a world on the brink of destruction.

Holding the Fort – Regina Jennings – #1 The Fort Reno Series – Dance hall singer Louisa Bell has always lived one step from destitution. When she loses her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon, she has nowhere else to go but to her brother, a cavalry soldier stationed in Indian Territory. But he’s run afoul of his commanding officer. Unsure what she can do to help him and desperate for a job, she doesn’t protest when she’s mistaken for a governess at the fort. How hard can teaching really be?

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage – Julie Klassen – #2 Tales of Ivy Hill – A gentlewoman in reduced circumstances, Miss Rachel Ashford lives as a guest in Ivy Cottage. With her meager funds rapidly depleting, she is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. Her friend Jane Bell and the other village women encourage her to open a circulating library with the many books she’s inherited from her father. As villagers donate additional books and Rachel begins sorting through the volumes, she discovers mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but both find more than they bargained for.


Book Club

Dear Readers,

Not sure how far you are in the book, but I am wondering something.  Okay so if this story was real and had hit the news, who would you believe?  Where would you go find out the ‘true’ story?  Would you automatically believe or not believe someone because of which political party they belonged to?  Would you trust the president to do the correct thing?

Personally I am not sure who I would believe or not believe.  I know I would try to hear the story from as many perspectives as possible and as many sources (reliable sources) also.  I would also try to find a source that was just telling me the facts and not just their perspective on it.  (Reporters who use “I think…” while reporting the news drive me crazy)

I also know that neither political party is more innocent than the others.  I try not to judge the whole party by what one or two of their members do.  It is really hard sometimes, but I try.

Happy Reading,

Personal Libraries

Dear Readers,

I have something in my house as of this week that I never have had before.  A library.  I have always had bookshelves and places for books, but never have I had a specific room to call the library.  I picked out the paint and am still working on the furniture, (it needs a comfy chair yet) and a few other odds and ends, but I have a library and it is all mine.

As I start to fill the shelves, I realize to quickly that I will not have enough room for all the books already in my house.  How to do you pick between two friend?  How do you get rid of an old childhood favorite?  How do you tell Nancy Drew that she doesn’t fit on your selves any more?  Because of Nancy I love mysteries and she was one of the first young women characters that I read who was smart, funny and independent.  What about Caddie Woodlawn?  She let me explore the woods along side her and her brothers, teaching me it was okay to want to climb trees instead of play with dolls or stay in the house.

Then there are the Cat who mysteries, they were there when I had small children running around the house and didn’t have a ton of time to read and needed something quick and easy to pick up that didn’t involved romance. Yes, I own all of them.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, how can you not have a book on your shelf that reminds you just by looking at it how great the Father’s love is.

Misty of the Chincoteague where I spent weeks in the summer riding a wild pony.  But any book by Margaret Henry took my on such great adventures to many interesting and mysterious land.  As I grew my adventures included Elves and Hobbits and talking animals.  How about the Dragons of Pern?  They all stretched me to love the Fantasy genre.

There are more, so many more, that have made me the reader I am today.  How do I tell them that they are no longer welcome on my shelves?  How do you tell an old friend, one who brought you comfort and love that they no longer belong in your house?  I can’t do it can you?

Happy Reading,

Christmas titles

Dear Readers,

My annual list of Christmas titles for you.  I don’t know if the list is any  longer than last year, but there are some good titles on the list to settle down with a cup of warm cocoa.

Happy Reading,

The Beloved Christmas Quilt – Wanda Brunstetter/Jena Brunstetter/Richele Brunstetter – 3 in one – Three generations of Brunstetter women bring you the story of one beloved quilt that is passed down to three generations of Amish women at Christmastime. Luella prays the wisdom in the scripture on the back of the quilt will lead her to choose the best of two men. Karen and her husband move away from family, and the scripture comforts her through life’s storms. Clinging to the scripture, Roseanna hopes to be united with her true love.

Christmas at Carnton – Tamera Alexander – Amid the shadow of war, the fading dream of the Confederacy, and the faith of a child, a former soldier and a destitute woman discover the true meaning of Christmas and a most unanticipated friendship–and love.

Colors of Christmas – Olivia Newport – Celebrate the joyful hope of the Christmas season as characters find healing in the midst of heartbreak.

Christmas at Grey Sage – Phyllis Clark Nichols – Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn looks like the perfect place for weary travelers to escape the craziness of the Christmas season. There’s plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inn’s owners, Maude and Silas Thornhill, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this year’s guests from across the country.

The Noel Diary – Richard Paul Evans – In this new holiday-themed novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mistletoe Promise and The Walk, a man receives the best Christmas present he could ask for: the chance to re-write the past.

The Gift – Shelley Shepard Gray – The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.

The Gift of Christmas Past – Cindy Woodsmall/Erin Woodsmall – Lies spoken.  Promises shattered.  She went to juvenile lockup.  He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents. Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialist in the field of speech therapy.  They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after a suspected arson.  Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.  Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?

12 Days at Bleakly Manor – Michelle Griep – England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds. But is she walking into danger?

The Christmas Blessing – Melody Carlson – Although Amelia would be on the train only until tomorrow morning, she unpacked a few things with the goal of making Jimmy and herself as comfortable as possible. To her delight, this cozy sleeping car felt just right for the two of them. Not only that, but as the train began to move, Jimmy relaxed and settled in. Almost as if he were glad they were finally on their way. Maybe he instinctively knew that life was about to get better for them. Perhaps he would enjoy meeting his paternal grandparents. At the moment the train pulled out of the station, anything seemed possible.

An Amish Christmas Love – Wiseman/Clipston/Reid/Irvin – 4 best selling authors of Amish fiction join together to bring you 4 wonderful Christmas titles full of adventures, family and joy.


New Release – Nov. 20-25

Dear Readers,

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend.  I know I ate way to much and seemed to think I was actually hunger a couple of times.  Did you get a chance to read?  I know I try to set some time aside for me to read just for a break in the business that is this weekend.  Here are a few titles to get your holiday reading off to a get start.

Happy Reading,

The House on Foster Hill – Jaime Jo Wright – Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.  A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

Perennials – Julie Cantrell – Eva–known to all as Lovey–grew up in Oxford, MS, surrounded by literary history and her mother’s stunning perennial gardens. But a garden shed fire and the burns suffered by one of her best friends seemed to change everything. Her older sister Bitsy blamed her for the fire–and no one spoke up on her behalf. Bitsy the cheerleader, Bitsy the homecoming queen, Bitsy married to a wealthy investor. And all the while, Lovey blamed for everything that goes wrong.  When she gets a call from her father–still known to everyone as Chief from his Ole Miss football days–insisting that she come home three weeks early for her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration, she’s at wits end. She’s about to close the biggest contract of her career, the one that will secure her financial goals and set her up for retirement. But his words, -Family First, – hit too close to home. Is there hope for her estranged relationship with Bitsy after all this time?

A Place at Our Table – Amy Clipston – #1 An Amish Homestead Novel – Jamie Riehl might very well be burning both ends of the candle. Running the family farm keeps him busy enough, but add in his volunteering for the local fire department, and Jamie barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner while responding to a fire, he is smitten.  Kayla tries so hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s spent the last year trying to talk her younger brother, Nathan, out of joining the fire department. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago has reinforced the dangers of just such a profession, and she can’t bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare.