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Title: Castle of Refuge (The Dericott Tales #2) by Melanie Dickerson Pages: 336 Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Retellings, Christian Fiction Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 1st, 2021) Summary: Audrey is a viscount’s daughter who has suffered her sister Maris’s cruel, jealous behavior all her life. An act of malice led their father to send Maris to a convent, but Audrey was still left with scars. Three years later, Audrey’s father is determined to… Read More

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be a part of Harlequin Trade Publishing’s summer blog tour! I have a couple different stops this summer, but for today’s stop I have an excerpt for the latest Sarah Morgan novel, The Summer Seekers! I am currently in the middle of reading this one and so far, I am loving it!! With summer just around the corner, now is the time to pick this… Read More

Title: Hope in the Dark by Hannah Wright Pages: 420 Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Publisher: Self-published (May 25th, 2021) Summary: Broken hearts, a town torn apart, and a new job. What could possibly go wrong? Moving into the great unknown of Featherlight, Idaho, was a huge change for Elizabeth Matthews. But while Asheville, North Carolina was comfortingly familiar, it had left her with a broken heart and a determination to never trust a… Read More

Title: Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum Pages: 214 Genres: YA, Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery Publisher: Zondervan (Aug. 9th, 2011) Summary: Drawing Conclusions or Drafting Disaster? Other than harboring a somewhat obsessive fondness for Crispix and completely swearing-off boys after a bad date (don’t ask), sixteen-year-old Kate Carter is about as ordinary as they come, except for her two notable talents: art and sarcasm. After an introduction to forensic sketching in her elective art class, Kate discovers a… Read More

Title: Closure by Lindsey Todd Pages: 255 Genres: Christian (Catholic) Fiction, New Adult Publisher: Self-Published (Aug. 28th, 2020) Summary: “I hope, after this extremely long love letter, that you can appreciate the way all of our little moments fell together in the type of perfection I had once believed I’d only read about in books.” For Morgan, Philadelphia isn’t “just” a city. It can never, will never, be “just” a city again. From ordering cookies at a… Read More

Title: Everything That Was by E. Graziani Pages: 323 Genres: Women’s Fiction, Romance Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (Feb. 8th, 2021) Summary: What would you do for a secret love? Despite not speaking for nearly twenty years, Massimo Damiani, a ‘rags-to-riches’ oil executive, summons Sofie to his hospice bedside in picturesque Tuscany—his last wish?…to reconcile their stormy history and set long-buried secrets to rest. Sofia Romano, a powerful Wall Street banker in Manhattan’s financial district, reeling with… Read More

It’s Top Ten Tuesday!  TTT a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is: Ten Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud!

Title: Human(kind) by Ashlee Eiland Pages: 224 Genres: Nonfiction, Christian Publisher: Waterbrook & Multnomah (Apr. 7, 2020) Summary A talented storyteller and peacemaker asks: Can kindness kindle a revolution? “Ashlee teaches by example how to live with courage and compassion, and I believe her perspective and voice will be deeply meaningful to so many people.”–Shauna Niequist Long before polls, protests, and political issues divided us, we were joined by a humanness that… Read More

Hello everyone! It has been a long time since I’ve talked to you all last. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been keeping up with you all on there, but I haven’t blogged at all since March, and it’s been even longer since I’ve actually blogged consistently. Like many other people, 2020 has been an extremely difficult and challenging year for me. I am so thankful to have remained… Read More

Title: Ornamental Graces by Carolyn Astfalk Pages: 366 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Christian/Catholic Publisher: Multa Verba Publishing (Oct. 11th, 2016) Summary After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Just when his life seems to be back on track, he meets Emily Kowalski, younger sister of his new best friend. Emily’s the kind of girl he’d always dreamed of—sweet, smart, and sincere. But he’s made… Read More