Looking Back on October 2017

Where Are You Now? An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House, #4) The Cinderella Murder (Under Suspicion, #2) A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue, #3) Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier #1) The Walnut Tree (Bess Crawford #4.5) P.S. I Like You The Fill-In Boyfriend On the Fence


New-To-Me Authors: 1

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: New York – Massachusetts – California – Montana – Oregon (Territory)

Countries: England – France

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Library Finds – October

 

It makes me happy when my library gets new Christian Fiction! 😁 I just read my copy of Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin in June and I definitely recommend it!!


 

Here are a couple of books by Linda J. White.
I’ve read Words of Conviction— it’s very good!
Seeds of Evidence I have not read yet, but it’s definitely on my tbr list. In fact, I’ve even borrowed it from my library twice, but ended up not having the time to read it…


 

Any DiAnn Mills fans out there??
I discovered DiAnn’s writing through my library several years ago & have been enjoying her books ever since! These are some of her books that my library has.


 

Have y’all read any of the Bug Man books by Tim Downs? I’ve read a couple & really liked them– they’re about a forensic entomologist (and you might want to look that up before deciding if you want to read these books).
I discovered this book at my library… read it, liked it, & recommended it to my brother. Which led to buying him the entire series for Christmas.

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An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House, #4)

An Inconvenient Beauty
(Hawthorne House #4)
by Kristi Ann Hunter


~ MY REVIEW ~

*sigh* A new one for my favorites list… 🙂

I’m going to be honest here and admit that I was a little concerned about this book– if you read my review for the previous book, you’ll understand why. And I know I’m not the only one who felt this way so I just wanted to say right away that you have absolutely nothing to worry about! This book is fantastic and I loved it!!

Now.  Moving on to one of the main reasons that I loved this book.  Griffith.  I love him!  Before, I really wasn’t all that interested in him.  It’s not that I didn’t like him or anything… he’s a good and likable character.  He has a good heart, he loves God and his family, and he does his best to just be a good man.  But I just didn’t find him all that intriguing.  He didn’t pique my curiosity or make me super excited to read his story.  Colin has been my favorite hero in the Hawthorne House series and I had no suspicions that his position as my favorite might be challenged.  But it has been. Griffith swept in and stole my heart and I now find it a bit difficult to truly say that Colin is still my favorite–  I think they may be tied for first place now. 😉

Okay, enough about Griffith. ;P  I also loved Isabella.  She’s in such a tough situation and she really had no clue it would be so difficult to complete the mission she set out for London to do.  And then she’s in the middle of a big mess and it seems there’s no way out!  As much as I wished she would have made different decisions, who am I to say I wouldn’t have done much the same thing in that same situation?  And I have to applaud her for wanting to do everything she can to help her family.  And in the end, I couldn’t be angry with her for her choices.  She was so limited in how she could help them.  What’s a girl to do?

And let’s not forget Frederica!  Dear, dear Freddie…  I like to think of Freddie as being God’s little helper. 😉  (You’ll understand what I mean when you read the book– or if you already have read it.)  I flat out adored this girl by the end of the story!  She may very well have been my favorite character.  Her personality is so endearing; I just know that I would love having her as a friend!  And the close, loving friendship she has with Isabella is the next best thing to having a sister.  Theirs is the kind of relationship that you know will last.  🙂

Beyond the characters themselves, this story was a great reminder that no matter how much planning you do for your life, God’s plan may not be quite what you had in mind.  But He knows what’s best, even when it goes against what you think is best.  This story definitely gives you something to ponder when it comes to trying to plan out your future.  Planning is all well and good– it’s needed– but don’t ever forget that you need to make God’s desire for your life your priority.  His outcome is always so much better than we could have ever imagined!

Before I go, I just have to ask: am I the only person who kept thinking of Mr. Darcy throughout this entire book?  I know Griffith is supposed to be blond and all, but I just couldn’t help picturing Colin Firth rather than Chris Hemsworth (the chap the author had in mind).

 

I received a free copy of this book through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 


 

~ SOME FAVORITE QUOTES ~

A man of eight and twenty should not feel the need to squirm when his little sister stared at him, even if her expression held the intensity of every headmaster he’d ever had, combined.

“Miss Breckenridge, you must allow me to tell you how brilliant your teeth are. Were you a horse I would bid until I won you.”
Isabella blinked, straining to maintain her smile, even though her cheeks were starting to hurt. There was a compliment somewhere in that bizarre statement, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to find it.

Frederica: “The very fact that we have no idea why he’s bestowed his attentions on me proves that he’s not in his right mind.”

Griffith: “I find myself drawn to her, even though she’s an entirely illogical choice.”
Georgina: “I wouldn’t lead with that. It doesn’t even work for fictional men.”
Miranda: “Agreed. Tell her you love her. If that doesn’t do it, you don’t want to marry her anyway.”

Griffith: “What if she says no?”
Miranda: “Then we find a way to turn her into a frog.”

 


Check out the entire Hawthorne House series & my reviews for them!
A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House, #0.5) A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1) An Elegant Façade (Hawthorne House, #2) An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3) An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House, #4)


Click HERE to see more review posts on my blog!  🙂

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Looking Back on September 2017

All Dressed in White (Under Suspicion, #3) Deadlock (FBI: Houston, #3) The Sleeping Beauty Killer (Under Suspicion, #4) A Bride at Last (Unexpected Brides, #3) Rescue Me (Montana Rescue, #2) Love in a Fix (Modern Conveniences #1) I've Got You Under My Skin (Under Suspicion, #1)

 

New-To-Me Authors: 1

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: Florida – New York – Texas – Missouri – Kansas – Montana

Countries: 0

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Library Finds – September

 

Any Susan May Warren fans out there? Anyone read her Team Hope series? They’re some of the first books that I read by this author and pretty great, let me tell ya!

 


 

 

This is the Logan Point series by Patricia Bradley.
I haven’t read these books yet, but they’re on my TBR list & I’ve heard they’re good!
Anyone want to vouch for them?


 

I absolutely love Dani Pettrey‘s Alaskan Courage series!!
My first Dani Pettrey book was borrowed from my sister-in-law. But she just wasn’t buying the books fast enough & I didn’t have the money to buy them myself so I was extremely happy that my library started buying them as soon as they came out!


 

The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey.
I actually own this one, but my library has it too. I really enjoyed it!
If you like good Christian historical fiction that takes place during World War II… I definitely recommend checking out this book!

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Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills

Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1)

Deadly Encounter
(FBI Task Force #1)
by DiAnn Mills


 

~ MY REVIEW ~

“Stubborn Cajun meets stubborn Cajun.  Will they get together or drown each other in the bayou?”  ~ Ric 

Well.  This was an intriguing read, for sure!  It dives right in with a dead body discovered in the first few pages.  No surprise there– it is a suspense novel, after all.  But then it gets interesting.  Terrorism, water contamination, attacks, a flu outbreak, scams, abuse, a custody case, biological warfare…..  *deep breath*  Did I miss anything?  I’m sure I did.

This wasn’t a super fast-paced read for me, like a lot of suspense novels are, but the slower, steady pace didn’t in any way detract from the story.  I never considered putting the book away (perhaps putting it on hold so I could read Lynette Eason’s newest book that I had been waiting for ever to read… but not putting it away for good 😉 ).

I enjoyed learning about the Airport Rangers.  I had never heard of this program before so hearing about them in this book prompted me to look into it further.  I love it when I can learn about something new while enjoying my fiction addiction! 😀
News Flash: reading books may teach you about things you didn’t know! 😛

Sometimes I have a difficult time picking a favorite character.  And I often dislike child characters because it seems that many authors have a difficult time portraying them correctly or… I don’t know how to say this except– in an appealing way?  That sounds kinda silly, but I hope y’all know what I mean by that.  However, in this book, my favorite character was the child.  Whitt is just fantastic!  He’s so smart– brilliant, really!– but he has some very deep emotional and spiritual struggles that drew me to him in a big way.  I’m not quite sure how the author pulled this off, but kudos to her for creating a brilliant child character that I quickly grew to adore.  Had me wishing I could meet him and just give him a huge hug!  I think his story was my favorite part of this book.

Stacy and Alex are both great characters too, of course. They really (I mean really) don’t like each other at first… and it was fun to see their friendship grow.  And I really liked Ric (I’m sure you noticed the quote from him at the beginning of this review 😉 ) and Dexter too.  But none of them stuck with me quite like Whitt did…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love when an author can keep me guessing the who-done-it late into the story.  DiAnn Mills succeeded with this book!  For a while, I didn’t even really have any true suspects.  Early in the story I would quickly discount any suspicions I had because I kept feeling like there was going to be a lot more to the outcome and I didn’t want to settle on anyone as the “bad guy”.  The reveal, as I’ll call it, was both interesting and sad.  I didn’t see it coming for a long time, but once I saw it, it made complete sense.

Obviously, I liked this book.  I’m glad I own it because I think I’ll likely want to revisit it someday.  Don’t be discouraged if you find it a bit slow at first!  If you like suspense, give it a shot– I think you’ll like it. 🙂

 


 

~ WHAT SOME OF MY FRIENDS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOK ~

 DiAnn Mills has provided a whodunit that will keep the most avid mystery reader engaged until the end.  Read more…
~ Vera

This book was totally unique, I’ve never read anything like it before and I love that!  Read more…
~ Caitlyn

It seems each Mills book is harder to guess than the one before it. I didn’t decide on the murderer until within the last 50 pages.  Read more…
~ Hannah

 


 

Check out the entire FBI Task Force series!
Trial By Fire (FBI Task Force #0.5) Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1) Deep Extraction (FBI Task Force #2) High Treason (FBI Task Force #3)

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Looking Back on August 2017

Out of Control (Kincaid Brides, #1) Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1) Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians, #4) Over the Edge (Kincaid Brides, #3) A Heart's Betrayal (A Journey of the Heart #4) A Heart's Promise (A Journey of the Heart #5) A Heart's Home (A Journey of the Heart #6) If I'm Found (If I Run #2)
Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd, #1) Warrior's Seal (Tox Files, #0.5) Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity, #2) Conspiracy of Silence (Tox Files #1) Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills Double Cross (FBI: Houston, #2)

 


New-To-Me Authors: 0

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: Colorado – Texas – South Carolina – Indiana – Wyoming – Georgia – Oklahoma – Michigan – New York – Maryland – Kansas – Virginia
Washington, D.C.

Countries: Ireland – Nigeria – Syria – France – Israel – Saudi Arabia – Jordan – India – England – Spain

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Library Finds – August

I recently started sharing weekly Library Finds posts every Friday on my Bookstagram (@sleepy_bookworm_aery) and I thought I might share some of those here.  Maybe do a monthly “Library Finds” post on the blog?  But instead of posting on Fridays, I’ll try to post here every last Tuesday of the month.

Here’s the first one!
(Feedback is most welcome! 😉 )

 

 

This is the Daughters of Fortune series by Judith Pella — very good books! They take place during World War 2, which is one of my favorite times to read about. I’d really like to read them again sometime.


 

Nightmare by Robin Parrish is, I believe, considered paranormal suspense. It’s a very… interesting book. I did enjoy it, but I don’t know that I would ever read it again.

 


 

Anyone else read Linda Lee Chaikin?
My sister-in-law introduced me to her books when I was a teenager & I think I may have read all of them… I honestly couldn’t tell you now if they’re any good or not, though. It’s been too long.


 

 

I read Mel Odom‘s NCIS series… about 6 years ago, according to GR.  I liked them quite a bit and have looked for some more of his books to read.  I’m pretty sure my library has a few, I just haven’t read them yet.

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Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa

Annabel Lee (Coffey & Hill, #1)

Annabel Lee
(Coffey & Hill #1)
by Mike Nappa


 

~ MY REVIEW ~

Well… as much as I tried to read this and as much as I really wanted to like it….. I couldn’t finnish it. :/

I know several of my friends have enjoyed this book, but I guess it’s just not for me. After over a month, I’m finally putting it away.

The story didn’t pull me in and the characters didn’t intrigue me or make me really care about them. Whenever I picked up the book, I found myself going through the motions of reading the words on the pages while not experiencing any interest or enjoyment– or suspense or fear or intrigue… or anything, really.

I don’t quite know why I felt this way about it, I just know that this book is one I won’t be picking up again.

 


 

~ WHAT SOME OF MY FRIENDS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOK ~

All in all, I loved this book! The mystery was not what I expected and really kept me guessing and in suspense. I recommend it if you enjoy suspense/thrillers.   Read more…
~ Melanie

Well, besides thinking the cover was amazing and the real reason I picked up this book… this wasn’t a page turner for me, but the story was very interesting indeed.  Read more…
~ Melanie Kilsby

Annabell Lee is a mysterious adventure that stretches beyond categories to produce an intriguing read.  Read more…
~ Emilie

 

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Some More Random Questions…..

Ally did a post earlier this year over at The Scribbling Sprite and I decided to take some of the questions she asked to use in a post of my own later.  And right now, I just kinda feel like doing one of these random Q&A posts. 🙂

-1 Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter?
Summer all the way!!  Though I do like spring flowers… and autumn leaves & football. 😉

-2 Favorite place you’ve visited?
One of my favorite places that I’ve visited is Cheaha Mountain in Alabama.  We’ve camped there a few times in the autumn and it’s beautiful!

-3 What type of music do you listen to? (Genre, artists, songs?)
Wow.  Um… I listen to Contemporary Christian, Gospel, Southern Gospel, Country, Classic Pop, Jazz…..  Yeah, I think that about covers it.

-4 What is your favorite book cover?
I don’t think I could ever choose a favorite cover.  Don’t think I’m even gonna try… 😛
But I will share some that I like. 😉
Against the Tide The Goodbye Bride (Summer Harbor, #2) Here to Stay (Where Love Begins, #2) Falcon (Quiet Professionals #3) The Lady of Bolton Hill

-5 What is your favorite word? Least favorite?
Favorite: psychoneuroimmunology (don’t ask me why 😛 ).
Least favorite: awkward :/ (may not be my absolute least favorite, but it’s the one that comes to mind right now).

-6 Best 3 TV shows you’ve ever seen?
Hogan’s HeroesGet SmartWhen Calls the Heart

-7 Have you ever danced in the rain? (You should. It’s good for the soul.)
Hm… I don’t know if I’ve ever danced in the rain exactly… but I did play in the rain quite a bit as a kid. And I have stood in the rain, letting it just pour over me.  *sigh*  That was nice. 🙂

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