Kindle Freebies & Bargains!

Gosh, it’s been a long time since I did a Kindle Freebies post! 😯

If you’re like me, you love getting good books.  Even better?  Getting good books… for FREE!!  Awesome, right?! 😄

I’ll be starting with my personal recommendations: books that I have read and enjoyed.  Then, separately, I will list some other freebies that I have either not read or… I have read, but just didn’t enjoy quite as much.
Also, I will be listing the books alphabetically (simply so that I won’t have to catch myself trying to prioritize according to which I like best 😛 ).

And this time I’m including a bonus section at the bottom of the post featuring some good $1.99 Christian Fiction bargains so be sure to check that out! 😀


**Keep in mind that some of these are only free or discounted for a limited time, so be sure to check the price before you buy the book!**

Click a book cover to be taken straight to it’s page on Amazon.


 

❤ RECOMMENDED ❤

 

After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own, #1) Against the Tide At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd, #0.5) The Crown and the Crucible (The Russians, #1) Fairchild's Lady (The Culper Ring, #1.5) From Russia with Love (Heirs of Anton, #1) Gentleman of Her Dreams (Ladies of Distinction, #0.5) A Hero's Promise (The Culper Ring, #2.5) A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House, #0.5) Love by the Letter (Unexpected Brides, #0.5) No Place for a Lady (Heart of the West, #1) A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1) Operation Zulu Redemption: Overkill - The Beginning Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1) Three Little Words (Walker Family, #0.5) Warrior's Seal (Tox Files, #0.5) When the Smoke Clears (Deadly Reunions, #1) Wild Montana Skies (Montana Rescue, #1)

 

Note: I haven’t read The Warrior’s Seal yet, but since it’s one of Ronie Kendig’s books… I’m gonna go ahead & stick it up there with my personal recommendations. 😉


– Other Freebies –

Above All Things Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessings, #.5) Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1) The Boden Birthright (The Cimarron Legacy, #0.5) By Divine Right (The Darkwater Saga, #0.5) Dreamlander The Edge of Light (At Home in Beldon Grove, #1) Home Is Where the Heart Is (Home to Collingsworth #1) If Ever I Would Leave You (Montana Rescue #0.5) Love's Rescue (Keys of Promise, #1) A Place in His Heart (The Southold Chronicles, #1) Raspberries and Vinegar (A Farm Fresh Romance #1) Shadows of the Past (Logan Point #1) Starboard Secrets (Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Mysteries #1) Summer of Dreams (From This Moment #0.5) Tea with Emma (The Teacup Novellas, #1) Then Came You (Bradford Sisters Romance #0.5) To Love Anew (Sydney Cove, #1) Toward the Sunrise (Until The Dawn .5) Waiting for Rachel (Those Karlsson Boys #1) The Wedding List (Love In Store #1)


– $1.99 Bargains –

Always Watching (Elite Guardians, #1) Because You're Mine Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor, #1) Conspiracy of Silence (Tox Files #1) In the Shadow of Denali (Heart of Alaska #1) Like Never Before (Walker Family, #2) Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3) A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3) Playing With Fire (Montana Fire, #2) Rescue Me (Montana Rescue, #2) A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London, #1) Still Life (Chesapeake Valor #2) An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3) A Viscount's Proposal (The Regency Spies of London, #2)


– BONUS –

This one is $2.99 but I still wanted to mention it… 🙂

Right Where We Belong

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Looking Back on April 2017

Season of Wonder (The Remnants #1) An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3) Hood (King Raven, #1) Wild Montana Skies (Montana Rescue, #1) Still Life (Chesapeake Valor #2) An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford, #4) A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford, #5)

New-To-Me Authors: 1

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: Montana – Maryland

Countries: England – France – India

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Season Of Wonder by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Season of Wonder (The Remnants #1)

Season of Wonder
(The Remnants #1)
by Lisa Tawn Bergren

 


 

~ MY REVIEW ~

 

This isn’t my usual kind of reading. I mean, I almost never read YA… or futuristic… or fantasy… or dystopian… And this book is all of the above! But I needed something to listen to at work & this was about the only one available that I hadn’t already read so this is the one I got! And… the story itself isn’t bad. Not *fantastic*… but it is kinda interesting.

This book get’s pretty dark and violent at times, but I totally expected that and it really didn’t bother me at all. The descriptions of violence may bother some people, but it’s to be expected so don’t read a book like this if you greatly dislike violence.

One downside to this book was the narrator. She usually talks pretty slowly. And sounds like she has a cold & is talking through her nose. It didn’t bother me all the time, though, only when it was more pronounced. And she mispronounced some words that just really stood out to me because I didn’t think they were difficult words to pronounce & I would have thought someone would have caught that & remedied it. Some people may not even notice these things, but I did & it bothered me.

Another downside is how much time was spent dwelling on things like desiring, wanting, and lusting. Also, phrases such as “I like a dolly tied up.” and the story of the twins of Gemini, which aren’t really appropriate. I do not appreciate seeing stuff like this in Christian Fiction and I especially don’t think it’s appropriate for younger readers! I won’t go into all of that here because I didn’t have time to mark all the places that would help me remember accurately. I will, however direct anyone concerned about sexual content to this review– https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… –by Lindsey. She has a section specifically labeled “Sexual Content” that covers all of my concerns, if you’re interested.

And I think that about covers what I wanted to say. I only give this book 2 stars because the basis of the story was kinda interesting, but….. there was too much I didn’t like about it to give it any more stars than that. :/

I may go ahead and read the rest of this series if my library gets the audiobooks…  Just to see how they are compared to this one.  But I don’t know.

 

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An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3)

An Uncommon Courtship
(Hawthorne House #3)
by Kristi Ann Hunter


 

~ MY REVIEW ~

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has been really, really looking forward to reading Trent’s story.  He’s been one of my favorite characters almost since the moment I “met” him and I couldn’t wait to see how things would turn out for him!

And I’m happy with the way things turned out– in the end.  I’m just not quite so happy about the entire process of getting to that “end”.  I’ll do my best to not include any real spoilers, but I also want to give my honest opinion so… bear with me, will you?

This story starts off a bit slow and really confusing.  But I don’t mind a slower book, as long as it’s still a good book and I’m enjoying it; and I actually often enjoy confusing beginnings because it makes things more interesting as I put the pieces together to understand the beginning of the story.  So yeah.  That didn’t really bother me.  I was reading along at a kinda slow, but steady pace and enjoying the story.

I still love Trent.  And I grew to love Adelaide too.  Their relationship starts off very rocky and seems to be headed for disaster.  Their struggles as they attempt to muddle and fake their way through this new life are some times funny and other times painful.  They really didn’t know each other at all so seeing them discover new things about each other– Trent discovering all of Adelaide’s little quirks and Adelaide even going so far as to make a list of everything she knew about Trent (it was short).  The author really makes you want things to work out for these two!  She pulled me into the story and had me thinking about these characters at random times throughout the day, wondering how everything would work out for them.

Trent’s family members don’t play a huge roll in most of the story, but you do get to see them.  I always enjoy seeing characters from previous books make an appearance, though I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of the Hawthorne family. 😉

The disappointing part of this book came about two-thirds of the way through.  While it wasn’t as bad as I had feared after reading a couple of reviews… I still don’t really appreciate the way the– shall we say “marital relationship”? –was handled.  I don’t want to specifically include this as part of the review, but I still feel it should be mentioned for those who want to know so– highlight to read the spoilers–> There is kiss scene that goes beyond what I know a lot of Christian Fiction readers prefer.  It’s not super descriptive, but teeth & tongue are mentioned.  When the couple finally has their “wedding night”, there is fumbling with each other’s clothes, getting into bed, more fumbling, kissing, touching, sighing, etc.  Nothing more descriptive than that, but I know even that bothers some readers so I feel I  should mention it.  The next day, Trent goes to his friend’s house to ask for advice because the previous night didn’t go as well as expected.  Part of their conversation went something like this:  “It didn’t work.” – “What didn’t work?  Er, was it you?” – “No.  I worked just fine. It was the… Well, the process didn’t work.  I bungled it…”  The situation is discussed & the topic is brought up throughout the next few chapters.<–end of spoiler.

Really, there was nothing explicit or super detailed… but I did feel that there was more included than what was appropriate or needed.  It has been mentioned that there was nothing more in this book than what other Christian authors have included in theirs, but that doesn’t make it a good idea.

I still think this story is enjoyable, but I would say it’s definitely for more mature readers who don’t mind books that teeter on the edge of being inappropriate for Christian fiction.

 

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.

 


 

Check out the entire Hawthorne House series!
And join me in waiting for book #4!
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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Happy Resurrection Sunday!

 

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National Library Week

So I just found out that this is National Library Week…..  Wish I’d known about that sooner. 😐

Anyway, I thought that, in honor of National Library Week, I’d re-share something I posted a couple of years ago.  And also share some pics from my library– some taken inside the library & some of book/movie hauls I’ve gotten from the library sale room. 🙂
See photo #1 😉 –>


I love my library!!!

Shocking, right?

I mean, I know that took y’all completely by surprise.

Really, though, there are certain things that I especially love about my library.  So, in my normal form of lists of sevens, here are…

❤ 7 Things I Love About My Library ❤

1. This is the library that I’ve gone to my entire life— the library that my
parents went to when they were kids.  Sure, the librarians have changed over the years… and they have changed buildings a couple of times to make room for more books and such, but it’s still the same library.  And there is one librarian who still works there who has known me almost my entire life!

Bertram — from the TV show, Jessie

2.  The librarians (other than the one or two odd balls they’ve had — come on, every place has them! 😛 ) are really great!  They’re friendly and helpful and most know me by name.  One of them, my siblings and I have nicknamed Bertram.  What can I say?  That’s who he’s made all of us think of since the first time we met him!  So many times, I’ve wanted to ask him if he’s ever seen Jessie… but I haven’t yet.

3.  My library is FREE!  I’ve had people ask me how much it costs to use my library and then be pleasantly surprised that it doesn’t cost a thing!  Unless you bring items back late… :/


4.  
My library has a great selection of Christian fiction!  Yes, that’s the section I visit most often — my little home-away-from-home. 😉  I am so familiar with that area that I’ve gotten to where I can do a quick browse of the shelves and see if they’ve added any books since my last visit.  If you visit my library shelf on Goodreads, you might notice that there are over 600 books on that shelf!  That’s over 1/3 of the books I’ve read!  (Update: there are over 700 books on that shelf now!)  Awesome, right?! 😀  Though several of those are e-books, which brings me to #5…

5.  My library also offers a great selection of Christian fiction e-books!  (And quite a few CF audio books too!)  What more could a kindle-owning-bookworm ask for?!  I can browse their e-books and check them out even when I’m on vacation! 😀

6.  My library has a great selection of DVD’s, too!  We borrow movies from the library all the time!  Unfortunately, while you can keep books for 2 weeks & sometimes re-check them, movies are only 1-week loans with no re-checks.  Bummer, right?  But I can totally live with that. 😉  They have movies for little kids, teens, adults… even some documentaries and such.  And they’re good about getting new movies soon after they’re released on DVD.  Awesome!

7.  My library has a great book sale area!  I’ve heard people talk about their library having a Friends Of The Library book sale shelf or shelves…  Yes, my library definitely has those— in a couple different places around the building.  But they also have an entire book sale room!  There are about 6 shelves in this room as well as a couple of spin-racks… and a rolling shelf.  I have taken home so many treasures from this room.  Treasures like a lovely hardback copy of Rose O’ the Sea by Countess Barcynska, published back in 1920!  And like this Lord of the Rings box-set.  These are hardback books in great condition… with book jackets… and totally awesome fold-out maps of Middle Earth!  And guess how much I paid for it— Two Whole Dollars!  Can you say fabulous find?!

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I’d love to hear about your library!
What do you love (or hate) about it?
Share in a comment!

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Daisy Dalrymple books by Carola Dunn

Note: The second review contains spoilers.

 


Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple, #1)Death at Wentwater Court
(Daisy Dalrymple #1)
by Carola Dunn

This book was pretty good… I wish I had time to say more about it, but I don’t. :/

Warning: there is some bad language in this one.



The Winter Garden MysteryThe Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple, #2)
(Daisy Dalrymple #2)
by Carola Dunn

I didn’t think this book was as good as the first one… Daisy is funny and, for the most part, an enjoyable character. And I have enjoyed Alec and Philip too. But the stories just aren’t quite what I like. Add to that the bad language (mild, though it is) and {{highlight to see the Spoiler–> the important roll that homosexuality played in the story <–Spoiler}} and I’m thinking that I most likely won’t be reading any more of these books.

Warning: there is some bad language in this one. {{highlight to see the Spoiler–> And homosexuality plays a pretty important part in the story too. <–Spoiler}}

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Looking Back on March 2017

The Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple, #2) By Your Side (Crisis Team #1) An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford, #2) Burnin' For You (Montana Fire, #3) A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford, #3)

 


New-To-Me Authors: 0

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: California – Montana

Countries: England – France

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Traces Of Guilt by Dee Henderson

Traces of Guilt (Evie Blackwell Cold Case #1)

Traces of Guilt
(Evie Blackwell Cold Case #1)
by Dee Henderson

 


~ MY REVIEW ~

I would almost give this book 3 stars because I did enjoy the mysteries of the cold cases. However… that’s about the only thing I enjoyed about it.

Though there are some romantic elements in the story, I would definitely not consider it a romantic mystery novel. But I actually rather liked that about it. Even I, who like romantic books, find it rather nice to read a non-romantic mystery occasionally because it allows the focus to be more on the mystery elements and the process of solving the cases.

Some reviewers have mentioned how “heavy” of a read this is. That is nothing but the truth. There are some very difficult topics covered in this story (click here to view spoilers). That being the case, this book definitely has it’s sad, even rather depressing, parts. I can handle that, though (at least, to the extent it was dealt with in this book).

What did I dislike? There were a few things, actually. At the top of my list, is the dialogue. There is a lot of it– a lot. And so much of it felt stiff and unrealistic and….. and just so very fake. I simply found it unbelievable how many of the conversations went. I have never heard anyone converse the way most of the characters in this story do. They’re all so blatantly honest and straightforward and factual and….. Does anyone ever actually talk like that?! Anyway, that nearly drove me crazy.
Unfortunately, I think this has become a trend in Dee Henderson’s newer books. (Henderson Fans, correct me if I’m wrong about that!)

Also, I never felt like I could truly connect with any of the characters. I think this was mostly due to there being so much going on with so many stories combined and pov’s from several different characters. I was never able to focus on one character long enough or delve deeply enough into them to get that connection that I wanted. I don’t usually have any difficulty with multiple storylines or pov’s, but combine that with the rather choppy-feeling of the writing and it’s not good. Add to that, the reading style of the narrator (Johanna Parker) and I really started to struggle with finishing this book.

The last thing I’ll mention is a spoiler– (click here to view spoilers)

To sum it up:
The best part of this book was the process of solving the rather interesting cold cases. I don’t require a lot of suspense or thrill in order to enjoy a mystery so I did like this aspect of the story the most. That being said, due to the choppy writing, stilted dialogue, and annoying narrator… I probably would not have finished this book if I hadn’t been nearly desperate for something to listen to at work and this was the only audiobook I currently had that I hadn’t listened to recently.

Will I read the rest of this series? Perhaps. If my library purchases the audiobooks and I’m in need of something to listen to at work, I may go ahead and try the next book. It’s not on my to-read list, though.

 


 

Check out some of Dee Henderson’s better (in my opinion) books!
True Devotion (Uncommon Heroes #1) True Valor (Uncommon Heroes #2) True Honor (Uncommon Heroes #3)
Danger in the Shadows (O'Malley #0.5) The Negotiator (O'Malley, #1) The Guardian (O'Malley #2) The Truth Seeker (O'Malley #3)
The Protector (O'Malley #4) The Healer (O'Malley #5) The Rescuer (O'Malley #6)

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A Duty To The Dead by Charles Todd

A Duty To The Dead (Bess Crawford, #1)

A Duty To The Dead
(Bess Crawford #1)
by Charles Todd

 


 

~ MY REVIEW ~

I would have probably called this a fairly slow-paced book before I realized that, though it felt like I couldn’t have made it very far, I had already nearly made it halfway through! It’s a paradox: slow, yet fast. Makes no sense & I really don’t know how to explain it, but I like it. And the pace does seem to pick up as the story goes along.

All in all, I really liked this book! The characters, setting, and storyline were all interesting. While I did predict part of the ending, some of it was still quite a surprise to me. I’ll admit I was saddened/disappointed by part of it, but not so much that it took away from the story or anything.

The narrator (Rosalyn Landor– who also read Death Comes to Pemberley, which I really enjoyed) is one of the best I’ve listened to. She has an easy voice to listen to. Listening to this book was almost like watching a BBC mystery film. 😉

Warning: This is not Christian fiction so, while there isn’t anything of a sexual nature, there is bad language throughout the book.

 


~ SOME FAVORITE QUOTES ~

I hadn’t realized that a break in a bone could be so exquisitely painful.  I’d feel a greater tolerance for the the wounded after this.

We left the flat together.  I expected– dreaded– Mrs. Hennessy popping out her door and asking who my young man was.  “An escaped murderer, Mrs. Hennessy; my father will be horrified.”  But she didn’t come out her door…

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