Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti

I love Cynthia Ruchti as an author and her other books! This one is a good book, but it’s not for everyone or not for everyone during certain seasons of their life. I won’t go into details so that I do not ruin the plot for others, I was absolutely shocked at the plot twist towards the beginning of this book. I love it when the back of the book doesn’t just contain the condensed version of the book, so as hard as the twist was, it makes for good reading. I had to read this book really slow and take breaks and read lighter books in-between. I got massive headaches from how depressing and hard the content was in this book. Some people can read and stay detached and some people take in all the emotions and I take them in so it made for very difficult reading. The overall messages were positive and wonderful but it did take until the last 15 pages or so for it to get not so heavy for me. I think many will benefit from this book and I still recommend it, but with caution for those who are sensitive and some of the topics will be very difficult for many readers.

I received a copy of this book, all thoughts are my own.

Until I Met You by Tari Faris



It has been a thing now to read a Tari Faris book over Labor Day weekend. What a treat it has been the last 2 years! Humor, heart, realistic flawed characters; this book has it all! The worst part for me was when I was expecting 27 more minutes with these characters and I fi book! I was so sad! My Kindle app totally fooled me! It all wrapped up satisfyingly, so it was nothing like that. I was just watching the remaining minutes and was so looking forward to that so I was so sad it was the end. It was so fun to read about Otis again too! I feel like this author’s style is her own, but comparable to a mix of Melissa Tagg and Becky Wade. I received an ecopy to read, all thoughts are my own. 

Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner

Hadley is charming and fun. I did struggle a little to fully feel her character and what made her tick. The story revolves around her work, so I felt like it was harder to really feel her and feel like I was inside her head.

Max’s transformation takes place in a way that does become believable; it was a little hard for me to really like him for most of the book. I did like him by the end though, and maybe even felt like I knew him better than Hadley.

They both worked through a lot of their own past issues throughout the book, although Hadley is a Christian and open about it in the beginning of the book, the faith theme that I expected was not there. This is an observation, not a complaint. It did make the romance feel not quite as natural as it could have been.  The book was still clean and fun and had meaningful messages. There was still a lot signature one-liners that this author is known for, that were really funny!

I received a copy of this book, all thoughts are my own.

I give this book 3.5 stars (rounded up). 

A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott

I was really excited to see Regina Scott get published with Revell and jumped at the chance to review A Distance Too Grand. The cover of this book is gorgeous! I have never been to the Grand Canyon but I did feel like I was right along with for this adventurous trek! I liked Meg’s passion and dedication to her job. I can’t imagine taking pictures that took that long and with that much expensive equipment! I did feel like the story got a bit bogged down and didn’t take any real interesting twists or turns that I was hoping for to keep me more engaged. The descriptions of the land were amazing. Maybe it was just me but I did have a little trouble keeping a few of the guys on this trip straight. The other characters were memorable enough that I really enjoyed them or wasn’t sure what they were up to until the end. I did hope for a bit more emotional investment and wasn’t as engaged as I had hoped. Overall, I am glad that I read it. I received a copy of this book, all opinions are my own. I rate this book 3.5

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas

 

This a wonderful Christmas novella collection! I requested to review it because I love Sarah M Eden and Joanna Barker’s books. I was thrilled to find a new to me author that I want to read the rest of her books now!

In Christmas at Falstone Castle, I was brought back to the lives of everyone from Sarah M Eden’s Seeking Persephone and a few new ones since then! I think you could easily read this novella as a standalone but it was extra fun to go back to Persephone and Adam’s lives. I really liked Adam’s dry sense of humor and it’s fun to see how he has gotten softer through the years. This story focused on Adam’s mother and it was so satisfying to see her heart-touching Christmas story. 

In The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield, it was a wonderful story, but I had trouble connecting with how the story was told instead of shown and while the heroine really was a great person, she came off a bit know-it-all and a little to perfect to be believable for me. The story itself was interesting and a wonderful Christmas story. 

‘Tis the Season to be Daring by Esther Hatch was my favorite story! I absolutely loved this fun novella and plan to read everything by this author as soon as I can!  Miss Davenport schemes up a way to avoid unwanted suitors and enlists the help of Lord Hawthorne. I had so much fun with their shenanigans and the characters sense of humor!  

Joanna Barker’s The Christmas Dress is the last story in this wonderful collection and it was a romantic little Christmas story that started so entertaining and kept my interest throughout. 

I give this collection 5 stars and think it is a wonderful, fun Christmas collection, that is well worth the read! 

I received an ecopy of this collection, all thoughts are my own. 

Lunch Notes To Our Children by Nicole M Hewitt

I love the idea of Lunch Notes to Our Children. It is small book, that comes with pages to cut out and use as lunch notes for your child/ren.  I do think this book puts a LOT of pressure on children on how they should act when they are still learning themselves. I do question why one wouldn’t consider homeschooling instead of expecting a simple note to have significance of several hours per day. That being said, I do think it is a wonderful idea and a great thing to do. I just am hesitant with how much significance is placed on a note. A daily note can and will have wonderful impacts on children and this helps break down how impactful it can be.  It gives verses and information to think about when you write your notes.

I received a copy, these are my thoughts.

You Belong With Me by Tari Faris

I did not want to put You Belong With Me down. It is an easy and super fast read.  There were many characters and I kept them all pretty straight and some were wonderful and some I wanted to throttle. I did lose track of what Hannah actually did as a job at one point since it seemed like she didn’t have to work… possibly ever? There was also so many things gone wrong for so manycharacters, that felt unrealistic. So while You Belong With Me isn’t perfect, it was still really satisfying and fun. The writing had an easy flow, the characters either got under my skin or endeared themselves to me, so I was invested and there really was a lot going on for a lot of characters so I always wanted to read more to see what would resolve or happen next.  I very much look forward to see what Tari Faris writes next! 

I give You Belong With Me 4.5 stars, I really enjoyed it!

I received an ecopy of this book, all opinions are my own.

Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Politano

Mystery clouds this gothic tale. It started off so mysterious and intriguing. The opening chapter quotes were so amazing thought-provoking, I love when books have something like that! It did get a bit slow for a while but picked up the pace again about half way through. There were a lot of characters but I was able to keep them straight in my mind, for the most part. But the real beauty with the character was the vast array of such interesting characters that touched my heart. I found this book to be one that I needed to really reflect on and digest slowly, it was not a quick read for me, but it was wonderful with all the things it made me think about. The part if loved the absolute best though is they Raina and Sully found to communicate their love for each other! I won’t give it away though, you need to read it to find out! 

I received a copy of this book, this is my honest review. 

Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham

Yours Truly, Thomas started off so incredibly charming! I knew if it kept up the pace, it would be a favorite read. The dead letter office for the start/background of this book is so interesting and intriguing! I have not read a book with such an original plot in a very long time. The way the letters and story were interwoven at the beginning of this book was perfect! I felt I got to know the characters personalities and yet the story moved forward. I really, really loved the first half of the book. The second half was a little frustrating to me with communication being a barrier and some events felt a bit rushed to me. On a whole, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I give the first half 5 stars and the last half 3.5 stars for an average of 4 stars. I agreed to review this book and while my copy did not come, I was able to get it from my library and still write the review, which contain my honest opinions.

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

All Manner of Things was an interesting story that unfolded nicely.  The characters were unique and will stay with me for a while. I appreciated the time setting during the Vietnam war and the grittiness of war and how it effects families. There was not any huge intrigue or mystery, but it kept my interest since I was invested in the characters. Annie was like-able and Jocelyn was a gem and I think most any female can relate to either having or wanting a best friend like her. The supporting “cast”of characters were phenomenal. I would really love a follow up story on Jocelyn and cousin Bernie. Annie’s longings for a “normal” family were understandable, yet I liked how this family was not “normal” because what family truly is? We all have issues and pasts and deal with them the best we can. I feel like I made a few friends and I mourned with them and felt so many emotions while reading. 

I received a copy of this book, all opinions are my own.