Waiting On Wednesday: The Words Between Us

July 3, 2019

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights an up-and-coming release you are most excited about.

I always love a book that focuses on books or bookstores. They have a homey feel when reading them and are a delight. When I saw this upcoming release, I got excited....and look at the cover!! How gorgeous is that?!
This book, The Words Between Us sounds like it will be very interesting and bit mysterious....which is a fabulous mix!

Waiting On:
Title: The Words Between Us
Author:Erin Bartels
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date:September 3rd, 2019

About the Book:
Robin Windsor has spent much of her life under an assumed name to avoid association with her infamous parents. She thought she'd finally found sanctuary running her used bookstore in quiet River City, Michigan. But when she receives an eerily familiar book in the mail on the morning of her father's scheduled execution, Robin is thrown back to the summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. Why would Peter be making contact now? And why does she have a sinking feeling that she's about to be exposed all over again?

With evocative prose that recalls the classic novels we love, Erin Bartels pens a story that shows that words--the ones we say, the ones we read, and the ones we write--have more power than we imagine.

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson Just Read Blog Tour & Giveaway

July 2, 2019

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Midnight on the River Grey 
Author: Abigail Wilson  
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Release Date: July 2, 2019  
Genre: Historical Suspense/Gothic Romance

She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . .

After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning—known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.

Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.

Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?


Oh, my goodness!
I really enjoyed Abigail Wilson's debut novel In the Shadow of Croft Towers, but I have to say, I enjoyed Midnight on the River Grey even more!

Mystery, intrigue, romance, dark, moody settings....this book really had such an amazing mix.

We open to Rebecca with her dying mother. She tries to comfort her, but her final words she has only brings a feeling of foreboding. Right off the bat, this story pulls you in and keeps you hooked.

Soon after we are introduced to a very tall, dark, and brooding man, Lewis Browning. He is Rebecca's guarding, after her untimely losses. She only has her elderly aunt left, who she lives with. The first interaction of these two really set the tone and create an amazing base of the story. We don't know much of Lewis, only what little we know through Rebecca. As the story unfolds, we get to dive deep into some rich character development.

Rebecca is a girl, who has lost everything. She and her mother were sent to Scotland, where they lived alone and then her mother passed. Not long after, Rebecca's brother dies, and when that happens, she is left penniless, when her guardian and cousin, Lewis Browning steps in. You want to sympathize with Rebecca and want her to succeed. She is a spunky girl, who is forward thinking, and cares for those in her life. She knows she won't be rich, but she wants to do her best to provide a life for her and her aunt. She has a backbone and doesn't have a problem speaking her mind, even if it is against the social norms, but having dealt with so much, and the family friends having turned away, it's understandable to blow off those ideas.

This book twisted and turned in so many ways. This is such a wonderful addition to the Gothic romances I have come to collect. Abigail Wilson is someone who has been able to write a story that reminds me of the eeriness of Jane Eyre, but with some adventure thrown in. The pacing of the book kept me going. It was one that was hard to put down.

Abigail Wilson just recently shared the cover reveal for her new book, Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey. It is a gorgeous cover and I honestly can't wait to read it!

If you are a fan of Gothic romance, this is book is a must.

5 out of 5



Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book.

In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.  

CONNECT WITH ABIGAIL: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Thank you to the author, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Read Girl.
Each week features a book related topic to spotlight your Top Ten.

Childhood Favorites

This is such a wide range of a topic for me!
I could easily focus on picture books from when I was very little or on chapter books. And having worked in a library for quite a while, I could focus on childhood books that are new, but favorites of mine now. This is a fun topic, but can really go anywhere. :-)

So, I think to to keep it easy, I will focus on the chapter books I enjoyed. 
I'm dyslexic. I know I've mentioned that a few times already. Because of that, I didn't learn to really read will I was in 4th grade. Once I got comfortable, and figured out a way to read that works for me, I took off reading. I read so many different things! This list is going to probably be all over the place. 

(Most anything by him really, I read)
(Devoured both author's books)

What books really hooked you when you started reading?
There are others, I filled up the books shelves. This was just a small portion.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

June 25, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Read Girl.
Each week features a book related topic to spotlight your Top Ten.

Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

Oh, heavens....there are so many books I really hope to read this summer. This list may get long! But, I honestly can't wait to dive into every single one of them. 

by Lori Benton
by Tamera Alexander
by Connilyn Cossette

by Abigail Wilson
by Rachel Fordham
by Karen Witemeyer

by Sara Ella
by Dani Pettrey
by Allison Pittman

by Morgan L. Busse 
by Nadine Brandes
by Mary Weber

I know I won't be able to get to all of them, but hey, I like to set big goals. :-) I know I will get to quite a few of them, and I honestly can't wait to see what each book holds for adventure!

What is on your Summer TBR?

Waiting On Wednesday: Echoes Among the Stones

June 19, 2019

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights an up-and-coming release you are most excited about.

This is weeks feature is about a book I'm very excited about. I've become a big fan of time slip novels. I love the parallel between and the mystery that is woven between past and present. It is a fabulous time reading and trying to figure it all out.
Not only is there the contemporary and historical backgrounds, there is also some mystery, and a touch of spookiness, which adds another amazing layer!

Waiting On:
Title: Echoes Among the Stones
Author: Jaime Jo Wright
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2019

About the Book:
After Aggie Dunkirk's career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her rambling old home. She didn't plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene--even going so far as to re-create it in the dollhouse.

Mystery seems to follow her when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the cemetery. Forced to work with the cemetery's puzzling, yet attractive archaeologist, she exhumes the past's secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep quiet--even if it means silencing Aggie.

In 1946, Imogene Flannigan works in a local factory and has eyes on owning her own beauty salon. But coming home to discover her younger sister's body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the newly burgeoning world of criminal forensics and not particularly welcomed as a woman, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister's case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . even if it costs her everything.
What are you waiting on this week?

Home Town Hope Blog Tour & Giveaway (Book Excerpt Feature)

June 18, 2019

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Hometown Hope by Laurel Blount, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Hometown Hope 
Author: Laurel Blount  
Publisher: Love Inspired 
Release Date: June 18, 2019 (print), July 1, 2019 (ebook)  
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

He’ll do anything for his daughter…

Even fight to regain an old classmate’s broken trust.

In the three years since her mother’s death, widower Hoyt Bradley’s daughter, Jess, hasn’t spoken—until she suddenly begs him to save her favorite bookstore from closing.

Hoyt is desperate to hear his daughter’s voice again, but he and the bookstore’s pretty owner, Anna Delaney, share a less-than-friendly past.

Working together is complicated enough…but can they avoid falling in love?

Excerpt from Hometown Hope
Laurel Blount  
Love Inspired 
She was going to blow this. She just knew it.

“Miss Anna?” Jess wiggled insistent fingers in her direction. The little girl was already holding Hoyt’s hand, but she wanted Anna’s, as well. “Let’s go get some pizza!”

She took Jess’s hand, feeling the little girl’s slightly sticky fingers twine trustingly around her own. Hoyt’s eyes met hers, and he grinned.

That grin had the butterflies in Anna’s stomach multiplying like rabbits. She knew why Hoyt was smiling. Jess was talking. That warm light in his eyes was all about his daughter. It had nothing to do with Anna.

But for a second, standing there, feeling tiny fingers in hers and seeing Hoyt’s face soften in that smile, it sure felt more...personal.

It felt like family.


Laurel Blount lives on a small farm in middle Georgia with her husband, their four children, a milk cow, dairy goats, assorted chickens and ducks, four spoiled cats and one bossy goose with serious boundary issues. She divides her time between farm chores, baking, homeschooling and writing. She's busy, but she's never bored!  

HOMETOWN HOPE is Laurel’s third Love Inspired romance. Her debut Love Inspired novel A FAMILY FOR THE FARMER was the recipient of the 2017 Maggie Award for Excellence in the Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements category. This book also received two 2017 Holt Awards of Merit and was a finalist in the 2017 Carol Awards. A BABY FOR THE MINISTER, her second Love Inspired, was released in September of 2018.

Whenever she's not working, you can find Laurel with a cup of tea at her elbow, a cat in her lap and a good book in her hand. She loves to hear from readers! Drop her an email at laurelblountwrites@gmail.com or visit her website: www.laurelblountbooks.com and be sure to sign up for her monthly newsletter!  

CONNECT WITH LAUREL: Website | Facebook | Twitter


(1) winner will receive an autographed copy of Hometown Hope, a $10 Starbucks gift card, a travel coffee mug, and a bar of Milltown soap--which is produced in author's hometown (Dough bowl is not included.)

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 17, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Read Girl.
Each week features a book related topic to spotlight your Top Ten.

Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

These topics are always hard to stick with just 10. There are so many fabulous books coming out the rest of this year and I can't wait!

by Abigail Wilson
(I'm cheating a bit....I have this book already. :-) Just need to read it!)
by Tara Johnson
by Joanna Davidson Politano

When Silence Sings 
by Sara Loudin Thomas
by Elizabeth Camden
by Jen Turano

by Julie Klassen
by Jaime Jo Wright
by Regina Jennings

by Connilyn Cossette
by Kristy Cambron
by Sarah E. Ladd

The rest of this year looks absolutely fabulous!!
What books have caught your interest for the rest of 2019?

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