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 or visit her website: 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.

Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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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?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

June 17, 2019

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date
Each week offer the opportunity to to spotlight what you're reading and what you just finished reading.

It has been a very busy week here! Goodness, the time has flown by. So many things are going on and so many things to do. Summer time offers a new kind of busy. It's a very energized busy. 

How has the start of your summer going?

Currently Reading:
by Amanda Dykes
(This is a must read! I'm loving it.)

Reading Next:
by Abigail Wilson
(Super excited about this one!)
by Lori Benton

Recently On the Blog:

How has your reading week been?
Discover anything new and fun?
Reading anything old and a favorite?

Review: The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

June 13, 2019

Title: The Printed Letter Bookshop
Author: Katherine Reay
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9780785222002
Publication Date: May 14th, 2019

About the Book:
Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop

One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.

While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline’s professional life takes an unexpected turn, and when a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and for her aunt’s beloved shop—provided the women’s best combined efforts are not too little, too late.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship. 
My Thoughts:
Katherine Reay is one of my favorite contemporary writers. I was first introduced to to her in her debut, Dear Mr. was fabulous! I then kept reading her lovelies and was just hooked with Lizzy & Jane. All of her stories focus on people who are so real, you can either relate to them personally, or you know someone like that person. There are broken people in need of healing, there are people who want to help, but don't know how, and other who offer their support anyway they can. They are touching stories that really grab a hold and don't let you go. They bring you in.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is no different. There is sadness in the loss of a loved one, but there is also hope. Like real life, what we have dreamed for ourselves, may not be the best thing for us. That comes through in The Printed Letter Bookshop.

This story follows three very different women, who all have 2 things in common; Maddie and the Bookshop. Each of these women fight a personal battle, whether it is with the memories of divorce, a distant family, or the loss of a coveted job.

There is a lot of hopeless felt in these women, but there is joy found, after a while with each other. I could relate to these women so much in different ways. The writing just brought this story to life.

Janet was one who I felt like I bounded with. Her slurry attitude was one I could connect with and understand. She had gone through a lot was trying to protect herself. Claire was a sweet woman, but with the move and new town and her kids getting older, she felt her family pulling away and alone. Madeline, named after her aunt, worked tirelessly for a partnership she wanted. She put so much aside for this. But, it was taken from her. She is a strong character. She knew what she wanted and wanted to fight for it. She had a backbone which was fabulous.

I will say, I held off on posting my review for little bit. I had to wait till the audio-book downloaded to listen to it as well. Audio has become a big part of my reading life. I have to say, the audio was fabulous with this story. The performer really brought these characters thoughts and voices forward and gave them a great distinction.  She also offered a a great performance, and allowed to show the emotion of the characters as well.

This was a story I thoroughly enjoyed and one I can see myself re-reading over and over again.

5 out of 5

About the Author:
Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and isa wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL.

You can meet her at;
Facebook: KatherineReayBook Twitter: @katherine_reay  Instagram: @katherinereay.

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

Waiting On Wednesday: When Silence Sings

June 12, 2019

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

This week I'm featuring a release that is still a few months away, but the premise of the story sounds like it will be an adventure! I love a good historical fiction, and this book by Sarah Loudin Thomas looks like it will have a little bit of everything in it. The cover is just gorgeous and so eye catching, which adds to the mystery of the book.

Waiting On:
Title: When Silence Sings
Author: Sarah Loudin Thomas
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: October 5th, 2019

About the Book:
As a Long-Standing Feud Threatens to Spark Once More,the Fates of Two Families Rest on the Most Unexpected of Shoulders

For years, Serepta McClean has towered over the coal-filled hills of West Virginia, taking more than her share of legal and illegal trade alike. She's intent on securing the future of the McClean name, despite two unreliable sons and a long-standing feud with the Harpe clan that's exploded once again into violence.

While many fear her, and many more despise her, few dare to stand against her. Especially not someone like Colman Harpe--a railroad man with dreams of being a preacher. And yet it's a reluctant Colman, Serepta's sworn enemy, who finds himself in this powerful woman's territory, supposedly sent there by God himself to share stories of love and hope.

With the feud growing ever more dangerous, putting the entire region at risk, these two impossibly different people find themselves on a collision course. And the very lives of everyone close to them will be changed forever.

What are you waiting on this week?
There have been some beautiful covers revealed in the last couple of weeks. Any catch your eye? Fall is looking like it will be fabulous!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Recent Bookstagram Posts

June 11, 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.

I changed the topic up a little bit this week and feature something a little more fun and colorful!

Ten Most Recent Bookstagram Posts

I'm changing it up a little bit, but I thought it would be fun!
I love looking at all of the bookstagram photo's on Instagram. I know not everyone who follows the blog, follows Instagram and vise/verse. 

I just thought it would be fun to bring the two together today. 

 The Number of Love
by Roseanna M. White

 Whose Waves These Are
by Amanda Dykes

 No Place Like Here
by Christina June

 Wooing Cadie McCaffrey
by Bethany Turner

 The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
by Lori Benton

 The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck
by Bethany Turner

Edge of Over There
by Shawn Smucker

Sweet on You 
by Becky Wade

A Song Unheard
by Roseanna M. White

Midnight on the River Grey
by Abigail Wilson

Are you a Bookstagrammer?
I love seeing all the fabulous book photos, they make me smile.
Share your links if you like!

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