A Few Favorites from 2017 – Book Tag

There are a lot of those online, but this is my favorite. I found this one on a fellow blogger’s page Words and Peace. The idea is to finish the sentences exclusively with titles I read in 2017.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the titles, simply click on that title and you will be whisked away to my review post.

I began the day with  Such A Hope
On my way to work I saw Many Sparrows
and walked by  My Heart Belongs in Ruby City Idaho
to avoid Waiting For His Return,
but I made sure to stop at The House On Foster Hill.
In the office, my boss said : “Count Me In!
and sent me to research A Moonbow Night.
At lunch with The Esther Paradigm,
I noticed  Lady Jayne Disappears
under  My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah
then went back to my desk, The Road to Paradise.
Later, on the journey home, I bought 12 Days at Bleakly Manor
because I have All Of You; Just the Way You Are
then settling down for the evening, I picked up A Name Unknown
and studied  The Case of the Clobbered Cad
before saying goodnight to A Love So True

 

I hope you have enjoyed this fun walk through some of my favorite titles of 2017!

Did you find any of your favorites on this list?

Advertisements

Count Me In (An Emerald City Romance #1) by Mikal Dawn

Synopsis:

Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is bookended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym. Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop. She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she’s out of a job.

Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL tight end. He retired on a high note and now lives a second dream of owning his own business and leading others on extreme outdoor adventures. But he needs help with his books—and his heart. When Allegra takes the job, sparks fly.

It’s a case of safety zone versus danger zone, and in their minds, never the two shall meet.

My Thoughts:

This story surpassed my expectations! There are so many things to love about this book, that I find myself overwhelmed with where to even start! Delightful characters that are easy to love, a beautiful setting, fun pros, moments of laugh-out-loud enjoyment, this book has all that and more! I purchased my copy of this fabulous book a few months ago after hearing rave reviews, and I am so glad that I did!

I found myself identifying with Allegra on several levels. Her love of coffee and books are the standout obvious ones, her hesitancy to participate in thrill-seeking (dare I say death-defying) extreme adventures, and the fact that she isn’t a size 2 (no offense to those who are).

I laughed out loud and stayed up hours past my bedtime, reading “just one more chapter” and, let me just say… that being tired the next day was definitely worth it!! I couldn’t wait to finish work and return to Allegra & Tyler’s story!!

I enjoyed the hidden surprises in the story and I really liked how Mikal Dawn described the scenes, and how the characters were feeling. It was fresh and exciting and kept me glued to the pages. I especially enjoyed finding familiar names mentioned in the story (sorry, you’ll have to read the book to find out what names!), It brought a smile to my face every time they were mentioned!

I highly recommend this delightful 5-star book and I am eagerly anticipating reading more fun stories from Mikal in the near future! Run, don’t walk to purchase a copy of this book for yourself, and your friends too (don’t forget them)! You will thank me, I promise! ❤

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

CountMeIn

About the Author:

MikalDawn  Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast and proud military wife. By day she works for an international sports ministry, and by night she mutters to imaginary friends, performs sketchy Google searches, and procrastinates (like any good writer!). When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Born and raised just outside of Vancouver, Canada, Mikal has lived throughout the southern United States, currently residing in Nebraska (and loving it!) with her husband, three kids (two of whom she drives *everywhere* for ALL THE SPORTS), and one ferocious feline.

Web Page // Goodreads // Twitter // Facebook // Pinterest //

  Count Me In (An Emerald City Romance #1)

 

 

 

Favorite Books from my Childhood

Hi, reader friends! From an young age, I loved reading. Sadly some books have been forgotten over the years, but many have stayed in my memory. Several still to this day hold places of honor on my burgeoning book shelves. I’m sharing with you a few favorite books from my childhood. I look forward to hearing from you, and finding out what books from your childhood hold a special place in your memory.

The Mandie books were an early favorite of mine. There are 40 books in this series, which makes it perfect to enjoy for a long time!

Mandie1&2

Mandie Collection1This five-in-one volume brings Mandie fans-new and old alike-back to where it all began. Readers will discover anew the charms of the impulsive Mandie Shaw as she faces the ups and downs of first losing her father and then finding her long-lost family in Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. Many more mysteries follow for Mandie and her friends in Mandie and the Cherokee Legend, Mandie and the Ghost Bandits, Mandie and the Forbidden Attic, and Mandie and the Trunk’s Secret.

Mandie Shaw, almost a teenager, is certain God no longer loves her as she watches her father being lowered into his grave. Mandie’s move into a neighbor family’s home, when her mother remarries, does not soften her grief. Her only comfort is the promise from her father’s faithful Cherokee friend, Uncle Ned, to watch out for her and be a friend. Will Mandie be able to escape her new and nearly intolerable home situation? Will she find her long-lost family? Will the mysterious key unlock the door to the secret tunnel and her own family’s history?

 

Misty of Chincoteague – I enjoyed reading books about horses and this one was a favorite. The book a has a new cover now, but I’m sharing the old cover here, because this is what my book looks like.

MistyOfChincoteagueOn an island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her–that is, until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can’t live without her. The frenzied roundup that follows on the next “Pony Penning Day” does indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the wild. But her gentle, loyal colt Misty is another story altogether.

 

 

Another great collection of stories I enjoyed reading was “In Grandma’s Attic”

InGrandmasAtticRemember when you were a child–when all the world was new, and the smallest object a thing of wonder? Arleta Richardson remembers: the funny wearable wire contraption hidden in the dusty attic, the century-old schoolchild’s slate that belonged to Grandma, an ancient trunk filled with quilt pieces–each with its own special story–and the button basket, a miracle of mysteries. And best of all was the remarkable grandmother who made magic of all she touched, bringing the past alive as only a born storyteller could.

Here are those marvelous tales–faithfully recalled for the delight of young and old alike, a touchstone to another day when life was simpler, perhaps richer; when the treasures of family life and love were passed from generation to generation by a child’s questions…and the legends that followed enlarged our faith.

I couldn’t leave out The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder!

LittleHouse

Little House in the Big Woods/Little House on the Prairie/Farmer Boy/On The Banks of Plum Creek/By the Shores of Silver Lake/The Long Winter/Little Town on the Prairie/These Happy Golden Years/The First Four Years (Little House Books)

 

Sam Campell (aka. Philosopher of the forest) wrote a collection of nature stories that I enjoyed as a child and have continued to enjoy rediscovering the enjoyment of these fun animal stories by reading them with my own son. These classic tales explore God’s marvelous creation.

SamCampell

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you and learning what books you enjoyed as a child!

 

 

 

 

The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze

Synopsis:

When Gemma Lyfeld inadvertently interrupts a dangerous smuggling operation in her English village, she’s rescued by a mysterious Scottish spy. Now with criminals after her and her hopes for an expected marriage proposal recently dashed, she will make her society debut in London. But not without the man tasked with protecting her…

Covert government agent Tavin Knox must keep Gemma safe from the criminals who think she can identify them—a mission he never wanted. But as he escorts her and her rascally nephews around London, the lovely English lass proves braver than he ever imagined. Suddenly, the spy who works alone has one Season to become the family man he never dreamed he’d be.

My Thoughts:

This delightful story has all the elements that I love! A swoon-worthy hero, a strong capable heroine, tender moments that make you sigh in contentment, a touch of mystery and intrigue, that kept me turning pages, and most of all threads of faith that remind us that forgiveness isn’t something we can earn, it is a gift we need only accept.

These characters are so well written, that I felt like I was in the story with my friends. From early on I found myself invested in their story and swept away with the engaging storyline.  If you haven’t read this book yet, I’d encourage you to find a copy.

Gemma Lyfeld isn’t a shrinking violet. She knows what she wants, and isn’t afraid to go after it. While she does have one fear, she faces it with determination. I found myself cheering for her. I appreciated her spunk and her tenacity.

Tavin Knox is a government agent, he isn’t interested in attending parties, rubbing shoulders with the upper crust, and he certainly isn’t interested in dancing or escorting a lovely lady around London. Especially not one who takes chances and distracts him from his job.

Just when you think you have the mystery solved, new facts come to light that will keep you guessing and turning pages. I give this captivating story 5-stars and encourage you to take time to read this story! I’m going to find more stories from Susanne Dietze to share with you.

(I purchased a copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and options I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

“Will you dance with me, Gemma?” His voice sounded tremulous. “Again?”
The squeeze of her fingers assured him of her assent.
“Until my slippers are worn through”

About the Author:

7834895

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her at:

 

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

 

 

   The Reluctant Guardian

IMG_1256

I’d love to hear from you:

What elements do you look for in a story?

My Favorites (January-July) 2017

The hot-topic question of July that I have seen floating around is:

“What is your favorite book (or series) that you have read this year?”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t possibly pick only one favorite when I’ve read so many amazing books. Thus far I have read 57 books. Now, I know for at least one or two of my awesome blogging friends, this is not a jaw-dropping number. However, as I have been told, “It’s not the number that’s important.” (Major props to my friend Carrie who is well on her way to reading 300 this year)

With that said, I will share with you, my loyal reading friends, the books I have read so far this year that has continued to stick with me long past my finishing of the story. I’ve enjoyed reading others, but these seem to stick with me the longest. Without further adieu, and in no particular order…

Many Sparrows by: Lori Benton
All of You  by: Sarah Monzon
Just the Way You Are by: Pepper Basham
 A Moonbow Night by: Laura Frantz
 In His Eyes by: Stephenia H. McGee
 My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho by: Susanne Dietze
 The Butterfly and the Violin by: Kristy Cambron
  Name Unknown  by: Roseanna M. White
 The Road to Paradise by: Karen Barnett
 So Pure A Heart  by: Amber Lynn Perry

Clicking on the title of the book will take you to Amazon where you can read more about the book. Clicking on the name of the author will take you to the author web page.

I would love to hear from you.

What are a few of your favorite books so far this year? Do you have any that have lingered with you weeks/months after you have read the last page?

Make sure to click on the “Follow” button to the right to follow my blog!
Feel free to also find me on Goodreads or on Facebook!