January 2018 – Review

Can you believe it? Here we are at the end of January! Wow, that went fast! Let us take a brief pause and take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed this month.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

Across the Blue Across The Blue

TheLacemaker.cover The Lacemaker

TheMayflowerBride The Mayflower Bride

GuiltByAssociation  Guilt by Association

ASongUnheard  A Song Unheard

HeartsEntwined  Hearts Entwined

 

Author Interview:

AmandaBarratt Amanda Barratt

 

Character Spotlight:

Three Words and a Kiss spotlight Cam Cameron Wallace from Three Words and A Kiss

 

New Logo Reveal:

JOR-Color Logo Reveal

 

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Across the Blue by: Carrie Turansky

Before 1909, flying across the English Channel seemed an impossible feat–but James Drake, a brave young aviator, was willing to try. Defying her parents’ expectations for a good match? Also impossible–but Isabella Grayson was willing to try.

Synopsis:

Within the palatial surroundings of her family’s Edwardian estate, Isabella Grayson longs for something more. Despite her father’s success as a newspaper baron and her own journalistic talents, her parents want her to marry an established aristocrat to improve their social standing rather to pursue her dream of writing for one of her father’s newspapers.

When aspiring aviator James Drake crashes his flying machine on the Grayson’s expansive grounds, he is surprised to learn he landed on the property of the very man who is sponsoring the race to fly across the English Channel–a race James is desperate to win. And although Bella’s striking beauty and intellect capture his attention, James must remain focused on his goals is he has any hope of building an honorable reputation apart from his parents’ shameful past.

As the race draws closer and unexpected events threaten to turn James and Bella’s world upside down, will their faith and love be strong enough to help them overcome the challenges ahead?

My Thoughts:

Travel back in time to 1909, Edwardian England, a time when keeping up appearance is paramount to maintaining one’s status in society. The world is on the cusp of making aviation possible, and war with Germany looms on the horizon.

“Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadlands’ south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!” 

From the very first line, I found myself immersed in the story. The setting is picturesque and the details are exquisite. The characters are lively, authentic and believable. I was swept away in an eloquent tidal wave of words.

It was quite enjoyable to learn about how aviation impacted England. Of course, this story is so much deeper than the history of aviation, there is also the culture clash between Old Money, New Money, and the Middle class. And lets not forget about lovable characters!

I looked forward to free moments when I could read this story and get lost in the pages, often I would read past my bedtime, I just couldn’t put the story down. I give this delightful story 5 stars and would encourage those who also enjoy historical fiction to pick up a copy.

(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:

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About the Author:

174914Carrie Turanksy has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends.

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Other books by Carrie Turanksy:

 Shine Like the Dawn

 The Governess of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #1)

 The Daughter of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #2)

 A Refuge at Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #3)

 

 

Recapping July 2017

I thought it would be fun to have a quick recap of the books reviewed, and the author interviews that took place in July (don’t miss the bonus cover reveal).

Join me for a fun look back at July 2017!
Clicking on any of the titles will take you to that post. 

Books Reviewed:

BelovedHopeBeloved Hope by: Tracie Peterson

MakingLoveLast Making Love Last by: Laura Taggart

Love'sSureDawn Love’s Sure Dawn by: Naomi Rawlings

PasportToAdventurePassport to Adventure by: Rich Aguilera

33872088Grounded Hearts by: Jeanne M. Dickson

KeepingSecrets Keeping Secrets by: Donna Hechler Porter

ANU  A Name Unknown by: Roseanna M. White

 

Author’s Interviewed:

SarahSarah Monzon / All of You

RoseannaJuly2016-185x300Roseanna M. White / A Name Unknown

 

Cover Reveal:

Across the Blue Across the Blue by: Carrie Turansky

 

Let’s Connect:

Have you purchased and/or read any of the books reviewed in July?
Which ones have you added to your #TBR?

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First Line Fridays (7/7/17): Cover Reveal & Giveaway “Across the Blue” Carrie Turansky

I am super-duper excited to be teaming up with Carrie Turansky for the cover reveal of her upcoming book “Across the Blue“. Not only are you getting the first line for Carrie’s new book, but also a fabulous cover reveal! As a special bonus, Carrie is hosting a giveaway on her site so be sure to CLICK HERE to drop by and enter!

While you are here, don’t forget to enter the current giveaway this week for Sarah Monzon’s book “All Of You” 

 

“Across the Blue”

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year.

When James Grant, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret.

 

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The first line is:

Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadland’s south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!

Carrie Turansky shared with me the following: “I was able to give some input on the cover, helping to choose the model, the outfit, and finding just he right hat. We’ve worked with Darna Michie of East Angel Harbor Hats to design the hats for the photo shoots for my last three covers. She’s wonderful! This hat is perfect for 1909 Edwardian England. The airplane featured on the cover shows how fragile they were, and it makes you realize how brave James Drake was to attempt a flight across the English Channel to France. The white Cliffs of Dover play an important role in the story, so I was really pleased to see them used at the background. I love the cover and I’m very grateful for the design team at WaterBrook! 

Before you go a quick reminder to stop by Carrie Turansky’s page to enter her giveaway and then be sure to come back and continue on the First Line Friday blog hop! Across the Blue is scheduled to release on Feb. 20, 2018, make sure to drop by Goodreads and click on the”want to read”!

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Singing Librarian // Jane Reads //
 Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective // Lauraine’s Notes //
Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact
Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower.