April – 2019

What books did you read during the month of April? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in April.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book.

Book Reviews:

  Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin

Up From the Sea by Amanda Dykes

  The Golden Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

Upon My Heart Forever by Amber Lynn Perry

  The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

  Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Book Spotlight:

Fearless by Tamara Leigh

No Greater Love by Gina Holder

Cover Reveal

   The Art of Rivers by Janet W. Ferguson


I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in May?

First Line Friday: Up from the Sea

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Up From the Sea by Amanda Dykes! This superb novella is an introduction to Amanda’s full-length story Whose Waves These Are, set to release at the end of this month. I loved this novella and encourage you to swing by Amazon and download your FREE copy today!


Summer 1774
Coastal Maine

          The forest floor came alive that night. Footsteps pounding upon it, roots forging slow paths into dark soil. Two worlds about to collide. The young woman flew through the trees, the frantic swishing of her skirt masked by the sound of the wind through the bending pines above.

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

   Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) [FREE]

 Whose Waves These Are [available 4/30/19]



Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) by Amanda Dykes


When Savannah Mae Thorpe visits her family in New England, she learns the future of the land she’s inherited is in question. She finds help from a local lumberjack–who holds a shadowed past of his own–to discover the truth of a local legend and save her land. But her expedition may have unexpected ramifications on her life–and the lives of those around her.

My Thoughts:

This delightful short story swept me off my feet with lyrical prose, into the northern woods of Maine. I couldn’t put it down and found myself inhaling the story in one sitting. If you haven’t yet picked up your free copy of this enchanting story, do so right away.

The vivid scenery, the delightful characters, and a story within a story, what’s not to love?!

(I downloaded a copy of this novella for my personal collection. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

AmandaDykes Amanda Dykes has written and published a few short stories including, “Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale“, the critically-acclaimed bicycle story that invited readers together to fund bicycles for missionaries in Asia. A former English teacher, she has a soft spot for classic literature and happy endings. She is a drinker of tea, a dweller of Truth, and a spinner of hope-filled tales, grateful for the grace of a God who loves extravagantly.  Also, by Amanda Dykes: “Tin Can Serenade” and “A Song in the Night” featured in the Message in a Bottle Romance Collection. You can connect with Amanda at the following locations:

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

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

   Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) [FREE]

 Whose Waves These Are [available 4/30/19]