Thursday, August 25, 2016

THE FALL OF LORD DRAYSON by Rachael Anderson

The Fall of Lord Drayson The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson

I'm excited for this book. Stay tuned for my review!

Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant? When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience? Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?
Publication Date: Monday, August 29th
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A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

THE BEAUTIFUL BALANCE by Michelle Wilson — @authormwilson #reviews #books

THE BEAUTIFUL BALANCE by Michelle Wilson. I have loved this book from the very beginning. I had the priveledge of reading through several of the first writings of this book and it has been so much fun to see it evolve and grow into what it currently is. Michelle shares such a beautiful message in a fun, approachable way. It is a great reminder of where one can and should be in their relationship with God. Even this time as I read it, I was again brought to see more improvements that I can make in my life. Lavinda and Carol's stories are truly inspiring. As I read what she wrote about my story, I see where I was and it puts my personal doubts and questions at ease. This is a fantastic read that I recommend for anyone and everyone. We all feel out of control at times (at least I hope I'm not the only one) and this book shares a good way to claim that personal control once again.

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Whether in your family, your ward, or your community, you've observed them: those noble individuals who are strong, patient, and stalwart in the face of adversity. When times are tough, how do they manage the challenging shift from victim to victor? Chances are they have figured out the balance of control—what they have charge of and what is in the Lord's hands.
Trying to manage the ups and downs of life can feel overwhelming, but fortunately we're not alone on this journey. With inspiring doctrinal insights and a healthy dose of humor, author Michelle Wilson inspires readers to let go of fear and find peace, even in the midst of lost jobs, health challenges, or everyday chaos at home. In a world that seems so tempestuous, The Beautiful Balance is a sweet reminder of exactly what we can control—ourselves—and what God controls—all the rest.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016


BEAUTY AND THE CLOCKWORK BEAST by Nancy Allen Campbell. I LOVED this book! Having this kind of a classic story mixed with steampunk was a thing of beauty in itself. I loved how confident Lucy is and I was sucked into Lord Miles's secret from the first time it was mentioned. The pages kept turning as the conflict grew and before I knew it, I had read the entire book. For once my guess was incorrect and I can't wait to go back and figure out the subtitle clues that were woven in with expertise. This is a fantastic story for anyone who loves romance and anyone who loves steampunk. And if you only like one or the other, this story will help you fall in love with both. I highly recommend it.

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When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border.
Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Could Miles himself be to blame for the deaths?
Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?
*A reveiw copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Monday, July 25, 2016

BEYOND THE NARROWS by M.R. Durbin —#bookreview #amreading #books

BEYOND THE NARROWS by M. R. Durbin. I had very mixed feelings on this book. The premise was fascinating, and I loved the wealth of knowledge that was given in this story. The humor was a perfect off set to all the information given. The tension was great when it was there, and the characters were easy to grow fond of. I had a very difficult time following the point of view throughout a lot of the book though. I found myself going back to see who was speaking and who's head we were in. At times it felt like we were supposed to be in an omnisciente point of view, but it wasn't pulled off cleanly. Other times it was very clear who's point of view we were in. This is a wonderful adventure with a ton of what I would consider little known bits of knowledge that does leave the story open to a companion novel. Anyone who loves a great adventure will enjoy this book.
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After being the subject of an explosive assassination attempt, O'Reilly (Obie) Begay, a retired Navajo archaeologist, finds himself in the middle of the hunt for an ancient record the personal journal of a Spanish Templar leading to a legendary treasure.
When Obie tracks down the journal, he enlists fellow retirees Peter, Bill, and Jack to assist him in following its clues. Facing gunfights and car chases, the treasure hunters locate a 500-year-old Mayan codex, the next clue on their adventure. Peter's grandson, Charley, and Obie's granddaughter, Mac, come along for the quest, but they may find themselves drawn to a different kind of treasure.
Constantly one tiny step ahead of their enemies as they scour the caves, cliffs, and canyons of Southern Utah, Obie's team will have to rely on each other if they want to reach the treasure before their pursuers. But what will they do if not all in their numbers can be trusted?
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

TRAPPED IN EAST GERMANY by Carolyn Twede Frank — #amreading #books #review

TRAPPED IN EAST GERMANY by Carolyn Twede Frank. I have been very excited about reading this book. It's an intriguing story based on actual events. Since it arrived in the mail yesterday, you'll have to stay tuned for my review later this week but I can already tell it will be difficult to put down.

It is the autumn of 1943, and Karin Graeber is keenly aware of the uneasy tide of of change swirling around her. She is not alone—in wartime Berlin, it seems that everyone has been swept up in the frightening transformation of their city. No more than a child, Karin is far too young to understand the Nazi presence or the drone of air-raid sirens or the absence of her beloved Pappa, a soldier in the German army. But when a bomb destroys their home, Karin is forced to grow up far too soon as her family joins the tens of thousands displaced in the raids on the city. Relying on their faith as Latter-day Saints, Karin and her family begin a journey that will prove the indomitable strength of the human spirit.
What follows is the sweeping narrative of one young girl's journey through war and beyond—from her childlike observations of World War II in Germany to her changing view of the world as she grows up in a land divided by war. Now, driven by starvation and the perilous existence of refugees, Karin and her family must draw upon a deep reservoir of strength and faith to sustain them through the harrowing escape ahead ...
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

FOUR CHAMBERS by Julie Wright — @scatteredjules

FOUR CHAMBERS: POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER by Julie Wright. I have loved every installment of the Matchmaker series, and this is no exception. I couldn't put it down. I was heartbroken each time Andra was kicked to the ground. I couldn't fathom how she was going to end up with the right guy, especially after all that time. (Which was probably the only thing I had a hard time with. He waited around for a long time.) It was an amazing progression for both Andra and Everett. What a journey. Anyone who loves a great roller coaster as well as a love story will love this book. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Every time Andra Stone crosses paths with Everett Covington, trouble follows. First she loses her scholarship, then she loses the apartment she’d wanted more than anything. But tragedy hits hardest when she loses her grandmother—the best friend Andra has ever known. She determines that Everett is a talisman of ill fortune. When Everett comes to work in her hospital and is applying for the same position she’d been working toward since residency, Andra believes him to be her personal poltergeist. The human heart has four chambers—four chances to get it right. Andra has only one chance left.

*A review copy was provided by IAMAREADER.COM in exchange for an unbiased review.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer Book Trek Reading Challenge

This looks like a fun summer reading challenge for this month. I will be adding books as they come my way, but here's what I have so far.

  1. Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (done)
  2. The Woman He Married by Julie N Ford (done)
  3. Trapped In East Germany by Carolyn Tweede
  4. Beyond the Narrows by M. R. Durbins (done)
  5. The Truth About Fragile Things by Regina Sorios (done)
  6. House of Secrets by Jeffrey S Savage

If you're interested in joining me, sign up here!

Happy Reading!