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If You Liked The House on Foster Hill . . .

30 Mar

By The Book’s March selection, The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright, was a BIG hit! It is definitely book club approved! So if you read it and want more like it, I have a few suggestions. These books contain common elements –secrets long kept and past influences on present events. (Their covers also share similar color palettes!)  Check them out for your next great read!

 

Chateau of Echoes by Siri Mitchell

Suddenly widowed in a foreign country, Frederique Farmer did what any girl would do: She bought a castle. She just never imagined that its mysterious fifteenth-century owner would hold the keys to her second chance at life. When an extensive, painstaking restoration of the chateau reveals an ancient treasure, Frederique kisses her reclusive life good-bye. She opens an exclusive bed-and-breakfast, hires a capricious graduate student, and gets talked into hosting a handsome American for an extended stay. Little does the gourmand know, she’s unwittingly concocted a recipe for intrigue, romance, and possibly disaster.

 

My Brother’s Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

France, 1685. Catherine Gillet knows her brother, Jules, wants to protect her from the sinister threats of the French crown. But Jules is involved in a potentially deadly enterprise, one connected with an encoded document. When his actions put the whole family at risk, will Catherine find a way to save them?

Virginia, present day. Renee Talbot, a direct descendant of Catherine’s, is fascinated by the document that’s been part of her family legacy for more than three centuries. Certain its pages hold hidden secrets, she takes a closer look — and makes a shocking discovery. But when memories of a childhood trauma are rekindled, she’s forced to seek answers of a different kind. Inspired by the faith and bravery of Catherine, can Renee find the truth and face her deepest fears at last?

(This book is the first of a 3-part series, so you have a lot of great reading ahead.)

Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson

Jobless, homeless, and broke, Camden Bristow decides to visit the grandmother she hasn’t seen in years. But when Camden arrives in Etherton, Ohio, she discovers that her grandmother has passed away, leaving her the 150-year-old mansion on Crescent Hill. The site of her happiest summers as a child, the run-down mansion is now her only refuge.

When Camden finds evidence that she may not be the mansion’s only occupant, memories of Grandma Rosalie’s bedtime stories about secret passageways and runaway slaves fuel her imagination. What really happened at Crescent Hill? Who can she turn to for answers in this town full of strangers? And what motivates the handsome local Alex Yates to offer his help? As she works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored in her home, Camden uncovers deep family secrets within the mansion’s walls that could change her life — and the entire town — forever.

A Sound among The Trees by Susan Meissner

A house shrouded in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss. As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.

When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband’s home, it isn’t long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there.

With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak — and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.

 

 

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Book Review: The House on Foster Hill

19 Mar

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives — including her own — are lost?

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com!

 

My Impressions:

Because I had heard a lot of positive buzz about Jaime Jo Wright’s debut novel, The House on Foster Hill, I thought I’d offer it to my book club as a possibility for our 2018 schedule. The blurb sold it to my group, but it was the actual reading experience that gave it a unanimous thumbs up! We loved the spooky atmosphere, the engaging characters, and the mystery that spanned over a hundred years. Because we read a lot of suspense it isn’t easy to surprise us, but this one did. We never saw the ending coming! We are excited to have found another author to add to our must-read list.

Dual plot lines set in the present day and in 1906, appealed to our members who like contemporary and/or historical novels. The two stories intertwine well. The action alternated between Kaine and Ivy’s stories keeping us turning the pages as quickly as possible — we had to know what was happening with both of these engaging and interesting characters. Kaine and Ivy are women of their times, but share a determination to get to the bottom of the mysteries that the shady Foster Hill House presents. Although some of us wanted to shake them from time to time, we generally loved them. The two male characters were a treat as well. Very different from each other, my group was split on which we liked better, but were pleased with how both added to the stories and the main characters’ lives. The book provided great discussion for our group — family history and secrets, human trafficking now and then, and keeping alive the memories of those who have passed.

Often my book club gets off task during our monthly discussions, but this month we had no trouble staying focused on The House on Foster Hill. Kudos for an impressive first novel. We look forward to many more from an author to watch.

Highly Recommended.

Great for Book Clubs.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE. (It’s currently free for Kindle Unlimited)

(I purchased this book from Amazon. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

 

 

Book Review: The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

18 Jul

For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.

A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.

Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future — or their very souls.

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com!

 

My Impressions:

Have you ever read a book that captured your imagination through its beautiful prose while immersing you in a twisting turning story of secrets and mysteries, and filled you with the certainty of a profound message of God’s truth? I’m not certain I have until now. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond, Jaime Jo Wright’s sophomore novel, has done just that. I really liked her debut, The House on Foster Hill, as did my book club. But this second novel exceeded my expectations. All I can say is wow! This one deserves a very highly recommended rating.

The midwestern town of Gossamer Grove is a place of welcoming people with long held and deeply buried secrets. I loved the small town vibe/creepy setting that Wright achieved. Told in dual storylines — present day and 1907 — the novel explores the impact of shame and guilt. Both the contemporary and historical stories are right on in their cultural feel. The reader never once mistakes the two. But the mystery of 1907 brought about by a tent revival bleeds into the present day bringing with it threats and danger. There are two very strong female characters — Libby and Annalise. Both have hidden guilt that they strive to make up for with good deeds and right-living. But secrets aren’t really secret at all in the small town of Gossamer Grove. The various male characters they interact with are intriguing and are a bit mysterious in their own rights. I loved how Wright kept this reader off-balance with the relationships that develop. As stated above there is a strong spiritual thread that runs in both stories. Grace, undeserved and freely and lovingly offered, is often difficult to accept. Many feel that this gift can’t actually be available, even as they profess to believe in the love of Jesus. Early in the story the seemingly all-knowing revivalist Jacobus Corbin states: “No amount of mystery in one’s soul can escape the ever-watchful eye of God. One may carry guilt and shame with them for years, only to discover that while they attempted to dodge God’s judgment, they instead cheated themselves of His forgiveness.” I read that line over and over. It spoke healing and love to my soul.

While the spiritual lessons are strong, The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond really is a very entertaining mystery. I puzzled and theorized and was totally blown away by the endings of each story. If you are a mystery fan you are going to love how this novel unfolds. And for fans of Poe, well, this one is a special treat. All I can say is run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore or computer to buy this book. You will not regret it! I am passing my copy on to my fellow book clubbers because I cannot wait to hear what they think. Grab a couple of books to hand out so you won’t be alone in this reading experience.

Very Highly Recommended.

Great for Book Clubs.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

2018 Carol Award Nominees

2 Jul

Congratulations to the 2018 Carol Award shortlist authors! The Carol Awards are sponsored by the American Christian Fiction Writers. If you are looking for a good book to read, this list is a great start!

 

Contemporary

Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert
The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser
A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

 

Historical

Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson
A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould
Liar’s Winter by Cindy Sproles

 

Historical Romance

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett
Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

 

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Four Months in Cuba by Luana Ehrlich
Ghost Heart by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry
Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

 

Novella

Puzzle House by Lillian Duncan
An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund
One Enchanted Noel from Enchanted: A Christmas Collection by Melissa Tagg

 

Romance

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

 

Romantic Suspense

Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley, Revell
Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

 

Short Novel

Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander
A Sweetwater River Romance by Misty M. Beller
Claiming Her Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

 

Speculative

Awakened by Morgan L. Busse
Huntress by Julie Hall
King’s Blood by Jill Williamson

 

Young Adult

For Love & Honor by Jody Hedlund
Playing by Heart by Carmela Martino
Betrayal of the Band by Sarah Tipton

 

Debut

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli
If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Top 10 Tuesday — Bookish Baby Names

22 May

Do you ever click on the FB links that promise adorable, unique, vintage, or clever baby names. Yeah, me neither 😉 . Well, maybe sometimes, once in a while, always. I love those click-bait posts and always hope for the best. This week Top 10 Tuesday is talking bookish names, so I came up with my top picks for baby names you just have to use. Most are very unusual and won’t occur ten times on your kids class roll. I have tried to find the meaning of each name; in some cases it is very subjective. Let me know what you think of my picks.

Make sure to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl to discover more great bookish names.

 

Top 10 Names You Need To Give Your Baby!

Girls

Adisa (the clear one) from A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow

Anniston (resurrection) from How Sweet The Sound by Amy K. Sorrells

Aurelie (golden) from Lady Jane Disappears by Joanna Politano Davidson

Fairlight (the fair light of Christ) from Christy by Catherine Marshall

Isola (island) from The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Kaine (tribute) from The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Keturah (fragrance or sacrifice) from Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren

Pearl (gem of the sea) from A Cup of Dust by Susie Finkbeiner

Persomi (no meaning found) from Child of The River by Irma Joubert

Vienne (life) from A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green

 

Boys

Ace (unity) from Out of Circulation by Heather Day Gilbert

Aldric (wise ruler) from A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

Boone (blessing) from Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble (Boone is the name of my niece’s youngest son)

Dawsey (sweet or pleasant) from The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Noble (illustrious) from Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells

Qwill (scribe)  from Gathering The Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

Race (clean shaven) from Ghost Heart by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry

Roman (a citizen of Rome) from The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

Ryland (island meadow) from Life on The Porcelain Edge by C. E. Hilbert

Zane (gift from God) from Undercut by Heather Day Gilbert

 

Which one would you choose for your baby?

 

Top 10 Tuesday — Favorites of 2018 (So Far)

17 Apr

This week That Artsy Reader Girl of Top 10 Tuesday is letting bloggers have a Freebie. After much thought, I finally settled on sharing the Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year. The books on this list all were given a Highly Recommended rating by me. Covering a variety of genres, these books offer realistic and endearing characters, are beautifully written, and share messages of hope, healing, and grace. I loved them, and I think you will too. If you have read any of them, let me know if you agree with my assessment.

 

 

 

 Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton

Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells

The Melody of The Soul by Liz Tolsma

Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

On This Foundation by Lynn Austin 

A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith

The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner

Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey

What book is your favorite this year?

March 2018 Book Club Selection —

1 Mar

Can you believe it is March already?!! Here in middle Georgia the flowering trees and shrubs are blooming and the grass is green. It looks like our unusually cold winter is over. But whether we will be sitting out on the porch or cuddled up next to the fire — you never know what March will bring — we will be reading! By The Book‘s March selection is The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright. I have heard great things about this debut novel. Have you read it? Then we welcome your thoughts. If not, please join us.

 

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives — including her own — are lost?

To purchase, click HERE.

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com!

2018 Inspy Award Long Lists

23 Jan

Congrats to all the wonderful authors who have made the 2018 Inspy Award Long Lists. The Inspy Award is unique in that it is the only inspirational fiction award organized, nominated, and judged by bloggers! Take a look at these great books. But be prepared to add them to your TBR lists! (I know I have! 😉 )

 

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Charming The Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

Moving Target by Lynette Eason

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

All This Time by Melissa Tagg

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

True to You by Becky Wade

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

Begin Again by Crystal Walton

Just Maybe by Crystal Walton

Debut Novel

A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal

Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

Count Me In by Mikal Dawn

Grace in Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent

Stars in The Grass by Ann Marie Stewart

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

 

General Fiction

In The Light of The Garden by Heather Burch

Perennials by Julie Cantrell

Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

Catching The Wind by Melanie Dobson

A Song of Home: A Novel of The Swing Era by Susie Finkbeiner

A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of The Great Depression by Susie Finkbeiner

Life After by Katie Ganshert

The Mark of The King by Jocelyn Green

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

The Space between Words by Michele Phoenix

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The Memory of You by Catherine West

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Home by Ginny L. Yttrup

 

Historical Romance

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

Wings of The Wind by Connilyn Cosette

Havencross by Julie Daines

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

The Dishonorable Miss Delancey by Carolyn Miller

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Once An Heiress by Renee Ryan

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

 

Literature for Young Adults

The Messengers: Concealed by Lisa M. Clark

The Returning by Rachelle Dekker

Unraveling by Sara Ella

Spark by J.M. Hackman

For Love And Honor by Jody Hedlund

Playing by Heart by Carmela A. Martino

The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

 

Mystery/Thriller

The Enoch Effect by Rick Acker

If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

A Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

Without Warning by Joel Rosenberg

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

 

Speculative Fiction

Raging Storm by Vannetta Chapman

The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Schultz

The Divide by Jolina Petersheim

The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

King’s Blood by Jill Williamson

 

Congrats authors!

BTB Picks

18 Jan

By The Book is well into its 15th year of existence. Wow! We have read some great books through the years, and it looks like 2018 will not be an exception. Here are our selections.

2018 Selections

January — Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

February — Missing Isaac by Valerie Luesse

March — The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

April — The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

May — If I Live by Terri Blackstock

June — The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

July — The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

August — Beneath The Surface by Lynn Blackburn

September — Anniversary Surprise!

October — The View from Rainshadow Bay — Colleen Coble

November — Surprise!

December — Christmas book

Top 10 Tuesday — Books I Should Have Read in 2017

9 Jan

So many books, so little time . . . . That should have been my motto in 2017. Like a child who fills her plate with more than she can eat, I filled my bookshelves with more books than I could read. Am I complaining? Not really. I am a cock-eyed optimist when it comes to books — I am sure that I will one day get all the books stacked around my home read. But for now I give you the Top 10 Books I Didn’t Read in 2017. This is a list of my reading regrets. And I intend to get them read soon. Which one should I start with first?

For other bloggers’ reading regrets, head over to The Broke And The Bookish.

 

Top 10 Books I Didn’t Read in 2017

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Egypt’s Sister by Angela Hunt

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

The Legacy by Michael Phillips 

Mark of The King by Jocelyn Green

Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert

Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

Which book should I read first?