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Top 10 Tuesday — Spring TBR List

14 Mar

The folks at The Broke And The Bookish are back with their Top 10 Tuesday‘s! Yay! This week bloggers are spotlighting their Spring TBR Lists. What are you reading?

A couple of weeks ago I posted my TBR list for the coming months. Well as things go in my book world, even a few days will yield more books to add to the non-ending TBR pile. So here is the new and updated TBR.

Top 10 Spring TBR List

Doctor’s Dilemma by Richard Mabry

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

Home by Ginny Yttrup

A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser

Pursued by Lisa Harris

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

The Sacred Scarred by Joanna Alonzo

A Trail of Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner

What’s on your Spring TBR List?

 

Top 10 Tuesday — What’s Up Next in The TBR Pile

28 Feb

The folks at the Broke And The Bookish are taking a short and well-deserved break this week. Six years of hosting this great meme! Our hats are off to you! So that means bloggers are coming up with their own topics. I’m taking the easy way out and sharing what I will be reading in the coming weeks. Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think.

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Top 10 Books in The TBR Pile

By Cat or By Crook by Patricia Fry

Doctor’s Dilemma by Richard Mabry

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

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Exit Katrina by Chris Link

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

Home at Last by Deborah Raney

A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

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Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith

A Trail of Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

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What book is next up for you?

 

Top 10 Tuesday — Best of 2016

27 Dec

2016 was a whirlwind of activity for my family. Several weddings, a couple of bucket list trips, and relocations led to a very busy year. Amid it all I did manage to read some great books — some new releases and some new to me. So, I am supposed to narrow my list to just 10. Hmm . . . can’t do it. 😉 So I have come up with two lists — Contemporary Fiction and Historical Fiction. No matter your preference of genre, there is something for you on these lists. To see what other bloggers consider their best of the best, please visit The Broke And The Bookish.

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Top Contemporary Fiction of 2016

 

Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix

Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

Seeing Things by Patti Hill

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Christa Allan

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

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Water From My Heart by Charles Martin

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

The Witnesses by Robert Whitlow

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Top Historical Fiction of 2016

 

Anchor in The Storm by Sarah Sundin

AD 30 by Ted Dekker

A Day And A Life by Penelope Wilcock

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Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert

The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

The Lady And The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

Like A River From Its Course by Kelli Stuart

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The Memoir of Johnny Devine by Camille Eide

Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin

Within The Veil by Brandy Valance

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Best of The Best of 2106

There were two books that I gave Very Highly Recommended ratings to in 2016. Both were from author Mike Nappa. These are great books I would recommend to everyone!

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Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden. That secret’s name is Annabel Lee Truckson, and even she doesn’t know why her mysterious uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He’s left her with a few German words, a barely-controlled guard dog, and a single command: “Don’t open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.”

Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic “Dr. Smith” know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first?

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl–before it’s too late.

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As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience’s pockets while they watch. It’s harmless fun — until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn’t seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his “personal assistants”, The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, “Nevermore”.

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues — and their complicated feelings for each other — to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.

 

Book Review: Restoring Christmas

15 Dec

618chyzgjql-_sx343_bo1204203200_Alexis Blake has one chance to land her own show on the Home Project Network and nothing, not an uncooperative client, a job site without indoor plumbing, or a challenging videographer, is going to stand in her way. Elsie, at seventy-plus, is far from the ideal client, but she knows exactly what she wants her fieldstone house to look like, and no designer can tell her otherwise. Gabe Langley, the man with the camera, is caught in the middle and it is his wisdom and warmth that just may be the bridge that will bring these two women together. Can they restore more than just a house and bring about special, almost lost forever Christmas memories?

 

cynthia-ruchti_green_couch1-1024x819Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, The Heartbeat of the Home. Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, PW Starred Review, Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, CLASSeminars Award of Excellence, Golden Scroll Awards, and more. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

 

My Impressions:

Cynthia Ruchti’s latest Christmas-themed novella is the perfect addition for your holiday reading this year. Restoring Christmas is a story filled with humor, heart and hope. Alexis is a designer with dreams of a big break in television. She travels to small town Wisconsin to take on the challenge of restoring a home in just 8 weeks before Christmas. She soon finds that her plans must take a backseat to the story of the home and its owner, Elsie. Amidst obstacles, the project bumpily progresses, and Alexis grows in her appreciation for a true restoration.

While Restoring Christmas is a novella, I never felt short-changed in character development. Alexis is a woman driven to be the very best despite insecurities brought on my her childhood experiences. Cameraman Gabe has overcome a past as well, and his irritating enthusiasm and perkiness is the perfect foil for Alexis. It is their pasts and the past of the home they are restoring that points to the overall theme of how the past often comes to define us, unless we let God remake and restore us. One of my favorite lines in the book reflects the way God overcomes and makes new out of a mess — Our past converted into something more suitable for how we live today. (p. 211). Ruchti also uses setting to great effect. I now have Door County and its environs on my travel bucket list!

Restoring Christmas is a quick read, but it is one that will stay with you for a long time. Pick it up for your Christmas reading fix!

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to Worthy Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Top Ten Tuesday — Best Christmas Novellas

13 Sep

Thanks to the folks at The Broke And The Bookish for hosting Top 10 Tuesday every week. This week’s theme is Favorite Genres. To find out what other bloggers love to read, click HERE.

 

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It’s September and while Pumpkin Everything is popping up, the temperatures here in Middle Georgia are still in the 90s. It may be a bit hot, but when the calendar says it’s Fall, I like to begin my Christmas reading. Every year I look for a Christmas fix in books. Here is a list of some great books to read to get you in the Christmas mood, no matter the date or temperature! I’ve divided them into categories, although there is some crossover, so that you can pick the best for your mood and tastes.

Top Christmas Novellas

 

Historic and Nostalgic Christmas

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Star by Ace Collins

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

Remembering Christmas by Daniel Walsh

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Suspenseful And Mysterious Christmas

Holy Night by Colleen Coble

Silent Night by Colleen Coble

Advent of Murder by Martha Oakley

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Romantic Christmas

An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti

The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere

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Christmas with Dogs And Cats

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson

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Funny Christmas

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

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Heartwarming Christmas

A Redbird Christmas by Fanny Flagg

A Christmas Journey Home by Kathi Macias

Unexpected Christmas Hero by Kathi Macias

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What’s Your Favorite Christmas Book?

 

Book Review: Song of Silence

2 May

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Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they’re committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. Charlie retired early, but Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.

Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her form the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith’s song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.

When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.

CRuchti-354Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

Find out more about Cynthia at http://www.cynthiaruchti.com.

 

My Impressions:

I have found that I have a harder time reviewing books that make the biggest impact. I feel inadequate to express the power and the beauty that an author has imbued in his/her work. Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti is one of those books. I loved this book, but more importantly, I connected with it. Characters, plot, themes — they all resonated with me. This is one that will stay with me a long time and is a highly recommended read.

Lucy Tuttle has been living her dream for 19 years — teaching music to children. But the dream abruptly comes to an end when she not only loses her job, but the school board shuts down all arts curriculum. Her summer stretches out in front of her without an end. Despite her husband’s sometimes clueless attempts to join him in retirement, Lucy slips deeper into her grief. A series of events lead her to a new understanding of God’s new song for her life.

Because I am struggling to find the right words to convey the essence of this book, I am just going to tell you why I loved it. Song of Silence has great characters — complex, believable, struggling with everyday issues that we can all relate to. I especially liked Lucy’s husband Charlie, referred to as Captain Oblivious in one instance. But before you think that there is some man-bashing in this book, let me say that he is one of the most caring, loving characters, even if he is not always the most observant. The themes are ones that we all deal with at some point in our lives — relationship dynamics, loss of dreams/purpose, disappointment and grief. God is present in the novel in the words of friends and trusted counselors, in the circumstances that almost overwhelm Lucy and in the silence in which she finds herself. Ruchti’s use of humor lightens the mood and brings real life into the pages.

Song of Silence is a great book, one that lingered in my mind long after I finished it. It spoke truth and it spoke hope. I loved it and think you will too.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Abingdon and LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Giveaway!

Celebrate the release of Song of Silence with a blog tour and giveaway. Two winners will be chosen!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
A copy of Song of Silence
A $150 Visa cash card

One second place winner will receive:
A copy of Song of Silence
A music-themed prize pack filled with goodies hand-picked by Cynthia.

Enter today by clicking HERE. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 9th.
The winners will be announced May 10th on Cynthia’s blog.

Book Review: An Endless Christmas

25 Nov

51Rtgzl1IxL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_On the way to Christmas with his family, Micah asks Katie to marry him. She says no, but there is no getting out of Christmas now. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

 

 

 

311xQ3MySQL._UX250_Taking multi-tasking to new heights (or depths, depending on your perspective), Cynthia Ruchti is the award-winning author of recent releases All My Belongings (novel), When the Morning Glory Blooms (novel), and Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices (nonfiction). She makes potato corn chowder for her husband of 42 years, loves on her three kids and five grandchildren, recently retired from 33 years of writing and producing a daily radio broadcast called THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME, is past president of the 2,700-member American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves as ACFW’s Professional Relations Liaison, all while working on more book projects in addition to the eight already on the shelves. Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through writing and speaking, but she gave up knitting, counted cross-stitch, sewing her own clothes, naps, and dusting baseboards a long time ago. You can find her at http://www.cynthiaruchti.com, at http://www.facebook.com/cynthiaruchtireaderpage, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.

My Impressions:

Some people like to watch Hallmark Channel movies or listen to Christmas music to kickstart their Christmas spirit. I like to read Christmas-themed novellas. Cynthia Ruchti’s heartwarming book, An Endless Christmas, is perfect to get you into the holiday mood. The Binder family with their traditions, non-traditions and bottomless Christmas cheer and the oh-so-perfect rural setting is the way Christmas should be done. And this book is a great reminder of what Christmas means.

Katie Vale has long ago given up on family Christmases and on family in general. Angry words and indifference have colored her memories. And bad relationships seem to be a genetic foregone conclusion. But boyfriend Micah Binder’s family gathering is unavoidable this year. The perfect family seems to do Christmas perfectly as well. Within the chaos and confusion, a sense of belonging emerges, and Katie is drawn to a future of hope and love.

imagesThe Binder family seems a bit too good to be true, and that’s the charm of An Endless Christmas. The love and faith the family shares comes from intentional acts and hard lessons. How many of us, including long-time Christians, have wounds that continue to reopen, especially during the holidays. Main character, Katie, has a hard time of letting go of past hurts and letting the love of God make things new. Katie feels she can’t measure up, something we all may feel when looking in and out, instead of up. Towards the end of the book, Katie finds that perfect isn’t really what she thought:

The perfection she’d thought exquisite but unattainable wasn’t perfection at all. It was a family that dug in their heels and determined to love, to survive, to repair the damaged fabric of their legacy, with God’s help. (pp. 191-192)

Another plus of An Endless Christmas is the setting — Stillwater, Minnesota. I stopped reading to google this picturesque town north of the Twin Cities. If I ever visit Minnesota, I am going to make sure Stillwater is on the itinerary. Thanks Cynthia for bringing it to my attention!

An Endless Christmas is fun and funny and filled with poignant moments that remind the reader of the sacrifice of Christ. So grab a cup of tea, coffee or cocoa and settle into a great Christmas read!

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)