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Top 10 Tuesday — Books I Had All Intentions of Reading in 2018. Epic Fail!

22 Jan

I have the best intentions when it comes to reading. But alas my eyes are larger than my time constraints. So some really good books are left unread. Determined to read from books I got last year, I did whittle the list down by 2 this month. A weak start, but I will take it. The books on my list are in my possession and desperately need reading. Maybe I will be more successful in 2019. What about you? Did your pile grow much in 2018?

Find out other bloggers’ failed attempts at reading their TBR piles at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Books I Didn’t Read in 2018

 

All That Glitters by Les Cowan

Cold, Cold Heart by Christine Poulson

Death Beat by Fiona Veitch Smith

Death of A Jester by Deb Richardson-Moore

Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

The Lady of Tarpon Springs by Judith Miller

 

Lethal Target by Janice Cantore

Local Artist by Paul Trembling

Minding The Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 

Which book would you read first?

Top 10 Tuesday — Beachy Beach Reads

24 Jul

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is all about sensory reads — the books that engage the senses as you read. Since it is mid-July, I decided to feature books that made me taste the salt in the air, hear the waves crashing, feel the sand between my toes — beachy beach reads! My choices span genres — mystery/suspense, romance, historical — but have the beach (or coastal areas) in common. Hope you enjoy a trip to the beach from your chair!

To find out what other books made readers feel, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

 

 

 

Top Beachy Beach Reads!

Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson

Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann

Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble

Lighthouse by Eugenia Price

Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate

To Love And Cherish by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble

A Vast And Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter

 

What’s your favorite beachy beach read?

Book Review: To Honor And Trust

30 Aug

208881_w185Callie DeBoyer is unsettled as she arrives at Bridal Veil Island with the Bridgeport family. She’s just received a letter from her parents, missionaries in coastal Africa, stating they are in dire need of more personnel. Should Callie give up her governess job and join her parents in their important work? Is God calling her to the mission field, or does she just want to escape the emotional scars of being jilted by her former beau?

When she enrolls young Thomas Bridgeport in golf lessons, Callie meets Wesley Townsend, who urges Callie to take lessons, as well. During their time at the golf course, Callie comes to care for Wesley–until she discovers hidden secrets about his past.

Then expensive jewels go missing from various homes on the island, and suspicion is aimed in Callie’s direction. As the investigation continues, Callie wonders if she should escape it all by going to Africa. After the secrets he kept about his past, will Wesley ever be a man she can honor and trust for the rest of her life?

7384Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site at http://www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at http://www.writespassage.blogspot.com.

Nathan Ham Photography|www.whataham.comJudith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her Web site at http://www.judithmccoymiller.com.

My Impressions:

To Honor and Trust is the third novel in the Bridal Veil Island series by co-authors Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. (You can read my reviews of the first two books by clicking on the following titles — To Love And Cherish and To Have And To Hold). The novel, set on the fictional Georgia Sea Island of Bridal Veil in the winter of 1913, can be read as a standalone.

Callie DeBoyer is a young tutor to the wealthy Bridgeport family that winters at the resort on Bridal Veil Island. Her heart broken by an unfaithful and deceitful fiance, she has vowed to never marry, but devote herself to where God wants her. That question, however, has not been answered yet. She is torn between her current position, returning to teaching in Chicago or joining her parents at their mission in Africa. Wesley Townsend’s family is pressuring him to join the family business and settle down with a wife. Reluctant to do either, he is also unsure of where his future lies. When the two meet, there is instant attraction, but through a series of misunderstandings and purposeful omissions, their future together is far from certain.

To Honor And Trust is a sweet, yet predictable romance. The setting of a resort on the order of Jekyll Island is interesting, but not as prominent as in the first two books. The characters are likable even in their indecisiveness. I especially like the character of Maude, and was a bit disappointed by her treatment in the end. Without giving anything away, I had hoped she would be redeemed by the authors. Not my favorite of the three novels in the series, it will, nevertheless, appeal to those who like romances with historical settings.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book for review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Book Review: To Love And Cherish

28 Dec

208870_w185Letters strengthen their love, but Melinda remains frustrated at being apart from Evan, the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. Then she learns of a devastating hurricane in Bridal Veil and knows she must give up her position as a lady’s maid in Cleveland and make her way back to Evan, who works as the assistant gamekeeper on Bridal Veil.

The destruction on Bridal Veil is extensive, meaning every available person is needed to help with cleanup and repairs. Melinda finds a new job on the island, but Evan seems even busier than before, meaning she still never gets to see him. Has she given her heart to the wrong man?

 

 

Excerpt

 

7384Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site at http://www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at http://www.writespassage.blogspot.com.

 

Nathan Ham Photography|www.whataham.comJudith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her Web site at http://www.judithmccoymiller.com.

 

 

 

My Impressions:

Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller are collaborating on a fun historical romance series set on the fictional Georgia coastal island of Bridal Veil Island. In the second book in the series, To Love And Cherish, the resort is up and running and exciting things are happening. Unfortunately, one source of excitement is a hurricane that causes damage and anxiety. But this just adds flavor to the novel that is a great introduction to the history of the Georgia coast. To Love And Cherish centers on the romance of assistant gamekeeper Evan Turlow and ladies maid Melinda Colson. They have declared their love, but have very different timetables for starting their married life. This difference, along with bothersome relatives, co-workers, and resort guests, keeps Evan and Melinda apart. But true love is finally found.

I live in Georgia and can say that Peterson and Miller have faithfully captured the charm of the Georgia coastal islands and towns. Although fictional, Bridal Veil Island and the city of Biscayne reflect life as it was in the 1880s in Jekyll Island and Brunswick. The story hinges on the this authenticity — from the lack of communication and transportation to the wealthy that wintered at Southern resorts. The romance is a bit predictable, but there is some suspense in the last few chapters that will keep the romance fan turning pages faster and faster.

If you enjoy historical romance fiction, check out To Love And Cherish.

Recommended.

 

(I received To Love And Cherish from Bethany House in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Book Review: To Have And To Hold

17 Dec

When Audrey Cunningham’s father proposes that they move to Bridal Veil Island, where he grew up, she agrees, thinking this will help keep him sober and close to God. But they arrive to find wealthy investors buying up land to build a grand resort on the secluded island–and they want the Cunninghams’ acreage.

Contractor Marshall Graham can’t imagine why the former drinking buddy of his deceased father would beckon him to Bridal Veil Island. And when Boyd Cunningham asks him to watch over Audrey, Marshall is even more confused. He has no desire to be saddled with caring for this fiery young woman who is openly hostile toward him. But when Audrey seems to be falling for another man–one who has two little girls Audrey adores–Marshall realizes she holds more of his heart than he realized. Which man will Audrey choose? And can she hold on to her ancestral property in the face of overwhelming odds?

 

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site at www.traciepeterson.com and her blog atwww.writespassage.blogspot.com.

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, two of which have placed in the CBA top ten lists. In addition to her writing, Judy is a certified legal assistant. Judy makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her Web site at www.judithmccoymiller.com.

 

 

My Impressions:

To Have And To Hold is the first book in the Bridal Veil Island series, a series set on the fictitious island off the Georgia coast during the latter years of the 19th century.  Bridal Veil Island is the site of new construction of a club for the wealthy of America, a la Jekyll Island.   Audrey Cunningham and her father Boyd are the last remaining residents on the island when the investors begin their construction. Faced with losing their home, Bridal Fair, for delinquent taxes, the Cunningham’s take in the supervisors of the construction as boarders in order to save their family home.

I enjoyed this historical romance set amid the live oaks and Spanish moss of the Georgia coastal islands.  The characters are well developed and very likable.   I especially liked the irascible Aunt Thora and her twisting interpretation of scripture and her distrust of yankees.  The realistic plot includes many poignant moments and of course the path of true love is never without obstacles.  There is even some suspense when things at the construction site start to go wrong and sabotage is suspected.  There is no doubt about the faith element that runs through the story, yet it is never preachy.

All in all, if you like historical romance, I believe you will enjoy To Have And To Hold.

Recommended.

(I received To Have And To Hold from Bethany House Publishers in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)