First Line Friday - A Tailor-Made Bride

Friday, June 14, 2019

Happy Friday!

It's SUMMER!!!! And around here, that means BOOK SALES!!! First Saturday of every month there is a GIANT book sale put on by the "Friends of the Library District". I have made quite the haul in the past, and I am running out of shelf space, but I am hoping to find a few treasures. This is one that I picked up there....

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

A Tailor-Made Bride
Karen Witemeyer

San Antonio, Texas - March 1881
"Red? Have you no shame, Auntie Vic? You can't be buried in a scarlet gown."

Head over to Hoarding Books to link up with your own FLF post! (Please keep it family 
friendly...Or note otherwise in the link up)

Top Ten Tuesdays - My Bookish Quirks

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Today's topic on That Artsy Reader Girl's site was, Unpopular Bookish Opinions (submitted by Kaitlin Galvan @ Somehow I Manage Blog)...I really couldn't think of what to list, so I went rogue and am instead listing 10 of my bookish quirks...

I don't read blurbs. Ever. Even after I read the book. I really don't like going into a book with any preconceived ideas. 

I almost ALWAYS have music playing while I read. Mostly instrumental...or music not in English. Haha! It helps me focus better.

I need a beverage while I read, water, coffee, lotus, etc. Although it requires more potty breaks...I need to sip and read.

I will binge read any YA series. If I start a YA series that has all the books released, I will have the whole series read before you know it.

I can go back and forth between the ebook, audio, and print for the same book if need be. Especially if I'm super engrossed in the book but I need to ride in a car or you know, do dishes. 

I feel guilty if I don't leave a review for EVERY book I read. (Ya, I'm talking about the ones I'm not an influencer for.) But there are a few times that I haven't...eeeep.

I fidget when I read. I'll play with my hair, twist my ring, play with a fidget spinner, pick at threads...ya I'm weird...

I LOVE snacking while I read (my waistline could have told you that though). Popcorn, skittles, cheez-its, are among my favorite. Anything I can eat 1 handed. But I need to switch to cucumbers, know HEALTHY snacks...

I taught myself how to french braid my hair while reading...(see #7)...Turns out, my hang up, was looking in a mirror. 

If a book really touches me, I have a really hard time immediately jumping into a new book. I like to let it marinade and linger. And sometimes that results in not picking up a new book for a day or more.


A Reluctant Bride - Bride Ships #1 - Jody Hedlund

Monday, June 10, 2019

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

Living in London’s poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she’s offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. After witnessing so much painful heartache and loss in the slums, the bride ship is her only prospect to escape a bleak future, not only for herself but, she hopes, someday for her sister.

Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship’s surgeon, he’s in charge of the passengers’ welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love. 

With hundreds of single men congregating on the shore eager to claim a bride from the Tynemouth, will Mercy and Joseph lose their chance at true love, or will they be able to overcome the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart? (from the author's website)

My Thoughts

Victorian England, to the settlement of Victoria Island, And so much real history! Even the main characters were inspired by real people!!! I have always admired how Jody Hedlund can seamlessly weave romance into her stories in a real, passionate, and Godly way. The faith is genuine and the struggles Mercy and Joseph face in their relationships with God are relatable and familiar to us.

The setting in this story is unlike any other book I have read. I didn't even know that there were bride ships that came to the west coast of Canada! (I'm a Washington State native myself.) But it makes so much sense and I am really looking forward to learning more history about the mining settlements. Although, I have no idea where Jody will be taking us next in this series.

Mercy was such a great woman to get to know. I felt connected to her. Even though I can't relate to a lot of the things she went through. She was an easy person to listen to, to learn about, to become friends with. Joseph was a bit of a mystery to me at first. It was great to watch him come into his own and to realize things about himself that he didn't understand before.

All said and done, I really think this is one of my favorite stories Jody has written. Between the romance, the friendships, and the unique setting, this story definitely holds a special place in my heart. Oh! And just a word of advice, don't start this book at 11 o'clock at night unless you intend to stay awake reading for several more hours!

I received a complimentary copy of A Reluctant Bride from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

The Number of Love - The Codebreakers #1 - Roseanna M. White

Saturday, June 8, 2019

My Rating
★★★★★★ - Heaven help me, you taste like Christmas! (More Info)

About the Book

The Toughest Puzzle She'll Have to Solve
Might Be the Wishes of Her Own Heart

Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack German telegrams for hints of the enemy's plans. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren't enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the quick and brainy Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to team up to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

My Thoughts

This book is definitely my new favorite of Roseanna's...And that is saying a lot. Margot is an absolutely unique heroine and I love every aspect of her. She processes things differently. She thinks differently. And her responses and reactions are different than what most people would do. And Drake UNDERSTANDS her. He realizes her need to express herself through math and numbers. And by doing so, he learns how to speak her language. 18.

I loved getting to learn more history about WWI and Room 40 and the codebreakers. The adventure, romance, and friendship are engaging and addicting. I really didn't want the story to end and am so glad that this is only the first in the series. I love Roseanna's style and voice. She infuses so much detail and real life in her stories that make you feel a part of the story. I also love getting a variety of viewpoints throughout the story.

Y'all really need to go pick up a copy of this book. It is so good.

I received a complimentary copy of The Number of Love from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. She and her family make their home in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. You can learn more about her and her stories at

Top Ten Tuesdays - My Favorite Young Adult Books

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

I suppose it's no secret that I love YA books! It is one of my fave genres. And since MOST of the books I read for review are Historical Romance, I thought I'd share some of my favorite YA books today. I know I've talked about some of these before, but they are so good they are well worth mentioning again...Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

By the end of this year, there will be ten books in the Hagenheim series. I LOVE these books so.much! Fairytales, medieval, romance, adventure, bad guys, swoony heroes, and worthy heroines. You can find the titles HERE.

Sara Ella has created such a beautiful universe in the Unblemished Trilogy. Weaving real world into fantasy...SO.AMAZING!!! Definitely worth a binge read. You can find more info HERE.

I realize I talk about The Lunar Chronicles a lot hopefully, you've gotten the hint...GO READ THEM!!!  can find the whole series HERE.

Debut author, Amber Crawley, has presented us with such a creative portrayal of loyalty, family, friendship, and fantasy. I read this story in one sitting. It is so good, you won't want to put it down! Get a FREE sample HERE.

Nadine Brandes is the newest member of my favorite YA authors. My favorite way to describe these books to people is to say, Nadine takes historical events and portrays them with incredible accuracy...but with the added element of, "What if magic was REAL....?" You will learn SO MUCH from these stories. Your heart will be broken. You will fall in love. And by the end, you will be convinced that magic is real. Find out more HERE.

Victoria Aveyard is a new-to-me author and I devoured the first 3 books in this series...Then I had to wait for book 4 to release and then #life. So I desperately need to finish it now. Find out more HERE.

Mary E. Pearson is another new-to-me author. I recently read Morrighan and enjoyed it so much that I bought the whole series...granted, I have yet to actually READ the series...But it's sitting there, patiently waiting for my annual binge-reading of a YA series.

Leviathan is another series that I mention all the time. But seriously y'all...GO READ IT! Steampunk, alternate history with the Clankers and Beasties during WWI.

I hate to say it, but if you read The Selection, the first 3 are GREAT!!!! The last 2...felt a little too forced. BUT. I do love these characters and the setting. Yet another binge-worthy read.

There are elements to this series that I have found that make me not entirely happy....but this author has taken such a fascinating twist on history, fantasy, and all of the elements infused in these books...I have only read the first 2...but I'm so excited to read the rest.

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