Top Ten Tuesday - Books On My TBR - Fall 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

I am super excited about this week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Fall is my FAVORITE season. Crisp mornings, rain, the COLORS! Whether I will get to ALL of these this fall is yet to be determined, but I have high hopes! Some of these books are for influencer teams, some are sitting on my shelf taunting me, and some have been on my NetGalley shelf for far too long...

Are any of these on your Fall TBR?
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First Line Fridays - The Love Letter

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Happy Friday!

I have a confession...This is the first book by Rachel Hauk that I have EVER read! 😲 And! I'm in love! With the style...the story...the hero...

So check out the first line...and then GO.BUY.IT!

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

The Love Letter
Rachel Hauk

Present-Day Hollywood

You see, love stories never worked for her.

Do you enjoy dual timeline books?

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)

The Weaver's Daughter - Sarah E. Ladd

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book
Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder --including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This story, in my opinion, is very reminiscent of North and South. Granted I have only seen the movie once. But all the weavers and mills and rivalry...*Sigh*...I do love this time period. 1801, England. Can I have a time machine, please? Just to know, for a few days. This story also has threads of Romeo & Juliet as well...At least in terms of the rivalry...Don't worry...there is a happy ending to this story.

This story is such a moving example of LOVE conquering all. Overcoming offense. Breaking down the barriers of differences. A well-written story with wonderful characters. Definitely one of my favorite books by Sarah E. Ladd. I look forward to more stories like this one.

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

About the Author
Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. She lives in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

More Books by Sarah E. Ladd on Bookworm Mama

Top Ten Tuesday - Hidden Gems

Monday, September 10, 2018


Ok...Ok...I know not ALL of these are "unknown" books...But they are ones that maybe don't get as much attention as they should. Some of these are from my early blogging days as well. Click the cover images to learn more!




Now, Finders Keepers is a pretty well-known story in my circle of friends. But I included it here...Because frankly...It's an AMAZING story and you really need to read it!

Have you read any of these Hidden Gems?

Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco

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

About the Book

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

OH.MY.GOODNESS! What a story! This is one that will keep you up way too late at night. First because you need to see how it ends....and second, because it's creepy enough to make you NEED to finish it...

I love.LOVE this story. And I am not even sure WHY. I am not typically drawn to the murder, creepy, mystery stories...But I am slowly changing my tune. This is a story written for Young Adults so it isn't over-the-top graphic or disturbing, but it IS a story about Jack the Ripper, so keep that in mind before you dive into this story. That being said...

If you love a good mystery and history...I HIGHLY recommend this book. 

I purchased a copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author
Photo credit: Kelli Maniscalco
@ Dogwood Lane
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

More Books by Kerri Maniscalco


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