First Line Fridays - Fawkes

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Happy Friday!

Eeeep! I was so SO excited when I opened a box books and saw this beautiful book! I have been drooling over it ever since. I can't wait to start reading it!

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

Nadine Brandes

York, England
Late spring, 1604

I wasn't ready to turn to stone.

What is a book you are longing to read?

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Top Ten Tuesday - Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Monday, September 24, 2018

This is going to be such an embarrassing post! Especially since I am FRIENDS with quite a few of my favorite authors. Unfortunately, what happens, is that I discover a new-to-me author on their 2nd series...Which means I then have to play catch up. And with SO.MANY good books releasing each year, I have had a hard time keeping up with all of them. So...Here is my (partial) list of books by my favorite authors...that I still haven't read. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Have you read any of these authors?
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First Line Fridays - What Blooms From Dust

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Happy Friday!

Can we just take a minute to admire this beautiful cover?

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

What Blooms From Dust
James Market

April 1935
Oklahoma Plains

Old Sparky was supposed to have killed Jeremiah Goodbye.

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Caught by Surprise - Apart From the Crowd Book 3 - Jen Turano

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

About the Book

Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they’re seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage–except Temperance will have none of it. She’s finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won’t give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert’s help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed. (Author Website)

My Thoughts

This story may very well be my favorite of Jen Turano's to date. Temperance is my favorite wallflower. Her artistic abilities endear her to me in a special way. But beyond that, this story is so full of plot twists you will want to read this in one sitting. (Which is easier to do on audio for me.)

Gilbert Cavendish likes order and organization. He lives by his lists and well thought out plans. So when Temperance Flowerdew comes barreling back into his life, he is shaken to his core. Temperance Flowerdew is just the slightest bit stubborn. Which I, of course, can't relate to in the slightest...*cough*cough*...😏 She has survived so much heartache. By God's grace, she is finding life and purpose again. And oh! What a life it is! Full of color, love, spirit, and confidence.

There were numerous times while reading I was found laughing out loud and then gasping in shock then next minute, it's a wonder my husband doesn't think I'm crazy (well...we won't get into that). Jen Turano is by far one of the most talented authors that I know. To weave humor, romance, subterfuge, and danger so seamlessly is brilliant! Not to mention several twists that will catch you by surprise.

If you are looking for a good story that will give you laughs while giving you a grand adventure, you won't want to miss this book.

I received a complimentary copy of Caught by Surprise from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Jen Turano, author of nine books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at

More Books by Jen Turano on Bookworm Mama

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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