3.5⭐️ “The way the Lord can bring blessings at hard times can confound a body for certain.”
Thank you to @revellbooks for this copy in exchange for an honest review. Fans of The Giver of Stars will like this book, the vivid but not quite as gritty story of another Great Depression Appalachian pack horse librarian. Tansy Calhoun is a the local “book woman” who provides books to the local mountain folk. The story is full of several sweet love stories, and lots of uplifting faith during very hard times. There are a lot of interesting and funny characters but occasionally it felt like a lot of people to keep straight. Overall, I liked this lovely story. I love books about books and this is worth a read!
Thank you to @netgalley and @revellbooks for a copy of Blackberry Beach in exchange for an honest review.
This is book 7 in the Hope Harbor (Oregon) series but if this is your first trip to Hope Harbor this book could be a stand alone story!
Katherine Parker is on the cusp of becoming a huge, household name in Hollywood. But after a misunderstanding that results in a tragedy, she flees to Hope Harbor to examine if Hollywood life is worth it. Trying to fly under the radar, Katherine still attracts the attention of Zach Garrett, the local barista with a history and life changing story of his own. When they find out they are neighbors, they grow closer and weather the punches that life throws their way.
I love the Oregon coast setting and the quaint town! And I was rooting for both Zach and Katherine the whole time. It’s the perfect cozy story for a spring day! 💜😎
Thank you so much to @bookishfirst and @kensingtonbooks for my copy of Anchored Hearts by @prisoliveras 💛🌺
Transport yourself to Key West and pick up Island Affair and Anchored Hearts, 2 fun stories about the adult children in the Navarro family. In (book 2) Anchored Hearts, Anamaria’s online fitness business is taking off and she is working hard to balance it with the family business of being a firefighter. But when her childhood love, Alejandro, comes back to town years after breaking her heart, she is forced to figure out if success means anything without love in her life. Overflowing with Latinx culture, lively family dinners, and some very meddling mamis, you will LOVE hanging out with the Navarros in Key West.
How gorgeous is this book cover?! I love it! And I’m SUPER thrilled to have these family recipes from Alejandro’s family’s Cuban restaurant, Miranda’s! Yum! 😎
I was able to chat with the lovely Priscilla last week along with other lovely ladies from @lovearctually We can’t wait to read more!
🤍I just finished Shadows of the White City by @author_jocelyn_green late last night and it didn’t disappoint!!!
🤍Sylvie Townsend runs her inherited bookstore in Chicago, sublets the apartments in her building to a pair of musician brothers and an aging German couple, and manages the education of her 17 year old adoptive daughter, Rose. Despite all Sylvie has done for Rose since she adopted her at age 4, Rose is still always searching for her “real” family. When Rose goes missing, Sylvie uncovers the depth of Rose’s wish to find her roots and must save her from the dangerous people who wish to harm her- including those Sylvie personally knows.
🤍I really enjoyed Green’s vivid writing and now I want to learn all the things about the Chicago World’s Fair! I also loved the themes of what makes a family and how sometimes our family isn’t related by blood.
🤍This is the second book in the Windy City Saga but Green provides enough background that if you haven’t read the first book you won’t be lost. Definitely add this book to your list! 🤍🤍🤍🤍/5
St. Patrick’s Day is coming! If you need a quaint romance/mystery set in 1920 Ireland to get you in the mood for the holiday, definitely pick up A Dance in Donegal!
Moira travels to the village of Ballymann, the home of her deceased mother, to become the new teacher. When she arrives, she’s overwhelmed by the language, the weather, and the mysterious hostility many of the town’s residents have toward her. Relying on her faith and a few kind neighbors, Moira tries to uncover the mysterious circumstances of her mother’s sudden departure years before as well as how to truly be considered part of the village.
Charming and full of Irish vocabulary (@jenniferdeibel_author even includes a glossary of Irish phrases and terms), definitely check this one out! Diebel lived in Donegal for many years and her descriptions are so vivid and obviously based on her home.
TW: there is a brief scene of sexual assault that may be upsetting.
I know so much of the US is under extreme weather conditions and many don’t have power. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone- especially those of you in the South who aren’t equipped for this insanity. I hope you are still able to have a treat today in honor of Fat Tuesday!
If any meal could magically appear on your table, what would you pick? 🍴
Thank you to Revell Books and Erin Bartels for this copy of All That We Carried.
Set in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula in October, sisters Melanie and Olivia have hardly spoken in 10 years. Their parents were lost in a tragic car accident and each handled the grief differently. After 10 years, they decide to try to reconnect and take off into the Michigan wilderness. They encounter bears, a forest fire, they lose their map, but each finds what they were looking for- just not in the way they were expecting.
After reading this, I was ready to head to the nearest outdoor store to stock up for a wilderness hike! I loved how Bartels describes the forest and waterfalls while also keeping my attention and keeping the plot moving. Each sister has many flaws and redeemable qualities so you are rooting for both of them.
Thank you to Revell Books for a copy of this fun and fast paced book!
The Escape by Lisa Harris introduces us to Madison James and Jonas Quinn, US Marshals on a routine prison transfer flight. When their plane crashes in the Idaho wilderness, Madison and Jonas miraculously survive. But both pilots and 1 convict are dead and one convict is on the run. Madison and Jonas must use all their training to capture their fugitive while surviving the elements and a multiple state manhunt. But their fugitive is much smarter than they gave him credit for!
I went into reading The Love Note by Johanna Davidson Politano with no expectations and came out the other side loving it. It’s such a simple premise with enormous heart and numerous lessons for readers about love.
“Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the summer of 1865 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor.
Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings–mostly negative ones–about the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa’s search becomes even more complicated when she misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message in its words.”
I loved the writing and the secondary characters were all given a moment to shine. There are so many amazing things to love about this book. Don’t miss it and put Politano on your automatic buy list from now on! Thank you to #Netgalley and @revellbooks for this wonderful read!
Who else played MASH growing up? I’m a long way from driving a Corvette in my McMansion but that’s ok 😃