Book Review | Regal Hearts: Season Two | Blog Tour + Giveaway!


Hey everyone! Today I am so excited to share my review of Regal Hearts: Season Two by Livy Jarmusch. I read Season One a while back and really loved, so I was so excited jump back into this series!

Be sure to read to the end of the post, because I’m also sharing how you can enter to win an autographed copy of Season One, and you will not want to miss it!

regalheartsseasontwo.jpgTitle: Regal Hearts: Season Two by Livy Jarmusch

Pages: 437

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian

Publisher: CreateSpace (Jan. 28th, 2019)


Following the unexpected revelation of her regal heritage, Lena Bodner must travel to Tarsurella in search of allies. Rebuilding a broken nation is no small task. But now it’s up to Lena to convince her sisters to help. Will they learn to work together in love and unity? Will they rise to become the world-changers they were meant to be? Or will their nation crumble apart, as a wicked dictator overthrows their courage?

Regal Hearts Season Two is the continuation of an exciting story written in a unique “TV Show” format. Livy has been releasing these digital-book episodes on a weekly basis, but now you can read Season 2 (10 Episodes) all at once!

Regal Hearts: Season Two

what i thought

*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  A huge thank you to the author!*

After reading Season One of Regal Hearts, I was absolutely hooked on Livy Jarmusch’s writing!  Since first reading season one back in late 2017, I’ve also read and loved The Coronation and The Rebellion (a companion series).  Because of this, I was so excited for the chance to review season two!  And I am so delighted to say that this season did not disappoint!

One of the things I loved most about Regal Hearts: Season Two is the characters.  There are so many well-written and memorable characters.  I have become so invested in these characters and their stories.  Livy Jarmusch is truly such a gifted author and writes in a way that is just so encouraging and relatable.  While, honestly, I love them all, my favorite characters are still Eleanor, Emma, and Arden.  I have to say, however, Aurora really grew on me this season.  This book featured so much character growth from everyone compared to who they were last season, and I was internally cheering on all the characters as I watched them grow up, think for themselves, and mature.

The actual plot for this time around was so good, too!! Regal Hearts: Season One was so amazing and just when I didn’t think the storyline could get any better, Season Two happened and absolutely blew me away. There were so many twists and turns throughout this entire novel!

Another thing I loved about this book was the faith content.  I really appreciated how so many of the characters put their trust in God, and the many biblical reminders written throughout the pages of this story.

Overall, I really loved this book.  Regal Hearts: Season Two was filled with action, adventure, mystery, and romance.  There was truly a little bit of everything in this book, and I loved every minute of it!  I cannot wait to read Regal Hearts: Season Three!  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, adventurous, and wholesome read.

5 stars 2


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about the author

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Livy Jarmusch is a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. She enjoys crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When she’s not writing, you can usually find her playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning her next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies. Come connect at!


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tour schedule 

Review of Season 1

March 1st

Review of Season 1 

March 2nd

Guest post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 3rd

Review of Season 2

March 5th

Review of Season 1 

March 8th

March 9th

Writing Advice from Livy

Review of Season 1 

March 12th

Review of Season 1

March 13th

Review of Season 1

March 14th

Review of Season 1

March 15th

Review of Season 2

March 16th

Review of Season 1 

March 19th

Guest post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 20th

Review of Season One

March 20th

Guest Post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 22nd

Review of Season 2 

March 23rd  

Author Interview

March 29th

Review of Season 2

March 30th


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Book Review | Girl, Wash Your Face

girl wash your face.jpgTitle: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Pages: 240

Genres: Nonfiction, Self-help

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Feb. 6th, 2018)


With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.

Founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.

From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

what i thought

After hearing so much hype about Girl, Wash Your Face, I was so intrigued.  It’s not the type of book I typically read, but since it was the January pick for the Book Lovers Book Club, I was excited to give it a read and see what I thought!

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the writing style.  Rachel Hollis writes in a very fun and entertaining way.  it is as if you and her are just chatting over coffee, and I really enjoyed that.  She’s very charismatic, and it is no surprise to me that she is a successful blogger!

Some of what she wrote was incredibly motivating.  She shared her life story in a way that felt very honest and vulnerable.  Rachel admits that she’s not this perfect person, and I appreciate that she was willing to write about her triumphs and her troubles, struggles, and weaknesses.  I really enjoyed some of her advice.

I know some people have wondered if this was considered a “Christian” book.  I would say yes, it is, but I think it would appeal to Christians and non-Christians alike.  Rachel is very open about her faith, which I loved and appreciated, but it never feels over the top.  Also, while she talks about God and even includes a few Bible verses, I think it is important to remember, Rachel isn’t a theologian.  I’ve seen some reviews about Girl, Wash Your Face, and because it is published under a Christian publishing house, there are people under the impression that this book should be deeply spiritual, and then they get up set when it isn’t.  Y’all this isn’t John Piper.  Rachel Hollis is just sharing her life story and what has and hasn’t worked for her.  She doesn’t dig deep into scripture. It’s not that kind of book.  So, I don’t understand the hate she has received over it.

That being said, not all that she wrote resonated with me.  Some of her hard work and accomplishments came across more as humble brags as opposed to constructive, useful advice.  For example, at one point she basically says she’s successful because she never gave up and the reason why other people aren’t as successful as her is because they didn’t work as hard as her.  Yes, that is true in some cases, but there are many people that work just as hard – if not harder – and still don’t “succeed” as she did.  Some of what she wrote just had a very privileged attitude.

Also, the story of how she met her husband was rather unsettling to say the least.  There were all kinds of red flags going up in my head while I was reading about it.  I truly hope he has changed, as she says he has, and that they are as happily married as they claim to be.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book.  Rachel Hollis is motivating and I can understand why so many people like her.  That being said, I didn’t love everything she had to say.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a motivating read, but this wasn’t the life changing read for me that some people claim it to be.

3 stars 2

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February Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! So, I just realized I never posted my February wrap-up! So, here I am posting it halfway through March! 😂

Altogether I read 6 books in February!



– Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (library book) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐

– Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I also read through the entire Bible in about two months, so that’s being counted toward my Goodreads goal, too!




All in Pieces was such a well-written and gripping book filled with such incredible characters.  Out of the books I read in February, I can’t think of one more deserving than this one (other than the Bible, lol, but I’m not counting that) to be labeled as Standout Book of the Month.



Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐



I actually didn’t buy or receive any new books in February!



February TBR

I shared my February TBR with you all! As you can see, I didn’t get to all of these books, haha!


I also shared which book I’m waiting on!

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Then it was time to spread some love with The Valentine’s Day Book Tag!


And lastly, I participated in the Never Let Go blog tour!

That wraps up February! I hope you all had a good February and have been having a good March!

Thank you so much for reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday/Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature, started by Breaking the Spine and continued by Wishful Endings, that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases! 

This week’s pick is:

No Ocean Too Wide


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In this historical adventure for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, the three youngest McAlister children are taken to Canada as British Home Children without their mother’s knowledge or permission. The oldest McAlister sibling follows them across the Atlantic to search for them and bring them home.

When Laura McAlister, a young lady’s maid, learns her three siblings have been taken from their mother and emigrated to Canada without her mother’s knowledge, Laura determines to search for them and reunite the family. But lack of funds and resistance from authorities push her use a false name and take a position with a child emigration society to gain passage to Canada. Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young lawyer, is surprised to see his mother’s former lady’s maid on board ship escorting a group of child immigrants, especially when she uses a different name. Laura eventually convinces Andrew to help her search for her siblings and uncover the truth about the treatment of British Home Children. Romantic feelings grow between this unlikely couple, and though they have different backgrounds, they share a growing faith and desire to seek justice and relief for the children who are mistreated.

I’ve heard so many amazing things about Carrie Turansky’s books, but so far, I haven’t read any of them.  No Ocean Too Wide is definitely going to change that, though.  Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the synopsis sounds absolutely amazing and just like a book I would like.  I cannot wait to read this one!


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Top Ten Standalone Books I Wish Had a Sequel

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Standalone Books I Wish Had a Sequel

This week’s topic was actually surprisingly hard, because I realized that the majority of the books I read already have sequels, or I just really don’t think they need one.  That being said, I’ve come up with 10 books that I would really love to read the sequel to!

Here we go:


I know Eleanor & Park has mixed reviews, but personally, I really loved this one!  I would love to have a sequel to this one to see what these characters are up to when they’re older! And to answer my questions about a certain note (if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about)!!


I just recently read All in Pieces, and I loved this book so much!!  It was so well written and I just want to know so much more about these characters’ lives.


I need more of the Grant family in my life.  I need more Bill in my life.


Saint Anything is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books.  I just want to know more about these characters!


I would love to see a book that takes place like, 5 years later, to see how the characters in Everything, Everything are and what they’re doing with their lives.


When Andie and Clark made a brief cameo in Save the Date, I was so excited!! The Unexpected Everything is one of my favorite Morgan Matson books.  I would love to see a full sequel about them and their lives now!


Jane of Lantern Hill is such an underrated LM Montgomery book.  Anne of Green Gables has several sequels, so I think it would’ve been lovely to have at least one for Jane!


I would love to see a sequel to The Graveyard Book featuring a grown up Nobody Owens!!


The Host was supposed to have a sequel, but never got one.  I’m never going to not wonder what else Stephenie Meyer had planned for this series!


Can I please have a sequel that features Tim and Alice in their 20’s?!  Pretty please??

That wraps up this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, and the first one that I’ve done in quite a while!

What are some standalone books YOU wish had a sequel?

Thanks for reading!

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March TBR!

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Hello!  I know we’re already a few days into March, but today I’m going to be talking about my March TBR!  Last month, I read a few great books, but unfortunately, I didn’t get to read as many of them as I would have liked.  So, I’m trying again in March – with a few more additions as well!

Okay, here we go!

First, Bridge of Clay, Imposters, and A Map of Days are all on my TBR again.  I will be reading these books! Hold me accountable, y’all.

Next up, I’m reading Whispers and Wildflowers by Sarah Beth Marr.  It’s a 30 day devotional, and so far, I’ve been really enjoying it!

Ross Poldark is another February book that turned into a March book instead.  I’ve heard really great things about this one and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

Then, I’m reading Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge.  It’s the March pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club hosted by Melanie from Mel to the Any and Amy from A Court of Crowns and Quills.

And lastly, I’m rereading We Were Liars for Taylor Epperson’s Book Lovers Book Club!

I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these.

What do you have planned for your March TBR?

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Book Review | Never Let Go | Blog Tour + Giveaway


Welcome to the Blog Tour for Never Let Go, the first book in the Uncommon Justice series by Elizabeth Goddard with JustRead Publicity Tours!

9780800729844Title: Never Let Go (Uncommon Justice #1) by  Elizabeth Goddard

Pages: 368

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Revell (Feb. 5th, 2019)

The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up.

Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather’s footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than twenty years ago. When someone makes an attempt on Willow’s life to keep her from discovering the truth, help will come from an unexpected source.Ex-FBI agent–and Willow’s ex-flame–Austin McKade readily offers to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they’ll followwhere the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he’s spent much of his life trying to forget–and put Willow’s tender heart at risk.

what i thought

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thank to the publisher, author, and Just Read Tours!*

As soon as I read the synopsis for Never Let Go, I just knew I was going to love this book.  I’m so happy to say it did not disappoint, either.  This was my first Elizabeth Goddard book, but after reading this one, it definitely won’t be my last!

From the very first page in the prologue, I was absolutely hooked!  This book was so fast-paced and gripping.  Never Let Go is so well-written and one of those books that once you get started, you just do not want to stop!  There is so much action and adventure in this book, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Plus, the chapters are quite short, which was something I loved, because it was so easy to use the “just one more chapter” excuse 10 times, haha!

The characters were so well-rounded, too.  I absolutely loved how tough yet level-headed Willow was.  She was such a determined character and I love how through it all she kept her faith in God so strong.

Austin was so sweet, too.  The way he cared for Willow no matter what was so endearing, too.  He had so many struggles and inner demons to deal with, yet he never took it out on Willow or anyone else as an “excuse” like I’ve read in some other books.  I just loved him and Willow together so much!

Overall, this book was so enjoyable!  It was so action-packed, thrilling, and had just the right amount of romance.  Never Let Go was filled with so many memorable characters and an intricate, well done plot.  I cannot wait to read book 2!  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting and suspenseful mystery!

4 stars 2



Photo Credit: Emilie Hendryx

Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Carol Award–winning The Camera Never Lies. Her Mountain Cove series books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Awards and the Carol Awards. Goddard is a seventh-generationTexan and can be found online at

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Book Review | All in Pieces

all in pieces.jpgTitle: All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

Pages: 259

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Published by: Simon Pulse (Nov. 8th, 2016)


“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

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what i thought
I received All in Pieces for Christmas from my TBTB Secret Santa, Andi, this past year, and I was so excited!  I absolutely loved Hotel Ruby and The Program by Suzanne Young, so even though this book seemed very different from those two, I had no doubt I would love this one as well.  I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint either!

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The Valentine’s Day Book Tag!

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Hello everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re all having such an amazing and love-filled day today! Today, I’m going to be doing the Valentine’s Day book tag that was created by Jo Reads Books.  💕♥

Also, just a little disclaimer, because this tag is all about book couples, there might be a few minor spoilers in relation to who ends up with who.

Alright, let’s get started!

1. Favorite Couple Ever – You want to have their relationship!

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Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe are my favorite! I love them so much. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, I’m sure you already know that because I gush about them every chance I can get, haha!

2. Relationship that never happened – You wanted them to get together but they never did. 😦

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Jo and Laurie not getting together broke me like 90% of the people who read Little Women.  Louisa May Alcott pretty much has it set for them to be together and then at the last second she’s like “Ha! Fooled you! They’re not getting together because too many of you want them together.” Not nice Louisa! 😭 I do give the PBS version of Little Women credit though, because they actually make Professor Bhaer attractive and likeable which helps ease the pain a little! 😂

.3. Your crush – ANY character!

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I feel like this is so basic, but I’ve always loved Ned Nickerson.  He is so sweet and supportive of Nancy and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Nancy and Ned!😍😂

4. Worst Relationship – A couple you wanted to break up because the character was awful/deceitful/abusive/etc.


I know a lot of people loved this book, and I did enjoy reading it, however, Holder..nope!  The first half of the book he was incredibly creepy and controlling, and quite frankly, abusive.  Yet he was just written off as being a “passionate” person.  Thank you, next.

5. Your Favorite Love Triangle

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Okay but I’m pretty sure the Twilight Saga was the first series I read with a love triangle.  So, I may be biased, but it was so fun reading the books and talking about whether your were Team Edward or Team Jacob with your friends and even random strangers who came up to you because you were both wearing Twilight shirts. 😂

6. Your Favorite Tragic Love Story – like Romeo & Juliet – No Spoilers! – A couple whose relationship was cut tragically short.

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You’re lying if you don’t cry while watching A Walk to Remember. The book is so sweet and sad and emotional, but I’m also including the movie version (which is way different than the book) for this too, because for me personally, it hits me even deeper.  I love this movie but it also brings me too much pain!

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to The Valetine’s Day Book Tag!  This was such a fun one to do.  I’d love to hear your answers to these questions too, so be sure to let me know in the comments and tag me in your posts if you decided to participate in this tag, too.

Thanks for reading and Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Book Review | Rebecca

rebeccaTitle: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Genres: Classic, Gothic, Mystery

Published by: HarperCollins (August, 1938)


Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.


what i thought

I first added Rebecca to my TBR a year or two ago after hearing so many wonderful things about it.  I just knew I was going to to love it!  Let me just say that this book did not disappoint!

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