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!

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– 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!

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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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.

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

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

 

BOOK HAUL

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

 

MISCELLANEOUS 

February TBR

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

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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!

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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

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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

RELEASING JUNE 25TH, 2019

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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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Book Review | Never Let Go | Blog Tour + Giveaway

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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.

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*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!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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 http://www.elizabethgoddard.com.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR: website | facebook | twitter | instagram | pinterest


GIVEAWAY

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(2) winners will win a copy of Never Let Go & swag from the publisher, Revell.

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule at JustRead Tours. Giveaway will begin at midnight February 21, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on March 3, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping costs, only US mailing addresses valid. For our giveaway rules and policies, click HERE.

Click here to enter the giveaway!


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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)

Summary

“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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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.

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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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February TBR!

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Hey everyone! I know I’m a few days late, but today I’m going to be sharing some of the books I’m hoping to read this month!  Last month, I didn’t finish as many books as I would have hoped, so I have some pretty high hopes for February.  I don’t always set monthly TBR’s, but I’ve decided to try it out for a while and see how it goes. 🙂

Alright, let’s get started!

First of all, I really want to get to A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs and Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.  I had planned on reading them in January, but I just didn’t get the chance.  I am so eager to read these two.  As a lot of you probably already know the Miss Peregrine series and The Book Thief are two of my favorites.  So, it’s really no surprise why I cannot wait to read them.

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Next up on my TBR is Imposters by Scott Westerfeld.  The Uglies series is another one of my favorites, and I was so excited when I found out about this book.  I just recently bought this one and, as you can imagine, I am thrilled to read it soon!

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I’m also really looking forward to reading All in Pieces by Suzanne Young!  I love her book, The Program, and while this one seems like a very different type of book from The Program, it sounds like it will be amazing.  Also, I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book, so I’ve no doubt that I will love it, too!

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Falling for You by Becky Wade sounds like it is going to be such a fun and romantic book, which I think will be perfect for February and Valetine’s Day.  I haven’t read any of Becky Wade’s other books yet, but I’ve heard so many great things about them, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

Also, as soon as they come in from the library, I’m hoping to get to Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young for Taylor Epperson’s Book Lovers Book ClubRoss Poldark by Winston Graham for Haleigh (Sweet Sequels) and Laura’s (bookishstardesigns) Poldark read-along, and Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott for Katharine’s (readwithkat) February #ReadwithKat pick!


So, as you can see, I’ve got a rather ambitious TBR for me this month!  Please wish me luck, because you know I’m going to need it! 😂

What’s on your February TBR?

Thanks for reading!


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December/January Wrap-Up!

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Hello! It’s been nearly a month since I’ve last written on here, but I am back!  January was just a busy month for me, and I didn’t end up having a whole lot of time for blogging. I also attempted to read through the entire Bible in a month, and so because of that, I didn’t have a whole lot of time for reading other books either.  I’m not quite done with the Bible, or the other two books I’m reading, Rebecca and Girl, Wash Your Face, so I’ve decided to just include those in my February wrap-up.

In December, however, I read four books!

BOOKS READ

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– A Vintage Christmas \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– A Christmas Remedy by Cindy & Erin Woodsmall \\ ⭐⭐⭐

– Silent Days, Holy Night Phyllis Clark Nichols \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

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A Vintage Christmas was filled with so many delightful short stories and poems that just filled me with the Christmas spirit! I absolutely adored this book!  It is one that I could definitely see myself rereading year after year.

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

The Christmas Remedy Cindy and Erin Woodsmall \\ ⭐⭐⭐1/2

Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Nichols Clark \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

BOOK HAUL

First, I was gifted some lovely books, Falling for You, The Sound of Rain, and The Color of Lies, thanks to Just Read Tours, Bethany Publishing House, and Revell publishing.  So, a huge thank you to them! I cannot wait to read all of these!

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Then, while at the thrift store, I found some oldies but goodies! I’m especially excited for Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Lock and Key because Morgan Matson and Sarah Dessen are my favorite YA contemporary authors and they’re two of the few books I haven’t read from them!IMG_5467.jpg

For Christmas, I received Bridge of Clay and A Map of Days, which I am soo excited to read!!

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I also received a B&N gift card for Christmas, and with that, I bought Imposters! The Uglies series has always been a favorite of mine, so I’m super eager to read this continuation/spin-off!

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And lastly, I was gifted Becoming Us from WaterBrook and Multnomah!  I adore the Christy Miller series, so I am so excited to catch up with Christy and her new friends in this book.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

During the month of December, I attempted to do Blogmas.  While I wasn’t able to actually post every day like I intended, I still posted quite a bit, and it all just felt so fun and festive!

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December TBR

I shared my TBR for December, as well as my plans for the Classicsathon and the ‘Tistheseasonathon!

I also shared my ‘Tistheseasonathon wrap-up here!

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My Bookish Gift Guide for 2018 was also one of my favorites of the month to write.

Blogmas Book Quotes

Blogmas Book Quotes were back this year, and I shared several more of my favorite, literary Christmas quotes.

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Countdown to Christmas was also back again this year!

I also participated in a couple of book tags in December:

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Give Thanks for All the Great Reads

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The Bookish Naughty List

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I also showed off some of my Christmas decorations in my room!

 


And that wraps up December and January!  I hope you all have had a lovely start to 2019 so far!  I’m looking forward to blogging again and reading more in February, too.

Thanks so much for reading!


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Blogmas Book Quote | Ring Out, Wild Bells

Hello! It’s time for one final Blogmas Book Quote in 2018. Today’s quote comes from the poem Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson, which is found in A Vintage Christmas.

I love how this quote really captures how so many of us are feeling on December 31st!


“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ring Out, Wild Bells


Happy New Year! Here’s to an amazing 2019! 🥂🎉

 


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#TBTBSanta Unboxing 2018!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate; if not, I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week)!  My holiday was absolutely lovely, filled with family, food, fun, and memories. 🎄  Last week, I received my package from my TBTB Secret Santa!  It turns out, my Secret Santa was Andi @ Andi’s ABCs, and oh my goodness, did she spoil me so!! 💕  Today I’ll be sharing all the lovely goodies she gifted me with!

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Countdown to Christmas #14

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Hello! I can hardly believe it, but it’s Christmas Eve, Eve, and the final Countdown to Christmas of 2018!! 🎄😱  Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.

This week’s pick is Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost.

IMG_5059.JPGWhen Holly White’s fiance cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime–exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm. 
When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly’s father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn’t help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him.The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn’t watch out, she’ll end up on Santa’s naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s jolly series debut.

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Twelve Slays of Christmas is such a fun and festive read!  The mystery is well done and the atmosphere is so Christmas-y.  I could totally see this series becoming a movie series on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.  This book was so fun and enjoyable, and if you love cozy mysteries, I would definitely recommend this book!

Have you read Twelve Slays of Christmas?


 

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