This week’s pick is:
Title: The Christmas Remedy by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall
Genres: Christian, Christmas, Amish, Romance
Published by: Waterbrook Press (Oct. 23rd, 2018)
When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of “big box” stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface–and possibly love.
Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene’s Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community–a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can’t marry and hold onto her professional job. She’s Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases–like the one that claimed her father’s life.
As long as Holly continues to avoid Joshua Smucker, the one man who draws her like a warm hearth in winter, she should be fine. When something unexpected threatens Greene’s Pharmacy, Holly and Joshua must work together to unravel what’s happened and find the “missing” patient before the Board of Pharmacy shuts them down. As the snows of December arrive, with Christmas in the air, will Holly succumb to the generous spirit of the season?
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the publisher!*
This was such a sweet book! I’m from Ohio, and so I’ve visited Amish Country many times throughout the years. So when I was approached by the publisher to read and review this book, I was so intrigued by the plot that I had to say yes.
Hello everyone! Today for Blogtober, I’ve got an extra special post! Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Tessa Emily Hall, award-winning author of Coffee Shop Devos, Unwritten Melody, Purple Moon, and her latest release, Fallen Leaves! Today, I’ll be sharing that interview, and how you can enter to win a fun prize pack!
Title: The Summer of Cotton Candy (Sweet Seasons #1) by Debbie Viguié
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian
Published by: Zondervan (May 11th, 2008)
Most people think The Zone is an amusement park, but Candy Thompson knows it’s really a slave labor camp. What else would you call a summer job that requires a sixteen-year-old girl to set aside her whole social life for the privilege of standing out in the hot sun selling cotton candy? Still, there are perks—particularly the mysterious hunk in the Lone Ranger costume. Behind that mask are the most amazing eyes Candy has ever seen. Who is that masked man? But someone else is just as interested. And romantic competition isn’t the only problem. Besides being hard work, The Zone is eating up major time. How is Candy supposed to stay involved in church? Worse yet, will she lose her best friend, Tamara, who resents how Candy’s job limits their time together? This is NOT the summer Candy hoped for! But as she is about to discover, the summer of cotton candy will be the greatest summer of her life.
What I Thought
I originally read this book a couple years ago, back when it was the summer before my senior year in high school. I absolutely loved this book, and the entire series. I found myself relating SO much to Candance and where she was in her life. So, because I loved it so much, I thought I’d give it a reread, to see if I still loved it!
Hey everyone! Today it’s my stop for The Rebellion Blog Tour! The Rebellion is book #2 in the Tales of Tarsurella series by Livy Jarmusch. In honor of it’s release next Tuesday, I’m sharing my spoiler-free review of the book! Also, just in case you’re curious, you can check out my review for book #1, The Coronation, by clicking here.
Title: The Rebellion (Tales of Tarsurella #2) by Livy Jarmusch
Genres: YA, Christian, Contemporary
Published by: Self-published (May 8th, 2018)
Something is brewing. Like the far off rumble of a train in the distance, a rebellion is stirring. A cry for change arises in the midst of a traditional monarchy, where King Addison has inherited the throne. Who are the underground troublemakers? What is stirring their defiant banner and demand for change? Find out in The Rebellion! (The Tales of Tarsurella #2)
Vanessa Bennett lands her dream job working at the Palace in Tarsurella. She struggles to balance everything on her plate: life in a new country, stressful deadlines, crabby co-workers, college classes at the local University, and blossoming feelings of romantic adoration toward her boss–King Addison. Keeping up with her To-Do list, while trying to earn respect in Addison’s male-dominated administration, presents its challenges. Nevertheless, she can’t help but fight a reoccurring thought and the excitement rising with it: is Addison interested in her?
Addison is adjusting to his new role as King. Rumors of a rebellious uprising among the youth in Tarsurella intensifies, as acts of violence and protest break out across the city. Addison is determined to uncover the hidden instigator who fearlessly blogs democracy-driven ideals with a secretive pen name. Will Addison discover and expose the fiery rebellion leader? Or will his efforts fail to stop the rebellious thoughts spreading like wildfire, causing a heartbreaking rift in his divided nation?
What I Thought
*I received eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author!*
After reading The Coronation earlier this year, I was so excited to read the sequel and not only that, but be a part of the launch team. If you read my review for The Coronation, you’ll know I loved it, and I’m so happy to say that The Rebellion did not disappoint, either!
Hey everyone! It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Not only that, but last night the cover art went live for The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch, and as a member of the launch team, I thought it looked so amazing, I wanted to share it with you! This week’s TTT topic was a freebie, meaning we could go with anything we wanted. So, in keeping with The Rebellion, I’ve decided to go with:
I’m going to start with TTT, and then at the end of this post, I’ll share the cover! Alright, let’s get started:
House of Dark Shadows is Book 1 in the Dreamhouse Kings series. This series is one of my favorites! It’s so unique, action-packed, and just one of those books you cannot put down. I think I rated all six books 5 Stars; it’s that good!
If you know anything about Christian fiction, you know I just had to include this one on my list. The Christy Miller series is a Christian YA classic. It is a series filled with great characters, great writing, and it’s just one that’s not easily forgotten!
The first in a 4 book series, Black is such a gripping read! This series alternates between two different realities, and it is just so well-done.
I read this series last year, and y’all, I just loved it so much!! It’s got mystery, angels, ballet, and romance, and the entire series was just so good! In my opinion, it’s so underrated, and so you can bet I’ll talk about these books any chance I get.
This middle grade series is another of my favorites. Winnie and her friends are such relatable characters. Even though I haven’t read these books in years, I honestly, still think about them and the characters so much.
This was such a fun book, even though it dealt with some pretty heavy and realistic issues. It’s been a couple years since I read it, but it’s one that, I think, will really encourage people to keep on hoping.
I love Hangman’s Curse! This book is quite scary and intense at times, but it is oh so good! There’s also a movie for it, starring a teenage Leighton Meester, that, unlike a lot of Christian movies, is actually really good and not cheesy!
Melody Carlson has written so many Christian books, but this book of hers has been my favorite, by far! It includes some pretty intense topics, but it has a really great mystery, and I am looking forward to continuing this series!
This is probably one of the most underrated book series that I have read. I still need to read the last two books, but the first two were phenomenal. I read Marvelous so quickly, and I’m so excited to finish this series. It is another great mystery with great characters!
Also, can we just appreciate how gorgeous and unique the covers for this series are?!
Last but not least, I had to include The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch! This book is so much fun, and so much more than you think. There are so many incredible, memorable characters, and The Coronation is filled with so much wit and charm.
Now, speaking of The Coronation, it’s time to share the cover for book 2 in the series, The Rebellion!
Isn’t it so gorgeous!? I feel like it compliments The Coronation so well, too. The Rebellion comes out May 8th, and you guys are NOT going to want to miss it. I’ll share my review with you all closer to the release date, but let me just say, this book was so good!!
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That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! I’d love to read yours, so be sure to include yours in the comments! 🙂
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Title: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia (publication order) #1) by C. S. Lewis
Genres: Children’s, Fantasy, Classic
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers (Mar. 5th, 2002, originally Oct. 16th, 1950)
They open a door and enter a world
NARNIA…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.
I’m pretty sure I’m one of the few homeschooled, Christians who did not read The Chronicles of Narnia growing up. Pretty much all my friends read it, but for one reason or another, I just never picked it up. Well, I finally did, and I’m so glad!
Title: The Choosing (Seer #1) by Rachelle Dekker
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Christian
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers (May 19th, 2015)
“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.
But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.
Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.
What I Thought
This book had been on my TBR for such a long time now! Pretty much since it was released in 2015, I’ve been meaning to read The Choosing. I was just drawn to the plot, the gorgeous cover, and the fact that the author is the daughter to one of Christian fiction’s biggest thriller writers, Ted Dekker!
Title: The Coronation (Tales of Tarsurella#1) by Livy Jarmusch
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian
Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities.
Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig.
Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard?
What I Thought
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A big thank you to the author!*
Going into this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it was about a royal family from the fictional, European country, Tarsurella, and that it was faith-based, and that was it. So, as I started to read it, I was instantly intrigued with the plot, and I had no idea how intense this story was going to get!
One of my favorite things about this novel was the setting. It’s been so long since I’ve read a good royalty story, and The Coronation had all the best parts of one. I loved how it was set in modern day, yet Tarsurella itself was so enchanting and, at places, just like a good, old-fashioned fairytale.
Another thing I loved about The Coronation was the characters. The royal family is rather large, so I was worried I would have trouble keeping track of everyone, but once again, Livy Jarmusch has managed to create such unique characters, that I had no trouble keeping track of not only the entire royal family, but every other character as well. Everybody had their own unique personality and style, and I loved that! I also appreciated how firm in their faith some of the characters were. Several of the characters’ faith and hope in God was so inspiring and encouraging. This book definitely reminded me of a cleaner, yet more dramatic/action packed, Christian-based Princess Diaries, which made me so excited!
I’m also looking forward to seeing where the budding romances will lead as the series continues. There are so many cute moments between certain characters already. Despite how much I love all the potential relationships, I also loved the emphasis placed on the fact that you don’t need a boyfriend/girlfriend to complete you.
One thing I didn’t care for in this book, however, was the stereotypical portrayal of Muslims and Middle Easterners. It was disappointing and did not sit well with me that the only characters of that religion and ethnicity that were in this book were portrayed as villains and extremely evil.
Overall, though, I really did enjoy this book! The Coronation was such an adventure, and I can’t wait to read its sequel, The Rebellion! I would recommend this novel to anyone look for a fun and adventurous book. It’s also perfect for fans of Meg Cabot, who are looking for a cleaner, faith-filled alternative.
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Hey everyone! Today I’m participating in the blog tour, Regal Reads, in honor of Regal Hearts: Season One being released in paperback! I’m super excited about this post today, because not only am I sharing an extra book review this week, but I also get to be a little extra creative. The lovely Livy Jarmusch came up with some super creative tour ideas, and they were all so fun and imaginative! I just had to write and share with you all the things I would do if I were trapped in a Disney movie for a day. So, without further ado, let’s get on with it!