Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday! Prisoner

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

After the cliffhanger at the end of Betrayer, I am really excited about this one releasing December 14th!

About the book: Prisoner





A Christian Historical Adventure set in Regency England with romance and a supernatural twist
Part five in an epic-length serial novel

Lady Wynwood’s team of aristocrat spies is shocked at the betrayal by one of their teammates and the kidnapping of a second. In a race against time, they must find the hiding place of the treasonous group that they call the Gentians in order to save one of their own.

However, they also face the threat of mysterious agendas within the secret government department, the Ramparts. The team is split apart by the Ramparts’ leaders, who seem overly interested in using the mysterious Root elixir for their own purposes.

While knowing that each day brings more suffering and torture for the prisoner, Lady Wynwood’s spies scramble to uncover any clues left behind as to where the Gentians have gone. But with their resources and abilities limited by the Ramparts, can they make it in time before the enemy accomplishes its perplexing goal?

PLEASE NOTE: Like the novels published in Jane Austen’s time, this is a novel in multiple parts. Each volume has a completed story arc, but this is NOT a stand-alone novel and the story continues in volume 6.

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Prophet

Prophet Prophet by Frank E. Peretti
My rating: 💛💛💛

I took forever to read this, not because I didn't enjoy it, but because my reading time for paperbacks were very limited.

There were periods of reading where I was very invested in the story and what is going to happen, to periods where the information about how the news work and those scenes were losing my focus.

It was scary to think how the media do manipulate viewers with regards to what they determine is news and should be broadcasted and how it will be broadcasted and how much Truth is hidden.

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About the book:


A thriller that penetrates to the very heart of a vast struggle that threatens to tear our society apart. Successful news anchorman John Barrett is caught in a suspenseful moral and spiritual battle over the importance of Truth. Using all the elements of edge-of-your-seat fiction, master storyteller Frank Peretti weaves a prophetic tale of our times.

About the author:



FROM HIS WEBSITE:

With more than 12 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.”

Peretti is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local bluegrass group. He and his wife were married in 1972, and Peretti soon moved from touring with a pop band to launching a modest Christian music ministry. Peretti later spent time studying English, screen writing and film at UCLA and then assisted his father in pastoring a small Assembly of God church. In 1983, he gave up his pastoring position and began taking construction jobs to make ends meet. While working at a local ski factory, he began writing This Present Darkness, the book that would catapult him into the public eye. After numerous rejections from publishers and a slow start in sales, word-of-mouth enthusiasm finally lifted This Present Darkness onto a tidal wave of interest in spiritual warfare. The book appeared on Bookstore Journal’s bestseller list every month for more than eight years. Peretti’s two spiritual warfare novels, This Present Darkness (1998) and Piercing the Darkness (1989), captivated readers, together selling more than 3.5 million copies. The Oath was awarded the 1996 Gold Medallion Award for best fiction.

For kids, Peretti wrote The Cooper Kids Adventure Series (Crossways and Tommy Nelson), which remains a best-selling series for children with sales exceeding 1 million copies. In August 2000, Peretti released the hilarious children’s audiocassette series titled Wild and Wacky Totally True Bible Stories, reprising his role as Mr. Henry, the offbeat substitute Sunday School teacher found in two Visual Bible for Kids videos.

Peretti released his first-ever non-fiction book, The Wounded Spirit in 2000, which quickly became a best-seller. The book addresses the pain of “wounded spirits” and was writted as a result of painful childhood experiences.

Frank Peretti and his wife, Barbara Jean, live in the Western U.S. In spite of sudden fame and notoriety, Frank still lives a simple, well-rounded life that includes carpentry, banjo making, sculpturing, bicycling and hiking. He is also an avid pilot.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Review: Like a Holiday Inn

Like a Holiday Inn Like a Holiday Inn by Lindsay Harrel
My rating: 💛💛💛💛

This was a sweet novella which had depth, character growth, self-revelations, and reconciliations.

“To go back to what you said earlier about love not being worth the hurt—I understand what you mean. But the thing is, not loving is a prison of its own kind.”

I enjoyed seeing how Benjamin, with his easy playful character melted the icy barrier around Rachel. Even though Benjamin came across as carefree, readers discovered there was a lot he was hiding behind this exterior. Rachel's discovery to what she wants and how past events impacted her choices added depth to this novella.

“We’re all a little broken, Becs.” He smiled. Gentle. Calm. Lovely. “The point is to be broken together. And to help put each other back together, one piece at a time.”

I appreciated how, even though the romance started over a span of a few days, the relationship development was longer.

For readers who love romance, there was a swoon worthy kiss or two.

*I received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.*


About the book:


Rebecca Trengrouse is quite possibly the worst businesswoman in the world.

All she ever wanted was to run her family’s bakery in tiny Port Willis, England, but that dream was squashed when her father decided to close up shop without asking her.

Now, thanks to mounting debt and an aversion to marketing (and, let’s be honest—people in general), she needs to sell the bed and breakfast she bought on a whim a few years ago.

And fast.

So when a handsome guest makes her a purchase offer that’s halfway decent, she knows she shouldn’t refuse.

But there’s just something about the guy she doesn’t like.

It doesn’t matter that the American is her friend Ginny’s older brother. Benjamin’s casual smile, perfectly tousled hair, and arrogant chocolate eyes are exactly the kind of charming Rebecca knows to keep at arms’ length.

But that becomes difficult when the two of them get snowed in together at the inn during a freak Christmas blizzard.

And as cozy as things are getting between them, Rebecca knows it wouldn’t be smart to open her heart to yet another man who is destined to leave her.

But love is not as predictable as baked goods.

And the heart does not always do what is smart.

This holiday romance is the perfect escape for readers of sweet and inspirational fiction who adore stories about love, friendship, and learning to look for the light in the twists and turns of life.

***

Each story in the Port Willis Romance collection can stand alone, but you may wish to read them in order as characters carry through.

Book 1: Like a Winter Snow
Book 2: Like a Christmas Dream
Book 3: Like a Silver Bell
Book 4: Like a Holiday Inn

About the author:



Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd with a B.A. in journalism and M.A. in English. She lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. Lindsay has held a variety of jobs, including curriculum editor for two universities, medical and business writer, and copywriter for a digital marketing agency. Now she juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with working freelance jobs, teaching college English courses online, and—of course—writing novels.


When she actually has time to do other things, she loves to sing, read, and sip passion iced teas from Starbucks. She loves to watch God work in ordinary lives to create something extraordinary, and she writes to bring hope to those who may have lost it along the way. Connect with her at www.LindsayHarrel.com and any other place she hangs out online, including Facebook and Twitter.

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie: 2022 Reading Goals recap!

 Join in the Top Ten Tuesday fun! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Here was my 2022 reading goals and an update on if I stuck to it.  Cheers to a better 2023!

1. Buying focus:


*Only buy books if:
     - Sale and a favourite author. Nope, did not stick to this!
     - Sale and not on Scribd. Nope, did not stick to this!
     - If I need the book book to finish a series I've started. Nope, did not stick to this!





   

2. Monthly reading:


*Review books - really need to try and limit it to 4 a month to get to books I own as well!  Some months was better than others.
*Buddy read books (well, this will include some review books and oldies as well). Yes, probably a bit more than what I should have done per month!
*Series I am busy with or one I have all the books off BEFORE starting a new one - with the exception of review books. Nope, did not stick to this!
*An old book (meaning one I have had 2017 or before) I did read some, but not as much as I should have to bring that TBR down! 
*A paperback! I barely get time to read my stack of physical books!  I want to try and finish 6 this year - more would be a bonus.  Yes! One goal I managed to keep and exceed!
*An audiobook Yes! One goal I managed to keep and exceed!
* Non-fiction - I try to read 6 a year. Nope, did not stick to this!

*Oh, and try to stick to reading only one book per format - I found myself a few times being busy with multiple kindle books in 2021!  hahaha - no

Review: On My Honor

On My Honor On My Honor by Patty Smith Hall
My rating: 💛💛💛💛

So far, every story in this series taught me something new and different about WW2 which is one of the reasons I am loving this series. Each story can be read as a standalone.

In On My Honor, I have learned about German attacks on the coast of America, and the participation of girl scouts in the war efforts. I enjoyed the girl scout characters in On My Honor. The author pinned down the voice of 12- and 13-year-olds in a very entertaining way which brought lightheartedness to this story.

The writing flowed smoothly and quickly, which made for an easy and quick read.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.*


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About the book:


A Girl Scout Troop Joins the Battle of the Atlantic
 
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
 
Ginny Mathis had no intention of staying rooted in the Outer Banks—then war broke out. While working as a clerk for Oregon Inlet ferry, naval officers ask her to be watchful for German U-boats reportedly spotted in the area. To help occupy her younger sister, Ginny enlists the Girl Scout troop she leads to help watch for suspicious activity. Soon the girls are sneaking around, hiding a shipwreck survivor. Ginny must take charge, but is this man the enemy, or does he hold secrets that could turn the tide of the Battle of the Atlantic in the allies’ favor?
 
​Don’t miss these other stories:
The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander
Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma
Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candice Sue Patterson
Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War by Mary Davis
A Rose for the Resistance by Angela K. Couch
The Season of My Enemy by Naomi Musch
Escape from Amsterdam by Lauralee Bliss

About the author:



The author of over 30 books and novellas, Patty lives near the North Georgia Mountains with her own happily-ever-after, Danny. When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family or playing with her two grandsons. Connecting with people who love to read as much she does is one of her favorite thing!

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Weekend Wrap-up: December 4th

 

 It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date.

Weekend reading did not happened. We attended a wedding on Saturday and had so much kids-free fun, only got back close to midnight and then early wake-up call by the boys on Sunday morning made Sunday evening an early bed time.



Finished








(Reviews can be found under Book Review tag)

Currently reading





Next up:


Some great books up on my TBR.





What are you reading this week?


Here is my past week's Blog Posts.




Which Avid Reader do not add to their shelves! I try to limit mine to review books since I have so many owned on my TBR to read.  So did I add to my shelf this week? 

Yes, a book on my Wishlist was on special:




Friday, December 2, 2022

Monthly Recap: November 2022

 

 

I first saw this monthly reflections idea on: Christian bookshelf reviews

November flew by! Roxy the puppy is settling in well and we have less pajama drills!  Our summer weather is heating up and we went camping again which included lots and lots of swimming!


What I've read:


(Reviews can be found under Book Review tag)


Kindle:


Audio:



And finally finished my paperback:




What I would like to read in December:



Currently Reading:






Upcoming reads (hopeful):




Did I buy any new books?


Bought:

Yes, a few this month:



Did I read everything I wanted too?


No, I made no movement on this list.  Hopefully December will be a catch up month.



ARC/Netgalley update:


ARC/Netgalley books downloaded this month:






ARC/Netgalley books read and reviewed:



How was your month?

Can't Wait Wednesday! Prisoner

Can't Wait Wednesday  is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings  that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that ...