Monday, January 22, 2018

Take ten: books I loved but don't remember much about

1. Heirs of Cahira O'Connor

I remember finding the story fascinating, but all I remember now is that each woman in the ancestry line (at least the ones who were main characters) had a white streak in their hair.;)

2. A Gown of Spanish Lace

Another one I remember loving, since there is a bit of a mystery surrounding the dress. I don't remember a lot outside of that...

3. Dreams in the Golden Country

I remember thinking the main character had some spunk and that this one was one of my very favorites out of the Dear America stories.

4. Little House in the Big Woods

This is one of the first series I ever read, so it has been over 20 years since I picked it up... (that makes me sound so old!)

5. Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie

The one thing I remember from this story? Don't trust "wild carrots", since it could be hemlock.

6. The Betsy and Tacy books

7. Encyclopedia Brown

I loved these as a kid, so it would be good to pick them up again to read with the kids!

8. Emma

Yes, I know the story, but I feel like it has been so long since I read it that I sometimes forget where the movie may have added some lines.;)

9. War and Peace

So many names...

10. Right Where I Belong

Super cute, from what I remember...

Saturday, January 20, 2018

High Treason

When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised—and none too happy—when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.

Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit—plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country. Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince—or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?

My thoughts: This is the first time I have read one of Diann's stories, which I had heard a lot about. I highly recommend it! The story was fast pace and interesting, and I enjoyed getting to know more about the characters, along with the Saudi culture that the prince was from. The only thing that bothered me, which is just a small thing (just a pet peeve of mine), is how Kord went on about Monica's looks. Otherwise, though, this is an excellent, fast paced story!
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Song Unheard Review and Giveaway

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

My review: I loved the first book in this series, A Name Unknown, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of this one as well. The story is well written and I enjoyed getting to know Willa. My husband is a professional violinist, so it was fun to have so much of this story reflect the world he is a part of.
I love that this book has some deeper discussions, with the characters dealing with the start of WWI and how religion fits in a changing world. I highly recommend this series! I only wish the next book were already out.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at

Guest post from Roseanna
started playing the piano when I was 7. I didn’t discover any long-dormant genius or anything, but I liked it. When my sister quit, I kept playing. In middle school, I switched teachers, and moving from the lady at my church that I knew so well to someone who was just my piano teacher made a difference in how I applied myself. It deepened my love of music.

We all know how some random moments stand out forever in our memory. One such for me happened on the school bus. I was sitting with my best friend, talking about the new piano piece I was learning. “Via Delorosa” means Road of Sorrow, and it’s a song that tells musically about Jesus’ journey to Golgotha—ending with the faint chime of the nails being driven into his palms. As my beloved Mrs. Peto went through this song with me the night before, I remember her circling a D♯ that I’d missed and saying how important that note was. That it made the whole line weep.

That it would make the hearers weep. An epiphany so huge I had to share it with my friend. A well placed sharp could make music weep! Who knew?

That was but one lesson Mrs. Peto taught me in how music could evoke things words never could. A woman of strong faith, she also taught me how a song could preach the Gospel. Music can be medicine. It can be hope. It can be tears. It can be truth. Music can be Jesus to a hurting heart that turns its back on words.

This is a lesson I never forgot, and I had it always in mind as I was writing A Song Unheard. In this story, both my hero and heroine are musicians—violinists. But Willa (who is SO STUBBORN) wouldn’t listen to words of faith from any of the people in her life “suddenly spouting such nonsense.”

But then, in her darkest hour, she hears a slip of melody. And she realizes it’s the Lord.

I pray as readers move through the story of Willa Forsythe—violin prodigy and top-notch thief—that their spirits’ ears hear more than words, more than just a story. I pray they hear the Lord whispering that ultimate song. The one that says, “I love you.”

Want to hear the song Willa eventually wrote in the book? You can! The violin music in this trailer is officially dubbed “Willa’s Song” and written specifically for this book. I hope you enjoy it!

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Roseanna is hosting a Giveaway here. Grand Prize Package: To celebrate the release of A Song Unheard, she is giving away a signed copy of the book as well as a lovely album of soothing songs based on the Scriptures called Hidden in My Heart (winner’s choice of CD or digital download).
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Take ten: Bookish resolutions

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Top ten Tuesday has moved here

1. To read at least 80 books. I feel like I have a good handle on this and may have underestimated how many books I read in a year. Or, it could be that it has just been so cold out that all we do is read right now.;)

2. To do a better job knocking out my non fiction TBR pile.

3. Start the Little House series with my children.

4. Work on calligraphy/brush lettering. I received a set of pens for Christmas, so I am looking forward to using them!

5. Finish the stack of books by my bed. (seriously, it keeps trying to grow and eat up more of my floor space.)

6. Figure out the best reading/book apps.

7. Get my daughter to where she can read on her own. Working on this. She can read quite a few words, but still needs me to sit there and help her out. This may be a goal that goes into next year...;)

8. Take part in the winter challenge at the local library. This year, that means reading 5 mysteries in two months.

9. Take part in all the summer reading programs with the kids.;)

10. Fill this journal! (okay, I was running out of ideas. I did get this journal for Christmas, since I loved the Emma one I had!)

What are your resolutions?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Magnolia Storms

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Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.

The water and tides flow through Josh Bergeron’s veins, and he can’t imagine giving up piloting—even for the love of his life, the infuriating Magnolia Marovich. He tried to move on without her, marrying and having a child. But after his wife abandons him and his little boy, his career choice is threatened by the weight of his parental responsibilities. Moving next door to Maggie’s sister and sharing their child care seems like the perfect set-up. Until Maggie blows back into town.

Being forced to lean on Josh for help washes up the wreckage in Maggie’s faith. Where was God during the destruction of Katrina? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Between the hurricane looming in the Gulf and another gale raging in her heart, can Maggie overcome her past and find the trust to truly live?

My thoughts: This is one of the books I meant to read in 2017, but didn't get around to doing so. I'm glad I finally picked it up! Janet is an exceptional author who does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life and adding many layers to her stories. I enjoyed getting to know Maggie and her family; it was especially easy to relate to Maggie, who has allowed the storms in her life to cause her to build up walls around her heart. This book has an excellent message!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Portrait of Vengeance

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An unsolved case. A tempest of memories. The future’s at stake—and time is running out...

Gwen Marcey has done a good job of keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. She doesn’t believe in coincidences. So what’s going on here?

No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult. The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming—and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, her ex-husband back home is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter.

As Gwen’s past and present collide, she’s in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future.

My thoughts: While I didn't read the first book in this series, I have since read the rest of the books in it. I felt like this one had a little different feel to it, since in it we learn a bit more about Gwen and her past (which I don't remember much of it coming up in the other books). Even though this book has a different feel to it, I thought that the story was well written and had a lot going on. Not only is Gwen trying to figure out the current mystery of the missing child, she is also struggling with the feeling that the case is linked to her past in some way. This is a series that needs to be read in order, since the Gwen develops along the way as a character. I highly recommend picking up this series!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sacred Rest

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Staying busy is easy. Staying well rested-now there's a challenge.

How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life? In SACRED REST, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional.

Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research-physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, creative-and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. SACRED REST combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.

By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, SACRED REST gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.

My thoughts: As a busy mom of two littles, I needed this book! Largely for the reminder that I need to be more serious about physical rest (which can be hard when I get more done once the kids have gone to sleep!), but I also enjoyed learning more about the other ways to rest. I found this book to be thought provoking and well written, as well as easy to read through. With a new year, this is an excellent book to pull out to help you take better care of yourself!
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

The One Year Experiencing God's Love Devotional

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One of Called Magazine’s Favorite Fall Releases!

When was the last time you took a break to experience God’s love?
To experience something is to live it, to encounter it, to understand it, to explore with our hearts, minds, and souls as well as with the five physical senses and our God-given spiritual ones. Every action we do with and for God, every good day and bad day, we walk hand-in-hand with God, experiencing Him.

Experiencing God’s love takes time. Love unfurls its blossoms in our lives when we concentrate all of our senses on the small gifts we pass by every day. Time slows, and we finally get to hear God’s beautiful background hum to our lives.

The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional helps you intentionally carve out those moments in your day to savor God and his love for you.

My thoughts: This book is a wonderful way to start the new year! I love the thoughtful devotionals that Sandra has put together. They are just one page each, though some of the thoughts span over more than one day. I thought that this one was a great one to pick up, since there are testimonies, scriptures, and even a craft idea or two. If you are looking for a devotional that will span the whole year, then I highly recommend this one!
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Last Stop in Brooklyn

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It's the summer of 1894, and an infidelity case has brought PI Mary Handley to a far corner of Brooklyn: Coney Island. In the midst of her investigation, Mary is contacted by a convicted man's brother to reopen a murder case. A prostitute was killed by a Jack the Ripper copycat years ago in her New York hotel room, but her true killer was never found. Once again it's up to Mary to make right the city's wrongs.
New York City's untouchable head of detectives, Thomas Byrnes, swears he put the right man behond bars, but as Mary digs deeper, she finds corruption at the heart of New York's justice system, involving not only the police, but the most powerful of stock titans. Disturbing evidence of other murders begins to surface, each one mimicking Jack the Ripper's style, each one covered up by Thomas Byrnes.
As Mary pieces together the extent of the damage, she crosses paths with Harper Lloyd, an investigative reporter. Their relationship grows into a partnership, and perhaps more, and together they must catch a killer who's still out there, and reverse the ruthless workings of New York's elite. It'll be Mary's most dangerous, most personal case yet.

My thoughts: This was my first time reading one of the Mary Handley stories. While the writing style was well done, I thought that the character didn't suit the time period. I didn't care for the language or the romance side. I feel like this could of been better executed, overall. The mystery and time period are interesting, but weren't enough to give me a high opinion of this story.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Raising Men, Not Boys

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Perhaps there has never been a more challenging time to raise children than in today’s culture. Parents are having to address challenges that their parents never had to with them. And while the core elements to raising children are the same, parents need wisdom for applying them to this day and age.

That’s what this book is about: navigating the times and raising a generation of men on godly principles—sons who are ready, able, and motivated to represent God during their days of sojourning on this earth. Pastor and author Mike Fabarez will help parents pass the faith on to their sons, in prayer that the promises of God extend to the third and fourth generations… and beyond.

Parents will be equipped to:

Envision their son’s future every day
Set his spiritual trajectory
Build a home that grows godly men
Address the rebellion in their son’s heart
Prepare him to face the world and contribute to it
Help their son toward a right view of play and leisure
Navigate the teenage years

There is an epidemic of grown men with the maturity of young boys. Be a parent who saves your child from prolonged adolescence. Scripture says, “The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him” (Prov. 23:24). Children are a gift from the Lord. Read Raising Men, Not Boys to steward the gift of parenting and shepherd your sons to be men of God.

My thoughts: This book is excellent, since it takes a lot of the guess work out of raising boys. I thought it did a fabulous job of proving insightful information, especially for navigating the scary teens years and discussing hard topics like dating and the opposite sex. I like the variety of subjects that this book addresses and that it talks about them in detail, encouraging parents to help their sons cultivate their God given abilities. This is an excellent book for parents of boys.
I received this book from Moody in exchange for my honest review.

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus

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How to focus on Christ during Advent

Most Christians agree that Christmas is all about Jesus, yet most of us spend little time preparing our hearts to celebrate Him. Why is this? Partly because we don’t know how.

In Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, Asheritah Ciuciu leads readers through the four weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love). Each week:

Begins with an interactive family devotional that equips readers to celebrate Advent together
Offers five daily reflections that focus on that week's name of Jesus
Includes suggestions for fun-filled family activities or service projects

This devotional can be used by readers in their own personal worship times or as a tool to engage in family worship during the busy holiday season. Either way, participants will gain a greater sense of awe and wonder at who Jesus is.

By focusing on the person and character of Jesus throughout the Advent season, readers will prepare their hearts so that when they admire the live nativity, sit in the candlelight service, or wake up on Christian morning, they can join the faithful who sing from the bottom of their hearts, "O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!"

My thoughts: I wish this book had arrived sooner! I still found this devotional fun, though it is one that I will be revisiting this December to make the most about it. I like that the devotionals have more to them, they aren't too short (nor drag out). My favorite part about this book is the weekly activities it suggests, everything from adopting a family to talking to family members about their favorite Christmas memories, taking hot cocoa to the local homeless to reaching out to those spending their holidays in the hospital. This is an excellent advent devotional!
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Take ten: Books I meant to read in 2017 but didn't

1. The Fill-in Boyfriend
Or, basically just more Kasie West, since they are the perfect book to read when needing a pick me up.;)

2. Love, Lies, and the List

3. Ravenswolde
I have had this one on my kindle way to long!

4. The Illusionist's Apprentice
I've read all of Kristy's books up to this point, and they are always enjoyable. I need to make time for this one!

6. Magnolia Storms
Janet is an incredible author, so I really need take the time to read this one!

7. Surprised by Motherhood

8. Raising Boys by Design

9. The More of Less

10. In 27 Days
This one just looks fascinating.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Strains of Silence review and giveaway

Music was her driving passion and the truest expression of her faith, but three months before her wedding, twenty-year-old Kasia Bernolak can’t even pick up her guitar. Feeling like a fraud who will ruin her dad’s pastoral reputation, she can barely meet his eyes. When Kasia finds the strength to break off her engagement, she still doesn’t realize the dangerous truth: Blake Hamilton isn’t ready to say goodbye. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

Alexander “Zan” Maddox has seen what a domineering man can do to an unsuspecting woman, and Zan is sick of injustice. He gave up a college baseball scholarship so he could protect his sister from her abusive husband. When he rescues Kasia from her ex-fiancĂ©, he instinctively appoints himself her personal bodyguard. Now, all he has to do is keep from falling for her himself.

Kasia and Zan become fast friends, but true healing and justice might cost more than either of them is willing to pay.

My review: What an excellent debut book! I thought that Bethany did a fantastic job of bringing the characters and their struggles to light, especially since she takes on the sensitive and heavy topic of abuse. The story is incredibly well written. I look forward to reading more by this talented author!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author
Bethany loves a home filled with family and friends. Word gets around that—at the Kaczmarek house—food is abundant, conversations are real, and anything is up for discussion. She and her clan are fans of laughter, indie music, sonic screwdrivers, and superheroes. Home is wherever in the world they’re all together.

Guest post from the Author:
Strains of Silence: A Novel for Anyone Who Can Say #MeToo

We’re everywhere. After years of silence, many survivors of sexual assault are raising our voices. You’ve seen the hashtag. You know someone who suffered like this—a friend, a sister, a daughter.

Maybe you know personally what it’s like to be used.

I’m thankful for the conversations the #MeToo campaign has started, proud of the brave women who are speaking out. But I know some are still quiet, nursing wounds.

I could list loads of valid reasons a victim chooses to suffer in silence.

People won’t believe her.
If she doesn’t say it out loud, it’s easier to pretend it was a nightmare.
He’s got authority over her—at work, at church, in the family—and it’ll cost her too much. He’s done enough damage already.
He’s threatened to destroy her reputation, and she believes him. One, because he’ll do it without flinching. Two, because she’s already convinced that she’s living a lie.
Because at church, she’s supposed to be fine, smiling, rejoicing in her suffering and pressing on. Besides, people don’t want to sit with her in her pain and listen. They’d rather offer bumper-sticker theology and trite spiritual bandages.
The few times she’s tried to speak up, her used-to-be friend basically made her feel like it was her fault.

The list could go on, but it’s fair to say that being honest about what happened to us makes us vulnerable all over again. The idea is understandably stressful.

But you know what? Pretending we’re fine is exhausting too. We bear a great strain when we hide our hurts, for whatever reason.

Kasia Bernolak, the heroine of my novel Strains of Silence, gets it. She’s got reasons for keeping it quiet too. But when God brings some new people into her life, she realizes she doesn’t have to be alone.

And speaking up offers a freedom, a lightness, she wants.

It’s a freedom I want for my readers.

I know. Strains of Silence sounds like a heavy book right now. The themes are heavy, no doubt. There’s no glossing over and prettying up sexual assault or domestic violence. But—just like in real life—it’s how well we surround and support the suffering that can set the tone. Kasia’s friends are real, they’re funny, they’re quirky, and they believe in her.

Besides, it’s not all dark and brooding. There’s travel—an entire summer in the mountains of Peru. There’s a lot of music—Kasia’s a singer/song-writer who loves indie artists (I’ve got a playlist on my website). There’s heritage and culture—meet her immigrant family and you’ll get a delicious taste of Poland. There’s humor—enough to keep the story light when you need it to be.

And there’s hope. Kasia’s life is absolutely full of possibility.

So are the lives of everyone who can say #MeToo.

Sometimes, it just helps to see someone else fight the battle on our own horizon. And if you can do it with a fantastic new playlist and some laughs, why not?

My hope is that Strains of Silence will lead to real discussions with reader-friends, book-club gatherings that become turning points, and the true pursuit of freedom. It’s time to throw off the burdens we wear and stand up. Raise your voice, link arms with others, and fight for hope.

Healing is within our reach.

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I'm excited about the giveaway Bethany is offering! Grand Prize: A signed book, a Polish pottery mug with two of the main character's favorite kinds of teas, 4 of her favorite albums (Josh Garrels, Waterdeep, The Gray Havens, and Andrew Greer), a box of chocolate butter cookies, and a $50 Amazon gift card. Visit the here

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

My New Crush Gave to Me

Charlotte Charlie Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He's the school's star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie is determined to be Teo's date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper's Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz Teo s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He's easy going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he's willing to provide insight into what Teo wants, so she s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

My thoughts: I wasn't so sure about this book and what I thought about it when I first started it, since I found it hard to relate to Charlie in the beginning. But, I liked where the story went and how she grew as a character. I also really liked the romance in the story, since it shows that love is more than butterflies and romance, but needs friendship and variety to help it thrive. I loved the side characters and thoroughly enjoyed this story!
I received this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.
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Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-Pat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one's life. Includes dozens of new recipes.

When David Lebovitz began the project of updating his apartment in his adopted home city, he never imagined he would encounter so much inexplicable red tape while contending with the famously inconsistent European work ethic and hours. Lebovitz maintains his distinctive sense of humor with the help of his partner Romain, peppering this renovation story with recipes from his Paris kitchen. In the midst of it all, he reveals the adventure that accompanies carving out a place for yourself in a foreign country--under baffling conditions--while never losing sight of the magic that inspired him to move to the City of Light many years ago, and to truly make his home there.

My thoughts: This was a fun book for me to read, since it told the story of buying and renovating an apartment in France. It was fun to see the differences between our story of renovating a home in America. While the book could of been edited better or had more going on with the retelling, I found it interesting. It will open ones eyes to what it is like to live in France.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Take ten: new authors (to me) in 2017

1. Jamie Jo Wright

This is the only book I have read by her so far, and while it was a bit darker then what I usually read, I loved the message. It was surprisingly deep for fiction!

2. Kasie West

I read two of Kasie's books this year, since they are just so cute! Everything YA fiction should be, IMO. I look forward to reading more by her this next year! (I also read Lucky in Love)

3. Mark Batterson

The women's study group I am in choice to start 2017 off with this devotion, which was amazing! I'm starting this year off with it as well, to see if it is a trend I want to continue. I also read Whisper by him, which was interesting, but not near as life changing.

4. Julie Daines

My sister recommended Julie's books to me, then I realized I had downloaded two of hers on Netgalley! I've enjoyed Eleanor and the Iron King and A Blind Eye, both very different stories, and look forward to reading Willowkeep here soon.

5. Janice Cantore

Another author that my sister recommended to me. I need to read more than this one book by her!

6. Stephanie Morrill

This is the only book I have read by Stephanie, but I look forward to reading some of her other stories, since this one was amazing!

7. Heidi Chiavaroli

I've just read Freedom's Ring, but I look forward to reading her next book that releases in May.

8. M.J. Thomas

My daughter and I read the first and second books in this series together. They are a lot of fun for young (and not so young) readers!

9. Heidi St. John

Becoming Mom Strong is the only book I have read by Heidi, but I did notice she has a Bible study that looks like it would be good to go through!

10. Kim Vogel Sawyer

Bringing Maggie Home was incredibly well written and hit on some of my insecurities. I loved that it about three generations of women.

Honorary mentions:
Michele Phoenix-While Of Stillness and Storm is well written, it was not my favorite book by far.
Eric Metaxas-I feel like I am cheating with this one, since I really just listened to him talk about his books 7 Women and the Secret of their Greatness and 7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness, both of which were interesting to hear about.
Shani Petroff-I'm only about half way through My New Crush Gave to Me, so I can't say for certain if it is one that I will recommend. So far though, it's a fun story.
What authors were your new favorites this year? Who would you recommend?