Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander – Review

Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander has an expected publication date of October 3rd, 2017 by Thomas Nelson and is a historical fiction novel. A novella to launch a brand new three-book series. In the midst of war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas, the cost of love . . . and of loving again. Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year old son. About to be evicted, she sees an advertisement for the Ladies Aid Society Auction and applies for a position—only to discover it’s been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity. And friendship. But can she trust him? Continue reading

Most Anticipated September 2017 Young Adult Books

September to me marks the beginning of autumn and the crisp cool air brings cozy book reading weather. I admit there is nothing better than spending a cool autumn day curled up with a warm blanket, a good book and a hot cup to of tea. This is the time of year that most publishing companies release loads of new books to help satisfy our need for new books to read. Here is a list of a few of the new releases that I am excited about and cannot wait to snuggle up one of these! Continue reading

The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker – Book Review

The Day the Angels FellThe Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker has an expected publication date of September 5th, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a fiction novel. It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident. As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it all happened.
After his mother’s death, twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life–the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift?  Continue reading

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick – Book Review

All She Left BehindAll She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick has an expected publication date of September 5th, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a historical fiction novel. Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn’t approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she’s developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman’s widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal–but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life’s storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives?  Continue reading

Loving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment in Relishing the Season by Alexandra Kuykendall – Book Review

Loving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment in Relishing the SeasonLoving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment in Relishing the Season by Alexandra Kuykendall has an expected publication date of September 5th 2017 by Baker Books and is a Christian Living/Personal Growth Book. The Christmas season is a particularly difficult time for women to slow down and relish what’s right in front of them. An annual marker for many, it is a holiday that can often remind us how life is not going as we’d planned. Our family relationships remain strained, our finances stretched, and our schedules stuffed with too much to do in too little time. Following the formula of her successful Loving My Actual Life, Alexandra Kuykendall shares with readers her own personal experiment to be completely present in her life as it is during the holiday season. Addressing the themes of Advent and Christmas, she reflects on hope, love, joy, peace, and relishing the season, with practical pullouts on common Christmas stressors, such as finances, schedules, and extended family. Kuykendall’s signature candor helps women go easy on themselves, remember what truly matters, and find joy in their imperfect Christmases.  Continue reading

Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Book Review

33152795.jpgInvictus by Ryan Graudin has an expected publication date of September 26th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books and is a young adult novel. Time flies when you’re plundering history. Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.  Continue reading