April 2017 Book Haul
Hey Everyone! I love seeing other people’s book hauls because it’s so exciting to see what everyone got each month. I don’t even know why I love, I just do. It’s the end of April so we all know what that means!
April seems to be the month that all of the publishers are publishing books. There are so many release dates to keep up with. Some of them are even on the same date!
I’m excited for the books that I received to review this month. Just a heads up, all of the books mentioned unless noted otherwise were sent to me free of charge to review and share my honest opinions with you guys.
With that being said, let the April 2017 Book Haul commence!
- To the Farthest Shores buy Elizabeth Camden
The unpredictability of her upbringing prepared army nurse Jenny Bennett to face any challenge at the Presidio Army base, but the sudden reappearance in her life of the dashing naval officer who broke her heart six years ago is enough to rattle even her.Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher is one of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring government mission overseas–an assignment that destroyed his reputation and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor-bound never to reveal where he was during those years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth, or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution to his impossible situation, but he needs Jenny’s help. While her loyalty to her country compels her to agree, she was too badly hurt to fall for Ryan again despite his determination to win her back. When an unknown threat from Ryan’s past puts everything at risk–including his life–can they overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them in time?
Technically this was part of my March book haul but I received it after I made my post so I included it in April’s book haul. I’ve heard that Elizabeth Camden is a wonderful author and this is totally up my ally. The cover is beautiful and it’s set in California at an Army base. That is enough to have me intrigued to read and find out what happens. I cannot wait to read and review this one soon. Thank you Bethany House for this beautiful review copy.
2. Some Small Magic by Billy Coffey
She whispers, “I’m supposed to take you home.”
“Not yet,” Abel says. “Please, just not yet.”
All Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past.
When Abel discovers letters to him from the dad he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, after all. But not everything is as it seems.
With a lot of questions and a little bit of hope, Abel decides to run away to find the truth. But danger follows him from the moment he jumps his first boxcar, forcing Abel to rely upon his simpleminded friend Willie—a man wanted for murder who knows more about truth than most—and a beautiful young woman who was already on the train.
From Appalachia to the Tennessee wilds and through the Carolina mountains, the name of a single small town beckons: Fairhope. That is where Abel believes his magic lays. But will it be the sort that will bring a broken boy healing? And is that the magic that will one day lead him home?
I’m not all that familiar with Billy Coffey’s books, but this looks like an interesting read. Hoping to get to this one sometime soon. Thank you Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild for this review copy.
3. The Illustionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron
Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.
Boston, 1926. Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.
In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.
Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her.
Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.
I’m so excited to read this! I’ve been wanting to read this since the author announced it. It’s about Houdini’s apprentice so I’m planning on reading this very soon. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? Thank you The Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for this review copy.
4. Beneath the Blackberry Moon: The Ebony Cloak by April W. Gardner
In the wilds of 1816 Florida, a beautiful slave is free game for depraved men. But for an honorable man, she is a military objective, an asset to be protected, a love that should never be pursued.
Milly’s pale skin provides her with special privileges, but every luxury comes with a command. And Milly is done yielding. On the run, she can pass for white only as long as no one demands she lower her hood. But there’s hope. It lies in the Floridas in a refuge commanded by an army of runaways. Negro Fort. The first sweet taste of freedom convinces Milly that surrender is not an option. But the U.S. Army is keen on the fort’s conquest, and when it accomplishes the unthinkable, Milly must decide whether life is worth fighting for.
Major Phillip Bailey has orders to subdue the uprising and return the runaways to their masters, all the while being forced to fight alongside Creek warriors—the same who etched the scars into his mind and flesh. The same who, in a storm of flame and blood, ripped out Phillip’s heart and took her for himself.
And then came Milly…
While musket balls fly, a war of another sort rages inside Phillip—perpetuate a crumbling dream or pursue the forbidden; follow orders or follow his heart.
I absolutely loved this novel. If you love historical fiction with a dash of romance dealing with some heavy content while still keeping the hope of the Cross, you’ll want to check this one out. Gardner did a beautiful job with this one. You can find my review here. Thank you to April W. Gardner for gifting me a review copy for my Kindle.
5. The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson
All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?
Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.
Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.
I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I do enjoy YA dystopian novels so I’m excited to see what’s in store. The cover and plot line have me intrigued to know more. Thank you to Celebrate Lit for providing me with an e-book arc to review.
6. Martin Luther in His Own Words: Essential Writings of the Reformation edited by Jack D. Kilcrease & Erwin W. Lutzer
Though most of the Protestant world can trace its roots back to the Reformation, many people today have only a vague knowledge of Martin Luther’s writings. “Didn’t he write the Ninety-Five Theses?” Jack Kilcrease and Erwin Lutzer step into this vacuum with a carefully selected collection of Luther’s works.
Centered around the five solas of the Reformation (sola Scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, sola Christus, soli Deo gloria), the selections offer readers an accessible primer on works that are foundational to the theology of Protestantism in all its forms. Introductions to each writing include an explanation of the historical context and the theological significance of the piece. Students of the Bible, pastors, teachers, and seminary students will find this collection an enlightening introduction to Luther in his own words and a useful addition to their libraries.
I totally forgot I requested this book. My brother is a pastoral major and loves Erwin W. Lutzer so I got this one for him in mind. Once I review it, it’ll be his copy. Thank you to Baker Books for this review copy.
7. The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd
“It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail’s egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored to either bless or curse whomever possesses it.”
Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She’s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop on Blinkett Street. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille has no choice but to accept help from the mysterious stranger who came to her aid.
Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content working as a village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may or may not be the answer to his questions.
Curious circumstance throws them together, and an intricate dance of need and suspicion leads the couple from the seedy backwaters of London to the elite neighborhoods of the wealthy to the lush, green Surrey countryside—all in the pursuit of a blood-red gem that collectors will sacrifice anything to possess.
Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, each will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.
I’m so excited to finally have all of the books in the Treasures of Surrey series. Well okay, A Stranger at Fellsworth is an arc, but that’s beside the point. I cannot wait to read and review this one sometime soon! Thank you to Sarah E. Ladd and Thomas Nelson for providing this beautiful review copy.
8. Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano
After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, Miss Permilia Griswold has finally figured out a way to pass the time at all the New York high-society events she attends. Under the pseudonym “Miss Quill,” she is the author of society gossip columns filled with tidbits only an insider in society–albeit one on the fringes–would know.
When she overhears a threat against Mr. Asher Rutherford, the owner of one of the most up-and-coming department stores in the city, she’s determined to warn him. But the irritatingly handsome man doesn’t believe her, leaving her no choice but to take matters into her own hands. What she doesn’t anticipate is that she’ll end up putting herself at risk in the process–or that she and Mr. Rutherford, a man with secrets of his own, just might end up joining forces after all.
I love historical fiction so I’m excited to read this one sometime soon. This will be the second book I’ve read from Turano so I’m excited. Isn’t her dress beautiful? And the cover? I don’t think I’ve read a historical fiction novel set in New York yet so I’m super cannot excited and cannot wait to read it soon. Thank you Bethany House for this beautiful review copy.
9. If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock
Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?
Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.
As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.
In this riveting sequel to the USA Today bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows . . . but there is light shining in the darkness. Is Dylan a provision from the God who loves her, or another heartache yet to happen?
I’ve been wanting to read this series so badly so I was beyond ecstatic when it arrived in my mailbox. This looks like such a cool suspense novel and I just love the cover. Thank you Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild for my review copy.
10. The Memory of You by Catherine West
Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?
When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.
And Natalie never says no to her father.
Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.
But finding freedom from the past means facing it.
I’ve been hearing so many great things about this book. The cover is beautiful and I simply cannot wait to read it. Thank you Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild for sending me this wonderful review copy.
11. So Fair a Lady by Amber Lynn Perry
Boston, MA 1773: Shards of Eliza Campbell’s life crash to the ground when she discovers a devastating secret: her father was a spy for the Sons of Liberty. Determined to uncover the truth–at any cost–not even a marriage proposal from the dashing British Officer Samuel Martin can dissuade her. When rescued from British capture by handsome patriot Thomas Watson, Eliza discovers what her father risked his life for and yearns to know more. But will her budding attraction to this courageous patriot damage her already wounded heart?
After years of being blackmailed by Officer Martin, Thomas plans to start a new life in the small town of Sandwich. However, when his actions place Eliza and her sister in danger, he must act quickly to protect them from falling into enemy hands. If the three of them are discovered, their lives will never be the same. Now, not only must he protect Eliza, he must protect his heart from a love that is sure to wound him far greater than any British soldier ever could.
I honestly don’t know anything about this book or author but just judging by the cover, it looks like a historical novel that I would enjoy. The Kindle edition was available for free via Amazon for a limited time so I went ahead and decided to give it a chance.
12. So True a Love by Amber Lynn Perry
Kitty Campbell knows that leaving the dangers of Boston behind for a more tranquil life in Sandwich is God’s will for her. But not even twenty-four hours after arriving in the small sea-side town, she witnesses a terrible crime and is forced to stay silent or her family will be made to suffer. And yet, as the consequences for remaining quiet threaten more than just her family, Kitty is desperate to unload her burden. When handsome doctor Nathaniel Smith comes to her rescue more than once, she is tempted to risk everything by revealing what she knows, as her hidden attraction to the courageous patriot builds into much more than childish infatuation. When Doctor Nathaniel Smith discovers the town’s ammunition stores have been raided, he knows immediately who to blame—the hated Tories. Desperate to keep the remaining powder out of enemy hands, he vows to find the men responsible. Then when Kitty Campbell is brutally assaulted and refuses to name her attacker, he suspects she might know something and keeps a closer watch for her safety, only to discover a fleeting attraction he harbored long ago threatens to grow into something akin to love. Yet, he knows a Tory and a Patriot would make a terrible match.
This was also a available for free for Kindle via Amazon so I decided to take advantage and see if it would be something I’d enjoy.
13. So Rare a Gift by Amber Lynn Perry
Escape is Anna Rone’s only option. Never again will she be trapped in a loveless marriage. A new life in America means safety—and discovering the truth behind her beloved brother’s death. But when she is nearly captured and forced to return to England, her vow to never marry for anything but love is forgotten when she must marry for protection. Perhaps the handsome man she accepts is truly as caring as he seems. If he is not, her future in America is darker than ever before.
Captain Henry Donaldson aided the colonists too many times. And now, the British army intends to make him pay with his life. Without his friends in Sandwich, he would be a dead man. He’s already changed his name, and when the kind, courageous woman he rescued offers to become his bride, he accepts despite the risks. His past taught him that women are not to be trusted and that love can cut deeper than the sword. Only time will reveal if this choice will bring the greatest pain he’s ever known.
Just like the last two books in this series, So Rare a Gift was also available for free for the Kindle via Amazon for a limited time.
14. The Lawyer’s Luck by Piper Huguley
Lawrence Stewart is a rare man. Raised with his grandmother’s Miami Indian tribe, as a Negro he has consistently walked between two worlds most of his life. He devotes his time and study to becoming a lawyer, fully intending to obtain justice for the ousted Miami Indians. No Negro man has accomplished these things before, but he is not daunted. He studies for his exams as he rides circuit through the backwoods of Ohio, handing out justice to people who cannot easily reach a courthouse. His life is perfectly set until one June day….
Aurelia “Realie” Baxter made her way from enslavement in Georgia to the free land Lake Huron in Ohio. Far from happy as a slave doing the bidding of a woman cooped up in a house all day, Realie is a bona fide tomboy with a special gift with horses. Now, she is so close to freedom in Canada, she can smell it, but her plans are interrupted when Lawrence shoots her…by mistake….
Lawrence cannot study encumbered with the care of an enslaved woman, but he’s responsible for her injury…
Realie wants to get to Canada, but Lawrence won’t let her get away in trying to help her…
One chance meeting can change your life from what you thought you wanted….to what you really need.
This is currently available for your Kindle for free via Amazon. You can grab your copy here. I’ve never read this author before, but this prequel novella looked interesting so I decided to take a chance and see if I would enjoy her writing.
15. Right Where We Belong by Deborah Raney, Melissa Tagg, and Courtney Walsh
Whether in a quaint home bakery in Langhorne, Missouri,
a cozy boho coffee shop in Maple Valley, Iowa,
or a charming lakeside cottage in Sweethaven, Michigan,
love grows best in small towns just like this!
“Seriously? Three of my favorite authors in one collection? The perfect weekend read!”
—Susan May Warren, USA Today best-selling, RITA® Award-winning author
Deborah Raney is the RITA® Award-winning author of over thirty books, including Christy Award finalist Remember to Forget. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. She lives in Kansas with her illustrator husband.
Melissa Tagg is the critically-acclaimed author of the Walker Family and Where Love Begins series. A former reporter, her books have made the Amazon bestsellers and Publishers Weekly Top Ten lists. Melissa lives in Iowa where by day she works as a nonprofit grant writer.
Courtney Walsh’s debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, landed on the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists. Courtney is an artist and playwright who lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing and visual arts studio.
Courtney Walsh recently did a giveaway to all of us on her current Dream Team which I had the opportunity to win an e-book copy. This is written by three fabulous authors that I love so I’m excited to read and review this sometime soon. Isn’t the cover super beautiful? I think so! I also cannot wait to visit some of my favorite fictional small towns again! Heck, I don’t even need a description of what these short stories are about because I already love these authors and their fun characters.
And that’s a wrap! These are the books that made my book haul this month. Are there any that you’re excited to read or get in your haul this month? Which book should I start with first?