Hey Book Lovers! How are you all doing today? Can you believe today’s the last day of May already? Where did the time go? It’s summer! Any summer plans? I just came back from vacation in Key West and Cocoa Beach. I had so much fun that I didn’t want to come home, but now that I’m home, it feels really good to be home.
With that being said, it’s time to reveal the end of the month book haul. I’m so excited to show you what I snagged so here goes:
- True to You by Becky Wade
Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan FavoriteAfter a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.
This is a beautiful swoon-worthy romance dealing with real topics in a classy way. There is hope, grace, heartache, and healing. Highly recommended. Be sure to see my review here. Thank you Litfuse Publicity for my complimentary review copy.
- A Healing Heart by Angela Bredienbrach
Mara Keegan is an uber-successful workaholic mother of three, widowed three years ago. She’s been chasing success and all the “good things in life” for her family to make up for the cruel whim God played on them by taking her husband. In an effort to be the perfect mom, she decides to make a photo memory quilt, a graduation present for her daughter, Cadence.She’s not yet finished when she experiences a heart attack. While Mara recuperates, she visits the choices she’s made that led to this physically and spiritually broken heart. The memory quilt must be finished in time for Cadence’s big day, but Mara struggles with her burgeoning feelings for the man who must keep Mara’s business going during her recovery, Joel Ryan. Can Joel find his way into Mara’s heart and onto Cadence’s quilt?Jennifer Slattery gifted me a copy of this novel. I’m not familiar with the Quilted Hearts series but this sounds like a fun read so I cannot wait to read this soon.
- Alone – Edie Melson
After her family is killed in the cleansing, Bethany’s purpose in life has changed. No longer will she be allowed to work to save her dying planet. As a slave, endurance is her goal as she marks each day as one moment closer to an eternity spent reunited with those she loved. But when her planet is invaded, everything changes. Now she must decide either to align herself with those from her planet who condemned her faith and killed her family, or with the warriors who have conquered her world. Ultimately her choice will mean life or death for more than just her planet’s ecosystem. She alone holds the key to a powerful secret, and the fate of the entire galaxy depends on her decision.This sounds like a fascinating read. I’m always on the look out for Christian science-fiction reads. Thank you so much Edie Melson for providing a complimentary e-book copy.
- The Widow’s Captive – Lucette Nel
On the run with two small children and a third due within weeks, Adeline Spencer fears the approaching blizzard will seal their fate. An abandoned cabin is an answer to her prayers. She hopes it will shield them from both the storm and the enraged brother-in-law hot on her tail. But when a stranger knocks at the door, she is convinced they have been found by one of Ward’s lackeys.Blamed for the death of his friend, Sheriff Jonah Hale is determined to prove himself worthy of his badge, even if it means riding into a blizzard to check on a crazy miner. When Jonah reaches the cabin, he’s caught off guard by a pretty and very pregnant young woman wielding a skillet. Bound to a chair while the storm rages, and as Christmas settles in around them, he must find a way to earn Adeline’s trust…and perhaps her heart.I love historical fiction and this sounds like such a fun read! Thank you so much Lucette Nel for providing a PDF review copy.
- Befriending the Beast – Amanda Tero
Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn. Time is running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together? Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?Thank you Amanda Tero and Celebrate Lit for my ebook review copy. I’m a huge fan of fairytale retellings so I’m looking forward to this.
- The Secret Slipper – Amanda Tero
Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose was to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?
Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?
As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?
Thank you so much to Amanda Tero and Celebrate for this ebook review copy! This is the newest addition and I cannot wait to read this.
Beyond Justice by Cara Putman
Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.
Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It’s why she became an attorney and why she’s so driven in her career. When she’s handed a wrongful death case against the government, she isn’t sure if it’s the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there. She keeps the case alive through sheer determination and more than a little creativity, but then she’s fired by a partner with a vendetta.
Further complicating matters, Hayden keeps finding herself completely distracted by Andrew, her roommate’s cousin. But his father is a Congressman and she’s currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?
The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to see either the case—or her—die. Should she fight alone for the dead young man by launching her own unfinanced firm, or abandon the case in order to save her own life?
I’ve actually never read anything from Cara Putman, but she has been on my TBR for quite awhile now. I’ve heard her books are fantastic so I’m super excited to check this one out. Thank you Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild for my review copy.
You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher
In a small town in Idaho’s idyllic wine country where the past looms large, can two people realize their individual dreams for the future … together?
Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Myers never intended to return to Thunder Creek, Idaho. Her hometown holds too many memories of heartache and rejection. But when her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies and leaves his family home and acreage to her and their ten-year-old daughter Alycia, it’s an opportunity to change their lives for the better—a chance Brooklyn can’t pass up, for Alycia’s sake if not her own.
Derek Johnson, Chad’s best friend since boyhood, isn’t keen on the return of Brooklyn Myers to Thunder Creek. He still blames her for leading his friend astray. And now she has ruined his chance to buy the neighboring ten acres which would have allowed him to expand his organic farm. To add insult to injury, Chad’s dying request was that Derek become the father to Alycia that Chad never was. How can he keep that promise without also spending time with the girl’s mother?
Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Derek and Brooklyn must both confront challenges to their dreams and expectations. He must overcome long held misconceptions about Brooklyn while she must learn to trust someone other than herself. And if they can do it, they just might discover that God has something better in mind than either of them ever imagined.
Robin Lee Hatcher has some gorgeous covers, including this one. I’ve never read any of her novels, but I’ve heard wonderful things about them so I’m excited to check this one out. Thank you The Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild for my review copy.
Thanks for checking out May’s Book Haul! I hope you enjoyed it. Did you see anything that you’d like to add to your TBR? Or have you read any of the books I snagged? Let me know in the comments below!