Happy Thursday Everyone! It’s time for the May 2017 Wrap Up! I ended up reading a lot more than I thought I was going to this month. This makes my heart happy because I didn’t think I read all that much.
So here are the books that I read this past month. Are you ready? Good. Let’s get started.
Disclaimer: All of the books listed are books I’ve either purchased or received from the author or publisher for free in exchange for review.
- Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More by April W. Gardner
A man of abiding honor, tested by a woman of ruinous passion. A woman of unspeakable sins, pursued by a God of unquenchable mercy.Spanish Florida once sheltered Lillian McGirth from her fears. Now, it feeds them. Mercy is for the deserving; for Lillian, an unwed mother accused of treason, there is only battering and defeat, but her fall breaks softly in the arms of an unexpected arrival, a man too beautiful of soul to stain with her lost character.Captain Marcus Buck sails in on a pledge to save Miss McGirth from herself and from her child’s father, a ruthless don. All the while, he’s to regard her as virtuous and worthy of protection and to guard said virtue from pilfering. But the terms are flawed since he must first guard her from himself. Regardless, he is determined. He will free her, repair her name—simple labor compared to dodging the army’s noose, mending wounds three years deep, and navigating a host of rebel Natives bent on inflicting more.Through the steady crumble of his pledge, their friendship becomes a consolation, for she knows his pain as no other can or will. Their scars are one; their paths, however, might irrevocably become two…This was such a great read. We finally get to learn more about Lillian and witness her journey of overcoming anger and bitterness. If you enjoy historical fiction that takes place during actual events that you’d probably never heard of, then I highly recommend this one. Thank you April W. Gardner for my complimentary e-book copy. Be sure to check out my review here.
- Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman
A poignant and relatable novel, Looking Glass Lies captures the war women wage against themselves, and the struggle to see beauty reflected in a mirror not distorted by society’s unrelenting expectations.For most of her adult life, Cecily Ross has compared herself to other women—and come up short. After a painful divorce from her emotionally abusive husband, Cecily returns to her hometown of Canyon, Texas, looking to heal.But coming home isn’t what she expects. In a town as small as Canyon, her pain is difficult to escape—especially with her model-perfect ex–sister-in-law working at the town’s popular coffee-shop hangout. With help from her father, a support group, and an old friend who guides her to see her own strengths, Cecily may have a shot at overcoming her insecurities and learning to love again.The true test comes when tragedy strikes, opening Cecily’s eyes to the harmfulness of her distorted views on beauty—and giving her the perfect opportunity to find peace at last.This is not a light read, but a must-read topic about pornography and self-image. Denman has crafted a beautiful, raw, and realistic novel that challenges you to want to claim victory in our own lives. Thank you to Varina Denman, Waterfall Press, and Netgalley for providing an e-book arc. Be sure to check out my review here.
- A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd
Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.This was such a fun installment in the Treasures of Surrey series. I absolutely adored the amazing and swoon-worthy Owen Locke. If you love Jane Austen or anything regency with a little bit of mystery, then you won’t want to miss this one. Check out my review here.
- Then Came You by Becky Wade
A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom.Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn’t know much about babies. But he’s going to have to learn fast because he’s just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he’s not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he’ll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can’t seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There’s something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes. . .Told through journal entries, phone conversations, and letters, Then Came You is a unique, heart-stirring romance novella by acclaimed author Becky Wade.If you are looking for a light and fluffy read, then check out this novella. It’s super short so it makes a quick read. This is a fabulous introduction to the brand new Bradford Sisters Romance series. You can grab an e-book copy on Amazon for free! Be sure to check out my review here.
- True to You by Becky Wade
Do opposites really attract? John and Nora might just be the perfect match. Find out in True to You, book one in Becky Wade’s new series! 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. 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. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.I highly recommend this! True to You is a beautiful swoon-worthy novel that deals with realistic issues in a classy way. There is discovery, romance, heartache, grace, and healing. This is probably my favorite of Becky Wade’s so far. Be sure to check out my review here.
Are any of the books listed on your to-read-list or have you read any? Let me know in the comments below!