February is the shortest month of the year and boy has it flown by so quickly! Are you excited to check out this month’s book haul?
I fell behind in my reviewing this month so there aren’t as many books on this list as there usually are.
Unless otherwise noted, all books mentioned I received for free in exchange for an honest review. Any personal thoughts or comments will be found in bold italics.
Let’s get started!
The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin
In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France–including those of her own family’s summer home–in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.
As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.
The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life under Sarah Sundin’s practiced pen with this powerful new series.
I absolutely love all of Sarah Sundin’s books. The cover is gorgeous and I love the World War II setting so I cannot wait to see what Mrs. Sundin has in store for us readers! A very special thank you to Bethany House for my review copy.
Beneath the Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to Kim Vogel Sawyer’s prairie-set heartwarmer of a pair of opposites destined for love.
Estelle Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness?
Kim Vogel Sawyer is another favorite author of mine and I’m so excited that she has a new book coming out this March! This one takes place in the prairie days in Kansas so I cannot wait to see what the author has in store. Plus, isn’t that cover beautiful? A very special thank you goes to Waterbrook for my arc review copy.
Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey
Owen Cross grew up with two loves: one a game, the other a girl. One of those loves ruined him. Now he’s counting on the other to save him.
Baseball always came easy for Owen Cross. His innate talents were honed beneath the stiff hand of a father who wanted nothing more than for his son to succeed where he had failed. The girl was a little more complicated. Owen loved Micky Dullahan from the first time they met, on a lonely hill overlooking the depressed area where her troubled family had always lived. But she was from the wrong side of the tracks, and so that spot became their haven, the one place they could be together without worry of class or reputation.
Owen’s career progresses just as everyone expects: college, the minors, even a few stints in the big leagues. But it is on a major league field that he has the epiphany that he has always given everything to baseball—and yet it cannot love him back.
Micky’s advice comes back to haunt him. “You’ve got a second chance to love what will always love you back.” And so he returns home to that hill, to the last place he ever saw her, finally ready to stop running away.
Billy Coffey is one of those authors that I keep adding his books to my TBR but never actually sat down and read any of them. This looks like an interesting read and I can’t wait to check out what the author has in store. A very special thank you goes to The Fiction Guild for my review copy.
All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert
In the wake of World War I in the small, Southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina, the town folk believe they’ve found a little slice of heaven in a mysterious chapel in the woods. But they soon realize that evil can come in the most beautiful of forms.
The people of Bellhaven have always looked to Ellsworth Newberry for guidance, but after losing his wife and his future as a professional pitcher, he is moments away from testing his mortality once and for all. Until he finally takes notice of the changes in his town . . . and the cardinals that have returned.
Upon the discovery of a small chapel deep in the Bellhaven woods, healing seems to fall upon the townspeople, bringing peace after several years of mourning. But as they visit the “healing floor” more frequently, the people begin to turn on one another, and the unusually tolerant town becomes anything but.
The cracks between the natural and supernatural begin to widen, and tensions rise. Before the town crumbles, Ellsworth must pull himself from the brink of suicide, overcome his demons, and face the truth of who he was born to be by leading the town into the woods to face the evil threatening Bellhaven.
Here’s a book that I’ve been hearing raving reviews for. The blurb sounds interesting and promising so I cannot wait to read this. Thank you to The Fiction Guild for my review copy.
The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble
After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.
When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.
Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.
In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.
Collen Coble is a fabulous author and always has the most beautiful covers. “The View from Rainshadow Bay” is one example of that. I cannot wait to read this soon! Thank you to The Fiction Guild for my review copy.
Meal Planning on a Budget by Jen Smith
Are you struggling to lower your spending on food? Are you tired of entering the grocery store only to leave with food you’ll eventually throw away? Do you want to finally get your food budget under control?
No matter how busy your schedule is or what grocery store options you have, you can tighten your grocery budget and achieve your financial goals faster.
Across the board, our spending on food is second only to housing. Whether you want to pay off debt, become financially independent, or have more money to travel, minimizing your spending on food is the single most effective way to increase your disposable income.
From Jen Smith, Amazon best selling author of The No-Spend Challenge Guide and creator of the debt-freedom blog Saving with Spunk, comes Meal Planning on a Budget, a beginner’s guide to easy meal planning, weekend meal prep, simple techniques for saving money on groceries, and how to reduce food waste.
This book will teach you:
How to assemble a simple meal plan advanced techniques for meal planning weeks at a time the most effective ways to save money and time at the grocery store How to do weekend meal prep that will increase the likelihood of fitting cooking into a busy schedule How to store your food to preserve it’s freshness Tips for reducing food waste to keep your hard earned money out of the garbage
This information will give you the confidence to cook more, eat out less, and make eating at home a habit you actually like.You’ll find joy in eating less unhealthy fast food, more variety in cuisine, and cultivating new skills in the kitchen.
If you want 2018 to be the year your eating aligns with (and advances) your financial goals then scroll up and click Buy Now to begin your meal planning master journey.
Jen Smith is the wife of a friend of mine. She is also the creator of the debt-freedom blog Saving with Spunk. If you want to save money, then you’ll probably want to check out this book for $0.99 on Amazon.
A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin
Will a chance meeting in a time of war change her life forever?
Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval – even marry a man she doesn’t love. While Allie has nearly resigned herself to that fate, Lt. Walter Novak – fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women – takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas.
Walt and Allie meet and begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt’s muddy bomber base in England and Allie’s mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?
Book 1 in the Wings of Glory series, A Distant Melody is an exciting and tender story of love, courage, and sacrifice during World War II.
This is one of the few books that I have not read by Sarah Sundin yet. If you love World War II fiction than you’ll want to grab your copy today. It’s free for your e-reader for a limited time
Surrogate Escape by Jenna Kernan
Enter the world of Apache Protectors: Wolf Den A riveting new series begins!
A newborn abandoned in his truck? Tribal policeman Jake Redhorse immediately summons nurse Lori Mott—his former fiancée—for help. But Jake jilted Lori and now must regain her trust while fighting awakening desires neither can deny. The infant they adore offers them a second chance…if they can discover why she’s the target of kidnappers.
Jenna Kernan is another favorite author of mine. I love her all of her Apache Protectors series because you get to see a culture far different from your own with a gripping suspense storyline. Now these are secular so there will be some sex scenes but they’re usually quick and you can easily skip over them. Thank you to Jenna Kernan for my review copy!
A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green
Vivienne Rivard fled revolutionary France and seeks a new life for herself and a boy in her care, who some say is the Dauphin. But America is far from safe, as militiaman Liam Delaney knows. He proudly served in the American Revolution but is less sure of his role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Drawn together, will Liam and Vivienne find the peace they long for?
My copy finally arrived in the mail and I cannot wait to read this. This cover is gorgeous – I want that dress! I’ve also heard that the main character, Vivienne, knows the main character in The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz. That makes me even more excited to check this out. Thank you to Bethany House for my review copy.