March 2018 Book Haul


Hello loves! March is officially over. Where did the time go?!

It’s time to reveal the books that I received this month. Many of the books are books I received free in exchange to review or are books I purchased. Any personal comments/thoughts will be found in bold italics.

Ready to see which books arrived in my mailbox this month?

Let’s get started!

  1. Starting from Scratch by Kate Lloyd

    Starting from ScratchAn Old Flame Brings a Spark of New Hope

    En Alt Maedel—an old maid.

    At age twenty-nine, that’s what Eva Lapp considers herself. And who could argue with her? Finding a good Amish husband at her age will be next to impossible. Plus, Eva’s unwarranted bad reputation in Lancaster County precedes her. Maybe living the Englisch life would be better.

    Squeezed out of her childhood home by her brother’s boisterous family, Eva finds lodging and a new job managing a small café at a local plant nursery. But the challenge of her new position isn’t enough to distract from her current predicament.

    To Eva’s surprise, her first love, Jake Miller, suddenly returns to Lancaster County. Flooded with emotions and filled with questions about Jake’s past, can Eva trust what she’s feeling?

    Jake and Eva face many obstacles in their quest for a fresh start in the community, but perhaps with God’s help, they can find the redemption they both desperately need.

    I love this cover and it makes me want to know what she’s baking. This will be on my list to read soon. Thank you to Kate Lloyd for my physical review copy.

  2. Amish Cooking Class: The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunsetter

    35488766Return to Holmes County, Ohio, for Amish style cooking class.

    Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises.

    Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.

    Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.

    Darren Keller, single dad, and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom, and nurse find a few things in common.

    Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?

    I received a finished a copy and I cannot wait to read this soon. Thank you to the author and publisher for my review copy.

  3. The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

    The Mayflower BrideA New Series Begins for Lovers of History, Adventure, Romance, and Ancestry 
    A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

    Mary Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?

    I’ve been hearing so many amazing things about this book. I love a good Colonial read and I’m curious to learn more about the Mayflower. Thank you, Barbour, for my review copy.

  4. The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies by Tremp Longman & Mark L. Strauss

    The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical StudiesWhen it comes to the realm of biblical studies, students of the Bible are often overwhelmed, both with the sheer volume of information and with all of the unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics. Like any other field of study, the serious study of the Bible has developed a specialized vocabulary. The key terms in this important field are defined in The Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies. It provides clear, concise, and accurate definitions to help students of the Bible make sense of the specialized language of biblical studies.

    When it comes to studying the Bible sometimes you need a dictionary to help you figure out what a word means. This book does the work for you so you don’t have to go through the lexicons and such. I can’t wait to use this for my own personal reference use. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.

  5. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

    24909347Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with

    2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

    Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

    With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

    This isn’t a Christian novel so it does contain cursing (they are all bleeped out but readers can easily figure out which words are being used) and some sexual innuendoes. This was an excellent close to the trilogy although I am very sad that it’s over. If you enjoy science-fiction that is filled with non-stop action told through instant messages, emails, radio transmissions, and so forth, then you’ll want to check this out. 

  6. Dancing in the Rain by Jennifer Slattery & Eileen Rife

    Dancing in the RainA blind woman seeks refuge at Camp Hope only to encounter the man who took her sight.

    This is all I know of what this book is all about, but I’m excited because I love Jennifer Slattery. It’s rare to read books about blind people so I’m even more excited to see what these two fabulous authors have in store. Plus, isn’t that cover absolutely beautiful? Roseanna M. White did a fabulous job designing it. A huge thank you goes to these two authors for allowing me to read an e-book copy of this book.

  7. The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

    35560583Kate’s loyalties binds her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

    Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder –including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

    Henry Stockton, the heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years of war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.

    Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls – even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

    I always enjoy a good Sarah Ladd novel so I’m beyond excited to read this one. If you enjoy anything to do with the Regency Era, then this might be something you’d enjoy. Thank you to the author and publisher for my review copy.

  8. The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

    The Pirate BrideA Former Privateer and a Desperate Heiress Join Forces to Find a Treasure
    Jump on board with a brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

    One hundred years after her mother’s family came to the New World on the Mayflower, Maribel Cordova has landed in New Orleans to seek the man who holds the key to finding her father’s lost treasure. Attorney Jean-Luc Valmot has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—or so he hopes as he accepts a position on the governor’s staff. But the daughter of an infamous pirate threatens all he holds dear. Can Maribel and Jean-Luc compromise so they both can hold onto what they most desire?

    This is one of my favorite covers. This is one of those dresses that makes me wish that this were the fashion, but then I remember they wore corsets. This sounds like a unique historical fiction novel so I cannot wait to see what the author has in store. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.

  9. Courageous Women of the Bible by Laton Roland Murphy

    Courageous Women of the BibleHow Women Can Live with Boldness and Confidence Every Day

    Every woman knows it’s easy to lose sight of the heavenly power of God at work in our lives during times of hardship, exhaustion, stress, and change. But no matter the situation–whether it’s our health, marriage, finances, family, or vocation–God has equipped all women with the power and influence to live freely and confidently.

    With warmth and a welcoming style, speaker and award-winning writer LaTan Roland Murphy illuminates eleven courageous women in the Bible and shows how each was uniquely positioned for success because of her courageous choices. From Deborah to Jael to Mary, Murphy shows that these women chose to draw near to God; as a result, they were equipped with power for the supernatural ability to live courageous lives despite often undesirable circumstances. These stories will inspire women of all ages to trust God, minister to others, and live confidently and courageously no matter the season of life or what lies ahead.

    Laton Roland Murphy takes her readers through eleven different that God used to do courageous things. I love books like this that make me dig into the Bible and learn about different women in the Bible. I can’t wait to start this soon. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.

  10. The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

    35554148A thirteenth-century castle, Chateau de Doux Reves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France’s picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolution, was brought back to life and fashioned into a storybook chateau in the Gilded Age, and was eventually felled and deserted after a disastrous fire in the 1930s.

    As Ellie Carver sits by her grandmother’s bedside, she hears stories of a castle . . . of lost love and a hidden chapel that played host to a secret fight in the World War II French resistance. But her grandmother is quickly slipping into the locked-down world of Alzheimer’s, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history.

    Sparked by the discovery of a long-forgotten family heirloom, Ellie embarks on a journey to French wine country to uncover the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty–the castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale–and unearth its secrets before they’re finally silenced by time.

    Set in three different time periods–the French Revolution, World War II, and present day–The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged, and an enchanted castle that inspired the epic fairy tales time left behind.

    I’m so excited to read this soon. This is a split-timeline that has me intrigued. The cover is also gorgeous. Thank you to the Fiction Guild for my review copy.

  11. The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart

    35540787What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

    Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on–with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

    His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

    But then shards of his old self-start to rise from deep inside–like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury–and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

    In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us–and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

    This has an intriguing synopsis that I can’t wait to check out. I love when books base around classics so I’m curious to see how James L. Rubart takes on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Thank you to the Fiction Guild for my review copy!

  12. Tribal Blood by Jenna Kernan

    Tribal Blood by Jenna KernanHe will always fight to protect those who cannot protect themselves.In the throes of labor, Kacey Doka escaped her captors and their underground surrogacy ring to find Colt Redhorse. Though he’d sought seclusion on the Apache reservation for months, Colt and Kacey share something that goes deeper than tribal blood. Colt’s time as a marine left him with nightmares, but his training also gave him a certain set of skills. No one is taking this woman…or this child.

    Jenna Kernan’s novels are so fun and I cannot wait to begin this soon. I love exploring an intense suspense novel while learning more about another culture. This isn’t a Christian novel so it may contain some swearing and sexual content, but normally quick enough to skip over. Thank you to Jenna Kernan for my review copy!

  13. Austen in Austin, Volume 1: Four Texas-set Novellas Based on Jane Austen’s Novels by Suzanne Dietze, Anita Mae Draper, Debra E. Marvin, and Gina Welborn

    Austen in Austin, Volume 1Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes:

    • If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn, based on Emma — A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protege falls for the wrong suitor.
    • Romantic Refinements by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility — A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love . . . twice.
    • One Word from You by Susanne Dietze, based on Pride and Prejudice — A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams, but her prejudice may cost her true love . . . and her career.
    • Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin, based on Northanger Abbey — A timid gothic dime-novel enthusiast tries to solve the mystery of a haunted cemetery and, even more shocking, why two equally charming suitors compete for her attention.

    I love anything and everything Jane Austen so I’m excited to see what these brilliant authors have cooked up in this novella collection. I grabbed this collection for only $0.99 on Amazon for my Kindle. It’s still on sale so grab it while the deal lasts.

  14. Austen in Austin, Volume 2: Four Texas-set Novellas Based on Jane Austen Novels by Suzie Johnson, Lisa Karon Richardson, Dina L. Sleiman, and Niki Turner

    Austen in Austin, Volume 2Four Texas-set Novellas Based on Jane Austen’s Novels
    Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love–Jane Austen style.

    Simply Lila by Suzie Johnson, based on Lady Susan. Yearning to find a real-life hero, a wallflower must learn to live outside the pages of an Austen novel.

    Fully Persuaded by Niki Turner, based on Persuasion. A brokenhearted artist struggles with the shame of her family s bankruptcy and the return of her first love whose proposal she d spurned because he was poor.

    Mansford Ranch by Dina L. Sleiman, based on Mansfield Park. An aspiring novelist with a keen eye for character must determine who is worthy of playing her own leading man.

    Sense and Nonsense by Lisa Karon Richardson, based on Sense and Sensibility. A would-be missionary is determined to make it to Ceylon, but when her funds disappear, she has to accept help from the man she most wants to avoid.

    This is volume two of the collection mentioned above. This is also currently on sale for $0.99 so I snagged it for my Kindle as well. You can grab your here.

  15. Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

    Olivia TwistOlivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

    Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.

    Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.

    I’m a fan of the classics, especially Charles Dickens, so when I heard there was to be a young adult reimagining of Oliver Twist, I knew I had to purchase a copy. Plus, the cover is beautiful. Thank you, Sarah Monzon, for your suggestion because I purchased myself a copy.

And that’s a wrap! Perhaps you found a book to add to your TBR or you saw one that you’ve read and enjoyed. Let me know in the comments below!

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