March 2018 Book Haul Part 2


Whoops! I totally forgot to add a few more books to the list when I made the last book. Here’s part two of the March 2018 book haul! 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.

  1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

    Daughter of the Pirate KingThere will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

    Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

    More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

    This looks like a neat book and I’m all for a good pirate book so I cannot wait to start this one soon. This is YA not Christian fiction so I’m praying it’s clean. The hardcover was only $6 on Amazon so I figured I’d give it a try.

  2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

    WonderI won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

    August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

    “Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

    Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder

    I thought the movie was super cute and a great way to present an important topic to kids and their families. I thought it’s the perfect teaching tool and a great way to discuss with kids about being kind and how to deal with bullies. I purchased a hardcover because it’s definitely one I want to look back on again. If it’s anything like the movie then I know I’ll love this clean read.

  3. Bound by Duty by Valerie Hansen

    Bound by DutyAssignment: Single Mom SurveillanceThe Military K-9 Unit series continues her serial killer brother’s escaped–and it’s single mom Zoe Sullivan who’s under suspicion! Sgt. Linc Colson trusts two things: his instincts and his Rottweiler K-9 partner, Star–and certainly not the pretty face he’s assigned to monitor. He’s done everything to keep her from getting under his skin–now he must stop those who want to put her six feet under.

    I love and support our military so I cannot wait to read this novel soon. Plus, it’s about a Military K-9! I’m so excited to read this Love Inspired read. Thank you to Litfuse and Harlequin Love Inspired for my review copy!

  4. The Wedding Quilt Bride by Marta Perry

    The Wedding Quilt BrideThe single mom’s second chance… To become one of the Brides of Lost Creek!

    Widow Rebecca Mast returns to her Amish community with her son and a dream—to own a quilt shop. Carpenter Daniel King is determined to help Rebecca and revive their childhood friendship. But as he bonds with her son, Rebecca’s afraid the secret she’s been keeping will be revealed. Can Daniel convince Rebecca he’s a man she can trust—and love?

    I recently started reading Amish fiction and I’ve enjoyed the last few that I’ve read. I’m looking forward to reading this and learning more about their culture. Thank you to Litfuse and Harlequin Love Inspired for my review copy.

  5. The Rancher’s Secret Child by Brenda Minton

    The Rancher's Secret ChildCan he cowboy up for fatherhood? He had no room for love…until now.After meeting the son he never knew he had, Marcus Palermo’s simple life turns upside down. Complicating things further is Lissa Hart, the boy’s lovely guardian. She’ll help him become a parent–but falling for a gruff cowboy is not in her plans. Will she realize her future lies in Bluebonnet Springs with the rugged rancher?

    This looks like a super cute cowboy story that I cannot wait to read. The synopsis makes me want to know more about the son he never knew he had. Thank you to Litfuse and Harlequin Love Inspired for my review copy.

  6. Primary Suspect by Laura Scott

    Primary SuspectWrongfully Accused

    A Callahan Confidential story

    When fire investigator Mitch Callahan is attacked at a crime scene, he’s shocked to uncover the body of a slain ex-girlfriend—and realize someone’s framing him for murder. Widowed ER nurse Dana Petrie believes Mitch is innocent, and not just because he makes her feel alive again after tragedy marred her past. But is she willing to risk everything only to love and lose again?

    I love suspense and this looks like something I’d totally love. Thank you to Litfuse and Harlequin Love Inspired for my review copy.

  7. Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

    Once Upon a PrinceOnce Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

    Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

    The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

    Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation. It’s the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?

    Once Upon a Prince is now a Hallmark movie which airs on April 7th at 9:00 PM EST. I’m incredibly excited because I love anything to do with princesses and romance. I purchased a copy of the book so I can read it before it airs.

  8. Drawn by the Frost Moon: Love the War Woman by April W. Gardner

    Drawn by the Frost Moon Love the War WomanHe is the moon to her tide, the sun to her corn, and the beautiful chief she will never have. She is the scent of home, the glory of a dozen battles, and the woman he didn’t see until she was seen by another.

    Senior Warrior Fierce Mink has loved Tall Bull as long as memory. He is beauty and power, but in the secret pockets of her spirit, he is vastly more. He is brave to whom she swore her heart, the friend to whom she owes her life, and the chief to whom she will never be bound. Soon, he will be required to take a wife, but lamentably, Mink is severe, intimidating, hard-bitten by war–qualities a man appreciates in combat, not so under the bearskins. But perhaps it’s best he’s blind to her, for he clings viciously to the Beloved Path, and unbeknownst to him, she has joined her fire with Jesus.

    Since his youth, Chief Tall Bull has treasured Mink. Even now, in their turbulent refugee world, she is comfort; she is home. Better yet, she shares his passion to preserve the Beloved Path and his fight to start anew in a land where they are no longer hunted. Then, a startling omen: before the blood moon, Tall Bull must make restitution for his transgressions, or the spirits will take payment. From her. A tragedy he would die to prevent.

    Another portent looms–that of a horde of bluecoat soldiers pecking at their borders, threatening to drive the Red Stick Defiance into uninhabitable swamps. The Defiance will not go quietly, and as Tall Bull prepares for a brutal strike, he realizes the bluecoats aren’t his only enemy, and Mink’s life isn’t all he stands to lose.

    I absolutely love all of April Garnder’s novels so I was beyond excited when I found out her newest released in paperback recently. Tall Bull and Mink are characters that we meet throughout the previous books and now it’s their turn to be the main characters.

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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