It’s officially June and a beautiful beginning of a brand new summery month!
Curious to know which books I read and reviewed this month? Well, you’re in luck because that’s what this post is about.
Let’s get started.
A Twist of Faith by Pepper D. Basham
Love does not have an accent …”
Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position.
For one, Adelina didn’t plan for the faith and friction of Reese or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she’d tried to forget, Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past.
But when Reese discovers that he’s a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina’s deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives?
This is a super adorable read that will get the swoons going. If you haven’t read this, you need to. Check out my full review here.
The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. FranklinSelling stories is a deadly business.Tanwen doesn’t just tell stories—she weaves them into crystallized sculptures that sell for more than a few bits. But the only way to escape the control of her cruel mentor and claw her way from poverty is to set her sights on something grander: becoming Royal Storyteller to the king.
During her final story peddling tour, a tale of treason spills from her hands, threatening the king himself. Tanwen goes from peddler to prey as the king’s guard hunts her down . . . and they’re not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers she’s not the only outlaw in the empire. There’s a rebel group of weavers . . . and they’re after her too.
If you’re looking for a YA fantasy that is squeaky clean and will keep those pages turning, then you’ll want to check this book out. I loved every moment of it and cannot wait for the next one to release. You can check out my full review here.
The Rancher’s Secret Child by Brenda Minton
Can 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 was also a super adorable romance novel that could easily be turned into a Hallmark movie. Marcus is the kind of man that is super easy to crush on and Lissa is the perfect woman for him. Plus, his son is super adorable. Check out my full review here.
The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life by Erica and Jonathan Catherman
There’s a lot a girl needs to know as she grows up and makes her way in the world. Having a reference guide of practical how-to life skills and character traits can empower her to become a confident and capable woman. Coauthors Erica and Jonathan Catherman offer this collection of step-by-step instructions on 100 things girls need to succeed, including how to
– introduce yourself
– change a flat tire
– respectfully break up with a guy
– leave a tip
– apply for a job
– ask for a promotion
– behave during a police stop
– create a personal budget
– calculate square footage
– wash your face
– clear a clogged drain
– iron a shirt
– wear a scarf
– shoot a basketball
– sharpen kitchen knives
– and much more
In fact, if it’s in here, it’s an important skill or character trait practiced by capable and confident women. With great illustrations and sidebars of advice from world-class experts, this all-in-one reference tool for young women in the making is the perfect gift for birthdays, graduations, or any occasion.
This was just okay. I was mostly disappointed that there was a lack of what character is and what it looks like. There was also no mention of God, the importance of a Biblical foundation, or any Scripture at all. Just basic skills. Check out my full here.
Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper D. Basham
Rainey Mitchell is doing just fine. She has a great job helping children in need, her family is around her, she is a mother to a fabulous little girl, and is getting over the betrayal of her ex-husband. Dr. Alex Murdock is not doing so well, as he is forced to work at a rural university, his life is full of secrets surrounding his family, and he has to start over in a new town. Luckily, Rainey, the daughter of his landlord, is there to get him settled. Rainey just wants to stay away from the new professor, who has the same charm as her ex. Unfortunately, they seem to need each other. Rainey needs his grant-writing ability to save her program, and Alex is terrible at the lecturing at which Rainey excels. The two must work together to fulfill their goals, but will they be able to do it? Rainey’s insecurities and Alex’s obsession with protecting his family could be their undoing.
This is the sequel to, “A Twist of Faith” and it is probably my favorite. #AdorkableAlex is my favorite. He is good-looking and a flirt, but there is so much more to the guy that only a certain person can help him break down those walls and show him that belongs. Plus, there’s suspense in this romance which adds to the fun. This seriously needs to be turned into a movie. Check out my full review here.
How to be a Perfect Christian by The Babylon Bee
With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The Onion, How to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the reader to search for more than a cultural faith.
Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the reader. Through humor and sarcasm (and a handy meter to rank your “holiness” as you progress through the book), readers will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith, all while poking fun at the quirks of the modern, American Christian community.
If you enjoy Christian satire, especially from The Babylon Bee, then you’ll want to check this out. I read this in one sitting and found myself laughing all throughout the book. Highly recommended for those who have grown up in Christian homes and jumped on the DCTalk, WWJD bracelets, kissed dating goodbye bandwagons and the whole shebang. Also, recommended for those who can laugh at themselves. Check out my full review here.
No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert
Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district–and in their lives.
When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray–the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser–faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones–the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as “this” or “that”, when such complexity exists in each person?
I was hesitant about reading this because I don’t agree with a lot of the author’s views when it comes to racism. However, while I struggled with a few of the character’s decisions and actions, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and recommend it to everyone. The author created a brilliant story and handles a controversial topic with grace and love. Thank you to The Ganshert Gang for my review copy. Check out my full review here.