Happy Sunday friends!
June has been kind of a crazy month. I’ve been brainstorming tons of ideas for the blog and the Facebook group, Book Nook. I’ve also been reading “Just Let Go” by Courtney Walsh and I’ve been refusing to let it end because I’m loving it so much.
Anywho, it is time to reveal the June 2018 Wrap Up!
The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd
Kate’s loyalties bind 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, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at 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.
Sarah E. Ladd just gets better and better with each novel that she writes. This is a brilliantly written and unique Regency novel that reminds me a lot of North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Highly recommended. You can check out my full review HERE. A huge thank you to the publisher for my review copy.
The Return by Lacey Sturm
It’s easy to go through days, weeks, even years on autopilot, moving from one activity to another, rarely taking the time to consider what it’s all for anyway. Why did God make us? What does he want us to do with the time he has given us? And how can we find out?
In her bestselling story-driven style, Christian rocker Lacey Sturm shares with readers the beautiful struggle of learning what one’s unique gifts are and pursuing them wholeheartedly. She helps them see each day as a gift from God, find balance in their busy lives, and discover the joy of giving God’s gifts back to him by using them to bring him glory.
Young people especially will love this openhanded and openhearted take on what to do with their lives, as will those who feel like they’ve been coasting or heading down the wrong path.
Lacey Sturm is one of my favorite singers from one of my favorite bands, Flyleaf, so when I discovered she had written a book, I knew I had to read it. This is about her relationship with God and how to use our gifts for Him. I enjoyed it and highly recommend it. While most of her theology is sound, there were a few things that I disagreed with that sounded a little bit like New Age. So I highly recommend you read with discernment. You can check out my full review HERE. Thank you to Baker Books for my review copy.
Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh
For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help.
Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out–and the best way to avoid more negative press.
Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town–and Quinn’s life–possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.
Not only is the cover absolutely gorgeous, but Courtney Walsh gave us another brilliant story. So brilliant that I no longer know if I can decide whether I love Ryan Brooks or Grady Benson more! I loved every moment of the book and didn’t want it to end. Highly recommended! You can check out my full review HERE. Thank you to the publisher for providing a review copy.
The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter
An Amish Woman Finds Love in Hawaii
Ellen Lambright mourned when her best friend, Mandy, moved from Indiana to Hawaii. But now Ellen has received the Amish church’s permission to go to Hawaii and help Mandy through challenging times. Rob Smith works on the Williams family’s organic farm, far from his past mistakes and burning regrets. When Ellen befriends Rob, the attraction is mutual, but her commitment to the Amish faith stands between them. Could a heartfelt discovery lead to forgiveness, reunion, and love? Or is Ellen’s destiny waiting for her in Indiana?
Find out in this sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.
I was intrigued reading about an Amish girl in Hawaii as that is unique and original. I thought it was an adorable light read that anyone of all ages would enjoy. This is a story that teaches what true friendship looks and the importance of forgiveness. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy. Check out my full review HERE.