Just One Summer, a Novella Collection – A New Generation of Sisterhood

(Please note, this collection is no longer available. You will now be able to buy the four novellas separately. Find the separate ebook Amazon pages listed below.)

About the Book:Book - Just One Summer

Authors: Nicole Deese, Tammy L. Gray, Amy Matayo and Jenny B. Jones

Publisher: Independently Published

Source: Author Provided

Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; New Adult Contemporary

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: Have you ever read a book you thought sounded like a charming bit of fluff? You know the kind. That was my initial reaction to Just One Summer. A novella collection brainstormed by four talented authors who are taking the indie world of publishing by storm. What I did not realize was just how fast and thoroughly I was going to fall head over heels in love with the four stories they created. There’s such a diverse world of emotions captured in this fleeting bit of joy. As a whole story, it works almost in sync with its counterparts despite it being able to pull individual sets prompts, each with their own voice. The overall plot is about four lifelong friends who are stepping out on their own for their first summer apart. Who do we meet? First is Joss, a girl tired of pretending everything is right in her family; Sydney is trying to find her independence after a bad relationship with a guy wanting her to follow her father’s idea of “perfect”; the homeschool graduate, Darby, who finds herself while working at a tattoo parlor along with some help from her boss, Lennon; and finally there is Avery, who has ghosts of her own to confront – even if it means visiting the grandfather she never wanted to know to do that. Continue reading “Just One Summer, a Novella Collection – A New Generation of Sisterhood”

The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron – Atmospheric Jazz Under the Big Top

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Author: Kristy Cambron

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)

Source: Publisher Provided via Litfuse Tour

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: Some novels pull you in with an instantaneous “tug” that grabs hold of your reader’s heart, and refuses to let go long after a well-designed opening. Such was the case with Kristy Cambron’s marvelous gem of a novel. Beginning with the “end” and tumbling back three years prior to the prologue, I don’t think there is ever a dull moment in this novel. Before I step further into my thoughts of ‘Ringmaster,’ let me introduce you to the characters you’ll meet.   Continue reading “The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron – Atmospheric Jazz Under the Big Top”

Falcon by Ronie Kendig – Action Packed Military Fiction at its Most Patriotic

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Author: Ronie Kendig

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (Barbour)

Source: Bought

Publication Date: 2015

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Series: Quiet Professionals, Book 3

Genre: Fiction; Suspense, Mystery/Thriller

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: Hours after I finished what is, the final novel in author Ronie Kendig’s Quiet Professional series, I’m sitting here, trying to process everything. Something like “wow” has been my reaction since about 30-some pages in, and that reaction stayed the course throughout the 300 pages that followed.   Continue reading “Falcon by Ronie Kendig – Action Packed Military Fiction at its Most Patriotic”

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

About the Book:Someone-Like-You Book

Author: Victoria Bylin

Publisher: Bethany House

Source: Litfuse

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

REVIEW: It seems only yesterday I was having all the swoony gushing thoughts (and would later review) for the cover art Until I Found You sported. (All of which was most likely chronicled in one of my “Cover Candy” posts.) It is then impossibly difficult to believe that Someone Like You is Victoria Bylin’s third novel with Bethany House. Charming in the sweetest of ways, the story waiting to be discovered inside its pages is one of hope, a bit of adversity, love, and working in the laughs, there’s plenty of unexpected chaos. Before I get into a few more details of the books quirks, here’s a more detailed look at the story. Continue reading “Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin”

The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert

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Author: Katie Ganshert

Publisher: Zondervan

Source: Publisher (BookLook)

Publication Date: 2015

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Series: Year of Weddings 2, #11

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Novella

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: As part of my mental exercise of expanding my reading palate, apparently part of my unspoken 2015 goal is to read more novellas. It seems like the past two months alone have involved paging through novellas, all of which have been amazing reads. My latest find is from the pen of Katie Ganshert and as per usual is one of the sweetest little stories I’ve yet to read. The story is simple: A young woman, Amelia meets Nate thanks to a serendipitous case of happenstance. Through a series of flubs, the pair wind up writing emails; letters that tell the other person much. When Nate eventually pursues a relationship that involves finding Amelia in person, she’ll have to admit to the one thing that might drive him away before they’ve even had a chance to begin…  Continue reading “The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert”

Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

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Author: Alexandra Coutts

Publisher: Mac Teen Books (Farrar Straus Giroux)

Source: Publisher provided ARC

Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Contemporary

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: From the moment I saw the title for this piece of YA lit, I was hooked. It’s rare that a YA novel sticks with me as this novel’s premise did. In my experience of this genre, I’d never before run across this idea which is why Alexandra’s second novel (at least by this non de plume) intrigued so much. The reason for this is the story, which follows 17-year-old Tamsen. Tam isn’t like most girls her age. Instead of giggling with her girlfriends or preparing for senior year, she is burying her husband. She married young and was only married a matter of weeks before her beloved Noah’s heart stopped. Suddenly her forever was nevermore. Feeling without a purpose, Tam moves back to her father’s house where she is expected to go back to mundane life by finishing school, but with such a dark cloud over her, will anything ever feel normal again? Continue reading “Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts”

Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann

About the Book:Book Told You So (Kristen Heitzmann)

Author: Kristen Heitzmann

Publisher: bHd Books

Source: Author Provided (Launch Team)

Publication Date: 2015

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Series: Told You, Book 1

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Indie

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: I still remember reading my first novel by Kristen Heitzmann. It came about thanks to the INSPY Awards and the specific book was The Breath of Dawn. Needless to say and without getting into detail, I was wonderstruck by it. That was three years ago and since then, there has been nothing new from this talented author. Until now. Now, Kristen Heitzmann is revisiting the title of author in a big way: she has joined the ranks of Indie authors. Her first Indie book just released and is as delightful as one would expect. Continue reading “Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann”

Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

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Author: Jody Hedlund

Publisher: Waterbrook

Source: Author (Publisher) Provided

Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; Historical (Biography), Romance

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Review: I’ve never been what someone would call an avid reader of historical events or figures. Any kind of historical “biography” type story kind of scares me off. Those I do experience are exclusive to the silver screen, which we all know is often skewed to suit entertainment purposes. That is also where anything I know about Martin Luther really came from as I vaguely remember watching the film starring Joseph Fiennes in the role of Luther. When I learned Jody Hedlund was tackling the iconic figure, I confess my reaction was one of neutrality. However, it’s safe to posit I have a different opinion now I’ve actually read this nearly 400-page tome…  Continue reading “Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund”

Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley

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Author: Elisabeth Grace Foley

Publisher: Second Sentence Press

Source: Author provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Historical Fairytales, novella #2

Genre: Fiction; Historical, Novella

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: Novellas were never my thing as a reader. Or at least I didn’t think they were. Fortunately, I chose to ignore that niggling at the back of my mind and forged ahead. Since then, I’ve read a handful or more novellas that were absolutely and I might not have discovered had I let my prejudice affect my decisions. This is one such novella. Following up her 2015 release Coral Nocturne, new-on-the-scene author Elisabeth Grace Foley gives her readers what I’d assume is another (I’ve yet to read her debut), charming coming-of-age story. Continue reading “Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley”

Siren’s Song by Mary Weber

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Author: Mary Weber

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)

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Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Storm Siren Trilogy, 3

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Fantasy

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: One of the most anticipated YA reads of 2016, Siren’s Song, has finally hit store shelves and with it, closes out a grand adventure. As with any series ender there are bound to be some bittersweet feelings for anyone who has been a fanigirl of the series. Mary Weber’s fantasy series caused more than a little stir in the bookish world and because of this, it was next to impossible not to be caught up in the exhilarating world.   Continue reading “Siren’s Song by Mary Weber”