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INSPYs 2013

INSPYs 2013

Hey, all! In the last two months, I have been reading like crazy; the kind of reading that I quite literally felt like I was going to drown in. Here’s why. First reason being, there are too many awesome, wonderful blog tours out there tempting me when I’d open my email page – I just couldn’t pass up too many of them… so basically, I didn’t.

Then, I was honored and surprised by getting to participate in the 2013 INSPY awards which is a program that was created to honor the best in inspirational Christian fiction by the bloggers who read, review and promote the best in Christian fiction. Of the five categories, I was in the “romance” genre and here were the five novels up for the award.   Continue reading “INSPYs 2013”

book, opinions

Where Have All the Good Men Gone?

Re-posting this from the “main” blog.

Bike RideThere has been no secret made over how we girls tend to (and like every second of it!) swoon over a good leading man. A good man can go a long way. He inspires entire conversation threads and sometimes, stirs our hearts or compels us to think beyond the “normal” reaction.  In the last month, I have been baffled by some of the oversights in Christian fiction and proud of others. The greatest imperfection has left me questioning, where have all the good men gone? Cutting out the dramatics and making concession for creative licenses, there is a real weakness in the story and a gaping hole painfully evident if the man isn’t someone who inspires admiration. Recently, I have been preoccupied with this trend at length, only instead of relating it realistically, I’ve been thinking about it fictionally. Specifically the men in the fictional titles that occupy much of my time have been on my mind. Continue reading “Where Have All the Good Men Gone?”


Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

Barefoot Summer FinalAbout the Book:
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Chapel Springs Romance → Book one
Genre: Fiction; Romance, Series
Rating: 5 out of 5

Sometimes after reading one book by an author whose words have once impressed, there is trepidation subsequent novels may not take the same cues or have the same effect. Being on the other side of storytelling (that of a reader), we fear that it won’t possibly be able to surpass or match that adoration of the first book from a favorite author. Fortunately even after the sense of elation any contemporary fan will have experienced in The Trouble with Cowboys, reading Hunter’s latest novel was a piece of candied joy; it goes beyond the “duty” of its peers. Set in a small-town community with a beautiful, compelling nostalgia background, the familial ties and genuine (human) characters endears this book is better than the “average” romance plus takes ahold of the commonalties within the genre and searches out the real heart of the story – the kind that effects readers in only the best sense. Continue reading “Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter”


Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

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Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Christian
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

Review: Giving readers a clever plot is half the battle in fiction. Veteran author, Karen Witemeyer does just that in her latest rip-roaring “western,” Stealing the Preacher. Narrating the story of yet another one of the popular, good-looking Archer brothers, Crockett is the man of the hour and the red-headed Texan Joanna Robbins is the girl who captures his fancy. The pair meet when he is literally trussed up like a calf at the fair, which begs the question, what could be cuter than that for a first meeting? It’s got some flair and makes us curious what will come of the relationship between Joanna and Crockett. Beyond that, I cannot say that this novel will be high on my favorites list – and at the risk of sounding cliché, allow me to clarify… this is me, not the author. Continue reading “Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer”


Cover Candy: Edition Nine

Why I always have such a blast putting these posts together, I’ve not a clue! But, I do! While thinking about doing one, I thought to my self, “nope, not enough time has passed, I don’t have a good enough selection.” Huh, guess I was wrong! Below are some stunners and some I simply included because, well I am excited to read them. Everything from Sparks (because I kinda’ like his writing now!) to Christian fiction, there’s an eclectic blend below.

Before we get started, as always,  a disclaimer: just because I am sharing the cover of a novel does not mean I am endorsing an author or book.

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Sincere Thanks


Dear Readers and Followers,

Today I wanted to stop by with my thanks for all of your comments, “likes” and my sincere thanks to everyone who has followed On the Bookshelf since it began. I appreciate it.

Since this isn’t my “main” blog, I know that it can get lost in the shuffle and sometimes I neglect it. This is not my intentions however there is this thing called life that seems to get in the way. I’ve been working on importing my Blogger (main) blog into WordPress form and straightening out any kinks in that as well as re-linking everything and formatting it to WordPress standards (if any practiced WP users have any tips, I am open to suggestion!). Right now I plan to stay with Blogger but am displeased about the changes coming to their platform, so I am contemplating opening Dreaming Under the Same Moon on WordPress as well. I have been reading like C-R-A-Z-Y these past couple of months, which means… lots of new book reviews are coming! In fact I will be getting two of them ready to go up in the next week. Most of the books I am really excited about and enjoyed tremendously (translation: there will be gushing!) so I am looking forward to adding to the archives around here. Until then, there will be another “Cover Candy” post in the line-up along with some great news on which books won awards in the Christian fiction world, and feel free to browse the archives here or on Dreaming Under the Same Moon. Both should be current. (Don’t quote me on that!)

If you are new around here, feel free to introduce yourself or to look around as I am constantly trying to add new titles to the archives and am going to be reviewing books beyond that of just Christian fiction. There should be some YA novels added over the next couple of months.

Thank you for following On the Bookshelf and for taking the time to read these reviews.