Sunday, November 15, 2015

Review: The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

4 Stars!
I have read and loved four of Rachel's full length novels as well as two of her novellas! So needless to say I was very excited for this book, and while I didn't love it quite as much as I had hoped to, I still was not disappointed! This book has such a great love story (Two love stories actually!) I loved the romances and how each chapter alternated between the four main characters points of view, and it was brilliantly done, I never found myself wondering who's head I was in! The wedding chapel was such an incredible place, it truly became another character in the book; I found myself wishing it was real because I wanted to go there! As I was reading The Wedding Chapel I kept thinking to myself "My Nana would have loved this book!"
This was a really good book and I recommend it!
However, I'm giving it four stars because I just never felt like I really connected with the story and the characters, at least not as much as in the books of this author's I've read. And there were a couple of things that I didn't personally like or agree with; they were fairly minor and didn't really affect my overall enjoyment of the book, but due to subject matter I wouldn't recommend this book for young teens, while this book is clean I think it's definitely one for adults! 
I can definitely see this book having the same kind of multi-generational appeal as Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook and The Longest Ride, I am a big fan of the movie Letters to Juliet and while this book is very different, the storyline reminded me of it in many ways! I think any fans of these books and movie would really love this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook bloggers review program in exchange for my honest review, which I have done. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Review: Amish Christmas at North Star by Katie Ganshert, Amanda Flower, Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

5 Stars!
I don't read very much Amish fiction, and I'm not gonna lie to begin with the only reason I wanted to read this book was to read the novella by one of my favorite authors (Katie Ganshert) which of course I absolutely loved but then I got sucked in and found myself loving each subsequent novella just as much as the one before it! This is a great Christmas novella collection written by some very talented authors; three of which were new to me authors! There is much more that I want to say, and normally I would do a mini review of each novella, but in this case I don't feel I could do that without away too much of the plot so I will just say that I loved this book and I am so glad that I got the opportunity to review it, this book is definitely one that will go on my keeper shelf and I anticipate re-reading it many times in the future, it just might even become a book that I read every Christmas season! 
I highly recommend Amish Christmas at North Star, even if you don't usually enjoy Amish fiction I think you should still give this one a try! 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review. Which I have done, the above is my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author's Debut

1. Shattered by Dani Pettrey-I have loved all of her books but her sophomore novel may just be my favorite! And I can't wait to read the first book in her new series!

2. Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg-Her debut Made to Last was awesome, this one topped the awesomeness scale and her third book From the Start upped the ante even more, needless to say I cannot wait to read her fourth book when it releases in April!

3. Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer

4. Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert

5. Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

6. A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano

7. Resurrection by Jennifer Hartz

8. The Doctor's Lady by Jody Hedlund

9. Don't Look Back by Lynette Eason-I don't know if this was actually her sophomore novel but it was her second novel with Revell publishers so I'm counting it!

10. The Pawn by Steven James-He had published numerous non-fiction titles prior to this book but I'm pretty sure this was his sophomore novel!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Monthly Reflections #29

My goal for October was to read ten books, I'm really happy that I made that goal!

The books I read were:

1. Crossed by Ally Condie

2. Joseph of Arimathea by Sarah Holman

3. While You're Awake by Amber Stokes

4. The General's Secretary by Debby Giusti

5. One Simple Act by Debbie Macomber 

6. Love in the Details by Becky Wade

7. Vendetta by Lisa Harris

8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

9. The Healer by Dee Henderson

10. Gingerbread Man by Lee Strauss

I loved so many of these books that it's really next to impossible to choose a favorite! I'm super pumped that I finally achieved a goal that I've had for almost three years now which is to finish Dee Henderson's O'Malley series!!! 

In November I hope to read at least 7 books but hopefully more!