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Review: The Printed Letter Bookshop

by Katherine Reay

About the Book

One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.
While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls.
When Madeline’s professional life falls apart, and a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. Has she been too quick to dismiss her aunt’s beloved shop? And even if she has, the women’s best combined efforts may be too little, too late.

My Thoughts

This book is Katherine Reay at her finest. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. The characters are living and breathing and leap off the page. While the three heroines are very different people, and are at different walks in life, their lives intertwine in many ways between beginning and end. The story is layered with many twists and turns. And The Printed Letter Bookshop, a character itself, is as warm and inviting as any bookshop you can imagine. I’d love to spend a day at the shop. Nearly every emotion is portrayed in this novel. At times, it is heartbreaking, and at others, it will make you smile, sometimes even laugh. It’s such a rich and satisfying novel.

While not overt, the faith theme in The Printed Letter Bookshop is more noticeable than in most of Reay’s other novels, something I appreciate seeing. I love seeing the messages of grace and self-worth portrayed for each character in the book.

I can definitely see myself returning to this novel someday. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves literature and is looking for a prolific read.

All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Many thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of this wonderfully full novel.

Review: Whose Waves These Are

by Amanda Dykes

About the Book

My Thoughts

With prose as lilting as the sea, Whose Waves These Are is a sparkling novel brimming with life, poignancy, and hope. In the pages of Dykes’ debut novel are the heartaches of war, the strong bonds of family that reach across generations and distance, and the hope and comfort of the Savior that hold them all. I loved all the characters and was endeared by the love and care they held for one another. I adored the fictional town of Ansel-by-the-Sea, Maine and would love to spend a summer there. This book has not only earned a spot on my list of favorite books of 2019, but also on my all-time favorites shelf. I highly recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Review: The Governess of Penwythe Hall

by Sara Ladd

About the Book

 Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Cornwall, England, 1811
Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.

Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

My Thoughts

The perfect choice for fans of inspirational Regency romance, The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a sweet, tender read. Themes of hope in the midst of grief and regret are threaded beautifully throughout the book, making for a luminous story. Mystery and intrigue abound as we learn of Delia’s turbulent past, keeping the reader guessing until the end. The descriptions of the mysterious and dangerous region of Cornwall come to life as we read of Jac’s apple orchard and the wild sea. I found the hero and heroine endearing and loved reading about them. The Governess of Penwythe Hall has most definitely earned a spot on my list of favorite 2019 reads. Highly recommend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Mercy Blog Tour

Hello readers and friends! Today I’m participating in the blog tour for author Eniola Prentice’s latest release, Mercy. Keep reading to learn more about this inspirational new adult novel, the author, and an exciting giveaway!

About the Book

Broken. Drowning. Desperate. Lost.
When the lives and hearts of four friends start to crumble, can God’s mercy reach them still?

In her second year of medical school, Fadesola (Sola) Cardoso faces an impossible choice: stay with her longtime boyfriend, the one who knows her darkest secrets and loves her anyway, or move forward with Ladi, the man who gives her hope for an unstained future. Even as she wrestles with her options, life as a medical student becomes increasingly difficult—full of endless exams, stressful social activities, and reminders of a past that continues to haunt her.

Ladi struggles with Sola’s divided loyalties while trying to maintain his perfect image as class president, promising student, and model Christian. But scandals inside and outside the lecture hall threaten to break apart the fragile peace once and for all between Ladi, Sola, and their friends Nikky and Tayo, who are fighting battles of their own.

In this epic second installment in Eniola Prentice’s new-adult Still series, the faith of these four medical students will be tested like never before. Discover their gritty troubles and grand triumphs as they navigate friendships, revelations, romance, and career goals in light of the redemptive power of the cross.

About the Author

My journey as a writer began with an idea—an idea that blossomed into a vision for the Still series. I became fully committed to Christ around 2008 when I began medical school. Shortly after, the idea for the Still series was birthed. My time in medical school was one of the more formative seasons of my life. I made lifelong friendships and, most of all, my journey with Christ really began. Although there were challenging times, I would without a doubt relive the experience in a heartbeat!

I published Still (book 1 in the series) right before residency, and now—five years later—the next book in the series has been published. In the time in between, I was the prodigal daughter and walked away from my Father. Everything on the surface looked good, but my heart was far away from Him. His love never left me, though, and He welcomed me home when I came back to Him. I went through painful processes, but they changed me and made me a better person. The girl who wrote Still is not the woman who wrote Mercy. 

I am passionate about sowing godly seeds into the hearts of young women. I know how it is to be brokenhearted and believe the lies of the devil because his version of events is all you’re told. I know how it is to truly believe that you are not loved by God because of the events of life.

My hope is that, through my writing, you’ll come to know that God truly loves you and cares about you affectionately. He is close to your broken heart and binds up every wound.

I guess the author bio should be about milestones and, like the quintessential dramatic Nigerian aunty, I have missed the mark. I am a Nigerian-born, American-educated physician who lives in Maryland—but I believe I am more than well-constructed bullet points. I am a child of God through the ups and downs of life, and that will remain constant.

Eniola Prentice


Celebrate the release of Mercy by entering this exciting giveaway! Fill out the form below for a chance to win a signed copy of Mercy by Eniola Prentice, a $50 Amazon.com gift card, and a beautiful journal. Due to shipping costs and varying international laws, this giveaway is open to US residents (age 18 or older) only. Void where prohibited. Good luck! Click here to enter.

Congrats to Eniola on this new release! And good luck to all those entering the giveaway.

Review: The Golden Bride

by Kimberly Woodhouse

About the Book

 Can Olivia survive the crime and Gold Rush fever of 1849...and the countless marriage proposals?
A series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues when Olivia Brighton finds herself widowed and working her brother’s restaurant in San Francisco during the height of the rush for gold. Even though she receives at least twenty marriage proposals a day, she will never marry a gold miner. Her brother’s friend Joseph Sawyer has gotten caught up in local politics and the plight of Chinese in forced labor. The more Joseph gets pulled into investigating crime in the city, the less Olivia sees of the compassionate man. And just when she thinks she could love again, a fire threatens to steal all hope.

My Thoughts

Like other books in this series, I found The Golden Bride to be a sweet inspirational story. The characters were sweet, though they did fall a bit flat for my taste. What drew me to this book was the period in which it was set. I thought the author did a fine job of representing this period. Woodhouse writes about the turmoil that enraptured the city of San Francisco during the Gold Rush without the novel becoming too gritty.

A nice, light historical read, The Golden Bride is a good novel for readers who enjoy sweet historical romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

READ: A Unique Shopping Experience for Avid Readers

Hello readers and friends! I’m checking in with a quick post to let you all know about a new store from WhiteFire Publishing.

READ is an online shopping experience that is more than just a store. It’s a place where readers can come and browse inspirational reads, testing the books out before they buy. It’s like going to a library or a book store front in the comfort of your own home. You can see the back covers of books and read the first two chapters of a book before you purchase it. You’ll also be able to learn more about the authors, find access to signed copies of the paperbacks, daily e-deals, and more. The best part is that 10% of the proceeds go toward various charities.

WhiteFire has been gracious enough to give me a coupon code to share with you all! To receive 25% off your first purchase from READ, enter coupon code GRANDOPENING at check out.

Happy shopping and reading!

–Miranda Atchley

Review: Courting Mr. Emerson

by Melody Carlson

About the Book

When the fun-loving and spontaneous artist Willow West meets buttoned-up, retired English teacher George Emerson, it's not exactly love at first sight. Though she does find the obsessive-compulsive man intriguing. Making it her mission to get him to loosen up and embrace life, she embarks on what seems like a lost cause--and finds herself falling for him in the process.

A confirmed bachelor, George vacillates between irritation and attraction whenever Willow is around--which to him seems like all too often. He's not interested in expanding his horizons or making new friends; it just hurts too much when you lose them.

But as the summer progresses, George feels his defenses crumbling. The question is, will his change of heart be too late for Willow?

With her signature heart and touches of humor, fan favorite Melody Carlson pens a story of two delightfully eccentric characters who get a second chance at life and love.

My Thoughts

Melody Carlson’s latest offering is a light, heartwarming read about two opposites that attract, but have a rocky road ahead of them. I really liked the plot and found it to be a fresh idea from veteran writer Carlson. The idea was well executed and made for a book that was rather hard for me to put down. The setting of a small town nestled in the Pacific Northwest is a traditional trope for Carlson and one that I always enjoy. The characters are real and relatable, further drawing the reader in.

Even though this is a light read, it isn’t all fluff. There are deep themes of loneliness and mental illness that are dealt with in an honest, respectful way. I appreciated the portrait of hope that was portrayed for George offered in a Christian message that doesn’t come off as preachy or 0ff-putting. Carlson’s writing style is a cozy reprieve from the chaotic world in which we live. I appreciate the gentle flow of her books.

Fans of sweet, inspirational romance will love Courting Mr. Emerson.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.