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The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017

My fifth book, All The Future Holds, has been shortlisted for The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017! Vote here.

Thank you so much to everyone who nominated it! I am so thankful!

-Miranda Atchley

What A Writer Does Between Novels

Here on my blog, I tend to only write about what I’m currently writing, or what books I’m reading. Yet this time I thought I would write about what I’ve been doing in between projects. My last book, Of Things To Come was published on October 27th and since then, I’ve been taking a break. Here’s what I’ve been doing during my break.

Of course I’ve been reading a lot. When I was finishing Of Things To Come, I promised myself that once the book was released I would get to read as much as I wanted. I’ve posted some reviews here on the blog, so if you’re curious you can browse the archives.

It’s finally fall around here, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the leaves turn such wonderful colors. We’ve had a lot of really pretty trees this  year, but I was unable to get the pictures from my phone on my computer so I thought I’d use this picture from a few years ago.

I celebrated Halloween.

When I realized that I would probably be publishing Of Things To Come in October, I decided it would be fun to publish the book on my birthday. It was a really fun way to celebrate. Both were celebrated with Earthquake Cake and Mexican Chicken Casserole.

Even though I’ve been taking a break, I have written a little bit here there. I’ve been working on some blog posts, and a little bit on some side projects that you’ll learn more about someday (Lord willing).

So that’s what I’ve been doing since I finished writing Of Things To Come. Thank you all for stopping by today! And tell me in the comments what you all have been up to.

-Miranda Atchley

Lately 11.8.2017

Hello readers and friends! I hope you’re all doing well. I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. That just doesn’t seem possible! Today I thought I’d drop in with another lately post.


I’ve been on vacation since Of Things To Come released. I’ve been writing some blog posts, but for the most part I’ve just been taking a break to prepare for the next book.


I’ve been reading a lot lately. I’ve read four of the books in The Vintage Austen Series, as well as some of Sarah Sundin’s novels and some more historical fiction. Our library has been having their annual book sale and I’ve purchased some books there that I’m looking forward to, and I also got a couple of books for my birthday that I’ve been reading.

So there’s my lately. What have you all been writing and reading? Anyone participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Tell me about it in the comments!

-Miranda Atchley

Review: Perception by Emily Ann Benedict

by Emily Ann Benedict

In 1917, young Abbey Evans had found the love of her life. Yet when her godmother Rosaline found out about Abbey’s feelings for a poor young man, she convinced Abbey that marrying Fredrick would be a mistake. When the U.S. entered WWI, Fredrick immediately enlisted, went to off to war in France and there he remained, working in politics after the war ended. Now, in 1930, Abbey is living with her pompous father and spoiled sister, both of whom seem oblivious to the economic depression taking place in their country. Abbey tries to keep things running in their family’s large estate home in upstate New York with fewer servants than Evans House has ever known, though it becomes more difficult as time passes by. When Fredrick returns to the U.S., Abbey is surprised to find that he’s made his way back into her social circle. In the time since the war ended, he has made a name for himself in politics and earned a nice fortune. And all the old feelings come rushing back, yet Fredrick seems to hold no interest for her. Can they ever have what they once had?

I really liked this book. I felt really sorry for Abbey Evans just like I did for Anne Elliot in Austen’s Persuasion. Her family just seemed to walk over her and expected her to do everything for them. She was never asked; she was simply told. Between her dad, and her sisters, and her godmother, she was never allowed to think for herself. Like in the original, Fredrick plays more of a background part. I kept wondering when he was going to get more lines. I remember thinking that when I read Persuasion. I think both books are more about Abbey and Anne learning to stick up for themselves and making their own decisions, which I really appreciate. I thought it was so neat that Abbey and Sam started their own cosmetics company. It was a really neat element of the story, and was a sign of those times when women were starting to do more.

Perception was a good novel, and a fresh take on Austen’s classic, Persuasion. I would recommend this book to any fan of historical fiction.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a review copy of Perception, though the opinions in this review are my own.

Review: Suit and Suitability by Kelsey Bryant

by Kelsey Bryant

In the early 1930s, Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s father is wrongfully sent to prison. Crushed, they, along with their mother and sister, must move from their beloved town Canton, Ohio to live with their aunt and uncle. Marion is certain that this means she’ll never get her chance to become an actress, while sensible Ellen tries to put on a brave face. Yet this isn’t easy when she’s separated from Everret Shepherd. And when Marion meets charismatic Wilkie, instantly falling in love, all in the family are concerned for the young woman’s welfare. Can Ellen’s prayers turn Marion toward God before it’s too late?

I liked Suit and Suitability. At times, the story seemed to move a little slow, but there were plenty of well written parts that certainly made up for it. I like that the author took the basic elements of Sense and Sensibility and brought them to 1930’s America, but there are a few twists that worked well in the story. I liked Ellen and Marion; they’re such different people, but they care deeply for one another. And Wilkie was just as bad as Willoughby. Yuck! But thankfully he’s the only character that you can really and truly dislike.

Overall, I found Suit and Suitability to be a good book. Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy seeing this new take on her classic.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a review copy of Suit and Suitability, though the opinions in this review are my own.

Review: Bellevere House by Sarah Scheele

by Sarah Scheele

Faye Powell has been living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins for years. During the country’s economic difficulties, and given the large number of siblings in the Powell home, growing up at Bellevere was a much better option for Faye. Though the family has maintained their wealth throughout the Great Depression, they still face their challenges. Grover and his brother Ed, who though their father is Faye’s uncle, are no relation to her; Faye’s aunt being their stepmother. Faye’s cousins Myrtle and BeBe have turned rather wild as time has gone by. And when the wild brother and sister, Horace and Helene Carter enter their lives, things begin to spin out of control. Between her suspicions that Ed is falling for Helene and the secret BeBe has only told her, Faye begins to feel as though she can’t keep her head above water. Will the family ever settle down to find out what’s most important in their lives?

Like Mansfield Park, I found Bellevere House to sway somewhat toward the quirky side. With such a large cast of characters and so many things going on, there is a lot to keep up with. Though at times the plot almost started to feel scattered, the author managed to reign things back in and not totally lose the reader. Like Fanny Price, I felt sorry for Faye Powell. Her cousins believed themselves so superior to her, yet she was the most sensible in the family and stayed out of trouble far better than her wealthy cousins. She kind of seemed to fade into the background; her family feeling like a sort of circus. Her cousins were annoying and her aunt and uncle didn’t seem very attentive; their family was falling about, but they couldn’t much be bothered to notice, until the end of the book. I liked the author’s style of writing; there were several lines that really jumped out at me, and that’s something that sticks with me after a book is done.

All in all, Bellevere House was a good book that fans of Mansfield Park will want to check out. How neat to see Fanny Price brought into the American 20th century as Faye Powell.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a review copy of Bellevere House, though the opinions in this review are my own.

Blog Tour: The Vintage Jane Austen

Hello readers and friends! I have a fun post to share with you today. A team of authors have retold Jane Austen’s classic novels set during the Great Depression in America. It sounds like a really fun project and I’m thrilled to share it with you guys! Below you’ll find summaries of the books, blog tour dates, and a neat giveaway. Before we dive into the tour, I wanted to give a special thanks to my friend Amber for sharing this neat blog tour with me. J It’s been so fun!

Also, I will be reviewing Emmeline, Bellevere House, Perception, and Suit and Suitability here on my blog, so be sure to look out for my posts!

What would it be like to see Elizabeth Bennet in 1930’s clothes? What if Emma Woodhouse was the daughter of a car dealership owner? What if Marianne Dashwood was seeking to become a movie star in the golden age of film? The Vintage Jane Austen series explores the world of Jane Austen, set in 1930’s America. Five authors took on Jane Austen’s five most popular novels and retold them set in the depression era, remaining faithful to the original plots. As an extra bonus to the series, there is a collection of short stories that were inspired by Jane Austen. Which of these books do you most want to read?

Emmeline by Sarah Holman (Emma): The talk of stock market crashes and depression isn’t going to keep Emmeline Wellington down. Born to wealth and privilege, Emmeline wants nothing more than to help her new friend, Catarina, find a husband. Emmeline sets her sights on one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, but nothing seems to go right. Even her friend and neighbor Fredrick Knight seems to question her at every turn.

Suit and Suitability by Kelsey Bryant (Sense and Sensibility): Canton, Ohio, 1935. Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s world crumbles when their father is sent to prison. Forced to relocate to a small town, what is left of their family faces a new reality where survival overshadows dreams. Sensible Ellen, struggling to hold the family together, is parted from the man she’s just learning to love, while headstrong Marion fears she will never be the actress she aspires to be. When a dashing hero enters the scene, things only grow more complicated. But could a third man hold the key to the restoration and happiness of the Dashiell family?

Bellevere House by Sarah Scheele (Mansfield Park): It's March, 1937 and Faye Powell couldn't be happier. After moving to live with her uncle, a wealthy banker, she's fallen into the swing of life with his exuberant children--including Ed. The one she'll never admit she's in love with. But she hadn't reckoned on the swanky Carters getting mixed up in that vow. Ed seems to be falling for charming, sweet Helene Carter. And when Faye's cousin BeBe trusts her with a secret about Horace Carter, Faye is in over her head. Will she betray the confidence BeBe's given her? Will she lose Ed to Helene? The days at Bellevere House are crowded with surprises and only time will tell how God plans to unravel Faye and Ed's hearts.

Perception by Emily Benedict (Persuasion): Upstate New York, 1930. Thirteen years ago, Abbey Evans was persuaded to break off her engagement to a penniless soldier headed to the front lines of the Great War. A daughter of one of America’s wealthiest families could never be allowed to marry so far beneath herself. But Black Tuesday changed everything. With her family's prominence now little more than a facade, Abbey faces the loss of her childhood home. As if that weren’t enough, the only man she ever loved has returned after making his fortune – and he wants nothing to do with the young woman he courted before the war. With the past forever out of reach, the time has come for Abbey decide her own fate, before it is too late…

Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones (Pride and Prejudice): Coming soon…A retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice… set in 1930s Arizona.

Second Impressions: Jane Austen's stories have inspired writers for generations...in this collection they inspire fiction across the genres!
From the English Regency to the American 1950s, in Houston or a space freighter, fairytale land or a retirement center...Austen's timeless characters come to life again.

Visit these blogs during this week to find interviews, book reviews, and much more!

November 5
Review of Emmeline - Once Upon the Ordinary
Review of Bellevere House - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Series Spotlight - A Real Writer’s Life

November 6
Interview with Sarah Holman - J. Grace Pennington
Review of Emmeline - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Series Spotlight - Deborah O’Carroll
Interview with Rebekah Jones - Livy Lynn Blog

November 7
Interview with Kelsey Bryant - J. Grace Pennington
Review of Perception - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Review and Interview of Perception - Purely by Faith Reviews
Review of Second Impressions - The Page Dreamer

November 8
Review Suit and Suitability - Once Upon the Ordinary
Interview with Kelsey Bryant - Resting Life
Review of Suit and Suitability - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Review of Perception - A Brighter Destiny

November 9
Review Suit and Suitability - Resting Life
Series Spotlight - God’s Peculiar Treasure
Review of Second Impressions and Suit and Suitability - Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Father
Interview with Rebekah Jones - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Series Spotlight – Christian Bookshelf Reviews

November 10
Review of Suit and Suitability - With a Joyful Noise
Series Spotlight - Liv K. Fisher
Review of Second Impressions- Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Review of Perception - She Hearts Fiction
Interview with Sarah Holman – Rebekah Ashleigh

November 11
Series Spotlight - Reveries Reviews
Review of Suit and Suitability - Faith Blum
Interview with Sarah Holman - Kaylee's Kind Of Writes
Interview with Hannah Scheele - Peculiar on Purpose
Review of Bellevere House - Seasons of Humility

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Congrats to the amazing authors on their new releases! And happy reading to you all!

-Miranda Atchley