Powered by Blogger.

Featured Slider

A Charming Christmas Story | Review: A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep




by Michelle Griep

About The Book



My Thoughts

What a delightful book! I thoroughly enjoyed A Tale of Two Hearts. It boasts a charming setting, endearing characters, and a lovely message of grace and mercy. I loved heroine Mina. She was the definition of a sweetheart and her love of literature made me want to befriend her. At times, I wasn’t altogether sure about Will, but overall I think he was a decent hero. He made mistakes, but ultimately tried to fix them and had mostly good intentions. Uncle Barlow and Miss Whymsy were such charming characters–I loved those two! I love the Victorian era and I think it’s the perfect setting for historical Christmas stories. It provides such a cozy setting for this magical season. And I love the nods to Dickens. All of this made for a book that I loved and did not want to put down.

All in all, I think it’s plain to see that I enjoyed A Tale of Two Hearts. If you’re a fan of historical fiction and Christmas stories, then I highly recommend this book to you.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Shilo Run Press through Netgalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

F R E E E-Book!




Hello, reader and friends! I’m checking in with a quick post to let you all that starting today, my book, Of Things To Come (The Abi Hensley Series Book 3), is free to download. It’s the perfect time to try out The Abi Hensley Series before A Time For Adventure (The Abi Hensley Series Book 4) releases on Tuesday, June 26. And don’t forget that the A Time For Adventure Blog Tour begins today!

Happy reading!

-Miranda Atchley

A Favorite Setting with Strong Protagonists | Review: A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden




by Elizabeth Camden

About The Book

As a biochemist in early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against water-borne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city--but only if she can get people to believe in her work.

Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York Nickolas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team's techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist.

While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, these two rivals will face higher stakes than they ever could have known.
 

My Thoughts


My thoughts are somewhat torn on this book. There were parts of it that I enjoyed, and parts that I didn’t care for. What I did like was the heroine and hero. I like Rosalind because she’s a strong heroine, and also because she didn’t pretend to be perfect. She knew that she had made mistakes and didn’t try to pretend that she hadn’t, but for the most part she tried to correct them. And I liked seeing a woman doctor in the early 1900s, simply because you don’t see it done much in Christian fiction. I thought Nick was a good hero because he doesn’t put on airs and act pompous. He protects Rosalind and his sister, but he doesn’t act like some puffed up hero. And, of course, I love the setting of the book. It’s one of my favorite eras.

The things that I didn’t care for are the subtle faith theme and the fact that at times it felt just a bit too modern. I hate to be nitpicky, but I do wish the faith theme was more overt. And while I loved the setting and the research is well done, at times the writing seemed more modern than I care for.

All in all, I thought A Daring Venture was a good book. There were things here and there that I didn’t care for, but I liked the book for the most part.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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

A Quirky Retelling of Sense and Sensibility: Review: Jane of Austin by Hilary Manton Lodge


by Hilary Manton Lodge

About The Book

Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience - or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.” ―  Jane Austen  Sense and Sensibility 


Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again. 

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper. 

While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.  

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.

My Thoughts

I love Jane Austen, and Sense and Sensibility is one of my favorite novels. These are the reasons I was interested in this book. Yet I had been a bit apprehensive, thinking this may turn out to be a southern romance, which is not my cup of tea. Thankfully, this book had enough quirkiness to keep it from feeling like a southern romance novel–rather, it’s simply a novel set in Austin (though I will say that at times it seemed like southerners were a bit idealized in the book). I think this novel sticks more with the original plot of Sense and Sensibility than some Austen retellings I’ve read. However, there were some things that I just didn’t care for. I wish Celia had played a bigger role in the novel. I love Elinor Dashwood and I wanted to see more of her character in this book. I didn’t have much of an opinion on Teddy because he played such a small roll in this book. I couldn’t stomach Sean Willis. I think he was even worse than Willoughby, and I didn’t think it was possible to find a worse literary character than him. For the most part, I liked Jane. Like Marianne, she’s quite dramatic and at times that got on my nerves, as did Marianne’s dramatics in Sense and Sensibility. The thing I liked the most about this book was the same thing I enjoyed in Jane Austen’s classic; the close relationship Jane and Celia have. I love that no matter what, they’re there for one another and will stick up for each other. And I loved Dash; he was the sweetest dog!

All in all, I thought Jane of Austin was a decent novel. It wasn’t what I was expecting and it isn’t my typical read, but I liked it for the most part.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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

Where Trains Collide Blog Tour + G I V E A W A Y




Hello readers and friends! Today I bring to you an exciting post. Fellow indie author Amber Stokes is publishing her brand new novella, Where Trains Collide! Read further to learn more about the book and a fun giveaway.



About the Book


Inspirational Contemporary Romance Novella

Two hearts racing in different directions will meet where trains collide.

Burned out and disillusioned with her chosen career path, Trisha Knolane gives in to impulse and hops on a train bound for Oregon, eager to escape the stress of college for a few days. But what begins as a fun little adventure takes an unexpected turn when she discovers that her ex-boyfriend is also on board.

All her hopes and dreams had once centered on Paul Benson. Now, when Trisha doesn't know where her current track will lead, Paul’s reappearance in her life only complicates matters and sparks difficult questions.

Questions that could change the course of her life.

A heartfelt and thought-provoking contemporary romance novella, Where Trains Collide faces the uncertain season of new adulthood head on and shows that sometimes a path of broken dreams can lead to life’s best destination.


My Review

Earlier this year, I received a  complimentary copy of Where Trains Collide from the author and reviewed this lovely novella. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to fans of clean, contemporary Christian romance. My review can be found here. 


Author Bio



Amber Holcomb (Stokes) is an indie author and freelance editor living below the majestic mountains of Montana with her adventurous husband. Previously, she worked in marketing for a Christian publisher for nearly three years. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and now fuels her work with words in this new season of life.

You can learn more about Amber’s books, sign up for her author newsletter, join the Amber’s Gems street team, and more at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.


Giveaway!

In celebration of this new novella, enter for a chance to win a $15 Amazon.com gift card! Giveaway is open internationally (to anyone age 18 or older who can receive an Amazon gift card via email). Void where prohibited.
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MTVjZWUzOTdmNzNhZTBkM2QzNmI4OTkwN2ZjZDVhOjU2/


Blog Tour Schedule

June 3
Book Spotlight | My Favorite Pastime
Book Spotlight | A Real Writer’s Life

June 4
Author Interview | My Favorite Pastime
Review | Serenely Stacy

June 5
Review + Travel Story | My Favorite Pastime
Review + Author Interview + Travel Story | Meagan Davenport

June 6

June 7
Author Interview | Unicorn Quester
Review | Chosen Vessels
Review | Heidi Reads…

June 8
Review + Deleted Scene | Flowers of Quiet Happiness
Review | Liv K. Fisher

Many congrats to Amber on her new release. And thank you, readers and friends, for stopping by and reading today. Happy reading!

-Miranda Atchley

May in Review




This month has been pretty busy, readers and friends. Lots of editing has taken place and I’m getting so close to completing A Time For Adventure.

Books Read in May
Ella: An Amish Retelling of Cinderella
You’re The Cream in My Coffee
Winning Miss Winthrop
On Love’s Gentle Shore
The Best Man
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Sense and Sensibility
First Impressions

Favorite Posts
Sense and Sensibility Read-Along | Discussion: Vol. I
Cover Reveal!
The Cat’s Pajamas of Sequels | Review: Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Jennifer Lamont Leo

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read the blog this month. I appreciate it so much.

-Miranda Atchley

A Time For Adventure Blog Tour




Hey readers and friends. Today I’m checking in with a quick post to invite anyone that is interested in participating in a blog tour for A Time For Adventure. The blog tour will begin June 22nd and end the 26th. If you’re interested, please email me at mirandaatchley7@gmail.com with your name, the name of your blog, and the day you’d like to participate in the tour.

Hope to hear from you soon!

-Miranda Atchley