Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Published: November 27, 2018
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Kyle left his hometown behind after a heartbreaking young romance and a devasting accident with no plans to ever return. When the local doctor asks him to take over his medical practice, Kyle feels the need to help. What Kyle did not expect was to fall in love with Leah. Leah is the Amish midwife who believes that holistic healing herbs and faith in God are the best healing medicines. Can Kyle and Leah overcome their differences to let love have a chance?
This book kept me up way past my bedtime more times than I can count. I also found myself ignoring everything that needed to be accomplished after work just so I could dive back into Kyle and Leah’s story. You cannot help but believe in love and the power of love when you read this story. I became a little weepy as I read because it was so tender.
I am also more interested in the holistic healing properties of organic herbal teas for chronic illness. I have found a new interest. Leah’s story was very convincing in how well they can work.
This is the second book in the Love and Promises series but each book can be read as a stand-alone. It is a beautiful Christian romance with no obscene sexual overtones or scenes, no foul language and not overly religious (meaning scripture verses on every page). I would feel comfortable giving this to a teen girl or my ninety-year-old grandmother to read.
I received a copy of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
Publisher: Zondervan Fiction
Published: January 8, 2019
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A sweet collection of 4 stories spun-off from Amy Clipston’s The Christmas Cat. I heavily suggest you read that novella first because it sets the background and tone for these four wonderful love stories.
Spring Is in the Air is about Katie Ann. She feels as if she losing her best friend and bother as they both find love with each other. Will Katie Ann find love as she learns to accept the changes life has to offer?
Home by Summer finds Clara learning what it means to love someone enough to let them find their own way back.
The Fruits of Fall is a heart-aching story about Tena. She finds herself afraid of Englishers after a terrible experience in her life. When a homeless man wanders up and asks for him she learns to face her fear head-on with the love and patience from Wayne.
Winter Blessings is the story of Ephraim and Mandy. When life starts throwing curve balls will their love be strong enough to withstand them?
I am a fan of Amy Clipston and Amish stories and Seasons of An Amish Garden did not disappoint. You will find yourself cheering on the couples as they learn about love and the work it takes for it to grow.
Perfect for any time of year read but get it now to ease yourself into 2019 with some love and happiness.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan Fiction through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: October 30, 2018
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Linden is in Paris to celebrate his father’s birthday with just the family. Unfortunately, Paris is flooding at a rapid rate due to neverending rain and both parents get sick. As Linden tries to care for his father at the hospital he starts realizing he may not have much time left to bond with his father.
My feelings have run from I did not like the book at all (2 stars) to wow, what a powerful message (4 stars). After sitting here a couple of hours after finishing I have decided on a four-star review. I started this book thinking it was mainly about the flood and how it would bring the family together but it is about so much more. The moral I got out of the book is tragedy makes you see things you gloss over in life or refuse to see due to your own shortsightedness. Instead of assuming what others think or see about you, ask them. It is much better than letting the wrong thoughts fester for years. You may lose out on something remarkable being shortsighted.
There are no steamy sex scenes but there is a gay storyline. I don’t remember a lot of obscene language so if there is any it must be minimal and feel right for the story. Of course, tons of Paris landmarks are mentioned so allow yourself time to look them up if you are not familiar with them.
This was my first book by Tatiana de Rosnay and I have already bought Sarah’s Key to read soon.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
Another year of book blogging under my belt. I’m having more fun with this than I thought I would. I have learned much about myself as a reader and self-proclaimed bookworm. Most importantly I’ve learned I’m still the same as I was in school/college in that I like to dictate what I read and when. I’m not a happy reader when obligations dictate my reading.
2019 reading goals
1. Finish several series I have started
2. Read the first Harry Potter book
3. Read more of books I own
4. Review if I want, who says I have to review every book I read
I am taking back some of my reading time for me. I miss going to the library and letting the books speak to me as I walk between the bookcases. I miss reading just for fun.
I will still post reviews but maybe just not every book I read. To keep up with my reading list you can follow me on Goodreads (Angela Brocato-Skaggs) and/or Instagram (@kentuckybooklover).
Thank you for your support. I look forward to providing reviews throughout 2019 and hearing your responses.
Have a happy and safe New Year my fellow bookworms!