Sunday, September 30, 2012

September in Review and Coming up in October

So I had a lot of books I wanted to read in September? Did I read them all? Nope. But let's see what I did read...

Here's what I'd planned on reading.
Bees in the Butterfly Garden by Maureen Lang
Submerged by Dani Pettery
Over the Edge by Mary Connealy
The Girl's Still Got it by Liz Curtis Higgs
Deposit Slip by Todd Johnson
Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan
Love's Reckoning by Laura Frantz
With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson
Path Toward Love by Cara Lynn James

Here's what I actually read...

For the publishers to review ~
Be Still My Soul by JoAnne Biscoff
Love's Recknoning by Laura Frantz
With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter
Over the Edge by Mary Connealy
Bees in the Butterfly Garden by Maureen Lang
Submerged by Dani Pettery
The Girl's Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs
Path Toward Love by Cara Lynn James
A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman (the review is to be posted in October, so it's already scheduled)
Twice a Bride by Mona Hodgson (the review is also already scheduled)

For pure pleasure (reviews posted on some, but not all) ~
Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan
Their Frontier Family by Lyn Cote
Preacher's Bride by Laurie Kingery

Overall, not a bad month.

Here's what I'm going to be reading in October...

For the publishers (blurbs are from Amazon) ~
Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan
 Seeing how successful her older sister's "mail order marriage" has been and longing to strike out on her own, Greta Olsen answers an ad for a mail order bride in Central City, Colorado. But when she meets Jess Gifford, owner of a thriving mercantile, she begins to harbor doubts. He didn't place the ad to begin with and his business in a busy mining town leaves him little time or energy for love. To compound her troubles, she was not the only bride to answer the ad! Will either bride strike the match she hopes for?

Promise to Love by Serena B Miller
Ingrid Larsen, a young Swedish immigrant, arrives in Michigan in 1871 to search for her brother who has disappeared into the woods to work the dangerous lumber camps. Destitute and barely hanging on to hope, she encounters a newly-widowed farmer who is struggling to raise five children on his own. Marriage would solve both of their problems, and so Ingrid proposes to a man she barely knows. She will fight to protect her new family--but the hardest battle of all will be winning the heart of her new husband.

Farmer's Daughter's Cookbook
 Welcome to the warm and inviting kitchen of Dawn Stoltzfus, a young Mennonite wife and mother who was raised on a dairy farm where simple, wholesome food was a key ingredient of the good life. In A Farmer's Daughter, she opens up her recipe box, wipes away the crumbs and wrinkles from the well-loved recipes, and shares them with cooks and food-lovers everywhere. She offers us over two hundred delicious recipes that reflect the comfort foods she learned to cook from her mother, the same hearty and creative recipes she made and sold at The Farmer's Wife Market.

Along with the simple, wholesome recipes for starters, main dishes, sides, and desserts, readers will find charming stories from Dawn's Mennonite upbringing, tips and tricks for easy meal planning and preparation, and ideas for serving with flair. Anyone who loves to feed their loved ones hearty, wholesome meals will treasure this cookbook.

Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund
 High-Stakes Drama Meets High-Tension Romance

In 1883 Michigan, Lily Young is on a mission to save her lost sister, or die trying. Heedless of the danger, her searches of logging camps lead her to Harrison and into the sights of Connell McCormick, a man doing his best to add to the hard-earned fortunes of his lumber baron father.

Posing during the day as a photographer's assistant, Lily can't understand why any God-fearing citizen would allow evil to persist and why men like Connell McCormick turn a blind eye to the crime rampant in the town. But Connell is boss-man of three of his father's lumber camps in the area, and like most of the other men, he's interested in clearing the pine and earning a profit. He figures as long as he's living an upright life, that's what matters.

Lily challenges everything he thought he knew, and together they work not only to save her sister but to put an end to the corruption that's dominated Harrison for so long.

Whispers in the Wind by Lauraine Snelling
Book Two in Lauraine Snelling's Exciting Wild West Wind Series

After fleeing North Dakota and the now defunct Wild West Show, Cassie Lockwood and her companions have finally found the hidden valley in South Dakota where her father had dreamed of putting down roots. But to her dismay, she discovers a ranch already built on her land.

Cassie's arrival surprises Mavis Engstrom and forces her to reveal secrets she's kept hidden for years. Her son Ransom is suspicious of Cassie and questions the validity of her claim to the valley. But Lucas Engstrom decides from the start that he is in love with her and wants to marry her.

Will Cassie be able to build a home on the Bar E Ranch and fulfill her father's dream of raising horses, or will she be forced to return to the itinerant life of her past?

Deposit Slip by Todd Johnson (since I didn't get to it last month)
This Gripping Legal Thriller Is a Perfect Summer Read

When Jared Neaton grew tired of the shady ethics of his big law firm and left to go out on his own, he never expected the wheels to fly off so quickly. One big case collapsing on him has pushed him to the brink and it's all he can do to scrape by. He can't risk another bad loss.

Erin Larson is running out of options. In the wake of her father's death, she found a slim piece of paper--a deposit slip--with an unbelievable amount on it. Ten million dollars. Only the bank claims it has no record of the deposit and stonewalls her attempts to find out more. This lawsuit, her last chance, has brought only intimidation and threats. Now she needs to convince Jared to take a risk, to help her because the money is real. And both need to watch their backs as digging deeper unleashes something far more dangerous than just threats.

And probably at least 2 more for the publishers. But what they are, I don't know yet since I've not seen the available selections yet.

For pure pleasure (reviews will be posted on some, but not all) ~

Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan - I will be dropping everything to read this!

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . .
With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.
Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndal
 Be swept away to Charleston of 1811, a city bustling with immigrants like Adalia, who is a runaway slave so light-skinned that no one guesses her past. Terrified her secret will be discovered, she settles into a quiet life making herbal remedies for a local doctor. But when Morgan, the handsome son of a prominent family, sweeps her into his glamorous world—a world in which the truth about Adalia’s heritage would ruin them both—suspicions and petty jealousies are aroused. What will Morgan do when he discovers that the woman he has fallen in love with is a runaway slave?

Midwife's Legacy by several authors (I received this book from one of the authors)
 Peek into an aged journal that links the adventurous lives of four courageous midwives. Wisconsin farmer, widow, mother, and midwife Adele Marley is too busy for a smitten, unwavering banker. To survive in love and life, Polly Schultz must rise above her fears on the Oregon Trail. Christiana is in a battle to prove to one man that she can be both a wife and a midwife. Her confidence shaken, Kendra Silverstone needs confirmation of God’s hand in her life and love. How will God work to give these women the direction they need?

At least one, maybe four Love Inspired Historicals
At least one Kindle book (I've not yet decided from my list of hundreds to read!)

And I'll have a giveaway around the middle of the month like usual.

Sounds like a fun month!

1 comment:

  1. We read several of the same books last month. I just LOVED Love's Reckoning and With Every Letter!


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