Waiting on Wednesday #20

img-thing-pink2Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m not really a big Sarah Dessen fan, but this one does look good…

Three Key Words for This Week’s WoW: Romance, Chaos, and Accidents

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Waiting on Wednesday #17

img-thing-pink2Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I have to say, I’m pretty pumped for the release of Duplicity. Not only does it have a male narrator (something I adore), but it also has a computer hacker. Maybe I’m the only one, but I’ve always wanted to be a computer hacker. Judge me.

Three Key Words for This Week’s WoW: Hacking, Reflections, Thrilling

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Review: Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

22504472Victorian-Era England Comes Alive in This Witty Romance
For years Charlotte Withersby has worked as an assistant to her father, an eminent English botanist. As she approaches the old age of twenty-four, her father pushes her out into society, swayed by an uncle who believes God’s only two roles for women are marriage and motherhood. When one of the Withersbys’ colonial correspondents, Edward Trimble, returns to England, he’s drafted as the new assistant so Charlotte is free to marry. This suits Edward’s plans quite well, since the last thing he wants to do is reunite with the family he is ashamed to call his own.
Though Edward proves himself vexingly capable on the job, Charlotte won’t surrender the job without a fight, and schemes with her best friend to regain her position. Perhaps if a proposal seems imminent, Charlotte’s father will see his error and ask her to return. Charlotte tries to make headway in her town’s social life, but reveals herself to be unaware of all the intricacies of polite society. Though Edward pitches in, tutoring her in society’s expectations, she just seems to make things worse. And the more she comes to know of her father’s assistant, the more trouble she has imagining life without him. Caught in a trap of her own making and seeing the hopelessness of her prospects, will Charlotte get to keep her work or will she have to cede her heart?

PUBLISHER: Bethany House Publishers

PAGES: 363

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A huge thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Siri Mitchell for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I have a secret penchant for books about botany-loving protagonists. Now that I’ve told you, it’s not much of a secret anymore. It’s all good. I’ve never read one of Mitchell’s novels, but I wasn’t impressed with this one. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday #16

img-thing-pink2Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m going to be completely honest–I hadn’t heard of this book until I worked on my New Year’s Eve Countdown post. Now that I’ve heard of it, though, I’m positively obsessed with it.

Three Key Words for This Week’s WoW: Kidnapping, Romance, TOO MANY FEELINGS (that was three key words in itself, but we’ll let it slide just this once)

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Waiting on Wednesday #15

img-thing-pink2Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Carrie Ryan is one of my most favorite YA authors. I loved her Forest of Hands and Teeth novels and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I’m a little bummed that I have to wait so long, though… Patience makes perfect?

Three Key Words for This Week’s WoW: Revenge, Danger, Shipwrecks

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Review: Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

20665078A Perfect Blend of History and Romance, with a Whisper of Mystery
All she’s ever wanted was a home. But stranded at Presque Isle port after their steamboat sank, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, couldn’t be farther away from security. While Ryan at least can find work, Emma can’t even find a place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper, who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise his young son, arrives in town. A traveling preacher believes they might be the answer to each others’ problems, and after a hasty marriage, Emma is headed back to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger.
But nothing in her wandering life has prepared her for suddenly being asked to raise a child and keep a house. Struggling at every turn, Emma also suspects Patrick may be keeping something hidden from her. In town she hears whispers about strange circumstances surrounding his previous wife’s death, and it seems as though Emma’s answered prayer for a home and family may actually be something much more dangerous.

PUBLISHER: Bethany House Publishers

PAGES: 348

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A huge thanks to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy of this book to review. All the opinions expressed are my own.

This novel blew me out of the water! I’ve never read a book by Jody Hedlund before, but I will be reading more of her works from now on. What a great mix of suspense, mystery, and romance!

After pirates attack her and her brother’s ship, Emma finds herself stranded on Presque Isle. She reluctantly agrees to a marriage of convenience to the handsome, yet reserved, Patrick Garraty, when she realizes she has no place to stay and no means of supporting herself in the small, unpopulated town. Everything Emma desires–a home, a family, love–is given to her, but is everything what it seems? As she grows in her relationship to the kind-hearted Patrick, she discovers that the lighthouse keeper is keeping secrets that may threaten her hopeful future. Continue reading

Review: Hit by Lorie Ann Grover

81awgUsb5dLAfter receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah’s future is all laid out before her that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket one that will declare her feelings once and for all.

Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah’s attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.

But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.”

PUBLISHER: Blink

PAGES: 215

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A huge thanks to Blink, Booklook Bloggers, and Lorie Ann Grover for a copy of this book! All opinions expressed in this review are my own honest opinions and they are not affected by my receiving this book for free.

Based on a true story, Hit tells the story of a young and infatuated Sarah. Even though she knows it’s wrong, she’s head-over-heels in “like” with her poetry teacher, Mr. Haddings. While he’s driving to school one rainy morning, Mr. Haddings takes his eyes off the road for a few seconds. Unfortunately, in those couple seconds, he doesn’t see Sarah crossing the road in front of him. Set over the span of three days, both Haddings’ and Sarah’s lives are turned upside down due to a tragic car accident. Continue reading