Posted in Contemporary

Charles Martin’s Unwritten


An actress running from her past finds escape with a man hiding from his future.
When someone wants to be lost, a home tucked among the Ten Thousand Islands off the Florida coast is a good place to live. A couple decent boats, and a deep knowledge of fishing and a man can get by without ever having to talk to another soul. It’s a nice enough existence, until the one person who ties him to the world of the living, the reason he’s still among them even if only on the fringes, asks him for help.
Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn’s problems may be beyond his abilities. Katie is a world-famous actress with an all too familiar story. Fame seems to have driven her to self-destruct. Steady knows the true cause of her desire to end her life is buried too deeply for him to reach. But there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself.
He will show her an alternate escape, a way to write a new life. But Katie still must confront her past before she can find peace. Ultimately, he will need to leave his secluded home and sacrifice the serenity he’s found to help her. From the Florida coast, they will travel to the French countryside where they will discover the unwritten story of both their pasts and their future.


Reading a Charles Martin novel supplies you with the feeling of  curling up with a book on a rainy day. I mean his books are what writing is all about. I’m not sure the “back of the book” does this novel justice though because at first I wasn’t sure it was something I was interested in reading. However after you read the first two chapters I promise you will be sold. You have Sunday, Kate and Steady, each who have a fascinating life and interesting back stories that slowly unravel. Mr. Martin’s writing is as detailed as ever, bringing his characters to life. I will say that the novel did slow down a bit in the middle and I wanted more of a romantic conclusion than I got, but that said, it was a very rich story and enjoyable! The novel has this theme of forgiving yourself and still moving forward. You can’t give up on life or hide, that’s not what we were meant to do. Though this is not my favorite novel by Mr. Martin, you won’t be disappointed in reading it.

**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Posted in Personal

Monday Musings….More Books to Look Forward To!

Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten—the boy she has daydreamed about for years—is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.

With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly.

After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo’s prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God’s chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain.

Zechariah, Iddo’s oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather’s ancient beliefs and the comfort and success his father enjoys in Babylon. But he soon begins to hear the voice of God, encouraging him to return to the land given to his forefathers.

Bringing to life the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah, Return to Me tells the compelling story of Iddo and Zechariah, the women who love them, and the faithful followers who struggle to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.

Patrick Bowers has pursued the nation’s fiercest serial killers—and now one elusive foe is back for revenge.

Settling into a new post at the FBI academy, Patrick and his fiancée, Lien-hua Jiang, are planning their future together with his stepdaughter, Tessa.

But just when his life seems normal, a demon from the past returns to draw him down a dark road he hoped had closed forever. Forced into a desperate hunt to save the two women he loves most, Patrick is in a race against time to stop an international conspiracy from becoming the most widespread act of terrorism in U.S. history.

When his friend is murdered, illusionist Jevin Banks is determined to find out what really happened. Drawn into a web of conspiracy and top-secret research on human consciousness, Jevin won’t stop digging until the truth is revealed. Soon he uncovers a dark secret–one that could change the very fabric of human life on the planet.

Bristling with mystery, suspense, and intrigue, Singularity is the second riveting book in The Jevin Banks Experience. Readers will devour this scientific thriller, flipping pages late into the night until the final shocking page.

Don’t you just love the cover of Melanie Dickerson’s The Captive Maiden? It just screams fairytale. Anyone looking forward to any of these books in particular?


Posted in Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Morgan Busse’s Son of Truth


Arise now, guardian…

The war in the north is over, but the war for all the Lands has just begun. As the Shadonae solidify their hold on the city of Thyra, Rowen Mar, the last Eldaran and savior of the White City, awakens to find herself hunted by those she has saved.

Meanwhile, the assassin Caleb Tala finds himself in the presence of the Word. The time of reckoning has come, and he must pay the price for all the lives he has taken. But in his moment of judgment, Caleb is given a second chance to change his life.

These two hold the power to save the Lands from the Shadonae. One must escape slavery, and one must choose to forsake everything before the world is consumed in darkness.


I so enjoyed book two! It picked up right where Daughter of Light left off and in spite of the fact that I hadn’t read book one in a while, I never felt lost. I loved the chemistry between Lore and Rowan and every time they were together I wanted the novel to just pause for a moment. Often times, in book two, the hero and heroine are separated (and they are in this one for some time) and in my opinion, this detracts from the novel. However, in this case it worked. I never felt like the story was lacking because one or the other wasn’t there. We also get to see Caleb change and develop and while I found his character fascinating in the previous novel, he has now become one of my favorite characters. Niernen gets a lot of time in this novel and let’s just say, I’m interested in seeing what happens between her and Caleb. Spiritually, I love the idea that forgiveness is for everyone and to trust God even when it seems like you’ve jumped out the pan and into the fire. If I have anything negative to say about this novel, it was that it was not long enough! I wanted more! Great sequel. Highly Recommended!

Posted in Contemporary

Lisa Wingate’s Firefly Island


At thirty-four, congressional staffer Mallory Hale is about to embark on an adventure completely off the map. After a whirlwind romance, she is hopelessly in love with two men–fortunately, they’re related. Daniel Everson and his little boy, Nick, are a package deal, and Mallory suddenly can’t imagine her future without them.

Mallory couldn’t be more shocked when Daniel asks her to marry him, move to Texas, and form a family with him and motherless Nick. The idea is both thrilling and terrifying.

Mallory takes a leap of faith and begins a sweet, mishap-filled journey into ranch living, Moses Lake society, and a marriage that at times reminds her of the mail-order-bride stories. But despite the wild adventure of her new life, she discovers secrets and questions beneath her rosy new life. Can she find answers on Firefly Island, a little chunk of property just off the lakeshore, where mysterious lights glisten at night?


This novel was like a cross between a marriage how-to book,, and Nancy Drew. And I so enjoyed it!. I was especially drawn to the beginning. The whirlwind romance had me completely hooked and as I saw Mallory navigate the waters of being a bride and a step-mom, I kept asking myself internally how I would react to such a situation. Ms. Wingate did a fabulous job of making Mallory come to life. And Daniel. He was both dreamy and realistic. A good guy, but a real guy and I think real guys make the best heroes. The only think that didn’t quite pull me in was the mystery. Though the mystery was clearly prevalent from the start of their arrival in the small town, I don’t think it held my interest as much as it should have. Spiritually, Mallory begins to find out what she believes as she is thrown into this new situation and I love how she has a dream and realizes its significance. This is an enjoyable read. Recommended.

**I received this novel from BethanyHouse. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Posted in Personal

Monday Musings…Are Amish novels Contemporary Novels?

I know this question seems to come out of nowhere, but recently I was asked what kind of novels I liked to read and when I stated contemporary novels, someone mistook that for Amish novels. No.

In my opinion Amish novels are not contemporary novels even though in those novels they can do contemporary like things. Amish novels are in a category all to themselves. Though they are born in contemporary days, they choose to live in times past which to me, creates a different genre. I have nothing against these types of novels and though they are not my favorite to read, they are interesting and with the right author, an absolute delight. It is simply that when I think Contemporary, I suppose something like Chick Lit flashes through my mind. Amish novels represent to me, people who are tied down to customs and those customs and traditions run their lives (whether for good or for bad) and that to me, more than anything reminds me of historical fiction. So complicated.

Anyone agree with me? Anyone disagree? Just have something to add?