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Monday Musings….Books I’m Looking Forward To!

There are a lot of awesome books coming out in 2014 and I’m so excited to read them! However, there are a couple of books that I will be counting down the months for. Here is my list:

1. Becky Wade’s Meant to Be Mine.

2. Karen Witemeyer’s Full Steam Ahead.

3. Dani Pettrey’s Silenced.

4. Deeanne Gist’s Fair Play.

5. Julie Lessman’s Dare to Love Again

6. Elizabeth Camden’s With Every Breath.

7. Jody Hedlund’s Captured By Love

8. Ronie Kendig’s Raptor 6

9. Lisa T. Bergren’s Remnants

10. Jill Williamson’s Outcasts


What books are you looking forward to?

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A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection


In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can’t keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she’s also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn’t sure who hired him to repair Clara’s roof–he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace’s doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though–and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.

No Match for Love
Andrew can’t fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Meeting Her Match
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker’s son how much she cares for him?


Novellas are not my favorite, usually because I want more. And while I still wanted more, I really did enjoy the short stories in this collection. Some were better than others, but some also made me take a second look at authors who I hadn’t read in a while. First off, I really liked the overarching theme of a mysterious matchmaker. Because they are novellas written by different authors, it’s a bit difficult to try to guess who the matchmaker is, but I still enjoyed the big reveal in the end.

With Karen Witemeyer’s, it was great to see Neill Archer and then later, the rest of the Archer clan. If you’ve read her last two novels, you will not want to miss out on this one!

With Regina Jennings novel, the story presented a heroine with a unique problem that I’ve only read about once before. I loved her take on it.

Carol Cox issues her trademark mystery that is creative and will have you thinking.

Mary Conneally’s novella has her usual humor and rounds up the collection in a lovely way.

Spiritually, all the women and men learn to trust God with their future when their past hasn’t gone the way they expected.

Again, the only thing I didn’t like was that I wanted more!

Romantic Scale (it was a bit hard with these, so I asked myself, which story makes the most sense in regards to falling in love fast):

Witemeyer: 8

Jennings: 8.5

Cox: 7

Conneally: 9

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

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Monday Musings…Best Books of 2013 (pt.2)

I have been a bit negligent to my blog lately….let’s just blame the holidays and all that entails! That said, here is part 2 of the best books of 2013 that I read, in no particular order:

1. Ronie Kendig’s Talon

2. Morgan Busse’s Son of Truth

3. Beth Vogt’s Catch a Falling Star

4. Carla Laureno’s Five Days in Skye

5. Lori Benton’s Burning Sky

6. Katherine Reay’s Dear Mr. Knightley

7. Melanie Dickerson

8. Gail Sattler’s The Path to Piney Meadows

9. Liz Tolsma’s Snow on Tulips

10. Karen Witemeyer’s Stealing the Preacher

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Steven James’ Singularity


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.


What I liked about this book:

The suspense! Mr. James knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. The buildup, in certain parts of the book, was amazing.

Jevin Banks is a magician. It’s such an original concept and I’m so glad that his tricks take center stage a couple of times in this book. Unlike in the first novel, Jevin Banks actually performs in Vegas.

This may sound more complicated, but I liked that Jevin Banks doesn’t quiet play detective, and yet he does. He’s not quite as smooth as Patrick Bowers (I can’t help but compare!) and that’s perfect, because he’s not a detective.

The creepy, scary bad guys. No one does it quite like Steven James.

Charlene. There’s a bit more weight on the romance. Oh. Yes.

Spiritually, it is God’s love that separates from evil. Without Him, we are predisposed to do anything.

What I didn’t like:

Research. It felt like a lot of research was done in this book and with good reason. However, I found myself not as interested in the scientific explanations for things.

It seemed a bit too convenient that every time there was something Jevin didn’t know, one of the six people around him did know the answer. They just had it like that.

Teaching. There were moments when I felt like someone was trying to get a point across that often had very little to do with the mystery and very much to do with, um, for example, homeschooling. Yes Fiona and your four children. I’m looking at you.

Overall, a very interesting read that will have you thinking. Though it probably wasn’t my favorite Steven James novel, if you have read his other books and liked them, you will like this one.

Romantic scale: 6.5

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

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Monday Musings…I’ve been nominated: The Versatile Blogger Award

Imagine my surprise when Johanna from nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award! How cool is that?! It’s my very first nomination and so encouraging as a blogger. The rules are as follows:

Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 15 other bloggers.
Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog.
Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Well, the only problem that arises here is that I do not know of 15 other bloggers to nominate! So that may take me out of the running. But still, I’m going to post 7 interesting things about myself. Here it goes:

1. I really enjoy eating and would love to be considered a foodie. For the past five months, my good friend and I have been on a journey in Chicago to find the best burger in the city. So. Much. Fun.

2. My favorite color is purple. My bedroom is purple. My kindle cover is purple. One of my Bibles is purple. My blog’s backdrop is purple.You know, the important things in life.

3. I fail to comprehend the idea of a pet. I joke with my friends that I only like animals when they’re dead and on my plate. That’s only like 99% true.

4. I studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France for four months, five years ago, and still I can’t talk about it enough. I loved Europe.

5. The Christmas season is my favorite time of the year. Though the actual day is often anticlimatic, I love the build up with the movies, the music, the gifts, and the parties. And then it builds up to a new year, which I always take as a signal to reevaluate my walk with Christ.

6. I teach Sunday School to 9-12 year olds and they are just the best. I cannot imagine not teaching them.

7. I post about two reviews on my blog every week, but in actuality, I read approximately seven books a week. A huge amount is YA fiction. After reading the Hunger Games, I decided to jump in the YA fray.

So that’s all folks! Thanks for celebrating with me! And thanks again Johanna!


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Todd M. Johnson’s Critical Reaction


When a Warning Siren Screams in the Desert Night, 
the Worst Has Happened

After turning out plutonium for the Cold War, the shuttered Hanford Nuclear Facility’s poisoned buildings may be a bigger risk than ever. The men who guard the facility from sabotage or monitor its buildings are told the dangers are under control. But then the worst happens–a thunderous explosion in the dead of night.

Kieran Mullaney survived the blast, but when threats and silence meet his attempts to discover what really happened, he reconnects with an old friend–inexperienced lawyer Emily Hart. Convinced Hanford is hiding something, they also realize their case is sunk without more help. 

Emily’s estranged father, Ryan, has the courtroom experience they need, but he’s grown jaded and weary of the profession. Still, it’s a chance to rebuild ties to Emily, and the deeper he digs, the stranger–and more dangerous–the case gets.


Let me just start off first by saying that this isn’t the kind of novel that I usually read. But I liked it. Crictical Reaction is kind of like the film A Civil Action. You’ve got this town Hanford where you just know something shady is going on, but proving it is almost impossible. With odds like these, I was very much excited to see how it would all go down. 

First off, there was definite suspense. I will admit to being lost in some of the details of nuclear physics, but I got the points. It’s not quite a mystery because you know who the bad guys are, but watching Emily, Poppy, Kieran, and Ryan unravel it still keeps you on the edge of your seat. 

I really liked the father-daughter angle of the novel. To see Ryan’s love and protectiveness of Emily and to watch her get to know her father again really worked well in this book. I’m generally a romance only reader, but I liked seeing the growth in their relationship and I found it to be something that kept the pages turning.

The best part of the novel? the trial. Though it helps that I’m a lawyer, I think people just love a good legal novel with motions being filed, objections raised, and interesting witnesses. This one really delivers. I really honed in on that trial and it was probably the best part of the book for me.

I will say that there were a lot of characters and at times, some were more interesting then others, but overall a this book was a very enjoyable read, exceeding my expectations. 

Romantic Scale: 4

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