The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass (quick review)

thecresswellplot_wass_hyperionIn another case of “I don’t usually read this type of book, but…” I picked up a copy of The Cresswell Plot at a Dollar Tree store.  It was the cover that piqued my interest, the description that made me think “hmm, maybe” and the combination of the short length and the dollar price that clinched it.

It was like something was broken inside me, and the worst part was, I was pretty sure it had been broken for a long time.  When you’re hanging on by a thread, you don’t even notice until that thread starts to break. (p. 147)

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First Line Friday: Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured book is a review copy I received for free from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild.

Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber is the second book in the Sofi Snow duology.  This is an exciting YA Sci-Fi duology with a storyline that highlights human trafficking and is an enjoyable read even if you aren’t quite in the YA demographic anymore (and perhaps haven’t been since sometime in the last century).

I shared the first line from Chapter 1 while visiting blogs in early May, so today I’ll be sharing the first line from the prologue and re-sharing from the first Chapter:

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The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo (review)

Second in the Daughters of the Mayflowethepiratebride_ybarbo_barbourr series, this short (258 page) novel ticks all the expected boxes and still manages to surprise a bit.  As twelve-year-old Maribel Cordoba, great-granddaughter of Mary Chapman and William Lytton from The Mayflower Bride, has her first encounter with brash privateer Captain Jean Beaumont, she and her friend William are both enthralled with the idea of joining a “pirate” crew.  But all of their paths diverge, and all three are older, a bit wiser, but never having forgotten their adventure together.

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First Line Friday: A Tangled Web

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

I first discovered L.M. Montgomery through the 1985 mini-series of Anne of Green Gables when it first aired on U.S. television.  I quickly devoured every one of her books that my local library had to offer, and though some of her heroines suffered a bit from not being Anne, I enjoyed them all and in recent years found a renewed and heightened appreciation for an instant favorite, The Blue Castle.

It was also only in recent years that I became aware that The Blue Castle was not the only book L.M. Montgomery wrote specifically for an adult audience, and I have been wanting to read this story of the very intertwined and dysfunctional Dark and Penhallow families ever since. Participating in an Instagram photo challenge, #12daysofannestagram, finally gave me the nudge to go ahead and order a copy.  And what a copy it is – I dithered over covers of The Blue Castle, but when it came to A Tangled Web there was no hesitation.  I think you’ll see why.

Here is the first line:

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How to Be a Perfect Christian: Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living by The Babylon Bee (review)

9780735291522From its opening line through every fad, trend, and foible, How to Be a Perfect Christian sheds a satiric light on modern “mainstream” Christianity.  And what better way to get yourself to step back and really think about some of the practices and attitudes that have crept into the everyday of Christian faith than to bring up each of these topics in a slightly snarky way that satirizes rather than blankly criticizes. Continue reading

First Line Friday: King’s Folly

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

With the third book in Jill Williamson’s The Kinsman Chronicles due out later this month, I found myself grabbing the rather thick first book, King’s Folly, off of my shelf to read.  I’ve been curious to give this author and this series a try for some time, so I snapped up a copy on a few months ago.

King’s Folly is basically a bind-up of the first three parts of the series, originally published as individual e-books, and so far I am really enjoying this fantasy that takes inspiration for world-building from some of the darker aspects of the Old Testament.  And as a personal bonus, my oldest nephew (more commonly referred to as “Nephew Number One,” though he prefers “Number One Nephew”) has decided to read it this month as well.  He’s ahead of me, though, having downloaded the free kindle e-book of part one, Darkness Reigns.

King’s Folly includes a prologue not contained in Darkness Reigns.  Here, along with it’s gorgeous cover, is the first line:

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A Cowboy of Convenience by Stacie Henry (review)

acowboyofconvenience_henrie_loveinspiredhistoricalEarlier this year I read Stacie Henry’s The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement, and the spunky Pinkerton detective with a difficult past meets English lordling turned Wyoming rancher romantic adventure.  But on the road to that happily-ever-after, there was another character that stood out, unhappily married Vienna Howe.  So I was glad to see that this follow up, with Vienna in the lead, made it under the wire before Harlequin ends the Historicals line of their Love Inspired imprint. Continue reading

The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett (review)

theroadtoparadise_barnett_waterbrookThe Road to Paradise captured my attention the minute I saw the cover.  How could I resist a novel set in 1927 Rainier National Park with adventure and romance for a Ranger and a Senator’s daughter working as a naturalist?  Reading the author’s bio that includes experience working in various capacities at National Parks, however, was the clincher that had me pre-ordering.  And then almost a year went by… Continue reading