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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Month in Review: December


My goal for December was to read 10-11 books - I was able to read 14!! I can't believe I was able to read that many books! :)

What I've read in December:

Stealing JennyThe Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)Christmas HavenSolitaryThe Christmas Rescue (Love Inspired Suspense #221)The Merchant's DaughterCatching Fire (Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3)The Keeper: A Novel (Stoney Ridge Seasons)Chasing Mona Lisa: A NovelStalker in the Shadows(Sonoma Series, #3)Mail-Order Christmas Brides: Her Christmas Family\Christmas Stars for Dry CreekThe Maid of Fairbourne HallA Sound Among the Trees

Reviews posted in December:

Christmas in July, in December Challenge:

My goal was to read 3-5 Christmas books, and I read three!!!

1. The Christmas Rescue by Laura Scott
2. Christmas Haven by Hope White

And the Christmas giveaway was Christmas Haven by Hope White

Photobucket2011 End of Year Book Survey:

I took this survey and thought it was so much fun! Some of the questions were hard, others were easy.

2012 reading challenges:

I'm so excited that tomorrow I'll finally be able to start the 2012 reading challenges I signed up for (and I signed up for a LOT).

PhotobucketPhotobucket2012 Outdo Yourself Reading ChallengePhotobucketBookie Friends Favorites Challenge

Isn't that a lot of challenges?? 

I also listed my top ten favorite books I read in 2011 (it was really tough to just choose ten...)

And lastly, I posted all 12 Pearls of Christmas posts - what did you think of those?

My goal for January is to read at least 12 books - including one "Just for fun" book, reread a favorite of mine, and 1-2 eBooks. Do you think I can do this??

Now it's your turn... how did you do in December? Did you meet any goals? What do you hope to read in January?

Review: Mail-Order Christmas Brides: Her Christmas Family\Christmas Stars for Dry Creek by Jillian Hart and Janet Tronstad

About the book:

Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart

"Please be my ma for Christmas." Felicity Sawyer can't resist little Gertie's heartfelt letter. Tate Winters seeks a bride for Gertie's sake, not his own. But as his reserve thaws before Felicity's sunny optimism, this new family learns that togetherness is the best way to celebrate the season.

Christmas Stars for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

Eleanor McBride's outgrown her dreams of romance—but not her wishes for motherhood. Wedding Sergeant Adam Martin will give her a daughter to cherish. Yet it's not just shy, sweet Hannah who's captured her affections. And Eleanor's arrival in Dry Creek could be the start of a journey to true love.…

My rating:

My thoughts:

Oh, I loved this book so much! From the opening scene of Her Christmas Story, I was drawn into the story!  Gertie and her father, Tate, were waiting at the train station for Felicity, the mail-order bride. Tate couldn't believe that Felicity was the beautiful blond woman - he was expecting someone more homely. He automatically concludes that she will leave him when she finds out about him and his past, but so much happens and there are some surprising twists.

After I finished Her Christmas Story (and since I loved it so much) I didn't know how Christmas Stars for Dry Creek could meet the greatness of that story, but it did! It was just as wonderful! There was some heartache, with Adam and his daughter Hannah, but that just made the story and characters more special.

The characters from both stories were very charming and each had their own unique qualities that I loved! As a whole, this book was fantastic! Individually these books were wonderful - Mail-Order Christmas Brides is a definite win in my opinion! :) I only wish the stories would have been longer...

I definitely recommend this book! It was a great Christmas read!

*I received a complimentary copy for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Friday, December 30, 2011

Review: A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner

Waterbrook Press ~ Oct. 4, 2011
Amazon / Goodreads

About the book:

A house shrouded in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss. 

As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past. 

When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband’s home, it isn’t long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there. 

With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak— and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.

My rating:

"I shouldn't have to tell the world that things aren't always what they seem," Adelaide had said. "Just because you hear a rustle in the trees, that doesn't mean that the bogeyman is preparing to pounce on you the minute you turn your back. Sometimes the rustling is just God sending a breeze to cool your skin after a hard day in the blazing sun. But I suppose the notion of the bogeyman makes the story more interesting." ~ Page 87

My thoughts:

Holly Oak is a house rumored to be haunted by Susannah Page's ghost seeking peace from her troubled past. But is that what is really happening in that mansion, or is the rumor just that - a rumor?

I haven't read any books by Susan Meissner until now. A Sound Among the Trees is a beautifully written contemporary novel with a lot of history and when I was reading "The Letters", it felt like a historical novel.

At first, I thought "The Letters" in the book were going to be my least favorite part, but after reading a few of the letters, I actually loved reading them. It was great to read what Susannah was going through and what had happened back then.

While some people might not like the talk of ghosts, curses, and other similar things in this book, I think if you continue to read, you will come to really like A Sound Among the Trees!!

I have two favorite characters from this book: Susannah and Marielle - both of them were very interesting to read about and I just really enjoyed their stories!

I wish there would have been a couple of more pages/chapters because I would have liked to have known how a certain character reacted to reading the journals (I'm not going to say who).

Overall, A Sound Among the Trees was a great novel that I recommend! :)

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
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A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner (Chapter 1 Excerpt)

Weekend Report (#11)



Weekend Report is a weekly meme hosted here - Christian Bookshelf Reviews!

The rules to participate are simple:

1. Create a post about what you've accomplished the previous week (i.e. books read, reviews posted, awards received, current giveaways, etc.) - feel free to use the button above.

2. Add the URL to your post in a comment below - if you don't have a blog, you can leave your responses in a comment.

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Here's my 'Weekend Report'!

What I've read this week:

Reviews posted this week:

Shadows from the Past by Camy Tang

Current Giveaways!

Enter to win Christmas Haven or Witness on the Run by Hope White!! U.S. only and giveaway ends 12/31/11 ~ Enter here

Enter to win Shadows from the Past by Camy Tang. Open Internationally and giveaway ends 1/07/2012 ~ Enter here.

My thoughts on this week: 

I didn't post as many reviews, this week, as I would have liked, but I'm going to post a review tomorrow. :)

Only one more day left to enter the giveaway over at Telbat's Tablet ~ click here for details.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Free Kindle books you HAVE to check out! :)

I don't always post about free Kindle books I find, but I just HAD to let you know that THE PAWN by Steven James is free on Kindle right now! This book was great, but definitely not for people who don't like thrillers or have a soft stomach.

Click here
I also found this great book -that's also free!

Click here
Just thought I'd share these great books.

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