It’s Not Over by Joshua Gagnon | Book Review

How big is your dream? Is it a regular dream or is God-sized? In his book, It’s Not Over, pastor and church pioneer, Joshua Gagnon, shares his thoughts on how to recognize and pursue your God-sized dream: A God-sized dream is a compelling vision, goal, or longing that drives us toward something too big for…

State of Lies by Siri Mitchell | Book Review 127 / 2019

Synopsis From The Publisher One woman is forced to question everything she knows in this domestic suspense novel from award-winning author Siri Mitchell. Georgie Brennan may be a world-class quantum physicist, but she grapples with life as a single mother after her husband is killed. When she receives a message from beyond the grave, it…

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty | Book Review

Nine Perfect Strangers is a bit of a misleading title because the nine guests aren’t all strangers when they enter the Tranquillum wellness retreat in Australia, looking to change their lives. In fact, the guest list includes a young husband and wife pair, as well as a young woman and both her parents.  And as…

Stay Up With Hugo Best by Erin Somers | Book Review

From the swan-shaped inflatable on the cover, I suppose this novel is meant to be light poolside entertainment. However, I read it during one of the coldest weekends of the year. Maybe that was my first mistake although I did have other issues with the novel, not just my ill-timed foray into the life of…

Netgalley Purge 8: Me For You by Lolly Winston | Book Review

Earlier this year, I decided to catch up on my reading and reviewing the ARCs that I had received from Netgalley courtesy of publishers who allow bloggers like myself the opportunity to preview new books before their publication date. I had a list of 15 downloads at the beginning of the year and as I…

My Favorite Teenagers

To celebrate National Teenagers Day on March 21, I started thinking about some fictional teenagers who have stood out in their characterization of the curiosity and confusion of the pre-adult years. In pressing my recent reads, I came up with a list of  6 books that are not specifically written for a teenaged audience and…

The Lieutenant’s Nurse by Sara Ackerman | Book Review

Sara Ackerman’s new historical fiction novel, The Lieutenant’s Nurse, starts aboard the SS Lurline, a passenger boat leaving San Francisco for Hawaii, in the days leading up to the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor in November 1941. On board, we are introduced to Nurse Eva, musing over her regrets about the life she left behind and…

Netgalley Purge 5: One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan | Book Review

One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan, Aniruddhan Vasudevan (Translation) is a unique spin on the time-worn story of a couple dealing with childlessness in a traditional society where so much of their existence and future is dependent on producing an heir. In this story, Kali and his wife Poona have been married for about twelve years and in…

February 2019 TBR

At the beginning of each month (or close to it), I create a list of some of the books I plan to read so that I can keep track of the various reading challenges and projects that I am undertaking, but also so I can look back and congratulate (or berate) myself when I see…

Golden Child by Claire Adam | Book Review 16/2019

Golden Child is a profound statement about family and community and the chain of events set in motion by our preferences and how we act on them. And gently and urgently, it asks over and over, how much does love cost? And what are you willing to sacrifice for it? The story unfolds against the…

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware | Book Review

A twenty-something girl gets a letter that she’s named heir in a will and while she’s sure it’s a case a mistaken identity, she’s broke and desperate enough to follow the trail and see if she can claim the fortune. What happens next will test her tarot card skills but ultimately pull her into a…

Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton | Book Review

Let’s start by saying I loved this book! Pretty in Punxsutawney is not quite my usual genre but from the title and publisher’s note, I knew that this would be a mashup of two of my favorite movies: Pretty in Pink and Groundhog Day. But nothing prepared me for the Greek mythology and psychological inclusions and…