Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Haven’t Reviewed Yet

Posted April 14, 2020 by meezcarrie in contemporary, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments


Happy Tuesday! It is Tuesday, right? All the days run together right now lol. But I’m pretty sure yesterday was Monday which would make today Tuesday! 🙂 Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About, but I can’t think of any for that topic off the top of my head so I tweaked it a bit (surprise, surprise lol)… so instead I’m talking about Books I Loved But Haven’t Reviewed Yet.

The reason I haven’t reviewed them yet is… well, I got behind in 2017 and I’m still catching up haha! But in the meantime, the day job and JustRead take up a lot of time… So I review here and there as I’m able. Reviews ARE coming for these, sometime soonish. 😉

I highly recommend ALL of these be added to your book shopping list and read ASAP!

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The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel

It has been fifteen months since Eva and Angela lost their thrill-seeking husbands in a scuba diving accident. Both women are trying to navigate their way through the grief, but neither one is making much progress. But then Eva gets a life-changing phone call. Before Brent and Wes died, they had signed up for a race of a lifetime—an ultra-marathon in beautiful New Zealand. Eva begs Angela to run the race with her in their husbands’ place, and Angela finally agrees, hoping to finally understand her husband’s choices. With every step, Eva and Angela must ask themselves questions that they haven’t had the courage to ask before. As the women literally put one foot in front of the other, they wonder: Is it possible to find their way forward in hope?


With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander
(and Christmas at Carnton)

From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.  Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston’s quietly held principles oppose those of the Southern Cause–but when forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. The Carnton home where she is governess is converted into a Confederate field hospital, and Lizzie is called upon to assist the military doctor with surgeries that determine life or death. Lizzie is nothing if not a woman of her word, earning the soldiers’ respect as she tends to the wounded within Carnton’s walls. None is more admiring than Captain Jones, who doesn’t realize she is pledged to another.


Justice Mission by Lynette Eason

Caught in a killer’s sights… After K-9 unit administrative assistant Sophie Walters spots a suspicious stranger lurking at the K-9 graduation, the man kidnaps her—and she barely escapes. With Sophie’s boss missing and someone determined to silence her, NYPD officer Luke Hathaway vows he and his K-9 partner will guard her. But he must keep an emotional distance to ensure this mission ends in justice…not cold-blooded murder.


The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews
(and the rest of the series too!)

Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar’s Abbey isn’t the sort of refuge she imagined. And ex-army captain Justin Thornhill–though he may be tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome–is anything but a romantic hero. Their marriage was meant to be a business arrangement and nothing more. A dispassionate union free from the entanglements of love and affection. But when Helena’s past threatens, will Justin’s burgeoning feelings for his new bride compel him to come to her rescue? Or will dark secrets of his own force him to let her go?


The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli

Boston, 1773 / Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. But her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiancée, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her—as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace. Present Day / Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. But before her dream can be realized, she must return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and the document hidden within, she wonders if perhaps true strength and freedom are buried deeper than she first realized.


Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg

Last year, after traumatic circumstances forced her from her job as a nanny, Mara Bristol finally found a place to belong–the winsome Everwood Bed & Breakfast at the edge of Maple Valley, Iowa. For months, she’s helped its owner, Lenora, maintain the ramshackle property despite their shortage of guests. But when Lenora fails to return from a month-long trip and the bank threatens foreclosure, Mara worries she’s once again alone . . . abandoned . . . about to lose the only true home she’s ever known. Detective Marshall Hawkins is no closer to whole today than he was two years ago . . . the day his daughter died. Between his divorce, debilitating migraines, and a dependence on medication, his life is falling apart. And when a reckless decision on the job propels him into administrative leave, he has no other plan but to get in his truck and drive. A one-night stay at the Everwood was supposed to be just that. But there’s something about the old house–or maybe its intriguing caretaker–that pulls him in.


Close to You by Kara Isaac

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.


Holiday Secrets by Susan Sleeman
(and the whole McKade Law series)

When his ex is thrust into the crosshairs of a deadly syndicate, FBI agent Gavin McKade will do whatever it takes to protect her. Even work the case with his stubborn sheriff dad. Gavin’s holiday homecoming isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy, but he must set aside the past to make sure Lexie Grant survives. As if protecting Lexie from professional killers isn’t difficult enough, the unlikely reunion has rekindled their complicated romantic connection. But if Gavin can’t untangle Lexie from this dangerous web, the blurring line between duty and love may not matter…because this Christmas could be their last.


Mail-Order Refuge by Cindy Regnier

Rand Stafford isn’t looking for true love. He’d ridden that trail until his fiancée left him with a shattered heart. What he needs now is a wife to help him care for his orphan nieces. Desperate, he sends an advertisement to a Baltimore newspaper and hopes for the best. Fleeing her former employer who would use her to further his unlawful acts, a newspaper advertisement reads like the perfect refuge to Carly Blair. The idea of escaping the city, the intrigue, and the danger to hide herself on a cattle ranch in Kansas is her best shot for freedom. But its sanctuary comes with a price—a husband. While marrying a man she doesn’t know or love means sacrificing her dreams, it’s better than being caught by the law. Or is it?


Dark Water by Christy Barritt
(and the rest of the Lantern Beach Blackout series)

Former Navy SEAL Colton Locke can’t forget the black op that went terribly wrong. Desperate for a new start, he moves to Lantern Beach, North Carolina, and forms Blackout, a private security firm. Despite his hero status, he can’t erase the mistakes he’s made. For the past year, Elise Oliver hasn’t been able to shake the feeling that there’s more to her husband’s death than she was told. When she finds a hidden box of his personal possessions, more questions—and suspicions—arise. The only person she trusts to help her is her husband’s best friend, Colton Locke. Someone wants Elise dead. Is it because she knows too much? Or is it to keep her from finding the truth? The Blackout team must uncover dark secrets hiding beneath seemingly still waters. But those very secrets might just tear the team apart.


And I could have kept going – my list of books I have read (and in most cases loved) but haven’t reviewed yet is really long haha!

What about you? Have you read these? What are some books you’ve read & loved lately?

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15 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Haven’t Reviewed Yet

  1. I’ve got a couple of Christy Barritt’s to read still and the Kara Issac one. I’ve been trying to use this lockdown mode to clear either old books off my devices that I’ll never read and read older titles. Have so many that at times have read books that have been on my kindle/ipad since 2011/2012 LOL :P. My Top Ten Tuesday is showcasing a few older titles on my Kindle I still need to read.
    Hope all is well and you are keeping safe during the lockdown modes.

  2. Melissa Romine

    Ahhh! Lindsay’s book!!
    Each book I read of hers gets better and better!
    This one was awesome!!
    I can’t believe you haven’t reviewed Kara’s book. I remember chatting with her about it at the first CFRR. I actually read it because her husband wrote a review for it and I loved that!!

  3. I just finished my first Katherine Reay book, THE PRINTED LETTER BOOKSHOP, recommended by a friend. I read it on my Kindle but loved it SO much I asked for a print copy for Mother’s Day — along with a few other books by Katherine Reay. I love the story so much I wish the bookshop and the ladies who run it really existed! So good.

    • oooo that’s one i still have to read yet! I did LOVE Dear Mr. Knightley – and even loved it on audiobook (which is saying a lot since I don’t like audiobooks as a general rule lol)

  4. Now Then and Always sound right up my alley. Ramshackle B&B in need of renovation? Broken-hearted detective? In Iowa?? Sign me the heck up.

  5. Haley Resseguie

    I can’t wait to get my copy of The Joy of Falling (with all the craziness going on, Amazon isn’t fulfilling book orders as quickly as normal. I understand…but it’s release day and I need my book! Ha). With This Pledge, The Matrimonial Advertisement (love the whole series!), and Close To You are all wonderful. I have to say that All Made Up by Kara Isaac is my favorite of hers! Now and Then and Always is my favorite Melissa Tagg book. She just keeps getting better and better with each book! The Tea Chest is on my wishlist too. I haven’t read that particular series of Christy Barritt’s yet, but I did enjoy her Lantern Beach Mysteries series. She writes so fast that I haven’t had a chance to catch up! And Carrie, I don’t know how you squeeze in all of the reviews that you do! But I love this Top Ten for today.

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