Review: The Sweetest Rain (Flowers of Eden #1) by Myra Johnson

Review: The Sweetest Rain (Flowers of Eden #1) by Myra Johnson

Posted October 5, 2015 / 7 Comments

As the drought of 1930 burns crops to a crisp, Bryony Linwood dreams of cooling winter snows and the life she would have had if daddy hadn’t been killed in the Great War and mama hadn’t moved Bryony and her sisters to their grandfather’s struggling tenant farm in tiny Eden, […]


Review: At Bluebonnet Lake (Texas Crossroads #1) by Amanda Cabot

Review: At Bluebonnet Lake (Texas Crossroads #1) by Amanda Cabot

Posted October 3, 2015 / 1 Comment

Marketing maven Kate Sherwood’s world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is slow down to a crawl at Rainbow’s End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. But she cannot deny her ailing grandmother’s request to visit the place where she and […]


Review: Taming the To-Do List by Glynnis Whitwer

Review: Taming the To-Do List by Glynnis Whitwer

Posted September 30, 2015 / 5 Comments

Ever just wish the world would stop for a day so you could catch up?  No matter how much we accomplish in a day, we nearly always feel a little guilt over what we didn’t do. But do we really have more to do than the women who came before us? Maybe […]


Review: The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick | New Release

Review: The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick | New Release

Posted September 30, 2015 / 4 Comments

Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now a mother, Eliza faces a new kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home […]



Review: Intersect DVD series & study guide

Review: Intersect DVD series & study guide

Posted September 30, 2015 / 2 Comments

Follow the journey of five individuals as they tell authentic stories of circumstances that have forced them to examine how God might fit into their lives. This five-week small group resource helps spark spiritual conversations. Starting spiritual conversations with those outside of the church is a worthy, yet often difficult […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read If You Love Jane Austen

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read If You Love Jane Austen

Posted September 29, 2015 / 138 Comments

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish* It is a truth universally acknowledged that we love Jane Austen.  Her romantic heroes are the stuff of internet memes (Hey girl…) and fangirl obsessions galore. But if you’ve read all her books and/or need something […]


The Day I Met Laura Frantz (or… The Adventures of Pocket Pepper)

The Day I Met Laura Frantz (or… The Adventures of Pocket Pepper)

Posted September 26, 2015 / 31 Comments

Quick bookish confession: Despite my avid reading & reviewing, I have never personally met an author. Until today. One of my “favorite favorite” authors – Laura Frantz – was doing a signing today for her newest release The Mistress of Tall Acre. It was only about 45 minutes from my […]


Bestsellers in Christian Fiction as of September 25th 2015

Bestsellers in Christian Fiction as of September 25th 2015

Posted September 25, 2015 / 5 Comments

According to CBA News, these are the bestsellers in 5 different categories in Christian fiction as of September 25, 2015. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (WATERBROOK, May 2005) A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker (HACHETTE, Oct 2014) Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman (TYNDALE HOUSE, Jan 2014) Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers […]


Happy Fall, Y’all!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Posted September 23, 2015 / 13 Comments

I so adore fall. Autumn leaves & pumpkins. Apples & cider. Crisp air and sweater weather. Football and bonfires. Thanksgiving. Fall makes me happy. AND IT’S FALL TODAY!!!!!!!!! Let us all rejoice 😉 And in case you missed it, check out ten books on my Fall TBR 🙂


Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR

Posted September 22, 2015 / 121 Comments

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish* Y’all. So. many. books. My TBR pile is out of control. Can anyone else relate?? Today’s theme is the top ten books on my Fall TBR. And oh good heavens – how can I possibly narrow it […]




2015 ACFW Carol Awards

2015 ACFW Carol Awards

Posted September 19, 2015 / 1 Comment

Tonight, the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference presented their annual Carol Awards.  You can see a full list of the finalists by clicking on the logo below: Thanks to Tyson Wynn, Ronie Kendig, and Allison Wilson, I was able to watch a livestream and a live update blog of the […]


The Friday 56: The Promise of Palm Grove

The Friday 56: The Promise of Palm Grove

Posted September 18, 2015 / 26 Comments

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! Just be sure to not spoil the book. In preparation for the A Wedding at Orange Blossom Inn book tour, I’m […]


Review: At Home in Persimmon Hollow by Gerri Bauer

Review: At Home in Persimmon Hollow by Gerri Bauer

Posted September 17, 2015 / 4 Comments

Yesterday I had the wonderful privilege of talking with Gerri Bauer, a first-time novelist with Catholic publishers Franciscan Media.  She also loves to garden, is allergic to chocolate (the horror!), and calls herself a “certified cat lady”… but in spite of the cat thing, we still like her around here because […]


Author Interview: Gerri Bauer (At Home in Persimmon Hollow)

Author Interview: Gerri Bauer (At Home in Persimmon Hollow)

Posted September 16, 2015 / 6 Comments

I’m excited today to introduce y’all to Gerri Bauer, a debut author for Franciscan Media’s new fiction line.  A Catholic historical romance, At Home in Persimmon Hollow intrigues me right from its premise. After all, you don’t often find “Catholic”, “historical”, and “romance” all coming together in one book. At Home […]


Top Ten Tuesday:  Best Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Book Boyfriends

Posted September 15, 2015 / 212 Comments

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish I have a confession to make.  In case you didn’t already know, I tend to develop book crushes.  (Shocking, I’m sure.) The good news for my husband is that they disappear fairly quickly when I […]


Review: The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner

Review: The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner

Posted September 12, 2015 / 0 Comments

I’m pretty sure that debut author Valerie Woerner and I are kindred spirits. Both good girls, both imaginative worriers, both self-proclaimed book nerds. And y’all… she too has fully embraced the use of my favorite plural for “you” 🙂 Anne Shirley would be so elated for us! I adore the cover of The […]


Author Interview: Dawn Crandall (plus a Giveaway!)

Author Interview: Dawn Crandall (plus a Giveaway!)

Posted September 11, 2015 / 10 Comments

Did I mention yet that The Hesitant Heiress is now available in PAPERBACK???!!!!??? I feel sure I did. In fact, I know I did – my Hesitant Heiress review To continue the celebration festivities, I invited author (and ACFW Carol Award finalist) Dawn Crandall to stop by the blog for a chat.  She’s […]