Top Ten Tuesday – Memorable Mothers


Happy Tuesday, reader friends. I’ve gone rogue for Top Ten Tuesday today. This week’s topic with That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I disliked/hated but am really glad I read. I have a grant total of ONE book on that list: Vanity Fair. It probably could have been half of its 800+ pages and still told the same story (which was oddly unsatisfying in the end anyway), but I can say I stuck it out and made it to the end—for what it’s worth.

But I’m not sure one book qualifies as a list, so I put my thinking cap on. And adjusted it. And took it off and checked that I had actually grabbed my thinking cap (because it wasn’t working very well). And put it back on. And pulled it on a little tighter. And stared at my computer screen. And FINALLY hit on Mother’s Day as my inspiration for this week’s post. (Are you feeling the brain strain, folks?!) Continue reading

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Becoming the Talbot Sisters (Rachel Linden) – Review

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This review is posted as part of TLC Book Tours blog tour

4 stars

~ About the Book ~

Twin sisters Waverly and Charlie Talbot have drifted far apart as they pursue opposite dreams of stardom and service to the poor. On an astonishing journey across Central Europe, they must come together to face their fears, find their courage and fight for what they love.

Celebrity chef Waverly Ross has built a successful career with her home-entertaining show Simply Perfect. Yet she and her husband, Andrew, have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly’s heart: to become a mother. Meanwhile Waverly’s twin sister, Charlie Talbot, buries her bitter disappointment and shattered idealism beneath a life spent serving others as an international aid worked in Budapest, Hungary. Continue reading

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Weekend Book Buzz – 12/13 May 2018

Weekend Book Buzz

Welcome to the Weekend Book Buzz! I hope all the mothers out there are having a wonderful Mother’s Day and get to indulge in some extra reading time. Or maybe you’re kicking back and catching up on all the bookish news instead… 😉

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A Conspiracy of Breath (Latayne C. Scott) – Review

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5 stars

~ About the Book ~

In a richly-textured, controversial and provocative literary work, award-winning author Latayne C. Scott examines: What would it have been like to be a woman, a Gentile, and someone onto whom the Holy Breath moved – to produce what became the mysterious Epistle to the Hebrews in the Bible?

“This book changed me, deepened my love for The Breath, and swelled my appreciation for those who sacrificed so much to ensure people like me…could turn the parchment pages and read Truth for ourselves. I didn’t want to leave this story and fear Latayne has spoiled me as a reader. That’s how thoroughly it captivated my heart and rearranged my definition of elegant and life-altering storytelling.” Cynthia Ruchti, Golden Scroll-winning author of A Fragile Hope and Song of Silence.

Genre:  Biblical/Historical Fiction
Release date:  26 August 2017
Pages:  430
Publisher:  Trinity Southwest University Press

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Interview with Rachel Linden – Becoming the Talbot Sisters

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Rachel Linden’s latest novel, Becoming the Talbot Sisters, released on the first of this month. Today, she’s joining me to talk about her inspiration behind the story of twin sisters Waverly and Charlie Talbot. Continue reading

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First Line Friday – 11 May 2018 – Becoming the Talbot Sisters (Rachel Linden)


Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! We have a Mother’s Day theme this week, which works in well with the book that I’m currently reading: Becoming the Talbot Sisters by Rachel Linden. For many people, Mother’s Day is a day of celebration, but for others, it can be a bittersweet day. A day when they are also reminded of loss or of unfulfilled dreams, such as Waverly Talbot’s impossible dream of becoming a mother.

PS. You can also check out my interview with Rachel Linden here.

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The Backcountry Brides Collection – Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Backcountry Brides Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

~ About the Collection ~

the backcountry brides collectionTitle: The Backcountry Brides Collection
Author: Angela K. Couch, Debra E. Marvin, Shannon McNear, Gabrielle Meyer, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Pegg Thomas, and Denise Weimer
Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction collection

Travel into Colonial America where eight women seek love, but they each know a future husband requires the necessary skills to survive in the backcountry.

Living in areas exposed to nature’s ferocity, prone to Indian attack, and cut off from regular supplies, can hearts overcome the dangers to find lasting love? Continue reading

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