Reading Wednesday | Daughter of Rome

Have you heard of Priscilla and Aquila? If you’ve read the Book of Acts in the Bible, you’ll recognize their names since they’re a couple who worked with the Apostle Paul. Something notable about these two is that Priscilla is not only listed alongside her husband, but listed first, which is nearly unheard of in a highly patriarchal society. With this background, I couldn’t wait to read Tessa Afshar’s historical novel, Daughter of Rome, featuring Priscilla and Aquila. Read More

Reading Wednesday | End Game

An FBI agent and an NCIS agent team up to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL in End Game. It’s the first book in Rachel Dylan’s new Capital Intrigue series. Will they discover who is behind the mounting casualty list before they become a victim, too?

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Reading Wednesday | The Way of the Brave

I love wilderness survival novels. When I volunteered to read and review a copy of The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren, I didn’t realize how much of a survival story it was. The further into the book I got, the more hooked I became. Getting trapped on Denali with death, the past, and the weather threatening to undo the characters? Now that’s my kind of book! Read More

Reading Wednesday | On Wings of Devotion

Ever since I learned that Philip Camden would be one of the main characters in the second book of Roseanna M. White’s Codebreakers series, I couldn’t wait for the book to come out. Readers first met Cam in The Number of Love as a friend of Drake Elton. He also became a co-worker of Margot DeWilde in Room 40, the codebreaking arm of the WWI British navy.

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Make it Monday | An Update

Make it Monday, my weekly blog post about creative ways to practice self-care, will be on hiatus until March. Why? Well, because self-care is necessary with Baby Boy #2 set to arrive in about 4 weeks!

Reading Wednesday Book Reviews will continue on through because reading is a great way to practice self-care. More on that when Make it Monday returns on March 2, also known as Dr. Suess’ birthday and National Read Across America Day.

Make it Monday | Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or so the song claims. I tend to agree, but also know that such expectation can often leave us wanting more. The wonder and magic of the season can get lost amid the running around, the shopping, the parties, the traveling. Not to mention wrestling with emotional disappointments, family drama, and personal loss. With so much riding on this season it is easy to let it drag us down when it seems like it should pick us up. Read More

Reading Wednesday | Seconds to Live

Susan Sleeman is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. Her plots are always high-action and the romance happily-ever-after. So when the opportunity to be on the launch team for her latest full-length novel came up, I gladly jumped at the chance.

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Make it Monday | Santa Lucia

Whenever I say, ‘Santa Lucia,’ I can’t help picturing – and, frankly, hearing – Don Knots attempting to sing the traditional Italian song as Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show. So many other, better singers have recorded it, but for some reason, Knots’ is the version that sticks in my head.

However, that was not my first interaction with the celebration known as the Feast Day of St. Lucy. I first learned about the primarily Swedish holiday from Kristen’s Surprise, one of the books in Kristen’s American Girl series. Being part Swede and part Italian myself, Santa Lucia Day has become a holiday that fascinates me.

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Reading Wednesday | Echoes Among the Stones

I finished reading Echoes Among the Stones, Jaime Jo Wright’s latest time-slip novel, last night. Putting words to a review this morning doesn’t feel fair to the impact of the book. It’s the type of story that leaves a reader thinking long after the final page has closed. Read More

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