September has brought me a wide variety of books. More non-fiction sat on my bookshelf this month than usual, and that’s okay. But the fiction on my shelf came from a variety of settings as well. Take a look at the books that I reviewed this month, if you are interested in my thoughts on any one of them, the links will take you to my review.
- A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick
- Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer
- Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma
- Palace of Darkness by Tracy L. Higley
- Love Story by Nichole Nordeman
- Honor by Lyn Cote
- A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears
- Wonderful Lonesome by Olivia Newport
- Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson
- Playing for Heart by Anne Mateer
- NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Women
- Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck
- Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz
- An Honest Heart by Kaye Dacus
- The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley
- Rescued: An Allegory by Tracy L. Higley
- NIV Once-A-Day: Chronological Edition
- When Others Shuddered by Jamie Janosz
- RYDER by Nick Pengelley
- Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green
- Where Treetops Glisten
- Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell
Some of the novels that I read this month really surprised me. Honor by Lyn Cote was different from what I was expecting. This book was so difficult to put down and I became so absorbed in the lives of these characters! I think Samuel and Honor from this novel are some of my favorite characters from the month. Their characters truly came to life within the pages, and I was so sad to say goodbye to them when I finished the final page of the book.
Laura Frantz’s novel was another sad book to leave, but for a slightly different reason. While I enjoyed the character of Wren in the novel, Love’s Fortune was the final novel in her Ballantyne Legacy series. This was a series that I really enjoyed. Laura Frantz is a wonderful author, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy whatever she writes next, but it is still hard to leave a series that is so enjoyable to read.
While it is a bit early to talk about Christmas books, I adored the stories told through Where Treetops Glisten. Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer tell the stories of three siblings finding love in the Christmas season set against a WWII backdrop. Each story is wonderful on it’s own, but together, they make a wonderful book. If you are looking for some books for your Christmas reading list, take some time to check out this book, I think you’ll find it worth it!
Finally, I would like to highlight a book by an author who is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Tracy L. Higley writes historically rich novels. I read two of her books (and a short story allegory that is currently free on Amazon) this month. Both novels that I read were set in the ancient world, in Biblical times. The first novel, Palace of Darkness is set in Petra. The book brought this city of stone to life in an intense story with a lot of spiritual warfare. The next novel I read, The Queen’s Handmaid traverses from the Palace of Cleopatra to the Palace of Herod. Again, history came to life in this book, and the tension just kept on building to the final pages. There is also a thread that runs through the novel that sets up Tracy L. Higley’s next project: a book about the wise men.
October Line-Up: I’m so excited for the books that are lining up for October. I’ll be reviewing The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance. This might be the novel I’m most excited for. If you haven’t heard of this book or checked it out, and you enjoy Christian/Historical/Romance novels, you should probably take a gander at the synopsis.
I recently discovered a series of novels by Michael K. Reynolds that I’m also really looking forward to. I have the first novel, Flight of the Earls on my shelf waiting to be read. This series is incorporating a couple of interests of mine: The Irish and history. My understanding is that the series follows generations of a family through the nineteenth century. I also don’t review a lot of novels by male authors, so hopefully this will be a bit of a change of pace! If this novel is as good as I’m anticipating it will be, I will be planning on reviewing the rest of the series as well, probably in November and December.
Many readers enjoy reading scary novels in October, but I prefer to get my pulse racing with suspenseful novels, and I have a few lined up for October. Irene Hannon’s Deceived came in the mail this past week. The final line of the synopsis has me quite intrigued to pick this book up: “Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plotline that accelerates to an explosive finish.”
Feel free to check out my GoodReads site if you are interested in seeing what books I am currently reading. I frequently keep it updated with the books that I am going to be reviewing. You can also follow me on Twitter– I don’t tweet a lot but you will see when I post a new blog and I do tweet about other giveaways for books that I find online. Either way, I would love to connect with you. If you are an author with a book you would like me to review, head over to my Review Policy and contact me through there, I really would love to hear from you! (Note: I am currently scheduling book reviews for about a month and a half out. If you would like your novel or novella reviewed in November/December, please contact me soon.)
Writing: September has been such a busy month! Writing didn’t happen much in the beginning, but I’ve managed to start writing a bit during the last week or so of the month. Hopefully, October will be a bit stronger in this area. I’ve been working on planning out a series of blog posts that will go up every Wednesday, called “Writing on Wednesday.” I know it’s not a super creative name, but it is straightforward. These posts will be a check-in time for me, and for anyone else who wants to join me in this. I will talk about some of the struggles I find in writing and hopefully offer (and find) some encouragement.
What are some of your favorite books you read this past month? What books are you most looking forward to? Do you have any writing projects you are excited about?