Already we find ourselves at the end of another month, and I still have to wonder where the month has gone. October has been exciting. Lots of books. Lots of novel plotting. My first writer’s conference. And the end of October means the start of November, or rather, NaNoWriMo.
Also, I have some exciting giveaways planned for November, so be sure to stop by tomorrow (or sometime this next week) to learn about the first chance to win a couple of books!
What I Have Read: Clicking on the following links will take you to my reviews.
- Hiding Places by Erin Healy
- Deadlock by DiAnn Mills
- Year of Weddings: The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert
- 12 Brides of Summer Collection #3
- A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller
- Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
- The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert
- Fire & Ice by Mary Connealy
- Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart
I think October was full of novels that surprised me. Due to a new review program I’ve joined, I randomly recieve mystery books. I never know what I’ll be reviewing. Three of the books I read in October feel into this category. A couple of them are ones that I would rank pretty high.
The Girl From the Train was a fantastic book that has stuck with me. From the strong voice of the narration to the poignant tale between the covers, The Girl From the Train tells a unique story filled with bravery and hope. It captures an aspect of the WWII era that isn’t normally thought about. I just adored this book.
While I don’t know if Murder at the Courthouse is one of the best books, I was pleasantly surprised by this novel (once I got over a third of the way in). In this small town mystery, the mystery is really anything but small. I did enjoy trying to puzzle through it. While it isn’t one that I highly recommend, I do suggest giving it a try, especially if you like the cozy mystery genre.
Finally, Luther and Katharina was a wonderful piece of historical fiction. The novel was everything I expected and hoped it would be, coming from Jody Hedlund. It incorporated a rich tapestry of history with a sweet romance as well as the tension that the setting could lend to the tale.
What I Am Looking Forward To:
A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love is a novel that from the synopsis, sounds like it will be a fantastic book. The story really intrigues me and I can not wait to see the story that will unfold.
Janice Thompson recently released a new novel, Every Girl Gets Confused. It is a sequel to her first novel of the Brides with Style series. It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed her sweet and quirky stories and I’m looking forward to picking up another one.
Feel free to check out my GoodReads site, I frequently keep it updated with the books that I am going to be reviewing. You can also follow me on Twitter– I will be regularly send out tweets for new Blog Reviews and the occasional giveaway either on my blog or on another blog.
What I Wrote:
Well, October has been a bit different on the writing front. At the beginning of the month, I attended a writer’s conference where I learned some things and was inspired by others. It was a wonderful experience and something that I suggest for anyone at any experience level of writing.
I’ve also been spending quite a bit of time working on my outline for The Marriage Pact. While it is far from being complete (okay, so more like the halfway point). I have enough to give me a great start for NaNoWriMo when it begins. So hopefully at this time next month, I’ll be telling you that I have at least 50,000 words of my novel written!