What I read in August 2019.Read More
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Every month I share the books that I read that month. July started out slow, I was on vacation with my family and I only read one book during the first half of July. Last week was The Reading Rush which helped me read quite a few books! Let’s get into everything I read in July.Read More
ABOUT THE BOOK
Plans for a Valentine's Day grand opening of a small town coffee shop go awry when the first customer is killed. Evidence points toward the victim being mixed up in a car theft ring, but shop owners Tandy and Marissa have reason to believe he was framed.
An assortment of suspects--from a pink-haired heir to Tandy's charming ex--all seem to know a little too much about grand theft auto.
Without approval from either their boyfriends or the gum-chewing FBI agent in charge, the shop owners go on stakeouts, plan stings, and pursue justice in a high-speed car chase. If they don't find the killer soon, it might be more than their love lives in trouble.
A Cuppa Trouble was a fairly fun read! I had a hard time getting into it, it is the second book in a series but I would say that you technically don’t need to read book 1. I hadn’t, which was why the first few chapters were slightly confusing, because you just jump right in and there were so many characters and I was like I have no idea what’s going on. But just like any book, it all started to make more sense at time went on and I had a fun time reading it.
There’s a little bit of mystery and some romance and friendship. Tandy and Marissa were fun characters to follow. They both had quirks that made them relatable. I will say, there were a few times that I got confused about who’s POV I was reading, it wasn’t really obvious when it switched, and sometimes I’d be like wait, who’s talking now? But other than that they were both enjoyable characters to read.
I also loved the mystery in this book. I was honestly surprised, I did guess close to the end who was actually behind everything (what? I do watch a lot of crime dramas, so I like to think I’m good at guessing who the bad guy is) but I thought it was well written and there was still an element of surprise.
All in all it was a fun read and I recommend picking it up!
I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there's nothing else she'd rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.
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Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue
Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.
Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?
Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.
Series: Shadows Over England #2
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue
Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.
Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.
But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books...to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.
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Excerpt from A Song Unheard:
With a friendly pat of thanks to the cold bricks for hosting her yet again, she slipped away from the symphony’s practice chamber, out of the little alcove that the city had neglected, over the crumbling half-wall, and down the night-dark alley. If she were Rosemary, the shadows would make her shiver. If she were Elinor, the mist would make her reach to check the hair under her hat. If she were Retta, she’d pause there where alley met street to admire the slant of the sun as it made one final hurrah through the mist and fog, turning them to gold in one second and then vanishing again in the next.
But Willa was none of her sisters.
For a moment, she almost caught a melody that danced its way through the sunburst. Almost. It was there one moment but then it slipped away, too fleet of foot for her ever to follow.
Her fingers itched for her bow. That elusive wisp of song wouldn’t come when she had her violin in hand. But she could play that line the strings had been singing in the practice chamber. She wished she had heard the ending, but that bit between sections would do for one. After she met with Mr. V, she’d head back to her flat in Poplar and fetch her violin before going to the pub. They may not be a symphony-going crowd at Pauly’s, but they always welcomed her to the little stub of a stage with hoots and applause. It was enough.
Even if it was never enough.
Okay. Where to start?I really really wanted to love Red, White & Royal Blue more than I did. And while I did enjoy a lot of things about it, there were other parts that I didn't love so much. I'll start with what I didn't like as much and then share what I really enjoyed.
Things I struggled with:
I didn't love all the politics. I didn't realize when I picked this one up that we would follow so much of Alex's mom's campaign trail, but we did. It felt like it overwhelmed a lot of the story and it wasn't all that interesting to me to read. I don't love politics much in real life (though I do try to stay up to date) but I didn't really love being so involved in these fictional politics. I felt we could have skipped a lot of the political stuff and focused even more on the romance.At the beginning of the book, it feels like it's going to be a really fun hate to love romance between the first son and the prince. And that is what it is at first, at least for about 10-20% of the book. They basically hate each other and then their making out (which was fine) but I did wish that the hate to love tension had lasted a little bit longer.It also felt like the main characters were a lot younger than they actually were. It read like a YA novel where the protagonist is 16 instead of in his early twenties.The last thing that I struggled with throughout the book was the POV. This was written in 3rd person present tense and while it works some of the time, there were parts that really felt clunky while I was reading it and I didn't love that.
What I did enjoy:
The dialogue/banter. It was hilarious and so much fun to read. This kept me going through some of the political parts that I didn't really care for. But I loved the snarky conversations and it was just done really well.I also liked how Alex goes through his own coming out during the book. He has this huge realization that he's Bi and he has to figure out what that means for him and his relationship. I thought this book had great queer rep.The relationship between Henry and Alex was also fun to read about, at least most of the time. I loved how sweet Henry was and how much he knew what/who he wanted and how he was willing to give up everything in order to have that love. I did feel like a lot of the relationship was "oh look here you are, let's have sex." Which I realize happens a lot in books, but I wanted more emotional connection too. Thankfully, you do get more emotional connection as the book goes on which I really appreciated.This book wasn't my favorite, but it did have some good parts. I will say I liked the first 30% best, as the last half of the book did get more political. But all in all, it was a fun read and while I wished there hadn't been as much politics, it was still fun.
About Red, White & Royal Blue
A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends...First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?