Monday, September 26, 2016

Spy of Richmond by Jocelynn Green

Title: Spy of Richmond
Author: Jocelyn Green
Publisher: River North
Pages: 432
ISBN: 978-0-8024-0579-1
Publication Date: March 1st, 2015

Trust None. Risk all.

Richmond, Virginia, 1863. Compelled to atone for the sins of her slaveholding father, Union loyalist Sophie Kent risks everything to help end the war from within the Confederate capital and abolish slavery forever. But she can't do it alone.

Former slave Bella Jamison sacrifices her freedom to come to Richmond, where her Union soldier husband is imprisoned, and her twin sister still lives in bondage in Sophie's home. Though it may cost them their lives, they work with Sophie to betray Rebel authorities. Harrison Caldwell, a Northern freelance journalist who escorts Bella to Richmond, infiltrates the War Department as a clerk-but is conscripted to defend the city's fortifications.

As Sophie's spy network grows, she walks a tightrope of deception, using her father's position as newspaper editor and a suitor's position in the ordnance bureau for the advantage of the Union. One misstep could land her in prison, or worse. Suspicion hounds her until she barely even trusts herself. When her espionage endangers the people she loves, she makes a life-and-death gamble.

Will she follow her convictions even though it costs her everything-and everyone-she holds dear?
I have loved every book in the Heroines Behind the Line Series and Spy of Richmond really brought it all together and closed out this series beautifully!

This story follows Sophie, a girl who was born and raised in Richmond who went to a girl's school in the north when she was older. She was raised by her mother, who was from the south, and held in esteem by her father, a staunch southern supporter. When the war breaks out, Sophie's ideas draw her to the union side, but she has to be careful. Anyone with union sympathy is looked down on and questioned for any action. Sophie looses both of her parents in different way in the beginning of the story, which leaves her to do as she feels she needs to do.

Sophie walk cautiously along a fine line. As she moves along, she finds others with her opinion of the war. As we follow Sophie on this journey, she has someone she had cared about brought back into her life along with several new friends as she continues on this journey.

As you read through The Spy of Richmond, you can't help but get caught up in all of the fantastic history that is intertwined into the story. Jocelyn Green did so much research for this book and it shows. You can't helped but get swept up into the detail of the events, surroundings, and clothes of this time.

This book closes out this series perfectly. I'm sad to see this close out the series, since I love the history of this time, but there were no questions left open which made me very happy!

If you are a fan of the Civil War era, this series is one that you need to check out!

Too Read!
5 out of 5

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Finding Margo

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. 
Each week offers the opportunity to spotlight an up-and-coming book you are most excited about!

Waiting On:
Title: Finding Margo
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Publication Date: November 15th, 2016

From GoodReads
Off the charts and on the run.

International pop star Margo Hartman could use a night off. A grueling tour and overbearing entourage have sent her over the edge. It’s time for this diva to disappear. And who would think to look for the superstar in a small Dutch town in Ohio?

Sheriff’s deputy Brock Moore is undercover as well. He knows Margo isn’t who she appears to be, but her uncanny resemblance to a local Amish woman is raising all sorts of questions…the kind that make her a target for a killer.

Both are determined to find answers, but their mutual attraction stands in the way of either of them doing it alone. Is finding Margo the solution to Brock’s problems or just the beginning…
Why I'm Waiting:
I have loved every book Jen Turano has written thus far. She has focused on Historical Fiction to this point and I'm very excited to see how her first contemporary will be!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Audio Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. 
Each week features a book related topic, that offers you the opportunity to spotlight your Top Ten.

Top Ten Favorite Audio Books I Like to Listen To

I don't listen to audio books much, but I do have several that I have enjoyed. The ones I have have enjoyed have been apart of a series, so once I enjoyed the 1st it was hard to not continue the series.

 1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
4. Outlander by Diana Gaboldon
5. Chronicles of the King by Lynn Austin

What are some of your favorite audio books?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

Title: Hearts Made Whole
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 379
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1238
Publication Date: June 2nd,  2015

Windmill Point, Michigan

Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves?

After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper--even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation--the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope...and possibly love?
Jody Hedlund is remarkable at finding interesting people in history and bringing them back to life in her stories. Hearts Made Whole is no different. This is book 2 in the Beacons of Hope Series that focuses on the women who helped keep the lights going in the light houses in Michigan.

This story focuses on Caroline Taylor and her siblings and they live in the Grosse Point Light House after their dad had died. Caroline had grown up helping her dad with his job, so when he died, she stepped in and did the job, hoping to keep the position to support her sibling. Her younger sister Tessa is the only one who wouldn't mind in Caroline had to move on, since she is tired of living in the town . Despite what her sister wants, Caroline fights for her job as the Light House Board member is determined to see her and her family gone.

Not knowing what all was going on at the light house, Ryan Chambers steps into the middle of everything when the Light House Board hires him for Grosse Point Light House job. However, he is battling personal demons and asks Caroline for help.

Caroline and Ryan make a good team and keep the Light going no matter what. Even as trials at thrown at them. They hold strong, even when the issues come closer and closer to them.

Jody Hedlund has a great ability of weaving history and fiction together. This was an enjoyable story and I can't wait to dive into book 3!

Too Read
4 out of 5

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Waitiung On Wednesday: Newton & Polly

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. 
Each week offers the opportunity to spotlight an up-and-coming release you are most excited about. 

Waiting On:
Title: Newton & Polly:  A Novel of Amazing Grace
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: WaterBrooke
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016

From GoodReads
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found.

Now remembered as the author of the world s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father until the night he hears Polly Catlett's enchanting voice, caroling. He s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection. 

An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves? 

Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe."
Why I'm Waiting:
Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to read anything by her. Ever since seeing the movie "Amazing Grace", the story behind that song has intrigued me. I can't wait to see what this story brings.

What are you waiting on this week?