July 29, 2017

Blog Hop: Month in Review, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, What Are You Reading


Welcome to new visitors and returning readers! My blog, Reading with Beth, focuses on reading, particularly book reviews, blog hops, reading challenges, and giveaways. And I'm participating in the following weekly blog hops: Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading. Links to these sites are listed towards the end of this post.
 
Since the month of July is almost over, this post includes my monthly summary, and I'll also link up with Month in Review at The Book Date blog. As usual, I've read a rather random mix of review books, so I divided the categories into fiction, non-fiction, and children's books.
 







Fiction Books:
 

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Children's Books:  
 

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July 26, 2017

Book Review: Home on the Range


Home on the Range, by Ruth Logan Herne is an inspirational contemporary romance focused on family dynamics and ranch life. 

Even when his brothers moved away, Nick Stafford continued to work on the family ranch, yet he lived in town with his wife and daughters. Now, he's a single father dealing with the lingering pain of his ex-wife cheating and running away from their family and his young daughters' struggles with their mother's abandonment, as well as issues with the ranch and strained relationship with his ill father. Nick is continually facing various problems and issues, yet the recommended therapist (for his daughters) is a bright light in his life.

Elsa Andreas is dealing with her own issues and after-effects of a past tragedy that led to her self-forced seclusion from her former life. Now, her first step back is helping Nick's two little girls, and each step leads Elsa back to her extended family, new friends and neighbors, church, job options, and especially him.

Both Nick and Elsa have deal with drama and tragedy in their lives, and their newly formed friendship is based on attraction and her involvement with helping his daughters. This well-written story and deep character development is a heartbreakingly beautiful story.
Since it's the second book in the Double S Ranch series, it's ideal to start with the first book, due to the overarching storyline and various secondary characters mentioned, yet it still reads as a standalone. And I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 

Home on the Range is highly recommended and geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary faith-based novels with a clean romantic storyline intermixed with family drama and ranch life.


Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 24, 2017

Book Review: Wow

 
Wow: The Good News in Four Words is a hardcover picture book for children, which is written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Annabel Tempest. 

According to the back cover: "The gospel is often called "the Good News," and that's because it's the best news ever! Wow! tells the Good News using four word: Wow! Uh-Oh. Yes! Ah. Bright, joyful illustrations and fun-to-read rhymes walk kids through God's whole story."  

In addition to the creative and whimsical illustrations and faith-based text, there are scripture references featured in the back of the book. According to the Note to Parents section: "This book conveys God's amazing grace and plan of salvation in simple terms children (and grown-ups) will understand and remember. As you read through each part of this story, encourage your child to shout out each focus word: Wow! Uh-oh. Yes! Ahh. Wow!"

In thirty pages, this easy-to-read picture book is geared toward ages four to eight.


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 22, 2017

Blog Hop: Stacking the Shelves, It's Monday, What Are You Reading, Sunday Post, and Mailbox Monday



Welcome to new visitors and returning readers! My blog, Reading with Beth, focuses on reading, particularly book reviews, blog hops, reading challenges, and giveaways. And I'm participating in the following weekly blog hops: Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading. Links to these sites are listed towards the end of this post.

This week, my reading focus was primarily fiction, including a couple of audiobooks. Her Accidental Husband is a part of an enjoyable four book series, called The Sorensen Family. Recently, I read and reviewed Her Surprise Engagement, which is actually the fourth book. Since then, I've read (well, listened to) the rest of the series via audiobook. :)




Recent Books:
  • Her Accidental Husband, by Ashlee Mallory
  • Hope Restored, by Carrie Ann Ryan
  • Say No to Joe, by Lori Foster
  • Tempted by the Wrong Twin, by Rachel Bailey
  • The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan
 

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July 17, 2017

Book Review: Hope Restored


Hope Restored is another enjoyable book by Carrie Ann Ryan. This captivating contemporary romance is the third (and most likely final) book in the Gallagher Brothers series.

Among his siblings, Murphy Gallagher is the last remaining bachelor, and he intends on staying single. However, his world has drastically shifted due to cancer, and then Tessa Stone becomes an integral part of his life. In order to move forward with their newly-formed relationship, Tessa has to overcome serious issues in her past, while Murphy's former childhood cancer concerns have re-materialized in the present day.

Along with an emotional cancer storyline, there's a slight underlying mystery. Overall, it's a romantically sweet, yet passionate story with Murphy and Tessa's romantic relationship being very descriptive. The main characters are highly captivating, while the secondary characters add depth and additional humor to the story. 

Since it's the third book in Gallagher Brothers series, it's ideal to start with the first book,  even though Hope Restored can be read as a standalone. I recommend reading the connected Montgomery Ink series and the entire Gallagher Brothers series to fully meet the extensive list of Montgomery and Gallagher family members, as well as to fully comprehend the strength and love in the secondary characters' relationships and interactions.  

With Murphy as the last single Gallagher, I'm disappointed that this is probably the end of the Gallagher Brothers series, yet I'm looking forward to upcoming books in the Montgomery Ink series and additional spin-off series! :)

Hope Restored is recommended and geared towards those who enjoy reading passionate and descriptive contemporary romances.


Note: I received this book from the author, who provided ARC copies for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for ebooks, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Say No to Joe


Say No to Joe?, by Lori Foster is a contemporary romance with some suspense and a slight mystery underlying the theme of family and love.

Despite the story starting with Joe Winston recovering from injuries occurring after a date, he proclaims that he's interested in Luna Clark and has been wanting to date her for months. His statements and dating actions don't quite match up, yet he doesn't date another woman after Luna shows up at his house requesting help.

As the new guardian of her late cousin's kids, Luna is moving to a small town to care for the kids she's never met. Since there are unknown individuals attempting to hurt her new family, Luna invites Joe along to help them. While Joe is definitely an alpha with protective hero tendencies, despite his bad-boy style and intense work history, he has also attracted danger that follows him to their new town.  

As the story continues, Joe and Luna attempt a relationship with a lot of drama and danger surrounding them and the kids, who are adorably entertaining in their interactions with Joe and Luna. This book is a reissue, which is quite evident with the mention of VCRs and movie rental shops. 

Say No to Joe? is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances with a little mystery intermixed in the story.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 15, 2017

Blog Hop: Mailbox Monday, Stacking the Shelves, What Are You Reading, and Sunday Post

My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in the following blog hops: Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, Stacking the Shelves, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading. Links to these sites are listed towards the end of this post. It's quite enjoyable to visit other blogs and discover new book suggestions and reading ideas!


Welcome to new visitors and returning followers! My blog focuses on reading, particularly book reviews, blog hops, reading challenges, and giveaways.

This week, my reading focus was primarily fiction, including contemporary and historical romance, as well as a couple of fun children's books. :)







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Children's Books:
  

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Book Review: Her Cowboy's Promise


Her Cowboy's Promise, by Jennifer Hoopes is an emotional contemporary romance, and the first book in the Fly Creek series.

Three years ago, Emily White moved to the small town of Fly Creek, Wyoming, after the tragic death of her fiance. She steadily kept to herself, while focusing on her paintings and art gallery shop, until she meets Adam Conley.

Adam arrives in town and works as a hired ranch hand only to fulfill his promise to his cousin. However, Adam doesn't yet reveal the terms of the promise, nor immediately disclose the life-altering secrets that he's hiding. As the story unfolds, Emily and Adam's attraction and friendship continues to build, despite their past continuing to interfere with their future together. Both characters are extremely emotional and intensely dramatic.

Her Cowboy's Promise is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances, particularly stories involving emotional issues.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 14, 2017

Book Review: Never Kiss a Highlander


Never Kiss a Highlander, by Michele Sinclair is an intriguing historical highlander romance.

After twelve years, Hamish MacBrieve is temporarily leaving the McTiernay clan to return home to Foinaven Castle, where his brother is laird instead of him. While helping his brother strengthen the clan and provide protection from recent enemies, Hamish falls for Mairead MacMhathain, who was only ten years old when he last left home and the much younger sister of his former love. Despite plenty of drama and secrets, Mairead and Hamish form a friendship that leads to love. Both characters are determined and entertaining, which provides an captivating story.

Since it's the sixth book in The McTiernays series, it's ideal to start with the first book to meet all the secondary characters, yet it's not necessary to read the books in order. 

Never Kiss a Highlander is rgeared towards those who enjoy reading historical romances, particularly stories involving highlanders.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Casual Affair


Casual Affair, by Melanie Munton is an interesting contemporary romance.

Zane Price is temporarily living in the United States, while working abroad from England. His employer's company is focused on opening a new store, and Bea Paxton's interior design business is hired to assist.

Zane and Bea's first introduction is through an entertaining paintball game, and they attempt to mute their instant attraction, due to to their business relationship. However, their romantic attraction continues and precedes other decisions, except their work-related concerns. Zane is a micro-manager and workaholic, while Bea insists on control at work, which provides them with plenty of opportunities to argue about work decisions and try to tame their on-going attraction.

Casual Affair is a lighthearted, yet intensely romantic story and geared towards those who prefer reading contemporary romance books.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: One Week with the Marine


One Week with the Marine, by Allison Gatta is an interesting contemporary romance.

Holden Morris and Avery Forrester have been friends with benefits for many years, while she has worked as a travel photographer and he has served in the military. Recently, Holden has decided that he wanted Avery to commit to a relationship, since he wants to marry her and have children. However, Avery believes that commitment will ruin their friendship, despite only wanting one man.

As the story unfolds, Holden and Avery are insecure about their friendship and very lonely without each other. Both have plenty of family drama, especially dealing with Holden's parents making inappropriate comments. Avery's best friend is in a relationship crisis of her own, which seems like enough material for a future book.

One Week with the Marine is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romance books.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 12, 2017

Book Review: The Importance of Being Scandalous


The Importance of Being Scandalous, by Kimberly Bell is an entertaining historical romance, and the first book in the Tale of Two Sisters series.

After two years, Nicholas Wakefield has returned home, and he is finally planning to romantically pursue Amelia Bishop - his best friend from childhood whom he has loved for years. However, she's already engaged!

Even though her parents encouraged her engagement, Amelia isn't ready to marry, and she'd rather spend time with Nicholas instead of her fiance. After finding out about her fiance's true unappealing nature, Amelia (along with her sister's assistance) unsuccessfully tries to end their engagement in various ostentatious ways. 

Due to the captivating characters, enjoyable conversations, and entertaining situations, I'm looking forward to eventually reading the next book, A Scandal by Any Other Name, in this series.

The Importance of Being Scandalous is recommended and geared towards those who prefer reading historical romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Bonding Games


Bonding Games, by Cathryn Fox is an interesting contemporary romance.

Holly Fairfax is determined to live independently and succeed in her job. During a work retreat, Holly is partnered with fellow employee, Josh Steele, who is actually working undercover for Holly's father. As a former Navy SEAL, Josh accepts this job believing that Holly's life might be in danger.

In addition to the possible danger, hidden secrets, and work bonding games, Holly and Josh start an intense romantic relationship.

Bonding Games is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romance books.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.