The Lost Love Song

The Lost Love Song: A Novel by Minnie Darke releases on October 13, 2020. This is a book that I saw getting great early reviews and was intrigued by the story. This story was told over multiple perspectives all centered around when they heard a love song. It was a heartwarming story full of heartbreak and romance. Thank you to Ballantine Books via Netgalley for this review copy.

About the Author: Minnie Darke is the internationally acclaimed author of Star-Crossed, which was published in more than 30 countries. She lives in Tasmania with her family, and there is always music.

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Awaking Wonder

“A child fashioned by a wonder-filled life will cultivate inner strength, a confidence in his own ability
to think, evaluate, and know. But those who influence children must fight to protect time for the imagination
to have space to work, to have time to engage.”
― Sally Clarkson, Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child’s Heart to the Beauty of Learning

Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child’s Heart to the Beauty of Learning by Sally Clarkson is a new book for parents. I have read most of Sally Clarkson’s books and enjoy her podcast. This book was well written and the author shared from her own experiences as a mother. This book says it is for any parent, but felt more like a book for parents that homeschool. As a previous homeschool parent, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more a few years ago when our family was homeschooling. I did find it encouraging and as a resource for promoting a love of learning into my household. I would highly recommend this book for parents and especially those that homeschool. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy. Please visit readingthemes on Instagram for a giveaway of this book.

About the Author:

Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of multiple bestselling books, including Own Your Life, The Lifegiving Home with her daughter Sarah, Desperate with Sarah Mae, and Different with her son Nathan. As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of women through Whole Heart Ministries and Mom Heart conferences. Sally also encourages many through her website,, and on her popular podcast, At Home With Sally.

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Confessions On The 7:45

Confessions on the 7:45: A Novel by Lisa Unger releases on October 6, 2020. This thriller was very twisty and was an enjoyable book. The story is told from several perspectives to tell a story that all connects so well by the end. Two women meet on a train and share their secrets which is just the beginning of their lives changing and finding out the truth about their lives. I would highly recommend this book to those that enjoy a good thriller. Thanks to Park Row via Netgalley for this review copy.

About the Author:

Lisa Unger is the NYT bestselling author of 18 novels. Her books are published in 26 languages, with millions of readers worldwide. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Agatha Christie. Her work has been voted “Best of the Year” or top picks by Today, People, GMA, EW, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. She has written for the NYT, WSJ, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives in Florida with her family.

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Slaying the Giant of Fear

Slaying the Giant of Fear by Krissy Nelson is a Christian non-fiction book. The story of David and Goliath is prevalent throughout this book to show how to face our fears. There is a lot of scripture used to support her ideas of how to fight fear. The author shares from her own experiences and the lessons she has learned to overcome fear. This book was an easy read and one that I read as a chapter a day. Thanks to Chosen Books for this review copy.

About the Author:

Krissy Nelson carries a passion to release life and hope into your heart so you can walk in all that you were created for. A published author and TV show host, Krissy and her husband, Donovan, and their two children live on the beautiful Gulf Coast of the United States. Her ministry is located in Pensacola, Florida. Learn more at

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The Edge of Belonging

The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox is a new Christian fiction book with dual timelines sharing an adoption story. I really enjoyed this book that portrayed people so lifelike and full of struggles that we all can relate to. The ending had me in tears and I really felt all of the emotions with this story. My favorite character was Pearl and she seemed like the epitome of a wonderful pastor’s wife and mother. I would highly recommend reading this great new book. This was a fantastic debut novel and I am looking forward to reading the author’s future books. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

About the Author:

Amanda Cox is a blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, but her first love is communicating through story. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology and a master’s degree in professional counseling. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her husband and their three children.

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Nine by Rachelle Dekker

Nine by Rachelle Dekker is a new mystery book. A young girl has lost her memory and happens upon a diner. There she finds a waitress that is willing to help her escape from the men chasing her. They look for a woman that may have the answers. This was fast paced and I enjoyed it. There are federal agents and government cover ups to make this an interesting story. The ending felt open for a follow up book. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

About the Author: Rachelle Dekker is the Christy Award-winning author of The ChoosingThe Calling, and The Returning in the Seer series.The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker and coauthor with him of The Girl behind the Red Rope,Rachelle was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full-time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their son, Jack. Connect with Rachelle at

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The Dazzling Truth

The Dazzling Truth: A Novel by Helen Cullen  is a new book set in Ireland. The setting sounds beautiful on a small island in Ireland. Especially during this pandemic, it is nice to still be able to travel through stories. I enjoyed that one of the main characters was a potter and that is not a profession which is mentioned in a lot of books. This story spans over several years to tell about a young couple and their growing family. This fictional book gives a very real portrayal of mental illness. It shows the effects on a young woman and then how her decisions shape the lives of her family. I personally did not enjoy this book. After reading 80% of the book, the storyline completely changed directions. The summary felt misleading for this book and its content. Thanks to Graydon House via Netgalley for this review copy.

About the author:

HELEN CULLEN wrote her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, while completing the Guardian/UEA novel writing program. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies from University College Dublin and is currently studying further at Brunel. Prior to writing full-time, Helen worked in journalism, broadcasting and most recently as a creative events and engagement specialist. Helen is Irish and currently lives in London.

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The Kids Are Gonna Ask

The Kids Are Gonna Ask: A Novel by Gretchen Anthony releases on July 28, 2020. This contemporary fiction book follows seventeen year old twins as they search for their biological dad. Their story is public being told over a podcast and drama ensues. My favorite character was the biodad and I felt like this was a character driven book told from multiple perspectives. There was a lot of depth as the teenagers are still mourning the loss of their mom and all of the emotion of meeting their dad for the first time. Thank you to Park Row via Netgalley for this review copy.

About the Author:

GRETCHEN ANTHONY is the author of Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, which was a Midwestern Connections Pick and a best books pick by Amazon, BookBub, PopSugar, and the New York Post. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Medium, and The Write Life, among others. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.

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Don’t Keep Silent


Don’t Keep Silent by Elizabeth Goddard is a new Christian fiction book. This is the third book in the Uncommon Justice series and the first one that I have read. I was able to enjoy this book as a stand alone novel, but it did refer to a past that would have been  from the previous books. This book focuses on an investigation of a missing person in Jackson Hole. There is suspense and romance as an investigative reporter and a former DEA agent work together. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.


About the Author:
Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling author of more than 40 books, including Never Let Go, Always Look Twice, and the Carol Award-winning The Camera Never Lies. Her Mountain Cove series books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Awards and the Carol Awards. Goddard is a seventh-generation Texan and can be found online at

Here are the first 2 books in the Uncommon Justice series:

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