May was filled with some great books. Too hard to name a favorite. This was the most amount of books I have read in a month. Looking forward to more great summer reading in June. Hope you are enjoying some good books and hope you can find some new summer reading from these recommendations:
The Road Home by Beverly Lewis a book that I received from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. In this historical fiction book, a young woman in an Amish family, has to move away after her parents pass away. She has to leave her siblings to go where she can make money to support them. She yearns to return home to be with her siblings, but she learns to be content and makes new friends. The book was an easy read and I would recommend this book for those that enjoy Christian fiction. Also, you may enjoy A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot.
Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer was wonderful. This story was so moving and honest. Two sisters have a special bond after the oldest sister takes on a parental role after their father dies. The mother has trouble coping and moves the girls to a sect. The girls are miserable there and after leaving they go to college and start their careers. Over the years, the younger sister develops a drug addiction. After getting pregnant, she calls her older sister. The story shares the hardships of drug addiction and how it affects everyone in the family. I have added her other books to my TBR. If you enjoyed this, I would recommend The Queen of Hearts, Educated, and The Great Alone.
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon is a historical fiction book about Anastasia Romanov. I had trouble getting into the story at times because it jumps around in so many different time periods. I was glad I finished though because the ending was really good. Do not read any spoilers about this book before you read it. If you have read it, please leave a comment about your opinion of this book.
The Optimist’s Guide To Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert was one that I thoroughly enjoyed and surpassed my expectations. This story is about three generations of women. The grandmother has a secret that she finally shares with her family. The mother lost her husband a few years ago and runs a food truck. The daughter is learning about being a teenager without her dad. The three come together and find the family that they need. I really recommend this book. I listened to it on audio.
Raising World Changers In A Changing World by Kristen Welch was a book I received from Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Kristen does a wonderful job sharing experiences from her own family as they strive to help others. Working in ministry, her family focuses on giving to others. It is a whole family effort where the kids and parents work together to give to others and to think about those that are less fortunate. Each chapter, offers practical ways to make changes in your own family. Also, she asks her children some questions to get a child’s perspective. I would also recommend her other book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World.
Love And Luck by Jenna Evans Welch is the new follow up to Love and Gelato. This YA book was a great lighter read. Addie and her family are vacationing in Ireland and she plans to visit Lina (from Love and Gelato) in Italy. Her plans change as her brother made different plans to travel around Ireland visiting places that a band had been to and end up at a music festival. I think I enjoyed Love and Gelato more, but this was an enjoyable read.
Having A Martha Home The Mary Way by Sarah Mae was better than I expected. The cleaning tips and schedule suggestions were helpful, but I really enjoyed the encouraging words about our hearts and changing ourselves. I listened to this on audio.
Breaking The Fear Cycle by Maria Furlough was one I received from Revell in exchange for my honest review. The book was written to give advice on overcoming anxiety. She gave examples from her own life and her experience in giving birth to a child with health issues that only survived a few hours after birth. The book is set up that it can be used for a group discussion. Each chapter has questions at the end for reflection.
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell was such a great book that I read it in one day. This YA historical fiction book was less than 300 pages and the story was fast paced. Set after WWII, Evie and her family vacation in Florida. She meets an older man and falls in love and is thrust into a mystery involving her parents. She never learns the truth and it was very enjoyable.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert was a book club pick. Fair warning, there is some language. This YA fantasy novel was creative since it was about a fairy tale world in the real world. I could appreciate the good fantasy story, but did not love it.
The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis was a good audiobook. I really enjoy books told in two different time periods. The story is told in the present and in the 1950’s as a reporter is looking into the past at what happened at the Barbizon in New York. There was mystery involved in this historical fiction book and really enjoyed it. Fair warning, there are some racy parts. A similar recommendation would be The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.
The Lifegiving Parent: Giving Your Child a Life Worth Living for Christ by Clay and Sally Clarkson is one I received from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed Sally’s other books and her podcast always is encouraging. This book offers practical steps to implement into being a lifegiving parent. At the end of the book, is their list of 24 Family Ways that are something I would like to add to our family. I really enjoyed this book and felt encouraged and motivated to make some positive changes in our family life. There is also a companion resource available here. I would recommend Desperate by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae.
The Dry by Jane Harper was a great mystery and suspense novel. When Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for a funeral he becomes involved in solving their murder. While working on the case, it causes him to look at the unsolved case of how his other friend from high school really died. It was a great suspenseful read and the setting in Australia was a bonus and I am going to read her next book in this series, The Force of Nature. I would recommend All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda if you enjoyed this.
Tangerine by Christine Mangan has been getting some buzz since it has been picked up for a movie starring Scarlett Johannsen. It took me awhile to get into the story and without spoiling it, my prediction of the twists were wrong. The setting in the 1950’s in Tangier was unique and added to the story. It was one that I felt unsettled after reading and that is not a bad thing. If you enjoy twisty psychological thrillers you would enjoy this story.
Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee is one that I listened to on audio. The narrators did a great job with the various accents and telling the story. The story is about two Chinese American sisters and their relationship. One sister had a mental illness that affected them both.
Circe by Madeline Miller is a popular book right now and not a favorite of mine. It took at least 200 pages into it to keep me interested in the story. This story is based on Greek mythology and about Circe the goddess. There was a lot of fantasy in it and if you enjoy mythology, I would recommend it for you. If you have read it, what is your opinion?
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis was such a refreshing book to listen to on audio. Rachel offers encouraging and practical advice for women and mothers. For similar books, see this post for books for moms.
How To Walk Away by Katherine Center. I received it from The Girlfriend in exchange for my honest review. There has been a lot of buzz for this book and I was a little disappointed when I read it. The characters just did not do it for me. A woman goes on an airplane ride with her boyfriend and crashes. The story takes place mostly during her recovery in the hospital. It was a nice lighter read for more of a romance genre. If you enjoy medical settings, I would recommend The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. Another similar book I would recommend is You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac.
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