The Wicked Redhead

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The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams is the second book in this series and both were great on audio. There is a dual timeline for two different women and I really like the character of Ella.  I believe there is supposed to be a third book and I definitely want one after the way the second one ended. Beatriz Williams is an author that delivers a solid historical fiction book every time.

I also listened to the first book on audio:

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If You Want To Make God Laugh

“But you couldn’t outrun your fears because that was the thing about fear: it was a shadow you could never shake, and it was fit and it was fast and it would always, always be there just a split second behind you.”- page 364

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Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais is a book that had been on my TBR for awhile and one of my resolutions this year to is read more backlist titles. This book had a slow start, but told such a beautiful and moving story. This historical fiction book is set in South Africa in the 1970’s and covers topics of race and discrimination.

If You Want To Make God Laugh by Biana Marais is set in South Africa in the 1990’s from the perspective of 3 different women. This book felt very different from the first book and I did enjoy both.

If you enjoyed these books, then I would highly recommend reading:

 

 

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In Five Years

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In Five Years: A Novel by Rebecca Serle is the first book that has really caught my attention during this quarantine time.  This book delivered and once I started, I was immersed into the story and really enjoyed this book.  This book was not what I expected and I think that added to me enjoying this story even more. This book has friendship, romance, grief, and depth that was very well done. What have you been reading this week?

If you enjoyed this book then I would recommend reading:

 

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Thinking Like A Boss

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Thinking Like a Boss: Uncover and Overcome the Lies Holding You Back from Success by Kate Crocco is a new non-fiction book. Even though I may not be the target audience for this book since I am currently a stay at home mom, I did come away encouraged. I did enjoy this book and would highly recommend anyone that runs their own company to read this book and learn ways to improve their companies. The author shares from her own life the struggles she faced to become her own boss and her strategies to think like a boss.  Thanks to Baker Books for this review copy.

Kate Crocco

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With All Your Heart

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With All Your Heart by Christine Hoover is a new Christian non-fiction book. This book was encouraging to read over these past few weeks with all of the uncertainty and fear that we are faced with. The author shares personal experiences from her own life to show how we can focus on God as our King instead of our anxiety and things that bring us down. The book had Scripture verses to support how we can focus on the one true King instead of all the distractions of our world. Thanks to Baker Books for this review copy. What are some ways you are staying encouraged during this time?

About the Author:
Christine Hoover is a pastor’s wife, mom of three boys, host of the By Faith podcast, and author of several books, including Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time, Messy Beautiful Friendship, and From Good to Grace. Her work has appeared on Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and For the Church. Originally from Texas, Christine and her family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they planted a church in 2008. Find her at her home online at GraceCoversMe.com.

I have also enjoyed :

 

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The Grace Kelly Dress

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The Grace Kelly Dress: A Novel by Brenda Janowitz is a new book that shares the stories of 3 women and how their lives intersect around a wedding gown. The wedding gown is modeled after Grace Kelly’s wedding gown and shares how the dress was made. I personally enjoy stories like these that have different timelines and this one takes place in the 1950’s, 1980’s, and 2020. Overall, this book met my expectations and I enjoyed it. Thanks to Graydon House Books and Netgalley for this review copy. I love reading on my Kindle Fire 10 that I received for Christmas and have access to so many Kindle books.

About the Author:
Brenda Janowitz is the author of five novels, including The Dinner Party and Recipe for a Happy Life. She is the Books Correspondent for PopSugar. Brenda’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Salon, Redbook, and the New York Post. She lives in New York.

If you enjoyed this book, then I would recommend reading:

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Regretting You

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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover is a new book that I purchased at her Cincinnati author event. My IRL book club read this for our February book. Overall as a group, we rated it between a 3-4 out of 5 stars. Our hostess served us lasagna and chocolate cake which were Clara’s favorite meal. Some other fun food ideas are to serve Jolly Ranchers and suckers, macaroni and cheese sandwiches or macaroni and cheese appetizers.

I have also read a few of her other books:

 

 

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Praying Women

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Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say by Sheila Walsh is a new Christian non-fiction book for women. This book offers practical ways to become a praying person whether you never pray or want to improve the way you pray. Sheila Walsh shares from her own life experiences to show the ways her prayer life has changed over the years.  I would highly recommend this book and it is one I plan to reread again in the future. Thanks to Baker Books for this book to review.

Sheila Walsh

I also enjoyed her previous book:

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Mystery Series

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Two Girls Down: A Novel (An Alice Vega Novel) by Louisa Luna was a great mystery involving a private investigator who is hired to find two missing girls. The mystery was good and not one I saw coming. Alice Vega is a great main character who is tough and smart. Her and her partner make a great team and I enjoyed this story.

The Janes: An Alice Vega Novel by Louisa Luna is the second Alice Vega book and they can be read as a stand alone. I personally would recommend reading in order since the second book references the first one. Alice and Max team up again to find the killer of two Jane Doe’s.

 

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Fight Your Fears

C4A7AD4A-E83D-46E9-9207-90B9C92ECF0CFight Your Fears: Trusting God’s Character and Promises When You Are Afraid by Kristen Wetherell is a new Christian non-fiction book. I read a chapter a day in this book and felt so encouraged. Each chapter ends with verses from the Bible and questions for you to go deeper with what you read. This book gives tools to overcome your fears about God and your life. The writing was wonderful and I would highly recommend this book. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.

About the Author:
Kristen Wetherell is a writer, a Bible teacher, and the content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the author, along with Sarah Walton, of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering. She has contributed to the Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Revive Our Hearts. She and her husband, Brad, live with their daughter in the Chicago suburbs.

 

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