Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Summer Reading Recommendations + Giveaway!



Summer is just around the corner! I am excited to have a break from homeschooling for a little bit and although I will be writing like a madwoman to meet deadlines, I hope to squeeze in some much-needed reading time as well. 

Whether you are taking road trips, hanging by the pool, or escaping to the lake this summer...Here are a few books that I HIGHLY recommend you take along with you. I have included links to purchase each book. Don't forget to check out sites like Audible, Christian Audio, and SCRIBD for access to Audiobooks, ebooks, and more (free trials are great!).


A Light on a Hill
by Connilyn Cossette

"This is biblical fiction at its finest! Engrossing, engaging, and stunningly written." Roseanna

Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.


Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way. (Amazon)





If I Run Series 
by Terri Blackstock

"Powerful and riveting! I loved each installment, and the series ended with a bang!" - Roseanna



Casey knows the truth.


But it won’t set her free.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet. (Goodreads - If I Run)



Across the Blue 
by Carrie Turansky

"I'm thoroughly enjoying this charming and delightful glimpse of aviation in its early days." - Roseanna

Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.


Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down? (Goodreads)



Giveaway
In honor of these fabulous books, I am giving away a PRINT copy of Across the Blue to ONE lucky winner!
Giveaway ends 6/12/18 at 11:59pm EDT
Open to US mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited.



28 comments:

  1. Love the list of books! Will be reading some this summer for sure!! Also, summer reading giveaways are my fav haha!!!

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  2. I already read this! It was sooo interesting! Great story! Have fun reading. I have lots on my pile.

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  3. My family and I plan to spend time at the pool, with extended family, at the library, and lots of playing outside!

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  4. No big plans, it’s sort of hard to get away when you own a small business.
    We are hoping to take a few days off in July and head down to Florida.

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  5. We don't have any summer plans this year, just playing it by ear, lol.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  6. All fabulous stories!!! Just chillin' out around our VA home for the most part and later on taking a trip to NC to keep on cleaning out that house. Fun, fun! :-)

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  7. Planning on doing some family camping and tending our garden!

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  8. Kinda like last year - we are pretty much staying put (the grown-ups, anyway) - my daughter has a week and a half of missions trip (only an hour from home) and a week of overnight camp - both kids - we will be empty nesters for SIX DAYS), Reading sounds WONDERFUL - the Biblical intrigues me (which probably won't surprise you LOL) - are their actual biblical characters in it, or is it simply set during that time? I will have to grab that one for sure at some point.

    Thanks for the reviews!

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    1. There are a few actual Biblical characters (the high priest, etc.) but mostly fictional ones. It focuses on the forming of cities of refuge, though, so lots of actual history in there. SO GOOD.

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  9. I'm adding these to my beach reading list! I have a lot of ocean time planned!

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  10. It’s a great list! I have A Light on the Hill coming. A friend has loaned me If I Live. The only thing I’m missing is Across the Blue which you happen to be giving away. It’s such a beautiful cover!
    perrianne(DOT)askew(AT)me(DOT)com
    Perrianne

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  11. Have read them all, good luck to all who have entered. You will enjoy ACROSS THE BLUE, it was a delightful read, as were all those listed here!!

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  12. I read the If I Run series and enjoyed them so much, even though I'm not much of a suspense reader normally. Great recommendations!

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  13. Being in the play beauty and the Beast. I have just started reading Carrie Turansky's books. And I have been wanting to read Across the Blue!

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  14. My plans this Summer are to read and write as much as possible. All of these books sound so interesting--and I've wanted to read "Across the Blue" ever since it came out. :)

    CutePolarBear

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  15. I love the books offered, my plans are to read & catch up on some projects I am working on.

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  16. What an exciting story this synopsis presents! i would enjoy reading this book. Vivian Furbay jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

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  17. An excellent list for summer. Summer plans included reading, reading, reading, and catching up on some outdoor planting.

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  18. Lovely list! I am actually planning on getting way more books read and doing some day trips with my children.

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  19. Work, SLEEP(I work nights), and go to a family reunion.

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  20. Ooooh, I want to win this! :-)

    -Grace

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    1. Oh, and as far as summer plans, I'd like to (hopefully) do some relaxing, and a lot of reading!

      -Grace

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  21. Elizabeth LittonJune 11, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    My summer plans consist of working on my family's farm, babysitting, working at a preschool camp, and of course reading many books!

    eclitton@gmail.com

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  22. My summer plans consist of painting the living room, sorting clothes and decluttering the house. Bible study and reading books.

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  23. We don't really have any formal summer plans, but I hope to spend some lazy days at the pool with some great reads!

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  24. Summer plans are to read, quilt and go jeeping in Colorado with my Hubbie. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. thank you for the chance. We are hoping to go to the beach. Thank you

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