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Had Me From the Opening Pages

This is one of those books that had me from the opening pages. Amanda Dykes writes with lyrical, gentle prose that will draw you into this deep story.

Whose Waves These Are is an intriguing story set in a small fishing community called Ansel-by-the-Sea (yes, the rest of the story is equally as poetic). Annie Bliss returns to the town--once a refuge in her youth--to help her GrandBob (now that he is the one who needs help) and we learn more about their pasts as the story unfolds.

The story is woven together beautifully and effortlessly and I loved the journey from past to present. Dykes has created beautiful characters whose stories are carefully unwrapped, like a gift, as you turn the pages. I didn't realize this was Amanda Dykes' first novel; I can't wait to read what she has in store for us next!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

A Promising Opener for the Bride Ships Series

I've enjoyed so many of Jody Hedlund's novels, so I was eager to get my hands on A Reluctant Bride, the first release in The Bride Ships series.

From the start of the book, we are immersed in Mercy's life--and what a bleak future she faces. She lives in a slum and has so few choices--so she chooses to join the bride ship to have a hope of a future (and hopefully ensure a better one for her sister). Instead of everything going quite as planned, though, she finds herself drawn to a man on deck, Joseph Colville. Problem is, he's the ship's surgeon--not to mention, she's supposed to be with one of the men waiting on shore for a bride from this ship.

I was really intrigued by this series (The Bride Ships) and excited to experience a story from this time in history. For some reason, I'm drawn to stories set at sea, so this was a good read for me. Hedlund paints vivid scenes of the realities of the time (from the ship to Mercy's London slum) and I really enjoy…

Fresh Encouragement You Need

Eeeeeeee!! Whenever there is a new release from Leanna Tankersley, I get pretty excited. Why? Well, her books are kind of the perfect thing to read while on a soft couch with a cup of tea. It's basically like having a cup of tea with a friend. Or like fresh air that smells like leaves floating through the window. So obviously I needed to get my hands on Always We Begin Again.

Do you ever find that authors publish books at just the right time to speak to something in your life? That's been the case with Tankersley and me. This book spoke right to my heart. Always We Begin again is the encouragement I needed just now (and--let's be honest--you could probably use some encouragement too).

First things first--how beautiful is this book? A sharp black, silver, and gold hardcover with gorgeous fonts; one look at this book and you want to pick it up. Inside, you'll find 100 days of readings in perfectly digestible chunks. Each one starts with a Bible verse, then a devotional, …

Re-focus on What's Most Important

Ok, yes, I'm in the midst of renovations. I have piles of interior design books and, with my mind constantly thinking about renos and updates, this book caught my eye. Turns out, instead of all the design books, this is the one I needed.

Framed around elements of design, like movement, emphasis, pattern, contrast, balance, and space, Tracy Steel offers Christian advice on how to re-align your life when things just aren't going as planned.

Steel's writing style is fun and friendly, and this book was such a good reminder of what's really important. It will get you re-centered in the midst of the chaos of life.

Also, this book is just plain fun. It's just my style, with journalling questions at the end of each chapter, plus design tips (if you're still hungry for that sort of thing).

I highly recommend this for anyone experiencing some change in their life. And aren't we always in the midst of renovations?

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in…