The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron – Atmospheric Jazz Under the Big Top

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Ringmaster’s Wife

About the Book:
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)
Source: Publisher Provided via Litfuse Tour
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Some novels pull you in with an instantaneous “tug” that grabs hold of your reader’s heart, and refuses to let go long after a well-designed opening. Such was the case with Kristy Cambron’s marvelous gem of a novel. Beginning with the “end” and tumbling back three years prior to the prologue, I don’t think there is ever a dull moment in this novel. Before I step further into my thoughts of ‘Ringmaster,’ let me introduce you to the characters you’ll meet.  

Life for Mable Burton hasn’t turned out as she’d have imagined. Even after she left her small-town America home to chase her dreams, as the 20th Century approaches, feeling content continues to elude Mable.

Everything changes when she meets the charismatic John Ringling. 

Over two decades later, Lady Rosamund Easling is facing a difficult decision. Her family is pressuring her to marry well, but the life she was born to holds little appeal. Then an American Irishman, Colin, walks into her life. A man she meets by chance when one of her father’s business dealings brings him to their estate. Through a series of events, Rosamund leaves for America with Colin where she becomes a part of the circus family Colin feels so closely connected to. But will she find peace in these dreams? 
So you see, it's the journey we're after - not the reward. - Kristy Cambron

Counting the ways this novel met and surpassed my expectations is impossible. Every once in a while (and with greater frequency each new book season), there is that one story that, as a book blogger, you find a challenge to write about. Mere words cannot seem to properly convey or compliment the beauty inside their pages. One such novel is The Ringmaster’s Wife. Kristy’s eye for detail and marriage of the two genres (semi-autobiographical and fiction) work effortlessly in a timeless fashion of joy and exotic experiences. The characters are equal parts complex, compassionate and passionate people who are all unforgettable. I loved the way Rosamund searches for her dreams; Collin’s steadfast friendship and support; and the gentle wisdom Mable uses to help support them both.   

If I’m being detailed, think I liked Rosamund’s story best. Reason being I often find myself preferring the “present” story in duel generation stories. That said the romance of Mable’s story is priceless and beautiful. Both are strong women who I admired greatly not only for who they were, but for the manner in which they faced their fears and challenges. Though once a blank canvas that was but an inkling of an idea for this talented author, the rich tapestry filling in that blank space is remarkable. Everything within these pages proves this novel’s subtle beauty time and again.  

Those who love costume dramas (like The Great Gatsby, Downton Abbey or the like) or historical fiction in general must read The Ringmaster’s Wife. It’s an absorbing and atmospheric story with the intoxicating age of jazz as its backdrop, all of which takes place under the mesmerizing “big top.”
The Ringmaster’s Wife Kristy Cambron

Synopsis: What is revealed when you draw back the curtain of the Greatest Show on Earth?

Rosamund Easling is no stranger to opulence. As the daughter of an earl, she’s grown up with every comfort money can buy. But when hard times befall the family’s Yorkshire estate in the aftermath of the Great War, Rosamund’s father sells her beloved horse, setting the stage for a series of events that would extend beyond even her wildest dreams.

Though expected to marry for a title instead of love, Rosamund feels called to a different life – one of adventure outside the confines of a ladies’ parlor. She abandons all she’s known and follows in pursuit as her horse is shipped to the new owner – an American entertainer by the name of John Ringling. Once introduced to the Ringling Brothers’ circus and knowing she has much to learn, Rosamund agrees to a bareback riding apprenticeship in the shadow of the Ringlings’ winter home—Ca’D’Zan. It is at that mansion, in what would become the last days of the enigmatic Mable Ringling’s life, that Rosamund finds a deeper sense of purpose in the life she’s been given, and the awakening of faith in her heart. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Kristy Cambron: Harry Houdni’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.

Boston, 1926. Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.

In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.

Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. - Goodreads, March 2017

Sincere thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes. 

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Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh – a Complex Contemporary Novel with Depth

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Change of Heart Courtney Walsh
About the Book:
Publisher: Tyndale House
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Paper Hearts, 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5  
As a reader who (for reasons unknown) best loves the contemporary genre, reading Courtney Walsh’s novels was high on my priority list. But despite best intentions I’d not opened the pages to discover her brand of Story. Until now. Inside these pages, a story of joy, disappointment, betrayal and the healing power of forgiveness unfold, all of which rises to the surface as each of these layers is beautifully peeled away. 

Change of Heart introduces us to Evelyn, a woman swept away by the charm and charisma that is Christopher Brandt. Now, married to him, Evelyn is living a life most people only dream of. Her husband is a young senator whose political ambitions are expected to continues to make headlines. But today he’s making the worst kind of news. The FBI arrests him on charges of embezzlement and Evelyn finds herself on the receiving end of a warrant to search her home. It’s this series of events that leads Evelyn back to Trevor Whitney, one of her friends from college. 

With her future uncertain and the life she and her husband built in tatters, Evelyn, must find a way to begin again and learn what plans this new future has for her.
...that's what makes them different from us. We get to choose if we want to add purpose to our days. - Courtney Walsh
If I were to summarize this novel in a few short words I’d happily conclude that Change of Heart is a delight from beginning to end. There are so many moments and experiences that place the story on a platform that is second to none. Though always pleasant, this is far from being a mere romance. It’s a story of loss and again finding joy in the face of adversity. This is all in owning to Courtney’s beautifully flawed and human characters. Evelyn is an interesting woman. She represents each of us in our fear of stepping out and for some of us, standing up for ourselves. We all suffer from some sense of being disconnected to the world because we’re afraid to emerge from our comfort zone and rely on faith. Her journey is a lovely thing to experience.
Then there is Trevor. This is a complex and multi-layered hero unlike any I’ve yet met. Trevor is a victim of unrequited love (by his own choice), but he doesn’t fall into the usual tropes this sort of character ordinarily associates. I admired him for the way he removed himself from Evelyn’s life and loved him all the more for the gentleman he was when she unexpectedly reenters his life. Their relationship becomes complex and somehow, romantic (in subtle ways) as the novel furthers. Though, I have to admit I was surprised by the many times they left each other with broken hearts. (Meaning they reached out only to decide a future wasn't possible.)
Contemporary romance readers must read Change of Heart. It’s one of those books that stands tall and apart from the crowd because of its bravery in bordering on being “controversial.” Not many novels (in this genre) wade into a romance with such opposition, but then, I’d argue not many (no matter the genre) could make a potentially messy topic work so beautifully. If you’re looking for something new to enjoy while you sit out on the porch in the breezes of summer, pick up Change of Heart.

A Colorado senator’s wife, Evelyn Brandt seems to have it all. But her carefully constructed life comes toppling down when the FBI crashes her society brunch with news that her husband has been arrested for embezzlement, and he’s far from repentant. It turns out this was only the start of his indiscretions―for which he has little regret.

As the weeks following the scandal turn into months, Evelyn withdraws, even shirking her duties with the philanthropic Valentine Volunteers. The inquisitive women of the group are determined not to let Evelyn’s divorce destroy her. They have big plans for her to use her long-forgotten artistic talent to reimagine the city’s iconic lamppost hearts. But doing so will force Evelyn to work closely with Trevor Whitney, her ex-husband’s former best friend. Though she and Trevor used to be close―and he’s been letting her hide in his guesthouse―his gruffness conveys his unease with the situation.

Amid the beauty of Trevor’s farm and the comfort of a paintbrush, Evelyn starts to reclaim the dreams she sacrificed to become the perfect politician’s wife. And as creativity inspires them both, Whit begins to see the girl he fell in love with before his friend―and his own mistakes―stole his chance. Possibilities for a new beginning emerge, but long-kept secrets threaten to ruin everything. After so much time, is a change of heart too much to hope for? - Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the author, Courtney Walsh, for kindly providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Top Ten Tuesday | Best Books of 2016 (So Far)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday
I like to make a fuss (in a good way) about the best books I read throughout the year with an annual end-of-the-year collective post that spotlights those novels. This is why I don’t take the time to make a list of the books best loved mid-year. But today an exception has been made.
Reason being? It’s what the Top Ten Tuesday ladies ordered with the June 21st prompt. 
The Broke and Bookish June 21st Topic 
 Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year  

There have (already) been some amazing novels this year. Yet in spite of this, I always hesitate sharing a “best of” list early in the year (or as is the case today, midway through). Regardless, I have enjoyed putting this list together because above all, we’re here to celebrate amazing fiction or books no matter the genre. In my case, that leaning is always towards fiction since I read very little non-fiction. 

Let’s have a look at some of the novels (stressing this because there are countless others I am not featuring down below. The remedy? I'll have to make a proper deal - which might involve virtual confetti, over  them in my end-of-year best of hullabaloo) that rank among my best novels in 2016.  

1. Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown | I’ve been intending to read this one for a long time, and I finally read it this year. It was a lovely and charming WWI mystery about a heroine who is recruited to spy and the people she must keep at a distance because she doesn’t know who to trust! Amazon | Goodreads
2. Always Watching by Lynette Eason | This is a story I’ve discussed quite a lot and it’s still not enough. I read this one at the beginning of the year, and it’s stuck with me. In short, it’s contemporary-romantic-suspense dynamite.  Amazon | Goodreads
3. Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering | As a fan of all British mystery series (that I’ve seen – everything from Grantchester to ITV’s Marple), I’m a diehard supporter of the Drew Farthering mystery series (and fangirl of the #WeHeartDrew hashtag - which needs to be a thing) by this talented author. Amazon | Goodreads
4. The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert | What more can be said but this: beautiful. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Vendetta by Lisa Harris | So. Good. The question that remains? Where’s book two!? Amazon | Goodreads
6. I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones |  I know, this is another one that’s shown up a lot on my Top Ten Tuesday posts, but honestly, it deserves every one of those mentions. Seriously, this YALit novel is more than whimsical and charming (although it has that down to a science), it’s also has depth. I’m going to be straight with you: this one has already cemented its place on my end-of-the-year “best of” list, no matter what else comes around. Amazon | Goodreads
7. Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge | I read this one with two of my #BookBesties (Cassie and Courtney) in a read-along and OHMYGOSH! It’s so good. It’s the third and final novel in Hillary’s ‘Blue Doors’ series and though it took some turns I didn’t expect, it’s a wonderful end to an enchanting series. Amazon | Goodreads
8. The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan | Like Murdoch Mysteries? Or BBC’s Sherlock? Then reading this 1900s-set Toronto murder mystery is a must! It’s an easy read that’s sure to delight historical fiction aficionados. If you ask me, that makes it a must read. Amazon | Goodreads
9. Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey | This is the first novel in Dani’s new suspense series and I found myself loving it. Much as I loved the Alaskan set McKenna series, this shift in location and the new set of characters is as good if not better. Needless to say, I’m already anticipating Still Life (book two).  Amazon | Goodreads
10. Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh | This is my most recent read. I really enjoyed it and want to thank the author for kindly sending me a copy. It’s about a man who has quietly loved his best friend for years. The snag? She’s married to one of his best friends, an up-and-coming politician. Sound confusing? Perhaps the overview is a bit, but the story and its many layers is anything but. Review will be published later this week. Amazon | Goodreads

That’s it for today’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday. So far the bookish portion of 2016 has shaped up to be amazing. So many great reads, talented authors and uniquely enchanting stories among them. What are some of your favorite reads of this year? Hit the comments with your top picks, and if you’d like, share your Top Ten Tuesday links. I’d love to visit.  
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The Convenient Groom (2016)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Convenient Groom

It’s no secret that I’m a sap for cute Hallmark Channel movies. I become all the more invested in them when I learn they are inspired by the fiction written by one of my (most) favorite inspirational authors, Denise Hunter. Such is the case with tonight’s Hallmark Channel premiere of The Convenient Groom; a snappy little romance that’s akin to a bright ray of sunshine.

Dr. Kate Lawrence (Vanessa Marcil) has a theory. If, on a first date (which happens to be at a coffee house), a man orders anything fancier than a plain black coffee, the woman should “just say no.” In fact this has become Kate’s platform phrase. As a popular blogger and psychiatrist, Kate is an expert on love. She’s even snagged herself the perfect guy and is about to go public with their engagement when Bryan dumps Kate. With cameras and a crowd awaiting her, Kate prepares to tell the truth with her childhood friend, Lucas Wright (David Sutcliffe) sweeps in and pretends to be her fiancé. 

Complications arise as the pair navigates on-camera romantics for Kate’s blog, deal with Lucas’ family all while sorting through their faux engagement and the feelings it inspires in themselves. 

As with every Hallmark Channel movie, this story is absolutely adorable. Much to my shame (and I call myself a fan!), I’ve not read this novel by Denise, but have heard it’s one of her first-class best. Still, even at that, I do know about the novel, and the writers took liberties with this story. Here’s a quick book vs. script rundown. Book: Kate’s fiancé dumps her on their wedding day. Script: Brian breaks up with Kate at their public engagement party. Book: Lucas marries Kate. Script: Lucas plays Kate’s fiancé for the benefit of her career. Likely there are other inconsistencies as well, but those two are the most obvious to pull out.  

Convenient Groom
The timelines also moved at too great a pace early on (in my opinion), but once Lucas and Kate settle into their ruse, things slow to an easier and more natural pacing allowing the characters to "breath." With those minor notations aside, let’s talk about the good. Everything about this telefilm is charming. But what I loved most was the cast. First I must address the obvious which is RORY GILMORE’s father, David Sutcliffe co-stars in this! How cool is that? Yes, Christopher (whom I detest with much joyful glee, I should add), from Gilmore Girls earns leading man status in this. Happily he erased all such reservations with this fabulous role as Mr. Wright. I absolutely adored Vanessa and David’s witty banter. They seemed to play off each other really well which serve the story wonderfully.

This is the only film I’ve seen in Hallmark current “June Weddings” campaign. As good as it is, I’m sad I didn’t see more if this is the style some of the others have taken. The story is as romantic as it is endearing. Seeing Lucas’ family play a role was a nice addition as was the little idiosyncrasies like Kate eating un-ripened fruit. Bottom line, you simply need to watch this one. Especially true if you are looking for a romance that crackles with a wholesome kind of chemistry that is a lost art.  

The Convenient Groom airs tonight on Hallmark Channel! Don’t miss it.

Mr. Selfridge, Series Four (2015)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Mr Selfride and Lady Mae

As we move into the weekend, today I was over on Silver Petticoat adding to their fabulous review archives of period dramas. The particular drama I featured had opportunity to feature was the fourth season of Mr. Selfridge.

Magnificent though it is visually, this was one series I was sure I'd not mourn the loss of. But a funny thing happened as my mother and I watched it. As I watched the final installment, I'll fess up: I had tears in my eyes. What!? I know, that's crazy, but 'tis true. The ending was so bitter sweetly beautiful that it simply couldn't be helped. Fortunately (and wisely), the writer's focused most of their efforts on the characters as they wound through to the final season (ten episodes worth), which I respected greatly.

TV SHOW REVIEW | Mr. Selfridge, Series Three (2014)

Mr Selfridge Dolly Sister

Below I share a snippet of the review and of course, ask you the same questions: did you watch Mr. Selfridge's fourth and final season? What were your opinions on this season? Sound off below with good, bad or in-between thoughts! I'd be glad to read your opinions and chat with you about them all.

Mr. Selfridge, Series Four – A Fond Farewell

Just when you thought the drama in the Selfridge family and Selfridge department store couldn’t possibly be any greater, season four happens. The twists, turns and new drama within the ornate walls of Selfridge’s astound, delight and bring many tears to our eyes. As with many other of their programs, ITV has created yet another masterpiece. The swan song of Mr. Selfridge is as colorful, frustrating (explanation to follow) and beautiful as ever.

Nine years have passed since last we saw the Selfridge family. In those years, many things have happened. Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) is now, much to his amusement, at the height of his wealth and popularity, but with that comes new territory. Harry is back to his reckless ways which are further exasperated by the unexpected death of the only woman who made him see reason, his mother. With enemies rising up to destroy him, including newspaper baron, Lord Wynnstay (Robert Pugh), it’s only a matter of time before Harry’s foolishness catches up to him. Continue Reading ➔

Nancy Drew (2007)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Nancy Drew

Some 75+ years later, teenage sleuth Nancy Drew has been a longstanding character of childhood nostalgia. With a series of films made in the forties, a TV show in the seventies and even a Disney television film (2002), these classic stories are still a great bet. Bookshelves at bookstores continue to stock this sleuth's stories not to mention, Nancy Drew is still one of the most popular small town girls around.  

Mysteries seem to follow Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts) wherever she goes. No matter how hard she tries, she just can’t be a “normal” teenager – and she loves it. After River Heights recent string of burglaries, who better to crack the case than Nancy Drew? It’s this that she’s working on when she becomes a hostage, and then promptly finagles her way out of that sticky situation. Unfortunately for Nancy, it’s also this that is the last straw for her father. Carson Drew (Tate Donovan) tells her in no uncertain terms that while they are on his extended business trip (in Hollywood), there will be no sleuthing!  

She’s told she must engage in “normal” pursuits. But Nancy finds her fathers’ new rule a little hard to cope with especially after choosing a house to rent that comes with a mystery just begging to be solved. But somehow Nancy is determined to follow along with her father’s wishes. Or at least she was until she arrives at the home they’re renting, which is the home of former film star Dehlia Draycott. Once there, Nancy, along with her tagalong Corky (Josh Flitter), finds herself pulled into a mystery begging to be solved

Back when this first appeared in theaters, I’d read about it quite a lot. It looked darn cute, so I can remember going to see it in theaters and finding it to be just that. I didn’t have an image of Nancy ingrained in my mind but was familiar with her after buying dozens of books for many Christmas and birthday gifts. All this to say, I don’t know how this translates to compliment the books, but as a contemporized script involving the beloved sleuth, it’s charming. The mysterious happenings are crafted well, and never feel underwhelming (for this story) or on the other end of the spectrum, as if they're “too much.” Basically, there’s no boredom in this delightful story.  

Nancy Drew

Shifting to the cast, Emma Roberts was perfection. Her prim and proper 50’s style clothing was lovely and a nice vintage throwback to the books (as was the opening title sequence). Josh Flitter is a hilarious addiction, and almost made up for Bess and George missing throughout most of the script, and then there is Max Thieriot as Nancy’s well-known love, Ned Nickerson. Sadly, he too is missing from the story far too much, but when he is present, he’s a fun character. Donovan and Rachael Leigh Cook are all memorable in the supporting roles.  

As the mystery furthers, Nancy uncovers secret after secret all of which lead her to a woman who is a beneficiary of an unexpected inheritance. Inspired by the values her father has instilled in her, Nancy does what she feels is right. Recently I re-watched this one (after years of having not seen it) and still find it a fun, cute and intriguing ways to spend an evening. Though it never came, as this rounds to its close, the story did promise another mystery to solve along with the return of Nancy Drew and friends. Since this mystery is solved by the end of the story, the only puzzle at the conclusion of this is: what predicament would Nancy have gotten herself into next?  

CONTENT: a car attempts to run two kids over they escape without harm. Nancy is kidnapped a couple of times. I heard one use of h*ll. There are a couple innocent kisses. A boy remarks that he thinks his sister may “actually be the devil.” The movie is rated PG.

Top Ten Tuesday | Upcoming Anticipated Reads

Monday, June 13, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

At the beginning of 2016 (who gave this year its permission slip to be half over!?), we took a look at the novels we were anticipating for the early part of the year. Today, the Broke and Bookish ladies ask us to share the novels we’re anticipating for this second half.  

Broke and Bookish June 14th Topic
Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year
(since we did a topic about the releases we were excited about for the first half of 2016 back in the beginning of the year) Feel free to tweak it how you want to -- like most anticipated fantasy for the second half of 2016 or debut authors. Whatever you want! 

Any book nerd knows that there seems to be an endless string of novels to anticipate. There is never a shortage of new books even if it is during the slower times publishing houses inevitably experience. Even at that, most all of us probably have a backlist of books that would fall into the new-to-me category. In short, is there ever a shortage of books for us to discover and enjoy? In all likelihood, the answer is a resounding no 

Today, I’ve collected fifteen (because ten clearly isn't enough) books (in varying genres) that I’m anticipating beginning with titles releasing as soon as July, working all the way through December of 2016. Although for the purpose of clarification, the list will again be sorted alphabetically, by author.

1. Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton (September 2016) | I've not read a novel by Brodi, but this one sounds quite interesting. Needless to say, I'm all for some YA Lit intrigue plus I like the heroine's name (Piper). Amazon | Goodreads

2. Nemesis by Anna Banks (October 2016) | Another one that looks and sounds crazy interesting. I mean, come on, who doesn't think that cover looks kick-butt awesome!? AmazonGoodreads
The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

 3. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof (August 2016) | As I've enjoyed each of the novels by Joanne that I've read, I've little doubt this beauty will be equally charming. Don't miss this one! Amazon | Goodreads  

4. Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon (August 2016) | The epic retelling of Brigadoon comes to a close with this fourth and final installment in the Doon series. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Without Warning by Lynette Eason (August 2016) | I read Lynette's last novel, Always Watching and was so impressed with it. From the cover to the fast-paced story inside its pages, it's easily one of Lynette's best yet. Looking forward to what's yet to come in this series. Amazon | Goodreads

6. Unblemished by Sara Ella (October 2016) | Who doesn't enjoy discovering debut authors? Youtuber Sara Ella's debut novel hits stores this fall, and I couldn't be more excited to see what comes from her first YA novel. Amazon | Goodreads

7. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge (September 2016) | A Romeo and Juliet re-telling ordinarily wouldn't be something I'd be up for (simply because I'm a HEA kind of girl), but Rosamund has been recommended to me as an author I'd like time and again, plus this one does sound romantically atmospheric. Who can resist that combination? Amazon | Goodreads

8. Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter (September 2016) | A contemporary romance? Rissi catnip. Enough said. AmazonGoodreads 

9. Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig (December 2016) | Anyone who likes suspense fiction is missing out if they've not read any of Ronie's novels.  They're not only inspiring and patriotic, they're simply off the charts good. This is the first of a brand-new series for Ronie plus marks her debut with Bethany House publishers. Amazon | Goodreads
10. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (August 2016) | This cover "screams" classy like nobody's business. The synopsis equally sounds complex and fabulous. Combine all this with the fact that Katharine is a debut author and my interest is piqued! Amazon | Goodreads 

11. Stealing Snow by  Danielle Paige (September 2016) | A new fairytale? I'm so in! I've not read any of Danielle's novels, but am most curious about her Wizard of Oz re-tellings. Have you read them? If so, what'd you think? Amazon | Goodreads

12. A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay (November 2016) | Up until now, any new novel by Katherine is on my auto-buy list. This one is no different. Where's November? Amazon | Goodreads


13. Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren (October 2016) | I'm excited about this one for a number of reasons. One being this is kind of a "return" for me since I first discovered this author through her earlier suspense novels that were about a search and rescue team. Amazon | Goodreads

14. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (July 2016) | As if this cover weren't cute enough, this one also sounds darling. Cannot wait to have a copy in hand. Amazon | Goodreads

15. An I Darken by Kiersten White (December 2016) | I don't know much about this one aside from the fact that its title is epic. Amazon | Goodreads

Another Top Ten Tuesday comes to a close with that. Which books are you anticipating reading and buying during this latter portion of the year? I’d love to have you share about them. Comment down below with your most anticipated books and leave a comment that includes the link to your Top Ten Tuesday post. As usual, I’d love to swing by and visit your blog and Top Ten Tuesday memes.  

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