We Love You, Sally Carmichael (2017) - Fun and Fresh Romantic-Comedy Starring Chris Gorham

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

If you're anything like me, when you set out to find a new movie to enjoy, sometimes you look for something that's not box-office popular.

FILM REVIEW | My Sassy Girl (2008) - Quirky Romantic Comedy starring Jesse Metcalfe


This indie film I discovered thanks to the website I reviewed it for (Silver Petticoat). As a result, I kept checking for its eventual release to DVD (since indie films don't often play in my usual theater). When it finally arrived, I picked up a copy thanks to Amazon, and settled in one Saturday night to discover, what I hoped would be a charming romance.

Though different than my anticipatory impressions, We Love You, Sally Carmichael is still cute, and most definitely worth a look if you too are looking for something new. It's quirky, entertaining AND features Chris Gorham, from the USA Network show, Covert Affairs. Movie trivia fact: Chris also pulls directing duties on this one.

You can find my full review of We Love You, Sally Carmichael on Silver Petticoat or rent/purchase it via the provided links below.

(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.) You can rent or buy 'Sally' on Amazon Video or purchase it on DVD.

WE LOVE YOU, SALLY CARMICHAEL FILM REVIEW

Some movies are produced purely for the sake of entertainment, and if you’re anything like me, this is why you love them. We Love You, Sally Carmichael is one such movie.

In the early moments of the story, we meet Simon (Christopher Gorham). Simon is just your average guy. An author with a camera phobia, he’s a guy whose book, sadly, tanked on the best-seller (and non-bestseller) lists. Sally Carmichael, on the other hand, is a worldwide sensation thanks to her trilogy of YA novels about a merman and his lady love. The complicated part? Simon is Sally and Sally is Simon. Continue to read review in full on Silver Petticoat →

We Love You, Sally Carmichael is rated PG, but contains nothing inappropriate for a PG-rating.

Movie News | Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Premiere

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hey, friends and fellow superhero aficionados. Today, the new trailer for the upcoming Marvel film Ant-Man and the Wasp dropped. Naturally, this is kind of a big deal for those of us who are Marvel film nuts or those of us who liked 2015's Ant-Man, and have (not-so-patiently) been waiting on its sequel. Here's a look at the teaser synopsis for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past. - Marvel

Ironically, when Ant-Man was promoted, it actually wasn't a Marvel film I was interested in. I knew I'd see it eventually, but the rush (unlike with Thor, Avengers or my favorite, Captain America) wasn't there. When finally I did sit down to watch the first movie, it was a kick-myself-for-waiting so long kind of reaction. I loved it. The humor, the cast and the "simpler" story line was exactly what the franchise needed.

The sequel for this follow-up sequel looks to amp up the action, and features Ant-Man and his team on the run. Returning cast includes Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña and of course, Paul Rudd in the titular role. Despite the appearance of bigger action (I hope this isn't to the extreme as this trend often ruins good action films), the signature humor remains in place, and leads me to hope what we loved most about the film is intact: its heart.

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 6th!

Take a look at the trailer and let me know what you think! Are you excited for this sequel?

Photo: Marvel

Top Ten Tuesday | Books with Question Marks (aka the Books I Can’t Believe I Read)

Monday, January 29, 2018


Top Ten Tuesday | Books with Question Marks (aka the Books I Can’t Believe I Read)

Hey, hey, happy readers and my fellow Top Ten Tuesday-ers. (Is this a word? No, but we’re a-going with it.) Let’s take a look-see at Jana’s official Top Ten Tuesday topic.

That Artsy Reader Girl January 30: Books I Can’t Believe I Read - That Artsy Reader Girl

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Trying to come up with titles for today’s topic proved extremely difficult. There are some books that I’m a little in awe of the fact I actually read, but 90% of the time, I read books I’m pretty darn confident I’m going to like. Then I realized that the topic doesn’t necessarily have to reflect a dispositive reaction. With that said, and because I’m a consistent Top Ten Tuesday rule-breaker I’m spinning this in a kind of “two part” list.

The first five books you’ll read about are books I have read (and cannot believe I did).

The latter five titles are the books I’ll be IN AWE of my (non-existent) mad reading skills if I ever read them. (Of course, because I don’t seem to know when to stop writing, explanations shall be provided.)

Let’s do this.

5 Books I Can’t Believe I Read (and Why)

1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen | Though I’m an avid Austen fan when it comes to ITV or BBC adaptations, reading her books isn’t something I’ve mastered. That said, I did read this back when I was writing an article on Sense and Sensibility. Don’t ask me to remember any specifics about it, but as Col. Brandon is one of my favorite Austen heroes, I like to think I did enjoy. Amazon | Goodreads ● Rent Sense and Sensibility on Amazon Video


2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | What I liked (or didn’t like) about this novel escapes me. The reason why it made this list is because it’s not a genre I read much of. I tend to prefer fantasy or sci-fic narratives in film or on TV. Amazon | Goodreads 

3. Beastly by Alex Flinn | Perhaps adding this one to the list isn’t fair. I mean, I don’t feel like my reading this one was much of a stretch. But two reasons prompt me to add it today. One being I’d seen the film already when I read this (which usually doesn’t bode well) and secondly, this was probably the first or one of the first YA novels I ever read. What prompted me to discover the genre I cannot say. Amazon | Goodreads ● Rent Beastly on Amazon Video

4. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner | Confession: I picked this one up because COVER CANDY! The reason I cannot believe I actually read it is because, when it comes to books, I’m not an avid sci-fi aficionado. That said, I do enjoy the genre in my films, so perhaps that motivated that initial I’m-going-to-read-this thought. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Bailey Flanigan Series by Karen Kingsbury | At the time I read these books, I thought they were romantic and sweet. But looking back, I'm really surprised I actually read not only the first book, but the entire series (I'll confess, though I knew which team I was, I was really invested in discovering who Bailey ended up with). Karen's stories, though well written, aren't generally my kind of fiction, so I think that's where my surprise stems from. Amazon | Goodreads 

5 Books I’ll be IN AWE If I Ever Read Them (and Why)

1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas | Ok, so here’s the thing. I adore the BBC miniseries The Musketeers. (Cute guys, period drama and romance = all the fangirl reactions.) The 2002 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo is, without question, one of my favorite swashbuckler films. But reading this book… it scares me. I mean, I did buy a copy years ago, and ever since it’s sat on my shelf. The tiny print and length is enough to cause me to shove it to the corner… every time. Amazon | Goodreads ● Rent The Count of Monte Cristo on Amazon Video

2. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy | Despite the fact that I do really enjoy – like, the recent adaptation of this classic story, I don’t see myself every reading the book. Bathsheba is such a hard heroine to… well, feel much for. She’s destructive and she knows this. That’s why I think this would be a difficult novel to read because I don’t see myself forming many character attachments. Amazon | Goodreads ● Rent Far From the Madding Crowd on Amazon Video

3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo | I totally have a story to go with this book – one I’m sure I’ve recounted here or maybe it was booktube. But I’m sharing again… because I’m strange like this. Once upon a time, in anticipation of the musical adaptation with Hugh Jackman releasing (which to this day was a huge letdown, but that’s a blog post for another day), I saw a copy of this book at Walmart. Yes, Walmart. I thought, I can totally read this. I picked up a copy of the book. Saw how bulky it was. But not to be deterred, I was still optimistic. As I leafed through its pages, I noticed it was a whopping 1,000+ pages. I promptly placed it back on the shelf and never looked back. You guys know I’m a wimp when it comes to excessive page counts! Have you read this iconic novel? Amazon | Goodreads ● Rent or own Les Miserables (2002) or Les Miserables (2012) on Amazon Video


4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | Once upon a time – blaming you HYPE! – I was so excited to read this books and its (ongoing) series. But each time I think about starting down its journey, I’m notice that each and every book is getting longer (and longer), and I’m overwhelmed. Send me all the good reasons why I should (or shouldn’t?) totally still read this series. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth | Again, HYPE! I picked this one up soon after it released, but at the time (I don’t know anymore), it created lots of controversy. Because of this, I’m no longer sure it’s a book I want to read. Amazon | Goodreads

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above
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Another Tuesday, and here we are at the end of another Top Ten Tuesday post. Tell me about the books you cannot believe you actually read - good or bad. I'm ready to chat all the bookish thoughts! Of course, as always, if you joined in the fun bookish meme, let me know where I can find your post/blog. I'd love to swing by and visit your book space. 

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland

Booktube Talk | 2018 Releases to Anticipate, Part 2: February – June (or Thereabouts)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Booktube Talk | 2018 Releases to Anticipate, Part 2: February – June (or Thereabouts)

Hey there, readers and friends! A mere 25 days into the New Year, and already, the new releases and the many places they’ll take us are stacking up.  



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If there is one positive thing about a new year it’s the possibilities that come with it, specifically the possibilities of new reads. Though I’m behind on reading (news, this is not), this doesn’t keep me from anticipating all the new reads coming to bookstores. Below I talk about a few (seven to be precise) of the 2018 releases I’m excited for, and you can see me ramble about six others in today’s booktube video. (Which is hopefully going to still publish later today - blaming tech errors.)

In an attempt to stop myself from going wild, I limited myself to look at new books only for the first half of the year. Although if I’m being honest, I know I still missed some. Then, come May or June, I’ll be sharing some of the anticipated books on my list – here and on booktube, for the latter half of the year.

Here we go. Let’s get this anticipated-reads-of-2018 party started. Today we take a look at seven of the books I’m anticipating with release dates ranging from March through June.

1: Until I Knew Myself (March) by Tammy L. Gray | Only yesterday did I discover one of my favorite contemporary authors is releasing a new novel. Not only that she does have a new novel coming BUT it's also set to release in a little over a month. BEST. BOOKISH. NEWS. EVER. Amazon | Goodreads


2: A Loyal Heart (March) by Jody Hedlund
He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most?

Discovering Jody has a fourth novel (!?) due in her YA medieval series was a highlight of my bookworm discoveries in 2018. Plus, the elegant cover? It’s designed by the talented Emilie of CreateExploreRead. Amazon | Goodreads

3: Falling for You by Becky Wade (May 1) | I think it’s safe to say this upcoming novel from Becky Wade is at the tippy-top of my most wished-for list. In fact, I have a question to pose: can I fast-forward to May, read this novel and then return to January 25thNo? Well… it was worth the query. Amazon | Goodreads


4: Always Never Yours (May 22, 2018) by Austin Siegemund-Broka, Emily Wibberley 
Every guy she dates falls madly in love... just not with her.

This one tells the unique story about a girl who's exes always find their one true love post-breakup. It sounds really unique for the normal contemporary fare, and that's what made it stand out when I ran across it via it's cute and whimsical cover art. Bonus! It's penned by a writing team who is married. Amazon | Goodreads

5: From Twinkle, with Love (May 22, 2018) by Sandhya Menon 
Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

Despite the fact that I’ve yet to read When Dimple Met Rishi (Sandhya’s debut), I’m insanely excited about this one. It sounds and looks like a contemporary aficionados dream. Amazon | Goodreads

6: Listen to Your Heart (May 29th) by Kasie West | Another contemporary novel from Kasie West? Yes, please! This is like catnip to my reader heart. Amazon | Goodreads
Kasie West's adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

7: Save the Date (June) by Morgan Matson | Is it weird that I’ve only read one of Morgan’s books, and yet each and every time she releases a new one I wear my excited fangirl hat? I sure hope not because, again, this is another book that sounds like 100% my kind of book. Amazon | Goodreads



*channel linked above

Tell me about the books at the top of your 2018 lists. Which are must reads? Are there any you’re preordering without a second look? Any auto-buy authors releasing new books? Tell me all about them – and which I must add to already mile-high (and still growing) TBR.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland

One Winter Weekend (2018) – Wintry Weekend Romance Reunites Hallmark Co-Stars

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

One Winter Weekend (2018) – Wintry Weekend Romance Reunites Hallmark Co-Stars

During the long winter months, there is really no better way to spend a dreary evening than staying in and watching a new romantic-comedy. Or that’s my idea of a good night. (I know. I’m a wild child.) One of the recently premiered romances is One Winter Weekend, a story the perfectly embodies this notion.

New Year’s Eve is anything but magical for Cara (Taylor Cole). Instead of the midnight kiss and news she hoped to share with her new boyfriend, she discovers he shares a kiss with someone else. Already dragging a rocky romantic past behind her, Cara decides to swear off dating for a while. The idea is so good, her boss decides to assign Cara a series of articles on “dating cleanses.” All is going well until she’s roped into spending a weekend at a resort with her best friend Megan (Rukiya Bernard).



Also spending the weekend at the resort is Ben (Jack Turner). Hiding out from the public eye, Ben isn’t looking to meet anyone, but when there’s a mix up with the chalet he booked, he along with his buddy, find themselves with roommates in Cara and Megan. As the four strangers try and make an awkward situation work, they spend a weekend on the slopes together… and discover first impressions aren’t everything.

There’s something about the beauty of a pristine snowfall and rustic settings of a winter wonderland that makes anything magical. Especially when you can enjoy it from the comfort of your living room, and on a TV screen. Add in a cup of hot cocoa, and the viewer can easily imagine themselves a part of the story. That is my reaction to this wonderful romance, the latest in Hallmark Channel’s 2018 Winterfest.

Every year, the network continues to impress and charm us with each of their stories. One Winter Weekend is easily among one of those that impresses, and also among my own personal favorites. Of course, this is helped by the leads. Taylor Cole and Jack Turner will look familiar to eagle-eye fans who will remember them from My Summer Prince. Their reunion is equally as memorable a turn in this as it is in their previous turn together. In this film, what sparkles most about them together and as individuals is their little quirks. Whether it’s a shared loved of an unusual place or their infinity for mysteries, the endearing character traits stack up in spades.



Of those I’ve seen in this year’s seasonal block, this one is vying for the favorite. It’s got a serendipitous storytelling value that makes it all the more romantic, something that’s a sure way to win over my movie-fangirl heart. Adding to the already present allure is the addition of beautifully filmed romantic scenes complete with delicate snowfall and twinkle lights. Charm in multiples and of course, full of signatures known to its network, One Winter Weekend is a delight not to be missed. It takes you to the city, the great outdoors, snowboarding and last but not least, to the creature comforts of simple times in front of a fire. It’s a picture-perfect film to enjoy, just know, it'll make you want to have a cup of hot chocolate!


Photos: Hallmark Channel 

Top Ten Tuesday | The Books I Read, Liked, Marked on Goodreads… but Remember (Almost) NOTHING About

Monday, January 22, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | The Books I Read, Liked, Marked on Goodreads… and Remember (Almost) NOTHING About

Welcome, lovely readers and friends. The calendar again tells me it’s Tuesday which means one thing: a new edition of Top Ten Tuesday is here. Let’s do this.

That Artsy Reader Girl January 23: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About - That Artsy Reader Girl



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So, this is a fun (interesting??) topic. Why? Well, because I have a great many books I read, know I really liked (at the time) yet honestly cannot remember much about. Below I’ve collected books that I really remember zip-o about, and would like to re-read because of this. (Those that fall in this category are the books I read as a teen, so reading them again today might net a totally different result.) Then there are the books I cannot remember but 100% know I’d still adore (JENNY B. JONES!!) if I were to pick it up again today.

So, below are a list of 10 books that fall into one of the two categories I just talked about – or perhaps some variation of them. Here’s hoping 2018 is the year I maybe (yeah, see I’m already not feeling it happen) re-discover some of these books. Or at least decide whether or not I “need” to keep them when my annual unhaul-bookshelf-reorganization comes around. Without further ado…

Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

1. Split Ends by Kristen Billerbeck | I’m 99% sure I read this one. I’m also 99% sure it made me laugh the entire way. I’m 100% sure I’m super excited Kristen Billerbeck has a new novel (after a hiatus) releasing in 2018! Amazon | Goodreads

2. Roses Will Bloom Again by Lori Copeland | Pretty sure I totally stole this book from my aunt… and I still have it. Years later. Oops! But it’s ok. I adored the story at the time, and still have the book, so… it’s all good. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Speak to Me Of Love by Robin Lee Hatcher | I really remember next to nothing about this one except that at the time, I’m pretty sure I thought it was about the most swoon-y romance I’d ever read. Amazon | Goodreads

4. Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones | Without question, I know this is a book that will remain on my shelf. I remember it making my laugh so much and loving its fabulous romance and the characters who make it all work. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine | I’m one of those people who actually likes the film adaptation starring Anne Hathaway (*realizes I need a re-watch*). Is it sillier than a Youtube video about cats? Yes. But what can I say, I love a good silly romantic-comedy now and again. While I remember the book being quite different, I don’t remember much else. Amazon | Goodreads Rent Ella Enchanted on Amazon Video
  
6. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | At the time I’m pretty sure I enjoyed this one. But trying to call it to mind leaves my mind blank. Part of this stems from the fact that I haven’t read much in this genre or this type of story. Or that’s my working theory. Amazon | Goodreads 

7. Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren | Among the first of Susan’s novels I read, this one is all about the cozy mystery/bookish vibes. Amazon | Goodreads


8 & 9. The Princess and Sophie’s Heart by Lori Wick | Both of these books fall into the nostalgic reads category. In fact someday I would really like to sit down and re-read both - most especially The Princess considering I tend to think I loved that book, and I know I did enjoy Rachel Hauck's 'Royal' series as well as Hallmark Channel's royal romances. The Princess Amazon | Goodreads  Sophie's Heart Amazon | Goodreads


10. It Had to Be You by Linda Windsor | I thought I really enjoyed this one (it has all the markings of a Rissi-approved-story: contemporary, romance), but then I saw (at some point) I rated it a mere three stars on Goodreads. Perhaps a re-read is in order? Amazon | Goodreads

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above

This brings another edition of the Top Ten bookish meme to its close – walk down memory lane and all. Thanks to those of you who stuck with said sappy memory lane.

Tell me about the books you read, liked, and yet cannot remember a thing about. I’d love to hear more about them and if you know why you cannot remember much or anything about them. Let me know down below – maybe I’ll remember a few more I read but cannot remember.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) - Big-Screen Agatha Christie Remake Lines up Stars and Suspects

Before 2017 ended, one of the films I wanted to see was the recent re-make of Murder on the Orient Express. Something I did accomplish. The reasons for this were many, chief among them were my love of ITV's Marple and of course, my years-long affection for period drama.


Based on the novel by Agatha Christie (as Marple is), this film adaptation suffers a few flaws (pace, performances) but this doesn't mean the film isn't still immensely entertaining. Despite its confining space (a train!), the sets and "glamour" of the 30s. This also extends to the costumes, which are, of course, beautiful.

FILM REVIEW | Jane Eyre (2006) – Masterpiece Adaptation of Classic and Romantic Gothic Story

Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention and give a shout-out to the cast. From Johnny Depp (an unlikely candidate to be in this type of production) to Daisy Ridley (breakout Star Wars star), there are a number of brilliant performers in this film. Other familiar names include Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and Penelope Cruz. Pulling double duty as the lead character and behind-the-camera is Kenneth Branagh, who is no stranger to period drama.


Arriving to DVD and digital this spring, if you like Agatha Christie or intelligent mystery stories that don't rely on the next big action sequence, Murder on the Orient Express might be your next movie-going experience.

(This post does contain affiliate links; I may receive a small commission if you order through this link. Read the disclosure page for details.) Preorder (it's released February 27th) Murder on the Orient Express digitally through Amazon Video or on Blu-ray or DVD.

I had the chance to review this film for Silver Petticoat, which is where you can find my official review!

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017) REVIEW

I’m not a scholar of Agatha Christie. My experience with Christie stories consists of the marvelous ITV adaptations like Marple or the more recent BBC series Partners in Crime. When news broke that a big-screen adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express was in production, naturally I became interested. Review review in its entirety on Silver Petticoat →

Photos: 20th Century Fox

INSPYs 2018 | The 2018 Longlist is Announced!!

Hello, friends and authors. Today, the Advisory Board announces the 2018 INSPY long lists.

INSPYs, INSPY Awards 2018

To learn more about the process of the INSPY Awards, you can visit our website. Below, you'll see the top 15 nominated books from across seven categories. Our task now is to narrow down - *bites nails* - these lists to five books per category which will then constitute our 2018 short lists. Ultimately, it will be our panels of judges who will decide which of those five books (per category) will go on to win the best of their respective category.

Thank you to each and every reader who nominated a book. We appreciate the support of this program and are extremely grateful to anyone who also shared about the nominations on social media - thank you. The next phase will involve recruiting judges, a process that will open March 1st! So keep an eye out for more information on this. Until then, we invite you to take a look at our 2018 long lists.

Congrats to all of the nominated authors.

Find our official announcement post below. Here we go...

Presenting the 2018 Longlists

Hello fellow readers, bloggers and authors. First, we'd like to say a big thank you to every reader and author who nominated their favorite reads of 2017, and likewise to those who shared about the opportunity to nominate on social media. The Advisory Board is again so grateful for the support and interest in this program. Like the last two years, the following nomination process applied to each of our seven categories.

To help simplify our nomination process, we made some adjustments to our awards program. To that end, instead of publicizing our long list of nominations as they poured in, the Advisory Board kept the list private since the method of nomination involved a process of popular vote. The number of books that received the most nominations (the top 15 from each category) came out as the winners, which then determined the long lists.

Due to insufficient nominations or ineligibility, some categories fall short of the requisite 15 novels.
From the lists below, the Advisory Board will be narrowing these respective lists down to five books per category which will become our 2018 short lists. From there, the same judging process and practices will follow.

Grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy browsing through the books that YOU nominated, propelling them into “phase two.”

Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense

- Charming the Troublemaker (Bling! Romance) by Pepper Basham
- Just the Way You Are (Woven Words) by Pepper Basham
- A New Shade of Summer (Waterfall Press) by Nicole Deese
- Chasing Secrets (Revell) by Lynette Eason
- Moving Target (Revell) by Lynette Eason
- Then There Was You (Bellbird Press) by Kara Isaac
- The Writing Desk (Zondervan) by Rachel Hauck
- Jane of Austin (Waterbrook) by Hillary Manton Lodge
- Blind Spot (Bethany House) by Dani Pettrey
- All This Time (Larkspur Press) by Melissa Tagg
- The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck (Revell) by Bethany Turner
- True to You (Bethany House) by Becky Wade
- Just Look Up (Tyndale) by Courtney Walsh
- Begin Again (Impact Editions) by Crystal Walton
- Just Maybe (Impact Editions) by Crystal Walton

Debut Novel

- A Season to Dance (Bling! Romance) by Patricia Beal
- Still Waters (Firefly Southern Fiction) by Lindsey P. Brackett
- Freedom’s Ring (Tyndale) by Heidi Chiavaroli
- Count Me In (I21 Publishing House) by Mikal Dawn
- Grace in Strange Disguise (Indie) by Christine Dillon
- The Elusive Miss Ellison (Kregel) by Carolyn Miller
- Waiting for Butterflies (Walrus Publishing) by Karen Sargent
- Stars in the Grass (Shiloh Run Press) by Ann Marie Stewart
- Lady Jayne Disappears (Bethany House) by Joanna Davidson Politano

General Fiction

- In the Light of the Garden (Lake Union Publishing) by Heather Burch
- Perennials (Thomas Nelson) by Julie Cantrell
- Looking Glass Lies (Waterfall Press) by Varina Denman
- Catching the Wind (Tyndale) by Melanie Dobson
- A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era (Kregel) by Susie Finkbeiner
- A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression (Kregel) by Susie Finkbeiner
- Life After (Waterbrook) by Katie Ganshert
- The Mark of the King (Bethany House) by Jocelyn Green
- The Esther Paradigm (Radiant Publications) by Sarah Monzon
- The Space Between Words (Thomas Nelson) by Michele Phoenix
- The Austen Escape (Thomas Nelson) by Katherine Reay
- Bringing Maggie Home (Waterbrook) by Kim Vogl Sawyer
- The Memory of You (Thomas Nelson) by Catherine West
- Before We Were Yours (Ballantine Books) by Lisa Wingate
- Home (Shiloh Run Press) by Ginny L. Yttrup

Historical Romance

- A Note Yet Unsung (Bethany House) by Tamera Alexander
- To Wager Her Heart (Zondervan) by Tamera Alexander
- The Road to Paradise (Waterbrook) by Karen Barnett
- Many Sparrows (Waterbrook) by Lori Benton
- A Lady in Disguise (Howard) by Sandra Byrd
- Wings of the Wind (Bethany House) by Connilyn Cosette
- Havencross (Covenant Communications) by Julie Daines
- A Moonbow Night (Revell) by Laura Frantz
- An Inconvenient Beauty (Bethany House) by Kristi Ann Hunter
- An Uncommon Courtship (Bethany House) by Kristi Ann Hunter
- The Dishonorable Miss DeLancy (Kregel) by Carolyn Miller
- Lady Jayne Disappears (Bethany House) by Joanna Davidson Politano
- Once an Heiress (Waterfall Press) by Renee Ryan
- The Sound of Rain (Bethany House) by Sarah Loudin Thomas
- A Name Unknown (Bethany House) by Roseanna M. White

Literature for Young Adults

- The Messengers: Concealed (Concordia Publishing House) by Lisa M. Clark
The Returning (Tyndale) by Rachelle Dekker
- Unraveling (Thomas Nelson) by Sara Ella
- Spark (Love2readlove2write Publishing, LLC) by J.M. Hackman
- For Love and Honor (Zondervan) by Jody Hedlund
- Playing by Heart (Vinspire) by Carmela A. Martino
- The Lost Girl of Astor Street (Blink) by Stephanie Morrill
- The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (Thomas Nelson) by Mary Weber

Mystery/Thriller

The Enoch Effect (Waterfall Press) by Rick Acker
- If I’m Found (Zondervan) by Terri Blackstock
-Death at Thorburn Hall (Bethany House) by Julianna Deering
- Crown of Souls (Bethany House) by Ronie Kendig
- A Portrait of Vengeance (Thomas Nelson) by Carrie Stuart Parks
- Imperfect Justice (Thomas Nelson) by Cara Putman
- Without Warning (Tyndale) by Joel Rosenberg
- Fatal Mistake (FaithWords) by Susan Sleeman
- The House on Foster Hill (Bethany House) by Jaime Jo Wright

Speculative Fiction

- Raging Storm (Harvest House) by Vannetta Chapman
- The Beast of Talesend (Indie) by Kyle Robert Schultz
- The Divide (Tyndale) by Jolina Petersheim
- The Girl Who Could See (Indie) by Kara Swanson
- King’s Blood (Bethany House) by Jill Williamson
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We’d like to congratulate all of the nominated authors and thank all of the bloggers and readers who put forth their favorite reads of 2017.

We’re ready to get to work and find the top five in each of these categories.

#Bookstagram Challenge | February 2018 Challenge!!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hello happy readers and fellow bookworm friends. Popping in today to share about yet another bookstagram-y challenge. Without further ago, here's the second "Wishful Wonder" challenge of 2018.


If you have ideas for this challenge or suggestions, please let me know in the comments or on Instagram - or if you'd ever like to be a co-host. I'm open to new possibilities.

Pressed for time? Not sure a bookstagram challenge is for you? Below I give a spiel hoping to convince you otherwise.

+ If you’re pressed for time to participate in daily challenges, first and foremost, while we love it when you do, there’s no rule that says you must post every day. (Not that you needed my permission to say this, but I thought I'd put this out there.)
+ If you think you can’t participate because of it being “too much work,” try taking a handful or several days’ worth of photos for an hour. (This is generally what I try to do, which is nice and I often find I have a little “stock pile” of Instagram photos as a result.)  
+ If you're looking to meet other Bookstagrammers (people in the book community on Instagram) and bloggers, or build your "brand" in the book community, joining a challenge is an excellent way to do this. 
+ If you don’t think our #WishfulWonder challenge looks like a good fit for you, there are TONS of challenges on Instagram. A brief #Bookstagram or some variation of a #BookChallenge hashtag search will show this. 
+ Best of all, the best thing about these challenge (well, aside from the people. And the books.) is the creative outlet. You develop your OWN style of photos, which is what makes everyone's account so unique! I've seen simplistic (in terms of prop use, etc.) photos that are stunning and I've seen more elaborate shots that compliment the book and suit the style of the bookstagrammer. Plus, if you're like me, and you love creative outlets, this is an excellent way to do this. 

We’d love to see your pictures, so be sure to tag us with the usual, #WishfulWonder hashtag. Also, feel free to share this.

As we do every month, we extend our thanks to everyone who has joined our challenges. We're having so much fun browsing our tag, and appreciate your creativity and time. (If we haven't clicked that heart on your photos and/or commented, it's not because we won't, it's simply due to time restraints - summer always seems busy. BUT please know I enjoy browsing your photos, and sooner or later I will find them with that #WishfulWonder or for specific January #WishfulWonderFeb18 tag.)

We'd also LOVE your feedback on favorite prompts. Drop a comment down below. ♥
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Happy day, Book Nerdigans. Join us in our fun, bookish endeavors - we look forward to chatting with you.
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering – Fan Favorite (Sleuth-er!) Fathering and Co. Return

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Book: Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering – Favorite Fathering and Co. Return


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ABOUT the BOOK
Author: Julianna Deering
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher provided – thank you!
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Rating: ★★★★★
  
Happily settled into their life as marrieds, Drew Farthering and American wife, Madeline, are enjoying a vacation. An invitation issued to the couple by Drew’s distant cousin, Lady Louisa. Along with rest and relaxation, they are also in Scotland for the British Open. But time on the links is not exactly what they find…


Instead, as he is wont to do, Drew is drawn into another mystery following an unexpected death when their host falls victim to an apparent riding accident. As more suspicious happenings occur, Drew – along with his pal Nick, begins to piece together the puzzling clues.

As is always the case with any book that has this author’s name on its retro cover, Death at Thorburn Hall is full of good things, people, places and simply put, good fun. I will admit I’m a little fuzzy over the opening, and early pages of the book, which in no way reflects on the storytelling or the plot. Instead, this is attributed to the “distracted reader” syndrome. (Something I 100% know I was while reading this.) Because of this, I feel as if this will be a novel that deserves a re-read, but given the fact that I sincerely enjoyed the book so very much, waiting to share about it simply wasn’t an option.

Like each book (this one makes the sixth in total) before it, ‘Thorburn Hall’ is wonderful. From the characters to the settings (the experience takes us to Scotland for this go-round!), everything is perfection. With each book, I’ve come to love Drew and Madeline as a couple a little bit more. These books are quick reads, fun and reminiscent of so many story mediums I adore most. Reading this reminded me all the more acutely of the fact that I’ve yet to read Murder on the Moor (book five), and I relish the chance to have another adventure with these characters – even if it will be going backward!

The usual shenanigans are gotten up to which pairs with the usual list of suspects that stack up. There are some nice resolutions that those of us who’ve been with the series since book one will appreciate. Then there is the sweet flirty banter between Drew and Madeleine. Pulling from wonderful TV series like Grantchester or Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries, this 1930s historical series is smart and enormously entertaining. The "voice" is perfection and the characters are 100% comfortable in this world. In short, it’s a series historical aficionados won’t want to miss.

Synopsis: Drew Farthering finds a new mystery on his hands when he arrives at Thorburn Hall in Scotland for the 1935 British Open. His host, Lord Rainsby, asks Drew to investigate a suspected embezzler--then dies in a suspicious accident the next day. However, the house is full of guests with potential motives. Can Drew discover the killer among them? - Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book (sincere apologies to the publisher and author for the review publication delay); all opinions are my own

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