Have you had fun this pass week with the other Fall Five Favorite posts? I know I have! It has been so much fun being part of FFF again this year. But sadly, it is time for the last post, (be sure to check out the other bloggers’ posts!) As much fun as this has been I am so looking forward to being outside in the fresh fall air as the leaves fall, the air cools, wind starts stirring up the spell of Autumn, and readers curl up with cozy blankets, hot chocolate in cute mugs, and fall into a book while listening to the wind rustle. In a few weeks, that is.
Today, we are sharing our Top FIVE Favorite Reads for this year of 2019!
When Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.
In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike’s safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.
Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family’s home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.
My Review All Manner Of Things by Susie Finkbeiner I can’t do my normal break up of a review for this one . . . It is so good, sad, heartbreaking, loving, wonderful and horrible all at the same time. Through the whole book I knew the ending . . . I often know the ending of a book a quarter of the way through but what I didn’t see coming was the feelings with this emotional roller coaster of a read.
Every word was filled with a perfect blend of the time surrounding the Vietnam war and a turning point of our country.
I’m amazed at this wonderful piece of artfully woven fiction. Vietnam is something I’ve been interested in but haven’t really looked into, I’m a history nerd I research so much history but I know little of this time and this book makes me want to know more (a plot bunny is spinning in my head as I type this…) And I hope to find more books like this one. It is indeed a need to read for anyone who likes to know more about the war with Vietnam, more recent historical events and Christian fiction. This book is good for anyone 13 up though maybe better for 13/16 since their are details about the war though they are only mentioned and not “shown on screen”…
I still have tears in my eyes from reading this book.
I think my review is done other then mentioning that I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review, all the thoughts are my own and I am happy to provide it…
Just when you think you’ve met your match . . . the charade begins.
Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.
But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.
No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?
Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.
My Review The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson Okay, so first; WOW!!! I’ve loved books and I’ve laughed reading books but never so much as this one. This book? I have no words! It was messy, sappy, happy, and wonderfully one of the best books I have ever read! Laughing so hard my jaw and stomach hurt I couldn’t put it down, which is why I’m writing the review at two in the morning. Yeah, I’ll sleep after I finish sighing over this one of a kind book. It’s truly one of my favorites, maybe one of my top five favorites all time other then the Bible. Coming in third after Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and A Forgotten Truth by Chautona Havig, so pretty high up there!
The kids were adorable, their little antics of toothbrushes, toilets mixed with toddlers, jumping from couches, waking their Godfather Sunny, and everything else was so adorable especially the part with the bathroom.
The older ladies . . . Edie and Donna were the best fictional matchmaker EVER! Truly!!! The suit? Oh my goodness that was hilarious! The beginning was funny enough but it kept getting better and better with every scene. I’m not sure if the kids or the ladies were cuter and more mischievous.
My only complaint would be that the spiritual content was slightly lacking but that was all right since I think the author was trying not to seem too preachy which it wasn’t.
Yes, there is a lot of hard content but that’s all right. It was never too bad but there are many mentions of abuse, abandonment, running away and other things.
And that Valentine’s miracle, that was spectacular! I just can’t say enough about the wonderfulness that is The Dating Charade to give tit the credit it deserves! The romance was sweet and sappy, the plot hilariously purposeful cliche and wonderful.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and I’m truly happy to provide it.
FBI Special Agent Lincoln St. John is living his own personal nightmare. When the woman he loves, Allison Radcliffe, is killed, he devotes his life to tracking down the killers and making them pay for their crimes. He expected it to be a challenge. What he never expected was to find Allison very much alive shortly after her “murder.” As his anger and hurt mix with relief, Linc isn’t sure how he’s supposed to feel. One thing he does know for sure: he and Allison will have to work together to stop a killer before she dies a second time–this time for good.
Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason closes out her Blue Justice series with a story that will have you tearing through the pages to get to the stunning conclusion.
I waited and waited for this book after finishing the others in the series and I got excited that I might get an ARC . . . But due to a mistake it didn’t happen so I waited, waited, and waited some more until FINALLY my library got it in – which was the fastest I’ve seen them get a new book in to be honest they normally take a year and a half to get new books in, sadly. This book is hard to review because it was so good and I loved every bit of Vow of Justice. With intense action and sweet romance this suspense is need to read.
Having ‘met’ Linc in the previous books I looked forward to finding out more about this FBI agent St. John. And when he’s told Allison is dead, wow, is it hard to read! For once I can fully say that I did not see the ending plot twist coming. That last scene with Linc . . . Um-hmm, I loved it!
Rating: 4 and 1/2 stars rounded up to 5.
Recommendation: 16/19 up for romance, violence, kidnapping and stalking.
Verse: Matthew 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. (King James Version.)
Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.
Violet Lindstrom wants to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, arranging entertainment for the men of the 357th and setting up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.
Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near . . . and secrets can’t stay buried forever.
With each of Sundin’s novels you can expect it to be better than the one before.
Rating: 4 stars.
Recommendation: 17/19 up for romance, fornication, and war.
Verse: Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. (King James Version.)
Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor’s child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger brother and rival who haunts her memories. Haakon—whose selfish choices shattered her trust in him.
Having fled the farm after trying to take Aven as his own, Haakon sails on the North Atlantic ice trade where his soul is plagued with regrets that distance cannot heal. Not even the beautiful Norwegian woman he’s pursued can ease the torment. When the winds bear him home after four years away, Haakon finds the family on the brink of tragedy. A decades-old feud with the neighboring farm has wrenched them into the fiercest confrontation on Blackbird Mountain since the Civil War. Haakon’s cunning and strength hold the power to seal many fates, including Thor’s which is already at stake through a grave illness brought to him as the first prick of warfare.
Now Haakon faces the hardest choice of his life. One that shapes a battlefield where pride must be broken enough to be restored, and where a prodigal son may finally know the healing peace of surrender and the boundless gift of forgiveness. And when it comes to the woman he left behind in Norway, he just might discover that while his heart belongs to a daughter of the north, she’s been awaiting him on shores more distant than the land he’s fighting for.
Genre: Historical, romance, Christian fiction.
My Rating: 5 stars.
Recommendation: 16 up.
My favorite character is: Man, I’m not sure I loved Thor, Aven, and the others so, here we go . . .
Thor, he’s the quiet giant. In the first book, I loved him! He was my favorite character in the first book, (and though I gave 3 or so stars I LOVED the book!) and Thor is again a favorite character! I love the way he cares for everyone that he cares for . . . Even if they don’t need it.
My Verse for Thor is 1 John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (King James Version.)
Aven was so sweet, and I loved how she grew from the first book to the second! And the way she and Thor’s relationship is, aww, they are so sweet and adorable with the baby.
My Verse for Aven is Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: (King James Version.)
And another favorite which is unsurprisingly was Haakon . . . And yes, I know that’s not something I should say but he was so in need of help, and I felt so sad for him.
My Verse for Haakon is Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (King James Version.)
My thoughts: Bischof has done it again — honest, life-like characters with wounding pasts and she spun a tale of forgiveness, love, faith, and surrender! Her descriptions pull me right on to the ship with Haakon, the orchard with Aven, Thor, and the others. A tale that has been done many times but not with the care and the twists that were put to the often told recovery from the Civil War, and took characters rarely made or used in a story told with repetitiveness before many times.
Warnings: There were a few things that may bother other readers, and I can tell you, though I prefer not to spoil anything.
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Have you had fun? Which book in the FFF was your favorite? Did you find lots of books to add to your TBR piles, eh, list? What is your favorite part of fall?