Thursday, August 7, 2014

On my To Be Read List (TBR) PART 1 - Fiction

Y'all, I have a  huge thing for reading - just in case you hadn't suspected. So I thought I'd share a teeny-weeny bit of what I'd like to read/what I have on my iPad or my Ereader. 
Not in any particular order: 

Daisies Are Forever - Liz Tolsma
Daisies Are Forever

Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.

Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin. READ MORE.

Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Springs #2) - Denise Hunter
Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Spring #2)

Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.

Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she'd never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to returnREAD MORE. 

Christiansen Family Series (Take A Chance on Me, It Had To Be You, When I Fall in Love) - Susan May Warren
Take a Chance on Me (Christiansen Family, #1)                   It Had to Be You (Christiansen Family, #2)                      When I Fall in Love (Christiansen Family, #3)

Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near. READ MORE.

Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen's cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits--and starting to fear she doesn't have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen. READ MORE.

Love In Disguise - Carol Cox
Love in Disguise
When costume-maker Ellie Moore suddenly finds herself out of a job in the middle of a bleak Chicago winter, she uses her knowledge of theatrical disguise to secure a position as an undercover operative with the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Her assignment: find the culprit behind the theft of silver shipped from the mines near Pickford, Arizona. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie begins her investigation. Soon she finds she must also pose as the dazzling young Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk. READ MORE. 

Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding #1) - Rachel Hauck

Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding, #1)

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn't going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.
The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon's Island is the queen of his heart. READ MORE. 

Made to Last (Where Love Begins #1) - Melissa Tagg
Made to Last (Where Love Begins, #1)

Miranda Woodruff, star of the homebuilding show "From the Ground Up," will do anything to keep the job she loves. Due to a painful broken engagement and a faith she's mostly forgotten, she's let her entire identity become wrapped up in the Miranda everyone sees onscreen. So when she receives news that the network might cancel her program, she must do the very thing she fears most: let the spotlight shine on her closely guarded personal life. The only problem? She's been living a lie--letting viewers believe she's married--and now she's called upon to play wife to a sweet, if a bit goofy, pretend husband to boost ratings. READ MORE

A Noble Groom (Michigan Brides #2) - Jody Hedlund

A Noble Groom (Michigan Brides, #2)

Recently widowed Annalisa Werner has the feeling her husband was murdered but can't prove it. Alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased, and the land is difficult to toil by herself. She needs a husband. With unmarried men scarce, her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom. READ MORE. 

Grace Medical Series (Trauma Plan, Rescue Team, Life Support) - Candace Calvert

Trauma Plan (Grace Medical, #1)  Rescue Team (Grace Medical, #2)  Life Support (Grace Medical #3)
Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to her former duties as an ER nurse. But how can she show she's competent when the hospital won't let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, Riley volunteers at a controversial urban free clinic despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge. READ MORE.

Undeniably Yours (A Porter Family novel #1)- Becky Wade

Undeniably Yours (A Porter Family Novel, #1)

When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she becomes the majority shareholder of his oil company and the single inheritor of his fortune. Though Meg is soft-spoken and tenderhearted–more interested in art than in oil–she’s forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of her father’s empire.
The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father’s thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down. READ MORE

At Every Turn - Anne Mateer

At Every Turn

She's off to the races!
Caught up in a whirlwind of religious enthusiasm, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. Now she just has to find a way to get the money. READ MORE. 

My Stubborn Heart - Becky Wade
My Stubborn Heart

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks her to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being attracted to him, drawn by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. READ MORE. 

 The Prayer Box (Carolina #1) - Lisa Wingate 
The Prayer Box
When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola's youth to her last days. READ MORE. 

Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1) - Dani Pettrey
Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)
Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a small town. She's returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case. READ MORE. 

Rythms of Grace - Marilynn Griffith
Rhythms of Grace
Grace Okoye was a promising young dancer when her career was cut short by a brutal assault that left her scarred for life. Twenty years later, when her past gets in the way of her happiness, she heeds the invitation of her dance instructor and returns home to help hurting children and rediscover the rhythms of grace. What she doesn't expect is to meet a man who already seems to know her beat. READ MORE. 

Stealing the Preacher - Karen Witemeyer
Stealing the Preacher (Archer Brothers, #2)
On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he's forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he's haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind--a woman whose dreams now hinge on him. READ MORE. 

Head in the Clouds - Karen Witemeyer
Head in the Clouds
Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind. READ MORE

Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise) - MaryLu Tyndall
Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise, #1)
After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. READ MORE.

The Whispering Sentinel - Ruth Kyser
The Whispering Sentinel
It is said ‘you can’t go home again’, but after a cancelled wedding and the death of her father, Sandy Martin makes the decision to do just that when she returns to her hometown of Bradford Mills. She buys her grandmother’s old house, and in the process of remodeling the house with an old friend, Tom Brannigan, Sandy discovers her house has a story to tell. READ MORE. 

Grave Consequences (Grand Tour #2) - Lisa T. Bergen
Grave Consequences (Grand Tour, #2)
For Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime has taken unexpected turns. And her future—her very life—depends on the decisions she’ll make at each crossroad. As the Grand Tour with her newfound family winds through France, Austria, and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. And a forbidden love continues to put everyone’s plans at risk. READ MORE. 

A Time to Dance - Karen Kingsbury

A Time to Dance

John and Abby are ready to call it quits. But is it ever too late to love?
They're the perfect couple--envied by their friends, cherished by their children, admired by their peers. But John and Abby Reynolds know they're just pretending to be happy. In fact, they're waiting for the right time to tell the kids they're going to divorce. But at the family meeting where they plan to tell their children, Nicole shares a surprise of her own: she's getting married. How can they spoil her joy with their announcement? READ MORE

Love's Miracles - Sandra Leesmith
Love's Miracles
Dr. Margo Devaull came to Dominic Zanelli's mountain retreat confident that she could help this Vietnam veteran overcome the torment that kept him apart from the world. But her training as a psychologist had not prepared her for the tragic, explosive contradictions brewing inside him. READ MORE. 

Love's Promises - Sandra Leesmith
Love's Promises
For Monica Scott, building her late father’s house at Lake Tahoe isn’t an option—it’s a necessary distraction from confusing memories and an uncertain future. But a handsome planner working for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is keeping Monica from moving forward with the project. Never mind that he’s young and charming with a great sense of humor. No one is going to stop Monica from making her father’s dream—and her own—a reality. READ MORE.

Winter in Full Bloom - Anita Higman
Winter in Full Bloom
Lily Winter's wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily's lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her-a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she'd been hiding for decades-Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were just babies. READ MORE. 

The list is still much longer than this, but I figured I'd stop here for now. 

Have you read any of these books? Is there one you'd like to read?
What's on your TBR list?


  1. Wow-zers! You have some beauty's on this list; Susan May Warren, Melissa Tagg, Denise Hunter, Becky Wade and Rachel Hauck are some of my very favorites. Recently read A Noble Groom and aww, it was really sweet. Also, Lisa's books are good and of course, I always get excited for ANY of Dani's. :)

    1. Haha! Thanks Rissi! Can't wait to get into them! Had you read the first book before A Noble Groom? I'm wondering if it can still be read as a stand-alone. I know I'm not suppose to judge a book by its cover but the cover is gorgeous!

  2. I've read... take a chance on me, it had to be you, love in disguise, at every turn, my stubborn heart, submerged, rhythm of grace(this is an awesome one), head in the cloud...
    I have but not read... made to last, forsaken dreams, grave consequences, rescue team...
    I would like to read... once upon a price..
    well I like to read too

    1. Wow! You've read quite a lot from the list! Awesome! Love to meet avid readers. Yes, I've heard great things about Once Upon a Prince! Can't wait to hear what else you read (sounds like we have the same taste in books!)

  3. "Dancing With Fireflies" was very good. Not too slow, and with just enough of a plot twist to keep you guessing. :)