Book Review: To Die, To Sleep by Stephanie Black

Deseret Book sells far more thrillers than I would expect from a church bookstore, but each one I’ve read, I haven’t been disappointed. This one is no exception. It’s nice to read a genre that I like without the sex, swearing, and gratuitous violence that sometimes almost always seems to accompany the genre. Not toContinue reading “Book Review: To Die, To Sleep by Stephanie Black”

Book Review: A Revolution of Hearts by Rhonda Gibb Hinrichsen

I like to witness authors using familiar classics for the setting of their stories. Being the fan of The Scarlet Pimpernel that I am, I was intrigued that the author decided to tell her own story with this setting, so I decided to give it a chance. Summary Set in the backdrop of the FrenchContinue reading “Book Review: A Revolution of Hearts by Rhonda Gibb Hinrichsen”

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I’m not one for popular fiction or fantasy for that matter, so my expectations for this book were pretty low, given that I abandoned the City of Bones series only a few chapters in. However, after someone from my book recommendations Facebook group recommended this one to me after I mentioned that I was lookingContinue reading “Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare”

Book Review: The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

I came upon this audiobook by mere happenstance at a sale at my local library. 10 discs about a girl mystic hunted down by the friars of a medieval inquisition? Right up my alley. Medieval religious history is something that has always fascinated me as well as learning more about the martyrs of the reformation,Continue reading “Book Review: The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry”

Book Review: The Girl in the Locked Room

Book #1 in Mary Downing Hahn’s “Chilling Tales & Frightful Adventures” Collection It’s time to start the first book of my recent Costco investment, which is a collection of my favorite ghost-story children’s author’s ghost stories! I’ve only read one of Mary Downing Hahn’s ghost stories before, so I’m excited to delve into the restContinue reading “Book Review: The Girl in the Locked Room”

Book Review: The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni

What a fantastic read! It’s such a relief to find a work of historical fiction that has the perfect blend of mystery, strong characters, true historical facts, a love-triangle—of course, and just the right amount of imagination to fill the gaps left by history. It contained one of my favorite historical elements—graves—that were based onContinue reading “Book Review: The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni”

Book Review: The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe

It’s hard to make a sequel at good as the original, and this one, though engaging, fell a tad shorter than its predecessor, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. Let’s take a look! This book delved more into the magical history of Connie’s family. This time, while nearly cracking under the pressure of pursuing tenureContinue reading “Book Review: The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe”

9 Reading Invitations/Challenges for 2022

Of the many goals that you all probably have for this year, I invite you readers to squeeze in some goals that revolve around the books. I’ve suggested some for you below. Take a look! Focus on the quality of stories instead of the quantity. I’ve found, especially in the reading communities, that people areContinue reading “9 Reading Invitations/Challenges for 2022”

Book Review: The Devil’s Slave by Tracy Borman

Following the tragedy that resulted from the gunpowder plot, Francis once again finds herself in the dangerous Stuart court. This time, Catholic forces seek to dethrone the king’s son and heir and put his daughter on the throne instead. Francis finds herself blackmailed to ensure she plays her part in the coup. Can she useContinue reading “Book Review: The Devil’s Slave by Tracy Borman”

Book Review: Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

Kate Worthington wants nothing more than to go to India, despite the continuous persuasions of her mother and sister to get married. However, when she finds her plan to go becomes nearly impossible, she enlists the help of her childhood friend Henry Delafield to propose to her as a ruse while visiting his and hisContinue reading “Book Review: Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson”