I can’t believe we are at the end of October! Of course I knew October would be a busy month with lots of travel and editing jobs. And in all of it, I never expected to get so many books read! But when they are good ones, you just can’t stop reading, right? And while it wasn’t planned, many of these books are the second in a series, so they were much anticipated reads!
So here goes:
Persuading the Captain by Rachel John
I actually enjoy modern retellings of classic stories. And this one did not disappoint! I thought she did a great job bringing Jane Austen’s Persuasion into a modern day setting. I loved the nods to the original book as well as how she adapted the story to make sense in today’s world. She has more of these. I’m sure I’ll get back to them at some point.
A Time to Seek by Tracy Higley
Oh how I love time travel done well! I think it has to do with all the conflict inherent in that premise! This one switches between 1922 and ancient Egypt. Great characters. And much more going on than just time travel! There is also a mystery to solve over the course of the series! (If you are an Amazon prime member, you can borrow the first book free.)
A Time to Weep by Tracy Higley
Yep, number two. And oh boy did the tension ramp up! But we have a love story in the midst of the chaotic mystery and time jumps that never quite work out as they were imagined. In spite of Christmas reading arriving in November, I imagine I’ll have to finish this series next month!
A Seaside Wonder by Melissa Tagg
The long-awaited second book in the Muir Harbor series—and it was worth the wait! What a wonderful story, with one of my favorite heroes ever. I mean, what’s better than a history professor, right? And Maine. Excited for the 3rd book!
Jesus, Love, and Tacos by Carrie Stephens
I did a whole post on this non-fiction book on loving Jesus and the church and living on mission. Click to read that post.
Bookstore Sisters by Alice Hoffman
I picked up this short story because it was free and I knew the author was a bestseller. It was a sweet story but I think I would have been disappointed if I’d actually paid for it.
Buttoned Up by Gabrielle Meyer
This is the third in Secrets from Grandma’s Attic. Loved the old love interest reconnection. It’s a story line I’ve put into all the books I’ve written in the series, so it was fun to read how it really started! Gabrielle always tells a good story.
Adjacent but only Just by Nichole Van
Oh, how I love Nichole’s books! And now that I’ve been to Scotland, I read those characters’ dialogue as the Scots would say it. Another “second in the series” read this month which left me excited for number three!
To Write a Wrong by Jen Turano
Yep, another second in the series book! The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency ladies in turn-of-the-century New York are a hoot—and a joy. I’ve got number three ready to go when I need some levity in my reading.
The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews
Yep. Number two in the Belles of London series. Oh, how I loved this story! And no wonder, considering that two of her inspirations for it were Beauty and the Beast and The Blue Castle—two of my favorite stories!