Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blogmas Day 13: 12 Days At Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep *ARC #bookreview

12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #1)Title: 12 Days At Bleakly Manor
Series: Once Upon A Dickens Christmas
Author: Michelle Griep
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Published Date: September 1st, 2017
Genre: Historical, Christmas, Christian
Page Count:192
Format: Paperback/Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds. That’s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancĂ©, BENJAMIN LANE.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar.

Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Clara and Ben discover that what they've been striving for isn't what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.


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 My Review:

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Down the TBR Hole #16

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia from LOSTINASTORY.
This weekly meme is to help you get your tbr down to a more manageable number, by going through 10 books from your shelves and deciding if you will really read the book or not, and getting rid of the ones you no longer want to read.
Last week I got rid of 4 more books! I'm really starting to see some progress with this challenge. I wonder how many books I've gotten rid of total since the start?


Monday, December 11, 2017

Blogmas Day 11: The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond #Bookreview

The Darkest HourTitle: The Darkest Hour
Author: Caroline Tung Richmond
Publisher:  Scholastic Press
Published Date: July 26th, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA, WWII
Page Count:307
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
Never underestimate a pretty face.

My name is Lucie Blaise.

I am sixteen years old.

I have many aliases, but I am none of the girls you see.

What I am is the newest agent of the CO-7.

And we are here to take down Hitler.

After the Nazis killed my brother on the North African front, I volunteered at the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, DC, to do my part for the war effort. Only instead of a desk job at the OSS, I was tapped to join the Clandestine Operations -- a secret espionage and sabotage organization of girls. Six months ago, I was deployed to German-occupied France to gather intelligence and eliminate Nazi targets.

My current mission: Track down and interrogate a Nazi traitor about a weapon that threatens to wipe out all of Western Europe. Then find and dismantle the weapon before Hitler detonates it. But the deeper I infiltrate, the more danger I'm in. Because the fate of the free world hangs in the balance, and trusting the wrong person could cause millions of lives to be lost. Including my own.


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 My Review:

"My good Catholic mother taught me to never lie, cheat or steal.. I pray she can forgive me, then , for what I've agreed to do - for this sil will be far worse." 
Lucie Blaise is an undercover French-American who is working with the French resistance. She and several other women work as spies and infiltrate the Germans and the french forces in order to get helpful information. This means that are all in danger constantly and when things start to go wrong it gets bad really quick.
All of the women have family reasons for being there that we learn about throughout the book, and even though Lucie is the only one we get to see things from (besides letters from her brother Theo) you do get to know each of the girls and care for all of them.
Lucie, Sabine, and Tilly end up having to go on a most likely death mission in order to stop Hitler's new weapon that will take out everyone who's not German. This is when things got really intense at this point and multiple times I was really worried for the women.

"That's the lesson you learn quickly under Hitler's iron fist: You can't save everyone who deserves saving, so you do the next best thing - you take out the ones who don't."

Overall I really loved this book. I liked how Catholicism was actually mentioned in YA book for a change, that is next to impossible to find (I've been looking for it). The mystery of what the thing was that Hitler's men had created was terrifying and them trying to stop it, had me not wanting to put my book down so that I could find out if they would all be okay.

I would highly recommend this book, and I don't' think it was problematic in any way, but if it is please let me know.

"I came to France for Theo, I stay here for myself. I don't plan on setting foot beyond these borders until this country is free from Hitler's hands and until we're all free from the Nazi's tight noose. That's my newest mission - not vengeance or punishment, but this small speck of hope that this world won't always be rules by the swastika. And I swear to that on my name.. Lucie Blaise." 

I won an arc of this book in a Twitter giveaway.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Blogmas Day 10: The Deal Of A Lifetime by Fredrik Backman #bookreview

The Deal of a LifetimeTitle: The Deal Of A Lifetime 
Author: Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Atria Books
Published Date:  October 31st 2017
Genre: Adult Fiction, Christmas, Novella
Page Count: 96
Format: Hardcover   

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
It all begins with a father telling a story to his son on Christmas Eve. But this isn’t your typical Christmas story. The father admits to his son that he’s taken a life but he won’t say whose—not yet.

One week earlier, in a hospital late at night, the man met a five-year-old girl with cancer. She’s a smart kid—smart enough to know that she won’t beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.

As the man tells his son about this plucky little girl, he slowly reveals more about himself: while he may be a successful businessman, idolized by the media and his peers, he knows he failed as a parent. Overwhelmed by the responsibility of fatherhood, he took the easy way out and left his wife and little boy twenty years ago to pursue professional success. Now he is left wondering if it’s too late to forge a relationship with his son, who seems to be his opposite in every way—prizing happiness over money, surrounded by loving friends in a cozy town where he feels right at home.

Face to face with the idea that something is missing, the man is given the unexpected chance to do something selfless that could change the destiny of the little girl in the hospital bed. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he needs to find out what his own life has actually been worth in the eyes of his son. And so, he seeks him out and tells him this story…


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 My Review:

“The only thing of value on Earth is time. One second will always be a second, there’s no negotiating with that.”

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Blogmas Day 9: The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere #Bookreview

The Christmas Blessing (Christmas Hope, #2)Title: The Christmas Blessing
Series: Christmas Hope #2
Author: Donna VanLiere
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published Date: October 28th, 2003
Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary, New Adult
Page Count:212
Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
In The Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan-a young woman born with a hole in her heart that has not kept her from becoming a champion runner. And lessons learned from a young boy named Charlie, who teaches how to live a life of true courage. Together, they will help guide Nathan through the darkest period in his life. The Christmas Blessing is an inspiring about hope existing in the darkest places, and love is always the greatest gift of all.

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 My Review:
“Don’t ever take your EYES off the FINISH line. If you take your eyes off the GOAL, you’ll never make it to the END.”
In The Christmas Shoes, we saw Nathan dealing with his mother dying and Robert who was in a failing marriage.
Nathan is now in his residence years of becoming a Doctor and he is struggling with the reality that people will die under his care and if this is really what he wants to do for the rest of his life. In this book, he is following a heart doctor who is tough and with his added struggle of deciding if this is really what he wants he is frustrated and confused and a little lost. With a little help from a few patients, a heart to heart with some friends and his family he is able to make a decision and we even get to see him start a new life.
I'm not really sure whats going to happen in the next one with Nathan, but after this one, I can't wait to see what happens.

We also get to see Robert from the first one and he has a pretty big impact on Nathan and a few of his patients as well.

This book is a lot like a Hallmark or Lifetime movie, which are my favorite to watch during the holiday season. (yes they all end the same but I will sit there and watch every single one of them.) If you don't like those type of movies you might not like this book.

Blogmas Day 13: 12 Days At Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep *ARC #bookreview

Title:  12 Days At Bleakly Manor Series: Once Upon A Dickens Christmas Author:  Michelle Griep Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press Published Da...