The Valentine's Day Book Tag

The Valentine's Day Book Tag

This Thursday is Valentine’s Day so I thought I would do a fun book tag! I haven’t done one of these in a long time and I thought it was due. I love a good book tag - you get to learn more about the blogger behind the screen. And the questions are always so fun!

So without further ado, here are my answers to the book tag:

Stand Alone Book You Love

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I am assuming this question is talking about book series. This one is hard because I do read so many Christian books in a particular series. Even if you don’t have to read them in a particular order. Land of Silence is definitely a book I absolutely love that is a stand alone book. And it does have some romance! ;)

Dystopian Book You Love

the book of ivy amy engel

I don’t actually read too many dystopian’s. I tend to watch more dystopian movies. However, I do remember really enjoying this duo-logy by Amy Engel. It’s one of those book series that is underrepresented. This book reminded me more of the classic dystopians out there than modern day dystopians. So that is probably why I enjoyed it a lot.

A Book You Love But No One Else Talks About

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No one talks about Frank Peretti’s books anymore. His books are classics in the Christian genre!

Favorite Book Couple

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I know Hadassah and Marcus wasn’t technically a “couple” but swoon… they were soo good together.

Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet

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Yep… I have never read this famous dystopian. I have only seen the movies.

A Book With Red on the Cover

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A Book With Pink on the Cover

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You are given a Box of Chocolates, what fictional boyfriend/girlfriend would have given them to you?

shelter of the most of high connilyn cossette

Eitan… just swoon….

You are single on Valentine’s Day. What Book would you read? What TV Show would you watch? What movie would you watch?

Book: I am actually not sure! I would probably read something not related to romance or doesn’t have romance in it.

TV Show:

Movie:

Believe it or not I am not that into romance comedy or romance movies. I tend to watch more adventure and drama type movies and stick to romance in books.

You are in the bookstore. All of a sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What new release will you love?

the sky above us sarah sundin

I hope you enjoyed this book tag! You are welcome to do this book tag as well! If you will be doing this book tag as well, please share your post!

the caffeinated bibliophile

10 Christian Books To Read This Valentine's Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day next week and what better time to read a good romance novel! Romance novels always make me read with a smile on my face. They definitely lift my mood and make me feel happy!

Here are 10 books I recommend reading for Valentine’s Day:

*Just click on the image to be taken to Amazon to read the synopsis and purchase if desired.

You can read my review of The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby —-> HERE

You can enter to win a copy of Brunch of Bittersweet Cafe —-> HERE (hurry giveaway ends tomorrow!)

Do you typically read a romance book around this time of year? If so, which one are you going to read?

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Book Review: Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble

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Synopsis:

From USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble comes the third book in her beloved Lavender Tides series.

Her mother lied about her identity and her husband wasn’t who she thought he was—can Bailey even trust herself anymore?

Running for her life in the wake of her mother’s murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of—a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down.

Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey—with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister’s case—is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava.

Filled with Colleen Coble’s custom blend of suspense and romance, Secrets at Cedar Cabin takes us back to the evocative landscape of Washington’s coast where nothing is quite as it seems.

  • Genre: Christian Suspense

  • Published: 01/22/2019

  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson

  • Pages: 352

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.56

secrets at cedar cabin colleen coble book review
The LORD will keep you from all harm he will watch over your life.
— Psalm 121:7

Why I Chose This Book

This book is a continuation from her previous book, The House at Saltwater Point. I was eager to find out what happened to the characters after the events from the previous book. So of course I had to sign up for the blog tour!

First Initial Thoughts

Bailey Fleming is a young woman who just started getting her life back together after a failed marriage. Then as she thought things were going back to normal her mother was murdered. Soon after she is target herself and she flees to Cedar Cabin, a place her ex-husband bought for her. She soon finds Lavender Tides comforting and charming. Growing up with only her mom, they were always on the move, and never got familiar with a place. I really liked Bailey. I liked her because she was smart. When she was on the run, she actually did the right things to not be tracked by her mother’s killer. So I liked that Colleen made her to be an independent and strong woman. We need that more in novels!

Lance, an FBI agent is investigating a human trafficking ring who captured his sister Ava, 5 years ago. I really felt for him because his whole family felt that it was their fault that Ava was kidnapped. If they only could have done something to prevent it. Lance joined the FBI in hopes to find his sister.

Soon after moving into the cabin Lance comes to help Bailey out in repairing the dilapidated cabin and to check out the new girl who suddenly shows up in a cabin that’s been abandoned for years. Soon after they find bodies in the shed’s cellar. Who are they and how are they connected to her mother’s murder?

What I found interesting at the beginning is we are introduced to the leader of the operation and we know him as “King”. It was interesting to have his perspective sprinkled throughout the novel and his thoughts as everything went south.

Setting

Colleen brought us back to the gorgeous beaches of Washington. I lived in Oregon for 5 years and we visited the coast quite often. The small idyllic coastal towns, pine trees, rugged beaches, is what you will find in the pacific northwest. And Colleen brought just that to life in this book. I also love how she mentioned how the weather was there. It does rain as often as it’s mentioned but it’s more of a misty rainy kind of day.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
— 1 Peter 5:10

Final Thoughts

I would recommend reading the previous book, The House at Saltwater Point before reading this one to fully understand what is going on.

This book brings to light a serious issue that is rising here in the US. And that is human trafficking. Especially now with social media, young woman are being lured through online social platforms. I remember first learning about this horrible crime when I was in high school and then through the famous movie, Taken. Speaking of that movie, where is Bryan Mills when we need him?!

I really liked the mystery of this story. I was kept guessing and didn’t guess who it was till the very end. I had my suspicions on who it could be but I liked that Colleen made it completely surprising till the very end. Some questions were left unanswered though, so that was slightly annoying but I think that happens with most suspense/mystery novels. I also found it kind of crazy how everyone was connected - I won’t mention who or how but it was kind of interesting.

What I liked most about this book was the message about hope. Hope and faith that God will help you through whatever situation you face. Hope is definitely something that we all need to remember to practice from time to time.

Bailey and Lance worked well together and I enjoyed reading their relationship develop. I hope Colleen considers writing a novel about them after all the events from this book!

Would I Recommend?

Yes of course! What I love about this series is that it delves into a serious issue that is rising here in the US and I love that Colleen brings awareness to that.


About Colleen Coble

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Best-selling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

Connect with Colleen

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram



Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

You can read my review of the second book in the series —-> HERE

Have you been to the lavender fields in the Pacific Northwest?

the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I was sent an ARC copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.

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Book Review: The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

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Synopsis:

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother--who is battling dementia--compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns--and with it, Heidi's fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/Suspense

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

  • Published: 01/22/2019

  • Pages: 360

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.63

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That while the past—the consequences of the past—might have a dire effect on me, it still doesn’t change who I am. We weren’t created to find our identity in life. We were created to discover our Creator. In doing so, our identity is defined.
— Simeon Coyle

Why I Chose This Book

I absolutely adore Jaime’s books. I have read her two previous books set in the same state, Wisconsin. This one also set in Wisconsin and the premise sounded spooky and well worth the read.

First Initial Thoughts

Ok, first things first, it is weird to read a story with the main character having the same name as yourself. Heidi isn’t really a common name anymore so I don’t see it too often in books anymore. At least Heidi didn’t have the same personality as me or otherwise that would have gotten a little too weird.

Speaking of Heidi, she is the second main character in the book. Her story is set in modern day time. She is a young woman who goes home to visit Pleasant Valley because her mom sent her a letter to come and discover her true past. What is in that letter that begs Heidi to come back home even though her family is dysfunctional?

Speaking of dysfunctional, her sister Vicki. I did not like her. Yeah, Heidi made some mistakes in her life - but don’t we all? She was very critical of Heidi and didn’t give her the time to reconcile the past. I really felt for Heidi and thought she deserved to have a second chance at making things right with her family. And honestly, it’s not like she didn’t do anything too terrible so I didn’t see the warrant for Vicki’s actions.

Thea Reed is the other main character in the story. This part of the story is set in 1908 in Pleasant Valley. 50 years after the death of Misty Wayfair. In this part of the story we learn the demise of Misty Wayfair and why she haunts the Coyle’s. What is mysterious about this part of the story is not only why she haunts the Coyle’s but why do they all die mysteriously? I really liked Thea. I found her to be independent and willful, if not a little stubborn. Though deep inside she felt lost. She felt lost because she returned to Pleasant Valley to find out who her mother was. She didn’t grow up with that motherly love and desperately needed to have that feeling of being loved.

Setting

Jaime knows how to write a scene for sure. She also knows how to make you feel a little freaked out without the story being too scary. Pleasant Valley sounded like that town shrouded in secrets with a fake facade on the outside. I also kind of found it ironic that the town was named pleasant when it really wasn’t that pleasant.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
— Jeremiah 29:11

Final Thoughts

I really loved that Jaime included the topic of mental illness in this book. There are so many characters in this book that dealt with mental illness in one way or another. Mary, the woman introduced in the beginning suffered from depression. Heidi suffered from Anxiety. And other characters suffered from other mental illnesses which I won’t state - as it would spoil the story. Speaking of mental illness, the asylum mentioned in this book. Spooky is what it is! And I loved that Jaime emphasized how patients were treated in such institutions in the 19th and early 20th century; not really till the 1980s did they get any better. And also, I think this story emphasizes how today we treat those that are mentally ill. We kind of disregard them and treat them differently (in not a good way). It makes me sad how we treat those that need help!

This story emphasizes purpose. Why are we here? I also feel like it also begs the question, do we inherent mental illness? I think Jaime wanted us to learn that we are created by God. He designed us in our mother’s womb. He has a specific purpose for us- and if that includes battling a mental illness, well he has a specific purpose for that. And we have to have faith in God in finding out who we are and what our true purpose is here on earth.

Also, My reaction to the ending and both the mysteries:

Let’s just say… what?!?! the f…?

I was blown away by this book and the stories. And also by the end I did get use to reading my name as the main character. ha

And I have to say I think this one is my favorite so far from Jaime, with the first one of her’s falling closely behind. She really hit on the ball park this time and I can’t wait to see what she writes for the next book!

Would I Recommend?

Yes- please read this! I think everyone should try out at least one of Jaime’s books. She really knows how to craft a story and you will not be disappointed!



You can purchase the book —-> HERE

Have you read any of Jaime’s books or this one in particular? If you have read this one, share in the comments your thoughts!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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