Some of these books I received for the sole purpose of reviewing. I have noted which ones I have bought.
Remember that goal that I set at the beginning of the year to read 5 new books a month well, I hate to brag but right now I am totally knocking it out of the park. I set a goal to read at least 50 pages a day. Some days I hit the goal and then there are days when I don’t. But when the weather gets dreary and rainy I make up for those days where I couldn’t get the 50 pages in. So now I am going to share with the 5 books I read in the month of March.
Plus I will have to mention that because I am part of the Amazon Prime family and I often get offers to review books that I have yet to buy a book unless it is one I really really want to read. So far this year that has only happened with 3 books the Lysa TerKeurst book I read last month, Michelle Obama’s book that I am reading now and the first book on my list for March.
The End of the Road by Deanna J. Smith
I have been awaiting the arrival of this book since I read her last book, Motherhood Unexpected which she wrote in 2015. I have followed her blog Everything and Nothing from Essex since I started blogging. She is the one writer that I inspire to be most like. I also love that in everything she writes whether it be a blog or a book, she raising awareness about Down’s Syndrome. Her oldest daughter, Addison was born with it and she makes sure to let everyone know about the beauty hidden within this diagnosis.
I got this book on a Wednesday and by Saturday night I was done with it. It was that good. In fact, it was so good I bought my friend, Emily, yes Emily from the farm, a copy when she was sick. I never buy books for other people but this book was meant to be shared.
Here is a little bit about the book
Down syndrome, love, trust, fear…When someone burns down her new home, single mom Shelby Robinson’s guilty conscience tells her it’s because of what she did. Is it possible her past has caught up to her? But how? And will she ever be able to provide a secure future for her daughter Grace?
I highly recommend this book but I will warn you that you need to have some tissues on hand because it is a tear jerker.
Die Again, Mr. Holmes: A Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery by Anna Elliott and Charles Veley
I am a huge fan of mystery and crime novels. So when I was asked to review this and the next book, I thought sure why not. This book is definitely a page turner and I will admit that I totally could not figure out who the villain was until I read the very end. I love how it builds on the Holmes and Watson Genre but with a new twist introducing the character of Holmes illegitimate daughter, Lucy James, who is an amateur sleuth as well into the picture. This and the next book makes me want to read the whole series. Here is a little bit about this book.
Hidden treasures can be lethal . . . January, 1898. A young woman begs Sherlock Holmes to find the man she loves. A chilly noblewoman wants Lucy James to find a missing girl. Are the two cases linked? The answer soon emerges, along with clues to a priceless treasure, as the murders begin. Lucy must leave London. Holmes and Watson are attacked. Who else will have to die?
Sounds good right? Well, it was. If this sounds interesting then the next book you will be just as interested in it.
This book was just as good as the above book I mentioned. I loved how they weaved in the Ripper into the storyline. This book also left me stumped trying to figure out who was the villain. It is also a real page turner. Here is a little bit more about the book.
Sherlock Holmes has been asked by South African mogul Cecil Rhodes to stop an international ring of diamond smugglers. An alluring woman wants Watson to help raise funds for her charity. Lucy and Jack are looking forward to their wedding and moving into a new home. But then a new series of murders take place in Whitechapel, and Lucy is targeted by a notorious killer. The Baker Street team will need more than their usual deductive brilliance to defeat their latest adversary, or else the case of the Ripper could be their last.
I would recommend reading this book first because you get introduced to the relationship between Lucy and Jack.
Your Light by Jillian Aversa
I always try to read one children’s book a month, not because I am trying to meet my goal of five books but because there are so many lessons that can be learned and adults can apply to their life that are taught in children’s books. And Your Light is no exception to this rule. It is a gentle reminder that you always need to follow your dreams.
If I didn’t follow my dreams, I would not have the Blog cabin that I am currently writing in. That dream was one I had for many years and last year I made that dream come true for me.
Here is a brief summary of the book: Teach your child that life’s journeys are to be celebrated, not feared – When the baby bunny isn’t sure which path to take on its quest, it draws courage from thoughts of its parent’s love and support, journeying onward with determination.
And the last book of the month
Countdown America by M.C. Fox
This was another crime/ spy novel. Can you tell what I was really in the mood to read this month? 🙂 I will admit I was a little slow to actually pick up this book to read it but once I started it I could not put it down. It was that good. The story chronicles a single mom who happens to be a chief supervisor in the CIA. After her children and mom were kidnapped and she was almost killed she has to find a way to get her family back. It was super interesting and really opened my eyes to how vulnerable the United States is to attacks by a foreign country and also how much we all really rely on technology in our daily lives. Sounds intriguing right? Here is a little bit more about the book
Countdown America follows CIA agent and single mother Isabella Bendel. After the loss of her husband, she accepts a promotion to chief supervisor – a much less dangerous position than what she’s accustomed to—so she can raise her two children without fear of leaving them without any parents. But any illusions of safety are shattered when, while on her Sunday morning jog in a Washington, D.C. park, she survives a brutal assassination attempt. She hauls her assailant into CIA headquarters, confident she can get to the bottom of why he was after her. Her blood runs cold when she learns the truth…as he was trying to take her out, armed terrorists abducted her children and mother right out of her home. Pushed to the brink of what any mother can endure, Isabella calls on all of her training and deadly skills to get her family back. During this mission, she fights her way through
I highly recommend all of these books, I can honestly say that I enjoyed them all thoroughly and can’t wait to catch you up on what I read in the month of April. If you have any book suggestions please drop them in the comments below, I am always on the lookout for book suggestions.