Monthly Favorites: January

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Welcome to my monthly wrap up! This is where I share my favorite things from around the web, including author news and favorite blog posts from my friends. This may vary between a few items some months and several things that deserve highlighting other months, depending on what’s caught my eye. Enjoy!

Joanne Bischof is writing a new 2-book historical series with Thomas Nelson. The first will come out in 2018. The blurb Joanne shared has me interested already!

The cover model of Dani Pettrey’s Still Life was a contestant on Survivor.

Kristi Ann Hunter is working on her next series.

Hidden Figures. I don’t know that I can put into words what an impact this movie had on my mind and my heart. It is a beautiful story of strength, tenacity, and perseverance. It evoked so many emotions from me, but ultimately made me reflective on life and how everyone should be treated with kindness and respect.

February Most Anticipated Books

What were your January highlights? What books are you excited about in February?


Review: An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter
Hawthorne House, Book 3
Bethany House, 2017

Trent’s musings over breakfast was a charming way to start An Uncommon Courtship. He declares it “one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity” and I couldn’t have been more delighted with his enjoyment of the start of the day.

Quickly thereafter, readers find out Trent has just married Adelaide, and we follow their journey together. Will they learn to love one another, or will they become strangers who merely live in the same house?

“I take my frivolity very seriously.”

Trent’s household is run a little differently than the average household, which is quite the shocker for Adelaide. The unconventional dynamics of his household are amusing and humorous. I really enjoyed how the staff was involved in the life of the home, immediately treating Adelaide with familiarity.

Trent and Adelaide struggle to find sure footing in their marriage, but I really enjoyed watching them learn more about one another and develop feelings. One thing I loved was how something was always askew with Adelaide’s dress and she never knew how it happened. And Trent’s amusement in discovering these mishaps and his pleasure in being the only one to notice them. It made my heart happy.

This is my favorite novel from Kristi Ann Hunter to date. I only wonder now if Griffith will get his own love story….

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own.*

TBR List: 2017 Edition

Per tradition, with the new year comes my new TBR list of 2017 releases. Another favorite post to put together, if you will.

There are so many good books coming out in 2017! Like last year, the books I’ve shared below are only releases for January – June, the first half of the year. There are 15 books below! So many, and these are only my most anticipated. More books are on my “reader-radar” than what I have here.

I’ve linked each title to their Goodreads page so you can read the synopsis and add it to your TBR, too!

An Uncommon Courtship
by Kristi Ann Hunter (Hawthorne House #3)
January 3, 2017

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz
January 3, 2017

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander (Belmont Mansion #3)
January 31, 2017

To The Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden
February 28, 2017

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron
March 7, 2017

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin (Waves of Freedom #3)
March 14, 2017

A Secret Courage by Tricia Goyer (The London Chronicles #1)
April 1. 2017

Behind The Scenes by Jen Turano (Apart From The Crowd #1)
April 4, 2017


The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson
April 4, 2017

Life After by Katie Ganshert
April 18, 2017

True To You by Becky Wade (Bradford Sisters #1)
May 2, 2017

Catching The Wind by Melanie Dobson
May 9, 2017

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge
June 6, 2017

With You Always by Jody Hedlund (Orphan Train #1)
June 6, 2017

High As The Heavens by Kate Breslin
June 6, 2017

Phew! That’s a lot of books to look forward to! And in June, look for my TBR for the second half of the year. Because there will most-definitely be more to come!

What are your most anticipated books of the year? Share below, and if you wrote a blog post, share the link with me!