Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: A Dangerous Engagement by Melanie Dickerson

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring A Dangerous Engagement (The Regency Spies of London #3) by Melanie Dickerson.


Book Beginning

Spring 1815, London, England

Felicity took the young gentleman's arm as they moved away from the dance floor. He was quite handsome, with brown hair and a gentle manner.

Friday 56

Felicity watched them leave, then clutched at her throat, leaning forward. "What have I done, what have I done?" she mumbled, rocking forward and back.

About the Book

Just as merchant’s daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone’s country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone’s handsome guests catches Felicity’s attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton Hall.

Government agent Philip McDowell is infiltrating a group of cutthroat revolutionaries led by none other than Lady Blackstone and Ratley. Their devious plot is to overthrow the monarchy, and their unwitting pawn is Felicity. Now Philip needs Felicity’s help in discovering the rebels’ secrets—by asking her to maintain cover as Ratley’s innocent bride-to-be.

Philip is duty bound. Felicity is game. Together they’re risking their lives—and gambling their hearts—to undo a traitorous conspiracy before their dangerous masquerade is exposed.

What have you been reading lately? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: Crossfire (Montana Rescue #4.5) by Susan May Warren


About the Book

The woman he loves is caught in the crossfire of revenge…but he’ll have to face his crimes to save her.

A Montana Rescue novella by acclaimed, RITA award-winning, USA Today best-selling author Susan May Warren

Seven years have passed since ranch foreman Kade Logan walked away from small town Dawson, Montana and the woman he loved, Haddie Brown. He had his reasons, including a dark secret that made him swear never to return to eastern Montana oil country. Since then, he’s thrown himself into his job as foreman of billionaire rancher Ian Shaw’s spread in western Montana. He’s built a new life far from the mistakes—and broken heart—he left behind.

Trauma nurse Haddie Brown has fought to forget Kade and her broken dreams. Sure, she’s back in Dawson, but not for long—she’s on her way to Minneapolis to start a new chapter of her life.

When family problems bring Kade back to Dawson, his past comes due—and Haddie is caught in the crossfire. Kade must face his mistakes to rescue the woman he loves. And Haddie must trust the man who broke her heart if she hopes save them all.


My Review

Four Stars

Susan May Warren is one of my favorite authors, so I was really excited for Crossfire. It was great! There was lots of intrigue, suspense, and danger. There were also appearances from some favorites from the Montana Rescue Series. (Loved that!) It did take me a chapter or two to get into, but it wasn't long before I couldn't read it fast enough. All in all, another great one from Susan May Warren. (I read this novella as part of the Targeted for Danger Collection)

To learn more about Susan May Warren, visit her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday: Murder on Moon Trek 1: A Sylvia Stryker Mystery (Outer Space Mysteries) by Diane Vallere

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Murder on Moon Trek 1: A Sylvia Stryker Mystery (Outer Space Mysteries) by Diane Vallere releasing December 17, 2017.


About the Book

When space academy dropout Sylvia Stryker hacks her way into the position of Uniform Inventory Manager aboard the Moon Unit 5, she jumps at the chance to leave her small planet behind. But when the ship's second navigation officer is found dead in the uniform closet shortly after departing the space station, Sylvia's problems become bigger than falsified test results. And when her supervisor places her on probation for her own uniform infraction, she's at risk of being dropped off at the nearest substation. Juggling red shirts, white lies, and an army of little green men, Sylvia has to expose a killer before the Moon Unit 5 becomes space dust.

Why I Need It

This book sounds awesome! I'm not usually a big science fiction fan, but I can't pass up a cozy mystery set in space. I can't wait to dive into this book!

What book are you eagerly anticipating? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Yummy Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

The topic for this week is Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books. I thought I'd share some books that have characters who work in the food industry or have food related jobs.

This sweet historical romance features main characters who work for rival candy companies.

This was a super fun historical with a main character, Charlotte, who is very passionate about becoming a chef and bringing healthy food options into hospitals. There was also an exciting cooking competition.

Set during the 1880s, single mom Tressa Danell owns her own bakery in the small town of Eagle Harbor, Michigan. Her treats sounded delectable... especially the strawberry pie.

A delightful historical novella featuring a young lady attempting to turn the town bar into a tea room.

Dwight Williams' family restaurant, The Maple Pit, served up some mouth-watering dishes.

Juliette is a food writer and the youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty. This book made me so hungry.

This is a short novella featuring a young Amish girl who works at The Sweet Shop and solves mysteries.

8. All Fudged Up by Nancy Coco
Allie McMurphy runs her family's historic hotel and fudge shop--yes--FUDGE SHOP!!!

9. Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney
Reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement and buys her grandmother's farm to become a homesteader. She makes some Killer Dewberry Jam.

10. Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower
Bailey King is an assistant chocolatier in New York City, but returns home to Harvest, Ohio to help out at her grandparent's Amish candy shop when her grandpa becomes ill.

What are some of your favorite books that feature yummy food or characters who work in the food industry?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Love's Winter Hope (Eagle Harbor #5) by Naomi Rawlings


About the Book

Journey back to a time when neighbors knew each other's names, and a handshake meant a person's honor. The bestselling Eagle Harbor Series continues with Book 5, Love’s Winter Hope.

When Jessalyn Dowrick’s husband left her and their three daughters to head west five years earlier, she had no choice but to pick up the pieces of her broken life and continue without him, eventually supporting herself as Eagle Harbor’s seamstress, and secretly hoping her husband would return. But days soon slipped into months, and months into years, all without word of Thomas or a cent of the money he’d promised to send.

While working day and night to build a new life that his wife would be proud of, Thomas wrote Jessalyn every week, asking her to come to South Dakota. But she never arrived. In fact, she never answered a single one of his letters. When he returns to Eagle Harbor in search of answers, he finds a woman who thought him dead . . . and soon regrets he didn’t come after her earlier.

As winter closes in and storms trap Thomas in town until the harbor opens in the spring, will he be able to convince his wife he’s worth a second chance?


My Review

Five Stars

I've been very interested in reading this story since the first time I met Jessalynn in Love's Unfading Light, book one, and learned of her situation. Let me tell ya', it did not disappoint. I absolutely loved it!

There's a lot of misunderstanding, miscommunication, and many years of hurt for Jessalynn and her recently returned husband, Thomas, to try and overcome. I didn't know what to expect from Thomas. I couldn't imagine what kind of guy would leave his wife and kids and not send any word for five years. It took a little bit for him to grow on me, but, as they say, there's two sides to every story, and it wasn't long before I came to really like him. I really felt for both of them. Forgiveness isn't easy, but sometimes trusting again is even harder. I was rooting for them and enjoyed watching them work through some tough issues.

I was so happy to be back in Eagle Harbor and to catch up with 'old friends'. I've loved every single one of the books in this series. If you're a fan of historical romance, don't miss out on this wonderful series! I can't wait to read Isaac and Aileen's story in book six, Love's Bright Tomorrow.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and comments are my own opinion.

To learn more about Naomi Rawlings, visit her website and Facebook page.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: All this Time (Walker Family #4) by Melissa Tagg

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring All This Time (Walker Family #4) by Melissa Tagg. This is the final book in the series about the Walker family. Set in the fictional Iowa town of Maple Valley, these books can be read as standalones.


Book Beginning

A single, strained scan of the church's hollowed interior was all it took for the whispers of Bear McKinley's past to turn to bellows.

Friday 56 (56% on my Kindle)

Bear stood over a stump of a tree, a thick log standing upright and an ax in his hand. That tattoo around one arm peeked out from under a damp shirt that stretched over taut muscle. He lifted the ax high and brought it down again.

Raegan turned to Kate with her jaw gaping, her voice low, "He's like a mountain man."

About the Book

Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go.

Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything—his freedom and his reputation—for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the care of his missing brother’s children, convinced he’s out of second chances to make his life count. And yet, with every day that passes, these kids, this quirky town and the woman he never stopped missing help patch the holes in his heart. Maybe this is the fresh start he’s been longing for all along. But as his newfound hope grows, so does the mystery surrounding his brother’s activities—and when the threat reaches into the lives of those he loves, it’s clear he can’t run away this time.

Fear holds Raegan’s future captive.

Raegan Walker is fine. She’s happy working a slew of part-time jobs, still living in her childhood bedroom and rarely venturing from her hometown. At least, that’s what she tells everyone . . . and herself. But she can’t help wondering what might’ve happened if she hadn’t abandoned her art so many years ago—and if Bear McKinley had never left. When Bear returns and she’s commissioned for a painting that just might revive her artistic ambition all in one week, it’s time to finally reach for more than fine. But doing so means facing the fears that have held her back all this time, including admitting the secret she’s kept from Bear and her family. With her dream and her heart on the line, how much will Raegan have to risk to finally chase her happy ending?

What have you been reading lately? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner


About the Book

Becoming a Christian is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck. Best because, well, that's obvious. Worst because, up to this point, she's made her very comfortable living as a well-known, bestselling author of steamy romance novels that would leave the members of her new church blushing. Now Sarah is trying to reconcile her past with the future she's chosen. She's still under contract with her publisher and on the hook with her enormous fan base for the kind of book she's not sure she can write anymore. She's beginning to think that the church might frown on her tithing on royalties from a "scandalous" book. And the fact that she's falling in love with her pastor doesn't make things any easier.

With a powerful voice, penetrating insight, and plenty of wit, Bethany Turner explodes onto the scene with a debut that isn't afraid to deal with the thorny realities of living the Christian life.


My Review

Five Stars

I've heard so many good things about The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, so I couldn't wait to read it. Believe the hype, y'all. It's fantastic. This book was a breath of fresh air, one of the best romantic comedies I've ever read, and so much fun!

It was so funny! There were too many times to count where I had to set my Kindle down for a minute because I was laughing so hard. It deals with real issues, in real ways with, what I thought, humor and grace. It is one of the more edgy Christian Fiction books that I've read, but I loved that. It made it feel more real and relatable.

I really enjoyed the way it was written. It was very conversational, like a friend was telling me her story. Sarah grows a lot, spiritually and emotionally, from beginning to end. It was great to watch her transformation. The chemistry between Sarah and Ben was off the charts! They're so good together! The relationship developed really fast, which is usually a big turn off for me, but it didn't bother me with this book. It was perfect for this story and these characters. Piper was an amazing friend and I'm really hoping she gets her own story. (Please!)

I loved every second of this book and highly recommend it! I'm definitely gonna be keeping an eye out for any future books by Bethany Turner.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

To learn more about Bethany Turner, visit her website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday/Can't Wait Wednesday: The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming eagerly anticipated releases.

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released.

This week I'm featuring The House on 'Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright releasing November 21, 2017.


About the Book

Outstanding Debut Novel from an Author to WatchKaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--
including her own--are lost?

Why I Need It

It seems like I've been hearing about this book for a long time. It sounds super interesting and dual timelines always bring a neat element to books.

What book are you eagerly anticipating? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Covers


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

The topic for this week is Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes.

1. A Harvest Bond by Lee Tobin McClain

2. Buying Love (Maple Run #1) by Toni Shiloh



5. The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter

6. These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart




 

Do you have any favorite Fall/Autumn Covers?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1) by Irene Hannon


About the Book

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps--and figure out what they missed!


My Review

Four Stars

Trish Bailey has had a tough couple years and is devastated by a new loss, worrying that it was somehow her fault. Detective Colin Flynn's instincts tell him Trish is innocent of any wrongdoing, but he has to do his job and investigate the case thoroughly. She's been experiencing strange instances of confounding memory lapses, attributing it to the stress and grief. But could something more sinister be at work?

I always look forward to Irene Hannon's latest romantic suspense. She sure knows how to write compelling and unputdownable suspense. She has a way of crafting truly chillingly evil villains that set my nerves on edge. And this villain is quite horrible. The prologue definitely hooked me, but the pace was a tad slow for the first part of the book. But before long, it picked up. I thought I had everything figured out, but then there was a big twist that changed everything. I never felt much of a connection to the characters, but the mystery and danger kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. I really loved seeing some familiar faces from a couple of Hannon's previous series pop up.

Lovers of romantic suspense are sure to enjoy Dangerous Illusions.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

To learn more about Irene Hannon, visit her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Week in Review: October 2-6, 2017


Week in Review is where I recap posts from the previous week and preview what's to come.

Monday, October 2
https://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/10/review-dangerous-legacy-by-elizabeth.html

Tuesday, October 3
https://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/10/top-ten-tuesday-book-boyfriends.html

https://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/10/review-written-in-dust-backroads-book-2.html

Wednesday, October 4
https://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/10/waiting-on-wednesdaycant-wait-wednesday.html

Thursday, October 5
https://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/10/review-harvest-bond-sacred-bond-series.html

Friday, October 6
https://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/10/book-beginnings-friday-56-written-in.html

Coming Up Next

I've got a review coming up Monday for Irene Hannon's newest release. Top Ten Tuesday is all about Fall/Autumn covers. I'm featuring a dual timeline mystery for Can't Wait Wednesday. Thursday's review is for a hilarious new romantic comedy and, as always, I'll have my regular Book Beginnings + Friday 56 post.

What have you read this week? What are you reading next?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Written in the Dust by Christina Coryell

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring Written in the Dust by Christina Coryell. It just released this Tuesday and it was AMAZING! (You can check out my review for it here.) This is book two in the Backroads Series and, I didn't think it was possible, but Written in the Dust is even better than the first book. I thought I'd share the Beginning and 56 with y'all today. I really loved how this beginning echoes back to the beginning of Written in the Stars, but with a completely different feel, this time with more hope.

https://smile.amazon.com/Written-Dust-Backroads-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07511SCWY/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507074608&sr=8-1&keywords=written+in+the+dust

Book Beginning

Dust

Brooke turned onto the gravel road directly behind another car, not even trying to distance herself. The cloud of orange-brown grime rolled from the tires, coming up to greet her like a gritty whirlwind of dirt. She tried to stare through the fog of earth, unable to get a clear view. Squinting behind her sunglasses, instead she focused on the blur of the dirt-smudged white car in front of her, but she didn't slow her vehicle.

Wrapping her fingers around the crank on the driver's side door, she rolled the window down, letting the dusty air penetrate the interior of the truck. She'd need a shower, but she didn't care. The warm air crept into her lungs, the orange fog swirling so thick she could taste it.

Friday 56 (56% on my Kindle)

He probably wouldn't have visited the back eighty today, given his headache and the fact that he'd spent time with the cows yesterday afternoon. And if she hadn't come back, he'd have spent his day watching baseball on television and nursing his hangover. But she did come back, and having her as far away from civilization as possible could only be to his advantage. If she couldn't stalk away from him, that was even better.

About the Book

There are two basic types of people you’ll come across in small towns. Planters have the land in their blood and want to stay forever. Dreamers long for the day they will finally escape. Holly Christian? Definitely a planter. She’s never considered leaving for greener pastures, but it’ll be a whole lot easier to move forward when people finally stop telling her that will never happen. Thank goodness she has an ally in Hunter Pearce. He has no desire to leave now that he has what he’s always wanted. Well…almost. The words he can’t take back are still clinging closer than a humid summer afternoon.

Then there’s Gatlin Moore, who leans more in the dreamer direction. He used to imagine a future away from his hometown, but circumstances changed his plans long ago. Now he can’t stop thinking about bringing some of his dreams back to life, namely the ones that involve Brooke Langdon. Breaking up in their small town was hard, but getting back together might prove impossible. She may not be around long, unless she rediscovers what she used to love about the place. Putting her future in order by piecing together the past could mend her heart…or break it for keeps.

Welcome to Hope Canyon. This is our backroads story.

What have you been reading lately? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: A Harvest Bond: Sacred Bond Series Final Novella by Lee Tobin McClain


About the Book

Widower John Moretti feels like a kid again. Healthy living, working his Pennsylvania farm, and mentoring troubled boys have brought him back from grief and illness into a whole new life.

Emily Stern has recovered from losing her husband too young, and she can’t wait to get started on her dream: creating a rural retreat for struggling midlife women. The farm she’s inherited is the perfect place, so much so that she’s willing to move across the country to make it happen.

But when Emily arrives at the Covenant Farm, she’s shocked to find her long-ago love, John Moretti, living there… and contemplating very different plans for the place. Forced to compromise by staying at the farm together, they quickly realize there’s still a spark between them. But only John knows what else stands between them: a secret that could break Emily’s heart.

Jump into the final novella of the Sacred Bond series… a touching love story about sowing, reaping, and gathering in the harvest.


My Review

4.5 Stars

Oh goodness... I loved this novella! It was such a heartwarming story! A Harvest Bond was the first book in the Sacred Bond series that I've read and even though it's the conclusion to the series, I was never confused. I think it stands alone great. It did make me really interested in reading the previous books, though.

This story is centered around an older couple, which I really enjoyed. You don't find that often, so I thought it was very refreshing. John and Emily are at odds with each other over the direction they think the farm should go. They have really awesome ideas that would help a lot of people, but their plans are so different. It was great watching their interactions.

A Harvest Bond features an endearing love story that I enjoyed very much! I'm excited to check out the earlier books in this series!

I received a copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

To learn more about Lee Tobin McClain, visit her website, Facebook page, and Twitter.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday/Can't Wait Wednesday: Bones To Pick (A Brie Hooker Mystery Book 1) by Linda Lovely

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming eagerly anticipated releases.

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released.

This week I'm featuring Bones To Pick (A Brie Hooker Mystery Book 1) by Linda Lovely releasing October 24.


About the Book

Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn’t among vegan chef Brie Hooker’s list of lifetime ambitions. But she can’t walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy.

Once she calls her aunt’s goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses. The troubles begin when the farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. He doesn’t reckon on Brie’s resolve to prove her aunt’s innocence. Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve.

Why I Need It


I love a good and funny cozy mystery and Bones to Pick sounds hilarious!

What book are you eagerly anticipating? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: Written in the Dust (Backroads Book 2) by Christina Coryell



About the Book

There are two basic types of people you’ll come across in small towns. Planters have the land in their blood and want to stay forever. Dreamers long for the day they will finally escape. Holly Christian? Definitely a planter. She’s never considered leaving for greener pastures, but it’ll be a whole lot easier to move forward when people finally stop telling her that will never happen. Thank goodness she has an ally in Hunter Pearce. He has no desire to leave now that he has what he’s always wanted. Well…almost. The words he can’t take back are still clinging closer than a humid summer afternoon.

Then there’s Gatlin Moore, who leans more in the dreamer direction. He used to imagine a future away from his hometown, but circumstances changed his plans long ago. Now he can’t stop thinking about bringing some of his dreams back to life, namely the ones that involve Brooke Langdon. Breaking up in their small town was hard, but getting back together might prove impossible. She may not be around long, unless she rediscovers what she used to love about the place. Putting her future in order by piecing together the past could mend her heart…or break it for keeps.

Welcome to Hope Canyon. This is our backroads story.


My Review

Five Stars

I was so excited for Written in the Dust and to continue the journey with these characters that started in Written in the Stars. It was everything I'd hoped it would be and more!

I was instantly sucked back into the lives of Holly, Brooke, Hunter, and Gatlin, and I loved every second of it. These characters, y'all! They're so real. It felt like I really knew them, like they could be my friends or neighbors. I felt so connected to them. I loved getting a more in depth look at Brooke and Gatlin, seeing them interact more, learning about their past. (I think I've seriously fallen for Gatlin. He's definitely on my list of top swoonworthy characters ever.) It was great watching the friendship between Holly and Brooke continue to grow and the relationship between Holly and Hunter evolve.

Christina Coryell has a real gift, a real way with words. The way she crafts characters and settings, the way she can tug on every emotion is amazing. This book has firmly cemented her on my must-buy list.

I loved stepping back into the small town of Hope Canyon. I can't say enough good things about this book, this series. They have been some of the best books I've read in recent years. (And I've read a lot of great books.) I took my time reading it because I didn't want it to end. I didn't want to leave Hope Canyon or these characters. I didn't think it was possible, but Written in the Dust is even better than the first book. I can't recommend this series highly enough. I've never been so sucked into the lives of characters before, so completely absorbed in a story. I can't wait to read whatever Coryell comes up with next.

I received a copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

Favorite Quotes
(There were SO MANY amazing quotes that I couldn't possibly list them all, but I thought I'd share three of my favorites)

“Backroads and freedom are calling our name.”

“She wasn't a warrior, but she wasn't a princess, either. She was somewhere in between, trying to figure out whether there was ice in her blood or steel in her bones.”

“Nothing was ever quick and painless. The idea of pulling the hurt off like a Band-Aid was easy to understand, but the scar always remained long after.”


To learn more about Christina Coryell, visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

The topic for this week is Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?). So I kinda already did this topic already when The Broke and Bookish took their break and I featured Books with Swoonworthy Leading Men. But it wasn't too hard for me to come up with more Book Boyfriends, lol.

1. Gatlin Moore -- Written in the Stars and Written in the Dust
by Christina Coryell
https://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/10/review-written-in-dust-backroads-book-2.html

2. Sir Colin Beckwith -- A Dangerous Legacy
by Elizabeth Camden
https://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/10/review-dangerous-legacy-by-elizabeth.html

3.  Cole 'Tox' Russell -- Warrior's Seal, Conspiracy of Silence, and Crown of Souls
by Ronie Kendig

4. Alasdair Cairncross -- Within the Veil
by Brandy Vallance

5. Jake Tanner -- The Two of Us
by Victoria Bylin
http://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/08/review-two-of-us-by-victoria-bylin.html

6. Lord Ranulf le Wyse -- The Merchant's Daughter
by Melanie Dickerson

7. Luke Buckton -- The Bull Rider's Homecoming
by Allie Pleiter
http://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/04/review-bull-riders-homecoming-blue.html

8. Lt. Tom MacGilliver -- With Every Letter
by Sarah Sundin

9. Logan Walker -- Like Never Before
by Melissa Tagg

10. Landon Grainger -- Shattered
by Dani Pettrey

Who are some book characters you have crushes on?