Blog Tour: The Bookshop of Secrets by Mollie Rushmeyer

About the Book:

Book: The Bookshop of Secrects
Author: Mollie Rushmeyer
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction (Christian)
Release date: October 25, 2022

A collection of lost books holds the clues to her family’s legacy…and her future.

Hope Sparrow has mastered the art of outrunning her tragic past, learning never to stay anywhere too long and never to allow anyone control over her life again. Coming to Wanishin Falls in search of her family’s history already feels too risky. But somewhere in the towering stacks of this dusty old bookshop are the books that hold Hope’s last ties to her late mother—and to a rumored family treasure that could help her start over.

Only, the bookshop is in shambles, and the elderly owner is in the beginning stages of dementia and can’t remember where the books lie. To find the last links to the loved ones she’s lost, Hope must stay and accept help from the townsfolk to locate the treasured volumes. Each secret she uncovers brings her closer to understanding where she came from. But the longer she stays in the quaint town, the more people find their way into the cracks in her heart. And letting them in may be the greatest risk of all…

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My Review:

Books set in bookstores and about books are some of my favorites to read, and this was no exception. The new bookshop owner is one of my all time favorite tropes, and there’s something about reading a cozy book in the falltime that just hits different.

tw // PTSD, panic attacks, anxiety, sex trafficking, domestic violence and abuse, sexual harassment, foster care (and abuse in the foster care system), drowning, dementia

This book was surprisingly heavy for what the back cover says: there are several topics (see trigger warnings) that I would have liked a warning about before reading. I appreciated the discussion on the heavier concepts, but I would have appreciated going into it knowing that those topics (particularly human trafficking) was going to be discussed.

As expected, the bookshop element was super cozy & lovely: both of the main characters enjoyed reading and were very knowledgeable about literature, which was different from usual. There was a cat named Fitzwilliam, which was really fun, and there was just overall a lot of discussion about classic literature–Jane Eyre, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables–that I really liked.

There was a lot of Christian content: a lot of discussion about faith, prayers, doubting, evil in the world, and so forth. As far as I can remember, neither of the characters are explicitly Christian, but conversation about faith and what it means to be a Christian was always on the table.

There were some mentions of vaguely feminist content that I did not like: Hope (the main character) is fiercely independent, and has some feminist ideology, which the author did not speak highly towards. A man said “Significant other, wife? I apologize. Maybe I’m a little behind in this politically correct world.” which I just thought was baffling.

There was somewhat of a mystery/treasure hunt aspect to this book, which was really fun to read. Unfortunately, it wrapped up a little unsatisfyingly, and the falling action didn’t make any sense. The background and reasoning behind the treasure hunt was never fully explained, and I was left a little confused.

There was also a thread of revealing old family histories, which was really interesting, but also not done very well. There was a lot of discussion about old family members, old journals, deeds/wills/treasure, which was really fun, but could have been more fleshed out. As it was, the driving motivation seemed a little lacking.

Hope’s lifelong dream is to open a coffeeshop/restaurant/bookshop on wheels, and some of the book was spent setting up and renovating this bus for her. I thought that part was really interesting, but there was so much going on in the rest of the book that it became a minor focus.

Overall, this book had a lot of potential but it fell flat: I think there were too many things covered, and I would have liked to see each of the plot points fleshed out in greater detail. For example, I would have liked to see more about the bus renovation, the treasure hunt, the family secrets, the bookshop, but due to the length and the number of topics discussed, each of the points was not fully covered.

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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author:

Mollie writes contemporary fiction with a heart for history. What does this mean exactly? She loves to write inspirational fiction in contemporary settings with fascinating historical elements, people, objects, and stories woven throughout. A modern girl herself– She wouldn’t want to go a day without modern plumbing and central air! But she’s always felt a special connection to the past. The legacies and lives left behind are like gifts waiting to be unwrapped, and she’s excited to share this blend of history and contemporary living with readers. A born and bred Midwestern gal, Mollie Rushmeyer, makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband and two spunky, beautiful daughters. She is not only a bibliophile (the dustier the better, in her opinion), she’s a true anglophile at heart. Tea and coffee fuel her travels, by Google maps at least, and her passion for the written word.  


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Blog Tour: After Our Castle by Kellyn Roth (Alice and Ivy #6) | Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway

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Book: After Our Castle
Author: Kellyn Roth
Genre: Historical Women’s Fiction
Release date: October 2022

A year into a blissfully happy marriage, Violet Angel admits to a dose of skepticism. She’s not married, granted—but as the closest friend of the bride and groom, she feels she has a perspective no one but the people directly involved could have. There’s no such thing as a happy ending, and it’s only a matter of time before the castle in the sky plummets to earth. If only Violet were always wrong instead of just mostly wrong. Ivy McAllen doesn’t believe she and her new husband are out of the honeymoon period—if they are, she isn’t going to admit it to herself—but there are certainly areas of adjustment that she hadn’t expected. Changes at the village of Keefmore and in Ivy’s life lead to complications, and Violet spirals further and further from reality. When a castle in the sky turns to be more cloud than stronghold, finding a foothold proves to be more than a little difficult.  

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My Review:

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tw // child loss/miscarriage/infertility/conception, a mention of a suicide attempt

This is the third book from the perspective of Ivy and I really liked it! I don’t think this book was my favorite overall, but it kept me engaged and I looked forward to seeing how the story would progress.

Like always, this book deals with a lot of gritty topics: a lot of hard hitting, real life, adult topics. In particular, this book navigates the first few years of marriage, and the adjustment between courting and marriage. It deals with a lot about wanting/waiting for children, so if that is a topic that you are sensitive towards, this may be a book to skip.

In addition, this book seemed more preachy than the previous ones. There were a lot of takes that I really didn’t agree with, including discussions about children before marriage may lead to “temptation,” anything less than 100% transparency between a married couple is fully adultery, and the “it takes a village” adage is unreliable and that a family unit should be self sufficient (which is not only just bad advice, it’s actively unbiblical). Characters would occasionally go into monologues about their beliefs and what to do to live a Christian life, some of which I agreed with, and some of which I didn’t, but they happened a little too frequently in my opinion.

I did like seeing the inclusion of more of Violet Angel in this book: while she isn’t exactly a reliable narrator, it was cool to see her growth and development as she navigates the world. Her character arc was really cool to see, and I also liked seeing flashbacks to her experience at the McHale house where she and Ivy met. I also liked Alice a lot more in this book than previously: she seems to have mellowed and matured ad lot since the previous book. She provides a lot of wisdom and comfort to Ivy that I really liked seeing, especially with all that happened to her in the previous book.

This book was very slice-of-life, where it narrated a lot of Ivy’s day to day and her life living in the village, which was really fun to read. Overall though, I think this book was weaker than some of the previous books in the series, and while I did enjoy it, it got a little too preachy at points for me to truly enjoy it.

My Rating


I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author

Kellyn Roth

Kellyn Roth is a historical romance & women’s fiction author who writes about the empty places where hope has the most room to grow. Her novels include the inspirational Victorian family saga, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and the Kees & Colliers series, which follows a broken family in the tumultuous years of the first half of the 20th century. Kellyn is a student of the Author Conservatory and a writing coach. When not building her author career, she is likely getting lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with her friends, watching period dramas and facetious comedies, or spending time with her husband.  


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Blog Tour: A Prayer Unanswered by Kellyn Roth (Alice and Ivy #5) || Spotlight and Book Review

Beyond Her Calling

About the Book-

When her world is set adrift, she grasps for the strength to hold on …

As Alice Strauss enters her first year of marriage—full of optimism and determination—she finds herself wholly unprepared for reality. In a new country, with a new family, she struggles to find her footing. Difficult relationships and situations batter her, but she is determined to establish a perfect life with the man she loves.

Unfortunately, perfection seems just beyond her reach. An unexpected tragedy flings Alice out of control, and she struggles to rise from the ruins. Her world is full of spinning variables and agony beyond anything she has ever experienced.

However, there is hope—in a God who loves her and a future established for her since before time began. Yet the devastation of Alice’s life seems beyond even the touch of grace.

Series: The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 5 (Alice #3)
Release Date: July 10, 2022
Genre: Historical Women’s Fiction
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This is the 5th book in the Alice and Ivy series by Kellyn Roth, which is a series that I have been following over the past few years and really enjoyed.

tw // child loss/miscarriage/infertility, alcohol use, postpartum depression/depressive episodes, suicidal idealization/attempt, minor mentions of being drunk and someone being conceived in rape/out of wedlock

This book was from Alice’s perspective, which hasn’t been my favorite. Alice is flighty, with a strong head for doing what is “right,” and stubborn to the point of being foolhardy. To this end, she ends up making mistakes, withdrawing, and succumbing to a deep depression. She pulls away from her husband, who is trying his best to support her, and she relies on herself to the point where she feels like she cannot go on.

This book was HEAVY. There was a LOT of mature content that was covered. It is marketed as women’s fiction, and discusses many adult topics including marital intimacy, and pregnancy/miscarriages. Everything was spoken about in a deeply moral sense, including mentions of being intimate in a marriage without being “unbiblical [. . .] that allow God the possibility to work if He so pleases” and a couple scenes where one of the married characters asks their spouse to “be with them” that night. There was a very vivid scene of a miscarriage, and a pretty graphically (but one room over) childbirth. There were multiple passages describing someone in a deep depression, to the point where they did not leave their room for weeks to months on end. There were definitely scenes that were a little too graphic and were a bit triggering for me, and I had to skim through some sections.

One thing that frustrated me about this book was that Alice and her husband, Peter, did not communicate to each other as efficiently as that could have. Part of it was due to Alice feeling like she had to be “proper,” and not divulge “womanly secrets” about her period, but part of it was just due to propriety. If you are married, there should no longer be any secrets between you and your spouse: if you have been made one, there is no point in keeping secrets, especially about things as heavy and deep as Alice did. At the same time, Peter also made decisions without referring to Alice, and this was presented as “Alice obeying Peter” but at the same time, marriage is a partnership, and moving across states is definitely a “talk with your partner” decision, not a “listen to your husband” decision. This communication barrier was pretty frustrating at times, but it did eventually start to get resolved as the book went on.

As for the plotline of the series, some pretty big things happen in this book. Ivy and Jordy get married (and their marriage seems a lot more wholesome and sustainable than Alice and Peter’s, I must say), and Nettie reveals a secret to Alice that I think should have been revealed a while ago.

There was A LOT of talk about being “moral” in this book, whether in a marriage, or just in daily living. There were several pretty deep discussions about whether or not something was Biblical, and while I appreciate that, it got to be a bit overbearing at times. It seems like the author is injecting a lot of her personal opinion into this book (and series), some of which I agreed with, and some of which I did not. There were some disparaging things said about women, along the lines of “don’t mess up her kitchen, you know how a woman gets when you mess up her kitchen,” which left a pretty nasty taste in my mouth. There are some pretty dark things said about miscarriages and what that means about a person’s character that I really disagreed with. [spoiler in the next paragraph, highlight to read]

Alice alludes several times that her miscarriage was her fault, and that her husband would never forgive her for not giving him a child. She has a really unhealthy relationship with having children, and said that the people she knew who had miscarriages were “aligned with God, and it was some strange, ill fortune that she had experienced miscarriages,” while her own was unforgivable. I was expecting someone, such as Peter, to come in and tell her that miscarriages are something that occur because of a fallen world, and it was not her fault, but that never happened. It seems as though the author does at least subconsciously believe that miscarriages can be controlled and are somehow inherently sinful, which is really sad.

Overall this book was certainly the heaviest out of this series to date: the author said that this was the climax to the generations-long drama and relationships, but it was a little too heavy for my liking. If you are looking for a heavily moral adult women’s fiction book, this is the book for you. I’m looking forwards to reading book 6, from Ivy’s perspective!

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Blog Tour: Shadow by Kara Swanson (Heirs of Neverland #2) || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

About the Book-

Book: Shadow
Author: Kara Swanson
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release date: July 13, 2021

Peter Pan has crash-landed back on Neverland. But this is not the island he remembers. Desperate to rescue Claire and the fractured Lost Boys, Peter must unravel what truly tore his dreamland apart. But with each step, he is haunted by more of his own broken memories. Not even Pan himself is what he seems. Claire Kenton is chained to a pirate ship, watching the wreckage of Neverland rocked by tempests. When she finally finds her brother, Connor is every bit as shattered as the island. Claire may have pixie dust flowing in her veins—but the light of Neverland is flickering dangerously close to going out forever. To rescue Neverland from the inescapable shadow, the boy who never grew up and the girl who grew up too fast will have to sacrifice the only thing they have left: each other.  

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My Review-

Similar Review: Dust by Kara Swanson (Heirs of Neverland #1)

I have been looking forwards to reading this book since I finished Dust a year ago, and this book met my expectations! It is a direct continuation of the Peter Pan storyline that was started in Dust, and it was really fun. It was a lot darker than Dust, and I think that I like Dust more out of the duology, but overall I think it was a really coherent and well done set of books.

Shadow was set immediately after the end of Dust (60-70 years after the end of the Peter Pan story) and followed the same Peter Pan storyline, where Neverland is slowly dying and it is up to Peter to restore it. Unlike Dust, which happens in Peter Pan London, this book happens entirely in Neverland, and it was thoroughly entrenched in the fantasy world. It took me a while to get back into the story, and remember the significance of the characters, and so I would recommend reading both books pretty closely to each other.

The imagery of this book was immaculate: I LOVED all the description of the scenery and the setting: it was so vividly described & it was all so magical! Like in Dust, I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the main characters and really struggled to relate to them, though that generally happens to some degree with me for fantasy books. Peter and Claire’s character development was really incredible, and I really loved both of their growths over the course of the book.

The pacing of the story felt slow, although the story itself occurred over the course of only a couple days (a few months, but only a few specific days were closely described). The timing of this story was well done: although there was a section where there was a several month gap, it didn’t feel out of place or hard to follow at all, which happens frequently in books where there are gaps like that.

I really liked the overall message of the book: that no matter how hard you want it, reality is such that this world is a broken place and the only thing you can do is to do your part to make it better, not trying to hang on to the past. The hope, the promise, the future–this story arc was incredible!

Overall, I really liked this book for the storytelling, the setting, and the character growth. I loved how the same magic and wonder from Dust and Peter Pan was captured, but with a dose of reality and the darkness that is also in the world. The hope in this book was really touching to read, despite how heavy and dark this book was, which really encapsulates what this book is like.

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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

As the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre. The award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See, Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid—though not necessarily in that order. Kara chats about coffee, fairytales and bookish things online (@karaswansonauthor) and at  


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Blog Tour: Written Off by Barbara Cornwaithe (Wilkester Mysteries, #3) || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour


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Book: Written Off
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian Cozy Mystery
Release date: May 2021

“Break a leg?” They’ll be lucky if they don’t all break their necks!

After years of waiting, Katrina finally has her happily ever after. All is right with her world . . . until hate crimes begin happening in the charming college town of Wilkester. Even more disturbing is the fact that the perpetrator seems to be connected with the writing class Katrina teaches. How can she prevent her rosy visions of the future from turning into broken dreams?

Find out in this third book of the Wilkester Mysteries.

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My Review-

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This was a really interesting book! I really like this author’s cozy mysteries: although I’ve only read two to date, I have enjoyed both of them, not because of any ~literary value~ it has, but just because of the story and the setting. The protagonist is a 40-something professor, which is very unique, and I also enjoy the cast of characters in the book, such as her friends who foster seven kids (if I recall correctly).

This book did not actually have a murder happen in it, but rather a series of race-related hate crimes. With that, there was an interesting discussion about race crimes, protests, and the like, which I’ve never seen addressed in Christian fiction before, and which I really appreciated and liked. The likelihood of the actual mystery happening seemed unlikely, and the motive for the crime ended up being really bizarre, but overall it was a really good topic to tackle in my opinion.

Like the previous one I read, the actual mystery aspect of this book was not my main enjoyment of this book: while it was more pronounced than in the previous one, I enjoyed the other parts of the book, such as the professor/teaching, the home renovations, and her interaction with her friends, much more than the actual mystery itself. Like the previous book, there is a lot of Christian living discussion, such as what God’s will is, building a Christian marriage and how to combat racism, which I really liked. With that being said, there was ONE sentence, describing a thought Katrina had that I was a little ” . . . ” about, which was when she pictured her fiancé taking her into the bedroom after her wedding. I think that was completely unnecessary to include in the book, regardless of whether it is realistic.

Overall, I really liked this cozy mystery. The mystery aspect of it isn’t fantastic, but the setting of the story, the character cast, and the Christian living topics it tackled really made it a worthwhile read.

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Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.



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Blog Tour: Dawn and the Letters by Eliza Noel || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway!

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Dawn Chandler is newly settled in Lone Pine, and she can’t wait for the family wedding. When she and her friend Moriah discover an old letter written during the Vietnam War, they hatch a plan for a grand wedding surprise. Forming the “Smokey’s Sleuths” group with their siblings, they intend to track down the letter’s author.

As plans move forward with festivities, Dawn tries to ignore Rochelle, the one girl determined to make her life miserable and ruin her friendships. But Smokey’s Sleuths soon discover that Rochelle is the one person who holds the clue they desperately need.

Will Smokey’s Sleuths be able to track down the letter’s author in time to pull off a wedding surprise, or will Dawn’s struggle to love her enemy keep them from their goal?

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My Review-

This was such a sweet middle grade story! Dawn and the Letters is the second book in Eliza Noel’s Dawn Chandler series, and it was so fun to read more about Dawn’s life! While it was helpful to have had read book 1, Dawn Chandler, it was definitely not necessary, and the story was fun either way.

Similar Reviews: Dawn Chandler (Dawn Chandler #1)

Like the previous book, this book was directed at kids between 8-12 years old, and the writing style and story line reflected such. The story was really sweet and I feel like I would have really enjoyed it when I was younger.

The message of this book was also really good: the primary theme was forgiveness, and it appeared frequently throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book, which gave it a fun twist. It reminded me of books like the Three Cousins Detective Club or the Cul-de-Sac Kids that I read when I was younger.

The characters were really fun to read: the sibling banter was very amusing and I enjoyed it a lot! I also love books set in a small town, so that was perfect in that regard too.

Overall, it was a very cute and fun read that I would definitely recommend to young readers!

My Rating-

5/5 for young readers, 4/5 for me personally

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

AuthorEliza Noel is a home school graduate with passion for Jesus, people, and literature. Growing up, her favorite books were always Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and Pride and Prejudice. Around age twelve she wanted to read something with positive values in a modern setting, but couldn’t find what she was looking for. So she wrote it.

When not doing something book-related (reading, writing, blogging, bookstagramming), Eliza works at her day jobs, spends time with her many younger siblings, longboards, has coffee with friends, eats chocolate, and listens to music. California is home, but she would like to travel more and feels she could learn to be content anywhere.

You can follow her writing journey and see snippets of her everyday life on or by following @elizanoelauthor on social media.

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Blog Tour: To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano (The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency #1) || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

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Book: To Steal A Heart
Author: Jen Turano
Genre: Comedic Historical Romance
Release Date: November, 2020

After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend–until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.

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This was a really fun book! I’ve read a ton of Jen Turano’s work previously and I have enjoyed them all a lot. Turano’s characters are always so witty and fun, and it is just always a good time all around. I was really excited to see that there was another series from her coming and to meet the cast of new characters. As usual, it was humorous and bantery and all the characters were a lot of fun: I particularly enjoyed Gabriella’s friendship with the other girls who lived at the boardinghouse: they were all so unique! Like usual, it took me a little bit to get into the story, but once I started figuring out who was who, it all made sense.

This book was very similar to Roseanna M. White’s Shadows Over England series, in that the characters were from a street thief background. As per typical Jen Turano style, the book was set in New York society in the late 1800s, with The Four Hundred featured, but with a twist of wacky events that just seem to happen that require a tiny bit of suspension of disbelief, such as things that could have happened, but just seemed to work out *just so*, or little character traits that probably couldn’t happen in real life but just did in the book (like a dog that only listens if one speaks in pirate).

I wasn’t a huge fan of either of the main characters, and there didn’t seem to be a ton of chemistry between them, but I enjoyed them plenty. The fact that they were childhood friends called back to the “Shadows Over England” series (is it a call back if it’s a reference to another series by another author?), and I do like that trope. I did enjoy one of the side characters, Daphne, though! (and little birdies tell me that the next book is about her which I’m super excited about!). The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency was SO MUCH FUN (think: women in the late 1800s forming a tiny little detective group) and I’m super excited to read more in the series because of it.

It felt like the storyline moved a little bit slowly in the beginning, but it definitely picked up as the book moved along. The wrapping up of the storyline was really interesting: I think it really added to the “suspension of disbelief” aspect of it, since it didn’t really feel like things should/could have happened the way they are.

Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot and I’m really excited to see where the rest of this series goes!

My Rating-


I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author


Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado.


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Book Spotlight: Tales of the East by Faith Blum || plus exclusive Author Interview!

Hey everyone! Today I’m here with a super exciting blog post: I’m part of the release team for Faith Blum’s retelling collection, Tales of the East! I’ve reviewed a couple books of hers in the past on the blog, and this collection of novellas sounds super interesting! I’m excited to share the details of it with you all! Not only that, but Faith is doing an exclusive interview here, which I’m super excited about!

About the Book:

Five fairy tale retellings…

Go back in time to Old Testament times for imaginative retellings of Hansel and Gretl, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, The 12 Dancing Princesses, and Cinderella. Love Lifted Me is also a retelling of the Song of Solomon.

Three kings…

Trust and Obey is set during the end of King Saul’s life, Lo, How a Rose, Rock of Ages, and The Haven of Rest are set during King David’s reign, and Love Lifted Me is set as Solomon starts to take over for King David.

One volume

All five books are now in one volume for a limited time! Don’t miss out!

This is a limited time volume that will go out of stock at midnight, December 31, 202. Purchase now on Amazon*

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My Reviews-

While I haven’t read all of the books in the series, I was able to read and review two of the books in the series, Trust and Obey, which is book 1, and Rock of Ages, which is book 3. I enjoyed both of them and look forward to reading the rest from the collection!

Exclusive Author Interview-

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?

My favorite part of the writing process is writing the first draft. I love working out what is going to happen in the story.

What are ways that you have learned to adapt to writing with a baby?

Write whenever there is a free moment. Usually this means after David goes to bed.

What is your ideal writing situation?

Right now after 7pm has been the best time of day to write. I like to make sure I have my water available and have some classical music or soundtracks going.

Do you prefer reading or writing and why?

That’s a tough one. Reading is obviously easier because the book is already written, but writing means creating new stories. I think it’s a tie.

I noticed that a lot of your books share titles with classic hymns. What was your inspiration for that?

When I was coming up with the title for my first book, I noticed that the hymn A Mighty Fortress was predominant in the novel, so I decided to go with that for the title. After which, I decided to make that as part of my brand

About the Author-Author Headshot

Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She has independently published over 25 books in over five years. Most of her books are Christian Historical Fiction with an emphasis on Westerns. During an eBook sale, she was #2 overall in Kindle eBooks on Amazon. Faith resides in Central Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their cat, Smokey. When not writing, you can find her cooking, doing dishes, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband and son. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website:

What is your ideal writing environment? Do you prefer reading or writing? Leave a comment and let me know; I’d love to hear from you!