Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber

A seaside town helps one young woman rediscover hope and healing in a brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

After tragedy strikes, Annie moves in to the summer cottage where her family vacationed when she was a child. Soon Annie finds herself making new friends, even developing a romance with a quiet and mysterious painter. And as she becomes part of the community, Annie learns that the surest way to heal is by making a difference in the lives of those around her.

My thoughts: Debbie Macomber is absolutely one of my favorite authors and this book certainly did not disappoint me! The characters are so real and well defined. Come follow Anne as she faces total tragedy and loss, and travels back to her childhood happy place where she heals and finds friendship and love! This journey is full of ups and downs which includes a man of few words, pets in need, and friends facing many life challenges. If you enjoy women’s lit, I think you will really enjoy this story! Happy Reading everyone!

My Rating: 5 stars

About the author: Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2019, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include Window on the Bay (July) and A Mrs. Miracle Christmas (October). Macomber is also releasing a new journal titled Be a Blessing: A Journal for Cultivating Kindness, Joy, and Inspiration (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published three bestselling cookbooks, most recently Debbie Macomber’s Table in 2018, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series. 

Upcoming June Releases that you might enjoy.

Here are a few Christian fiction books that I am looking forward to adding to my tbr list in the next month. What new books are you looking forward to? I would love to read your suggestions in the comments below!! Happy reading everyone!!

Mary Reichert is one of the best sharpshooters in the country, and in the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza her skills are on display in every performance. But unless the man responsible for her brother’s death is brought to justice, Mary’s fame and accomplishments seem hollow. She feels helpless in the face of the murderer’s money, power, and connections. The only bright spot in her days is the handsome journalist who keeps attending their shows.

Christopher Williams has been assigned to follow the Brookstone show on its 1901 tour of England and write a series of articles for his magazine. As he gets to know the cast he quickly finds himself irresistibly drawn to the show’s sharpshooter. But getting close to someone would threaten to bring his past to light. How could he ever win Mary’s heart if she knows the truth? Mary and Chris will both have to trust God if they are to heal from the wounds of the past and chart a new future together.

Release date 06/04/2019

Meet Amish couples from communities distinguished by their buggy’s color! White-toppers Deanna and Elmer plan to wed—until he becomes blind. Will Deanna’s Determination keep them together? Rose Mary’s Resolveto spurn English life is tested. Will she leave her black-top community? And yellow-topper Leila falls in love with black-topper Aden. Can Leila’s Longing overcome their differences? 448 pages, softcover from Barbour.

Release date 06/01/2019

Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed or she’ll lose her business. A marriage of convenience seems sensible, but with her independent spirit, she wants somebody she can control. That certainly doesn’t describe Zacharias Hamilton. But in many ways, he’s the best man for the job—and maybe for Abigail, too! 368 pages, softcover from Bethany.

Release date 06/04/2019

Mission Impawsible (Paws and Claws Mystery #4) by Krista Davis

From Goodreads:From the “New York Times” bestselling author of “Murder Most Howl “comes another Paws & Claws mystery… 
In the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia, there’s no love lost when Holly Miller meets her match in a murderer… 
Holly and her grandmother, Oma, are working their tails off to prepare the Sugar Maple Inn for an upcoming matchmaking event for pet owners. While Holly has no interest in pairing up, Oma plans on playing Cupid and finding someone to warm her reluctant granddaughter’s heart. 
Unfortunately, one man Holly does meet is cold, dead cold, and he has a personal letter from Oma in his pocket. As suspicion is cast over the inn’s guests, Holly, with the help of her furry friends, Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat, must fetch the real killer, or she may soon have a date in court. 
Includes delicious recipes for owners and pets!” 

My thoughts: Krista Davis has done it again. Take another trip to Wagtail, where cats and dogs are the center of attention, and Molly finds herself in the middle of a major who-dun-it. I love the characters in this story, human and pet-wise. This author makes you feel like you are right there with them every step of the way. From descriptive meals to murder scenes, this book keeps you wanting more from beginning to end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and loves when pets are involved! Happy reading everyone!

My rating: 5 stars

About the author: Krista Davis

Krista Davis lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she writes three mystery series. She lived in Northern Virginia for many years and resided for a time in Old Town Alexandria where her Domestic Diva Mysteries take place. 

Krista also writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries, which debuted with MURDER, SHE BARKED. They are set in a resort town that caters to people who want to vacation with their dogs and cats. Alas, charming Wagtail Mountain, Virginia, where dogs and cats are welcome everywhere is fictional.

Her newest series, the Pen & Ink Mysteries, features covers that can be colored! Read the book and have fun coloring the cover.

She likes to cook and bake (okay, what she really likes is eating) so it was only natural for her to include recipes in her mysteries.

Her dogs and cats have inspired the animal characters in her books.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

From Goodreads: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. 

My Thoughts: All I can say is wow! I don’t read very much ya or dystopian genre, but this book by Veronica Roth may have just changed my mind! This story just pulls you in from the very beginning and I just couldn’t put it down. Following Beatrice and seeing how she grows and discovers herself is quite a journey and anyone who enjoys ya literature should really give this one a try. Let me know what you think. Happy Reading everyone!

My Rating: 5 stars

About the author: Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four: A Divergent Collection). Her short stories and essays have appeared in Summer Days and Summer Nights, Shards and Ashes, and the upcoming Three Sides of a Heart. The Divergent Series was developed into three major motion pictures.

Veronica grew up outside of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University. She now lives in Chicago proper with her husband and dog and writes full-time.

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