“Embedded in its secretive rules about the workings of the world – hidden forces and unseen causal relationships so complex that I believed only God could have created them – were answers to the greatest questions about our existence. If only I could uncover them.” The saying goes that behind […]

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

  “‘One of the things I always try to remind myself is that everyone has scars,’ she says. ‘A lot of them even worse than mine. The only difference is that mine are visible and most people’s aren’t.'” A young television star disappears from the public spotlight after she is […]

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

  “Sonia met my eyes in the mirror. ‘You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it’s for the same two things.’ ‘What?’ ‘Love and gelato.’ ‘Amen,’ Howard said.” Lina finds herself spending the summer in Italy to fulfill her mom’s dying wish. […]

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

“We entered a vast, bottomless silence. I scrambled for better conversation topics. This all would have been far less stressful in the movie version of our lives. The long silences would have been edited out.” The last surviving Bronte heir is now attending college at Oxford University near where the […]

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

This year, I not only plan to read 52 books this year, I plan to be more intentional with what I choose to read. I’ve usually just read something on my to-read list that is available at the library or I find on sale. This year, I am going to […]

What I’m reading: January 2017

  “When any of us mother – when we listen, nurture, nourish, protect – we’re doing sacred work.” Motherhood is a daily thing and finding a book that can give motivation and inspiration daily while on that journey is a wonderful thing. Savor is a 365-day devotional by Shauna Niequist […]

Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by ...

  “Then, as if they’d known and loved each other all their lives, he reached for her hand and linked her fingers with his as they walked through the restaurant.” Two Christmas stories are tied together by Cedar Cove in Christmas in Cedar Cove. First, readers get a glimpse into […]

Christmas in Cedar Cove by Debbie Macomber

I usually have a goal of reading 52 books a year – a book a week. Most years I have accomplished that goal and have even surpassed it a few times. However, there were also many years when my children were very little that I did not reach that goal, […]

Sarah Anne’s 25 Top Reads from 2016

“‘Nonsense,’ said Maria. ‘All the world knows it is better to be gullible than suspicious.’ And with that she tilted her face up toward his, and he had the great pleasure of planting a kiss on her lips. They did not know it then, but he would love her with […]

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

  “They knew the power of the twelve gifts because they had endured the same pain. Their compassion for us had grown from a deep knowledge of the sweetness and sorrow of the season, when joy and grief intertwine.” How does a grieving family deal with Christmas? Joy is replaced […]

The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith