Hello all! Thanks for hanging with me over my unexpected two-week break. Some things shifted around in our schedules so that we had to take a vacation right away or we weren’t going to get one this year. Since we’re winding up for a crazy next 5 months, we took a relaxing vacation to Myrtle Beach. Days spent lounging in the sun and the 12-hour drive each way gave me a lot of reading time! So without further ado, these are a few of my favorite books for this month.
I absolutely adored True Devotion by Dee Henderson… and I bought the next three in the series. It is the first in her military romance series entitled Uncommon Heroes. Before reading this book, I knew very little about the Navy SEALs, but this action-packed story has me wanting to know more. Fall in love with Joe and Kelly while they chase down the dastardly (and dashing) villain who killed Kelly’s first husband and Joe’s best friend. It’s a hunt with deadly consequences that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
And Then There Were None was my first encounter with the famed Agatha Christie (previously published as Ten Little Indians). I have to say, it creeped me out! But the plot was first class, and I couldn’t figure out who it was… which I always find super impressive. It’s a very quick read–I finished in a day. Ten people arrive at an island house, a storm cuts them off from the mainland, and well, she’s not known as the Queen of Murder Mysteries for nothing. So if you’re up for some nail-biting tension and a twisting mystery, this is the way to go.
Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade is my current read and I’m loving it. It’s richly layered with a cast of characters you’ll love to love… or hate. This heiress has been living apart from the family business for the last five years, but her father’s death and an unexpected guest pitch her back into a world she’d hoped to avoid. Good thing there’s a handsome cowboy to help her shoulder some of the anxiety bearing down on her… Except she’s vowed to shut down his business.
I am making a concerted effort to read more non-fiction. I thought I didn’t like non-fiction because the stuff I’d read was unendingly dry and dull. That was before I read Class 11 by T. J. Waters. This is an insider’s account of the the CIA’s first post-9/11 spy class. It’s incredible! I’m only halfway through because I’ve ended up highlighting about a third of the content. Learning about the training methods and the bonds formed during this extraordinary year-long test has been fascinating. It’s the most in-depth account of the CIA yet published. I can’t wait to read more.
First Date by Krista Gee was an absolute blast. It was a bit of fun, with an added layer of complexity I wasn’t expecting. I didn’t realize it when I started, but Addy’s story mirrors that of Esther. She is served up to compete for a prom date with the president’s son on a reality TV show (The Bachelor style). She has no desire to be there and tells Jonathan that the moment she mets him. For lovers of The Selection, this heart-warming tale is right up your alley. Even if you don’t know what I’m talking about with that last reference, you should still check it out. It’s definitely worth your time.
What’s been on your must-read list this summer? What’s your favorite book of all time? Favorite genre? I love giving and receiving book recommendations (just check out April, May, and June!). So if you’re looking for something specific or know of some killer books, just let me know!
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