Monday, June 27, 2011

It's that time of year again! Whether you're like me (ie: going to school) and have the whole summer off, or whether you have a sunny week-long getaway coming up, or even if you just squeeze in reading no matter what your schedule is like, now is the time to be inspired by some great reads!

I've been doing a lot of reading lately, and I plan to do plenty more in the weeks to come. ;) So today I'd like to share my list of must-reads (so far) for Summer 2011! I'll include excerpts from my reviews so you can see why I like these books so much:

A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad

Once again Seilstad has swept me away to the sunny shores of Lake Manawa for a delicious summer treat! Following up the delightful Making Waves [which I also highly recommend!], this book offers another inning of fun and faith while sharing a unique and engaging story.

A Great Catch has a thoroughly enjoyable setting and a wonderful story--just right for the beginning of the summer season or anytime you're longing for some summer fun!

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer

Levi’s journey to win her heart and Eden’s journey to discover the beauty of forgiveness make this an enjoyable and worthwhile read. Just like Witemeyer’s first two books, A Tailor-Made Bride and Head in the Clouds, this book has action combined with a tender and adorable romance to hold the reader’s interest, while also sharing important truths about God’s love and loving others. To Win Her Heart is made even sweeter with the thoughtful correspondence between Levi and Eden, the colorful descriptions of the flowers and 19th century clothing, and the emphasis on a wonderful topic – literature.

Undercurrent by Michelle Griep

If there's one thing for sure, it's that Griep knows how to write romance! Tummy tingling and gripping, this love story is thrilling. With a combination of viking strength, a touch of Phantom-of-the-Opera intrigue, and a heart with ocean-depth, the hero is quite swoon-worthy. ;) And beyond the wonderful historical details and the fantastic romance, this book also contains a powerful theme of sacrificial love as a picture of the way God loves us.

My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren

Like in the movie You've Got Mail, Isadora and Caleb find themselves falling in love online (and on the air) without realizing who exactly the other person is--and how different romance in action can be from romance through words. Also, like Tom Hanks, Caleb is the one who figures out who Miss Foolish Heart really is before Isadora figures out who Boy Next Door really is.

Instead of feuding book store owners, however, Isadora and Caleb are two people with conflicting fears. One is afraid to leave the safety of her house due to a horrible memory, and the other is afraid of dependency (especially on God) due to the debt he feels he owes for his very life. But the new NY152 and ShopGirl have a sweet romance all their own in this football-themed book that will have you cheering them on!

Pompeii: City on Fire by T.L. Higley

Like Vesuvius, this book is powerful and should not be underestimated! The tension builds steadily, with short sections from the volcano's point of view that remind the reader that below the surface of political upheaval and emotional drama stirs a dangerous depth that will drastically shift priorities once it explodes upon the scene. When that explosion happens, everything changes.

Until then, different sorts of danger fill the pages--from an evil politician bent on continuing his unjust reign, to fears of inadequacy and failure, to intense gladiator fights. There's a lot to take in as a reader, and some of the events (both past and present) are heartbreaking and disturbing to read about. But through it all is an underlying message of hope and security through the Messiah even in the midst of all the evil and suffering of this life. The glimpses of community, acceptance, and love are very sweet indeed.

Special Note: This book (Pompeii) is the Christian Fiction Book Club selection for next month's discussion! If you're interested, borrow or buy a copy and then join us on July 9th at Seasons of Humility for the discussion!

Hope this list gives you some ideas for some great summer reading! Do you have any suggestions for books that should be added to this list?


  1. Have a great time, Amber! Though don't forget to take LOADS of pics!

  2. Sandra,

    Thank you--I did!!! ;) I had a great time, and I took some pictures, although my parents took a TON more than I did, LOL!

    I should be posting about my vacation on my personal blog soon!



Newsletter Subscribe



Blog Archive

Powered by Blogger.

Historical Romantic Suspense

Historical Romance



Popular Posts

Guest Registry