“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” 

Annie Lamont from Bird by Bird

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March is blowing in fierce today. Spring has flirted and danced about and has taken her leave. Frost is threatening in the days ahead and soup will be simmering in the insta-pot.

 Lola and I have buttoned down the hatches and plan to curl up and read.

Today I am sharing what I read in February. Before I do, can I tell you how much fun I am having in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s book club? It’s the perfect bookworm solution for someone like me. If you love reading as much as I do, be sure and subscribe to her podcast.

First, the caveats; this list is in the order in which I read the books and have nothing to do with preference or quality. Second, February has been my lowest reading month in a long time. We’ll blame it on my three day birthday celebration! (smile)


It seems of late, authenticity and simplifying have been a theme in my life. Bekah Jane Pogue’s Choosing Real does not mince words on either subject, falling into my hands with precise timing.

From the book, “I’m inspired to settle into His perfection instead of attempting authenticity on my own.”  

I adored this book! Choosing Real gave me the courage to bravely step out and embrace my own authenticity in this season of life.

You can enter here for your opportunity to win a copy of Choosing Real.


The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

From Amazon, “Three generations of women 
Secrets in the present and from the past
A captivating tale of life, loss, and love…”

This book is filled with depth and layers. I could not turn the pages fast enough. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!


The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

I found this book scrolling Instagram and was instantly drawn to it. When Liz Johnson herself reached out to me personally saying, “She hoped I enjoyed her book,” I was sold.

It’s set on Prince Edward Island, threads of Lucy Maude Montgomery (enough said!) are woven throughout. It’s one of three in Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dream Series. 

The book was sweet and fun with just a hint of mystery. I loved it! I’m planning to read the other books in the series, Where Two Hearts Meet and On Love’s Gentle Shore.

Befriend by Scott Sauls

When Ann Voskamp writes the forward in a book, I am going to take notice! Also through Ann’s blog I was familiar with Scott Sauls and had already read a bit of his writing. I knew this book would be worthy my time.

“There you have it. Real love, real friendship, is vulnerable. And risky. And costly. And discomforting. And disquieting. And agitating like sandpaper sometimes.” -Scott Sauls 

In today’s climate Befriend is a must read! I cannot say enough for the content, writing, and timing of this book. I implore every one to read Befriend.


My Heart by Julie Manning

“I do not believe that I am the only woman whose mind wrestles with her soul.

Possibly the greatest lesson for me has been learning that joy abides through obedience; joy can be experienced even in the hard obedience, calling for something so scary and so vulnerable.” from Manning’s Opening Letter to Readers

I opened the pages of My Heart and could not put it down. Beautifully written, honest and vulnerable.

I loved this book!


This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

From Amazon, “This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change…and then change the world.”

This was Modern Mrs. Darcy’s book club pick for February. It is thought provoking, well written, and very much worth reading.


You are Free by Rebekah Lyons

Rebekah Lyons, the subtitle, “Be Who You Already Are,” and the cover was enough for me! Also, another book with the forward written by Ann Voskamp.

Get a copy of You are Free, your journal, pens and highlighters and sit back for the ride!

You will not close the pages unchanged!



40 Days of Lent by Susan Chamberlain Shipe will show up later on my bookshelf. Meanwhile, my Sweet Man and I are reading through it together as we move through this season of Lent.

Perhaps you would like to join us on this journey.

“Pick up your cross, lay that one thing down-the thing that besets you-and let’s closely follow Jesus for forty days.” -Susan Chamberlain Shipe 


That wraps up my February bookshelf! I would love to know what you are reading! You can do that by commenting below or contacting me here.

PS: There are two days left for your chance to win a copy of Choosing Real! Visit the post and be sure and leave a comment there! Thank you!

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