“I am of the old-fashioned conviction that reading is a pleasure to be carefully guarded at all times”
 Jenny Colgan – The Bookshop on the Corner

Hey, Readers!

I pray your safe and dry, wherever you may be!

It’s that time of the month when I share what I read in August, and for the first time in months, a book, I abandoned. Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and join me!

Please remember, this list is not in any order other than the order I read them.

Let’s get started!


Deeper Waters by Denise J. Hughes Deeper Waters will help you “learn to hear God’s voice through the pages of His Word, discover a joy you never thought possible when reading the Bible, and make connections in Scripture that transform your way of thinking and living.” From the book jacket.

I loved this book, Denise’s insight, and writing style. As someone who already spends time in His Word, Deeper Waters took me to another level.

“God has been changing lives well beyond biblical times. And there’s a common thread among everyone: the Bible.” -Denise J. Huges 


The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand is Hilderbrand’s yearly summer release about identical twin sisters separated by divorce, living very different lifestyles. One raised by her father on Martha’s Vineyard and the other, raised by her iconic mother eleven miles apart on Nantucket.

The Identicals is a fun, summer read with enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.

I’ve read all of Hilderbrand’s books, though this one is not my favorite, I very much enjoyed it.


Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner “Against a background of several beautifully rendered American landscapes, Mr. Stegner writes about the pleasures and perils and occasional penalties of closeness, about love and loyalty, about certain kinds of steadfastness and fidelity, about how much forgiveness can ever be given-or asked.” from the book jacket

I’m not quite finished with Crossing To Safety, but, I can tell you this, I will re-read this book again.

If you haven’t read Crossing To Safety, I highly recommend it!



The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

“After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mag’s ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama.” from Amazon

Sara soon learns she’s inherited her eccentric grandmother’s B&B and soon layers of the story are revealed.

Beautiful cover and great storytelling! Fun, quick read!


“The Secret To Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale “In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws…from devastating pain to absolute joy.” from Amazon

Hummingbird Cake has the feel of Steele Magnolia. You will love it!

Warning: You will need tissues!


The Rules of Love & Grammar by Mary Simses “A passionate wordsmith who’s brilliant at correcting other people’s errors, she hasn’t yet found the right rules for fixing her own mistakes. 

What begins as a short visit with her parents becomes a far more meaningful stay as she sets out to come to terms with the tragedy that took her sister’s life so many years ago-and as sparks fly with love interests both new and old.” from the book jacket

Being a word girl, was there any doubt I wouldn’t love this book?!


Is Jesus Worth It? by Stacey Thacker is the first installment to Thacker’s new series, The Girlfriend’s Guide to the Bible, based on the book of Hebrews.  You absolutely will not go wrong with this book. Well written, life applicable words that will lead you into a deeper relationship with God and understanding of His Word.

“His Word is not only a love letter but a life-changing tool in our hands.” Stacey Thacker



How To Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

“The enchanting story of a bookshop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart. 

Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village is a dream come true for book lovers-a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals.” from the book jacket 

The cover, the title, say no more! A sweet, fun, and quick read for book lovers!


A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis is a raw and tender rendering of Lewis’ grief written after his wife’s tragic death.

“Nothing will shake a man-or at any rate a man like me-out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.” C.S. Lewis

Beautifully written, a must read!


I’m already looking forward to September’s to be read stack! In the meantime, I would love to hear what you are reading.

So, the book I abandoned, The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington. The language was atrocious, and the content, not worthy of tolerating. If you read it and loved it, let me know!

Gifts of Grace

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