Summer Reading!

Yes, summer is in full swing. Perhaps we’re even on the downside of summer. (But none of us really want to think about that yet, do we?) Usually during June, July and August, I read as many books as I can. This summer is no different. I’ve got a full slate of books on my list to read this summer. Take a peek!
When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason, Revell, 2012
After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother’s home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she is confronted with murder, arson—and a handsome detective.
Jenna’s Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater, Revell, 2010
Jenna Callahan Colby thought she was content. A partner on her father’s successful ranch, she is surrounded by family and friends. But she never expected to see Nate Langley back in town—the first guy she ever noticed, the one her father sent away all those years ago. And she never thought the attraction they felt would be as strong as ever.
Prairie Song by Mona Hodgson, WaterBrook Press, August 2013
Though it means saying good-bye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri, quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boone’s Lick Company Wagon Train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression, and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new.
*Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for my advanced reader copy for an upcoming review.
Awakening by JoAnn Durgin, Torn Veil Books, 2010
Lexa Clarke signs up for a TeamWork Missions summer assignment expecting adventure in a far-off, exotic country. Instead, she’s sent to sweltering San Antonio to help rebuild homes destroyed by sudden flooding. She survives the four-hour bus trip from Houston, dust in the lungs, a flat tire, a tool-throwing incident and a spitting goat—not to mention an inquisition from a distractingly handsome cowboy—all before reaching the work camp. What will she find once she gets there?
*Thanks to JoAnn Durgin for my complimentary copy. Stay tuned for an upcoming review.
What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer, WaterBrook Press, September 2013
On a small Kansas farm, Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals who count on her leadership and have come to see the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home. But when a fire breaks out leaving the house uninhabitable, she must scramble to find shelter for all in her care, scattering her dear “family.” Will the incident and its aftermath destroy Christina’s hopes of fulfilling the mission to which she’s dedicated her life?
*Thanks to Kim Vogel Sawyer for my advanced reader copy as a member of her Hope Harbingers “street team.”
Mysterious Ways by Terry W. Burns, River Oak, 2005
When Amos Taylor steals a parson’s clothes, he thinks he’s found the ideal disguise to hide his life of crime—until an old blind man enters his life who has a little trick up his own sleeve. Before long the disguise is working toowell: The local residents start expecting Amos to actually serve as their preacher! When revival breaks out in the small Texas town, Amos’s payoff is bigger than he could have dared imagine—proving, indeed, that the Lord works in Mysterious Ways.

Made to Last by Melissa Tagg, Bethany House, September 2013
Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that’s how it looks when she’s starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she’ll do anything to boost ratings and save her show—even if it means pretending to be married to a man who’s definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago. When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda’s every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth—and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she’s built come crashing down just as she’s found a love to last?
*Thanks in advance to Melissa Tagg for my advanced reader copy as a member of her Tagg Team influencer team.

Now it’s your turn! What books are on your summer reading list?

2 thoughts on “Summer Reading!

  1. Awww, thanks so much for including Made to Last on this list, Andrea. I'm excited for readers to finally read the story. Well, excited AND nervous. :)I finished Carla Laureano's Five Days in Skye recently and ADORED it! That's been one of my favorite summer reads, for sure. I haven't decided what I'm reading next, so your list is a good place for me to start… 🙂

  2. You're welcome, Melissa. I'm excited to get my hands on Made to Last!I've heard about Carla's book and it's on my list to read. Problem is, my list nearly reaches the moon. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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