On my bookshelf

I love to read. (I suppose that goes without saying.) With the advent of Kindle and other e-book readers, my physical and electronic bookshelves have grown more than ever. I figure now is a good time to share some of those recent reads and those next up on my to-be-read list. Recent reads:

The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello

A cruise to Alaska sounds like the perfect vacation--it's a geologist's dream and will give Raleigh space to sort out her feelings about her recent engagement. But before the ship even reaches its first port, a case manages to find her. The producer of a movie that's being filmed onboard goes missing and is then discovered hanging from the railing. Suicide seems to be the cause, but Raleigh quickly realizes the pieces don't add up. When the Seattle field office sends Jack Stephanson to assist her in the investigation, her personal uncertainty skyrockets. Why is it that she forgets to even call her fiance back in Virginia. And Jack seems to know her as well as she knows herself. She'll have to wait to sort out those feelings, though, because she and Jack only have five days before the cruise ends to solve this case.

I really enjoyed this book! The author was new to me - a wonderful discovery! I look forward to reading more of her work.

Love on the Line by Deanne Gist

Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man's world ... which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.

Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though.  He's a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers.  Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do.  But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.

This is a fun historical romance that will keep you turning pages!
While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin
While awaiting WWII's end, 12-year-old Esther Shaffer blames God for all her losses---including her mom's death and her father's choice to join the army. Meanwhile, her Jewish landlord grieves the passing of his wife---only to be accused of burning down his synagogue. Together, will these Brooklyn neighbors discover God's love---even when he's silent?
This was an enlightening historical. Loved the angle from the Jewish man who worried about his son's fate during the Nazis reign of terror.
And I won an advance copy of this book that releases in June:

Bees in the Butterfly Garden by Maureen Lang

Raised in an exclusive boarding school among Fifth Avenue's finest, Meg Davenport has all she's ever needed . . . but none of the things she's wanted most, like family, or dreams of a future that includes anything other than finding a suitable match. So when her distant father dies, she seizes the chance to throw etiquette aside and do as she pleases. Especially when she learns that John Davenport wasn't the wealthy businessman she thought, but one of the Gilded Age's most talented thieves.

This was a fun, enjoyable read by one of my favorite authors (and favorite people), my friend, Maureen Lang. She always creates such memorable characters - and I always love the romance!

Currently reading:

Prophet by R. J. Larson

Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She's undignified and bad-tempered, and at age seventeen she's much too young. In addition, no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as Parne's elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young. Yet she can't imagine living without Him. Determined to hear the Infinite's voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite's word to a nation torn apart by war. There she meets a young ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela battles how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.

This is the author's debut in the fantasy genre. I've read other books by this author in a different genre, however, and loved them! So far, it's got me hooked!

Next up on my to-be-read bookshelf:

Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Desperate to regain the trust of his kingdom, Prince Lionheart reluctantly banishes his faithful servant and only friend, Rose Red. Now she is lost in the hidden realm of Arpiar, held captive by her evil goblin father, King Vahe.

Vowing to redeem himself, Lionheart plunges into the mysterious Goldstone Wood, seeking Rose Red. In strange other worlds, Lionheart must face a lyrical yet lethal tiger, a fallen unicorn, and a goblin horde on his quest to rescue the girl he betrayed.

With the Night of Moonblood fast approaching, when King Vahe seeks to wake the Dragon's sleeping children, Lionheart must discover whether or not his heart contains courage before it's too late for Rose Red... and all those he loves.

Anne Elisabeth Stengl is a talented author worth watching. I really enjoyed the first two in this series and am looking forward to seeing what's next!

Love's Sacred Song by Mesu Andrews

Standing in the massive shadow of his famous father, young king Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, wisdom and folly. In the uncertain world of alliances and treachery, Solomon longs for peace and a love that is true and pure--a love that can be his cornerstone.

A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah remembers the first time she laid eyes on Solomon in Jerusalem when she was just seven years old. Since then she has known that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father, a leader of their tribe, secures a promise from King Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams may come true.

Mesu Andrews is a fellow Revell author of biblical fiction, whose research and attention to detail shine in her debut Love Amid the Ashes. I am looking forward to reading her take on Solomon's life and loves!

Of course, there are a lot more books on my bookshelf, but I hope these will give you some suggestions to add to your own list.

Happy reading~