Sunday Showcase #21

Another week hanging at the NetGalley has brought me a few reads. 🙂 Thank you NetGalley for creating such an awesome system… and special thanks to all the publishers offering the goodies.

If I Tell by Janet GurtlerJasmine Evans knows one thing for sure… people make mistakes. After all, she is one. Jaz is the result of a one night stand between a black football player and a blonde princess. Having a young mother who didn’t raise her, a father who wants nothing to do with her and living in a small-minded town where she’s never fit in hasn’t been easy. But she’s been surviving. Until she sees her mom’s new boyfriend making out with her own best friend. When do you forgive people for being human or give up on them forever?

Why I Picked It Up: Normally, contemporary works aren’t my thing. The title sort of pulled me in on this one. It reminded me of Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala. I know… silly reason, but it got my interest. I’m really hopeful about this work. I don’t have anything against contemporary. It’s just mundania has never really called to me as unique. I know I miss out on a lot of fantastic works because I’ve constantly got my eye out for paranormal goodies. It’s time for me to get a taste of realistic drama. 🙂

Available at: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository

Lilly's Wedding Quilt by Kelly LongShe isn’t looking for love. He’s mending a broken heart. It will take divine intervention for these two to get together.

Local Amish schoolteacher Lilly Lapp is tired of weddings, afraid of horses, and immersed in caring for her depressed mother. But when Jacob Wyse, a handsome horse breeder from her small community rescues her from a dangerous accident, Lilly discovers a renewed interest in life and the possibility of love.

Yet Jacob has lost the one true love of his life to another man and doesn’t care to expose himself to the vulnerabilities of loving again.

God works to bring this unlikely pair into a sweet romance to produce a pattern of faith, which leads to the creation and comfort of Lilly’s Wedding Quilt.

Why I Picked It Up: Simply put, I’ve become addicted to Amish romances. There’s just something about reading about a group of people who are so far removed from the materialistic rat race.

Available at: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository

Practical Jean by Trevor ColeJean Vale Horemarsh is an ordinary, small-town woman with the usual challenges of middle age. She’s content, mostly, with the life she’s built: a semi-successful career as a ceramics artist, a close collection of women friends (if you ignore the terrible falling out she had with Cheryl all those years ago), a comfortable marriage with a kind if otherwise unextraordinary man. And then Jean sees her mother go through the final devastating months of cancer, and realizes that her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. That’s when she decides to kill them . . .

Why I Picked It Up: Now Chicklit typically isn’t my thing, and I’m pretty sure this is what this is. The premises is just so out there, I had to check it out.

Available at: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository

So this was a unique week of requests (other than Lilly’s Wedding Quilt) for me. Have you stepped out of your normal reading habit recently? How did you fare?

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