Library Love: March 17, 2015


Library Love is a recurring post in which I share the weekly bounty from my public libraries.




Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, y’all! As you can see, we’ve got our green goin’ on today – how about you? I had to run out last night to buy The Boy & I Shamrock shirts for today so we would be pinch-proof. Other than that we don’t actually do much around here to celebrate the holiday (although you should check out my Pinterest Board for some fun ideas) but it’s always nice to at least dress the part. Not that anyone actually sees us since we homeschool, but at least we know we’re complying with the Irish Holiday bylaws! I found some awesome reads last week at the libraries, y’all – I’ve already cracked open a couple of them and cannot wait to get to the rest. Let’s take a look:


I will say that I’ve already read Kindred and Speak, and they were both great novels, particularly Speak. Very powerful stuff, y’all. God Don’t Like Ugly is a novel I tried to read about ten years ago but never finished (for some unknown reason) so now it’s time for Round #2! I’ve had The Paying Guests on hold for a long, long time and it’s finally my turn – woo-hoo! A Goodreads friend rated Finding Jake very highly, so I have high hopes for it. I’ve also heard great things about T. Geronimo Johnson, so Hold It ‘Til It Hurts will hopefully be a winner, as well. It looks like I’m up to my eyeballs with books this week so I’d better get crackin’. Happy Reading, y’all!

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Review: A Christmas Prayer by Kimberla Lawson Roby

a-christmas-prayer“Alexis Fletcher hasn’t had a merry Christmas in five years-not since her mother passed away. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season and feels the pain of her absence, even more so now that she and her sister are barely speaking. More than anything, Alexis wishes her family could be whole again.
However, with her wedding fast approaching, Alexis might just be ready to make some holiday memories with a new family of her own. Alexis’s fiancé, Chase Dupont, is everything she ever dreamed of. He’s kind, handsome, fully supportive of Alexis’s career, and the CEO of a large company. But outside forces threaten to derail this happy couple from ever reaching the altar.
As tensions rise, a dramatic event causes Alexis to question everything. Will fate give her what she needs to finally embrace the season that has brought her so much pain? Will Alexis get her wish for a happy holiday? Or will her Christmas prayer go unanswered?” – Publisher Summary

Just in time for the Holidays is a new novella by Kimberla Lawson Roby. Titled A Christmas Prayer, the tale is a spinoff of the Reverend Curtis Black Novels – although readers will find this a much cleaner and more innocent example of Roby’s writing and choice of characters.

What a difference a year makes! One year ago, Reverend Curtis Black introduced motivational speaker Alexis Fletcher and uber-wealthy CEO Chase DuPont, creating a match made in heaven. The two are now in the midst of planning their wedding and enjoying as much time together as possible, with just one dark cloud on the horizon – but, y’all, it is a big one.

Chases’s widowed mother, Geneva, is very protective of her son and does not believe Alexis to be a good match for him. She goes out of her way to make biting remarks and to cause trouble between the two young lovers. Geneva is quite careful, of course, to do this in a manner that seems innocent to her beloved son but she leaves no doubt in Alexis’s mind that she is on a mission to get Alexis out of Chases’s life.

As Alexis struggles with the grief over her mother’s passing (five years ago) that she experiences each Christmas season, her conflict with Geneva threatens to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. As tensions rise and tempers flare, the three people in this bizarre love triangle – if that’s what you want to call it – find themselves at an impasse of epic proportions. Will things be resolved in time for all to have a Merry Christmas?

A Christmas Prayer is the perfect little story to take in this Holiday season, ideal for a cozy night on the couch while the cold is raging outside. Add a cup of hot cocoa, and you’ll be set to read it through from beginning to end in one sitting. Go and get you some, y’all!

A Christmas Prayer: A Novella by Kimberla Lawson Roby. Read it today!

3 stars

Source: Grand Central Publishing {via NetGalley}



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