The Gift of the Magi

Today this book is having its 112 birthday. It was originally published on December 10, The Gift of the Magi1905. Isn’t that so so cool, well, I think so.

This is a short Christmas story by O.Henry. It, in the version I read, is only three pages long, so, it is a very quick read. I remember listening to a dramatized version of this a long time ago but this is my first time reading the story. Since it is Christmas time, it is the perfect time for me to read it.

If you need a short story about what true gift giving is all about, then this is the story you should read. It is about a young couple, who learn the meaning of giving.

Title: The Gift of the Magi

Author: O Henry

Reading Resolution 40: Read a book that was published before you were born.


Barefoot Summer

Madison’s heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything. In the years since her twin brother’s drowning, Madison McKinley has struggled to put it behind her. Despite the support of her close-knit family and her gratifying job as a veterinarian in their riverside town, the loss still haunts her. To find closure, Madison sets out to fulfill her brother’s dream of winning the town’s annual regatta. But first she has to learn to sail, and fast. Beckett O’Reilly knows Madison is out of his league, but someone neglected to tell his heart. Now she needs his help—and he’ll give it, because he owes her far more than she’ll ever know. Madison will do anything—even work with the infamous Beckett O’Reilly—to reach her goal. And as much as she’d like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying. As summer wanes, her feelings for him grow and a fledgling faith takes root in her heart. But Beckett harbors a secret that will test the limits of their new love. Can their romance survive summer’s challenges? And will achieving her brother’s dream give Madison the peace she desperately seeks?

Barefoot Summer

This is the third Denise Hunter book I have read. No, wait, I did not read the book. I listened to it. Julie Lyles Carr was the reader and I have to say, she did a nice job. My two younger sisters and I listened to the book together. The youngest sister said she did not want to listen to this book but ended up listening to it, without complaint. To be perfectly honest, I might have fallen a sleep a few times while listening but, if I missed any, I caught myself up by re-listening, reading the parts I missed in the book, or asking my youngest sister (and she didn’t even want to listen to it but she did!).

The book was good. It was a little sad because both of the character were struggling with depression and guilt. It was a story that showed that when you are struggling with something, whether it guilt or depression, you need to get help. Both of the character need to see a counselor, in my own opinion. Everything else about the book was good. I would call this book a binge read. It was easy to listen to and not that long. Why the word binge? Well, it is because I wanted to know the ending and could not wait to listen when I got the chance. I am also intrigued with the other books in this series, since many of the characters from the other books played a part in this one.

Anyway, I would recommend this audio book. The reader did an excellent job and Denise Hunter invented a cute story. I am looking forward to reading a few more of her books. Do you have a favorite, if so, which Denise Hunter book do you recommend?


Title: Barefoot Summer

Author and her website: Denise Hunter

Reading Resolution 45: Listen to an entire book on CD.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

The Bridge

The New York Times bestselling author of Learning and Leaving shares a heartwarming Christmas story about a devastating flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships. Number one New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury delivers an instant classic with this heartwarming Christmas story about a hundred-year flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships. Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since. Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. He can still hear Molly’s voice encouraging him to follow his dreams; Molly, whose memory stays with him. At least he can visit The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—and remember the hours he and Molly once spent there. For thirty years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books—even through dismal book sales and the rise of digital books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store.
Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes. In the face of desperate brokenness and lost opportunities, could the miracle of a second chance actually unfold? The Bridge is a love story set against the struggle of the American bookstore, a love story you will never forget.

The Bridge

Oh, I wish there was a place like the Bridge. The little bookstore in my town went out of business a couple of years ago. It was so sad to see the store close. If there was a place like the Bridge in my town you can only guess where I would be everyday.

This is my first Karen Kingsbury novel and I liked it. I first heard of it after watching the movie The Bridge. It was easy to read and had a really cute story. I read it in just two nights. The one thing about the book was it was actually really sad. It was still a good story, and I really enjoyed the book.

Karen Kingsbury wrote a great book about how one person’s life can touch many lives. I recommend this great Christmas read!


Title: The Bridge

Author and her website: Karen Kingsbury

Reading Resolution 51: Read a book that is set in a place that you would like to visit.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

The Royal Wedding Series

I needed to read a series for my 2017 Reading Resolutions. So I picked Rachel Hauck’s The Royal Wedding Series. If you want a happily ever after kind of story then this is the series for you.

Once Upon a Prince Princess Ever After How to Catch a Prince a-royal-christmas-wedding-pic


Since there are four books in the series I am going to link each one here

Book 1: Once Upon a Prince

Book 2: Princess Ever After

Book 3: How To Catch a Prince

Book 4: A Royal Christmas Wedding

Hope you enjoy looking through them.

Reading Resolution 34: Read a series/trilogy.



A Royal Christmas Wedding (Updated)

Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach? College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season. Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time. When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell. Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned? In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.


Last year on December 30th, I reviewed this book. That is why this post has the “updated” on the title. Don’t worry, I did not change my opinion of the book. It was just as good the second time through. Plus it is perfect timing, since it is Christmas time.

So, let’s talk about this book. This book is actually my favorite in The Royal Wedding Series. Probably because it set in the Christmas season. And if you have not guessed by now, Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I also liked that is was a quick read that did not drag out too long. It is a novella but put in book format. Another part of the book that was fun was when Rachel Hauck wrote the parts that were the TV show. I thought that was a fun thing to do to keep her readers reading till the last page. I am glad Avery got her story in a book. I liked her character from the first time she was introduced in Once Upon a Prince. As for Colin, he was not a bad character at all. He was introduced in the first book as well.  He was the character that you felt bad for because he did not want to hurt his father’s feelings or Avery’s feelings. But he knew that he would end up hurting one of them, no matter what he did.

I would personally say you can read this book without having to read all of the others in the series. But if you think you want more background on some of the characters, you could just read the first book and then this one. Really it’s up to you.

My personal favorite part was actually Hauck’s ending. She ended the book and series as all good fairy tales go, And they all lived happily ever after.

So in what order would I put this series from my favorite to least favorite. Here it is.

  1. A Royal Christmas Wedding
  2. Once Upon a Prince
  3. Princess Ever After
  4. How To Catch a Prince

I recommend the whole series but since it is Christmas time, I highly recommend A Royal Christmas Wedding. It is just the perfect time to sit next to your Christmas tree, with a warm drink and a book.

What is you favorite season or time of the year?


Title: A Royal Christmas Wedding

Author and her website: Rachel Hauck

Reading Resolution 34 (Part 4 of 4 parts): Read a series/trilogy.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


Are you interested in reading what I wrote about this book a year ago? Well, you can read that here.

Dangerous Illusions

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death–and puts Trish under police scrutiny–her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge–and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly. Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps–and figure out what they missed!

Dangerous Illusions

Intriguing from beginning to the end. Definitely a page turner. Great job, Irene Hannon!

The twists, the turns, the plot, and the characters kept me turning the pages as fast as I could read them. This book is actually the first book in Hannon’s new series Code of Honor.  Hannon weaved a tale that her readers would end up feeling like they were apart of the story. For me, when I was reading this book it was like I was seeing the whole story on a movie screen. Each character had their own image.

As in every book, there were things I did not like about it. Let me give you one example. The main two characters would not fall in love that quickly. Especially since she was being looked into by the police and she lost someone close to her. So, that part was slightly exaggerated.

This book was really intriguing and I highly recommend it.


Title: Dangerous Illusions

Author and her website: Irene Hannon

Reading Resolution 60: Read a book that you think would become a great movie.

I recieved this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

One more thing. Book 2 in this series is going to be released in October of 2018. The name of that book is Hidden Peril.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


How To Catch a Prince

An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? American heiress Corina Del Rey caught her prince once. But the tragedy of war kept her too long in a fog of grief. Now she’s shifting her life forward, reigniting her career as a journalist. Still, nothing can relieve her of the secret and the love she carries in her soul. Prince Stephen of Brighton is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and a star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life. His days in Afghanistan with the Royal Air Command will mark him forever. And he can’t seem to shake their dark shadow. But when his brother, King Nathaniel, confronts him with a document the prince thought long buried and forgotten, Stephen is forced to face the pain of his past and the love he left behind. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome and find love again?

How to Catch a Prince


I am almost there. I have one more book to read for this reading resolution. So, lets talk about this book. Well, I have to be honest, this book is my least favorite in this series. I would say it was because of the main character, Stephen. The thing I did not like about him was he told his older brother not to fall in love with an American. Then he did the that same thing but even went further and married her, which was against the rules. The main girl character Corina was okay. Half the time that I was reading this book, I just felt bad for her because Stephen was just a jerk.

Sorry, I did not mean to rant but I have to be honest. I actually did not mind this book. It was a happily ever after kind of story, but it is just my least favorite.

So for any who have read the other books in this series, you will like it. And for those who haven’t read any of this series, don’t let this review get you down. Rachel Hauck is not a bad author. So give her a try.



Title: How to Catch a Prince

Author and her website: Rachel Hauck

Series: The Royal Wedding Series-Book 3

Reading Resolution 34 (Part 3 of 4 parts): Read a series/trilogy.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.