June 13, 2019

Review: The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White {Blog Tour + Giveaway}


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author's previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.


Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

Title: A Song Unheard
Series: Shadows Over England #2 
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.


Having read a few of Ms. White's stories before this, I knew I was in for all sorts of adventures with wonderful characters before I even started chapter one. And I was right! From first page until the last, I was swept up into the crazy-awesome world of Room 40 during WWII. And wow, what an intriguing part of history that I never knew about! Ms. White certainly has a way of finding bits of history and making them come alive. It's incredibly clear that she enjoyed her research findings because so many details fairly leaped off the pages and into my imagination.

Firstly, let me just say that I did adore Margot. She is quick-witted, intelligent, and someone I'd love to call my friend. The way her brain works...she's simply unique! And I love unique and quirky characters. I really loved getting inside her brain and learning to see the world as she does... As did Drake, and oh boy did that bring a load of adorableness and fun to the story!He truly understands her and the way he pursues her while letting her have her say in how their relationship builds...ah, my heart. Those two..! Yeah. Super cuteness happens a few times and my romantic heart was gleefully happy!

From the compelling historical context, wonderful secondary characters, delightful romance, and the utterly fascinating Margot (and Drake), I was blown away by Ms. White's beautifully written story. I am definitely looking forward to book two of the series when next it comes! And unashamedly urge you to move this one to the top of your TBR, reader friends. Like now. ;)

**I received a complimentary copy via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.


Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books...to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus "Mi Alma" necklace (Necklace is 24" chain with a 1" pendant that says "Mi Alma" Spanish for "My Soul". A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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June 9, 2019

Bite-Sized Reviews :: Non-Fiction Edition {#42}

Oh look, guys! I'm doing some catch up reviews! It's about time, right? I know. You had no idea I had any reviews to catch up on, but guess what? I do! So here we are. While I was in Thailand for 8 months, I was taking classes and these books were on our textbook list. So! I wanted to review these particular ones because they stood out to me significantly and also because I wouldn't mind reading them again. Oh! And they also caused me to decide to add a bit more non-fiction to my daily reading life from now on. In other words, you might see a few more of these sorts of reviews pop up now and again...

On to the good stuff... :)

The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
Just wow! Diving in to the many attributes of God is fascinating, humbling, thought-provoking and so many other words. I finished this deep and rich little book and immediately wanted to turn around and dive back in again. It is full to the brim with life.


Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias
I had heard of Mr. Zacharias before reading his book, but this was my first foray into his writing. I have now added his others works to my TBR! This man is clearly quite intelligent, but his writing style is such that had me quickly immersed. And this particular book made me stop and think every few paragraphs or so. I love the way he writes about deep things in a way that I completely understand.

Radical by David Platt
I was SO not expecting what this book turned out to be! Most certainly well named because it has a way of turning your "normal" ways of thinking on their heads. The ideas and thoughts that Mr. Platt shares are incredibly compelling. I absolutely want to reread this again very soon, just to solidify every bit into my heart and mind. I closed the final chapter with a heart humbled and challenged in all the best ways. I highly recommend you read it yourself and then tell me so we can chat about it. These are ideas worth chatting about! :)

When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada
Definitely an intriguing book! New ideas and thoughts on suffering that I had never truly considered before. And when they come from someone who has suffered tremendous physical pain in her life? Well. They hit just a little bit harder home then, don't they? An excellent book well worth your time, friends. It's sobering and challenging, yet uplifting all at the same time. I really like Ms. Tada's writing style, but I knew that already. This only solidified it!

June 8, 2019

Review: The Pages of Her life by James L. Rubart

Well now! This story was unexpected and so much more than I'd imagined beforehand. I confess that I haven't read much of Mr. Rubart's writing before this, but the synopsis intrigued me and other reader friends have loved his stories. So I dived in and found a whole lot more than I thought I would! In a really good way. Oh, this isn't a perfect story. There were a few bits that I skimmed through, but overall? Just wow.

First of all, I really like the sort of imagination that Mr. Rubart clearly has! :) Such a fantastically incredible story clearly comes from a mind whirling with insight and creativity. Even if the situations that are described within these chapters aren't true reality, can any one of us say that God can't really work this way? I mean, He's God! He can do anything and use any person or any situation in any way He chooses. He's all about story and words of truth, so it wasn't too difficult for me to fall into the fantastical bits of this story as if they were real. I was swept up in Allison's journey from start to finish, enjoying every step or misstep along the way.

Which brings me to Allison herself. She's a character that I could relate to because her uncertainty and fear spoke to my own battles with the same. And watching as she slowly begins to understand herself and how God sees her was a delight to witness. We get so much time in her head and her heart, and y'all know how much I love introspective and character-driven stories. Allison's progress isn't a page-turner, but a quiet and meaningful journey worthy of a reader willing to stick with her for the long haul.

Imaginative, fantastical, quiet, yet powerful, this is a story worth checking out. The emotions and truth-seeking resonated so well with my heart. With this first full foray into Mr. Rubart's writing, I am certainly intrigued to seek out more!

**I received a copy via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

June 5, 2019


Hello, my lovelies! Why yes, it has been ages, hasn't it? To the maybe three people who are still reading this little blog of mine, it's good to "see" you! ;) I let my posting go VERY sporadic in recent months due to being overseas and all my available time being spent studying. I had high hopes that I'd be able to keep up the blogging thing to a certain degree, but alas... I barely kept up with my reading while I was over there! But I am home in America now and it has been DELIGHTFUL to see all my beloved stories again, sitting on their shelves looking all pretty and pleasing.

The last month and a half has been a mix of trying to come to grips with being back in my own culture again after 8 months (I know!), find a new job (which I did, yay!), and reading all the books I can get my hands on. It's been crazy, chaotic, and loads of fun.

Anyhoo! I thought I'd just do a general check in with y'all and let you know what all the latest is. So! On the fun stuff...

Listening to: This particular song has been on repeat loads of times when I've had homework to do or papers to write for classes. Even back home, it's still a fave. It's incredibly soothing while I'm doing something that requires my brain, yet also requires some noise in the background to help keep me focused.

Reading: Over this past weekend, I read 5 books. No, that is not an exaggeration. I pretty much didn't have any other plans, so I stayed in the entire weekend and read. #bliss Next up for me is The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White, which I have for review...

Enjoying: My chocolate stash! Friends gave me a sweet welcome home party a few weeks ago and when they asked me to make a list of what I wanted and what I'd missed while I was gone...you know my fave Lindor milk chocolate truffles was at the top! I've been trying to ration them out so they last a long time, but it's actually really hard. (go figure)

Watching: I recently rewatched Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and man, did I ever miss that movie. I did very little movie watching while I was gone and this one was a delight to see again.

Feeling: Happy. I've had lots of reconnecting with friends since I've been home. As well as have a new job, which is a huge answer to prayer! There have been hard moments and times when dear friends have had struggles that have reminded me that this life is not all puppies and rainbows all the time. But ultimately, I'm a pretty happy lady right this second...

Craving: Flavor in my food! I was in Thailand the most during my overseas time and let me just say that the Thai people LOVE their spice. I have now realized just how much I adjusted to that because there have been multiple times since being home where I feel desperate for some extra spice in my foodie life. And I never, ever imagined such a thing happening, I've always been a wimp when it came to spicy food... Craziness, I tell you. :D

Loving: Seeing old friends and reconnecting. Friends are life, people. And don't you forget it.

Anticipating: More books. More music. More life. Whatever that looks like in the coming days.

Eating: Guacamole. I personally made a batch the other night and it is...delish...mmmmm.... :D

Missing: Life in Thailand. It's wonderful to be home, but there's so much I miss about my life there. Khao soi (deliciousness), the ease of getting around on public transportation, riding motorbikes, the coffee shops (they were everywhere), and most especially my dearest friends who I may not see again for a long, long time, if ever. THAT'S one of the hard parts about life overseas...the friends you make when your homes are so far apart....

Yet even with the missing, I'm still thankful for the experience and happy to be home again. So! How about you? Life still trotting along swimmingly for you as well?? :)


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