Mini-Reviews//End of Summer Reads

Hey Everyone,

I am, as always, really excited to share with you all some of what I have been reading. Reading is one of my favorite parts of life, I wish that I could write stories as well as read them, but sadly I can’t (or maybe I just haven’t really tried…).

Books are special and beautiful things and I am so thankful that I have access to so many through our wonderful library system. I love finishing a book and feeling full and satisfied by the story. For me there is nothing that can truly compete with my love of reading (other then my love of God of course). One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that it gives me time to read (one of the many benefits of homeschooling, such as getting to keep taking chocolate all day throughout school, not having to be social everyday and the list goes on. πŸ˜€) .

All that said here’s a list of mini-reviews of books that I have read in the past few months.


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Title: Truly Madly Royally

Author: Debbie Rigaud

Published: 2019

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My Thoughts:

Truly Madly Royally is a fun light-hearted story about a girl who meets her prince. I can hardly ever resist a book about a normal girl and a real-live prince, from a made up country of course. I was pleasantly surprised by how clean this YA book was, to be honest it felt a bit younger then YA but it was still quite enjoyable. πŸ˜€


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Title: The Best of Intentions

Author: Susan Anne Mason

Published: 2018

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My Thoughts:

When I see a book about a governess or nanny that sounds even semi-interesting I just about always get it. The Best of Intentions is my new favorite of these books. I really felt for Grace, even if I didn’t always agree that she made the right choice. Grace’s pain over her sister’s death and her relationship with her mother felt very genuine (you know how sometimes a character’s feelings just feel so fake?).

Andrew was one of those main characters who you don’t really want to like but just can’t help liking. He is frustrating in how he treats Grace, but at least he is honest with her. That definitely counts for something!

Christian is so sweet and I love his part in the story! He helped make the story enjoyable.


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Title: United We Spy

Author: Ally Carter

Published: 2013

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My Thoughts:

United We Spy was both a disappointing and satisfactory ending to the Gallagher Girls series. Ally Carter wrapped up all the loose ends and still gave us a good ending. It was not my favorite Gallagher Girls book but definitely not my least favorite either. It was fun to see Cammie and her friends graduate and to hear where they were heading. I wish that this wasn’t the end of the series though.


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Title: When You Are Near

Author: Tracie Peterson

Published: 2019

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My Thoughts:

Running away to join a circus act sounds like fun, and is always lots of fun to read about. When You Are Near is about two women who trick ride, I loved hearing about the riding and the tricks that they performed, this is a great book for anyone who loves historical fiction and horses.


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Title: The Pelican Bride

Author: Beth White

Published: 2014

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My Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I enjoyed having a native american as one of the main characters and it reminded me why I love reading about the colonial time period. The Pelican Bride definitely had its issues, like how rushed Tristan and GeneviΓ©ve’s relationship was, but overall it was a great book.


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Title: A Rumored Fortune

Author: Joanna Davidson Politano

Published: 2018

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My Thoughts:

This was a beautiful story, just as beautiful as the gorgeous cover. It was original and interesting, a really remarkable story.

Joanna’s characters are very human and her descriptions of them are wonderful. Tressa is beautiful and honestly fascinating in a way. Donnegan is an interesting character, really that sums him up.

The setting of a Rumored Fortune was new and beautiful. The story took place in an old mansion where they searched for the treasure and in incredible vineyards where Tressa and Donnegan spent much of their time. I love learning from books and I definitely learned from this one. Having the vineyards be a major part of the story was a wonderful idea.

Joana’s writing style and characters are refreshing and beautiful. I am looking forward to reading more of her work.


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Title: A Tailor-Made Bride

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Published: 2010

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My Thoughts:

What a great story! I absolutely loved all of it! A Tailor-Made Bride is a perfect example of why you should never judge a book by it’s cover (which is sadly terrible). It was so fun to read Jericho and Hannah’s dialogue and to see Jericho soften towards Hannah over time. I love when the main characters are in many ways opposites as was the case with Hannah and Jericho. Hannah was like a ray of sunshine wherever she went and Jericho rarely smiled but was kind (of course πŸ˜€).

It was a mostly light hearted, completely clean, very enjoyable read!


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Title: Keturah

Author: Lisa T. Bergren

Published: 2018

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My Thoughts:

Keturah was an interesting book. I learned some new things and visited a completely new place through it. I have never read any book set in the West Indies in 1700s before and it was a conflicting experience. This is one of not many books that I have read where the main character owns slaves. It was as I said a conflicting read, in some ways I loved it and in others I just couldn’t. I am glad I read it and I plan on reading the second book of the series, but I just am not sure how I feel about it.


Have you read any of these books? Do you have any book recommendations for me? What have you been reading?

Well, there you have it, my latest mini-reviews. That’s all for today, I guess. I’ll (hopefully) be back soon with a fall related post of some kind and a bit of a life-update, but until then have great Friday!

6 thoughts on “Mini-Reviews//End of Summer Reads

  1. Wait, United We Spy-I don’t remember much about that book except I had so many questions and was plenty confused after finishing it. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I have a hazy memory of her falling/jumping out a window/balcony?? I really had no idea while reading it what was going on.

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