March – the month of change.
So far in 2022, I have read only ten books. That’s what I said at the beginning of my last Upcoming Reads post. And sadly, that’s still the case. Between health stuff and work stuff, I didn’t get to any of the titles I pulled from my Book Jar for the month of March.
And how is that helping to break my reading habits? Not at all. In fact, they may have gotten worse. I went from reading books at a breakneck speed to barely reading much at all. However, this means that I’ve been working on other areas of my writing career. Such as finally outlining Project Star & Sea!
Now I must confess: I still have Kindle on my phone. I keep having late-night random book reading sessions, and they’re usually along the lines of a Scottish romance. Don’t ask. I don’t know how that happened. But that’s where my brain’s at, and that’s where it’ll probably stay for a little bit.
In an effort to keep on track with these posts, and to keep my brain in order, I decided to choose only three books to read this month. I’d rather not bite off more than I can chew, and hopefully I’ll actually read them!
Book No. 1: The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep
Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.
All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.
Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.
Book No. 2: A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund
For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little does anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land, and a girl her tyrannical uncle—the current Lord Wessex—believes was killed along with father.
Juliana has become skilled at hiding from Lord Wessex in the forest, using her stolen goods to provide food and shelter to the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. But when she robs Collin Goodrich, her red hair betrays her true identity. Lord Collin remembers Juliana from their childhood—and challenges her to stay on his estate for a week in hopes she will leave her thieving ways and become a proper lady once more. Juliana is intrigued by Collin and his charms, but only time will tell if he can overcome her distaste of the nobility—as well as win her heart.
Book No. 3: Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall
It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants. Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a quiet life, thankful for her freedom but still fearful that her owner will find her.
Born into one of Charleston’s prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. Morgan’s persistence, however, finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society.
But her new life comes at a high price—that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God. How far is Adalia willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves? And when her secret is revealed, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?
Reaching For Our 2022 Reading Goal
You don’t always need to keep up with what’s newly published or constantly play the review game. I tried that in 2020 and felt it become a rat race just to keep up with everyone else. No. That’s not my style. Find books you love. Love on those authors. It’s okay to stick with your own goals. Don’t let anyone try to sway you.