I love a good book. Whether it’s romance, adventure or a fairytale, I also enjoy sharing my book finds with others. Hence my bookshelf is open to all.
Reading is an essential part of my daily life. It gives me peace, relaxation and a great story to enjoy. So when I do find great books I love to share them so others can enjoy them as well. October was a great month for reading I found some awesome new authors and some great books to enjoy.
My Bookshelf Finds For October
The Moutain Between Us by Charles Martin ~ On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much-anticipated wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day. When the last outgoing flight is canceled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single-engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness– one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.
Ben, who has broken ribs and Ashley, who suffers a terrible leg fracture, along with the pilot’s dog, are faced with an incredibly harrowing battle to survive. Fortunately, Ben is a medical professional and avid climber (and in a lucky break, has his gear from a climb earlier in the week). With little hope of rescue, he must nurse Ashley back to health and figure out how they are going to get off the mountain, where the temperature hovers in the teens. Meanwhile, Ashley soon realizes that the very private Ben has some serious emotional wounds to heal as well. He explains to Ashley that he is separated from his beloved wife, but in a long-standing tradition, he faithfully records messages for her on his voice recorder reflecting on their love affair. As Ashley eavesdrops on Ben’s tender words to his estranged wife she comes to fear that when it comes to her own love story, she’s just settling. And what’s more: she begins to realize that the man she is really attracted to, the man she may love, is Ben.
As the days on the mountains become weeks, their survival becomes increasingly perilous. How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them forever?
My Thoughts ~ I enjoyed this book. I found it to be a quick read. It had lots of twists and turns to keep me interested. The characters were well developed. The story is very intense and the relationship between the two very complex. If I were to describe this book in 3 words it would be powerful, poignant, and beautiful. Whether you have or haven’t seen the movie the book is a must-read.
Links by Lisa Becker ~ In high school, Charlotte Windham went through a typical ugly duckling phase – glasses and all, while harboring a crush on Garrett Stephens, the school’s athletic heartthrob.
Fifteen years later, Charlotte and Garrett have a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett gave her. She’s a catch and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart!
Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario and is now a successful professional golfer suffering from a possible career-ending injury.
Can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways and more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be perfect for him?
My Thoughts ~ This was another quick read for me. Super fun as well. Becker had me pulling for Garrett to get the girl despite his shallowness in his younger years. I Really enjoyed the alternating perspectives chapter by chapter and the way the friends and family were connected helped to develop the characters and story. The witty banter between characters was super cute too. This makes for a great weekend read curled up with hot tea.
Crowns of Croswald by D.E.Night ~ In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
My Thoughts ~ This book had me from the first page. As a huge fan of mystical creatures and magic, I was spellbound by this book. Night brings to life this magical world that Ivy our lead character lives in. From flying taxi cabs to dragons that cook it is a whimsical and magical world. Ivy is endearing and I like that she thinks with her head but acts with her heart. Though this book may remind you of Harry Potter it is a story all it’s own that will captivate you and keep you wanting more. I am so excited to know this series will continue on.
What are you reading right now? Any suggestions for me on what is good?