See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Book Review)

This post includes spoilers for See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt As soon as I finished See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt I thought of a quote by Dr. Seuss.  "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss I thought, "No Dr., in this case, I'm crying because it's over and I'm crying tears of joy!". If you follow me on social media then you probably know how much I have struggled with this book since I started reading it three weeks ago. I wanted to like it.; truly I did. When I first picked it up, I … [Read more...]

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale (Book Review)

I love dramatic movies and slow reads. I find it to be a great source of escape. It is a really fun way to get away from real life and get lost in another world. That's one of the reasons I picked up A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale. The summary led me to expect a long personal narrative of the life of Harry Cane. A lot of my favorite books have read like that and I expected big things from this story. Instead, I felt let down. It was just so boring. It was a coming-of-age story gone wrong. Major book critics rave have about … [Read more...]

The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron (Book Review)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. This post includes affiliate links which help support Far Beyond Love. The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron caught my attention on NetGalley months ago because the storyline weaves in with the history of the Ringling Circus. I grew up in south Florida, about 30 minutes from the Ringling House/Museum, and there's always been a bit of an interest in the circus world because of it. I'm not going to climb up on a animal-rights soapbox right now but I will concede to the … [Read more...]

WWII Novels Worth Reading

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. I have a bit of an obsession with WWII novels. I'm not sure when it started and I didn't notice it until a co-worker told me that every book I talk about takes place during war. She is Buddhist and said that because her beliefs focus on peaceful things she avoided filling her mind with negativity, especially as entertainment. Novels that took place during war was negativity to her so she avoided them, that's how she noticed that all of my favorites were books she … [Read more...]

Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt (Book Review)

I put off writing my review of Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt for a few days because I'm feeling a bit conflicted over how exactly to present it. I loved the writing but sometimes the storyline was just so convenient that it turned me off. Cara (our lead) kept finding herself in these situations with strangers and it was just always oh-so-lucky that they were good people who took her in and let this complete stranger (who just happened to also be a broke, homeless, vagabond with a stray dog) take over their guest room. Uh-huh...what?! I'm sorry … [Read more...]

A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn (Book Review)

I loved this book from the opening lines. As soon as I read the first few lines I knew that it was going to be a book that grabbed my attention (and it did). Don't believe the stories you have heard about me. I have never killed anyone, and I have never stolen another woman's husband. Oh, if I find one lying around unattended, I might climb on, but I never took one that didn't want taking." o_O I couldn't help but wonder...just what kind of woman is Delilah Drummond? Then I laughed at the author deciding to name her main … [Read more...]

The After Party by Anton DiScalfani (Book Review)

I received a copy of The After Party by Anton DiScalfani from Edelweiss a few weeks ago but due to their terms I had to hold off on telling you about this book until the month it releases. Now that I can talk about it - go read it! The friendship between the two Joan's (one who was called by her middle name Cecilia) is so intense, it borders on obsession and stalking. Joan Fortier is a beloved socialite and CeeCee, wealthy in her own way, takes it upon herself to be Joan's constant companion, protector, and everything.  When Joan returns … [Read more...]

A Shift in Time by Lena Einhorn (Book Review)

    A Shift in Time: Finding the Real Historical Jesus was an interesting book! This is the kind of book that, despite it's short length, took me forever to finish because I was continually stopping to read a section to my husband or to go online and research facts for myself. The basic concept is that we, as Christians, have the timeline of Christ all wrong. Einhorn believes that we are off by 20 years! The ministry of Jesus is currently believed to have started when he was in his early 30's and lasted only a few years before … [Read more...]