Read These Love Stories this Fall

We are a few weeks shy of Autumn 2019. Although I live in South Texas where this particular season is null and void, it is still my absolute favorite. The fall is my favorite season to tailor my reading to.

I went through my Goodreads to seek out books I’ve read over the past few years that I think would make perfect fall reads. These are all love stories that have stood the test of time for me, and I think you’ll really enjoy.

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Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly

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If you’re in the mood for a love story that defies death itself, you will be completely engrossed in Bess Houdini’s story. Mrs. Houdini is one of those historical fiction romances that is meticulously researched and flawlessly transports you to another time and place. Bess immediately became one of my favorite heroines after finishing the last page of this book. It’s dark, it’s romantic and if you’re in the mood for a bit of time travel, Victoria Kelly will completely carry you away to a time not your own with this one.

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

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Susanna Kearsley is a favorite author of mine, and honestly I’d like to just recommend you read all of her books this fall. I won’t do that though. If you read anything by her this fall, read The Rose Garden. Our heroine Eva, returns to the Cornish coast where her and her family spent their summers when she was a child to scatter her sister’s ashes. Once there, she has to grapple with ghosts of her past as well as ghosts from another time. It is in her time travels to the past that she meets and begins falling for, Daniel Butler. I read and fell in Love with this book in 2017, and Daniel and Eva’s love story is still an absolute  favorite. Susanna Kearsley writes the push and pull between these two so well, my heart was racing at the thought of ‘she’s going to have to go back to her own time.’ I love this love story so much. Go, add it to your reading list asap!

A Love Beyond Time by Judie Aitken

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A Love Beyond Time was published in 2000, so it is one that you will have to do some digging to actually track it down. It’s an amazing time travel romance following archeologist Ryan Burke, who goes to work on a site near the battle of Little Big Horn. She is given a teepee to sleep in and time travels back to just days before the battle. Of course there is a romance, between her and a Lakota warrior that is perfection. It is fascinating to see Ryan, who is so fascinated by Lakota history in her own time, have to deal with the prejudices of the actual people when she’s in her time. We see her have to earn their trust and that of the Lakota warriors. It was so good. I loved that our heroine in this book time travels back to a part of American history you wouldn’t expect to be at the forefront of a romance novel.

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

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‘The love of her life had literally fallen from the sky, and she’d given her whole self to him and damn the consequences.’

Map of the Heart was such a beautiful story involving family secrets, villages in France, old loves. It is a story, with so many layers, and I constantly find myself thinking of the characters. You do a bit of time traveling in this one, but not to the extreme like my other recommendations. Our heroine, Camille, her daughter Julie and Camille’s father, travel back to the little French town where her father was raised. Some unexpected secrets arise, having them learning secrets that go back to the Second World War. It was absolutely amazing, a story that even after all this time, I can’t get off my mind.

I hope you found a recommendation or two for your more than likely, already huge Fall TBR. Recommend me something you’re excited to read this fall. We will chat again soon.

Until then, take care of yourselves.

xo.

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Sunday Coffee

Hello Friends, and Happy Sunday. What a week this past week was. Grab a coffee or whatever you have in the morning and let’s chat.

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If you follow me on Twitter, you have seen me talk about No Soda August. I made the decision to cut soda out of my diet this month in the hopes of being able to completely live without it. Another reason behind it was, I hoped a combination of no soda and more exercise would help me shed a few pounds. I got really frustrated a few days ago because the shedding of pounds hasn’t happened. It is really weird talking about my body issues because I am actually comfortable having some weight on. I have always been a tiny girl who wanted to look more womanly and secretly hoped one day to be a little thicker. After having my third baby, I have been staying between 160-165 which isn’t terrible, but physically I am feeling that I am a little heavier than I have been before. My back is constantly bothering me, I am quite often extremely uncomfortable. I finally reached the point where I made the decision to stop looking, keep pushing forward and doing what I’m doing. It is so easy to focus on what’s not happening that you completely don’t see what is, and for me, it’s that I am doing so damn good with my challenge of going without soda. I have been drinking mostly gatorade and water, and I don’t feel thirsty all the time like I did when I drank so much soda.  When I was drinking coca-cola heavy, I always always needed a drink, but I don’t feel that way now that I’ve cut it out. I also have more energy and my skin is starting to look a little better. All I can do is take it one day at a time and pay more attention to the progress I have made because damn, the negative aspects will eat you up!

I was approved for a poetry collection on Netgalley called Glimmerglass Girl by Holly Walrath.

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I love poetry, so much and I hate rating a poetry collection low. I feel poetry more than just about any other genre takes guts to write. Here you are pouring your heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears out for the world to read and critique-it’s hard for me to admit when I don’t like a body of work. I didn’t enjoy this one though, Friends. I think my deal with some of the newer collections coming out is just the style itself of writing. Long gone are the days of simple stanzas. I miss those days! I completely understand being creative and switching your style up, but when it comes to poetry,  I want to feel what you’re writing, I want it to move me. If I can’t get past the how, the deeper stuff is going to go completely over my head.

Another recently finished arc was The Proposal. I am not quite ready to share my feelings on this one, simply because I don’t quite know myself, how I feel yet. It is one of those books I am hoping grows on me with time. I am torn between a head nod to some of the reviews I read on Goodreads, and “but damn, I don’t think it was that bad!” Stay tuned for when I get my crap together and figure it out.

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I am currently in the middle of four things (physical and ebooks!) and have been so undecisive on my audiobooks. I will start an audiobook then want something else, so start something else. My main physical book for this week though is A Love Beyond Time by Judie Aitken.

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Plot Summary: When anthropologist Ryan Burke joins a dig at the site of Little Big Horn, she realizes that not everyone is excited about the opportunity. Renowned Indian affairs lawyer Dillon Wolf wants to shut the project down. But when Ryan is given an old tribal tipi, she journeys to the past — where the tension between her and a Lakota warrior named Wolf erupts…into passion.
                                                                                                                                                                     I am really having fun with this one. I haven’t gotten to the time traveling part yet, which I am excited for, but so far I am loving the story. When Ryan arrives at the dig site, the head scientist gives her tons of crap because she’s a woman–even though he hired her on! The other scientists are really welcoming though and one pulls her aside the next morning and let’s her know there is some sketchy stuff going on at the site and he believes Dr. Gaffney (the head scientist) is involved. The last chapter I finished, Ryan had a sit down with one of the Lakota elders, who is one of the sweetest old men, and he really believes Ryan is there to do good by his people. It is fascinating so far, I’m loving it.
                                                                                                                                                                    That’s what’s been up with me. What’s going on in your corner of the world? I hope you had a fantastic week!
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