Friendship Book Tag with Erin from Story of a Christian Girl

Hey, bookish friends! Today I’m so exciting to be sharing a post that I did in collaboration with Erin from Story of A Christian Girl ! She is one of the sweetest people I’ve met on the internet and I had so much fun doing this tag with her! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should. I give her the credit for coming up with some great questions and asking me to be a part of it!

Which friendship is your favorite in a book?

Emma: I love the friendship of Anne and Diana from Anne of Green Gables. I always have. They stick together through thick and thin. They will probably always be my favorite fictional friends!

Erin: I love the friendship in The Last Battle between Prince Tirian and Jewel the Unicorn. They’re both so loyal, and we see them prove their loyalty countless times over the course of the book. I love all the characters in the series, but this friendship is especially endearing to me.

Which character would you want to be friends with?

Emma: Anne Shirley or Jo March. I would love to have a picnic with Anne and let her give me a tour of Avonlea. With Jo March, I think it would be fun to read some of her stories.

Erin: Despereaux. I’m going with Despereaux all the way. He’s kind, supportive, determined, and fearless. The only downfall is you’d have to learn to spell his name, which I have not done as of yet…

Who was the first friend you read a book with?

Emma: My sister and I have read a few books together in the past. We would read Boxcar Children together and that was really fun! 

Erin: My older brothers and I used to read books together (I remember Ginger Pye and Encyclopedia Brown), and that was really fun. I was young at the time, and it was very special to be reading a book with them, and I’ve never forgotten that.

Which author would be your best friend?

Emma: Ooh, that’s a hard one! I want to be best friends with so many authors. I think Rachel Fordham and I would be really good friends! Also, I think Jen Turano would make such a fun best friend. She’s hilarious! As for authors of the past, I would have loved to meet Maud Hart Lovelace. I feel like we could have been good friends.

Erin: I’d like to be friends with Sally Clarkson. I know that she doesn’t write fiction, but I’ve read so many books and listened to so many of her podcasts that I feel like I sort of know her already, so I think it’s safe to say that we would be good friends.

Who is the friendliest character you can think of?

Emma: Betsy Ray from the Betsy books by Maud Hart Lovelace or Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables. Both of these girls are such friendly characters!

Erin: I definitely agree with you, Emma, on this one, because I think Anne Shirley’s the most friendly person ever written. She’s just so nice and has such fun ideas, that it’s easy for her to make friends. Yeah, I’m thinking she’s gotta be the friendliest.

Who is the least friendliest character you can think of?

Emma: Hmm… one of the bad guys from one of Joanna Davidson Politano’s books. Maybe Victor Prendergast from Finding Lady Enderly. 

Erin: Hmm. Wait, I’m going with the White Witch here, because she is just nasty! I would seriously rather be friends with anyone in Narnia than her. There are so many fun characters in that series (the Pevensies, Prince Caspian, Mr. Tumnus, ASLAN!!!), that I just can’t imagine ever being friends with her.

What’s the best group of friends in a book?

Emma: Definitely Betsy Ray and her friends from the Betsy series. They’re so much fun! I would just love to hangout with all of them.

Erin: I really like Nancy Drew and her friends in the books. I mean, we have George and Bess, not to mention Ned Nickerson and the various other friends they have. Because it’s such a static book series, we get a lot of time to get to know them. Together they’re pretty unstoppable, and pretty fun, too.

If you were doing a book club with your friends, which book would you read?

Emma: Ooh, good question! Probably Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham or A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano. Anything with a slight mystery to it would be fun!

Erin: I’m going with Anne of Green Gables for this one, because it’s just a really nice relaxed read and a perfect introduction into classics for people of all ages. Although, if I was doing a book club with my friends in particular, I would probably go with the Penderwicks, because I think that we would really enjoy that one.

Which book character’s friend do you relate to the most?

Emma: Hmm… good question. I’m trying to think of a specific one.  I might go with Diana Barry. I’m a more laid-back, less spontaneous person than Anne Shirley. I’ve always really liked Diana and I do relate to her quite a bit I’d say!

Erin: (Sigh.) I’ve been told I’m a Piglet. I’m kind, timid, agreeable, and a sidekick. Sure, I’d rather be someone else who does exciting things, but I’m kinda proud that my friends think I’m supportive. One thing’s for sure: I’m not Tigger! Yikes! Too much energy! I’d much rather be Piglet, and bring Winnie the Pooh honey and tea. Maybe grab some for myself…

Erin: Thank you for doing this joint blog post with me, Emma. I’ve really enjoyed doing it, and I love all your answers! I really enjoyed this, and I hope that we can do it again sometime. Thanks again! God bless you!

Emma: Thanks so much for coming up with the tag and asking me to be a part of it, Erin! It was so much fun and a great idea!

Erin: Of course!

Thanks again for asking me to do this tag, Erin! ☺️

Thank you guys for stopping by my blog! I had a lot of fun with my first collab post and I have Erin to thank for that!

I hope you have a blessed Saturday, friends! ❤️

My Fall TBR 2021

So today I thought I would share the books I plan to read this fall! Plan is the key word here. I usually end up reading books that aren’t even on my TBR list. I’m also a huge mood reader. But I do really want to read these books by December.

This list range from historical mysteries, fantasy, suspense, and a contemporary. I think that gives me a wide range of genres to choose from!

The Secrets At Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

I’ve been wanting to read this historical mystery ever since one of my good friends highly recommended it. I can’t wait to read it!

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

A Name Unknown has been on my TBR for months now. I finally bought a copy yesterday. It looks really good! I’m excited to see how I like it.

A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

I love Melanie Dickerson’s books for a while now. I’ve had her spy series on my TBR for forever and now I’m finally reaSo far I’m about halfway through this one and enjoying it a lot!

Unyielding Hope by Janette Oke

I’m actually reading this one right now. I’m really enjoying it!

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

I’ve only watched the Love Comes Softly movie, but I’ve always wanted to read the book. I found it at a used book store a little while ago and got it. I’m excited to see how different it is from the movie but I know it’ll be good since it’s Janette Oke.

Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston

This is a reread for me. I read this last August and loved it! It’s such a great YA contemporary! I’m not 100% sure if I’ll get to reading this one before December but I hope to.

Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

I added this one to my TBR whenever Lindsey from BooksForChristianGirls liked it and reviewed it on her blog. It looks like an intense mystery that would be perfect to read in the fall!

Secrets in the Midst by Morgan L. Busse

This is the newest release from Morgan L. Busse. I’m so excited to read it! I loved her Ravenwood Saga so I’m hopeful for this one.

Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse

This is one of Morgan L. Busse’s older books but it looks so good. I’m excited to finally be reading it!

And that’s the books I plan to read this fall! Like I said, I’ll probably read some other books too (mood reader) but I hope to stick to this TBR too.

I hope you have a great day! Let me know in the comments some books you want to read this fall.☺️

❤️Emma

Fall Book, Movie, and TV Show Recommendations

Books

Classics and Historical Fiction

Anne of the Island and Anne of Windy Poplars

I couldn’t make this list without adding a few Anne books to it! Anne of the Island and Anne of Windy Poplars remind me of fall the most although there’s definitely some beautiful autumnal scenes in Anne of Green Gables too. Either way, Anne books are perfect fall reads.

A Life Once Dreamed and A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham

Rachel Fordham’s historical fiction novels are wonderful and wholesome, great for fall days. A Life Once Dreamed and A Lady In Attendance both remind me of fall!

The Winds of Autumn and When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke

Janette Oke has written so many good books. When Calls the Heart is set in the Canadian West which reminds me of fall. The Winds of Autumn is a perfect fall read as it’s set during the fall months.

Joanna Davidson Politano Mysteries

Historical mysteries are perfect to curl up with on a cozy autumn evening. Joanna Davidson Politano’s books are some of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. The mystery is always so intriguing and the characters so captivating, I can’t put it down. These are perfect to read in the fall!

This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof

This beautiful novella is such a good, sweet autumn read but only if you want to cry. I cried so much when I read it but my favorites are the ones that make me cry!

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

If you want more of a lighthearted, childhood fall read, Charlotte’s Web is so sweet. I love it!☺️

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Another lighthearted, children’s read. Little House will forever have a place in my heart. It reminds me of cozy fall and winter evenings.

An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

An Old Fashioned Girl could really be read in any season but something about Louisa May Alcott’s books make me want to read them in the fall and winter. They’re so wholesome and cozy! An Old Fashioned Girl is a forever favorite.

Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is my favorite book ever. I first read it in November so I will always think of it as the perfect autumn read. This book is golden and I adore it.

Contemporaries

The Thing With Feathers by McCall Hoyle

The Thing With Feathers, a YA contemporary, was such a great fall read. It touched my heart and I loved it!

Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston

Roadside Assistance is one of my favorite books. It starts right before the new school year starts for Emily. This book is such a good YA contemporary and I’ll always recommend it!

Fantasy

The Ravenwood Saga by Morgan L. Busse

The Ravenwood Saga is such a beautiful fantasy series. The series starts off dark but as the trilogy progresses, there’s so much light, truth, and hope throughout. This trilogy really is phenomenal and perfect for the colder, darker months.

The Spoken Mage by Melanie Cellier

The Spoken Mage is one of the fantasy books that took me completely by surprise. The whole series is epic! The Spoken Mage starts at the beginning of the school year and goes through the colder months. Perfect fall reads!

The Dreamer Chronicles by Camille Peters

I just finished these books a few days ago. They were amazing. Like the Ravenwood Saga, there’s darkness but also so much light woven throughout. They’re also set in fall and winter so they make great fall reads!

Movies

Felicity: An American Girl Adventure

Felicity was one of my favorite American Girl books and likewise, the movie is good too! It reminds me of fall so I thought I’d add it to the list.

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving is based on a short story by my favorite author, Louisa May Alcott. It was so sweet and wholesome! I loved it and want to watch it again this November!

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is such a sweet, fun movie. Set during fall on a farm, it’s perfect! Back to school, the county fair, Thanksgiving… I love it!

Anne of Green Gables 1985

The Anne of Green Gables from 1985 is pure gold. I love it so much! All of the characters are so much like how I pictured the characters from the book. The whole aesthetic is such autumn vibes. I love it!

The Inheritance

The Inheritance is based on a Louisa May Alcott novel so I had to watch it. I love this movie so much! It’s so good! I think it would make a good fall movie too. It’s also free to watch on Tubi or IMDb!

Pride and Prejudice 2006

The aesthetic of the 2006 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is magical. It’s so beautiful! I watched this last year and loved it! Nothing like a good period drama on autumn evenings.

Little Women 1994

Little Women, my favorite story! This movie is so cozy and charming. I love it so much! It’s perfect for fall and winter.

Little Women 2019

The 2019 adaptation of Little Women surprised me. I loved this movie so much! The aesthetic is perfect for fall. Goodness, this movie is cozy and good.

TV Shows

Little House on the Prairie

The show I chose to recommend for fall is Little House on the Prairie, my favorite TV show. It’s so cozy and wonderful for the cold months. I’ve spent so many fall and winter evenings rewatching my favorite episodes. ❤️

And that wraps up my fall recommendations! I hope you have something you’re interested in from this list. Fall is one of my favorite seasons if not my very favorite. ❤️ I love all the coziness!

I hope you’re having a great October, friends! Happy fall and happy reading!

❤️Emma

Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston Book Review

I read this book last summer and loved it just as much as the first book in this trilogy. Destination Unknown is the second book in the Roadside Assistance trilogy and follows the story of Whitney, Emily’s cousin. I loved it and can’t wait to give you guys a short review on it!

Synopsis:

It’s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won’t get into the “right” college—her alma mater—with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor’s rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship.

Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor. Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the driver’s seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identity—and God’s plan for her life—before she throws everything away?

My Review

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars

I loved this a lot! It was the best to visit all of these characters again, especially getting to see Zander and Emily again. *heart eyes*

I really loved Whitney’s story. She was super relatable for me and her struggles to figure out who she truly is instead of who everyone tells her she is something I think a lot of teens can relate to. I didn’t like her a whole lot in the first book but after getting her own story, I really like her!
Taylor was amazing too. I loved him and his family, especially Vanessa. Plus he’s a reader soo that makes him even better!

Whitney’s mom drove me crazy most of the book and Whitney did too… but you gotta love these dysfunctional people! 😂

Anyways, I loved, loved, LOVED it! It gets 5 huge stars and more. I can’t wait to read the next one!!!

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a fun, clean YA contemporary that has a love story and deals with family relationships, this one is so, so good!

I know this review is much shorter than my usual reviews but the long and the short of it is— I love this book and recommend this trilogy! I plan to reread it someday soon, and when I do, I plan to update this review with more details!

❤️Emma

A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano Book Review

I’m here with a book review for one of favorite authors newest novel. This book was amazing. I’m so excited to be reviewing it!

Synopsis:

All theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most–and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater. Yet as she struggles to maintain her tenuous place in the ever-shrinking ballet company, win the attentions of principal dancer Philippe, and avoid company flirt Jack, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the dead ballerina.

Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own tragic end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the past?

Mystery and romance make the perfect dance partners in this evocative story from fan-favorite Joanna Davidson Politano

My Review:

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars

I have no words to express how beautiful this book is, or how much I loved it. It left me breathless, and all I can do is think about it. It was so very vivid! From the characters to the story, I was completely swept away in the 1838 theater. It was as if the moment I met these characters, I was captivated by every word.

These characters didn’t just exist for me. They lived. I grew so attached to them and their unique stories.

I loved Ella. She was wholly inspiring. She was so real, so raw, so relatable. Her insecurities, her past mistakes, her struggles with perfectionism. All of it was so very relatable for me. I loved her and her story. And her faith and relationship with God was so, so inspiring. When she decided to dance for God, I was so inspired to use my gifts for Him too. I cried.

The hero was amazing. Amazing. I fell in love with his character before I knew it happened. He has become my favorite hero of Joanna’s books, and that’s saying a lot. I can’t say much for spoilers, but I was quite in love.

The romance was beautiful and everything I ever want in a book’s love story. It entirely satisfied my romantic-loving heart. It was perfect. So, so perfect. I loved these two characters with all my heart.

The faith was beautiful. It was woven so beautifully into the story. I was left so inspired. So hopeful.

The writing. Oh, how can I describe how much I love the writing? It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s lyrical and poetic while also being so very real. There’s such a distinction, tone, and grace in Joanna’s writing. I love it.

I laughed, I cried, I felt.

There were so many great plot twists. The mystery was so very compelling.

I was so reluctant to put this book down that I didn’t. I couldn’t get my head out of this book. Literally. I finished it within hours. I’m so glad I read it on a lazy Sunday otherwise my mind would not have been at peace.

The historical details were so intriguing. The setting was wonderfully neat. The 1838 theater and ballet was so interesting. I loved it!

The ending was the BEST. It was beyond perfect. I can’t say how very happy it made me. I felt like crying just by the sheer beauty of it.

I love reading Joanna’s books. I discovered her books last year, and I’m forever grateful that I did. I knew then that she would be one of my TOP favorite authors, and every book she publishes proves that.

I come back to her books because they aren’t merely entertainment for me. I come to her books because they change me. They inspire me, encouraging me to be better and grow in my relationship with God. And that’s invaluable. Something a lot of books can’t do. Not only am I swept away by the story, I’m inspired to live my life for my Savior.

A Midnight Dance was everything I hoped it would be but so, so much more. It was beautiful and I loved it. It made it straight to my list of favorite books. It’s one of those books I know I will reread over and over again. The story is timeless. It definitely made it to my favorite books lists.

I’m beyond excited for her future books.

If you’re a lover of historical fiction— read this book. Even if you aren’t, this book is amazing and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the least.

*I received this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano Book Review

Today I’m going to be reviewing Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano. This was another of her books that was 5 star read for me (all of her books have been 5 stars for me!) I read it back in February and loved it!

Synopsis:

Raina’s dreams are all about to come true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London’s East End when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley, offering her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady.

My Review

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars

This book was simply beautiful. It was everything I anticipated, and so very much more. I loved it wholeheartedly! I really have no words. But I’m going to try to sort through a few of my thoughts!

The characters were incredible. From the very beginning, I loved the two main characters. They intrigued me and I wanted to know more about them.
Raina was an incredible protagonist. I related to her so much in different ways. Through her insecurities and searching for her true identity, she realizes that her identity can only be found in God, and no one can take that away from her. That really spoke to me.
She was just amazing. She’s was human and made mistakes but she ultimately finds her strength in God in the end.
Sully was an AMAZING hero. Goodness gracious, Ms. Politano knows how to write a compelling male lead. I loved him so much! He just melted my heart. His loyalty, his love, his unselfishness. Ah, I loved him. He was the kind of hero that makes you feel ALL the feels.
I found the side characters extremely intriguing and their stories so compelling. The earl, Simone, Lyn, Philip, even nasty Prendergast (his name is even interesting!) I found them all interesting and intriguing. I couldn’t help but feel for the earl, wanting to know the rest of his story and hoping he got his happy ending too. But alas! I guess I’ll never know.

I love the atmosphere and vibe of this book. It’s so intriguing and mysterious. That being said, the mystery in this book really gripped me, begging for answers.

I also really loved that it’s told in first person. It made me feel so much more connected to Raina and her story. I was able to get into her head. It felt as if she was telling me her story. I love that! I also liked that there isn’t a lot of POVs. I don’t often like when a book overwhelms me with more than two or three POVs. So this was perfect, alternating between mostly Raina and occasionally Sully.

I can’t explain how much I LOVED how Sully and Raina sent each other coded messages through books. I loved, loved, loved it! It was so clever and beautiful, I was fangirling to no end. Ahh, it was so perfect.

Speaking of which, the romance was perfection. I adored it. It was amazing. *sighs dramatically*
I love Raina and Sully as separate individuals but together? They’re perfect. I love their story so, so much. I’m a sucker for childhood best friends falling in love and this was definitely no exception. It was beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
Also, the proposal was just about enough to melt my heart. It was beautiful and swoon worthy on so many levels. 😍 It was so perfect. (Did I already mention how amazing Sully is?) insert all the heart eyes

The writing is just so beautiful! I’m not kidding when I say I highlighted half the book on my kindle. It has a touch of classic-ness to it, reminding me a bit of a Brontë novel while also being entirely unique as this author’s own style.
There’s just a million little things I loved about this novel. It’s truly one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and it goes straight to my favorites list just like The Love Note did.
Ms. Politano’s writing has a way of gripping me and speaking to my soul in such a special way. The messages she weaves into her books always seemed to be something I need to hear and be reminded of.
I was brought to tears, I smiled, I laughed, I was touched. Moments when my heart was racing and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It made me happy, inspired me, filled me with hope. It delivered a mystery I couldn’t put down, characters I fell in love with, a story that was amazing, and a message that touched me.
Needless to say, I loved this immensely.❤️

Conclusion

This book went on my favorites list as all of Joanna’s books have. It had everything I want in a good book.

If you love historical mysteries or just mysteries in general, this one was wonderful! Also if you like historical England setting or/and the secret identity trope, I think you would love it too.

I hope you have a blessed day!

❤️ Emma

Books with Artsy Main Characters


Hey friends! A few weeks ago I did a blog post all about books I’ve read that have musical characters. This week I decided to do a list of books with characters who are artist, or who love art. Let’s dive into the list!

Historical Fiction

A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander

The main character is an artist though she is trying to keep that fact a secret. Her status as an artist has stains so keeping it a secret is crucial if she wants to keep her job at Belmont Mansion. A great book!

A Lady In Attendance by Rachel Fordham

The artist in this book isn’t the main character but the male lead, Gilbert. While art is brought up a ton in this book, it’s still there.

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

This WW2 novel’s MC is an artist. It’s doesn’t play a huge role in the plot but you’ve still got an arty character.

Classics

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Amy March is one of the first artist I think about. She has a great love for art, and pursues it passionately.

Contemporary

Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum

This book is hilarious and a lot of fun! The main character is an artist who is trying to help the police solve a mystery. Super fun YA novel, especially if you like mysterious!

Love, Life, and the List

In this summer-vibes , YA contemporary, the MC in this book is pursuing art. Art is a huge part of the story. I think it would especially be a fun read for teen artist.

Summerhill Secrets by Beverly Lewis

Summerhill Secrets MC loves drawing and taking pictures with her camera. It even helps her solve some mysteries. So again, if you enjoy mysteries, this book is fun!

As of right now, these are the only books that come to mind! I’m sure there are more I’ve read that have artistic characters but these books come to mind first.

I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Happy reading. ❤️

❤️ Emma

Books With Musical Characters

Hey, bookish friends! Lately I’ve been thinking of books that I’ve read with musical characters so I could compile them in this post for you guys. I hope to continue posts like this one including books I’ve read with artistic characters, teacher characters, etc…

I hope if you love reading and music, you’ll find a book in this list that interests you.☺️

Historical Fiction

Playing By Heart by Anne Mateer

I read Playing By Heart a year or so ago, and really enjoyed it! The main character, Lula, plays the piano. Music is a big part of the story. It’s a wonderful book set around WW2. Its clean, and a good story. Great for if you love piano yourself. ☺️

Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna

This book, set during the 1950s, is SO cute! I just loved it. The guy in the story is a music star who plays the guitar and sings. All the 50s jams are mentioned in this book, and I loved it! Such a fun read, especially for summer!

A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham




You guys know that I love anything by Rachel Fordham! In her newest book, A Lady in Attendance, the main character Hazel plays the flute. It’s not a huge part of the story, but she is still a musician.

The Piano Teacher by Kristie Self

I read this a few months ago. The MC is a piano teacher so if you enjoy piano, you’d probably enjoy this one!

Classics

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is my favorite book, and Beth is one of my favorite characters. She plays the piano, and has so much passion for it. She’s such a sweet character and adds so much to this story.❤️

An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

An Old Fashioned Girl is another one of my favorites. Polly plays the piano a lot throughout the book since she teaches piano lessons to make a living. I love this story so much! Sweet and simple.

Dystopian

Anomaly by Krista McGee

I only have one dystopian that I can think of that has a MC who is a musician. That would be Anomaly by Krista McGee. This book is an emotional rollercoaster. Music is a big part of the story in a beautiful way.

Contemporary

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

The MC is this book plays the violin, and it’s a huge part of the story. This contemporary touches some deep topics. It’s beautiful!

Porch Swing Girl by Taylor Bennett

The MC in this book isn’t a musician but one of her best friend’s Brander is. His music touches her, making it a part of the story. ☺️

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

The MC character in this book plays the guitars and writes music. I loved Lilly’s character. This book was really fun!

Sunkissed by Kasie West

Like P.S. I Like You, the MC writes music and sings. The guy she meets plays in a band, and eventually she joins it as the lead singer. It was a fun, summer read!

The Crush by Allyson Kennedy

This book follows a girl named Emery who loves music and writing songs. This book is definitely a tough, very emotional read. I just had to put that out there. But it’s also a good one, just not what I expected. Music is definitely a huge part of this book!

And that wraps it up! I’m certain I’ll think of another one that I’ll have to add but for now, these are the ones that come to mind.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and have a beautiful day!

❤️ Emma

With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander Book Review

This book was amazing. I loved it so much! It kept my interest all the way through… all 417 pages! That’s saying a lot. This book was something my special. 

It gave me all of the emotions. It’s a very emotional read. I teared up/ cried multiple times. I also smiled and laughed. In my opinion, that’s the power of a good book. 

I really, really loved the characters. Lizzie was amazing! She was kind and strong. She did what she felt was right, even when she knew there would be hard consequences. Her kindness and strength made her such a remarkable, inspiring character. 
I also really liked Roland. He’s flawed but we all are. I feel like he grew a lot. 
And I love so many of side characters! Oh goodness. I just loved Tempy to death! She was a dear. 

MINOR SPOILER– 
Oh, and James😭 Ah, I loved that boy so much! *all the tears*
I loved little Levi so much. My heart broke so many times in this book but especially during the parts with him. The letters and lists he made really brought on the tears. Ah, the dear, sweet boy!❤️
And I LOVED Towny! Ugh, I was so torn. I’m not sure why I cared about him so much but oh, I did. I was a mess. Really, even the few times he was in the book, he stole my heart completely… which was unexpected. I usually don’t like the “other guy” in stories but I really loved him. Ah, Towny!❤️

END OF SPOLIER

The love story was just beautiful. I loved, loved it! Lizzie and Roland’s story… *sigh*
And the fact that it was real makes it that much better!! Makes me happy.❤️

The historical details and writing was SO good! I feel like I learned so much about the ending of the Civil War as well as the Battle of Franklin. It was very sad but also very interesting. Tamera Alexander is an amazing writer! She weaves real history so beautifully into her novels. There’s so many historical facts in here, and I loved it!

The fact that this was 417 pages and I never felt like it was dragging is saying a LOT! I enjoyed every page and chapter of it. 

Books set in the south are my favorite #southerngirl, and Tamera Alexander does such a good job writing them.

I loved the characters, the love story, the history, the emotion… all of it! It was outstanding. 

I give it all the stars!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my review of this beautiful book! I hope you have a great day.

❤️Emma

My Christian Nonfiction Book Recommendations

Live by Sadie Robertson

I admire Sadie Robertson so much! I have looked up to her over my teen years. I’ve gotten great advice from her inspiring videos she’s posted on YouTube and her Podcast. She is young woman living for God, and she shines her light bright! When I saw she was coming out with another book, I could not wait to read it! Just as I expected, it was encouraging, uplifting, and relatable. If you’re looking for a good nonfiction read, this one is great! It inspired me to really live my life without fear, and live it for God. This one is especially good for young women but anyone can take something away for this book.

Finding Quiet by Jamie Grace

I’ve been a Jamie Grace fan since I was a kid, jamming at to her songs with my friends. Now in my teen years, I continue to keep up with every song she releases because I love this girl’s music! It’s fun and upbeat, raw and relatable. Her music isn’t the only thing that is that way though. I’ve found so much encouragement from her YouTube videos and podcast. She is just so real about everything! It’s refreshing. Plus, she’s hilarious. Like really hilarious. I laugh out loud like every time I watch or listen to something she’s posted. She’s amazing! Truly an inspiration. So if you’re looking for a good nonfiction book, this one is so good! She writes just as she talks, and I love that. Humor and inspiration in a paperback. It really inspired me to just focus on quiet time and not getting so caught up in the crazy chaos of this life. A great read I recommend!

All Along You Were Blooming by Morgan Harper Nichols

Morgan Harper Nichols is such an amazing woman. I first knew her as Jamie Grace’s older sister who also wrote beautiful songs (Storyteller is my favorite!) Eventually I realized she wrote poetry, and I fell in love with her work. Her poems are beautiful, real, encouraging, and thought-provoking. This book of her poetry brought so much light into my life last year. It was a time when I really needed to hear these words she wrote. They were hopeful and beautiful. This is such a great piece of nonfiction, guys. You must read it! Also, look up Morgan Harper Nichols on Pinterest. She writes so much poetry, and it’s lovely!

Praying for Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer

This book was such a good one! I know everyone feels differently about praying for your future husband but for me, this book was more than that. It was growing closer to God each day when I intentionally sat down with my Bible and this book to read, pray, and journal. It was very good. I recommend!

Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

This book is just so relatable. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who hasn’t felt left out, neglected, ignored, alone, lonely, or insecure at least several times in their life. This book touches on that in a very real way. So many things provoked my thoughts, made me think about things. I love and recommend it to everyone!

Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

This book was such an inspiration for me! It inspired me to pray always, to pray more intentionally. It was an amazing read, and I definitely recommend it for your quiet time!

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

This book was simply good for my soul. It was incredible. It was told like she was telling the story of her life. She included so many little details in her everyday life that made it magical. It was whimsical. The writing was so beautiful. It inspired me so, so much to count my every blessing. You need to read this book!

Those are my favorite nonfiction books. They’re all amazing, and I recommend you to read them all!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you’re having a blessed day. Happy reading!

❤️Emma