Book Club - February 2020


Happy February, Book Nerd Friends!




In honor of Valentine's Day this month (or "the Valentimes", as I like to annoy my kids by saying), this month I'm committing to re-read an old favorite: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I read this one about eight years ago and it is life changing good (but a little long, which is why my February book list is short).

Francine Rivers, Redeeming Love

This one is on sale for $11.54 (regular $15.99) OR you can snag a used copy for as low as $1.87, plus $3.00 shipping (if you look under the box that tells the Paperback price, it will say something like "244 Used from $1.87").

Here's the summary, this one is a MUST READ!

California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.  
 
Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.  
 
But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does…the One who will never let her go.  
 
A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.


The best part about this book is when it hits you like a dump truck of bricks what this book is REALLY about (I won't spoil it for you, just trust me).




Next up, The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell...

I have read several Lisa Jewell books in the last few months and I am really excited about her new release The Family Upstairs!

Here's the summary:

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.






Now this next one is a new author for me & this book looks pretty crazy!
(I hope this one does not make me want to delete myself from all social media permanently...)

Followers: A Novel by Megan Angelo

Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss—a striving, wannabe A-lister—who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady—and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.

Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity—twelve million loyal followers—Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.







Looking ahead for March Book Club:

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to serve on a launch team for Melanie Shankle's book Church of the Small Things & I had the best time!

I'm tickled to serve on another launch team for her promoting her new book On The Bright Side (pre-order your copy here), so you will see me sharing a lot about this one on social media.

Melanie Shankle's new book On The Bright Side

The hardcover version will be released on February 25 and you can pre-order on Amazon. The paperback version is $4 cheaper, but will not release until mid-April (& I can't wait that long).

Here's the summary:

These days, so many voices tell us what to do, what to think, and what kind of parent or friend or spouse to be that it's easy to feel overwhelmed and defeated. Somewhere in the midst of online arguments and crazy politics and the ups and downs of life, we've lost sight of the gifts that are all around us: kindness, love, mercy, and joy.
In On the Bright Side, Melanie Shankle reminds us of the unchanging principles we can count on in a changing world. These are lessons that Melanie has learned along the way about how to find all the joy that life has to offer - and why encouragement is never something to keep to ourselves. Exploring topics such as dealing with comparisons, when life doesn't turn out like we expected, and how to find your people, Melanie invites us to lead with love in all areas of our lives.
This delightful memoir highlights the joys of life told in Melanie's down to earth, relatable, and totally enjoyable style. On the Bright Side is a how-to guide to knowing - and living - what matters most.



Other books by Melanie Shankle that you might love: Church of the Small Things (so good), Sparkly Green Earrings (would be a great gift for a new mom), Antelope in the Living Room (hilarious stories about marriage), Nobody's Cuter Than You (a great one to share with a dear friend).
Melanie is easily one of my favorite authors and bloggers, I especially love her stories on Instagram. Her wit, her crazy dogs Piper & Mabel, her misadventures with racoons in the chimney...she makes me laugh every day!!

Well...
That's all for me in February.

What are you guys reading?
Leave me some book nerd suggestions below, we would love to know what's on your nightstand!

Happy February!!

Mwah,
Mandy

#CSMBookNerd