It’s been a crazy month of big work projects and whirly Autumn-turning -to-Winter weather which has made my CRPS grumpy! As Winter settles in properly, here in South Africa, I can feel my body relax and, it’s time to get on top of my To Be Read pile! Is yours like mine? No matter how many in the stack, I MUST also have the latest by my favourite authors too!

Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies has just started the latest study Seamless by Angie Smith. If you are looking for an overview of the Bible, start to finish, and are searching for a thread from Genesis to Revelations, this is one for you! It’s not too late to sign up here.

Liz Curtis Higgs is doing a book a month this year and July is 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart. Watch her video to kick us off here. I’ve read day one and already, I can tell, this is going to be a favourite! A full review of the book to follow at the end of the month!

Favourite authors with new books coming out this month include:

Jaime Jo Wright’s The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond hits shelves tomorrow and continues in the same vein of The House on Foster Hill. The back cover reads:

For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.

A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.

Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.

Daylight reading indeed!!

Jen Turano’s Caught by Surprise is a continuation of a great series, “Apart from the Crowd”! This one focuses on Miss Temperance Flowerdew! With kidnapping, romance and adventure all in one book, I can’t wait to start this one! It’s out on 31 July.

New authors for me with releases this month are:

Dani Pettrey’s Dead Drift which is set to be a fast-paced thriller focused around terrorist plot which undercover operative, Luke Gallagher is trying to stop with the help of private investigator, Kate Maxwell! It does sound exciting! It’s on sale tomorrow!

Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan, out 10 July, is a cozy murder mystery in the 1930s! It’s a genre I love and I’m looking forward to tucking into this one!

Back in non-fiction, my growing gardening hobby has me reading The History of  Landscape Design in 100 Gardens by Linda A. Chisholm which is out on 10 July. Analyzing 100 of the most influential gardens, it’s visually beautiful and interesting!

And that’s just this month! I’d love to know your reads for this month! In the interim, best I climb back under the duvet, beside the fire, and get to work!

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